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A Pastor’s Guide To Being Political On The Internet. 7 Rules for being political on-line.

“And on the eighth day God created the internet so that Christians could judge non-Christains and each other more openly, instantly, and publicly then ever before.” 2 Mark 3:16

In case you did not get it the above quote is a joke and the fact I have to tell you that has to do with how easily people will cling to a lie they hear about you on the internet. And there seems no area of thought more prone to turning people of faith against each other then politics. If the ends justify the means it seems we will go to any length to attack others. However Jesus said, “But it shall not be so among you.” (Mark 10:43)

  1. Whoever Is The Opposite Of Your Views Is Not The Devil. The art of getting your vote is the art of reducing complex political dilemmas down to cardboard cutout charactertures that can be safely and easily passed off to pundits and their sound bites. But the truth is most political problems are a whole lot more complex then they are presented to you as. What that then means is it is very likely that there are deep spiritual and even Godly values at play on both sides of any political argument. The height of Satanic arrogance is to believe your views and positions are above everyone else (see Isa. 14:12-16). Stop and think about the Biblical reasons a true Christian may hold views that differ from yours and for just as Godly ideals as you hold. If we actually follow Jesus we’d find we have to go the extra mile with people not condemn them to hell for having personal convictions. 
  2. Don’t Compare Political Leaders To Hitler.  Unless a political leader is firing up a literal oven shoveling 11 million people into it because of their religious and ethnic heritage stop calling them Hitler! Seriously, grow up! You are slurring the whole tragedy of the the Holocaust and you ought to be a shamed of yourself. The fact is that demonizing the other to the worst possible extreme is a practice all sides engage in but as Christians we can’t act this way! If you demonize people realize you are in direct violation of the 9th Commandment.  
  3. Force Is Never God’s Plan. I don’t care how correct you think you are remember, “So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Use of force is always proof of lack of faith in God’s ability to bring change. Stop forcing people to think and act like you and pray more. Is our God deaf?
  4. Jesus Loved Publicans And So Should You. Jesus loved publicans (tax collectors), Republicans, and Democratics too! There is not a “Us and Them” there is really just an “Us and God”, and you can’t teach that if you walk contrary to it. Sorry I missed the Bible passage where Jesus smote all the Pharisees for being too conservative or all the Sadducees for being too liberal! Treat people the way Jesus would, and show yourself to be above the ways of men.
  5. Learn To Hold Your Tongue And Suspend Your Judgement. James says, “For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8) And nothing proves this point more then Politics! Good Christians will say the vilest things in the name of political opinion. James goes on to say, “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:9-10). Ask yourself a simple question, is what your posting something Jesus would say? If not scratch it. 
  6. Put Down The MEME And Step Away From The Computer. A MEME is “an internet information generator, especially of random or contentless information” (Urban Dictionary) that often comes in the form of a cute picture or series of pictures that are posted to social media to make a point. The best MEME’s are funny or related to pop culture and the worse (you guessed it) are mean and hateful and spread information that may be true in part but is extremely one sided. Evaluate your MEME before posting (again think 9th Commandment). 
  7. Your Mission Is For The Kingdom Of God Not The Kingdom Of Your Political Party. As a pastor it breaks my heart to see people more motivated to preach politics then preach the Gospel. How do you think Jesus feels? Yes you know He reads your posts right? Yeah He does. If the Angels were to count would they find more political or Gospel posts? And no, before you ask, they are not the same thing (no not ever)!

BONUS:  Here is the Litmus test - If all your political views come from any one political party then you likely do not have a Biblical world view. No one party is completely in line with Scripture. A balanced Christian will have views across partisan lines at least in part.

Blog Intent: This blog is meant to represent my personal thoughts and ideas and not any particular church or organization I am affiliated with. Secondly, while at times this blog may reflect on current events is not in anyway meant to endorse or support any political party or candidate. The gospel is not a political movement but rather transcends all such ideologies.  

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FORGIVEN (Good Friday?)

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My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

As they laid Him in the tomb they could only see darkness. They saw not breath beyond the grave. He laid still, lifeless, defeated and deflated. There was no need to look back over their shoulder as they left the tomb. They knew the scriptures well;

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. —Ecclesiastes 9:5,6

As they walked back from the tomb the empty sound of their sandals crunching on the dry hardened packed sand echoed in their heads made a dull stabbing ache on their feet, hearts, and minds. It would be a long cold, dark, Sabbath night. The stars refused to shine on their path and their heart refused all hope. What had it all been for? The healings, the fishes and loaves, the lame being made to walk, the demon oppressed freed, and yes the blind being made to see; it all just seemed so senseless, so empty, so without reason. The blind was made to see and yet they who had two functioning eyes could not see three days into the future.

Good Friday you say? Ha! They would have told you! There was nothing good about laying the Master to rest they would have exclaimed in bitter scorn to your seeming cruel turn of phrase! Yet they would have been wrong. We see now what grief, despair, spiritual blindness refused to show them then. Good Friday indeed…” Oh, happy day when Jesus washed, oh yes He washed, my sins away!”

They wept
I rejoice
They had no hope
I have all hope
They trembled in fear
I marvel and cheer
They ran away and denied they knew him
I run too him and praise him
They look on the cross in horror
I look on the cross in love and gratitude
They had their hope of earthly rule in ruin
I have my hopes on heavenly union
They see a broken Messiah’s blood
I see my sin washed away by a flood
They wept
I worship
They wept
I proclaim
They wept
But He Awoke!

"There’s a peace I’ve come to know. Though my heart and flesh may fail. There’s an anchor for my soulI can say "It is well!" Jesus has overcome and the grave is overwhelmed, the victory has won!" —Chris Tomlin

Songs:

Oh Happy Day:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXmBiIUbExk

It is Well:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv5V3bY6qlI

I Will Rise:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa8w7mGug0c&feature=kp

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Give My People My Word! A Testimony of the Faith Jesus has in us.

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When I was just a young boy a wise old man on my paper route who fancied himself a sage once told me that life was just an obstacle to get from where we are now to where we are ultimately going. I know in my own life that has been true indeed. So how is it that I am here today, a Pastor on the outskirts of the most powerful city in the world?

I was born and for the most part raised Catholic. Through a truly amazing turn of events that include both traumatic upsets in my life and new found happiness I entered the Adventist church at the mere young age of 19 years. Had you known me at that junction in my life you would understand why it was such a miracle. In fact had God not intervened in my life, the direction I was heading may well of lead to eventual self-destruction (but that is a story for another time).  

