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Dirty Glasses

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As God has put a call to ministry in my heart, I am more and more aware of the sin in our world. Families today are no longer ‘nuclear.’ War always seems to be raging, or threatening. The United States, which was founded on Godly principles, is becoming more and more worldly. Many times people ask ‘Why?’ when the unsaved do evil acts. When planes crash due to a hijacking, or when a dictator cracks down hard on Christians.

My pastor has always said this: “Don’t be surprised when unsaved people act like unsaved people.” While this quote may not be original, it has a simple truth. While we expect Christians to live their lives by faith, we cannot expect the worldly to do the same. Yet why would someone do something so evil?

C.S. Lewis said something profound on this subject which I recently read this week. “The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred—like the Moon seen through a dirty telescope. That is why horrible nations have horrible religions: they have been looking at God through a dirty lens.”
I love this! A man’s glasses to see God is his soul. When your soul is dirty, your view is obscured. This is why many religions are not unlike Chrstianity. The founders of those religions saw something like what Christians see. However, because of their inability to see God as He really is, they missed the mark.

While we do not want to make excuses for unbelievers, once we understand their plight we understand their thought processes. Even we ourselves have a problem with seeing God as He is. When Christians allow sin their lives and do not repent of it, they are making their glass dirty, thus obscuring their view and relationship. I urge you to clean to clean the glasses of your souls in order to live effectively for Christ. For if your relationship with God is obscured by sin, you cannot minister to the fullest of your ability. While it is important for every Christian to witness and spread the Gospel, you cannot do so when you have sin in your heart.
Examine your hearts as I examine mine before our Bible Club today.

In Christ,

Caleb

 

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Go!

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As I read my Bible and live my life, I have been feeling convicted about the way I go about missions. Until this past week, I would say that my view on missions is that my Mom takes care of how we do that, and I just go along with it. We have a Bible Kid’s Club, a Bible study that I lead on Monday nights, and  we go to Church almost every time the doors are open. But I need to make my own faith, no longer depending on my parents. Because once I do that, I can really start to witness to others.

Yesterday we were at a conference and a speaker got up and read a passage from Isaiah 43. He talked about how God wants us to look up and “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19) We need to get our heads out of the clouds and see what God wants us to do in ministry. God is saying ‘LOOK! I have great things I want you to do!’ while we hide within our daily routine. We are comfortable with the way things are, but God wants us to get out of our comfort zone and do His work. As Steven Curtis Chapman said, ‘This is the great adventure!” 

But what does ministry mean for us? For one thing, don’t think ministry simply means becoming a pastor, or leader in the church. Yes, being an active member in the church is important, but it isn’t everything. Ministry means your way of bringing people to Christ, and then discipling them. This could be through a ministry called Sports Crusaders which uses summer camps every year to minister to kids. This could be through a small group which you lead. It could be disaster relief, or music concerts or anything that you feel the Lord wants you to do.

Secondly, don’t be afraid to start small. If you aren’t working to further His kingdom in your everyday life, why would God call you somewhere else? Talk to your friends, your neighbors, your family, even your enemies. Are they hurting? Do they need help or counseling? What about the people you see at the gym, or library? Do they look like they might need someone to talk to? Once again, this may be out of our comfort zone, but ask the Lord to give you courage.

Last, but certainly not least, don’t waste any time. The mission is urgent! Jesus could return any day now, and souls would be lost. Do you not want to see your unsaved friends or family in heaven? Christians waste so much time on logistics, planning, and waiting. Go! Do the work God is calling you to do, and pray that others may do likewise.

“For the Lord has commanded us saying, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'” (Acts 13:47)

 

In Christ,

Caleb

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Apologies

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Sorry I won’t be posting a long article this week guys. I just got back from an intensive weekend called Disciple Now and I am exhausted to say the least. Although not all exhaustion is from purely work (Mostly sleep deprivation!), a lot of it is. Continue walking in faith and I will most certainly post something worthwhile shortly.

In Christ,

Caleb

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Changes

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This week, there’s been a lot going on around our house. Many things that are happening that I don’t have any control of, and some that I do. Workmen have been passing through our house morning until evening in order to finish a flooring project in our kitchen and dining room. This has not only thrown our daily routine out of schedule, but disrupted our eating habits because of the polyurethane smell that is left when they leave!

Change is a daily fact of life on Earth whether it is a big change or small ones. C.S. Lewis wrote in The Screwtape Letters “to be in time means to change.” From the passing seasons to the aging of our bodies we are always changing in our habits and thinking. God is not constrained by the limits of time, therefore He is never subject to change. He is, has, and always will be omnipotent,  omniscient, and omnipresent. Sometimes it blows my mind how outside of our lives and concerns He is there and always has been even when time was nonexistent. 

But back to the subject of change. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes bad. Many times I wish we could do without many of the changes in life we have to endure such as getting old or moving away from old friends. But sometimes God uses change to stretch us and mold us in the way He wants us to grow. In fact, the biggest change that will ever happen to you is something that the world of mankind needs. Because we are sinful in every way imaginable, God made the first move in order for us to be with Him while we live, and when we die. But unless we commit our hearts and lives to Him, we won’t change for the better. Many have tried through diet, resolutions, and promises to change their sinful lifestyle. But it is impossible without the power of the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 18:3 Jesus said “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” He was so right. Let us have childlike faith and trust that His will is best. 

In Christ,

Caleb

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Links to Lego sites

For those of you who are Lego fans and don’t know where to find other fans and where you can get Lego guns and other whatnot, here’s a couple links to get you started. If you want to connect with other Lego fans http://mocpages.com is the best place to start. You can set up an account for free and post your pictures of Lego creations and stories to go with them. People from all over the world post their photos and comment on other creations. As for Lego guns and other equipment that you can’t get from Lego, http://minifigworld.com and http://brickarms.com are great places to go. http://firestartoys.com is a good place to buy stuff that Lego no longer makes, or minifigure parts, or special decals or pieces. If anyone else has any good links that I am uninformed about, let me know. Thanks!

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Thanksgiving

This year, we had Aunt Barbara, our grandparents from Tennessee, Uncle Jonathon, and Aunt Rebecca over for Thanksgiving. We had turkey and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving day, and we played touch football afterwards. Anyways, we had a great Thanksgiving and I hope whoever is reading this did too!

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Christmastime is here…

I don’t know about you guys but it seems to me that Christmas starts earlier every year. People put up decorations, stores sell Christmas items, and people go shopping a month before Christmas actually occurs! Back when my grandparents were kids, they would all go out shopping on Christmas Eve and wrap everything that night. Unfortunately, over the years, the marketing business decided to lengthen the time when stores could sell Christmas items. That way, longer shopping season = more stuff gets sold. Ah well, life goes on. By the way, Merry Christmas (early)!

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Hello!

This is my first time using WordPress.com, and even though this is actually for a Communication merit badge for my scouts, I am not just going to include three articles. In this blog, which I will hopefully remember to update, I will include my thoughts on different things I’ve been doing lately. I try to make things as interesting as possible so you don’t get bored. Enjoy looking around my site!

Caleb Norman

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