Monthly Archives: August 2007

The Landmine of Compromise

The following is based on Dr. Stanley’s new book: Landmines in the Path of the Believer. Most of this came from him, but I interjected my own thoughts here and there. Here is the basis for the land mine of compromise: “Anytime you compromise with evil, evil wins every single time.”

We live in a world where we are continually being confronted with those things that will destroy us.

Every day of your life (and mine), we have the privilege and the opportunity to compromise something… Anytime you step over that line, you endanger yourself in ways in which you don’t even realize… It is the first step of compromise that is the most dangerous step of all.

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Culture War

When I say war in this context, I am not talking about physical battles such as the one in the middle east.

I am talking about the Christian war on the world. Here are the some of the ways that I believe we, as Christians, are at war against the world:

The world says accumulate stuff, make more money, increase your lifestyle.

  • Christians should not desire to accumulate stuff, however, if you do, consider it a blessing, and decide how you are using that stuff to increase the population of Heaven.

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I work with children as my job (at least through college). At times they may irritate me, they might work on my nerves, but in the end, they are still children! I can see their innocence, their lack of knowledge – if you will – about the world that they are in.

I think it is for this reason that I keep doing my job to help them build character and life skills, and have a little fun along the way.

Sometimes I think that I may not want kids of my own because of the way I see some parents raise their kids – I guess I am afraid that I will mess up. Or maybe I figure that if I have kids, that my “life” (as in social life) will go away. Maybe it will, and maybe that’s not a bad thing.

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The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes still remain one of my favorite groups of verses in all of the Bible. Read them, and may God touch your heart! Pray for me please! – Adam Smith

Matthew 5:3-10

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

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The Word of Faith Movement – Man & Faith

Now, back to my WF Series. Previous Posts: The Atonement, God & Jesus, Introduction

This time, we will look at what the word of faith movement says about man and faith…

WF: Man is a god, though a lesser god than God the creator. “Adam was an exact duplication of God’s kind!….Adam was subordinate to God. God created him, gave him all this authority and power, and said to him, ‘Be god over the earth as I am God over the heavens'” (Capps, Authority in Three Worlds, pp. 16-17).

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Dating & Marriage

Another episode in the life that is mine.

I have been thinking about my views on dating and marriage here recently, not that I am anywhere close to marriage right now, but I guess that’s what happens when I have time to sit around and think. I wrote my views on this topic in a journal, and it took about 10 pages, but I will not be sharing those on here. Sorry to disappoint you. :)

To sum it up though, I centered all of my thoughts on the following: I think in marriage, both people have to compromise; however, in a dating relationship, there should be not much compromising. You should be who you are, and you should show the other person who you are, if you don’t, then I think if you end up marrying this person that you are dating, then your marriage will be much harder than it should be.

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Creflo Dollar and Joel Osteen

This health, wealth, and prosperity gospel is about lifting up and glorifying self, and that is Biblically wrong. I watched two videos on you tube concerning Creflo Dollar (link here) and Joel Osteen (link here). First a little bit about the Creflo Dollar video:

Creflo Dollar stated that he learned prosperity gospel from his mentors – Kenneth Copeland, Oral Roberts. You don’t learn any type of gospel from people! You learn it from the word of God!

The prosperity preaching is dangerously out of line with the teaching of the Bible – it is failing to speak to a larger socio-economic group!

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The Patience of God

The following blog was inspired by a message by Dr. Charles Stanley titled, “Are you on thin ice with God?” (

The question to be answered: Is there a limit to God’s patience?

First, what is God’s patience? It is the goodness of God to withhold punishment of those living in sin for a period of time. The Bible says in Exodus 34:6-7 (ESV): The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty…

Why is it that when we pray, we want an answer NOW; yet, when we sin, we want judgment way out in the future?

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The Prosperity Gospel Revealed

Anyone who knows me, knows of my disdain for the prosperity gospel. The people who preach this gospel are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Watch this video by John Piper and may it touch your soul as it did mine!

Anthony Burger Updated!

This is an update of a previous blog that I had posted. It is about Anthony Burger. In my opinion, he was the greatest piano player that ever lived. As I have recently started playing the piano again, I realize how bad I am compared to him! :)

About Anthony: He was from Cleveland, TN. He died on February 22, 2006 at the age of 44. He was in the middle of a performance on a cruise ship when he collapsed. He has gotten to play in the Holy land, on Broadway, at Carnegie Music Hall, and so many other places. His life started with tragedy; Continue reading

Love & Lollipops

What does love mean to you?

While you think about that one for yourself, I will tell you what it means to me. I follow the Biblical definition of love. It is found in 1 Cor. 13:4-8.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love does not fail.

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What Are You Investing In?

What exactly do you invest your life in? And, no, I am not talking about stocks, bonds or money market accounts! I am talking about how do you spend your days and nights?

Do you work hard to get that promotion? Do you work just so you can buy that brand new iPod, or the latest cell phone?

Do you invest in “earthly” relationships? Do you invest in activities…like sports or jet skiing, or whatever the latest fad…I think you get my point.

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