Monthly Archives: March 2013

Homosexuality

Although many people find themselves, through no fault of their own, to have sexual desires for members of their own sex. This is not something to be affirmed or celebrated, but is a sign that we’re broken, in need of redemption and recreation. Gay people are not uniquely broken. That’s a position we share with every other human who has ever lived or will live. But we are nonetheless, broken. And following Jesus means turning our back on a life of sexual sin, just as it does for every other Christian. Wesley Hill

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Book Review: Finding God in the Dark by Ted Kluck & Ronnie Martin

    Finding God in the Dark is a good read that I would encourage any Christian. Kluck and Martin enter into a topic that affects everyone in the world, bust especially Christians. It is refreshing to read and be reminded that God is still there, even in the midst of the worst possible disappointment or trial you can be going through. It reminds you that God is still in control and sovereign over everything that is happening. Both authors have experienced disappointments in their lives and struggled with, where is God in all of this?

Image   Kluck and Martin both wrote chapters in the book. Kluck comes at it from the layperson’s view point, and Martin comes at it from a pastoral view point. They are also writing through a Reformed Calvinistic point of view.

   I was able to read this book in three hours, and I didn’t want to put it down. I was interested in what Kluck was going to say in his next chapter, at the same time, I was equally interested in what Martin was going to bring to the book in his next chapter. This book was not “super” theologically deep, but it did get me to think about my own life and how I was dealing with disappointment and trials.

   I really enjoyed the last three chapters in the book, as it got more practical and biblical. Martin really brought forth his “pastor”, and was able to provide some good insight to what the Word of God had to say about finding God in the dark. I enjoyed both the authors honesty and realness they brought to the book, and also the fact that they were able to come through their trials and disappointments trusting and loving God more.

   I did not enjoy Kluck’s reference to smoking in the first chapter. It was unnecessary, and it will only cause the reader to be distracted. The movie Kluck refers to a lot, Jerry Maguire, I did not like at all. I believe he needs to find a different movie if he is going to keep using it as an example. Personally, I had never seen it or heard of it until I read the book. I started watching it after I had read the book, and I didn’t finish it. I would not recommend watching Jerry Maguire.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing

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Cyprus; Chicago; Soccer

Today, I was following events that are taking place throughout the world. Three different events stood out and made me realize, even clearer, our word is not getting better but is getting worse.

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The first story that caught my attention is with what is going on in the country of Cyprus. The wait is still on for the deciding vote on what many people are calling the “Great Theft of Cyprus.” If approved the government will be able to tax all bank accounts between 6.4% to 9.9%, depending on how much money they have in them. This is straight up government theft of money from its own people. With this news, there has been a run on banks and protesting in the streets. Banks in Cyprus are now closed till Thursday when the deciding vote has taken place. I never thought in my lifetime that this would happen. But if it can possibly happen in Cyprus, what is stopping it from happening elsewhere?
*Cyprus has voted down this tax levy they were hoping to pass. It was shot down very quickly when it came to vote. But New Zealand now faces the same thing. Could it happen in America?

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The second event that caught my eye has to do with a bill that the Illinois Senate is looking at passing. A petition has been started in opposition of this bill. This was taken directly from the petition itself: “Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein is trying to pass a bill whereas if you have an unpaid utility bill in the City of Chicago, they can boot your car. If your car is booted you have 24 hours to pay the unpaid utility bill and boot fee otherwise your car will be towed and impounded. Once that happens you have 21 days to pay the entire utility bill, the boot fee, the tow fee and storage fee otherwise your car will be auctioned off.” At first I was like it makes sense that they should be able to do this to people not paying there bills. But after I was able to process it for a while I came to realize that this has nothing to do with people paying utility bills on time, but everything to do with the government making money. Not only are the utilities in the city of Chicago privatized, but why is the government taking on the position of “repo man”? How does the government have the power to take your car away if you are not paying a privatized business utility bill? To find out more about this please check out this website: http://tinyurl.com/bpz72au

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The third has to do with AEK Athens’ soccer player, Giorgos Katidis, who after scoring the game winning goal, celebrated by doing a NAZI-like salute to the crowd. Because of this action he has now been banned from playing soccer internationally for Greece for the rest of his life, and has meetings with Greece league officials to decide if he is able to play professionally as well. The 20 year old confessed that he did not know what it meant when he did it. Taking to twitter he said, “I’m not a racist — no way. I hate fascism. I wouldn’t have done it if I knew it meant something like that. I know the consequences.” I understand that the Holocaust was a terrible event, and also 300,000 Grecian died. But to really think that he was doing it because he is a NAZI and believes everything that Hitler held to, you begin to assume to much. Even though he did do the salute, it would help if he actually did it right in the first place. We also have to realize that he did not start a NAZI uprising because of a motion he did with his left arm. If you were to go around and ask people from his generation (mine too), you will find a lot of people don’t understand what it means. The Holocaust did happen about 70 years ago, and not a lot of people my age have studied it, let alone, understand raising your left hand and pointing with all your fingers is a NAZI salute. So to ban him from playing professionally is extreme, and in a way cutting in on a person’s human rights of freedom of expression.

Today, I have been constantly reminded that the world is not going to get better. We know this because of what God’s Word says about the world. As Christians, we do have a hope and a peace that one day we will not be in this world anymore. The more I read and follow the events that are happening in the world, I need to make sure that I am holding on to the Word of God strongly.

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:5-7

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Book Review: DNA- Foundations of the Faith by D.A. Horton

Being able to see Horton speak, I know the passion that he has. His book “DNA: Foundation of the Faith” is an example of that passion! Horton writes in a way that is easy to understand and perfect for any Christian to develop a solid foundation of understanding Christianity. Horton talks about everything from, what is the Bible? To, how do I live this out? With writing “DNA” it would be easy to not even open up the Bible itself. But Horton didn’t forget that the Word needs to be read.

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Throughout the book you will have many opportunities to write about different passages of scripture, almost as if you are doing a personal bible study, while reading a book. Don’t understand a big word? No problem! There is a great word bank in the back to help you with those tough words. You not only learn about the Bible itself, but you get to open the Bible and learn more about God. “DNA” is a very practical, educating, spiritual book all at the same time.

This is an awesome tool for young Christians, from early teens to late twenty’s, youth groups or small groups, individual usage, and new believers.  It’s geared for the urban reader, but I believe that once you understand some of the lingo, you will be able to use it in any setting.

I personally felt that some of the language that was used was not needed. I am not from an urban setting, but I compare the language to my Dad trying to use language of my generation. (The language used in DNA was not coarse or vulgar)

I really liked some of the books that Horton suggested to read about different topics. Some very good authors are given as suggestions to read more about certain subjects.

This book was made available to me for the purpose of reviewing

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Another church leaves the Harvest Bible Fellowship

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