A Blessing

by Cam on January 23, 2015 in Theology

In preparing for Episode 3 of The Master Class I came across this passage in Numbers:

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26

It is often easy for me, and therefore I assume others as well, to forget that God does want to bless me and be gracious to me. It’s hard to remember this when I’m so focused on trying earn my righteousness.

The goal for this weekend is to remind myself that God sees me as he sees Christ. Not because I earned it, or because I try hard, but because of his choice to give me that righteousness. It truly is a blessing.

A Massive Thank You Note to @_RelayFM

by Cam on January 6, 2015 in Life

In early 2014 I became obsessed with learning about iOS automation. I had discovered Drafts and Launch Center Pro and wanted to learn all I could about making them do amazing things. In this pursuit I came across one of my favorite websites, MacStories, by Federico Viticci. In the process of scouring his articles for tips, tricks, and tutorials I came across a link to a podcast called ‘The Prompt‘. That click has had an incredible effect on my life.

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Myke, Stephen and Federico, the hosts of The Prompt, which is now called Connected, have been leading me down a path to creating my own podcast and they have no idea. They don’t know who I am, what my name is, or that they have been an encouragement to me in my pursuit of becoming a podcaster. Heck I didn’t even know I wanted to be a podcaster until I started listening to their show.

It really does amaze me that 3 guys that I’ve never actually met could have such a great impact on my life.

So Myke, Stephen and Federico, if I ever get the chance to meet you guys I’d love to shake your hand and tell you THANK YOU. You’ve helped me create something special and I am grateful. But until then, this blog post will have to suffice. Thank you for all the great work you do with Relay, it’s a constant encouragement and bar to aim for in my own pursuits.

— Cam

I Made A Podcast!

by Cam on January 5, 2015 in Theology

Yup, it’s true.

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On January 1 I recorded the very first episode of The Master Class with my good friend Dave Hogue. The Master Class is a show about what Jesus said and did and why it matters today. We want to honestly and openly discuss faith and it’s everyday practice without being stuffy or unaccessible. This is, if anything, 2 normal dudes talking about the how and why of faith in God.

We plan on releasing episodes every 2 weeks, due mainly to our wonky work schedules, along with blog posts and other resources. Each episode will focus on a specific passage from the Gospels and most certainly a few tangents, sorry, we can’t help ourselves.

I’ve spent quite a few late nights over the last 2 weeks getting the website ready, all the syndication and iTunes stuff set up, as well as the social media up and running, and it has been a BLAST.

I’d be incredibly grateful if you would take the time check The Master Class out. Head over to the website, poke around, give it a listen and please let me know what you think!

Some of My Favorite Workflows for @WorkflowHQ

by Cam on January 2, 2015 in Apps, Tech

Workflow is an incredible app for iOS. It takes what I love about Launch Center Pro, powerful actions covered in a friendly UI, and couples it with unparalleled power to automate iOS. I didn’t expect an app that can do more than LCP while also making it easier to understand and build complex workflows, for at least another year…but I’m happy to be wrong in this instance. Workflow is incredible.

Instead of telling you why I think Workflow is so amazing, I decided to just show you. The rest of this post will be filled with some useful and fun worfklows that I built as well as some built by more practiced iOS gurus. With each workflow I’ll include pictures, explanations and a link to install the workflow right on your very own iOS device.

Preparing Yourself To Be Like Christ

by Cam on December 10, 2014 in Church, Life

A baseball player who expects to excel in the game without adequate exercise of his body is no more ridiculous than the Christian who hopes to be able to act in the manner of Christ when put to the test without the appropriate exercise in godly living. – Dallas Willard, Spirit of the Disciplines, pg 4-5.

Christ didn’t go into the desert hoping he could muster up faith on the spot to beat the temptations he would face. He went into the desert after decades of preparation and when he was tempted he relied on the Word of God to sustain him in the moments of crisis. He didn’t will himself through it, he relied upon what had sustained him his whole life up until that point.

Our mistake is to think that following Jesus consits in loving our enemies, going the ‘second mile’, turning the other cheek, suffering patiently and hopefully – while living the rest of our lives just as everyone around us. – Spirit of the Disciplines, pg 4.

Jesus calls us to be set apart from the rest of the world in how we live, everyday, not just on Sundays. If we are Christians then we are Christians at work, at home, in public, in private, on vacation, in the hard times, and in the good times.

We cannot expect to be able to live a godly life in the moment (in public, or most especially in private) if we are not preparing ourselves to do so on a daily basis. It’s not possible. We must devote ourselves daily to God and his way of life, so it says in Psalm 1:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

So how do we even begin to do this?

The secret involves living as he(Jesus) lived in the entirety of his life – adopting his overall life-style. Following ‘in his steps’ cannot be equated with behaving as he did when he was ‘on the spot’. To live as Christ lived is to live as he did all his life. – Spirit of the Disciplines, pg 5.

Let me throw out a few suggestions:

Study the Bible

Read it, consume it, know it deeply. Jesus knew the scriptures intimately and if you read the Gospels you will see how often he refers to them, relies on them, and shares them with those around him. We must put in the time getting to know what God’s word says.

Pray

Spend time talking with God and listening for him. God loved you enough to open his Kingdom to you through the death and resurrection of Jesus, he most certainly wants to know you. So let him. And while you spend time alone, in the quiet, sharing your doubts, your concerns, your victories, your hopes, your awe of him, you will get to know him more deeply.

Fellowship

Spend time with other believers and get beyond the weather and sports in your conversations. Share your lives with each other. Don’t hold back.

Care about people

Serve others, especially those less fortunate. Give them your time, your money and most importantly your love. Use your unique gifts and talents to serve the people in your community in the name of God.

Learn from wise people

Seek out the older, wiser saints in your local congregation and learn from them. Let them coach you in the disciplines of the faith. Too often churches segregate the young from the old; this is a mistake.

Read, a lot

Read books on theology, biographies of Christians, etc. Fill your mind and heart with knowledge that is going to enrich your life and bring you a greater understanding of the wonder of God.

 

This is not a checklist, nor is it even close to the number of ways in which we can grow closer to God. Rather these are just a few practical actions we can take in reaction to the Good News of Jesus. The Kingdom of God is available to us, right here, right now. Let us be the Church, everyday, everywhere.