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Sometimes I just don’t see it!

As I was driving into work yesterday A.M., Chris Tomlin was proclaiming on the radio, “You are the LORD, the famous One, famous One! Great is Your Name in all the earth!”
As much as I wanted to join in and sing with Chris as I had done so many times before, this morning I couldn’t. Not because I don’t believe Jesus is God in the flesh and the Redeemer of all creation; I believe that. But famous? Having a great name throughout all the earth? Sometimes I just don’t see it. The majority of the people I work with seem to fall into two categories: 1.say they believe in Jesus but talk about things, live like, and accept the same sins as permissible as those who don’t profess Jesus, 2. those who flat out deny Jesus (whether atheist or agnostic).
My immediate supervisor thinks all religions are a joke, especially Christianity. The only time he says Jesus’ name is as an explanation of fury or consternation. I hear people saying Jesus’ name in mockery when something good happens they act like a “church person” and give fake praise to Jesus as a joke to their friends. I was just speaking with a friend yesterday who shared about a student in one of her classes who is outraged that there is a prayer displayed on the school wall that has been there for years. The student is a professing atheist and said things like this should not be on display. Her perspective is not uncommon in America today.
This has been magnified by the fact that for the past two weeks I have been reading about a myriad of other religions and their belief systems for apologetics class. One can see the fallacy in them as you just read their doctrine, teaching, and origin; but still, there is so many of them! And so many people who believe them! God’s name is great among all the earth? I just don’t see it! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Christian Life

 

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Making Sharia Illegal?

There are members of the republican party who are trying to make it illegal to to observe Sharia law in the state of Tennessee.

http://www.wsmv.com/politics/26965307/detail.html

As much as I am against Islam as it is a false religion (even cultic), and believe they need to gospel of Jesus Christ, I do not agree with making the practice of that religion illegal.
I have my reasons and will probably give them some time in the future, but I am very much interested in hearing your stance along with your reasons.

****** Important addendum:*****

After doing more research I have discovered that my understanding of Sharia law was inadequate. Although I do not think the government has the right to dictate what individuals believe, the practice of Sharia law uninhibited would mean that those abiding by it could essentially meet out their own punishments for things they deem crimes. I apologize for my ignorance and agree with those of the TN republican party in wanting to place boundaries on the observance of Sharia law.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Culture

 

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A Prayer Request and a Testimony to Share with You

I am becoming a bit inundated with all of my responsibilities at the moment and am struggling with giving them all the time they require/deserve. As I am continuing my education, it is taking much of my time. Due to this I have decided to not post daily as it would either require me to post material that is way below second rate and not worth reading, or it would cause me to give up time needed to properly fulfill what is required of me concerning my class work. My posting schedule will be less structured for a while. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Worry Warts

In Life Group yesterday, which is traditionally called Sunday School, my Life Group teacher and friend discussed the topic of worry. He was honest in sharing his struggles with worry, while some in the class ( myself being one of them) wasn’t so quick to let others know they struggles with worry. The truth is, we all have worry warts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Christian Life

 

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Fierce Doubts and Distant Friendships

I want to direct you to a blog that has been of great help to me, and a particular post of interest. C. Michael Patton is an author for Parchment and Pen over at Reclaiming The Mind. I  just want to take a minute to tell you how much of a friend he has been to me, even though I’ve never actually met him in person.

I followed his blog silently for the most part and loved it. I didn’t always agree with his conclusions but he challenged me to seek God more. His posts are real, and has something that I think is missing from a lot of theological blogs – shoe leather. I had read this post (I linked to it so you would read it…don’t disappoint me), among others but didn’t know that God was giving me a friend to pull me through what was going to be one of the toughest times I had ever been through to date. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Christian Life

 

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“The D@*# show destroyed my family”

This is the slightly edited version of what Billy Ray Cyrus told GQ Magazine in an interview for its March publication. Billy links the failure of his marriage, his failure as a father, and Miley’s failure to behave like a respectable human being to a Disney TV show that aired from 2006 to 2011 – Hannah Montana.

Seeing what he and Disney have conceived in the form of his daughter Miley, Billy now wishes he could step in and protect her from all the dangerous things and people that his now 18 year old daughter has surrounded herself with. He regrets not stepping in sooner and putting a stop to it all saying that he wishes he had listened to the advice of others when they told him that he didn’t need to be a friend to Miley but a parent. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Culture, Parenthood

 

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Relationships are like Vehicles

Yesterday I spent about $287.00 on my Honda Odyssey. Don’t get me wrong, I love my van. I never thought I’d say that, but it’s true! I like it way better than the ’03 Ford Explorer XLT that I had previously. The only vehicle that still holds a place on my list of vehicle love is my very first – ’86 Toyota Tercel straight drive. The CD player was worth more than the car itself. Ahhhhhh… oh! Where was I? Oh yeah!
I love my van. The problem is that it doesn’t repair itself. I have to change the oil, replace the brakes, tires, change the transmission fluid, seemingly ad infinitum. If I didn’t do these things, the vehicle would run well for a while, but eventually things will begin to break, which cause other things to break, and before long I no longer have a vehicle but something more akin to hell-on-wheels. One has to maintain their vehicle if they want it to function properly and for any length of time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Family

 

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