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Should the Church be Angry?
May 29, 2009, 10:37 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

In my daily Twittering I ran across an article entitle “The Church Needs to Get Angry” on a blog I love called “Church Marketing Sucks” The article talks about a post from Eugene Cho and his thoughts on sex and human trafficking where he wonders if Christians aren’t angry enough about the social injustice that goes on around us.

The article then poses this question: Do churches need to have more righteous anger over social justice issues? And here’s the uncomfortable question: What kind of marketing message does that send?

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Here is my answer:

The church is absolutely too complacent and entirely too accepting of the social injustices of today. Too long have we just stood by idly and watched while these tragedies happen right under our noses and on our doorsteps.

Why are our cities and communities not being transformed like they should be? Because we’re too busy pussyfooting around trying to make sure everyone feels good. The Kingdom is NOT a social club and people will go to Hell. The church is supposed to speak the Truth and let you decide what to do with it, not to bend it to every whim and desire!

If God had a righteous anger, aren’t we supposed to be like Him? The church is like the new kid on the playground, too afraid of what others will think to do anything bold! We need to WAKE UP, stop standing around waiting for other people to do what God has called US to do. Stop being some PUNKS and stand UP for what angers God!

The message that sends is that we care about the same people and things God cares about. If we get involved it says that not only do we watch out for our own, but more-so, we take the position that Christ took when we defend those who can’t defend themselves.

Stand UP Church! And BE the church!

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Sermons, Sex, and Singles
May 28, 2009, 12:35 pm
Filed under: My Life..., Relationships

Last week I had an opportunity to do a guest blog for the AJC’s dating blog entitled “Misadventures in Dating” I wanted to post the blog here, but you can also read the original one on their site. So here it is!

Sermons, Sex, and Singles

Is dating in the church a good idea?

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Churches are a great place to meet people. They’re ready-made social environments with events, parties, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with others. There are tons of attractive men and women in church and for the majority, they’re well grounded and know what they want. Seems like a great idea right?

I believe it depends on your approach. Are you coming to church for the sole purpose of chasing some tail, looking for a fling? Are you so obsessed with finding “the one” you can’t think about anything else? Or are you coming to church to fellowship with other believers and deepen your faith?

The goal of the church shouldn’t be to find you a spouse. It should be to grow deeper in your relationship with Christ. If someone special comes along while doing so, great, but don’t lose focus of what’s important.

Don’t be the church “playa” who tries to holler at every attractive person who steps through the door. Take time to develop friendships; you don’t date every person at the church. It doesn’t always take a date to find out if there’s relationship potential.

If you feel like there is potential, be honest about it. Make sure your expectations are spoken, realistic, and agreed upon. The worst thing you can do is make assumptions about how they are viewing the relationship; it’s a set-up for a misunderstanding and an awkward situation. If you’re not on the same page, let it go. Don’t proph-a-lie, telling people, “God told me you were my spouse.”

When you date someone in the church, understand they have different goals. Most of the time, they’re not looking for sex; they’re trying to follow God’s design of remaining abstinent until marriage. They’re looking for a partnership: an authentic, genuine attraction to someone of quality and substance. Your character & integrity are more important than your game and, dare I say, your swagger.



The Wrong Open Door
May 22, 2009, 12:22 pm
Filed under: My Life...

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Sometimes the open doors that look the best are the worst to walk through. They’ll take you the furthest off track.

I’ll never forget when I had a great door opened for me; a job opportunity that made sense for a lot of reasons: Salary, health benefits, great work environment, awesome coworkers I already had a relationship with… I could go on.

But it wasn’t for me… On paper, it made more sense than I wanted it to. The good thing was, I didn’t matter what I wanted. What mattered was the plan God had for my life!

Was it hard to say, “no”? Yes, and no. In my MIND, I wanted all the things that came with the job. That was hard to turn down because it made no apparent sense. In my SPIRIT, I knew that wasn’t where God wanted me to be.

I KNEW that I KNEW that I KNEW that God called me to do something else; the plan he had for my life. I also knew following the path of that job opportunity would ultimately take me further away from His purpose for me.

