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That they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts. Matthew 13:15b

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Oscars and the Church

Did you watch the Oscar Presentations last evening?
The Academy Awards are the premier entertainment event of the year. According to http://www.mediamarketjournal.com/, “Time-adjusted ratings have come out and it shows more of the same–pretty much flat numbers overall. The viewership was 39.4 million which was up 4% with less than 1% shrinkage in the 18-49 demo year-to-year as that rating currently stands at 11.7.

Who do you glorify? God or entertainers?

Who do you glorify?
God or entertainers?

-What standards does the Academy Awards nomination committee set?
-How much does the Oscars influence the Nation’s entertainment viewing?
-How much does entertainment influence the Nation’s attitude toward God and morality?
-How much has the Church been influenced by: Entertainment? Advertising? Fashion?
-How do we draw the line between glorifying entertainment and glorifying God?

Twenty years ago, John Piper pondered these questions.

Has the Church Been Disarmed by the World?
December 9, 1992 | by John Piper | Topic: Education

Reading 1 Samuel 13:19-23 this morning caused me to ask if the church has been disarmed by the world through becoming too dependent on the world.

19 Now there was no smith to be found throughout all the land of Israel; for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make themselves swords or spears”; 20 but every one of the Israelites went down to the Philistines to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, or his sickle; 21 and the charge was a pim for the plowshares and for the mattocks, and a third of a shekel for sharpening the axes and for setting the goads. 22 So on the day of the battle there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people with Saul and Jonathan; but Saul and Jonathan his son had them. 23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.

Evidently the Israelites had allowed themselves to lose all their own blacksmiths to the Philistines. Now they had become accustomed to depending on the Philistines for sharpening all their tools.

This had not seemed a problem in peacetime. All seemed well. But in wartime there were no weapons and the Philistines had, in effect, disarmed the people of God because Israel had come to depend on them for all their sharpening.

Is this a picture of the church’s dependence on the world in many ways? Some are perhaps innocent enough—like sewer and water and light and a lot of other shared services and commodities. But the weapons of our warfare are not like that. The issue is truth and values.

Has the church become dependent on the world for the sharpening of the mind and the spirit? Which in fact only looks like a sharpening if we see life as a time of peace. But it is really a dulling and a disarming if we look at life as a time of spiritual warfare for the minds and hearts of men.

We have come to depend on the world for most of our education and most of our leisure and entertainment and most of the interpretation of the news and events of the world. In doing so I wonder if there are any weapons left?

It raises for me the question of schooling for God’s people. And all the dimensions of information and opinion and entertainment and advertisement that shape our minds. How shall we have ourselves well-armed if the Philistines have taken all the blacksmiths and made us depend on them to sharpen all our weapons?

Pastor John
By John Piper. ©2012 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org

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‘Tis God Who Has Made Me

“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4

It is the Lord who created me, it is the Lord who gave me life, that I could be His servant. That He might be my Joy.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” Psalm 28:7

God has created me, He has given all I need:

One spirit.

That I may communicate with Him.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18

One mind.

That I may contemplate on God’s message, what is true and good.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

One mouth.

That I may speak words of comfort and peace, the Good News of Salvation and sing praise to His Holy Name.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

Two eyes.

That I might read God’s word and know His direction for me.
“For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.” Proverbs 5:21
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.” Matthew 6:22
“Jesus is the focus of the eyes of faith. “Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

Two ears.

That I may hear the word of the Lord and my faith be renewed and strengthened each day.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

Two feet and Two hands.

That I may do the work of the Lord our God.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21

One heart.

That I may love the Lord my God and show His love to all He introduces, where all He leads.
“But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 23,24

Breathe On Me Breath Of God

Words by: Edwin Hatch, 1878

Cross on Bible

Cross on Bible

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Blend all my soul with Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

What Is the Standard?

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Pet 1:16 KJV)

"Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." (1 Pet 1:16 KJV)

“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
(1 Pet 1:16 KJV)

What is the standard of Christian perfection?

In a series titled; “Interactive Gospel” by Paul and Sue Hazelden, one section “No-one is Too Bad” contains the following statement:

The Standard is Perfection

The only moral standard which makes sense is absolute perfection. Once you say that sin – breaking the moral code – is acceptable sometimes, you have to start explaining which sins are acceptable in which situations, and justifying why this sin is acceptable, while that very similar sin is not. The question of what is acceptable becomes a subject for discussion and modification. You are left not with a moral standard but a more-or-less useful set of guidelines for living in a generally moral way.

