Facebook and Church

I was thinking last night about how many people use Facebook now and how not even 7-8 years ago it was something only a few people knew about.  Then I started to think how can Facebook and Church link up and this is what I came up with.  First let me state that I am not here to tell you that if you Facebook your are going to die and bust hell’s gates wide open; this is just a post that is meant to be humorous but truthful.  Facebook and how we live our Christian lives have more in common than we really think or see; this is what I mean.

You have those who join Facebook to just check on other people and use it a way to connect, meet, and catch up with people.  Then you have those who use Facebook just for the games.  How do we know this because we all have 3,900,234,124,100 requests to water their crops in Farmville.  There are those that are just in it for the drama, who use it to try and get the inside scoop on people and start gossip.  Also, there are those who are Facebook junkies.  These people eat, breathe, live, and sleep Facebook.  They post about every little body function, anytime they have a thought, or everytime their pets have performed a body function.  These people are the ones who have Facebook on their computers, phones, tablets, internet tv’s, and any other place they can.  Then there are those who are on Facebook just to spy on other people.  They hardly ever post anything, but they always comment on your pictures (which is kinda freaky).  Finally, there are those who have an account just to have an account.  Everyone and their momma has a Facebook so it is the thing to have and do, so they don’t want to be left out.

Now, how do this cross-over; well let me show you.  You have those in churches who just come and join small groups to hang out, meet new people, and catch up with old friends.  They love the Lord and they’ll worship every now and then, but to them its more of a social club.  Then there are those who are just in church playing church.  They are there to just play games with God.  Thinking by just putting on a big front they can impress people.  Then there are those who are in for the drama.  They love a juicy piece of gossip and love “roast pastor”, “roast worship leader”, and “roast youth pastor”.  Also there are those who live, breathe, eat, and sleep church.  They are the ones who tell everyone about their church and their savior.  They are the ones who worship unashamed and love to talk about what God has done for them.  (We need more Jesus junkies.)  They have worship music playing on their phone, computers, iPads, and TV’s.  They are just on fire for God!!!  Then there are those who are just to be there.  Not really interested in participating but are quick to comment on how someone worships too loud or too crazy.  Finally, there are those who are in the church just because everyone else is doing it.  They never really put anything into it so they never really get anything out of it.  All of their friends and family go there, so to be apart of things they go.

Now do we see how much Facebook and Church have in common; I told you it was more than you think.  Now this was not to tear anyone in particular down, but it was just something that I started thinking about before I went to bed last night.  I just felt like sharing it with you.  I pray that we are more like the ones who breathe, eat, sleep, and live to serve the Lord and His Kingdom work.

Much love and be blessed brothers and sister in the Lord!!!

much love,

10 things we can draw conclusions from 90’s music

We didn’t have the best music but it was our music.  Now here are the top 10 conclusions we could safely draw from 90’s music….

10.
You didn’t have to have talent or a decent haircut to get nominated for a Grammy!!!

9.
Cheating can be fun while it last…but man it stinks when you get caught!!!

8.
You can get knocked down and yes you can get back up again…

7.
You might not have understood what he was saying all the time…but you listened anyways.  You also tried to say what he was saying but the words never came out right…Busta is a beast!!!

6.
When Gwen said don’t speak…we all listened

5.
What was he thinking???

4.
We all secretly danced and lip synced too their songs…and it shows by me just showing this pic and you know who it is and can recite all their names..

3.
Whenever she sang about a Genie in a Bottle we really wondered what the heck she was talking about!

2.
Britney Spear’s first hit, Hit Me Baby One More Time, promoted violence…say what you want to say….it did.

1.
the Macarena was a dance white people could do and do it well…it freed us from the running man, lawnmower, and the sprinkler.

Hope you enjoy!!!


-dereck

 

 

Top 10 People I Wouldn’t Like To Be

I am going to start a new thing for my blog.  I am going to start a semi-daily (procrastination stinks) Top 10.  These are going to be extremely random and quite humorous (at least to me…)  So here goes the first one….

The Top 10 People I Wouldn’t Like to Be….

10.

