cause You first loved me   Leave a comment

You give me strength i need
i’m happy i’ve been set free
and each new moment i live for You
i live cause You live in me

You show Your love each day
You lead me in Your ways
i’m right where i need to be
i love You cause You first loved me

i love You cause You hold me close
i love You cause You live in me
i love You cause Your love is amazing
i love You cause You first loved me
i love You cause You first loved me

i love you cause You hold me close
i love You cause You live in me
i love You cause Your love is amazing
i love You cause You first loved me
i love You cause You first loved me

You proved Your love that day
when You took my sin away
You died upon a tree
i live cause You live in me

Lord everything i do
let it be for You
You’ve given all to me
I love You cause You first loved me

i love You cause You hold me close
i love You cause You live in me
i love You cause Your love is amazing
i love You cause You first loved me
i love You cause You first loved me

i love you cause You hold me close
i love You cause You live in me
i love You cause Your love is amazing
i love You cause You first loved me
i love You cause You first loved me

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Posted July 22, 2010 by mattiev9287 in songs

BUSY   2 comments

“No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing” 2 Samuel 24:24 (NASB)

for the previous discussion on this verse go back a few blogs to “let’s continue our discussion” but i wanted to share an experience that i’ve had recently that reaffirms what this verse says.

recently it’s been easier for me to do my Bible study and such because i’ve had a little free time and i most definitely had the dedication to make sure that it got done. but this week has been crazy, thus the half post on tuesday. i was casually talking to God about the inability to really get into the Bible recently and He made sure to let me know about this verse.

so what does it mean if i’m “too busy” to get into the word. i honestly think that sometimes not reading the Bible everyday “religiously” is ok. if it’s not a labor of love, i don’t think that you’ll get much out of it. but when the labor of love is done as a sacrifice to other activities i have to think that He is more pleased. then the sacrifice costs you something and He knows it.

so what have you been sacrificing to continually read your bible? have you been doing so with regularity? have you been making sacrifices to make sure that God gets what He deserves from you?

next time you feel “too busy” to do what God has asked you to do remember to make the sacrifice that costs you something, and know that God will see it and it will please him.

Posted July 15, 2010 by mattiev9287 in 2 samuel, about me, Bible study

If you’re keeping up   2 comments

well sorry about the no post but i’ve been kind of busy with work and what not. hopefully i’ll have a great post for you guys on thursday, so check back then for new stuff… but if you haven’t seen some of my other works i encourage you to check them out.

LOVE YOU AMANDA can’t wait to see you and hadley beawa

Posted July 13, 2010 by mattiev9287 in Uncategorized

the 2010-11 basketball season   Leave a comment

james, wade, and bosh

king james, d-wade, and … bosh

(let’s say the heat got dwight howard instead of lebron james then we’d have superman and the flash together… but the justice league will not reunite in miami sadly)

ok i get it i. they’re really good players and there is a lot of talent wrapped up now in the 2-3-4 portions of the heat’s starting lineup, but a starting line-up doesn’t make a team. for the record i’m not buying it yet. yes i get that they’re really good, and that they’ve played together before… but like i said i’m not buying it.  and here’s why

yes the heat are now the front runners to win the east, james, wade, bosh (jwb) are better and younger than pierce, allen, garnett (pag) but even then miami has some issues. point guard, center, and the bench.

point guard is one area that the celtics have a clear advantage over the heat. rajon rondo is  a proven player as opposed to mario chalmers has promise but rondo is proven and even in the playoffs. now chalmers may prove me wrong but for now the clear advantage is to boston.

another issue that miami will have to address is having a big man in the middle.  yes i’m sure that bosh being an excellent 4 will be able to play the 5 at times, but he’s a 4 not a 5, which means that miami will have to get someone new to play the 5. one free agent still on the market is the diesel, or… well he has too many nicknames, but shaq could come back to miami, but i doubt miami wants him, which means that miami will be stuck with getting someone off the street to fill in a position that has defined many championship teams over the years, from hakeem to shaq to duncan to gasol/bynum/odom a big man in the middle makes a championship run that much easier.

