Thursday, August 18, 2011

Divided the Movie - My Thoughts

I recently watched the documentary “Divided” by the Leclerc Brothers and promoted by the National Center for Family Integrated Churches. The following are some of my thoughts concerning this film.

I’m going to start off with the concerns and disagreements I had with the film. I found parts of the film highly ironic and actually contradictory. It was stated and inferred several times throughout the film that the purpose of youth ministry was to draw kids’ hearts away from their parents and to usurp the parent’s role in raising and discipling their kids. What was ironic was that most of the youth pastors they interviewed said the exact opposite. They stated that it was their desire and intent to work alongside the parents and support and uphold what the parents are teaching. They didn’t want to take the parent’s roles or the parent’s place in these kid’s hearts. I’m surprised that such a blatant contradiction was allowed to remain in the film.

I was confused by the way they referred to various ministries within the church. They seemed to use youth groups, Sunday schools, any age segregation, and corporate worship interchangeably is if they were all one-in-the-same thing. However, youth groups serve a distinct function from Sunday School, and both of those are very distinct from corporate worship. To lump them all together under one category is both confusing and misleading.

I found there were several irrelevant points and misapplications of Scripture made. Their reference to Plato and his ideas of complete separation of children from parents is irrelevant. Taking a child completely away from his family and preventing him from even knowing them has nothing to do with age segregation and youth ministry. There is also a statement that age segregation is the product of evolutionary thinking. While it is blatantly stated, there is essentially no explanation or support given for it. You are left wondering how they reached such a seemingly illogical, unconnected, and unsupported claim. One of the speakers referenced the story of Jesus and the children – using the passage to state that children came to hear Jesus teach and thus were not age segregated. The problem is that the passage says nothing of the kind. What the Scripture actually says is the children were brought to Him so that He would bless them. There are other passages he could have used to support his statement (for instance, the boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish) but instead he misuses a passage of Scripture. They also took commands given directly and specifically to parents (Deut. 6, Eph. 6) and applied them to the church itself. That is not sound biblical hermeneutics.

They discuss how age segregation is the idea of an atheist and humanist and is therefore, wrong. While we should certainly be careful with what we hear and believe, the fact that a method came from an unbeliever isn’t of itself enough to discredit it. Yet that’s exactly what they do. They never explain why age segregation is unbiblical and unscriptural except for the fact it was the brain child of an unbeliever. If you’re going to state something as strongly as that, you have to back it up with Scripture – which they don’t. They also assume that because the Bible never mentions youth ministry and never lays out how age segregation works or see a command for Sunday School, that those things are then wrong. But is something wrong simply because the Bible doesn’t expressly mention it? What about worship leaders, power point slides, pulpits, men’s and women’s ministry, prayer breakfasts, small groups – or prayer journals, spiritual diaries, answered prayer lists, group Bible studies… are these things also wrong because the Bible doesn’t tell us to do them? That’s a very shallow argument. Silence on a topic doesn’t make it right or wrong. It simply means we need to use the principles of Scripture along with a God-given ability of reason and Godly wisdom to determine whether or not something is “okay” or not. Without backing any of their arguments up with Scripture the film sounds more like personal preferences that they are trying to force on the Bible.

That being said, there are some things I do agree with. I don’t think Sunday Schools or youth groups are necessary things for a church to have. While I don’t think they are wrong when they’re done well (solid deep teaching coming alongside of parents), I don’t think they are mandated by Scripture. Many youth groups have strayed from a God-centered, biblical approach to youth ministry and have gone all out for fun and entertainment. I don’t believe that revolving youth groups around fun, food, and friends is glorifying to God or helpful to the youth’s faith. Quit entertaining and start teaching and discipling. I believe for the most part, young people want to be fed, they want to learn and grow and go deep. Yet even more than that – they need to be fed in order to grow in Christ.

I also agree that parents have dropped the ball when it comes to raising and discipling their kids. While I feel the film put too much of the blame for this on the church itself, it definitely is a huge problem with the church at large. Parents are given the responsibility by God of raising, training, correcting, disciplining, and discipling their children. They are not given the freedom to slack off or hand their job to someone else. And until parents take up their role as parents, kids will continue to flounder and walk away from faith and the church. Parents need to realize that one hour once a week (or a couple hours a week for youth groups) is not enough to nourish, instruct, correct, disciple, and grow their children into maturity in Christ.