This poor guy (well he isn’t poor…he is a pro ball player) but you get my drift.  I mean could you imagine growing up with a last name like this.  Try and go with me to his fourth grade class, first day of school and the teacher is calling roll and she gets to the S’s.  “Salta….Saltalam….kid with the extremely long last name, are you here?”  Then you make it to the pros…and your name looks like the St. Louis arch over your number.  Well I think you get my point…the preacher stumbling during your wedding, not long enough lines on applications, well I need to stop.

9.

This is one is kinda self explanatory…

8.

Another self-explanatory one…

7.

I would hate to be the guy working the bungee post up top…poor guy.  There is not enough money in the world that someone could pay me to help this man out of his harness..

6.
Poor Wylie…I would hate to be him.  I mean someone with a sick imagination (but funny one) down at Warner Bros. has him blown up, turned into an accordion,  or just ran over by an ACME truck (the same place he bought the defective stuff in the first place, where is the customer service in that).  If I was Wylie, I would sue ACME, turn into vegetarian, and stop living in the desert (boulders).

5.

I wouldn’t want to be Ms. Reno.  This poor lady serves our country and the only person that SNL can get to portray her to a tee is, Will Ferrel.  I mean come on…

4.
I wouldn’t like to be…Janet Reno’s mirror…sorry I couldn’t resist…

3.
I wouldn’t want to be Ben Stiller, but only in this movie scene.  I mean he is a successful actor in Hollywood and a pretty cool guy.  But this is just gross…

2.
I wouldn’t like to be…Al Gore.  For one, you kill your own Global Warming arguement by owning a huge mansion that puts out more pollution than the whole state of Rhode Island.  Next, you can’t even give a thumbs up with out looking like a dork…child please…

1.
And finally, I wouldn’t want to be…President George W. Bush.  Let me first start out by saying, I am a huge supporter of his and voted for him in the one election he ran in that I could vote; however from 2008 on out no matter what happens or falls apart…someone in America will find a way to blame him.  Hang in there, W…you got a fan here…and also a Easter Bunny that is on your side…

One thing happened today…its kinda scary…

All joking aside about the so-called judgement day thought up by the not-so-brilliant man, Harold Campings, in California.  There is one thing that happened today that in my opinion is pretty scary, we as the Church of America have lost the respect of the lost.  Let me defend myself in this before you stop reading this and call it heresy.  Almost everyone I know who are Christians, including myself, joked about this whole Campings thing; but never once did we do anything to try and shut him down.  And because of this, I fear, when we go to talk about the true rapture of the church (which we all don’t know when it will be; see Matt. 24:36) the lost will just laugh it off and compare us to what has happened this week.

I kicked myself today (which is a hard thing to do…) because I didn’t try to stand up and debunk this man and call him the false prophet that he is.  I chose the easy road, made fun, joked around, and never once did I try and share the truth with anyone until yesterday.  Now I am not the only guilty one, but I can pick on myself.  Why did I wait until yesterday?  Why didn’t I start to share the truth when the billboard went up in my hometown?  The answer is fear, I guess, or is that more of an excuse?

Now we as the church are left with the ones that followed this man who are now, broke (physically and spiritually), disgusted, and angry at God.  We have the ones that are now just going to make light of the situation and state, “Man I have heard that before, is it really gonna happen?”  And finally, the ones that want to listen but are skeptical of the church since they have been burnt one too many times.  So my question to the Church of America today is, “Are we ready to deal with this?”

The Lord is coming and it is very very soon but now we are on damage control because we all know the media isn’t going to let this thing die.  Let me be the first to apologize to the ones that are seeking the real answer and for me keeping it in.  I am sorry for just caring about myself and not you.  I am sorry for caring about my feelings and trying to be popular in your eyes, rather than stand up for the truth and speak it even if it hurts or not.  I am sorry.

Now it is time Church of America, people will have questions, it is time to give the real answer; Jesus

Maranatha,

-dereck

The World Is Ending????

So this is the big topic this week and will be for the next few.  I’m pretty sure as you read you begin to read this and you will begin to think of how I am going to debunk this crazy guy in California (they all come from California) and his doomsday theory that goes totally against the Word of God!  Well my friend you are not correct; however this blog post has to do with something that is going to happen and its closer than we all think.

