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Monday Politics August 31

August 31 2009 Monday Politics
Just as a comment on both church politics and non-church politics: When someone raises a criticism of your position, past behavior, or apparent future direction, answer the actual problem. If you want to also add in that it's not really something that you think is a fair criticism, that's fine. But don't just say it's not a fair criticism and if that's the way you and your ideas will be evaluated you'll just leave, that doesn't really buy any credibility. And counter the criticism with facts and definite statements. Don't give us the “You can't really believe I__________.” Actually, yes we do believe it, that's why the question is being asked. Answer the question.
On that note, the House and Senate should soon be headed back inside the Beltway, back to the insulated cocoon of Washington D.C. It's been nice to have them out here mingling with the masses, but I think they're longing to escape the public and go …

August 31 Daily Journal

August 31, 2009 Daily Journal
Proverbs 31:1 →Don't ignore your mother. She has many good things to teach you.
Proverbs 31:5 →It's the responsibility of rulers to remember the weight of their duties and the laws they are charged with upholding. This only is a justification for term limits. It's for the health of rulers, lest they stress out. Additional application thought: church leaders? Do you think it's appropriate to try and “forget” the worries of church leadership for a little while? I'm not downing taking some vacation time, but while you are away, or on your day off, are you really entitled to completely forget your responsibilities?NOTE: I read this week about a church whose pastor, who had been serving as a Guard/Reserve Chaplain, was called to Active Duty and deployed to Iraq. Church members tried to get him to continue dealing with the minutiae of church life in the states. That's beyond wrong. He wasn't on vacation, and he was surely still burden…

Book Reviews

Many of you, dear readers, know that I do book reviews for a few different publishers. In exchange, one of the things I get are free books.
Well, one of those companies is WaterBrook, an imprint of Random House. Somehow, though, I managed to accidentally accept a book tour invite from them that I had no interest in. What books would I have no interest in? Ladies-oriented Christian Fiction. Now, I don't have anything against the genre, but it's just not me, you know? However, the way these programs work is this: you get the books, you do the reviews. Got it? Good. So, I have dutifully read as much as I could of these books, and here's my take on them:
Book 1: The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooperby Kathleen Y'Barbo. What did I think of this one? Well, it's everything I've come to expect of most Christian fiction: there is no foul language, no illicit sex, and most everyone at least pretends to care what God thinks. Eugenia has a life planned out by he…

Friday Business--August 28

Friday Business Guru: August 28, 2009
The Golden Rule-- 12"In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.Matt 7:12 (NASB)
Now, as a Christian, I claim that all my life has to follow what Jesus has taught. This would apply even to business related decisions. And, if you are a Christian in business, guess what? Yours should too.
Most people I know that claim to be believers do try to live by this verse, but there is sometimes a failure to really think it through. So, I'd like to hit on applying the Golden Rule in business decisions and behavior.
First of all, I do firmly believe that your business behavior is an extension of your character. As a Christian, you cannot separate how you act at work towards your employees or employer, co-workers or customers, from your Christian life. You aren't two separate people. That being said, there are some differences you do need to realize:These are business relationshi…

August 28 2009 Daily Journal

August 28, 2009 – Daily Journal
Proverbs 28:1 →There's nothing here to say the righteous always stay put and get over run. Just that they are bold. There's a difference between an orderly withdrawal and a rout. See also Proverbs 27:12
Proverbs 28:5 →Evil men. This is why the behavior and attitude of people is as important as anything else when selecting leaders. This is why your affair is relevant, Governor. This is why your drinking problem is relevant, Senator. These things matter, because one who has evil habits does not comprehend justice. It's not true that one can properly discern justice during working hours without living it the rest of the time.
Proverbs 28:9 →There is no sense in praying if you are ignoring God's Word.
1 Peter 5:10 →Suffering is only for a little while, then God will perfect us, scraping away the rest of the worldliness that the suffering didn't remove.
James 5:1-3 →I'm not sure why we jump to the conclusion that the rich James addresses h…

Thursday Sports August 27

Thursday Sports! August 27 2009
Well, baseball is winding towards its conclusion, with playoff races firming up and some teams going ahead and letting players get the season-ending surgeries they've been putting off (Santana of the Mets is an example). Meanwhile, football is working through its 4 pointless pre-season games, and college football cranks up, I believe, this weekend!
So, here are some sports picks for you:
Baseball: Detroit will win the AL Central, go on to the World Series, and then the economy of Michigan will recover because of all the long-shot bets placed on the Tigers at the beginning of the season. Tax revenues from W-2G income will balance the state budget.
NFL: There are 32 NFL Teams. That means that, currently, 32 men have jobs as NFL head coaches. By October 1, at least one of those men will be out of a job. No team will even consider hiring a woman for that role, but nobody will mention that.
Team specifics: Eagles: as soon as McNabb has a bad day, the…

