22 December 2011

Some Cool Christmas Facts

Lately, God has shown me some cool things about Christ's birth.

1) Mary was very pregnant with Jesus and traveled around 80 something miles (walking or riding a donkey, or both). If a woman did this today, she'd have a miscarriage or a premature birth.

13 December 2011

Zombie (Part 2)

I wanted to touch on a couple more things from my previous post.

Some are making excuses for how zombies could actually come into being - meaning, people believe zombies could (one day) exist. How is that? Well, they say if we continue on the track we're on when it comes to food, products, and lifestyles, we can one day turn zombie-like. What do they mean by this? For one, the food we eat usually has tons of preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and unnatural food coloring. They say if you ingest enough of this bad stuff, it could lead to more diseases that are harder to diagnose and cure. It's the same with the products we use. They say if we continue to use shampoos, soaps, lotions, make-up etc., that are more harmful we'll eventually start absorbing all these bad-for-us ingredients into our skin. Also, look at the pollution that's in the air, the ozone, and even cell phone radiation we can't see. They say all these could affect our bodies and harm us in ways we don't understand. In other words, it's just another worldly distraction to keep your focus off what's really healthy for you. I'm not discounting how important a good healthy lifestyle is, but I'm trying to show you how people get too focused on the wrong things (1 Tim 4:8).

The world is desperate to eat organic all-natural foods. We want make-up that is all natural. We want everyone to drive hybrids that keep all devil-bad chemicals from getting into the air. We want to recycle for more renewable resources. We also want safer and cheaper alternatives to fuel to cut back on our carbon footprint. This is all being done in the name of "saving the planet". It's so prevalent that people are starting to be condemned for using or eating anything bad. I guess since we don't know what's really good for us and don't have enough sense, we may need others to enforce these good things into our lives, right?

03 December 2011

Zombie (Part 1)

Lately, there's been a huge increase in the fascination of zombies. It seems like everywhere I turn there's a new movie about some sort of zombie apocalypse. They're mentioned in the media, have roles in movies, video games are dedicated to them, and they're one of the most popular Halloween costume choices. They're everywhere! But, what is a zombie? The short answer - the living dead.

Even though zombie's are dead, they're actually still alive and roaming the earth. All they do is look for living human flesh to feed on. Once bitten, (much like vampires) you're now infected with the same deadly virus. Zombies are human beings, but since they've been infected, they lack many typical human traits and mental capacities.

Zombieland
Typical zombie characteristics:
  1. Carry a zombie virus
  2. Always walking around
  3. Only eat humans
  4. Stomachs are never satisfied
  5. Have very little brain function other than looking for more food
  6. Look disgusting (lots of blood stains and appear death-like)
  7. To kill one you have to go to extreme measures
  8. Are everywhere
From a distance they appear to be life-like, but as you get closer they're notably different. In almost every zombie situation, there's few humans left as they desperately defend themselves from zombie attacks.

15 November 2011

How Do You Know If You're Dead?

You're dead if you're not breathing. You can have all the internal organs and outer human elements, but if you're not breathing air, you're not alive anymore. One of the first things a first-responder (ambulance dude) checks for is if you're breathing. The next thing they check for is a pulse. Without air, you're nothing and there is no life in you. You can have all the blood you need and healthy organs to run your miracle of a body. Yet, nothing in your body works without fuel. The fuel that keeps you alive is air. You can live for weeks without food. You can live for days without water, but you can't live 2 minutes without air.

As you go through your day-to-day activities, usually the last thing on your mind is not whether you're breathing. This is a natural function for human beings. It takes next to no brain power to cause you to breathe. Even the biggest dummy in the world won't have to think about breathing. Your body just knows what to do with the air. And, when it's not getting enough, it makes sure you know that as well.

Just after God created the Heavens and the Earth, and everything in them, he then began to form a single human man named Adam (Gen 2:7). After this man was formed (from the dust of the earth) he lifted his nostrils and blew life into him and he became a living being. Ok, let's stop here. Adam was nothing more than a mess of organs, blood, bones and skin before God performed the next miracle of life. We always assume he breathed air into Adam's lungs, but this is not what it says. Air was already created and was all over the earth. So, why did God bother going through the act of breathing life into Adam's body? He wanted us to "see" God breathing life into Adam with his living breath. God created everything with the wisdom and sound of his voice. He certainly didn't need to reach down and blow life into Adam. So, why did God bother doing it this way?

26 October 2011

Faith = Trust

When you say you have faith in Jesus, what do you mean? Does having faith mean that you believe that Jesus is real? I used to think this way. I thought having faith in Jesus meant that I simply believe in Jesus Christ as my savior. But, this is not what it means. The word faith is thrown around so much today that it's meaning has been watered down. I know this topic seems simple-minded, but everything about Jesus is so easy. The only people that make it hard are you and me.

