Looking out a window

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For the last several weeks we have had several feet of snow fall. The above picture was actually taken not to far from where I live. Anyway, when I look out my window all I can see is snow.

As it so happens, my little son loves to look at it as well. So, every time I change his diaper (an insane amount, am I right?), I stand him up and pull the blind down so he can look outside. It is his favorite part of diaper-changing time (I think).

While my hand sits there separating two of the blinds apart to open up a 6-inch window for him to peer through, he just moves his head looking around with the biggest smile on his face. Its a joy to see. and it reminds me of our worldviews.

Now, for my son, he sees the world very differently from me. He sees a world covered in white. He sees cars passing on the highway across from the fence. He sees people walking in front of us. He sees the street lamp between the softly falling snow. Then he sees the blinds again as daddy picks him up and swings him around.

This is his worldview. He does not know what snow is, he does not understand that each car passing by contains thousands of working parts, or the people walking in front of him are grown-up versions of himself. Though, in his mind, he knows what they are. His understanding of them is so far beneath my own, and mine is so far beneath that of a mechanic or a doctor.

My point: God does not have a worldview. He knows about every part of it all because He made it all. Just think how little a child knows, but how much they think they know. Then think of how much you know. Yeah, that is my point.

An Urgent Message

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A stunning message to Americans .  . .  and the world.

For 30 years we have suffered intense persecution, and now freedom is bringing another great harm to our churches. This damage is coming from the Christians in America who are sending rock music and evangelists accompanied by rock bands. Our young people do not attend these meetings because we have all committed not to participate in secular entertainment. This is a great burden on our hearts. Many come with Bible in hand and rock music. We are embarrassed by this image of Christianity.

We do not know what words to use in urging that this be stopped. We abhor all Christian rock music coming to our country. Rock music has nothing in common with ministry or service to God. We are very, very against Christian Americans bringing to our country this false image of “ministry” to God. We need spiritual bread; please give us true bread, not false cakes.

It is true that rock music attracts people to the church, but not to Godly living. We were in prison for 15 years and 11 years for Christ’s sake. We were not allowed to have Christian music, but rock music was used as a weapon against us day and night to destroy our souls. We could only resist with much prayer and fasting. Now, we have a time of more openness, and we are no longer taken to prison. However, now it is Christians from America who damage our souls. We do not allow this music in our church, but they rent big stadiums and infect teenagers and adults with their rock music. We, the leadership and congregations of the Unregistered Union of …Churches, the former Persecuted Church, have made an agreement not to allow rock music in our church. We urge you to join with us and we advise you to remove rock music from America. Do not desecrate our teenagers with it. Even the unbelievers recognize it is unholy music and they cannot understand how American Christians can be so much like the world.

We can give you the conclusion that after Russian unbelievers have attended the rock concerts where Christ’s Word was preached, the people were very disappointed and disillusioned with Christianity. We call this music from hell. We urge all Americans to stop giving money for the organization of such concerts in Russia. We want only traditional Christian music in our churches. This is the unanimous decision of all our leaders.

Where’s the Love Bro? – Edgy Emotions

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I have only heard a few of Jason Gray’s songs on the radio, but the few I’ve heard have always been very vague and void of meaning that goes beyond the words.

Give me rules
I will break them
Give me lines
I will cross them
I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives, moves, and breathes
To sweep me off my feet
It ought to be

(CHORUS)
More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love

Give me words
I’ll misuse them
Obligations
I’ll misplace them
‘Cause all religion ever made of me
Was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet
It never set me free
It’s gotta be

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love

It’s like I’m falling in love, love, love
Deeper and deeper
It was love that made
Me a believer
In more than a name, a faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me
It’s gotta be

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love
It’s gotta be

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love
It’s like I’m falling, oh
I’m falling in falling
It’s like I’m falling

Well, it looks like Jamie Grace did better than Jason in terms of mentioning God. Jason doesn’t even mention God once in his song and mentions Jesus by name once. But, even if Jason talked of God every other word, his song still gives off the modern-day cultural Christianity message the world is begging for.

I once read a book written by Adrian Rogers. In this book he said something to the effect of, “emotions are the least reliable sense in your body. They are always changing.” Yet, in this entire song, Jason is saying that he won’t trust his other senses and he’ll go only for the feelings.

Don’t believe me? Look at the words. He suggests “falling in love” 19 times and rejects the other, more stable senses 14 times. His suggestions to all his listeners comes directly from the cultural Christianity idea that our feelings are very important for our spiritual life. They are the least reliable sense and yet everybody makes them out to be the heroes.

Also, his line, saying, “Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me” is completely untrue and the opposite of what the Bible says. It is Jesus’ love that changes us, not the other way around. A serious wrong by Jason.