Daily Journal August 27 2009

August 27 2009—Daily Journal
Proverbs 27:1 →Do not boast in tomorrow, or in next season, or in what you will do later. You must focus on what is in front of you right now! Couple this with the command to boast only in the work of the Lord, and you see where our focus is: on the grace of God for right now.
Proverbs 27:2 →Don't brag on yourself, period. Let someone else build up your fame.
Proverbs 27:5 →And yet many of us don't want open rebuke, and are hesitant to give it. Guess what, church? We need to get back in the habit of open rebuke when necessary. See Proverbs 27:6, that friends sometimes wound, and it's a sign of faithfulness.
Proverbs 27:11 →As parents, do we want our kids to be rich, famous, athletic? Or are we more interested that they be wise?
Proverbs 27:12 →This verse is why some people are stockpiling canned goods and ammo. While I'm not sure that this verse really should be applied that way right now, it is a good warning. Are you looking at danger to prepa…

James 5:13-20

August 26, 2009 – James 5:13-20
James 5:13-20 → There's a lot within these 7 verses. It is, overall, an explanation of prayer and the need to pray, along with the release of God's power when prayer is done right. Even in James' day, there were physicians, there was medical knowledge, but he advises the sick to ask for prayer. He tells the suffering to pray. He doesn't outright forbid seeking medicine, but I think he'd be aghast at our tendency in the American church to seek doctors first and prayer second. James 5:13-14 show me that suffering and sickness should be met with prayer first. I see suffering as mental/emotional issues and sickness as physical. Both may need a doctor, but first the church should be in prayer for the ones dealing with these. We have, unfortunately, gotten too individualistic in the American church. I can't ask you to pray with me over depression because I don't want you to know.
Why don't I want you to know? Because we lack the …

Weird Wednesday August 26

Weird Wednesday August 26 2009
I'm wondering, if we go with Canadian-style public option health insurance, will we spend money researching things like this? Let's hope not. And on the Canadian-style thought, who really thinks of Canadian Bacon as the same as real bacon? Really, now. It's not. Do we want to change bacon?

Weird Tweets this week:
just alerted that my old boss [a US Congressman] confused 'Cialis' for 'Ambien' in a health care town hall address – Ooops! I think those two medications would be mutually exclusive for use.
Camaro owners can get a free Papa John's pizza today, seriously. -- Because, after all, sports car drivers are probably having trouble paying for food AND insurance!
Rick Pitino is talking to the media at 3 p.m., and no one knows why. -- Um, I'm sure he does.

Megan Fox kicked Jay-Z. WTF is #GiladShalit. A snow Leopard saw Catwoman steal Batman's iPhone Who's driving AT&T and Apple to success? -- This is a tweet c…

August 26 Daily Journal

August 26, 2009 –Daily Journal
Proverbs 26:1 →Because even though we might like the cold, snow in summer is just bizarre. It shows something is wrong with the world. So does honoring fools, yet we see it all the time. Don't be discouraged by it. Just imagine throwing a July snowball at the fool, and go on!
Proverbs 26:2 →We spend some time worrying about curses and the forces of darkness in this world, but without a cause it doesn't hit. What's the cause? God allowing it to be used for His glory. Focus your heart on God, not on avoiding curses.
Proverbs 26:4-5 →Ok, we've seen this verse pairing before. It's on several websites that claim this shows how useless the Bible is, since it contradicts itself right here. It's not a contradiction. This is a collection of wise sayings. One of them expresses that you don't answer and argue with fools in the same manner they present themselves. The other says to answer the fool lest he thinks he's not a fool. Example?…

Scripture and Prophecy Part 2 Tuesday Theology August 25

Prophetic Evidence of Scripture—Part 2Tuesday TheologyAugust 25 2009
One of the most frequently cited references to Biblical Prophecy being fulfilled is the city of Tyre. Now, if you search the internet for information about Tyre and Biblical Prophecy, you'll find explanations of how it is evidence of Scripture's truth and atheistic explanations why it is not evidence. Something to keep in mind when doing many types of investigative research: you can find what you're looking for. Almost without fail. Atheists want evidence the Bible is false. Christians want evidence it's true. We both find what we're looking for. Why? Because no one is completely open-minded.
So, why bother? Because some times people are willing to give the benefit of the doubt and think about it. If someone is absolutely unwilling to consider any evidence of truth being found in the Bible, this won't convince them. If someone is willing to consider the possibility, this might help.
On to the ref…

