2/28/2005

Agent Tim Interviews

Here at Agent Tim, we've got five interviewees lined up--all teen bloggers ready to share a little about themselves.

First off, we have Adrienne....

1. What is the best thing about where you live?
2. What has been your most exciting experience?
3. What is the best book you've read in the last 12 months?
4. What do you want to pursue as a career?
5. Who is your favorite recording artist? Why?
Adrienne's interview is up here.

And Alex from Maine...

1. What is the best thing about you where you live?
2. Do you have a favorite dish or meal?
3. Why do you enjoy programming and web design?
4. If someone gave you $1000 and said you had to spend it on yourself, what would you buy?
5. Who is your favorite recording artist? Why?
Alex now has his interview up here

And also Tim B.. a military kid.

1. What is the best thing about where you live?
2. What is good about living in a military family and what's bad?
3. What is your favorite food? Why?
4.If someone gave you $1000 and said you had to spend it on yourself, what would you buy?
5.When was the last time you went skiing or snowboarding?

And we have Jake from Oklahoma...

1.What is the best thing about where you live?
2. Why do you enjoy programming and web design?
3. What's the best book you've read in the last 12 months?
4. If you were allowed to visit only three buildings in D.C., what would they be?
5. If you weren't a programmer, what would you be?

We have another OK resident, Travis, the Blogging Boy Scout...

1. What is the best thing about where you live?
2. What has been your favorite book of all time?
3. If you were allowed to visit only three buildings in D.C., what would they be?
4. What has been your most exciting experience?
5. What do you want to pursue as a career?
Travis has his great answers here

Just tell me when you have your interview up on your blog, and I'll link you! Have fun!

2/26/2005

International Interview!

I am now officially famous (well, not really). I've been asked by Catez of AllThings2All to answer some questions. I look forward to seeing what others say too. So here's what happened.

"I walk into the T.V. Studio, the lights glare down and I flash a smile and wave my hand to the live audience. I walk up to the two chairs set up in the middle of the set, and sit down. I smile to the camera, straighten my shirt (blue antiqued shirt), and wave once more. Then the interview begins.

1. What is the best thing about where you live?
The best thing about where I live is being able to visit D.C. almost anytime I want. I can take a tour of the Capitol, snap some pictures of me in front of the White House, then head on over to the Supreme Court. I might even see a couple of news anchors or get on T.V.

2.What's your idea of a great Saturday?
You knew I was a teen. So here it goes:
I sleep in until 10:30, get up, do my QT, take a shower, then blog for an hour. Then I lay back and watch a war movie, go outside and play soccer, then come back in and read a book. Then I go over to a friends house and play the guitar, sing some songs, and play a few video games. Then that night I go to a concert with all my favorite artists. And I never get tired and am ready for Church the next day.

3.What has been your greatest adventure?
Picture a long hallway with only a window on each end. Office doors all the way down the corridor. I'm dressed in my black trenchcoat (London Fog BTW), and I'm carrying a black suitcase full of secret -------- for the ---. I also have a camera on me--disguised as a button on my trenchcoat. I walk slowly forward, hardly breathing,when...
OK, OK, maybe not.
The real adventure was when my cousin and I went exploring in the woods behind his house. After quite a hike through swamps, thickets, and streams, we found this really cool and tiny waterfall with a lagoon in the bottom. Please note that this "lagoon" is a muddy end to a creek in some woods. My cousin decided to grab a rope and shimmy on down one side of the muddy lagoon. Well, the rope snapped and down he went about 6-7 feet. Both of us yelled (well, screamed), then we splashed to the bottom. He got stuck down there for what seemed like forever and I start to think he's dead. Luckily he got out and we both made it back to his house. Of course it was cold, he was wet, and we got lost a few times. But we made it alive.

4. What is your favorite book of all time? Why?
It's probably tied between Oliver Twist and In His Steps. They have to be the two best written books I've ever read. In Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens makes you feel like you're really there. Some parts brought me close to tears, and the book left me with the feeling of having met some new people.
In His Steps really challenged the way I live each day. An amazing story!

5. Has there been a person who has been particularly inspirational to you?
My Great-Grandma has really influenced my life. She and my Grandpa, whom I never met, but deeply respect, went through so much, and still remained true to the Lord. They were very godly people, who lived wholly for the Lord. My Great-Grandma always lends wisdom and stories of God's faithfulness when anyone is around. And her love for books has given me the chance to read some of her great books that she owns. I have also been affected by my Great-Grandpa's sermons, two of which I've posted here (word for word).

"Thanks for being here on the show!"

I stand, smile once more, give my thanks, then stroll out of the studio. I meet my agent, who hands me the latest blogging news, then I hop into my car and drive back to D.C."

Well, that was a lot of fun!

Here's how you can play the interview game:

1. Leave me a comment saying "interview me." The first five commenters will be the participants.
2. I will respond by asking you five questions.
3. You will update your blog/site with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. (Write your own questions or borrow some.)


I am particularly looking for teen bloggers. But if you are not, don't hesitate to comment!

2/25/2005

To Die For

In some of my recent posts, I have discussed a lot about Tongues and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Most of these issues are debated a great deal in churches and faith circles.
But I wish to say that I would not be willing to die for my view of tongues. It's just not worth it.
What's worth dying for is the belief that Jesus is God's son he came to this earth, bled, and died for my sin, that I might have a restored fellowship with God. I would die for the belief that Christ rose again on the third day and will return again someday. I believe the Bible is God's word, that it is perfect in every way and helps us grow closer to God. I believe we can speak directly to God, and that he can speak to us through his word or through anything else he pleases. I believe God is love, he is just, omnipotent, all powerful, and all-knowing.
I know my theology isn't perfect. I know I can be wrong. But I'll die for the fact that Jesus is my savior. We can debate many little things. But we must all agree that Jesus Christ can save us from our sins. He died and rose again, conquering sin and death, so that all who might believe shall be saved from eternal punishment.
Can I go so far as to say that this is the "simple gospel"?
We may debate the steps...But are you willing to die for you list?
In my article, Tolerating the Intolerable, I said, "I cannot and will not treat other beliefs as equal with The Truth. To do so would dishonor the holiness of God."
That's what we have to die for--The Truth of Jesus Christ.

2/24/2005

Agent Report: Snow Etc.

