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I feel like I have always been waiting to get in the place in my life where lasting friendships are possible. In each phase of life, there seem to be temporary friends but not ones who are around for the long haul.
The Israelites had grown to have hope in and trust in material wealth. Their city was coveted by other nations. Yet, their wealth was nothing but a burden to them in the end.
About a month ago a friend of mine asked me to give him my opinion about a blog post entitled "12 Reasons Millennials Are OVER Church" by Sam Eaton. Well, I put it off until I all but forgot to get back to him so I decided to write him a whole blog post about what I think of it. Here is my response and review:
Chapter 3 is the climax of Lamentations. The first part of this chapter is a summary of the first 2 chapters from the perspective of Jeremiah the prophet. But the chapter takes a turn in perspective, there is Hope: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:” (Lam 3:21).
The city’s population has dwindled because of death and captivity. The enemy has taken over. The people are starving. And God is the one who has done all of it.
It is for these things Jerusalem weeps.
This week we take a look at the Christmas story. The familiar story goes like this. Young Marry is visited by an angel who tells her that she will become pregnant without a man. The man that she is engaged to finds out that she is pregnant but has a dream telling him not to leave her.
Our response to hardship could be to hide/ lay low or give up. We can put our faith in material things to distract ourselves from reality, but reality is we cannot go on without God. How will we know God’s voice in the chaos when we never took the time to hear it in the quiet?
I’ve recently started a new job and nerves have been kicking my butt. Not worry, but the anxiety that sits deep within the stomach and is not linked to thoughts. If I wasn't starting a new job, I wouldn’t even have known why I had it. So what do people typically do in comparable situations? “God help!” And thats what I did. I asked God to help me do this.
First, let me make it known that the irony of a man speaking on women is not lost on me. I have taken this topic very seriously and I hope that I do it justice. Since people can proof text any position on women from the Bible, I hope to speak the truth by appealing to the creation account and life after the fall
Working together as a group through strengths and weaknesses makes us a whole unit. Working together is how humanity has progressed as far as it has, and the times where we have not worked together have lead to the worst parts of our history.
Who do we help? Do we help everyone who expresses the need for help? What about those who need help but don't ask for it? What about people who don't need help and ask for it?
There seems to be a prevailing thought that we should help less people because there are a percentage that are “gaming” the system meant to help those in need. Of course no one will ever say that we should stop helping people all together, just make it so less people are able to get through in order to receive help.
"There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him." - 2 Samuel 12:1-4
It is so difficult to know who we can trust. I can give a person positional respect, but not completely trust them. Trust seems to take more time to earn and is easily broken. When it comes to politics and elected officials we are placed in a hard position. We SHOULD be able to trust them if we want them to represent us and hopefully we can respect them. We look to the platform that that candidate represents and then we have to decide if they actually represent what they say. How do we know which candidate we can trust? Hilary hammered hard that her website was fact checking everything that Donald was saying and every news outlet has their story on all the things that each candidate was wrong about. Are they simply negligent with their information or are they willingly lying to sway the masses?
From our talks about protests, I have gained a greater respect for hearing what message is trying to be conveyed. I look forward to evaluating any future feelings that I have about protests.
What it comes down to is enjoying the freedom to protest something we don't like.
I’m a “white” male who lives in the United States of America AKA European-American [the later is what I identify as]. I don't know where I come from. We have a few hodgepodge of origins within Eurasia, which means that I am a mutt. With this in mind, here are some thoughts I have about immigration, culture, and racism.
Today we end the bones of our belief series where most people start: the Bible.
And I didn't know where to start. We preach every week from the Bible as the basis of our faith. We believe that since the Bible claims that it is from God that it has authority. It’s a circular argument: the Bible is true because God says that it’s true within the Bible. The Bible is authoritative because it claims to be from God. I have faith that this is true and it doesn't hurt that the Bible has a pretty good track record in its translation and historically.
Throughout this week we have established that the human condition can be described as sinful, fallen, and rebellious.
So allow me to pose this question: in light of the human condition do we harbor bitterness towards God?
What do I mean?
Churches have bought into the hype-machine. They believe that they have to hype everything up to get people to be involved. Every Bible study is the greatest, best teaching ever. Every new preaching series is the series that will change your life forever so you better not miss it. Yet, when we get there it's the sermon he preached 3 years ago with the same stories and a different name. We tell people that if they know God their lives will change forever but they don't think that we have ever changed.