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August 19, 2013#

New ESV Edition of the God Guy Bible is Coming!

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Excited to have the ESV version of the God Guy Bible coming out this coming February!

http://www.crossway.org/bibles/god-guy-bible-none-hccase/

August 12, 2013#

Men, do not make your wife your first priority

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Men, do not make your wife your first priority.

Love your wife as Christ loved the church. Christ’s first priority was glorifying the Father. Christ loving the church meant sacrificial love. It was sacrificial to say hard things that were for the church’s good. Christ loves the church by encouragement and admonishment, by watering and pruning. “Happy wife, happy life” is not biblical because Christ’s priorities concerning the church never concerns the church’s happiness. Also, when a husband says he loves his wife first, then his kids, this does not represent how the Heavenly Father loves his children.

Even “God first, wife second, children third…” is bad theology. “Love the Lord your God with all…” No prioritization. Oswald Chambers says “God first, God second, God third.” The Spirit prioritizes for us moment-by-moment, person-by-person. When children see dad take mom’s side to “have her back” even though the kids know mom is wrong (and even know dad knows it too,) this sets the table for a loss of respect for both parents and that truth and light is secondary to a marital bond. This is, plain and simple, idolatry of the spouse and marriage relationship.

It has happened more than once that I have told my wife, in the moment and in front of our daughter, that she needed to apologize to our daughter. What this does is demonstrate that we are all sinners, we all need admonishment, we all need to confess, and there is no special class of human that gets a pass from responsibility or gets more love and respect than another. What this also prevents is our daughter looking for this “always have my back in public even if I’m wrong” sort of love that she doesn’t get from her parents but sees in her parents. In other words, a better kind of love than I get from my parents. A love that always helps me save face and puts me first. No more second-rate love like I get at home. And this is why teens are so desperate to date; to get this kind of love that they get nowhere else (not even from God.)

This is the state of most marital advice within the church. And it needs reforming.

August 2, 2013#

As an Oregon Duck living in Tennessee and looking forward to the Vols going to my hometown to play the Ducks in football this year, this video is a must watch for fans of any team.

August 1, 2013#

Occasionally I’m blessed with readers of my books reaching out to me to tell me about how the book had an impact on their life. One reader of God Guy is a budding movie maker using CGI and stop animation. Thanks for the kind words in your message Morley and enjoy this video everyone!

August 1, 2013#

Hackers and the Grace of God

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I’ve always loved technology; it’s always come naturally to me. The best Christmas gift I ever got was an Atari 2600 game system, back when a controller was one joystick with one red button.

But Space Invaders aside, as technology seeks to make our lives easier, it also becomes more complex. To make your thoughts available on the web for the world to see, you need a server to host your site, a software platform to write and manage your posts, a domain to point people to, and so on. And while some people seek to write and create, others seek to hack and destroy.

Over the past year, we’ve been battling some hackers. Don’t know why, but we have. Instead of lamenting on Facebook or Twitter our trials with this, I made the call to just turn the other cheek. At first they inserted lines of code into our sites to help their sites gain better search results on Google and the like; nothing you’d notice surfing our sites. When we found and removed that code, other things would pop up and we’d remove those too. It was a nuisance to be sure and I thought of just wiping everything clean on our server, but we had so many different websites hosted there (over a dozen); it was hard to justify wiping out a ten year archive of content not to mention how to figure out how they were getting in.

Finally this summer, they thought they’d make my decision for me. They deleted 90% of the directories containing our websites from the server.

Once again, I decided not to go to social media wailing about persecution from the evil hackers and I turned the other cheek once more. Why do I make this point again? Am I trying to puff myself up into this super-spiritual being? No.

It’s because the hackers are just like me.

Even though I call myself a Christian, my nature, at it’s root, is just like the hacker’s. It’s all about me. Getting noticed. Getting respect. Getting what I want. Getting my point across. Getting my jollies.

Romans 7:18 confirms this:

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”

 

I’m starting to see a correlation on social media, that the people that are the most easily outraged are the least self-aware of their own sin and sinful nature. They don’t see the true meaning of, “there but for the grace of God go I.” That it’s a heart of humility to identify with those that are different from you, that attack or oppress you.

Of our three biggest sites, GodGuy.com is up and running again (obviously,) and HungryPlanet.net is back up and 80% complete. GodGirl.com wasn’t affected. As for GodGuy.com, only a few of the original posts are here, but there’s something refreshing about starting from scratch. Like moving from middle school to high school. Yeah, it’s a little intimidating, but you get to remake yourself and carry yourself in a way that might make this new experience a little bit smoother learning from the mistakes of your past. This site is for anyone searching for who God meant them to be.

Even hackers.

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” – 1 Peter 5:10

 

August 1, 2013#

Own It!

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(Releasing Sept. 2013)

It’s time to stop borrowing or faking your faith . . . own it!

The feature film Grace Unplugged tells the story of Grace Trey, an eighteen year-old small town pastor’s daughter who is also a phenomenal singer. But when she abruptly leaves home and finds instant Hollywood fame, the faith and relationships she grew up with are put to the test.

As seen in the movie, Own It challenges readers by asking what it means to really “own” your faith rather than just automatically or blindly following in the footsteps of friends or parents. Best-selling authors Michael and Hayley DiMarco will help you navigate what to do when faith meets real world challenges.

Renting, borrowing, or faking your faith is a waste of time. Own It is all about the supernatural reality that when you take hold of your faith, it’s really God’s love that takes hold of you.