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Is the Christianity we have today what it was 2000 years ago? The barnacles of time have changed how we view Christianity. I have wanted to discuss this topic for some time now. I am just getting to the point where I am getting around to it. One of the reasons people like Billy Graham so much is because the only thing he preaches is the core message of Christianity. What some call the primary issues or the essential of Christianity. Everything outside of the core is secondary, tertiary or non-essential. For me anything outside of the core is open to interpretation and the individual’s discretion.   "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” St. Augustine   The core message of Christianity is basically the God of the universe, loves you and me, even though we do not deserve it, and that He provided a way for us to be reconciled to Himself. Justice and...
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Crazy Love, what a crazy book! The book does a great job of focusing on the important things of life. I think Christians should spend more time focused on the Love of God and not all the other crap we get tied to. Francis Chan starts the book with this question, "How many of you have read the New Testament and wondered if we in the church are missing it?" He also brings up the story that he almost joined the Marines. He would have made a great Marine.  Some people think that Christianity is simply fight your desires in order to please God. If you think that you miss the point! God loves us and wants us to love others. If we loved God, we would not want to sin, heck the world would be like heaven.     Some of my favorite quotes for the book.   "God exists outside of time, and since we are within...
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Posted by on in Religion
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Are you wearing Orange or Green?   It wasn't until recently that I found out that Irish Catholics wear green on St. Patrick's day and Irish Protestants wear Orange. If you notice the Irish flag it is Green, White and Orange. I remember a Simpson's episode wear they head two parades in town, one with Orange Irish and one with Green Irish. They parades collide into a frenzy of Irish pub brawling.   A few years back I decided I would wear Orange as I am a Protestant. Even though, all my previous St. Patrick's days I wore Green. Now I wonder if it really makes any difference at all. I mean it is just a custom we have developed that seems harmless. However, over the years this difference between Protestants and Catholics has lead to the bloodshed of fellow Irish Christians.   Christians killing Christians. What must the rest of the world think?   I think I...

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I was on FaceBook the other day trying to group my friends into some type of logical order. While I trying to figure out an easy way to group them, by the way the controls in FaceBook for grouping friends needs help, I can across Dave’s profile and under religious views, he has “Jesus has set me free from religion”. I remember how much my life was changed when I realized it was about a relationship and not a bunch of rules. It is about freedom! Freedom to sin? I guess if you really want to. Do you really want to? Maybe, just maybe consider this, freedom to love! Freedom to help others, to do what is right. Freedom to live for God, to bring him the glory. Just a thought, but maybe, you can try it.   Legalism is a burden that we cannot bear. When we try to we end up stumbling and look like hypocrites. Not only that, have you...

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I wonder, how many times in my life, I have missed an opportunity to do something good. I can remember times when an opportunity has presented itself and I remember rationalizing why I should not help or get involved. I think that I have become very adept at rationalizing why I should not help or get involved. I wish God would take my excuses away. I can remember at the time thinking I should have helped. Should of… I remember it happening all too often. I think I have become too comfortable with non-involvement. Imagine a world where people decide to help instead of passing on the opportunity. Wouldn’t the world be a better place?   For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV   Now think of this. What if those opportunities...
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  This is a continuation of my ongoing report. I recently decided to listen to the Bible in an effort to gain a closer relationship with God. I purposefully listen not with the intent to study. I have a hard time reading the Bible I just start looking things up and I don't make much progress. I am listening to the Bible Experience (http://www.inspiredby.com/) which is a dramatized NIV version with many famous African American leaders, singers, actors and artists. (Even Samuel L. Jackson) As I listen through the Bible, hopefully I will make it all the way through, I will post notes and thoughts I have. Similar account to the book of Kings just with a different perspective.   What does it mean when it says cubit of the old standard? Need to know the date of the book in order to understand what is meant by the Ark is...
Tagged in: Bible Commentary

Posted by on in Movie Reviews
Drugs are bad um'k. It was not funny throughout the whole movie but the movie had it's moments. Of course it is funniest comedy in awhile. So, I have to give it up for that. I give it 3 out of 5 laughs. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910936/...

Posted by on in Leadership
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The Marines have always been recognized at producing good leaders. Below are some of the things that Marines not only must know, but they must demonstrate if they want to be a leader of Marines. All of these can be applied to any leadership position, whether it be as a Fire Team Leader, Platoon Sergeant, a Battalion Commander, a Fortune-500 CEO, or parent.   Leadership Principles   Know yourself and seek self-improvement. Be technically and tactically proficient. Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates. Make sound and timely decisions. Set the example. Know your Marines and look out for their welfare. Keep your Marines informed. Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions. Ensure assigned tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished. Train your Marines as a team. Employ your command in accordance with its capabilities.   Leadership Traits   Dependability - The certainty of proper performance of duty. Bearing...

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One of the leadership traits that is all to often overlooked is customer service. I think it is a personal value as well, not limited just to leadership. Everyone respects and wants customer service when they are the customer. They will even complain if they service is not up to their standards, in fact you could be terminated or not retained in a job position for not having good customer service skills. I believe we all have 'customers' in our lives. For example, when I teach, my students are my customers. When I volunteer community service, the community is my customers. At work, my clients are my customers. As a manger, my subordinates are my customers. I don't want to limit these examples to me.  Politicians have customers too, they are their constituents.   Customer service is about putting the customer first, meaning above oneself. Not having the motives of pride or...
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Posted by on in Christianity
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This is a continuation of my ongoing report. I recently decided to listen to the Bible in an effort to gain a closer relationship with God. I purposefully listen not with the intent to study. I have a hard time reading the Bible I just start looking things up and I don't make much progress. I am listening to the Bible Experience (http://www.inspiredby.com/) which is a dramatized NIV version with many famous African American leaders, singers, actors and artists. (Even Samuel L. Jackson) As I listen through the Bible, hopefully I will make it all the way through, I will post notes and thoughts I have. The book dates itself to the Babylonian captivity.   Makes me think it was someone from Judah who wrote it.   The book of the Kings of Judah and the book of the kings of Israel are referenced again. (First referenced in 1 and 2 Kings).  ...
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