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Monday, September 28, 2009

One-Year Anniversary Post

I checked today, and as of this week, I've been on blogger for about a year now. (My first post was actually on October 1, 2008, but it took me a few days to get this site up; so, take or leave a few days).

I figured I might use this anniversary opportunity to share more about why I'm blogging and what I hope to accomplish through this site.

This blog started out as an unnamed, unformed idea that I had over a decade ago. I thought it would be great if I had a website where I could talk openly about witnessing, Jesus, and false-doctrines and theologies. Unfortunately, that idea got tabled until just over a year ago.

This project was never about making money (and so far, it hasn't). Honestly, that doesn't bother me. My goal has always been to help other people get to know God, or come to know Him better.

If serving the Lord is making you feel "like a bird alone on a roof" (see Psalm 102) I hope I've been able to encourage you with the knowledge that you are not alone. There are many other, like-minded individuals across the globe who have gone (and are currently going) through the same situations. Better yet, you have the promise that God is always with you, even in places where the rest of us can't go. In Christ, you are never abandoned!

If you've been struggling with confusing teachings and doctrines that have shaken your faith or caused you to doubt, I hope I've been able to arm you with tools you need to fight back. The world is a dangerous place for Christians, where "All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me," (Psalm 56:5 NIV). If our enemies spend all their time thinking up ways to hurt us, chances are we aren't always going to see it coming. That just means that we need to spend plenty of time in the Word, studying to insulate our faith in preparation for attacks, and arming ourselves with knowledge that can help us fight back. Even our enemies need rescuing.

Many times, especially in recent years, I've come up against people who seemed to spend all their free time plotting ways to trip me up in my faith and convince me to believe in very, very subtle lies. I've spent many hours doing my own plotting, too--that is, plotting out exactly what they're saying, and exactly how it's false. Their arguments seem to always come down to the same statements: God doesn't exist; God doesn't care; God will accept anything; God is make-believe; it's crazy/stupid to believe in God; Christianity is a waste of time; I think you're crazy/stupid/brainwashed; I'll obey God when I get tired of disobeying Him; blah blah blah. Honestly, I believe it's important to analyze everything we are taught to take for granted, because it just might be a trick. I don't know every trick in the book, but what I do know, I want to pass on to others who don't, yet.

To paraphrase all that, I want this blog to give you the tools to disarm the bombs you may encounter in the most innocent of disguises. That's why I named it the way I did.

So, I'm calling on my readers for some input, here. How am I doing? Have I accomplished my goals? Is there something I should consider changing in order to better accomplish them? What was my best post, so far? What was so bad about my worst? I'm anxious to hear what you have to say.