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Mar 31 2009

Sorry this is late. I had an early start to my day yesterday, and didn't get the chance to move this from paper to internet.

Motivation quote: "Innovation comes only from readily and seamlessly sharing information rather than hoarding it." -Tom Peters

Thought #1: This is crucial for your business or your church. Hiding information about what is going on is a sure-fire way to lock down any growth or development. Even bad information needs to be shared. The people who have their lives invested in your operation need-to-know.

Thought #2: John 15:15 'nuff said.

Prayer: Lord God, people do strange things, and all of us fail to truly live our beliefs, even when we believe in You. give us the strength, Lord God, to live what we know! And let us not take our freedom to serve You lightly, but help us to free others!!

Luke 22:16 ->Fulfillment of the purpose ->the previous symbols pointed to Jesus.

Luke 22:17 ->Share now, for we may not gather again.

Luke 22:19 ->We are…

Mike S. Adams

I'd like to point you to Mike Adams' columns at Townhall.com. I find the website a little clunky at Townhall, since you always get a pop-over ad when you visit, but he's worth the reading:

http://townhall.com/columnists/MikeSAdams/2009/03/30/how_to_cure_your_daughter%E2%80%99s_std?page=full

Take a read at his archive, there's some good stuff there. I'm still looking for his history, as he has referred several times to having been an atheist and coming to Christ. I'd like to see the whole story.

Mar 30 2009

Motivational quote: "Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else works." -Alexandre Dumas

Thought #1: Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo (which are both, for the record, better than their respective movies, although the Jim Caviezel version of Monte Cristo is quite good). However, Dumas is pointing out here that the truth behind his success, his 'impossible' victories as an author, is that he worked. Really hard. How about us? Are we working hard? We find ourselves amazed at some people's success, but it really comes from hard work. As the commercial once quoted Lee Ann Womack, "Before it took me 10 years to be an overnight success."

Thought #2: Half through conceit, half through love of my art: his conceit was his belief that he actually could accomplish something, his love of his art his passion to do it right. Do we have the deep-seated belief that we c…

Why? Why not?

Ok, inspired by the actions of Nathan Bransford over at Nathan Bransford-Literary Agent, (hey, I can dream about needing a literary agent, right?), I've created a fantasy baseball group on ESPN.com. It's for the simpler version of Fantasy Baseball, called Baseball Challenge. Everything is free, and all you have to try and do is, once a week, pick 1 player for each position and one team's pitching staff. Or you can pick 'em now, and see how they hold up all year. Anyway, look for and join the group 'Doug's Blog Readers.' The password is the appropriate term for someone new at a job, especially used in sports. It rhymes with the race of alien that Chewbacca is in Star Wars. It starts with the same 4 letters as the castle piece in Chess, or that card game with the bird. If that's not enough, comment and ask.

Anyway, create an entry, and at the half-way point in the season, I'll give the leader something. Probably a book. I'll work this wee…

Mar 29 2009

Motivational quote: "Excellent organizations do not foster 'we and they' attitudes." -Tom Peters
Thought: Especially in a church, there is no room for 'we and they.' If you are harboring a 'we were here when....' and 'they weren't' division, you need to let it go.
Prayer: Lord, today we'll be hearing from your people about your word.  Give each of our speakers courage and guidance. I think you, Lord God, that you speak to others as well as to me!
Proverbs 29:1 ->There is no guarantee of a 'final warning.'
Proverbs 29:2 ->Is this even when the people are evil?
Proverbs 29:9 ->Such as some of the more argumentative moments in apologetics.
Proverbs 29:15 ->and what about the idea of the church as 'mother'? And our lack of church discipline?
Proverbs 29:18 ->Without God's word! This is not about 'vision statements' or the actions of leaders.
Proverbs 29:20 ->And fools don't have much hope.
1 Timothy…

Book Review: Christianity in Crisis

My next review is of Hank Hanegraaff's book, Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century. This is not the first book that Hanegraaff has produced with the main title of Christianity in Crisis. He wrote a book published in 1993 simply titled Christianity in Crisis. Both books, not surprisingly, deal with the same subject.

Hanegraaff expresses in the introduction his desire to see this book contrast the truth of Scripture with the Word of Faith movement and its teachings. His hope is that this book will help people see the difference between the two, and prevent new people from following in the Word of Faith movement, and to persuade people to depart from its teachings.

