Monday, November 23, 2009

God or Google: Big G or Little g?

God or Google: Big G or Little g?

Exodus 20.3

"You shall have no other gods before me."

In our quest for information in today's society, search engines like Bing and Google have become our best friends. Facebook and Twitter are how we keep up with our friends, family, and colleagues. Amazon and E-bay are how we make many of our purchases and business transactions. These conveniences can even allow us to go an entire day without speaking to a single soul, yet completing our work, cultivating our social life, and creating our recreation.

I have found as a Christian, it is easy to stray away from the faith considering such conveniences in my own life. It is one thing to look up a Bible verse on biblegateway.com or read a devotional from Dailybread.com or even listen to a sermon on streamingfaith.com. But it is another thing entirely to grow in the word of the Lord, fellowship with others and get the real insight needed to encounter life transformation.

For instance, I could put in a topic like, "failure to launch" and receive numerous articles on the subject. I may even find Christian literature to read on this matter. However, everyone's life is different and not transferable to my situation. It is not going to give me the answers to the real questions I need addressed. Why am I here? What brought me to this place? How can I get there? Is a deferment a failure? After all this, does God still have a purpose for my life?

These are real concerns, but the truth is, Google, Bing and Yahoo cannot respond as needed. It is the God of lights that knows all and sees all. Those engines may attempt to be a temporary god, but their fulfillment is easy and takes no real meditation on the word of God.

Before visiting my alma mater this past weekend, I prayed that God would use me in some way. Teach me as He had on this beloved campus. Illuminate Fisk in my eyes like I have never experienced. He is a God of His word, and as my husband and I wandered about the grounds, He did just that. There were so many I connected with from college who seemed to be grasping for air, trying to obtain understanding concerning their present disposition. Not where they want to be and needing hope, like myself. Needing encouragement once again, like myself. The truth is none of the afore mentioned sites could obviously reach those needs adequately. Oh, I hear what you're saying. "I know googling my troubles won't really help me." And I believe you know that too. I just believe we would try anything when we can't see our way. I just wanted to remind everyone reading this that the true and living God is still imparting great truths regarding our lives. He knows your disappointment and has a message for you. Put no God before Him, ever!

N0 matter how lonely you are, jobless you are, broken you are, hopeless you feel, damaged you seem, under qualified, overqualified, spouseless, childless, or even faithless, God will restore you. Spend more time on God. No matter how big the "g" gets in Google, it will never be as big as the "G" in God! Allow Him to be your favorite search engine again. You'll be surprised at what you already know!

~In Christ,

Caarne White

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Line Leader: Men, Women & Christ!

The Line Leader: Men, Women & Christ!

"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." I Corinthians 11:3

It is so unfortunate in these days that we have such a lack of respect for authority. More often than not, it is because we want all the authority. God told us a long time ago what would happen to authority after the fall of man. Then Jesus comes along and brings new meaning through salvation to authority.

"Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, because thou has hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, though shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life."
Genesis 3:16-17

It doesn't matter if it is at work, church or home. We buck against authority. God explains in the above verse that as a result of sin entering in the world, there will be consequences. In the book Families Where Grace Is Place by Jeff VanVonderen, he makes mention of these consequences and the reason why God places man as the head. The truth is...someone had to be! Man was made in the image of God and woman was made as a companion, helper, second self to man. God knew that two visions, two plans, two heads would never work. It does not work that way in His kingdom; therefore, it can not work that way with His people.

So often, we don't want to talk about it. We are afraid of such truths and the reality of what it means. It did not happen over night (as God warned it would not be easy) but the fact is that although I contribute equally to my marriage, my husband is ultimately confirms the final answer regarding the plan for our life. We would never get any rest if I constantly resisted his headship or if he expected me to assume the role for him. This could be an even bigger issue for us if Christ was not the head of our lives. But, some time ago I took advice concerning my role from little children.

When I worked with preschoolers, I noticed something right away. Everyone wants to be the helper. "Ms. Caarne, can I get the juice, the snack, the toys out ...etc." All day, every activity had to have a special helper. What pride they take in being the helper! It is the first thing the children report to mommy and daddy when picked up. "I helped Ms. Caarne do this or that...”

What happens to us as we grown up? We get one whiff of leadership, next thing you know we want to be wife and husband, father and mother, sister and brother, pastor and pew. Remember, we can only get out the door one at a time. If we all stood beside each other, no one would ever get out. Men be strong today. Protect your families and go out the doors first. Women be strong today. Sustain your families by your example as helper. Everyone, keep their eyes on Christ. He is the head of all. We all play a significant role. Be blessed!

~In Christ,

Caarne White

Monday, November 16, 2009

2012-Fulfilling the Law of Christ

Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

This weekend was my husband's birthday. To celebrate, we went to see the movie 2012. Nothing like an action-packed-end-of-the-world saga to get his blood pumping. The movie was awesome. However, aside from all the action was the ultimate humanitarian thrust that comes through at the end of all thrillers as this one. In the end, God gave us each other, therefore we have been mandated by Christ to love.

Matthew 22:36-40
36"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[b] 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[c] 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

There would have been a zero survival rate in this film had it not been for the outreach to one another. Not just mother, father, sister, brother- but neighbor. But the strangest thing happened in the middle of the movie.

John and I sat next to a group of gentlemen of eastern decent. They seemed to be having a great time, going back and forth between their home language and english. Suddenly, I dropped my glasses under the chair in front of us. Now you know how horrible theater floors can be. Nasty, sticky and God knows what else. John held the light of his phone down and I tried to reach it but could not. The stranger next to me then held the light of his phone down for better clarity, but because of John's position, although his arms are long, he could not reach it. Then the gentlemen gave his phone to John and said "hold my phone". His light was slightly brighter and the glasses slightly closer to him. After much reaching and bending, he grabbed them. Right in the middle of a terribly suspenseful movie, he stopped to do what we could not do. When we all sat up, I told him, "When the end comes, Iwant him on my ship!"

I think that gentleman for bringing sight to my sight, hallelujah, with his light! Bearing our burdens and fulfilling the law of Christ. Burdens are a shared venture on earth. Although we ultimately shift them to Christ, the first shift is off the back of our brother and sister. It takes a selfless act to bear the troubles of others while carrying our own, but if we all had such a spirit, the load woudn't be so heavy! I feel lighter just thinking about it!