Tuesday, January 27, 2009
About 30 minutes went by and I was so convicted it was driving me nuts. But as each minute passed by, the awkwardness increased and it was harder and harder to start a conversation. I couldn’t get out of my own way.
Finally, I just asked, “So, where are you headed?” Seems like such a simple question to ask in airport, doesn’t it? But to me it felt like the hardest question I’ve ever had to ask. It seemed like such an awkward and forced question. Why was it forced? It was forced because the reason I was asking him the question was to get to something. I wasn’t asking because I cared for the answer. Do you see the subtle difference? Do you see the lesson to be learned? I share the Gospel because we care, so I need to care to share the Gospel. I know I’ve learned my lesson, I pray you will learn from my mistake.
Anyway, it turns out his name was Gabriel. He was in the Army (served in Iraq), got out about a year ago and just got the call to go back to active duty and return to Iraq. He went to church “sometimes” and thought he was going to go to heaven b/c he was a good person. He heard the Gospel and it was amazing to witness once again the power of the Holy Spirit convicting him of his sin, and his need for a savior. He had never heard the Gospel like that before. I know the Lord brought us together for a reason that day, please pray for Gabriel.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Is the Gospel real to you? from I'll Be Honest on Vimeo.
You can view this video in HD here.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)
"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
I told you, this was only a test. You'll have to apply this one yourself. I'm just changed my RSS feed service to feedburner, so I wanted to see if this would show up in my feed reader.
24-Jan....just editing this post again to see if I finally got it to work right....-W.S.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
If you start watching this and you find yourself saying, "This is dumb, I fell like such a fool doing this!" then I ask you to ask yourself two follow-up questions:
- Do I have the 10 commandments 100% committed to memory (in order)? (If answer is no, see question #2)
- What is more "dumb"....not knowing the 10 commandments or going through an exercise that will help you learn them?
Please remain in your seats, this is only a test. I'm testing a new iPhone application called "lifecast" that will allow me to post directly from my phone.
"why?", you ask? Well, As I walk my walk with Christ each day there are a ton of things that pop into my head that I think would be perfect blog entries...but before I know it life gets in the way and I never get around to it (but mostly I just forget).
So, we'll see how this works out. If my spelling is (even) worse than normal it also provides a pretty good excuse. :P
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Here's a tougher question...are you Ronnie?
Either way, my point here is not to cast stones. As Christians, as true followers of Christ, we must build REAL relationships in our church. This will enable us to begin to have REAL fellowship with our church family. I'm not simply speaking of friendships here, I'm talking about the kind of relationship that is built on a foundation of repentance and trust in Jesus Christ. This is not a hypocritical "churchy" relationship that I know we are all familiar with. The one where you walk on egg shells and are to have conversations that will expose your true hypocrisy. We've all been there, and maybe we're there today. We must get beyond the days of speaking in church cliche's, and start having conversations about our Amazing God using real words.
What kind of conversations do you have with people in your church? Are they any different the typical conversations those of the world have on a daily basis? Are they only about the weather, sports, fashion, or TV? Or are your conversations about Christ? Your Savior. Your God. Your LORD. They should be.
After all, what else is there really to talk about?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
You see, all these scientific "facts" that all the "smart" people in the world come up with don't always stand up to the test of time. These articles (Part 1|Part 2) by the British Medical Journal just debunked several scientific "facts" which I know I have bought into over the years. Here are just a couple:
- Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children.
- You don't lose excess body heat from your head. (You can leave your hat at home if you don't want to muss your hair!)
- Eating at night does not make you fat. (Though the obvious rules still apply—you can't eat more calories than you burn.)
- Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that you can cure a hangover.
- Shaving does not cause hair to grow back faster, darker, or coarser.
- Reading in dim light will not destroy your eyesight.
- You don't need to drink eight glasses of water a day, so save yourself the bloat.