There I found myself, 19 years of age, with a great new found happiness and joy, yet still lost in the sea of the large congregation I had joined. Have you ever heard it said that the loneliest place is in a crowd? There were so many people, and I knew none of them. And while in time they all would become my most dearest friends at first they just seemed so strange. They ate funny compared to me; they dressed different compared to me; and they talked different compared to me.  All I knew is that I loved Jesus, and I wanted to follow Him all the way not matter how strange this experience was to me. One evening, after my baptism, both overjoyed with this new truth I had learned, yet perplexed about how it fit into my current-chaotic teenage, and broken family life, I knelt by my bed and in earnest prayer inquired of the Lord what He would have me do now that I knew this great message. I even in anger cried out to Him mere hours from being baptized and ask why me? Why give me this truth, when I was so unworthy, so unable, why not give it others in my family more capable? Just what did He expect me to do now with this great truth he has given me? The answer came impressed upon me so powerfully, it almost seemed auditable and it was like light passed before my closed eyes and I was left with the impression, “Give my people my Word”.

It was that simple and that short, “Give my people my Word”.  You may think it is simple but to a new babe in Christ who just happened to be an inner city poverty stricken teenager it was a task that seemed incomprehensible. I had no money, no education, I was shy and introverted, not to mention I looked like a reject from a 80’s MTV rock video with crazy hair and a wardrobe of Rock T-shirts and a leather jacket, who would listen to what I had to say about Jesus? I counseled with another wise sage in my path of life, this time a retired pastor I had come to know. He gave me some sound sober advice, “Vince, being a pastor is hard work, it is hard on the family, it has lots of stresses and burdens, I advise anyone who asks me this to avoid it at all cost. Do all you can to escape it, run if you can. But in the end if you can not avoid it and you can’t stay away from it, then you will know you are truly called and will be blessed in the work.” 

This is my story, no matter what I did in life, it was never enough unless it was working for Jesus. I studied and worked as a counselor, social worker, and mental health case worker and a community developer. I was sure I was doing the work of God because I was able to help so many people. Yet, I was still not preaching the word of God but little did I know God was not done with me yet. When God asks you to do something He will provide a means. This is why the Apostle Paul was able to thank God, “being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6  

Perhaps the best gift God has given me outside of the gift of salvation and fellowship with Him is the gift of my wonderful wife Tina who completes and complements me with her gifts in every way I have need. Eventually her work as a nurse took us from our home in Canada to North Carolina. I went from being a fulltime social worker and part time church board member to elder. From elder I went to lay-evangelist and from lay evangelist to new church planter and leader. After being a lay pastor /leader of a new Church plant for two years, I knew in my heart that I could never stop doing this work. It had become my passion, my awakening desire, my very oxygen.

Now after two years at Southern Adventist University, and having completed my Theology degree, I have been called to obey that words of old, “Give my people my Word.” Not because I am gifted, or talented but because God called a confused chaotic teenage who knelt by His bed and prayed with all his heart and imperfections all wrapped up into one flesh. I pledged my life to His service, and He has been working in my life all these years till this point, and I know He will even continue until the end.

But what I really want to say is preaching the Word, living the Word, giving the Word, modeling the Word, is not just the job of Pastors it is the job of all who read these words. God is calling you to set the captives free. It is like the old hymn says;


If you cannot sing like angels,

If you can’t preach like Paul,

You can tell the love of Jesus,

And say He died for all.

There is a balm in Gilead

To make the wounded whole;

There is a balm in Gilead

To heal the sin-sick soul.

Some times I feel discouraged,

And think my work’s in vain,

But then the Holy Spirit

Revives my soul again.

 You don’t have to be a pastor, you don’t need to be a great evangelist, you don’t need a collection of letters behind your name (BA, M.Div., Ph.D.) you just need to honestly, and wholly surrender your life to Jesus. He will decide if you will be a pastor, teacher, elder, construction worker, artist, musician, president, CEO, celebrity, or janitor, but wherever He puts you, if you accept it He will have you, “give His people His Word.”

You may not be perfect but I assure you that you have been perfectly called. You may never preach a sermon, but this world is limitless in ways you can give people His Word.

 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”  

 Be sent and give those is such need the love of God in any way they will permit you in their lives. 

Blog Intent: This blog is meant to represent my personal thoughts and ideas and not any particular church or organization I am affiliated with. Secondly, while at times this blog may reflect on current events is not in anyway meant to endorse or support any political party or candidate. The gospel is not a political movement but rather transcends all such ideologies.  

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The Ineffective Christian

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Johnny Cash once sang, “You’re so heavenly minded (that) you’re no earthly good…,” and I’ll add such is the Infective Christian.

I recently was apart an internet exchange with several professed Christians where one person was issuing a seemingly stern rebuke to others for partaking in secular TV shows, books, and movies of any kind for any reason. The logic went like this; Jesus is coming, we need to be serious, we should fast, prayer, study, and not waste a second on any distraction.  

I agree, Jesus is coming, there is no time to waste, you will find few with the degree of zeal I often call for from people of faith to engage, but the problem with the above attitude is it self sanctimonious and it assumes the truly devoted Christian is a fasting, praying, studying machine, who is concerned only with their own degree of holiness. It ignores such statements of Jesus as, “Occupy until I come.” (Luke 19:13), “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’” (Luke 7:34) and, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17). 

The Ineffective Christian is no different then yesterdays Jewish leader in the day of Jesus who were fearful of being touched by a Gentile for fear of being made ceremonially unclean. They lock themselves up from the rest of the world, they judge it, condemn it, label it, and go up to the temple, in word, deed, attitude, and mindset to cry out, “’I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector!’” (Luke 18;11). Such people keep the little ones from Jesus, all the while claiming to be apart of this elite disciples of Jesus (see Luke 18:15-17). 

Walking with Jesus surpasses duty because it means knowing Him. Jesus is more then a list of rules, He is the rule of life. He is friend of sinner. When on the earth He did not stay on the mountain praying to the Father 24/7 rather He came down to the valley of sinners yet sinned not. I wonder what He exposed himself to in the company of harlots, drunkards, and greedy tax collectors? The problem with Christians today is they live not like their Savior because they have declared themselves too holy to be incarnate with their world like Jesus was.

