Scripture journal

While I figure out this website that is so often changing, I want to share something I’d like to do on a regular basis on this blog. I would like to start a new thing I hope to consistently do on here, “Scripture of the Day”  My attempt here will to equip other believers out here with the Gospel, firstly. Another reason I’m starting this, or going to attempt to, anyway is to help share the message. We must take advantage of everything God has given us. The only thing that is eternal is God’s word and his kingdom. It’s not that I’ve just realized this, of course, I’m explaining what’s going on here on this blog.  Welcome to the first scripture of the day journal entry.   I read the first 7 chapters of Exodus, yesterday.  It was a lot easier to read and a lot better than I last remember it being.  The gist of what I read nearing towards the end of my reading was this: Obedience.  Following God requires radical obedience and submission. When Moses was asked by God to speak to Pharaoh, he was hesitant to do so because of his speech.  The point is: We must completely obey God.

Prayer

Prayer is important. Do you know why it is?  Prayer is important ultimately not because it benefits us, but because the purpose of prayer is to advance the Kingdom of God.  Jesus tells us to ask him anything and it will be done.  This isn’t so God can grant our every desire as if he were our butler; Rather so we can serve God.  We need prayer because it connects us directly to God the father.  I think every Christian knows the importance of being connected to God.  Our spiritual lives become dead, and we basically turn into zombies. When we are connected to God in our prayer life, one of the most important things happens.  In Matthew, Jesus teaches us how to pray.   Part of the prayer that Christ models for the Christian life should go something like this: “Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come”  Now it doesn’t have to be exactly like that, but I would point someone who is new to the faith to this, and as you progress you can come up with your own biblical prayers.   Remember, the point of prayer is not to advance our Kingdom, but to advance God’s kingdom. That is why we are here.

Living in the world, and witnessing

Jesus didn’t want for us to live away from the world, but to live in it.  This makes me wonder though… Why do we have people like Monks who go out and live in the desert or in caves and live apart from the world? You can’t possibly tell me that we can make a difference for the glory of Christ and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:20) if we are living away from where we are needed. I refuse to believe it, because that’s can’t be the Gospel. As Jesus’s disciples, we are called to reach out and go and do things.  Otherwise, we aren’t witnessing to the world (Acts 1:7).  The Christian life, as ultimately displayed, perhaps greatest at the cross is not one of comfort, but of trial, persecution, and than after many tribulations, we will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Following Jesus is meant to be uncomfortable.

Gospel centered movies..

I don’t have a problem with good movies, in fact I really enjoy them.  I don’t know anyone who has a problem with them, really anyway.  Sometimes though, the problem with the things we like is that they may not have a lasting value to them.  Okay, so really anything on this world doesn’t, fair enough.

But like I was saying, the problem isn’t the movies themselves.. but sometimes the things in it and how we just take it for entertainment for ourselves.   I shouldn’t have to remind you of the world we live in, we are always looking for our quick fix and want pleasure for ourselves.   Perhaps there is a more biblical path we can approach the movies, maybe instead of going for movies which offer temporary messages, we aim for movies that offer a longer lasting message.  If we are planning on spending our eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ, than I suggest we try and look for things that offer our souls more in this world.   My prayer is that there would be more films made produced to the glory of God centered on the Gospel.   I’m not just talking about a football team and a few lines about God.  I mean, center the movie on Christ and a coach going through a tough time with finances, trouble having a baby, and  a coach who is on the hot seat with his  coaching job.

If you aren’t so much into sports, that’s ok.. because the message of the film offers something eternal.  The message of these movies have helped so many people because they can identify with themselves with the character on the screen.   Sure Sherwood’s first 3  films’s acting isn’t great, and kind of a cheesy attempt the first two tries, but that’s Hollywood we are used to.  Sherwood films and the Kendrick brothers aren’t concerned about Hollywood, they are concerned about the Kingdom of God.  And so should we.

GRantTaylor