My friend, it is time to come out of the closet…

The Closet Christian
“I am a closet Christian. At least, I was until now. Because in my circle, nothing is more embarrassing than being religious.” Ada Calhoun, Salon Magazine

We have every controversial group in America coming out of the closet, but many of you Christian men (and women) are still hiding in there with the light switch off and the door locked. Here you are receiving all of God’s truly remarkable blessings, and you still won’t swing open that closet door and tell the world who you are.

Tony Evans, Th.D

This post is dedicated to my friends and associates, the individuals that I have had the pleasure of participating with in cycling, swimming, running, cross country skiing, and rock climbing and mountaineering over the last couple of decades.

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The Great Confusion Part 1: The Problem

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It is not difficult to understand the societies we live in when we look at the actions of individuals as stemming from the human heart or soul. All our actions stem from the desires of the human heart, both good and evil. A group of individuals is what makes up our villages, our towns, our cities, our provinces or states, and our nations. It is the corporate thoughts and desires of a group of individuals that also determines whether something good or evil will come out in our corporate actions.

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American Idol: The Projection of Worship

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You might be a rock ’n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Lyrics written by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan got one thing right, “you’re gonna have to serve somebody”. He instinctively understood, from his own life experience, the natural tendency of music fans to make idols out of those they follow.

Those whom we idolize tend to influence and/or dominate entire areas of our lives. We follow and even imitate the very idols we worship, often through our manner of dress – our incessant consumerism, driven to be like those whom we admire and chase after, with a zeal and passion deserving of only one person, Jesus Christ.

Instead of worshipping our Creator, we bow down to the idols of our own making. In America, professional sport personalties, Hollywood actors, celebrated musicians, and even Nascar drivers have become the gods of contemporary culture. In our persistent, narcissistic love of ourselves, we have violated the first two commandments, thus neglecting to worship the true God of Heaven.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

It would be a disservice to Dylan to not acknowledge how easy it is for us to be swept up in the antichrist cultural norms so prevalent in North American society today. Extracting oneself from that upside down world of idolatry becomes a daily task of huge significance.

It begins with a repentant and contrite heart. A willingness to change, and a personal commitment to forsake idols and idolatry in any which way this is made manifest in contemporary society. But, that alone is not enough.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 NIV

Change is inevitable

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Will God Forgive Me?

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God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. Romans 5:20 NLT

A story of hypocrisy confronted with overwhelming love and grace…deeply moving.

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine
Songwriters: John Head / Sue Mitchell-Wallace
Amazing Grace lyrics © Hope Publishing Company

via Will God Forgive Me? — Godinterest Blog

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Happiness: Chasing after the Wind?

It almost goes without saying that most of us want to be happy in life. Yes, there are those that can be likened to a great big black bag, full of misery. And, yes, misery loves the companionship of the miserable – the dark does love darkness.

Should that be our primarily goal in life – happiness? I would like to suggest that personal happiness is like chasing after the wind. Just when we think we have a firm grasp on happiness, it eludes us like wind passing through a beautiful woman’s long, flowing hair.

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Monsters and the Art of Courage

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If you are like me, than you probably have had more than your fair share of facing giants in your life. I am not primarily referring to the inevitable bullies in life, those who are bigger and stronger than us, but often are lacking more than a few brain cells in their oversized noggin.

What I am writing about are the giants that we face day-in and day-out in nearly every aspect of our lives. You know what I am referring to here – the everyday challenges that we face that seem to grow larger and larger with each passing moment.

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An Unspoken Language?

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An early circular ichthys symbol, created by combining the Greek letters ΙΧΘΥΣ 

There is a story told of the modern “fish” symbol so prevalent amongst North American Evangelical Christians. One can see it on the bumpers of cars, on jewelry and t-shirts alike. The fish symbol has become almost as popular as the “cross” amongst certain religious subcultures in modern society.

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