The Apostle Paul penned words of such profound meaning that we have not even until this day began to unpacked nor grasp them. Consider the following,

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 ESV)

This is where it gets hard, so forgive me, this may sting a bit; The Ineffective Christian is one who cares more about his or her status, reputation, and self-righteousness then gathering people for the coming Kingdom of God. Yes, time is short, so get off your Holy Mountain and get into the Valley where the real need is before it is too late.

Amy Grant, who has had her own issues over the years, in her youth penned this basic absolute spiritual paradox;

I’d love to live on a mountain top

Fellowshipping with the Lord

I’d love to stand on a mountain top

'Cause I love to feel my spirit soar

But I’ve got to come down from that mountain top

To the people in the valley below

Or they’ll never know that they can go

To the mountain of the Lord

The scriptures are full of examples of Jesus going to the mountain tops to pray, and we likewise we must do so too but the real action happened when He came down to be with the people. Prayer, Bible study, and personal piety ought not to be ignored for they are of the utmost importance for those who follow Jesus, but if you never come down to the valley where the people are your life will lack action, purpose, and above all the very power of God. I have come to the very heart felt sobering understanding that sometimes our lives lack power in part because we are not in connection with the people for whom Jesus wants us to pass the power unto.

I recently, came across this thought in researching Christian balance;

There are persons with a diseased imagination to whom religion is a tyrant, ruling them as with a rod of iron. Such are constantly mourning over their depravity and groaning over supposed evil. Love does not exist in their hearts; a frown is ever upon their countenances. They are chilled by the innocent laugh from the youth or from anyone. They consider all recreation or amusement a sin and think that the mind must be constantly wrought up to just such a stern, severe pitch. This is one extreme. Others think that the mind must be ever on the stretch to invent new amusements and diversions in order to gain health. They learn to depend on excitement, and are uneasy without it. Such are not true Christians. They go to another extreme. The true principles of Christianity open before all a source of happiness, the height and depth, the length and breadth of which are immeasurable (1T 565).

Listen fellow believers, don’t get swallowed by the world, don’t live for its idols, and don’t chase it’s ways, for they are empty and it is all vanity as Solomon said, literally a vapor passing away. Yet, don’t exclude yourself from real life so far that you are not of any earthy good. Piety is a good virtue, you do need to be faithful, yet so is being relational also a good and  needed virtue. If you are so heavenly minded that you have zero points of connectivity to the people around you, then I humbly suggest to you, that you are out of balance, and in danger of being The Ineffective Christian.

A wise poet once said, “I know there’s a balance see it when I swing past.” (Between a Laugh and a Tear). Find the balance…. And don’t be The Ineffective Christian.

Sources:

Johnny Cash, “No Earthly Good”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYcvjPKcOlQ&feature=kp

Amy Grant, “Mountain Tops”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqiFNierwQY

Testimonies To The Church, Volume 1, p565. Ellen G White.

Between a Laugh and a Tear, John Mellencamp

Blog Intent: This blog is meant to represent my personal thoughts and ideas and not any particular church or organization I am affiliated with. Secondly, while at times this blog may reflect on current events is not in anyway meant to endorse or support any political party or candidate. The gospel is not a political movement but rather transcends all such ideologies.  

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Keeping A Float With Noah

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Noah opened to great box office success but for many Christian’s not great Big Book (Bible) success.  To say it is not Biblical is an understatement. It is full of all kinds of folklore, myths, and eclectic tales of the deluge. Believe it or not giant rock monsters who are really fallen angels seeking redemption by building the Ark was the least of my objections. Perhaps most troublesome was the fact the Noah was trying to keep people off the Ark not get them on! The Good news is that even while not biblical it is a story the goes out of its way to highlight the following three theological truths 1) There was a world wide flood 2) God offers Mankind free choice even when we don’t see it. 3) God is a God of forgiveness and second chances. These three points are made loud and clear and should be celebrated by all Christians watching the movie.

But to all those Christians out there complaining, calling for boycotts, and generally getting all up upset I have to ask; What did you expect? This is Hollywood (and I don’t mean that in a derogatory manner) not your church, or pulpit. If you want a solid biblical retelling of Noah go to church and ask you pastor to preach a sermon on it. But if you go see a movie then expect Hollywood to make a movie that sells and fulfills box office standards not Biblical ones. Hollywood is not known for their robust Christian community that is dedicated to the cause of making Church approved movies. Nor does Hollywood owe Christians any kind of faithfulness to their worldview or understanding. They after all are about faithfulness to “profits” not “prophets.”

What bothers me even more then the gnostic folklore and eclectic extra-biblical material in this movie is the overt nonsensical negativity of some Christians. Ugh, must we be known always as the people who hate and disapprove of everything? Sigh, seriously guys, get a grip and be positive for once. You don’t have to agree with the movie to use it as a witnessing tool. Instead of telling people, “Noah is a horrible not Biblical movie don’t go!” why not instead say something like, “Hey did you see Noah? What were your thoughts? If you liked it I have a book I can give you that helps give it some more accurate details, but yeah, I am glad you liked it.”

While I wish the movie had been more biblical I am still ever so happy that Millions are rushing into theaters and contemplating the possibility of a Flood vs Evolution. Can’t we find away to capitalize off that rather then whine?  Keep a float with Noah and use it to share a biblical account of the flood with someone.

PS. If you are a fan of the book “Patriarch and Prophets” by Ellen White be impressed it was likely read and used in the making of the movie. There are three points in the movie from that book 1) pre-flood man was more advanced then we first thought 2) Man were originally vegetarian 3) Adam and Eve were surrounded by robes of light in the Garden until they fell.

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Grammy’s, Gays, and Grace: An unlikely trio.

Subheading: If Christ was not too holy for the worst sinners of His generation who do we think we are standing in judgment of our generation? What part of Christ like are we Christians missing?

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. NLT Romans 12:2

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.  They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. NLT John 17:15-16

I am not a huge fan of the Grammy’s. I guess I was at one point in time but at the moment life has been focused in other areas; yet it cannot be denied that the event is a huge cultural mega circus of our world. With 28.5 million viewers this year how can an event like this not impact the world we all live in? It is one thing to not be tuned in to the cultural events of this world, and yet it is a whole other thing to become a public spectacle because of them.

We as Christians live in difficult times and that cannot be ignored. The question we face almost daily is how to live in a world that is not our home nor of our making. How do you live in a world devoid of God, passing away, saturated with moral messages we cannot adhere with and yet be those recorded in Jude 23 & 24?

