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Ladders

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“The entire life of Jesus isn’t the story of somebody climbing up a ladder; it’s a picture of someone coming down – a series of demotions.”

John Ortberg in When The Game Is Over It All Goes Back In The Box

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Written by Ryan

February 29, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Temporary or Eternal?

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Wise people build their lives around what is eternal and squeeze in what is temporary. Not the other way around. So let’s try an exercise in understanding what is at stake. Think for a few moments about two categories: “forever” and “temporary.” What in your life is going to last forever and what is going back in the box?Now take it a step further. In your imagination (or it might be helpful for you to do this in real life), take a pad of self-adhesive notes and write “TEMPORARY” on each one. Walk around and distribute them everywhere you need to be reminded. Put one on your car. Put on the front door of your house. Put TEMPORARY stickers on each piece of furnature. Put one on the front of your checkbook. Stick them on all the clothes in your closet. Put them on your iPod and on the TV and the treadmill and the barbecue.

Then take another set of self-adhesive notes and writer “ETERNAL.” Put them on your family. Put them on your friends. Put one on your boss. Put one on the stranger behind the counter. Put one on the person you most dislike in the world. Don’t forget to put one on your forehead as well.

For the stuff in our lives is only temporary. The day is coming when all our 401(k)s and bank statements will be irrevelant. The titles on our resumes will no longer impress anyone. GPAs and SAT scores and college acceptances will be long-forgotten. No one will know what clothes hung in our closet or what cars sat in our garages.

All that will be left is love. That which was done out of love for God will last.Every human being you see is a cleverly disguised receptacle of eternity. You can take the love with you.

John Ortberg in When The Game Is Over It All Goes Back In The Box

Written by Ryan

February 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm

What Really Matters?

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“It’s not bad to play the game. It’s not bad to be really good at it. It’s not bad to be Master of the Board. My grandmother taught me to play to win. But there are always more rungs to climb, more money to be made, more deals to pull off. And the danger is we forget to ask what really matters. We race around the board with shallow relationships, frenzied schedules, preoccupied souls. Being smart or strong does not protect you from this fate. In some ways, it makes the game more dangerous, for the temporary rewards you get from playing can lull you into pretending the game will never end.”

John Ortberg in When The Game Is Over It All Goes Back In The Box

Written by Ryan

February 27, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Ayiesha Woods – What Matters Most

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Written by Ryan

February 26, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Posted in Christian, MP3, YouTube

Our Predicament

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“This is our predicament. Over and over again, we lose sight of what is important and what isn’t.”

Epictetus

Written by Ryan

February 26, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Posted in Books, Christian, Religion

We Need To Keep Dancing

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“To pursue being naked, you have to believe that this person is worth getting to know for the rest of your lives. Being naked is peeling back the layers, conversation after conversation, experience after experience, year after year. It’s rooted in a belief that the soul has infinite depth and you’ll never get to the bottom of it.

Our understanding of what it means to be naked reflects what we believe about the human soul. Is it infinite? Or can you get to the end of a person?

The failure to understand the infinite depth of the human soul is often why people who are married have affairs? They stop exploring the person they married. They find somebody who appears more interesting.

Another couple I’ve known for a while just told me that they have been taking dancing lessons. They’ve been married well over thirty-five years, and they’ve just taken up a hobby together that’s new to both of them. It’s so simple, taking up a hobby together, and yet it’s so profound.

We need to keep dancing, don’t we? Because we intuitively know that is they keep dancing, the world will be better for all of us. We see God in their echad. We desperately need more Johnny and Junes.”

By Rob Bell in Sex God 

Written by Ryan

February 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Jeremy Camp – Walk By Faith

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Written by Ryan

February 24, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Posted in Christian, MP3, YouTube