Settling.

November 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm (Completion, Devotional, Philosophy, Religious Commentary) (, , , , , , , )

There are two primary issues that impact every area of my life:
     1) self-reliance
     2) lack of faith

I rely on myself far too often. Why? ‘Cause usually I can get by. I know what people want/need to hear, I know how to assuage others anxieties. It leaves me with an impression of, “Hm, I can get it done!” 

“What’s wrong with that?” you may ask. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Lesser Known Wrath

September 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm (Devotional, Religious Commentary) (, , , , , )

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” – Romans 1:18

(PREFACE: People don’t often speak of the wrath of God, but it is in the Bible and ought to be spoken of. However, in this writing I am simply highlighting that in every occurrence in your life – even wrath – God is drawing you to Himself.)

This wrath that is revealed by God in this passage, if I understand it correctly, is quite interesting and not at all what our perceived understanding of “wrath” tells us it should be. Knowing Romans chapter 1, God’s wrath isn’t always a fire, earthquake, physical devastation, opening-the-ground-up-and-swallowing-the-sinful kind of wrath – it can be something much worse. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Touch of Death

July 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm (Culture, Death, Devotional, Philosophy, Relationships, Religious Commentary) (, , , , , , , , )

When I was 15 years old, 3 students I went to high school with died within 4 days of each other. I attended funerals and memorials and grieved with my classmates. It wasn’t that they were close friends. I knew them through loose associations at school, but I cried because that week myself along with 1,600 other students were forced to acknowledge that death didn’t just come knocking for the old. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Did I Get Here?

April 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm (Contentment, Devotional, Philosophy, Religious Commentary, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place.”
     In the Hebrew, it seems to indicate that the term “resting place” means quite simply, “to rest; place to lie down.” Now that all sounds harmless enough until you’ve accidentally fallen asleep on the bus. Or a train in Austria. Or had to spend the night on the street. If you’ve done those things, perhaps you are better acquainted with the significance of the implications of “resting place.” When you rest you are completely vulnerable. Anything can happen. And how can you stop it? You’re in a REM cycle! It is in sleep that we are the most susceptible to harm. Now that I have sufficiently alarmed you, let me ask: Read the rest of this entry »

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Observations from the Sun

January 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm (Completion, Devotional, Philosophy, Religious Commentary, Social Change, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A very wise man once proclaimed: “What has been is what will be and what has been done is what will be done and there is nothing new under the sun.”

There is a huge part of me that would like to believe that this is a false statement. I’d like to think of humanity as progressing. I’d like to think that if I could look back in time 1,000 years, I would be able to perceive INTERNAL human progress in our present day and age. Obvious inventions have come about that have transformed our outer lives, but according to Solomon, whether your point of comparison is 50 years or 5,000 years, the same scenarios keep repeating themselves. The problems may look wildly different, the settings have changed, the lifestyles are unrecognizable, yet the philosophical issues that are at the root of this ceaseless cycle of all humanity are identical no matter how much time has gone by. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jesus Gets Frustrated Too.

December 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm (Religious Commentary, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Have any of you ever had this moment? A moment where you saw a person (or a whole group of people) mis-representing God and what the heart of Christ really is?

As I walk through this life, I’m certain that I’ve been an unknowing recipient of this sentiment. I fail. I totally screw up. And I certainly don’t have to look hard to find examples of the Word of God being pulled grossly out-of-context or someone claiming to come in God’s name, but mis-representing Jesus and leading many people astray. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who Follows You?

October 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm (Austria, Community, Devotional, Religious Commentary) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am an individual often given over to nostalgic episodes. I immensely enjoy remembering past experiences and often have to reign myself in to the present and submerge my recollections for a more appropriate time and place.

That being said, though I have since returned from Austria well over three years now, still a plethora of memories occasionally surprise my mind. There is one recollection in particular that  has returned to my mind again and again. Each time the memory pops into my mind, I smile at the recollection, try to curb further thought on the matter and continue about my day. Read the rest of this entry »

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