I took a break from blogging yesterday, and haven't had much time today, but I wanted to do another Agent Report this week. I've been getting lots of feedback on my article. I even have gotten some opposing views--proving my article to be true!
Also, I talked a friend of mine to start blogging. He's started off well, and he's shown he's got what it takes.
Another blog I stumbled upon was The Southern Scribe, a pastor's blog. I found his blog to be a really interesting read--any pastor's blog is really neat to read. Keep up the good work Pastor Calloway!
Last night I was able to play for our youth praise team for the first time (on the guitar). I did great, but the guys in the sound booth messed up a little. Oh well.
Lastly, I wondered where the best place to find out who is linking to you is? Technorati seems to give me old links. And TLB gives me links from in the TLB lists. Just a thought.
Tomorrow I will be able to do some more blogging, including an article on Terri Shiavo. Many blogs I'm linking to are blogging on the subject and I encourage you to do so also.

God Bless,
Tim

2/22/2005

Tongues Again

I have lately been studying the topic of speaking in tongues, mostly in reference to Adrian Warnock's"simple gospel." The poor guy is having his wife's gospel presentation ripped to shreds by the blogshprere, and I came so close to accepting the presentation. But I do not believe the charismatic viewpoint displayed in the last step. (My response has been dubbed "the nine-point gospel").
Tongues, a major part of charismatic churches theology, began in the beginning stages of the Christian Church. God used tongues (the speaking of other languages) to show who was an authentic Apostle of God. Of course, this was just one of many signs (miracles and other gifts of the Spirit).
As Charles Stanley puts it in his book "The Glorious Journey", "I want to be sensitive and clear as I possibly can be."
What was the position, the rank, of tongues, in the New Testament? According to Paul, the least gift is actually being able to speak in tongues. The greatest gift is being and apostle and then down the list we go. We find this list of greater gifts to least gifts in 1 Corinthians 12...

"God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues."

As you can see in this list, tongues is the last on the list. The first gift is being an Apostle, which none of us can be, because we have not seen Jesus with our own eyes. The next on the list, prophecy, can also be defined as proclaiming the truth, not necessarily telling the future. Then it would be miracle workers, also those who have the power to heal, like doctors. Then comes administrators (leaders), then lastly tongues and the gift of being able to interpret.

You may now be saying..."You forgot a list!" No, I have now come to that. Looking back earlier in the chapter, we find a list of the spiritual gifts:
12:8-10 (Summary)

Wisdom
Knowledge
Faith
Healing
Miraculous Powers
Prophecy
Distinguishing Spirits
Speaking in Tongues (and interpretation)


Again we see that tongues is of the least importance. My point here: Charismatic churches are focused too much on the least gift. That would be the error in their theology, which (I believe) focuses on tongues far too much. They should not be consumed with the least gift

What does the Scripture say about Tongues? We are to desire prophecy, not tongues. Tongues not used to share the gospel, but prophecy is. The one who has the gift of tongues only edifies himself, but the man who has the gift of prophecy edifies others. He is greater than the one who speaks in tongues.

Paul says of tongues:


"Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them are without meaning. "


And also:


"For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says....If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving since he does not know what you are saying?"


And my favorite:


If the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say you are out of your mind?"


So the rules for speaking in tongues are as follows:


If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God."


Paul told these things (I Corinthians 14) to the immature Christians at Corinth. Tongues was used to "validate and authenticate the message and the messenger" (Stanley). But the question is "Do we need that authentication today." We have the full revelation of God, which the early believer did not have. The Holy Spirit shows us what God is telling us through his word. The Church is now mature because we have the complete canon of Scripture.

No verse supports the view that Tongues validates whether or not someone has received the Holy Spirit. Paul would have told us if that was so. We are to make much of the Cross, not tongues. We are to glory in the cross, not signs. We must avoid tongues as a "spiritual high" and the ultimate experience.

Also, remember that you did not earn salvation, nor did you earn your gift. We must remember it is the gift of God to those who believe.

Take the steps to find your spiritual gift. Talk to your pastor. And use it to glorify God with a humble heart.

(If you are of a different Denomination, this article was intended for Charismatic Churches. Talk to your pastor to find out more about what your church believes about the spiritual gifts, and continue to read 1 Corinthians 12 and 14.

2/21/2005

Virtue Magazine Issue #4

Virtue Magazineis now out! Please lend them some support by reading. You will find some really interesting articles in this issue, many of which touch on some very controversial issues that are sure to be debated. So stop by and read this new awesome magazine.

2/20/2005

Also...

I was mentioned on Adrian Warnock's UK Evangelical Blog: The nine point gospel?. Thanks!

Saving Life

[UPDATE: TERRI'S TIME HAS BEEN EXTENDED AGAIN]
The roundup or bloggers has closed. But I want the blogstorm to continue. So I will continue. (More info here)

Life. It's so precious, so valuable. Yet we throw it away like its trash every day in out country.
On Tuesday, Terri Shiavo will have her feeding tube unplugged. They will basically starve and dehydrate her, by her eestranged-husband's wishes.
Her family, though, is still attempting to save her life. Blogs are trying to save her too. We're all backing them up.

Every life is precious to God. He created each and every one of us, and has a plan for each and every one of us. For the disabled and the healthy. We all have a purpose for being on this earth.
"God created man in His own image..."

God loves all of his creation, but he does hate sin. He cares for all of us, the good and bad, every day. He gives them the air they need, perhaps rain, or sunshine. Any kind of general grace.

God has created the disabled. He loves them just as much as anyone.

If this lady can survive--even without a feeding tube--pulling "the plug" would be an act of murder. Life isn't something to play around with.

Some would say she is a "vegetable." She can do nothing. She just sits and gets fed by a machine. Why let her suffer. (We know know that this is not true).

Suffer? You think that starving and dehydrating someone is not letting them suffer?

This lady deserves life, just as much as any of us. Put yourself in her place. What would you want?

So who has the right to "call the shots"? Is it her estranged-husband? Or is it her parents? I have no legal background so I cannot answer these questions. But if she lives and regains her mind (somewhat more) and her speech, I would hate to be her husband. He has shown he does not truly care for her. He hid the truth about her from the public.

She is not brain-dead. Let her live.

We deeply oppose killing Mrs. Shiavo.

We pray for her life.

