Thursday, February 4, 2010

Divisions

1 Corinthians 1.10-13
I appeal to you brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Brothers and Sisters,
We of the Christian faith have for entirely too long put up walls of hostility and hatred for one another based upon names, systematic theologies, practices, and most of all pride. Let us not create these walls, these false dichotomies. Please do not misunderstand what I am saying, there will be disagreements among us. There are 2000 years of time, culture, language separating us from the orignal texts of the New Testament. While there will be disagreements among us, let never create divisions amongst ourselves over things that are not as important as unity.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Great Gifts

God is good. He has blessed all with much. More than we deserve. I was reading in Acts today, and this is what I read (its actually Peter quoting Joel 2.28-29):
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
29 Even on the male and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

What a blessing this is. Knowing that God will pour out his Spirit on my lowly, sinful but redeemed flesh. He not only forgives my sin, but gives me great gifts, I will prophesy, and dream dreams and see visions. Even the lowly people of society, if they turn to Christ, will be blessed with these things.
Lord, I thank you for the gifts you have given believers, may you help us to use them wisely. You are the giver of wisdom and all things good, may we bring glory to your name through them.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Waste of time or time of relaxation?

Recently I have been evaluating the things that I spend my time on. They are numerous, but surprisingly I spend most of my time doing a few of these activities, and not very much time on a majority of them. Honestly, what I have found upsets me, and desperately needs to change. First lets start by listing the main few things that I spend my time doing.
1. Work - Since the summer has started, I took a job on campus working for the Office of Conferences and Events, same as last summer. I seem to be getting many more hours this year though. It is keeping me busy, and this is something that I need during this season of grief. I would definitely say that work at CBU is what I spend the majority of my time doing. But because of that it has led to increased fatigue, which of course leads to me not wanting to do much socially, physically, or mentally. Which is a serious problem.
2. Spending Time With Family/Sarah - Chances are if I am not at work, I am at home enjoying the company of Sarah, my mother, or my brother. My mom and I have spent more time talking in these past few months than we have in most of my life combined. These have been hard conversations, but they always are helpful, at least to me, and I have enjoyed them very much. I also have been spending more time with Josh, whether it be going to play mini-golf, or playing NHL '08 on my 360. However, Sarah gets a lot of my time just talking, watching movies, going to eat or to Disneyland. We see each other for longer times, because neither of us are in school, and it seems that many of our friends have gone home for the summer.
3. Ministry - I still work with middle schoolers at MABC, and I love it. In fact tomorrow we leave for our 5 day summer camp in San Diego. It will be a blast, and I am looking forward to connecting with the guys that are in my small group. This is another area in which Sarah and I spend time together, as we are both involved in The Refinery.
4. Scholarly Pursuits - These have been seriously lacking lately. The Lord has blessed me with a curious temperament, but lately anytime I have sat down with any book of any significance, my mind wanders, and when I am able to stay focused I have a hard time understanding deeper concepts that I am reading about. This MUST change. I must never cease to try to understand my Father, His thoughts, or His word. If I cease to try, I might as well cease to be.
5. Video Games - These have been and continue to be my Achilles heel of time management. While they are a great stress relief for me, I have a hard time knowing when it is time to put down the controller and pick up a book.
6. Musical Endeavors - These also have been seriously lacking lately. The Lord has also blessed me with a musical mind, but I have seriously neglected that. I used an excuse to not play music. Because Ryan moved away, I didn't ever feel like playing music. Instead of properly dealing with my feelings of grief over Ryan moving, I just gave up music. But the good news is that this is starting to pick up. While I am rusty as heck, and all my guitars need new strings, and my amp probably needs a re-tubing, I am finally making some music. Dylan Hake and I have started writing, just for the sake of doing something that we love, I do not plan on making any money, nor do I have high expectations that we will ever even play any shows, but I am writing again, and it is a relief to my spirit. Lack of creativity over the past year, I think, has driven me slightly insane. So I am slowly regaining my musical prowess as I shake off the dust, and begin writing again.
I would say that these are the main six things that my time gets spent doing. There are things that should be included in this list that aren't. And there are things that are in this list that need to go down, by how much time I spend doing them. The lesson here being, time management is not something that you just have. It is something that you must force upon yourself, it takes some self sacrifice, and getting rid of some things that you would really like to hold on too. For example, I know that I need to make more of an effort to spend more time with my friends, and with the Lord. I have been craving intimate friendship, and intimacy with God, but I don't have it because of my laziness. Now I am feeling the effects of that laziness, especially when it comes to my relationship with Christ. I am slowly but surely getting back into the saddle of maintaining a steady, constant and firm relationship with Christ. If you take anything away from this, please learn to manage your time now, rather than later, save yourself some pain, and irritation.

Monday, May 4, 2009

It's a summer reading event!!!

I have decided that this summer will the summer of philosophers. I have already started. Presently I am reading Abolition of Man by Lewis and although I know it isn't exactly philosophy he hung out with philosophers and did some himself so I am re-reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien as well as The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. Call me a nerd if you will, but I enjoy Tolkien. Join in with me for this summer of philosophy, and we can discuss it all. I will doing some reviews and such on here as I go, so look forward to those.
-Chris

Monday, March 23, 2009

Arizona Video

I promised a video and here it is. Hope you enjoy it. The reflectional post still to come!

-Chris

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Arizona Update

Instead of boring and wasting all your guys valuable time, I have decided that I am only going to do two post about this particular trip to AZ. One will be simply a video/slide show of stuff that I did and saw, and the other will be the reflections that I will have made by the time I get home. It seems whenever I come out here it gets my brain going pretty fast, and makes me wonder things, so I will post some conclusions when I come to them. Hope you are all well, and are looking forward to these posts.
-Chris

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Home, home on the range

I am gonna go make my annual trip to AZ next week. Hopefully will get to experience all the things that I would like too: Phoenix Coyotes home game, a show at The Living Room, some Brooklyn Pizza, plenty of Eeggees,and most of all getting to see some great old friends. I will be posting regularly from my true home state.
-Chris