            And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. (Jude 1:22-23 ESV)

Jude, the brother of James and ergo the brother of Jesus, says we are to live in this world with the type of mercy the extends to those who doubt God, who live contrary to God, who’s sin is like a stained garments yet while hating sin we are at the same time we seek to snatch them out of the fire to come.

Excuse me if I step on any toes here but we can’t snatch people from the fire by heating up the flames of hell under their feet. Why are Christian’s at war with the entertainment industry rather then seeking to bring God’s Grace to it? Is the power of the Cross that weak in our minds and hearts that we don’t believe our God atones for all sin in all places at all levels? The problem is not always with those who live contrary to the Gospel in the world but it is sometimes with those who refuse to extend and proclaim the Gospel to those in this world.  Do we think we are so holy, so far removed from that level of sin,  that we have no need to sink to that level to preach the Word to sinners such as them?

Think about it; 28.5 Million viewers watched the Grammy’s. Did we have even one Christian there who took to the stage to use the platform to even say one word of Grace to this generation?  Well we did have Christians there, and they did make a huge impact and splash, not snatching people from the fire but condemning them in it. One walked out and then took to twitter to slam the sinful behavior of the performers. The other took to Facebook to slam them while promoting his own work as the solution to their sin. And so, 28.5 million people saw no Grace but they are all abuzz about the judgmental nature of Christians now not because of the sin of the Grammy’s but because we walk not like Christ. Wow, is this the message we want to leave the world with?

Don’t get me wrong, many sinful actions took place at this event. Gay marriages were performed on stage, people danced around half naked, and one performer (a former Christian herself) even performed as a Witch surrounding herself with demonic figures and this is all great sin and I do not excuse it; but what did we expect of the world? Did we think they’d be serving Communion crackers at the Grammy’s?

I don’t have the solution. I don’t know how to live in the world and not part take in its sin. What I do know is this; Christ hung out and made best friends with harlots, hookers, extortionists, addicts, blasphemers, liars, and thief’s and He not only did not sin but He extended His Grace to them in non-judgmental ways. He even went as far as to build His church on them! If Christ was not too holy for the worst sinners of His generation who do we think we are standing in judgment of our generation? What part of Christ like are we Christians missing?

We don’t have to approve of sin, in order to lover sinners. You don’t have to be a second “Holy Spirit” for it is who He convicts the world of sin, not you! But you do need to share the love of God to all those who need to be snatch from the fire. I pray for the day when we send Christians to Hollywood not to judge it, but to love it, pray for it, minister to it, and become heaven ordained missionaries too it. And the first rule all missionaries must learn; is to learn the local culture so you can communicate in it, rather then be excommunicated from it.

“Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then he bade them, ‘Follow Me.’”
Ministry of Healing, p.143

Sources about the 2014 Grammy’s

http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=13240

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/29/kirk-cameron-grammys-gay-marriage_n_4687607.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UgvnK1pbaU

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/27/showbiz/tv/grammys-2014-ratings/

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MY TOP TEN Favorite TV Holiday Moments And What They Can Teach Us About The Meaning Of the Season.



This year I could not help but stay up late watching the Nick at Nite’s "Friends"—Thanksgiving Episodes Marathon! Come on admit it, there is nothing more funny in this world then Joey with a turkey on his head! Which oddly enough got me thinking about my all time favorite TV holidays moments and what they can teach us today about good holiday cheer! So here they are… In order, for you to enjoy. 

Afterwards keep reading below to find out what they mean to me and how they can teach us the true meaning of the Holidays. 

1 ) Missing the bus to Warsaw!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFkGd5H1d6E

2) Turkey heads and love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXmiV48eTKs

3) Like sacks of wet cement
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf3mgmEdfwg

4) The heart that grew 3 sizes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eulSbXIjzk

5) A Triple dog dare!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsUeAA3BPck

6) No man is a failure 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfUV-F9jFro

7) I am not the man I was!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcowOCAmipo

8) Where did you get that tree?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCLODsBvVI8

9) You can’t out give a hug
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpGkLzGl1CI

10) It’s a dogs’s world
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cFHAJ5asMk

Ok here is my reasonings for my favorite picks of TV Holiday memories and why they are important to us now more then ever:
Clip one: Fonzie reminds us that even the most “Coolamundo” can be lonely during the holidays. In fact several reports over the years have shown us that the holiday’s can be the most depressing time of year and even have an elevated rate of suicides. We all talk about the holidays being about family, but what about those who have no family? Christmas is not about family…. not only about family perhaps I should say rather it is about looking for people to bring into your family and make them apart of your joy. This year look for those around you, who have need to be with you and even if they claim to be ok being alone go the extra mile to include them. Leave no one out of the cheer this year. (And Oh, I almost forgot—this clip has a rare appearances of “Chuck” Richie and Joanie’s old bother who suddenly disappears mid way throughout the second season.)

Clip two: Yes, Joey is funnier in the turkey head but Monica and Chandler remind us even Turkey’s fall in love. The holidays is about telling and showing each other how much you love them. Make it is your practice to tell people what they mean to you this year.

Clip three: This has got to be the funniest clip in the world. This clip is a classic example as to why classic TV is the best TV!  It is soo funny, but not only that, it also tells us good intentions are not enough. Good intentions can end in disaster so keep your head up and don’t make holiday assumptions! 

Clip four: Being a Grinch can be fun for you but it robs the joy from others. Open your heart, and let it grow (even three sizes) and you not only will bring joy to others but to yourself as well. Get out of your bitter stoic typecast self and bring jingles and cheers and your heart will ring louder this year! 

Clip five: Oh how i love this clip! The moral lesson is simple here. Never to fooled into a sticky dare. Not even a triple dog dare! 

Clip six: The Holiday’s are not about riches, not about wealth, and not about gifts. In this era of commercialism with Black Fridays infringing on our Thankful Thursday’s let us remember it is all about friendships not wealth. And no one is a failure with friends because they are the greatest gift of all. 

Clip Seven: Bah Humbug you say? I say anyone can change and that is the over all message of Charles Dickens Christmas Carrol; No one is beyond hope! If your not in the mood for Christmas cheer i say to you pick up this book or anyone of the host of movie and TV show adaptations. Last year I think i ready this book over three times during the season! 

Clip eight: I love Dr. Who too much not to include a clip from him, plus this clip so cracks me up. Never trust a Christmas tree! The cleverly hidden satirical message here seems to be that we can be taken in by the glittering gold of the holiday’s. The holiday’s are more then decorations, making merry, and even the tree! Sometimes they crowd out the real sentiment and need to be put to rest to keep the season true in your heart. 

