The Cow (bio)
Megiddo - site manager (bio) (meaning)
Cool links to cool places:
A christian search engine, very useful!
An online Bible with every version I've heard of and a few I haven't!
A site created by Megiddo for Christian teens!
How do you describe the indescribable? If all the seas turned ink, all the plant to writing tools, and all the sky to parchment, it would not be enough to describe God's vastness. That's the God I serve.
If you're interested in learning more about God, you can leave a message here, you could go to this site and leave a message or you can read on.
God loves you (John 3:16).
God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).
God, who created everything, made us for himself to find our purpose in fellowship with him (Colossians 1:16).
But we rebelled and turned away from God (Isaiah 53:6) The result is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). The penalty is eternal death (Romans 6:23).
God became human in the person of Jesus Christ to restore the broken fellowship (Colossians 1:19-20). Christ lived a perfect life (1 Peter 2:22).
Christ died as a substitute for us by paying the death penalty for our rebellion (Romans 5:8). He arose (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and is alive today to give us a new life of fellowship with God, now and forever (John 10:10).
I must repent for my rebellion (Matthew 4:17).
I must believe Christ died to provide forgiveness and a new life of fellowship with God (John 1:12)
I must receive Christ as my Savior and Lord with the intent to obey him. I do this in prayer by inviting him into my life (Revelation 3:20).
There is no cost to your salvation comes to you freely (Ephesians 2:8-9).
But it comes at a high cost to God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Ultimately your response is a life of discipleship (Luke 9:23-24).
If you want to look up the verses to the above passages, just click on them.
Friday, January 16, 2004
I usually try to aim toward professionalism on my posts, but I realized that in order for readers to understand me better and vice versa, I needed a few personal stories. I couldn't think of anything... until today.
Maybe disgust isn't the right word... as it was beyond, yet I almost sat down and cried when I heard it. I usually try to stay away from the 'evil' things that I here at school, because I'm sure some of you have stories that would give anyone nightmares. But... this is a major problem at any school... I'm sure. So, I'll share my story.
I was sitting at lunch and with nothing else to do, I listened to what other people were saying. Someone next to me asked his friend to go steal two bread sticks for him. At first, I thought he was just kidding. I watched this kid's 'friend' go up to where the lunch was, take two bread sticks and get in line to buy it.
He kept glancing around, and when no one was watching, he tried to make his getaway. Luckily, someone from the cafeteria staff saw, and made him pay. That kid could have had two years in jail or a $50,000 fine from that.
Then, the someone else started talking about his girlfriend. He said, "Ya, I remember how we first got together! I was at a party with my friends, and she put something in my drink so I would fall asleep. When I woke up, she was all over me." Then later said, "I asked her later if she made sure to put a condom on me, she said she did. So, it was all right."
This person got raped and could care less! Not only that, he likes the girl because she had the 'guts' to do something like that.
God demands sexual purity. You should save yourself for marriage. This doesn't mean that the point in marriage is do such things. Having children is a gift from God, he wants us to populate the Earth.
He wants us to have the bond between man and wife. I hope that if/when I choose a wife, she will be sexually pure, and that she would want me to be as well.
Where do the ideas our culture has come from? The instant ability to access anything on the net? Movies or shows? Is everyone around them doing it?
The feeling I had while hearing that 'story' is indescribable. It was somewhere between shock/horror/grief. What about you? Are you living the way God would want you to? Or do you know that the way you are living will only lead to destruction?
Posted at 03:53 pm by Megiddo
Thursday, January 15, 2004
I got this pic from livingwaters.com. They said it was free... so I doubt they'll mind me posting it here. Enjoy!
by the way... let me tell you the different words for some beliefs.
Atheism: not believing in God ( most people who say they are atheists believe in evolution )monotheism: belief in one God
polythesim: belief in many Gods
theism: belief in a God or Gods, especially as your creator
Posted at 07:36 pm by Megiddo
"Lack of availability is the only limitation preventing your effectiveness in what God wants you to do."
Posted at 05:45 pm by Megiddo
Excuses... we have all used them, you know what they are! When it comes to having excuses for not serving the Lord, Moses had some of the best ( And most commonly used ), but God worked in Moses' life to make him a great leader.
| What Moses said
|| What God said
| I'm just an average person
|| I will be with you
|| Exodus 3:11&12|
| I have no authority
|| You have the authority if God gives it to you
|| Exodus 2:11&14|
| No one will believe me
|| ( miracles and plagues. The greatest miracle is a changed life )
|| Exodus 4:1|
| Natural limitations
|| I will be your mouth. Natural limitations reveal God's power in a greater way
|| Exodus 4:10-12|
| I am unavailable
|| The greatest training in the world will not be effective if you are 'unavailable'
|| Exodus 4:13|
Posted at 05:40 pm by Megiddo
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Hello all! I am, and shall continue to be, the infamous Cow. For some reason, I've been allowed to help post on this blog, and in particular to try to represent and explain Catholicism. I've technically been a Catholic my whole life, although I didn't really understand my faith until a mere two or three years ago. Since then, I've spent loads of time discovering more about the Catholic Church, and hopefully I can cover my bases enough to give explanations of what we do, and why we do it.
First off, I want to say that the focus point of being Catholic is to worship, honor, and bring glory to God, above all else. We do NOT worship ANYTHING besides Him, especially not saints, Mary, or the Pope. The only reason we like them is because they help lead us to Christ.
