Please tell us if you have any comments!



   

<< February 2004 >>
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29



Blog authors:
  • Codepainter
  • Jesuschick
  • MegiddosGirl
  • The Cow (bio)
  • Dougie P
  • Paul (dixiegato)
  • HeirForceChick
  • Alex (bio)
  • xxpinknblackxx
  • Megiddo - site manager (bio) (meaning)


    Cool links to cool places:

  • A christian search engine, very useful!

  • An online Bible with every version I've heard of and a few I haven't!

  • A site created by Megiddo for Christian teens!

    About God:

    How do you describe the indescribable? If all the seas turned ink, all the plant to writing tools, and all the sky to parchment, it would not be enough to describe God's vastness. That's the God I serve.

    If you're interested in learning more about God, you can leave a message here, you could go to this site and leave a message or you can read on.



    God
  • God loves you (John 3:16).
  • God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).

    People
  • God, who created everything, made us for himself to find our purpose in fellowship with him (Colossians 1:16).
  • But we rebelled and turned away from God (Isaiah 53:6) The result is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). The penalty is eternal death (Romans 6:23).

    Christ
  • God became human in the person of Jesus Christ to restore the broken fellowship (Colossians 1:19-20). Christ lived a perfect life (1 Peter 2:22).
  • Christ died as a substitute for us by paying the death penalty for our rebellion (Romans 5:8). He arose (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and is alive today to give us a new life of fellowship with God, now and forever (John 10:10).

    Response
  • I must repent for my rebellion (Matthew 4:17).
  • I must believe Christ died to provide forgiveness and a new life of fellowship with God (John 1:12)
  • I must receive Christ as my Savior and Lord with the intent to obey him. I do this in prayer by inviting him into my life (Revelation 3:20).
    Cost
  • There is no cost to your salvation comes to you freely (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • But it comes at a high cost to God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
  • Ultimately your response is a life of discipleship (Luke 9:23-24).


    If you want to look up the verses to the above passages, just click on them.





    Free Web Counters
    Overstock Coupons

  • If you want to be updated on this weblog Enter your email here:



    rss feed



    Sunday, February 29, 2004
    Safe Harbors

       I saw this poem at school... I thought it was interesting...

    Safe Harbors by Michael McClain


    There are refugees among us who are not from foreign shores
    And the battles they've been waging are from very private wars
    And there are no correspondents documenting all their grief
    But these refugees among us all are yearning for relief

    There are refugees among us they don't carry flags or signs
    They are standing right beside us in the market check-out-lines
    And the war that they've been fighting it will not be televised
    But the story of their need for love is written in their eyes

    This is a call to arms to reach out and to hold the evacuees from the dark
    This is a call to arms to lead anguished souls to safe harbors of the heart

    Can you see through their disguises? Can you hear what words won't tell?
    Some are losing faith in heaven; cause their life's a living hell
    Is there anyone to help those who have no where else to flee?
    For the only arms protecting them belong to you and me

    Can you fell the pleas of the refugees
    For safe harbors of the heart?

    Can you fell the pleas of the refugees
    For safe harbors of the heart?

    Posted at 08:11 pm by Megiddo
    Comments (1)  

    Monday, February 23, 2004
    Insta-society

       Everything in our culture is getting faster and better. Where does this leave Christians? In a society where people want things now, and they want it good.
       I remember running a game on the good old commodore 64 ( a really, really old computer ). To play a game, you had to go through a 5 minute load time. Now, though, computers start in 20 seconds, games load instantly.
       Because people are now used to getting everything instantly, that is their view on all aspects of life. Want sex? Why wait until your married? You will eventually get married anyways, right? These things ruin someone's purity of youth. I know a kid that I'm 90% sure isn't a virgin, and he did it because he thought it would make him happy. He is, however, the most moody and unhappy person that I know.
       Of course, the insta-society applies to more than just chastity ( though I believe this is Satan's biggest attack in the current generations ). People buy now, pay later, and it causes huge debts. ( that is what caused the great deppression )
       In conclusion, your time is not your own. You were created by God, every moment you have is a gift from him.

