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Glad you’re back up and running! Yay, Jimmie!

Julie, I think you need to find one of those classic 50’s pics with the woman lounging and enjoying her coffee…or one of a woman stressed out and in desperate need of coffee!!! LOL, 🙂

» Posted By Carl On August 3, 2005 @ 9:18 am

Saint Nicholas

Yes, there are much more destructive words than cuss words….my wife gets more frustrated when I call people ‘idiots’ or ‘morons’ (which occurs almost exclusively when driving 🙂 ) than when I actually cuss.

» Posted By Carl On April 29, 2005 @ 11:52 pm

Malcolm in the (not quite) Middle

Great thoughts James, thanks!

» Posted By Carl On April 30, 2005 @ 7:27 pm

Malcolm, this was a much better response then your previous ones but still unfortunately misses the point. I think God will occasionally ask people to fast from very specific things during different points in their lives for very personal reasons but I don’t see Him getting a great deal of glory out of people fasting from Star Wars, food, etc. just to do it or to somehow prove their love or commitment to Him. Unless the Lord leads someone to fast then its often a wasted exercise done solely for selfish reasons.

The point is you can love God, serve Him faithfully, and see Star Wars, etc. Things like popular entertainment are never a black and white issue and I believe God deals with us in these areas individually depending on our maturity levels, priorities, etc. If God specifically laid it on your heart to fast SW for Him then I commend you for being obedient…the problem is that your comments seem to suggest that Christians who do not do this sort of thing are somehow less committed, less holy, and don’t have God first in their lives…if you really feel this way then no matter what you say you are wrong and all that you are doing in the name of holiness is really garbed in legalism. Remember that the point of fasting anything isn’t to give up something just for the sake of doing it…it is what you do with the time that fasting frees up and what you allow God to do in you that matters.

» Posted By Carl On April 27, 2005 @ 6:51 pm

It is rather like arguing with a brick, isn’t it? 🙂 Its too bad but there really is no reasoning with people like this..they hide behind the scriptures but only have the most basic knowledge of what they mean. Their motives may be good but by acting that way it seems to me that they are not helping the Kingdom of God in any way.

» Posted By Carl On April 27, 2005 @ 12:58 pm

Good post by the way, Rob.

This is another example of why I don’t like to get into these debate things. I told someone once that when I get in these type of debates with someone who is so off base that I usually end up thinking they are an ignorant ass and get upset with them rather than just letting it go and walking away.

You did good, you tried to pin him down and open a dialogue but he refused. Good for you!

» Posted By Carl On April 27, 2005 @ 2:10 am

When I read this type of stuff I *try* to remember that only a baby Christian thinks this way. Just like in the stages of growth that we go through mentally/psychologically, it is easy to get *stuck* in a certain stage. People like this are clearly stuck in that concrete thinking stage and cannot truly entertain abstract thought. Sure, I get pissed off like everyone else at morons like this but I have to remember that I was there at one time but thankfully grew! His passion is in the right place even if his way of doing things isn’t. God bless him in his child-like ignorance and help him to mature!

It is a hard thing to be *in* the world but not *of* it…its definitely not something that I’ve even come close to figuring out…I like too much of what the world has to offer. But being there I still think that the Holy Spirit leads and guides me and helps me to be a witness to those around me that ultimately points to Jesus. Being “holy” and not being a freak can be a hard thing to do and people like Malcolm have chosen the easier way to deal with it…make everything completely black and white, be legalistic, and then you don’t have to think for yourself anymore or make choices…you just don’t do anything and hence are *holy* (I’m kidding of course). It actually takes much more courage to be a Christian and not be a freak…to live life as an example of what Christ can do in and through a person rather than living life to deny yourself thinking that this will lead people to Jesus. I feel sorry for this guy.

» Posted By Carl On April 27, 2005 @ 2:08 am

Auto-dimming mirror upgrade (w/ compass!)

Very funky and fun!

» Posted By Carl On June 19, 2005 @ 6:26 pm

Matrix Reverse Beep Mod

Now that my brother in law has a nice, new digital camera that I can borrow I probably will geek out and post pics of my pc sometime in the near future.

» Posted By Carl On April 1, 2005 @ 12:52 am

Flowers

Julie, I’ll pray for one for you and you pray for one for me and then we won’t have to feel like we’re using our faith selfishly…. 🙂

» Posted By Carl On May 5, 2005 @ 12:54 am

Sci-Fi Expo

I’m sure you are far and away one of the most normal people that Amy Allen met that day!

» Posted By Carl On May 17, 2005 @ 4:38 am

I see that Michonne Bourriague was there as well…very cool!

» Posted By Carl On May 16, 2005 @ 1:08 pm

Layer Cake

yes, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’m the easily offended type! 🙂

» Posted By Carl On May 3, 2005 @ 5:02 am

some thoughts on M. Night

I especially like this part of the article “What about living up to a heroic life of risk and adventure? Why do we fear who we really are? Is living a life that is truly alive—a life that risks being who we really are—so bad in the end? Do we keep the secure “safe” job and continue walking in numbness?

Why is it that the unknown is so often seen as a 50/50 chance at death rather than an opportunity to surprise the world with hope?”

Really great questions that I think we need to start asking ourselves right now…no more waiting, no more plodding along through life.

I love all Shyamalan’s movies and couldn’t be more happy that each is different in its own unique way while staying true to central themes and symbolism that mark them as his creations. Hope he continues to make more thought provoking movies.

» Posted By Carl On May 1, 2005 @ 11:38 pm

The t-shirt fund

I run into this sometimes to. Usually if I go out and re-enter its fine.

» Posted By Carl On March 31, 2005 @ 3:50 am

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