I would agree that it’s important that kids are with their families for corporate worship. They need to learn to worship, to listen to God’s Word being taught, to see that the “church” is a community – a family. To learn that church is people of all races and all ages brought together by the blood of Christ. They need to see that worship and receiving instruction is vital to Christian growth and faith. They need to see that the church is bigger than themselves and their group of friends. To see that it’s comprised of people with all different kinds of gifts and abilities using them for the glory of God and the furtherance of His Kingdom. And they need to see faithful men and women of all ages and walks of life consistently living out their faith.

So, I do agree with some of the views they put forth and I think their concern for youth leaving the church is valid. I agree that many youth groups and even Sunday Schools have strayed far from biblical and God-centered models. Yet their arguments against age segregation and youth groups largely falls flat. Many of their arguments are logically shallow and they never give adequate Scriptural support for the positions they take. While the film is good fodder for discussion, the lack of support for the claims they make causes the film to be entirely unconvincing. The film sounds more like personal convictions than a biblical consideration of youth ministry.


I'm including a link to Tim Challies review of Divided here. While I think he comes off a little too strong, I think his review is pretty spot on.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Psalm 34:18

One of the ways I like to study the Bible is to take a passage or verse and try to dig in and pull it apart. I love it when preachers/teachers go back to the original Hebrew and Greek words because there is such depth and significance there that is sometimes lost in translation. I try to do that on my own as much as I'm able - which isn't a whole lot since I'm illiterate in both languages. Still, I do find some rewarding things by at least trying to dig deep. I like to go through a passage word by word with a word study book and dictionary to look up the definitions for each word and the grammatical construct of each word. Then, I like to re-write the passage in my own words based on what I've learned. Sometimes it ends up basically the same - but sometimes I discover "hidden treasures". The following verse is one I found some "hidden treasures" in.

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 (NASB)

My paraphrase from my word study -
The Lord (the covenant keeping God) is near to those whose hearts are (continued action) breaking, bursting, and shattered; and He keeps saving and delivering those who are crushed and crumbled in spirit.

Some treasures I found -
"Lord" in English is pretty generic - at least in my mind. But in Hebrew (Yahweh, Jehovah) it refers to the covenant keeping character of God. That's such a beautiful promise and assurance to start this verse with.
Brokenhearted is a great description, but I found the other definitions for this word to be really meaningful as well. In particular, I keep coming back to the word "shattered". It seems to indicate a kind of violent bursting of something into hundreds of tiny pieces - much like dropping glass on a tile floor. As I've learned first hand - glass doesn't just break - it shatters! And it's tiny pieces go far and wide over the floor. also the "crushed" can be defined as a crumbled substance or something that has been crushed into a powder. That's a pretty significant and destructive crushing! Not what I generally associate with crushing. I was reminded of grinding something in a mortar and pestle.
I also loved the fact that the actions in the verse were continuous. God's not just near to us when we are broken and shattered *one* time, but every time. God doesn't just deliver and save us *one* time, but He keeps doing it every time we are feeling crushed and ground down. What a beautiful assurance!

*Disclaimer - I am not a student of Hebrew and Greek. Nor have I been taught how to exegete Scripture. As such, the above may not be entirely accurate or true though I certainly don't intend to say anything unbiblical or false. I simply am trying to do the best that I can with the resources and understanding that I have.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Stand Firm

In a day where compromise and "tolerance" reign - where absolutes and "only ways" are despised - where humanism is the way to go and man's opinions and preferences are "god" - we need to stand firm on truth and the authority of God's Word in all things and in all areas of life.

Second, a high view of Scripture must accept the accuracy and inerrancy of the Bible. After all, if the Bible is God’s inspired Word in every part (meaning that He is the author), then it must also be truthful in every part (including passages regarding science and history) because He is a God of truth (cf.Titus 1:2; Heb 6:17-18). Thus, the Scriptures can be wholly trusted because they come from a God who can be wholly trusted. This means that Genesis should be believed when it states that the world was created in seven days. It means that Adam should be accepted as a real human being, that the Flood was a global event, that Sodom and Gomorrah were literally destroyed by fire from heaven, and that Jonah was, in fact, in the belly of a fish for three days. Even Christ and the apostles reflect this same attitude toward the Old Testament when they refer to Adam (Rom 5:14), Noah (Matt 24:37-38), the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah (Matt 10:15), and Jonah (Matt 12:40) as historical figures. It is not enough to accept the Scriptures as true in matters of faith and practice but deny its truthfulness in matters of history and science. If the God of truth has spoken (no matter the subject), then He has spoken truthfully. Too often Christians accept false teachings because they trust the latest scientific or literary theories over the very Word of God. In doing so, believers relinquish their ability to discern truth from error. Why? The reason is simple: It’s because they have let go of the truth, without which they have no standard for deciphering what’s wrong from what’s right.” – Dan Dumas (from the chapter “Hills to Die on: A Doctrinal Framework for Developing Discernment” from the book “Fool’s Gold”)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

