Friday, October 22, 2010

Farewell

My days in this mason jar are over. I have been freed! Wanna know how? Go to my new blog- Life as a Free-Flying Lightning Bug. :) This is my last post here...it's been great, but on to bigger and better things!

The Unsure Cartoonist

I have a friend I have met here at UK that I sit by in my horrid Astronomy class. He is very laid back and easy going, and I have gotten along with him from the start.

Today, we had a nice discussion on religion. It started with discussing purgatory and Catholicism, a topic I said I knew nothing about, as I have been a Baptist my whole life. He said that he isn't religious at all, so we discussed this.

We talked about how it seems unlikely that things could be as perfect as they are by random, and how the American church, which runs on the view of "bigger is better," has skewed off of what Christ put forth for us to follow.

Materialism is not the focus of why we should follow our Lord and Saviour. The "Prosperity Gospel" is false. Instead, Jesus asks that we put aside ourselves and everything within our materialistic desires to focus on Him. After all, it is His stuff. He made it.

Anyways, my cartoon-drawing friend remains unsure about religion. I asked that if he had any questions that I would do my best to answer, or find someone else that can. Please pray that I have future opportunities with him. Thanks! :)


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Ultimate Challenge for the Missionary

The cultural Christianity of America is the Kingdom of God's worst enemy. Like a flu shot, it inoculates people to the real thing.

This quote, which I received through a friend via Twitter, has sent my wheels turning. Americans are sending a bazillion missionaries overseas currently. And that isn't wrong. Lord knows those people need the Gospel. Yet, they are not the most challenging people among the lost.

Not North Korea, where Christianity is a jail sentence.

Not Iran, where Christianity is a hostage situation.

Not Somalia, where Christianity is an immediate be-heading.

No, the most difficult target is, in fact, the United States.

The US is considered one of the highest populations of Christians in the world. Between our high land mass, high population, and high rate of people who profess to know Jesus, we may even be the largest grouping in the world.

Yet, this is misleading. The very manner of which the American way of life is based has lead to our loss of the Truth. America values capitalism, money, and the self: some of the biggest enemies of God.

The focus in America of "bigger" is a problem that has drastically changed us from where we are supposed to be. The focus on self: I want money, reputation, sex and pride, is wrong. This is the opposite of what Jesus set a our example.

Jesus had everything up in Heaven- literally. Then He came to Earth and became a poor carpenter that walked every where, got sick and dirty, and was surrounded by people who didn't believe Him.

So let's do our best to start a fire here in the States: if Jesus could become the focus of biggest and baddest country on the block, those foreign lands are going to
take notice.

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Gotta Quit Faking

There's a reason people dislike Christians. Several reasons, actually.

We're hypocrites. Of course we are- no one is perfect. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus- all hypocrites too. What's the
difference?

We're not extreme. Every other faith group gets fired up, excitable about their faith. Let's do that. I believe that if Christians went completely nuts for Jesus, we would see a radical explosion of faith here, on US soil. Let's do it!


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Clayburn Quote of the Day

"There's two kinds of people: heart breakers and life takers." -Zach Clayburn


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Friday, July 9, 2010

Why I Love Kentucky

While on vacation in Florida this past week, I fantasized about living along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in the beautiful town of Ormond Beach (just north of Daytona Beach). The palms, sun, and surf are more than alluring. But, as I have journeyed north back to my home sate, I realize that I will likely never live anywhere else. Nor do I wish to.

I would miss Kentucky far too much to ever leave it. It runs deeper than missing my family and friends. It runs deeper than missing my beloved UK Wildcats. It's the very land that I would miss. It's home, and no where else could be.

I would miss hills, the rolling hills that encapsulate the central portion if the state, the "Bluegrass Region," where my home town of Lexington rises out of the endless countryside. I would miss the horse farms, with their white picket fences and perfectly cut grass and magnificent stallions and towering, almost impossibly lavish barns. I would miss fields of green tobacco, which are harvested to fill the vile cigarettes that support out states economy while killing it's citizens one pack at a time. I would miss the eastern Appalachian Mountains, looming massive over valleys, known as "hollers" in those parts.

I would miss some of the most varied weather in the continental US: lows below zero in the deepest parts of winter, with highs skyrocketing above one hundred with the arrival of the summer months. I would miss the maples, oaks, birch, and other deciduous trees that are found only in a temperate, mountainous place like Appalachia. I would miss the sights, both natural and man-made: the castle located just outside my beloved Fayette County, our gorgeous lakes and rivers, the Bluegrass Parkway, the canyons formed in the cliff sides of the aforementioned mountains by the aforementioned lakes and rivers.

I would miss the safety. Too far inland for hurricanes. Too mountainous for consistent tornadoes. Too temperate for insects to be too numerous. Too wet for a constant wildfire threat. Too dry for mudslides. A fault line- that has been inactive for hundreds of years. Most everything that plagues the rest of the country can be avoided for the most part in my glorious Kentucky.

These reasons, among more, are why I will never leave here. Kentucky is my home, and I would never have it another way.


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bump in the Road


We all hit setbacks. Difficulty at work or school. Breakups. Etc. Something I try to do-but hardly accomplish-is to stay calm, and learn from said setback. The Bible says "don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." So take everything in stride, and chill. It'll be ok.

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