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Church, Bible reading, this blog and, well…

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Went to church last night. Had to walk there since I did not have the family van readily available. No problems: I walked the mile to church in about 15 minutes. Great exercise. It seems that every time you have to make a strong effort to attend church it ends up being well worth it. Bible study and then a chat with a few people. I obtained the name of the lady who runs the church’s library ministry, so Lord willing, I will be able to serve there in a small capacity soon…

…Finished reading Isaiah today, and in chapter 65 was the passage where the Left Behind story teaches that the unsaved during Christ’s Millennial Reign will have 100 years of life to accept Him. If they are unsaved on their hundredth birthday, they will die. Time will tell if this is accurate.

Read through Hebrews’ Faith Hall of Fame and saw that Samson and Sarah were there. Samson I remember from a past reading, Sarah’s presence in the HOF was a surprise. You know Samson: the cocky strongman who allowed his hair to be cut off and was left to the brutality of the Philistines. I wonder if his faith involved his belief that once his hair grew back his strength would return? Hard to say. I also imagine Sarah’s faith was in her belief she would indeed eventually give birth to a son in her old age, even after she took her eyes off God and allowed her husband Abraham to sleep with Hagar, her maid…

…As far as this blog goes, I think I have found a theme that’s good for now. Someday I hope to redesign this blog to make it far more unique. In the meantime, I will post when I have something to say rather than putting something up on a daily basis.

As always, comments are welcome. Post them here or drop me a line at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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Interview with blogger and fellow PCC alum Nolan Bobbitt: Part 1 of 2

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Nolan Bobbitt, a fellow Pensacola Christian College graduate, is a great example of someone I knew of at college (but not on a personal basis) but have, in recent years, exchanged e-mails with him every so often. I remember at PCC he had a reputation as a friendly, wonderful guy who loved people and wanted to serve in the ministry.

After I graduated from PCC and spent time in the proverbial real world (which included a four-year enlistment in the U.S. Army, where so many forbidden things at college were done by most as an afterthought), I began to discover the internet and websites that were both favorable and not favorable to PCC.

On one website I discovered an essay by Nolan titled: “ISOLATIONISM: The Gospel of the Fundamentalist Movement.” Sometime in the near future I will post it on my blog, as it is much-needed reading about how Christians should be insulated but not isolated from the world.

Nolan Bobbitt

These days, among Nolan’s ministries is a website, where he blogs. As I’ve read his blog I have grown to admire both the content and the design. Just a few years ago, I learned what a blog was, how to choose a server, how to post, how to create one working within the allowed parameters. And, yes, how to deal with angry readers who think I’m far crazier than I actually am.

Since blogging is still relatively new to some Christians, I decided to ask Nolan a few questions about blogging, how he got into it and how Christians can use it as a ministerial tool…

Richard Zowie: When did you first start using the internet?

Nolan Bobbitt: I started using the internet back in the dial-up days, around 1995.

RZ: When did you start blogging?

NB: Wow, it’s hard to believe, but I started blogging back in 2005.

RZ: What types of growing pains did you have when you first started blogging? Do you still find yourself wanting to tinker with your blog’s layout, format and what you write about?

NB: Sure I went through the typical blog growing pains, and the funny thing is, there are still some pains there from blogging, but they are a different kind. In the first couple of years, I was really consumed with growing an audience and trying to get high-profile “celebrity Christian” bloggers to read my stuff or write a guest post so that I could have their readership come my way. I obsessed over having a cool blog layout and header.

These days, it’s a little different…I obsess over writing something of substance and value, rather than growing a broad readership. I actually have taken an unintentional break from blogging. I was getting into a really good rhythm and posting at least 4-5 times a week, and then, I just stopped writing. At this point, I really need to update the “look” and layout of my blog, but I’d actually rather just have something that’s worth reading posted there more consistently.

RZ: Do you run across Christians who are opposed to blogs or to being on the internet? If so, what do you tell them?

NB: Oh, I am sure that there are a few Christians who are opposed to blogging or the internet, because they think that it is too “worldly.” I would tell the opposed that the internet may be one of the greatest evangelism tools that the 21st century will see if harnessed to further the Gospel in a compelling way!

