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I’m back, and I’m packin’ an Android now.

Much has happened since my self-imposed hiatus from blogging. I had actually considered stopping completely for lack of time and effort. But most things you like and wish to engage in take some time and effort. I notice when I am contributing to the blogosphere my writing skills are bettered. Not only the writing, but my studying and researching skills are enhanced as well. It takes an effort to publish something truthful and right.

First, I’d like to thank my spiritual brother Jacob for encouraging me to blog again. Rawk On Jacob!

One thing in my life that has changed is my smart phone. I have cast off the iPhone crutches to pursue a more technologically gifted side iron. The weapon of vast reward is my new Motorola Atrix Andriod powered phone with a very powerful  1GHz Dual Core processor. AT&T brags that it is the “world’s most powerful smart phone “. I am not certain of this but it does do multi-tasking well and the HD videos fly, especially when connected to a WiFi network.

the world’s most powerful smart phone

One of the first apps I downloaded is the YouVersion Bible software. The app is free for Android and has 50+ reading plans for reading through the bible. I even use this app during church sometimes.

Note to pastors: If you see me keying with my phone during your sermon, believe me, I am not texting John MacArthur with your scriptural insight. I am using it to follow along and maybe, just maybe, taking notes.

The YouVersion app easily lets me search for related scripture within multiple bible translations. Of course my main translation staple is the ESV. I am finding that my favorite part of the app is the Bible reading plan. I am currently on Day 64 of my One Year Bible reading plan. Having the tool has helped me to be more disciplined about reading the scripture daily since I have my phone with me at all times. Color me geek.

There is also a great WordPress blogging app I have downloaded for free. I may even begin to utilize that tool to help in my quest to start blogging again, and more frequently.

BTW – The picture above is of my lovely bride holding my actual Atrix phone. The phone is displaying my last posting via the WordPress app. My lovely bride loves her Atrix too. Yep, she had it first. 🙂

This is enough for my first blog in over 6 months. Lord willing, I will be contributing more frequently. There has been some amazing music released in the last several months as well. I might even throw in some book reviews. Like that isn’t being done in the blogging world. 🙂

Rawk On!

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Android, Atrix, bible, Motorola, scripture, YouVersion

 

Ray Boltz has come out of the closet.

I remember listening to Ray Boltz when my wife and I first discovered Christian music many years ago. He sang some pretty moving songs like “Watch the Lamb” and “I Pledge Allegiance To the Lamb”. Thinking back I don’t recall how theologically sound the lyrics were, but he still had quite an impact on the Christian music world. Now he has “come out” as the homosexual society puts it, and says he is happy again. Oh how the heart can deceive us into believing what makes us happy is right. There is an informative and interesting article about Ray Boltz at The Washington Blade that sheds some light on this story.

How should we think about this? There is a simple illustration I can think of. I am unhappy about having to obey the traffic laws, especially when I am in a hurry to go somewhere. It would make me very happy if I could ignore those laws in those times that are not convenient to me. But the traffic laws have a reason, and that reason is to keep us all safe while we are driving. God has given us laws as well. Whether we like them or not they do exist. Unlike state laws, these laws from God are not negotiable or subject to legislative changes. I believe that some of His laws exist to keep us safe as well. Regardless of the reason they exist, God, the Creator, demands that we obey them. These laws have been revealed to us in his scriptures. As believers in Christ we can choose to obey them or not. But please don’t fool yourself into believing there will not be consequences or an accounting for the foolish decision to ignore them.

As for Ray Boltz, we should be praying for him and his family. We should also be praying for those who will stand up and not be passive while this kind of behavior continues to filter into the local churches. We should also pray that we would make this stand in love and for the ultimate repentance and restoration of those like Ray Boltz. This brings up a thought for consideration. Can you be a Christian and also be gay? Please consider reading 1 Corintians 6. In verses 9 and 10 of that chapter you will find:

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

The apostle Paul goes on to write to the Corinthians in verse 11:

11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

The scriptures make it clear that believers of Christ have been washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of Christ. We should no longer practice those former things. That is great news. Only by trusting in the Christ, will you have the power to fight against those former sinful things. Amen?

ht: Christian Theology Blog