This standard of perfection, of course, needs to cover every aspect of our lives. It is not enough to reel off a list of sins you don’t commit – the things you don’t do don’t make up for the things you do do. If the nice policeman catches you speeding down the road and pulls you over, he will not be too impressed if you say it doesn’t matter because you keep to the speed limit most of the time.

The point is this: the law is not something where you aim for a ‘pass mark’. It is no defense to tell the court you did not commit fraud 80% of the time, or 90%, or 99%. With the law, you either keep it perfectly, or you are guilty. It’s as simple as that.
So you may not commit murder – that’s good. But if you hurt people by the way you speak, you fall short of being morally perfect. Harming people – or failing to help them – because of greed, selfishness, insensitivity or ambition – that is the kind of thing the Bible means when it says we all fail to meet God’s standard of perfection.

And this standard – God’s moral standard – is not the target we are supposed to aim for. It is the minimum acceptable, the starting point. God wants us to be good, creative, loving and happy people. Not sinning is not the objective, it is simply what is required if we are not to destroy the good He wishes to build. Not sinning means not going backwards: what He wants for us is that we go forward with Him. We could meet the standard of never sinning, and still only be ‘unprofitable servants’ – not actually contributing anything positive.

“Harming people – or failing to help them – because of greed, selfishness, insensitivity or ambition – ”

The Law as given to Israel set a standard of conviction, to let us know that we all are sinners in the eyes of God. Jesus set the standard that much higher. It is now not just what we have done but, those things which we have left undone. We are to set our hearts and minds on perfection – Holiness.

(1 Th 4:3 KJV) ” For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, ….. To live, no longer for ourselves but for Him…” Then we will bear abundant and lasting fruit.”

(2 Cor 5:15 KJV)  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

That we might live, no longer for ourselves but for others. God sent the Holy Spirit as his first gift to those who believe, so that we may complete his work on earth, and to bring us the fullness of His grace! The Holy Spirit, our creative helper, will give us many opportunities daily to express our love for needy humanity in our homes, our neighbourhoods, our places of work, our churches and the whole of God’s world.

I am a rich man I am a very rich man. Although my income places me in the bottom 20% in North American living standards, I am in the top 11% incomes in the world.

Widow's Mite

Lepton –
Widow’s mite

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
– Mark 12:41-44

Was Jesus setting a standard by drawing attention to the widow’s offering?

In that Day When I Make Up My Jewels

What an absolutely gorgeous, God inspired day today!

When it is cold enough at night that the moisture particles freeze in air, called hoarfrost, and every particle catches a light and twinkles in the air. Come morning the frost covers all one can see, everywhere. As the sun rises and shines across the landscape, these particles again twinkle in a Royal blanket of tiny, silvery jewels shining in all the glory only God can create.

God’s silver envelope has enhanced every tree, every blade of grass, the fences and pathways creating a surreal-like vision that far exceeds all that Disney magic could imagine. And they only twinkle where the Son shines through. It is a morning where you don’t want to the vision to end. A vision where at any time our Lord and His Heavenly Host will walk by and gather them all for His Kingdom.

“The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.” Zechariah 9:16
“They shall be Mine,’ saith the Lord of Hosts, ‘in that day when I make up My jewels.’” Malachi 3:17

Royal Imperial Crown

Royal Imperial Crown

When He cometh
Words: William O. Cushing, 1856.

When He cometh, when He cometh
To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Refrain

Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.

He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom;
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own.

Refrain

Little children, little children,
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Refrain

There is an amusing story on this hymn of how familiar tunes can unite people from many nations and ethnic backgrounds. http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/w/h/whenheco.htm

Questions: Who Can Answer?

One fact to keep in mind when deliberating on the crucifixion of Christ – Many a false prophet, false messiah, had come and gone before Jesus.

