Friday, January 13, 2006

What if I don't accept or reject God?

No matter what your age, as a Christ-follower you are told to go and tell others the Good News (The Gospel). It is not usually easy telling a friend who does not believe about Jesus. What if your friend says, "I just want to sit on the fence. I don't accept Him and I don't reject Him."?

Thing to consider: the very reason for this life might be to make a decision for or against God. If that is the case, then maybe it is impossible for us not to make a decision. In other words, if we don't say yes to God, we have therefore said no.

Check out the rest of this response to the question - "What if I don't accept or reject God?"

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Loud iPods Make You Deaf - Pete Townsend

Pete Townshend Warns IPod Users

Guitarist Pete Townshend has warned iPod users that they could end up with hearing problems as bad as his own if they don't turn down the volume of the music they are listening to on earphones.

Check out the rest of the story here....

Friday, December 16, 2005

Top 10 Things Not To Say on a Date

If you ever want to go out with him or her again, you'll definitely want to avoid these lame lines! By Steven James See original article here.

"Nice haircut! We used to do something like that with my mom's poodle!"

"Oh, an '81 Pinto. How nice. My last date drove a brand-new Porsche 911 Carrera. Way too showy."

"Is that your perfume or did we just walk past a dead skunk?"

"I've got a great idea! Let's sing some camp songs while we wait here in line for the movie. Kum Ba Yah, my Lord! Kum Ba Yah! Everybody! Kum Ba Yah, my Lord! … '

"That's so cool how you make your voice crack like that in the middle of a sentence! Most guys are self-conscious about it. But not you!"

"All right! All-you-can-eat pizza! Last time I scarfed 36 slices before I got sick. Wonder if I can beat that tonight?"

"Um, there must have been a mistake. The costume party isn't until next Friday night."

"Did you know I'm ambidextrous? I can pick wax out of my ears with BOTH pinkies at the same time. Watch!"

"Rats! It looks like I left my wallet at home again! What's that, nine times in a row? I'm sorry. You don't mind paying again, do you?"

"I still can't believe you said yes when I asked you out! The last 38 I tried all said no. I was going for a Guinness World Record!"

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

CT Review - It All Starts with God

Please post your comments or questions on the CT Topic for this week. Please be respectful.

Teaching: It All Starts With God
Series: Living Life on Purpose #3
Resource: The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren

  1. You won't find your purpose within yourself...Your purpose is found in God through Jesus Christ.
  2. The Bible is our owner's manual written by God.
  3. You were made by God and for God--and until you understand that, life will never make sense. (Rick Warren) For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of all humanity. Job 12:10
  4. Self-help will not git 'er done.
  5. because of Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago. Eph 1:11
  • You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • God was thinking about you long before you thought about Him.
  • The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity.

The Big Point: It's not about me.

The Big Question: In spite of all hte advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself?

Next Week: You are not an accident.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Other Religions and Christianity

I have students asking me all of the time "what is the difference between Christianity and other world religions?

They ask me questions like:
Don't we all worship the same God?
Aren't there many ways to God?

Here is a great article from EveryStudent.Com that examines the difference in several world religions and Christianity, Connecting With the Divine.

Is there a difference?
In looking at these major belief systems and their views of God, we find tremendous diversity:
  • Hindus believe in 300,000 gods.
  • Buddhists say there is no deity.
  • New Age followers believe they are God.
  • Muslims believe in a powerful but unknowable God.
  • Christians believe in a God who is loving and approachable.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

He Made Fun of My Faith - Campus Life Magazine

He Made Fun of My Faith
Brandon was popular—and he didn't care much for religion.
by Casey Day as told to Chris Lutes

I sat at my desk doodling mindlessly, trying to relax after finishing a history exam. As I scribbled away, Brandon* walked past me and gave the teacher his completed exam. On the way back to his seat, he grabbed my Bible off the corner of my desk.

Brandon was one of the most popular guys in school and could make just about anyone laugh with his weird sense of humor. He also didn't care much for religion. When he found out I was a Christian, he'd told me something like, "Only wackos believe the Bible—it's full of lies." He even called me "hardcore," because he apparently thought I was this crazy hardcore Christian.

I glanced back to where Brandon was sitting and noticed him flipping through my Bible. I couldn't help but wonder if he was going to make fun of my beliefs. After a minute or two, someone tapped me on the shoulder and handed me a note. It read:

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Who Pays Someone to do That?

Cereologist (seer-ee-OL-uh-jist) noun One who specializes in investigating crop circles.

Who pays someone to be a cereologist?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Don't Believe the MTV Myths

The Bible tells us to focus on what is good and righteous. Does that mean never look at anything but the Bible? No. It does mean you have to be careful what you put in your head because it changes and forms the way you think.

Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:2)

According to an article in Campus Life -
MTV: The Good, the Bam, and the UglyWhy are we so attracted to the world of MTV? by Todd Hertz here are some myths we learn on TV.

Myth #1: You Are What You Have
Myth #2: You're Interesting if You're Famous
Myth #3: Sex Is Only for Enjoyment
Myth #4: Have Fun—Whatever the Cost

Reality Check - By thinking about the messages MTV is sending us, we can better understand what is true in the real world and what is true only in MTV land. Here are some questions to keep in mind if watching MTV:

  • What is this show saying about the way the world works? Is it true?
  • How is this show different than my daily life?
  • Am I uncomfortable with the choices these people are making? Should I be?
  • If my friends and I were in this show, how would it be different?
  • How would people see my faith?
  • What consequences of people's actions are shown?
  • Is this realistic?

By thinking through these questions, I can best decide whether I should visit MTV's alternate reality … or just keep channel surfing.

I hope you will check out the entire article and think seriously about what you put in your head.


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