Harry Potter, Rebuke to The Church

I would like to quote what Paul Washer said.

Two years ago I read an article from a very well established reformed magazine. It was talking about Harry Potter….. In a way I want you to know that Harry Potter is a rebuke also to the church. When a child reads Harry Potter, they see wonder and wildness, and life, and magic, and struggle, and victory, and defeat, and everything that we’re made up to be. Now, when they see your Christianity all they see is a pew and a cold sermon. God did not come to give us merely correct thinking. He came to give us life!  …. And you can experience that life even if your body is screaming with pain. To feed upon Christ!

 

Here’s a video clip.

 

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Students, Do Not Hurry!

Have you noticed how much education has snatched much of our opportunity to learn? If you have not, then I tell you: It can. 

I remember an author once said:

If superficiality is the curse of our age, then HURRY pronounces the spell. Depth always comes slowly.

Do not get me wrong. I am not rebelling against my class schedule which as you can see  is  fully crammed. I accept it as it is. What else can I do? Plus, it came from people of authority and I believe that they are placed there for they know what they’re doing.  Another thing,  people of authority could sometimes get wrong, but it has always been stressed in God’s Word to respect authority. If we are to correct them, correct them politely but I’m in no business to correct them here.

When I look at my sched, I can only sigh not because there is nothing  I can do but because there is much managements to be  done in order to live to that schedule without living a hurried life.What’s wrong with a hurried life? Everything can get wrong in a hurried life – from morning till evening; from your grades to your relationships; from your health to your prayer life. Everything can get wrong. When you live hurriedly, it’s as if you keep on wanting to get things done rather than doing that thing as best you could. When you live in a hurried lifestyle, life would become more of an obligation to get done rather than a gift to be praised for. O how miserable. And that’s the life we students are at risk! O let it not be! –> but it does not depend on our schedules. It depends on us. My friend, it’s okay to be busy but do not hurry. Have you not noticed? Jesus is often busy but He never hurried to get things done.  Depth always comes slowly. I believe that God has given us just enough time to do His will.

Should we then must be able to manage our time well?

O time is gold! It’s precious and it should be managed well indeed but I don’t think that it should be our grand agenda. I think we should first learn to manage ourselves. That for me is one of the hardest hardest agenda. I am  the most untamed creature. Even as I look civil, educated, good, respectable; inside me is a labyrinth of wilderness. I myself has not conquered it. There is but just one Man who has conquered it and He is Jesus Christ. So if we are to plan  to learn how to manage ourselves, O don’t begin without earnestly wrestling the matter with God. Let Him move unto you and initiate every action  step you do. God moves, my friend. And when He does move, He does it quickly so that none can claim, “O I did it myself!”

I suppose most of us has this natural tendency to do things hurriedly – always wanting to get things done rather than to savor the moment and the fact that we are able to do such things. –>Like walking, reading, reporting, studying—> some people are not even privileged to study as we are. My friends, all the more will I urge you and I address this to myself too: We must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives.

Hurry is not of the devil; hurry is the devil.     – Carl Jung

Looking back at the schedule, it seems to me a very hard life to live without rushing through and hurrying through every hour. It’s hard indeed but it shall not be impossible with God’s grace. Now I shall stress prayer. It seems that we took prayer so lightly and even took it for granted. If Jesus Himself said that there is nothing He can do without God, then who do we think we are to go through the day without God? And don’t just tell me that O I have God I just don’t pray that much, for prayer is the way we commune with God. If there is one privilege we Christians must be so happy for, that is our gate pass to the courts of God – gate pass to speak before Him as we are and yet not die; however, so often many people took this for granted and even tire at the time of prayer. O by no means, my friends. Let us not be fooled  into thinking that we can at all do things ‘our’ way and succeed – truly succeed.

I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.    – Martin Luther

We may fail – that is most certain – in our conquest to do every task efficiently yet  unhurriedly; but rest assured my friend that  in the process you will learn and grow and not deteriorate like worn out robots.

– Mildred

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Commit All your ways To The Lord

It’s not always that I got phone calls. Except my mother’s frequent phone calls, I got no other. My phone actually is one of the least valued among my gadgets. If it were not for the music, I suppose it won’t get charged at all.

However today, a friend called me. A dear friend and I’m glad I charged the phone.

A familiar voice and a familiar language – the distinct language of WanPamili Dumaguete – rang unto my ears. O how I miss hearing those talks where God is always involved.

My friend is  currently in a great – somehow- weird test. But as I dug into it just now, what Jesus once said echoed:” On my own, I can do nothing.”

Now listen folks. Jesus Christ is a God-Human. Yet He humbled Himself so low as to say that there is nothing He can do by Himself. I believe that even with all our efforts, if God is not the one initiating whatever action, then it is futile. If Jesus Himself said that there is nothing that He can do by Himself, then how much more us?

Trials, troubles, brokenness,  – they all serve one purpose and that is to send us all to our knees before Him in earnest seeking and prayer. Earnest.

Seek God, my friends. Seek God.

Watch Thy Self Physician

O King, do You recognize me?

Am I a blot  from Thy sight?

O I proclaim Thy name  to dead men

But I wanna make sure that I know You

But most importantly that You know me.

O dear God, I deserve not to be in Thy courts

To be received nor to be listened to.

But O God, hear me. Hear my desperate call.

Move into my life God. Move.

Dear God, save me from the peril of SELF.

O snatch me away from me.

Rid me of me. Alter Thy servant inside out.

This O God, I earnestly ask of You in Jesus’ name, Amen.