Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Only Possible Conclusion

There is only one possible conclusion that you can draw when your wife comes home with a "I heart John Piper tattoo"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tomorrow is Always a Bad Day

It's impossible to see the images on television of the tragedy in Haiti without realizing just how fragile and unpredictable life in this fallen world can be. I have decided to leave it to those smarter then me explain the theological implications of disasters such as the earthquake that has devastated Haiti, except to say this.  Tomorrow is always a bad day.

So many say:

Tomorrow I will reconcile that relationship

Tomorrow I will spend more time with my kids

Tomorrow I will spend some time with that aging parent

Tomorrow I will offer forgivness

Tomorrow I will stop doing those things that hurt the ones I love

Tomorrow I will be more loving and kind, generous and compassionate

Tomorrow I will get right with God

It may not be a sudden tsunami that drags you out to sea or an earthquake that buries you beneath a hundred tons of concrete, but the one thing that is for sure is that for each and every one of us, no exceptions, the day is coming were there will be no tomorrow.  If there is something on the list above that you have left for tomorrow,  I pray that before your head hits the pillow tonight you get it done.

May God be with the survivors of the Haitian Earthquake and move in the hearts of those who can help to be generous in their giving, both physically and spiritually. 

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Watchtower 2009 Annual Report

The data published by the Watchtower in their 2009 annual report confirms that a disturbing trend for them continues yet another year. The anointed partakers of the emblems at their annual memorial meal has once again risen sharply despite the fact that according to their theology the number of those in the "anointed class" should be shrinking.  This year it has risen nearly 10 percent.

Recently they had to do some major back peddling on their previous doctrine that taught  the "heavenly call" ended in 1935.  However that change will buy them very little time.  One wonders how long they can continue the current doctrine without some sort of massive change.

Branches 118
Countries 236
Congregations 105,298
Memorial 18,168,323
Partakers 10,857 (up from 9,986)
Peak Pubs 7,313,173
Average Pubs 7,046,419
% Growth 3,2
Baptized 276,233
Avg Aux Pio 304,551
Avg Pio 794,317
Hours total 1,557,788,344
Avg Bible Studies 7,619,270

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Such a Great Promise

The bible is filled with so many great and precious promises from God. Some save us, some encourage us, some fill our hearts with joy. Today I will delight in this:

Isaiah 30:21 "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Which way shall I go? This way