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Archive for October 2007

Tell God You Love Him Without Waving Your Arms In The Air

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Love God. Start there. End there. Live there.

God is the reason you are on this planet and He is the reason you are reading this book. Tell Him so, without fanfare or waving your arms in the air. Tell God you love Him, that you want to know His presence all the time. When you wake up in the morning, thank God for the day. When you go to sleep at night, thank God for the day behind you and the night ahead. Thank God for sheets and pillows. Thank God for your spouse and the smell of her hair and the feel of her back pressed against your chest.

As you move through the day, be aware of God. Thank God for the teeth you are brushing. Thank God for the school you attend or the job you have to go to. When your boss yells, thank God for the pay cheque. Say grace over your meals. If it’s winter, feel the cold air as it enters the lungs that God gave you and thank Him for the air. Think about the creativity involved in designing snowflakes. If it is summer, thank God for the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Are you getting the idea? Make God a part of your every day. Many people don’t think about God until Sunday, and then they wonder: “God, where have You been? I’ve had such a crummy week.” Then God is out of their life for another seven days. You don’t have to recite a prayer before you switch the station on the car radio. But make yourself aware that God made music. You don’t have to go into a lengthy theological dissertation before making a copy of the annual report, but remember that God is in charge of all things.

These little “flirts” with God need only be a moment. But they must be a part of your life to attain the presence of God.

By Steve Case in “God Is Here”

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Written by Ryan

October 19, 2007 at 12:27 am

Posted in Books, Christian, Steve Case

Shocking Message

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Written by Ryan

October 13, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Posted in Christian, YouTube

Barack Obama on Faith

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“But somehow, somewhere alone the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart. Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us.”

Barack Obama in Relevant Magazine

Written by Ryan

October 8, 2007 at 11:31 am

Posted in Christian, Religion

The Real Jesus

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What got my attention was that the Jesus I read about was a wild, free spirit who went to parties and refused to be religious. He broke rules, touched people He wasn’t supposed to, hung out with thieves and whores. I wondered if that was really true; I always thought that Jesus was the stained-glass wimp in church windows. It is possible God is passionate and involved? Is it possible that God isn’t about doctrines and regulations, but that Jesus lived a life like mine, only a few thousand years earlier?It honestly seems ridiculously impossible.

By Rich Diamond in Wrestling With God

Written by Ryan

October 1, 2007 at 12:16 am