Clip nine: Hey we all have the friend who just can’t take a gift without making it even! They always need to out do you, or match your gift, it is so annoying and even insulting. It is awkward indeed when giving gets to be about not showing love but rather about measuring your intake versus you outtake when it comes to gifts. This funny and meaningful clip teaches us that you can’t out give a hug. And the most special gifts are not gifts of value but rather thoughtful love. If you are still buying gifts this year remember it is not about how much you spend, but rather how much thought about the person in question you put into the gift. 

Clip Ten: It may be last but it is not least. I love this clip because it seems to me so many people are let down and depressed that something went wrong and that they did not get their "perfect" Christmas. This clip is here for a reason; it reminds us that no one’s Christmas is perfect and that things will always go wrong, even when you think you have it all under control. This year enjoy your time with your family and friends and roll with the punches, imperfections, and even disasters that ensue and just be glad we have this time of year to reminds us to love one another no matter what crazy event goes down.

MY TOP TEN Favorite TV Holiday Moments And What They Can Teach Us About The Meaning Of the Season.

This year I could not help but stay up late watching the Nick at Nite’s "Friends"—Thanksgiving Episodes Marathon! Come on admit it, there is nothing more funny in this world then Joey with a turkey on his head! Which oddly enough got me thinking about my all time favorite TV holidays moments and what they can teach us today about good holiday cheer! So here they are… In order, for you to enjoy. 

Afterwards keep reading below to find out what they mean to me and how they can teach us the true meaning of the Holidays. 

1 ) Missing the bus to Warsaw!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFkGd5H1d6E

2) Turkey heads and love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXmiV48eTKs

3) Like sacks of wet cement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf3mgmEdfwg

4) The heart that grew 3 sizes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eulSbXIjzk

5) A Triple dog dare!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsUeAA3BPck

6) No man is a failure 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfUV-F9jFro

7) I am not the man I was!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcowOCAmipo

8) Where did you get that tree?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCLODsBvVI8

9) You can’t out give a hug

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpGkLzGl1CI

10) It’s a dogs’s world

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cFHAJ5asMk

Ok here is my reasonings for my favorite picks of TV Holiday memories and why they are important to us now more then ever:


Clip one: Fonzie reminds us that even the most “Coolamundo” can be lonely during the holidays. In fact several reports over the years have shown us that the holiday’s can be the most depressing time of year and even have an elevated rate of suicides. We all talk about the holidays being about family, but what about those who have no family? Christmas is not about family…. not only about family perhaps I should say rather it is about looking for people to bring into your family and make them apart of your joy. This year look for those around you, who have need to be with you and even if they claim to be ok being alone go the extra mile to include them. Leave no one out of the cheer this year.
(And Oh, I almost forgot—this clip has a rare appearances of “Chuck” Richie and Joanie’s old bother who suddenly disappears mid way throughout the second season.)

Clip two: Yes, Joey is funnier in the turkey head but Monica and Chandler remind us even Turkey’s fall in love. The holidays is about telling and showing each other how much you love them. Make it is your practice to tell people what they mean to you this year.

Clip three: This has got to be the funniest clip in the world. This clip is a classic example as to why classic TV is the best TV!  It is soo funny, but not only that, it also tells us good intentions are not enough. Good intentions can end in disaster so keep your head up and don’t make holiday assumptions! 

Clip four: Being a Grinch can be fun for you but it robs the joy from others. Open your heart, and let it grow (even three sizes) and you not only will bring joy to others but to yourself as well. Get out of your bitter stoic typecast self and bring jingles and cheers and your heart will ring louder this year! 

Clip five: Oh how i love this clip! The moral lesson is simple here. Never to fooled into a sticky dare. Not even a triple dog dare! 

Clip six: The Holiday’s are not about riches, not about wealth, and not about gifts. In this era of commercialism with Black Fridays infringing on our Thankful Thursday’s let us remember it is all about friendships not wealth. And no one is a failure with friends because they are the greatest gift of all. 

Clip Seven: Bah Humbug you say? I say anyone can change and that is the over all message of Charles Dickens Christmas Carrol; No one is beyond hope! If your not in the mood for Christmas cheer i say to you pick up this book or anyone of the host of movie and TV show adaptations. Last year I think i ready this book over three times during the season! 

Clip eight: I love Dr. Who too much not to include a clip from him, plus this clip so cracks me up. Never trust a Christmas tree! The cleverly hidden satirical message here seems to be that we can be taken in by the glittering gold of the holiday’s. The holiday’s are more then decorations, making merry, and even the tree! Sometimes they crowd out the real sentiment and need to be put to rest to keep the season true in your heart. 

Clip nine: Hey we all have the friend who just can’t take a gift without making it even! They always need to out do you, or match your gift, it is so annoying and even insulting. It is awkward indeed when giving gets to be about not showing love but rather about measuring your intake versus you outtake when it comes to gifts. This funny and meaningful clip teaches us that you can’t out give a hug. And the most special gifts are not gifts of value but rather thoughtful love. If you are still buying gifts this year remember it is not about how much you spend, but rather how much thought about the person in question you put into the gift. 

Clip Ten: It may be last but it is not least. I love this clip because it seems to me so many people are let down and depressed that something went wrong and that they did not get their "perfect" Christmas. This clip is here for a reason; it reminds us that no one’s Christmas is perfect and that things will always go wrong, even when you think you have it all under control. This year enjoy your time with your family and friends and roll with the punches, imperfections, and even disasters that ensue and just be glad we have this time of year to reminds us to love one another no matter what crazy event goes down.

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Theological Thought of the Day!The Bible makes clear the standards God lays upon the Christian believer. And the Bible is God’s very Word to the believer to communicate both God’s love to the world and the believers response to that love. However, It is not the believer’s place to force upon non-believers that same standard. Rather it is the believers place to by love, mercy, and compassion, extending godly and purposeful care to non-believers seeking to make new believers. While this process needs to share God’s ideals for new believers we can’t by force or by guilt or shame expect the same level of behavior from those who don’t yet believe. 
Therefore, rather than constantly, judging non-believers, and rubbing their faces in their sins, or seeking to find social ways to force them into Christian ideals, the more productive method of evangelism would be to actually live out the very ideals, values, standards, and laws that Bible expects of believers and allow those who doubt to see the blessings God pours out upon your life as you walk in His light. 
 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)

Theological Thought of the Day!

