…and I’m still in awe of You

Hebrews 3:3 “…just as the builder has more honor than the house.”

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This part of Hebrews chapter 3 stuck with me after I read it. It connects with how I feel about walking through a forest, standing on the ocean shore, even watching my dogs dig. You see, I am often enamored with nature. Most of it, even the scary things, fascinate me. I’m sure I’m not alone in this because for one thing, the Weather Channel exists. If people weren’t also fascinated by our environment, a channel about weather wouldn’t exist. It’s important, though, to not let our enchantment end with these “products.” Let the love we have go all the way through to the producer of these amazing things.

That’s what this verse in Hebrews means to me. Have a super day! Get out there and honor the house (whatever it is for you), but give even more honor to the builder.

-Out of the Wilderness

A Bible verse exposing the “glass half empty” personality

I read this verse in Jeremiah and it struck a chord with me. Please, please, please don’t read this as me coming off as judgmental because this can apply to any of us at any point in our lives. I’ve for sure been a Debbie Downer in certain situations but as I read this Bible verse below, I couldn’t help but think of a friend of mine who is virtually always negative about everything. 

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“This is what the Lord says: The man who trusts in mankind, who makes human flesh his strength and turns his heart from the Lord is cursed. He will be like a juniper in the Arabah; he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land where no one lives.”

My friend is definitely a “glass is half empty” type of person. On the positive side, though, if you win the lottery and need someone to tell you why that sucks, he’s your man. 🙂 All joking aside, he really can find something to complain about in almost any scenario. So when I read the verse in Jeremiah, I thought of him. I don’t think my friend is a Christian, so the part that reads, “he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places…” really had me thinking. But just to be very real, this could apply to Christians, also. Sometimes it’s just human nature to not really see the good when it comes our way. But in this context, the words are just devastatingly real. Without God, life is the Arabah… a desert. You may be a tree (the Juniper), but you’re in a dry land and you’re alone. As I’m just thinking out loud, I’m remembering the reference to Christ-followers being like a tree planted by the water. How vivid is that imagery given this picture from Jeremiah of the lone tree in the desert? Interesting.  

My friend can, and will, find fault in the most full glass– it’s not the right flavor or it’s too full or he didn’t even ask for a glass full of anything– maybe that’s just his personality, I don’t know. But I hurt for him sometimes. I just wish he’d see the good things he has going on… and better yet, find the Living Water 😉

-Out of the Wilderness

Man Known For Being Only Christian Who Hasn’t Listened To Kanye West Album Speaks Out

Omaha, Nebraska — Kanye West’s new album “Jesus Is King” has listeners all over the globe in a full trot with excitement, and it’s topping nearly every chart, even debuting at #1 on the US Billboard 200.

Christians have been very vocal about their support of Kanye’s gospel album. A quick check on Twitter or Facebook and you’ll quickly realize there is nothing but Psalm-like praise for the entirety of the record, from the east coast to the west coast and every coast in between. Well, almost every coast.

“I’ve never really been a rap guy.” This kind of statement is taboo in Christian circles since the release of “Jesus Is King,” but a Nebraska man known as the only Christian who hasn’t listened to, and loved, Kanye West’s new album is ready to face his critics.

Meet Trevor Gaines. “Kanye seems like a nice enough guy. I can’t say whether I’d vote for him in 2020, or 2024, you know?” Mr. Gaines is, of course, referring to news that broke this morning of Kanye West’s plans to run for US President in 2024.

“Politics aside, I’ve gotten a lot of backlash for not checking out [Kanye’s] new music. In fact, last Sunday when I went to drop my offering in the plate, I was told to stop, to instead use that money to download ‘Jesus Is King’. I think I heard someone whisper ‘WWJD.’ Well, I don’t know exactly what Jesus would do, you know? Does he like rap music? Look what’s in the Bible. Psalms is basically the journal of a struggling singer/songwriter… and that’s in the Bible.”

At the time of publication, Trevor has yet to listen to a single track from “Jesus Is King.” Friends and family, as well as church-goers in his community, are praying for him and urging him to repent.

-Out of the Wilderness News

 

French Montana “Writing On the Wall”: what you might have missed in the video

A collaboration between R&B powerhouses here, and a new video to go along with the song, “Writing On the Wall,” has fans super pumped. Check out French Montana with Cardi B, Post Malone, and producer Rvssian, then scroll down for what you missed in the video!

After watching it once or a handful of times, did you notice any of these things?

  • The bicycle rider on the left in the first shot of the music video is wearing a Givenchy brand long-sleeve shirt. Guess how much a shirt like this costs? A similar shirt on the Givenchy website is listed at $695.00. The bike he’s riding probably retails around the same.

 

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  • Next up… 10 seconds in, the guy standing with French Montana looks up before French takes off. Is this an edit gaff or can the guy see into the future?

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  • French Montana is watching a TikTok video of “Writing On the Wall” and clicks the heart. He’s also doing this in another of his music videos, called “Slide”…

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  • Immediately after this, he rockets up to the sky but notice in the background the same cat goes by twice. Or perhaps it’s another cat. Cats are always everywhere!

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  • When he lands in the city as a giant human, there’s a taxi with a TikTok ad on the roof.

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  • He’s sitting near an intersection of Hectic Boulevard. Maybe that intersects the “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” a la Green Day?

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  • Another TikTok ad… as crowds gather around.

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  • They may have shot this video around the time New York City has an annual “5 Boro Bike Tour” as seen in these street sign by behind Post Malone. That would be a good time to shoot the video since a lot of streets are blocked off for the annual bike event in May, although most of the video is green screen, so who knows.

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  • French and Post Malone are riding motorcycles without helmets, but you can see they’re clearly not in New York City. Good thing, because wearing helmets is required by law in the entire state of New York. Maybe this part was shot in Jersey. I’d say, however, using at least one hand is recommended, Mr. Malone!

