Obama’s #1 issue?

It was thought by many, including myself, that Obama’s first issue was the economy…. let’s see what he has done so far:

Abortion policy
Environment Policy
Gitmo Policy
Emission policy
Reversing Bush policies

No. 125: Direct military leaders to end war in Iraq

On “my first day in office, I would give the military a new mission: ending this war”.

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No. 239: Release presidential records

“Will nullify the Bush attempts to make the timely release of presidential records more difficult.”


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No. 241: Require new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.

“Will issue an executive order asking all new hires at the agencies to sign a form affirming that no political appointee offered them the job solely on the basis of political affiliation or contribution.”


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No. 427: Ban lobbyist gifts to executive employees

“Barack Obama will issue an executive order banning registered lobbyists or lobbying firms from giving gifts in any amount or any form to executive branch employees.”


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No. 503: Appoint at least one Republican to the cabinet

What about the Economy?

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I’ve been thinkin a lot about….

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how lucky I am to be an American, how fortunate I am to have spendable money, own toys, have drinking water, own a car, type on this laptop that is mine….

Gosh, God has blessed me more than I know. Ever since I was a teenager I have thought about what it might be like to have grown up in a third world country. I had thought that it was sort of unfair. Although God has reasons for putting me here. I want to do whatever it is that HE wants me to do. I want to serve Him.

Sometimes it is easy to live in my world. To be so focused on me and what I want, what I think I need. I think about the next purchase I want to make, my agenda for tomorrow, my next task or test…I plan my own world. I try to figure it all out. It is easy to be so wrapped up in me thinking that I miss God and what He wants. I miss opportunities to serve Him. I forget about the lost. I forget about those who are less fortunate than me.
I think that I can do something for those who are less fortunate than me. I see how I rule my own life. I see all the money and food I waste. I realize that I have a lot more than many many many others in this world. I realize though that I can do something. 
I want to do something. I feel a desire to do something more. I feel called to help other people. I am not sure exactly how or what that will look like…
I do not know why I feel compelled to even type this, but at a young age I felt called to ministry, at one point I felt that I might even be called to be a missionary…but God is still working the plans. I am not sure where the path is leading right now. I am still learning, growing and training. 
One of the lessons that I have also spent much time contemplating recently is just how much time and energy I (we, as a nation) spend building our own kingdoms….building our own barns, collecting toys, growing our bank accounts, etc…it is very selfish. 

Think about it, none of these things are eternal. Nothing is going to Heaven with us. The only thing that stands forever is the Word of God and God himself. 

Maybe I am different than most people. But I feel the need to spend less time conquering my greedy American dreams and more time helping the less fortunate. 
Another thought that piles on to the equation is this one, “Are you ready if Jesus comes back?”
I don’t mean to sound religiously bigoted or better than anyone, cause I am not. I waste a lot of time and money. I am greedy sometimes. I am working on all of these things in my own personal life, that is probably why I am typing all of this….

But think about it, chasing our American dreams sometimes gets in the way of what we are called or might be called to do by God. God wants us to share our faith and help the less fortunate. God commands us to make disciples. The early church was a
lot more 
eschatological in their thinking then we are, wheter they knew it or not… they knew Jesus was coming back and they lived ready for His return! Are we doing these things? Are we in love with our first love? Are we sharing our faith enough? Are we giving to the poor and helping the widows and children? Are we living like Christ? Is this how the early Church followed Christ? 

I am not saying we cannot have good things and we should not live with the things God has blessed us with…nor am I accusing anyone, but myself of a bad faith or a lost love… But these are things to consider…these are thoughts from my head…. 

Rush Limbaugh…why?

Okay,
So Rush Limbaugh said something really strange Tuesday.
“I Hope Obama Fails.”
Okay so I am conservative. Maybe I did not vote for Obama, maybe I did…
But despite political differences and all, no one should wish failure on our President. For the good of America, our country, even if you do not agree with their politics and even if you do not like them, why would you wish failure on them?

