Archive for April 2006

Destroying Self-Condemnation

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)

Sorry about saying that so many times, but I think it’s worth the repetition. Somehow I have to get that through my thick skull, in spite of all my failures, and in spite of all the times I let my Saviour down. I don’t think I will ever understand His love for me, nor His grace that covers all my sin. He forgets them and chooses never to hold them against me – but all the while, I…Continue Reading

A Victory! Well…Maybe Not.

Today’s post won’t be that long, because I don’t have much time. I have to be down to the church for 6:00 PM to do worship for Jr. Hi. It should be interesting, at the very least. But anyways, speaking of worship, last night’s worship practice went quite well, I must say. Perhaps the last practice went wrong simply because people (including myself) were in a bad mood. I don’t know. But anyways, apparently youth on Sunday night was amazing as well, which is good to know, I suppose. Things go great when I’m not there, I guess. Wonderful.

Anyways, let me narrate to you my wonderful afternoon. Basically, I can fast-forward past school, since it was relatively uneventful, and just skip forward to once I got home. I decided that I was going to work on choosing a university, so that’s what I did. I had been compiling a list of pros and cons for each university, as well as figuring out what the Maclean’s university ranking was saying about the University of Waterloo and McMaster University. After finishing that off, I assigned a weighting for each pro and con – since, of course, not all of the pros and cons are going to be as important as others. But anyways, when I looked at that, it was basically a landslide victory for Waterloo. I then did the same with the Maclean’s magazine ranking, basically taking into account each of the categories, how important they were in regard to…Continue Reading

Mood Swings, Movies, and Mothers

I am in a good mood. Don’t even ask me why, because I really don’t know. But I am. And hey, I can’t say that’s really a bad thing. I’ve been sort of down for a couple of days, and now it’s gone. You know, sometimes I wish my emotions and general moods would just sort of make up their minds instead of having a violent battle inside my head. Perhaps a peace treaty would be in order, with a proportionate share of happy days, sad days, angry days, disappointed days, and the like. Confusion would get a major portion of those days, however, since they account for approximately 80% of the population in my head. Sad, but true.

Anyways, I guess I should talk about the weekend. After all, I haven’t posted anything since Thursday. That’s pretty bad, considering all the time I really had to write stuff. However, as I said, I’ve been pretty down the past couple days for no apparent reason – that meant that I really just wasn’t up to writing stuff. Not stuff you’d really want to read, anyways. It’d be a bunch of stuff like, “Well, I don’t know why I’m sad, but I am, so I’m just going to list all the synonyms for the word ‘sad’ over and over until I fall asleep.” Just read some poetry written by an emo pre-teen kid, and you’ll get the picture. But anyways, even with that said, my weekend was not too shabby. I…Continue Reading

Relient K – When I Go Down

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted lyrics to any songs. It’s always a pleasure when I find a song that really speaks to me; it’s like finding an oasis in a desert. The words of the song refresh you and restore your spirits as you trudge through all the other songs with dry, dusty lyrics that mean nothing. I hate songs that mean nothing. I’d much rather that an artist keep a song to himself if the words mean nothing. Because what good is a song – or any art for that matter – if it doesn’t communicate a message? It’s just a nice thing that you play every once in a while because it sounds good, or hang up on your wall because it has pretty colours, or whatever the type of art is. But there are plenty of pretty things. Look outside at the flowers or the clouds in the sky, and you’ll find plenty of beautiful things. You could even write songs about them that mean something. I know I’ve written stuff about nature, because it stands testament to the power of its Creator; He designed it, and He created it for our pleasure. How wonderful our God is!

But anyways, before I head upstairs and get into bed for (hopefully) a nice, long sleep, let me leave you with the lyrics to this song. It’s by Relient K, who’s just such an awesome band – their new CD is amazing. It’s full of songs with…Continue Reading

Practices and Patience-Testing Classes

Last night was a waste of time. Why, you ask? Well, I went to the church last night for a worship practice. That in itself wasn’t the waste, but rather what ended up happening. Basically, to sum it all up, we never really actually worshipped nor practiced. What mostly happened was that we played our instruments for a while, most of which was basically just fooling around, and then stuck parts of worship songs in there somewhere.

Julie insists that she was in a good mood when she got there. She didn’t stay like that for very long, however. Everything was all set up, and the microphones were working, yet no one was really interested in starting to practice. Basically, what ended up happening was that Julie would go ahead and play a song on the piano, but no one knew what she was playing, so we would just play along with her or just sit there or play something weird along with it. I can’t say that I was in a very good mood either, but I came in that way. I was actually over it for the most part by the time I got there, and was more just sombre than anything else, but I quickly saw how much of a waste of time this was going to be. Every once in a while, we would actually start to play a song, but then no one would start singing, so we would play through the chord progression about…Continue Reading

Objects of Desire

There’s certainly something to be said for church fellowship. I know that as soon as I say the word “fellowship,” the image that comes to mind, at least in Christian circles, is that of food and conversation. It’s sort of the idea of a gym filled with tables, and a nice, big potluck dinner or buffet or something. But when I say fellowship, I mean hanging out in general – whether there’s food or not. But I was thinking a bit about this last night: most of my closest friends are Christians. And hey, that’s not a problem. But then I thought about how exactly non-Christians go about getting their circle of friends? I mean, I can’t say that I’m all that close to most of the people I know at my school. Most of the people I talk to there are the ones that I’ve met at Central. That’s not to say that I don’t talk to other people, but I just don’t consider them close friends. Really, when it comes down to a real practical level, aside from any spiritual aspect, church is all about making friends. God wants community among His children, and the more we learn to get along with each other, the closer we become. I think it’s great how Christians have such an excellent opportunity to make friends – and yet, it’s disappointing just how often we throw away that opportunity by deciding we don’t like them. But I am just thankful for the…Continue Reading

Videos and Volleyballs

If there were one word to accurately describe my weekend and all that’s gone on, it would have to be this: exhaustion. It all started on Friday, as most weekends tend to do. I was organizing the first ever Axis Youth Video Scavenger Hunt, and there were several details that I wasn’t even sure about going into the night. I was unsure of how many people were coming, so I wasn’t sure if we’d have enough drivers or video cameras. Being the most important two details about a video scavenger hunt, I was a little bit scared that somehow God would get through to people’s hearts, and that they’d come out with thirty friends each. This was one of the few times that I was glad that our youth group isn’t big on inviting other people – not that I didn’t want them to do that, but rather because if they did, they would have been disappointed.

All in all, the whole night went without a hitch. About fifteen or sixteen people showed up, which worked out quite nicely. I had asked my dad to drive if needed, but it turned out that he wasn’t needed after all. Also, I was glad that Jordan called and asked if he could bring some friends – I told him that it was fine, but that we might be short on video cameras. Luckily, one of his friends, Jon, had a video camera, which he brought. Jordan also ended up driving, which worked…Continue Reading