1/31/2005

A People Longing For Freedom

Yes, yesterday we heard the news. I didn't blog on this, because I not a full-fledged political blog. But after reading this, I had to post on it. It was just really heart-warming, and deserved it's own post. Here is an excerpt from Iraq, The Model

"The media is reporting only explosions and suicide attacks that killed and injured many Iraqis s far but this hasn't stopped the Iraqis from marching towards their voting stations with more determination. Iraqis have truly raced the sun.

I walked forward to my station, cast my vote and then headed to the box, where I wanted to stand as long as I could, then I moved to mark my finger with ink, I dipped it deep as if I was poking the eyes of all the world's tyrants.
I put the paper in the box and with it, there were tears that I couldn't hold; I was trembling with joy and I felt like I wanted to hug the box but the supervisor smiled at me and said "brother, would you please move ahead, the people are waiting for their turn".

Yes brothers, proceed and fill the box!
These are stories that will be written on the brightest pages of history."


Freedom cannot be killed, nor struck down. These people have now conquered the fear. The fear of tyranny and oppression. And we can too. Christ came to die for us--to free us from the tyranny of Satan. Satan may have his grip on us, but when we turn to Jesus--we spit in the eyes of the terrible oppression that once had control of our lives. And we now see the light before us, shining so bright and clear. The oppression is over. And a new era has begun. It's begun in Iraq. And it can start in your life too.

Agent Report

I found this interesting, from Adrian Warnocks UK Blog:

    Saturday, January 29, 2005
    "Aggregators of the world unite......

    Southern Baptist Blogs has just launched. Handily he is using blogdigger which means that like the PCA blog, anyone who joins that blog will now automatically be aggregated also on the BofG page since blogdigger has an RSS feed. From my point of view it would be cool for the new God aggregators to set themselves up that way, so that BofG can increasingly become the central port of call aggregating the other aggregators and pointing people to more specific lists. So if you already run an aggregator do consider blogdigger- it would even be possible to include the RSS feed from there on your existing server.com page. O, and by the way, do make sure you submit your aggregator page to google for spidering."

    I think that it's really a neat thing (in fact I may join), the way they are doing it. But being new to RSS and Atom feeds, etc., I got a little lost. But I got the jist of it, and that really cool. All these Aggregators and Blog Lists are really helping smaller blogs that have great posts get noticed and helping to share the readers.
    Denominational blogs are not a bad thing, as long as we don't just associate with our denomination (obviously you now know mine). The cool thing about blogging is that you see many people who share your views on the world and Bible, not neccesarily just Church service formats. The foundations of Christianity must not be disputed. What the Bible has made clear is what we need to all accept.



    Linking like crazy! Yes, according to Razor Kiss, Christian Blogs are more linked than read. I can see that happening. In my new "Agent Reports" (that you're reading right now), I attempt to link to some great posts that I noticed while on someone's main page or some other blog linked to a post (Like Dadddy Pundit--Great site). I hope to send my readers to wholesome reading and get more readers to other sites. Especially smaller blogs like mine. But it's kind of hard to find them. But my frien Travis is starting a Christian Coalition of Bloggers. Hopefully that can also be a place to find smaller bloggers. Of course, that's until they grow.

1/30/2005

Agent Report

Here's what it looks like here:

Snow! Posted by Hello
    I have a prayer request: My brother and mom are both sick with something, and are feeling really bad. So pray for them.
    Church was canceled due to the weather. :( So I'm here at home all day.

    The Blogging Boy Scout and Blogging Teenwere nominated for Best Evangelical Teen Blog. So either nominate somebody or vote for one of these guys. They both have some great blogs.

    I took a look at 21st century reformation to really check out his main blog, and found it to be very interesting (maybe why he got nominated four times! I thought that that was kind of messed up, but after reading some of his posts, he deserves it. He'll probalby get a vote from me for Best New Evangelical Blog. And maybe even for Best Evangelical Blog-Pastor. This pastor is doing a great job over there, and as my blog is somewhat similar, I have enjoyed seeing what he's doing.

