Asking “Why”

For the last couple of months, I’ve been mad at God.

There. I said it and didn’t get struck dead. (Is that thunder I just heard? 😉 )

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WARNING!!! I’m Getting On My Soapbox to Rant

WARNING!!! I am getting on my soapbox!!! Prepare yourself!!! There’s a rant coming!!! You have been warned. If you are easily offended, you might not want to read further.

I was browsing my Facebook feed today and I came across an article posted by a friend of mine. The article talked about an Oklahoma Tea Party candidate calling for homosexuals to be stoned to death. (I won’t dignify it with a link to the actual article. You can Google it if you’re really interested.)

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Derek Jeter Retires

Let me start by saying that I despise the New York Yankees. On principle, I loathe teams that try to buy (or succeed at buying) championships.

That said, Derek Jeter is one of the few recent Yankees whom I respect, primarily for the way he approached the game of baseball and the fact that he has played his ENTIRE career with one team. I’m kinda “old school” like that.

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gods at war – Chapter 5 – the god of food

Yesterday, I looked at chapter 4 of Kyle Idleman’s book gods at war. Chapter 4 was all about making a choice about which god would rule your heart. It also concluded part 1 of the book – which I see as the introduction and definition of the problem.

Before I get into part 2 and chapter 5, I noticed a line from chapter 4 that stood out to me that I didn’t mention yesterday. Idleman says this, referring the Joshua’s speech to the Israelites in Joshua 24, “So even if you’ve chosen the Lord God in the past, the challenge of Joshua is to choose this day whom you will serve.” Each day is a new day with Jesus. The book of Lamentations says His lovingkindness and compassion are new every morning. This also means that we have a new chance and a fresh start every morning to choose whom we will serve and which god we will let sit on the throne of our heart.

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gods at war – Chapter 3 – a jealous god

Welcome back to my series on reviewing Kyle Idleman’s book gods at war.

Today, we’re looking at chapter 3 titled a jealous god. That sounds odd doesn’t it? The One True God jealous? That doesn’t seem like a character trait most people would associate with a loving, benevolent God, does it? Well, on the surface, that seems reasonable to think. However, when we look deeper at what it means to be jealous, we start to understand.

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gods at war – Chapter 2 – the battleground of the gods

There is a war going on and it is being waged in our heart. In Chapter 2 of Kyle Idleman’s book gods at war, he states, “What you are searching for and chasing after reveals the god that is winning the war in your heart.” Your heart is the battleground, and whichever god wins the day claims the throne of your heart.

In the book of Proverbs, it says “Above all else, guard you heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV).

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