The Trial of Jesus in a nutshell:
The Sanhedrin, the supreme religious body in the Land of Israel, under pressure from Jewish leaders, accused Jesus of blasphemy because He likened himself to God. John 5, 18; “This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” They were unable to pronounce Jesus guilty because witnesses were unable to get their stories straight to collaborate. By manipulation of Jesus’ rebuttle to the charges, the council had falsely, “condemned him to be worthy of death”. (Mk 14:64) The Sanhedrin, under Roman occupation  did not have the authority to inflict Capital punishment, instead, they handed Jesus over to Pontius Pilate on a trumped up charge of treason. Caring not a wit on a charge of blasphemy and knowing the charges of treason against him were false, Pilate did not want anything to do with a judgement on Jesus. Pilate realized he was caught between two diametrical outcomes. Sentence Jesus to death against his conscience, or, Let Jesus go free and bear the wrath of the Jewish authority, and, let Jesus go free and bear the wrath of Rome. Pilate’s way out was to have the Jewish people give proclamation on Jesus themselves by offering them a choice. Barabbas, the freedom fighter already judged, convicted and sentenced as a rebel, or Jesus, the pacifist King of the Jews, in his stead. We all know their choice.

Jesus before Pilate

Jesus Returned to Pilate
The American Passion Play, Inc.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Bloomington, IL
http://www.americanpassionplay.org/

Did Pilate take the easy way out, deny his conscience? Was Pilate’s hope in setting Jesus free?

Would there have been a crowd of Jews assembled at the palace of Pilate ready to condemn Jesus unless the Sanhedrin had first rallied them to the cause?

Was all this really the “Plan of God”? If so, is anyone ultimately guilty for who can change or alter the plans of God?

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).

This statement of Jesus on the cross begs several questions.

  1.  Was Jesus was referring to:
    • the Roman authorities – Pontius Pilate?
    • the soldiers who carried out the execution?
    • the Sanhedrin who had Jesus arrested and handed Jesus over to Pontius Pilate for trial?
    • the Jews who called out for Barabbas to be released instead?
    • perhaps all the above?
    • perhaps all people for all time fulfilling Jesus mission to be the sacrificial lamb for the sins of the whole world?
  2. Would they still have crucified Jesus if they did know what they were doing?
  3. If Jesus had been set free by Pontius Pilate, what then would be the consequence? Would prophecy have been fulfilled?
  4. What is the significance that Jesus was crucified between the two thieves, two tried and convicted sinners?
  5. What is the significance that Jesus was crucified in substitution for Barabbas, an enemy of Rome, a fighter for the Kingdom of Israel?
  6. Why did not Jesus’ disciples rally to His defense?
  7. Why did the learned leaders of the Jewish nation not believe that Jesus was the Promised Messiah?

The common belief in the Messiah at the time of Jesus ministry was that when the Savior came he would destroy all oppression and the Jewish people would live in the promised land of plenty and freedom. Even John the Baptist asked for positive assurance.

Jesus reassured John the Baptist by telling John’s disciples to explain what they have seen and heard:
Go and tell John what you have heard and seen. The blind are now able to see, and the lame can walk. People with leprosy are being healed, and the deaf can hear. The dead are raised to life, and the poor are hearing the good news. God will bless everyone who doesn’t reject me because of what I do.” (Matt 11:4-6 CEV)

Jesus own disciples were still very much in doubt until after the resurrection of Jesus and even then, Thomas still had doubts.

Many times when Jesus performed a healing he sent that person to the priest or the person was brought before the Pharisees. “But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.
John 9, A man born blind.  Matthew 8:1-4, Healing of leprosy.  Matthew 9:1-8, Jesus Heals and Forgives a Paralytic, scribes present.   Mark 7:31-37, Jesus Heals a Deaf Man.  Mark 5:37-43, Jesus raises the daughter of a Synagog leader.  Luke 4:31-37, In the synagogue of Capernaum Jesus drives out an evil spirit.

Even with all this evidence, coupled with “Preaching with Authority”, that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah, Jesus was still crucified and yet many still did not believe even after the resurrection.

There are many accounts and interpretations of what is to come at the end of this “Age of Grace”. If the learned in scripture and prophesy could not (or would not) connect Jesus to prophesy and recognize him as the promised Messiah, – How should we therefore view the end times prophesies given in the Bible when “Christ will come again to judge both the quick and the dead“?

