truthforfree's Video ChannelLast Updated 2008-03-17T00:00:00
I gotta be honest with you folks... When I first heard of GodTube.com I laughed. Actually, I'm still laughing... In fact, the more I think about how I'm actually here typing this profile gets me all that much more tickled. ;) I guess because I think it's retarded to re-invent the wheel, but hey, it's a free country so why not. I'm also just kinda curious how long I'll be able to keep my page up here before a board of pastors deems it unfit for spiritual consumption (hehehe). This thing tries so hard to auto edit out cursing that it will likely make me look like I can't spell either. Even typing legitimate words are often censored... Just ridiculous. Oh well...
I love Jesus but I hate religion and so I hope to have a little fun pokin' fun but maybe also to encourage with a little truth... and would also be fun to maybe make a few friends along the way. I spent 30 years of my life "doing church" and I'm happy to say that is past history. I hope to spend the rest of my life simply being the Church, because I believe that's how God designed sincere followers of Jesus to function. His Church is an organic body of living stones, not defined or validated by buildings and programs.
I'm a firm believer in "spirit & truth" as Jesus told us this is what God the Father desires (John 4:20-26). We should always be sincere and honest before Him and with each other. I mention this detail because I realize that some of the content that may appear on this page as it develops (aside from some of it being pretty stupid for fun) may also strike some traditional church-going folks as offensive or "concerning", largely due to the fact that it doesn't fit within the construct of traditional organized religion. The objective is not to be "offensive" but to be real and completely transparent as well as stand firmly for what is true. While the theme here is mostly geared in a "spiritual" context, this page may also exhibit content of a personal nature because it's put together by a personal guy. ;) Believe it or not, I don't wear TruthForFree t-shirts all day and talk about God constantly, though His presence indeed continues with me throughout every part of every day and there is not a single thing in life that does not involve some measure of interaction with Him, whether privately or publically. I do not treat God as some untouchable being in outer space that I only think about on Sunday mornings (in fact, I avoid Sunday mornings all together to prohibit myself from the posibility of any distraction - hehe). Call it "Bedside Baptist" or
"Pillowship" if you must have a clever-sounding churchinese term for it, but that's pretty much how my weekends roll. I enjoy everyday as the day God gives life to live, so why ruin it with a boring church service? Anyone signing off the page yet? hehehe...
I remain aware of Him in every facet of my life, whether I'm sitting in front of a computer screen at work, having dinner with friends, enjoying a brewski, away on vacation, or writing blogs for MySpace. It's true I don't "do" church, but I believe in what the Bible calls the "ecclesia" (translated "church" in our English bibles), which is represented by those whom God has called to enter into relationship with Him. These are His people, His body, His "Church" - not according to what man calls a "church", which is nothing more than a building made with hands and a program with invented human doctrines. Because of this understanding, I relate to my family in God according to this truth - not according to denominations or affiliations with religious organizations.
I'm sure it probably doesn't need to be said that I do not at all think I have "arrived" spiritually. I am bodly aware of my own imperfection and need for God. Just ask anyone who knows me personally. ;) I couldn't hide behind a religious facade for long if I wanted to. Like anyone I have opinions, I sometimes stumble, make errors in judgment, struggle with pride, sometimes offend people unnecessarily, and can't always come right up with the answers to life I'm seeking... and a few times I get it right. ;) The point is though, I continue to seek and I continue to rest completely confident in God's grace and amazing love. If that sounds like something you can relate to, I'd love to meet ya. However, if you just want to spend the afternoon talking about how neat Pastor Punjab's sermon was last Sunday, sorry... I think I'll have to say "no thanks" on that one. Ok, I'm done blabbing for now. hehehe...
Lessons In Christianity (Comedy) - Tithing
In this comedic sketch created by my friends over at Family Room Media (familyroommedia.com), Tim recently has struggled with keeping up on his tithing record at Valley Fellowship Community Church. Pastor Bruce and Elder Rick provide an invaluable lesson to Tim on the purposes and benefits of tithing..... NOT! hahaha ;)