last is the bench. there have been 6th men over the years that have proven that that position is almost as important as being on the starting 5. yes most people consider it a luxury to have your bench on the floor for most of the 4th quarter, but the fact is that that gives your stars a rest and when you need them the most they are ready to go.

which leads into a different point, while not a weakness this certainly could be a problem HEALTH. wade has been hurt in past seasons, and bosh… james has been relatively healthy over his career, but what happens if one of these three goes down, and miami forbid, what if two go down. with so much cap space being wrapped up in these three players getting quality guys in here that can do more for the team are going to be difficult to get.

so yes the heat are going to be a better team this year, yes they might be better than the 90s bulls and may win more championships. it’s a possiblity but los angeles still sits on the west coast and they are the defending champs. this will no doubt be an interesting basketball season

Posted July 12, 2010 by mattiev9287 in Basketball, Sports

Let’s continue our discussion   1 comment

“No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing”
2 Samuel 24:24 (NASB)

the tory to this passage starts with king david taking a census that God had not told him to to take. so due to his disobedience the king had a choice. he could choose between 7 years of famine (1 chronicles says 3 years), 3 months of fleeing before his foes, or 3 days of pestilence. the king chose 3 days of pestilence and in those three days 70,000 people died. king david then feels sorrow for his nation being punished for his sin.  then God’s prophet, gad, told him to go build an altar on the threshing floor of araunah the jebusite. when david tells araunah that he needs to buy the threshing floor, araunah offers to give him the land, and the animals for the sacrifice. but david insists that he can not sacrifice something that doesn’t cost him anything. if that happens it ceases to be a real sacrifice.

so we go back to the last post and how some people try to use luke 6:38 to try to let us think that if we give to God, He will give back to us more than we will ever expect. as discussed yesterday it would seem that the passage from yesterday is talking about judgment and not money. so with that let’s look at luke 6:38 combined with 2 samuel 24:24

if we know that anything we give to God will be returned to us and that we don’t have to worry about anything, where does faith and sacrifice come in. and a sacrifice doesn’t mean that you will definitely get back what you sacrificed. it means never expecting to see it again.

so let’s learn to sacrifice when God tells us to give and to give without expecting anything in return

now all that being said we don’t have a reason to think that God doesn’t bless those who are faithful to Him and to are willing to do what He says, but that shouldn’t be our motivation for giving and obeying, we should do it cause we love God and want to please Him.

Posted July 9, 2010 by mattiev9287 in 2 samuel, Bible study, luke

What Did They Say?   1 comment

maybe i can make this an everyday thing?

anyways today’s post will be multifaceted. it will begin with this pre-post and more on to a more fuller post that i have come to expect from myself based on Luke 6:38 but first i would like to take a minute to tell you about my wonderful wife

Amanda has basically been a single mother to our now 17 month old daughter for the past 11 months and will continue to do so for the next 7-8 months while i’m “away” and she has done an AMAZING job. yes it does help that we each gave Hadley awesome genes, but Amanda has done some incredible things and for that i am very grateful. and for those of you who know me well she puts up with me and just for that she should earn a GOLD star, but she has also raised a magnificently well adjusted 17 month old without an instruction manual… and that’s just awesome to me.  so to Amanda: thank you for all you have done and know that i love you with all my heart and i’m increasingly proud of the sacrifice that you make for our family!

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

if you have ever heard me rant on christians misusing scriptures then you have for sure heard my chief complaint which is this scripture… my complaint is two fold so we’ll explore one today and one tomorrow… or whenever I can post next… lol

the thing that has always bugged me is you hear this coming right before someone is getting ready to take up an offering telling the congregation that obviously if you give now God will bless you later… great thoughts but there are two things wrong with this. 1. Jesus wasn’t talking about money here… He was talking about judgement. my bible says do not judge as the title to this passage. 2. we should be cheerful givers not looking to get back what we put in. we should give because we love God and want to please Him not because He will bless us… that’s just a plus.

to the first point  the message translation does a much better job showing the don’t judge point of the passage.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:37,38 (The Message)

mr. peterson really captured the meaning of this passage and thank goodness that someone finally has. so now to the point of what can take from this verse?