I think that Hanegraaff has written a book that will acheive this first purpose. He opens with a 6-page summary that he feels reflects the Word of Faith (WoF) view of Biblical history and theology. He backs this up with citations of various WoF teachers and preachers, and presents this not as the view of one single teac…

Week in Review: w/e 3/28

This week saw:

Me spend a lot of time bickering with AT&T. Finally, one hidden gem of a customer service person did what was right. So, I'm not as mad as I was. We'll see how it goes.

I have been taken off the terror watch-list for the state of Missouri! That's right. See post here about how I got on it. Here's a link to the info involving the state deciding to remove the report completely. I think the most significant thing here is that, except for Glenn Beck mentioning this on Fox News, there was no national media coverage. It was the sheer overwhelming responses of bloggers, emailers, callers, and word-of-mouth that brought pressure on the Missouri government to realize the error of their ways. Very much a power to the people moment.

In evidence of power to the stupid ideas moment, Burt Reynolds, David Hasselhoff, and others will not be allowed to drive their signature cars in California if a new law passes. Why? They're talking about banning black an…

Mar 27 2009

Motivational Quote: "Make the Mission and Vision clear and tangible by sharing it with others. Say it out loud and put it on paper. Often." -Rhonda Abrams

Thought #1: God did this. It's called the Bible.

Thought #2: Articulating a clear mission and vision is crucial. If people know what your organization stands for, if they know what you as an individual stand for, they can determine their involvement and commitment. Also, you have the bonus of accountability for your own actions. Never place yourself above someone asking "Is what you're doing in line with the mission and vision you've put out there?"

Prayer: Lord, people need You. And I have to do better with sharing your word with them. This world is spinning rapidly away from you. Give us strength for the task.

Proverbs 27:1 ->Be careful!

Proverbs 27:2 ->Let God provide for your exaltation.

Proverbs 27:6 ->If it's your enemy, don't accept the compliment. None of this 'noble foe'…

Fridays just aren't Fridays without....

Reposting Dr. Turner's blog from the Arkansas Baptist State Convention!

All credit goes to Dr. Emil Turner at the ABSC.  And I've said it before, but I truly believe Arkansas Baptists have one of the best, if not the best, state-wide organizations in the SBC.


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The bill for the lunches came to $4.80. Charlie could not change the ten dollar bill, so he promised to bring the customer’s change as soon as he could. He forgot. The customer also forgot, and left the cafeteria. Charlie placed the $5.20 beneath the cash drawer to give to the customer when he saw him again. He never did. Months passed and a death in Charlie’s family required a trip home. There was no money for the fare, so Charlie borrowed the $5.20 fully intending to pay it back. But time passed and Charlie forgot.

Charlie Culpepper became a missionary in China. After several years Charlie sought God in a special way, and God re…

Proposed SBC Resolution #2

I told you there'd be more of these:

Whereas the Great Commission has experienced no bubble bursting or market slide, AND

Whereas the Cooperative Program has worked well for Southern Baptist causes over the years,

BE IT RESOLVED that we, the messengers assembled at this gathering of the Southern Baptist Convention challenge each Southern Baptist Church to increase their Cooperative Program giving by 1% of their total church budget in the coming year.

There you go. That would be enough said, but I'll say more: For churches that give percentage, go up a percent. For churches that give a flat rate, figure up 1% of your budget and add it to your flat amount. And give it a cool title, like the 'Louisville Challenge' or something like that, and have a question on the ACP, "Did your church take the Louisville Challenge?" to see how many did it.

Now's not the time to back away, but to step up! Something I noticed watching football this year is that not all great q…

Why I'll never get an iPhone, part 2

Ok, so after a good week of bickering with AT&T, they have relented and agreed that honoring customer service commitments is a useful business tool. So, since they did what I said they would have to do for me to stay with them another 2 years, I'm staying with them another 2 years.

So, now, I'll never get an iPhone because: 1.)Apple's going to be paying out big for Steve Wozniak's Dancing with the Stars injuries, and might have to shut down. 2.)by the time I'm done with this contract, the iPhone will be passed by some other amazing widget from Cupertino; 3.)Global Warming/Cooling/Climate Change will eventually destroy all electronics, except for Al Gore's beard hologram generator.

