Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Song

So I wrote a song after going to the worship conference...writing songs is really a good release. I'll post it here later.

Sweet Music

So I'm now using the same playlist thing that all my good friends are using. And it's pretty legit. Check out these new songs...they're pretty stinking awesome.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Scum of the Earth

I need to post more, but sometimes I have nothing to say. Silence is golden, ya know?

My random speculations on Biblical truth seem to generate good response from my readers, and that makes me happy. I've surrounded myself with people who care about God and what His Word has to offer us. That's exciting, especially when I had so recently strayed from that which God has to offer me.
With that said, I offer more random speculation:

1st Corinthians 4:8-13 (NIV)

8Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have become kings—and that without us! How I wish that you really had become kings so that we might be kings with you! 9For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. 10We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.

Here, Paul is talking to the Corinthian church (very sarcastically, I might add) and pointing out that they have become content with earthly riches while the apostles, or those truly on fire for Christ, were paraded around as a "spectacle". They endured man's worst, and had become fools for Christ.

But what brought about Paul's sarcastic tirade? Let's look a verse back...

"For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?" (4:7)

What is the answer to Paul's question? What caused the Corinthians to falter so?

Pride.

They became so wrapped up in their earthly riches (which they earned) instead of reveling in the riches that God had for them. And even those things which they did not earn but did receive from God they still boasted as if they had earned those gifts. Pride, the original sin, had taken hold of the church. It wasn't even pride in what God had done through them, but almost a pride in what they had done without God. But we know that man cannot stand alone (Eph. 6:10-20).

Paul moves from this verse into vs. 8-13, where he explains what humility has brought into his life: scorn and contempt from man. By following God's calling and not being content with what he already had, Paul was reduced to rags and homelessness. Everyone hated him and the other apostles. They were "the refuse of the world".

Yet, Paul urges the Corinthian church to "imitate me" (vs 16).

Why, Paul? Why would we want to imitate you, and so become the scum of the earth, the downtrodden, the beaten up, the miserable?

He answered this at the beginning of the chapter:

"So, then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now, it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful" (4:1-2).

He presents three things here:

1. We are entrusted with the Gospel.
2. We must prove faithful.
3. So that men will regard us as servants of Christ.

I put it in that order for a reason. Paul is not saying that we must prove anything to God, but we must prove something to men so that we will be seen as servants of Christ. What must we prove? That we are faithful. That we won't settle for anything less than God's plan for our lives. If that leads to being the "scum of the earth," Paul says bring it on. We are fulfilling our call: to be servants of Christ.

Why would I willingly place myself in that position? Why must we be abused and downtrodden? Paul answers this charge a couple chapters later:

"Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible...I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings" (9:19, 23).

Paul willingly places himself in servitude of all so that he may "by all means possible save some" (22). What has happened to this mindset? Why don't we do all that it takes to save the lost? If it means being scorned, being put in temporary discomfort for a short period of time, heck no, I am not gonna do it.

This is not the Christian attitude. We should become the scum of the earth. We should bless when we are cursed, endure when we are persecuted, answer kindly when we are slandered. We should try to save all, so that some may be saved.

"Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we to it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize" (9:24-27).

That momentary discomfort is all it is: momentary. We do not run for a perishable crown, but an imperishable one. Thus, we do not run aimlessly, but with purpose. We beat our bodies into submission and become slaves to all, so that we may win all the more for Christ.

So stop worrying about your temporal pleasures! Stop being Sunday Christians that put on a happy face saying, "All is well, all is well." Become the scum of the earth, so that one day, you may receive the prize. Do the unthinkable:

Love.

Try it.

~Charlemayn

P.S. Congratulations if you read the whole thing. That was over 1,000 words long.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Over It

So I'm over a lot of things. A certain relationship: a certain person (yay for being single!).
I'm over being fake about my relationship with God.
I'm over hiding stuff from my parents.
I'm over being two people, living two different lives.
I'm over being trapped by my own fear and desire not to be uncomfortable.
I'm over not walking the walk.
I'm over apathy.
I'm over letting others set the spiritual temperature for my life.
I'm over looking for love in all the wrong places.
I'm over cowering before the Enemy, telling myself I am not good enough; not strong enough.

