Friday, December 23, 2005

a life lived

I wish I had amazing things to say, that would change the world. Maybe God will give me those words someday. Or even better, He will give me actions that will change the world. I want us to be living in a place where we are actually living the way God intended. Some times I look around at the world, at our culture, and see the crazy, unhealthy things we are doing to ourselves, and ask, "what's the point?" I look around and wonder if this is what God really had in mind. I don't think it was. So I want to challenge myself to try to live everyday in the way God has intended for me. I know this world will make it very hard to live that way, but maybe I can get some friends around me that would want to live like this, and maybe I can teach the kids in my youth group to live like this, and slowly begin to change the world to what God had in mind for us. Nice dream huh? But I think God is bigger than that. And he wants us to be living in the world he designed for us! So what do you say fellow bloggers? Do you want to attempt to live the way God intended with me?

Monday, December 19, 2005

thoughts on worship - partTWO

Before I begin the second part of my thoughts on worship, I want to make it clear that this rant is a result of where I am in my life right now. The thoughts and feelings that I have been having, the context of my life, the things I have heard different people say about worship have all made me desire to figure out what authentic worship is. I am by no means trying to convince anyone or say that I have figured out what worship is all about. This is just me speaking out loud about what God is trying to teach me about worshiping him. On to topic:

So if worship is supposed to be a response out of our hearts to the greatness and grace of God, and nothing is there, then we are way off base. If we continue to hold onto stuff in our lives, and never allow God to transform and conform our lives to His heart as an expression of thanks, and we come to worship and sing the songs and say, “Wow, that song was awesome!” We are totally off base as to what worship is. If we are not giving our hearts and lives to God, our talents, our sins, our faults, everything, then God’s not getting anything out of our worship. Worship is the response of our hearts, expressing thanks to God for who he is and everything that He has done. If we are not pour out our hearts to Him as our worship, and go with the mentality that it’s about what I get out of it, we are way off base. We must offer ourselves, our hearts, our life, our sins, our talents, everything as an offering of worship.

I am not quite sure how many parts I will have to my thoughts on worship. They come as they will.

Friday, December 16, 2005

very nice video

this is a very cool video

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Greatest picture ever...period.

I think this is the greatest picture ever. Stone Cold Steve Austin as a water bottle. How can you beat that? Posted by Picasa

Monday, December 12, 2005

thoughts on worship -- partONE

Worship. What is it? What does it mean? What does it look like? How do we know we are in worship? Is worship about the style? Is worship about the song? Or is it about the feel? Is worship a thing we do? Is it an attitude? Today worship seems to be getting a lot more complicated then it should be. Talk over what style of worship to have, or what kind of music to play, or how the room should look have muddied the waters of what authentic worship is. We have deceived and confused ourselves about what worship is and forgot that it is really a simple thing after all.

I believe that worship is about a response. It’s about my response to the greatness and grace of God. So when I look upon Jesus, I am astonished at who he is and what he has done for me. And not worrying about the style or the song, but saying I don’t have a lot Jesus, I’m sort of a rag tag, rebellious hearted kind of guy, but everything I have, everything that I am, I’m putting in to your hands as an offering of worship. Use me any way you want. I am reminded of the song by Matt Redman, “I’ll sing you more than a song, for a song in itself is not what you have required. You search much deeper within, through the way things appear, you’re looking into my heart.” Worship is about my response to the greatness and grace of God. It’s about the attitude of my heart. Because God looks beyond the style, God looks beyond the song, and looks into my heart.

This is the first post in a series of I don't know how many. But continue to check back as I add more to my thoughts on worship.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

tyranny of the urgent

Right now I am reading a book called "Perspectives" by Colin Creel. He makes this qoute.

"Guard against the tyranny of the urgent. The most important things will seldom scream for your attention, they will simply wait for you to discover them. Things like prayer, Scripture study, cultivating friendships, thinking, enjoying art. The loud and demanding are rarely as important as these." -- Charles Swindoll

For some reason I love that qoute. I often find myself too busy for the important things in my life, and I often find it difficult spending time with God. It's not as entertaining as the rerun of the Family Guy that's on and it's easy to grab that 30 minutes of extra sleep in the morning. And the times that I do try to spend with God, discouragement is right there as well...I get sleepy, my mind wanders, I am thinking about a girl, Oh crap, I forgot to do that, something distracts me. Or I read the bible and pray and nothing life-changing happens.

I like to think about spending time with God as training for a sport. As most of you know I love to ride my mountain bike. I ride and ride miles and miles a day, training, keeping my body in shape for the few miles that I will ride in the races that I compete. Training for a bike race and spending time with God both take discipline. Both take time invested and putting in the miles. The key to training for a sport and also being disciplined in your time with God is having goals. When I ride my bike, I want to be a better rider. When I spend time with God, I want to become more intimate with him and ultimately mor Christ-like. You will have bad days and you will have good days in training and spending time with God. It's those good days that keep you going. Those times when you are hammering up a hill, and you realize you are not breathing as heavy, and got up the mountain quicker then you expected. It's the same way with God, you keep at it and you will have those good days. You will see your prayers answered, you will see scripture come alive, you will notice God working in your live and in the lives of people around you. Keep at it.

So guard yourself against the tyranny of the urgent. Take time and relax in the presence of God. Go to an art gallery with a friend. Forget about deadlines for this evening. Don't turn on the TV for a couple of days. Read that book you've been wanting to read. And watch what God does in your life.