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Iraqi Determination and Education

May 29, 2007

“I’m going to bomb, bomb, bomb the school with everybody in it.”
-Five Year Old Omar Hussein at his kindergarten graduation in Baghdad
[thx World Mag]

Ok, is it just me, or is that incredible?
Incredible in two ways:
1: Incredible that a five year old wants to blow others, and himself, up?
2: That Muslim parents can give a five year old the drive to do such a thing and us American’s can’t get our kids to do their homework?

Now, let me put aside the shocking desire of the five year old, let’s take a look at his determination.

Here we have a kid, who is five years old and graduating from kindergarten, and he wants to kill himself in an explosive manner – just so he can kill infidels. If a five year old can obtain that level of determination, why can’t us Christians have that same drive, but to follow our Lord?

Think about it.

//Bring it World
-Brian Purkiss

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

April 28, 2007

50 billion atoms make 1 simple cell. I contain 75 trillion of these “simple” cells. 75 trillion! Every 4-5 seconds 50,000 of my cells die and are replaced by 50,000 new cells. My body contains 25 trillion red blood cells. They live 120 days. My body also contains 25 billion white blood cells. They live 12 hours. That means my body is making 50 billion white blood cells every single day. This is incredible to me. These red and white blood cells flow through my circulatory system. There are 75,000 miles of arteries, blood vessels, and capillaries in my body, (enough the circle the earth 3 times!) all forming my circulatory system.

I will take 10 million breaths this year. My lungs are all folded up inside of me to function properly, but if unfolded, my lungs would cover an area the size of a tennis court.

All of this is made up of DNA, my genetic code. This DNA is inside of every single cell inside my body. This tiny little strand, in each of my 75 trillion cells, is 6 feet long. So that’s 75 trillion cells x 6 feet of DNA per cell. That’s enough DNA, if you connected it in one continuous strand, to travel to the moon and back 20,000 times. This DNA, this genetic code, decoded by scientists, contains these nucleotide building blocks made up of a combination of adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C). These A T G C codes form random sequences whose characters accumulate to 3 billion+ characters (that’s per strand). 3 billion+ characters are in each strand of DNA, and each DNA strand is in every single one of my 75,000,000,000,000 cells.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). For me, this is proof. When I say “I know there is a God” instead of “I believe there is a God,” this is a huge part why. And to credit all this to chance or a big bang or anything other than God, for me, is just out of the question.

//Bring it World
-Brian Purkiss


Facts gathered from Louie Giglio’s talk “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” – which can be found here.

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Acceptance with Joy

April 7, 2007

Isn’t it awesome when you can find one quote, or part of a song, that’s really short, simple, and easy to remember…that is helpful in a million different ways? 
Maybe it’s something common and cliché, like ‘don’t hate, appreciate’, or ‘stop drop and roll.’ Whatever the case may be, these phrases have been ingrained into our mind, so that when we encounter the problem… our brain hits play on that broken record down in the subconscious.

For me, (as always) however, it’s a little different. 
I have two of these… phrases. The first has been very helpful to me, in many situations – from bad grades to moody siblings, a death in the family to horrendous nightmares.

“Acceptance with joy.”

Think about that for a second.

Acceptance… sure, that’s easy enough sometimes, when we actually *had* no choice in the matter to begin with. 
But what about this…. joy?

What *is* Joy?

Well, as for myself, to find out what something is, first I must discover what it is not. I wrote this in a letter to myself recently.

Joy is not a feeling. Thus, it must be a decision.
Joy is not relative to situation. Thus, it must be unconditional.
Joy is not accepting. Thus, Joy must be embracing.

Decide that you will unconditionally embrace what God gives you. That… is Joy.

“Count it all Joy my brethren, when you encounter various trials… knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
-James 1:2

Count it *all* Joy. Acceptance, with Joy. I’m sure most of us could swallow the acceptance part. Joy… embracing tragedy? It goes against everything in our human nature. (that just shows me how much it is of God I guess.) To, when encountering ‘various trials’, to be able to look yourself in the eye and know that “it is well with [your] soul”

“When Peace like a river atendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot,
Thou has taught me to say,
It is well. It is well with my soul.”
-Horatio Spafford

Make a decision… for joy. To unconditionally embrace what you are faced with. Yes, we are human, yes, we will falter, but Joy is a lifestyle – not a moment.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
-Philippians 4:13

Got Joy?

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Featured Articles – April

April 1, 2007

March – 2007


Internal
Where Have All the Men Gone?

Brothers, this is a post about us. Where have we gone? I know that today when you look through the youth groups, you see countless BOYS, not men, in the youth group.


