Tuesday, February 12, 2008

All of life is spiritual - Video Blog

I started on this post about 10 days ago (Feb 2), but I just couldn't quite get it right as I typed it out, so I thought I'd try something different... a video blog post! This went longer than I thought it would - the total is about 11 minutes. I didn't realize that youtube has a limit on the length of videos, so I broke it up into two parts. Lemme know what ya think.

Part 1

Part 2


  1. Joel, this was great! I agree that the video was a great way to express what you had on your heart (by the way, where does our heart fit in???)
    It has been helpful to understand the "trinity" of man so to speak, and you helped me understand the soul part a bit better, so thanks!
    Yeah, over the years I got "How's your walk with the Lord, or how's your relationship with God?" - Like it's a seperate category in my life....anyway, I always felt like I was under scrupulation, ya know..
    One more thought, in the song "It is well with my soul", do you suppose it actually means "It is well with my spirit".....I have recently wondered that.

  2. Hi Lydia,

    I began to respond to your comment, and my reply was getting a little longer than I thought it would, so I went ahead and made it into its own blog post. :) The issue of the heart is one that confused me for a long time, but I think I've got at least somewhat of a handle on it these days, and I expressed some of my thoughts on that post.

    It is Well With My Soul - Perhaps the song could be taken in two ways. Indeed we can be assured that it is well with our spirits, and we could sing the song with that meaning.

    I also think it could be taken a different way. The song talks about sorrows and trials, and evidently the writer had been through quite a lot of tragedy (the tragic loss of his children, financial ruin, etc). But he says, "whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well with my soul." I think he was speaking of a heart that is resting in confidence in God, as opposed to having his soul being tossed about and defeated by his circumstances.

    My thoughts would be that it is indeed well with our spirits, and as we grow in grace, the hope is that we become more and more settled in our souls as to the reality of who we are spiritually.

    Any thoughts?

  3. Great, thanks, thoughts.....well I am getting clearer but I guess for so many years I didn't know I had a spirit, and I would have thought my soul was my spirit if that makes sense, and I do love the song, just a few years ago during worship I realized, hey it really is well with my soul!!!! So I think I can relate with your thoughts on the meaning of the song!

  4. Joel, I really enjoyed the videos and I think you did a good job. In the past, I've been guilty of separating my spirit from who I really am. I watched part 1 before I went to work and I left thinking about your example of being cut off by another driver. At one time, I would have said that, in that case, I was out of the spirit. However, now I realize that's impossible.

    I may not be aware of Jesus' life in me at that time but he's still there and my identity as being in him hasn't changed. It's great to know that I don't have to go through a long drawn out routine to get back into his presence when I blow it. All I have to do is realize anew who I am in him and then get up and start walking again.

    BTW, Lydia, I'm glad you asked how the heart fits in. I've wondered the same thing myself and I'm looking forward to reading Joel's explanation.