“You shall have no other gods before me!” Exodus 20:3

     “Sorry i have been a bit sporadic writing…..I have been discouraged and frustrated….i have sought clarity and understanding as to what GOD would have me do as far as ministry and service….i would love to be in ministry (paid) somewhere but we are here in pensacola with family. GOD expects me to take care of my family and i am good with that. I would love for a local church (and it’s singles) to get fired up about ministering to other singles. It isn’t happening…..And, I have to take alot of vacation at a time that I didn’t need it and will be in NJ for the summer….But, here is the clarity! Thou shalt not …have other GODS before me! GOD expects us to serve him in all things!

      Biblical religion is exclusive in nature. GOD expects to be the most important driving force in your life. Yahweh to Israel, Jesus to the saved, I AM to Moses and Pharoah….GOD is first and only. HE will not be a choice, HE is the only choice!  HE does not seek a place in a pantheon of many gods. There may be a temple of a thousand buddhas or a system of many hindu dieties (animals….). God does not share space with such. GOD is GOD!     FATHER!     SON!        HOLY SPIRIT!       GOD!

None of us would place our GOD in a basket with these idols or would bow down to a cow, would we? Of course not!

“Hear O Israel! The LORD our GOD the LORD is one! Love th LORD your GOD with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength” Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Matthew 22:37-38. In other words, GOD is always first!

* What about work? You are to be a Christian at work. You are to work hard and conduct yourself as a Christian. If “talking religion” isn’t allowed or you are not comfortable with it, you still are obligated to share the good news of Jesus. Be the most reliable, compassionate, responsible person you can be. When people notice, tell them why.

*I might be too busy with school to do church stuff….GOD wants you to get an education. HE wants you to succeed. After all, what a light on the hilltop you will be in community college or the state U. as a believer! But don’t get so distracted with school that you don’t see GOD working in your life. Don’t choose to not serve because of “studying”.

*I am a faithful member of the church! Good…..But, remember this …”no other gods”…. if your church is so busy following the rules and promoting the beliefs of the church and forgets to preach JESUS CHRIST, it has become a god in itself. If you hear more about how to believe, how to follow the rules, how to be the church…..chances are you aren’t studying the mercy and forgiveness that JESUS taught and that is provided through HIS death, burial and resurrection.

*I don’t have time to be religious? Got me too! I am so busy. But, GOD hears our prayers continuously…at work…school…on the road. Satan wants you overwhelmed. Time will become another god to serve if you let it.

*marriage and family? GOD loves you whether you are married or single! Period. But he also knows that most people need companionship to avoid temptation. You can marry. But GOD comes first! Marriage is not your god. Children cannot be your gods.GOD (FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT) is GOD!

Clean that garage and get those other gods out of there.

Spritual Growth Workshop Schedule for Singles Late Night!    9:15 each evening…..

Thursday June 28- Lonnie Johnson: “Single, not a label. A legacy”

Friday June 29- Dr. Anthony Fischetto:  Excel as a SINGLE in GOD’s kingdom

Also, check out Eric Brown, Donnie Dillon and Matt Dabbs at 9:45 Friday am: Reaching a broken generation!

Saturday June 30- Jim Miller: “Living Single in the Big House of GOD”

 

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Young Adult

by Jordan Richardson on April 20, 2012
YOUNG ADULT

In an age where many of us have taken to social networking to find out what’s happened to those we grew up with and spent our formative years with, Jason Reitman’s Young Adult is a near-perfect capsule of what it feels like to look down on someone – and fall flat on our faces. Written by Diablo Cody, this film marks the first time since Juno that the writer and Reitman have worked together.

Young Adult is probably the best pure character study of 2011. It takes the most popular girl in high school and follows her as she nears the dreaded 40s. She’s not yet equipped with the tools to move behind her deluded juvenile state and, like many, is locked in a realm of self-absorbed interpretations and adolescent observations.

Charlize Theron continues her excellent run as an actress by playing Mavis Gary. She lives in Minneapolis as a divorced ghost writer of a popular series of young adult (YA) books. She is 37 and is, whether she enjoys it or not, in a rut of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and drinking pop from the bottle. When she receives a birth announcement from her old high school boyfriend Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), she decides to visit her hometown of Mercury to try to win him away from his wife Beth (Elizabeth Reaser).

Mavis arrives in Mercury and predictably finds herself to be very above everything. She knows how to turn on the charm when needed. Prior to meeting Buddy, she runs into a former classmate named Matt (Patton Oswalt) and drunkenly informs him of her plans. Matt, disabled from a high school beating, becomes her unlikely companion throughout her quest to woo her old flame.

Theron brilliantly adds layer after layer to Mavis by the moment and her character grows incredibly complex. It’s not that we grow to dislike her, necessarily, but that we grow to pity her. She is so self-absorbed and obsessed with the notion of clinging to her “glory days” that she fails to really move on. She arrives in Mercury and looks down on everyone, unable to see Buddy’s happiness and sure of her view that he’s struggling to maintain his cool in a world of diapers and weird mom bands.

I’ve been critical of Cody’s work in the past, but in this outing her writing is quite good. She captures the elements of Mercury well, creating a town that is humble and seems kind of fun. Mavis’ growing disdain for the place actually makes it more likable, even as she succumbs to the Kentacohut’s cheesy allure. Interestingly, Cody writes Mercury as a place filled with inspiration – from the teenaged conversations in line at a fast food joint to the life of the fictional “Ryan.”

