Sunday, July 30, 2006

Greg Boyd

1,000 of Greg Boyds estimated 5,000 member church walked out on his sermon titled "The Cross and the Sword." What is your reaction to this? Should the United States still be declared a "Christian nation" should we steer clear of the political right? Namely, just because someone says they are a christian and say they are against abortion should they get our vote? This article stirred a lot of emotions in me, I want to get a discussion going before I post my reaction. What do you think?

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Kyrie Eleison

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on me.

I feel often times like I could give Paul (apostle) a solid run for his money in the whole "chief of sinners" catagory. I am horrified at how quickly I believe Satans lies. I look for earthly validation to tell me that I am good enough. I am torn between the desire to write about my sin in depth, be transparent and expell it from what seems to be the depths of my soul. Then again, I am aware though that this is the is not fun to boadcast your depths for the whole world.
I am noticing lately how I look at sin, not as something that is waging a eternal war for my soul and has the power to send me to hell away from my savior. Rather, I see it as something to indulge in, feel bad about for a time, and then when I think I can get away from it do it again. This is a war for my soul!! Christian, WAKE UP. Sleeper, awake! I feel fast bound in sin and lazy in my fighting. Last night which should have been a wonderful night out with friends, I found myself sulking, frusterated and angry. Instead of falling before my father, I allowed the indulgence believing that this is fine...and totally justifiable. "the heart is sick, who can understand it..."
May we as believers of grace find grace and mercy for what we seek in our Saviors side, may we fight the fight of faith knowing that there is an eternal weight of Glory at stake. May we trust that he will provide for all our needs when it is for his Glory and our best, and most of all...may we never forget that we have a great highpriest who is sympathetic with our desire and a Spirit who interceeds on our behalf. Lord, this is true, help us to believe it.
I was singing this song today in the car on the way to church and then we ended up singing it there, let the words wash over you and bring true repentance and grace in the side of our Lord.

Thy mercy my God is the theme of my song,
the joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue.
Thy free grace alone from the first to the last,
has won my affection adn bound my soul fast.

Without thy sweet mercy I could not live here.
Sin would reduce me to utter despair.
But through thy free goofnesss my spirits revive,
and he that first made me still keeps me alive.

Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart.
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart.
Dissolved by the goodness I fall to the ground
and weep for the praise of the mercy I've found.

Great father of mercies! Thy goodness I own.
And the covenant love of thy crucified Son.
All praise to the Spirit whose whisper deving,
seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

before you get a new roommate

I found this while "surfing" the world wide web yesterday. Coming from someone who has had OVER 20 roommates in her short life span (27 years) this seems like the process I am going to put my next one through. Although, for the time being, I am quite pleased living with the Kaybs. But, dear God...I was laughing out loud. Enjoy. Signs that you are not my new roommate

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Its that time of year again

The time is fast approaching, the Desiring God conference is afoot and that means 7 days in Mpls. 7 days spent drinking Caribou apple blasts, walking around lakes, enjoying non 100+ temps, listening to favorite pastors and seeing friends. I have a little calander at work with the count down. So, while I am going to Mpls to relax my younger sister is going to be there the same weekend to run the twin cities marathon. I am shocked we are related. Who in their right mind would want to run 26 miles is beyond me. My thought on the subject can best be summed up by remembering a conversation I had with my friend Aber about a year and a half ago. I had asked him and his wife Molly to go hiking, he paused, asked me if we could drive where we were planning on hiking to. I told him that this was possible, yes. He then proclaimed something along the lines of, well then why would we walk if we can get there faster driving. I do not want to give off the incorrect view of Aber, he and Molly are trim, attractive people, and generally enjoy the outdoors. I think he was tired, anyway he perked up after he was told of the old time ice cream "Shoppe" in "town." Alas, I digress. My sister runs, I don't, and I am very proud of her and can't wait to see her crossing the finish line lathered up in icy hot smelling like a sweaty old man.
So, the question remains...houseguest anyone? I know bethlehem will be asking you to host families and the benefit of me is, only one small girl with a rental car. Looking forward to seeing all of you.
Sorry there has been an extreme lack of posting. I just had a review at work (Got me a raise!), parents were in town (it was so wonderful to have them!!!) and just life has been really busy. Hope everyone is well.