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Undefeated!

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So last night I was talking about our view of God and one of the points was that many of us have a small view of God. The example I gave was when we thought of a picture or painting of Jesus, what was the most common picture of Jesus that we have. I found all kinds of different painting of Jesus. Jesus knocking on the door. Jesus caring the sheep. Jesus at the Last Supper. How about Jesus in the boxing ring? This one weirded me out a bit. To be completely honest, the first thing that came to my mind was "Jesus' triceps are bigger than mine!" Oh, well.
Yours
Justin



Reconnecting

So my buddy Tim Krauss is in town and we got to catch up a little bit. He came to Connections with me and I got to interview him at the end of service. Tim was entertaining as usual. He always comes with story's. He told my all time favorite, "The Mole Tat." Then he followed up with his "Most Embarrassing Moment In Ministry" story, which I will now refer to as "Tim's Poop Story." Let's just say that I've some embarrassing things happen to me, but this one surpassed anyone of mine in more was than one way.

On top of all the funny things, Tim had a lot of great things to tell us about his ministry and their future plans. Haiti is opening back up for them to do more ministry in. They're getting ready to build a larger "central" church in the Dominican that will have the ability to house more than they ever have before. And Tim is continue to grow as a leader but more importantly a follower of Christ.

I am so pumped to hook back …

The Faithful Friend

Last night at Connections I got to sit back and learn rather than teach. Amos Smith (from Florida Christian College) preached for us last night about "Trusting the Advice of a Faithful Friend." It was great for me to sit back and hear that sermon. They say that ministry is one of the loneliest jobs in the world. And the truth is that it can be... if you let it. For the longest time I "let it" and suffered the consequences. The truth is that I didn't have a trusted friend to take advice from because I refused to let people in. Amos reminded me last night that I need to continue to nourish those relationships in my life so that I have that option. I can say that from where I am right now that I have a few "faithful friends" that are willing to wound me to help me and truly dedicated to our friendship.

On the flip side, I'm also encouraged to be that to my friends. So often we are intimidated and refuse to say the hard things that need to be said. I…

A Happy Marriage

The Marriage books will tell you that in order to have a successful marriage then you need do A, B, and C. What does that tell me about my marriage, the books tell me that I have a "bad" marriage. We don't eat dinner enough together, we watch too much TV, date nights aren't frequent enough, and of course the big one... we don't do bible study together or prayer together enough.

That kind of stinks because I thought I had an awesome marriage. I love my wife and we have this kind of oneness that is hard to explain. This is what we do... we laugh, we play, we talk, we listen, we comfort, we tease, we provide, we grow, we love. It's kind of hard to explain, but it works for us. I thought about trying the "A, B, C" method, but then again I thought, why mess up a good thing. This blog won't make sense for those of you looking for the "formula" or "recipe." Sorry, all I can tell you is to know yourself and know your spouse, and of …

3000!

It's official, Aimless Thoughts has official reached 3000 online hits, and it only took 2 1/2 years. First and foremost I would like to thank God, without him none of this would be possible. Also, I would like to thank Blogger for letting me write whatever I want. And finally I would like to thank the three people that visit my blog twenty-five times a day. Seriously though, lets up it to 30 visits a day in 2010.

Of course the lucky 3000 person gets a prize. Unfortunately I have no idea who that person is or when I actually reached 3000 so I'll just hold onto the prize myself.

Yours

Justin

Tools or Rules?

Here's a list of different spiritual tools that you can use for the goal of spiritual growth, to know and please God. Remember, they're only tools, not rules. Use what you can, put the others back in the tool box.

Conventional Tools:
Study/Meditation: Spend time reading the Scriptures and meditating on its meaning and importance in our lives in order to cleanse our bodies and minds.
Scripture Memorization: Memorizing the Bible in order to store it in our hearts and transform our thoughts.
Prayer: Talking and listening to God about your relationship with Him and your needs in order to learn how trust Him as our source and provider.
Solitude: The practice of spending time without any others or any distractions.

Silence: No noise or conversation. Just you and God.

Fasting: Abstain from food, media, entertainment, or anything else that occupies your time and use that time to spend with God.

Sacrifice: Stretch your sense of what you can do without for the sake of those who have less.


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