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A Month in Review (Josh)

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The following are updates I have posted on the event pages over the past month that I wanted to highlight on this blog. these are both taken from our prayer request section. Sept. 17th- There are quiet a few Godly, and highly spiritual members of our community who possess a certain quality. I can even fall into this category (probably more often than most, as I have been learning lately). The thing that I ask for prayer for is two fold, that we would still grow together in Christ, learning, and staying passionate. And that through and in that, we would be phenomenally (not using this word as “really” but as a phenomena) humbled. In our faith, we are often dogmatic, mean, and condemning. We struggle to show love and grace in our conversations, and I have seen these guys in the past few weeks scare people away, and turn … Continue reading

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To what end is this? (the Musings of a CB-er)

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The clouds part, the sun shines bright, and it’s rays envelope the last of the toes of the Savior, Jesus, as he rises into the sky. The men who surround the hill stare up into the clearing sky, eyes wide and mouths dropped in awe. And they stood there. And they stared. What are we to do after the glorious rising of our King? The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith, the foundation of Christianity. This is not about good teachings, about good philosophy, not even about being a good person, a functional member of society… This is about the fact that if there is no truth to the Resurrection, then our entire faith, everything we are, is meaningless. But I am not here to talk about the Resurrection. I am here to ask you one question: To what end is this? Jesus is gone. He … Continue reading

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Psalm 143- Lonliness (The Musings of a CB-er)

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As I flipped open my Bible (well, actually I forgot my Bible, so I flipped open my browser and googled) and read Psalm 143, tears sprang to my eyes at the familiar words. I surprised myself with them, because everyone knows I hate crying, especially in front of the entire population occupying a wi-fi cafe… Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. 8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. 9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you. 10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. As my … Continue reading

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Urgent Prayer Request! The Blizzard.

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Hey, everyone. I just want to remind all of you to keep our friends on the streets in prayer over this trying time with weather complications and the whole Blizzard issue here in Chicago. As we have all seen broadcasted on the t.v. and radio, the entire city of Chicago has been blanketed by nearly two feet of snow in places. The safety and welfare of our friends out on the street is in jeopardy as the nights get five to fifteen degrees below zero and the days are still piled with snow. God bless you all, and keep us in prayer!

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Genesis 1 (The Musings of a CB-er)

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The dawn breaks… for the first time. It’s the sixth day on This New World, an earth ignorant and innocent to much else but new life, and He was doing something different. As He passed them, they looked up from their simple grazing and gazed at Him, their unintelligible thoughts praising Him over and over again. The small feathered ones burst forth in song from the crest of the trees, crowning the beauty with music made only by and for His ears. The colors were bright and dark and deep and smooth- too many to name or even to see. The Beauty was a greater sound than anyone could hear, but Him. The melody of His Creation sprang together and collided in unison, harmonious. And He was pleased. His footsteps crushed no grass, His cloak caught no branch and broke no twig. Everything was perfect… made especially for This Day. … Continue reading

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Majesty (the Musings of a CB-er)

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She kneels before the towering pile of branches, needles, and glistening apparel that screamed “Beautiful!” at the top of it’s lungs. The room echoed it’s silent heaves, laden with as much mirth and glee to rise a city from its knees. But to it, she does not turn an ear. Ornaments dripping off of plastic pine with golden cord, crystalline lights shimmering eerily above the circlet of holly and red ribbon cascading at every corner. The shine of every cherub’s eye and the point of every silver-studded star pierces the air, and everything is perfect. Outside, oblivious to the green and gold and silver and stone, the salting 0f snow about the road- not too much to cause discomfort, but just enough to dust the world. Carolers toting semi-sweet notes, of good tidings and joy and mistletoe, their clasped gloved hands bright colored against the white backdrop of sow. Their … Continue reading

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Pride, Part 1 (The Musings of a CB-er)

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First of all, I want to apologize for not keeping this up-to-date lately, it’s been a rough couple of weeks, and I’ve just not been on track. Second of all, Im BACK and in full swing. Although I missed last night’s CB Biblestudy (well, CB entirely) because of a performance for the choir I am in, I will track someone down who DID attend and find out what happened from them. Coming soon! As for Daniel 4 and 5, it was interesting to notice that they were essentially about the same thing; PRIDE. Have you ever heard the saying about pride being the foundation of all sin? When we sin, we are taking control of our own life, basically saying to God “I know better than you about what I need to do in my life, I know myself better than you do, and I know what’s best for me. … Continue reading

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Quick Look at Daniel 3 (The Musings of a CB-er, with help from A.W.)

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I want to send a shout out across the CB world to Andrew Webb, who drew up the most amazing notes of last CB’s Biblestudy, which I missed, on Daniel 3. I commence: CB Daniel 3 ~ Neb makes a god and orders everyone to worship it! or be cast into the furnace… (vss 1-7) ~Shad, Mi, and Ab (vss 8-12) say “no way!” ~Test of integrity.. ~How do we respond today when we are tempted to worship false “gods”? -gods of cheating, lying, self, drugs, stealing, etc ~Shad, Mi, and Ab were thrown in the furnace! –> JESUS was there with them ~As we go through the “firey furnaces” (aka, trials and tribulations) of life, we know that we can withstand anything because Christ is right there with us! ~ God is protecting us and watching over us- look at the contrast between Shad, Mi, and Ab, and the … Continue reading

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Church (The Musings of a CB-er)

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Its that longing in the deepest parts of my body, mind and heart. I couldn’t put my thumb on it until last night- that feeling of emptiness, that feeling of parched, starved, great vacancy within me that just overwhelmed me- and I just wanted to go to church. I wanted to go to church. I just wanted to go to church. But it was Monday- and church wasn’t coming for another six days. I had gone to church the day before, I had read my Bible, prayed and was still in intimate interaction with God. But yet I still felt empty. I wanted church. That communion with believers. That sharing of experiences and leaning upon eachother for strength. I was emotionally and spiritually drained. After a long week of juggling school, work and the multiple visits from friends from family these past few days, I had to give up some … Continue reading

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Thief (The Musings of a CB-er)

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I am a thief, I am a murderer Walking up this lonely hill What have I done? I don’t remember No one knows just how I feel and I know that my time is coming soon. It’s been so long. Oh, such a long time Since I’ve lived with peace and rest Now I am here, my destination guess things work for the best and I know that my time is coming soon Who is this man? This man beside me They call the King of the Jews They don’t believe that He’s the Messiah But, somehow I know it’s true. And they laugh at Him in mockery, and beat Him till he bleeds They nail Him to the rugged cross, and raise Him, they raise Him up next to me My time has come, I’m slowly fading I deserve what I receive Jesus when You are in Your kingdom … Continue reading

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