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Cross Cultural

This week we had a message brought to us called Christians and Culture by Brent Homcy. I thought was interesting to see how Christians often times respond to culture. He gave a three main ways. 

1. Condemn: This is a reaction to culture that causes Christians to fear and disrespect world views and retreat into a “Christian only” club. 

2. Conform: This is a reaction to culture that causes Christians to adhere to culture in such a way where they are no different then the people around them. 

3. Cultivate: This is a proactive movement where Christians are involved in creating a new culture. 

Confession Time: I think I’ve tried the first two more than enough times to realize that they don’t help the end goal of sharing Christ with others. My new goal is to stop reacting to culture and instead begin to proactively create it. Its interesting in Acts when Paul gets to Greece he hangs out at all the marketplaces-places where culture is bought and sold-with a regular presence, so much so that he was aware of all of their culture norms and lifestyles. This is especially remarkable when he’s sharing the gospel using Pagan poetry and art to convince people of the message. We can see from Paul’s model that he wasn’t merely adopting culture but creating a new meaning around it. 

To give me an idea of what are cultures top influences are I checked out Google Zeitgeist to find out what the top searches where. 

The fastest rising in 2010 were:

  1. ipad 
  2. chatroulette 
  3. iphone 4 
  4. world cup 
  5. justin bieber 
  6. myxer 
  7. facebook 
  8. grooveshark 
  9. glee 
  10. mocospace 

In 2010, in the United States, the ipad, chatroulette and the iphone 4 were the top searches. It seems that Apple is having a HUGE effect on culture. So what does this say about our culture? What does this say about what were into and where were going? I challenge us to be cultivators and innovators not merely reactors. 

Long Jack Lobo

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Love is the distance between loving people for who they are and knowing what’s best for them.

Long Jack Lobo

Living on the Bare Essentials

Today for the internship we got a chance to do some outreaches. The one our group was assigned to was called “Bags of Love.” Essentially we filled plastic bags with items that homeless people may find useful and proceeded to pray about whom God would have us give them to. 

To make a long story short we found these two homeless guys named John and Spider Tom. John had some sort of bi-polar condition, heard voices was married and divorced twice, had three kids, his parents were divorced and left him when he was fifteen and his dad beat him without reason. Spider Tom was a Special Forces Recon veteran who had definitely spent some time in war. 

We got to talking and one of the girls named Queen in my group asked John, “So what do you think are the three essential things somebody needs to live.” 

After sorting out his thoughts verbally John came to the conclusion that to live one needs: 

1.  Your faith

2. Water

3. – (“Umm? That was only two!)

Food was eliminated because humans can live for quite awhile without it and air was also implied. 

This experience really got me thinking because I’ve been so used to living in plenty that I’ve really lost sight of what’s important in life. 

Matthew 4:4 NLT

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,‘People do not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

I think its important to realize how crucial the presence of God is to our lives. Think about it, 

every 

thing

comes 

from 

God.

Scientists don’t believe in cold, rather a lack of heat. They also don’t believe in darkness rather a lack of light. The bible tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from God. That means everything! In the end our source of life is God. Boom.

Marinate.

Long Jack Lobo

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You can’t run to counteract the effects of smoking… it doesn’t work that way!

Long Jack Lobo

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How do you feel about the ocean? 

Sand. Saltwater. Sunburn.

This weekend I took a trip out to ocean to hang out with my brother and sister. It was a great time besides the fact that I feel like crispy bacon right now. 

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Bros.

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Character, Passion, and Attitude

What kind of things are holding you back from being a leader? What kinds of qualities do you need to invest in to become the leader that God wants you to be? 

Today I learned of three central areas that contribute greatly to your leadership and influence: character, passion and attitude. 

Character is essential. Its the iceberg below the iceberg. In short its what makes or breaks a leader. 

Passion is the fuel that helps a developing leader grow.

Attitude is infectious. An great leader infects others with their own qualities. 

Long Jack Lobo 

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First post in a long time… Woot!

So I’ve decided to start writing a new story because I haven’t written in several years. Not sure what the plot or characters will be yet but I’m thinking of doing a new take on a zombie apocalypse.

civil war

I don’t know if its just me but sometimes i feel there are two versions of me constantly fighting each other. I’m not saying I’m schizo because I’m not, more like how the flesh fights the soul and I’m captive here in the middle, wherever the middle is.

It seems the more you dig to find out who you are the closer you come to splitting like an atom. Wreslting with myself is the closet thing I’ve come to ever fighting a real war.

This ultimately leaves us with two choices, give in to your sin or fight to let the person God made you to be rise to the top. I encourage everybody whose fighting this battle with me to reach for the latter. I’ll warn you ahead a time that IT IS NOT EASY, but all wars must come to an end, and its only through conflict that we will truly see the reward, after all God’s a storyteller and whats a story without its action?

In these last couple weeks the battle has become real, pray for me so that hopefully it can come to its end, and I can stop being consumed with myself, and reach out and help people like we were created to.

your input and experiance on this would be helpful,
-jake

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