my girl…

Walking in Charleston

So, this girl doesn’t even know that I’m posting this. In fact, I’m on the phone with her right now, and I’m not telling her that I’m putting this up here.

I needed a test post for uploading pictures. so I figured this would be pretty good πŸ˜‰

I don’t know where I’d be without her!

new camera = more blogging!

so yesterday i got a new camera! so hopefully i will be blogging more regularly about things…….when i used to have a camera a few years back, i snapped pictures of everything that moved, so we’ll see how this goes πŸ˜›

i\'m only alittle excited ;-)

alittle music….

So, most of you know that I write songs, and play occasionally. I’ll be posting a few of them on this blog, so for now, here’s two that I wrote (Not Back Down and All That I Have), and one Chris Tomlin song that I covered (How Can I Keep From Singing).

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The Wonder of God

Today, I caught a taste of the amazing feeling it is to be a sinner saved by grace. Today I was able to share with some friends about some of the very things that I had so many times hurt my Savior with. But isn’t our God so much like that? He was under no obligation to redeem us. He had no one telling Him to do so. β€œBut God demonstrated His own love towards us, that while we were still sinners – Christ died for us.” β€œAnd when we were dead in trespasses, and in the deadness of our flesh, He made us alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. Isn’t that amazing?! I have heard that verse probably thousands of times, but have only recently come to love it. Only in these last few months have I learned what loving God really is, and how much greater the words of Scripture I’ve known mean now that they are being written in my heart. And you know the greater thing still? Not only did He save us from our sin, but He has called us, He has chosen us, to carry the Message of Him – of His life, death, and resurrection to the world in which we were saved from! How amazing that God would entrust to us this message of life! Let us never lose the wonder of who God is!

Peter – new blog

Notice the church of today. We worship unashamed in the buildings we have built for God, but when we get out into the body He has built for us, we quickly retreat, calling worship a song, when in fact it is meant to be a lifestyle.
The Bible gives us an example of this in the form of Peter. Whenever He was with Jesus, he had the boldness to say and do some absurb things, like chopping off an important guy’s ear in front of a few hundred of the best trained soldiers in the world. But when he was distanced from Jesus, he did some equally ashaming things, like denying his Lord three times, in the middle of Jesus’ hardest time.
Like Peter, we tend to do things we’d never believe we’d ever do apart from God. But there is more to Peter’s story that we should see.
After Jesus died, Peter threw in the towel. He told his fellow disciples “I’m going fishing.” If there was ever a case of correct vocation, and incorrect location, this was it! Jesus met Peter beside that lake though, because you see, Jesus is never seperated from our circumstances. He’s always right there with us! Jesus asked Peter three times (which in that culture was a very deep and heartwrenching thing) if he loved Him. And then Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” A simple command see, because God never places on us more than we can bear.
Now, fast forward a few weeks: Peter preaches in Jerusalem, and thousands come to know Christ as Savior. The Jewish officials complained about Peter and the disciples, saying that they filled the entire city with the teaching of Jesus, which was no small feat. The Bible even records that people sat in the streets, hoping Peter’s shadow would touch them.
Peter knew it wasn’t his shadow doing miracles and saving people. Peter had already shown us what happens when he ran the show. Peter couldn’t be this stable with Jesus…and we know that by this time Jesus had ascended into heaven.
See, Peter found Jesus in his heart, and out of that came his lifestyle of worship in which people couldn’t help but be changed. When Peter allowed Jesus to take root, home, and all of his heart, great things happened, and guys, get this: he was married too!
Who do you want to be? The Peter away from Christ, or the Pete whose life couldn’t be explained except through Christ?

thoughts to ponder

consistancy…such a fleeting thing. consistancy in my relationships with others….consitancy with my relationship with God….
and then contentment….ish….thats a big one. contentment with what i have…contentment with Christ….satisfaction in Christ…..such hard things to continue in.
a friend told me something a few days ago that has not left my mind since then……’i have to jealously guard my time with God.’ above whatever else i have going on…..above whatever else i want to do…..i’ve gotta forcefully, if neccessary, take the action to seek God….and stay connected to Him.
difficult? yes. time consuming? yes. possible? yes.
do it.
“is my heart satisfied, with you my savior?
is my life to live for you my king?
each breath that i breathe out,
each word that i speak out
each action that i pour out
speak of you?
am i satisfied?”

