Friday, March 7, 2008

They Love Jesus; They Don't Like the Church

by Michael Craven

This appears to be a growing sentiment among many younger Christians in America today.
They love Jesus but they want little to do with His Church. Read the full article

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Chapter 2 of How to Win Friends and Influence People

Some thoughts from Chapter 2 of Dale Carnegie's book How to Win Friends and Influence People:
  • The motive of most people is to be great, or at least important
  • Typical motivators: health, food, sleep, money and the things it will buy, eternal life, sexual gratification, and well being of family
  • Motivate others by appreciating and encouraging them
  • Give honest and sincere appreciation

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Sexual Scenes and Sins

This week was pretty routine with work Monday through Friday, my Mastermind and Ultimate Success Program phone calls Monday evening, house church Wednesday evening, and family movie night Friday. We watched Pay It Forward about a young boy who starts a “movement” of paying good deeds forward to other people. Aside from some unnecessary language and sexual scenes it was a fairly good movie with a thought-provoking theme and surprise ending.

Here are some of my thoughts from reading in Leviticus and Mark this past week:
  • There’s a regulation for dealing with mildew in a house in the Bible! (Leviticus 14)
  • Sexual sins under the law are identified along with how to deal with them (Leviticus 20)
  • How’s this for an interesting day? The disciples gathered around Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. Jesus got some rest and then fed a crowd of 5,000 plus. The disciples then picked up the remains of dinner. Jesus went off alone to pray and meanwhile the disciples headed across the lake and were straining against the wind. Jesus walked by them on the water and when the disciples saw Him they cried out, were amazed, and didn’t understand. (Mark 6B)
  • Jesus opened the eyes of both the spiritually blind and the physically blind (Mark 8)
  • Jesus sometimes wanted to be alone with his disciples to teach them. Sometimes the disciples didn’t understand what Jesus was teaching but were afraid to ask for clarification. (Mark 9)