Friday Night Date Night (4/24/2015)

pacman-2 It’s Friday readers! You know what that means! It’s DATE NIGHT!

Just like last Friday, today I will be featuring a randomly selected date idea from 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide For Praying, Playing, and Staying Together by Randy Southern.

Arcade Date

Jesus encourages us to bring childlike perspective to our walk with Him. Children are trusting, humble, dependent, and able to be shaped and molded. Being childlike occasionally will help our spiritual. emotional, and relational health.

1) Try and find an old-school arcade that has games from your youth.This will allow you to re-connect with your younger self. That is what this date is all about.

2) Help each other understand why those games meant something to you. Maybe share some stories about going to an arcade when you were younger.

3) Play games as a team or even against each other. Make sure both of you gets equal time playing.

AVOID BEING OVER COMPETITIVE! HAVE FUN AND DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY!

Before your date ends, involve a discussion about your faith.

Deeper Connection

What does it mean to have childlike faith?

What are some of the things that happen to people’s faith as they get older that Jesus wants us to avoid?

How can we encourage each other to maintain a childlike faith?

Check out the following scripture that talk about childlike perspective.

Psalm 8:2

Matthew 19:14

Mark 10:13-16

Well I hope you enjoy your date night!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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I GOT DUNKED!

Hey everyone! So, as I promised I would share with you my baptism story. This may end up being longer than you care to read, so I will apologize now.

As you can read in the My Testimony section of my blog, I have been a Christian since 1998. I was originally baptized when I was a small child. I again was baptized in 1999; one year after my confession of faith. I then was baptized again to join a Baptist church after moving to OKC in 2004. My final baptism was at NorthChurch.tv April 15,2012.

You may be asking yourself, why all the baptisms? What are you trying to accomplish?

Well the latest baptism (and my final), took place because I was not in the spiritual place I needed to be in. I felt like God was telling me that I needed to re-connect with Him. I also had been going through some depression.

The Easter weekend that came before my baptism, my family buried the ashes of my grandparents. During the family memorial, I felt a need to make my life right.

So, below are pictures of my baptism. Thank you Brian Cromer for performing it. You truly are a great friend!

So until next time readers, God Bless!

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Science vs Faith: ‘There Is No Heaven,’ Says Stephen Hawking

Good evening everyone! I hope everyone is doing well this evening! I was reading the news online today and I came across this article. Now I know I haven’t been doing a lot of original writing lately, but I really want to know what you all think about this.

Science vs Faith.. I really dislike when scientists try and take away, or even change our (Christians) faith. Scientists for years have tried to prove that there Heaven doesn’t exist, that Jesus didn’t rise from the grave etc.. Faith is Faith.. We believe in it. For some Christians, I can understand wanting to have proof, but where is your faith when you do that? For me, I believe in the Bible, and what IT says. I don’t need proof. Science can try and proof this or that, but you will Never take my faith away.

Below is the article I am mentioning that I found  on MSNBC.

Hawking: ‘There is no heaven’

Rodger Bosch / AFP – Getty Images file

By John Roach

Stephen Hawking, the famous British physicist, called the notion of heaven a “fairy story” in an interview with The Guardian newspaper published today.

The physicist, 69, who was diagnosed with A.L.S. at age 21, made the heaven comment in response to a question about his fears of death.

“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first,” he told the newspaper.

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven of afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark.”

The comments are seen as going beyond those in his 2010 book, “The Grand Design,” which stirred up passions with the observation that science can explain the universe’s origin without invoking God.

Hawking has far outlived most people who have A.L.S., also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, producing important cosmological research and writing books. His “A Brief History of Time,” published in 1988, has sold more than 9 million copies.

The Guardian interview is the latest the scientist has given to news media in recent weeks. It is published the day before he is scheduled to address the question “Why are we here?” at the Google Zeitgeist meeting in London.

In the talk, according to The Guardian, he will argue that the tiny fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged.

“Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in,” he said.

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Let me know what you think..

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Music Monday — Never Alone

Good afternoon readers! Today is Music Monday and I wanted to share a song with you that has been hitting my heart for the longest time. It is Barlow Girl’s Never Alone.

Throughout my life, I have doubted the existence of God. Whether it be an event that was significant in my life, a death, or depression, that thought has come into my mind.