The Bible makes clear the standards God lays upon the Christian believer. And the Bible is God’s very Word to the believer to communicate both God’s love to the world and the believers response to that love. However, It is not the believer’s place to force upon non-believers that same standard. Rather it is the believers place to by love, mercy, and compassion, extending godly and purposeful care to non-believers seeking to make new believers. While this process needs to share God’s ideals for new believers we can’t by force or by guilt or shame expect the same level of behavior from those who don’t yet believe. 

Therefore, rather than constantly, judging non-believers, and rubbing their faces in their sins, or seeking to find social ways to force them into Christian ideals, the more productive method of evangelism would be to actually live out the very ideals, values, standards, and laws that Bible expects of believers and allow those who doubt to see the blessings God pours out upon your life as you walk in His light. 

 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

(Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)

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Halloween and Biblical Faith 
Is there a Monster under your bed?

It is interesting to me that the word holiday comes for the linguistic heritage of “Holy Day.” Originally all western “holidays”, were early church holy days. As Western Civilization evolved and multiple stages of development took place this concept for better or worse got lost among us.
This brings me to a idea i’d like to discuss in brief;  Often at this time of year Christians get all worked up about Halloween. Just check your social media and you will find endless post, debates, and clever images about the Christian debate of this “holiday.” In fact Halloween, if you like it or hate it, has a very religious background.  According to The American Desk Encyclopedia the etymology of the word means hallowed evening or holy evening. It was originally the evening before the day that the church dedicated to remembering the dead in particular the martyrs who gave their lives to keep the faith alive. By the middle ages it had evolved to include the concepts of saints and purgatory and then as with most church holidays as they spread out they picked up an arrayment of pagan influences. Soon saints became spirits and it was not long before witches and Jack-o’-lanterns and such were added to the mix. 
Clearly, as a Protestant Christian, I can’t and don’t believe in purgatory or praying to dead saints anymore then I can believe in ghosts or witches and Jack-o’-lantern’s. But I will tell you what I do very much believe in, i do believe we all need to be incredibly thankful and filled with holy gratitude for the millions of martyrs who gave their lives to keep this faith alive.
Speaking of martyrs here is an interesting Halloween fact that most of us loose sight of; October  31st is not only Halloween but is it Reformation Day. It is the day that Martin Luther nailed his  95 Theses of the door of the Schlosskirche church in Wittenberg. While Luther’s objections had been provoked by the practice of Indulgences (the idea that you could pay a fee to the church to be excused of a sin) he set off the fire storm that became the Protestant Reformation. The founding principles of the Protestant Reformation were Sola scriptura (by the Bible alone), Sola fide (justification by faith alone), and Sola gratia (salvation by grace alone). In essence Protestants wanted to follow their own convictions in matters of faith and be true to what they came to understand to be Biblical faith. And what was the cost of such a noble desire? Estimates of the death toll of the Protestant Reformation greatly vary depending on the faith background of the historian, but it is believed to be somewhere between 50-150 million people died because they were declared heretics for following their own beliefs rather then the Roman Catholic dogma. So again I say, let us remember the martyrs who died to keep this Biblical faith alive! 
Oh how ironic it is that on the very day the world should be celebrating Martin Luther, Religious Liberty, and the free of conviction for all, they are instead fixated on paying honor to evil in its various forms. This Halloween I tell you there is a monster under your bed. Evil has not gone away, religious oppression has not been lifted out of this world, nor has the idea of killing people because of their religious beliefs suddenly disappeared. This Halloween I call you to join in Reformation day, and join my protest. 
I am a Protestant and I still protest! 
I protest all who seek to force their convictions unwillingly upon others.
I protest all who would seek to take the liberty of choice in religious matters away from the masses. 
I protest all who label others with terms like heretic so that they can simply  dismiss their views and attack their character rather then their ideas. 
I protest all who think it would be better for someone to be dead then to believe wrong (differently) or even not at all. 
And lastly, I protest all who use religion as an excuse to hate, discriminate, and use physical violence or murder as a means to an end. 
Join me, if only for this day, and become a Protestant this Halloween, rather then a demon in disguise hiding under the bed of religion. 

Halloween and Biblical Faith 

Is there a Monster under your bed?

It is interesting to me that the word holiday comes for the linguistic heritage of “Holy Day.” Originally all western “holidays”, were early church holy days. As Western Civilization evolved and multiple stages of development took place this concept for better or worse got lost among us.

This brings me to a idea i’d like to discuss in brief;  Often at this time of year Christians get all worked up about Halloween. Just check your social media and you will find endless post, debates, and clever images about the Christian debate of this “holiday.” In fact Halloween, if you like it or hate it, has a very religious background.  According to The American Desk Encyclopedia the etymology of the word means hallowed evening or holy evening. It was originally the evening before the day that the church dedicated to remembering the dead in particular the martyrs who gave their lives to keep the faith alive. By the middle ages it had evolved to include the concepts of saints and purgatory and then as with most church holidays as they spread out they picked up an arrayment of pagan influences. Soon saints became spirits and it was not long before witches and Jack-o’-lanterns and such were added to the mix. 

Clearly, as a Protestant Christian, I can’t and don’t believe in purgatory or praying to dead saints anymore then I can believe in ghosts or witches and Jack-o’-lantern’s. But I will tell you what I do very much believe in, i do believe we all need to be incredibly thankful and filled with holy gratitude for the millions of martyrs who gave their lives to keep this faith alive.

Speaking of martyrs here is an interesting Halloween fact that most of us loose sight of; October  31st is not only Halloween but is it Reformation Day. It is the day that Martin Luther nailed his  95 Theses of the door of the Schlosskirche church in Wittenberg. While Luther’s objections had been provoked by the practice of Indulgences (the idea that you could pay a fee to the church to be excused of a sin) he set off the fire storm that became the Protestant Reformation. The founding principles of the Protestant Reformation were Sola scriptura (by the Bible alone), Sola fide (justification by faith alone), and Sola gratia (salvation by grace alone). In essence Protestants wanted to follow their own convictions in matters of faith and be true to what they came to understand to be Biblical faith. And what was the cost of such a noble desire? Estimates of the death toll of the Protestant Reformation greatly vary depending on the faith background of the historian, but it is believed to be somewhere between 50-150 million people died because they were declared heretics for following their own beliefs rather then the Roman Catholic dogma. So again I say, let us remember the martyrs who died to keep this Biblical faith alive! 

