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Monday, November 26, 2007

The Golden Compass Movie

This article does a great job of helping Christ-followers with how to respond to this movie. dg





It's Not a Hoax
The Golden Compass

November 26, 2007

Note: This commentary was delivered by PFM President Mark Earley.

All of you have probably received the e-mail by now. A lot of Christians have, including many of us here at BreakPoint. One of my colleagues received it from five different people no less!

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Huckabee on Faith

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Metamorpha


Check out this cool online community. Any site that connects people to Dallas Willard is a good site.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

FREE Photos

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Butterball Hotline rocks

Asked to write a composition entitled "What I'm Thankful for this Thanksgiving," little Johnny wrote, "I'm thankful that I'm not a turkey."

In the spirit of Thanksgiving also known as Turkey Day, I give you this classic clip from West Wing. You'll thank me I did.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Love God. Love People. pt. 2

I've always loved the summary phrase for Matthew 22:37-39, "Love God. Love People." I heard it first as a theme through Student Life and then read it later in Purpose Driven Life. We've adopted it as our mission statement at Grace Christian Fellowship. Studying 1 John 4 recently I've read a lot about God's love and ours. "Love" is found 32 times in just 21 verses. What jumped out at me and is now a tag to this statement: Love God, love people follows God loved us first.

"We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19 NIV

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Who gets the credit?

I love this quote:

"God can do tremendous things through people who don’t care who gets the credit."
- Rick Warren

Huckabee is speaking my language so far



I thought what Huckabee had to say about the non-negotiables was well said. If we don't protect life in this country, then we will find ourselves regretting what we've become when we look back. Listening to Mike Huckabee lately, it's no surprise to me that he is rising right now. His message is hitting home with people.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Perfect people wreck community?

"The sooner we give up the illusion that a church must be perfect in order to love it, the sooner we quit pretending and start admitting we’re all imperfect and need grace. This is the beginning of real community." - Rick Warren

Do you think perfect people wreck community?

A Debt That Cannot Be Repaid

A great article on heroism.

November 12, 2007

In the mountains of Afghanistan, 29-year-old Navy Lt. Michael Murphy was leading a four-man team on a mission to capture a Taliban leader. Suddenly, some 40 insurgents opened fire from three sides. Lt. Murphy exposed himself to enemy fire to get a clear signal in order to radio for help. Despite being shot repeatedly, Murphy calmly gave his unit's location and requested immediate support for his team. Read the rest

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Veterans Rock!

Thanks to Gary Bauer for sharing this cool poem to honor our veterans.

"It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given you freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given you freedom of the
press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given you freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the protester, who has given you freedom to
assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given you the right to a fair
trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given you the right to vote.
It is the veteran, who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag, whose
coffin is draped by the Flag."

And, although it doesn't rhyme, I would add the greatest honor to the God we trust:

It is God, not the veteran, who created a nation such as ours. "In God we trust"

God bless our Veterans!

And a special thanks to my dad who served in the US Navy during the Korean War. Thanks Dad!

See http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/index.aspx for some cool pics of people honoring troops.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Be Contagious tonight!

I'm looking forward to speaking to college students tonight at the Gaillard Auditorium. There will be live music, CSU drama team, the band Ladson, and free Chick Fil A! See you at 7 PM!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Creators or Consumers?

I heard an interesting comment from Pastor Chris Seay at Ecclesia (church) in Houston today on the Fermi Podcast.

The context is that he's serving in a church that is reaching out to those in the gay and arts district in downtown Houston. So when he talks about creating, he's talking about creating culture and things that bless culture and people in that culture.

He says basically that Christians tend to be consumers instead of creators. He believes that we were created to, well, create (cooperatively with God) using our gifts and talents to create culture rather than to be consumers of it.

I can see this in the church today. It's all about what programs and facilities we can add that will bless our family or make our life easier. That seems to be my default, anyway.

This is a thought worth pondering. What do you think? Do you think we Christians are consumers or creators? Should we be either? Both? I'm curious to your reaction on this.

Monday, November 05, 2007

unChristian

Here's a clip from a great article that will point you to a new book (I have but haven't read yet) called unChristian.

This clip is profound especially to those who preach and are wrestling with what audience they ought to be speaking to: Christians or non-Christians. I'll be speaking to a group of college students this Friday night. I think this article is timely for me.

"One of the remarkable themes of the New Testament that seems too rare is the insider-outsider dynamic. This is hard for Americans – a very Christianized people with a rich Christian tradition – to fully comprehend. But Paul, living in a clearly non-Christian context, never seems to defend his rights as a Christian. Instead, Paul seems to accept a sinful and broken world, while holding the people of Christ to account.
He is constantly writing in this dual role. He is an apostle (a leader of churches) and missionary (an apologist and evangelist to outsiders). He calls the Christian community to high standards and yet reaffirms that these standards do not apply to those outside Christianity (1 Corinthians 5 is one of the best examples of this). What is the point for preaching today? Since your preaching is heard by both Christians and non-Christians, you are both a leader of Christians as well as a missionary to unbelievers. Finding that right balance is incredibly difficult, but it can be done, with the help of the Holy Spirit. Part of this task, I believe, is to help your people see their role as missionaries to a culture that is now effectively post-Christian. You have to help train them to see the world in the same way Paul did."

I would add that if we are preaching through the word of God, the Holy Spirit will help you balance these two. I'm counting on that.

If you want a deeper understanding into this issue, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons’ book, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters, has much to offer.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Mike Huckabee

Dr. Rick Warren recently made this statement discussing Governor Huckabee on a radio program:

“I know most of the candidates running for president but I’ve known Mike Huckabee the longest, since we did our graduate degrees together in the late 70s. Mike’s a man of vision, compassion, and integrity. I’ve watched his uncanny ability to identify with normal people in ways that many leaders don’t. That’s probably why TIME named him one of the five best governors in America. He’s definitely presidential material. But honestly, what I find most appealing is his self-deprecating humor. That’s a key sign of a spiritually and emotionally healthy leader - someone who is comfortable with himself, is authentic, doesn’t wear a mask, and is secure enough to be humble. People love that.”

...Love People

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c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

In, but not of

"Just as saltwater fish exist their entire lives in an ocean without becoming saturated with salt, Jesus ministered in the world without being of the world." - Rick Warren