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Blog authors:
  • Codepainter
  • Jesuschick
  • MegiddosGirl
  • The Cow (bio)
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  • xxpinknblackxx
  • 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!

    About God:

    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
  • God loves you (John 3:16).
  • God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).

    People
  • 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).

    Christ
  • 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).

    Response
  • 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).
    Cost
  • 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.





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    Thursday, April 08, 2004
    Backgrounds & misc news

    Hey everyone! I hope you are going to have a splendid Easter!

    I asked all the authors to make a background on their testimony, their faith, and anything else they wanted to say. So be on the look out for them! ( the backgrounds will be linked to their name once they post it ) I must say that I am eagerly awaiting to see what these amazing people have done.

    As long as I'm speaking about authors, remember that anyone who would like to be an author can contact me. As I've said before, I would like this blog to be a collection of people that will write whatever God leads them to write.

    If anyone has any suggestions for the blog, please say something.

    I also have a prayer request. My mom is going to Romania on a mission trip next week, so please pray for her success and safety. Thank you.


    Posted at 07:30 pm by Megiddo
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    Tuesday, April 06, 2004
    Grammer

    I usually don't like taking these test things, but I made an exception ( someone close to me took it, so I decided too as well ). It was probably just sheer luck that I got this, as I'm really not very well with grammer ( get it? HA ). Anyhow, here it is.



    Grammar God!
    You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

    If your mission in life is not already to
    preserve the English tongue, it should be.
    Congratulations and thank you!

    How grammatically sound are you?
    brought to you by Quizilla

    While I frown upon the pic and title, the test is a good one.

    Posted at 09:15 pm by Megiddo
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    Less is More by Relient K

    First, let me say that if you have never listened to Relient K, I feel absolutely terrible for you. try going to Relient K's web site and listening to their music vids or something ( http://relientk.com/ )

    That being said, Relient K is my favorite band, and one of their songs is on my top ten list. It is entitled, "Less is More" I would like to share the lyrics with you

    Jesus, I pray
    Take all my mistakes
    Throw them away
    Destroy them for my sake
    Jesus, I call out 'cause I'm sorry
    Because I fall so short of your glory
    To the best of my ability
    I'm practicing humility
    And I lay myself before
    'Cause less is more
    All that I have
    I lay before
    With my pride on the floor
    Cause to you less is more
    All that I have
    I lay before
    With my pride on the floor
    Cause to you less is more
    I pour out myself
    All that I am
    You love me so much
    That you fill me again
    And may these words on my heart, on my lips
    Somehow mean so much more than this
    Jesus, I pray
    Know what I'm trying to say
    All that I have
    I lay before
    With my pride on the floor
    'Cause to you less is more
    All that I have
    I lay before
    With my pride on the floor
    Cause to you less is more
    I pour out myself, before you oh Lord
    I hold nothing back, 'cause to you less is more
    And may these words on my heart on my lips,
    Somehow mean so much more than this
    Jesus, I pray
    Just know what I'm tryin' to say
    Jesus, I plead
    Please purify me
    Make my heart clean
    Drench me with your mercy
    Jesus, I pray
    I love you, I need you
    For the rest of my days
    I swear I will seek you
    To the best of my ability
    I'm practicing humility
    And I lay myself before
    'Cause less is more.

    So... what do you think? Post your thoughts on the comments!

    Posted at 07:16 pm by Megiddo
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    Monday, April 05, 2004
    W00t!

    Yay, the blog has now reached 2,000 visitors. I'd like to thank all of you for reading what I and others have to say.


    Happy 2000 visitors

    EDIT: oops, that said 'Happy 2000 posts' before. I really should proof read before I post....

    Posted at 06:54 pm by Megiddo
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    Wednesday, March 31, 2004
    I John part I

    I John 2


    15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and boasting of what what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.


    When John talks about loving the world, he isn't talking about loving the people in the world, he's talking about loving the things of this world ( loving money, a gamecube, the Internet, etc. ). Why shouldn't we love these things? Quite simply, it is because of what they bring ( whether you want it or not ). Worldly things bring cravings, lust, and boasting with them.

