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Fat Walt by bigplew
January 31, 2007, 5:26 pm
Filed under: Humor

Because we love him and miss him. Skinny Walt, we want Fat Walt back.

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Notice Matt Carr’s sunburn on his back. Men, don’t be ashamed to ask for help when applying lotion at Vision Quest.

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Headlines by bigplew
January 31, 2007, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Culture, News

by Mike Plewniak

Here are some interesting news stories about religion from around the globe. Enjoy.

U2 service brings rock to religion
Survey says British youth are willing to hear about religion
India: Masked mob attacked Christian prayer meeting
Democratic candidates put religion at top of their agenda
Do Aussie men hate church?
TV critics cinch ‘scary’ Bible Belt
PNG women killed over ‘sorcery’



Cereal, glorious Cereal by Kevin Shipp
January 30, 2007, 11:51 am
Filed under: Humor

I am addicted to, nay, I am infatuated with cereal. There is a very good possibility that it is an idol in my life. (I will let my accountability partner, Casey, help me figure that out, but for now enjoy my musings.) I can’t ever, and I mean ever, get enough of it.  For me and most college men, maybe even  most men in general, cereal isn’t a mere breakfast food, it is a dietary staple.  It is breakfast. It is lunch. And regardless of what beef farmers will tell you on catchy little TV adds, it’s what’s for dinner. It is the afternoon snack, it is the midnight snack. And I don’t even care what Taco Bell says, it is the original 4th meal.

Let me pull up a chair to your cereal table and allow me to guide you in the ways of getting the most out of your cereal experience. When it comes to cereal, you gotta be a mixer. Whoever limited the number of cereal to be eaten at a time to one was obviously severely troubled and didn’t fully appreciate all that cereal has to offer.

My dad taught me this early on in life.  On Sunday nights, typically after eating a late, large Sunday lunch, we would have “every man for himself” dinner while watching our favorite shows.  Almost every time, my dad either had as his main course 2 large bowls of cereal, or would polish off a dinner of a sandwich and chips with a single bowl. My dad always mixed. Always. Lucky Charms with Frosted Shredded Wheat. Frosted Flakes with Honey Nut Cheerios. Raisin Bran with Honey Bunches of Oats. Men it is important that you instill vital practices like this into your sons.  You must lead and teach by example. Also, food consumption, especially cereal, is a perfect time to engage one another in biblical fellowship.

Idea for a single guys “hang out” or for Fathers and sons: Buy 3 or 4 boxes of killer cereal, get a few bowls and a gallon of milk, mix and match 2, 3 or 4 cereals and talk about what the Lord is doing in your lives and how you are benefiting from his word.  Or watch a sweet guy’s movie like Glory, Open Range, or We Were Soldiers

As a minimum, you gotta mix 2 cereals. 3 seems to be the ideal number to mix, depending on the textures of the cereal, of course.  Another extremely important point: Mixing is an art.  It is a skill developed over several years and by rigorous trial and error.  You can’t just throw any cereal together. For example, you cannot mix Fruit Loops with Raisin Bran, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch with Special K with Strawberries.  The cereals being mixed must be of comparable or compatible flavor and texture.

However, there are cereals that act as a base, the solvent of the solution, if you will, and can be used almost universally.  Some examples of these are Frosted Mini Wheats, Grape Nuts, Wheaties, and Toasted Oatmeal Squares. (Try Grape Nuts with Lucky Charms.  Sounds gross, but it is unbelieveable. A flavor/texture roller coaster of joy.)

My favorite mixture of all time is Toasted Oatmeal Squares, Cinnamon Life, and Blueberry Morning. Currently, I am on an organic/natural foods kick, so I am having Kashi’s Go Lean Crunch with Cascadian Farm’s Multi Grain Squares with Vanilla Silk.

So, guys, let the discussion begin. What are your thoughts on cereal?  Why do you think it is so good and has become such a significant part of our diets? What do you think about mixing? Is it a new/weird concept for you?  What are your favorite cereals/mixes? When is your favorite time to eat cereal? Do you have any funny cereal stories? Do you have any questions about mixing?

Kevin



Abiding in Christ: Part 2 by Jonathan Oldacre
January 29, 2007, 5:17 pm
Filed under: Devotions

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by Jonathan Oldacre

I recently read this passage of Scripture and I was freshly amazed at the love of the Savior…
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” ~ John 15:9

How often do you recall the fact that as a Christian you are loved by Christ? Do you view God’s love for you in Christ as a given? Are you abiding in the love of Christ?

Today we’ll look at abiding in Christ in a specific way: Abiding in His love. Look closely at the passage above. If you examine the two sentences individually you find 1) a statement of truth about the glorious relationship between the Father and the Son, and 2) you find a command to abide in the love of the One who has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18).

First, let’s consider God’s love for His Son. Twice in Matthew’s gospel we read that Jesus Christ is God’s “beloved Son” with whom He is “well-pleased.” Jesus is not only tolerated, not merely co-existed with, not even just liked; He’s beloved! The first time Christ is called “beloved” in Matthew is at the great Trinitarian event of His baptism (Matt. 3), and the second time is at the Lord’s Transfiguration in Matthew 17 . At both occasions, God the Father cannot keep silent about his love for the Son! God’s voice thunders from heaven in pure JOY over His beloved Son! God loves His Son more than we can fathom as creatures, and in John 15 we’re told that as the Father loves Jesus Christ, so Jesus loves us! That is amazing!

