MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

If They Really Wanted to Make a Difference

August 29th, 2008 Viewed 1319 times

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The Washington Post is out this morning with an article stating that the GOP is considering delaying their convention because of Hurricane Gustav.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the last thing that Republicans want is to appear like they are partying while another part of the country is hurting.

President Bush, a Republican, got a bad rap in the hours after Katrina, and has been saddled with the responsibility of what happened there—I believe unjustly.

But if the GOP cancel, I think that they’re missing a great opportunity.

God Sized Encounters

August 28th, 2008 Viewed 2535 times, 1 so far today

cris photoshoped by djemOne of the things that I’ve mentioned before that’s convicted me is the fact that my life is not that much different from the “good” unsaved person’s life.  What I mean is that my outside appearance—apart from the fact that I do not swear—is pretty much the same as what you would expect out of a professional.

So, how do people really see God if I look not much different than them?

God gives God-sized encounters because that is the only way the world will come to know Him.

How Many DINOs Are At the Convention?

August 27th, 2008 Viewed 1150 times

profile3_obama This has been a strange year when it comes to elections.  This is the first time that many Republicans registered as Democrats to be able to vote in Democrat primaries across the country.

Some of these joined the party because of Rush Limbaugh and his “Operation Chaos” trying to delay the selection of a nominee until the last possible moment.

The funny thing is that some of these “operatives” could be in Denver right now!

What If McCain Took a One-Term Pledge?

August 25th, 2008 Viewed 1073 times

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I was reading Peggy Noonan’s article (They’re Paying Attention Now) this morning, when I stumbled on an interesting passage:

I still think a one-term pledge could win it for him, because it would allow America to punt. It would make the 2008 choice seem less fateful. People don’t mind the chance to defer a choice when they’re not at all sure about the product. …  it would allow Mr. McCain to say he means to face the tough problems ahead with a uniquely bipartisan attitude and without having to care a fig for re-election. That itself would give him a new power, one that would make up for the lost juice of lame duckdom. It would also serve to separate him from the hyperpolitical operating styles of the Clinton-Bush years, from the constant campaign.

Who Is Your God?

August 25th, 2008 Viewed 1922 times
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Our Walk With God

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Or what could also be titled, “Welcome to the Crisis of Belief.”

If we’re truly seeking after God, He will bring us to points in our lives where we have to make a decision about what we really believe about God.  A crisis, or decision, comes when we are asked by God to join Him in a work only He can accomplish.  This work is one in which, if God doesn’t help you, you will fail.

In order to illustrate what I’m saying, let’s look at different circumstances in the Bible:

Be Ready to Meet The Need

August 22nd, 2008 Viewed 1838 times
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Our Walk With God

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If we’ve taken the steps we talked about last time and made a priority of prayer and watching, then we will see God at work.

But backing up a bit, make sure that your motives are correct.  If you’re seeking to see God work so that you can get a blessing, then you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.

You see, God is the only one worthy of Glory.  It is His work that will draw others to Him.  This is something that I’ve seen time and again with my discussions with atheists and people of differing worldviews.  If all others see of God is what man can do, why should they believe?

Managing the “Winner”

August 21st, 2008 Viewed 1158 times, 1 so far today

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The more I listen to politics—both commentaries and the news—the more I’m thinking through just how much our electoral process has changed and how our leaders are chosen.

I was recently browsing an article that talked about the Lincoln-Douglas Debates and how much political discourse has changed since then.

I’m not sure if it was the advent of television on the scene or what that has changed how we choose our leaders, but it has had a big impact.

Things Only God Can Do

August 21st, 2008 Viewed 4797 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Our Walk With God

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When ask you what are things that only God can do, what comes to mind?

I immediately think of the big things like creating the universe, the worldwide flood, or things like moving mountains.  Things that are supernatural or things that are out of the ordinary.

The truth is that there are many things that the Bible says that only God can do, things that we can see every day, but we need to know that these things are God in action.

Why You Should Get Out of Debt

August 19th, 2008 Viewed 1856 times

This world is backwards. Everyone loves to talk about using OPM (other people’s money) to purchase things or to gain wealth. I just don’t get it. Mathematically I understand the advantages of leveraging debt, but math cannot be used to understand every situation. As emotional creatures we were not designed to function as walking calculators making every decision based solely on the numbers.

While math plays a role in our financial lives, there are far more powerful truths, like discipline for example. The thing is that most of us know mathematically what we should do with our finances, yet because of a lack of discipline we don’t do it. So, what then needs fixing – the math or the discipline?

God Speaks With a Purpose

August 19th, 2008 Viewed 2319 times
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Our Walk With God

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We tend to have weird expectations on the Creator of the Universe.  We act as though this great God lives only in His Word and is at our beckon call.

Doubt me?  How do many Christians approach God or the Bible?

Many Christians approach the Bible and a relationship with God in a way that says we want Him to give us a devotional thought that we can take with us all day, and that’s about it.

However, that’s not what God wants.  God wants a relationship that is as personal and real as the relationship you have with your spouse, your children, and your friends.  He wants to be part of your conversations and part of your thoughts.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.