One Year.. A Reflection of Time

Good evening readers! I hope everyone is doing well tonight. Does everyone realize what day it is today?

Today is the one year anniversary of this blog. That’s right. I made it, and it has flown by!

Tonight I wanted to reflect on the last year. I hope I don’t bore you.

Just a few statistics for you:

1) In the last year, I have posted 114 blog entries, tagged 955 words, and created 68 categories.

2) This blog has had a total of 129 comments, and has blocked 1317 spam comments.

3) I have 9 active subscribers that get an email each time I post.

4) My Facebook fan page has 90 fans.

5) My Twitter account has 249 followers, and I am listed 103 times.

And… You know what??

I give all the glory to God! I started this blog to use it as my quiet time. I wanted to document what I was learning from God. Then it became a ministry to reach out to others with, while expressing my opinion on different topics, books, movies, etc.

I want to personally thank all of you that read my blog each time I post. I really means a lot. I want to thank my wife for letting me write.

I want to leave you with the motivation behind this blog. It can be found on the ” About This Blog” page as well.

I am a Christian living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,USA. This blog is a log of my adventures with God starting 12/13/09. The title of this blog is based off of the scripture Romans 8:15 :

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”–The Message.

So with that said.. I look forward to the next year of blogging. I hope that you take the journey with me.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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The Bible… In Blog Format

Evening readers. I hope everyone is enjoying their evening/week so far. While my wife is away enjoying time with some friends this evening, I thought I would write about something I thought about this morning in the shower.

Lately I have kinda been having some writer’s block, but kind of not. I don’t know. I have ideas about things to write about during dreams, or on my commute, and then get home and think they are stupid. At that point I decide not to publish them, and then I end up forgetting about them.

So.. Here is my idea from today. It may be stupid, but work with me here.

What if the authors of the Bible were to have computers and the internet back when the Bible was originally written? Would they write it in the form of a book, or a blog? Would the letters in the Bible be in email format? How would have technology played into it if it were around back then?

Going with the mentioning of writer’s block, do you think that the authors had it? I know that it is said, and strongly believed by some, that every word in the Bible was put into the thoughts of the authors. Do you believe that? I sort of believe that. I kind of find it hard to believe though that someone was actually dictating every word that Jesus said.

Anyway..

Those are my thoughts for the day. Feel free and add to them. Tell me what you think.

Until next time, God Bless!

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Husbands and Wives

Hello again readers! Wow.. Two blog posts in two days. How long has it been since that happened?

Anyway.. Today I wanted to talk to you about marriage (Listen up those of you who are just in dating relationships as well). This post is similar, yet different, than the post from yesterday.

As you may or may not know, communication in a relationship is one of the most important things you need to have the relationship thrive. Without it, why be in that relationship?

Now I am no expert in the field of relationships, but I just wanted to also point out that in the field of communication, there are different languages we can speak in. For example, there is:

Words of Affirmation

Quality Time

Receiving Gifts

Acts of Service

Physical Touch

For more information go here. There are lots of resources for you to learn more. If you haven’t read the book, you really need to.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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The Christian Atheist

Good afternoon readers. It is Friday, which is always a good thing.

So, after writing the last blog post, I decided to go purchase a book. I have been thinking about this book for a week or so, to the point of even having a dream about it.

The book I have decided to start reading is The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel. The sub-title caught my eye and hasn’t let go.

“Believing in God but Living as If He Doesn’t Exist.”

Here is what the inside front cover has to say.

Are you putting your whole faith in God but living as if everything is up to you?

Craig Groeschel’s personal journey toward an authentic, God honoring life and the lessons he learned along the way are more relevant than ever. From his family and his upbringing, to the lackluster and even diametrically opposed expressions of faith he encountered, Groeschel’s frank and raw conversation about our Christian Atheist tendencies and habits is a convicting and life-changing read.

This honest, hard-hitting, and eye-opening look into the ways people believe in God but live as if he doesn’t exist is a classic in the making.

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So readers, I am going to read this, maybe blog about it, etc. If it sounds like a good book to you, pick it up and we can read it together.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Summer Reading List

Hello readers! I hope all of you are doing well today.

Well, even though spring is still here, summer is right around the corner. Now I will fully admit that I am not the biggest reader in the world. I would, however, like to read some books this summer. I need your help though

Here is where you come in. I want you to suggest some books to me. I am a 28-year-old guy with odd tastes. To give you an idea of what I like, here is a list of books that I have read in the past.

Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Stiff by Mary Roach

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs

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So readers, let me know of some good books to read. Tell me a little something about them as well.

Thanks, and God Bless!

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Music Monday — Music, Poetry, and Comedy!

Good morning readers! It is Monday, and you know what that means.. Music Monday!! This morning we are going to look at one of my all-time favorite guys in the world, Bradley Hathaway. He wrote a book called All The Hits So Far, Don’t Expect Much More: Poetry, Prose & Other Sundry Items . It is a collection of his poetry. But why it is going into a post for Music Monday, you ask. Well The book contains a CD of his poems. Some of them are put to music. Also he has other albums that are songs as well.

The way he uses his words are absolutely brilliant! He turns funny things into Christian messages, and I just love him for that. I had a chance to see him live a few years back, and actually get to meet him. He is the nicest guy in the world. Below is a clip of a poem from his book called Manly Man . Enjoy!

So, do you have any types of media other than the Bible that speaks to you in the Christian sense?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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News Wednesday — Twilight for Christians?

Good Morning readers! Today is yet another News Wednesday!

Are you a Twilight fan? Are you for Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Honestly, I have no idea what that means. I haven’t read the books. I have seen parts of the first movie, but I haven’t seen the second one. As I look at what today’s youth is reading and watching, more and more of it has something to do with vampires. Today’s news touches on that.

There’s Power in the Blood

by Elrena Evans

Vampires are hot stuff right now. The preternatural creatures leer seductively from the covers of books and lust dramatically after their prey in television shows and movies. A glance at recommended reading lists for those who enjoyed Twilight, Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular vampire-romance series, yields hundreds of vampire entries, the majority published in the past three years.

This isn’t the first time the undead have become a cultural obsession. Religious scholar J. Gordon Melton traces the word vampire to the Slavic “upyr,” first recorded in 1047. Folkloric tales of night-walking monsters that drink blood to gain immortality surface in the chronicles of ancient Mesopotamia, Africa, and Europe. But the vampire’s most recent resurrection owes more to two 19th-century tales, John Polidori’s The Vampyre and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Both authors transformed the vampire from a bloated, red-faced, flabby creature into a monster with sex appeal—sleek and suave, epitomized by Twilight’s hero, Edward Cullen—shifting from the purely scary to the intriguing and tempting.

Anne Rice, whose Interview with the Vampire (1976) and subsequent Vampire Chronicles have established her as the premier vampire-centric storyteller of this generation, believes the creatures continue to fascinate because we see something of ourselves in them.

“The vampire is a monster who preys on his brothers and sisters, but loves them and needs them emotionally as well as physically,” she told Christianity Today. “There are times when almost anyone might confess to feeling like a vampire—for using or abusing someone else, for taking rather than giving, for being in pain yet wanting to hang on to life no matter how difficult it gets.”

Rice believes the current craze is most likely author-driven, following Twilight’s success. “Certain authors develop the mythology, and their work catches on,” she says. “The public appetite is potentially insatiable because the potential of the idea is so great.”

Beth Felker Jones, a theology professor at Wheaton College and author most recently of Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga,

believes Meyer’s series is so popular because its romance resonates with readers’ desire for radical love.

“There’s nothing halfway about Bella’s love for Edward,” Jones says, “or her belief that she has found complete meaning and fulfillment in him.” And that’s what Jones finds disturbing about the series: Bella “doesn’t have any hopes, interests, or desires outside of Edward. She’s even willing to sacrifice her soul for his sake.” And the vampire motif only raises the stakes: “Readers wait to see who will get bitten and who might have to die in the quest for love.”

Shawna Ferrell, owner of the Christian review website Teen Lit Review, wrote cautiously about Twilight in 2008, concluding that she couldn’t recommend it for teens.

“Teens today are bombarded with all kinds of shows about paranormal activity, witches, and vampires that are specifically designed to appeal to their generation,” Ferrell says. To an adolescent girl who may feel undesirable, “the idea of a superbly handsome young man who is desperately in love with her is very appealing.” Because vampires are both “cool and sexy,” they possess “everything our media-worshiping society says it takes to be beautiful and thus accepted.”

Blood Drives

While Meyer and the authors following her lead borrow heavily from Romeo and Juliet and other archetypal romances, traditional vampire folklore found much source material in Christian theology. The idea of achieving immortality through blood is central to both traditions—the Christian, through the life-giving blood of Christ, and the vampire, through drinking the blood of victims. Vampire legends are rich with Christian symbols, most notably the crucifix (believed to protect mortals) and the consecrated bread and wine of Communion.

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