Friday, July 29, 2011

More and More Like You

Lord, Change my heart from deep within,
Oh purify me once again.
Renew my mind to love your truth;
Make me more and more like You.

More and more like You,
More and more like You;
Do whatever you must do
To make me more and more like You.

Lord, cause my will to choose Your ways
In each temptation that I face,
Until your glory's shining through;
Make me more and more like You.

More and more like You,
More and more like You;
Do whatever you must do
To make me more and more like You.

Lord, now I rest in Your great love;
Secure in Your own righteousness,
Because You Spirits work of grace,
Makes me more and more like you.

More and more like You,
More and more like You;
Do whatever you must do
To make me more and more like You.

If you want to watch the Galkin's version of this song...here's the link for it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVsSlMfi1YU

Friday, July 22, 2011

Musings...

So, tomorrow I turn 24. Not so sure about how I feel about that...it's kind of scary actually. In one more year I'll be half way to 50! Sometimes I feel like time has gone by faaaar too quickly...I feel like I'm still a teenager...

Well, enough of me complaining about age...I got my class schedule today! Here are the classes I'm taking: Foundations for Biblical Living, Creation to Consummation, The Gospels, Basic Computer Skills, Fundamentals of Composition, World History I, and Fundamentals of Speech I. I'm hoping to also get into Concert Choir, or one of the smaller ensembles, but I'm pretty sure I have to wait till I get to Northland to audition for those.

Anyways...keeping sort of busy. Working for some people from church off and on. It's been good! I trust all is well with my followers, and I hope you are all having a blessed summer!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Merciful God

by: Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend

Merciful God, O abounding in love,
Faithful to all who draw near You;
Hearing the cries of the humble in heart,
Showing the cross they may cling to.
Helpless I come, broken in sin,
Found at the feet of Your mercy.
Father, forgive; may my sin be remembered no more.

Merciful God, O abounding in love,
Faithful through times we have failed you;
Selfish in thought and uncaring in deed,
Foolish in word and ungrateful.
Spirit of God, conquer our hearts
With love that flows from forgiveness.
Cause us to yield and return to the mercy of God.

Merciful God, O abounding in love,
Faithful to keep us from falling;
Guiding our ways with Your fatherly heart,
Growing our faith with each testing.
God speed the day struggles will end;
Faultless we'll gaze on Your glory.
Then we will stand overwhelmed by the mercy of God.

Friday, July 15, 2011

"Setting Captives Free Cross-Centered Mind" course is dangerous!


So the other day my dad comes home from work and mentions that there's a new course on Setting Captives Free's website. Here's a description from their website:

You have arrived at the Setting Captives Free Cross-Centered Mind course, the 30-Lesson interactive course that will teach you to enjoy a newfound relationship with the Lord and how to find freedom from anxiety, depression, fear, and all psychotropic drugs. It is possible, and you can learn how.

Sounds harmless right? And some people can definitely be helped by this course, as a lot of people in the world, I believe, don't need these drugs because they just need the Lord, but some people most certainly do! So I decided yesterday I would ask to have clarification about how far they take this idea. For example, would they tell someone who's been diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder that they should go off their medication...so I did. I went on their facebook page and I asked that question. I explained the fact that 12 years ago my dad attempted suicide and was diagnosed with Bi-Polar, and that I wanted to know if they would advise even someone like my father to go off his medication. Their answer was that they would advise him to go off of his medication. They essentially said that he was a prisoner to his medication. Their argument is that there's no test to prove that people have any mental illnesses, so they must not have them. Their idea is that it's all been made up by Psychiatrist and Prescription distributors as a way to make money. And they're right about one thing, there is no test that can prove someone has a mental illness...but did you also know they still can't find out how and why people develop Autism...and yet no one would tell a mother whose child has all the symptoms of Autism that her child just needs to draw closer to God, and he'll overcome this fake disorder! It just doesn't make sense!

The whole idea that they promote is that through a close relationship with God anyone can overcome depression, fear, and anxiety. And really, they're right. Through the Gospel, God can work in our lives to help us and enable us to better deal with our struggles. But who's to say that medication can't help people who have mental illnesses? When this idea that God is our only source of help and we don't need medication is taken to it's ultimate end, you should even go so far as to say that someone with cancer shouldn't see a doctor. They should just grow in their relationship with God and pray really hard and God will heal them...sure, He might choose to do so...but maybe his way of healing you is by using a doctor to do so! Why can't it be the same with people who have mental illnesses? For some people medication is the only way for them to focus to the point where they can really grow in their walk with God.

