one tiny soapbox: September 2007
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Wednesday, September 26

good coffee is hard to find

Needless to say, good Friends even harder still.

Speaking of which...one of mine now manages a 'groundwork coffee company' coffee shop in Hollywood. I'm told the java there is exceptional (heard this from a faithful Starbucks employee). One "coffee-hating" person I know told me, "They have good shakes!"

You should check it out if you live in LA or ever plan to visit. When you do, ask for Whitney (the former seminary student). Click on the picture for the location.

Bottoms up!

ibcarlos, Reformed thinker

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Wednesday, September 19

the single life

In my web-based search for a spouse over the past year, I've encountered some pretty, er...interesting reading. Following are actual quotes from "Christian" dating web sites...
Im tired of the fakeness that comes with the dating game these days. I just want to meet a nice guy who can make me smile and doesnt feel the need to impress me with things that just dont matter.
I did say "Christian" sites, right?
I cannot seem to find any good guys my age out here. I find these guys who say they are Christian, but who's lives don't reflect that of one. I have been lied to sooo much.
Not to be facetious, but, I hope this isn't a classic case of "looking for love in all the wrong places."
I am out of a 4 year relationship with someone who doesn't have a relationship with Christ. I have finally figured out that it's to hard to be with someone who doesn't really want the same thing in life, "a relationship with the BIG man upstairs himself... aka "God"!
I suppose the Scriptures don't make that clear enough.
MEN ARE LIKE PARKING SPACES...THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN AND THE REST ARE HANDICAP...Women are like apples on trees: the best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don`t want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just get the rotten apples from the ground, which aren`t as good, but easy...so the apples at the top think something is wrong with them when, in reality, they`re amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along - the one who`s brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree!!!
Brilliant. Really. I sincerely hope that quote didn't come from a pulpit, somewhere. Though I'm tempted to think it might have.
i think they're are too many normal/boring people on here. everyone says on they're profile "I'm just a normal person"...well, I'm not, I'm not normal at all, and honestly, I'm having my doubts about the kinda people that are on here, so please prove me wrong.
Wow, what an invitation.
i love my sleeping bag and my snowboard and my fishing rod. IM me! I am looking for someone 30-35 who is up for adventures, a good decision maker, honest and loyal. I am not into spectator sports and I like to spend my Sundays outside! You need not be a comedian 24 hours a day but a good sense of humor is a plus. I would love to find someone that is willing to try new things, go new places...at the drop of a hat. I have had a lack of adventure in the past few years and I am willing to make up for lost time. I love a guy who smiles a lot, always has upbeat things to say and can point out the good things in life as well as discuss the not so wonderful situations that may come up.
We all enjoy having fun (...duh!). But, is it the first thing we want someone to know about us? Seems that way with more than a few.
I am 24years old with two little girls...I was once married when I was 19 but the marriage ended after about 3years. It was no ones fault just to young to make that type of commit[tment].
Hm...and here I was thinking willful divorce is an affront to a Holy God. (Guess it's a good thing you can get 'em cheap, huh?) ...Grrrr!

ibcarlos, Reformed thinker

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Friday, September 14

proud to be a slave!

Following is an excerpt from an exceptionally poignant message I heard recently preached:
We’re going to turn to a subject in the New Testament that as I think about it is largely ignored and overlooked. And I’ve been made aware of that in recent months. It was not too many months ago that I was flying on one of those jumbo jets from Los Angeles to London, in the process reading a book that dealt with the issue of slavery in the New Testament time and in the New Testament text. It set me thinking in all kinds of directions. I actually finished the book on the flight I was so rapt in my attention to this particular theme.

Being a slave of Christ may be the best way to define a Christian. We are, as believers, slaves of Christ. You would never suspect that, however, from the language of Christianity. In contemporary Christianity the language is anything but slave language. It is about freedom. It is about liberation. It is about health, wealth, prosperity, finding your own fulfillment, fulfilling your own dream, finding your own purpose. We often hear that God loves you unconditionally and wants you to be all you want to be. He wants to fulfill every ambition, every desire, every hope, every dream. In fact, there are books being written about dreams as if they are gifts from God which God then having given them is bound to fulfill. Personal fulfillment, personal liberation, personal satisfaction, all bound up in an old term in evangelical Christianity, a personal relationship. How many times have we heard that the gospel offers people a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

What exactly does that mean? Satan has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and it’s not a very good one. Every living being has a personal relationship with the living God of one kind or another, leading to one end or another.

But what exactly is our relationship to God? What is our relationship to Christ? How are we best to understand it?
Click here to read the rest of this eye-opening sermon...

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ibcarlos, Reformed thinker

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