Sunday, November 30, 2008

Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent. It's presence was very well-stated throughout the day, through certain means such as my pastor and various blogs.

So, Thanksgiving came and went, and it was a glorious day of feasting and fellowship (relatives had previously penetrated my principality earlier in the week). Wednesday and Thursday, I was accompanied by the thoughts of thankfulness and joy. To explain the last sentence, even though we are thankful every day of our lives (at least we should be), it is wonderful to have special events (such as holidays) to be reminded. Dr. Johnson said, "People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed."

To finish off this post, I thought a link to Pastor Leithart's baptismal exhortation on Advent.
Oh, and I apologize if it may seem that I swallowed a thesaurus. Sometimes, you get the delightful feeling that you want to write a certain way, and that's just how it is.

Have a blessed week everyone!


P.S. Advent link

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Small Adjustment

This morning in church, my pastor (Jason Farley) was noting that contrary
to some people's belief (including mine), we, the modern day church are not in exile.
He stated that the old Israel in Babylon were the exiled ones (in Babylon), and that
our age is post-resurrection with Jesus Christ, our Cyrus of Persia having freed us and led
us home, so that we can now restore worship. But just because we are free once again doesn't
mean our load is light. The American church has much work to do to properly worship God.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Post Election and the American Church

Okay, so Obama was elected. All I have to say to the complainers is
that McCain isn't any better and certainly should not be granted "the lesser of two evils" title, as many have chosen to bestow him with!

Let's face it. The American church has been in a rut for a long period of time.
Many church's liturgies have been adapted and reduced to be a seeker-friendly worship service
that incorporates cliché contemporary rock music with no incorporation of confession of sins
or communion ("but we have it once a year!")
Because of our sins, we have been and are under judgement by God. As usual, the Bible has something to say about this. Deuteronomy 28 tells us about obedience and sin, and what we reap from our actions.

Deuteronomy 28: 1-14
"1And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

2And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

3Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

4Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

5Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

6Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

7The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

8The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

9The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

10And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them

14And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them."

Deuteronomy 28: 25, 36, 43-44

" 25The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth."

"36The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone."

"43The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.

44He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail."

In verses 1-14, we see how richly and abundantly God blesses us when we love Him and keep His commandments. Contrasting that, the following selections makes it very clear how the only thing sin reaps is sorrow, death, and destruction. Instead of of winning battles, we flee before our enemies. We have served idols. In the high positions of government, there are many pagans, but the Christians are un-exalted and in lower positions. We are underneath our foes, and un-prosperous, while their head is on top of us.

Another example presents itself in Leviticus 26 (I will only show several verses this time).

Leviticus 26: 7-8

" 7And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.

8And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword."

Leviticus 26:17

" 17And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you."

Unfortunate for you, the reader, and fortunately for me, I get to go to bed now. I'll try to get a few more posts in before Friday, as that signifies the arrival of Thanksgiving relatives, and the start of feasting and fellowship. I hope you enjoyed the start of this short series and look forward to the forthcoming ones.

God bless!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Here is a link to a New York Times article I found on static stretching and why it is
bad for you. Stretching - The Truth

After reading it, I sure know now how to start and end my workouts!


Monday, November 10, 2008

RSS and All That Good Stuff...

So, I finally made the switch to using RSS, after I recently realized how much extra time it took me to open and navigate websites for the desired content with Firefox.

The feed reader I am using is Liferea (see? I started using the fancy links just like I said!).

Oh, I also forgot to mention that a few months ago, I switched to Ubuntu. ^.^
If you couldn't already tell, I absolutely love it. The speed, customization, excellent features, security,
and other things combine to make it a great operating system (though I am curious to see how Windows 7 turns out, it may turn out to beat Vista).
One gripe I had (a very typical one that all users encounter at some time or another) was that of missing Windows applications, though thankfully a fair bit of my applications (Firefox, Blender, Gmail) are cross-platform meaning that they are designed with a high level of compatibility to be able to run on multiple platforms with a similar user experience. The main one that I lacked was Adobe Photoshop, because I just can't stand Gimp through all the times I have tried it. Instead of telling you all the details, let's just say that it now works through CrossOver with minor glitches, making one very happy Linux user.

My eyes are starting to get a heavy sensation in them, signalling that I most likely need
to go to bed.
Good night and God bless!

~Bradley (I love this little symbol, it must have been made for blog signatures, aside from the secondary purpose of pulling down consoles in games).

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Up, the next Pixar film that I am highly anticipating just released their 2nd trailer on
(Yes, I know; I don't use HTML tags to make fancy links, maybe I will sometime soon).


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Following the Tour

Recently, Doug Wilson and Christopher Hitchens took a short tour along parts of the East Coast,
promoting their fairly-new book, "Is Christianity Good For the World?". Here are Nathan Wilson's writings that document each day.
The three links go in order from day 1-3.

God bless,