Pa-ti-ence

February 18, 2010 1 comment

Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.

Yeah. I need to exhibit this. Coming out here I had set some goals of my own that I figured were God’s goals as well. They are all good and all, but I had no patience at all. I rushed things everyday acting as if certain marks were not hit by a certain date or time I have failed. Rather than just waiting for God’s work into fruition.

And honestly these past couple of days, since I have arrived here, I have just settled down. Nothing is rushed or nothing is the last thing that can I ever happen. Yes, I know tomorrow is not guaranteed but God is. So all I need to know is that He is here and in Him I will be satisfied.

When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” – John 13:27

Had questions regarding this verse. So I tried to find out what good old Matthew Henry had to say about it, here are his thoughts about this verse:

The prophecy of his treachery may apply to all who partake of God’s mercies, and meet them with ingratitude. See the infidel, who only looks at the Scriptures with a desire to do away their authority and destroy their influence; the hypocrite, who professes to believe the Scriptures, but will not govern himself by them; and the apostate, who turns aside from Christ for a thing of naught. Thus mankind, supported by God’s providence, after eating bread with Him, lift up the heel against Him! Judas went out as one weary of Jesus and his apostles. Those whose deeds are evil, love darkness rather than light.

Pretty straight-forward from Mr. Henry. Some good thoughts that we too can pull a Judas and betray him daily. Just as he had the choice to walk away from Christ and turn in him for personal satisfaction we can as well. Lets not forsake the Light God has given us in this dark world!

Categories: God Lessons, God's Word

Friend-ship

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Friend: one attached to another by affection or esteem

You never know what you have until its gone. This is a famous saying by everybody after they realize what they took advantage of and never truly appreciated. Up until this point of life I have never known what it meant to be not around people you werent some what familiar with. But I have come to appreciate the friendships I have made here thus far. And I am truly glad for the ones I have made already before in my life. (Thanks Detroit peeps!) But the person I have come to constantly not appreciate is Christ.

In my desire to “pursue” his will for me, I have depreciated Him and done everything I can to make things happen. Tonight I have again come to a point of realization that I must take it day by day and to trust Him. To be satisfied in Him and nothing else.

appreciate Christ, appreciate Gods gift of friends to you. Pray a prayer of thankfulness for the relationship with Him and your friends…

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Purpose.

July 23, 2009 1 comment

Have I already written a blog post with the same title once before?

I dont know, I think I did, I feel like I did.

Anyways I have a sudden inspiration to write down my thoughts again here on this site.

Your line of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as that to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope. – Colossians 1:5 (Not to brag but i typed that one out of memory :P)

I read that single verse and I immediately had to stop reading. WOW, how have I missed this verse before?

Due to the awesome message spoken this past week by Pastor Chilly, at REAL Church, I have been thinking alot of purpose. I had to think again to what my purpose was. These past couple of weeks I have been purposeless, kinda bummed about different things and as a result there wasnt alot of pep to my step. Just alot of slothing around. But this week one of main verses was: As you know more and more how God works, you will know how to do your work – Col 1:11 (memory wrote that one too :D) So I asked God. And as this week we were all challenged to move from Bethel to Jabbok I sought after God and for HIS purpose.

I have been again reminded of my calling, during these past couple of days, as I have sought the Lord. And as a result of being with the Lord, joy is around the corner. A friend of mine asked me why I was smiling so much today, I didnt say the answer but I knew what it was.

With renewed purpose, there is more to do in the second/minute/hour/day.

Seeking God more…

Categories: God Lessons, God's Word

Catharsis.

July 2, 2009 2 comments

Catharsis is hard.

Catharsis: <Gk kátharsis> a cleansing

This past week we had a great message preached by this guy – Chilly Chilton he preached about the life of Moses.

He has been on a series of “Motion” and how God has created us to move, its been a really good series. Get the free podcast on iTunes.

Anyways, at the end of our services we are given 5 questions, regarding the message just spoken, by our pastor to discuss and talk amongst each other as a body.

