Monday, October 29, 2007
For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. --2 Cor 4:5
these both run along the same lines: we must serve others. i think that's so important to remember. now, i'm realizing i am always communicating; the question is: for whom? if i want to speak for Christ, i can't be "preaching myself." i have to serve the people around me and not my selfish ways. i find this pretty difficult. it is so much easier to be self-serving. not that i don't want to serve others, but i have to actually think how i can. simply put, it doesn't come naturally. to serve myself, i could just as well be sleep-walking.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
now i like this one because it reminds me, no matter how much research i do, without God, my knowledge is nothing. its really great to think about that when i doing apologetics or debate. they are big topics, but it is actually the fear of the LORD that is the beginning of wisdom (not a Blue Book!) =D
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
edit- jimmy buffett is a guy who writes songs about margaritas, just so you know. i don't really consider him a trustworthy source either. check out this wikipedia (i know, i know) article for more info.
"Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it." --Laurence J. Peter
i totally agree with that. last year, i was writing a short paper about some person in history (i don't remember who, isn't that terrible?). i had just read the encyclopedia entry on him and although the book was closed, my paper started to sound strangely reminiscent.... i guess you can tell i decided to re-write the paper.
"ummm" --me, at debate class
i got 8 "umm"s. i really need to work on that.
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” -- Proverbs 27:1
this is always a good verse for me. i like to plan. i schedule my life...alot. i planned today's activities on wednesday. as my mom said, "humans are terminal."
"Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'" --James 4:13 - 15
Friday, October 19, 2007
also: "A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author." --G.K. Chesterton
this seems pretty true. recently my mom read "thus spake zarathusa" by Friedrich Nietzsche. he was a pretty depressed guy and he was nearly an invalid too. all that shows through his book.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
I came across this passage (Romans 7: 14 - 25) today. isn't it powerful? normally, i'd say to myself "oh i don't struggle with sin. i have to work more on finding God's will." but when i think about it, i really cannot escape my sin nature. i always have to check myself before i answer my sisters. (pr. 15:1 - A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.) you know, i'm trying to do something and they are distracting me and annoying me by asking reasonable questions. i know it honors God to respond kindly, but i certainly can't say i always do. can you?
Monday, October 15, 2007
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
understanding what the will of the LORD = rather difficult. it is so much easier to be "foolish." but we cannot, as Christians. we must make the most of every opportunity. now that takes commitment!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A word aptly spoken
is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
i named it that because i really want my words not to be meaningless jabber, but seasoned with salt. (tho truthfully, i've never heard of apples of gold in settings of silver. i imagine apples were pretty rare in bible times and gold and silver have always been precious.)
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. - Colossians 4:6
So for today, i have one quote: from Joseph Joubert: the aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.
this quote reminds me about one of the (many) goals of debate: to find truth. it's always good to remember that i don't debate to win, but for progress or truth. there's so much i can learn from debate and i really don't have to worry about winning. as my mom says: "debate is not an end in itself; it's a tool." and she's absolutely correct.
come back soon! i'll have more quotes to post before long =)