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Subject:Stuff that has been on my mind...
Time:09:55 pm
I have been thinking a lot about submission and loving others. I struggle a lot with being angry with people for their sins/faults (against me, people I love, God, etc.) out of a love of justice and then white washing over people's sins (I am big sinner too... who am I to judge). Neither seems right. In fact both seem very wrong, but what is right? What do you guys think?

I read something that made some sense:

"The evil of the pessimist is, then, not that he chastises gods and men, but he does not love what he chastises-he has not this primary and supernatural loyalty to things. What is the evil commonly called an optimist? Obviously, it is felt that the optimist, wishing to defend the honor of this world, will defend the indefensible... We say there must be a primal loyalty to life: the only question is, shall it be a natural or a supernatural loyalty?... Rational optimism leads to reform. Let me explain by using a parallel of patriotism. The main who is most likely to ruin the place he loves is exactly the man who loves it with a reason. The man who will improve the place is the main who loves it without a reason. If a man loves some feature of Pimlico (which seems unlikely), he may find himself defending that feature against Pimlico itself. But if he simply loves Pimlico itself, he may lay it waste and turn it into the New Jerusalem." - G.K. Chesterton (Orthodoxy).

Is this how Christ loves us? Are we suppose to love other's the same way? I never thought of myself lovingly laying waste to people as they are. I can imagine having that kind of relationship with Matt, but it doesn't seem appropriate to with other people. How are we suppose to love family, friends, and brother's and sisters's in Christ? What do you guys think? Any thoughts, scriptures, etc?
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Subject:Is any body out there?
Time:09:39 pm
I apoligize for being anti-social. Does anyone want to meet for coffee sometime?
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Subject:Neverland
Time:06:53 am
I finally saw Neverland. It was so good! Thanks for the recommendation Josh.
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Subject:Pecos Trip
Time:08:54 pm
I finally went to the Pecos monastery, this weekend with my friend Tamara. It was great! We prayed, worshiped and ate with the Charismatic Monks and Nuns of Pecos. They where very welcoming and accommodating considering that most of our group was Protestant. A retreat (private or organized) is highly recommended . Anyway, that is my week. Please pray about work for me! I really need to make some progress soon.
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Current Music:Last Christmas by Jimmy Eat World
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Subject:new "church" ideas
Time:01:36 pm
So, I went to this concert last night with my nephew. It was a Christian concert, with the bands SubSeven and Disciple. I have to admit, as much as it pains me, I enjoyed the music. I only say it that way because I find most Christian music is absolutely terrible. :)

Anyways, I did make some observations. Most of the people there we kids, teenagers. And each band of course had to do their little spiel about recommitting to God, and did the little salvation prayer thing. What I found interesting is that these kids are exposed to that all the time, yet they aren't really affected by it. We know this because Christians have many of the worst statistics then that of any other social group.

What I want to do is take the ideology of being a counterculture and run with it. To create an environment where we can grow in our walk with God, but without the stigma of a broken religion. We'll see.
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Subject:bible memory
Time:11:13 am
Well, I've finally started just getting back to the old grind and memorizing scripture again. Since I've been studying 1 John so much lately, it made sense to memorize it. I've read it so many times, I feel like most of it is in there anyways. hehe. Anyways, so I've committed to simply memorizing 10 verses a day. And so far, in only three days, I have almost the first two chapters memorized. Its funny how non-difficult it really is. It reminds me of when I was a kind and memorizing the entire Star Spangled Banner, or one of Frosts enormous poems (i can't remember any of it at this point, but i always did well with it when I was younger). So, I guess the one thing I'll have to really work on is KEEPING it memorized. :)
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Subject:Some stuff I read...
Time:11:39 am
Here is a except from Thomas Merton's "The New Man" (pg. 194-195) that really challenged me:

" The reason for the crucial importance for the Easter mystery is, of course, the fact that by His resurrection Christ lives in us. And by living in us, He manifests Himself in the love by which we love one another. For this love is the love which He loves us and by which He Himself is loved by the Father. The whole purpose of His Mission among us is that the love of the Father for the Son be made known in our unity and that men may see that God is love.
This shows us how vitally important it is for Christians to understand something of the central mystery of their faith, and to build their lives not only upon a hope of avoiding sin, of carrying out the "practices of their religion," of dying on the right side of the law, but above all upon a knowledge of God and His love. If out Christianity is merely a set of exterior practices camouflaging a life of compromise with the weakness and hypocrisy of the world, we fail in our mission to manifest the hidden nature of God to men in our own lives. We fail to let people know, by the spirituality and purity and strength of our own lives, that God is love, and that He loves them all as He loves His own Son, and that He wants all men to recover their true identity as His sons.
"And the glory that thou hast given me, I have given to them that they may be one even as we are one: I in them and thou in me; that they may be perfected in unity, and that the world may know that thou has sent me, and that thou may know that thou hast sent me, and that thou hast loved them even as thou hast loved me." "
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Subject:La Dolce Vita
Time:11:14 am
I finally saw La Dolce Vita and I loved it! Josh, thanks for mentioning it. Ebert even studied it this year at the annual World Affairs conference in Boulder. The Jesus symbols are very cool! I miss movies that really examine life, God and religion. I was also looking up other Christ themed movies and found another suggested by Ebert (Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)) that was done by an atheist, but really sticks to the text of Matthew's gospel. I will rent it in a few weeks. Let me know if anyone would like to see it. Here is a link to Ebert's commentary:


http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040314/REVIEWS08/403140301/1023
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Subject:Retreats at Pecos
Time:09:10 pm
One of my coworkers, an anglican, suggested doing a personal or group retreat at the Pecos Abbey. I have decided that I am going! In case anyone else is interested retreat events are listed at http://pecosabbey.org/Retreats.pdf. Hermitages are also available for personal retreats at $50 per night.
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Time:01:46 pm
Sometimes people hate christians because christians act like hate-mongering idiots
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