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Growth Is Never An Isolated Pursuit — Introduction — Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on February 6, 2008

From Flickr’s Public Files By Heaven’s Gate (John Dalkin)
“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do.” Romans 12:20
“Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”
2 Timothy 2:7

We all have a purpose. Sometimes we hope it were not so. Even Jesus said in the garden of Gethsemene, “Father, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.” Mk 14:36.

Yet it is not what we want, but what God wants.

Before Jesus started his ministry, he spent 40 days in the desert as preparation. Forty days is a recurring amount of time in the Bible. It gives us a glimpse that 40 days have significance for God. Noah had to withstand 40 days of rain, Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai, David defeated Goliath after 40 days of his taunting the Jews, Elijah fasted for 40 days, God gave Nineveh 40 days to reform and Jesus spent 40 days on Earth after his resurrection.

There are 40 days of Lent in preparation for Easter.

For this 40-day spiritual journey, let us be guided by the bible and by Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life to go through the dark hours of lent and into the glorious resurrection that is Easter.

At the end of the 40 days of reflection may we all live to our fullest purpose not as our will, but as God’s will be done.

Tomorrow will start Day One of our journey. So go ahead and read the book’s introduction, commit to the journey, sign the contract, and then read Chapter One. Together we will discuss the first chapter.

Rick Warren says “Real spiritual growth is never an isolated, individualistic pursuit. Maturity is produced through relationship and community.”

So for all our sakes I hope you will all join in through the comments. I know statistics show that less than 1% of people ever comment and the rest of us just lurk and that’s fine, but in this particular instance, the more you comment and become part of this community rather than a passive observer, the more you will get out of this experience.

Tomorrow we will look at chapter 1.  Until tomorrow, and may God always be with you.

I find the above photo to be very interesting. Here’s what the photographer, John Dalkin (Heaven’s Gate of Flickr) posted in the public files.

” Doorway, flanked by two old tree-trunks,The Parish Church of St Edward, Stow on the Wold, England.
The Church of St Edward was built between the 11th and the 15th centuries. It stands on the site of the original Saxon church, believed to have been of wood. The tower, completed in 1447, is 88′ high and houses the heaviest peal of bells, eight in all, in Gloucestershire. A clock with chimes has existed there since 1580. The present clock was made in 1926. The painting of the Crucifixion in the south aisle was painted by Gaspar de Craeyer (1582-1669), a contemporary of Reubens and Van Dyck. Many features of this outstanding Cotswold Church may be attributed to the town’s prosperity as a centre of the wool trade.”

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I Am Not A Number! But Still A Prisoner At Spam Village

Posted by infinitygoods on February 1, 2008

I’m a huge fan of “The Prisoner,” a British tele series from the late 1960s which I watched when I was a toddler. I was probably too young for that matter, as it has marked me for life. “I am not a number!” was a favorite quote of mine throughout childhood and I still use it from time to time. It came to mind as I was reading all the numbers I have been assigned by a spam e-mail which wormed its way out of the bulk mail filters and into my inbox. The nerve of these spam e-mails, really!

I have been assigned a reference number, a ticket number, a lucky number (oooh, lucky me!) and a serial number. There’s also an international number to call! But I don’t think I’ll be calling it. They want INFORMATION! INFORMATION! But who is their Number 1? That would be telling! Who is Number 2?

I AM NOT A NUMBER! I am a free woman! I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, NUMBERED OR SPAMMED!

Here’s the series introduction:

When the prisoner wakes up, he finds himself in The Village.

Here’s The Village and its architectural history as documented by “The Antiques Road Show”:

If you’re interested in the DVD boxed set of the complete 17-episode series, it’s available here.

Be seeing you! 😉

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Hooray! Atheist movie bombs!

Posted by infinitygoods on December 16, 2007

On opening weekend the atheist assault on the Christmas season, “The Golden Compass,” bombed at the box office taking in only $25,783,232 at latest count.  The trilogy’s plot is about two children on a quest to kill God, which Philip Pullman wrote in a jealous response to C. S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

By comparison, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” earned $65,556,312 on its opening weekend and earned an approximate total of $800 million worldwide, proving that Christian viewers will indeed bring in the big bucks despite Hollywood’s anti-values drumbeat.

Because of “Compass'” very soft opening on a weekend with no competition, sources from New Line, the studio, have already been quoted saying that they are unsure the next movie in the trilogy will get a green light.

“Prince Caspian” is coming out in 2008.

The New Yorker has described Pullman as one of England’s most outspoken atheists.  The Washington Post quoted him in 2001 as saying, “I’m trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief.”  He continues “I’m not in the business of offending people.”

I think that he does a fine job of offending Christians for an amateur.

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