This is ridiculous. Sure, I can see Limbaugh’s argument about liberalism and socialism, but I think he is stretching it.

I think Rush just likes attention. He gets in the news when he does ridiculous things and says stupid things. And I have to admit, I have not always liked Rush and his stances on certain issues. He speaks for conservatives and sometimes, I feel that my voice is heard, but then there are times like this when Rush is just idiotic.

Rather I want to see Obama be successful. I want America to get out of war, out of economic trouble, and start making smart changes for the environment and the economy.

I may not like HOW we are going get there. And when I think the administration is going against what I believe, I will stand up against it. But yet, I am for certain changes, changes for the better. Unlike Rush Limbaugh apparently.

follow me

In His sermon this week, my pastor spoke about Jesus and the disciples. Jesus chose fisherman to be his disciples, regular fishermen. The fishermen “immediately” left their boats and followed. “immediately” left their father and their fishing business to follow a man whom they had just seen for the first time!

The Greek Word “euyewv” is used for straightway, forthwith, or best fitting for modern English “immediately.” aka- quickly, shortly, without hesitation, at once or soon, as soon as possible.

This hits home with me ,because the very first disciples laid down a pure example of what faith can look like. These men did not know Jesus well when they met him, when all he said was “follow me.” But they left all that they knew and followed.

Ever since the first disciples and even today, that is all it takes to follow Jesus. It is not necessary to know everything about Him in order to believe and to follow Him. I am not saying that people shouldn’t look into Jesus and learn about Him before they make any kind of decision. Please do the research, Jesus speaks for Himself and the more you know about Him the better.

But for the point of this post and just pure reflection, it is an interesting thought. The first disciples simply followed. There wasn’t any skepticism. My point really is that this still happens today. Look at my salvation story, for example: I was very young when I came to know Christ. At eight years of age, I only knew the basics…Jesus died for my sins. Sure I grew up in a Christian home, but I was not trained on epistemology, hermeneutics, and Christology, not as an eight year old. My mom asked me if I would follow Him. I kind of understood that I was a sinner. But I wanted whatever it was that my mom had and was talking about. So I followed Him. That is it! I was saved without knowing very much at all about Jesus.

Today as my faith has matured a lot, I enjoy studying those deeper things I referred to. And if you read the Gospels and then read Acts, you see how Peter and the disciples’ faith mature quite a bit too. They knew very little and then over time and in their relationship with God they began to understand more deeply.

It is really basic observation but truly amazing, Jesus is for everyone!

What have I been up to?

Sorry I have not posted recently, and far less about me and my real life.

I have been working on some ideas for my church. I am developing a Coffee House “open mic” event idea.

We do not have a cappuccino machine so I am getting creative drink ideas:
Cappuccino mix
Fancy teas
Lots of coffee
Coffee syrups
“Flavored” Coffee
Hot Coco

Does any one have experience with these types of drinks and could recommend or suggest any particular brands or other ideas?

What else have I been into?

Mario Kart Wii
Wii Music

Started my hermeneutics class

Work with UPS Freight

Song writing

Going on dates

Playing with my new computer: Dell XPS M1530 (Half a Christmas present to self, half because it was just plain necessary to upgrade!) I had maxed out my Centurion Pentium and my hard drive storage. Now I am running a lot faster and effecient.

I have a lot of theology ideas and posts for this blog. But I am busy and this blog is a low priority compared to other things in my life. So look for at least once a week but do no expect too much.

if Christians really believe…

why are they afraid of me? Why don’t they tell me the truth …
(Interesting points from Penn Jillette, from teller and Penn)

“How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible, and not tell them that?”

What are you bowing down to?

We all have the habit, as humans to get our priorities skewed.

When this happens, we end up putting something other than God first in our lives.

It might be that new toy we got for Christmas or that exciting relationship in your life…

but the point is we intentionally or inadvertently bow down to something in our lives.

The question at hand is “what are you bowing down to?”

And what are you going to do about it? Take sometime to reflect and think about your own

priorities it is important to get our habits established early on in the year. It is something I

struggle with as well.