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  • Another TikTok billboard at 2 minutes into the video.

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  • A few seconds later in the video a meteor blasts through the atmosphere. Never saw that the first time I watched the video!

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  • Yankee Stadium has solar panels, but no “Yankee Stadium” sign.

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  • I’m guessing this is the front grill of a Bentley.

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  • Glowing glittery lights form the skyline of a city, New York perhaps?

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A few other fun facts…

  • The phrase “writing on the wall” comes from the book of Daniel in the Holy Bible. Chapter 5 verse 5, King Belshazzar is having a party and sees fingers of a man’s hand appear and begin writing on the wall in his palace.
  • TikTok is advertised throughout this video, and French Montana actually has a song called “Tic Toc” (But spelled differently than the phone app)
  • At the time of this post, French Montana has 75,900 followers on TikTok.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

 

40 years in the dating wilderness

I’ve never felt like Moses more than I do at this very moment. He wandered in the wilderness for 40 years and I’ve been wandering in the dating wilderness for my entire life- 40 years!

Of course, the wanderings were and are for different reasons, and the promised land isn’t the same either… but I am so grateful the Lord opened my eyes to this comparison. It’s lighthearted, sure, but I do think of my journey to the dating “promised land”– marriage– paralleling the Israelites journey.

The thing is… their journey had a (mostly) happy ending as they finally made it to the land flowing with milk and honey. Will mine? I’d love to find a woman as wholesome as milk and sweet as honey 🙂

-Out of the Wilderness

I’m supposed to love the idiots?

In a very light and slightly judgy situation, I was reminded of my favorite chapter in the entire Bible. I’ll leave it to you to look it up, but I’ll point you in the right direction at least… it’s between Psalm 140 and 146. There, that’ll give ya somethin’ to do after this!

The particular verse that came to my mind was one about God having compassion and mercy for everything He’s made. To confess honestly, I don’t have compassion and mercy for everything He’s made. This revelation came to light today at the dog park…

The story starts with me and my rule-following personality, which can definitely be a nuisance for me and anyone I annoy with my tattletaling. So I drive up to the dog park and within a stretch of about 60 or 70 feet of roadside grass, there are 2 signs which couldn’t say more clearly not to park on the grass. It’s not for me to understand why the city or county has made this a rule, but nonetheless the rule exists. So of course, there are going to be people that think rules don’t apply to them. The rebels.

Exhibit 1:

I happened to be parking (not on grass) as the black car pulled up to park. I immediately started making a mental list of burns I’d use about his idiotic disregard for the rules. Sidenote: I love making lists. I had time to cool off, though, while I was at the park with the dogs and that’s when I was reminded about God being patient and loving towards most things He made. Wait, I’m kidding, the Bible says all things. So if I’m striving to live a life pleasing to Him, I should be loving towards all things He’s made… but man some people make it a real chore! Like the owners of these two cars, who’s combined IQ, if converted to Fahrenheit, wouldn’t melt an ice cube.

And that red car is a Prius. Psssshhh, they don’t care about the earth at all, parking right on top of the lovely grass. #PriusFail

Later, I thought a better idea than using a snide remark would be to say something like, “Hey, not sure if you knew this but we’re not supposed to be parking on the grass.” Simple enough right? The tattooed Californian would then get all huffy and puffy (wouldn’t he?) and I’d explain by saying that “if we don’t abide by the rules set before us, that’s when privileges get taken away. You’ve been a 3-year-old before, right? It’s the same thing.” He’d be offended and for the rest of his days he’d think about how right he is for doing his own thing, for blazing his own path, for being a hero… or whatever.

But to circle back to the point of all this, I learned that even people that really annoy me are loved by God, and I should love them, too. Even if they’re idiots who drive a Prius or come from California.

-Out of the Wilderness

The first Bachelor contestant, Adam

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Does anyone else’s mind wander during church sometimes? Only me? OK then! That’ll give me something to confess the next time I’m in prayer.

“God, I’m sorry for thinking about ABC’s The Bachelor and what if Adam was the contestant picking from 25 women. I know it’s weird. Thank you for loving me anyway.”

…is pretty much how that prayer would go.

Today in church there was a brief mention of Adam and Eve, and my mind ran with it. Somehow Adam became the star of The Bachelor and Eve was just one of the 25 women competing to guard and protect his heart, which leads to a flurry of questions:

Where would the other 24 women come from?

Would they all be vegetarians?

They’re already in a beautiful garden, so where’re the “exotic” dates?

Who is “there for the right reasons”?

I can see the first caravan of camels pulling up now. Adam, here are the first five women… Mary, Esther, Sarah, Ruth, and Jezebel, who simply winks and says, “Let’s do the d*mn thing.” Adam looks off to the side, “Boy, am I in trouble.” The next five arrive: Rahab, Zilpah, Ashleigh R., Ashley K., and Ashlee M. He whispers under his breath, “So many Ashley’s.” On and on it goes and maybe Eve doesn’t arrive till the final five, since the host (God) wants to save the best for last.

Adam notices Eve right off the bat so she gets the first impression rose. He feels like somehow she’s already a part of him. Get it? Ok, anyway. The first date card arrives…

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So that date will end badly. A combination of fruit, a snake, and all the contestants are banished from the paradise mansion in Eden…FOREVER!!!!! No Bachelor Pad, no Bachelor in Paradise, and dare I say not even an episode of The Women Tell All. But there is a wedding. Adam eventually picks Eve and they get married.

Years go by and many more seasons of The Bachelor, then along comes the star of the first Bachelorette season ever, Ruth! You can read her story in the Bible but I’ll say this, it includes a sizzling overnight encounter!

-Out of the Wilderness