    Posted at 08:26 pm by Megiddo
    Comments (7)  

    Friday, February 20, 2004
    Riding low

       There is a person on my bus with my namesake that thinks with the wrong part of his body most of the time. I thought I'd bring up something that he was doing today, something that has become something of a *fad* recently ( of course, he was taking it to an extreme, but it was basically the same thing )
       (from Youth Specialties article, Boxers or Briefs at http://www.youthspecialties.com/articles/topics/sexuality/boxers.php ) I read somewhere that this trend of wearing low slung pants with underwear exposed came from the prison culture. The prisoners purposely wore larger pants so they could be ready for a "quickie" with another convict at the, uh, drop of their pants. Many Rap performers adopted this because they had relatives who had been in prison, and they wanted to be cool. The trend then spilled over from the urban culture into the mainstream through Hip Hop/Rap music. Just check out the Hip Hop videos on MTV.
      
       Is this what our generation is promoting? Is this the goal that other people set for our lives? Why do we accept this?

       Another interesting thing that the site from above brings up:

    In the Shower Room

    One of my former students who is now a youth pastor told me a disconcerting experience he had while on a retreat with some of his high school guys. He came out of the bathroom after his shower wearing only a towel and the guys freaked. One actually fled the room. When he asked what was the big deal, they told him that nobody did that. You had to get dressed in the bathroom. When he told them about taking showers in the high school locker room after sports practice, they really freaked and accused him of being gay. I can recall some great locker room times; the roughhousing, the laughter, the secret realization that you were "normal" compared to all the other guys, the sense of masculine acceptance.

    Has our culture turned our adolescent guys into homophobes, terrified that someone will think them gay if they are ever, for any reason, naked in the presence of another man? And we wonder why violence towards gays has escalated. It fascinates me that the seemingly total lack of modesty in the culture has caused a paralyzing modesty in young men.


       My questions are pretty much the same as stated there. I know that in my school, the showers are NEVER used. is this the way it is at every school?

    Posted at 07:10 pm by Megiddo
    Comments (9)  

    Thursday, February 19, 2004
    Wants and Needs

       How often we mix up wants and needs. Too often I hear, 'I need that designer shirt'.

       Needs = what is required to survive ( home, food, clothes, et cetera )
       Wants = what you desire. You do not need it, but it would 'make your life better' if you had it

       This post was prompted by something I was reading in a textbook at school today. It gave an interesting description of wants. 'Wants are not needed for survival. They are things that would make your life better if you had them. Our wants can never be satisfied, they are always changing, and we are always wanting more.'
       Not that I disagree with this description, it is just that when you think of it, it is disgusting. Here we are 'needing' things, when others are starving.

    Posted at 04:25 pm by Megiddo
    Comments (4)  

    Wednesday, February 18, 2004
    Meditation

    1 Peter 1
    18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

    Posted at 06:42 am by Megiddo
    Comments (1)  

    Sunday, February 15, 2004
    Barbie and Ken

    This is pulled off a CNN article called: It's splitsville for Barbie and Ken.
    After 43 years as one of the world's prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up. The couple's "business manager," Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time -- apart."

    "Like other celebrity couples, their Hollywood romance has come to an end," said Arons, who quickly added that the duo "will remain friends."

    Arons denied that there was any truth to rumors that the breakup was linked to the Cali (as in California) Girl Barbie, arriving in stores now. To better reflect her single status, Cali Barbie will wear board shorts and a bikini top, metal hoop earrings, and have a deeper tan.

    This new style already has attracted a new admirer, Blaine the Australian boogie boarder.

    Barbie -- the most popular fashion doll in the world, according to toy maker Mattel -- met Ken on the set of a TV commercial in 1961, and they have been inseparable ever since.

    Arons hinted Wednesday that the separation may be partially due to Ken

    's reluctance to getting married. All those bridal Barbie dolls in toy chests around the globe are really just examples of Barbie's wishful thinking, she explained.

    Another possible factor is Barbie's career. The doll who was "born" Barbie Millicent Roberts in 1959 has been everything from a rock star to military medic, and she's currently marketed in more than 150 countries. According to Mattel, every second, three Barbie dolls are sold somewhere in the world.

    So where does that leave Ken? Said Arons: "He will head for other waves."