The Place For Good Works

Can you get to heaven by doing enough good works? Can you outweigh the bad with good?
If you believe the Bible, then I want to hear your argument against Ephesians 2:8-9, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God--and not by works, so that no one can boast."
I just don't know how you can argue against this verse (unless you don't beleive the Bible, and I'm not trying to discuss that). It is by "grace through faith." How can we, as sinful human beings, become anywhere close to God's perectness? It just doesn't work.
Now to make one thing clear before I move on. I believe Catholics can be saved. But not by works. If they believe in grace through faith, they most certainly can be saved. But who am I to judge who is saved and who is not? But what about works? If we are saved and have no reason to do good, Christians would most certainly be immoral. We would have no reason to do right. But works must follow justification if we truly have been justified. But works must not enter in the process of justification.
Calvin states it this way:
"Why then, are we justified by faith? Because by faith we grasp Christs' righteousness, by which alone we are reconciled to God. Yet you could not grasp this without at the same time graasping sanctification also. For he 'is given unto us for righteousness, wisdom, sanctification, and redemption"(1 Cor. 1:30). Therefore Christ justifies no one whom he does not at the same time sanctify. These benefits are joined together by an everlasting and indissoluble bond, so that those whom he illumines by his wisdom, he redeems; those whom he redeems, he justifies; those whom he justifies, he sanctifies...Thus it is clear how true it is that we are justified not without works yet not through works, since in our sharing in Christ, which justifies us, sanctification is just as much included as righteousness."
Believing works justifies you is telling Christ that His sacrifice was not sufficient. After watching "The Passion", I am certain many of you would heartily agree that Christs' sacrifice was sufficient.
So God has justified us by Christs' sacrifice (which we must accept to be saved). It is not by our good works. Rather, works follow justification--it is our fruit by which we are known as beleivers.
We are regenerated by God--made new persons--when we are justified. He has let us start anew, become "born again" in a spiritual sense.You see, it is not just "grace through faith" (justification). But we need to follow justification--not include in--with santification, regeneration, and the fruits of the Spirit. There is a place for works in works in Protestant theology."If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me"(Lk. 9:23).A saved person must continue to do good works thruought his life. But these works do not save him. The evidence of a justified man is his good works. Good works do not justify a man. So the consequences of knowing these things are these:
1.) We must use what God has given us (our talents) to
glorify him. We must continue in working for his kingdom.
2.) We can praise God for the change inside of us and in others as we see their fruit displayed.
3.) We can have a basis for judging whether or not someone truly is saved or not. But we must be careful in judging others salvation. Only God truly knows.

(Calvin, Institutes, p.798.)

1/28/2005

Some fantastic links

    I noticed this comment yesterday:
    "My original post that people are quoting is not
    actually about blogging but small groups. People seem
    to run with my use of blogging as an example of the
    power of releasing many people into proclamation roles
    and discipleship/teaching roles."
    --Brad From 21stCesturyReformation on
    www.davidopderbeck.com

    Did we misquote or twist his words? When I read his original post, I got the impression that he was talking about using blogs as a platform in which to preach the gospel, much like preachers during the Great Awakening. But he says that he was just using blogging as and example. Does he agree with what people are saying (what they interepreted from his post) about using blogs?


    And you must head over to the First Annual Evangelical Blog Awards. This is the most fantastic idea ever, because it seems like it could be the start for these
    blogs that are nominated to use their platforms to direct readers to "specialists" or "mini-metas" by linking to them. In this way we can begin the process that Razor Kiss had talked about. A number of larger blogs transferring traffic to smaller blogs, etc. This idea of a Blog Awards is really interesting, and I have gotten invlovled by suggesting another category: Best Christian Teen-Run Blog. I don't know if Evangelical Underground will accept this new category, but I thought it was a good idea. Not because I am a running a blog and I'm a teen and I want to win. No-- actually I know of some blogs (see the sidebar under links), that are far better than mine, and have some great writers. I will nominate them if they include this new category. And if you want to nominate me, don't be afraid. LOL.

[UPDATE: EU Has a category for Best Evangelical Teen Blog now!]

1/27/2005

Who am I talking to?

At Allthings2all, Catez had a post on who he is talking to. He ran a poll awhile back on who is reading your blog. He also referred to Through A Glass Darkly and his posts on the Spiritual Perils of Blogging, which I am looking forward to reading. So check out his site and these links, and I'll have to post my perecentage of readers.