President Obama (of whom I didn’t vote for, because I didn’t vote; save your hate mail for later) made some pretty bold statements yesterday which in my opinion set of alarm clocks in most of the true believers heads.  They have to do with Israel and the Middle East Peace Treaty.  Obama stated in his address and I quote,

“So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, and a secure Israel. The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.”  

So, I have one question, “Do America just turn their back on God’s chosen people?”  Well, I shouldn’t say America but did the President and his staff turn their backs on Israel.

Now this brings me to the main point of this whole blog post; God is returning!!!  But here is the kicker, you and I don’t know when!  Wow, I hope that wasn’t a big shocker for anyone.  But can I let you in another little secret?  It is closer than you and I really believe.  God could come back tomorrow, in the next five minutes, or in the next five years; but my whole point is we don’t know.  There is one thing that we can do though, be ready.

We need to look at everything going on in the world today; famines, diseases, earthquakes, moral decay, wars and rumors of wars, etc.  All of this points to His coming and my question to you is, “Are You Ready?”  If you can say no or I’m not 100% sure, please make it right with the Lord.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

That means you, me, and everyone that has walked the face of the earth has sinned and is in need of a savior.  The awesome thing about this is, God sent His only Son to be that Savior.  Romans 10:23 states, “For whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Call upon the Lord right where you are and ask Him to forgive you so that you are ready for His coming, whenever it should be.

If you read this, repented, and asked the Lord to become your Savior; please e-mail me at djw2410@live.com.  I want to try and help you in your new walk with the Lord.

God Bless and Maranatha.

-dereck

“Radical” Christians or “Radical” Doubters

Our local news station, KFDM Channel 6, recently posted a story on this (you can read for yourself here) and the comments that I read on Facebook really got me thinking.  These people promote what they believe, they try to back it up with the Word (and the Word also totally kills their belief…there is irony for you) and people use the Word of God and then use profanity in the next sentence to condemn these people.  C’mon people!!!  No, I don’t side with these people and no I don’t condone what they believe but at least they are doing something to promote it!!!  One guy called them a radical Christian and then in around about way, condemn them for being a radical.  Again I am not taking their side because these scriptures right here, Matt. 25:13; Matt. 24:36, shoot their theory right out of the water.  Now, this is what I am getting at.  We condemn these people for promoting this garbage but at least they are promoting.  We as “Christians” condemn anything that goes against the things we believe but we never promote the truth that the world is so longing to see.  When are we going to get “radical” for what we believe and who we believe in.  Again lets look toward the Word for our answers, Mark 8:38 in the Message bible reads like this

38“If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.”

so…this kinda hits home doesn’t it.  Getting back to the radical comment that sparked this blog writing in the first place, he says that God has given us our own free will which is right because if not we would be a bunch of robots.  But to just hold in the truth and not do anything about it is also wrong.  Call me a radical, call me a fanatic, but I will promote the Word of God.  I will promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who wants to or doesn’t want to listen.  I don’t want the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, to be embarrassed of me because I thought to much of my popularity ratings more than I did of Him.  I don’t see people condemning the atheists for the beliefs and their promoting that garbage all over Houston by billboards.  I don’t see people condemning the radical Muslims who want to kill all the Christians, Americans, and the Jews.  Yes, this guy has a little Jim Jones complex, but shame on us for not promoting the real truth like this “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23 (ASV) and this “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, to me every knee shall bow, And every tongue shall confess to God.” – Romans 14:11 and this, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16.  I challenge you to get radical about Jesus, time is short and yes there is a lot of opposition out there, but don’t let God be embarrassed.  I know I won’t.

-dereck

Hello world!

hello world is right. when you think about the world, what comes to mind? is it global warming, riots, protests, or peace and harmony? most of us will think of the negative and not the positive. is this because we are trained to do that by modern day media or is it just in us to respond to negativity? what is the first thing out of everyones mouths these days…gas prices. we can never really find the positive. my wife proved me wrong the other day. I was griping about the current gas prices and in her loving way she reminded me of the summer in 2008 when gas got up to 4.50 to 5.00 dollars a gallon. she said things can get worse but we can be thankful we have money to put gas in our cars. I want to challenge you as my wife challenged me in a round about way to look for the positive in everything and to thank God for giving us the little things that make life awesome…be blessed

-dereck