"Philly 5"

Here is a story that should be seen. A group of christians read scripture at a Gay Rights rally and were arrested when they read scripture at the event. Police arrested the entire group, which was charged with hate crime.The charges were dismissed Thursday by the judge, who said that they were protected by the First Amendment.
Similar charges against a 17 year-old girl are expected to be dropped too.
The problem is now the judges statements:

"We are one of the very few countries that protect unpopular speech," the judge stated. "And that means that Nazis can March in Skokie, Illinois .... That means that the Ku Klux Klan can march where they wish to. We cannot stifle speech because we don't want to hear it, or we don't want to hear it now."



Agape Press said:

AFA of Pennsylvania president Diane Gramley is demanding an apology from Judge Dembe for what Gramley describes as a "hateful and bigoted comparison."

"In light of all that these Christians have been through in the last few months, to have the judge compare what they did in October to the demonstrations of two of the most notorious white supremacist hate groups in American history is unbelievable," says Gramley.

2/19/2005

I Dare You!

What a statement. So powerful. So amazing. It is a statement that brings our attention to the speaker, and challenges us. We want to show people that we can do it. Many times, people (mostly kids), will dare another kid to do something. It is usually bad, but in the case of William Danforth's book, "I Dare You!", these dares are for your good.
In his book, he puts forth a number of dares.
I dare you to become bigger than you are. I dare you to adventure, to be strong, to think creatively, to develop a magnetic personality, to build character, to share, and to launch out into the deep.
He challenges--he dares you--to become even better than you can dream. He dares you to never settle with mediocre, but to go over and beyond. He dares you to conquer your fears and your problems. He dares you to exercise every day. To think hard, work hard, and read the best books. To meet great people and go places you've never gone. His dare is to live life to the fullest--not on frivolous pleasure, but in a way that is pleasing to God.
This is a book I dare you to read (that's so bad). Go get a copy from somewhere as soon as possible. Take the words to heart. And see if you're up to the dare.
And I can tell you, as I read the 11th edition (1942), how impacted I was from this little red book in my hands, written duringThe Depression. I was hardly up to the dare...But I'm taking it and working to show Mr. Danforth I can do it. And so can you, if you're up to living life as it was meant to be lived.

2/18/2005

Living the Life

My Great-Grandpa and Grandma, while in seminary, heard the seminary president's wife speak to all the pastors and their wives. She challenged all of them to "Live in such a way that every Mother can point to you and say to her children, 'I want you to be just like him.'"
What a challenge! What kind of life are you living right now? Would someone say to their child, "I want you to be just like him?"
That's a tall order to live that way.
But it can be done. I am in the process of reading "I Dare You!". The post will hopefully be up tomorrow, but in the meantime, read this book review.
We need to wake up each morning and tell ourselves we're going to live a life worth copying. It's that simple. Or is it?

2/16/2005

Best Looking Site Ever

This site is the best looking blog in the entire blogshpere. I am proud to have the same first name, Tim. I haven't read in depth, but this is so well designed it blew me away. Go check it out.
I have to go to church now, so that's all I can post today.

2/15/2005

Agent Report: Blog Review

The blogs I have been reading lately are mostly larger blogs that have a lot of readers. But I have also "stumbled" onto some smaller blogs that deserve more readers. So I'm going to start some reviews of "smaller" blogs.

First off, the winner of "Best Evangelical Teen Blog" (a category I suggested), Blogging Teen (To Be Least). I have been intrigued by his writing style, which is very story-like and inspiring. He uses a lot of scripture in his posts, and I really respect those bloggers who use the Word in there posts and using the Scripture to display something that they are thinking and comment on it. He speaks from his heart and tells what he is learning each day. Here is a quote from his site:

Only the deepest desires of my heart come to mind, and only these will I write.

He's honest. And readers like that. It's personal. Readers like that too. He's a good writer. Readers definetly like that too.

So head over to "To Be Least" to find that the least can be the greatest, and the greatest...the least.

The Simple Gospel: The Error

For those of you who have said or thought that there is no excitement in the Blogshpere lately...Well, you've missed this post by Adrian Warnock. According to News Now, this story is the "Top Story" on the Christian news feed.

Here is the "Simple Gospel" written by his wife:

1. Everyone has Sinned
2. God hates sin
3. Sin must be punished
4. Jesus took the punishment instead of us on the cross
5. Admit you have been naughty
6. Believe that Jesus took your punishment
7. Say sorry to God
8. Ask God to be in charge of your life
9. Be baptised (note the order here)
10. Receive the Holy Spirit

According to Adrian Warnock he "can't remember the last time one of my posts caused such a stir as my wife's simple gospel has done. It is amazing how much controversy the gospel can still cause." He explains it here. It include the opposing views as well.

So I'll jump in today.

Here is my comments below each point:

1. Everyone has Sinned
..."For all have sinned."
2. God hates sin
...Absolutely.
3. Sin must be punished
..."The wages of sin is death."
4. Jesus took the punishment instead of us on the cross
..".For God so love the word that he gave his only son"
5. Admit you have been naughty
...ABC's: Admit, Believe, Commit (Confess)
6. Believe that Jesus took your punishment
...Yes, still right.
7. Say sorry to God
..."If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord."
8. Ask God to be in charge of your life
...Commit (or ABC's)
9. Be baptised (note the order here)
...Why is this? I believe we must follow the example of Jesus in being baptized. It was seen that the early church also followed the example of Jesus in being baptized. It does not give us salvation.
10. Receive the Holy Spirit
This is where I must differ. Receiving the Holy Spirit comes when we accept Christ. He enters our life immediately. It is not another step that must take place. Baptism is an outward representation of a real inner change. It does not give us salvation by any means. But I believe we must follow the example of Christ by being baptized.

Grace through faith! That is the final word (whew...I guess I've been reading a lot of Luther lately). What I also see here (through reading some other opposing views) is the order. "Can't you change the order" and "Is this the only way?". Well, I know there are many (hundreds) of plans of salvation, but we need to look for what they all have in common. I've used the simplest presentation that I know, the ABC's, which I have heard used to share the gospel with younger children. They are simple--yet hold the essential truths of the gospel. I personally use a different method when I evangelize with my church, but this way always comes through when I speak to those who are younger. You can use many "plans of salvation". But the last "step" is not really a "step". It isn't something we must "do", it is something we receive immediately when we accept Christ as our savior.

The one thing I know is that receiving the Holy Spirit is NOT another step in the process.

