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Are You Sure?

Are you confident your life is going to go great? Are you confident that your life will go poorly?

Sometimes in life, things happen.

No, things always happen:

good things, bad things, ugly things, pleasant things

You are not God, so you can neither control these things or know them before they happen.

There are some things one can be certain about. You might want to figure out what those things are, because you’ll need them.

Musician Preacher

I think musicians are actually preachers. They declare what they see as truth. Often they do it passionately.

Here’s a “sermon” I’ve been loving recently:

Just As I Am by Andrew Peterson

What’s that on the ground?
It’s what’s left of my heart
Somebody named Jesus
Took up the pieces
And planted the shards

And they’re coming up green
They’re coming in bloom
I can hardly believe
This is all coming true

Just as I am and just as I was
Just as I will be He loves me, He does
He showed me the day that He shed His own blood
He loves me, oh, He loves me, He does

All of my life
I’ve held on to this fear
Its thistles and vines
Ensnare and entwine
What flowers appeared

It’s the fear that I’ll fall
One too many times
It’s the fear that His love
Is no better than mine
(but He says that)
Just as I am and just as I was
Just as I will be He loves me, He does
He showed me the day that He shed His own blood
He loves me, oh, He loves me, He does
He loves me, oh, He loves me, He does

It’s time now to harvest
What little that grew
This man they call Jesus
Who planted the seeds
Has come for the fruit

And the best that I’ve got
Isn’t nearly enough
He’s glad for the crop
But it’s me that He loves

Just as I am and just as I was
Just as I will be He loves me, He does
The same as the day that He shed His own blood
He loves me, oh, He loves me, He does
Just as I am and just as I was
Just as I will be He loves me, He does
The same as the day that He shed His own blood
He loves me, oh, He loves me, He does
He loves me, oh, He loves me,
He loves me, He does
He loves me, He does

So, who are your pastors?

Dead Wrong

I’ve been listening to Matt Chandler recently, which has been a very positive experience.

One of the big things I’ve been getting from him is how dangerous it is to trust only our intuition. Most of us think we are pretty on top of things in terms of our grasp of truth.

If, however, we’re just going by what seems right, then, well, consider that your Muslim neighbor down the street is going by what seems right too.

You know, that verse that talks about a certain way seeming right to man–makes you think maybe double checking with God and the Bible isn’t such a bad idea.

Be a Sheep

I find in myself a resistance to truly turning over the whole evangelism thing to Jesus. I want to power through it and feel strong and brave. I’m not strong and brave.

In my childhood I raised calves and showed them at our county 4-H fair. It seems like most of the time when I was leading a calf the calf was either straining forward or not moving in a very determined manner.

The challenge is to stay in the presence of Jesus. Its so easy to either blast into evangelism without consulting Him (“What’s that?” “Of course my idea is a good idea.”) or else just quit (“I intend to evangelize, but I never think about it at the right time.”)

Don’t be a calf.

The Atheist’s Dilemma

In a podcast awhile back I heard about cosmicfingerprints.com. I didn’t get around to looking at it till recently. Its pretty interesting. One of the main insights is that DNA is a code. All code has a code writer. Therefore, DNA is a strong evidence for Intelligent Design. Perry Marshall distinguishes between patterns and code. Random events can create patterns, such as a wave or a snowflake. Code, however, must have a writer. There’s a lot more on the site, too. Check it out.

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