August 25 2009 Daily Journal

August 25, 2009 – Daily Journal
Proverbs 25:1 →Hezekiah is remembered as a good king. What did he do that was so good? Apparently, copied from the smart guy! Don't be ashamed to have sources for your wisdom and knowledge. Just be sure to give credit where it's due.
Proverbs 25:3 →The hearts of kings cannot be investigated because even they don't know what they're doing!
Proverbs 25:4-5 →If we could remove the wicked from influencing the government, we'd be making a silver-level masterpiece. Remove the wicked that are in the government, and we'd be up to gold!
Proverbs 25:6-7 →It's okay to receive recognition. Don't seek it.
Proverbs 25:8-10 →Take care of your issues with other people without public knowledge if it is at all possible. Don't rush to have others involved in your situation.
Proverbs 25:16 →You can get too much of a good thing. Really. So, just take what you need. Leave the rest for others.
Proverbs 25:17 →Let's not overreact to this one. I…

Monday Politics August 24

Monday Politics:
Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”Exodus 1:8 (NASB)
This verse in my reading of Exodus today causes me to think about American politics and education. Now, if you're looking for someone who will parallel President Obama with an Egyptian Pharaoh, that's not going to be the point. Even though I'm sure one could find those parallels, especially looking back to the Pharaoh that took everyone's land in exchange for food. Might be some comparison there between all American Presidents that have run the budget on borrowing from the next generation, especially these last 2 that have done it “to keep us from collapse.” Why not be wise, realize that good is followed by bad, so we should, as a nation, have a reserve for when bad happens. And we should lead by example our people to do the same. I'm not even going to jump down to show the connection between Pharaoh's slaughter of babies and America's national shame of slaughtering…

August 24 2009 Daily Journal

August 24 2009 → Daily Journal
Just as an observation: it's much easier and quicker to empty the baptistry than to fill it.
OT Reading: Exodus 1:8-2:10 →Lots here about obeying God rather than man. About being a people that are so dedicated to living out who we are that we are perceived as a threat by the world. A threat to their well-being, that we will rise up and take over. We as believers in Christ ought to hit that point. The world should be afraid that self-sacrifice, love for others, joy, and compassion will take over. And either join us or try to oppress us. Either way, the Kingdom grows.
Proverbs 24:5-6 →Yet what do we do? We idolize strength and denigrate 'wiliness.' We want a football coach that will jam a running back up the middle 30 times a game, but never try a fake punt. Why? We prize strength over wisdom or knowledge.
Proverbs 24:10-12 →And this is why we still try to act in politics, even though the Kingdom of God is not of this world. We must act, even in di…

August 23 2009

Sunday, August 22 2009
I've been reading and contemplating the posts by John Piper related to the tornado in Minneapolis and the vote of the ELCA to allow homosexual clergy. It's interesting to see people miss what he is actually saying, that disaster is a warning to allsinners to turn from approval of sin, and pounce on his viewpoint shared. I'm curious what your thoughts are. Here's the link to his original, and his follow-up. I'm inclined to agree with his conclusion, that calamity is a reminder to us all to repent. And I'm glad he doesn't turn all namby-pamby and start the “I'm so sorry I hurt some of your feelings by saying God causes and allows disasters to warn us about sin” nonsense. I'm personally tired of preachers that say what they understand the Bible to mean and then back up when someone says “That hurt my feelings!” Anyway, discuss your opinions, but be nice.
Proverbs 22:1-3 →If you fatten at the trough of the ruling parties, be wary…

August 22 2009

August 22 2009—Daily Journal
Proverbs 22:1 →Also, a good name does not equal great wealth, neither should wealth=a good name. These are two different things.
Proverbs 22:3 →What dangers do you see and not take cover? How often will you play with fire and think you'll not get burned?
Proverbs 22:7 →If the borrower is slave to the lender, what does that make our country to the Chinese?
Proverbs 22:10 →'s some reform for you: drive mockers out of court so they can't file dumb lawsuits. Then everyone's expenses go down, except for mockers.
Proverbs 22:13 →Here's that lion again. Every month I'm taunted by the excuses I make, realizing just how lame and stupid they are.
Proverbs 22:16 →There's something there about how we run our businesses, isn't there? That perhaps if we're making a profit from helping the poor, it shouldn't be excessive and certainly shouldn't result in multi-million dollar bonuses to millionaires?
Proverbs 22:24-25 →Be ca…

