Rusty

Rusty

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11 years ago @ One Thankful Mom - Smooth Sailing · 2 replies · +1 points

The picture is stunning, Mom. I really love it. Can't wait to be there with you guys.

12 years ago @ Stuff Christians Like ... - Win 20 subscriptions t... · 0 replies · +1 points

WORLD or Muse

12 years ago @ jackalopekid.com - adoption · 1 reply · +1 points

I have four siblings adopted from Ethiopia. To be honest, it's been the hardest thing I've ever done. But I would never give it up. Never. Shout out to B, K, E and W. Love you more than you know. To the Bensons, may God bless your family and your journey. Live the love, keep the faith, worship His name.

You can read my family's story here: http://onethankfulmom.com

12 years ago @ Stuff Christians Like ... - 3 things Christians sa... · 0 replies · +1 points

#4 - "What does it say about our culture when..."

12 years ago @ Stuff Christians Like ... - Win an iPod Shuffle or... · 0 replies · +1 points

I (of course) read you, Michael Hyatt, Seth Godin, my mom's blog (http://onethankfulmom.com - I love you mom), Be the Change (http://stephenlovegrove.wordpress.com/). Other than that I just bounce around on a per post basis.

12 years ago @ Stuff Christians Like ... - 5 free autographed boo... · 0 replies · +1 points

To be honest, I'm not sure. But no one really is. I think that I'd like to work in orphan ministry, or maybe do reconstructive plastic surgery. Or maybe be a pastor. Or maybe be a filmmaker. I just hope that through whatever I do, I can change the world.

12 years ago @ jackalopekid.com - confrontation · 0 replies · +1 points

First, I'd like to clarify that I have no idea if this actually happened. I remember reading a post on a forum where someone said that they "recalled" this happening. So it would probably be better to consider this as hypothetical.

And second, there is a difference between sin and unrepentant sin. All Christians sin, so it would be ridiculous and very un-Christ like to shun someone just because they make a mistake. But if someone is unrepentantly sinning (i.e., refusing to confess and ask for forgiveness for his/her sin), then we must follow church discipline. Go to him alone, go to him with two or three others, and if he still won't repent, then take it to the church. If he doesn't repent, then we have to cease fellowship (Matthew 18:15-17). But that doesn't mean that we should stop loving and praying for him - actually, this person has never needed love or prayer more.

12 years ago @ jackalopekid.com - confrontation · 3 replies · +1 points

If they're in the church, they need to be confronted. If they're outside, love 'em and pray.

"What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. 'Expel the wicked man from among you.'" - 1 Corinthians 5:12-13. Also, take a look at this bit on church discipline which I posted above: Matthew 18:15-17.

I think I heard somewhere about how John Piper rejoiced the day his unrepentant son left Christianity, because it meant he could fellowship with him again. If someone is unrepentant in the church, we have to expel them and cease fellowship. But if they leave the church, we can be friends with them again. Or at least I think that's what these verses mean.

12 years ago @ jackalopekid.com - confrontation · 1 reply · +1 points

I think confrontation can be really good. Actually, I think it's necessary. Everybody fails. Everybody sins. And we need to confess those sins to our brothers and sisters in Christ (James 5:16). But like I said (well, actually, the Bible said it first), everybody fails. And when we don't repent, it's our brother's duty to confront us and hold us accountable:

"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector." - Matthew 18:15-17

12 years ago @ Stuff Christians Like ... - Huge Rap Giveaway! · 0 replies · +1 points

I think it was a Jamie Soles concert. Think Raffi Bible-style. :D