Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Anxiety, Worry, Stress....Peace

A recent chapel speaker addressed a topic especially potent for me and I'd say ALL college students.  Along with just about everyone in the world.  WORRY!  STRESS!  Job, school work, girlfriends, wives, roommates, car, money and just LIFE.

Admittedly, these sources of stress and worry are all commonplace.  Unfortunately, this worry and stress exposes one thing, doubt.  Doubt that a sovereign, loving, caring, gracious God is in control.  Doubt that God does actually provide.  That somehow, it is ALL up to us to figure the problems, the solutions, and everything in between!  And it's this idea that could not be further from the truth.  There is a peace, a strenght we can find in putting our worries, stresses, anxieties, to GOD.

"The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Phil. 4:6-7

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  [...] Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matt. 6:27-30,33

Pray for strength and a peace that passeth all understanding.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Since school has started up I have been reminded of several things. Firstly and probably most vividly, that school is quite a bit of work. It's meant to be, I know that. I enjoy it most of the time, actually. With that reminder I have also been delighted to rediscover how much I love college. The people, the activities, the conversations, the impromptu volleyball. At times it all seems to be diametrically opposed to me getting any work done (ever)...not that I'm complaining, of course.

Between all the work and the play, I've also been reminded of something else. Something that Scripture reminded me of. A particular verse, in fact:

Ephesians 5:15-16:
"15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. "

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Men of the World VS. Real Men

Here's a great bit recently published in the Washington Post by Mark Driscoll.  EVERY CHRISTIAN MAN should read this.  Along with you women who are girlfriends, wives, etc.

Comment and enjoy!


The world is filled with boys who can shave

The New York Times Magazine ran a story this past week called "What is it about 20-Somethings?" looking at the new life stage of emerging adulthood. The article echoed what other recent studies are showing and something we've been saying at Mars Hill Church for awhile: The world today is filled with boys who can shave.
Historically, a guy would go through two life phases: boy, then man. The transition from boy to man was comprised of five sociological variables that happened almost simultaneously or in very close succession:
1. Leave your parents' home (Gen. 2:24);
2. Finish your education or vocational training;
3. Start a career-track job, not a dead-end-Joe job;
4. Meet a woman, love her, honor her, court her, and marry her;
5. Have children with her.
But here's what's happened. Rather than moving from boy to man by this succession of sociological transitions, we've created something called adolescence. It's a third life stage in the middle between boy and man. We don't know what to call them so we just call them guys. These are boys who can shave.
Today, adolescence starts somewhere in the teen years and continues indefinitely. There is no foreseeable end. The problem with adolescence is guys don't know when they're ever going to grow up and be men, and no pressure is exerted on them to do so.
Is it when you're sixteen and you can drive, or eighteen when you can vote and join the military, or twenty-one when you can drink?
Is it when you graduate from college after you've worked on your undergrad degree for seven or eight years?
Is it when you get married? Is it when you have kids? Is it when you buy a house?
No one knows. So, we are left with indefinite adolescence and a Peter Pan Syndrome epidemic where men want to remain boys forever.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What Joy! APU and the New Year

"The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.  The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.  The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations.  Praise the Lord!"
Psalm 146

APU started off the year on a good foot with this morning's opening chapel.  The worship was fine, message was inspiring, and the WALL-E clip was cute.  But if anything spoke to me, it was one of the songs, What Joy.

In the heat, in the bustle, and in the mad rush to mingle, there is one ultimate truth and, ideally, one focus at the start of this college year. That as Christians, we should be the most JOYOUS in all humanity!  For a God who loves the righteous and lifts up those bowed down.  What peace!  For those whose confidence is in HIM alone!  Hallelujah...

Just listen to the words...and let God bless you!