Hey folks, It’s called “Twitter” not “Bitter” – Try tweeting something positive that actually lifts someone up! Yourself included!
— Jamie Rowe (@jamierowe) May 12, 2013
Let us not forget…
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:22-26 NIV)
Not the best “sound” but it was a great morning of worship..not just for me..for the church!
Ok, I’m posting this with the understanding that it’s going to ruffle a few feathers.
I’m also hoping that a greater number will examine how they treat their neighbor.
My goal here is not to promote homosexuality, but to promote love, kindness, and compassion.
What if the entire world were gay, and everyone hated straight people?
25 minute documentary on C.S. Lewis.
One of my favorite parts of my gig at Visual Sound is creating print ads for the Guitar Magazines. We’ll collectively come up with ideas and then I get to take those ideas and make them into reality. I get thrilled to walk into a WalMart or grocery store and see an ad in Guitar World, Guitar Player, Premiere Guitar, etc… It’s kinda’ like that feeling of hearing your song on the radio. The same laptop that cranked out these ads is the one I use to type this blog. Here’s a selection from the past year:
If you’ve spent any time around me the past 6 or so months, you’ll know that Dr. Timothy Keller is a spiritual hero of mine. There is a site devoted to archiving quotes from his sermons, books, lectures, etc called KellerQuotes that is an outstanding place to burn some time and gain some encouragement. I just read this one:
To live for anything else but God leads to breakdown and decay. When a fish leaves the water, which he was built for, he is not free, but dead. Worshiping other things besides God leads to a loss of meaning. If we achieve these things, they cannot deliver satisfaction, because they were never meant to be ‘gods.’ They were never meant to replace God. Worshiping other things besides God also leads to self- image problems. We end up defining ourselves in terms of our achievement in these things. We must have them or all is lost; so they drive us to work too hard, or they fill us with terror if they are jeopardized.
My favorite line is “When a fish leaves the water, which he was built for, he is not free, but dead.” How many of us “leave the water” then scratch our heads wondering where the peace went?
Lord, help me to stay in the water….
A few days ago, I posted this at facebook.com/jamierowe based on Ephesians 4:15
Most folks seemed to agree, but there was still a handful of folks who were defending their “right” to be rude.
Here is some food for thought (bold emphasis mine):
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
For what it’s worth…
After a recent ‘interesting’ facebook exchange, this was a great read this morning. I really love the way Timothy Keller delivers Gospel Truth.
“Another mark of the moral-performance narrative is a constant need to find fault, win arguments, and prove that all opponents are not just mistaken but dishonest sellouts. However, when the gospel is deeply grasped, our need to win arguments is removed, and our language becomes gracious. We don’t have to ridicule our opponents, but instead we can engage them respectfully.
People who live in the moral-performance narrative use sarcastic, self-righteous putdown humor, or have no sense of humor at all. (C.S.) Lewis speaks of ‘the unsmiling concentration upon Self, which is the mark of hell.’ The gospel, however, creates a gentle sense of irony. We find a lot to laugh at, starting with our own weaknesses. They don’t threaten us anymore because our ultimate worth is not based on our record or performance.
Martin Luther had the basic insight that moralism is the default mode of the human heart. Even Christians who believe the gospel of grace on one level can continue to operate as if they have been saved by their works. In ‘The Great Sin’ in Mere Christianity, Lewis writes, ‘If we find that our religious life is making us feel that we are good—above all, that we are better than someone else—I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the Devil.’”