New Year’s Resolutions (A Look Back..)

Good evening everyone! Happy New Year! Welcome to 2011! I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and Day.

Tonight I wanted to take the time to look back on my resolutions from 2010, and see which ones I kept, and which ones I didn’t. I also wanted to make some for 2011. The 2010 resolutions we posted around the last week of Dec. 2009. Check the original posts out if you want.

Resolution 1: Loose Weight– (FAIL)

Well that didn’t work. I gained probably another 20 pounds last year. I guess that is what married life does to you. I don’t know. So.. I am putting this one back on the list for 2011. I actually went to the gym tonight. We will see what happens.

Resolution 2: Get Connected on a Deeper Level– (Semi-Fail)

Well I have met some more people, and I have actually connected with some on a deeper level. I started playing softball, and naturally as a team you create that bond. I want to grow closer to these guys, and well other people from church, or even work. I will put this back on the list for 2011 as well.

Resolution 3: Serve God More (Semi-Fail)

I actually was a member of the camera team at North Church for a little bit. I also helped out at a soup kitchen, and helped give out winter items to the homeless. I am not trying to pat myself on the back at all. I give God all the glory on that. I do though am going to put this on the list again. Me and my wife are looking to serve together at the church this year.

Resolution 4: Give to Charity ( Semi- Fail)

When the earthquake hit Haiti, I donated money to two different charities. I haven’t donated since then. I have however given money to people in need that I know locally. Again, I am not trying to pat myself on the back. I am putting this on the list again for this year. I want to contribute more

Resolution 5: Become a Better Husband ( Semi-Fail)

Over the last year, I have worked at doing this. I have attended a class, read books, etc. I am putting this one on the list again. I guess there is always need for improvement, due to us not being perfect.

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Those are my resolutions for 2010/2011, but I wanted to add one as well.

Resolution 6: Blog More

I started this blog as a ministry to myself and to other people. I started off writing practically everyday. Life gets in the way sometimes, and I stopped doing that, or even blogging once a week at the most. Well, I want to bring up my game. I have several people who read this blog, and makes me feel good. I like doing this. So yeah.. Look for more to come.

So what are your resolutions this year?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Music Monday — We Are The World 25 for Haiti

Morning Readers! Today is Music Monday! Today I wanted to share with you the “We Are The World 25 for Haiti” song. Twenty-five years ago, “We Are The World” was recorded to help out Africa. To watch the original video and song, click here. With the earthquake in Haiti, celebrities and musicians set up a re-recording of this song for the 25th Anniversary. The new recording was recorded on Feb. 1, 2010 in the same studios as the original. Below is the new recording and video. Enjoy and continue to pray for and support Haiti. Check out http://wearetheworldfoundation.org/ for more information as well.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Why Do You Want Him? (part 1)

Good afternoon readers! I hope God has blessed you on this wonderful day.

This post will cover  the first section of Chapter 4 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. So far we have  looked at why we need the Spirit, what we are afraid of, and the theology of the Holy Spirit. Taking what we have learned from those chapters, lets look into Why We Want Him.

Mr. Chan asks some thought provoking questions in this chapter.

Why do you desire the Holy Spirit’s activity in your life?

Do you want to experience more of the Holy Spirit merely for your own benefit?

In the Bible, it tells the story of Simon the magician. He tried to buy the Holy Spirit’s power from the apostles. Find out more about Simon the magician here. Peter responded in Acts 8:20:

“May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!”

I highlighted the next couple sentences that Mr. Chan writes. You can find it on page 84.

The Holy Spirit is not a commodity to be bought or traded according to our individual wants, whims, or even our felt needs. We absolutely cannot have this discussion about the Holy Spirit without calling our motives into question.

We will continue Chapter 4 at a later date.

Before I leave you, here are some questions to think about till next time.

  1. Why do you want the Holy Spirit? Is it for power? Is it for your own betterment and purposes? Or is it because you want to experience all that God has for you? Is it because you love the church and desire to be a better servant to your sisters and brothers?
  2. Why do you want the Spirit? Are your needs greater than your pursuit of God?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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