Monday, October 29, 2007

sleep-walker

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. --Colossians 3:23,24

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

wisdom

Proverbs 9:10 - “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

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

another one?

“A man finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!”--Proverbs 15:23

woah. i didn't know there was another verse about apt words! i like this one even better i think.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

ummmm.....

"Indecision may or may not be my problem." -- Jimmy Buffett

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

there are two types of people...

"There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on." --Robert Byrne

nice, huh?

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

i am unspiritual

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

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!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

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

the LORD's will

Ephesians 4: 15 - 17
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

flip-flops

"You get fifteen democrats in a room, and you get twenty opinions." -- Senator Patrick Leahy
hehe. =D

Thursday, October 11, 2007

salvete! (that's latin, you know)

Hello! Welcome to my blog. this blog's main purpose is to share my favorite quotes and bible verses with all of you. i love quotes (esp in impromptu!). I have named by blog "an aptly spoken word" from Proverbs 25:11 (NIV)-
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 =)
{and hope does not put us to shame}