Jan 31, 2005

Moving Ahead....

I started this blog to chronicle my journey of pain. Now after searching through a multitude of Christian blogs with various viewpoints and Theological leanings I have come to realize how much God's Scripture means to me- His Word, His statues, basically the Bible. I am going to be making some changes, for those who care, at this blog in the next couple weeks. I am still broken, but it is not so acute. I don't ever want to get to the point that I don't think I need the redeeming Grace of Jesus, the work done on the cross, and his rising on the 3rd day. But,I guess I am done wallowing in my pain and want to live the abundant life that Jeus said he has come to give me in John 10:10. I think I have spent a lot of time letting the thief rob and steal the joy and abundance that Jesus brings. Emergence, Evangelicals, Reformed- all of the various blogs I have visited in the last 6 months have played a part in my moving on to a new phase where I am getting back to the basics of standing on God's Word, Hiding it in my heart and meditating on it day and night, instead of focusing so much on my past. Sure, I come from a broken home, sure I hurt, but God is forming me and shaping me on His Potters wheel day by day and as Paul says in Philippians 1:6 "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. "
I am wanting to move forward as Paul says,

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:12-14

I will Press On!!

Jan 7, 2005

Blogging, emergents, evangelicals, & other thoughts

I have really been enjoying reading through and trying to understand the emergent movement at various blogs. Some of the stops I have made have been to Willzhead and Baldman Blogging. I have been a little passionate in my discussions and disagreements but it is a good process to go through. Along with that I have also discovered some other perspectives that are closer to my own views, such as The Evangelical Outpost and AdrianWarnock's UK Evangelical Blog, and many others, but mainly those 4. What it has caused me to realize is that I really love the Word of God and I hold it as paramount in my life. Not that I doubted that, it has just reafirrmed that to me. Even more I continue to believe the Bible is absolutely True, being perfect, complete and relevant to our lives. I hopefully have not offended anyone in my comments and beliefs, but I have enjoyed the debate, disscussion, etc. Hopefully some new friendships will form from these exchanges. All of you bloggers for God out there in the blogoshpere, thanks for doing your thing, regardless of whether we are on the same page.

The internet, and blogs in general, is an intersting medium. What fascinates me is how much you now see the prescence of blogs affecting the standard news media outlets, and really in a short time. It is almost like a whole new news structure is forming, like a checks and balance system to the traditional news organizations. It was intersting to see that on the West Wing a couple weeks ago where blogging had a big role of the show, and was even mentioned on this weeks episode.

What is even more amazing is to step back and try to wonder what God is doing in these things.....we will only have to wait and see

I will close with a verse from my favorite book of the Bible, Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 33:3
'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'