Chronological View of Stephen's Blog
This shows all the blog posts in sequence that I have made since the beginning of this website. If the reader wants to read all those posts, they will show some of the progression of Stephen's change in beliefs and thoughts from that time to the present day.
In a real sense, this is a partial record of my spiritual journey, although this journey began long before the start of this website.
|09/06/2006 - 00:00||How Long Will We Homeschool?||Blog entry||
We have children, Sarah (age 14) and Joseph (age 7, almost 8). We have been homeschooling them both from the beginning. Sarah is starting 8th grade and Joseph is starting 2nd grade, but 3rd in Math. We have had our challenges trying to figure out what and how much to teach them, how to plan out their lessons, etc. Over the years we have tried out various methods and materials. My wife Emmy has... Read more
|09/06/2006 - 00:00||Some Thoughts about the Holy Spirit||Blog entry||
As I have grown up in “christianity”, and throughout much of my adult life, I have heard much talk about the “Holy Spirit” and the “Trinity”. We are told that the “Spirit” is a person, one of the “three in one” of the Trinity. Is that true?
What does the evidence say. For one, the word “trinity” is not found in the bible any place. Let’s look at the term “spirit”. Look in Galatians 5... Read more
|09/06/2006 - 10:00||Chose Your Path||Blog entry||
I think of the past few posts that I have written here. The thought came to me that, among other things, is that I’ve been a little bit gripey about some things. It doesn’t take much effort to gripe about something, especially about someone else. But the griping about others is really an exercise of (inappropriate) pride. We all have challenges to face, and it is more beneficial to everyone to... Read more
|10/26/2006 - 00:00||Someday, God Will Be God||Blog entry||
“Some years ago I wrote this as a spoof, of sorts. I was dealing with the concept; Is God all powerful, is He really in control? This article highlights the contradictions that we often see people deal with:”
God made a perfect earth, but it has been spoiled and seems to be bent upon destruction. This is not what God intended, somehow he must have failed,
|11/01/2006 - 00:00||Ministry & Service||Blog entry||
People often us the terms of “Christian ministry” and “serving God” to identify specific “types” of activities in specific places. For example, “serving God” by teaching a Bible study, or preaching, etc.
|06/13/2007 - 00:00||Daily Living and the Church||Blog entry||
When we try to “do church” or “be the church” we actually mess up the free and natural functioning of the church. In the “doing” of church it becomes artificial and lifeless. When the people “meet as a church” it then becomes all about “us” (about us trying to “act” spiritual). When we “do” church, we take the church out of our daily lives and try to give it a life of it’s own separate... Read more
|06/18/2007 - 00:00||God is Not in the Talking||Blog entry||
How many times in Christianity have we had the “Gospel” preached to us over and over again. Christians seem to love to argue over doctrine, “saying it in just the exactly right way.” We kill each other over the words that we use to describe the love of God.” I love the way that other religions have said it.
|06/20/2007 - 00:00||Beliefs||Blog entry||
Two nights ago I was in a men’s group. During my time to share I had read a page from a book called The Criminal Personality, Volume 1, starting on page 297. This book was based upon the pioneering work, that spanned well over a decade, of it’s authors. The page I... Read more
|08/27/2007 - 00:00||Modesty is Beautiful||Blog entry||
As I was looking up the subject of Modesty for use in teaching my daughter, I came across this note:
|11/05/2008 - 00:00||Input and Consequences||Blog entry||
Much of our lives are based upon the principle of stimulus = response, and cause = effect. Much of the time we get trapped in trying to change the consequences without changing the causes. For example, overeating is abounding in this country today, and with it all the diseases and illnesses caused by obesity. So, we try to change the symptoms without changing the behaviors that caused the... Read more
|09/08/2009 - 00:00||Following God's Leading||Blog entry||
Much too often people have used the term “Following the Lord”….. to justify doing whatever they want to do. How often to people get tired of struggling or get tired of doing what is right, and then just justify running away by saying, “God told me to go….”. When someone uses the words “God told me… “ or “the Lord led me” etc., it is very easy to use these words to shut... Read more
|09/16/2009 - 00:00||Meaning To Life||Blog entry||
We each are (only) a small part of the total scheme of things. We each only see or know such a little part of the total scheme of things.
|05/02/2010 - 13:17||Brokenness||Blog entry||
What Does Brokenness Mean
What does Brokenness mean? What does it mean to be broken by God?
What Causes Brokenness
A lot of brokenness has to do with receiving the consequences of our own poor behavior. We have had previously been living for our own selfish motives, not caring who got hurt.
What is the Result of Brokenness
We can't seek... Read more
|05/20/2010 - 09:50||Who Wrote The Pentateuch||Blog entry||
Early this morning I woke with the question, "Who wrote the first five books of the Bible?" I started to do some writing and these thoughts came:
|05/20/2010 - 10:05||Questioning the Bible||Blog entry||
Over the years I have noticed that many people are very explosive (get very angry very quickly) over anyone questioning that Bible as being "the Word God". I've wondered, why do they get angry. If the Bible was indeed true, then why would they get angry over it. People generally get angry when they are covering up a lie and it is about to be exposed. Why would anyone get angry over something... Read more
|05/20/2010 - 10:52||Turning that which is holy into the profane||Blog entry||
|05/22/2010 - 06:34||Asking Questions||Blog entry||
It's OK to ask questions. In fact, if you ask the right questions it will change your life. Don't be afraid to ask questions of God, of the Bible, about work, family, etc. Learning the art of asking questions is more important than the answers that come. When you focus on asking questions (even of the answers that come) your percepts will change.