God Bless,
Tim

1/26/2005

Today's Notes

    Here is the "Christian Carnival" of articles that I failed to mention last week. So if you haven't seen it yet, check it out! I personally have not read any of the articles directly from the site, but the idea is neat, and it seems to be working pretty well. But again, you're not going to be able to read every article at once because there is just too many. I still am researching what exactly this "Carnival" is and how it is hosted by different people. I'd be interested in doing something like that sometime. But I think I would include 20-25 articles max. Any more would be overwhelming. That's just my opinion, but I'm sure some others may share it. Great work over there at Sides Spot! I enjoyed the commentary on each article along with the links.

    A Physicist's Perspective had some thoguhts on evolution, and some logic along with it. I finished studying logic in geometry not to long ago, so I was kind of excited to see it used this way. Dr. Mobley says: "we come up with a theory that says A always causes B (i.e. gravity always causes attraction between two objects, therefore dropped balls will fall towards the earth). Then we cause A to happen (drop a ball) and see if B happens (the ball falls). Thus, we are directly testing whether A causes B." His implication: evolution (A) can cause all the diversity and complexity of life (B) we see today). He beleives Glenn Reynolds made an unfair comparison on Instapundit. Read more for any calrification.

    Also, another great site and post on the idea of a christian Instapundit, or something like it, at Through a Glass Darkly. He will be following up this post with a series on the Spiritual Perils of Blogging. Looks to be really good. I think he is right in saying there are dangers (like trying to make yourself better than you are). Let me say right off...I'm a low-traffic blog and don't claim to have much influence (if any at all). But is it all right to try to make your blog more influencial, or should you just be content to 10 readers a day or less? I would say "try and get more readers, but maintain a personal feel to your blog, along with links to others, essays, and articles." That seems to be the best type of blog to read.

    Speaking of making your blog better, I still working on my site design. I just don't like the text all that much, but it seems readable. But should I have been content with a template? It's kind of too late now, but I want to see if I can either create a new design, a better one, or work more on this design. We'll see...

Evolution Part II: Can You Prove God's Existence?

In my previous post on evolution, I adapted most of my material from a tract I read byRay Comfort (From the Evidence Bible). I added a bit of my own thoughts andknowledge, but stuck to his original outline. And then I arrived at a point where I read ananalogy that he wrote that said proves the existence of God.I wasn't so sure. So I read on.His analogy was this:Take for instance a building. You are standing in front of it. Now ask yourself, "Didsomeone design this building?" Obviously, your answer will be "yes". Did it just"POOF!" come out of nowhere, or slowly evolve into a building. And now you standbefore your car. Did it just evolve in your garage over billions of years? No it had adesigner. There was someone who planned it.And think of the human body, so much more intricately made than a car or building. Andstill many believe nothing created something. I believe God created something out ofnothing.And it is so much easier to believe something or Some One created life than it is tobelieve it all came from nothing and evolved over many years.I mean, who would believe that some "goop" formed together perfectly and exploded intosomething. That doesn't happen.Faith the facts... er... face the facts. Evolution takes more faith to believe.
But can you really prove God exists...is it fair to say that because a house has a builder--a designer--that the earth also did? Logically, that seems like a valid and sound argument to me. I'm not good at writing it out, so someone could probably help me in that regard. But the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Does this analogy carry evidence for creation? Does it give us a good argument? What if I came up with a theory (again, thank you to Ray Comfort) that said that the soda can evolved into what it is today. It began on this rock and a bunch of galactic chemicals came together to form aluminum. Slowly the aluminum built up into a can shape. Then after hundreds of more years the lid formed and that little tab that we use to pop it open formed. And today we have the soda can. We laugh at that...but is it any different from Evolution? In my next article I want to discuss whether evolution should be taught in schools.
[Update: This may help in logic]

1/25/2005

Links

OK, I have two links actually:
Jake responded to my post on evolution on his site.
Virtue Magazine released there latest issue. Very nice!

Well, that's about it for today!

God Bless,
Tim

Notes for today...

The reason I didn't post yesterday was because I was not allowed to use the computer until I finished some school projects that I had put off (unwisely). So today I'll have links to other sites.
Hopefully tomorow I will continue my talk on Evolution and prove God's existence (or maybe I won't...who knows). So check in tomorrow evening to see that.
We went sledding yesterday and had a lot of fun! I'm aching today but it was fun yesterday on the sleds. And it sure was cold!