By listening to this song and becoming a Christian, I know that no matter what happens in my life, God is present and in control. Things happen for a reason, and God will be there no matter what. I, and every other human being on the face of this Earth, are Never Alone.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Tech. Tuesday! Social Networking for Christians

Hello again readers. Today is a beautiful day! It is Tech. Tuesday, and we will be looking a Social Networking for Christians.

Facebook, by far is considered one of the biggest social networking websites out there. It boasts the following statistics on its’ site.

  • More than 400 million active users
  • 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • More than 35 million users update their status each day
  • More than 60 million status updates posted each day
  • More than 3 billion photos uploaded to the site each month
  • More than 5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each week
  • More than 3.5 million events created each month
  • More than 3 million active Pages on Facebook
  • More than 1.5 million local businesses have active Pages on Facebook
  • More than 20 million people become fans of Pages each day
  • Pages have created more than 5.3 billion fans

Myspace is another social networking website as well that boasts similar numbers.

Now you may have seen the controversy surrounding both these websites. They include stories such as missing teenagers, sexual predators, etc. So how do we keep kids safe?

  1. Privacy Controls are the biggest thing
  2. Monitor Their Activity
  3. I suggest Christian alternatives

Below are a view ideas of Christian alternatives. Now I know they aren’t as popular as the above mentioned, but they are cool.

Tangle is an awesome Christian website. It combines the ideas of Youtube, Facebook and Myspace. It also gives a little more than that. He is some information I found on their site.

The vision of tangle is to be a place where members can come together to connect, share, and grow together in faith and life. How can users do this? tangle users can connect with each other by creating and joining group pages for their churches, bands, ministries and shared interests. tangle users can share their lives, thoughts, and passions through videos, photos, and blogs. Finally, tangle users can use the website’s unique tools such as the Online Bible and the Prayer Wall to grow in faith in Christ while being in fellowship with Christians from all over the world.

Shoutlife is another great Christian oriented alternative to Facebook or Myspace. Here is some information I found on their site.

ShoutLife.com is a free community / social networking website that offers customized profiles with unlimited photos, networks, events, private/instant messaging, blogging and more. We are unique in that our community is safe and clean, yet is still feature rich. We focus on creating and promoting a fun and positive environment. At ShoutLife.com, you can connect with your friends and meet new people as well as amazing music artists, authors, comedians, organizations and more.

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So readers, what are your thoughts? Are these websites a good idea?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Trusting Him

As the evening comes to an end, I wanted to come on here and share something that happened yesterday that has never happened to me before. I got a sign from God. Not that I have ever really doubted the existence of God before, but this just made my faith in Him jump.

I don’t want to sound like I am boasting about what happened, because I am not. I just want to share how God is moving in my wife and I’s life.

In my first post on this blog, I mentioned to you that my wife and I had never tithed before and had decided to for the first time last weekend. Me being unemployed our finances are pretty tight. Even in that circumstance, we decided to trust God with our finances.

While checking the mail yesterday, I only found one thing. The only piece of mail that was in there was an envelope with a printed label of my wife and I’s name and address. I opened it up thinking that was a Christmas letter or something, and found a single sheet of paper that said, ” May this bless you during this Season”. I thought to myself, ” How odd.” As I went to walk away, I saw a $100 bill lying on my shoe. This was the same amount that my wife and I had tithed a few days before hand. There wasn’t a name or anything on the note, nor a return address.

All I have to say is, God is truly amazing.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Questioning God

In Job 3, we find a different side of Job than we have seen in  previous chapters. We find a Job that is questioning his existence. He questions go as far to even ask why he was born.

Job 3:11-15 (The Message)

11 “Why didn’t I die at birth,
my first breath out of the womb my last?

12 Why were there arms to rock me,
and breasts for me to drink from?

13 I could be resting in peace right now,
asleep forever, feeling no pain,

14 In the company of kings and statesmen
in their royal ruins,

15 Or with princes resplendent
in their gold and silver tombs.

I believe that sometimes it is ok to question God. I think God expects us to. The questioning though should have a limit to it though. If you question God too much, then you aren’t fully relying on what God’s plan entails.

Lord I pray today that I as a person trust you more and more each day. Through reading your word and living through you, I hope to become a more faithful Christian.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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