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Bloggers' Spotlight: Ask Pastor John

John Piper is well known in Christian circles, and I recently ran into a podcast with an interesting title: "When Worship Lyrics Miss the Mark." Being a person whose life is influenced greatly by music in their testimony, it was encouraging that I'm not the only one who scratches my head at some lyrics when I hear them.

Let John speak for himself >>>

God bless!


Lately, there hasn't been much to say because I frankly had been working 12+ hours in a day, so I didn't have the time. Another reason is that this season in my life has been rough. I have seen God in the fields of Kansas with the breathtaking views, but my walk with Him has been seemingly at a standstill. While in Kansas, with my crazy work schedule and inconvenient rural location, finding a church was difficult. Not having that Christian community to go to for encouragement was hard to be without. It reminded me of the time I was working on my senior research in Michigan and had no car--therefore, no church--and was left listening to audio sermons. How did I do it back then? Now, I'm yearning for my church family I left in South Carolina. I miss the friends I made and the community I left behind. Working with non-believers is heartbreaking as well. Pouring out to people and not having a community pouring back into me is an exhausting place to be in for an extended perio…

What are we to do about CEO and NCAA Christians?

Holy Week: The procession of Jesus--Son of God, King of kings, Creator of all things--going from being praised "Hosanna in the highest!" to being charged as a criminal and dying a brutal death on a cross. Easter: The day in which we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and ascension to be seated at the right hand of God. 
This is the time in which everyonepiles in their cars, whether the last time they attended church was that Thursday or Friday, the previous Sunday, or last Christmas. 
As I was getting ready for church this Easter Sunday, one of my housemates made the comment that we should leave early in order to avoid traffic "because all the CEO Christians will be at church today." I was confused, and she elaborated: a CEO Christian is "Christmas and Easter Only." It immediately pained my heart, knowing this phenomenon was true. I felt flooded with feelings of awe and sadness when I drove down Betsy Kerrison Parkway, and the shoulder was lined with cars…

A look at Ezekiel.

Lately, I have been going through the Old Testament major prophets through a Bible plan on the YouVersion Bible app. Oh my goodness, guys. I have to tell you; the most difficult part of this reading plan so far is getting through Ezekiel. It isn't difficult like reading-through-genealogies-in-Exodus-without-falling-asleep difficult, but it's God-is-angry-and-He-is-not-afraid-to-show-it difficult. Why is God angry? His children are disobeying Him by creating idols and worshiping them. The most distinct depiction of how this relationship is going in a downward spiral is in Ezekiel 16 with Jerusalem depicted as an unfaithful wife. I have never heard the Bible so graphic in my days, but that is there for the whole world to see. Long story short: Jerusalem is using God's gifts to worship hand-crafted gods, and God won't have it. Jerusalem is getting what is coming to her.

It breaks my heart to see these people experience famine, war, and disease from the hands of God (and …

An analogy from under the sea.

We as Barrier Island naturalists have professional development every week, and we each have recently been responsible for making a presentation in any subject we like. The only catch is we have to pick a topic in which we can learn more about. This is a fabulous opportunity to gather more information to apply to our classes and see different teaching styles in the process (we're only able to peer-review and see each other teach once in a blue moon).

One thing I have learned so far was that with fouling communities (barnacles and other small epifauna--animals that live on the surfaces of objects), specifically talking about barnacles, have such a strong connection to the object they live on that five THOUSAND pounds of pressure needs to be applied to them in order to separate them.

My first thought and prayer when I heard that: "Lord, let me be attached to You as a barnacle is to a boat dock." Cheesy as that may sound, isn't that what we yearn to achieve? What's …

Do we KNOW God?

This morning's sermon was quite convicting: do we indeed know God? First, we need to clarify what we mean by knowing. Yes, I have a knowledge of Christ and what He has done, but this idea of knowing God is a more intimate and personal idea. DID YOU KNOW: The same Greek word is used in the context of "knowing God" and "knowing your spouse." It's clear you cannot have a closer relationship in this world than one you have with your spouse because you're one flesh with them! This is the relationship--the knowing--God yearns for us to have with Him. What happens then if we do not have this relationship?  Look at 1 Samuel 2:12.
"Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the LORD." (TSK) What shocks me is the language in the King James Version, where rather than calling them simply worthless, they are called sons of Belial. Who's this Belial character? Why is he so bad? That is another name for the devil. Wow.

I know in my walk wi…

Home and family found in the Body.

I appreciate "On This Day" on Facebook because it does the work for me of looking back and seeing the crazy shenanigans I have posted in the past and reports back with what I posted on that particular day. It's marvelous, especially because I am a very sentimental person. A few weeks ago (I have been wanting to write this post for a while now--I have been tired and lazy), I got the above pictured "On This Day," and I was very close to crying.

Dear Younger Me, I love your fervor! Don't let the flame die out! 

Back around this time, I was in a state of making my faith my own. My testimony involves a lot of church hopping, and this time wasn't much different. I had a church to attend, but I didn't really have a church I could call home. I suppose that might explain why I yearn to go to church and the thought of skipping church for any reason is beyond my comprehension because I wasn't able to have stable attendance growing up.

Fast forward five yea…

Don't just sing.

Here's a little something I learned in church this past Sunday during worship. The lovely song "O Great God" is actually based on a Puritan prayer. It's almost word for word in some parts, and it brings a whole new beautiful dimension to the song in my opinion.

Look for yourself:

This reminds me of a time I was at youth group, singing along and minding our own business.. when out of nowhere, the youth pastor stops the music and asks us, "What was that you were just singing? Are you living that out?" Are our hearts singing along with our voices?

Maybe sometime I will break down the song and find Scripture references (similar to how I have done before). Wouldn't that be fun? =)

For now, dwell in God's greatness and pray as you sing.

God bless!

No broken records. No broken records. No broken records.

I enjoy looking back in my journals and seeing what I was doing around this time last year. I thought I would see something drastically different and feel sentimental with how much has changed, but I surprisingly found that it wasn't far off from the present. That made me a bit discouraged. Have I been sitting in stagnant water for the past year, not progressing in my walk with Christ? I spoke with two friends about my concerns, and their responses reminded me of something: they say repetition is good for a developing brain. According to scientists, a person's brain doesn't fully develop until they are twenty-five. I still have some time before I reach that point, so I shouldn't be surprised when God gives me ample opportunity to learn a lesson, right?

In this stage of my life, moving from job to job with a relatively quick turn-around, I see the cycle clearly: two-thirds in to my job, I realize this position doesn't last forever, and my free time is devoured by s…