Daily Archives: August 3, 2008

Life Pointe Talk Soup: Marcela Edition

Phillip is performing his life saving duties as a nuclear security officer at Turkey Point so I am coming out of my self-imposed vacation to fulfill the responsibilities of co-writer.

The 9:00 a.m. service at Life Pointe began today with a little bit of a twist. Mike B. led worship with a smooth voice while Julie, Kyle, Rebecca and Nirian performed the background vocals. Jesse, Ritz, and Bill were great (as usual) on the guitar, bass, and drums. The repertoire was:

1) Hallelujah/ Your Love Is Amazing.
2) I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.
3) Holy Is the Lord.
4) Amazing Love-  which was played during communion.

Jesse Santoyo executed the role of “preacher” today and did a phenomenal job on the last message of the “Got Funk?” series with the topic of “The Funk in Poverty”. This topic hit close to home- especially in South Florida where society tends to focus on appearances, fame, and fortune. The sermon began with a list of things that people think will change their lives: possessions, job security, health, a degree, and retirement. The main idea is that we focus on big things (such as wealth, popularity, and comfort), that we tend to miss out on the little things of life. This brings us to ponder questions like: What if we already had everything we are supposed to have in our lives, would we be happy? Most of us don’t realize that in the U.S. we are wealthy in comparison to the rest of the world.  We live in a society that has a non-oppressive government, we are entitled to free speech, we have access to technology (cell phones, TV, IPods, MP3 players, computers, etc.); we own at least one car, have shelter or a place to call home… and we are still not happy. We crave more. We live in freedom but our minds are in poverty.  We ignore the subtle moments in life such as the sunrise in the morning, the time we spend with family and loved ones, the quietness of the afternoon in order to pursue the frugal existence of lives such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Brittney Spears. The point is that God’s grace and love are sufficient in making our lives joyful. Let us recognize that we are alive and be aware that we are truly blessed.


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Trying to Understand God on Man’s Terms

In an attempt to speak for myself here, I am sure I will generalize. So please excuse and forgive me in advance.

Is it possible to understand God? I love God, and I know God, but I think it’s impossible to understand God. His ways are above ours. For example, we learn the story of creation, and the story of salvation, and the story of judgment and reward. We think of these things in linear terms because that is what we understand. God was going along and decided to create the universe, the world, land/water, plants, animals, and man. But the bible says God has no beginning and end. I have to say, that makes me question the linear way we think about God.

God has no boundries of space and time. I believe he actually created time. An infinite God created a finite concept like space and time so that we could exist in it. God has no past. In the past, God is there. In the future, God is already there waiting (there is my linear thinking) for us. God is bigger than space. It’s mind boggling, but I believe it. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. And to think that he sees the sparrow that falls. He loves me, despite the fact that I cannot even understand his ways.

 8″For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
 9″For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

-Isaiah 55:8-9

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