George Mueller

Now, if I, a poor man, simply by prayer and faith, obtained, without asking any individual, the means for establishing and carrying on an Orphan House: there would be something which, with the Lord’s blessing, might be instrumental in strengthening the faith of the children of God, … but still the first and primary object of the work was (and still is), that God might be magnified by the fact, that the Orphans under my care are provided all they need, only by prayer and faith, without any one being asked by me or my fellow-labourers, whereby it may be seen, that God is FAITHFUL STILL, AND HEARS PRAYERS STILL.
The above is a quote from George Mueller's autobiography "A Million and a Half in Answer to Prayer". (pg. 81 to be precise, emphasis is original) George Mueller was a man of great, abiding, unshakable faith in God. It amazes me how his faith remained so strong in the midst of all the many and varied trials his ministry went through. What a godly legacy he has left behind! As I was skimming through quotes I typed down from his book, I also realized how highly he valued the Word of God. Not just as something to read, but to pour over and continually meditate upon. His faith was simple yet profoundly assured, and resulted in a life of beautiful faith and confidence in God that has reached the hearts of people around the world.
See, Christian reader, what it is to trust in God; really to depend on Him; and if you have never done so before, begin this blessed life at once, this unspeakably blessed life, of rolling all your burdens upon God, and of leaving them there. I have known the blessedness of this life, for many a long year, and even whilst yet in the body, it has brought the joys of heaven into my soul.
“If I were asked to write Brother Muller’s life I should say, he brought everything to God, small and great, temporal and eternal, and brought God into everything.” Robert Chapman
What a wonderful thing to have said about your life! And what an example this great man of God has left behind for us. May his example challenge and encourage us on to greater surety of faith and trust in our faithful God!

Who are some people who have challenged and inspired your faith?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Quotes [#2]

"My life has been hidden with Christ (the left hand) in God the Father (the right hand). Nothing can touch my life that has not been allowed to touch my life by passing through both the Son and the Father. Nothing, then, is going to happen to me by accident, nothing that is outside of my loving Father's control. He who spoke the worlds into existence exercises the same power in keeping me safe in His love." James R. White

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Uncovering the Intelligent Design Movement

[The following is an article I wrote on the Intelligent Design movement for an apologetics class I took a year and a half ago.]

There is a movement in the science world today that is gaining much attention and press. Intelligent Design (hereafter referred to as ID) has an appealing name to those of us who believe the Bible is God’s Word and take Genesis as a literal historical account. Yet, many of us don’t really know much about it other than what we hear from the secular media. What should we know about ID? Is it just a new name for Biblical creationism? In this article I’d like to give you a brief overview of the good and bad aspects of this movement and how we, as Bible-believing Christians, should view and act towards it.

The Discovery Institute, a home for the ID movement, describes ID as such – “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.[1] ID proponents are challenging the theory of neo-Darwinism and naturalism that has a firm hold in all fields of scientific inquiry. They use many solid scientific arguments that dispute the theory of evolution in biology. This is great because these philosophies and theories stand in direct opposition to the Bible. They can see the problems with biological evolution and thus suggest that there is a designer. They are working to get the weaknesses and issues with the evolutionary theory taught alongside evolution in schools.[2] This is important because evolution is taught as fact and any challenges to it are looked upon as silly and unscientific.