I see it this way: First, we (by the Holy Spirit) understand that we have sinned. We feel remorse for that sin, and are sorry for that sin. We understand the punishment for sin. We confess our sins, we believe that Christ paid the punishment for those sins, and believe he has conquered death by rising from the dead. Then the Holy Spirit comes into our heart and lives there. We then must share with others what we have decided to do by following in Baptism, which is a way to signify the old being buried and the new coming alive. This is also a way to publicly announce our decision. But it is not a way to receive salvation. Receiving the Holy Spirit is not another step in the process of salvation.

Also, you can read a past post on "tongues" here.

God Bless,
Agent Tim

2/14/2005

Agent Report: Valentines Day

I want you to take a look at this. I don't follow politics much lately, but I am starting to. This story caught my eye. U.S. Military the cause for journalists' deaths? Hardly. Eason Jordan is in the same boat as Dan Rather and the many others caught by blogs. You can't say anything you want with blogs around. And the world (all except MSM) is liking it. I'm late on this story...but no longer. People can't say whatever they want...and MSM needs to not cover up! Hugh Hewitt said that journalists "slept through the story." He's right. I never heard of the story before now. (Quote from this post)

I am starting to find a lot of new great blogs that I am going to list probably tomorrow or wednesday. So if I forget, you can remind me!

Blogging Tip #2
I found out a really cool way to have people copy and paste code from your site:
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Blogging Tip #3
Read other blogs. On my sidebar I have a list of Christian "aggregators" where you can find some great blogs. I will soon be adding Christian Coalition to the list. This is a new "aggregator" where you will be able to find some great blogs that are carefully chosen.

Lastly, look above for my other post.

God Bless,
Tim

2/12/2005

Agent Report

First off...the template. The old design was getting too hard to read, so I've reverted back to a template which I like and am going to keep it like it is for now.
Another thing is that Blogger updated it's comments to be just like HaloScan! I cannot believe that! But those of you who were patient still have your past comments. Oh well...
I don't have much else to post due to the time it took to reset the design.

So until tomorrow,
Tim

2/11/2005

Agent Report: Brief

O.K., I took the "book quiz" that Catez was talking about. And I ended up being...Anne Of Green Gables? I mean...I am an AGENT! Not a red-haired girl. But anyway, I do enjoy the books and the movies. We watch them a lot, actually! But I laughed hard after taking the test!

Christian Carnival is up!

I don't know if I put the link to Vox Apologia?


That's all and I've got to go e-mail Hugh Hewitt about my book review. So I'll see you tomorrow!

Tim

How To Become A Strong Christian...

This sermon was preached by my great-grandfather, the Rev. Richard J.S., on the radio show "The Hour of Power" on WMAL AM-FM on Sunday, June 10, 1962. It was sponsored by Central Union Mission. Though my Great-Granfather has passed away before I was born, I have his sermons, which have greatly helped me. I pray that God will use these sermons even today, 40 years later, for His glory. I'll meet my grandfather in heaven, and I pray you will too.

By Rev. Richard J. S.

The Apostle Paul in writing to the young minister, Timothy, gave an exhortation that is just as much needed by all of us, ministers and laymen. It is found in 2 Timothy 2:1--
"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
As then, so today, one of the greatest needs the believer has is strength to be all his position in Christ implies in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom we shine as lights in the world.

A Mr. T. Horton has put this need in poetic language--

"I need a strength to keep me true and straight in everything I do;
I need a power to keep me strong when I am tempted to do wrong;
I need a grace to keep me pure when passion tries its deadly lure;
I need a love to keep me sweet when hardness and mistrust I meet;
And naught on earth can these afford, but all is found in Christ, my Lord."


Several years ago at a Bible Conference, I heard Dr. William Allen Dean speak on Paul's second letter to Timothy. He suggested that the theme of chapter 2 is: "Be strong," and that the balance of the chapter gives "five rules for the Christian if he would be strong." (I hope you have your Bible open so you can see these precious lessons.)

In these days of stress and strain, the faith of many is being taxed almost to the breaking point. In talking with fellow-believers in Christ, I have found many who are discouraged, defeated, and depressed. They don't want to be, but they are nevertheless. They want to be strong. They want to live a victorious life. They want to be able to live above the disturbing circumstances about them, but they haven't found the secret. Paul's word to young Timothy can be of great help if you are one of these; and I pray that it will as we look at it together this morning.

Now the first rule in obtaining strength as a Christian:

SUFFER THE HARDSHIPS
This is found in verses 3-7; and if you have your Bible open, you will be able to glance at these verses and see how he develops this theme. He uses three examples--that of the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer. One of the first things a soldier learns is that he has no rights of his own. He has to endure many things that are contrary to his will. He must endure hardness, self denial, disciplines. That is especially true when war is going on. The athlete must run if he is going to win the race, and there are training rules that cannot be broken. This, too, requires self-discipline. The farmer must spend months at hard toil before he reaps a harvest. Ground that is to produce must be broken up, plowed with deep furrows; it must be cultivated, turned, planted. Stumps, roots, and rocks often have to be removed. All of this before harvest. So it is with the Christian life. If we are to be strong, we must suffer the hardships. All too many Christians have forgotten that the Christian way costs something. We have often sung: "It Pays to Serve Jesus"; but we have forgotten that is costs something to serves God.

It cost Abraham the yielding up of his only son.
It cost Esther the risking of her life.
It cost Daniel being cast into the den of lions.
It cost Stephen death by stoning.
It cost Jesus his life.
What has it cost you?


The cross worn is no substitute fore the cross borne. Many today want the Christ of the cross, but they will not accept the cross of Christ. Like some who stood before the cross, they say: "Come down from the cross and we will believe you." Strength in the Christian life comes from accepting the hardships, disciplines, trials, sacrifices as the will of God for our lives as He seeks to bring us to full maturity as His children.

Now the second rule for acquiring strength is:

STAND ON THE PROMISES
This is found in verses 8-13. Here Paul brings the resurrection of Jesus Christ into focus, and then assures all who are willing to walk the way of the cross with Christ will also share in His glory. The cross will be followed by a crown, but there is no crown without a cross. In verses 9-10, he tells us that he is willing to suffer trouble, even imprisonment, even death, just so others might be saved. Think of what's invloved if your friend is lost, not only now but through eternity! Think also what Christ can do, and will do, for him. Upon the basis of these promises, Paul says: "I am willing to suffer anything just to get people linked up with God."
THIS IS STRENGTH! STAND ON THE PROMISES!

