Platonic Overly-Spiritualized Christianity

I thought this video went well with what was discussed today about “platonic overly-spiritualized Christianity”.  A little more about “prosperity gospel” than I thought, but still applicable to this idea.  We cannot simply say “believe in Jesus and your poverty issues will be taken care of” … no, it is the church’s job to act.  As Mr. Webster often says “We can not stand in a dark room, and yell ‘It is dark! It should be light!’ and walk out of the room without turning on the lights.”

Also, good for a few people previously mentioned on Mr. Webster’s blog.

“The Lordship of Jesus Christ, who is both Creator and Redeemer, has implications for all of life. We are no longer free to compartmentalize our lives, thinking that we only please God when we are doing spiritual things like reading our Bibles, praying, and witnessing. Of course we should do these things, and more of them, but we must also recognize that we must live for Christ in everything we do. The movies we watch, how we treat other people, how we act at home — it all matters now.”  — Michael Wittmer

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10/40

Many have heard me using the term “10/40” a lot, whether in person, on facebook, or on AIM.  It is something that is constantly on my heart and mind, and more so as I learn and think more about my purpose in life.  I thought I would explain it briefly just as something to think about, and maybe pray about …. definitely pray about.

The numbers 10 and 40 refer to 10 degrees latitude north of the equator to 40 degrees latitude north of the equator.  This forms a little rectangle box over parts of North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, known as the “10/40 window”.

Of the 55 least evangelized countries, 97% of their population lives within the 10/40 window. 95% of the people living in the 10/40 window are unevangelized.  85% living in the 10/40 window are the poorest of the world’s poor. 

“I will praise you among the nations, O Lord”  Psalm 18:49

Solution

 I’m giving up on the American dream.  I want to be His hands and feet.  I don’t want politics to decide what I can and cannot do for Jesus.  I want to be light in the darkest place.  Is this “darkest place” where my heart is breaking?  I think it may be.  I’ll fill you in later.

Solution by Hillsong United.

It is not a human right
To stare not fight
While broken nations dream
Open up our eyes, so blind
That we might find
The Mercy for the need

Singin Hey Now
Fill our hearts with your compassion
Hey Now
As we hold to our confession
Yeah

It is not too far a cry
To much to try
To help the least of these
Politics will not decide
If we should rise
And be your hands and feet

Singing Hey Now
Fill our hearts with your compassion
Hey Now
As we hold to our confession

Woah-oh-oh,
God be the solution
Woah-oh-oh
We will be Your hands and be Your feet.
Yeah, yeah

Higher than a circumstance
Your promise stands
Your love for all to see
Higher than protest line and dollar signs
Your love is all we need

Only you can mend the broken heart
And cause the blind to see
Erase complete the sinners past
And set the captives free
Only you can take the widows cry
And cause her heart to sing
Be a father to the fatherless
Our savior and our king
We will be your hands, we will be your feet
We will run this race
On the darkest place, we will be your light
We will be your light

We will be your hands , we will be your feet
We will run this race for the least of these
In the darkest place, we will be your light
We will be your light (we’ll say/sing?)

We will run we will run
We will (run with the solution?) (2x)

We will be your hands we will be your feet
We will run this race for the least of these
In the darkest place we will be your light
We will be your light

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

There are way too many things to put on a list of what I have to be thankful for.  From the little things that can come and go, to the one thing that can never be taken from me.  May we never forget to give the thanks to the One deserving.

Ps 69:30
I will praise the name of God with a song;I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Ps 106:48
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,from everlasting to everlasting!And let all the people say, Amen!Praise the Lord!
Isa 25:1
O Lord, you are my God;I will exalt you; I will praise your name,for you have done wonderful things,plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
Ps 147:1
Praise the Lord!For it is good to sing praises to our God;for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.

“Praise the King”

Praise Him in the morning
For tall and lofty trees
And praise Him in the evening
For children on their knees
Oh and praise Him in the noon day
For gentle birds that sing
Oh praise Him all ye people
Praise the King

And praise Him for a peaceful porch
And rocking chairs that sway
Praise Him for the rolling hills
Where children laugh and play
Oh and praise Him for the wandering soul
That never lost their way
Oh praise Him all ye people
Praise the King

Chorus:
Praise the King
Praise the King
Let it ring
Praise the King
Praise the King
Praise the King
Let it ring
Praise the King

And praise Him for the blood that fell
And bloomed a rose that day
And praise Him that He suffered through the guilt, the grief, the shame
Oh and praise Him that His tender love will still forgive today
Oh praise Him all ye people praise the King

Flyleaf

You may not like this … I do.

Flyleaf– “All Around Me”

My hands are searching for you
My arms are outstretched towards you
I feel you on my fingertips
My tongue dances behind my lips for you

This fire rising through my being
Burning I’m not used to seeing you

I’m alive, I’m alive

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healing

My hands float up above me
And you whisper you love me
And I begin to fade
Into our secret place

The music makes me sway
The angels singing say we are alone with you
I am alone and they are too with you

I’m alive, I’m alive

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healing

And so I cry
The light is white
And I see you

I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healing

Take my hand
I give it to you
Now you own me
All I am
You said you would never leave me
I believe you
I believe

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healed

Oh, Sick

I bet you wish you had Raynaud’s syndrome.  Actually, my guess is that you don’t even know what that is … let me help you out ( and let me tell you also, that you don’t wish to have it).  This is what my hands generally look like after 30 seconds of being outside on a cold day     (no those obviously aren’t my hands).  Make it a terribly cold day and you get pretty darn red/purple/white hands.  I found out that sufferers are more likely to have migraines (yep ..sounds like me).  Thankfully, my hands and feet don’t generally feel painful, just cold and annoying.  I saw some nasty pictures of  people who had it really bad … who had lost some fingers due to it. Yikes.  All I know is that I am going to wear gloves more often .. ya .. no amputation, please.

Mute Math-You Are Mine

Thank you Mr. Webster.

Mute Math – You Are Mine

everyone has their obession
consuming thoughts
consuming time
they all have their prize possession
that defines the meaning of their lives

you are mine
you are mine
you are mine all mine
you are mine
you are mine
you are mine
you are mine all mine
you are mine

there are objects of affection
that can mesmerize the soul
there is always one addiction
that just cannot be controlled

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