Guest Blogger – Pastor Steven Furtick

28 01 2010

I’m just going to put it out there. As a Christian, I’m struggling. I currently struggle to read my bible, to care at all, to want to know or talk to God, and to want to meet with other Christians. I’m just struggling to see the point. Thankfully, I don’t want it to be this way, and I am (and would ask you to as well) praying that God would change my mind and heart and provide me with that motivation once again. The other day, however, this post really encouraged me. Yet another step along the road. For your convenience, I have copy-pasted it here (without permission, sorry!):

I read today’s passage in the New Living Translation and saw something pretty cool:

John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—
so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals.”

-Mark 1:7

Jesus said that John was great in Matthew 11:11. Specifically, that he was the greatest man ever born of a woman.

But John knew that Jesus was so much greater.
And that’s what made John great.

Reminder:
Jesus is so much greater than any trial you’re facing today.
He’s so much greater than the pleasure of any sin you’re considering.
He’s so much greater than any other ambition you could pursue.

To truly be great, never forget that He is so much greater.

Eric.





Because we haven’t posted in a while…

3 09 2009

Maybe, just maybe the other two will post on the weekend… But for now, here’s an image of my current desktop:

 

Picture 1

 

I like things to look neat, tidy, and sorta fresh. So there ya have it.

 

Eric.





Exams!

18 08 2009

If you currently read this blog (although web traffic is low around here!) we haven’t posted for quite a while. It may be a bit longer yet, as the three of us are doing the HSC, and currently preparing for trial exams.

Eric.





Because we just can’t get enough…

27 06 2009

Each of us peabrainers has an individual blog (actually, we each have two) else where on the interweb. Only one of mine is even slightly active due to the HSC, but i thought we could list them (or at least one) here anyway.

The P: Cursory Glance and PaulVaartjes.com

The E: Review.

The A: Blog of a Girl and Alyssa’s Books





The Word of our God stands forever

4 06 2009

This week I found a beautiful image. The visualisation below shows all the cross-references in the Bible. (click to see it in a larger size)

Visualising the Bible - By Chris Harrison

Visualising the Bible - By Chris Harrison

Here is how the image’s creator, Chris Harrison explains it:

The bar graph that runs along the bottom represents all of the chapters in the Bible. Books alternate in color between white and light gray. The length of each bar denotes the number of verses in the chapter. Each of the 63,779 cross references found in the Bible is depicted by a single arc – the color corresponds to the distance between the two chapters, creating a rainbow-like effect.

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News worth spreading.

23 05 2009

Yesterday, 9000 people were evacuated from Grafton due to floods. Yesterday, the same number of people died from malaria.

In the past 60 days, 80 people have died from the swine flu. In those very same days, 6 000 000 people have died from hunger. That’s 75 000 for each swine flu death. It’s also over one quarter of the population of Australia. 960 000 of those deaths were innocent children.

On Wednesday, a petrol station in Sydney lowered petrol prices to 41.8c for one hour. That same day, 100 people died in a plane crash in Indonesia. They were pushed three ad-breaks later.

While you’ve been reading this, just in our own country 100 000 people are living on the streets.

While you’ve been reading this, 100 babies were killed in abortions.

While you’ve been reading this, 250 babies were born. 125 of those were born into poverty. Of those 125, about 25 will not live to see their 5th birthday.

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Pop-culture Jesus

11 05 2009

I’ve long been frustrated by the new age Jesus that is so predominant in emerging mega-churches. Here’s a challenging quote from a conservative calvinist on such a Jesus:

“There is a strong drift toward the hard theological left. Some emergent types [want] to recast Jesus as a limp-wrist hippie in a dress with a lot of product in His hair, who drank decaf and made pithy Zen statements about life while shopping for the perfect pair of shoes. In Revelation, Jesus is a prize fighter with a tattoo down His leg, a sword in His hand and the commitment to make someone bleed. That is a guy I can worship. I cannot worship the hippie, diaper, halo Christ because I cannot worship a guy I can beat up. I fear some are becoming more cultural than Christian, and without a big Jesus who has authority and hates sin as revealed in the Bible, we will have less and less Christians, and more and more confused, spiritually self-righteous blogger critics of Christianity.”

—Mark Driscoll, Relevant Magazine[10]

Can i highly recommend Driscoll’s podcast on dating and relationships here (click on downloads -> direct link to audio. It’s not big, and it’s awesome.)

Eric.