The third rule for Christian strength is:

SHUN THE SIDE ISSUES
This is seen in verses 14, then 16-18, and 23-35. Here young Timothy got some good advice; he was told to "strive not about words to no profit," "shun profane and vain babbling," and avoid "foolish and unlearned questions." The reasons he was to avoid these are that they will "subvert the hearers...Increase unto more ungodliness...Overthrow the faith of some...Gender strifes" and such like. Some people are more concerned about where Cain got his wife and whether God is able to make a stone too big for Him to move than they are about the lost neighbor who will end up in hell without Christ. The little boy went to the circus; but because he was so busy looking at the side-shows, he arrived at the "big-top", the main event, just as the concluding act was finished. An Australian woman specialist, whose medical advice has helped in curing thousands of cases of infantile paralysis, was told: "You can make one million dollars in six months if you charge the fees you deserve."
"One million dollars!" she replied, "Why, I made more than that this morning. I made a little girl able to walk again."
I'm sure this point needs no more emphasis.

The fourth means of strength Paul urges on Timothy is:

STUDY THE WORD
In verse 15 we read: "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly divivding the word of truth." The value of the Word of God in building Christian strength and character is inestimable. The neglect of this Book, which is food for the soul, probably explains why some Christians are weak, worn, and weary. One has written about what his Bible has done for him in this beautiful language:

"Though the cover is worn, and though pages are torn,
And though places bear the traces of tears,
Yet more precious than gold is this Book worn and old,
That can shatter and scatter my fears.

This old Book is my guide, 'tis a friend by my side,
It will lighten and brighten my way;
And each promise I find soothes and gladdens my mind,
I read it and heed it each day.

To this Book I will cling, of its worth I will sing;
Though great losses and crosses be mine.
For I cannot despair though surrounded by care,
While possessing this blessing divine."


We don't even have time to enlarge on the fifth means of strength:

SEPERATE YOURSELF FROM ALL UNCLEANNESS
Suffice it to say, God cannot use a dirty instrument. If you would me strong, present a clean life to God for him to use.

2/10/2005

"Blog" By Hugh Hewitt

Blog, by New York Times best-selling author Hugh Hewitt, begins with a brief history of the "four founding myths of the blogshpere". I was greatly interested in these amazing stories. It really showed the power of blogs to MSM (Main Stream Media).And It showed that a new reformation has dawned upon us.
Hugh Hewitt then went on to give a short history of the reformation, comparing it to today. The Roman Catholic Church is MSM. The printing press is like blogs. And Martin Luther is like the bloggers, questioning the corruption in the Catholic Church or in MSM.
Mr. Hewitt then writes another brief history, that of "text". Text is everywhere, and those that write it run the show. Everywhere. Blogs have started a revolution right under the noses of "information barons". He also gave some interesting stats about blogs:

4.12 Million Blogs in existence.
2.72 Million Blogs have been permanently or temporarily abandoned (I have to say...Could you people delete them....Thanks.)
1.09 blogs were "one day wonders" not posting on "subsequent days".The average duration of blogs was 126 days (4 months or so). 132,000 blogs were abandoned after a year.
46.7% of abandoned blogs were created my men, whereas only 40.7% of active blogs created by males. Those who tended to abandon blogs wrote only 58% as long posts as those who still maintained blogs. Blogspot was one of the services with the largest abandonment rate.
80.8% of active blogs have linked to at least 1 external site in a post.
92.4% of bloggers are under the age of 30 (that's scary)
56% of blogs were created by females. A typical blog is used by a teenage girl to post twice a month to update her friends and classmates on her life.

The blogsphere is now the leading force in the news. Why? Because blogs can be trusted. They are instant. Real-Time. You have up-to-date news all the time. And media bias can be defeated. Newspaper circulation is dropping. Blog readers are growing. They have weakened the monopoly that MSM had on text.
I must say that Hugh Hewitt did an awesome job in the first few chapters. The stories of the blogshpere are great (it was like reading fiction). Now he comes to the explanations. Why? Why?...And he does an even better job.
This book is written in true blogger style, referring to articles, commenting on them, and giving links to other great sites. His warning: Get ready for Supreme Court Nominees.
If you are in any kind of high position, this book is a must-read for you. It offers protection from blog storms. It challenges every reader to start a blog. It helps you get started.
Hugh Hewitt also says that blogging is an excellent source of income for your product. If you want an ad on the web, put it on a blog. (And Glen Reynolds was told to raise his prices).
Certainly biased towards FOX News, and severely exposing the left-of-center newspapers for their manipulation of text. Their media bias. And also how they fell, because they could not be trusted. This book must be read by every blogger, because shows each of our potential to change history with our words. Pick up a digital camera, get a blog, and you have your own online newspaper and you're an editor and journalist. His writing style remains true to the style he has in blogging, and it is an excellent and informative read for everyone, especially those not in the "know" about blogs.
This book has challenged me to do some more with politics, expose stories, and leave humor in there as well. A successful blogger is not measured in his site design, but in the words on the page. If those are good, he deserves readers. If not, he does not deserve readers.

2/09/2005

Philippians

This sermon was originally preached on WMAL AM-FM on Sunday, Febuary 11, 1962--7:00 to 7:15 on the show "The Hour of Power" presented by Central Union Mission by Rev. Richard J. S.
Though very long, it is worth the time to read it.

This series is dedicated to the S. Family.