Second, what does the Savior mean by “abide in my love?” Does it mean “make yourself stay a Christian?” Does it mean “make yourself have good feelings about the love of Christ?” John Piper, in his book “What Jesus Demands from the World,” gave me some great insight into John 15:

“Not to abide in Jesus’ love would mean that we stop believing that we are loved by Jesus. We look at our circumstances—perhaps persecution, disease, or abandonment—and we conclude that we are not loved by Jesus anymore. That’s the opposite of abiding in the love of Jesus. So abiding in his love means continuing to believe, moment by moment, that we are loved.”

Do you sense the activeness of Dr. Piper’s statement? He’s saying we don’t drift into this kind of thinking normally. We don’t usually wake up in the morning meditating on the love of Christ. We don’t usually go throughout the day thinking through the implications of the gospel, how we’ve been delivered from the domain of darkness and been transferred to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Colossians 1:13).

The good news is that we can abide in His love! Here’s how: we “continue to believe, moment by moment, that we are loved.” We obey Jesus. We actively and intentionally recall the saving events of the gospel and bring them into the present to remind us of the love of Christ. We remember Scriptures that tell us of His unfailing love. We meditate on the love that God has for His Son, and then we say “Lord Jesus! You love me like the Father loves you! I believe that, and it’s amazing! Thank you!” Day by day, moment by moment we actively remember and believe the Savior’s love for those who deserve only wrath.

What’s the effect of our abiding in Christ? I think it’s obvious: JOY! When we’re satisfied in Christ, our joy shakes up the world around us. Like shockwaves from an earthquake our joy and confidence in Christ impacts other sinners around us and wakes them up to see the Savior, and they say “I want what that guy has!” God is glorified and you’ll have an opportunity to tell them about the One who fills you with joy!

Will you start remembering the love Christ has for you? Will you meditate on it? Will you apply John 15 to your life? Men, let’s abide in the love of Christ today!



Reaching the Lost Tribe of [your company] by tmaples
January 27, 2007, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Evangelism

 by Travis Maples 

Recently I heard a sermon at Cornerstone from Larry Malament on the centrality of the local church in missions(the act of fulfilling the Great Commission).  It has really inspired me to view my job as a mission field since not all of us are called to Burma, India or anywhere else but Knoxville.  I view my company as I would a tribe in the darkest nooks and crannies of Asia, Africa or the “10/40 window” (the lat/long of the least evangelized places on earth).  I work to try to view myself as an ambassador with a message from the King sent to my company.  It is so easy to hear a message about missions and reaching the globe with the gospel and get swept away in romanticism.  May we each view where we are presently as our mission field.  I’m so thankful we have men bringing us back to reality.  We can get carried away thinking about unreached peoples on the other side of the globe while overlooking our neighbor with the broken marriage or our co-worker who is killing himself to serve money & possessions. 

Here’s a peak into my world to show you how I am trying to apply this at work in hopes that you will get some ideas on how to apply this at your work, in your class, or with your family.  I am attempting to show the love of Christ to my boss by working hard for him, by not criticizing him to other co-workers and by encouraging others to follow his leadership.  And it is on this foundation that I have shared the gospel with him and several of my co-workers.  The Holy Spirit has used that foundation to soften their hearts and give credibility to the message I bring.  I have experienced God’s favor in amazing ways while at work.  My boss now comes to me with questions and concerns about Christianity.   One of the gospel tracts that was given to one of my co-workers has made it’s way into the hands of one of the cleaning staff that asked for some more.  Let’s take God at his word and take a risk at our offices and classes.   Please know that this is not always the response to sharing the gospel with someone.  If it were we would cease to be dependant upon God for the salvation of the lost.  We would turn our trust from God to some system or method hence making it man-centered and not God-centered.  Be aware that you could step out to share at your office or with your classmates only to be rejected and criticized for Christ sake, but love them enough to take a risk anyway.  



Mohler on reading… by bigplew
January 26, 2007, 6:49 pm
Filed under: Books, Featured Resource

by Mike Plewniak

Since we are doing a book study on Thomas Watson’s “The Godly Man’s Picture”, I thought it would be a good week to review why we are doing this. So, here is a quote from Al Mohler on reading…

Reading is an important Christian discipline. Further, growth as a Christian disciple is closely tied to the reading of the Bible, as well as worthy Christian books. This is why the Christian church has championed the cause of literacy. It is why the Reformers fought for the translation of the Scriptures into vernacular languages.
A loss of literacy and respect for the book amounts to grave danger for the Christian church. The transmission of Christian truth has been closely tied to scrolls, codices, and books throughout the history of the Church — a legacy inherited from the Jews, who often protected the sacred scrolls with their lives.

The electronic media have their places and uses, and I am thankful for the accessibility of so much worthy and important information through digital means. Nevertheless, the electronic screen is not the venue for lengthy, thoughtful, serious reading. The vehicle for serious reading is the book, and the Christian should be a serious reader.

Do our own young people read books? Do they know the pleasures of the solitary reading of a life-changing page? Have they ever lost themselves in a story, framed by their own imaginations rather than by digital images? Have they ever marked up a page, urgently engaged in a debate with the author? Can they even think of a book that has changed the way they see the world . . . or the Christian faith? If not, why not?

Along with this, I’d love to hear what your favorite book is or if there are any books that have had a significant impact on your life.

(HT: Justin Taylor)



Chili Dogs by Travis Evans
January 25, 2007, 1:35 pm
Filed under: Man Cookin'

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 can of chili
  • 1 package of hot dogs
  • 1 package of hot dog buns
  • 1 package of shredded cheddar cheese (not the fancy shredded, men don’t cook with the word fancy)

PREPARATION:

Heat the chili in a pot. Cook the hot dogs. Once cooked, place the hot dogs in the buns. Cover the hot dogs with chili and cheese.