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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 loves you (John 3:16).
God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).
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).
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).
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).
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.
Monday, April 05, 2004
Yay, the blog has now reached 2,000 visitors. I'd like to thank all of you for reading what I and others have to say.
Happy 2000 visitors
EDIT: oops, that said 'Happy 2000 posts' before. I really should proof read before I post....
Posted at 06:54 pm by Megiddo
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
I John 2
15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and boasting of what what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
When John talks about loving the world, he isn't talking about loving the people in the world, he's talking about loving the things of this world ( loving money, a gamecube, the Internet, etc. ). Why shouldn't we love these things? Quite simply, it is because of what they bring ( whether you want it or not ). Worldly things bring cravings, lust, and boasting with them.
Cravings should be fairly straightforward, the 'needing' of things that you really do not need. How many people do you know that own only one pair of shoes? Do we need more than one pair of shoes? Not really, it is just a luxury that we take. There are better ways to spend our money than by spending it all on shoes.
Lust is a lot like cravings. I used to think that lust only applied to sexual things, but that is not entirely true. A dictionary definition: lust- An overwhelming desire – to have passionate or inordinate desire. Take the account of David and Bathsheba.
II Samuel 11
2One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing.
Has David sinned so far? Absolutely not.
The woman was very beautiful,
Now, I'd have to say David is sinning. He is lusting after what is not his to have.
3And David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.
I just want to interject here that Bathsheba appears to be a willing participant in this, so she is sinning as well.
( She had purified herself from her uncleanness. ) Then she went back home. 5The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
Obviously, David is in trouble, and he winds up killing Uriah. Did you notice the flow of what happened? David listened to temptations, looked at what he could take, lusted after her, layed hold of it, and lost ( sinned ).
The same is similar in the Genesis account. They listened to temptations ( from the serpent ), they looked at the fruit, they lusted after it, they layed hold of it ( ate it ), and they lost.
Boasting should also be straightforward. In example, it is having pride or bragging over status, power, money, IQ, skill, etc.
And I leave you ( 'till part two, that is ) with the words of my pastor, “There is much within me that wants to respond to sin, there is much outside me to tempt me to sin, and the world addresses me through my sinful nature.” Keep in mind, however, that it is not a sin to be tempted, only to give into temptation.
Posted at 06:41 pm by Megiddo
Sunday, March 28, 2004
The Fourth Dimension, Part two ( The dynamics of a fourth dimension )
Sorry that is has been a little slow ( posting ) recently, but I'm picking the pace back up.
Okay... I told you how you would represent the fourth dimension, now it is time to talk about what the fourth dimesion would be like ( at least to my best guess from observations of the relations between the dimensions we can view ).
What would it be like if a four-dimensional object intersected with our three dimensional world? Most likely, someone observing the intersection would see cubes, spheres, and the like. Think of a paper cartoon character on the surface of a swimming pool. He can only see in two dimensions ( no up and down for him ). What would he see when someone dove into the pool? He'd see 10 circles, going into 2, which would change to one big circle, and so on.
How would we be able to travel in the fourth dimension? I'm not talking about vehicles being able to go in that direction ( as far as I can imagine, that wouldn't be possible ). Think of another cartoon character on a piece of paper, and you tear a hole in the paper. Now, you slide a three dimensional ladder through the hole. Again the cartoon character sees circles and bars from the ladder, but if he were to grab onto what he sees at any point, he would travel with the ladder in whatever direction you were pulling it.
Can we see the fourth dimension? Yes and no... As you've been shown, the fourth dimension is easily represented on paper, yet there should be a better way to show it then the way I did it before. We are able to represent 3 dimensions on paper ( like a cube ) so we should be able to represent 4 dimensions on a 3 dimensional object. There is a problem with this, of couse. Try to think of it this way, if a two dimensional object sees a 3 dimensional representation of a cube on the paper, what would he see? Just two squares with diagonal lines connecting them. This is because he has never seen the third dimension, and can't understand cubes.