August 21 2009

August 21, 2009—Daily Journal
Woke up to the weather alarm in the house warning us of a flash-flood warning. Not in Drew County, though. The warning was for someone else, somewhere else. How often do we hear those types of warnings and not respond? Oh, that persecution is somewhere else....oh, that's the Florida Government prosecuting the principal for praying...oh, that's a decision made in Washington. Do we even respond with compassion to those affected? Or just rejoicing that it's not us?
Proverbs 21:1 →And we saw with Pharaoh and others that God intended to send them to judgment. This isn't saying the king's way is always righteous, but that God is in control anyway.
Proverbs 21:2 →Why you do what you do is a large part of what God is watching and wants that driven by His word. If we will adjust our hearts to be motivated by the things that please God, then our ways will be right before Him.
Proverbs 21:5 →Profit? What does Proverbs consider profitable? Wisdom, com…

Business Guru August 21 2009

Friday Morning Business Guru—August 21 2009
I'm not a big time business genius, but wanted to share a couple of thoughts:
If you run a small business or have thoughts of running a small business, buy and read Scott McKain's Collapse of Distinction.Really. It's not a comprehensive evaluation of why every business rises or falls, but it's a good start. What makes you stand out as a business? Do you do something that memorable? Seek out your niche and stay with it.Another good read is Thomas Nelson's CEO Michael Hyatt. His blog carries his opinions about doing business and involving technology and people in the process.Beyond that, what would you want to see in an occasional business comment around here? Anything? I'll probably relate stories of good and bad service and observed business practices. I'll dig back into my time in restaurant and logistics to offer my opinions, and how they might relate. But this will probably be the least frequent segment of my …

August 20 2009

August 20 2009—Daily Journal
Listening to the baptistry fill. Wondering if we'll ever tip over into being so passionate about reaching the lost that we never drain it.
I'd suggest that everyone click-through and read this from Thom Rainer.
The whole morning turned chaotic on me, and I don't have much else to add to this today. I really recommend Rainer's blog, linked above, and I'll try and make up missing content to you tomorrow.

Thursday Sports-August 20

Thursday Morning Sports—August 20 2009

Well, the Thursday sports crew has had a busy week. The Braves have done well, done poorly, and moved hardly a notch in the standings. NFL pre-season games have started, and our beloved Titans won their first game, although Yahoo Sports was misreporting the score the next morning. The scoreboard on my home page showed them losing 24-21, when they had won 21-18. You know what matters? Really, none of it---it's a preseason game! However, there's a real record book, and there's what gets reported in the media. Even if every news agency reports it wrongly, no matter who believes CNN/SI, FOXSports, CBSports, or ESPN, there is an accurate record kept by the NFL, and that's the only one that matters. Hmmm....there might be some thoughts to add to Tuesday Morning Theology. About the idea of objective standards and records compared to what the world thinks or believes. Then, we've got College Football cranking up, and the SEC …

August 19 2009

August 19 2009—Daily Journal
Proverbs 19:2 →Do you know what you are doing? Yes, you have enthusiasm, but do you know how to use it? Do you understand the consequences? Don't miss doing what you ought because you were hasty.
Proverbs 19:8 →Best thing you can do for yourself? Acquire wisdom. Best thing you can do for others? Acquire wisdom. Hmmm....
Proverbs 19:10 →Because the fool has either acquired luxury falsely or will not appreciate it. And the second half: other places the Proverbs speak of slaves ruling because they have wisdom and sons don't. It's not fitting for a prince to neglect wisdom thus allowing another to rule over him. He should rule over himself.
Proverbs 19:11 →Our insight should show us that God is still at work in the people around us, and in us. So, we should be patient with them!
Proverbs 19:12 →Dew doesn't last. And a roaring lion allows you to know it's there, and to prepare your defense. Or run away. Remember, if you and I are being chased by …

Weird Wednesday August 19

Weird Wednesday—August 19 2009
In a discussion on another blog, we've been joking about who should run for President in 2012. Certainly they were joking, but somebody put my name in the meta as a suggestion. Can't do it. Why, asks the crowd of disheartened Americans? 1.) I was born in Texas, which is like a whole different country; 2.) Even if you count Texas as America, I can't find my birth certificate; 3.)I've got this secret desire to be a Broadway Producer; 4.)I've started running for exercise, and am planning on making it to the 2012 Olympics as both a sprinter and marathon runner; 5.) Well, what other reasons do you need?
Tweets that need better context or grammar:
“has a great breakfast meeting with a church member and a friend – I'm blessed with the people God has placed in my life.” (Are you having breakfast with 1 person or 2? A church member anda friend? Or are the church members your friends?)
“ Something about me: I'm a photographer currently wi…