The book of Philippians is a letter from a missionary to a church that has contributed to his support. The missionary was the Apostle Paul, who, with Timothy and Luke, had organized the church at Philippi on his second missionary journey. Now, near the end of his life, while incarcerated in a Roman jail, Paul writes this affectionate letter to them.
The tone of the letter reveals Paul's great love for this church. Listen to his expression in chapter 4, verse 1 --
"Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved."
This church probably approached closer to the ideal than any other church. Throughout the letter Paul commends them for their spirituality, their great love for one another, their patience in suffering, their obedience to Christ, their great testimony amidst wickedness, their missionary zeal, their sacrificial service, and other great qualities. Any good pastor today would love to pastor a church like this one.
So Paul opens the letter, following a brief salutation, with an expression of...
I. Thankfulness to God for their past fellowship in the gospel.
Look at verses 3 to 5 in chapter 1--

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now."
Paul is thankful to God because all of his fellowship with them from the day he arrived in the city until the day he was writing this letter from the Roman prison, he had a sweetness about it unmatched by any other church. Surely he remembered with joy the business woman from Thyatira, Lydia by name, who was saved in a prayer meeting by the riverside on the first Sabbath he was there, whose conversion was so real that her whole household turned to the Lord and whose house was probably the first meeting place of the Phillipian Church.
No doubt his gratitude to God also embraced the fellowship of the jailer who believed in Jesus Christ with all his house, and whose devotion to Paul continued across the years without interruption.
These Christians, and others there with them, so shared Paul's spirit, that every time they came to his remembrance, he lifted his heart to God in prayer, saying: "Thank you, Lord, for the sweetness of their fellowship in the gospel." This is as it should be in all of our churches today, not only between pastor and people, but amongst all the members.
The next thing is an expression of...
II. Joyfulness in confident expectation of continued fellowship and service.
This is seen in verses 6-8. Let me read verse 6--
"Being confident of this very thing; that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the of day of Jesus Christ."
There was such, reality, sincerity, and stability about their lives and in their service that it was evident to Paul, and to all who knew them, that God was at work in their lives. We have all known church members who lived in such a way that made us doubt that God had anything to do with their actions. But not so these Philippians! Their lives were such that Paul could say: "God is working in you and through you; and what He has begun He will continue to the end." Service motivated by mere human inclination may flourish or decline, may continue or decline, and continue or cease, according to the level of ability, or the mood of the moment, or the warmth or coldness of love; but when God is working in the life, there is no possibility of failure! This kind of living always brings joy to the heart of a minister. No preacher likes to see those he led to Christ walking away from God in ways of sin, or even living beneath their full spiritual privilege. John said: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." (III John 4).
Now Paul's confidence rested on a solid foundation, for he said, in verse 7, that their fellowship continued even when he was "in bonds" in a Roman prison. Anyone can march when the bands are playing and the banners are waving and the cause is popular; but when the chips are down, when the going gets rough, when persecution arises, when faith begins to cost something--then what? Many just fall away. But not so the Philippians. God gives us more like them today, who evidence by their lives that their that their faith is more than a fad or fancy. It is not a power they have, but a power that has them. It is God working in them both to will and to do of His good pleasure. And God doesn't give up!
Finally Paul expresses his attitude of...
III. Prayerfulness to God for progress in those Christian qualities which would lead the Philippians not only in the continuation of past service, but to and enlargement and expansion of it.
Look at verse 9-11--
"And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment, That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God."
Attained graces are merely the beginnings of better things in Christ. We should never be satisfied with past attainments or our present spiritual plane, but should always press onward and upward in service and love. The spiritual prosperity of believers should be measured not so much by the point they have reached, but by the degree of progress they are making.
Paul prays that their love for God and each other world "superabound" in experiential knowledge and in judgment; that is, sensitive moral perception. This then would enable them to distinguish right from wrong and produce righteous fruit in their lives.
In these few verses we see those Christian qualities that call Forth admiration and thanksgiving wherever they are seen--fellowship, constancy, loyalty, love, righteousness. These, among others, are the footprints of God in the lives of the redeemed.

Closing Prayer:
Our dear Father in heaven, we thank Thee for this example of Thy children in that early church at Philippi. As we read this testimony of their lives, and we, too, be inspired to let Thy Holy Spirit so fill and guide us that our daily actions show forth the fruit of His indwelling presence. May Thy name be glorified and our friends attracted to Thee through the witness they see in our lives, We pray in the name of Thy Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Agent Report

Agent Report

Today's report is more like a tutorial and some thoughts I've had this week, because I'm in the process of posting a new series. The homeschooling questions have been postponed.

Blogging Tips



Jake would be better at this, but I've got a basic grasp on programming, so I can share a little bit on coding.

Tip #1 How to hide links

You really have to know how to do this to blog effectively. Exposed links can be an eyesore, and they can mess up the look of your page. To hide them (take out space):

< a href="Link">Link Title< /a>

I'll also do it here , and if you hover over it you see a message.
< a href="http://www.agenttim.blogspot.com" title="An awsome site!">Agent Tim< /a>

One last thing...On a blog, each post has a "permalink", usually a timestamp, that is a link to that specific post that you are reading. Make sure you get the link to that specific post you are talking about in your post. It is not only easier for your readers to find it, but the other blog you're linking to gets better ranked because he or she has has a link to a specific post on their site. A lot of people are now linking to other site daily, like me.

Links And Notes



I have decided that I my "special guest" will be. This may sound irregular, but I will be using sermons that my great-grandfather Rev. Richard J. S. shared on the "Hour of Power", an old radio show aired during the late 60s and early 70s. It was sponsored by Central Union Mission, and was very inspirational, touching many in the D.C. area. Though my great-grandfather has gone to be with the Lord, I still have many of his sermons and radio scripts that I want share with you. I hope that you will be inspired by these sermons! After reading them, I thought to myself "These would look great on my blog, and they deserve to be there." I will be posting them twice a week and if they are received well, I will post them daily. I hope you enjoy!

Happy Birthday:
I want to wish my dad a happy 41st birthday!

The reason I haven't been posting daily is that I have had much studying for school, and no free time for blogging. But I'm back!

I am updating my blogroll using blogrolling because I am going to be adding a number of new links that I have failed to link to. So be sure you notice the sidebar when it is updated and make sure your link is working.

Also, you will see a book review on "Blog" by Hugh Hewitt tomorrow.

God Bless,
Agent Tim

2/07/2005

Agent Report

#1. Vox Apoligia is up at FirstPete 3:15 and my post has been included. The topic was "What happens to those who have never heard the Gospel?" Good stuff.
#2 Also, I have mentioned Blogging Teen a few times, and saw this post that was really interesting. A dream about heaven....I'll have to tell you about mine. {Making Note}
#3And lastly, I was very suprised at the Super Bowl last night...The Eagles did great. That is, until they killed there chances in the 4th. BTW, that is the last Super Bowl win for the Patriots in a long time. Sorry.