Would it be possible for us to move in the fourth dimension on our own? Doubtful. Think once again of a two dimensional character. His joints ( or whatever is letting him move ) would be very much like a hinge with no height to it. This would effectively make it impossible for the two dimensional character to ever look in the third dimension or move in it.
Anyways... tell me what you think about this in the comments. ( I'd love to have some discussion about this with someone ). If some more interest is shown in this topic, I shall conclude with my final part of it, 'Thinking of time as the fourth dimesion'.
Posted at 03:47 pm by Megiddo
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
"The Parable of the Prodigal Son" might be better named as "The Parable of the Merciful Father and the Two Sons". There are many interesting things about this particular parable that many people don't realize.
Most everyone knows the story of the prodigal son, for those of you that don't, it is Luke 15:11-32 .
It is interesting to think that when the first son had gone and wasted all his inheritance, he took up a job feeding pigs. For a Jew, feeding pigs was the most humiliating job. Feeding an animal that they considered unclean, was utterly degrading. So he thought of home.
"Coming to his senses he thought, 'How many of my father's hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger.' " Luke 15:17.
He decides to go home, he wasn't ashamed for wasting his money, but rather worried for his own good. His hunger, his own body. That is the reason why he wanted to go home.
The passage goes on to say: "So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him."
While he was still a long way off! How could his father see him, a long way off??? Because his father was looking for him! Probably looking every day, longing for the return of his son. His father then clothes his son with the finest robe, puts sandals on his feet and throws a feast for the return of his son.
"Now the older son had been out in the field and, on his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing. He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean. The servant said to him, 'Your brother has returned and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' He became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him. He said to his father in reply, 'Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.' Luke 15:25-30 .
The older son is jealous because he was never rewarded for his efforts. He fails to see the joy his father has for the return of his son, he probably never managed to see the sadness while he was gone either.
The story ends with the fathers plea:
"He said to him, 'My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.'"
The ending is open, there is no finish. That is for you to fill in. In your life, you must complete many stories, this is one of them.
How will you end the story???
Posted at 08:36 pm by dixiegato
Monday, March 22, 2004
I've had this analogy in my head... I thought I might write it down. ( It deals with rebuilding the walls of your defense against sins )
When sin comes tearing through what defenses you have, you have a choice. Do you give in? Do you leave them down and start breaking into a sob, saying that it is just too hard, and you'll just blend in with the rest of society? Or do you painstakingly rebuild ( yet again )?
One thing that I've learned through my many rebuildings is that if I build the defenses on my own, they will never stand. The Devil is much too powerful to be stopped by me and me alone.
There is hope, though. The King of Kings is always willing to lend anyone a hand. He will never do it for you, but He'd love to help. He's never too busy, He never puts you off.
The best things about the rebuilding process is that every time I do it ( with help, of course ) the foundation is a little sturdier and I become a little stronger. The best of the best, I get to know my Lord a little better.
Although the damage my sins do is devestating, I am gradually beginning to catch them ( the sins ) a little sooner and can stop more of them ( this is, of course, with help ).
The picture this puts in my head is beautiful. My and the Lord working side by side.
Posted at 07:07 pm by Megiddo
Monday, March 15, 2004
Have you ever been uncertain as to what you're doing? Who you are? What you believe?
I am right now...
Due to changing beliefs and not too much faith in myself I'm resigning from this blog.
I'm having a lot of issues with many things church related and the sort so... later guys.
And don't pray for me.
When I want you to, you'll know.
If you are like... insistant in praying for me... pray for the Spaniards instead. THEY need it.
Posted at 11:45 pm by xxpinknblackxx
Sunday, March 14, 2004
I Samuel 8 is quite a saddening chapter. I would like to share it with you:
Israel Asks for a King
When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel. 2
The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. 3
But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5
They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have."
But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD . 7
And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8
As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9
Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do."
Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. 11
He said, "This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12
Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13
He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14
He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15
He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16
Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17
He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18
When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day."
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20
Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."
When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD . 22
The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king."
Then Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Everyone go back to his town."