While there are some good aspects to the ID movement, it also has some serious problems. ID is really only concerned with biological evolution. They can see the issues of naturalism in biology but they are blind to its effects in other areas such as geology and astronomy. They do not believe evolution and design are totally incompatible. So while they support showing the weaknesses of the evolutionary theory, they wouldn’t show (or even believe) it’s weaknesses in all areas of science. In a quote from the IDEA[3] Center’s article - “It should be noted that although ID and evolution are compatible on the general level (i.e. life could be the result of both evolution AND Intelligent Design), on the specific case-by-case level, intelligent design is NOT compatible by evolution.[4] The vast majority of ID proponents believe in certain parts of evolution as attested to by Michael Behe, a leading proponent of ID – “For the record, I have no reason to doubt that the universe is the billions of years old that physicists say it is. Further, I find the idea of common descent (that all organisms share a common ancestor) fairly convincing, and have no particular reason to doubt it.[5] This should be a cause of concern for us as billions of years and common descent go against the clear teaching of the Bible. Not only do they believe in some aspects of evolution, but they also believe that only some things were designed. So, it is absolutely not true that ID claims that ‘everything is designed’. Indeed, a main purpose of ID is exactly to find ways to reasonably distinguish between what is designed and what is not.[6] This yet again goes against the clear teaching of Scripture that God has created everything, thus everything has been designed. John 1:3 states “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.[7]

The ID movement wishes to argue for design by science alone, leaving all religion out. They refuse to mention the Bible in their discussions. In a quote from the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture – “Unlike creationism, the scientific theory of intelligent design is agnostic regarding the source of design and has no commitment to defending Genesis, the Bible or any other sacred text.[8] They start with the universe instead of the Bible and abandon the authority of the Scriptures. This is a very dangerous place to stand. As Christians, we know that the Bible is our ultimate authority. The Bible tells us about God who is the true Designer, and how the world came to be. To abandon Scripture is to abandon truth and instead point people to a half-truth, which in the end is nothing more than a lie. If we truly believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, why would we not use it in our discussions on science and origins?

Yet ID is very adamant about not telling the identity of the designer they purport to believe in. Because they do not identify their “designer”, you are left to your own resources to discover the designer for yourself. Now that designer can be anything to anybody as Michael Behe puts it – “While I argue for design, the question of the identity of the designer is left open. Possible candidates for the role of designer include: the God of Christianity; an angel--fallen or not; Plato's demi-urge; some mystical new age force; space aliens from Alpha Centauri; time travelers; or some utterly unknown intelligent being. … Nonetheless, as regards the identity of the designer, modern ID theory happily echoes Isaac Newton's phrase hypothesis non fingo.[9][10] By not claiming the “designer” to be Creator God, they purposefully allow people to believe in false religions and ideologies without doing a thing to show them the truth. They also refuse to take the opportunity, not only to point people to God, but also to salvation through Christ. That is a very sad and serious thing to take into consideration as Romans 1:21 states – “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

It is argued that while ID is certainly lacking in some areas, many people will come to faith in God by seeing that there is design in nature. Could it lead there eventually for some people? I think it could for a few. However, just telling people there is a “designer” isn’t enough to bring them to salvation. Just looking at science doesn’t tell you about sin and redemption through the cross. Consider this quote from an article by Henry Morris – “The famous book, Natural Theology, written two centuries ago by William Paley, profoundly impressed Charles Darwin with the evidence of design in nature. But it didn't lead him to Christ. Instead, he embarked on a lifelong quest to find an alternative to the Christian God as an explanation of apparent design.[11] If you abandon the Bible and it’s Designer, you have no place to go to point people to the true hope found in Jesus Christ. And because people are sinful, fallen creatures they won’t naturally resort to the God of the Bible.

I believe ID’s weaknesses are such that we should not blanketly support the movement. We can use ID’s scientific research[12] to support the True Designer and point people to Him. They are another voice speaking out, in part, against the stronghold of evolution. Yet their failures in important areas are very serious problems for Bible believing Christians. They don’t fully deny evolution. They sadly refuse to point people to the Truth. Romans 1:28 says “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, They are not “religion-neutral” as they might lead people to believe. By purposefully and unashamedly not pointing people to the truth of the Bible and God, they then support every false religion people may come to believe. Because they abandon the Truth, ID is really just another way to view the world apart from God. Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!’” (Psalm 2:1-3) As Henry Morris said “If the ID system has to be so diluted as to be acceptable to any religion or philosophy except raw atheism, then why bother?[13] If we support the movement, we support the erroneous views they hold and God is not glorified through that. Ultimately, ID will fail because it does not honor and glorify God. “There is no wisdom and no understanding, and no counsel against the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:30)

[1] ; “What is the theory of intelligent design?”

[3] Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center

[4] ; “Does intelligent design completely reject Darwinian evolution?”

