On “Deserving” things….

Thinking about my post from last week, Never Enough, I started thinking about the word “deserve”. “Deserve” is a very powerful word. A lot of people feel they “deserve” something in life, whether it be money, a better place in society or simple to be “treated better” by someone else.

When we claim we “deserve” something what we are really saying is that something is owed us. We assume that we have done something to merit being owed that which we feel we deserve. Often times, when we examine ourselves, we will find that we, in fact, are not owed what we are assuming we are.

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Marriage Geometry

Over the weekend I went a little trip with my dad and my uncle down to a hardwood store in Anaheim. It was a good trip to a great store, and its always fun to listen to these two guys get together. There’s a lot of interesting stories and history between them about the rest of the family on their side.

My uncle is, along with my dad, a person I would definitely consider a “mans man”. Despite growing up in relative poverty he studied, went to school and became a doctor. He lifts almost daily. He doesn’t sway on his opinion of something when he knows he is right, and yet, he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He loves the Lord and is very well versed in scripture. Sadly for him, his wife, my aunt, succumbed to cancer not to long ago, and though he seems like the same happy guy, there is definitely a sadness about him. He talks about her a lot, and rightly so. She was a fun and industrious lady, whom everyone in the family loved.

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Watchers and An Explanation

It appears that I am a bit of a subject of discussion amongst a few “bird watchers” that have taken issue with some of the stuff both on my blog and in some of the comments I have made on another blog. Aside from being cowardly to sit back and talk about people from the shadows, it just seems to be in bad taste, but bad taste is pretty much the order of the day for the majority of the internet, so no biggie there.

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Back to the Beginning.

So after thinking some things over and talking to a few people I find that I have little hope for the churches of the West. Protestant churches can’t get their act together with scripture and nobody seems to care about it or agree on what can be done to fix it.

I talked with a co-worker and my sister this morning (my sister is the secretary of the office) and I posed a question to my sister about head coverings. The point wasn’t so much about the head coverings itself, but more about why are Christians so averse to scripture that can easily be understood as literal scripture. The verses in question are 1 Corinthians 11:1-16. My question posed to her was this: “If this is a literal piece of scripture, that is, if Paul is saying that, in the churches of God women should cover their heads while they pray and men should not cover their heads because this is dishonorable, why is the idea of head coverings so offensive?”. Now, again, the question really wasn’t about head coverings, but about the fact that the scripture itself, the words in the bible, seem to indicate that head coverings MEAN SOMETHING in the church of God, and that Paul says the covering or uncovering (female or male) should be observed, why, when I point this out, are people (men and women) offended by it?

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The Problem with “Layers of Understanding”.

So over at another blog page (one much bigger than mine) there seems to be a battle between a few Catholic types, Orthodox types (though I guess these two are somewhat similar) and Protestant types over the “true church”, scripture and all that stuff. Important stuff, to be sure, but maybe a bit more over my head at the moment. I must admit I have done little study into Catholicism or Orthodoxy, myself being considered a non-denomination protestant (I guess, I just want to follow Jesus, really).

Part of the argument is that the Orthodoxy has had, for centuries, a clear cut vision of what scripture is and means, with rigid control by those in charge, while Protestants are kind of all over the place, with every man interpreting scripture in his own way, which has lead to confusion.

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Seeing too Much or Searching too Little?

So I just had a small discussion with my sister over the events of the weekend and I explained to her that I had a little bit of a sour feeling about the web site for The Influencers, a church group that, from what I can tell, offers a number of different types of courses for churches including a men’s study. For me the big issues were the odd description of men doing “treasure hunts” (I mistakenly said “journeys”) which guide them towards an “inner chamber”. Maybe I was reading into it too much, but take a look for yourself:

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Good Christian Music – Music from my Past.

Since I railed on some CCM artists the other day I thought I would post some good Christian music from back in the day. Petra is one of my favorite Christian bands and I have a lot of memories of laying around my parents house when I was younger, listening to these records on my dads stereo. Its kind of surreal because it would be the whole family, gathered in the living room, listening to this music. Sure us kids were typically coloring or something like that, but there was little talking, just listening to the songs.

When I got a little older I picked up Stryper, who was a pretty good band that enjoyed some moderate success with their music on the secular charts. Their music has always been pretty firmly rooted in the gospel as far as I can remember. I know they did an album of secular songs they “reimagined”, but I didn’t see anything wrong with that. Their latest venture is pretty rockin’, and the first track “Yahweh” is awesome.

Enjoy.

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