it seems important to note that this passage is from the Sermon on the Mount and is listed right after the Beatitudes in Luke (for a further discussion of why they are not in Matthew just email me or facebook it and i’ll give you my thoughts) so these are things that Jesus was teaching to the masses and He found rather important. and right before this passage Jesus is talking about loving your enemies.

so why shouldn’t we judge others? what is the big deal? well going back to our passage we see that if we judge we will be judged. how hard would it be for us not to judge? how hard could it be to get the log our of our eye before we took the speck out of our brothers?

well in all honestly we as Christ followers seem to have quite a problem not judging people. it’s what we do best. we’re not as bad as previous generations but we have our moments. we judge gays, we judge people who get abortions, we judge those who condone these actions, we judge the poor sometimes, we judge each other for judging others… we become the problem and not the solution.

think bout it, if Christ were here today who would he hang out with? the outcast? the sexually immoral? the poor? the answers to these is of course YES those are the ones that He hung out with when He was here the first time. he died for them! so who are we to judge.

it’s a problem that many atheist and agnostics have with the church today, we judge people too easy, trust me i know. i’ve talked to them and many of them have been hurt by a church that judged and they said “if this is Christ i want no part of it”

so what do we do about this? how can we change the culture? well it starts with each one of us! it starts with you and it starts with me. that coworker that you have that is a gay, befriend them, be their FRIEND. if Jesus was a friend of sinners you too can be. if there’s someone that never includes themselves in your activities at church, don’t judge them as being off help them out. and there is always that one family in a church that is just a little bit “off” so instead of laughing at them with your friends, make an effort to help them out. quit being an “insiders only” group do what we all know the church should do already.

Posted July 7, 2010 by mattiev9287 in Bible study, family, luke

Lessons Learned From Jeremiah 33:3   Leave a comment

” ‘Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and wondrous things you do not know’ ” Jeremiah 33:3 (HCSB)

jeremiah had it tough. he was prophesying to a group of people who did NOT want to here what he had to say and who would rather listen to false prophets give good news, but he did say what God tole him to say.

God told jeremiah to call on Him about a year after the babylonian siege of jerusalem began and about a year before they babylonians broke into the city and jeremiah was being imprisoned in the guard’s courtyard.

in the previous chapter jeremiah was questioned by the king, zedekiah, why he was making prophecies that the babylonians would succeed in their siege, and jeremiah responds with the story of God telling him to buy a tract of land that jeremiah was the redeemer of. at this time it seemed foolish to buy land that would soon be worthless but jeremiah knew better.

” ‘ ” For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields, and vineyards will again be bought in this land” ‘ ” Jeremiah 32:15 (HCSB)

jeremiah had a promise that God was going to allow the babylonians to burn jerusalem (Jeremiah 32:29), but God had also let him in on some secrets. jeremiah knew that the promise was still there and that God had not abandoned His people.

although Jeremiah is a book that is foretelling destruction, a book of a prophet that feels overwhelmed from time to time, a prophet who has to flee to egypt and a prophet who watches his city burn, it is a book of HOPE and this is just one of the passages that show’s that.

another popular passage in jeremiah also has to do with hope, Jeremiah 29:10-14

10-11This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. 13-14“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. (The Message)

in this passage jeremiah is writing to the exiles in babylon, but in Jeremiah 33:3 GOD is talking to His prophet, letting him know that indeed the nation will return to it’s glory but this time it will be a God centered nation and not a self centered nation. it will be purified by God

so what does this mean to US

as far as both passages go we have no reason to believe that the statements only apply to the exiles or jeremiah, but i think that there is a better lesson to be learned from Jeremiah 33:3… He cares

it seems that if we search the heart of God we know that it pains Him to punish His children, although He doesn’t hesitate to do so. this should bring us joy, because we know that He cares for us. we are His children and He wants us to succeed and He wants to answer the questions that we have. He wants us to search Him out so that He can show us those things that we do not know.

so if you don’t know why something is happening, if you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances and if you just want someone to talk to, know that there was a prophet many years ago that felt the same way and God told him to call on Him, so know that you can do the same thing

Posted July 5, 2010 by mattiev9287 in Bible study, jeremiah