I know it may sound peculiar, but what if Osama (not Obama) bin Laden knew exactly what he was doing on 9/11 and we are experiencing the true aftermath of his plot to take down America by taking down the economy. After all, it has never been the same since that day and the Feds have continually been doing things in an attempt to shore up the economy. Um…..perhaps he was paying attention in those economic and business classes.
“Theosis” – it is a topic noted this blog before since it is the primary thesis area for my son in-law at Durham University, UK. If you subscribe to Christianity Today, in the October 2008 edition, there is an interesting article on that subject (pg 66-68). As near as I can tell, the on-line edition of the magazine has not noted it yet. But I am fairly certain with will show up before the month is over.
“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” (Prov. 21:3)
Is it reasonable to expect a church that operates without the office of Elder to function appropriately?
As much as one might like to do so, it is not possible to spread peat moss with a typical garden spreader.
“It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.” (Prov. 21:19) If your wife is not like that give thanks and praise to the LORD. If your love relationship is expressed in mutual respect, admiration and love, than give thanks. If not, well – perhaps looking inward first, outward second, could go long way before you have to find a desert land.
If a survey were taken, perhaps politicians would rank first among the least trusted people in America. Usually it is lawyers, but if we have learned anything during this political season, it should be that none of them can be trusted and to think for a moment that they are out there to “serve the public” is ridiculous.
It is interesting how the mind adjusts to certain things. For example, I have “moderate to severe” hearing loss. Unfortunately, wearing hearing aides for an extended period causes extreme itching so it becomes very uncomfortable. However….when I do wear my hearing devices, it does not take me long to realize how noisy life is. Naturally, those with normal or semi-normal hearing have adjusted to the noises I normally do not hear. Noises that become chaotic in my mind when I can hear them. Frankly, its not a bad thing to have a hearing impairment. What I miss, I really don’t miss! 🙂
One of our friends is carrying a very heavy burden right now. The load touches many lives but most important it touches them in such a way that they will never be the same for their lifetime. It’s hard to know what to pray, how to pray for them. In the scheme of things, prayerful words seem shallow and empty when cast against the enormity of the hurt and pain that lies ahead. I know this sounds odd, but if you didn’t know their circumstances, you would not know. His demeanor is unchanged to a large degree. Which leads me to this…. we seldom, if ever, really know what’s going on inside the heart of person when we’re talking to them or in their presence. Unless they share their burden, it would go unnoticed for the casual observer – even to intimate friends sometimes. Realizing that, reading these words in Proverbs resonated with new meaning.
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief. (14:13)