11/28/2010

Lesson 01: Night of the Living Church Boy

Today’s scripture (2 Timothy 3:14-17) speaks of the Scripture as an outline for the human life. The lesson likens this to finding an instruction manual with your new blender or the shiny and pretty Macbook Pro my lovely wife received as an early Christmas present this year. You have this item, so how do you use it and what is the purpose of it? Are there any hidden features you weren’t aware of? Any dangers? The Scriptures act as the instruction manual for the Christian’s life, whether it be brand new, fairly new – such as my own – or for the well versed and those highly educated in the Word. The assignment was to commit to reading my bible for at least 5 minutes daily, something I already do, and writing something down you learn from the scriptures and praying on what you’ve learned or would like to learn from it. I have been reading from my bible daily for 1 full year now with the assistance of a men’s devotional we picked up late last year. With the assistance of the devotional and my trusty black and white composition book, I have randomly written down Scripture that leaps out at me for different reasons, both through my devotional readings and my “through the bible in a year” assignments (that I finished 2 months early, holla!). In place of finding a scripture to write down for the sake of the blog, I’m going to pull out a piece of scripture I wrote down several months ago, which a tad bit of commentary.

“God’s way seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they believe only what agrees with their own wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. This ‘foolish’ plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.”
1 Corinthians 1:22-25

In my short time as a real-deal, true to life Christian, I have undergone some pretty hefty persecution and flat out ridicule. Items such as “Christians are people who are just looking for a way to kiss God’s butt” to people referring to my relationship with God as my relationship with my “imaginary friend.” “Faith is just another word for fear” they say, thinking they come across as intelligent or as intellectuals. After reading this scripture I realize that’s it’s goofy to be bothered by their ignorance. It isn’t their fault that they can’t grasp the Good News or that it simply goes over their head. They’ve been made blind and deaf by the world and are fooled into thinking that this is their only home, when in reality, we’re merely renting this space and our lease will soon be up. A little later, I found this Scripture:

“It is God’s will that your good lives should silence those who make foolish accusations against you.”
1 Peter 2:15

I am in no way perfect and I am in no way condemning those who persecute me. I just hope that I can lead a life that will serve as a good example to those who do not believe. If that’s the way the Good News will finally reach them and not seem so “foolish” so be it.

Lesson 02: Something harder than I had imagined.

In my online course that is teaching me the ins and outs of getting published, I read in Friday’s lesson about copyright protection and the use of pen names or pseudonyms. It appears that most writers use pen names solely because they just want to. Well, I want to. My issue? I can’t think of a decent one (yet). I’ve used them before in my creative writing course I had a few years ago, but they would never work: Che Caveleara and Max Guevara. Both are names that, unless you just happened to know the names of the gentlemen I’m referring to in each, are sort of hard to pronounce, or spell for that matter. Either way, if and when I release a collection of short horror, it’s certainly not going to be under the name “Simpson.” That’s lame. We’ll see how that goes.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.”
2 Timothy 3:16

Enjoy today’s haiku:

Billy Witchdoctor
Could very well be my next
bad painting project

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