[5] Darwin’s Black Box, pg. 5

[7] All Bible references are NASB

[8]; “Is intelligent design theory the same as creationism?”

[9] “Hypothesis non fingo” is Latin for “I frame no hypothesis”

[10] Michael Behe, "The Modern Intelligent Design Hypothesis," Philosophia Christi, Series 2, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2001), pg. 165

[12] “We do heartily commend the Intelligent Design scientists for the brilliant new arguments and evidences they have added to the traditional case for Intelligent Design.” Henry Morris in the article “Intelligent Design and/or Scientific Creationism”

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Snow Globe

If you came into our living room you would see a sofa table layered with picture frames. Nothing too out of the ordinary there. But you would also see 2 figurines of Disney characters, Woody and Jessie. (why those in particular is another story for another day) They look a little out of place with the beautiful furniture, frames and photographs. But they hold deep significance for me.

I found the second piece on a recent trip to the mall. Naturally, I had to peek into the Disney store. While browsing around, a small snow globe caught my eye. I was simply drawn to it and couldn't stop staring at it. I noticed something that seemed unusual to me in my limited snow globe knowledge.

The main characters were separated. Snow globes that I normally see have the main characters together inside the globe. But this one was different. Woody was inside the snow globe that rested on top of an old TV set while Jessie sat next to it and gazed inside.

And I realized something while looking at it. That's often how I feel. Just like Jessie. Her friend is so close she can practically touch him and hear him, yet she's separated by the surrounding wall of glass. Though he's near, she can't reach him. Similarly, Daniel is so near to me I can almost see him, touch him, hear him... through memories, pictures, his stuff laying around... Yet, as near as he seems at times - I can't reach him. I can't really see him or hug him or hear his voice. He too is behind a wall that I cannot cross. Someday I will. But today, the snow globe symbolizes the the poignant reality that is now my life.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Quotes [#1]

I love quotes. I love collecting them, writing them down, and re-reading them from time to time.

I found this quote in a book I just finished. I found it to be not only excellent, but quite challenging and convicting as well.

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare composed poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of Heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper, who did his job well.'" - Martin Luther King

"Who did his job well." Is that not our goal to hear this? "Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master." (Matt. 25:21)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

On a Recently Neglected but Long Time Love

Namely: Books.

Thanks to my friend Rachel for the inspiration to get back to reading! She recently mentioned a challenge to read 2 books per month. I haven't decided whether I will hold myself to that particularly, but I do plan to start reading more. I don't want to keep wasting time on the computer and facebook when I could be spending my time more profitably.

I actually have a books-to-read list that I started about a year ago. 23 books and 4 booklets have already been checked off! (though granted, 2 books were checked off incomplete because I simply couldn't wade through any more of them) I probably have just as many more on my list - and I'm constantly adding to it! I'm now working on finishing some of the books I've already started. I almost always am in the middle of at least a half dozen books. Variety is the spice of life, right?!

Here's some of the books I recently finished or am trying to finish soon:
  • The Six Days of Genesis by Paul Taylor [Great book of an apologetic of Genesis 1-11. I have read and studied some on creation apologetics and I learned several new things. Not quite what I would consider "verse by verse" but good nonetheless.]
  • Thousands, Not Billions by Dr. Don DeYoung [Had some great information and new discoveries that confirm the Biblical account of a young earth - BUT - highly technical. For the most part I was able to understand the gist of it all, but it goes in to greater depth of knowledge than I currently posses.]
  • William Cowper by George M. Ella [William Cowper fascinates me so I was excited to find a biography on him. I love all the quotes from his poems and writing the author includes. However, the biographical part of it is very dry and hard to get through. It focuses more on his beliefs/opinions and impact than his actual life... at least so far.]
  • Follow Me as I Follow Christ by Cheryl Dunlop [A guide for teaching children. Found it in the bargain section at Mardel's. I've enjoyed it - it's pretty good.]