I know the title of this blog gives it away, but faith actually doesn't mean you just believe in someone. Having faith in someone means you trust them. So, do you have faith in Christ? Do you actually trust God? When you think about it, you probably don't. Why? Because your actions and thought patterns probably don't show that you trust Jesus. I'm not judging you. I'm just being real. I thought I had faith in God too, but the Spirit showed me that it doesn't mean that I just believe that he died for me and rose again. Then, God asked me a simple question. He asked me, "Do you trust me?" My answer was "No". ~:----(

Why did I tell him "no"? Because when I got real with myself, I started to realize my actions and thoughts didn't line up. The next thing I did was ask the Spirit to help me - to help me trust him with all my heart (Prov 3:5-6). Then, I looked back and realized that I was a complete idiot for not trusting him. If I can't trust Jesus, then who?!! I can't even trust myself half the time. Do you know how stupid it sounds to say, "I don't trust you Jesus." Well, that's basically what most of us are saying about him...without saying it.

18 October 2011

Shadow Boxing

I recently watched the movie "Real Steel" with my friend Devon. It looked pretty cool in the previews so we decided last minute to watch it one Friday night. Plus, we didn't have anything better to do so we hit up the theater.

Well, as we were walking out of the theater Devon pretty much summed it up by saying that it was a "...perfect movie for a 13 year old." If I was 13, I would have thought the movie was awesome! But, seeing how I haven't quite gotten past 15 mentally, I still thought it was pretty good. That is, if you can ignore all the adult-bashing the movie portrays.

You see, every movie that comes out has more preaching in it than an entire Billy Graham crusade. Honestly, the world's most well-known pulpit is the movie/TV screen. And, the world calls us Christians a bunch of preaching fanatics?? Do you realize how many movies liberal Hollywood has been dishing out lately? Thankfully, I have this cool added feature in my life called the Holy Spirit to help me see through all the trash.

The Holy Spirit has this amazing way of taking what the world intends for bad and showing me something completely different. He's the best filter in the world, really. Kind of like filtered water; diseased water goes in, and good-for-me water comes out.

19 September 2011

Mirror Image

You know that verse in the Bible where it talks about looking in the mirror and seeing your reflection, but as soon as you walk away you forget what you look like (James 1:19-25)? Ok, what in the world does that mean?? Who in their right mind actually looks in a mirror and forgets what they look like?! If that were the case, you would never recognize a self portrait. And, you would need someone to tag you in the picture..."Well, who is that strange fellow? Oh, that's ME!!" Trust me, nobody forgets what they look like. Obviously, this verse makes no sense. So, let's just write the verse off like we do so many others. Deal??

Wait. What in the world could Jesus be trying to tell us here? So, if I hear the Word and don't do what it tells me, then I have no clue what I look like. Still doesn't make sense.

Let's read it (since you didn't click the link):

"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don't obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don't forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it." (James 1:19-25 emphasis added)

So many times in these few verses God references hearing the word and doing what it says. This is why I've made bold all the "hearing" points and a couple of others, too. So, obviously we're supposed to hear the word.

12 September 2011

Jesus Is In You

In my previous post, I touched a little on the Holy Spirit and the fact that he lives in you. Well, given you actually believe in Christ and accept what he did for you, then this is true. If you've done all that, then let me say it again, with more emphasis, "The Holy Spirit lives IN you. Jesus lives IN you."

Ok, does that make sense? So, you actually believe the Almighty Living God lives in you? Not that he's just in you; he LIVES IN you (Romans 8:11). Or, in Christianese, you have accepted Jesus into your heart. Jesus is living and breathing and he's inside of you. Now, bear with me.

Let me share with you something that I just figured out not too long ago. If you believe all that I just mentioned, then obviously you believe that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you (read the verse again Romans 8:11). So, Jesus' Spirit, the same dude that turned water into wine, healed thousands of people, fed thousands of people with one little basket of food, raised Lazarus from the dead, and kicked Satan's butt, is inside of you. Now, does that make sense? No, it doesn't make sense. For so long I "knew" this, but I didn't really have a clue. I had the head knowledge, but not the heart knowledge.

01 September 2011

Listen...

I occasionally watch some of the TED videos that pop up over the internet. Most of the videos I watch are actually pretty good, but I have to quickly interpret the ideology of each speaker (and that of the organization). TED is a non-profit organization that allows a set of presenters to share their experiences and knowledge with others. The speaker's experience can relate to anything, but what is shared is usually not common knowledge in society. Basically, it's the world's attempt to "share your testimony".

I just recently watched a video of 2 mothers who understand forgiveness. See pic below:


The mother on the left had a son who died on 9/11 in the World Trade Center (WTC). The woman next to her is Zacarias Moussaoui's mother. Zacarias was known to be one of the major leaders of the attacks on the WTC. The lady on the right is the interpreter.

In the video, the mother on the left is explaining how she felt when her son died and the decision she made to forgive Zacarias and the mercy she offered his mother; much like what God wants us to do for those that sin against us (Matt 6:9-13). Now, they are life-long friends.

