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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Moving!

After much prayerful consideration, I have decided to move Advancing His Kingdom to a place that will be a little bit easier for me to access, and write posts.


Advancing His Kingdom is now located at http://advancinghiskingdom.wordpress.com. I have updated all the feeds, and they are available over at the new location, and situated under the "About" page. Be sure to update your feeds! And head on over there and let me know what you think of the new site by commenting over there!

I've the most recent posts, as well as some popular ones of the past on the new site. But it might be a while before the entire past archives are put on the new site. So if you're looking for something from the past, you might have to come back here for a while. I will continue to change over, and the publication dates will remain the same, but I just wanted to let you guys know!

You guys are awesome, and I thank God for you all!


Soli Deo Gloria!


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Regenerate Our Culture

REGENERATE OUR CULTURE!

Four teen bloggers are out to change the mindset that our culture has.
The mission?

Regenerate Our Culture is an organization with the goal of regenerating our nation’s worldview away from the post-modernism holding it and back to the Christian worldview it was first built on. We believe that America is the most Godly nation on the face of the earth, but it can’t be denied that many in our nation have turned away from God in politics, religion, and their everyday lives. Our vision is to help bring about a positive change in these three important areas, and equip others to do the same.
Regenerate Our Culture is going to be an incredible way to impact teens views on issues and other people. I pray that God would bless those that are involved. I strongly recommend that you check it out. It launches tomorrow. I'll be posting here again to remind you!


God bless!




A few odds and ends

I apologize for being gone for so long. Blogging has kind of taken a back seat recently in light of some other things that God has been asking me to do.

There will be fewer posts in the future, as I get into the thick of the speech and debate season. I spent the past month getting ready and going to two consecutive tournaments in a row. First the Texas State Championship, and then the Tennesee Nation Open Qualifier at Carson-Newman College.

But I'm back now, and trying to get back into the swing of things. I will be heading to Colorado on April 20th for another National Qualifier (God willing), and then the weekend after that I will be going to Regionals.

However, I just wanted to let all of you know that I did not fall off the face of the planet.

God bless!


Marshall Sherman

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Frappr!


Note: You don't have to invite friends to join the Frappr! map, although Advancing His Kingdom certainly encourages you to do so! =P


After getting some e-mails from some of you, and having readers all over the world, I thought I would break down and get a Frappr! map. So join the group, and tell the world that you read Advancing His Kingdom.

Check out our Frappr!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

My House Shall Be...


In order to allow the readers to read this post, and comment, I'm going to keep this on top.
What is prayer? That seems like a simple enough question with a simple enough answer. However, if we really look into it, we find that it’s more important and maybe complicated than we think. It involves more than just bowing our heads before every meal, and kneeling by our bed before we get up or go to sleep. How powerful is it? What does it do? How often should we do it?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV instructs us to,
“Pray without ceasing;”
. “Now, come on,” you might say, “I’ve got a lot on my mind sometimes, and I’m sure God would want me to concentrate on what I’m doing, so I can do it with excellence.” Absolutely! This doesn’t mean that we have to continually be talking to God. What
we need to do, is look at this scripture in context. So,

14Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
15See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16Rejoi
ce evermore

What are these scriptures? They are instructions, in how to live our lives. So going on ahead to verse 17, “Pray without ceasing”, and looking at it in context…it’s a life style. Our lives should be living prayers to God. Princeton’s Wordnet Dictionary defines “prayer” as: “the act of communicating with a deity”. We need to walk (walk as in live our lives) in such a way that we have open communication with the Father, so that we can hear when He’s speaking. For instance, there is a story told, (a true story, happened to a lady at our church), of a woman who was driving home late at night. She was tired, it had been a long day, and she wanted to go home. She was driving by a grocery store that was closed, with a lone car in the parking lot, when she felt the Lord speak to her.
“You’ve got to be kidding, Lord!” But the urge was unmistakable. “I can’t do that! I’ll look like an idiot! I mean, if you had told me to go stand on one foot, that would be different. But I can’t go stand on my head in front of that soda machine!” So she kept on driving, arguing with God. Unfortunately she was so entranced in trying to prove to God that He was wrong, that she missed her turn, and had to go back. As she passed the grocery store once again, she felt the same urge, the same voice, telling her to do the same thing. She gave in.
“Alright Lord. I do NOT understand it, but I’ll do it.” So, she pulled into the parking lot, got out of her car, walked over to the machine, and did a headstand. As she did she wondered how long she was supposed to do this, when a lady jumped out of the car, with a gun in her hand, and tears streaked across her face. She dropped the gun and ran up to the lady on her head and starting sobbing again.
“I’ve had a horrible week. I lost my job, my husband died, and my daughter is in jail. I was going to commit suicide. I told God, that if He was real, and if He existed, to have somebody stand on their head in front of that soda machine. I never would have believed it. Now I have something to live for.”


Something like that wouldn’t have happened, if that lady had not been living in a state of open communication with God. God speaks to us in a still small voice. In this world of busy rushing, and noisy work, do we live our lives so that we can hear when God speaks to us?

As demonstrated by that story above, and by many others, prayer is powerful. It saved that lady’s life. Not only that, but prayer is an effective weapon for tearing down strongholds. Prayer is powerful.


James 5:16 NIV says,
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”


The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. It can heal, it can drive out demons, it can do much. Prayer is also important, Jesus said, “It is written: ‘My house shall be a house of prayer.” He didn’t say, “My house shall be a house of worship.” Or a house of missions. Or a house of evangelism. Or a house of Sunday morning instruction classes. He said a house of prayer. And guess what?
“…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God…” -1 Corinthians 6:19.
You are to be a house of prayer.

In conclusion, and aside from a specific petition, living our lives as a prayer, is powerful and effective. Because that’s what God’s house is designed to be. And when we strive to make God’s house what it was designed to be, God is in the house.

So go, live your life in a powerful and effective way. Live your life in a state of constant prayer.


God bless!





Problems, problems...

Due to some problems with the other template displaying correctly (for no apparent reason, and with no changes made, it was throwing a fit), I have decided to go back to this template. It is slightly darker, but it works. So that's what I'm going with. ;)


God bless guys!

Friday, January 13, 2006

An unfortunate fortune...

Having told you guys in the last post that I was going to post soon, I think I had explain why, unfortunately that's not going to happen. I will be unable to post for about the next week, as I will be out of town, in Houston to be exact, at a speech and debate tournament. I compete in a high school/homeschool speech and debate league called the NCFCA. So I will be preparing for the tournament, getting ready, and all that good stuff, until Tuesday. On Wednesday we head to Houston as the tournament starts on Thursday, and runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We will stay the night and drive back on Sunday. Just to give you all a heads up, make sure to check back after that time! I want to explore prayer, how often we should do it, and things along such lines.

So until then, God Bless!


Soli Deo Gloria!

Marshall