Matt W Cook

writer.former fundamentalist.christianly fellow

Month: February, 2005

Go hizzle…please

Check out this site. I think you’ll like what you see.

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EDIT: As it turns out, my screening of this link was not complete. There are some incidents of profanity, so the link has been altered accordingly.

EDITx2: As it turns out, my screening of the replacment link was also not altogether complete, as there are a few more incidents of profanity…I’m not too sure what to do now…

EDITx3: Oh for crying out loud…I’ve decided to scrap this entire attempt at a post. Instead of clicking on the above link, which will now just take you to Google (at your own risk), go to Shawn Cuthill’s forum and vote that Derek Webb is better than Cross Movement.

That’s all folks, nothing to see here, move along. I promise I’ll have a real post up soon.

The joys of Google…
I must say, I have a special place in my heart for Google. I’m sure there are people out there who disagree and who think that Google is out to take over the web. That may very well be true, but I think they’d do a much better job of the whole thing than Microsoft. I just want to go through a little list of reasons why I respect what Google is doing and why I like them so much.

  • The Software Principles they hold to produce a wonderful software ethic.
  • The Ten Things that spell out their business philosophy are admirable.
  • The work they put into Innovation. Google seems to create wonderful services first and then try and find some way to make money.
  • The 20% rule. Every employee of Google is encouraged to use 20% of their working hours to put towards their own projects. Because of this, services like Orkut and Keyhole have come into being.
  • All of their products are “cleaner” than the majority of the web. No flashy banners or pop-ups, the only ads that they make are tasteful, quasi-relevant and out of the way.

Anyway, I like Google. I just felt I had to put that into words.

Two very important days are drawing neigh for the Cook family. Our first child will be arriving in under 90 days or so, and only a bit more than a month after that, we’ll be heading off to Ruth’s homeland of Pakistan. What exciting times are ahead! Speaking of Ruth:

Here is a picture of Ruth today, at the end of 7 months! The days are counting down, exciting, eh?

Cook out.

Who likes clutter? Not me…

So keep’em coming these lines on the road
And keep me responsible be it a light or heavy load
And keep me guessing with these blessings in disguise
And I’ll walk with grace my feet and faith my eyes

I can’t wait.

I love being a part of a vast plan that would totally blow my mind if I knew about it. Like when God told Habbakkuk that He was doing great and wonderful things that he wouldn’t believe, even if he was told. It’ll be great to get to the end of it all and see what it was all really about.

I love the example of heaven that Lewis gives in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. As the ship approached Aslan’s Land the sun grew brighter, and as the sun grew brighter, their eyes grew stronger. Any normal person would have gone blind very quickly with the light of the sun, but their eyes were made to take it all in and rejoice in it. So will it be with us when we get to the other side. We’ll see the glory of the very face of God, but our bodies will not be destroyed because they will be made stronger, and we will spend eternity gazing at God and knowing Him more and more…good thoughts.

[OtherNews]
I decided to get rid of that silly Google search bar, it just didn’t look right there. I do love Google and all that they’re doing, but it doesn’t fit with this blog. Hey, check out this neat thing, go to Google and type the following into the search bar:

the answer to life the universe and everything =

You may need some Douglas Adams experience to appreciate it, but I find it funny!
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Cook out.

Outreach…

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Follow this link for a wonderful outreach opportunity. Wouldn’t it be amazing to get these books out by Easter? I think so! So many people (Believers and otherwise) do not understand why Christ came to die. This is a wonderful tool for you to use in your own spiritual growth and a perfect witnessing tool for your neighbors.

With all the crazy stuff going on, who has time for a meaningless post? Me…I guess.

You may notice a little new addition to the assortment of buttons on this little blog of mine. I got myself a Site-Flavored Google Search thingy. I believe that this adds to the coolness factor of my blog. Not only can you search right here from my blog, but the searches you do will be slightly customized to reflect the interests of this site.

I really hope it doesn’t look to cluttered, I hate it when web sites look to cluttered. You know what else I hate? When people can’t use the wrong form of ‘to(o)’. When you want to refer to the excess of something, you use the word ‘too’ not ‘to’. Look at the first sentence in this paragraph, did you notice the error? I know some of you did (Mack) but I’d bet some people didn’t. Here’s a nice little ditty for you to remember when to use too or to:

There are too many O’s

Do you get it? When there are too many of something, use too many O’s. Do you get it? Maybe, maybe not.

