Live As If

A blog dedicated to asking if what Jesus said and taught and did is true. If it is, then how should we live? Should we live as if?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

4. What should I be aspiring to on the basis of this text?
5. Why are you telling me this today?

or false attitudes result in me when i forget this? Every problem is because you have forgotten something..What problems are you facing?

1. How can I praise him?
2. How can i confess my sins based on this text?
3. If this is really true, what wrong behavior, what harmful emotions

Five questions to ask of yourself as you read the Bible might be:

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This is so very moving ...

h/t: Powerline

Humbly grateful

I have come to be grateful and appreciative, the more time I have with my son when he's really lucid, aware, and not buried in (by) his autism. Sometimes it seems he's really growing up and maturing (or at least developing his own sense of independence and personality, which is a good thing too). It's humbling and gratifying to witness. God has blessed me with this boy He created and I strive to remember to not worship the creature, but to stay focused on worshiping the Creator for his handiwork.

Often, I am blessed just to be in his company, and to watch him. He’s not the same person he was a year ago, and, God willing, will not be next year who he is now; and, progressing even more, one hopes.

Yesterday evening was one of those amazing times. We were at the Honda dealer for a half hour, with him looking at one model, then off to the next one, while he provided a running commentary of differences and benefits of the “many features” of each model. Funny thing is, he really is aware of the differences, and is accurate in reporting them. Later, at Wal-Mart, he was very serious, earnest, really, in explaining why some new headlight bulbs would benefit Deb while driving at night; he explained how the performance numbers on the packaging (he believes them to be accurate, doesn't yet understand the nuances and dishonesties of advertising) separated the average lights from the ‘high-performance’ ones in a very grown-up way.

It was difficult to hide the tears, but I succeeded. The lights were expensive, but worth the cost just to give us a process and goal which he could be a big part of, and feel really successful in having done something "super-important" for Mom's safety. The look on his face when he saw the results of the new headlights was phenomenal – he was so proud and excited at having completed this project. And I was so proud of my son, grateful that I can be there for him in ways my dad never was for me.

Sometimes, being a Dad is humbling, sometimes it's hard, but the rewards are amazing.

Monday, October 11, 2010


A vague bad feeling that you are a crummy person is not the same as conviction for sin. Feeling rotten is not the same as repentance.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

So we're told the recent Chilean earthquake influenced earth's axial spin. Ok but how does that news influence your faith Colossians 1:18 comes to mind...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Remember built-in intercoms in homes in the 70s? So funny that now my wife (who never liked such trappings) & son use their cell phones like an intercom.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Ok God, its true that being obedient to you is the better way. By following you, you put us in touch with someone who is hungering for more of you and searching

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bias? What bias?

You've heard about the Episcopal church's liberal direction, right?

It's hard to miss when the media praises the "inclusiveness" etc., ad nauseum, of the Episcopal church.

Well the American branch of the Episcopal church has about 2 million members, and with the frequent (and fawning) news coverage of the ordination or promotion of yet another liberal and/or gay person within the American church, you'd think the Church as a whole is in decline...

But did you know ...

Recently the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted against rules that would liberalize the church and set in place more of a pro-gay agenda.  Didn't hear about it in the New York Times or Newsweek, did you?  That's because there was no coverage...  Apparently the U.S. liberals are angry at the growing influence of African and Asian church who (are you ready?) actually believe what the Bible says.

Read the article.  It's fascinating, and encouraging.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Is there an appropriate response to sinning against God?

Yes, there is. It is brokenness; brokenness and repentance.  Those of you who listen to
James MacDonald know of his meme "me in the dirt, and God on the throne;" though not
specifically the same as brokenness, having a right relationship to the Creator of the Universe
does require humility and the acknowledgment on our part that we are completely
dependent on Him for our being and salvation.

Contrary to popular culture, we should be broken when we sin.

Voddie Baucham delivers an hour-long sermon split up into six ten-minute videos that is one
of the most moving sermons I have heard.  I encourage you to listen/watch also, and share
your thoughts.

The sermon is at

God's blessings,


Thursday, July 16, 2009


We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it— and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again— and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

Mark Twain

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Less of a man

I felt sad and lonely,
old, worn out and
somehow less of a
man than before I'd
To be together last
night for
companionship was like
looking at a shell of a
man: somehow still
alive and yet,
not so much
a total lack of
one might expect
from a friend who
accepted your help and now
had no gratitude
no awareness there
might be give and take (usually),
not just take
sounds harsh perhaps,
and yet, sadness rushed in

because his friendship
I miss

and now
I feel sad and lonely,
old, worn out and
somehow less of a
man than before I'd

Monday, July 13, 2009

Interesting question: does having more people praying for healing (for example) going to see result in a different outcome than only one or two people praying?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Words of Wisdom . . .

So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln,
and you ain't Abe Lincoln."

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening
the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the
wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting
class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking
away people's initiative and independence.

You cannot help people permanently by doing for them,
what they could and should do for themselves.

...Abraham Lincoln

Friday, July 3, 2009

Car design parody video


The below link points to a YouTube video that is a parody of the government's efforts to direct the car industry's work. 
It's rather amusing and perhaps a bit too prophetic, given how things appear to be headed.  Enjoy!

The 2012 Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition Vehicle 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prayer is like a walkie-talkie

Pyromaniacs: What prayer is and isn't [requested classic re-post]

Fascinating article defining prayer as "you talking to God;" nothing more, nothing less.
The points of view mentioned (along with apparentl biblical references for substantiation)
is a new one to me and challenging ... your thoughts?