You know how I know this? My dad struggled with depression for years...he got one-on-one counseling, he memorized scripture, he tried so hard to figure out what he was doing wrong to cause him to continuously slip into depression, but nothing worked! It took my dad attempting suicide before they discovered what was wrong with him and put him on medication. I believe God did that! By God's grace my dad hasn't had a suicide attempt in 12 years! And I can honestly say that my dad is the most stable, and probably the closest he's ever been with the Lord, thanks to the medication he takes that helps him.

I used to support Setting Captives Free...as they helped me with a sin I was struggling with...but this new course is so dangerous. It could potentially lead to people with all kinds of mental illnesses to go of their meds...and could lead to them killing people, or killing themselves. Sure...it might not happen right away...some people with Bi-Polar can be on a "high" for 5 years...but with every rise, with someone who has Bi-Polar, there will be a fall. And when these people do, I hope and pray that Setting Captives Free realizes the folly of what they're doing. Because if they don't...they could cause the death of a lot of people.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thankfulness As a Moral Therapeutic

In this world of corruption there is a real danger that the earnest Christian may overreact in his resistance to evil and become a victim of the religious occupational disease, cynicism. The constant need to go counter to popular trends may easily develop in him a sour habit of faultfinding and turn him into a sulky critic of other men's matters, without charity and without love.

What makes this cynical spirit particularly dangerous is that the cynic is usually right. His analyses are accurate, his judgement sound. He can prove he is right in his moral views; yet for all that he is wrong, frightfully, pathetically wrong. But because he is right, he never suspects how tragically wrong he is. He slides imperceptibly into a condition of chronic bitterness and comes at last to accept it as normal.

It would be convenient indeed if it were possible to have a spiritual experience at some altar of prayer that would cure this condition completely and for good. And some sincere persons seem to believe that it is. I do not think so. It is like trying to get an infusion of health once for all that would take care of our physical condition for the rest of our lives, obviously and impossible thing. No matter how healthy we are, unless we cultivate correct bodily habits we will not stay healthy long. And an experience of heart cleansing that is not followed by right spiritual habits will be disappointing in the end. Continued spiritual health will result from right heart habits. If these are neglected the inner life will degenerate, no matter how wonderful our past experiences may have been.

Now, as a cure for the sour, faultfinding attitude I recommend the cultivation of the habit of thankfulness. Thanksgiving has great curative power. The heart that is constantly overflowing with gratitude will be safe from those attacks of resentfulness and gloom that bother so many religious persons. A thankful heart cannot be cynical.

I do not here recommend any of the applied psychology nostrums so popular in liberal circles and among starry-eyed poets of the sweetness-and-light school of religious thought. The output of the "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" jockey makes painful reading for the man or woman who has been introduced to God through the miracle of the new birth. But I do recommend the cultivation of gratitude as a cure for spiritual sourness. There is good scriptural authority for this and experience teaches us that it works.

We should never take any blessing for granted, but accept everything as a gift from the Father of Lights. Whole days may be spent occasionally in the holy practice of being thankful...for every man and woman of every race and nationality who may have contributed anything to my peace and welfare I am grateful, and I shall not let God forget that I am.

-A. W. Tozer. Excerpt from his book "The Root of The Righteous."

I've been gradually working my way through this book for a long time, but I haven't picked it up for probably about a year, and I just happened to pick it up and resume at this chapter. This has something that has been on my mind for a while. We see this cynical attitude in Christian circles so often. I find myself at times slipping into it...we must be very careful about this. And I think it's so important to remember a point that Mr. Tozer brings up. There are so many sins in our life that we fall into, and we repent in tears at the altar in church, but we find ourselves right back in that sin soon enough. We must replace that sin that we struggle with with a "right spiritual habit." This is so important, and I love how Mr. Tozer addresses it so clearly.

Well, I hope and pray that these thoughts from Mr. Tozer were a blessing to you!

Update...

So a couple of weeks ago I told you all about my mole on my back that might be cancerous, and the fact that I only had till August 4th to get it checked out because that would be when I would lose my insurance...well, I just found out a couple of days ago that I can still be put on my Dad's health insurance because I'm going to be a college student. I'll be able to stay on my dad's insurance for another two years! God is so good...this is something I had been worrying about for a while now, but God was in control. I had no need to worry...

Thank you for the prayers everyone!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"O Church Arise"

by: Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our Captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth,
We'll stand against the devil's lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is "Love!"
Reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole,
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev'ry side,
We know the outcome is secure;
And Christ will have the prize for which He died--
An inheritance of nations.

Come see the cross where love and mercy meet
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict'ry march continues till the day
Ev'ry eye and heart shall see Him.

So Spirit, come put strength in ev'ry stride;
Give grace for ev'ry hurdle
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When with Christ we stand in glory.