Maybe it's like Freecell: when you make enough bad moves… it's over; and no amount of naive hope will ever fix it.
"Do not eat the food of a stingy man,
do not crave his delicacies;
for he is the kind of man
who is always thinking about the cost.
'Eat and drink,' he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments." (>>)
"A popular worship song I’ve heard in many venues in the last few years (and which we sing at Cedar Ridge, where I pastor) says that worship is 'all about You, Jesus,' but apart from that line, it really feels like worship, and Christianity in general, has become 'all about me, me, me.' " (>>)
"We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
"So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin." (>>)
I haven't been able to find any good commentaries on the emboldened verses (17, 20, 23), they all seem to ignore the actual point of the verse and instead address possible misunderstandings of it, or just use it to back up their theology; but none actually explain what those verses mean. What do you guys think?
Untitled by Social Distortion
"…those natural desires for a meaningful connection were clouded by cultural expectations of beauty, excitement and self-actualization." (>>)
"Ultimately, we are hedonists who, like most spoiled brats, hate the fact that nothing feels real and suffer from a lack of direction and purpose." (>>)
"Religion may be straightforward for some. The elegant black-and-white simplicity of go to church, read your Bible, pray for George W. and the troops, eat a big fat lunch, come back next week. I struggle with the details. How much freedom do I have in this life? When do I embrace my heart’s urging confidently and trust its guidance? When do I treat my heart like a shifty politician and sift through its words with anxious trepidation." (>>)
"Greatness comes when all those mundane moments add up. My life is not what is yet to be, it is what it has been, so even now I am creating what my life is to become. This very second, I am influencing the way the rest of my life will work. What am I doing right now? Searching. Drinking a beer and thinking about having a cigarette. Where is the greatness in this moment? How do I know that this is all my life is to be? I search constantly for answers while trying to glean a little bit of pleasure for my sensory existence. The thing is, am I really searching? Or am I just trying to pass the time by pretending to be searching?" (>>)
"OK…I’ll do it. But please don’t make me go through all the messy details about the guilt that I felt about the depression when it first hit me in 1991. I’d really like people to think that I identified the problem overnight and began fixing it over the course of a week. I definitely want them to believe that I had total faith in You to snap me out of it. Let me tell them about how I prayed from 11 PM to 6 AM one night for You to heal me. Now that should earn a few points with my peers. But the part about me being so angry with You for not fixing the problem by six in the morning. That oughta hit the cutting room floor before anyone sees it." (>>)