Oh how ironic it is that on the very day the world should be celebrating Martin Luther, Religious Liberty, and the free of conviction for all, they are instead fixated on paying honor to evil in its various forms. This Halloween I tell you there is a monster under your bed. Evil has not gone away, religious oppression has not been lifted out of this world, nor has the idea of killing people because of their religious beliefs suddenly disappeared. This Halloween I call you to join in Reformation day, and join my protest. 

I am a Protestant and I still protest! 

  • I protest all who seek to force their convictions unwillingly upon others.
  • I protest all who would seek to take the liberty of choice in religious matters away from the masses. 
  • I protest all who label others with terms like heretic so that they can simply  dismiss their views and attack their character rather then their ideas. 
  • I protest all who think it would be better for someone to be dead then to believe wrong (differently) or even not at all. 
  • And lastly, I protest all who use religion as an excuse to hate, discriminate, and use physical violence or murder as a means to an end. 

Join me, if only for this day, and become a Protestant this Halloween, rather then a demon in disguise hiding under the bed of religion. 

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Pascals Wager: ALL BETS ARE ON!French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist: Blaise Pascal1. “God is, or He is not”2. A Game is being played… where heads or tails will turn up.3. According to reason, you can defend neither of the propositions.4. You must wager. (It’s not optional.)5. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.6. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (…) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain.
Pascals Wager: ALL BETS ARE ON!

French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist: Blaise Pascal

1. “God is, or He is not”
2. A Game is being played… where heads or tails will turn up.
3. According to reason, you can defend neither of the propositions.
4. You must wager. (It’s not optional.)
5. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.
6. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (…) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain.

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Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy

Here is an excellent article I recently read about Gen Y. Having grown  up in the 70’s, & 80’s it makes total sense to me and i really relate. 

Bottom line: 1) Stay wildly ambitious. 2) Stop thinking that you’re special. 3) Ignore everyone else.

SOURCE: http://www.waitbutwhy.com/2013/09/why-generation-y-yuppies-are-unhappy.html

Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy

Say hi to Lucy.
Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s.  She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.  
I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group—I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs.  A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story.
So Lucy’s enjoying her GYPSY life, and she’s very pleased to be Lucy.  Only issue is this one thing:
Lucy’s kind of unhappy.
To get to the bottom of why, we need to define what makes someone happy or unhappy in the first place.  It comes down to a simple formula:
It’s pretty straightforward—when the reality of someone’s life is better than they had expected, they’re happy.  When reality turns out to be worse than the expectations, they’re unhappy. 
To provide some context, let’s start by bringing Lucy’s parents into the discussion:


Lucy’s parents were born in the 50s—they’re Baby Boomers.  They were raised by Lucy’s grandparents, members of the G.I. Generation, or “the Greatest Generation,” who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II, and were most definitely not GYPSYs.


Lucy’s Depression Era grandparents were obsessed with economic security and raised her parents to build practical, secure careers.  They wanted her parents’ careers to have greener grass than their own, and Lucy’s parents were brought up to envision a prosperous and stable career for themselves.  Something like this:
They were taught that there was nothing stopping them from getting to that lush, green lawn of a career, but that they’d need to put in years of hard work to make it happen. 
After graduating from being insufferable hippies, Lucy’s parents embarked on their careers.  As the 70s, 80s, and 90s rolled along, the world entered a time of unprecedented economic prosperity.  Lucy’s parents did even better than they expected to.  This left them feeling gratified and optimistic.
With a smoother, more positive life experience than that of their own parents, Lucy’s parents raised Lucy with a sense of optimism and unbounded possibility.  And they weren’t alone.  Baby Boomers all around the country and world told their Gen Y kids that they could be whatever they wanted to be, instilling the special protagonist identity deep within their psyches.
This left GYPSYs feeling tremendously hopeful about their careers, to the point where their parents’ goals of a green lawn of secure prosperity didn’t really do it for them.  A GYPSY-worthy lawn has flowers.
This leads to our first fact about GYPSYs:
GYPSYs Are Wildly Ambitious


The GYPSY needs a lot more from a career than a nice green lawn of prosperity and security.  The fact is, a green lawn isn’t quite exceptional or uniqueenough for a GYPSY.  Where the Baby Boomers wanted to live The American Dream, GYPSYs want to live Their Own Personal Dream.  
Cal Newport points out that “follow your passion” is a catchphrase that has only gotten going in the last 20 years, according to Google’s Ngram viewer, a tool that shows how prominently a given phrase appears in English print over any period of time.  The same Ngram viewer shows that the phrase “a secure career” has gone out of style, just as the phrase “a fulfilling career” has gotten hot.
To be clear, GYPSYs want economic prosperity just like their parents did—they just also want to be fulfilled by their career in a way their parents didn’t think about as much.  
But something else is happening too.  While the career goals of Gen Y as a whole have become much more particular and ambitious, Lucy has been given a second message throughout her childhood as well:
This would probably be a good time to bring in our second fact about GYPSYs:
GYPSYs Are Delusional
"Sure," Lucy has been taught, "everyone will go and get themselves some fulfilling career, but I am unusually wonderful and as such, my career and life path will stand out amongst the crowd.”  So on top of the generation as a whole having the bold goal of a flowery career lawn, each individual GYPSY thinks that he or she is destined for something even better—
A shiny unicorn on top of the flowery lawn.  


So why is this delusional?  Because this is what all GYPSYs think, which defies the definition of special:

spe-cial | ‘speSHel |
adjective
better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.

According to this definition, most people are not special—otherwise “special” wouldn’t mean anything.