|05/22/2010 - 08:59||Matthew 28:19||Blog entry||
Men should not rely upon writings, but upon the truth of God. For example, for years I have heard people quoting Matthew 28:19. For years something has been subtly nagging at me about that verse, but I never recognized the nagging until lately. This morning I did a Google search... Read more
|05/22/2010 - 11:09||The Bible Throughout the Years||Blog entry||
If we make a claim that God wrote the Bible through the hands of men, and that it was perfect, infallible, inerrant in it's original documents, then we would also have to believe that God was also in control of all the people that copied and translated the bible throughout the milenia of time. If that was true, then why was the Bible locked away for centuries in... Read more
|05/23/2010 - 04:20||Writing about the Word of God||Blog entry||
Many of my writings up to this point have been to clarify to myself why the Bible is NOT the Word of God. But in reality, that's not what I want to promote with other people. I'd rather spend more of my time clarifying what the word of God IS. I found this very interesting (to me) article about the word of God... Read more
|05/26/2010 - 07:06||Purpose||Blog entry||
What is our purpose here on earth? Why did God put us here? What does he want us to do? Answers to these, and similar questions will help determine what careers we choose.
One verse that is quoted over and over again by many Christians is:
|05/30/2010 - 16:28||What is Sin?||Blog entry||
I've wondered for a long time about the seeming contradiction between 1John 3:9 and 5:18 "He.... does not sin" .... and the modern day Christian teaching that "we are just sinners saved by grace."
|05/30/2010 - 20:36||God's Plan||Blog entry||
|05/31/2010 - 00:42||Name Calling||Blog entry||
I've noticed that many leaders of all types call people names. It is especially sad when religious people call others that they disagree with various name. In the ancient times the Jews called Jesus names.... They used the terms Blasphemy ... Child of the devil ...
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|06/01/2010 - 10:52||Parenting||Blog entry||
So many parents are struggle nowadays with raising their children. Children are a real test of the parent's beliefs. If the parents' belief system is off center, then the children will go way off track.
|06/01/2010 - 11:01||Attacks of Satan||Blog entry||
Many times an "attack of Satan" is nothing more that the consequences of our own poor choices or inappropriate behavior.
How many times have seen good Christian people make a decision and then pray to God to "make it... Read more
|06/01/2010 - 20:35||Foundational Beliefs||Blog entry||
Over the years I've heard much said about how important is to believe the "foundational" beliefs. Here is an example1.
|06/02/2010 - 03:28||What Are Your True Beliefs?||Blog entry||
True beliefs are the things that you do, not the things that you say (unless they are both the same). For example, a person can say, " I believe that you can carry a man on your back as you walk across Niagra falls on a tight rope." But then that person is asked, "Will you be the person who is carried on the tightrope walker's back?"
|06/03/2010 - 08:03||Wisdom of Crowds||Blog entry||
A little while ago I read a book titled The Wisdom of Crowds that talks about how, in a crowd, there are people with all types of different thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Their ideas go from one extreme to... Read more
|06/03/2010 - 09:11||Falling Away?||Blog entry||
It seems that a large percentage of "Christian" youth and young adults are "falling away" from the "church".
|06/04/2010 - 04:00||Inspiration of the Bible||Blog entry||
Scholars of today put such extreme inportance upon the Bible being the inspired Word of God. Many scholars quote 1 Tim 3:16. This thought just came to me. If it was indeed true that all the Bible was written by the Holy Spirity through men AND if it was important for us to know that, would not each author have included that fact within the context of his writing... Read more
|06/06/2010 - 03:17||Biblical Literalism video||Blog entry||
Here is a video that I found about Biblical literalism/
|06/06/2010 - 12:46||Writer's License||Blog entry||
in Writing, writer's license
|06/11/2010 - 22:35||What's in Your Heart||Blog entry||
The things that you consider special show the motives and condition of your heart. What do you want to do on your birthday that you consider really special? Now, look deep within and consider your motives? Can you be truly honest with yourself about why you want to do it? Is that desire all about yourself, about what you want, or is about how you can serve... Read more
|06/26/2010 - 16:29||Who am I?||Blog entry||
Who I am at home is who I truly am.
It is easy to try to be religious, spiritual, or to have others think that I'm a super person, a great "soul-winner" etc. But what I do when I'm at home shows me and everyone else who I truly am. How I treat my family reveals my true character.
|06/30/2010 - 22:34||Examine Ourselves||Blog entry||
When we judge others we shut our minds off from seeing our own faults. When we don't see our own faults, then we likewise don't recognize our downward spiral of behavior. We should not accept something just because "we believe it or we think it is OK." We need to examind our own thinking, to examine ourselves, our... Read more
|06/30/2010 - 22:50||Religion Must Be Practical||Blog entry||
To be of any value to anyone, religion must be practical. For example, in ... it says,
|07/08/2010 - 12:41||Living the Life||Blog entry||
With modern-day Christianity it seems that people are content with using "Christian" words and phrases, but are they willing to live the life? What does it mean to live a godly life? (I have purposely not used the word "Christian" since it really doesn't mean much nowaday.)
I know of a 15 year old boy who has signed onto Facebook. He said that he was a christian and wanted to... Read more
|07/13/2010 - 08:46||Religion, Science, & Superstitions||Blog entry||
True religion and true science are in agreement. They both are about seeing the world as it really is.
a true definition of faith is the day by day living out of what you belief (know to be true). a false definition of faith is believing the illogical.
Over the... Read more
|07/20/2010 - 10:11||Living A Godly Life||Blog entry||
When many hear the term "godly life", visions of men or women spend hours each day on their knees in prayer, praying for the lost people in the world. Along with the come thoughts of being faithful about attending church and prayer meetings, reading the bible, witness to the lost.... Is this what it means to be godly?
... Read more