RIFT Impressions 1.2

Standard

Often times I feel like I’ll mention a game on this site and then never talk about it again. I promise you that this is not some small part of a larger conspiracy theory. I truthfully just quickly get bored with games that fail to grab hold of me. Case in point:

Closing Thoughts:

MMO’s are time-sucking-vortexes that I simply do not have time for anymore. While I still enjoy reading about them, I feel that the genre as a whole has not advanced forward. World of Warcraft is the pinnacle of modern MMO gaming. Games like RIFT, though polished, offer me nothing compelling to forget about World of Warcraft and move forward. I do hope that Star Wars: The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2 do something to shake up this genre funk. I miss playing a good MMO. Until that day, MMO’s like RIFT have been banished from my computer. Case closed.

Advertisements

Alleluia

Standard

Two weeks ago, my church hosted the California Baptist University Choir and Orchestra. While not normally my type of music, I found the choir and orchestra to be absolutely beautiful! One of the songs they sang, Alleluia, has been stuck in my head since then. The chorus for the song is incredible! Almost haunting in a way… This morning I woke up with the song in my head…so I hunted it down on the youtubes. Enjoy!

Capable of Much: The Tongue

Standard

This morning my wife and I read James 3 in preparation for our Wednesday night Bible study. The first part of it really stuck out to me:

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. – James 3:1-12

In verses 3-8, the tongue is compared to a:

  • Horse bit
  • Rudder
  • Small spark
  • Fire (Hell)
  • Restless evil (full of deadly poison)
Verses 9 & 10 points out our hypocrisy:
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. – James 3:9-10
Which then reminds me of Proverbs 18:21:
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Everyday, we make constant word choices in our conversations. We have the ability to lift people up or tear them to pieces with a verbal tongue lashing. Just this morning I was presented with such a choice at work. Thankfully, I took the high ground and kept my mouth shut. Do I still want to say something? Yes. Do I need to? No.
11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
I want to be known for speaking words of life into peoples lives. I want to be a spring of fresh water. Do you?

Isolation

Standard

The Christian life is one that is often lived out in unintentional isolation. We go to church, mid-week Bible study, and hopefully connect with fellow Christians. From that, we create our own little Christian bubbles filled with like-minded individuals. Now I think that it is great to attend church, Bible study, and get to know other believers. However, I think that we are isolating ourselves from those that we have been called to reach out to, those outside the church.

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, – Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

Yesterday, I attended a meeting for a ministry that is seeking to teach a weekly Bible study at a local homeless shelter. The study would meet every week and would be taught by teams of two guys who would rotate with other teaching teams. The commitment is very low; the potential to share our lives with these guys is huge!

One of the requirements for being a part of this ministry is that you have to be willing to give your cell phone number to these guys. That way if one of them needs to talk or needs prayer, they can give you call. Now I have to admit that I was going along with the whole thing until giving out my cell phone number was mentioned. COMFORT ZONE ALERT! Which then made me ask myself a few questions:

  • What are my motives in wanting to do this homeless ministry?
  • Are they to further Christ’s kingdom or to maintain my false sense of cell phone number security?
  • Do I really want to live in communion/ open my life up to these guys, many of who are ex-cons?
  • Am I happy living in isolation and ignoring Christ’s Great Commission?
My wife and I read this morning, during our devotional time, about how Christ wants us to have open hands. Often though we clutch our hands together, holding onto something we don’t want to give up. We think that somehow we can do better holding onto whatever it is versus giving it to the Creator of the universe. I know that I need to see the bigger picture, to push past the comforts of isolation…I also know that I need Christ’s help to do so.

PlayStation Store Strikes Back May 24th

Standard

Barring any additional problems, Sony plans to bring the PlayStation Store back online next Tuesday, May 24, according to a memo sent to the console’s publishing partners. – Gamasutra

I am honestly not sure how I feel about this, especially in light of yesterday’s news of Sony being hacked again. Sony has not won back my trust just yet.