Worthless Worship – Isaiah One

Isaiah opens with a condemnation of the Children of Israel. As Isaiah described what the nation was like because of their sin, we get a picture of a people that knew nothing of the ways of God. In verse 11 Isaiah mentioned the worthlessness of their sacrifices; he stated that their traditions and worship were vain because they tolerated and lived in sin, didn’t judge the wicked or support those in need. Because of this the Lord threatened to exterminate them. “‘But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.’ Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” This warning was to people who supposedly were children of God; the Children of Israel. But He gave them a way of redemption if they made their ways clean, put away their sin, “‘[learned] to do good, [sought] justice, [reproved] the ruthless, [defended] the orphan, and plead for the widow.'”

How well does this warning apply to the Gentile Church today? In a church culture of raising arms in fabricated “worship” at a christian rock concert, or accepting what God calls an abomination – what kind of wrath does God have on that church? However, “‘wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight….. though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.'”

There is hope for the Church!

Chicago Trip ~ October 25 & 26

Briggs (my flat-mate) and I drove up to Chicago last Saturday to see some sights and hang out.

90150019The “hotel” we spent Saturday night in (yes, we slept in the van). It even had a DVD player, so what better movie is there to watch while in Chicago than Divergent?

90150012Saturday and Sunday morning we mostly stuck around downtown checking out the sights. We went to Moody Church Sunday morning.

90150017After church on Sunday we headed to the more hipster part of town and hit a couple small coffee shops – I highly recommend CaffĂ© Streets and Gaslight Coffee!

Man of God

As a man of God I should pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. I should fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which I was called; keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Taken from 1 Timothy 6:11-14

Runner Vision

I’ve been working on a project for the last couple of weeks (planning since last winter, though). It’s an action/drama youtube series called Runner Vision. Here are the first two teasers for it:

There’s one final teaser which should come out sometime within the next month.

What Truly Lasts

A week ago today I was sipping a latte in 30-30 Coffee, sitting in the second stool at the counter in front of the window, when I got a text message that made my heart stop. Karie Blair had passed into the arms of Jesus earlier that morning.

I struggled my way through the rest of the morning. It was a relief when I finally got to Mom and Dad’s house and got some time by myself. I laid down in the grass in front of their house to think – think about life and death, the danger and fulfillment of friendships, and the purpose of life in general.

As I lay there I started writing down my thoughts. What came out was a poem; not of my own words (because I am by no means a poet) but words inspired by God. Here’s what I wrote:

Life is a vapor, here and then past.
I think it’s forever, but it flies by so fast.
Moments slip by, used once and then gone.
A new set of chances are given at dawn
To reach out to someone, to show love that lasts.
But often I miss them as my life speeds past.

A number of days – just a few years.
I live for myself, no concerns and no fears.
Compassion is missing; my hand for the poor
Is stuck in my pocket afraid to do more.
I meet friends for fun times and share a few cheers,
When what I should do is shed a few tears.

Moments are priceless, so learn from the past.
Reach out to someone to show love that lasts.
Realize the help I could give to someone;
Rather than seeking to just have some fun.
Life is a vapor, here and then past.
I choose now to live life for what truly lasts.

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Coffee

A friend mentioned that I hadn’t posted on my blog in a while and encouraged me to write about something. My life has been chock-full lately, but not with much of anything worth mentioning. I thought about what I could write about, and a single word popped into my head: coffee.

To some people coffee is totally disgusting, while to others it’s essential for life. Me? I can take it or leave it. But I do enjoy having a cup of joe while sitting around and chatting with friends. To me it’s a social drink – something to be sipped in between chuckles and stories. It’s a carrier for relationships; a companion to time spent with friends.

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