I've been thinking about what all I want to read and study about. I'm thinking of re-organizing my booklist into these categories so if I'm going to read a dozen books, I might as well have one in each category! ;) -
  • Ancient history and its relation to the Bible
  • Creation apologetics
  • Church history
  • Biographies
  • Christian living/Discipleship
  • Just for Fun

And if you have any recommendations for books in these categories (or other categories to suggest) - let me know! I'm always up for more good books to read! (anyone know of a good biography on D.L. Moody or Ira Sankey?)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Lessons from Childcare

I find it interesting that I work so much with children and love it, since I'm terrified of being a parent one day and raising them. Having the responsibility of guiding not only a child's education, life skills, and behavior but also their soul is such a weighty, dread-inducing responsibility. Knowing how to bring up a child biblically - to know and fear the Lord and follow Him all their lives - to guide and discipline in a way that points their hearts to God - what a heavy burden and a high calling. While I sense that to an extent working in childcare (though many times I'm just trying to maintain control over the chaos!), having children only a few hours at a time - I'm just like a sub off the bench who comes in the game for a few minutes to relieve the starters - I don't have that responsibility constantly surrounding me. Sometimes I sit and think about what it would be like to have that responsibility full-time. There was something that came to mind that I actually do have some experience with.

Practicing what you preach. That's one of the other things that has scared me about parenting. You have to model what you tell your kids to do. How can I tell my kids to be kind to others if I'm acting like a grumpy brat? Or tell them to be patient if I'm demanding that what I want now, I should have now. You don't want your child pointing their finger back up to you and saying, "Well, *you* don't do that!"

And it struck me that I am experiencing that right now - I don't have to wait till parenthood. I've been thinking about it a little for a few days. What do I do or say that I tell "my kids" not to do or say?

How about when I get so frustrated with their disobedience or their blank stares or their un-hearing ears... and I get to the point where I want to say, "Seriously, what don't you understand about NO?" I wondered if God sometimes looks down at me and thinks the same thing when I refuse to listen to His rules and want to do it my own way. Especially if it's a sin I continually find myself in - seriously, what don't I understand about "No"?

Or how about "Are you obeying with a happy heart?" I never liked that one as a child. (and as a result, I don't think I've ever said it - but it came to mind) I'd be like, "You're making me do something I don't want to do - of course I don't have a happy heart!" But it made me think - am I obeying God with a happy heart or begrudgingly? I've decided that being a parent or working with children can be convicting if you stop and think about it.

I may not have to be corrected for using running feet instead of walking feet or be told to use kind hands with my friends or to wash my hands after potty - but God knew that there's some lessons I could use. Even the same ones I'm trying to instill in others. Funny how that works.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Heaven Song

I've been listening to a song called "Heaven Song" recently. It's become one of my favorites. Part of the chorus says, "I can't wait to join the angels and sing my Heaven song." I got to thinking about that...

I know angels have particular praises they sing - you can find it all throughout Scripture. And there's particular praises that all the saints gone before us resound collectively in Heaven. But I wonder if we each individually will have a personal anthem of praise - a Heaven song - based on how God has worked and what He has done for each of us personally? We'll see God's had in our lives - every aspect - so clearly there. It's such a neat thought to me. I wonder what Daniel's Heaven song sounds like? I wonder what my own Heaven song will be. It's kind of cool to think about.

You wrote a letter and You signed your name
I read every word of it page by page
You said that You'd be coming, coming for me soon
Oh my God I'll be ready for You

I want to run on greener pastures
I want to dance on higher hills
I want to drink from sweeter waters
In the misty morning chill
And my soul is getting restless
For the place where I belong
I can't wait to join the angels and sing my Heaven song

I hear Your voice and I catch my breath
'Well done my child, enter in and rest'
Tears of joy roll down my cheek
It's beautiful beyond my wildest dreams

I want to run on greener pastures
I want to dance on higher hills
I want to drink from sweeter waters
In the misty morning chill
And my soul is getting restless
For the place where I belong
I can't wait to join the angels and sing...

I want to run on greener pastures
I want to dance on higher hills
I want to drink from sweeter waters
In the misty morning chill
And my soul is getting restless
For the place where I belong
I can't wait to join the angels and sing
No, I can't wait to join the angels and sing my Heaven song

Heaven Song by Phil Wickham

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Start

Here it is. My first post on my own blog. Feels kind of weird. I've been thinking about getting a blog for awhile now but just recently decided to take the plunge. Here's some of the things I've been mulling over posting about -

*Thoughts on Scriptures I've read

*Favorite songs

*Topics I have a passion for or take an interest in

*Random fun things that catch my eye

*Musings over life's lessons

That's why I said this is for "wandering ponderings" in my sidebar... I imagine this will be full of random thoughts until I can sort out exactly where I want to focus most. So here goes another crazy adventure in my life! :)