Remembering

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Remembering is a significant part of our faith. Remembering uses our past keep us from stumbling, refocuses us in the present, and gives us faith for the future.

Here is a roadside audio recording I offer as a moment to remember.

I offer it for two reasons. First, the thought behind this audio blog seemed simply profound to me. Second, I wanted to see if I could capture, edit, upload and post with nothing but an iPad and 3G… Oh, yeah.

Deuteronomy 4:9 Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren.

Can you feel the love

Special Thanks The Hutchinson News for Publishing this article in February of 2012.

 

Welcome to the season of love!

February is the time for heart-shaped cards, cheesy pickup lines, stale candy and crowded restaurants filled with dating dreams.

Yet, far too often “love” leaves us anything but happy. We’re a culture of the depressed, detached and desperate.

I remember Sunday School teaching that we are supposed to love with “JOY” – JESUS first, OTHERS second, YOURSELF last.

So if we got the order right, we’d be all right.

So, how’s that working out for you?

Maybe the key to love isn’t putting God first.

Maybe it’s loving Him, only.

Genesis 29 contains one of the saddest love stories in human history. Let me compress the background for you:

* Jacob loved Rachel.

* Rachel loved Jacob.

* Leah was Rachel’s not-so-pretty older sister.

* Laban (Rachel and Leah’s dad) tricked Jacob into marrying Leah.

* Jacob decided to put up with his unwanted bride if he could marry her sister, too.

So here’s the love triangle: two sisters married to the same man, but the man only loves one of them. We’ve got more drama here than a high school cafeteria!

Leah was unloved, yet love Continue reading “Can you feel the love”

Can you feel the love

Special Thanks The Hutchinson News for Publishing this article in February of 2012.

 

Welcome to the season of love!

February is the time for heart-shaped cards, cheesy pickup lines, stale candy and crowded restaurants filled with dating dreams.

Yet, far too often “love” leaves us anything but happy. We’re a culture of the depressed, detached and desperate.

I remember Sunday School teaching that we are supposed to love with “JOY” – JESUS first, OTHERS second, YOURSELF last.

So if we got the order right, we’d be all right.

So, how’s that working out for you?

Maybe the key to love isn’t putting God first.

Maybe it’s loving Him, only.

Genesis 29 contains one of the saddest love stories in human history. Let me compress the background for you:

* Jacob loved Rachel.

* Rachel loved Jacob.

* Leah was Rachel’s not-so-pretty older sister.

* Laban (Rachel and Leah’s dad) tricked Jacob into marrying Leah.

* Jacob decided to put up with his unwanted bride if he could marry her sister, too.

So here’s the love triangle: two sisters married to the same man, but the man only loves one of them. We’ve got more drama here than a high school cafeteria!

Leah was unloved, yet love Continue reading “Can you feel the love”

Jesus-lite

I’ve been drinking diet pop for a long time (that’s soda for you northerners, and the non descriptive, uber generic ‘Coke’ for you in the south).

I’ve been drinking it for so long, it not only tastes good, it tastes better than regular pop. I understand that the previous sentence is probably the single most controversial statement I have ever posted on this blog, but you will just need to deal with it.

It’s kind of a pattern for chronic dieters like myself:

  • You make the decision to go lite
  • You endure the transition
  • You get used to it
  • You get comfortable with it
  • It becomes normal

You can do this with almost any habit, whether its food, drink, entertainment, political affiliation and unfortunately…even faith.

Yep, you can choose to go lite. It may feel awkward at first, but you’ll get used to it. If you try “Jesus-lite” it will eventually become normal.

Jesus-lite has become the new rage all around the world. All the love with none of the conviction. You can enjoy 100% of your daily requirement of feel good, with none of that commitment aftertaste.

Harvard University is a sterling example of embracing the Jesus-lite lifestyle.

The school motto is “Veritas,” the latin word for Continue reading “Jesus-lite”

Jesus-lite

I’ve been drinking diet pop for a long time (that’s soda for you northerners, and the non descriptive, uber generic ‘Coke’ for you in the south).

I’ve been drinking it for so long, it not only tastes good, it tastes better than regular pop. I understand that the previous sentence is probably the single most controversial statement I have ever posted on this blog, but you will just need to deal with it.

It’s kind of a pattern for chronic dieters like myself:

  • You make the decision to go lite
  • You endure the transition
  • You get used to it
  • You get comfortable with it
  • It becomes normal

You can do this with almost any habit, whether its food, drink, entertainment, political affiliation and unfortunately…even faith.

Yep, you can choose to go lite. It may feel awkward at first, but you’ll get used to it. If you try “Jesus-lite” it will eventually become normal.

Jesus-lite has become the new rage all around the world. All the love with none of the conviction. You can enjoy 100% of your daily requirement of feel good, with none of that commitment aftertaste.

Harvard University is a sterling example of embracing the Jesus-lite lifestyle.

The school motto is “Veritas,” the latin word for Continue reading “Jesus-lite”