Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Where are our Fathers?

To say that not having a father in the picture for children to grow up well rounded is just ignorant. There are many factors to why we have issues in society, but males not stepping up and being MEN is a huge problem. Every boy, and girl for that matter, needs an example of a man in their life to help them grow and discover who they are. The lack of fathers in our country is disturbing and I agree it is contributing to the heart problem that our society has.

Here is a fantastic article by Matt Wash entitled Our Kids Don’t Need Gun Control Laws, They Need Fathers:

Photo from http://thewildvoice.org/ 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Father Help Us

I was very tempted this morning to unleash a slew of facts and figures in relation to guns. How an article in a little read publication grossly misrepresented what they call statistics.

Then I was convicted and humbled. I was reminded that it is not the gun that is the problem, it is our hearts that is the problem. Our hearts are so dark and cold to the reality that we are slipping so far away from God as a country, as a society, as a world...that we get so cold and callous. We no longer see the good in our fellow human, we only see the bad.

There is an old saying in the media, if it bleeds it leads. Why is that? Why would we rather see the carnage and destruction that happens in this world, and not acknowledge the blessings we have around us? The simple acts of kindness are ignored and we focus on the hashtags. We focus on the political correctness. We focus on the idea that we can regulate everything out of existence. We do not realize that we are so small in the cosmic scheme of things. Do you really think God did not know that what happened at UCC was going to happen? God knows everything. Yes, you may think him horrible and unfeeling for not stopping it, but that doesn't mean God doesn't love us or that His heart is not grieved just as much if not more than ours.

Christians were executed yesterday for their belief in Christ. His children. Our brothers and sisters. It happened here in Oregon. It happened in South Carolina a few months ago. It happens every day in the Middle East with ISIS putting the sign of the Nazarene on the doors of Christians, and then coming back to kill them.

It is not the guns that is the problem. It is the hearts and intentions of men. I urge my brothers and sisters in Christ to fall to their knees in humility and prayer. Pray for healing. Pray for our eyes to stop looking at our feet or at ourselves, but to look to Christ. To think that we as humans know exactly what needs to be done is beyond ignorant.

There is a reason as Christians we boldly dare to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever

May God's will be done in our lives, in our country, in our world. Not our will, but His.

Pray. Love one another. Stop the name calling and hatred for people that have different views than you. You are no better than they are. Love, pray, serve. That is what we need to do. That is what our country was founded on. Fall to your knees and pray.

Heavenly Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, to direct and rule us according to your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Emotionally Surrendering

Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement."-Genesis 2:18

Now I am not one to question God, but sometimes I have a hard time with this verse. It's not that I don't believe it, because I do. I believe that man is made to share his life with his better half.

What I struggle with is the part that leads up to this verse. The part where Adam is kicking it around the garden doing his job (naming all the animals, best job ever) and him being alone. It is never easy to be alone. I for one love to have a quiet time and be away from people. But I yearn for my compliment. I crave the woman that is my better half. Affection and attraction. These are two fundamental  things. I think that attraction is the most deadly of these. It is so easy to be attracted to a woman. I mean look at them. They are perfectly crafted by God himself. Every loving stroke creating these perfect vessels. A combination of strength and fragility.

A thousand ships were launched and started a war just for the face of Helen of Troy. Poetry is written about them. Descriptions of her grace, She walks in beauty are immortalized. Even the Bible is full of examples of a woman's beauty and strength. All of Song of Songs is a love poem to Solomon's beloved. Proverbs 31 describes the perfect and godly woman. It is staggeringly hard for a man to not be attracted to a woman. It is ingrained in the very fabric of our being. A part of us literally is in them. Adam's rib was used to create Eve. God used this simple bone of a man to create near perfection called woman. Even Eve's name is translated from Hebrew to mean "source of life" It is no wonder with such a strong need for a woman that so many men fall into sexual sin.

Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between love and lust. Are you really in love with that girl or do you just strongly desire to conquer her? For most guys it is the latter.We want to know that we can have any woman we see. That is where the hard part happens. The world repeatedly tells us to go out and conquer all the things set before us. There is shortage of beautiful and willing women, go out and take what is rightfully and deservingly yours. So how is a man to keep his way pure? Well David says it is by keeping God's word. And I agree. When we bury scripture in our heart it will guide us. When we sleep it will watch over us. And when awake it will talk to us. I personally have never been good at memorizing scripture, and maybe that is why I find myself in situations like this.

Attraction has been discussed at length. Now affection. It is often associated with a feeling or type of love. It is often associated with more than goodwill or friendship. Affection has been broken down into these five basic needs; affiliation, nurturance, play, rejection, and succorance.While this all may be at the subconscious level it doesn't negate that these things are true. We desire to spend time with others, we like to take care of others, we enjoy having fun with others, we reject others, and we need to be helped or protected by others. So where does it change from affection to love? When does a profound fondness for someone turn into Eros? Eros is the Greek word meaning passionate love.Eros doesn't have to be sexual in nature.

So how do you know when you are in Eros? C.S. Lewis wrote about this in his book The Four Loves; Lewis concludes that Eros can become a god to people who fully submit themselves to it. He says that it can be an extremely profound experience for people even up to the point of suicide pacts and furious refusals to part. I fully agree with that. I have personally witnessed some amazing couples who are so far beyond the simple term of Love and are displaying Eros. For example Congressman Ron Paul and his wife. Congressman Paul and his lovely wife Carol have been married since 1957, They have been married for roughly 55 years. Now that is a long time to spend with someone. Is is simply for the proximity need to have a companion or is it the desire to share every part of yourself with someone?

I was recently asked if I have ever been in love. I am not sure. I know that I have a great affection for many people. I have had Philia, the affectionate friendship love. But have I ever been in Eros? I honestly don't think so. I know that I have been blessed to know so many fantastic women and share my life with them, but I have never had the extreme need for them like C.S. Lewis describes when talking about Eros.Would I move heaven and earth for a woman that I Philia? Yes, of course. But I have yet to have someone truly love me back in the way that would translate to Eros. I yearn for the ability to fully give myself to a woman and have her be my perfect compliment. God has granted me Philia on many occasions, but I am waiting for Eros. I need Eros. I have Agape from my Heavenly Father. And I am so very very thankful for that. But I'm waiting and praying that He grants me Eros.

Until that day I will settle for Philia and strive for Eros. God keeps showing me the amazing and godly women, if it is my gift to one day love a woman the way Adam loved Eve or Solomon his beloved, I will be a very fortunate man.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weak And Wounded, Sick And Sore

I am wounded. In this eternal struggle of the angels and demons for my soul, I have been wounded. I never thought I would be a casualty of war. My God went to the cross and died for my sins and there are so many times I have not served him.

By now I should have been shot for cowardice. I have ducked in my foxhole and hid. I am weak. I am a coward. I cry out with my heart that God will give me the strength to fight. God please confirm and gird me for the battle at hand.

I know this war will not be easy, but being uplifted by your right hand, I know I will become the warrior you need me to be.

Friday, August 12, 2011

iPod Song of the Week

This song has been rocking my iPod all week. So I thought I would let you see the video. Here is: Poster The People's-Pumped Up Kicks

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


"In our lives every one of us draws a circle. Inside of it are your people, the people you fight for the ones you protect, no matter what. As you get older your circle gets smaller and smaller. People grow up or they don’t. They fall by the way side or just drift off one day at a time, but those who stay through thick and thin and everything in between. They’re the ones you want in the fox hole when the walls come tumbling down."-Mary Shannon

I swear that sometimes this show states exactly what I'm feeling. I couldn't have said it better myself.