Tag Archive | Jesus

Funk the Food & Fun Fair

I’m probably going to get some flak for this Xanga entry, but I’m not going to let the imminent onslaught keep me from telling it like it is.

Here’s some food (pun intended) for thought.

This summer, my church, First Chinese Baptist Church, Walnut, is going to have its third annual Food (& Fun – new this year ) Fair to raise support (prayer and financial) for its short-term missionaries.  There isn’t anything wrong with that.  Right?

I submit to you that people shouldn’t need to be fed or entertained in order to gain their support in sharing the great news of Jesus Christ with those who don’t have a relationship with God the Father through Him.

I believe that all that needs to be done is for people going on missions to ask for people’s support via written form such as a letter or personally in the flesh.

Wining, dining, and entertaining people just reinforces the consumerism that is rampant within the church, particularly mine.  Church isn’t about the people first; it’s about God first.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’ll still help out with things at the fair.  I’m obligated to.  After all, it’s for Jerry’s kids. j/k  I’ll sincerely help because I want to help my fellow laborers in Christ.

EDIT: I am *not* saying that God can’t use this fair for His good and His glory.  What I am suggesting is that the fair isn’t necessary to begin with.

What might help me the most and possibly lead me to retract from my position is to know the truth why the fair was started in 2006.  Was it a “ploy” to get people to give because short-term projects were in desperate need?  Or was it a genuine idea to inform people of short-term missions trips and ask for their support?

If that’s the case, why not have a missions fair without food and games?  I’m totally down with that!  People could learn about where the short-term missionaries are going and the people that they will be trying to minister to.

But if you want my prayer and financial support.  Don’t feed me and try to get me to play games.  Just ask me for it.  That’s the way it should be (in my opinion).

He must increase and we must decrease.  More of Him, less of us.

If you smel-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l what The Rock The LORD is cooking!

Not to us, O LORD, but to Your name be the glory.

This, the power of the cross

The Power of the Cross
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend 
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

CHORUS:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
“Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

FINAL CHORUS:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Thank You, Jesus, for fighting on to victory!

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No greater love than this

On Monday afternoon, I was really moved when I heard “This Man” by Jeremy Camp on KLOVE (www.klove.com).  I had heard it before but had never given what the song is about much thought.  I’m not a big Jeremy Camp fan either but the lyrics to many of his songs are pretty good.  The only “problem” I have with songs like these is that Jesus’ hands weren’t pierced–it was His wrists that were actually nailed.  I suppose I can let artistic license have this one.

What really moved me was asking myself if I would take Jesus’ place on the cross.  Part of me says I would because He means that much to me.  Another part of me says I would definitely wuss out.  A third part of me says I can’t because I shouldn’t get in the way of His mission to do the Father’s will and give up His life for those God has chosen to redeem.

This Man
by Jeremy Camp

In only a moment truth was seen
Revealed this mystery
The crown that showed no dignity He wore
And the King was placed for all the world to show disgrace
But only beauty flowed from this place

Would you take the place of this Man
Would you take the nails from His hands
Would you take the place of this Man
Would you take the nails from His hands

He held the weight of impurity
The Father would not see
The reasons had finally come to be to show
The depth of His grace flowed with every sin erased
He knew that this was why He came

Would you take the place of this Man
Would you take the nails from His hands
Would you take the place of this Man
Would you take the nails from His hands

And we just don’t know
The blood and water flowed
And in it all He shows
Just how much He cares

And the veil was torn
So we could have this open door
And all these things have finally been complete

Would you take the place of this Man
Would you take the nails from His hands
Would you take the place of this Man
Would you take the nails from His hands,
from His hands, from His hands, from His hands


On Monday night, our softball team won its championship game, 15-5 in the 5th inning (the mercy rule took effect when we scored our 15th run), to win the C+/C league winter season championship.  It took a little time to get things going after we gave up two runs in the top of the first inning.  It wasn’t until the bottom of the second we started to put the pedal to the medal.  I think we scored most of our runs with two outs in the bottom of the second and fourth innings.  I went 2-for-2 (2 singles to second base, the second was misplayed and I took second on the error) with a walk and three runs scored.  We’re off until April when the summer season starts.  Hopefully my left groin will be able to get to 100% with the time off.  I can run full speed on it now but it feels tight at times.



If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been blogging more about the car and things related to it, it’s because my CarSpace blog, The Outside Line, is “featured” on the CarSpace Blogs page.  Because of that, I feel a little more “obligated” to write more blog entries.  I’ll usually write them here and copy the source code to my CarSpace blog.

http://www.carspace.com/blogs/


Regarding the Associate Editor position I applied for at Edmunds, I was given my second assignment last Friday.  I have to write a review for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (No, I won’t get an opportunity to drive it.).  This is going to be used as my second sample in the application process.  The first one I wrote was a 2008 Nissan Maxima review (I didn’t get to drive that either.).  The SLR review is due on Friday.  I’ll plan on working on it tonight and Thursday night and submitting it on Friday morning.  If you would be interested in reading it and giving me criticism and feedback on it, please let me know.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior of all He has sovereignly redeemed past, present, and future.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Oh To See the Dawn (The Power of the Cross)

Here is a video of one of my favorite songs.

The Power of the Cross
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend 
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

CHORUS:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
“Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

FINAL CHORUS:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

VICTORY signs up!  Thank You, Jesus, for fighting on to victory!

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