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My take on Newtown

Do we really need one more opinion making its way out into the blogosphere?  Quite frankly, no.  However, there seems to always be a however, writing can solidify thoughts into tangible and succinct ideas which can change lives.  So here I go.

Is it really fair or appropriate to ask the question “Why did it happen?” Aren’t the number of factors involved in these kinds of incidents so vast and deep that to answer it would truly require us to return to Eden and solve why Cain killed his only brother Abel out of jealousy with  a stick or a rock?

Why did any of the plethora of mass murders by seemingly “normal” individuals take place?  Don’t you so love it when news outlets have to find the one neighbor who says, “I always thought he (or she) was so nice and sensible.  I would never have suspected it.”

Think about the list of mass killings that have just taken place since 2008, there are too many to list, literally.  My opinion is we have become a Godless, standardless, and individualistic society.

Father God has been debated right out of so many aspects of our lives. He created the first list of laws that encapsulated every aspect of life necessary to lead a peaceful and respectable existence.  The Ten Commandments form the perfect set of guidelines for reasonable community coordination.  Don’t murder people.  Plain and simple.  The problem that has accumulated with obeying such a simple thought is that the moral standard for mankind has been become circumstantial.  ”What works for you, doesn’t work for me.”  Gosh how many times have we heard that?

And have the social networks really done anything to draw any of us closer together for a more healthy society?  If anything, by seeing your post on Facebook about what your day was like, has provided an answer to the question, “How are you doing?” and made it so that we don’t call one another and ask or meet over coffee to talk about life.  And maybe the world wide web had made us more introverted.  I can get all the answers on how to tile or replace my roof from YouTube without having to ask my expert neighbor.  Heaven forbid I look like I don’t have it all together. ;)

Do we really need more gun law and control?  Yah, I have heard the stats on countries that have banned guns and the number of mass shootings there.  And how the USA should do the same.  Can we really expect all bad guys to turn in ALL of their guns?  So when folks say, we need more gun control, what kind are they talking about? The topic is broad.

I don’t want to minimize the incredible tragedy that occurred to so many families all at the same time in Connecticut.  Yet, each and every day all over our nation, gangs kill each other at the same rate at the one incident at Sandy Hook.  Daily and nightly in Long Beach, Oakland, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington D.C., and Houston, senseless murder takes place.  Those incidents don’t quite tug our heart strings like a  group of innocent seven year olds gunned down do.  When it is one thug killing off another, the rational by some is, well there is one less thug on the street.  Horrible justification for doing nothing to love and mentor some in difficult living conditions.

My viewpoint is a spiritual one and one based on the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  A spirit of repentance must flow in the hearts of humanity.  A continual self-reflection and dialogue with Father regarding where ones heart is inclined.  I am not suggesting a return to a time in the US idealized by the “Leave it to Beaver” family and cultural dynamics.  I recognize that times have changed in that regard.  I am suggesting a return to God, His word, and a love one for another.

“Humble Adventure”

For whatever reason, I seem to be thinking quite a bit on the lessons gleaned from wilderness adventures.   Maybe it was a short conversation I had with someone yesterday about how valuable the wilderness is for a training room.  Or maybe it is just the plethora of trips I have undertaken and how valuable I personally know those experiences have given me.

There are so many reasons why the wilderness teaches so well.  Yet here are a few more things to add to the list:

**Being in the wilderness constantly reminds me how big and transcendent Father is and how small I am.  It is easy to get too big for my britches.  The looming mountains remind me just how I fit into the ratio of the universe.

**Being in the wilderness reminds me how fragile my life is.  I can’t get too far from water.  It must always be nearby.  Hydration is more on the forefront of daily activity than in civilization where it is readily available. Your every breath and heartbeat, your eyes, ears, strength, and mental health are all from God.

**Being in the wilderness shows me that there really isn’t a whole lot I can control in life.  Humans try so hard to manipulate and control circumstances and things, often to no avail.  The wilderness has natural laws that work so uniformly and succinctly.  I must fit myself into the arena of the wild on its terms not mine.