    Cravings should be fairly straightforward, the 'needing' of things that you really do not need. How many people do you know that own only one pair of shoes? Do we need more than one pair of shoes? Not really, it is just a luxury that we take. There are better ways to spend our money than by spending it all on shoes.

    Lust is a lot like cravings. I used to think that lust only applied to sexual things, but that is not entirely true. A dictionary definition: lust- An overwhelming desire – to have passionate or inordinate desire. Take the account of David and Bathsheba.


    II Samuel 11


    2One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing.


    Has David sinned so far? Absolutely not.


    The woman was very beautiful,


    Now, I'd have to say David is sinning. He is lusting after what is not his to have.


    3And David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.


    I just want to interject here that Bathsheba appears to be a willing participant in this, so she is sinning as well.


    ( She had purified herself from her uncleanness. ) Then she went back home. 5The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”


    Obviously, David is in trouble, and he winds up killing Uriah. Did you notice the flow of what happened? David listened to temptations, looked at what he could take, lusted after her, layed hold of it, and lost ( sinned ).

    The same is similar in the Genesis account. They listened to temptations ( from the serpent ), they looked at the fruit, they lusted after it, they layed hold of it ( ate it ), and they lost.

    Boasting should also be straightforward. In example, it is having pride or bragging over status, power, money, IQ, skill, etc.

    And I leave you ( 'till part two, that is ) with the words of my pastor, “There is much within me that wants to respond to sin, there is much outside me to tempt me to sin, and the world addresses me through my sinful nature.” Keep in mind, however, that it is not a sin to be tempted, only to give into temptation.


    Posted at 06:41 pm by Megiddo
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    Sunday, March 28, 2004
    The Fourth Dimension, Part two ( The dynamics of a fourth dimension )

       Sorry that is has been a little slow ( posting ) recently, but I'm picking the pace back up.

    Okay... I told you how you would represent the fourth dimension, now it is time to talk about what the fourth dimesion would be like ( at least to my best guess from observations of the relations between the dimensions we can view ).

    What would it be like if a four-dimensional object intersected with our three dimensional world? Most likely, someone observing the intersection would see cubes, spheres, and the like. Think of a paper cartoon character on the surface of a swimming pool. He can only see in two dimensions ( no up and down for him ). What would he see when someone dove into the pool? He'd see 10 circles, going into 2, which would change to one big circle, and so on.

    How would we be able to travel in the fourth dimension? I'm not talking about vehicles being able to go in that direction ( as far as I can imagine, that wouldn't be possible ). Think of another cartoon character on a piece of paper, and you tear a hole in the paper. Now, you slide a three dimensional ladder through the hole. Again the cartoon character sees circles and bars from the ladder, but if he were to grab onto what he sees at any point, he would travel with the ladder in whatever direction you were pulling it.

    Can we see the fourth dimension? Yes and no... As you've been shown, the fourth dimension is easily represented on paper, yet there should be a better way to show it then the way I did it before. We are able to represent 3 dimensions on paper ( like a cube ) so we should be able to represent 4 dimensions on a 3 dimensional object. There is a problem with this, of couse. Try to think of it this way, if a two dimensional object sees a 3 dimensional representation of a cube on the paper, what would he see? Just two squares with diagonal lines connecting them. This is because he has never seen the third dimension, and can't understand cubes.

    Would it be possible for us to move in the fourth dimension on our own? Doubtful. Think once again of a two dimensional character. His joints ( or whatever is letting him move ) would be very much like a hinge with no height to it. This would effectively make it impossible for the two dimensional character to ever look in the third dimension or move in it.

    Anyways... tell me what you think about this in the comments. ( I'd love to have some discussion about this with someone ). If some more interest is shown in this topic, I shall conclude with my final part of it, 'Thinking of time as the fourth dimesion'.


    Posted at 03:47 pm by Megiddo
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    Tuesday, March 23, 2004
    The Prodigal Son...