One of the questions that was asked this week, that has really challenged me to be different is this:

Do you have a heart for the lost, if not how can God transplant a heart for the lost into you?

Not exactly the way my pastor worded the question, but you get the gist.

After reading that I had to really ponder, two things arose.

1. I dont have a heart for the lost.

2 I have a heart for video games, sports, fantasy football, tv & movies.

So as a result of these two conclusions I have determined to catharsis myself, or purge myself that I have listed in #2. Its been pretty hard, so many times I have wanted to just sit down and watch a movie. Play some video games, or go lose myself of reality in a movie. Now the kicker?

Once fantasy football season arrives, I mean football season arrives. I am gonna be so tempted to want to join a league. But this makes me accountable, I am not joining a league this year… (To be honest I had already been mock drafting for this year) [pathetic i know 😦 ]

Its been harder than I thought especially my conversation with people with sports being out as a topic, its been a rough transition, especially at work. I had to catch myself to stop talking about the signings/trades/moves made in the NBA/Pistons.

I need to talk about the trades/moves/signings God has made this day/week/year/season with them more. And to everyone else I come to contact with…

Peace… need more cleansing…

Information.

June 20, 2009 1 comment

Information: knowledge gained through study, communication, research, instruction.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. – Henry Ford

Knowledge is Power – Sir Francis Bacon

The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance – Confucious

What are you doing with the information that you know?

Or do you lack information?

I have been recently listening to lots of MPR and am currently watching the CNN report on the election that has happened in Iran Hossein Mousavi lost the election, while Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the election.

If you look at this site: Iran Election

There are crazy pictures of these people who feel forsaken because their vote didnt come out to anything. With the things that I have heard it seems as if Mr. Mousavi was projected to win. But he didnt, the people feel as if the election was tampered and the wrong person won.

As a result riots both peaceful and violent have broken out throughout the country mainly in the city of Tehran.

And now CNN is reporting that North Korea is threatening to blow up Hawaii with their Nukes… scary!

With both these news clips that only signify little of what is going on to the world. I come to certainty that God is bigger than us, bigger than just being in the United States, that he is in leaders of Iran and North Korea. God is bigger than us and my eyes have been open to this more with these world events.

Suddenly, there is more to do. Whether its praying for God’s will in the country of Iran, the safety of its people. Or the change of heart in the leader of North Korea and the protection of Hawaii. Or even as I recently learned the sex trafficking that happens all around us in the world even here in the US.

What are you ( I ) doing with the information we are aware of?

Categories: God Lessons, Kingdom Life

Discipline.

June 17, 2009 1 comment

Discipline: to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.

Self-Discipline: discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement.

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more about “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet …“, posted with vodpod

“What art thou drawn and talk of peace? Peace I hate the word as I hate HELL, all Montague, and Thee!” – Tybalt from Romeo + Juliet

Much like Tybalt states that he hates the word peace in this scene of Romeo and Juliet. I hate the word “discipline”. Whether this word is related to my spiritual life with prayers, reading the word or prayer.  Disciplining my body such as exercising, making sure my teeth don’t go yellow and taking care of the body. Or even taking care of the emotional aspect of my life, discipline is something that I am not fond of. I am sure every human being can say the same thing yet discipline is so necessary in every aspect of our lives that much like the definition states it improves us as human beings and as a result it cannot be just placed on the side because we do not enjoy it.

“The first and best victory is to conquer self” – the thinking Plato

No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. – the 1st letter to the Corinthians

Time to live self-disciplined.


Camping.

June 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Some hilarious video of a clip of Sanford and Son camping.

I never watched it when I was a kid, and I still dont to this day. But I found this pretty interesting.

Anyways the reason why I entitled it camping is because my co-workers are planning a trip in the mid-week to go camping with a ton people who work at my Chilis. Sounds like a good time doesnt it?… Not really.

My co-worker party hard and not in a good way. I pray that they dont do stupid things that they will regret for the rest of their lives.

Pray with me will you.

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