The Impartial Power of God

This morning I was reading in my devos today’s section in “My Upmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. Powerful stuff that really puts your focus back on Christ. I think it was so good, i’m going to share it πŸ™‚
THE IMPARTIAL POWER OF GOD
For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” – Hebrews 10v14
We trample the blood of the Son of God under foot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only explanation of the forgiveness of God and of the unfathomable depth of His forgetting is the Death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the outcome of our personal realization of the Atonement which He has worked out for us. “Christ Jesus…is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” When we realize that Christ is made all this to us, the boundless joy of God begins; wherever the joy of God is not present, the death sentence is at work.
It doesn’t matter who or what we are, there is absolute reinstatement into God by the death of Jesus Christ and by no other way, not because Jesus Christ pleads, but because He died. It is not earned, but accepted. All the pleading which deliberately refuses to recognize the Cross is of no avail; it is battering at another door than the one which Jesus has opened. I don’t want to come that way, it is too humiliating to be received as a sinner. “There is none other Name…” The apparent heartlessness of God is the expression of His real heart, there is boundless entrance in His way. “We have forgiveness through His blood.” Identification with the death of Jesus Christ means indentification with Him to the death of everything that never was in Him.
God is justified in saving bad men only as He makes them good. Our Lord does not pretend we are all right when we are all wrong. The Atonement is a propitiation whereby God through the death of Jesus makes an unholy man holy.

Happy Birthday Jesus

finally finished Christmas shopping! man……..i’m glad i don’t have like, 9 kids to buy for or something like that πŸ˜‰ i wouldn’t survive!!!

typical christmas shopping……tensions high, money low, and everyone standing in line for the new xbox 360 (walmart in charleston was placing for sale one per hour – by lottery drawing). now, if those crazy people would stop and think, one week after christmas, xbox 360 will always be in stock, and like 100 bucks cheaper! but, people want it now……haha

seeing the modern ‘holiday spirit’ makes me hope that there are still people out there with the ‘christmas spirit.’

do we still tell our friends why we celebrate this season? or do we just pass up one of the best witnessing opprotunities of the year?

Happy birthday Jesus!

What do you think when You look out at our hustle and bussle?

We sure have made ourselves like ants – but for what purpose and reason?

Happy birthday Jesus!

The baby in a manager has been replaced by the jolly old cheer giver

The offering of worship has been replaced by the offering of pleasure during this, your birthday.

Would any of us dare to not give presents one year?

What kindof an impact would that have!

To be known as a family that doesn’t believe in the ‘true’ holiday spirit!

But what is the true holiday spirit? What is the true meaning of Christmas?

What is truth? What is Christmas? – but Jesus Christ himself!

Happy birthday Jesus – may we never forget you amidst the wrapping paper.

-daniel

another cool quote

so i’m reading through the book, “The Passion of Jesus Christ” by John Piper. its pretty good….i’ve read through it a few times, but this morning something really stood out to me:
“Oh that we might worship the terrible wonder of the love of God! It is not sentimental. It is not simple. For our sake God did the impossible: He poured out his wrath on his own Son – the one whose submission made him infinitely unworthy to receive it. Yet the Son’s very willingness to receive it was precious in God’s sight. The wrath-bearer was infinitely loved.”
Pretty interesting? verdad?

Life in Christ

blog blog blog i am told πŸ™‚
so blog i will πŸ™‚
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so here’s a thought for you. when you became a christian, what happened?
when you aksed Jesus to save you, did you ask Him to save you as fire insurance policy, and then continue living the way you wanted? or did you ask him to save you (even if it was just to keep from going to hell), and then lift Him up to where He is the main focus and reason for your life?
Do you find joy in your life? Do you find happiness in your life? Are you reading this and telling yourself, yes; but inside your heart is saying no?
Is Christ your main focus, your main goal, your life? Selah – think on that for about a year.
If He isn’t, maybe you’re not experiencing true happiness, joy, and peace. Maybe you won’t be loving, gentle, patient, and kind.
The closer we get to Jesus, the father away from ourselves we’ll want to be. And the more we’ll look on ourselves, and say, man…….why does God want to have anything to do with me! The closer you get to Jesus………….the farther the world will go.
Maybe you’re not experiencing the things that i listed up above………..and just maybe, i might have a solution for you.
Lets look at this list……..down below this line, is a list. Its what most people view as ‘their life,” and in their opinion, what God’s will for their life is.
MY PLANS ********** GOD’S PLAN (in my opinion)
get married ********** find a nice/cute/loving person
buy a car ********** make sure it runs good
go to church ********** come away happy
one week missions trip********** i’m a missionary!
signed,
daniel crowe
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may i suggest to you a list that i believe to be more in line with what God wants?
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MY PLANS *********** GOD’S PLAN (in my opinion)
signed,
daniel crowe
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now don’t think that i’m saying that you shouldnt make plans……..step out in faith with God. But what I am saying is this: don’t hoard your life. Its not yours. The moment you gave it to Christ, you lost it. But in losing it, you’ve found it. You’ve found that your life is Christ. You don’t need to keep control of the things you wanna do. The things that matter is Christ and Christ alone.
If Christ is your main focus, goal, and life, you’ll do the things that are in line with what He wants for you. And out of that, will come the fruits of the spirit.
Are you finding your life in Christ?
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