Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
My utter horror and disgust turned fairly quickly to a very deep sense of pity. While it is terrible the things they say and the things that they protest so insanely, I think the saddest part is that they truly believe they are doing the right thing. These people truly believe in a God who is full of more wrath than anything else. They truly believe that soldiers who are out defending our country deserve the death that may come to them, going so far as to protest their funerals. What kind of sick, demented people are these? On top of that, they truly believe that there is no reason to show love or tolerance to gay people. What these people are doing is NOT showing the love of God or spreading a gospel that will reach out to the hurting. As Christians, it seems that they are failing rather miserably.
In further exploration of their site, I found something that was way beyond appalling. There is a bar on the left side of the page that contains a number of little counts they have going. Among the most disgusting were "number of soldiers God has killed in Iraq and Afghanistan"and "people whom God has cast into Hell since you loaded this page." The disrespect and hate towards the people who are defending our country and following their orders both astounds and offends me. All of this is ridiculous.
It is my belief that God loves all of his creations, though he may not approve of their actions. Perhaps the Westboro people will be forgiven for their extreme misdirection, but I certainly hope that if they stand in the presence of God someday, that they will realize how wrong they were and have to own up to all of the damage and pain they caused a great number of people.
Excuse me while I go find some way to settle down. Ugh.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
A band since 1999, where they served as a youth worship team, Casting Crowns has already made some major achievements and continues to make more even now. With multiple platinum albums and videos, a GRAMMY award, a number of radio hits, an American music award (2007), and a number of other honors, it is easy to see how swiftly and completely this group has swept the world of Christian music.
If you've ever heard Casting Crowns' music, you will probably agree with me that their message in their lyrics is fantastic. Since hearing "Who Am I" many years back, I have been amazed by how spot on the lyrics are to real issues of the Christian world. To me, they accurately portray the way the general Christian population has strayed from God's original plan and the need for all of us to recenter our lives on Christ and spread his love to others. From songs of encouragement and strength like "Voice of Truth" to more serious, mellow songs such as "Slow Fade", Casting Crowns presents a wonderful message in a way that is pleasing to the ear and in most cases, extremely uplifting to listen to.
Casting Crowns' newest CD, "Until the Whole World Hears" (2009) has received much praise and radio play on stations like KLOVE and AIR1, however, their older CDs still remain classics and are among the most played Christian music songs. If you haven't already, I highly suggest checking out Casting Crowns' music, as they really seem to have a good thing going.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever."
In my days as a Christian, I have faced a number of challenges that seemed impossible when they stood right in front of me, staring me straight in the eye. Losing friends and loved ones, accepting things that I had no control over, allowing God's plan for me to have precedence over my own plan, knowing that it was He who created me...These things are not easy for me, nor do I believe they are for any Christian. I think it is perfectly healthy to struggle sometimes with the things that God allows life to throw your way. However, eventually, as Christians, it is our job to come to terms with God's design, even if at that moment it doesn't seem to make sense.
When I am dealing with a situation that I don't understand or feel that I can't possibly get through on my own, the verse I posted here comes to mind. This is perhaps my favorite verse, if only because it strengthens my faith and my resolve in my moments of weakness. Being reminded that the God of the universe is my ally, I know that I have nothing to fear and, as my parents often say, "this too shall pass."
Isaiah 40:8, which I like to think of as "my verse" may not have the same empowering feel for you as it does for me, but I think that we all have some verse that we relate to and call on when we need it. If you haven't found one of your own or if you simply want to add another to the list, I hope that this will come to mind.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
There are bands that fill you with joy, those that entertain you with catchy beats and riffs, and then those that calm the mind and soul. Balmorhea definitely falls into the last category, but the emotional span and beauty of its compositions stretches far and wide. Whether it be waking up on a sunny day, or recollecting the past, Balmorhea has a brilliance that can bring the best out of simple moments.
Now, if you are wondering where the words are, don't fret, your ears are far from broken. Balmorhea is a band that composes almost wholly instrumental work, focusing on the mood and tone the music creates.
So, sit back and enjoy the music, and expect more where this came from.
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they might see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
A little over ten years ago, in the backseat of my mother's car, I made a conscious decision to act upon the thoughts I had probably been wrestling with mentally for weeks, if not months. On June 13th, 2001, I became a Christian. I was baptized on March 6th, 2005, slightly under four years later, along with a small group of fellow church members. Though it wasn't an instant change, my life certainly began to shift in focus after those events.
Coming from a divorced home, I struggled constantly with relating to people and with expressing myself. I won't lie and say that becoming a Christian instantly changed that, but as time progressed, the loving environment of Christians in my church and the change in my own thinking and views on life allowed me to get past many of the obstacles in my past that had at one time chained me down.
After having my life turned upside down in a wonderful way by Christianity, I feel that it's my job, my privilege, even, to share the light that came in my darkness with others. However, my philosophy, as St. Francis of Assisi once said is; "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary, use words." To me, a kind word, a friendly smile, little favors, and a number of other small things can speak volumes more than shouting religion at the top of your lungs to those who may not want to hear it.
So, my challenge to you is this; sometime this week at home, work, school, or while out and about, do some small random act of kindness for someone you don't know. It would be great to hear your experiences. Good luck!
Monday, September 12, 2011
I'm a Christian girl with a unique perspective, or so I would like to think, and would like to share my thoughts with you. As my co-author already mentioned, this blog will not ALWAYS focus on Christian themes, but the majority of my posts will.
I hope you will bear with me and KyleCS as we do our best to keep this blog worth reading. We should be posting pretty regularly, or at least alternating, so stick around.