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A (nother) Crazy Month

tetrisAs we close in on Halloween, I take a look at the remaining eight days and realize that I hardly have time to breathe.  My full calendar looks like a losing game of Tetris.  I really need more God in my day.  No, seriously.  Check out the video below.  If you feel you do not have enough time in your day, it’s a great pick me up.

As I mentioned on earlier blog entries, the increased responsibilities of my job have also made it nigh impossible to do anything extra, such as solid writing, podcasting or videos.  I hope to return to that sooner, rather than later.

With that said, I do manage to sneak a wee amount of time in for reading and gaming (though, not much).  Normally, I abhor flying.  However, recently I have looked forward to my time in the air as a way to disconnect a wee bit and dive into a bit of Vita play or listen to an audio book (or both!).

I actually read (the Kindle version of) Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf .  The short length lends itself well to reading through in a single flight.  Unlike many stories today, it features light hearted content, comedy and adventure, without a lot of sexual content.  I found the characters interestingly delightful.  And, according to my wife, they get even better in the future installments.  I hope to write something like this one day.

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I listened to the audio version of Ex-Heroes.  While significantly longer than the prior book, I knocked it out as I traveled, did chores,  and even while working.  Have I mentioned that I love audio books?  This title features the struggles of a ragtag band of superheros fighting to protect one of the last known groups of humanity against the hordes of zombies that have taken over most of America.  The idea seems a bit cliche (I believe most of us are ‘zombied’ out), but Peter Clines does an excellent job setting the stage and making me care about what happens to the cast.  Luckily for me, he wrote more books in the series, and I look forward to getting through them.

I also listened to The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  I have heard numerous pastors reference the writings of this author, and after listening to this story, I can see why.  This allegorical tales of an elder demon writing to his younger ‘tempter’ nephew not only entertains, but teaches or reminds us of numerous traps set up by the enemy to ensnare followers of the faith.

I found one point particularly interestingly, simply because I have long railed against traditions and the status quo.  In one of the chapters, the elder demon mentions that current day wedding/marriage ceremonies and whatnot are an invention of man.  In the Bible, the picture painted is that God’s design for marriage initiates when an unmarried man and woman come together as one (if one of them is already married to someone else, that would be adultery), not when they get married ‘in a church.’  I have long suspected this myself, but rarely speak of it, as our culture just takes that step so much for granted.  To hear one of the most well known Christian authors challenge traditions, where they do not line up with God’s Word, really encourages me.

dragon-quest-buildersOn the gaming side, I put a few hours into the recently released Dragon Quest Builders.  As a casual fan of Minecraft, I have found the gameplay in DQB to actually improve on the Minecraft formula.  Not only does it provide direction in the form of quests (I found the original Minecraft to be a bit too ‘open ended’ for my tastes), but I love some of the improvements, such as the ability to clear whole swaths of blocks at once with a charged hammer attack.  I also love the improved visuals and Dragon Quest soundtrack.  The third person camera angle and clunky combat system keep this title from perfection, but do not majorly detract from the fun of creativity and building.  This little delight makes flights go by quick!

When I finally do get some time at home, I continue to play Starcraft II, Diablo II and World of Warcraft: Legion.  I do not get enough time to get very far in any of them (my highest level character in WoW is 104), but if you enjoy these titles, look me up!  My handle is JCServant#1617.  I would love to adventure with you.

Oh…I almost forgot!  Onto the song I promised!  When you feel too busy, you don’t need more time… you need more life in your day!  WoooOOOo!!!

JCServant Update

My apologies for not chatting on here (or most social media).  Work has been taking everything from me, and then some.  I’ve had to cancel just about all of my regularly scheduled social life stuff, as I’ve been working late nights, and six plus days/week.

legiWith that said, sometimes I do have an hour or so before bed.  I’ve been playing World of Warcraft’s newest expansion, Legion.  As you have undoubtedly heard through reviews, they’ve really tightened up a lot of things here, and put the emphasis back on story and working with other players.  And, as they always do, they implement some of the best ideas from other games and people.  So far, I’m having fun.  Of course, I don’t have a lot of time, so while most of my friends have hit the max level of 110, I’m still below 100.  Go figure.

Outside of that, I have not had hardly free time to do anything fun, creative, or even make headwind into my college work.  Also, I have not really had a chance to study much theology.

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John Piper – One of the most well known Christian Evangelical Pastors

Recently, I find myself thinking about John Piper’s sermon series that hit hard against the idea of retirement.  He preached that we should not really work hard towards retirement.  If you work with the thought of living your golden years fishing, golfing, and enjoying life, then you seek the wrong thing in life.  You should live to glorify God.  Therefore, you should not really think about wanting to enjoy life.  We should work to glorify God, not work to enjoy an earthly, fleshly retirement.

I understand that line of thinking.  Really, I do.  However, I do not believe that just because someone works hard for retirement, that it means they put earthly possessions and pleasures above God.

Work, especially in a career, takes a lot of time and energy that many people do not have as they age and deal with illnesses.  Others, like myself, dream of having the time and availability to not only enjoy some of the earthly blessings God has given us, but, more importantly, spend time studying His Word, doing more work that glorifies Him, and sharing myself more with those who need help, in Jesus name.

It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of his message.  He preaches convincingly, and stabs directly at the center of American consumerism which dominates our culture.  However, by painting with broad strokes, we may end up missing the true point of living the Christian life.  Whether work consumes our days, or we enjoy God’s blessing of a peaceful retirement, we should seek to glorify God in everything we do.

baddie.jpgUntil we are called to His side, feel free to add me as a friend on battlenet, where I’m JCServant#1617 .  Help me take down this big, bad, ugly guy who is *clearly* evil!

For the HORDE!!!

-JCS

 

To Friends I’ve Offended

Recently, a relative accused me of being overbearing.  I know…hard to believe, right?  Ok, even I admit that I can go a bit overboard at times.  I know I have crossed that invisible line of politeness on more than one occasion.  (more…)

Wrestling – It’s Fake!

As I sit here writing out this blog entry, Wrestlemania 32 is only a few hours away.  Having looked forward to this event for nearly a month, I have taken all necessary steps to prepare for the “Superbowl of Wrestling.”  The fridge holds my stock of beer, I fluffed the pillows on the couch, and I doubled up on the supply of snackies to insure I do not run out.  As with most things I have passion for, I have shared my excitement with my friends.  As you might imagine, if you poll a dozen people randomly, you might find two who share an interest in professional wrestling.  Most, of course, do not care for it.wrestlemania-32

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Jim Carrey is Wrong

Today, the above video popped into my Facebook timestream, with responses such as “So true!” and “He absolutely NAILS life!” replies.  They are hardly the only ones.  The original video has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube, with 46,000 likes and less than 700 dislikes. However, I disagree with those who applaud this one minute slice.  Below is my (lengthy/edited) response. (more…)

The Logic of Christmas Traditions

I do not have children, nor will I probably ever.  So, take the thoughts I share here with a grain of salt.  Clearly, not having the experience of raising them puts me at a distinct disadvantage when giving advice in raising them.  However, I also feel that distance provides room for objective, logical reasoning.

santaWhen you think about Christmas, and children, you can presume a few things about the traditions shared with them.  Most parents teach their children about Santa Claus, explain that he brings them lots of gifts… as well as their relatives.  Most children wake up opening dozens of presents. (more…)

Future Planning

Luke 14 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 

Matthew 6 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (more…)