Archive for June, 2005

Eco-Activists

This is an “I’m bored” post. I have nothing to do, so I’m posting this.

Last night our doorbell rang. I went to the door and peaked out, unseen by the visitor. It was a guy with long, almost rastafarian type hair and a clipboard. An Environmental Activist!! Many times I’ll just ignore visitors if I don’t know who they are. This would be a fun one though.

He was trying to get people to sign his petition to get congress to retain strict laws for coal burning power plants. He claimed that they are already belching out high levels of mercury and would soon be allowed to belch out seven times more.

I declined to sign it, saying that while I agree that they should pollute as little as possible, I don’t see that as a Constitutionally allowable restriction that the government should be involved in.

He was a little bothered at first, but respected my views, and we actually had a decent conversation. I wished he had stuck around for a few more minutes though. I was going to say that since he rang my doorbell to talk about something that is important to him, I’d like to take a few minutes to share something important to me, and give him a gospel message.

Before I had a chance, he wanted to go, saying he had a lot of doors left to knock on. He had no clue of my intentions.

Oh well, maybe next time.

The “Podcast”

Tech news has been buzzing this week with the release of iTunes 4.9, with podcasting support. I’ve had my iPod since last fall, when I got a free one from freeipods.com (once legit – now a scam), but I haven’t experimented with podcasts. With the new iTunes and all the buzz around it, I decided to give it a try. So far, I have subscriptions to two podcasts: This Week in Tech, which features the former cast of TechTV’s “The Screen Savers”, and Slashdot Review, a 10 minute braodcast focussing mainly on the highlights of the day’s slashdot news.

I would love to find some good Christian podcasts. If anyone knows of any, and has a favorite or two, please leave some feedback.

Notable Quotable

  • “There are two methods, or means, and only two, whereby man’s needs and desires can be satisfied. One is the production and exchange of wealth; this is the economic means. The other is the uncompensated appropriation of wealth produced by others; this is the political means.”

    Albert Jay Nock

Do It Now

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

Agree with thine adversary quickly. – Matthew 5:25

Jesus Christ is laying down this principle-Do what you know you must do, now, and do it quickly; if you do not, the inevitable process will begin to work and you will have to pay to the last farthing in pain and agony and distress. God’s laws are unalterable; there is no escape from them. The teaching of Jesus goes straight to the way we are made up.

To see that my adversary gives me my rights is natural; but Jesus says that it is a matter of eternal and imperative importance to me that I pay my adversary what I owe him. From our Lord’s standpoint it does not matter whether I am defrauded or not; what does matter is that I do not defraud. Am I insisting on my rights, or am I paying what I owe from Jesus Christ’s standpoint?

Do the thing quickly, bring yourself to judgment now. In moral and spiritual matters, you must do it at once; if you do not, the inexorable process will begin to work. God is determined to have His child as pure and clean and white as driven snow, and as long as there is disobedience in any point of His teaching, He will prevent none of the working of His spirit. Our insistence in proving that we are right is nearly always an indication that there has been some point of disobedience. No wonder the Spirit so strongly urges to keep steadfastly in the light!

“Agree with thine adversary quickly.? Have you suddenly turned a corner in any relationship and found that you had anger in your heart? Confess it quickly, quickly put it right before God, be reconciled to that one-do it now.

Notable Quotable

  • “Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.”

    Frederick Douglass

Time to Shrink

Guess what the number one industry in the state of Minnesota is.

It’s not agriculture, that’s number three.

It’s not tourism, that’s number two.

The number one industry in Minnesota is GOVERNMENT!

The number one industry in Minnesota is that instution that parasitically sucks all of the resources off from all other industries.

Something has to change.

Direction of Discipline

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

And if thy right hand offend thee cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. – Matthew 5:30

Jesus did not say that everyone must cut off the right hand, but- ‘If your right hand offends you in your walk with Me, cut it off.’ There are many things that are perfectly legitimate, but if you are going to concentrate on God you cannot do them. Your right hand is one of the best things you have, but Jesus says if it hinders you in following His precepts, cut it off. This line of discipline is the sternest one that ever struck mankind.

When God alters a man by regeneration, the characteristic of the life to begin with is that it is maimed. There are a hundred and one things you dare not do, things that to you and in the eyes of the world that knows you are as your right hand and your eye, and the unspiritual person says-‘Whatever is wrong in that? How absurd you are!’ There never has been a saint yet who did not have to live a maimed life to start with. But it is better to enter into life maimed and lovely in God’s sight than to be lovely in man’s sight and lame in God’s. In the beginning Jesus Christ by His Spirit has to check you from doing a great many things that may be perfectly right for everyone else but not right for you. See that you do not use your limitations to criticize someone else.

It is a maimed life to begin with, but in v. 48 Jesus gives the picture of a perfectly full-orbed life-“Ye shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.?

Apprehended by God

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

If that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended. – Philippians 3:12

Never choose to be a worker; but when once God has put His call on you, woe be to you if you turn to the right hand or to the left. We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has apprehended us. There is never any thought of-‘Oh well, I am not fitted for this.’ What you are to preach is determined by God, not by your own natural inclinations. Keep your soul steadfastly related to God, and remember that you are called not to bear testimony only, but to preach the gospel. Every Christian must testify, but when it comes to the call to preach, there must be the agonizing grip of God’s hand on you. Your life is in the grip of God for that one thing. How many of us are held like that?

Never water down the word of God; preach it in its undiluted sternness. There must be unflinching loyalty to the word of God; but when you come to personal dealing with your fellow men, remember who you are-not a special being made up in heaven, but a sinner saved by grace.

“I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do . . .?

The Overshadowing personal deliverance

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. – Jeremiah 1:8

God promised Jeremiah that He would deliver him personally- “Thy life will I give unto thee for a prey.? That is all God promises His children. Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. Our personal property and possessions are a matter of indifference, we have to sit loosely to all these things; if we do not, there will be panic and heartbreak and distress. That is the inwardness of the overshadowing of personal deliverance.

The Sermon on the Mount indicates that when we are on Jesus Christ’s errands, there is no time to stand up for ourselves. Jesus says, in effect, ‘Do not be bothered with whether you are being justly dealt with or not.’ To look for justice is a sign of deflection from devotion to Him. Never look for justice in this world, but never cease to give it. If we look for justice, we will begin to grouse and to indulge in the discontent of self-pity-‘Why should I be treated like this?’ If we are devoted to Jesus Christ we have nothing to do with what we meet, whether it is just or unjust. Jesus says-‘Go steadily on with what I have told you to do and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance.’ The most devout among us become atheistic in this connection; we do not believe God, we enthrone common sense and tack the name of God on to it. We do lean to our own understanding, instead of trusting God with all our hearts.

Difficult

Surfing the web on a Blackberry is tough.Posting to a blog on one is even tougher.