“I love you, LORD, my strength.The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverermy God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.
We believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy is OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.
We believe that everything is getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated
And you can prove anything with evidence.
We believe there’s something in
horoscopes, UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man
just like Buddha, Mohammed, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher
although we think His good morals were bad.
We believe that all religions are basically the same–
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation, sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.
We believe that after death comes the Nothing
Because when you ask the dead what happens they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it’s compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Khan.
We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.
We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.
We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.
We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.
We believe in the rejection of creeds,
and the flowering of individual thought.
“Chance” a post-script
If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear
State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!
It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.”
– Steve Turner, Creed, 1980
Today is Christmas. It’s a day that families get together; a day that gifts are exchanged; a day that, most importantly, we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Christmas is a day that we remember that God became man; John 1:14 says the word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. And why did he appear? To destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). So why do we exchange gifts on Christmas?
Christmas is the time when God puts His money where His mouth is and sends His Son into this broken, fallen, messed up, crazy, hellish, imperfect world. Christmas is the time when we are given a gift that we did nothing to deserve and nothing to earn. This reality is greater than anything we ever imagined possible. Christmas is the time that we give gifts to remind us that God gave a gift greater than we could ever imagine 2000 years ago, despite the fact that we deserved death. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Modern American culture does its best to distract us from this fact; it tries to tell us we need the latest TV, the coolest clothes, the newest CD, and a million other things that will complete us. But the truth is, we have all we need in Christ. He is sufficient and He is the only place we will ever find true joy and true completion.
Looking to any other gifts that God gives us in this life to complete us is quite common; it’s called idolatry and God has been fighting it from the beginning (don’t believe me, look at the first of the Ten Commandments: Exodus 20:2-3; Deuteronomy 5:6-7). It kills me that my heart is so quick to wander, to look elsewhere, to cheat on my Savior. If I’m honest, I’ll realize that I’m the one missing out; I’m the one settling for less; I’m the one that’s being cheated.
So this Christmas, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about this priceless gift we’ve been given: The grace of God, the forgiveness of Sins, the promise of Life Everlasting.
Spend some time thanking God for what He’s done on your behalf.
Spend some time remembering.
Within a few months of being stationed here, I stumbled into a Bible Study group with young adults just like me who were full of questions and had an earnest desire to grow closer to God.
My main issue was that I didn’t trust God. I had heard people talk about surrendering your life to the Lord. I had heard people tell me that I had to trust my life to Christ. I had heard these things all my life, but they had never really seemed to click. One day, I realized how unhappy I was. I missed being in a relationship and desperately wanted to find my soul mate. I wanted my career to be successful. I was obsessed with my health. I worried about a lot of trivial things that don’t truly matter. Finally, I decided to place my primary focus on something greater. (Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33)
Things began to get easier. I learned how to smile again. I learned how to trust the Lord. I learned how to surrender my everything to the one true God, and to allow Him to work His divine plan in my life. He does, after all, have much better plans for me than I could ever come up with on my own.
I began to realize that my temper had melted. I wasn’t as uptight as I was before I arrived in Alaska (heck, my inner-child was making a comeback!). My language wasn’t as harsh as it used to be. God was making powerful transformations in me from the inside out! It felt good!
At about the same time, I began a very personal bible study that lasted a few months. One of the bible verses we discussed really struck close to home: Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38.
Wait a second, did this mean what I thought it did?
That true salvation wasn’t an option until after you’ve repented?
Well hey, I never truly repented until I arrived in Alaska!
And according to the verse, the next logical step would be baptism.
That’s the course of events that lead me to my death..and my rebirth.
On February 5th at approximately 11:40 a.m. Daniel Delgado died.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Romans 6:3
On February 5th at approximately 11:41 a.m. Daniel Delgado was brought back to life.
And you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12
Today I was baptized.
Therefore, is anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I live in the flesh I live through faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave His life for me. Galatians 2:20
Since arriving in Alaska, its safe to say that I have done a lot of growing. I may be thousands of miles away from home, but God has given me a new family.