Google Simply Katherine, a Christian on campus: April 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Why Christians Should Blog

Where We Are Today

why Christians should blog
Kids Online
A good starting point of why Christians should blog is plain stats. According to World Bank (Google Public Data), in 2010, 30.48% of the world population were Internet users. Today, in the United States alone, the percentage of Internet users is probably well over 80% of the country's population.

If you read an article from New York Times two years ago, you'd be floored- 

"The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones. 

And because so many of them are multitasking — say, surfing the Internet while listening to music — they pack on average nearly 11 hours of media content into that seven and a half hours." 

Whether we like it or not, the estate that the next generation is in has become an indicator of how the world is progressing in general, don't you think? 

The Generation Gap

A survey done in 2009 reported that the US was facing the largest generation gap since the 60's where the older and younger generations differed mostly in social values and morality. Well, this gap has grown larger and larger everyday.

One key factor widening this gap is the fact that the younger generation is plugged in online 24/7

While you're thinking that your children are safe by being physically at home, they are constantly exposed to potential dangers in their bedroom, in front of the computer. I don't think I need to elaborate myself on this point. You know how detrimental the Internet could become to your child, even to yourself.

The Least We Can Do

Learning such a hard fact, our immediate response is to cut ties with the online world, but the truth is as Christians, we bear the responsibility to not only save ourselves

Soon we realize that we can't practically displace our children and even ourselves from the Internet. The education systems require us to be online. Our jobs require us to be online.

Young and old, people are continually bombarded with all kinds of online information- constructive and destructive. So why not give them a chance to stumble upon the good news, the gospel of the kingdom?

Romans 1:14-16 say, 
14 I am debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you also that are in Rome. 
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

The easiest way to populate the Internet with gospel materials is by blogging. These days you can set up a blog, with no cost, in less than 5 minutes. All you need to do is write a little something about your faith, your journey with the Lord, once a week. You can even write about how normal it is to need God, how normal it is to be a Christian.

We shouldn't be ashamed of sharing our genuine experiences of Christ online. So what if our friends see the big Christian "signboard" on our blog or Facebook wall? Our confession of being a Christian online may very well be the only gospel opportunity a friend or a relative has in his/her lifetime. We are debtors to them with regards to the gospel.

Have you ever shared with someone about your faith online? What are the greatest hurdles you encounter in blogging about your faith, or in writing a Facebook post about your Christian experience?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Recommended Christian Blogs

recommended blogs
Hi all,

Just in case you would like to check out other Christian bloggers, I have a list of recommendations of Christian blogs that I've been following myself. This is, by no means, an all-inclusive list but just something to start with.

Here is the list, in a random order (simply click the Title to go to the Blog):
  1. I Pursue: scriptural and cultural observations along the author's Christian pursuit
  2. Life and Building: curating the best of life, architecture, and the Bible
  3. Ark and Architecture: a blog on the Bible and buildings
  4. Come, see a man: everyday experiences of Christ, life, and Christ as life
  5. Holding to Truth in Love: words of truth to help every believer grow in Christ
I've benefited so much, humanly and spiritually, reading some of these blog posts. So I hope you enjoy reading them as well.

Do you have any recommended Christian blogs that I could subscribe to?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Christ is the Reality of God's Law

Psalm 119

If we muse on Psalm 119 we shall realize that from the very beginning, in the Old Testament, God's view in giving man His law is to lead man to Christ Himself. In this chapter, the psalmist describes God's Law as His Word, His testimony, and as salvation, a life-source. Christ is God's Righteous Law!
"The law is not consciously kept by us through our outward endeavoring but is spontaneously and unconsciously fulfilled in us by the inward working of the Spirit of life. 
The Spirit of life is the Spirit of Christ, and Christ corresponds with the law of God. This Spirit within us spontaneously fulfills all the righteous requirements of the law through us when we walk according to Him... 
The law is the living word of God which infuses God's substance into those who lovingly seek Him... Once we have been thoroughly infused with God's substance, He Himself from within us will keep His own law." (Holy Word for Morning Revival: Crystallization-study of Psalms)
As I considered my ways, I repented before the Lord. I turned my feet once again toward His testimonies, His Word, and pray, "Lord, I confess that my heart has the tendency to depart from Your word. Call my heart back, o Lord, to be inclined to Your word, to cling to Your testimonies."

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Holy Word for Morning Revival: God's Law

This Blog Has Saved Me

I cannot tell you how many times this blog has saved me. To be honest, writing these blog posts have become my accountability to the Lord and to you all. You may ask, what accountability? 

Well, you see, the need to update this blog has held me accountable to enjoy and experience the Lord in a fresh way. This is the source of freshness in this blog.

Furthermore, having to write my experiences in the Lord has taught me to muse, to consider, on His Word. I mean not just the written Word of God but also the Lord's instant speaking within me.

Holy Word for Morning Revival

This week I've been lacking in my morning time with the Lord. So today I picked up my morning devotion book, it's called, The Holy Word for Morning Revival: Crystallization-Study of the Psalms, to read the portion of The Functions and Blessings of God's Law as His Living Word to His Loving Seekers.

God's Law
The Ten Commandments
This portion is a musing on Psalm 119, written by His loving seeker, concerning God's law, which is His Word. There are two types of law-receivers: the law-keepers and the loving seekers.

Often when we come to the Word of God, we come with the attitude of trying to fulfill the law. Mustering our own strength, we would struggle to be better Christians. We try and try to keep the law, but the more we strive to be better the more we fail.

Psalm 119 shows how we need to be the loving seekers, not the law-keepers
"Whether you have a killing law or a life-giving law depends on your attitude. If your attitude in coming to the law is to care only for the commandments in letters and to realize that you cannot fulfill these commandments, then you have the law in the aspect of the letter. 
However, if you take every part of the law - all the commandments, ordinances, statutes, precepts, and judgments - as the word breathed out by the God whom you love, then you have the law in the aspect of the Spirit. 
Then instead of trembling before the law of letters, you will be happy to be fed with every part of the law as the word, the breath, of God." 
Today I was enlivened by the Law, the Word of God. It is very touching that the Law is actually the Breath of God, not just a cold, objective set of strict regulations.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Blogger Updates

Hi all,

I noticed two new updates from Blogger:
  1. The addition of heading formatting in the NEW POST feature: Heading, Subheading, Minor Heading, and Normal.
  2. The addition of Search Features in SETTINGS.
Both are very crucial updates for Blogger users.

For further reading on these two new additions and why they are important, check out this blog on how to blog.