You know, they say that only a few things in life are constant. Some say, “Death and Taxes,” others say “change, is the only constant.” I’d agree with change. So much changes so often, and so quickly!
I recently became victim to change, again. I graduated college. I got a new job, after having the same for 5 years. I made new friends, I had to learn a new group dynamic, I am moving to a new residence, and will have to learn a new route to work. I will have to learn a different timing, and learn how to live with new roommates.
All change. Continue Reading
Check out Jarin’s original post on the subject here: Misnomer: We Become Angels?
A few years ago, a small pizza chain opened up a location in my hometown. The chain’s name is Snappy Tomato Pizza and their claim to fame is “The Beast,” a giant 24-piece pizza that is the equivalent of about 3 large deep dish pizzas!
It’s listed to feed about 12 people and it costs about $25 for one topping.
But the claim to fame of their claim to fame is their “Beast Challenge!” Two people have 30 minutes to eat an entire Beast pizza with four toppings. And when I found out about this challenge, I had been on a steady TV diet of Man V. Food, a show that follows a man (Adam Richman) who goes around America taking on food challenges just like this.
I convinced a cop buddy of mine to take it on with me. I was a big guy, he was a cop, how on earth could we lose an eating challenge?! And if you won, not only was the pizza free, but you got a t-shirt and a photo on the wall declaring your victory forever!
However, only one team in my hometown had defeated the challenge so far. So, that was kind of intimidating. But we were determined.
Here is what happened and what I learned from this experience:
The four toppings we picked were pepperoni, Canadian bacon, red onions, and black olives. We were both kinda picky on toppings and these were the only four we could really agree on. But, we assumed it would be easy. Continue Reading
Guest Blog by Alex Martinez
There have been several times I’ve forgotten my godly routines. To be honest, it seems there are more of those routines than I can count. I’d probably get lost after the tenth or eleventh one I can name. The most prominent and forgotten routine is praying for my food before taking that first bite. And you know what? People who know I’m a believer, including other believers and non-believers alike, have stopped me after taking that big juicy “I’m-freaking-hungry” bite and asked, “Did you pray for that?”
Most times I explain my actions – “Well you see, I don’t always pray for my food because I simply forget sometimes and other times, I just don’t.” The ultra-conservatives usually snicker at me or look offended as they awkwardly move on to the next subject. The non-believers look absolutely lost and confused. Although it’s biblically proven praying before meals is always a good thing, I don’t think it is proven praying for my meals means I love God. I’ve seen several of my non-believing friends, who grew up in church, pray before meals. I ask them afterwards why they prayed, and the usual answer is “It’s how I was raised.”
I find the first manner in which these routines are defended by believers is, “We need to sacrifice certain things for Jesus”. I’m quickly reminded of how some people treat lent, as opposed to the biblical reason for lent. So you gave up your time and prayed for your meal; So you gave up video games for a whole week; So you don’t eat meat on Fridays in the span of forty days; So what? Is any voluntary sacrifice of personal time truly an act of love to the one true God, Creator of the universe? Continue Reading
A few nights ago, I saw Polar Express at my library’s free movie night. For some reason, it really hit me hard and spoke to my heart.
Maybe it was that I had to revise a post on joy and write a post on peace while addressing the tragedy of a shooting in an elementary school.
Maybe it was that I have been searching for meaning in this holiday rush.
Maybe it is a deeper issue, one I have hinted at and skirted around lately.
Hopefully, like me, your second grade teacher read the book to your class too and you know the story (heck, I’d even already watched the movie this season): a little boy finds himself doubting the existence of Santa Claus. It’s his “crucial year” as I think the train conductor says. The year of deciding whether he would believe or walk away from his old Christmas hopes and dreams.
Why would this hit hard for a 23-year-old? Because for me, it’s not about Santa. This is me and the presence of God. Not His existence, mind you, I am certain and sure in my faith as ever where that is concerned. But I do believe this is my “crucial season.” Continue Reading
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I’ve made it a goal to sit down at least once a week, read one chapter of the Bible, and pull out as much as I can from it, to see what God has taught me and to find out what he’s going to teach me next.
Today, I’m reading chapter 8 of Genesis.
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” –Genesis 8:20-22 NIV84
When the Flood was over, God promised never to curse the Earth again, that as long as our world exists, everything will run in the natural order that he set into motion in the days of creation.
But he also pointed out that the inclination of every man’s heart, since childhood, is evil.
This makes sense. When we are born, we cry for everything, which is natural, because we cannot speak, but once we start to grow up and learn right and wrong, we still tend to cry when we don’t get what we want. We exhibit selfishness to an insane degree as children. Continue Reading