Tim

We Can't Sleep

Jake has brought up an extremely good topic that haunts my mind almost every day. I pray for boldness--and then I'm scared to be outgoing. I mean, I don't just want to go up to someone and start spitting out Bible verses or some gospel presentation. Well here is my answer:
"I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul" CPS. 142:4 KJV).
In his book "Evangelism Through the Sunday School", Bobby Welch asks the question "Who in your world, in your community, in your church, in your home, cares for souls?" I care for them—and I'm sure you probably do too. But how much do we care for them? I recently heard a poll that was given to Christians. When asked if they shared there faith on a regular basis 99% answered NO. Only 1% said they snared there faith regurlary!
The question we bring up now is "Do we know the reality of hell?" It's really there—and friends, family, and co-workers are going to go there without even a thought from most of us. People are dying NOW. And are we sharing the gospel. NO. We shouldn't be able to sleep when we think of all those unsaved people who are dying every minute and going to hell because we were scared to share the gospel. D.L. Moody used to tell his students soon to become pastors, "Men, don't joke about hell--speak of hell in tears."
When I was just a little child.
I heard my mother tell
Jesus, born
in Bethlehem,
I knew it very well.

I let it go, the years rolled on;
My heart grew harder still.
Now I am lost in Hell today
Because of
my own stubborn will.

In Sunday School they taught me of
A savior
from above
Who traveled all the way to calvary
Because of God's great
love.

I neglected then to heed the call.
I said, "I'll let it pass."
But now would give a million worlds
For one more day in class.

One night in the revival,
I remember it very well.
The preacher
made it plain,
Twas either Heaven or Hell.

When they sang, "Almost
Persuaded",
Very near I entered in,
I sold my one last chance to live,
I died, and died in sin.

Lost forever; escaping, no, never!
I'm lost forever and ever.
I
spurned His proffered grace,
I'll never see His face.

The saddest words of tongue or pen,
Are these, "it might have been."
(Author Unknown)


"But I'm still scared to evangelize" you say--Read some verses on hell. Find a concordance and look them up.
Then be alert to share your faith. Incorporate it into your lifestyle. Live your faith our. That's a step...

1/22/2005

Dr. Dobson's Answer

Here is the answer everyone needs to see on the topic of why Dr. James Dobson objected to the movie sent to hundreds of public schools.

Evolution Part 1

Remember all those stories of Piltdown Man? Nebraska Man? Java Man? Neanderthal Man? All of them proven to be hoaxes. Still some men beleive the "Heidelburg Man" has a real jawbone that is around 250,000 years old. Sure. And they probably found out his birthday with the all reliable carbon dating. Now that's real proof for you.Not according to Time Magazine. On June 11, 1990, they published an article in the science section subtitled "Geoligists show that carbon dating can be way off."Neanderthal man is no longer evidence for evolution. DNA tests have proven he is well within the range of normal humans (deeper info in Buried Alive by Jack Cuozzo).Here are some quotes from some respected scientists. I am not saying these things, so if you have a problem with them, find their addresses and write them a letter. I do not neccesarily hold their views, nor do I endorse any of their words.
Professor Louis Bounoure, Director of Research, National Center of Scientific Research says:
"Evolution is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This theory has helped nothing in the
progress of science. It is useless."

Sir Arthur Keith, writer of the foreward of the 100th edition of the Origin of the Species said:

"Evolution is unproved and unprovable."

Dr. T. N. Tahmisian, Atomic Energy Comission, USA said:
"Scientists who go about teaching that evolution is a fact of life are great
con-men, and the story they are telling may be the greatest hoax ever."
To believe the evolution theory takes just as much faith, or more as you'll see next time, than believing in creation.
Evolution is the scientific arm of Atheism; Creation is the scientific arm of Christianity.
Neither can be studied scientifically, since no one was there to observe how the earth formed.
So it boils down to faith. What are you going to believe?

