Please, Adopt a Terrorist. . .

Posted: June 27th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Adopt A Terrorist For PrayerYou can find many things on the internet; information to support or deny most any claim. Oft times we use it for our own advantages to cry out from out tiny blogs and tell the world how we feel. Once in awhile you can find a little gem, and for me, today is one of those days. One of my friends mentioned a site that let you adopt a terrorist — for prayer! Man, it blew me away. Oft times I pray for the situation in the Middle East, the safety of our troops and the salvation of the Muslims and other terrorists. This site allows you the opportunity to put a name on that prayer.

So, today I have adopted my first terrorist. I am not sure how the international community will handle this, and what lines I may be crossing religiously, but since I don’t need his permission or do I have to feed and clothe the guy, the process was pretty easy. The site lets you scroll through the profiles of terrorists and you can post a prayer for them.

My terrorist is Abd al-Aziz Awda. He kind of reminded me of Paul, so I will pray for him in that direction: That God would knock him off his horse that we would lead many to the cross. Here’s his profile:

Abd al-Aziz Awda

Role: Palestinian Islamic Jihad Religious Leader

Status: At-Large

Bio: Born December 20, 1950, in the Gaza Strip next to the world’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, Awda (aka Sheik Odeh) co-founded the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the 1970s as a branch

of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. He studied Arab and Islamic studies at a university in Cairo, and has grown to become known as the PIJ’s spiritual leader. Presumed to be operating from the PIJ’s current headquarters near Damascus, Awda orchestrates bombings, murders, extortions, and money laundering.

Now, go take a minute and adopt your own. We need to be praying for their salvation, and God’s mercy on them.

- mooney

39,000 Denomintaions continued plus a retraction. . .

Posted: February 1st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Well, I have done some thinking the last few days about my remark that most Christians are idiots, and I have to retract it. I will revise my position to this: Most Christians don’t know half of what their particular denomination actually believes, so when they find they disagree with some point of doctrine, they leave. If they are strong enough in defending their position, they create their own “denomination” or new strain of the same one.

When I first posted, I thought that this trend was primarily from the past 1000 years, but soon realized that it was already happening when the New Testament was being written, and I think Paul had the answer in his first letter to the Corinthian church. Some were saying “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” (v12) Paul goes on to call them foolish and say he was glad he did not baptize them so they could not say, “I was baptized by Paul.”

BullseyeHis answer to these small divisions (denominations) was this, “but we preach Christ crucified:(v23),” “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’”

My heart in this is that people, especially hardcore denominationalists (new word!), would step back and say, “What the heck are we doing? We can’t all be right.” We as Christians need to get back to the reason we go by that name, and follow Christ’s examples and teachings. Preach Jesus!

Let’s get over our arrogance and always telling everyone how wrong they are and love them. When I read the Bible, the people Jesus condemned the most were the hypocritical religious leaders. “You study the Scriptures, because you think that in them you will find eternal life. And these very Scriptures speak about me! Yet you are not willing to come to me in order to have life. (John 5:39-40)”

He showed compassion, love, and sacrifice for those around Him, and we show a book of rules.

Let’s get back to the center of the mark: Jesus.

- chris mooney

Imitate Me ~ Paul

Posted: December 28th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

I was reading in I Corinthians 4 last night where Paul is talking about carnal Christianity and came across verses 14-16:

I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

That last part in verse 16 is what got me. Paul says, “Imitate me!” I however am not to the point in my walk with God where I can say this to someone else. He has me on the road to that place, but for now I am still at the “Do what I say and not what I do stage”. Is this in part because of verse 15? There are so many telling me what to do and not showing me? See, that is the difference between a father and a teacher. A teacher instructs and says “This is the way it is, believe it and walk in it.” A father says, “I have been there to the place you long for, follow me and do what I do and we will both make it there again.” See, in a classroom, people don’t really get to know the instructors. They only know them by what they speak in the class. Children however know their father and become like him, whether they like it sometimes or not, because they see his life.

There is very little that I can look back to and say, “I am this way because of Mr. Soandso was so compelling in the classroom.” I can however attest to many of my characteristics (and so can my wife) where I am a carbon copy of my dad. Why is that? A teacher teaches knowledge and a father teaches life. In my walk with God right now I am a mere instructor who has but a bit of knowledge of God and I try and pass it to those who will listen, but I long to be a father and not have to say a word except, “If you want to know Him, imitate me because I am like He is.