** Weakness is highlighted.  And in glaring fashion.  If there is an ailment, a sore, a sickness, a discomfort, it will seem much worse in the wild.  Having to walk farther than we want with a blister or a hot spot on a joint somewhere reminds us of frailty.  There is no warm chicken soup for an aching body brought by someone else to bring comfort.  Instead, maybe a freeze dried meal that I have to fix myself.

If I am at home and need a jostling to remember some of the things above, I read Job 38-41 and am quickly brought back to my senses.

“Mountains of Guidance” CRBC 8.12.12

Someone thought some of the ideas from Sunday were so inspirational that they should be published.   What you see below is  what I speak from, so to get details and pictures one has to go to the website to listen and view the Powerpoint slides.  Hopefully it is as enjoyable to read as it was to ponder and prepare.

Every so often an event occurs in life that causes me to reflect on the entirety of life.  Such an event occurred this past week.

As many of you know, it is a life goal of mine to summit all 59 fourteeners in the state of Colorado.  That goal is close to realization.  This past Tuesday, I was fortunate to summit #’s 57 and 58.

On August 25th, I, along with nearly 15 plus friends from CRBC will be sponsoring a 14er climb to help raise funds for a ministry called Wilderness Ministry Institute.  Their mission is to train gospel leaders in predominantly Islamic countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, and more.  Therefore the training is usually clandestine.

Included in the DNA of our church family is the funding, prayer, and participation of ministry groups in the vein of WMI.   CRBC is pleased to help WMI continue training leaders in “the uttermost parts of the earth.”

And to link a fund raiser we believe in with on my life passions is about as high an high as I could possibly walk in.

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How to Raise a Fake Christian

A new website I came across is called Kingdom People.  Titles are a key to catching someone’s attention.  So this one caught my eye.  Read through and see if there is anything that needs adjusting.  It came from this website.  Enjoy.

Raising kids that truly love Jesus is hard work. That’s why so many of parents settle for plan B.

What would happen if you were actually trying to raise a pretend believer? Here are some 9 steps you might take.

My point is not to encourage this type of parenting, only to point out where we might be doing it on accident. 

1. Look down on others: Psalm One is sound advice, but it’s no permit for raising sanctimonious kids.

2. Practice route prayers: Religious habits can serve children well, but it’s no substitute for knowing God as Father.

3. Confess only acceptable sins: This sets up a safe duality, some sins you talk about and some you keep secret. The end condition kills any hope of real accountability.

4. Crank up the K-love: Our family loves to sing along in the car, but I never want my kids to think Jesus is an entertainment choice. Don’t let your kids confuse music preference for Christian spirituality.

5. Never miss church: Another good habit that can quietly becomes the basis of our assurance.

6. Pray aloud to your Daddy-GodI doubt Jesus has changed his mind about showoffs.

7. Buy the t-shirt(s): They may know us by the t-shirts we wear, but God looks at the heart.

8. In a phrase Prosperity Gospel: Children who want their best life now may miss out of God’s best later.

9. Lead by example: Playing religion comes natural when kids see their parents do the same thing.

Obviously we don’t want you raising fake Christians. I’m afraid this is what’s happening to many kids on accident. My point is to show how so-called christian behavior does not always equal belief in Jesus.

Chris Tomlin/Louie Giglio Gig Review

Just the other night a bunch of us went to the Wells Fargo Theater downtown Denver for a Chris Tomlin/Louie Giglio deal.

If you have never been to a Chris Tomlin worship concert go here and make some serious plans to get there.  You will not regret it.

I think one of the best things about Chris’ music is the focus of his songs.  Recently I read an article on worship titled “The Show is Over” in Charisma Magazine all about the state of worship music in some of our churches in the States.  Stertzer interviewed folks from all over and makes some provocotive points.  Quoting the article she makes the statement- “Then in the ’90s, a lot of songs were in first person, with a focus on self: “I need” and “Lord, what can You do for me?”  In reflecting on Chris’ songs, I can’t recall his being of this ilk.  As we all sang together, what came to my mind was how each song pointed to, reflected on, and illuminated something about Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.  We sang to and about God the entire time.  This was super refreshing. 

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