Adapted from the Evidence Bible

1/21/2005

Personal Notes

I just wanted to tell everyone about the huge (LOL) snowstorm coming toward the D.C. area! We're expecting up to a foot in some places, but we should get at least 4 in. Wednesday night got snowed out so I did not play the guitar :(. Next week I guess.
I've added a more secure comment "thing" (HaloScan). It seems pretty cool, but it deleted prior comments. Ooops!
I'm going to be posting on evolution tomorrow. It will be a three part article on the topic, so stay tuned in for that. Part one will come tomorrow if I make it to the computer.
One last thing, what do you think of "Sponge Bob"? Hugh Hewitt had some comments on James Dobson vs. SpongeBob. You can read more on his site. I don't have any comments on the subject due to lack of knowledge.
Hope you all enjoy the newer Agent Tim Blog!!!

Tim

New Comments

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Let's Get Organized

I think what Razor Kiss is saying over at his blog makes sense. But we sort of have to decide How to get organized.

Is it going to be that one or two main metablogs each day give people links to follow and their brief thoughts?

IMHO, this seems to be the best idea. But whoever does it is going to have to deal with a lot of e-mails. If someone's willing to do this, we need to design a site for him or her, give it all the backing up that we can, and start blogging.

Or maybe a bunch or the "Best Posts of the Week" could be published on one site?

I believe it's being tested (can someone supply me with the link?). But it doesn't seem to be the greatest idea to me. It's too hard to keep track of all the posts. And awesome posts get lost. But here's the bottom line: The only way we can reach the world effectively through blogging is to pool our resources and talents. There just isn't any other way.


1/20/2005

Today's Notes

After browsing around, here is what I've found.

    This site also had some thoughts on the topic. Very interesting. I think it was the wrong decision, and uneccesary.

    This guy has a totally awsome post on christians teaming up in the blogshpere. Man, after browsing by Instapundit for a second, we really need one.

    Also, we needed some commentary on the speech by Hugh Hewitt. I think the speech was brilliantly written (by Karl Roves, I beleive). The expansion of freedom by encouraging it it other counries rather than forcing it was a great part of the speech. And giving more power to the people instead of giving more power to the government was an even better idea. I pray that Bush can fulfill these goals he has set out.


In Christ,
Tim



1/19/2005

Christian Instapundit

This post on 21st century reformation reminded me of Forever Gone that I wrote awhile back except it's continued to tie it in with using the blogshpere to evangelize the world. I think its a great idea to have a christian Instapundit type blog. I had thought of a group of christian bloggers all writing together, but that would be kind of hard (and overwhelming). Maybe a blogger could have his "day" to blog, then it could rotate each day to another christian blogger. But again, it would be a little hard (or very hard) to control. Here is a suggestion:
Perhaps, we could do the same thing on a carnival/temporary basis. Take the "Church Directory" blogroll. We could get a volunteer carnival style to receive our e-mails for a week. Perhaps the e-mail address could be fixed, i.e., set up with one e-mail address for which an administrator adjusts the forwarding to the person "running" the "insta-show" that week. A top link in the Church Directory could re-direct us to that persons blog that week. Whenever one of us has a "good" post, e-mail the assigned address. The person running the insta-show for that week, would sift through e-mails, read the linked entry, pull a quote and make a short comment and post. For the rest of "us" it would be a good place to check for good posts in the Directory. If someone finds doing that sort of blogging appeals to them, they could take over the role as long as they like. (Mark O on EO)

I think that's a good idea too. What do you all think?
Evangelical Outpost has more on this subject, with some great suggestions and links. Get in on the discussion!

Tim

MetaBlog...Pundit...Personal

I'm going to be posting more political, metablog type posts more than personal posts as I've done in the past. I'm still working out the bugs on my site design, but it should be fixed by next week. I'm adding more links on the sidebar and moving things here and there. So please bear with me as I get things under control and enjoy the posts!

Tim

1/18/2005

Priest, Prophet, King

We are all sinners in need of forgiveness, spiritual guidance, and leadership. We, as imperfect humans, cannot live our lives without Someone who is perfect, knows all things, and is all-powerful. We need a priest, a prophet, and a king.

First off, we need to ask Why Do We Need A Priest? It is because our sin has separated us from God, who is totally perfect and holy. We are unworthy to be with God, so we must have someone who is worthy to be with God to let us communicate to God through this perfect person. God's system of priests offering sacrifices form sin in the Old Testament is the symbolic picture of the innocent death of Christ on the cross for all mankind=s sin. No amount of animal sacrifice could actually remove sin (Hosea 6:6, Hebrews 10:1-6). Since animals have no moral value to make up for moral sin, priests were just as unworthy in God's presence as the most sinful soul on the earth. They had no place being the mediator between us and God. Sin would still have been upon us, and have dominion over us; but Jesus Christ by one sacrifice has destroyed the works of the devil (Henry). But Jesus was the perfect priest who sacrificed His life for all human sin once and for all(Hebrews 9:24-28).