In Part 2, Nolan will discuss his thoughts of how blogs can be used for Christian ministries.

Richard Zowie has blogged at Blogspot, Livejournal and now primarily uses WordPress. Post comments here or e-mail them to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

Caffeine and Bible reading

March 29, 2011 1 comment

Caffeine is a drug. One friend told me it’s fatal in its purest form. Thankfully, what we drink in sodas, tea and coffee isn’t in a fatal form.

However, caffeine consumed excessively is not a good thing. I do not see any harm, though, in consuming it in the form of above drinks as a way to get up in the morning.

I thought about this around 6:45 a.m. as I read passages in Isaiah and Hebrews while my sons got ready for school (my wife and I take turns driving them in the morning for Early Bird session). As I read, I found myself re-reading the same verses or reading and not remembering what I read or not comprehending.

One evangelist once said that once he wakes up in the morning, he turns over and gets his Bible and starts reading. It’s commendable he has the energy and discipline for that.

I’m concluding that it is best to read the Word of God in the morning after you are alert and awake. If that means drinking coffee, tea or a soda (or a “pop”, as it’s called in Michigan), fine. If it means getting in some exercise–such as a nice walk–fine. If it means taking a shower, fine.

So, tomorrow morning I will do that–read the Word after I have gotten myself nice and awake.

Richard Zowie is well aware Satan does not want him reading the Bible. Post comments here or e-mail richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

Another successful day reading the Word

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Almost done reading Isaiah. Will complete that in a week or so. Read Isaiah 53 today. Also will be finishing Hebrews in about a week. Had a short chapter in Hebrews today but decided against reading an extra one. The whole quality-versus-quantity thing, you know.

I woke up at 8:30 a.m. to go to work at 10 a.m., and when I got up, I toyed with sleeping until 9 a.m. But I nixed that idea when I realized I would not have enough time to take a shower and get ready and read the Bible. Small victory again.

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Another successful day of reading the Bible

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Got up this morning, took a shower and then returned back to my bedroom and read passages from Isaiah and Hebrews.

Wouldn’t it be great to make a habit out of this? I thought.

Indeed, it would. To start off each day reading the Bible is a wondrous accomplishment. Still, I expect many battles along the way. Satan hates Christians and wants to throw as many obstacles as possible into their paths. A person said if you are having an easy time living as a Christian, then Satan must not be too worried about you. No ego intended, but I think that’s a good statement.

So now, as I read and am caught up, I relax and focus on reading what God’s Word says and thinking of how I can apply it to my life each and every day.

As I read now, there is so much that is difficult to process since it has, sadly, been years since I’ve read through the entire Bible. I trust that in future readings the passages won’t seem as daunting.

Richard Zowie has been a Christian for 29 years. Post comments here or e-mail them to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

Who wrote Hebrews?

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

I am reading through Hebrews, which, the title of this posting probably gave that away. Many wonder who wrote Hebrews. Traditionally, they say Paul. Others say it wasn’t Paul because it wasn’t his style. (Paul begins his epistles by identifying himself while Hebrews begins with the word “God”).

So, who wrote Hebrews?

I know the answer.

Not me!

Richard Zowie is known for his goofy sense of humor. Post comments here or e-mail him at richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

The joys of being Isaiah the prophet

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Tradition says that Isaiah the prophet was murdered by being sawn in half inside a hollowed-out log on orders from King Manasseh. We presume this was before Manny repented of being a wicked king and became a born-again upstanding monarch. Perhaps he just grew tired of Isaiah’s prophecies of how wickedness would be judged.

Isaiah’s words remind me of the nondescript FBI agent in the hilarious movie Midnight Run who has to deliver bad news to the tall, imposing Agent Alonso Mosley (played brilliantly by Yaphet Kotto). Mosley is eating lunch at a diner when he’s told they were unable to capture bounty hunter Jack Walsh and government witness Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas…

FBI agent: I have some news for you about Walsh and the Duke.

Mosley: Is it going to upset me?

Agent: Yes, sir, I think it’s safe to say it will.

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