Showing posts from May, 2013

Carnal Gratitude

I have had it in my heart and head to keep a gratitude journal for about a year now. Every time I get started I stop. Upon serious consideration I realize the reason I keep stopping is because my thankful entries seem so carnal. And it makes me feel like such a carnal unspiritual person. Interesting. Am I really that carnal? Is my impression of God really so shallow? That  He is like a bubble gum ball machine up in the sky dropping down blessings at my bidding? This is crazy! I've never seen myself quite so carnal and worldly minded as I have each time I start these gratitude lists. I am trying to see through this to the other side. Maybe it is my unbalanced view of God. Maybe I really do not believe that he cares for every minute detail of my life. Maybe I don't really believe the Bible. Psalm 139:1-6 says;

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I am far away.
You see me when I tra…

CHRISTianity vs. CHURCHanity

I began reading the book of Mark this morning. I like the book of Mark. Mark jumps right in and starts telling the story of Jesus' days on the earth. He gets right to the point and he uses the word immediately, a lot. I like his story telling style. The following verses jumped off the page at me:
Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests,
along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.
(There were many people of this kind among Jesus' followers.)
But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees
saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples,
"Why does he eat with such scum?"
When Jesus heard this, he told them,
"Healthy people don't need a doctor - sick people do.
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous,
but those who know they are sinners."
Mark 2:15-17
After being in the church for awhile I have observed a tendency for us to become complacent and …

Living on Grace

Do you ever think about what it is we're doing in this Christian thing? I mean just stop and question your actions, your motives, what and why you are doing whatever it is you call Christianity and just what is faith? Have you ever felt like your just going through the motions with no real substance. Does all of this Christian activity ever feel kind of empty and meaningless to you? 

For those of you that have followed my writing this spring, you know that I have been asking a lot of questions about the church and Christianity and where is Jesus in all of this. In my quest for truth and answers,  Somehow I lost my way, His Way. Searching so hard to find Him in the church, I got lost. I became very discouraged.

While looking for Jesus in the church, I stumbled and lost my footing. We must never take our eyes off of the Author and Finisher of our faith. When we look to the church to write our stories, Hell breaks loose on our lives. Let me tell you this, Only God is able to save us, a…