Next, we ask Why Do We Need a Prophet? It is because as sinful human beings, we are not able to know the will of God. The priests in the Old Testament were not able to fully reveal God to us. We were in need of someone to fully reveal God to us. Christ was our only perfect prophet because only he could fully reveal God to us because he was and is God(Ramey). He was the only one who could tell us what the will of God was. Without someone telling us the will of God, we wouldn't know what God wanted us to do. Jesus is the only one who perfectly revealed the will of God (Duet 18:18 with Acts 7:37; Matt. 13:57; Col. 2:9).

Lastly, we need to answer the question, Why Do We Need A King? We are in need of a king because we can't possibly rule our own lives, or anyone else's, for that matter. Without God, we wouldn't know how to "order our life properly" . In a description of Christ as our king,"Why the Bible Matters" (Ramey) brings up the well-known story of David, who is arguably the best human king who ever lived. Since he was so great, couldn't he be a perfect king over man? Why can't someone like David be a real King? David was a sinner, and no sinner is perfect, and an imperfect king cannot perfectly lead mankind. We need someone who is perfect to rule in our lives. And only Christ is the perfect King, who can be all?powerful, alwaysjust, and wiser than the most intelligent man ever known. And above all, Christ has all authority to give and enforce his will. (Mark. 2:2, John 13:13?15, Eph. 2:20?22, Rev. 17:14,
19:16.)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The day started off with me waking up a 8:00 A.M. in the morning (um, I guess A.M. is morning). I ate some Krispy Kreme doughnuts, took a shower, then grabbed all my guitar stuff because we were going to go to some friends house for awhile. I had Praise Team practice at 3:00, so my parents would drop me off their in the afternoon.
So we went there, played video games (Crash Bandicoot racing) and laser tag. I practiced my guitar a little bit (F is sorta coming along). Then I went to practice. I got to play my guitar (I'll be playing "Who am I" [casting crowns] on wednesday) and sing. Then I went back to our friends house and stayed their until 10:00 :( and got to bed at 11:32 :(x2 . So today we were all tired, but still had to do school. Waaaaaa! But I made it!!! I'm not staying up that late the day before school again!

Tim

I'll post later

Just want to let you know I'm still here, but have had a really busy weekend. I'll tell you about it later.


Tim

1/16/2005

New Look

Hello Everyone!
I'm trying out a new look for the website (as you can see). It looks nicer but it does seem like its harder to read (?). Any suggestions (and help) would be nice. I'm using some JavaSript from Blogs4God. But the rest of the code is mine. So I shouldn't have any problems changing some things around. Thanks!

Tim

1/15/2005

What If?

I don’t want to come off as some “Christian fanatic” who bashes people with Bibles and argue with vengeance. Nor do I want to come off as a person who says “My faith is private; so is yours. So lets not worry about it.”Absolutely not!I’m worried about your soul. Your final day. If there is a hell, I don’t want you to go there. I have a deep burden for my fellow man. I can’t just let a person go to hell—eternal punishment—and not care about it. What kind of person would I be?Maybe you don’t believe Christianity or in God. I do believe you all have a choice whether you want to believe or not believe. But I do believe there is only one right choice.Yes, you can “attack” Christianity—and I can “attack” your belief. We can go back and forth, fighting over who’s right.And only one of us is right, and we’ll find out who when we die.But this question needs to haunt us: What if…?What if Christianity isn’t true? I guess I have nothing to lose if I do accept it.Christ tells us that if we obey Him and His word, He will reveal Himself to us. And He has revealed Himself to me.What if…?

1/14/2005

Persecution?