So, AT&T is off my bad side. Pending. But it shows the difference that 1 willing Customer Contact person makes. I had contact with 7 people at AT&T that said I was out of luck. One person went beyond that, and took care of the problem. Train your people to be that 1.

Mar 26 2009

Motivational Quote: "The fact is we'll never have all the information we need to make a decision--if we did, it would be a foregone conclusion, not a decision." -David Mahoney

Thought #1: But don't worry, there will be enough people around to criticize you in hindsight without acknowledging that fact.

Thought #2: This is why, as a Christian, I find prayer to be crucial to decision making. God does have all the information. Ask Him.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for adopting me as your son. I know that it was your grace that did it. I ask for your help and strength to become worthy of being your child. My hands falter, and my efforts are fruitless. In you alone will I find my success.

Rev. 4:1 ->This is a unique happening for John.

Isaiah 37:4 ->The Lord, YOUR God ->Said by Hezekiah to Isaiah...get the preacher, we need his God to help

Isaiah 37:20 ->O Lord, Our God ->Said by Hezekiah to the Lord...never mind the preacher, let's remember our own relationship …

I'll never get an iPhone

Why?

Because Apple only lets you use an iPhone on the AT&T Wireless network. And I will soon be leaving AT&T for another wireless network. Okay, it'll be 3 months still, but I'm leaving. I had a BellSouth Mobility phone. Then it became Cingular. Then I went to seminary, and couldn't afford a cell phone. Then Mom and Dad very graciously paid for one, and back on Cingular we went, and stayed while Cingular became AT&T again. All told, I think we've been with this company since 2000, with about a 1 year break when we had no cell phones.

So why do I want to leave? When we moved to Monticello last year, we had our numbers changed to local numbers. We specifically asked if this would affect our ability to upgrade this spring, and were told no, no problem.

Well, guess what? We went online to try and upgrade. The system claims we can't upgrade until next year, because they restarted our contract period, adding an extra year. I went to the AT&T store t…

Things you didn't ask

Although no one has asked my opinion on these issues, here you go:

Lifeway's "Read with Discernment" program: Lifeway is in the undesirable position of being a business that needs to make a profit that people expect to act like a ministry that puts values and ideas first. While I think everything should be read with discernment by believers, I also recognize that there are some books available from Christian publishers that aren't exactly stable. What do you do if you're selling books? Well, if you have a church bookstore, I doubt your pastor lets you sell just anything. What about Lifeway, that is essentially the bookstore on behalf of Southern Baptist Churches? We don't all agree. Some like The Shack. Some hate The Shack. Some are looking into the ideas from the Emerg*** (with props to TeamPyro for the term), some don't want them at all. Same with Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Doug Hibbard books. (ok, nobody wants the last one.) So, they make a decision …

And now, the fickle finger of fate

As of last Friday, my retirement contribution of $200 was worth $197. Therefore, I felt that capitalism had failed, the government was robbing me, the fat cats on Wall Street were doing me badly, that Geithner needed to go, and that I'll be so broke in retirement that I'll have to live with then-former President Obama. Moreover, I was convinced of the impending collapse of the entire nation of America, that we'll never recover, and that we are living at the end of time, from an Apocalyptic standpoint.

As of today, my $200 is worth $206. So, I guess the bailout is working, we got the money back from AIG, the government's not so bad, Geithner can stay, I won't live with the Obama's, the world isn't coming to an end. All's well.

When you read those 2 paragraphs, it sounds stupid. And it is. But that's what we've done as a nation. The market's up! We're good! The market's down, we're doomed. I understand the market is an indica…

Mar 25 2009

Motivational quote: "Our integrity is the basis of our confidence in ourselves and the confidence we inspire in others." -Stephen R. Covey

Thought: Without knowing ourselves to be trustworthy, having the assurance that our motives are as pure as we can make them, that our intentions are solid, we will truly fail to lead. Moreover, people will sniff out a double-minded leader in a heartbeat. At least, usually. Oftentimes we think people miss it, but they know, they just still hope to benefit themselves. Your own lack of integrity will lead to a lack of integrity in your followers. They'll end up only following you until it's in their best interest to abandon you.

Prayer: Lord God, there is no one like You. We need to be found by You, and drawn into your greatness. Guide us, let us know You and strengthen our hands to the work of following You.