But I am starting a lot of things, too.
I'm starting to put my faith in Him.
I'm starting to delve into His Word.
I'm starting to care about my future.
I'm starting to give love to everyone instead of reserving it for one person.
I'm starting to share the Good News.
I'm starting to run the race.
I'm starting to let Christ be my strength.
I'm starting to up the ante.
I'm starting to be still and know the I AM.
I'm starting to be one person.
I'm starting to live purposefully.

TELL me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!—
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
(A Psalm of Life, Longfellow)

Oh, yeah, and I'm over titling my posts phonetically. It's too silly.

Later,
~Charlemayn

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nu Chapptrs

A lot of stuff has been going on...and all of it seems to center on one theme: newness. Recently, I've taken a break from playing bass on the worship team, and it has allowed me to step back and reassess my relationship with Christ. I found that it was not all that I thought it was...it's incredible what true worship will do for you :). So I have entered into a new relationship with God; not merely a better one, but a new one, a different one. Things have changed.
On the topic of worship, our team has been enduring a bit of a shakeup lately. I have been gone for a couple of weeks, and we're going to have to reshuffle things in the future. But it is all part of God's plan for the Youth Group and for Kingsfield. I don't mind telling you that I am psyched to see what God is gonna do with us in the months and years to come.
Some thoughts on newness:

As the celebration of the Resurrection has passed, we, as did the disciples, enter into a place of renewal. Remember, they legitimately thought that Christ was dead and gone forever. As Jews, they had no idea that He could resurrect Himself: they did not believe in the resurrection, not until the last day. Yet, on that Sunday morning, when the women found the tomb empty, their whole world was shaken up once again. Jesus of Nazareth had died, but was alive. Finally, they knew who He was: the Lamb of God come to take the sins of the world.

Easter gives us that opportunity: to know Him as He wants us to know Him. To discover Him for who He really is: the living and active Word of God. The good news is that you don't have to wait for any certain day to discover Him, as did the disciples.

This concept of renewal and newness is readily apparent in the Scripture. Revelation 21:5 says that Christ is "The one sitting on the throne (saying), 'See, I am making all things new!'" The Psalms urge us to "sing to the LORD a new song" (Psalm 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1). In Isaiah, God is constantly telling His people that He is doing new things (42:9, 43:19). I love 48:6, "You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you."

What of Jesus? Well Mark 1:29 tells of what the people think of him: "The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, 'What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.'" It's interesting...a new teaching, with authority. John 13:34 speaks more of this new teaching, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

I'm going to have to do a study on this idea of newness...there is so much. But what I want to close with is this: Christ offers us a new life, something different. I am already feeling that difference. Acts 5:20 tells us, "'Go, stand in the temple courts,' he said, 'and tell the people the full message of this new life."' Truly, a new life is given to us. Romans 6:4 expands on this: "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."

It all builds to this: "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2nd Corinthians 5:17). We are made new in Christ, and, as such, we must "put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator" (Col 3:10).

Go, and be renewed!

That's all for now,
~Charlemayn

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sphringh Braik

Mis amigos,

I am so glad that spring break has now struck the county known as Orange. I'm basically sick of school and ready for it to be over...so I guess a week of doing nothing will have to do. But anyways, on Sunday I went and played ultimate frisbee with a bunch of peeps from Kingsfield. It was freaking epic, and we totally pwned. On Monday (yesterday), Collin came over and we jammed and played some Wii, which was also pretty dang legit. Today was ok...we had to go to a church in RSM because my little bros are doing standardized testing and I had to man the snack table (which meant getting up at 7:00am. AHHH). And now I'm sitting here, blogging. Sorry if I'm a bore. Deal with it.

~Charlemayn

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