I have been thinking lately of our church compared to the persecuted church. Why is it that those of the persecuted church are so much closer to God, and seem to be doing his will and growing more than our church here in America? As Paul said to the Thessalonians in Chapter 1: “You [the Thessalonians] became imitators of us [Paul and missionaries] and the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from not only Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.” But is our faith—our standing for what is right—known everywhere?
We really need to decide what risks we’re willing to take to accept this message of salvation when we turn to follow Jesus. But if we decide we’ll take all the risks head on, we’ll be abundantly blessed by the Holy Spirit.
We need to thank God for allowing us the freedom to worship freely, but also ask him to purify our hearts. An awakening in America has to start with us, people willing to risk it all for Christ, under persecution or not under persecution.
The Chinese House Church has grown and prospered because the flames of persecution have purified them. What is it going to take to turn our country back to God? Does he need to use the government to purify our churches?

Guitar Picture


Here it is...my Fender guitar!!! I'll get a picture of me playing later! Posted by Hello

Comments Rectivated

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1/13/2005

Blog Shutdown--For Now

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F.B.I

Bush Quote

I noticed this on Boy Scout Blogger. It looks really cool. I am very impressed with our president, and like to see a hometown newspaper of mine print this article. Bush said he dosen't "see how you can be president without a relationship with the Lord". That is very, very true. A leader not under the one true God, obeying the one who put him in control, has no business as president.

Tim

I found a million dollars!!

Well, maybe $80 is a million dollars, but for me it was pretty close.
Today my mom went to look in some old school folders for my grade in geography. When she opened the box that held them, then opened my three-ring binder, there sat a light brown wallet.
Since last may I've been looking for my leather wallet (bought it in WV for $1). It had 2 twentys in it and a bunch of gift cards I got on my birthday last year (March 5). I thought it was gone forever, but today my mom found it in an old school folder packed away. I just couldn't beleive it...and everything was still there in the wallet. I can't wait to spend those gift cards!

I also submitted my blog to Blogs4God. I put my name as a political/christian article writer (which I am), so hopefully I will expand my reading audience. I've also been reading other christian blogs, trying to see what they say and how their sites look. Has anyone heard of Instapundit.com? I hadn't heard about it or read it. How is it?

In Christ,
Tim

1/12/2005

Guitar...

Whooohooo! I'm bringing my guitar to church tonight...maybe I'll play it (I mean in front of an audience). I'm doing pretty good, but my fingers are all torn up :( . I'm working on eliminating my buzzes, but it sure is hard!!! I've learned a few new songs, a few new chords, and a few new...um...new chords (did I already say that?). Ok, so I can't play F and B. Give me a break--ties are awful!
Anyway, enough jabbering...
We are doing a cool song tonight by Todd Agnew (New artist), but I don't know the chords. I learned a few others
("Who am I?"--casting crowns
"Knees to the Earth" -Kristy Knockels [spelling is bad]
And a bunch of Chris Tomlin Songs)
So I'm just going to have fun tonight and sing for sure. And PRACTICE A LOT.

Have a wonderful evening,
God Bless America,
The Agent of God,
Tim
[**Whew!!**]

1/11/2005

Virtue Magazine

Hello everyone,
Alex (Smarhomeschool.com) told me yesterday about this magazine. It is really a cool magazine, created by a group of homeschoolers studying constitutional law. It has some great articles, one written by Alex. This is a brand-new online magazine that deserves some support. So drop by, read some great articles, and tell them how you liked it (because you will).
You will find the magazine at www.virtuemag.org .
I think I may submit something soon too!

In Christ,
Tim

1/09/2005

Tsunami Releif

Here is a link to our churche's mission board's website new section: (It will tell more) Link

1/08/2005

A book blog

I decided to use a blog to post some of a book I started writing awhile ago. It's just the first chapter right now, but I'll try to post more each weekend. You can find the book at http://www.theagentsperil.blogspot.com. It's actually a book about me (sorta). Well not really. Anyway, check it out to find more.

Also, I'm looking around today to find some ideas for a good-looking blog of my own. Any nicely made blogs that you like?

Tim

1/06/2005

Top Ten Posts

OK, I compiled a list of some of my favorite posts (there's more, but I had to shrink it down to ten). Don't miss today's other post below!!!!

Here they are

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Consider the Cost: Reprise

This was originally posted a few months ago, but it's a post we all need to read over again and not forget. So here is one of my Top Ten Greatest Posts (yeah, I'm going to come up with one). Enjoy....

