Thursday, December 31, 2009

Father when I wander

Father when I wander
Make that land a barren desert
Provide me with no relief

Let the sun scorch me,
May the thirst crush me,
Allow me to feed only on sand

For it is when my feet are burned
And I can no longer walk

And my tongue has dried,
And I can no longer speak

That my heart will cry out to You,
My God my Savior my King

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

When in Rome...

A Catholic para-church ministry has begun an aggressive television add campaign clearly designed to draw once Catholic evangelicals back to the Church. The ministry, Catholics Come Home has created a number of very well produced, high quality television spots using very "evangelical" language and seeker sensitive concepts to reintroduce the church as the only true church.

Parishes across the nation are participating by holding classes also called "Catholics Come Home" which are designed to reinforce the content of the adds, the historicity of the church and overcoming evangelical objections.

Monday, December 28, 2009

C.T Russell and Global Warming?

  It appears that CT. Russell, the founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses, and Al Gore may have been fast friends if they both had been alive at the same time.  According to a website run by "Bible Students"   Russell used bible prophesy (and strong faith) to predict the internet and global warming.

"Nearly 100 years ago, utilizing Bible prophecy and with strong faith in God, Pastor Russell foresaw: technology that would instantly spread knowledge and information to everyone on earth; global warming with melting polar ice caps;.."
Impressive?  Hhhmmm  Well he also falsely predicted the end of the world a number of times. He canonized a pyramid. He believed germs, rabies vaccines and some operations to be hoaxes. He had a terrible fear of aluminum, science and doctors He constantly misinterpreted the scriptures and deceived his followers with scams like "miracle wheat." So no... not really.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas?

After reading the following post on my wife's facebook page I had a thought:

So I keep seeing status posts flying around on Facebook about Keeping Christ in Christmas and "It's Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays," etc, etc. This made me wonder, aside from joining these groups and making these statements, do we do anything throughout the rest of the year that makes the world think that Jesus is, in fact, all that important to us? The rest of the year, do you celebrate who He is and what He did, or do you use his name as a curse word whenever the feeling arises? Do you think about Him, read what He said, DO what He commands? Do you love what He loves and hate what He hates? Do you complain that your kids can't sing Christmas songs and then not give a second thought to the rest of the year and what they're taught in school? Are you upset that they can't worship the Savior or is it just that they can't talk about Santa? If you want the world to respect you wanting to keep Christ in Christmas, how about keeping Christ in your life throughout the whole year?
For Christians, Christmas is a celebration of God the Father, in love, sending us the gift of his one and only son into the darkness of this sin-ridden world in order to be crushed for our iniquity.  And as much as it is a demonstration of his love and mercy, it is also the greatest testimony to the sinfulness of sin  that one could imagine.  If we really want to know how far we have fallen, one only needs to look at the price that was paid for our redemption.

But for those who reject Christ, for those who treat lightly his birth and sacrifice, perhaps we should not be wishing them "Merry Christmas."  Perhaps it would be better to share the story in all its detail so that instead of a "Merry Christmas," God would grant them a "repentant Christmas." A Christmas where their hearts are broken and their lives are the gift of faith in the Savior who we celebrate.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Reality of Pornography

A few days back I was listening to a radio program where a man called in who had been struggling with the sin of pornography. During the call he mentioned a YouTube video from an ex-porn star who had given her life to Christ. What caught my attention was when he said, “after watching this woman describe what is really happening in those videos, I will never ever be able to look at porn again.”

It would seem that most men who view pornography labor under the illusion that what they are watching is women who just love men and who greatly enjoy themselves as they attempt to satisfy their seemingly insatiable cravings. If that describes you or someone that you know please watch or pass on these videos as they paint a very different picture. The reality is that what you are likely watching is emotionally shattered, desperate, and mentally ill woman being sexually abused and infected with diseases as they “preform” in a drug induced fog because the reality of what's being done to them is too painful to experience in a sober state of mind.

I would highly recommend watching all five parts as the story is progressive, and I would also warn that at times the story is quite graphic and horrifying but never in a gratuitous manner.

The other parts can be found here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


by~A.W. Tozer

"The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone.

The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.

The man [or woman] who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens.

He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else."