Cody and Reitman outline Mavis’ descent into disaster with all sorts of restraint. They play it close, so that you never really fully hate her until things pull too far. If the film has an error, and I believe it does, it’s that things twist too out of control in the final minutes. There is a yelling session on the lawn that, while played perfectly by Theron, feels somewhat overwritten. And the appearance of a quiet side character (Collette Wolfe) in the movie’s closing scene seems almost absurd in her proclamations of despair.

Nevertheless, Reitman’s Young Adult is a damn good movie. It works because Mavis isn’t melodramatic in her contempt and excessively ingenuous in her behaviours. She is completely credible, not a comic archetype but rather a contemptible vision of not quite getting it. Theron’s performance is easily one of the best of 2011 and Cody’s writing is as good as it’s ever been.

I shared this movie review and believe that this the is the target that most churches and outreaches are coping with. As I follow up Matthew’s excellent article about Men growing up and being responsible, let us not forget that 40 year old women are wearing pajamas to Walmart! GOD has provided answers…..wish both church members and the community would ask the question!!!!

Real Men, players, fakers……by Matthew Morrow

Real Men, players, haters, fakes, wanna be’s, and the real deal~ Observations and life experience

by Matthew Morrow on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:28pm ·

I’m going to just jot down some thoughts on what I think being a real man and by definition we will be using a Godly man as our subject matter. Just feel like writing so here goes……

I personally think there are tons of wussy men out there. Men that do not except responsibility for themselves, their families, or their own actions. I have many times been this man. I think we are each given moments every day to “MAN UP!” and we buckle under. Most of the times it’s little things. I think Life is that way. Life isn’t some grand event that only happens once a year like Christmas or a Birthday, but Life happens everyday. It is as constant as the ocean waves crashing over you. It’s great when you are walking in a foot of cool water lightly splashing at your feet, and fun when you’re waist deep, turning your back to the waves, still feeling the sun beat down on your shoulders. Get’s a little scary when you can’t see the bottom, when your chest deep and now with each wave you have to bob and bounce to keep your head above water. Without noticing you have been swept 100s of feet down the shoreline from where you entered and you can loose site of your stuff, and your family. Before you know it you are in over your head and drowning and yet the waves keep crashing over and over.

Men were made to lead, made to create, to conquer, to build, to father, to work, to take care of their families, their parents, their children, thier wives, their land. We were made in God’s image and he is these things as well. Ever since sin entered the world, unfortunately men have constantly been sown with generation after genration of greater weakness, flaws, malice, and sin. Do you know in America last year there were more illegetimate children born than there were married women? There are lots of reasons given. One is that women have taken many of the traditional male jobs. Now if you are standing in line cause a woman took your job, MAN UP, had you been worthy you would have been too valuable to cut. This is not a discussion on womens roles, but on mens. I beleive if men are acting like they were created to be, Honorable, honest, hard working, trustworthy, creative, bold, uncompromising, determinded, and more women would glaldly follow them. The Bible says that women are to submit to their husbands and goes on to say that MEN are to treat their wives as Christ treated the Church. Which he laid down his life for. In other words you are to give everything to your wife and family second only to God.

In this election year we have congress and senate which is mostly men, and our president and most of his staff (mostly men) that any given night we can turn on the news and see that the family is under attack. our faith is under attack, and our men are under attack. We can’t watch a TV show where men aren’t portrayed as either sex addict dogs, idiots, or players. I’m hard pressed to find positive unfoulable characters in our media. Heck even Superman in the last movie produced who’s supposed to be the “boyscout”, the guy who’s only flaw is always doing the right thing and being a man of his word and untarnishable had an illigetimate kid and left his unwed GF to raise him on his own for 7yrs. Sad sad sad…. We have politicians, sports heros, and yes even men of our faith claiming Jesus but yet the country is riddled with divorce, with bad marriages, etc.. Some of the stuff I have seen like CIA meeting with prositiutes, presidents having sex with interns in the white house, ….let’s be real for just a second…. Affiars aren’t like tripping and falling…. opps i fell over and we happen to be naked. Affairs of the mind start with just a thought. That’s all it takes… A person you start a friendship with, you shar things with and before long you are sharing parts of yourself that should never be shared. I had a girl come to me one time and tell me that this was happening to her. My advice to her was to quit her job, RUN!! I told her. She thought I was crazy, but I said if you flee from sin, God will bless you for it.

Sigh…. I don’t know… I have been accused of being too “macho” or “manly” or whatever like those are bad things. Men were made to conquer. I constantly feel like men are more often the butt of jokes and unfortenately I think we have accepted the roll. So after reading the Bible (which by the way most of the men I talk to who say they are Christians have never bothered to read those instructions), and many other books on being a “MAN” This is what I have come up with. Choice…..Everyday we are given the choice to choose what type of man we will be. I have found that if you are whoever you want to be. Yes we have genetics, etc.. but you don’t have to be your father or grandfather. You are your own man! MAN UP! “Choose this day whom you will follow but as for me and my family we will choose to serve the Lord” I believe the problems with our marriages, schools, politics, and religion will all be sorted out when get our houses in order. Meaning that Men need to Man up and be what and who they were made to be. It is our Job to take the Love of the Lord to others, to be Christ to everyone we meet, to scarifice, to lead, to BE MEN. I can’t control what other men do. All I can do is pray for them, try to be the best I can be and be what God has made me to be. When you except your purpose in Life, to Glorify God with all that you are and leave each person better than you found them, you will have become a man. And I guess that’s the point isn’t it….each man has to grow up and into the Man God has made him to be. If you wonder why your life isn’t Rocking and rolling, why it’s not awesome, it’s because you aren’t walking in the light. if you don’t know what all this I just said, I will gladly talk to you. i welcome your comments and prayers as I continue daily to fight to be all I can be. many days I will fail, but I tomorrow is a new day, so bring on the dawn….