Archive for the ‘Grace and the lack thereof’ category

Quote of the Day

June 22, 2006

Steve Camp has culled out two very nice quotes for our Thursday version of Compare and Contrast. Enjoy.

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June 20, 2006

The Gadfly has a very interesting post you should read.  It is rather lengthy, but very telling.  If you have 15 minutes, read it and enjoy.

What Would Jack Bauer Do? 

You Have Got To Be Kidding

June 16, 2006

Here is yet another example of the lunacy rampant in our cultures.

Love to the Lobster

Maybe the pro-baby murder abortionists are just trying to save those babies from children tapping on the expectant mom's belly.

Ridiculous.

Lest Anyone Should Wonder

June 14, 2006

Let it be known that the official position of this blogger is that God is the author and creator of life. He, by His Sovereign design, determines when life begins and when life ends. To that end, the act of aborting an unborn child in all instances where the life of the mother is not endangered is a sin – akin to murder.

Wherein the mother's life is endangered, all diligence in prayer should be sought, beseeching the mercies of God upon the mother and child to provide an alternative which will allow both to live. In the extremely rare instances where this prayer is not granted, and should the defense of the mother's life be chosen, the hand of mankind should tread lightly, and with fear of our Lord, in defense of the mother.

I am unashamedly pro-life and anti-abortion.

Just in case anyone should wonder.

Please pray…

June 9, 2006

Our boy Schultzie's brother-in-law (Tracy's little brother) was involved in a serious motorcycle accident.  He is on his way to Grady Hospital, if he has not already arrived.  I do not know his condition.

He is a brave young man who recently served in Iraq.  His wife was also involved in the accident – she is not at Grady – but at another hospital – and I believe her condition is not as serious.

Please pray for Tracy's brother Matt.  Pray for healing, for his comfort, for Tracy's comfort, pray for his wife, pray that the body of Christ will come together for them during this time – and that the glory of the Lord would be seen in what is to us a horrible circumstance.

Kevin and Tracy, we love you – you are in our thoughts and prayers. 

Instincts

May 30, 2006

We had a grand time yesterday playing softball at Ocee Park.  I have always loved softball and baseball – and have been pretty intense about playing and doing well when playing.  

Yesterday, in the first inning – I got caught off of second base on a fly out to center and had to scramble back to the bag.  Instinctively, I slid into the bag to beat the throw.  Unfortunately for me, I was wearing shorts – and the infield dirt was like, well, Pat Dirrim called it 100 grit sandpaper…..

So, for the next two hours, I looked like a warrior from Braveheart with blood running down my leg.  It was cool for awhile – but today, well, today it hurts like crazy.  Plus – I've got to put bandages on it to keep it from sticking to my pants – H2O2 to help keep it clean and infection free… a mess.  But I am still glad that I played ball.

Seems like sometimes, my first intincts in relational reaction are as bad as the slide.  How many times have I instinctively reacted to a situation or person in a manner that may have made me feel okay at the time, but ultimately it hurt.  It hurt me because it was sinful – and known sin in my life causes me pain – but it was also hurtful to the other person.

When that stuff happens, it requires lots of bandages – and clean up – all painful, but very necessary for spiritual health.  Confession to our Father in heaven and to our brothers and sisters in Christ, while not always pleasant, is what is commanded of us – and is what should pour out of the heart and soul of one found in Christ.

So I ask:  God, change my instincts to be those that will be pleasing to You and keep reminding me of when I fail you. 

Barriers

May 23, 2006

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

After spending the first three chapters of Ephesians, laying out in great detail the magnitude of the grace of God and essentials of sound doctrine – Paul takes a turn in chapter four to a more practical approach. In chapter four, you find the beginnings of the “how’s”, which are laid on the solid doctrinal foundation in the preceding chapters.

He starts by entreating the Christians at Ephesus to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”. A glimpse of what this walk really means can be seen when he follows up this call with some “how’s” – “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Unity of the Spirit amongst the believers was critical at the time. Is it not so now? Think about it. Today, you’ve got the universalists and the liberals and the fundamentalists and the emergents and the reformed and the arminians and on and on and on. So where’s the unity?

Well, first of all, unity is not unity without regard to Truth. Many so called Christian groups have about as much truth in their midst as Bill Clinton at a family reunion. Unity cannot be claimed if the Truth of God’s Word – the Truth of the gospel – is not present.

So amongst what we would call – relatively sound groups of believers – what are barriers to unity? Dig deep and give me some good examples.