The Eyes of God

When the Bible says “God saw” or refers to “God’s eyes” what do you think that means? Is God like we are. I had an opportunity for a short devotion this Sunday at my church and decide to look into the “Eyes of God.”

Notably, I posted about Habakkuk 1:13 years ago here. That is one of the verses I teach about in the above audio.

Open Air Sermon and Outreach

We had an excellent night of fellowship and outreach to downtown Columbus last night after a really great day at a conference by Oikos Community Church where Emeal Zwayne was the keynote speaker.

Christopher Ledezma, Joe Conkle, Christian Duarte, Paul Martina and I traveled up and down High Street in the Short North and distributed hundreds of tracts, had several one on one conversations and the following open air where I used the fruit of the Spirit to try to bring sinners under conviction.

Use Dropbox to Protect and Share Your Files and Access Anywhere

A neighbor brought to me a common problem the other day. Another neighbor of ours was working on a document for school, is convinced she saved it numerous times – yet now she cannot find it.

There could be a few reasons this happens. One possible reason is that she never really saved her changes. That is HARD to fix, (although there are things which you could do to safeguard people against that).

But there is a free product out there (you can pay for upgraded or business versions) called Dropbox which solves many common needs.

  1. Have you ever saved a file and then computer crashes and you can’t find it?
  2. Have you ever saved a file and then you’re at a friend’s house and want to open it, but cannot because your laptop is at home?
  3. Do you ever want to share large files or a number of files (vacation pix, for example) with a friend or family member? — Kinda hard to do over email!
  4. Do you ever collaborate with others on a project? Do you recall emailing a document, then it gets emailed back, but by then you’ve modified it again?

Dropbox resolves all these issues. Here’s how it works.

When you sign up for a Dropbox account, Dropbox gives you a chunk of space on one of their computers. You can actually use is online and just upload files to their server if you like. But the read power is in the desktop application. When you download Dropbox to your PC and connect it to your account, what Dropbox will do it automatically upload any changes you make to that folder to their central server. Dropbox will also download any changes to that folder to your PC and any other PC which is connected to an account sharing that folder!

For example, in my Dropbox, I have a folder called Church. In this folder, I maintain all of the powerpoint documents which we use to display lyrics and sermon notes at my church. All I do is create a document and save it on my computer. Then I walk away. While my computer is connected to the internet, Dropbox uploads the file to their central server.

Now, when I get to church I have a few options. One option is that I can go to the Dropbox website, log in and download my file. I can do this anywhere I have internet access. But what we did is we signed up for a Dropbox account on the church computer and so actually when I get to church (assuming the computer is connected and on) the file is already downloaded onto the church computer where I run the powerpoint. Pretty easy!

I’m able to move and modify files between folders on my Android phone, as well. And if one is changed or accidentally deleted? Dropbox keeps a history of versions of each file, so just find a deleted file or a preferred version.

Any questions? Leave a comment and we can discuss ways to use Dropbox or setup. By the way, if you are interested, please click one of the Dropbox links in this post. For using my referral link, we each get an additional 500MB space. Trust me, once you start using it, you will need it!

Michael Sam is the Least of Your Worries

I am far more concerned that we have homosexuals as leading or influential individuals in corporations, government and schools than I am about Michael Sam and the hoopla surrounding his draft. There is a clear sense in Romans 1 that homosexual and other perversions of God’s design for sex indicate a debased mind. I have to wonder (and assume) if that debased mind is also incapable of good judgement in areas which would be seemingly disassociated from sexual orientation.

I understand that the religious right (which includes all sorts of wicked characters) didn’t want to see two men kiss on TV and have it endorsed by the NFL and ESPN, etc. I am totally on board with the fact that it isn’t about his sexuality and is not actually about football.

But think about it for a second, why should it bother you so much that a publicly homosexual man plays a professional sport (which he may not end up doing)? This guy is a pawn in a greater battle, sure, but what about the people championing his existence and sexual orientation? What about homosexuals in positions of influence and authority in our government or major financial institutions? My point is that you should be at least as concerned or outraged by every other instance of a homosexual being employed if an NFL player’s sexuality matters.