Rev. 4:11 ->Only by the will of God does creation exists. There is no room for random, chance, guided mutation, or anythin…

James 3

I wanted to take a minute and consider James chapter 3 and blogging. What about James 3? Well, this part:

5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life , and is set on fire by hell . 7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race . 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; James 3:5-9 (NASB)

We need to remember that this applies to what we write as well. It's remarkable to me that I sometimes forget it. What we say in print needs to be considered alongside what we say with our mouths. Why?…

Mar 24 2009

Motivational quote: "The job of the manager is enabling, not a directive job...coaching and not direction is the first quality of leadership now. Get the barriers out of thew ay to let people do the things they do well." -Robert Noyce

Thoughts: First of all, there's a difference in leadership and management, although the jobs often combine to one person. You certainly can't manage well if people won't follow your leadership, and poor management will crush your leadership. But, leadership is about setting the direction, not clearing barriers and letting people do whatever. There's a balance. It's not just about getting the right people on the bus, it's about making sure it's the right bus going the right way.

Prayer: Lord God, you set the direction. Help us follow you. Let me not spend my days in mindless rote, but direct my heart and my steps toward you. Help me also develop the prayer life I should.

Rev. 4:8b ->The worship of the Lord remains…

Mar 23 2009

Motivational quote: "Make visible what, without you, might perhaps have never been seen." -Robert Bresson

Thought: There is, inherent in our life as Christians, a call to make visible to the world the unseen God. Is this not what the Lord Jesus Christ did for us? Colossians 1:15

Prayer: Father, I am walking by feelings and not by faith, expecting to see greatness without any work or focus on my part. Lord, you are God, and will do all things to your glory, but I'll not be obedient or see the blessing if I don't focus.

Isaiah 36:1-39:8 ->Well, Lifeway slowed down some. But it's still pretty dense material, and covers both the highest and lowest of Hezekiah.

Isaiah 37:35-36 ->God is able to deliver as He promises.

1 Samuel 9 ->Saul shows as someone willing to follow directions. He doesn't end up that way.

Proverbs 23:12 ->Being disciplined to learn

1 Timothy 3:2 ->Able to teach: would include willing to exercise/direct discipline and correction.

1 Timoth…

Mar 22 2009

Motivational Quote: "Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future, but right now. Realize that nothing is too good." -Eileen Caddy

Thought: As believers, we must set our sights high, especially when it comes to obedience. Too often many of us write off that 'we'll never be perfect until we get to heaven' and it becomes our excuse. We must strive, and realize the possibility of following God to the fullest of our ability, though that ability is frail.

Prayer: My Father, today we'll gather to worship and praise you. Help us present your word, in Sunday School, sermon, and interaction with people. Let me see you today at work in lives, and let awe of you be communicated and effective among the church.

Rev. 3:7-13 ->The church is being instructed to pursue God's directives, not to try and be like anyone else or even to try to grow. Just to hold on to what they have received.

Isaiah 30:17 ->Trus…

Preaching it

Well, I haven't blogged through the sermon prep process this week. But, it's Sunday morning, so I thought I'd share these thoughts:

1. Public speaking scares the heebie-jeebies out of me. There's really no two ways about it. If you gave me an option, I would personally choose to sit in a room somewhere with my books and a nice fast computer, and blog, write, study, and come out to cook for people every couple of days. Throw in a nice coffee maker, I'd be set. When I'm not in front of crowds, I'm very happy.

2. Public speaking also is one of the most exhilirating I've ever done. Some people ride roller coasters because they like the scared/exhilirated feeling. Not me. Put me in front of a crowd with a topic to cover. Give me an hour to prep, a reasonable cup of coffee, and I'm ready to rock.

3. Preaching is not the same as normal public speaking. This is not simply about communicating a topic or getting over crowd fear. Now, the aspects of or…

Dental update

Well, we took the kids to the dentist yesterday.

Olivia's teeth are fine, although we're going to seal her 6-year molars so they don't get cavities.

Angie, on the other hand, has a cross-bite. And needs a little bit of correction called a frenectomy or frenelectomy, because the connective tissues between her lip and gums and roof of her mouth is over grown, and she'll have a lifetime gap between her front teeth that would make David Letterman wince. And she has a little cavity in one of her baby teeth.

Naturally, we have a great dental insurance plan. Basically, it's like great health insurance: it covers routine, preventative beautifully. But don't get sick or need something. Then you're out about 50% of the cost. Now, at least that 50% is covered, but, well we weren't exactly expecting this yet. So, we're praying for God to guide us on the rest. Fortunately, we have some put back in a medical spending account, so that's a blessing.