#4(My Homechool Article is up)

God Bless,
Tim

Homeschool Questions Part I

Introduction

At a history fair that I was at on Saturday, I was asked about homeschooling. And some of these questions came up. Of course, I have expanded the questions, but they are close to the originals. The answers will be somewhat brief because I want other homeshoolers (or those who go to school) to share what there answer would be or what they think. Also, I think a lot of people at the fair were also impressed that there were homechoolers blogging and helping a candidate as well as sharing Christian articles with the world with blogs. So, without further adu, let the series begin.
You Actually Like to Be Homeschooled?

Yes. For one reason, I don't have hours of homework at the end of the day because I do a class, then do my homework, fitting it all in quickly. Another reason I like to be homeshcooled is that it is much easier to get help for something that I don't understand. I get a better learning environment because I can stop and stay on something I might be stuck on. I know that anyone in school can argue that they can get there questions answered, but like I said, can they stop for one day to catch up?
"Ok...Good point," You say, "But I have more questions..."
I'll get to them very soon.

2/06/2005

Agent Report

Last night, I had a history fair to go to (my report was on President Bush). It was a lot of fun, and I was able to talk about Bush, his speechwriters, and about Blogs. That was definetly the best part. But I think some people thought this when I talked about blogs:)

Posted by Hello

News and Views...That's mainly what I told people when they asked what I do on the blog. Christian views, more political views, and some news thrown in for good measure. People were very interested, and I hope some of them went home and looked more into it. It was a great way to advertise (many blogs...Hugh Hewitt, EO, Jake, Travis, Alex...you all made it on my "Blogroll") I'm giving a couple links to some friends today. So if you see this Logan, drop me a note, and tell me when you get your blog set up and I'll link you.

My Brother got sick last night (once) and has a fever today--he's the 4 year-old. So pray for him please. Thanks. And stay in prayer for Adrienne's grandmother, who has cancer.

Now on to the links:

Secundum Christum "is trying to create a list of Christian Blogs ranked according to the Christ-centredness something which should make for interesting reading." (HT: Adrian Warnock) I'm going over there now to check things out.

Christian Carnival is here

I sent in a post to the Vox Apologia yesterday, so I'll tell you when it's up!


{Also, I saw a great post on Blogging Teen...head on over!}

2/05/2005

Agent Fun

You can see a picture of me taken at an indisclosed location at an anonymous town in a state I do not live in.
Now, my agent report will start with a little more on the world of sports. This isn't blogged about much in the Christian blogshpere, but I want to keep these "Agent Reports" personal, yet informative.
I heard yesterday that Emmit Smith was retiring as a Cowboy...and even though I detest the Cowboys, Emmit Smith is a really strong christian, and we all wish him well as he continues in his life. This man was really amazing on the field, he broke records left and right, rushing for thousands of yards. A great running back and a great guy--Great job!

I also have some ideas that I want to throw out for my blog...
One: I have neglected to give hat tips...has anyone noticed that or have I given enough credit? I've got to work more on that!

Two: I am working on a new series for my blog, but I can't seem to settle on a topic (like Travis). But I think I'm narrowing it down. Also, about articles, I notice that Razor Kiss is going to be hosting a "Vox Apologia" on his site with the topic "Evolution". I am also going to be sending in my article "What's Too Far" to the Christian Carnival. I am interested in hosting one sometime in March or April. Patriot Paradox is the one in charge, so if you are interested too, head on over there.

Three: I noticed that my links have been to high-traffic blogs (mostly), and want to shrink that downs, so that I don't come across as trying to get them to link to me. Actually I have a link on Evanglical Outpost already.

Four: In my post "What's Too Far", I mentioned the TTLB ecosystem, and how people try to get to the top, then you look on my sidebar and I have a link to the ecosystem! I want to clarify that I have nothing against the ecosystem, but rather have something against an attitude of wanting nothing but to be the top blogger. I'm not the "Top Blog" (nor the "Top Dog"...LOL), and shouldn't get taken over with the desire to be the "Top Blog" (that could be a book..hmm...got to work on mine). So with our attitudes in mind, we can work hard on our blogs trying to do our best for God, and not for men. We need to remember that our wisdom and our fame is foolishness to God. That has got to be in your minds. But...it's not that easy.

Fith: Lastly, I've noticed that a number of Christian bloggers with high traffic are interested in helping teen bloggers by making teen blogrolls on there sites. After I read Hugh Hewitt's book "Blog", I'm going to e-mail him and tell him about it and also that I am a teen blogger. We as teen bloggers do have a voice, whether it is big or small. I read Instapundit the other day (a review on "Blog") and he said that whenever he is interviewed he just can't seem to get it into people's heads that it's not the few big blogs with thousands of readers that make a difference, but the many small blogs with few readers. That's really cool, and gives us smaller blogs the responsibility to use our blogs for the best that we can give to our readers.

Without the Law, Are We Innocent?

In this article, I will be trying to address the question found in the title above: "Without the law, are we innocent?" I've been thinking upon this very subject lately, which has driven me to deeper study on the subject of the law.
To begin, I will list the commands given to us by God--Known as the Ten Commandments.

--The Ten Commandments--
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol,
3. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9, You shall not tell lies.
10. You shall not covet.


The Bible gives us these Ten Commandments and more in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. But what is we didn't have these commands, and what if we didn't know the law of God? Would we be innocent before God or guilty? Is it fair to go to hell without knowing the law of God?
The best place to start would be in Romans, with a quote from the Apostle Paul. In this passage, from Romans 2, Paul speaks of the righteous judgment of God on all mankind, including those who do not have the law.
"All who die apart from the law, will perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law."
Why is that? It doesn't seem fair to those who don't have the law, those "apart" from it. Paul says,
"Indeed when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, even defending them."

So those who do not have the law, in a sense, really do have the law. God has created us with a conscience and a heart with the law written upon it. So, on judgment day, we are all without excuse. No one can be blameless, with or without knowledge of the law.
But we do have the law of God. I listed the Ten Commandments above for you to read. Have you kept all these commands perfectly? Reading in Matthew, from the Sermon on the Mount, Christ goes deeper into the law, saying that these commands are more than just externally broken, but they can also be broken in our hearts. If you were to be judged by these commands, would you be innocent or guilty? Would you be going to heaven or hell? Does this concern you in the least?

