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Faith Without Works is Dead…and Vice Versa!

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The relationship between faith/grace and works/good deeds/ordinances is a complex and intriguing facet of Christianity that has been the subject of intense debate throughout the centuries.  Indeed, entire religious denominations have been torn apart, with new ones being born, due to differences of beliefs concerning this topic (think Lutheranism vs. Catholicism for just one example).

There is more I wish to explore on this subject at a future time, but for now I’ll say that while the New Testament teaches that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20, 26), I would also go so far to say that works, without faith is likewise dead.

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1)  What do YOU think about the relationship between faith and works?

2)  How can you make sure your faith isn’t dead?

3)  What can you do to ensure that your works aren’t faithless?

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.

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“I am convinced that it is not the amount of money an individual earns that brings peace of mind as much as it is having control of his money.”

-N Eldon Tanner

Omgosh, sooooo true!  Yes, yes, yes!  Having control of your money is infinitely more important than the actual amount!  Being aware of your finances, having sufficient savings, and being strong enough to exercise self- control (uh-um, Mr. Tyson) are key to a truly happy life!  Now, I certainly wouldn’t turn down a million dollars, but that’s not where peace of mind comes from; it comes from being in control.

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1) Friends, how can YOU have control of your money (no matter its amount)?

2) How can you make sure money doesn’t control you?

ImageOne of my most favorite resources EVER is mint.com.  It’s an amazing money tracking website that can’t be beat!  Time Magazine and Forbes have consistently rated it one of the best websites.  And it has seriously changed my life.  If you haven’t already, check it out!

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Fourth Time’s a Charm!

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My naughty Nissan FINALLY passed its emission inspection!

And I bought myself a huge bottle of chocolate milk to celebrate

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Folks, it’s real important to do our best to stay on top of responsibilities like this (If anyone knows what it’s like to get overwhelmed by car stuff, it’s me!  But thankfully I’ve come a long way). One way to think of it is being a wise steward over your stuff.  Seriously, try to maintain your vehicle so you can keep yourself and others safe and happy.  Sound good?  I just knew you’d see it my way…

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“We are stewards over our bodies, minds, families, and properties.”

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FRIENDS!

1)  What things are YOU a steward over?

2)  Why is wise stewardship so important?

3)  How can you be an even better steward?

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Okay, gotta go drink down my yummy treat.

Hmm, maybe I should pour it over a bowl of Lucky Charms!

(look at my title!)

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🙂

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Badge

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I just got a Facebook Badge (on the right-hand column)!  Cool!  So add me if ya wanna….

But I won’t BADGEr you ’bout it 🙂

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Badge is an interesting word.  It’s one of the words that is not super rare but not super common either.  What does it even mean?  We all kinda know intuitively but it can be hard to pinpoint an exact definition, know what I mean?  And although Ms. Natasha Bedingfield claims we “don’t need a dictionary helping,” I actually did consult one in this case:

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Fascinating….

(this is not my fave JM song, but I still appreciate it)

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“This house is safe and warm, but I was made to chase the storm.”

oh my gosh, this lyric TOTEZ reminds me of a speech

that was given at BYU a few years ago!

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Ships are safe in the harbor

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by LDS General Authority Claudio Costa

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(read here!)

girl you are waaaaaay off topic, get back to the basics

basics christina!

back to Badge, you smart-aleck!

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I read some stuff by Stephen Crane in an American Lit class at BYU.  Interesting.  Lots of violence, if I remember correctly.  Used stylistically and to serve a purpose, but still I strongly dislike the subject.  Just sayin’.

getting off topic again…

BADGE!

Screen shot 2013-10-12 at 4.14.00 PM…this was for a paper I wrote on “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

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Friends:  What do YOU think of the word “badge“?

PS.  Go count all the cool stuff in the post.

Do I stay that too often?

🙂

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A freakishly good memory

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is a trait of mine that I consider both a blessing and a curse.

myth vs. experience

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Friends:  What are YOUR thoughts on the subject of good/bad memory?

Imagethe persistence of memory (Salvador Dali…)

*Memory loss and Alzheimer’s are very interesting topics which I desire to explore further. 

Can’t say exactly when…

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Oh remember, remember

~read/watch/explore more here

IT’S AWESOME!

Hopefully my memory will serve me well…

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Do not let your passions

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destroy 

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your dreams.

~Sir LANCElot (from “Camelot”)

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LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson often warns of this temptation

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See that ye bridle all your passions

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Alma 38:12

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READERS:

1) How do these simple and profound truths relate to you?

2)  How can you make sure that you stay in control of your passions so that you can reach your dreams?

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……….

 

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“No Promises”

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is a phrase that I have found to be quite useful as I navigate this journey of life.  I am certainly not suggesting that we avoid making any promises, but only that we make sure we don’t get people’s hopes up when we cannot back up our commitments with 100% surety (myth vs. experience).  Additionally, we needn’t “run faster than [we] have strength” (Mosiah 4:27) in trying to keep promises we perhaps should not have made in the first place.  Now, don’t be calling me lazy!  As I have said before, I desire to serve others, get out of my comfort zone, and work hard.  Still though, I cannot do it all.  Neither can you. Neither can any one person (and that’s okay, ya’ll!)  So we must decide what kinds of things are worth the word “promise” (or at least the level of commitment that it implies).  But when we do make those promises, let’s make them count!

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“I never make a promise I don’t intend to keep.”

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~John Michael Montgomery

READERS:

1)  What promises have you made (or will make) that are important to keep (family, covenants, relationships, employment, etc.)?

2)  What are some aspects of your life about which you should probably not make promises?

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And now, one final question:

Is this blog the best thing in the world?

🙂

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