Josh Brage


No It Really Doesn’t
May 31, 2007, 1:26 pm
Filed under: Morning, Walk with God
“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful;
nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
to those who have been trained by it.”
Hebrews 12:11

Sometimes you end up in a period of time where you get corrected a lot. You feel like every decision you make is incorrect and you are getting corrected by everyone for everything. This isn’t usually the case, usually I am just being too sensitive. However, I also notice that these times are times when God is working on my heart. God will allow you to be put under pressure and kind of leave you there for a little while. It is humbling. I am in a humbling place right now. That is alright, it just smarts. I don’t really want it to let up, because ‘Baby, it hurts so good.’ But … it still sucks. This isn’t a pity thing, I don’t really feel sorry for myself. I just want God to bring me through this and take that stuff out of my life that isn’t supposed to be there.

“Die to yourself daily.”
“If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself…”
“Practice daily purposeful inconvenience.”

These sound good when preached. However, they are not fun when lived out. God please change my heart through this. I want to be more like You. I get so frustrated when I get so mad at someone. Why do I get mad? I am so full of pride. Take that from me!

Also, a significant indicator of someones spiritual maturity is how they handle correction. I used to think this meant correction from their spiritual leaders. It does. But it also means correction from anyone at anytime for anything. How do you take it? Do you take it in, see where you need to make changes and change? Or do you blow it off, excuse it away or get offended by it? I sure hope that I do the former.

Also, I have come to a realization that people don’t think I am very deep. That is fine. Who really cares?



Emily Is Legit
May 31, 2007, 1:02 pm
Filed under: Morning, Whatever

She is officially a Colorado kid now. Plates and title. Amazing. Welcome to Colorado officially, Emily. You look good with a little green.



Those Sad Little Koopas
May 30, 2007, 4:32 pm
Filed under: Fun, Whatever



Pastoral Accountability
May 30, 2007, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Family, Walk with God

This is interesting. This is the form that John Piper and his staff use for accountability. It is interesting because of how holistic it is. It covers many aspects of life in a very simple way. This would be an interesting way to do accountability in a small group way. The point of this form is not to point fingers, but to offer a way for people to notice and then help with these issues before they become problems. I wonder what would have happened if some other ministries had similar mindsets about accountability?

The most interesting part of this to me is the time off portions. Too often I have seen over-worked and burnt-out pastors, who are not leading healthy lives. That is one of the things that is attractive to me about my church, Jubilee. The pastors take time off, not too much, but they take more than other pastors I have seen. This results in healthy family lives for the men of God who are leading my life. This also gives them the ability to stay fresh and alert in their roles. These are very positive things both for them and for the church as a whole. I would much rather have a rested, fresh pastor who is hearing from God naturally, than a maxed-out, stressed-out pastor who is hearing from God frantically and chaotically.

(ht: SmartChristian)



Everywhere I Go I Find Remnants of Days Gone By
May 30, 2007, 2:04 pm
Filed under: Rockstar



Quote Time
May 30, 2007, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Morning, Philosophical, Whatever

Every once in a while, it is necessary that I give you a bunch of quotes that I have stumbled upon recently.

“How can a woman expect to be happy with a man who insists on treating her like a perfectly normal human being?” – Oscar Wilde

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.” – Galileo

“A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him. ” – Mae West (This is a very good thing for me.)

“I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.” – G.K. Chesterton

“The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.” – G.K. Chesterton

“There is a notion adrift everywhere that imagination, especially mystical imagination, is dangerous to man’s mental balance. Poets are commonly spoken of as psychologically unreliable; and generally there is a vague association between wreathing laurels in your hair and sticking straws in it. Facts and history utterly contradict this view. Most of the very great poets have been not only sane, but extremely business-like; and if Shakespeare ever really held horses, it was because he was much the safest man to hold them. Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom.” – G.K. Chesterton; Orthodoxy



Brand New – Milestone
May 30, 2007, 1:31 pm
Filed under: Friends, Morning, Music, Rockstar

Milestone

I used to be such a burning example,
I used to be so original.
I used to care, I was being cared for.
Made sure I showed it to those that I love.
I used to sleep without a single stir,
‘Cause I was about my Father’s work.

Well Take me out tonight,
The ship of fools I’m on will sink.
My own around my neck,
Be my breath, there’s nothing I wouldn’t give.

I used to pray a God was listening.
I used to make my parents proud.
I was the glue that kept my friends together,
Now they don’t talk and we don’t go out.

I used to know the name of every person I kissed.
Now I’ve made this bed and I can’t fall asleep in it.

Throw me that lifeline,
The ship of fools I’m on will sink.
My own stone around my neck
Be my breath, there’s nothing I wouldn’t give.

Never hit the brakes
There’s no time to save him,
He’s run out in the street
Anybody know his name?
I think I recognize him
(Sure it’s him?)
He’s made from our mistakes

So take me out tonight.
The ship of fools I’m on will sink.
My own stone around my neck.
Be my breath, there’s nothing I wouldn’t give.

I haven’t heard this song, or any of Brand New’s songs for that matter. I will find some tonight. But these lyrics are powerful. Unfortunately, this song reminded me of some friends of mine.