Innocence

I read a great article by Andrew Byers, and I wish I had saved the link so I could direct you to it, but he was talking about purity as a Christian in today’s culture of so much violence, sex, and nudity, and what does that look like.

He starts off by talking about how as a Christian culture, we try so hard to be relevant, that we don’t want to be known as “prude”, because then we are afraid of becoming “out of touch”. But then he makes this point:

“Did Jesus say in Matthew 5:8, “Out-of-touch are the pure in heart,” or did He call them “Blessed”?

“Be wise as serpents, and as culture-savvy as the average viewer”? Or is it, “Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves”? (Matthew 10:16).”
~ Andrew Byers

“My point, rather, is that innocence is precious and preserving it is not a vice. It is OK for us to be offended by the offensive. We are not to be moralistic [one who teaches or promotes morality], but we are called to be moral. Scripture beckons us to purity (Matthew 5:8), to wholesome speech (Ephesians 4:29), to honoring the sanctity of the marriage bed (Hebrews 13:4), to discerning good and evil (Romans 12:2). Somehow, we need to learn how to be culture-savvy and yet also innocent as doves.” ~Andrew Byers

It’s ok for something we see on television to offend us, for us to want to turn away from watching something. We shouldn’t be ashamed of saying “I’m not going to watch this”. It’s scriptural. That isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it should be encouraged and we need to be ok with that.

But he acknowledges that everyone is different, and some people don’t have the same convictions as us… Continue reading

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Faith

In our world, especially the Christian world, we throw around this term “faith” a lot. You see it everywhere. Phrases like “just have faith”, “put your faith in Jesus”, or “it’s a matter of faith”…

But what is faith? Continue reading

Generosity

“Your degree of generosity is not measured by how much you give, it is measured by how much you have left over after you give.” – Jay Link

This reminds me of the story when Jesus was talking to his disciples about the woman who only put 2 coins in when everyone else was dropping lots of money. He commended her, for while everyone else was putting so much more than she did, they were only giving their tithe, their 10%, she gave everything she had 100%.

True generosity requires a bit of sacrifice on your part. If it doesn’t really cost you anything, then you’ve not really given anything up. Only when you are giving something up for someone else, when it really costs you something substantial, is it truly generous.

Do you consider yourself a generous person? When you hold yourself to the standard of it’s not about how much you give, but how much you have left, are you still generous? Take a look at that, and challenge yourself on it…

Video Production and Media Arts…

By the time most of you read this, I will be on my way, i not already at Innabah Program Center for Media Arts Camp, to help them get finished up on their project, to see some old friends, and in both, have some fun 🙂 Keep me in prayer, it’s going to be fun, but very tiring…

Out of the Ordinary

This past sunday I had the pleasure of working with Trevor Heinrich of Life’s Resonance on a music video for one of their songs… (and getting a crazy farmers tan while I was at it)

Lets just say, it wasn’t your typical day… Continue reading

The Greatest Cause of Atheism…

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny him by their lifestyle. THAT is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”
~ dc Talk

To sum it up even shorter, the greatest cause of atheism is hypocrisy… Think about that the next time you have the urge to flick someone off in your car with the Jesus bumper stickers…

What about you? Do you agree with this quote? Disagree? Why?

Knowing God

“We forfeit that birthright [intimacy with God] when we take folks through a discipleship program whereby they master any number of Christian precepts and miss the most important thing of all, the very thing for which we were created: intimacy with God. There are, after all, those troubling words Jesus spoke to those who were doing all the “right” things: “Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you'” (Matt 7:23). Knowing God. That’s the point.”
~ John Eldredge, “Waking the Dead”, pg 96

What a powerful statement. When those who always “did the right thing” stood before God, He said “I never knew you”. We try so hard to be “Good Christians” we go to church every Sunday, we read this book, or that book, we play in the worship band, we serve on a church committee or volunteer in one of the ministries, because, that’s what good christians do, right? Continue reading

Your Heart: Good or Bad?

“There is a widespread belief among Christians today that the heart is desperately wicked – even after a person comes to Christ.
It is a crippling belief.
And it is untrue” ~John Eldredge

I recently just finished “Waking The Dead’ by John Eldredge, and let me say, I loved it!

In this book, John talks about how most of Christianity teaches about the heart. We teach that the heart is evil, something to guard, to lock in a cell and never let out or it will destroy you. But that is so incredibly wrong!

Your story does not begin with sin. It begins with a glory bestowed upon you by God. It does not start in Genesis 3; it starts in Genesis 1. ~ John Eldredge

The very idea of what Christ came to do was to bring freedom to us, to restore us to the life God had originally intended for us. A life of glory, not shame. A life with a good, pure heart, not one with an evil, oppressive heart. Continue reading

Love vs. Judgement

I read this great post the other day and it really moved something in my spirit. Made me feel both happy and ashamed to be a Christian. This woman called out the best in us, and pointed out the worst. Showed us what Christ said, and showed us where we fall short of that calling… I would really encourage you to take some time and head over to her page and read it…

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