2/03/2005

Agent Report

Agent Blooper: I notice on my post "Who am I talking to?" I referred to Catez, from Allthings2all, as a "he". Um...that was my mistake. I apologize! There aren't many women bloggers and I just assumed without looking closely. So to make up for my mistake, I'm going to promote the New Aggregator - Women4God Blogs(man, I feel kind of silly...but that's what I get for not researching!). That's a pretty cool idea. I'm not joining (obviously), but if you are a christian woman blogger, head on over there! Since I'm helping to start another Aggregator (Christian Coalition), I also thought you guys might want to take a look at her rules and explanation of RSS feeds. Check it out!

Forgot to post this yesterday, but the good news is (or is it?)...Sammy Sosa is getting traded to my favorite baseball team: The Baltimore Orioles!
But here's what DaddyPundit had to say about the news:
"As a Cubs fan, I'm glad to see he's gone. I wish him well in Baltimore. Although he had been an integral part of the Cubs success over the last few years it is clear that it was time for him to go. I don't know that I have ever seen a team so anxious to get rid of a player as the Cubs have been this winter. I believe they'll be a much better team without him."
Ouch. But you have to admit, the D.C. area teams are geting better, considering the past 5 years of almost all the teams doing downright awful. I still have hope for the Redskins, and the Wizards aren't doing too bad. I'm a Maryland fan too, so go Terps (Basketball). Speaking of sports, you're going to be really suprised by my Super Bowl winner pick. Yes, I'm going to go with Philly...I just can't seem to get meyself to root for a team that's already won 2 Super Bowls in the last 3 years. That's kind of wrong. So I'm going to pick the underdogs. They have a chance, but it's slim. But it's certainly possible. All you folks up in New England are are scowling at me, but I'll root for the Patriots if they're winning with 10 seconds left if that makes you feel better. How's that sound?

Personal report is well...it's been snowing...and warming up...then freezing...snowing...melting...now it's snowing...um, you get the point. It has been a busy weekend--at home. We finally got out monday night and went the Chick-Fil-A. (That's real food BTW). Then I got home, and chatted with Travis for awhile on the CC forums, then the Fantastic Four (LOL) got together and chatted for awhile. Hopefully we can do it again really soon. Everyone is feeling better at our house now too!

One last thing: I was looking at the book "Blog" by Hugh Hewitt and am thinking of getting it from the library. It looks really cool. Does anyone have it? I didn't see any reviews on it on any blogs, so I was going to write my own.


God Bless,
Tim

2/02/2005

What's Too Far?

This seems to be something I've been thinking of lately with these "blog awards". I've noticed on some sites that when the Blog Awards started, these blogs began campaigning for votes or for nomination. They made lists, showed letters of recommendation. On some blogs I laughed as I saw how hard these people wanted to be nominated to get more traffic. Is there anything really wrong with that?
Well, there has to be a point at which you've gone too far in trying to make your blog bigger. Many people work long hours to ge to the top of the TTLB ecosystem. They are totally consumed with working on there blogs. If your job is to be a blogger, and you get paid doing it, I don't see how this is wrong. But if it is just your hobby...get off the computer, and take a break. Notify your readers that you'll be gone for a few days, and just take a break from blogging. Send people to another blog whose author can "fill-in" for you.
Those of us who are hobby bloggers, we also need to make sure that we have the right attitude when blogging. We need to work hard to keep our blog personal--your own. But you also need to help it "mature". Your writing should get better. The site design can get better. And the reason for all this has to be this: To uplift Christians and Save the Lost. We need to have the mindset of "I'm writing to you" not "I'm writing to them". Keep it personal, and you won't go wrong.
Time...something easily wasted. Indeed, I want to spend more time blogging, but time flies. A half-hour posting a pre-written post, can turn into 2 hours researching to respond to a comment.
We need to have an attitiude of humbleness. God will respect that, and I truly believe that he will reward you for it. One blogger who I saw do this was Adrian Warnock. Adrian had a post on his site that said that he didn't have any intentions of self-promotion, and I believe it. Other bloggers I have seen (briefly) are Razor Kiss, the Blogging Boy Scout, and Blogging Teen has also shown a desire to let God use them and there blogs. It doesn't take long to see there desire to do there best, not to impress, but to do it for God's glory.
I'm not going to point out blogs I've seen that I don't consider humble. I don't know the writers personally, and can only see so far throught their writings. But I want to see a spirit pf humility in the Blogshpere. I want to see blogs helping blogs. Even if it means your blog will have less hits than another. I am not saying "stay away from aggregators and blog lists". But instead saying that we need to do it in humility, with the longing to reach out to people and get to know better bloggers than yourself.
So, I have page rank on my site. I use sitemeter to measure my hits. But I have to not get carried away with anything. Yes! Try and get more readers...but if you're not doing it for the right reasons...forget it. Shame on you.
But if you are doing it for the right reasons, than it is totally acceptable. And I hope we all work to have a spirit of humility displayed on all of our blogs.

2/01/2005

Christian Coalition Ideas

Hello Christian Coalition! After last night's chat, I came up with the CC Rules below, which we can discuss sometime. You can leave a brief comment here too, if you wish. This entire list of rules is totally preliminary, so we can discuss changes when Travis decides. I've left some things blank because we can decide on those things too.
If you are wondering what I'm talking about head on over to Christian Coalition's Home Page for more info.

Christian Coalition
This is a list of blogs that are dedicated to producing only wholesome and God-honoring posts. To be able to join, you must adhere strictly to the rules listed below.

Step One: Qualifications

You must have been blogging for __? months
(The reason for this is to make sure we have bloggere with experience)
Each of our sites will have their own mission statement (on the sidebar)
(The reason for this is for CC (and the blogger him/herself) to know what the purpose of the blog is. He/She can also set out goals he would like to meet.)
A Testimony (on your sidebar or a link to it)
(The reason for this is mostly for the benefit of the readers. I will be writing mine to show you what I mean.)
Other things...

Step Two: Inspection

The CC team will then inspect you past and present posts. They will then discuss if you will be accepted or not. You may or not be accepted, but you will recieve a notification of your acceptance. You may be expelled from the coalition without further explanation.

Step Three: If you are accepted

(If we have an RSS/Atom feed)
You will paste code on your template (or whatever) to display all CC blogs.

(If we don't have RSS/Atom feed)
You will place a CC link on you site where it can be easily spotted (we can have a picture etc.)

Once a month, we can have a CC carnival of each CC blog's best post of the month or week. No need for awards...?

Your blogroll must be linked to at least __? christian blogs. __? of which must be on CC.
(or if we have an RSS/Atom feed, throw out the last sentence).