When I got off the phone, after turning down that job, I had SUCH peace. I was actually laughing so hard because I knew what I had just done made NO sense… but I also knew it was EXACTLY what God wanted me to do. There was SUCH joy in knowing that I had obeyed God in spite of how little it made sense.

As I look back on that choice, I have ZERO regrets and can’t imagine where I’d be if I had walked down that road. I may actually not be too far off where I am NOW, but it’s in the long run where I’d be somewhere completely different.

Everyone (who didn’t know my calling) thought I was off my rocker for not taking the opportunity. They THOUGHT I made a horrible decision. But that was their problem…
When opportunities come your way and doors open, you can’t think! You have to listen (to God) and obey. Period. Don’t try to use reason or logic; sometimes they don’t work. Don’t rely solely on other’s opinions; they don’t always have your best interests (and/or God’s plan for you) in mind. Listen and obey.



God of Wonders
May 19, 2009, 1:47 pm
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Lord of all creation of water earth and sky, the heavens are your Tabernacle.

Glory to the Lord on high.

God of wonders beyond our galaxy You are Holy. The universe declares your Majesty!

– Third Day



Exciting News!
May 16, 2009, 10:03 pm
Filed under: My Life...

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I got an email on yesterday with an incredible opportunity that may seem small initially, but could potentially open bigger doors and ultimately move me more into what God has called me to do. I’m really excited about it and really am a little nervous, but I know God has given me this chance for a reason. I fully intend to walk through any doors that he may open for me.

Now, I KNOW you want to know exactly what this is, but I can’t tell you quite yet. I’ll let you know by week’s end, but I wanted to let you know about this news for a few reasons.

First… I want you to remember God is always working behind the scenes to orchestrate things for you. Sometimes all you have to do is be obedient to do what you know to do for the time being and watch him open AND close doors. You never know when something small you door can have a domino effect and set things in motion that would have otherwise never happened. Follow your instincts because it’s usually the Holy Spirit.

Secondly, I want you to pray for me. Pray God would open doors that would allow me to increase the reach of the influence that God has given me for His glory.  For God’s wisdom as I communicate HIS truth and HIS concepts when it comes to dating and relationships. And lastly, pray that God would show me a mentor that can teach me and help me develop my writing skills.

Thanks SO much for your love and support! I’ll let you know more details shortly!!



My Mom
May 14, 2009, 3:07 pm
Filed under: My Life...

I thought since I wrote a little about my mom, I should give you a picture of us. So… here you go!

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My mom is on the left, I’m in the middle, and that’s my sister Catherine on the right. That is all.

PS –> I’m gonna try and get better about posting some pictures up here… I like pictures and I like blogs that have pictures 🙂



The Christian Bookstore
May 14, 2009, 2:54 pm
Filed under: Think About It

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So I went to a Christian bookstore (which shall remain nameless) today. It was the first time in, probably at least 6 months. With getting my via iTunes and books, well I don’t read as many books as I should, but I’ll buy them cheaper on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble or Borders, I have no need really. It was an interesting experience for a few reasons:

There was a very white feel. What I mean is the music, the books, the marketing, all lacked the diversity that makes the Kingdom great.  It felt safe. It was seemingly all very politically correct and no one would dare say something that would challenge someone else.

There was a feeling of status quo.

I took for granted that everyone in there was saved and going to Heaven. The reality of their eternal destination could have been very different. They could have come in looking for someone to show them love and care about them because they felt they had nowhere else to turn. They didn’t want to go to church and where else could you find Christians. Did they get that love? That caring attitude? Or did they walk in and out without so much as an acknowledgment that they were there?

The same is true for our churches. Let’s not assume everyone coming is saved (God forbid!) But instead treat everyone with the Love of Christ as if their salvation depends on it!

There was a lot of stuff concerning helping ourselves. Get your life right, get your money right, grow yourself deeper, etc. Where are the books and CDs that say, “the world around you is GOING TO HELL… What are you going to do about it?”