Monday, August 29, 2011

Good Night, Irene, Good Night

Those are part of the lyrics of a popular song, back in the ‘40s and ‘50s.  It’s also the experience of a lot of folks Saturday night and Sunday, after falling trees knocked down lots of power lines.  The last I heard before my power went out was that there were over a million people in Virginia without power, about 36,000 in Maryland.  That changed to 800, 000 power outages in Maryland alone, some 6,000,000 overall.  Which brings me to the appropriate verse.

Friday, August 26, 2011

On The Outside Looking In

Have you ever been to a church where you had to have the right haircut, your clothes had to be a certain way, you had to speak in a certain manner, act “properly”, think correctly, or any or all of the above?  I think we all have.  It gets uncomfortable when you somehow don’t fit the expected mold.  You’re not accepted as a “serious” Christian.  Or worse, there’s something wrong with you or there must be sin in your life.  People will be nice to you, but the connection isn’t quite there because you’re different.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Have a Divine Conversation!

Psalm 116:1-2  I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

#TrustTip 53: If you want to be heard, first listen; if you want to influence, first listen; to sell--first listen. – Andrea P Howe

We’ve talked about prayer, before, here.  If you recall, we described it as our half of a divine conversation.  In order to understand the whole picture, let’s think about what conversation is and is not.  Conversation:
  1. Involves two or more parties.
  2. Is not one party having a preset laundry list of topics, ignoring what the other party has to say.
  3. Is not an expectation of a preordained response to what either party is saying.
  4. Is respectfully hearing out what each party has to say.
  5. Is having a respectful dialogue with each other till there is mutual agreement.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Prayer List Addition

I added Olivia several days ago, but forgot to post a notice.  So, here's the pertinent info.  Olivia is the newborn daughter of some friends of mine.  Because of some abnormalities, she was quickly diagnosed with neuroblastoma.  Since I had to look that one up, I'll help you with it.  It's cancerous tumors of a type that usually is found in infants and children.  In Olivia's case, hers are near her liver, which may complicate things.  There have been a series of tests.  The parents should know the results tomorrow.  Keep the whole family in prayer.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I'm His!

After our previous post, I was thinking some more about being in a relationship with an omnipotent, loving God. And the nature of that relationship.  And I came up with a brief list that blessed me and I hope will bless you, too.
  1. He loves us with an everlasting love -- Jeremiah 31:3
  2. His power is made great in our weakness --  2 Corinthians 12:9
  3. His grace is sufficient for us -- 2 Corinthians 12:9
  4. God isn't a "fair weather" friend -- Hebrews 13:5
  5. We're under His protection and never out of His reach -- Isaiah 49:16
I know there are more.  What are some thoughts on our relationship with God that specially bless you?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Is Your god Too Small?

When I titled this, all the words were capitalized...except the word "god".  The capitalization of the title was that way for a reason.  And you’ll understand why in a bit. 

It’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned any of the techie stuff, here.  And there have been some interesting goings on.  I was given one of the early invitations to try Google+.  It’s been an interesting experience.  I’ve connected with some interesting Christians and pastors, some knowledgeable marketers and bloggers, and some people who are just plain fun.  And some that I’ll just call “interesting”.  One of those gave me the reason for the title of this post.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Forgiving the Cheating Pastor

Trisha Davis did a guest post on the “”People of the Second Chance” blog. It details her own dealings with forgiveness in her own marital issues.  If you strip off the circumstances, it’s one of the best posts I’ve seen on forgiveness of any kind.  We got permission to share that post here as a guest post.  We felt the topic was so important and so well described in this post that we wanted to repost it here for your edification.  The next section is "Forgiving the Cheating Pastor" by Trisha Davis:


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Admirer or Follower?

Ecclesiastes 4:6  Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

1 Timothy 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Those verses were the foundation for Sunday morning’s message at my home church.  And, it seems, for the weekend, coast to coast.  But we’ll start with how I originally began this post and work or way toward it.

It’s awesome when your “childhood” heroes go on to   higher levels of success.  The childhood was when I was a brand new Christian, more than halfway through my life.  There were several Christian radio stations in the area where I lived.  The one I listened to most was WWDJ.  And one of the people I listened to as often as possible was a youth minister and evangelist named Greg Laurie.  He was doctrinally sound, he often used humor to highlight Biblical principles.  That helped get lots of good stuff into my soul.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Spiritual Myopia

It's been awhile since we've done a weekly miscellany post.  And it's time.So, here we go, again.

Where we used to have a prayer list at the end of our posts, that now has it's own page.  Accessible from the tabs at the top of your screen.  We're exploring a way to allow you to leave prayer requests so we can add them to the list. You may have noticed the small boxes at the top, on either side of the posting area.  On the left you can subscribe to the site in your favorite newsreader system or app.  Or you can use the right hand box to subscribe by email.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What Do You Want To Do, Today?

A couple of things on Twitter reminded me of several recent posts here.  And several of them have me so flabbergasted  that I’m at a loss for words.  So, please bear with me as we work our way through them.  One of the beauties of Twitter is that it forces you to describe a whole phenomenon in very few words.  And when just a few words is not enough, the tweet will usually include a link to a longer post.  One of the latter was a tweet by The Resurgance about “Tradition vs. Traditionalism”.  It can be found at http://jesus.to/nF7rNY and I urge you to head over there and read the post.  It’s fairly short, well thought out and points no fingers at anyone.  It’ll definitely get you thinking.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

United We Stand…

John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

John 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

Romans 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Saturday, August 6, 2011 was a hallmark day in the kingdom of God.  There  were 30,000 Christians joined together at Reliant stadium in Houston, Texas.  All there for one thing – prayer for our nation and our world.  And it got me thinking of one of my pet peeves.  One that I’m sometimes just as guilty of as anyone else.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Day of Prayer

1Timothy 2:8  I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Saturday, August 6, 2011 there will be pastors and believers gathered in the stadium in Houston, Texas.  The reason?  A day of prayer and fasting for our nation and the world.  My pastor is flying there to be a part of that.  And he suggested to our congregation that we could similarly either gather or individually spend the day in prayer and fasting.  A good suggestion for all of us.  So, I want to share some verses and thoughts on prayer and fasting.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pride Goeth…

“In the midst of a world of light and love, Lucifer could find nothing to think of more interesting than his own prestige.” – C. S. Lewis

Isaiah 14:13-14  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Satan decided, right from the “git go”, that he was better than everyone and everything else.  Including God.  He must have gotten his pride from one of the fast food chains because his ego was definitely “super sized”.  Isaiah 14:14 says, “I will be like the most High.”  But it’s obvious from all the other verses about Satan that he’d never settle for second best or even equality with God.  He needed to even be above God.  The verses surrounding the passage quoted above make it clear that Satan’s thinking didn’t work out too well for him.  And ever since his decision, he’s been trying to get us to join him in thinking that way.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Of Few Words

Ecclesiastes 5:2  Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

How often we forget the power of words.  Words can bless or they can wound.  They can keep us from going forward or they can spur us to action.  They can take us to the pinnacle of thought or the depths of ignorance.  Words can be guides to Heaven’s gate or aim us strait toward the entrance of Hell.  Words express thoughts and emotions, and thoughts describe people, places, and things; make the intangible real.