live. laugh. love. = what God wants for us

live, laugh, love is a pretty common catch phrase of today. Those kinds of things usually really bug me, but once i thought about it, it actually has some depth to it.

This poem sums up the idea of those three things are what you need in life. I fill in the blank of love to mean loving God, but most people probably don’t. The “live” means to live your life to the fullest. Of course this doesn’t mean going crazy partying it up or whatever, but instead enjoying the things in life that God has blessed you with. “Laugh” meaning… well laugh. Its good for you in every way. God has given Christians the ability to be completely happy and content in Him, and He commands us to be joyful always. So why not live, laugh, love?

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Noah’s Arc

Some time ago, my friend gave me a DVD. The DVD was titled “Noah’s Arc.” I quickly realized it was a surf film. This is what got me to watch the film originally. After watching for a few short moments, I realized this film was more than just surfing. It explained how one man, Noah Snyder, and his group of friends came to know Jesus Christ. The surfing is decent, but my interest was gained by the story. I love hearing how God works in people’s lives. 

Noah Snyder had everything the world had to offer. He was a professional surfer, he had a reputation, and he partied. For most non-believers, this is considered a good life. For Noah, it was not. He wanted more. He found what he was looking for in Jesus Christ. After going to a church service, he realized that he had been living his life for himself. He repented from his past life, and embraced Christ as his Saviour. God quickly changed his heart, which changed his life. Noah became excited about the Gospel and shared the Good News with his friends. Some of his friends accepted it immediately, others listened with skepticism. After time though, the Gospel had radically changed this group’s lives… for the better. 

The Gospel has the power to change lives. It doesn’t just change your life for a month or a year, it permanently changes your life. When you realize the beauty of Salvation, you give your life over to Jesus Christ. 

I recommend this surf film to those who enjoy surfing and hearing of their God’s saving grace. I do no believe this film delivers the Gospel in the most clear way, but atleast it does make an effort.

SUPERNATURAL

The show that is on at 9 o’clock on thursday nights is  called Supernatural. This show has two main characters, Dean and Sam. Dean has been to hell and an angel grabbed him out. Sam has demon blood  in him and has Supernatural powers. Their job in the movie this season is to stop the seals from being broken. If these seals are broken it means it will be the end of the world. So Dean and Sam go around fighting off demons, ghosts, werewolves, and etc. This show gives an interesting twist on God and Satan. It shows that God uses all people to make things happen but it also shows that demons can be powerful. It brings up and interesting question can God take you out of hell? I do not think so personally because hell is a place where you are away from God for all eternity. The show also shows us how demons can take over bodies and bend the truth to trick us. This brings up and interesting question. If demons and satan spend all this time trying to tempt us can we lose our salvation? Why would they try and tempt us if we could not lose our salvation? Why would we have to be ready to fight off Satan if it did not matter what he said we cannot lose what we have been given?

Matthias Replaces Judas

Matthias Replaces Judas

Lyrics to “Matthias Replaces Judas” by Showbread: 

it is so that my transgressions have born a withered fruit,

the sun has scorched the rising plans;

alas they have no root, the bleached bones of animals bound by leather strips,

dance through the air with laughter as i wield this wicked whip,

as you did warn me carpenter, this world has weakened my heart,

so easily i disparage, self-seeking the work of my art,

and there you have come to me at the moment i bathe in my sorrow,

so in love with myself, sought after avoiding tomorrow,

where do you find the love to offer he who betrays you?

and offer to wash my feet as i offer to disobey you,

your beauty does bereave me, and how my words do fail,

so faithfully and dutifully i award you with betrayal,

the weak and the down trodden fall on broken legs,

as i walk past a smile i cast, fervor in my stead,

but my bones like plastic, do buckle backward now,

i lay in this field by Judas’ bowels and anticipate the plow,

i can not be forgiven; my wages will be paid,

for those more lovely and admirable is least among the saved,

and where would i fit Jesus?

what place is left for me?

the price of atonement is more than i’ve found to offer up as my plea,

Jesus my heart is all i have to give to you, so weak and so unworthy,

this simply will not do, no alabaster jar, no diamond in the rough,

for your body that was broken, how can this be enough?

by me you were abandoned, by me you were betrayed,

yet in your arms and in your heart forever i have stayed

Your glory illuminates my life, and no darkness will descend,

for you have loved me forever, and your love will never end

“Matthias Replaces Judas” is one of the slower tracks on Showbread’s album No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical. When compared to songs like “The Pig” and “The Sky,” it is hard to believe that they come from the same artist.

 

The song may be lacking in musical brilliance, but the lyrics more than make up for this. The unusual passion found in Josh Dies’ voice adds to the distinct tone of this emotion filled piece.