Oh No, More Snow, Again

Got up this morning, let the dog out and there it was. A “freshly fallen silent shroud of snow”.
I have always remembered that line. A perfect example of alliteration. Beautifully written to capture the very essence of a quiet Sunday morning after a snowfall. Written by Paul Simon for a song called “I Am A Rock”.

After enduring quite a long winter this year we in Northern Alberta haven’t seen the ground or grass for over three months now. During the past week, the winds have blown pine needles and other debris over the surface of the snow making it quite an ugly sight. Now, a fresh inch of snow has fallen and the landscape is clean again. Pure white, a symbol of Christ. The morning sun has poked through the clouds and the rolling mounds in the fields next door are really beautiful. Praise the Lord for small blessings.

Lyrics; I Am A Rock

Lyrics; I Am A Rock

I know little about Paul Simon, the author of the poem and he has never explained the meanings behind these lyrics. Like all good poets, he has left the interpretation to the reader. Many see a darkness here, prospects of loneliness, of suicide, of shutting out the world. Perhaps they are right. Perhaps it is about pining over lost love or opportunity. There are countless people we encounter every day who are trying to shut out the world and life. They are hurting, they are lost. They see only the dark side of life They are in need of a Savior.

OK Paul Simon, you left the interpretation to the reader, here’s mine:

I have my books
(The collection of books known as the Holy Bible. I have access to the truth and I am free.)
And my poetry to protect me;
(Poetry is harmony, there is harmony in a life with others in Christ)
I am shielded in my armor,
(The best shield we can don is the armor of God)
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
(We are hidden in Christ’s Temple room, safe, but ready for a rebirth from this womb into a whole new life and work each and everyday.)
I touch no one and no one touches me.
( I can reach out to the one in need, but I need not come into contact with his demons. They can’t touch me, I am Christ’s)
I am a rock, I am an island.
(Jesus has told us all, “I am the Rock of your Salvation, the safe island in the storms of life.)
And a rock feels no pain;
(Jesus is our healer, He has taken all our pain.)
And an island never cries.
( In God our tears shall reap in joy, our mourning shall be changed into dancing)


Upon being met with a fresh snowfall some may say, “Oh No, More Snow, Again.” But, in every turn, in every season, there is a reason, an underlying beauty to all God has given and created. Give thanks and enjoy for the Lord is Good.

Where Can We Run To?

“You can overcome all life’s demons, because no matter what you are confronted with, it’s not something that isn’t common to man.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) paraphrased

It matters not what social group you belong to or frequent, be it church, sports club, charity foundation, school, whichever, if you are making meaningful or personal relationships you are coming into contact with people with problems. Most people are seeking a confidant with whom to confide in or to relate their problems to. They are in need of help. Not all social groups are able to, are willing to, nor can they, have the resources to mentor every problem that face today’s society. There is only one social grouping which can, or should be able, the Church, the agent for Christ.

There may be a few mega-churches that have the resources and ministries to directly handle near all societal problems, but that is not the norm. Most churches are of the under 500 member size. Is it unrealistic for smaller Churches to be the end all mentor? The main jobs or purpose of the Church is to worship Christ, to bring souls to Christ and disciple the members in Christ.

We are not left shocked and tongue tied

We are not left shocked and tongue tied

Within those three disciplines of the Church though, will lay all the problems society faces. The marital problems, the family upheavals, persons with disabilities, drug and alcohol abuse, money management, sickness, care of the dying, bullying, home assistance, income assistance, to categorize several. A Church who are evengelizing, bringing souls to Christ, and is discipling the members will have to face and mentor to these needs. The only way for the Church to avoid these problems is, do not evangelize, do not disciple. But then, are they truly in Christ?

No Church should expect the pastor to mentor or handle these incidences, challenges or cases on his own, although many a pastor is left to do so. Peoples struggles and difficulties and circumstances and various needs is why the Church has lay ministries and Spirit lead talents and gifts within each member of the congregation. That we may minister to each other as the Holy Spirit leads us so to do.

A local church will not, dare I say, cannot grow without the members exercising the ministry of of each of these gifts and talents. God, through His Holy Spirit, has placed these in His church. (I Corinthians 12:28) Are we not to encourage, generously, with all diligence, cheerfully, that which God bestows? (Romans 12:8) ” to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness in the hope of eternal life,” (Titus 1:1-2)

Are we not to take the ministry of these gifts and talents out into our neighborhoods, our work places, our recreations? “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, … So wherever you go, make disciples of all peoples:” (Matthew 28:19) Did not Jesus minister in the streets and in the hill sides and on the sea shore? Was not Jesus confronted with all of societies problems and the demons of the age? If so, why then should not we be, if we are of Christ as we profess, be likewise so confronted? We have Christ; why then would we be afraid?

One final question. It is Saturday evening, you have a family problem. Whom do you call? To whom do you turn for counsel?

“I can overcome all life’s demons, because no matter what I am confronted with, it’s not something that isn’t common to man and Jesus has already won the victory for me.”

God Has Made it Plain

“…What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse” (Rom. 1:19-20)

I highly recommend the PBS program Earth From Space which aired last evening on most PBS channels.

For all who missed watching last night, it is available for direct viewing.

Earth From Space

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/earth-from-space.html
Earth From Space
Detailed satellite images reveal the web of connections that sustain life on Earth. Aired February 13, 2013 on PBS

Program Description
“Earth From Space” is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine “waterfall” off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun’s heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.

None other than Divine creation could have designed such an amazing life sustaining sphere. Although the program does not directly say so, it is plain to see; This is not by cosmic accident!

Doxology in Jude Takes On a Whole New Meaning

Jude 1:24,25 “Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”


Over the past week the weather in central Alberta has been fairly mild. Most have counted it as a blessing, a good and pleasant change from normal weather patterns. Yes it is, temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. No new or very little snowfall. No need for the customary heavy winter wear. Roads are finally becoming bare from the ice and snow.

A man clearing the sidewalk with a snowblower during a snowstorm in Boston, Massachusetts

Ontario Snow Storm: Major Snowfall Expected Before System Moves East http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

Compare that with what Eastern Canada and North East USA has received since last Friday, we out west can feel fairly blessed. There is a tendency though to feel a bit of smugness seeing reports that the east coast struggled with what is often the norm for much of the northwest North America. Shoveling snow is more than a twice weekly event and temperature wind chills below 20° C. Whats new?

One of the difficulties with this, defrost during the day and refreeze each night, is that many sidewalks get trickled with melted moisture and then freeze making walking treacherous at times. There is a tendency for water to pool at the end of driveways and wheelchair ramps and when that water freezes they become very slippery.

In our neighborhood, several of us have managed to maintain our sidewalks and prevent much of this from happening with the use of gravel and salt and chipping where needed. Other areas in our community have not been so maintained. I had the adventure of having to walk much of those unmaintained areas today. Today was not a pleasant day to be outside with winds reaching 40 knots and gusts over. A type of day upon which G.K. Chesterton would have written his little essay “On Running After One’s Hat”.

“You can safely apply the test to almost every one of the things that are currently talked of as the typical nuisance of daily life.

For instance, there is a current impression that it is unpleasant to have to run after one’s hat. Why should it be unpleasant to the well- ordered and pious mind? Not merely because it is running, and running exhausts one. The same people run much faster in games and sports. The same people run much more eagerly after an uninteresting little leather ball than they will after a nice silk hat. There is an idea that it is humiliating to run after one’s hat; and when people say it is humiliating they mean that it is comic. It certainly is comic; but man is a very comic creature, and most of the things he does are comic, eating, for instance. And the most comic things of all are exactly the thing$ that are most worth doing such as making love. A man running after a hat is not half so ridiculous as a man running after a wife.

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So I do not think that it is altogether fanciful or incredible to suppose that even the floods in London may be accepted and enjoyed poetically. Nothing beyond inconvenience seems really to have been caused by them ; and inconvenience, as I have said, is only one aspect, and that the most unimaginative and accidental aspect of a really romantic situation. An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

I have bad knees which tend to give out and my sense of balance is diminishing which is the main reason which caused me to retire and a reason for which I needs take daily walks. Today was my paper route day. 22 blocks in a unmaintained area of town. As I gingerly stepped on and around numerous patches of icy sidewalk, Jude 1:24 kept repeating through my mind. “Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling,”

I did neither slip nor fall. Thank you Lord, to you “all glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

No Works – Dead Faith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CLTPqxGprL0#!

I was sent this youtube video on Faith without works by Geoff Thomas of sermon jam. It is excellent.

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