Thursday, February 01, 2007

VotD : 1 Peter 5:6-11

1 Peter 5:6-11 (NRSV)

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.


I just love First and Second Peter, every time you need a boost there is a new picture that just roars in. The fact that we are called to Eternal Glory in Christ is the reason we have been chosen. Wow.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Flying the Flag

Flying the Flag
by Robert E. Griffin
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It is cold. 4F at 9 am in the mountains. I just walked outside and put up our flag in the holder on the house. I want everyone to see. It was not easy; lots of crusty snow and my legs that do not work.

One of the white-bearded men on the sidewalk quickly walked through the snow to help me put up the flag. We usually put it up on Memorial Day and fly it all summer. But traversing the snowdrifts in January was too much for me.

When we finished, about 20 folks on the sidewalk gave a muted clap from glove-clad hands. I saluted them back.

I live next door to First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. On our entire block, from the church at one end to the houses beyond me on the other, is a line of leather-jacketed men/women, each holding a flag.

They are not still; they are moving around, trying to keep circulation in their feet and hands. But parked their motorcycles side-to-side on the street behind us (looking like a mini-Sturgis) and now stand, their breath baptizing them in a hovering steam cloud. Many are local, others come from across America to shield the mourners from the vicious hate-mongers who scream their venom.

Across the street at the corner is a police barricade. Protesters under the new Wyoming statute have to be 500 feet from the site of a funeral. Four policemen, but no Baptists from Kansas showed up. Praise God for no Baptists here. Police told me earlier this morning that they are setting up a barricaded area at the cemetery, too, since the Baptist website announced they were coming. Clean-cut policemen walking up and down the block look strangely out of place at a funeral.

The governor came but must have parked in back, out of sight. Army brass walked by and saluted the long line holding the flags. It is a private funeral for Cpl Jason Corbett, a Wyoming soldier (a paratrooper) to die for me and my family in Iraq.

Wyoming has just 1 in every 610 people in America. By the laws of average, only 5 Wyomingites should have died in the past years in Iraq. But Jason, a young man who graduated from high school a block and a life-time away, was #9, almost doubling the sacrifice our state should make.

Heavy hearts this morning. Proud hearts as the traffic slows.

And I would pray this is the last such funeral I have to witness . .

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Reproduced w/o permission.

Links
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Star Tribune
Westboro Baptist Church

VotD: Ephesians 4:17-24

Ephesians 4:17-24 (NRSV)

Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. That is not the way you learned Christ! For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.


Amazing ... sometimes I find myself trapped in the thirst for knowledge. Something that can easily distract me from the things of God. Not that those things are "licentiousness, greedy" or full of "impurity", however they still are things that are not needed.... interesting.

Monday, January 29, 2007

VotD: Matthew 11:25

Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children."
- Matthew 11:25 (NIV)

Wow, again with the little children thing ... ok God you have my attention!

More UFO Sightings

Yes I love it when the media picks up on this ...
http://www.khon2.com/home/ticker/5387746.html

Just a reminder :-)

Divorce


Do you know what the divorce rate is of couples who pray together? It’s about 1%


I was listening to a preacher online and heard this stat ... I guess I need to pray a little more with the wife.

I wonder how accurate this stat is?