The Cup Which Christ Drank

10:05AM, Wednesday, February 20, 2008

To contrast with Bell’s teaching, I commend to you here true teaching about Christ’s prayer that night in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Thanks go to my friend Ben for sharing this video with me that I might share it with you.

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Just What’s On My Mind

10:39PM, Friday, January 11, 2008

Redeemer:

I do not deserve the love of God. I do not deserve to be able to love God. And yet He graces me with both. God has given to me, a man once His enemy, forgiveness for even my most grievous sins, many though they be. How I long for the sweet embrace of death which would cause this mortal coil of flesh to once and for all cease its struggle against its Maker! In my soul I bear the exhilarating joy of salvation and the peace of a reconciled commune with God. But I also bear a grief of which words cannot speak over coming to grips with the depths of my own depraved and fallen nature. Recognizing that I deserve death, I cry out to God, broken: “Have mercy on me Lord! Save me!”

The Lord hears my cry. He comes to my deathbed and rescues me. Gentle hands has He. Yet mighty are His arms. He is my Eternal Father, strong to save. I find comfort in His arms. I find rest upon his shoulder. I find shelter beneath His wings. For this reason will I tell of His goodness. For this reason will I proclaim to all that He is merciful and mighty. I owe to Him everything I am, all I have, and then some.


Precious Words:

On my heart have been the serious considerations of seminary schooling. If provided the opportunity, I will go without hesitation. I desire to know God more intimately and to love His word more intensely. For me, education is the clearest and most direct route to this. I don’t yet know where I’d go. RTS is probably the most prominent in my thoughts at the moment, but I haven’t pursued it very far. Honestly, finances are the only thing I would say is holding me back from pursuing it.

A good number of people at my church have been extremely discouraging, even disparaging in their remarks about me. No one has really urged me to pursue ministry vocationally or otherwise, nor have I been encouraged to be formally educated. Is it odd that when I pursue what I know is right in the eyes of God (including making right the wrongs I have done) that I am met with strong opposition, even in the church?

I suppose if I had to put into a word what I am feeling right now after over 6 months of thought into these matters, I would use the word discouraged. I really could use some encouragement, and I’m not talking an attaboy. I don’t want someone to lavish vain compliments that would tempt me to puff up in pride. I want a couple brothers and sisters to spur me on to love and good deeds. I desire a best friend, a mentor, and perhaps a woman in whom I can confide. Something just feels. . . I don’t know. . . like it’s missing — like there’s one or two keys that will unlock this gate holding me back and start the engine of the vehicle which will take me down the road to where I’m supposed to be traveling. I can’t see the future, but I feel it there. My heart aches for action. My legs twitch in anticipation.

It’s your show God. If these things on my heart were put there by You, then Your timing and Your plan for bringing them to fruition are in my best interest and Your greater glory. I submit myself to Your good pleasure and loving, providential care. Glorify Yourself in my words, in my deeds, and in my relationships. So let it be.


Quick Update

10:12AM, Tuesday, January 8, 2008

I went ahead converted my post on the tour into .doc format for anyone would like a more printer-friendly version of my small paper on Rob Bell’s “The Gods Aren’t Angry” tour. You may download it freely here.

I’ve also decided to license this particular work (along with the rest of the site) under a Creative Commons License.


To My Friends

3:33AM, Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My hope is that you would remember the true reason any of us ought to celebrate such a season.

My prayer is that your heart is filled with the peace, joy, and love that only God Himself can give to a person. Though you may have heard the story dozens of times before, may the truth and beauty of the birth of Christ be an eternal spring of hope for you and your loved ones. For you see, this baby was unlike any other. He came to save men and women like us. This baby that was born so long ago is our only hope of finding what is truly life. This baby came so that God and sinners (which all of us are) might be reconciled. This baby grew into a man and taught us how to live, how to love God, and how to love one another. But this is not all He did. He took it upon Himself to see to it that we might completely reconciled to God by giving His life as a ransom for those who would humbly receive Him by faith.

My prayer for you is that you know this truth in the depths of your heart and that you cling to it as a person thrown into a tempestuous sea would cling to a life raft. If you do not yet know this truth, then please friends, write me back and allow me to be the bearer of most excellent news. But for those of you who do know this Christ as the one who loved you enough to die for you, I give this exhortation:

Since God has through Christ shown us great mercy, now go and show others mercy, most especially to your fellow brothers and sisters. If you have wronged someone, go and make it right. If someone has wronged you, go to them in love and forgive them from the bottom of your heart. Love as you have been loved. Forgive as you have been forgiven. If there is strife, let it cease. If there is division, let it be made whole again. If there is anything dividing you from a brother, a family member, an old friend, or *anyone*, go and be reconciled. In such things God is pleased and greatly glorified. May your households and churches be filled with the peace and love of Christ who came as a baby in a manger.

May you know joy,


Bill Carlisle


Step-by-Step Instructions to Peace

4:20PM, Sunday, October 28, 2007

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

3. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

8. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

9. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.


Sometimes I Just Want One of These

8:26PM, Friday, October 19, 2007

Puppies soothe me.

That is all.


Of Apples and Nuts

2:04PM, Wednesday, September 5, 2007

God gave me an iPhone today by way of a spelling bee in which I very well could have lost after misspelling a word if not for the would-be champion also misspelling the word which would have clinched the victory for her.

I won by spelling pistachio. I don’t yet know why God gave me an iPhone. I do see the process of how (even going back several months leading up to this point) and recognize His hand in it all. The next steps of this journey remain to be seen.