Monday, March 25, 2013

Shouting For the Glory of God

But Joshua commanded the people, saying, "You shall not shout nor let your voice be heard, nor let a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I tell you, 'Shout!' Then you shall shout!"
-Joshua 6:10

As I read this account I am reminded of my days in high school as a new believer. Eager to share truth and topple all lofty philosophies set up against God, I would defend the gospel for 200 comment long facebook discussions that went nowhere. Most of the people I was speaking at (intentional word choice) were people who knew me before my conversion and in some manner knew that I was different than before. Much like the city of Jericho, my closest friends were shut up tight. "Now Jericho was shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in." (Joshua 6:1) There was no way that I was going to convince them that Jesus was the Savior of the world, they had their guard up and were ready for an assault and I imagine they were thinking 'Jase got taken easily, but not us!' Zeal soon turned into anger at their unwillingness to budge, and I felt as though I was banging my head against Jericho's walls trying to make it come down. This was never God's plan to take down Jericho.

I have since apologized to most of those people for the argumentative spirit that inhabited my comments. Yet, still I find myself wondering what would have happened if I would have just kept my mouth shut and walked around them a few times. Living out a prayer filled and joy filled life as I walked around their strongholds with the Bible leading me just like the Israelite people were commanded by God.  As filled with mocking and scoffing as it would be to walk around their towers day after day while speaking no words, the goal has never been my own comfort. Maybe God would have given the command at the perfect time for me to open my mouth and the walls would have fallen and the Lord would have taken the city for his glory.

I wish that things would have happened differently and I wish I would have reached out to my family and friends in different ways, but there is no way to change these things now.  A continual walk in front and around the people we love is our God given strategy. But we are always waiting and looking for the power of God to come and give the command to shout!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Typewriters: A Comeback Story!

While I have never used a type writer I feel a romantic pull to buying one. Using the tool that famous writers and minds have created master pieces on could only channel success into my day to day writing for school and work in the future! Of course the above point is not realistic, but that "ding" and the click of the keys as they actually move the letters into place has got to instill some form of confirmation and accomplishment after each line! The following is a video that raises some questions about the future of this system.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Take a Stand

"And he (Aaron) took a stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked" Numbers 16:48

 We ought to be willing to throw ourselves between the lost and their certain destruction. Aaron could only stop the plague by going out into the thick of the danger and chaos. We can learn from his willingness to risk his own life for the sake of his dying brethren. Bringing the sweet incense of the gospel between the sinner and death is what our hearts should long to do. Whether the motivation be co-workers, friends, or family members let us go out and place ourselves with the gospel right on the front lines.

"And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15

From the Depths of the Internet

I've gone digging into the depths of the interwebs and have come back with some precious ore for you all. Enjoy.

Page CXVI (fantastic band that plays different hymns) is giving out all of their albums for free this month! Check them out!

Ever wonder why a lot of your best ideas come from the shower?

Some sweet, free, Christian wallpapers

Full movie on Charles Spurgeon.  Worth watching!

Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On