Aren’t there dozens of NFL leaders, ESPN editors, etc., who are promoting him? The lack of good judgement shown by these folks is more concerning. Michael Sam’s prowess as an NFL player will do very little to influence society. He isn’t going to make any laws (or change existing laws), he won’t make big financial decisions for corporations and he isn’t going to be teaching children in a daycare or school. Yes, he is wrong to be homosexual, but he isn’t the main problem.

I agree and hate the media circus surrounding all this. I understand the logical failures going on. But isn’t it a logical failure to suddenly be enraged that a corporation which consistently promotes alcohol use, mostly naked dancing girls and profanity seems to be quite ok with another form of evil, homosexuality? Isn’t the NFL just the product of the fan base? They are not selling something people do not want. And why does it bother you more that a homosexual man is flaunting it, but most of the NFL is unmarried fathers, drug users adulterers and revelers.

Michael Sam is nobody. He’s worse than nobody, he’s a nobody who’s been made a somebody so he’s even more self-deceived about his own merit than when he was in the closet. He is now in the spotlight, and while Christian bloggers everywhere are re-proving what’s already been said about the whole “gay debate” there are thousands of other evildoers walking before our eyes and having a greater impact on our society and culture, and, inevitably I’m afraid, God’s judgement on our nation.

So pray without ceasing. Pray for your government representatives. Pray for teachers, police officers, CEOs. Pray for the religious right who will stand on the right side of this issue until the day they die and face the same angry God who will cast homosexuals into the lake of fire. God can and will continue to save souls, and Sam’s pathetic and irrational choice to thrust himself into the spotlight may be just the topic of conversation which will be the open door you need to dispense the gospel to a neighbor, coworker or family member.

Enmity with God as Cognitive Dissonance

“In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time. — From Wikipedia

Let me summarize. As images of the perfectly rational Creator, humans strive for internal consistency. When we simultaneously hold contradictory beliefs or our actions deny our beliefs, there is a stress reaction measured by psychologists.

It happens in families, in churches, at school, work, everywhere. Here’s how it plays out: An honest discussion begins, it doesn’t have to begin with a confrontation (although it sometimes does). At some point, one of the participants knowingly or unknowingly says something or asks a question which exposes a logical inconsistency in another. Usually, it is in the form of the person has said two things, both of which the person still says they believe even though they are contradictory.

Usually, the inconsistent one reacts with some form of sin (maybe anger or malice) expressed in different ways. This is the manifestation of the cognitive dissonance which beings made in the image of God experience.

In more personal relations, it manifests sometimes through actions which don’t comport with a person’s stated beliefs. Sometimes, there’s more to the story, so be careful if you think you’re going to go point it out in others (especially your spouse).

But for the sake of the discussion, I offer “Bob” and a brief excerpt from what became an insanely long twitter conversation. Can you see Bob’s failure to be able to defend his own arguments? When confronted, he quickly makes up a new argument.

This can be frustrating. Not everyone “argues” fairly. Spotting this early is important to getting yourself into fruitful/useful conversations. Bob is unteachable. He simply hates God so much that he will say anything, even if he cannot support it to contradict God’s Word. Ultimately, men people like Bob resort to hurtful tactics like ad hominem arguments.

Of course, that is what was done to our Lord. Should we expect any better? (Mark 3:21-22)

Possibly as the result of this dissonance, “Bob” has the following message on his twitter if I try to go there:

Account suspended
The profile you are trying to view has been suspended. To return to your home timeline, click here.

For that reason, the exchange below will seem really inane. I’ll be sure to take screenshots next time instead of linking to twitter.

https://twitter.com/NGolfin/status/459706321894641664

https://twitter.com/NGolfin/status/459707385838587904

https://twitter.com/NGolfin/status/459713446679171073

https://twitter.com/NGolfin/status/459715413770002432