All Things Are Yours

This is an incredible teaching about how God uses even pagan poets in Scripture to affirm truth and proving Himself! I love this!

I love reading other religions texts to ferret out truth. God made the whole world. Humanity is still reeling from the effects of Genesis 3. It’s so exciting to read the Tao Te Ching or Islamic writing and see glimpses of truth. Our God is Truth. Wow.

Check it out at: Mastering the Art of Living Part 10: All Things Are Yours by Rob Bell

The Kingdom Conflict

Last month, my pastor and I spent 5 weeks reaching on the Kingdom of God using George Ladd’s “Gospel of the Kingdom” for our text. It took me two times through the book to start liking it but I highly recommend persevering.

I LOVE LIVING A KINGDOM FOCUSED-LIFE! It explains so much of the bad things that happen along with the good. I’ll probably blog on this alot in the coming weeks.

One thought that continues to rock my world is this: Jesus didn’t live His life looking for the need or the needy. He didn’t look for the sick or the despairing. That stuff existed simply because we live in “this present evil age.” They are par for the course.

Instead, Jesus focused on seeking the Father’s breaktroughs. Where was the Kingdom coming today? Where was it breaking in?

Consider John 5:19: “Jesus gave them this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.'”

Isn’t this exciting!? God’s been pursuing us since Genesis 3:15. And we get to play with Him!

What a wonderful adventure each day can be. Father, where are you breaking in today?

Welcome to Balaam’s Donkey!

Welcome to the first post on my new blog: Balaam’s Donkey. I figure is God can speak through a donkey, He sure can speak through me! (Some may wonder what the difference is. *grin*)

By way of introduction, I’m a gen-xer who’s been following Jesus since 1986. He’s been pursuing me A LOT longer!

Feel free to jump in on this list at any time with thoughts of your own!

Marc

What’s in a name?

Don’t you love finding out the meanings behind the words you use everyday? My wife recently stumbled across this site: Behind the Name – the Etymology and History of First Names. It’s by far the best name site I’ve found so far. The coolest thing, in my opinion, is that you can search for names based on keywords. Plus, it’s got names from all sorts of backgrounds–including Sanskrit!