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Content with God alone

June 29, 2007 1 comment

I was sitting in my therapy session tonight (yes I am a therapist who gets counseling go figure) and my therapist asked me the weirdest question. He asked me could I be content in this life if all I had was God. I could not have family or friends. I could not be important or significant in any way. I could not be someone that others looked up to. It had to be just God and I. I must admit this question threw me for a loop because it had never been asked of me before. As I sat there and pondered this question for a bit I came to a scary conclusion. I am not at a place spiritually yet where I can be content with God alone.

Some would say that I should be ashamed to verbalize that thought much less write about it. I am just admitting to it so that I can be honest with myself and begin to know what part of my spiritual life needs to be strengthened. Many people will say that this part of spiritual formation is easy for them, but how many of us can truly say that we desire nothing else but to have God in our life. It would be difficult to be alone and not have the relationships that we have built on earth. I believe God calls us to this mindset, but it is a journey that takes some time to complete. It is my prayer that I will become more comfortable with God in a way that He provides all my needs. I want Him to solely provide the affirmation, praise, and support that
I need so that I will not seek it in a selfish manner.

So where are you in this journey? Are you content with God alone? Am I the only one who admittedly has this problem?

New Website

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Categories: church

What You Do Best in the Body of Christ


About three weeks ago I began teaching a Bible class on spiritual gifts. This is a class I always enjoy doing due to the complexity and powerful nature of the topic. We have been looking at a book called “What You Do Best in the Body of Christ” by Bruce Bugbee. This is absolutely the most practical material I have used to teach this topic. Bruce Bugbee begins with the basics of what the spiritual gifts are and eventually leads the reader to understanding how they can use the spiritual gifts to enhance their ministry.

I feel that this class has been going well thus far. It is not one of the topics that was discussed much at the church that I grew up in. I would suggest this book and class to anyone who is serious about discovering how God has shaped them for ministry.

Categories: spiritual formation

Happy Birthday Blog

I have been blogging for one year as of June 1, 2007. I have met several awesome people through this experiencing of sharing my thoughts. I have not always been faithful to writing as I should be, but I feel fortunate to get the feeback that I have. I will not make any promises of more frequent blogs during this new year, but I hope to keep challenging your thinking and helping you to smile every once in a while. God bless

Categories: birthday

Hip Hop Harry

June 5, 2007 1 comment

I like to consider myself “old school” because I remember the great shows like Electric Company, Sesame Street, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, School House Rock, Double Dare, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, etc. Those shows were educational, fun, and taught me so much about life.

This morning I got up early for work and was flipping through the channels as I ate my cereal. I found a new kid’s show that really caught my eye. I watched “Hip Hop Harry”! Harry is some type of creature that is from the inner city who teaches kids about life and how to dance. I attached a clip above for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what you think about it.

Categories: weird

Cover Them Things Up

June 4, 2007 1 comment

As I was leaving Walmart yesterday I was directly behind a young lady who forgot to put on a few articles of clothing before leaving the house. As I approached the friendly Walmart greeter upon exit I was anticipating hearing him say “Have a great day and come back.” The comment today was unexpected. As the young lady passed by him he said “You need to cover them things up!” The young lady, visibly upset, turned and looked at him. He said “Yes I am talking to you. You need to cover ’em up.” The young lady then walked away in a hurry. I must admit I found this situation both amusing and sad at the same time. Amusing due to his honesty and sad due to the rampant loss of modesty in our society.

This problem would be simple if it were only those outside of Christ who dealt with this, but that is far from the truth. It is disturbing that at church events with Christians I continue to see that people do not know a thing about modesty. I was at a church event recently where I had to purposely avoid talking to a couple of people because their clothing or lack of was too much of a distraction. Ephesians 5:3 states, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” How are we to expect God’s people to have an impact on this world when we don’t look any different from the world. Believe me I do not advocate everyone wearing sweaters and long pants year round, but modesty desperately needs a revival.

I am sure some are reading this and thinking that I am overreacting or being too hard on young ladies, but this is where most of the indecency that I am describing lies. It makes no sense to see someone constantly pulling down their shirt or covering up body parts when they knew they looked that way when they left home that morning. How can you wear shorts that don’t cover up your butt and feel holy? How can you wear a shirt so short that everyone knows what your belly looks like and still think that you are drawing people unto Christ? This is something that we should be discussing more, but too many people are afraid to say anything because they do not want to offend anyone.
I believe it is the responsiblity of all of God’s people to help our teens and adults with modesty. We need to have the boldness to say that somethings are not appropriate to wear in public. If this does not begin in the church we cannot sit around and wait for fashions to change because fashions are getting worse everyday. I believe we should all be concerned because our young ladies are being sexualized at a young age. This cannot please Christ and His people should have something to say about it.
Categories: church, modesty