one tiny soapbox: August 2005
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Thursday, August 18

Simple Pleasures!

I'm regularly amazed by the simple yet profound pleasures which the Lord allows us lowly creatures to experience. I was driving home today from my 9-to-5 when the thought occurred to me that I could create this 2nd blog for expressing virtually anything that comes to mind, thereby remaining faithful to the original intent of the 1st. This thought brought genuine pleasure to me and I actually chuckled to myself while revelling in that.
Immanuel, why're you squinting'?
It was also a bit relieving, given my recent growing desire to do some "light" writing. This is a big deal to me because I believe "blogging" is a powerful form of communication...far too powerful for a Biblical Christian to waste solely on rantings and foolish talk. Which is why I started right out of the blocks with my "soapbox." I recently realized, though, that one can benefit from having a place to just vent excess thought activity. (And the opportunity to air them "publicly" is a very appealing proposition; one I decided not to pass up.)

So, here's a picture of another Great and Blessed Joy I've lately been graced with; the single arrow in my quiver, and for which I am most grateful!
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Sunday, August 14

.Wonka, Maslow & Yahweh.

.imagine a world virtually edible, where everywhere your gaze falls lay some exquisite fare ~ all designed to fulfill your every craving. such is the world of Willy Wonka.

.obviously, this is pure imagination, the level of which the vast majority of us Sinners would find sickeningly hedonistic.

...or would we. if you, like i, took high school or college psychology, you learned of another man, not the least bit fictitious, whose keystone theory bore an appeal not unlike that of Wonka's fantastic world, and yet continues to gain increasing global acceptance, even in the realm of Mainstream Churchianity.

.Abraham Maslow's world is no less hedonistic than Wonka's, though decidedly more sophisticated. Maslow affirmed the ancient belief in man's autonomy with his 'Hierarchy of Needs.' in this theoretical construct, man's drive for fulfillment begins with the most fundamental needs (oxygen, food, water, sex ~ yes sex is a most basic need in Maslow's world), and culminates with 'self actualization.' though
Maslow was not the first to assert the concept, his theory served as a "global debut" of the first systematized explanation of human self-fulfillment.

.conspicuously absent from Maslow's hierarchy is depraved man's need for Redemption.

.sound familiar? it should, because it concisely characterizes our present Western society. consequently, convincing reasons could be given for why this theory is to be refuted as ultimately unprofitable, but, Maslow's human needs pyramid does serve one useful purpose: to illustrate how truly self-focused depraved man is.

.in our Lord's economy, however, He is at the center of All, while everything we worldlings enjoy results exclusively from the Sovereign Grace with which he allows it; the air we breathe, the food and water we consume, companionship, whatever good thing we may find pleasurable. in a nutshell, we are inherently undeserving of anything, while He is Infinitely Gracious in providing whatever we have.

.for more, feel free to peruse the links in the right-hand column of this blog.

May Your Life be Lived on Purpose.
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Sunday, August 7

.irreconcilable differences?

.recently, a world-renown comedian-turned-actor and his wife of 12 years (and fellow parent of 5 young soon-to-be-victims) initiated divorce proceedings, citing 'irreconcilable differences' as their justification.

.many have their theories about what's "best," for themselves and for others (i have mine, as well). however, there is, ultimately and absolutely, only One Whose "theories" are correct ~ and binding on All. certainly, i don't know whether or not this couple's 'differences' are indeed 'irreconcilable' (though i'm greatly inclined to think not), but, for those of us considering following their example, i implore you to heed the following Admonitions:

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce:
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Divorce & Remarriage:
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Bonus Q&A with John MacArthur


Be Watchful, and so Be Well!

[UPDATE: For those of you who've mentioned it, the links above have been fixed. Thanks for your input. (c:]

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.naughty by nature.

.most of us city-dwelling thirty-somethings remember the popular hard core rap group proudly sporting this moniker in the early 1990s. few of us, at the time, were likely to have given much thought to how precisely well-chosen this name was, nor to how accurately it fits the literal condition of the entire human race.

.for those of us needing to gain a correct understanding of what i'm alluding to, please direct your attention to the following:
~ a grand Offense
~ free will?
~ tulip (not for tip-toeing)
.when digesting these rich morsels, take care to chew slowly and swallow often!
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Friday, August 5

.and on that note...

.tonight i was again reminded of "what it's all about." a truer illustration, i think, may not be found of the True Meaning of Life than the conversion of an Elected soul from darkness to Light.

.my friend, Lynnette, was visiting her family out East and unnaturally blessed with the thrill of seeing her sister become a Sister. it must have been truly, absolutely astounding! imagine witnessing ~ better yet, serving as "mid-wife" in ~ the re-birthing of a soul from the hellish way to the Divine, from the dead to the Living, from sin's utter enslavement to Salvation's Ultimate Liberation!

.i'm sure many have witnessed people going down to the front of a church service to "give their lives to the Lord" or "make a commitment to Christ," but i have to wonder
(knowing now what i did not know then) whether or not the majority of these professions are empty. Our Lord Christ Himself offered a description of such "easy-believism," epidemic in our affluent and "tolerant" Western society.

.nevertheless, all praises lifted for this newest Entrant to the Kingdom, may her robe flow and crown glow to His eternal glory...Who searches the hearts of His foul, lowly creatures!
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Tuesday, August 2

.a major deficit.

.consider a man whose very reason for treading the dust of this earth was to fulfill one, solitary mission: to make full payment for an impossibly unaffordable debt ~

the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love.
Leading onward, leading homeward
To Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth,
Changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones,
Died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth,
Watcheth o’er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
’Tis a haven sweet of rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
’Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
For it lifts me up to Thee!

.who are we to ever deserve this?
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