Monthly Archives: February 2016

Floppy Disk Friday

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Glorious Lord Jesus Christ,
Once again You surprised me.
Once again I needed to repent my cynicism.
Thank you.
Please keep doing so, until my heart is changed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Growth Requires Change & Sacrifice

Growth.

Growth requires change. We don’t like change. Growth requires sacrifice (a component of dedication). We don’t like sacrifice.

Yet we say we want growth. But we want it to be easy. And ideally on our terms.

But intentional growth isn’t easy. And it can’t be on our terms.

We set the vision, the goal, but we must be dedicated to meeting the goal. And if we are, there will be change. And sacrifice. But also growth.

If we’re not, then we remain comfortable and mediocre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Valentine’s Day Haiku

1.
That saint, Valentine
He gave up his life for Love
We merely give hearts

2.
Kaye, heart of my heart
You bring much joy to this life
Daily my love grows

3.
First time she entered
I couldn’t stop from looking
Electricity

4.
Gifts, choc’late and cards
Roses and fancy dinners
Manufactured day

5.
Velociraptor
You hold my warm beating heart
In your pointy claws

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Floppy Disk Friday

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Jesus,

Grant me joy for all the years the depression dwelt within,

and though it still lurks,

give me joy.

I don’t ask for happiness, but

something deeper than that, more constant

and more consistent than that.

Something that will buoy me through the storms.

Father, fill me with more of Your Holy Spirit, that joy also might grow more within me.

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My Lenten Fast for 2016

This year for Lent I’m giving up video entertainment media, so stuff like Netflix and Youtube (but not videos for work or my small group). That will actually be a difficult thing for me, since a) there’s some shows on right now I really like, and b) I’m used to watching a lot of media, especially on my day off. But, it’s an unhealthy amount, honestly, probably around 2hrs. a day and more on weekends.

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But what is Lent, and why does the Church practice it?

The following is what I wrote for a church announcement regarding Lent:

  1. Lent is the Church practice of fasting leading up to Easter. For the first 200 years of church history Christians fasted as an act of mourning on Good Friday – the day Jesus was crucified, and Holy Saturday, the day of silence, but by 325 A.D. the length of fasting had gone up to the 40 days preceding Easter (after Moses on Sinai, Elijah in the desert, and Jesus in the desert).

In many churches baptisms are held on Easter (as in ours), as one of the things baptism symbolizes is the movement of death from death to life, just as Jesus was resurrected from the dead. For Christians, Lent is a time to prepare themselves to commemorate Jesus through the sorrow of the cross and the joy of His rising from the dead, and in a mysterious way through fasting, to participate with Jesus as well.

  1. Three types of Fasts: Partial (giving up some things, like candy, or meat, or music); Normal (giving up food except water and juice); Complete (giving up food and water and juice).

Ideas of things to give up for Partial Fasting from 2015 Top 50 (calculated by tracking > ~400,000 Lenten tweets):

#30 – sugar

#25 – Netflix,

#18 – junk food,

#10 – coffee,

#5 – social media,

#2 – chocolate

We fast so that we more experientially know our need for God and our dependence on Him for our physical sustenance: Deut. 8:3 “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

  1. During Lent, fasting is connected closely with both prayer and repentance.

Prayer: if we do other things during this time, like work more, we waste it. Fasting, mysteriously, strengthens and empowers prayer. Often in the NT we see people fasting with prayer before making decisions.

Repentance: “Fasting reveals our excessive attachments and the assumptions that lie behind them… it brings us face to face with how put the material world ahead of its spiritual Source.” (Marjorie Holmes).

We acknowledge our finitude and failings before God and turn to Him who in mercy turns back to us: Psalm 90:3, 13 “You turn us back to dust… Turn, O Lord! Have compassion on your servants!”

  1. This year, ask God what He may want you to be giving up, and then use the opportunity and time, with prayer and repentance, to get to know Him and know yourself better between Feb. 10 and Easter, March 27th.

 

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