Our fellow blogger, xxpinknblackxx, has already started getting into the Pope. I though that rather than try and explain everything there is to know about the Pope, it might be smarter to try and see what people want to know.
Do any of you readers, even you guys who don't look at this regularly but just found it blog-hopping, have any questions in particular about the Pope, or his position in the Church?
Posted at 12:59 am by The Cow
Monday, January 12, 2004
What is make-up? I know you're all probably laughing at me thinking that I don't know what it means, but really, what does it mean? The most likely version of make they use here is to bring to some state. Up probably means toward that which is higher, what is better. Basically, make-up means a better state.
How can we improve on what God made? We are not perfect, but we are what he wants us to be. We are his children, he loves us no matter what we look like.
Beauty is an interesting word. It is something that is relative from person to person. The person that you marry ( if she is wearing make-up ) is not that person at all. You are marrying what that person considers a better version of themselves. It should shame the husband that the wife does this to herself.
Doesn't make-up create an evil among us? Women are living behind a mask. They are lying about what they really are. They do it to be more 'attractive', but if you want someone to love you, you need someone to love you for what you are, not for what you look like.
Am I far off in this matter? Am I completely missing the point of make-up? Please leave a comment and tell me wether you agree with me. Thank you.
Posted at 05:23 pm by Megiddo
Sunday, January 11, 2004
As I promised, I'm back, talking about the Pope.
I've seen the Pope in person, I was about 25 ft away. Our current Pope, John Paul II has been a very wonderful leader. He has served since the 70's and has visited the most countries out of all the past Popes. Now, I'm not the best person to explain about the ruling of the Pope, because I don't agree with how it was carried out in the beginning. The Pope was given anything he wanted and showered in gold and tasteful, expensive things.
Side Note: This is what Martin Luther was complaining about. I don't believe he set out to change and begin a new religion... he just wanted these things changed and in that regard: why not?
The first about 23 Popes did not die of natural causes, just to let you know. The Catholic church was hated and if you visit the Vatican City, you'll see the monstrous wall surrounding it with tiny holes so that arrows can be shot out but not in. Not too good of a "Christian attitude" which they're always barking at us about at school, but whatever.
We don't worship the Pope... it's nothing like that at all. He is considered to be the most holy of holy's, as a representation of what we should be like as Christians.
The Pope lives in an apartment in the Vatican and can no longer walk. He can stand and sit, but cannot walk so he is transported on a platform. The platform does not have brakes so they stop it with wood. (Just an interesting fact, I mean, the celing of San Peitro Bascilla is gold lined but they don't install brakes! What's that all about?) Anyways, the Pope is a person thousands of people aspiure towards seeing once in their lives, and I have. Wahoo!
That was a very vague expression of what the Pope is... but my point was basically, that he's not some idol or something. Anyways... if you want more of an idea I recommend you see the movie "Luther" it's about Martin Luther and the Pope's early rule, so you'll understand my rant a little better.
By the way: Peter was the first Pope, not all Popes ruled from Rome, not all Popes are burried in San Pietro Bascilla.
Love you all!
Posted at 01:01 pm by xxpinknblackxx
So I guess an introduction is in order and all. I've been doing this blog thing for what seems to be a long time now and have started to develop my own style of writing. The type of things that I usually post on the topic of christianity (at least in my own blog) are criticisms against the "Chrisian Culture" and "Religion". It is important there for to understand what I mean when I speak of religion.
Religion is most simply put as: man's attempt to reach God. It is all the ritualism, legalism and seperatism which I think does more harm to God's work than help. For instance, what are the images that come into your head when I mention the word "church". For me I see images of blurry morning services with long winded preachers, people in dress suits and watching all the little cliques get together to talk about this weeks gossip. Now, especially if you are a believer, you may have a completely different vision of church than I do; however, most people I have spoken with (especially un-believers) hold views similar to my own. These things create an environment in which un-believers (and even believers for that matter) find themselves alienated from fellowship because they are not in "the group".
I don't mean to go much further into the topic at this time, as this is an introduction and not intended to be a target post. Needless to say it is with these types of things that I have wrestled with over the past few years. Just to warn many of you I tend to use sarcasm in my writing so keep in mind the context in which I say things. Other than that I guess I'm looking forward to making more posts on here on different subjects I have come across, or if you have particular interest in something you wish me to post about, leave a tag or a comment on this post. I must warn you however that school is starting up once again and my own blog comes first so it could be a little while before I get to it. Good luck and may this year be better than the last.
Posted at 12:53 pm by Codepainter
Friday, January 09, 2004
No blog post today... sorry. This is mainly because I never planned on making a post everyday. So you other authors get your rears in gear and start making posts! Just kidding, you're doing a good job. But Codepainter, you were the first author on my blog and you have yet to post something. Please post something soon!
Posted at 06:28 pm by Megiddo
Thursday, January 08, 2004
To my mother:
Mom! When will you see?
I long to be closer to you.
But, you see me in a night... in a fury.
Can't you see? That has past!
I am coming to the daylight, but you refuse to see it.
Here I am! I want to confess my wrongs to you!
But, you recede from me...
Come back! I need you!
But, you are deaf to me.
I don't want to do it on my own! I want you by my side, approving of it!
I try to tell you,
but you turn away.
Lord! I love you!
but I love my mother as well!
What should I do?
Will she do it the Lord?
Will she look upon herself as she really is?
When will she see the bitterness that is bottled up inside her?
Will she give up her old ways?
When will we be a team again mom?
Posted at 08:49 pm by Megiddo