09 August 2011

Quit Trying So Hard

All my life, and yours, we've been told to follow all of God's commands, read the Bible, pray, and worship, then you'll be a good Christian (oh and don't fail either). And, the more we do the above, the better we become. I really believed this. I was taught this by my church and the pastors that still believe it. What a tragedy. Oh, and let's not forget that they want you to get "plugged in" to the church and start serving. Serving shows that you are putting other's first. This is obviously more proof that you're becoming more like Christ, right?

Honestly, this is just the Old Testament all over again. I really don't see how it's any different. The Old Testament was like, "Ok, follow these 10 commandments and the 648,593 other commands I threw in and you'll be worthy to be called my saint." The more commands you follow, the more you look holy in God's sight. The more you do right, the more you become a true man of God. Uhhhh, is this not what Pharisee's did in the New Testament?? And, didn't Jesus scold them and call them "vipers" (Matthew 23:33)?! You see, even though the Pharisees did everything right, in Jesus' eyes, they were the worst. You can't do anything to afford God's grace. Jesus already paid it all. So, do you still think you should be working so hard at doing the right thing?

Here's the clincher. What the church should be doing, instead, is helping you discover who Jesus really is. So many people think that a relationship with Jesus is just believing in Him. After we accept Him into our lives, we rightfully claim we know Jesus. This is true, but it isn't. We know who Jesus is and what He did for us, but do we really know who He is and how much He really loves us. What do you know about Him other than what He did in the Bible and what He told us to do? Even Satan knows who Jesus is and what He's done for us (and even bows down to Him - Phillipians 2:9-11), but does this mean Satan has a relationship with Jesus? Clearly not.

04 August 2011

Addiction Can Set You Free

All of us are addicted to something whether it's running, sports, drugs, cigarettes, Diet Coke, chocolate, shopping, TV, music, money, pain etc. Actually, God made us this way. He wanted us to have addictions.

What we are addicted to is what really matters. He made our bodies to never be satisfied. We always want more than we have. The problem is the world feeds us all this stupid counterfeit junk that we can see, hear, touch and/or taste. We end up settling for less than the best with all this worldly stuff.

The world is fighting against us and sets up distractions around every corner. The enemy wants you to get so wrapped up in the world around you that you become addicted to these false highs instead of wanting the ultimate high.

30 March 2011

God's 5 Love Languages

Ok, so you all know about The 5 Love Languages written by Dr. Gary Chapman. For those that don’t know, you can check out his website to get more info. He lists the 5 love languages as:
1) Words of Affirmation
2) Quality Time
3) Receiving Gifts
4) Acts of Service
5) Physical Touch

Well, I like to learn people’s love languages. I just find it interesting how we all can be so similar and, yet, so different. Plus, the more I learn about God’s people, the more I learn about Him (this will make sense one day). I mean, He made us all in His image, right (Genesis 1:26)? Well, this is when it hit me. I started thinking about what order I could put God’s love languages in. I’ll explain the order as I go.
God’s 5 love languages in order of importance:

1) Words of Affirmation
I claim this to be the number one love language of God. He says all of us will praise His name (whether we want to or not) one day (Romans 14:11). Also, David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) and he wrote like 48509 songs about how great God is. He would wake up every morning singing new praises to Him or even spend all night thinking about Him. I still try to sing a new song from the top of my head (or bottom of my heart) every once in awhile, but my attempts are like a 5 year old trying to do the same thing; not near as cute. Plus, my rapping is not so great either…haha! Another thing, we know so much about God’s character from David’s intimate relationship with the Father. Then, as I think about it more, what male doesn’t like to be praised?! We LOVE our egos to be stroked and praised for every cool thing we do. Some men claim that they don’t need this or even want it, but I don’t believe them. I think they’re fooling themselves. Lastly, what’s the first thing we do when we walk into church? That’s right. We sing praises and worship songs to our Creator. God even has full time creatures that fly around His thrown singing “Holy, Holy, Holy…” So, praise Him OFTEN!

01 March 2011

I Finally Have A Relationship With Jesus

I was walking back from the ATM (for some $$) to where I work (it's only a block away) and God starts reminding me of how He doesn't speak to us figuratively anymore (John 16:25-33 NLT). This kind of stopped me in my tracks. You see, I just mentioned this to my small group last night trying to get them to understand. Well, obviously I didn't get it either...until now. Forever, I thought He would sometimes talk to me with great deep spiritual verbage that took a miracle to even translate into my puny mind. I always see Him on a level that's way WAY WAY higher than I could ever know anyway. Plus, all these big time pastors, authors and artists like to show off their complexity and how well they know Jesus by taking simple things and turning it into stuff that nobody understands (Colossians 1:28 MSG). I usually walk away not remembering jack about what they told me anyway. Sure, I thought they were smart, had something I didn't, and obviously knew Jesus better. That's why they're in the spotlight anyway, right?