Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

I hope he was a Believer

Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

Johnny Carson from IMDB

I first learned about Johnny Carson from my grandfather. If he was home, it didn’t matter what was going on around the house Papaw was going to watch Johnny Carson. Papaw died when I was 9 so all those years laying in the bed with him watching Johnny was just that to me…laying in bed with my grandfather watching TV. I had no idea what Johnny was and missed the point of all of his jokes. It was years before I even knew that the name of the show wasn’t “The Johnny Carson Show” but rather, the “Tonight Show”.

I continued the tradition of watching Johnny after Papaw went Home. The years adding to my knowledge and the wisdom of his comedy came within my reach. I cried on his last show just like much of America. Now I mourn his loss.

Papaw was the first person to expose me to the Faith. It was 20 years later before I accepted the Faith and I’m certian he was celebrating. I hope Johnny Carson was a believer…and if he wasn’t I pray that God gave him just one last chance although I know that’s not how this game is played. I hope Papaw gets to meet Johnny in Heaven. Papaw gets to laugh his infectious laugh again. Johnny gets to meet one of the greatest men who ever lived. Win. Win.

Reggie White

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Reggie White

Really hated to hear this Sunday. Reggie White died of an apparent heart attack Saturday night or Sunday morning. He was 43 years old.

In an age where we seem to idolize professional athletes because they are accused of Rape or assault fans or walk away from their team mates because they would rather get stoned, Reggie White stood out as a model…a ROLE MODEL. Not only was he one of the greatest defensive ends to ever play in the NFL he was a standup guy who had his head screwed on right.

Reggie was known as the Minister of Defense. A hat tip to both his football skills and his walk with God. He wrote a Devotional in 1998 called “God’s Play Book”. My favorite item in the book begins on page 91.

A Child is Born in Bethlehem

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

A Child is born this day in Bethlehem.

Matthew 1:18-25

The Message

18 The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) 19 Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced. 20 While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. 21 She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus – ‘God saves’ – because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term: 23 Watch for this – a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son; They will name him Emmanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”). 24 Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. 25 But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.

King James Version

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived F2 in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: F3 for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Young’s Literal Translation

18 And of Jesus Christ, the birth was thus: For his mother Mary having been betrothed to Joseph, before their coming together she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit, 19 and Joseph her husband being righteous, and not willing to make her an example, did wish privately to send her away. 20 And on his thinking of these things, lo, a messenger of the Lord in a dream appeared to him, saying, `Joseph, son of David, thou mayest not fear to receive Mary thy wife, for that which in her was begotten [is] of the Holy Spirit, 21 and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.’ 22 And all this hath come to pass, that it may be fulfilled that was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, 23 `Lo, the virgin shall conceive, and she shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,’ which is, being interpreted `With us [he is] God.’ 24 And Joseph, having risen from the sleep, did as the messenger of the Lord directed him, and received his wife, 25 and did not know her till she brought forth her son — the first-born, and he called his name Jesus.

Who needs Christmas Lights!

Friday, December 24th, 2004

It’s an amazing thing what God can do. Really makes our meager efforts of decorating seem pretty weak. This morning I went out for a little drive to see what the countryside looked like. The sunlight hitting the ice on the trees was just stunning. Most all the trees look like this up close:

God's Decorations

So when the sun shines on them they just sparkle giving the whole view a sparkling quality. It’s gorgeous! Yeah, so I live in the woods and have no hopes of broadband. BUT! While the cities are all slushy and nasty after winter storms, we get to see this:

God's Decorations again

Lk 1:37 – 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible

Friday, December 24th, 2004

Luke 1:26-38

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Hoping and praying that everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas.

Just what is the REAL Christian Perspective?

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

“real Christian Perspective”…hehehe…thanks to the one who said this to me! That’s both a challenge as well as an encouragement. That’s another reason why I put this thing up. I work with a bunch of fabulous Christian people that seem to think the world is all Love and Light. It REALLY gets on my nerves sometimes because I know it just ain’t so. I read and hear the radio preachers(Swindoll, Jeremiah, et al) and like what they have to say but it just seems that, like my local preachers, everyone is afraid to get down to the basics at the Alter. My favorite Christian band is Waterdeep because there is no pretense in their music. They sing about life with all the warts in plane view. I like to hear about the blessings people receive like the cancer tumor disappearing and the soon to be mother realizing something she didn’t think possible. I also like to hear about how the man deals with his failure to walk away from the temptress or the woman coming to terms with her wild past. I think the latter shows us more of what the Walk is about than the former. Jesus told alot of fantastic parables and explained things in stark detail to his disciples but it wasn’t until he was nailed to the Cross that we all got the message.