As I was reading my commentary written by James Boice, I read this section of his commentary on the relationship of church and state. He was closing the chapter by speaking of those persecuted by the state, and this struck me:

“‘From the moment you go to prison, you must put your cozy past firmly behind you. At the very threshold, you must say to yourself, "My life is over, a little early to be sure, but there's nothing to be done about it. I shall never return to freedom. I am condemned to die--now or a little later. But later on, in truth, it will be even harder, and so the sooner, the better. I no longer have any property whatsoever. For me those I love have died, and for them f have died. From today on, my body is useless and an alien to me. Only my spirit and only my conscience remain precious to me.’
Confronted by such a prisoner, the interrogation will tremble. Only the man who has renounced everything can win the victory....
We must be willing to renounce everything if we are Christ's disciples. In the thick of the battle we must be willing to cast all material rewards aside.”
Are you willing?

I wondered if I could say this if I was arrested and condemned to die for my faith. I wasn’t sure…Would I truly give up all I had…My life, my family, my friends, my comforts? Would you be able to honestly say that you would? If, or when, the day of persecution comes, will you stand before the “interrogation” and make them tremble as you deny all your comforts, and hold only to Christ. They might take my life…but they can’t take my soul.

In Christ,
Tim

Quotes from Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (Survived Russian Communism) and James Montgomery Boice on the relationship of church and state

1/05/2005

Wisdom

Wisdom doesn’t just involve what you know…wisdom involves how you live.

 

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, complimant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy” –James 3:17

 

Want wisdom? Just ask. (James 1:5)

1/04/2005

New Testament in a Year Reading Plan

Bible Reading Plan Link

Tim

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Sorry, there's a page error!

Hope it's fixed soon.

Tim

Let's try it again

I decided not to make a test blog quite yet.

Here's the link to listen to clips of Christ Tomlin Songs:
Chris Tomlin:Arriving

BTW, Tomorrows Reading is: Matthew 5:13-37

Tim

A test blog

You may notice on my profile a test blog. I'll just be using it to test some code and work on some of my website ideas. My Backyard Graphic Design website will be tested on this or I'll try out a Contemporary Christian Music blog (first hopefully).

I might be using the Audio Blogger soon, so look out for that! I've been working on the song (not the one I wrote) and am getting better at it! But my fingers still hurt :( . Hopefully they get calloused soon.

I'm working on my song, changing a few words here and there and adding a few things.

In Christ,
Tim

1/03/2005

Black and Blue

That's the color of my poor fingers. But I did play "King of Glory" by Chris Tomlin on his new CD. WHOOHOO! Just and update!

G'day everyone!
Tim

Bible Reading

Today's Bible reading is Matthew 3:1-4:11.

(I'll be posting sooner each day.)

Tomorrow's reading is Matthew 4:12-5:12.

Tim

My faviorite TV show!


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1/02/2005

A quote

"Only what's done for Christ will last."
--John Piper

Absolute Truth

This article is from my Political Blog and Christian Commentary Blog

"That's right. I believe in absolute truth. Just because I believe If I step in front of a semi (going 75 mph) I won't get hit does not mean it won't. I can't deny the truth. It's going to hit me whether I beleive it will or not. It's the same with God--He's there whether you believe he's there or not. Just look around...Someone had to be the creator of this earth. You always assume a house had a designer. So it is with the world we live in. No house was made by chance and the earth--so much more complex--could not have been made without a designer. God."

Some articles you see here can be seen on "Commentaries from an Agent Of God", as well as past articles. You may also find some articles strictly posted on Agent Commentaries.

In Christ,
Tim

1/01/2005

I'm Boiling!

I can't beleive the temperature here: 70 degrees +. I couldn't beleive it! The first day of the year AND the middle of winter and it's not even close to cold. Wowee! It's pretty neat. Oh, yes! Happy New Year! I hope you all do have a great year!
My New Year's resolution: read through the New Testament in a year (a little easier than the whole Bible). If you'd like to join me I'm starting tomorrow. I'll give you a link to the site that has the reading list.
My guitar playing has been going well, and I've been learning a few new songs and NEED to get a "Capo". I'll have to look around at some hometown shops.
The day has gone too fast and I know tomorrow will too. Hopefully I'll remember all I've learned and keep up my grades. I'm sure I'll get back into the swing of things fast.

Tim