Archives For July 2009

BW S20053aI know this is going to be a hard story to believe, but if you are skeptical check it here. Meet fu xing, he is pictured on the left here and is the god of happiness. Seems like a nice guy, doing the political thing smiling for the camera with a kid. But for some, he is not just a nice guy, he is a savior.
This dude, Yang Cheng (pictured on the left) helped save a bunch of midgets by petitioning the emperor. Legend has it that the emperor loved midgets, so much so that he wanted to find midgets to come and live with him in his palace. Dazhou, a territory that was packed with midgets was his first place he started to take from(not making this up). Yang Cheng, the Governor of Dazhou, petitioned the emperor and asked for him to not do such a horrible thing to the midgets and their families. Risking his life in writing this letter, the emperor granted his request and the midgets and their families started to worship Yang Cheng and called him the “god of happiness and good luck.”

As much as I love midgets and happiness, I can’t help but be reminded of my petitioning to the god of happiness. You might be wondering why I am using a story about midgets and the god of happiness to talk about reality? Stick in there for a moment. In Isaiah 46 God is speaking to His people. He is talking about all the “gods” that are before them, He describes them as Dead weight, burdens who can’t bear burdens. God goes on to tell His people that He will always be there, He will grow old with them, He will never leave them, He will always be their God. And yet the Israelite, the family of Jacob, followed these gods that “did not talk or carry any burdens” because they could see them, they sat nicely on their shelves and were easy to follow.

I really want to be happy, to the point of being paralyzed. Who doesn’t want to be happy these days?
I often promote happiness as a god, something that I am in search of, and when I find it I hold onto it for as long as I can.
Usually this god seems to go away by the next mornings light. I start my search again for the god of happiness. And yet, I miss the GOD of happiness in this search. I become so consumed by momentary happiness that I become paralyzed by the fact that I could mess it up, that I could make a decision that would ruin my happiness.

The god of happiness runs my life, I feed the god of happiness with lust. The lust of money, power, things, pleasure, insert whatever you want here, I feed my shiny little god with whatever I can get my hands on.
But this god never feeds me back. It always leaves me wanting more, trying to find different ways to feed him, hoping that if I do the right thing the feeling of happiness will make things better. This god of happiness is an idol that I worship, often times I worship more than the true God. But the god of happiness is not real.

My prayer is that I remember that happiness is found in God, the gift of life and grace.
That I remember that happiness is not buying a new computer, happiness is the opportunity to love a God that loves us.

*Kyle

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By the time you have your second child you have this whole birthing process down right? But what do I know, I am a dude, I live in my parents basement, and I have not kids.

But, I do have a couple web “kids” I call them kids because it is a full time managing them and taking care of their every need. Like any good parent, I like to show them off. In fact I have a full wallet of pictures with their cute faces on each one.

Do me a favor, will you give my kids some love and twit this mug up or facebook, or good old fashion word of mouth.

ThoughtsaboutNothing.com
I would like to say this is your one stop shop for resources and a whole lot of thoughts.
I have worked hard in getting this to be a place where people can come and be refreshed but also find what they are needing in resources and community.
Main feature about this site is the resource page. Thousands of free and usauble resources that helps you do what you do.
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KyleReedDesigns.com
This is my newest child. It is a place where you can go and see what I am doing, tell me I suck at what i am doing, or ask for me to do what I have done for others.
I offer logo design, graphic design, wordpress help, or coaching. You choose what you are want and we will make it happen.
And a bonus factor is that I am really cheap. Just ask Chris Austin of the Rock Student Ministry.
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These are my children and I am proud of them.
Enjoy

*Kyle

These are the finals of the logos I created for The Rock Student Ministry.
Click on pic to see them bigger or go here to see all of them arranged.

If you are interested in having me create a logo for you for cheap, let me know
shoot me an email here

*Kyle

Much to my surprise this morning, God was speaking to me.
To say that me and God have been distant is an understatement.
I find that when I don’t stop and listen to God, reading his word and hearing his voice, I get consumed in me.
This morning when i opened up my journal and devotional book, Solo, I read this passage from Isaiah 43:1-4

1-4 But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.

What a great reminder that I have been redeemed and no matter how “bad” I might think that I am
God has redeemed me and loves me.
This is the most refreshing thing I have heard all month and have needed to hear this.

What about you, have you heard from God today?
*Kyle

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I got what you might consider junk email today. It was CBD’s best selling books catalog.
I love going through this stuff, minus the cheesy Christian fiction stuff.
I did find one gem, Francis Chan has a new book coming out.
On a day when I was thinking exactly the title, “Forgotten God”
I was surprised to see that he had a new book and it was exactly what I was needing to read and be reminded that God has not forgotten me, but I often forget God.

You can pre-order it here for $8.99

echo11-300x215If you are like me, this whole ECHO conference thing might be a little new to you.
I had heard of the ECHO conference before, but never really checked into what it was all about.
After doing some perusing, I have discovered that I should not be sitting in my basement this week, but should be in Dallas getting ready for the conference.

The cool thing is, if you are like me and missed this great opportunity to go to this amazing conference, you can watch a live feed of some of the breakouts and main sessions here.
Thanks to Church.Media.Design.tv for streaming some of the live events and breakouts.

Head over to the conference page and check out what this whole ECHO conference thing is all about.
Check out the conference here
Check out the live stream here
Check out the live stream from CMDtv here

Enjoy this video from ECHO conference: