Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Video We Said We'd Post

As promised in our last post, here is the video from the album we encourage you to invest in--The Attributes of God by Shai Linne and many other gifted contributors. It's of his wife Blair Linne performing a powerful spoken word as an introduction of sorts to the album. The instrumentals are inspiring, the lyrics are God-exalting and truth-packed, the vocals are smooth and there are even children singing on the record. Watch the video then purchase the album at Lampmode Recordings. "Soli Deo gloria!"

shai linne - "The Perfection of Beauty" ft. Blair Linne (Official Trailer) from Lamp Mode Recordings on Vimeo.

Friday, November 11, 2011

How can I know what God is like?

This month we are teaching the kids what God is like. The big question we're asking is, "How can I know what God is like?" I once read that there were devoted monks that used to walk around in the forest knocking on trees asking, "God, are you in there?" looking to find God and see what He was like. I admire them for their honest search for God, but feel sorry for them in their forest wandering. Thankfully, God has revealed himself to us in the Bible, and specifically in Christ. The answer to the kids' curriculum question is, "He shows me what He's like!" It's true, God has revealed himself in the Bible!

(Now there can be a whole other blog post just on why we accept the Bible's depiction of God rather than other religious writings accounts, but I will just say real fast that the Bible is historically accurate,  trustworthy, scientifically backed and absolutely united (no contradictions), and to boot it has vasts amounts of fulfilled prophesies - not to mention Jesus trusted the Scriptures as God's revelation of Himself. All that to say, there's at least reason enough to search the Scriptures to see if they personally convince you. )

The real reason for this post is to urge you to check out a new resource put out by Shai Linne. It is a Hip Hop album that focuses on the character of God. Each song is about one of His attributes. Do you know what God is like? This album is a fascinating listen as well as a tool to learn about what the Bible says about God himself! Learn more about the album here. We'll be posting a video from it soon.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Desktop Background of Seattle

In an upcoming blog post we are planning to share how these verses have impacted us lately, but for now...enjoy a free desktop background if you wish! This is a perfect way to remember to pray for God's work here in Seattle. Just click on the picture to be taken to the full size version, then right click to "save image as".


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reformation Day

Hope you had a good Halloween and Reformation Day!

In light of Reformation Day, I got together with some guys this weekend to watch the movie Luther. I even made a German Pancake... which I thought was delicious.

October 31st is celebrated as Reformation Day because it is the anniversary of the date on which Martin Luther nailed his reformation writing on a Catholic church's door. He was looking for reformation within the church, a re-commitment to the gospel and a dropping of the many teachings and practices that were not in the Bible. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite points in his reformational writing called, "The 95 Theses".

31. One who bona fide buys indulgence is as rare as a bona fide penitent man, i.e. very rare indeed.
35. It is not in accordance with Christian doctrines to preach and teach that those who buy off souls, or purchase confessional licenses, have no need to repent of their own sins.
48. Christians should be taught that, in granting indulgences, the pope has more need, and more desire, for devout prayer on his own behalf than for ready money.
55. The pope cannot help taking the view that if indulgences (very small matters) are celebrated by one bell, one pageant, or one ceremony, the gospel (a very great matter) should be preached to the accompaniment of a hundred bells, a hundred processions, a hundred ceremonies.
62. The true treasure of the church is the Holy gospel of the glory and the grace of God.
93. Hail, hail to all those prophets who say to Christ's people, "The cross, the cross," where there is no cross.

You can read through the whole Thesis here.