Even right now, the GYPSYs reading this are thinking, “Good point…but I actually am one of the few special ones”—and this is the problem.
A second GYPSY delusion comes into play once the GYPSY enters the job market.  While Lucy’s parents’ expectation was that many years of hard work would eventually lead to a great career, Lucy considers a great career an obvious given for someone as exceptional as she, and for her it’s just a matter of time and choosing which way to go.  Her pre-workforce expectations look something like this:



Unfortunately, the funny thing about the world is that it turns out to not be that easy of a place, and the weird thing about careers is that they’re actually quite hard.  Great careers take years of blood, sweat and tears to build—even the ones with no flowers or unicorns on them—and even the most successful people are rarely doing anything that great in their early or mid-20s.  
But GYPSYs aren’t about to just accept that.  
Paul Harvey, a University of New Hampshire professor and GYPSY expert, has researched this, finding that Gen Y has ”unrealistic expectations and a strong resistance toward accepting negative feedback,” and “an inflated view of oneself.”  He says that “a great source of frustration for people with a strong sense of entitlement is unmet expectations. They often feel entitled to a level of respect and rewards that aren’t in line with their actual ability and effort levels, and so they might not get the level of respect and rewards they are expecting.”
For those hiring members of Gen Y, Harvey suggests asking the interview question, “Do you feel you are generally superior to your coworkers/classmates/etc., and if so, why?”  He says that “if the candidate answers yes to the first part but struggles with the ‘why,’ there may be an entitlement issue. This is because entitlement perceptions are often based on an unfounded sense of superiority and deservingness. They’ve been led to believe, perhaps through overzealous self-esteem building exercises in their youth, that they are somehow special but often lack any real justification for this belief.”
And since the real world has the nerve to consider merit a factor, a few years out of college Lucy finds herself here:

Lucy’s extreme ambition, coupled with the arrogance that comes along with being a bit deluded about one’s own self-worth, has left her with huge expectations for even the early years out of college.  And her reality pales in comparison to those expectations, leaving her “reality - expectations” happy score coming out at a negative.
And it gets even worse.  On top of all this, GYPSYs have an extra problem that applies to their whole generation:
GYPSYs Are Taunted
Sure, some people from Lucy’s parents’ high school or college classes ended up more successful than her parents did.  And while they may have heard about some of it from time to time through the grapevine, for the most part they didn’t really know what was going on in too many other peoples’ careers.
Lucy, on the other hand, finds herself constantly taunted by a modern phenomenon: Facebook Image Crafting.
Social media creates a world for Lucy where A) what everyone else is doing is very out in the open, B) most people present an inflated version of their own existence, and C) the people who chime in the most about their careers are usually those whose careers (or relationships) are going the best, while struggling people tend not to broadcast their situation.  This leaves Lucy feeling, incorrectly, like everyone else is doing really well, only adding to her misery:
So that’s why Lucy is unhappy, or at the least, feeling a bit frustrated and inadequate.  In fact, she’s probably started off her career perfectly well, but to her, it feels very disappointing. 
Here’s my advice for Lucy:
1) Stay wildly ambitious.  The current world is bubbling with opportunity for an ambitious person to find flowery, fulfilling success.  The specific direction may be unclear, but it’ll work itself out—just dive in somewhere.
2) Stop thinking that you’re special.  The fact is, right now, you’re not special.  You’re another completely inexperienced young person who doesn’t have all that much to offer yet.  You can become special by working really hard for a long time.  
3) Ignore everyone else. Other people’s grass seeming greener is no new concept, but in today’s image crafting world, other people’s grass looks like a glorious meadow. The truth is that everyone else is just as indecisive, self-doubting, and frustrated as you are, and if you just do your thing, you’ll never have any reason to envy others.

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All I am Saying Is Don’t Forget Intrinsic Value: Thoughts on the Death of Ariel Castro

The news is a buzz today about the death of Ariel Castro. In my own opinion he is the most evil and twisted man we as a society have come across in recent history (at least the last 50 years). This is a man who kidnapped, raped, beat, impregnated Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight keeping them captive in his Cleveland home for 10 years. He literally snatched mere children (teenaged girls) off the street, housed them like cattle, and brutally used them as his own sex toys and slaves without no remorse or sorrow. And worse yet, he’d still be beating them, raping them, and terrorizing them right now, if Charles Ramsey and other neighbors had not heard the screams for help and broke down the door and freed them. Ten years is a long time to brutally rape and enslave people and yet feel no remorse. How does someone like that go on justifying what they are doing for so long and live a normal life, having family, working, playing in a band, and even going to church the whole while going home at night an treating enslaved women as no more then animals to be feed upon for your own desires? There can never be a justification for such actions. So when the news of his death hit social media this morning you can imagine the rejoicing many engaged in. And I’ll be honest, part of me wanted to as well. The most evil man of this generations was dead, and that to my nature seemed reason to rejoice. Yet, part of me knew, that is not a place a Christian can go without being at odds with God. 

All loss of life is a loss. Humans have what is called intrinsic value. Their value comes for being human not from their deeds. The mere fact that you share humanity means you have value that can’t be taken away or increased by bad or good actions. Having said that, there is no excuse for Castro’s sins. And his utter lack respect for the intrinsic value of others is deplorable and seemingly beyond redemption. He was a dark, grotesque, sorry excuse for a person, and yet as twisted and evil as he was he was still of value in the sight of God. And I still believe God mourns not only his death but his eternal destruction that will follow. Still, Castro must bear the consequences of his actions and I am in no way making excuses for him. I actually, agree with many on social media who say he got off easy. And i certainly agree that the world is a much better place without him. I can’t muster up much sympathy for him at all. But I know, I also can’t fall victim to thinking his life was without worth or intrinsic value. We all no matter how twisted and horrifically evil still in part bear some minuet image of our Creator no matter how broken and dull that image has become in us. I understand the rejoicing of the death of a man like that— all I am saying is let us not get sucked down to his level. For that is exactly what he did, ignore the intrinsic value of fellow humans. If we go there, rejoice in his death, take pleasure in his suffering, we then are actually on the road becoming like him. We are engaging our passions at the expense of another’s intrinsic value before God. 

Jesus died for us all. Even the most vilest sinner. Jesus had a place picked out in heaven for even Ariel Castro, that now will never be filled. Jesus had different plans, better plans, even moral plans for the life Ariel Castro but his death secures the certainty they will never happen now on any level. While i am not the judge of the universe and I always leave the last call up to God all evidence points to Ariel Castro being an eternally lost man. And while we may be ok with that do you know who is not? — Jesus and His Father. Jesus died on the cross for Ariel Castro, as well as Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. And I offer no defense for Ariel Castro, but as Christians let us nor rejoice at the eternal destruction of one whom Jesus shed his blood for. Let us not in our anger take on the spirit of Ariel Castro who refused to grant intrinsic value to others. Let us not engage the evil we deplore. Let us not let him sink us to his level. But do let us take note that playing with sin leads us to fall to levels of disgrace that we in our present state can’t fathom. 

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Listening to Dr. Paulson, former GC president, speak on what it means to be Seventh-day Adventist.  (at Shenandoah Valley Academy)

Listening to Dr. Paulson, former GC president, speak on what it means to be Seventh-day Adventist. (at Shenandoah Valley Academy)