You cannot escape the thought of the cross when listening to this song. It opens your eyes to your own disobedience and sin. You may think this song is solely about Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, but the lyrics are easily personalized and applied to your own life. Lyrics such as, “by me you were abandoned, by me you were betrayed” and “where do you find the love to offer he who betrays you.” When these words enter your ears and pierce your heart (and they will), thoughts enter your head like, “It was my sin that nailed you to the cross. My hand might as well be the one that held the hammer.” Thankfulness soon follows; thankfulness for salvation, thankfulness for forgiveness, and thankfulness for a love that never ends. If you want a modern song that focuses on the beauty of forgiveness and love, this is one to consider.

Bishop Robinson

First of all, when a religious leader’s life style contradicts his own religion, and he justifies it, he should not be a religious leader. And why should Bishop Robinson be ashamed? Because we actually follow through with our faith and are not ashamed? If the people of his church are truelly that blind that they cannot even see that their own Bishop is leading them astray, then someone else needs to go in and take control of that situation. To be honest, that Bishop is an embarrassement of the Christian faith. http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/01/18/green_robinson_prayer/

Twilight

Twilight is a romance book series about a girl and a vampire. This series has many Biblical issues that I am not personally alright with. Here is the hottest topic, the thing I have the most blatant issue about. The fourth book. They get married and on their honeymoon go and, of course, have sex. It is gone into detail. He breaks furniture, bruises her, and her feelings are along these lines, “she was so into the erotic feeling that all she could think of was, ‘I wish he would just hold me harder and when he did it felt so good.’” Don’t think that is problematic? Don’t think that that is sinful? I have heard girls defend that section saying, “its ok! They are married!” Yes, this is true, they are married. But the detail described as human-on-vampire sex is way over the top. Simply combat their statement with defending porn for a guy. “Hey, the title said they were married so I am not sinning.” They are essentially watching them have sex, defiling the thing God created to be a pleasure between a man and a woman. I was first introduced to what was in the fourth book by my Youth Pastor, who knew I hated the series, and it was out of a secular magazine. The magazine called it “over the top” even for a romance novel. Don’t think that it stops getting worse there: 13 year olds and even younger are reading these books. Most of these young kids don’t fully know what sex is. Can you imagine if your 12 year old girl had no clue what the heck sex was, and read about a vampire having sex with a human, breaking furniture and bruising the girl and THAT is what they thought sex was? I know of one story where a thirteen year old girl had sex with her boyfriend after reading Bella’s passions and desires. She thought that that is what a normal girl should be like, that girls like her normally desire sex and lusts like Bella does.

Here is how it lines up: Not only are our girls, claiming to be Christians, reading it, they are defending it, not only are they defending it, they are recommending it, not only are they recommending it, they are recommending it to younger children. Here is the sad thing that I have seen time and time again, the young girls do not tell their parents about what the books are about. So parents are oblivious to the blatant sin in the book. When confronted the girls will claim that it isn’t that bad, it’s all normal.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

How often do you think about death?  What are your thoughts on the subject? Are you afraid, or do you embrace the thought of what lies ahead once your soul leaves your body?  As Christians, we are told not to fear death. Paul says in Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  His life here on earth was only to glorify the Lord, and he looked forward to the day when he could be with God.  He knew that death was not a thing to be feared, but something to be excited about.  Finally, our bonds to the flesh are broken and we can live forever in peace with the God who created us and loves us.  Those who don’t know the Lord view death as an entirely different thing.  They see it as a tragedy.  There are a few different views on what happens when we die; from being taken to another planet by the mother ship, to returning as another person, animal or plant or something, or just ceasing to exist all together.  Christians have the assurance that after death, we will spend eternity with God, but what promises do non-believers have to hold on to?  They have no assurance of anything, so why wouldn’t death be frightening to them?  It’s incredible how differently I feel about death depending on the person… For my loved ones whom I know have a relationship with the Lord, death wouldn’t be something tragic, but something wonderful. Yes, because of my own selfishness, I would be heartbroken for a while and miss them terribly, but I would know that they are with God and no longer have anything to worry about.  They will have new, glorified bodies and will never know pain or sorrow ever again.  That’s something to look forward to and find comfort in.  But when I think about one of my friends or family members that don’t know the Lord, death suddenly becomes an aweful tragedy. They will be eternally separated from God, and the thought of that is devastating.  Thinking about death was one of the key factors in my conversion.  I was terrified of dying.  I saw the joy that my Christian friends found in the thought of death.  Naturally, I was appalled that they could think so highly of death, but it was also very intriguing to me.  As weird as it may sound, I wanted to be excited about death, too.  I started looking more into it to come to realize that it was because of the death of one man thousands of years ago, that all of these Christians found joy and comfort in passing away.  The death of Jesus Christ made it possible for sinful humans to be born again and have the assurance of eternal life with the Lord.  Dying was now just a doorway to something beautiful, and that was so amazing to me.  I don’t really know what prompted me to write this.. I think I actually just heard the word death on TV and my thoughts just went in many different directions.  On a personal note, I just want to share with everyone that I don’t fear death.  I know that when I die, I’m going to see Jesus face to face.  What could be better?  I just want to end with my favorite Bible verse.  Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”   God is with us in life, death, after death, and for the rest of eternity.  Nothing can separate us from Him, and having that knowledge is enough to get me through this life.