       What does this teach little kids? That relationships that never last? That commitment means nothing? It is digusting that they'd do such a thing ( not that I care for dolls, it is just the principle ).


    Posted at 05:40 pm by Megiddo
    Comments (4)  

    Friday, February 13, 2004
    St. Valentine

    The roots of St. Valentine's Day lie in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was celebrated on Feb. 15. For 800 years the Romans had dedicated this day to the god Lupercus. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year.

    Pope Gelasius I was, understandably, less than thrilled with this custom. So he changed the lottery to have both young men and women draw the names of saints whom they would then emulate for the year (a change that no doubt disappointed a few young men). Instead of Lupercus, the patron of the feast became Valentine. For Roman men, the day continued to be an occasion to seek the affections of women, and it became a tradition to give out handwritten messages of admiration that included Valentine's name.

    There was also a conventional belief in Europe during the Middle Ages that birds chose their partners in the middle of February. Thus the day was dedicated to love, and people observed it by writing love letters and sending small gifts to their beloved. Legend has it that Charles, duke of Orleans, sent the first real Valentine card to his wife in 1415, when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. (He, however, was not beheaded, and died a half-century later of old age.)

    Ok... well that's from the world wide web.

    Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith in effectual, commended him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270. Pope Julius I is said to have built a church near Ponte Mole to he memory, which for a long time gave name to the gate now called Porta del Popolo, formerly, Porta Valetini. The greatest part of his relics are now in the church of St. Praxedes. His name is celebrated as that of an illustrious martyr in the sacramentary of St. Gregory, the Roman Missal of Thomasius, in the calendar of F. Fronto and that of Allatius, in Bede, Usuard, Ado, Notker and all other martyrologies on this day. To abolish the heathens lewd superstitious custom of boys drawing the names of girls, in honor of their goddess Februata Juno, on the fifteenth of this month, several zealous pastors substituted the names of saints in billets given on this day.

    That was another. Tee hee hee.

    Over all... remember that on the 14th as you're chowin down on candy and giving roses... that it's really a HOLY DAY!
    Thanks!

     

     


    Posted at 06:08 pm by xxpinknblackxx
    Comments (2)  

    Listening to God

    James 1:
    22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.


       If someone claims to be a Christian, he/she should be interested in the Word ( and thus finding out what they believe in ).  The Bible is often hard for people to read, though ( too much like a history, too long, etc. ). Admittingly, those are some of my obstacles as well.  And oh-too often I read the Bible without actually thinking about it ( staring into a mirror and forgetting the reflection a second later ).

       One thing that surprises me is how many people I know that say they are Mormon or Christian or what-not, yet have not actually read their scriptures. You can't say you honestly believe in something that you haven't even heard of. It is like saying you believe with all your heart that there is a tan wall in my house. Have you been to my house or even heard someone say that such a wall exists? No.

       Something that I do find when doing devos and reading my Bible in the morning, however, is that when I actually think about what I'm reading, my day is a lot better. These simple half-hour activities have a big impact on my day. I ask for strength to go through my day, and God gives it to me! What a great God we serve!

       My point here is that you cannot truly believe in the Bible until you have read it, and if you read it, you will do as it says.

    Posted at 02:56 pm by Megiddo
    Comments (3)  

    Sunday, February 08, 2004
    Learn by teaching

       In my previous post, I stated that an objective was to learn by teaching. It is quite true that you learn more by trying to teach something than by just studying it.

       God knows that my knowledge of His Word is pitiful, but by trying to explain what little I have researched, I gain more wisdom/knowledge than what I previously had. Discussion ( not argument ) is also a very good way to learn things ( but telling someone what you stand for is still teaching. ).

       I thank everyone who takes the time to read what I have to say, and thank them even more if they respond! Thank you for teaching me everyone!

    Posted at 02:34 pm by Megiddo
    Make a comment  

    Objectives

    I don't believe I ever listed the objectives of this blog, so here they are!

    • So anyone who wishes to ask a question about God may do so
    • Inspiration/Study
    • To bring others to God
    • So others may have chances to state their views on various topics
    • So various topics may be discussed between people
    • To learn by teaching
    • To 'hang' out

    Posted at 02:30 pm by Megiddo
    Make a comment  

    Next Page