    "The Parable of the Prodigal Son" might be better named as "The Parable of the Merciful Father and the Two Sons". There are many interesting things about this particular parable that many people don't realize.

    Most everyone knows the story of the prodigal son, for those of you that don't, it is  Luke 15:11-32 .

    It is interesting to think that when the first son had gone and wasted all his inheritance, he took up a job feeding pigs. For a Jew, feeding pigs was the most humiliating job. Feeding an animal that they considered unclean, was utterly degrading. So he thought of home.
    "Coming to his senses he thought, 'How many of my father's hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger.' " Luke 15:17.
    He decides to go home, he wasn't ashamed for wasting his money, but rather worried for his own good. His hunger, his own body. That is the reason why he wanted to go home.

    The passage goes on to say: "So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him."
    While he was still a long way off! How could his father see him, a long way off??? Because his father was looking for him! Probably looking every day, longing for the return of his son. His father then clothes his son with the finest robe, puts sandals on his feet and throws a feast for the return of his son.

    "Now the older son had been out in the field and, on his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing. He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean. The servant said to him, 'Your brother has returned and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' He became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him. He said to his father in reply, 'Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.' Luke 15:25-30 .

    The older son is jealous because he was never rewarded for his efforts. He fails to see the joy his father has for the return of his son, he probably never managed to see the sadness while he was gone either.

    The story ends with the fathers plea:

    "He said to him, 'My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.'"

    The ending is open, there is no finish. That is for you to fill in. In your life, you must complete many stories, this is one of them.

    How will you end the story???


    Posted at 08:36 pm by dixiegato
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    Monday, March 22, 2004
    Rebuilding

        I've had this analogy in my head... I thought I might write it down. ( It deals with rebuilding the walls of your defense against sins )

       When sin comes tearing through what defenses you have, you have a choice. Do you give in? Do you leave them down and start breaking into a sob, saying that it is just too hard, and you'll just blend in with the rest of society? Or do you painstakingly rebuild ( yet again )?

       One thing that I've learned through my many rebuildings is that if I build the defenses on my own, they will never stand. The Devil is much too powerful to be stopped by me and me alone.

       There is hope, though. The King of Kings is always willing to lend anyone a hand. He will never do it for you, but He'd love to help. He's never too busy, He never puts you off.

       The best things about the rebuilding process is that every time I do it ( with help, of course ) the foundation is a little sturdier and I become a little stronger. The best of the best, I get to know my Lord a little better.

       Although the damage my sins do is devestating, I am gradually beginning to catch them ( the sins ) a little sooner and can stop more of them ( this is, of course, with help ).


       The picture this puts in my head is beautiful. My and the Lord working side by side.


    Posted at 07:07 pm by Megiddo
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    Monday, March 15, 2004
    Goodbye

     Have you ever been uncertain as to what you're doing? Who you are? What you believe?

     I am right now...

     Due to changing beliefs and not too much faith in myself I'm resigning from this blog.

     I'm having a lot of issues with many things church related and the sort so... later guys.

     And don't pray for me.

     When I want you to, you'll know.

     If you are like... insistant in praying for me... pray for the Spaniards instead. THEY need it.

     Byes.

    Posted at 11:45 pm by xxpinknblackxx
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    Sunday, March 14, 2004
    I Samuel 8

    I Samuel 8 is quite a saddening chapter. I would like to share it with you:


    Israel Asks for a King

    1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. 3 But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
    4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, "You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have."
    6 But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us," this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD . 7 And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do."
    10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, "This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day."
    19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."
    21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD . 22 The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king."
    Then Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Everyone go back to his town."


       It is terribly sad that Israel wouldn't listen to what God said. They wanted to go their way. They wanted to go with what was 'popular' to do, instead of what was good for them. This shows God's infinite wisdom, and some of my stupidity. How many times have I cried out to God to do something, and later realized how horrible things would have turned out if God had granted my request? Too many times.
       So what about the rest of you? Have you ever had an experience like this? Do you have something to add?

    Posted at 02:42 pm by Megiddo
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