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The Lamb
April 15, 2010, 10:19 am
Filed under: faith, scripture

The Lamb

4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:4-6 ESV)


On April 4, 1968…
April 5, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: Martin Luther King jr.

On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed. Yesterday marked the forty-second anniversary.

I understand that in the deep south there may be mixed feelings about the man who was the face of the civil rights movement, but in my humble estimation Dr. King was a great leader and a good man. (At least as good as any of us can be.)

In most conversations about Dr. King there are those who would bring up his personal sins as if somehow this negates the good and honorable things he did. If this were the case, we couldn’t speak of David as being a great king, or Moses being a great prophet. Abraham was a liar and Paul incited, and condoned murder. The sins of these biblical heroes did not negate their greatness, nor does it cancel the greatness of Dr. King.

I have to respect a man who, contrary to many of his contemporaries, led a non-violent fight against an enemy that was quick to shed blood. He fought for equality and justice, not by drawing a sword or throwing punches, but with prayer and faith in his Lord.

If you can’t recognize the goodness in that, you’re just bitter.

*This post was adapted from a blog entry I made 2 years ago on a previous blog.  I’m posting this today because yesterday was Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate a resurrection.

When I’m gone…
March 24, 2010, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I want to be known as a good guy.

I want to be thought of as trustworthy and faithful.

I hope that people think of me as smart, caring, compassionate, articulate, courageous, faithful, and generous.

But, most of all, when I’m gone, I want people to say, “That guy loved Jesus.”

Sadly, I’m not there…


Did he just say that?!
March 20, 2010, 1:50 pm
Filed under: politics

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

“There ain’t no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something…When the deal goes down, all this talk about rules… we make ’em up as we go along.”

– Rep. Alcee Hastings (D- FL)

The above statement was made today in a meeting of the Rules Committee of the House of Representatives.

The Rules Committee is charged with setting the rules for debate on the House floor. These are the people who determine how debate will go down and for how long. They also decide the voting procedures. They are meeting today to set the rules for debate preceding tomorrows Health Care vote.

Representative Hastings words reveal the attitude of the Democrats concerning this legislation. They are willing to shred the constitution in their efforts to get this disaster of a bill passed.

UPDATE: Yep, He said it!

There’s a first time for everything.
March 19, 2010, 2:14 pm
Filed under: politics

Until just a few moments ago I had never called a Congressman.

I guess I never really felt the need. But, the closer President Obama’s HealthCare Reform comes to being law, the more I feel the need to at least voice my opposition.

I’m an optimist and can usually find some positive in whatever comes my way. So, even though I’m strongly opposed to this reform, I don’t think it’ll be the death of America if it passes. However, if you respect the rule of law and the Constitution you have to be a little concerned about how it’s coming about.

I am.

That’s why I just called Ohio Congressman Charlie Wilson’s office. I don’t live in Ohio, but, all of Alabama’s Representatives have pledged to vote No and Rep. Wilson is one of the remaining undecided votes. His decision will affect me so I wanted to let him know how I felt.

You should too.

(I was tempted to give out names and phone numbers but, if you don’t care enough to look them up, you shouldn’t be calling anyway.)

What will tomorrow bring?
March 17, 2010, 10:24 pm
Filed under: devotional thoughts, faith

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

– James 4:13-15 (ESV)

What if tomorrow is the worst day of your life?

Better yet, what if tomorrow is the last day of your life?

This is a question that I ask my students sometimes. It’s a question that we need to ask ourselves every now and then because we all like to pretend that we know what tomorrow is gonna bring when, in reality, we’re not promised our next breath. And, even if the next breath comes it may not be pleasant.

I came home this evening to learn that a dear friend had passed away unexpectedly. He was only in his late 40’s and seemed relatively healthy. He left behind a wife and son who’s in college.

It’s times like these that I remember that I’m not in control and I’m not really sure what tomorrow will bring. I make my plans and prepare for life, but when it comes down to it, I can’t say with any level of certainty what’s around the corner.

So what do you do with that? How do we live life knowing that tomorrow could be the worst day of our lives?

All we can do is acknowledge that we are ignorant and weak, but God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and good. Let us trust in Christ who told his disciples in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

As we plan our days, let us do so with a humble heart knowing that God alone controls the length of our days. Let us also look to the future with the peace that comes from knowing that Christ has overcome the world.

Life, while uncertain, is not hopeless!

Spurgeon on…
March 13, 2010, 10:00 am
Filed under: devotional thoughts, faith, Spurgeon

…the weakness of the church and God’s ability to sustain the victory:

“You need not fret concerning the weakness of the church of God at any moment; there may be growing up in obscurity the valiant reformer who will shake the nations: Chrysostoms may come forth from our Ragged Schools, and Augustines from the thickest darkness of London’s poverty. The Lord knows where to find His servants. He hath in ambush a multitude of mighty men, and at His word they shall start up to the battle; ‘for the battle is the Lord’s,’ and He shall get to Himself the victory. Let us abide faithful to Christ, and He, in the right time, will raise up for us a defense, whether it be in the day of our personal need, or in the season of peril to His church.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I have to admit there are times that I shake my head in discouragement when I consider the state of the American church. And I confess that I am, at times, part of the problem.

This word from Spurgeon, and the truth behind it, gives me comfort and encouragement.