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Yes Man – watched it last night. LOVED IT! Absolutely one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in awhile, and inspiring to boot! Jim Carey is awesome (not surprising). Aside from one VERY innappropriate gag, it was wholly enjoyable.

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April 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm

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Movie Log

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This weekend:

Jericho – Season 1: I am absolutely IN LOVE with this show! Basic premise: there is an organized nuclear attack on something like 25 U.S. cities, followed by an EMP attack. The entire infrastructure of the U.S. is effectively destroyed, communication is cut off, no electricity – you get the picture. Small towns now become the centers for commerce/trade (as all the big cities have been obliterated). Lawlessness abounds, and the rural Midwest becomes a brutal and ruthless place. Awesome. Watch it.

Twighlight –  Actually not terrible. Decent plot. Very clean – violence is minimal, almost no blood (impressive for a vampire flick), no language, no sex. But definitely created for 14 year-old girls. There are several uber-cheesy Mexican soap opera type close-ups. And the “reveal” part of it (where the girl finds out she’s in love with a vampire), is awkward and embarassing. 3 stars. Worth a rent. But there’s plenty of movies I’d put in line before this one.

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April 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm

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Playing around…

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This is the most disgusting, yet “infectious” game I have ever played…

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As a virus, your goal is to infect as many humans as possible

Play this free game now!!

Play at your own risk…

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April 17, 2009 at 7:57 pm

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Prosperity Gospel

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Awesome reminder from John Piper.

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April 12, 2009 at 3:26 pm

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Success…

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I’ve decided (just now) that I don’t want to care at all about success. I’m sick of the endless measurements that “success” demands. How much do you make? How long have you worked there? What degree do you have? I want to live a life that shuns the measurable. Everything that is truly valuable – love, joy, peace, faith – is unmeasurable. How do I measure a relationship? How do I measure faithfulness to God? How do I measure passion, or zeal? Yet it is these very things that I truly long for – not some gold star of acheivement for something that is of no lasting value…

A rant by Jeff Rossman.

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April 8, 2009 at 6:06 pm

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Profound…

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Last week I facilitated a SMART Recovery group for work. SMART is sort of like 12 step, except it’s based on cognitive, not spiritual, principles. Some people of faith might be offended by that, but I still think that the things SMART teaches are great…

Anyway – so there I am leading the group. I’m new, so it took a while for people to open up, but after about 20 minutes or so, things really got rolling, and there was some good discussion. Then, this one older guy with an amazing Z-Z Top style white beard says, “Addiction isn’t about what you do, it’s about how you think.” THAT was amazingly profound to me.

Basically, this guy was saying that for “addicts,” it really doesn’t matter what the drug of choice is, the reality is that the disease is in your brain, that the way to conquer the addiction is not by getting the harmful substances out of your body, but rather by getting the harmful thought processes out of your brain.

Then I thought of sin. Every sin starts with a thought. That’s why Jesus said things like, “If you look at a woman with lust, you’ve already committed adultery in your heart.” He wasn’t trying to heap extra guilt on us, He was trying to make us understand that it’s our THOUGHTS, far more than our actions, that really need to be rehabilitated! In another place he talked about how our words and actions proceed from within, from our heart.

We’re all of us addicted to sin – we’re compulsive in our sin – even when we would rather not sin, we sin anyway – even when we know the consequences will far outweigh the momentary benefit/pleasure the sin will afford – we’re addicted. However, the problem is not in our actions so much as it is in our thoughts. In the name of Jesus, let’s trust God, let’s put on “the mind of Christ,” let’s “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Let us seek for transformation FIRST in the realm of our thought-life, and then we’ll see transformation in our actions.

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April 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm

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Just a thought…

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I think I finally figured out why people buy into the notion that “whatever you believe about God is okay.” I could easily go into cultural rhetoric, or talk about psychology, or something, but I think it is much simpler than all of that. I think that the conflict people of faith have with those whose faith is more ambiguous, or those who are more “open minded,” is simply that our idea of the purpose of religion is utterly different. For me, my faith is a persuit of truth. I’m not so much looking to better myself by my religion (though I hope that happens), and I’m not looking for inner peace (though I hope that happens too), nor is my religion so much about helping others (though that is a part of it). I think that these things (and others) are what many see as the entire purpose of religion/faith. They say things like, “I’m not a religious person, but I am a moral person,” which always confused me, because the statement didn’t seem to follow. But I think I get it now. To them, that’s what religion is all about. Thus, whatever means I employ to get there is fine. It’s the result that matters.

Here’s the point: If the purpose of religion/faith is self-improvement, then they are right, it really doesn’t matter what you believe – so long as your beliefs get you there. But if religion/faith is about discovering the truth about God, then it absolutely does matter, since most faiths have very different ideas about who and what God is, or whether there are many gods, or just one, or what God is like, etc., and some don’t believe He exists at all!

God cannot exist, and not exist. He either exists, or He doesn’t. Which means that atheists and Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc., can’t all be right. Either the people of faith are wrong, or the atheists are. You may argue that we cannot know whether God exists or not, which is a legitimate argument, but that’s for a different discussion.

Likewise, there is either only one God, or there are more than one gods. Both can’t be true – thus the monotheistic religions and the polythestic religions cannot both be right. One of them is wrong.

In the Christian religion it boils down to this: Who is Jesus Christ? Was He who He claimed to be? The Son of God? The Messiah? The Savior? God manifest in the flesh? Or was He something else? Merely a prophet, perhaps. Or a great moral teacher, like Ghandi. You see, it’s about truth, not self betterment. It’s about who Jesus is, not what my life looks like as a result of my faith.

One of the most unique things about Jesus is that above His teachings about how to live, He taught about Himself. Seven times in the book of John He made “I am” statements. The crux of Matthew’s Gospel is found in Matt. 16:15-16, “He said to them, ‘ But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’

It was after this that Jesus said, “You are blessed, Peter.” When Peter came to the realization of the truth about who Jesus Christ is, he was blessed. He wasn’t blessed because he did good things, but because he embraced the truth.

I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He is the Savior of the world, God in human form. I know it. I can’t fully explain it, but I know it. My adherence to my Christian faith is not about self improvement – it’s about knowing the truth.

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April 3, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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