External

Understanding “Do Hard Things”

Understanding TheRebelution‘s tag line “do hard things.”


« Febuary 2007 | Featured

External:

Extreme Devotion

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Knowledge and Knowing

March 28, 2007

I was standing today in the dark toolshed. The sun was shining outside and through the crack at the top of the door there came a sunbeam. From where I stood that beam of light, with the specks of dust floating in it, was the most striking thing in the place. Everything else was almost pitch-black. I was seeing the beam, not seeing things by it.

Then I moved, so that the beam fell on my eyes. Instantly the whole previous picture vanished. I saw no toolshed, and (above all), no beam. Instead I saw, framed in the irregular cranny at the top of the door, green leaves moving on the branches of a tree outside and beyond that, 90 odd million miles away, the sun. Looking along the beam, and looking at the beam are very different experiences.
God in the Dock – by: C.S. Lewis

There is a difference between “knowledge of” and “knowing.” You can see the sunbeam and know it exists – easy to do. You look around, observe, and see the sunbeam and the results of its light. In essence, you simply have “knowledge of,” but no more.

However, if you move into the sunbeam, and look out, you can see all the beauty through the sunbeam. You have taken the next step, and made the effort to stay in the sunbeam and see all that is through the crack and out of the darkness. Again, in essence, you “know” and experience the sunbeam and see the goodness through it.

It is that same way with the Christian walk. Most of mankind “knows of” Christ, but they don’t “know” Christ. They see the sunbeam (Christ) and how good and wonderful He is, but that is all. They cannot see through Him and the further beauty and wonder that is beyond.

All it takes is a little belief that there is something more than the dark little shed, and then make a little effort based on that belief, and then you can see the wonder and beauty that is outside of the dark shed through that sunbeam.

All it takes is a little belief that there is something more than what the world has to offer and then make a little effort based on that belief, and then you can see the wonder and beauty that is outside of this world through Christ.


Note: C.S. Lewis went on to make a different point from his example. His example has been re-used to make a different point.

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Go Against the Grain

March 21, 2007

If you go against the grain, you get splinters, regardless of which neighborhood you’re from …
-Romans 2:9a The Message

As Christians, we’re called to be “set apart” (Romans 1:1) and “stand firm in the faith” (1 Corinthians 16:13). In doing so, we have to “go agains the grain” of culture.
Therefore, we need to life differently than the culture – we need to live according to the Bible, which is the Truth (John 1:1).

By going against the culture, we’ll get ‘splinters.’ But what is pain? After all, we have the best ‘pair of tweezers’ in the world – Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one who we can place our trust and take refuge in. He will remove the pain and give us the strength (Isaiah 40:31) we need to overcome any obstacle (James 1:5-6). And just think, when we get ‘splinters,’ it will transform us into better Christians who can stand firm (James 1:2)!

So what are we doing here? Let’s get out and take culture head on! Let’s do something more than take a few pot-shots at the issues, wait for the culture to come to us, or argue within the Church – let’s go all out! Let’s live life boldly for Christ – not cower in the corner. We have the most powerful being in the universe on our side, why don’t we take advantage of that?

Put your faith in the Lord, be bold, and take culture head on.

//Bring it World
-Brian Purkiss

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God is Good Enough

March 18, 2007

My [the Lord’s] grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9a NASB

How often do we forget that God will give us the strength we need? How often do we brush aside the greatest power in the universe? Too often, that’s for sure. It’s rather simple after all. God is on our side – all we have to do is live for Him.

“Yeah right?”

True, that’s what I once thought. How can I, a mere human being, live for God? How can I give my all to Him? I can’t see Him, I can’t feel Him, I can’t talk to Him – so how can I put all of my trust into something I can’t see? That my friends is called: faith. What exactly is faith though?

Faith:
1: confidence or trust in a person or thing

So, what I’m saying is, all we have to do is place our confidence and trust in the Lord, live for Him, and follow His commandments. If we do so, God will give us the strength we need.

Again, you’re thinking, “Yeah right.”

I thought that same thing as well. How, by any means, can we place that much trust in something/one that we cannot see? That is a tough one – and the answer isn’t an easy one.

We need to know there is a God, that He is the God of the Bible, He loves us, and that He sent His son to die on the Cross for us. Then live for God. If you do so, and truly believe it, and truly live it, faith (true conviction of the heart) will follow. Then the Spirit of the Lord will dwell in you and give you the strength you need for when the rain comes – for rain will come.

“And He [the Lord] has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I a weak, then I am strong.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NASB

God’s the only one we need. If we place our trust in Him, he will give us the strength so that “when we are weak, then we are strong” – through Him.

//Bring it World
-Brian Purkiss