I'm a …

Mar 21 2009

Motivational Quote: "Great companies make meaning. A company has a name, but its people give it a meaning." -Richard Pascale

Thought: The same is true in church. We can apply all the names, vision statements, even Bible tags to a church we'd like to. Without people to show the difference of Christ in their lives, it's all very pointless. It's people living out the adoption of God that gives an individual church its meaning.

Prayer: Lord God, we see again that our only hope of future provision is you. We trust in all things other than you, but help us, please to rely on You. And please let us learn that lesson through positive reinforcement.

Rev. 3:9 ->The end of things doesn't result in a happy reunion of the redeemed and the unrepentant. Eventually, the unrepentant will come and kneel at the feet of the redeemed, and especially, the Redeemer as evidence they were wrong.

Proverbs 21:11 ->Known punishment can be used to instruct others, whether it does t…

Looking back - Mar 20

This week--

Well, it's been a week that seems to have disappeared. I didn't blog through sermon prep this week. I'll get back to it.

I did spend some time this week looking at how I'm going to finish my Master's Degree. Right now I seem to be looking at 4 options;
Gordon-Conwell Seminary
Liberty Seminary
Southwestern Seminary
Asbury Seminary

Why these? Well, they all have online and distance components. Liberty, for example, I could complete without leaving Monticello. Asbury I can do 2/3 of from my own home, and finish the rest in 1-week intensives at their campus in Kentucky. Gordon-Conwell, I can knock out 1/3 online, and then find a way to go to North Carolina on Fridays and Saturdays to finish the rest. Southwestern, I can do 1/3 online, 1/3 in Little Rock, and finish the other 1/3 in one-week intensives in Fort Worth, but I don't know if the online and Little Rock course offerings duplicate such that I'd have to do more in Fort Worth.

Why else? Well, th…

Mar 20 2009

Well, I really thought I put this in yesterday. I guess I didn't publish it or something. So, here we go:

Motivational Quote: "The surest way to prevent an error from becoming a mistake is to admit it." - O.A. Battista

Thought: Confession is good for the soul. Also, being willing to admit our own inabilities can be helpful. Especially if you are leading and make an error, don't blindly follow it. Even if you can only admit it to yourself, admit it and change directions!!!

Prayer: Lord God, you are holy and righteous. The one thing I know about me is that I am not. I confess my lack of being like you. Strengthen me to follow with your strength. I admit my error, my sin, in trying to do this in my own power.

1 Samuel 8:6 ->Pray first. Then confront people with bad ideas.

1 Samuel 8:5 ->Excusing our desires by pointing to other people's sins. I should avoid this. Whatever someone else says or does, I must focus on Christ.

Proverbs 20:1 ->Erring by alcohol is ba…

Quick update

Word came through today that Arkansas House Bill 2144 has been referred to an interim study. I won't presume to know all that entails, but my understanding is that it will remain a pending bill, be considered, its potential effects and usefulness evaluated, and then will possibly return in the 2011 session of the Arkansas State Legislature. So, for now, the state government is going to leave homeschoolers alone. Which is nice of them. There are adequate laws in existence in the state to address what Representative Cook was concerned about. Hopefully this will be seen in the interim study.

And I'm less upset with Congressman Mike Ross than I was. True, he voted for a bailout/stimulus/social reorganization plan without really reading all of it. But he also signed on to a letter sent to Attorney General Holder expressing that there is no need to meddle with the American people's 2nd Amendment rights. So, Congressman Ross, you're off the 'ain't no way I'll…

Evidence that, perhaps, we're going insane

I received an email yesterday that I've been hesitant to share. Why?

Well, frankly, I don't really want to believe it. The email is the same as this column here at Chuck Baldwin's website. Who's Chuck Baldwin? Well, at this point, he's an independent Baptist pastor in Florida. He was the Constitution Party candidate for President of the United States.

And now, according to a report from a 'Fusion Center,' having been a supporter of Chuck Baldwin is a potential indicator that a person might be a domestic terrorist. What's a fusion center? Essentially, it's a joint federal/state/local law enforcement group that supposed to help make America safer, and help various law enforcement agencies work together to share useful information. Alternately, it's a place for the federal government to do what they do second-best, boss around everybody else as if they are the only people with brains. (What do they do first best? TAX AND SPEND!) Depends on who…

Mar 19 2009

Motivational quote: "Being a prime minister is a lonely job...you cannot lead from the crowd." Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Thought: We must be willing to separate from the crowd and follow Christ, even if it means earthly loneliness.