Either way, my blog’s coolness factor went up, just look:
Previous coolness factor – 3
Present coolness factor – At least 4.25

I’m done, gimmie a call sometime, I’ll tell you a story.

When you’re stressed, Jesus can give you rest.

I saw that quote on a bumper sticker today.

Ruth and I are meeting with the elders today (but not Dave, some people think that would cause a conflict of interest). We’re talking about our commendation and I’m a little stressed out right now. Pray for us, yes? We’ll be meeting at about 7:00.

Of course, there is no reason to be stressed, the elders have already expressed a desire to partner with us in our mission, I guess I’m just one of those ‘feelers’, eh?

See ya!

What to do when laden with guilt, or full of fears.

Laden with guilt, and full of fears
I fly to Thee, my Lord,
And not a glimpse of hope appears
But in Thy written Word.

For the Christian, there is only one sure thing that will sure our fears and guilt and stress, the written Word of God. This is where we must fly when our hearts are heavy and our minds are pressed down with anxious thoughts. Why?

The volumes of my Father’s grace
Does all my griefs assuage;
Here I behold my Savior’s face
Almost in every page.

Because God Almighty is revealed to us in this written Word. My emotions and desires change as the days go by, but God stays the same. There is no need for God to send an updated Bible for us, neither do we need any errata for the one we have. God is revealed to us in a prefect and wonderful way in the pages of His book. Assuage means to calm, satisfy, or remove pain. This is what a view of God does for the believer.

This is the field where hidden lies
The pearl of price unknown;
That merchant is divinely wise
Who makes the pearl his own.

The only way to make this pearl my own is to sell all the junk I have to buy it. But this sale is not a reluctant one, because this one pearl of great price will satisfy me all the days of my life because of it’s wonderful beauty and value. The troubles of this world cannot sway me so long as I clutch this treasure that is Christ.

Here consecrated water flows
To quench my thirst of sin;
Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,
Not danger dwells therein.

What a wonder the Word of God is! Here is where true knowledge is found. He is where I find the path that leads to life. Here is where I see the desire of my heart.

This is the Judge that ends the strife
Where wit and reason fail,
My guide to everlasting life
Through all this gloomy vale.

O may Thy counsels, mighty God,
My roving feet command;
Nor I forsake the happy road
That leads to Thy right hand.

Oh God…I need God.

Coming Home…

You say you want a living sacrifice

Well I am a burnt offering

Crawling off the altar and

Back in to the fire

And with my smoke-filled lungs

I cry out for freedom

While locking and chaining myself

To my rotting desires

And I hate the stench,

But I swallow the key

And with it stuck in my throat

Can you hear me, can you hear me

– Aaron Tate

The crisis of the will. The natural man desires sin. The regenerate man desires sin and holiness. The natural man has it easy (for now).

What an odd creature the Christian is! He has tasted and seen that the Lord is, in fact, good, but he still loves to sample the sin he claims to hate. I look at the Words and commands of God and I get that they are all good and wonderful, but I ignore them anyway. Whoever thought that man wasn’t sinful in his uttermost being must not have known very many people (or himself).

I feel rather tired and discouraged right now. Not physically, though.

Gotta keep focused on the world to come and the God of that world. He’s the only reason for anything. ANYTHING! I need to get that into my head and heart. God is the only reason for ANYTHING AT ALL. All this crap in the world is worthless if it doesn’t help me get to HIM.

I’ve found a lot of blessing in my new Caedmon’s Call album. Two songs are hitting me in the eyes right now. Not the Land, and Coming Home.

This is not the land was promised me

Gotta get out of bed, get something to read

And I gotta feed my brother, not my eyes

If not, then I’ll be all I despise

I’m just a stupid kid…

I got my fourth Caedmon’s Call album in the mail yesterday. It’s the Self-Titled one from 1997. I gotta say, it rocks my face off! A lot of familiar songs that I love and a whole bunch of new ones that I now love. I recommend it to everyone. I have one more Caedmon’s CD on the way, 40 Acres which also promises to rock my face off.

Today was the beginning of the celebration of Lent for all you Catholics and Anglicans out there. It’s called Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter. This is the day where traditional Christians think through their own mortality and sin and the forgiveness of God. I think that these old traditions can still hold something special for those of us who have separated ourselves from the mainstream denominations. A time of fasting, prayer and serious introspection will do good in every Christian’s life. I think Ruth and I will do a little something this year for Lent, but I’m not too sure what yet. I’ll need to read up on it a bit more.

Time to spin up some Bus driving action. See ya.

Cook out.

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