Monthly Archives: October 2008

Controversial or a No-brainer

This is what I think.

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I have to prioritize the many issues in this current political campaign. Not all issues are equal in importance, urgency or moral profundity.

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National security, immigration reform, health care, the environment, the war in Iraq, even the economy – pales in comparison to protecting the the lives of unborn babies. If we fix everything else but fail to stand up for the innocent, defenseless unborn children – then we truly are a morally bankrupt society.

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I?d rather put a bullet in my head than cast a vote for a “pro-choice” candidate.

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This is what I think.

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What do you think?

What do you want to sing?

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So it?s only Monday night, but I?m already thinking about what songs we should sing next Sunday. I know I?ve said it before, but I believe that the songs we sing have a way of teaching us about who God is and give us words that we can say to God as our response to what He has done for us.

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So in light of that, here?s a question for all you blog readers: If you were the worship director for a week, what songs would you select for a Sunday service at ACC? Leave a comment and let us know what 3-4 songs you would pick.

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Who knows – we might even take some of you up on your suggestions in the weeks to come – but no guarantees!

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~Scott

A Powerful Reminder

At Oasis, we are currently going through a series called “The Jesus Creed”. I stole the title from a book I have been reading by Scot McKnight ( who has an excellent blog by the way – check it out at http://www.jesuscreed.org ).

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McKnight claims (and I’d have to agree) that the central ideas of Christianity are Loving God and Loving Others. He gets this idea from the time in the Gospels where Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is. Jesus says to Love God and then says the second greatest commandment is to Love others. There’s plenty of good stuff we could talk about here…but that’s not where I want to go with this post. I want to talk to you about a very powerful story I was reminded of as I prepared for my lesson this past Tuesday.
?The main idea of Tuesday’s lesson was that God calls us to be completely committed to him. True love, the kind of love God calls us to, requires complete devotion. Think of a marriage. Marriage only works when both partners are completely committed to each other. There is no way Lisa would have agreed to marry me if I told her I was still going to see other women on the side. As her husband, it is my duty (and privilege) to be completely committed to her.
?The story that came to mind as I was preparing for this lesson is one that I read for the first time when I was in high school. It’s from the Bible…it’s the story of Hosea. Do you know the story of Hosea? Let me paraphrase for you. Hosea is a prophet. God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute – Gomer (how about that for a name!). Hosea obeys and he is everything a husband is supposed to be. He loves Gomer with all his heart and provides for her the way a husband is supposed to. Gomer continues to “go after her lovers” (as the scripture says). Again and again, Hosea brings her back home, forgives her, and reminds her of how much he loves her. At one point, Gomer sells herself into sexual slavery and Hosea has to buy her back. I can’t even begin to imagine how Hosea felt. Yet, that’s the way God feels…See the story of Hosea is a metaphor for God’s relationship with us. He is the perfect, unwavering husband, and we are the adulterous wife. Every time we turn from God and put something else at the center of our lives, we are committing spiritual adultery. When I think of my sin in these terms it tears me up inside. I can’t bare the thought of my sin wounding God that way. Thank God for mercy and forgiveness!

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Grace,
? Chris

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TMI

My current read: Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God by Larry Osborne

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One of my favorite blogs: http://www.noelheikkinen.com/

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My must see TV: The Office

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Last movie watched: Titanic

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Recent weird thought: If Obama wins, I’ll be older than the President of the United States!

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Last CD played in my car: Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart (vintage 80’s Christian rock)

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Biggest mistake in the last 24 hours: forgot to reply to an important e-mail

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Location of the bookmark in my Bible: I Thessalonians 1

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Favorite wife: Karen

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Coolest recent discovery: www.yammer.com

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Greatest challenge: losing 20-25 pounds

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Top disappointment: The 2008 Chicago Cubs

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Most aggravating team: The 2008 Chicago Cubs

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Favorite missionaries currently living in Arlington Heights: Tim & Beth Wood

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Most recent writer’s block: October 9, 2008

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Peace,
?Dave

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