Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Video of my Favorite Paintings of Art and Christianity

Previously, I discussed Jesus in art and described how little the bible spoke about the appearance of Jesus. I also showed the scriptures that mention his appearance. Today, I decided to post a video I made to show some of my favorite paintings of  the stories in the bible, enjoy. The music in the video is by Rebecca St James.

Post that are coming soon:

My testimony of how God helped me deal with having ADHD

Debunking the myth of all religions are the same that follow same God, watch out Oprah!

Taking on issues hot button issues

Can God be a loving God and a just judge.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Poem of Insecurity to Security and the Importance of a Spiritual Journal

While cleaning out my storage room today I came across an old spiritual journal of mine. If you have not started a spiritual, I would definitely recommend  you get one. It's funny how I will write something in a journal and read it years later and find that God will use something I have written to minister to me. That what's great about a spiritual journal God can take an entry in a journal and remind what he has done in your life. You can also see how your prayers are answered. There is also a therapeutic quality to writing down your thought, this process will help you get thoughts out of your head and on to paper. When you do this you can pray about these thoughts and leave them in God's hands. This process is especially good if you tend to have a lot of worry and anxiety. Written below is a poem I wrote in my journal years ago but still ministers to me today.

I see you standing there 
Eyes downcast avoiding my stare
What's hiding beneath your exterior
Have your dreams gone awry
Do you wish had wings to fly
Are you looking for a place to cry
Do wish you tried
Please put down your pride
You are not meant to keep that inside
Do you have a secret sin or secret lie
Maybe a secret feeling inside
That wasn't meant to hide
Does love confuse you
Maybe your searching for the meaning of life
You got to get Christ on your mind
So you can clean out your cluttered mind
And sort out all those insecurities inside
Then your eyes will look into mine.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

12 Different Ways to Pray / Talk to God

There are many ways to communicate with God and many reasons to communicate with Him. Do not lock yourself into just one way to talk to Him. If you think about it we have many ways we communicate to each other. We can sykpe, talk, tweet, sign, use body language,email, mail,text and call each other. God designed us therfore, it only make sense that we were designed to commuicate with him sereval different ways.

1. Petition- Bringing a need before the Lord (Matthew 7:7)

2. Confession- Confessing your sins before God (James 5:16)

3. Adoration- Prayer of Praise (Psalm 34:1)

4. Intercession – Prayer on behalf of others (1 Timothy 2:1)

5. Meditation- Being still and Knowing He is God. A prayer in which the individual praying sit's still and waits for God to speak to them. Meditation can also be simply takeing the time to think about God and his promises (Psalm 119: 148). Note: this completely different from the act of meditation associated with other religions in which an indivdual is looking for a spiritual guide which takes them to a place of spiritual enlightment or nirvana . Christian meditation focuses primarily on Christ.

6. Thanksgiving- Prayer of thanks to God ( Psalm 118)

7. Surrender- The point of giving in completely to God ( James 4:7)

8. Flash Prayers- Brief prayers directed at people passing by or people you know

9. Scripture prayer- Using a scripture has your prayer

10. Recited prayers- written prayers that are recited to help formulate a prayer to God

11. Conversational Prayer- Talking to God like a friend

12. Prayer Walking- Meditative prayer used while walking , or intercessory prayer aimed at a particular group of people or cause.

Friday, March 2, 2012

There Are Two Kinds of Works in the Bible ( Don't Confuse Them )

God just gave me some wonderful insight tonight. In the bible the word works is used in two different ways. One usage of the word is in a negative context. This a works done to gain the approval of God. Also the negative usage of works is almost always paired up with the word law. This is the usage of works in the book of Romans. Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. The other kind of works is done has a spirit motivated action. A christian puts his or her faith in Christ, that action prompts their heart to listen to God which inspire them to action, which equals a spiritually prompted action ( Christian Works). This is the works discussed in the book of James. James 2:18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by what I do. The trouble with works comes when we do not take the time to put works in right context when we read scripture about works. Getting the two uses of the word works mixed up is the root cause of legalism.