It is terribly sad that Israel wouldn't listen to what God said. They wanted to go their way. They wanted to go with what was 'popular' to do, instead of what was good for them. This shows God's infinite wisdom, and some of my stupidity. How many times have I cried out to God to do something, and later realized how horrible things would have turned out if God had granted my request? Too many times.
So what about the rest of you? Have you ever had an experience like this? Do you have something to add?
Posted at 02:42 pm by Megiddo
Sunday, March 07, 2004
I have no doubt in my mind that someone is going to be mad at me or try to argue against me on this but I WILL voice my opinion on this topic and you can all read, or you can politely click the little X on the upper right hand (upper left on a Mac) of your screen... so after reading this, go ahead... do what you will but this is how I feel and what you say won't change my opinion AT ALL.
So... on with this dangerous opinion::::
Marrige for years has been contemporary, straight line from blurry, men and women, but now, people want this changed. Some people want to see same-sex couples walking down the isle and to this I say: good. You see, as much as we can fight all this with text, scriptures, and other organized religion-like things, how many of you who throw the bible in others faces have talked with God lately? And how many of you were there to SEE the evangelists hear God's Word line for line? So how many of you have the right to say what God thinks or what God believes is the right choice? It is my firm belief that God (as written in the bible) wishes us to be courteous, happy, nice, and good to everyone, that includes people of different backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures... and I intend to do so. I have bisexual friends and I have homosexual friends... all of them are regular people, and some are actively religious.
God gave us free will so we can do as we wish, and he gave us guidlines. No where that I've looked does it say who you should love and what standards they should meet, whether it be race, gender, history, ethnicity... etc.
I think God is a pretty smart guy. For a person who made the world in a week He had to be right? Well, why would he create a people with the mentality to love another person of the same sex if He didn't approve?
And off the religious side of things: what decides if you're a homosexual when you really get down to it? It all comes down to sex. So, by saying two people of the same gender should not "get together" is saying that all marriage is based on sex... and how untrue is that?
Please think about all this as you make your opinions based of what your parents or priest or pastor has basiclly instructed you to think. Use your own brain... the evidence is all there, you just need to put the case out for it.
Yes, there is my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
Plus... why does anyone CARE who is having relations with who??? It's none of your business and would you really want to marry the man/woman of your dreams and then have them come out after a few kids because pressure forced them into Procrustes boundaries and made them desire a "regular" relationship... even when it wasn't what they needed???
Think on this.
I love you all, as always.
EDIT by Megiddo: I do not support this. I made my view in the comments, please read it!
Posted at 07:46 pm by xxpinknblackxx
Saturday, March 06, 2004
The fourth dimension, part one ( representing multiple dimensions )
Has anyone ever tried to imagine what a fourth dimension would be like? I have ( too much free time on the bus ride home, I'm afraid ). I even thought of a way to represent the fourth dimension on a piece of paper ( I'm sure that it has already been thought up by someone else, though ).
To represent two dimensions ( 3 by 3 ) on paper, it looks like this, right?
To represent the third dimension ( note that this is 3 by 3 by 3 ) it would look like this.
Finally, to represent the fourth dimension ( 3 by 3 by 3 by 3 ), you would have to have to draw as many cubes as there are units in the fourth dimension ( as many units as you are trying to represent, in this case 3 ( 3 by 3 by 3 by 3 ). This is what it would look like.
And in case you want to represent the fifth dimension, you'd group together the number of cubes that you are representing in the fourth dimension, and have as many groups as units there are in the fifth dimension ( I hope I'm making this clear... ) So if you want to represent 3 by 3 by 3 by 3 by 3, you'd do it like this.
See how there are 3 groups? The groups represent the fifth dimension, and the three cubes inside represent the fourth dimension. ( I won't show the next dimension, but if you wanted to represent it, you'd do 3 groups of 3 groups of 3 cubes that are 3 by 3 by 3, assuming that you want it 3 by 3 by 3 by 3 by 3 by 3 )
There is more to come on this topic, at least two more parts ( though I hope the rest will be far less confusing ).
Posted at 03:59 pm by Megiddo
Sunday, February 29, 2004
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