The Saint Behind The Valentine

Good evening readers! Well, it is getting cold here in Oklahoma again. Snow is on its way, so I thought I would sit down and do some writing. This post and some of a few future posts will be mentioning content from the January/February 2011 issue of Relevant Magazine. There are several great articles in there, I just had to share them.

The article I wanted to feature tonight was the article entitled The Saint Behind The Valentine. Enjoy!

The Saint Behind The Valentine

(St.) Valentine’s Day is almost here. But who was the person this Hallmark cash cow is named after?

First things first: No one is totally sure which Valentine is the “real” saint. There were several martyrs who all died around the same time and all claim the day of Feb. 14 as their day of observance.

Here’s what we do know: There was definitely a St. Valentine. And he was probably a priest of some sort in the ancient church in Rome. According to most sources, he performed weddings and helped Christians who were undergoing persecutions under Emperor Claudius II (who was emperor during a long stretch where Christianity was illegal and emperor worship was commanded). He was arrested and imprisoned. According to legend, Claudius II liked Valentine… until Valentine tried to convert him. Then it was off with Valentine’s head (literally).

So what does that have to do with nude, arrow-wielding cherubs and awkward love notes? Well, that’s where the legend part really becomes legend. Apparently, on the eve of his execution, he left a farewell note for his jailer’s daughter and signed it, “From your Valentine.” And, because of his role as marriage-performer, he was made patron saint of happy marriages and romantic love.

Apart from all of the nonsense the holiday has come to summarize, St. Valentine’s story does serve as an example of a radical commitment to Christ. And it’s a powerful testament to the sacred covenant Christian marriage  can be–if Valentine really died for performing weddings, it seems appropriate that the day would, in the end, remember him.

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So readers, what do you think? What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

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Addicted to Social Media..

Good evening everyone! I hope you are doing well!

Last night was the Golden Globes here in the USA. The Best Motion Picture Drama went to The Social Network.

Really???

How addicted to Facebook is society, that the best film of the year is this movie? I totally have to disagree with the Hollywood Foreign Press on this one.

Wow..

I am just curious, does anyone know of an award show for Christian movies? If so, I would be interested in finding out what it is, and who votes for the movies.

The point of this post is not to talk about movies. I guess what I am trying to get across is that our society is more focused on technology, and social media, and “connecting”, to actually CONNECT with people. I know we talk through Facebook and text, etc.., but how deep into someone’s life can you get without the occasional meeting in person?

Now this is solely my opinion, but I think the definition of connecting has been re-written, and it needs to go back to the way it used to be; where people communicate on that deeper level.

Let me know what you think…

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Making Fruit

Hello readers! Doesn’t this picture look delicious? I like several types of fruit. What kind do you like?

This post today has nothing to do with the fruit we eat. I am talking today about spiritual fruit. Now there are different types of what I think of spiritual fruit.

The first type of spiritual fruit I wanna talk about is making disciples for Christ. The Bible tells us that we are to go out into the world and multiply.

Matthew 28:19 ( American Standard)

Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Witness to people. Let them know of the love of Christ.

It is my goal to help lead as many people as I can to Jesus Christ.

The other kind of fruit I wanna talk about is, well, making babies. Several of my friends are pregnant, or just had babies. God commands us to produce fruit as well and raise them to be Godly people.

John 15:16 ( The Message)

“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

I hope this post made some sense.

Until next time readers, 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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Happy New Year!– Resolution (#5)

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve.

With the remaining five days of 2009, I wanted to share with you five resolutions for 2010 that I am going to try really hard to follow.

Resolution (#5)

Well readers, we have made it to the end of my countdown. I hope you have enjoyed all of my resolutions and made some of your own for 2010.

As I am writing this, I have been married a total of 188 days to my beautiful wife Nicole. We have been together a lot longer than that though. We celebrated our five years of dating on Nov. 12, 2009.

Married life is amazing as it is right now. Nicole and I have learned a lot more about each other after getting married. Even though we have only been married a little over six months, in the coming year I want to be a better husband. I want to do this by being the leader God has designed me to be for her. I want to show her more love than I already do. I want to share more of my time with her. I want to serve her more than I already do as well.

I can’t express in words the love that I feel for this woman. She is the best. She compliments me so well it’s crazy. Thank you God for this amazing woman.

Well readers, that is it. My resolutions for 2010.

May God bless you and yours in the new year.

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Resolutions (#2)

With the remaining five days of 2009, I wanted to share with you five resolutions for 2010 that I am going to try really hard to follow.

Resolutions (#2)

I currently have 661 “friends” on Facebook and 257 “friends” friends on Myspace. Now some of those people have both kinds of accounts, but that is a lot of people to be “friends” with. Those people consist of people I went to school with, know from church, or have previously worked with. I put friends in quotations simply because there isn’t really a way to be deeply connected with that many people.

The key word in that last sentence is connected. I want to be connected in more people’s lives on a deeper level that I am currently. 2010 is the year of my high school 10 year reunion. Wow! I want to re-connect with old friends that I rarely speak to. I want to connect with new people as well.

How will you get connected this year?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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