Prayer: Lord God, guide my leadership to be an act of following you. Then it will not be so lonely. And let me never forget the cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 13:1 that have gone before me.

1 Samuel 8:20 -> God goes before us, and we have to do our own share as appointed by Him. No government should take that responsibility, nor should we surrender it.

Proverbs 19:24 ->No sluggards are invited to mansaf!

Proverbs 19:17 ->Don't help the poor for your earthly repayment. Trust it to the Lord God Almighty.

Proverbs 19:14 ->Ask God for a wife. He's the best marriage arranger.

Isaiah 29:13 ->Don't let traditions become hollow and meaningless.

Isaiah 29:14 ->God's wonders aren't always ni…

Mar 18 2009

Motivational quote: "If we know how to listen to our own heart, we can listen to the hearts of others." -Stephen R. Covey

Thought: Our hearts are crying out for God, and when we hear His consolation of our souls, we'll hear those cries in the hearts of others. And strive to answer them.

Prayer: Lord, I've been hiding, and the results are a stubborn heart and a thick head. Help me, Father, to come out of hiding to serve you better. Help me to know you better, to surrender my defenses to you.

Rev. 3:8 -> You think you are weak, but you have the power of God.
Rev. 3:9 -> Don't be driven to please those who serve Satan.
Rev. 3:12 -> The pillars in 1 Kings 7:21 were called 'He shall establish' and 'In him is strength.'

1 Samuel 8:5 ->Do we reject God's leadership to be "like all the nations"?
1 Samuel 8:7 ->Those who reject godly leaders are rejecting God, not the person. NOTE: The leader must be submitted to God, and this is not…

Book Review: Aesop's Fables

When I picked up Aesop's Fables by John Cech, my first thought, honestly, was that we didn't need another version of Aesop kicking around the house. We already have 2 or 3, I'm not even sure exactly how many we own. Why? Because Aesop, whoever he actually was, writes great fables with good morals.

Wait, you didn't know we don't know exactly who Aesop is? Well, there's one reason you should get this version. The author includes a brief explanation at the end about who we think Aesop was, and also the importance of storytelling to cultural memory. These reminders alone were worth it to me as a grown-up reading this book.

But, you're not looking to get a book to read one page, are you? With this retelling of Aesop's Fables, John Cech has focused on the stories that can be narrowed down to just a few paragraphs. Each one is accompanied by a vivid illustration by Martin Jarrie. The stories are easily read, the illustrations relate to the story (not al…

Mar 16 2009

Motivational Quote: "Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way." -Daniele Vare

Thought: I've also heard that diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy' while looking for a rock. Either way, I think we're mistaking diplomacy for deception. Diplomacy should be more about persuasion and the art of convincing someone that you know what is in their best interest better than they do. Which is a necessary, though dangerous, art to master.

Prayer: Lord, today, be glorified in our home. Guide us into knowing you better, Lord you know where we are, what we need, and what we ant. But Father, I know we need You more than all of those things combined.

Isaiah 24:1-35:10 (I know you can spend too long in Isaiah, but good grief!)
Isaiah 29:11-12 ->How many people of great learning have lost their way? How much have we allowed knowledge to supplant wisdom, and have allowed impractical 'knowledge' to shake our faith in reality? How much time is spent o…

Book Review: The King with Horse's Ears

Yep, I read a book entitled The King with Horse's Ears. Actually, it's The King with Horse's Ears and Other Irish Folktales. The collection is retold by Batt Burns, and illustrated by Igor Oleynikov. Which was strange, given that you have a Russian illustrating Irish tales, but, hey, it's not my job to pick illustrators!

Well, what do I think of this book? It's a good book. (twitter-enabled review-fits in character limit).

Actually, I did enjoy reading through this book. It's part of a series of Folktales of the World put out by Sterling Publishers.

I'll say from the start, I can't say if this collection is true to Irish Folktales as told by Irish grandparents from memory. I'm not Irish. But after reading Batt Burns' retellings of these stories, I kind of wish I was. The stories are short enough to make for good bedtime story, but not so long that interest falters. There are pronunciation keys for the dialect words within the story, although …

Mar 15 2009

Motivational quote: "It may be difficult, but it can be done. That much faith is a prerequisite of any undertaking." -Margo Jones

Thought: It can be done, because our lives are meant for His glory. Whatsoever He wills, He will accomplish.

Prayer: Lord God, here I go again. I ask you to be with me when I preach this morning and tonight. Father I cannot begin to express the importance of Your Word. You alone can impart to the people who enter. Let Your Spirit handle the Word, the people, and the preacher.

Rev 3:1 -> The Lord Jesus Christ has all of who God is, and is in charge of all there is, especially His churches.

1 Samuel 7:13-14 ->Records no human involvement at all, just that God was victorious.

Proverbs 15:3 -> God sees everything going on, both good and bad.
Proverbs 15:33 ->People worthy of honor were humble before they were honored. It didn't start afterwords.

Isaiah 7:9 -> Pekah loses his throne, not Ahaz.

1 Timothy 2:13-14 -> alongside Romans 5:12 we…

Mar 14 2009

Motivational quote:"The great illusion of leadership is to think that man can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there." -Henri Nouwen

Thought: He's right. This is why the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth, to live in the desert of humanity and lead us out of it! Philippians 2:6-11 seems to be right on point.

Prayer for today: Thank you, Lord God, that we are being lead from the desert of death by the one who has been there. God strengthen our hearts to follow You from this place. Help me to connect people to You, that You will be who they are following, not me.

Isaiah 7:3 -> the people are Ahaz's, not the Lord's. This could be part of the problem.

Rev. 3:6 ->never forget that each of us is responsible to God. If we have been made alive, we have ears to hear. Let us listen to Him!

1 Samuel 7:15-17 -> Serving the Lord does not guarantee that we get to stay in one comfortable place all our lives! Samuel was on the move, and couldn't alwa…

Looking Back

Friday Mar 13

Looking back:

This week we looked at preaching in Rev. 3:1-6

I got a new freebie gadget from Logos that puts up verses when I type references. It's nice.

I got to review a great book about business principles.

Let's see, Monday and Tuesday I came home from work and put on shorts. Wednesday night it was sleeting. Evokes James 1:6-7, which if James had been from Arkansas he would have written that double-minded men were unstable like Arkansas spring weather.

Found out about a bad homeschool bill in Arkansas. Hoping to make it go away.

The difficult news this week was over the murder of a pastor in Illinois. The reminder and challenge is that preachers the world over suffer for preaching. I have to keep in mind it's not supposed to be easy and earthly profitable.

And we're taking a mini-vacation this weekend with a free hotel night! Yay! We just have to buy food. And we get to stay in a hotel room with a separate bedroom, so Ann and I can stay up and watch TV.…

Mar 13 2009

Motivational quote from the top of the page: "The worse the news, the faster you should tell people." James Faludi

Thought: Is there any worse news than the fact people that die apart from Christ will go to hell for all eternity? Shouldn't we remember that bad is basically defined by its distance from good? And since the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the absolute best news, the absence of it would be the absolute worst news?

Prayer: Lord God, we have really good news, and really bad news. In truth, we should be telling people faster than any other news gets around. Give us a passion to do that!

Rev. 3:3 -> There is no new word from God. Remember the word you already received. Better yet, there is one Word, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. Don't need a new one.

Rev. 3:2 -> Complete? or Perfect? The word gets translated both ways. It's not that they aren't done. It's that they aren't what God expects them to be.

Isaiah 7:12 -> Ahaz …

Sermon Prep Rev 3:1-6 Part III

Difficulties in the text?

Not every passage has 'difficulties' to resolve. First a question on difficulties. What are they?

A text difficulty can be:

1. A variant that needs to be addressed. You find these especially in the Old Testament. For example, the Dead Sea Scrolls put Goliath's height at 4 cubits and a span, the Masoretic Text puts him 6 cubits and a span. In the New Testament, there are fewer text variants, but they're noteworthy, like John 8 and the whole story of the woman caught in adultery.

How you deal with these variants depends a lot on where you've learned your Biblical interpretation skills. Some people will use the KJV as their deciding factor, others will jump into whatever the 'latest' scholarship shows. I really think you need to address each issue on a case-by-case basis, with a lot of prayer and study. I consider myself a conservative person, and I take the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without any errors in the original t…