Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The TV is my shepherd

The TV is my shepherd,
I shall want more.
It makes me lie down on the sofa.
It leads me away from the faith;
It destroys my soul.
It leads me in the path of sex and violence
for the sponsor's sake.
Yeah, though I walk in the shadow of Christian responsibility,
there will be no interruption, for the TV is with me.
It's cables and remote control, they comfort me.
It prepares a commercial for me in the presence of my worldliness;
It anoints my head with humanism and consumerism;
My coveting runneth over.
Surely, laziness and ignorance shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house watching TV for ever.

Stolen from the "Pure Church" Blog


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pelosi Health Care; Now What?

I had such a sinking feeling. Long before the vote, everyone knew this monster was going to pass. One of the few things that strikes me as unexpected is that the stack of paper that is now half-way to becoming the law of the land is not referred to as Obama Care. Why is that? The more I watch our beautiful young president, the more questions I have about democrats. I wonder if perhaps the powers that call themselves Democrats choose an attractive, idealistic young man with a tendency to idolize ideas and those who spoke them, and began to groom their puppet.

During the campaign I was astonished that the American press was anxious about the Republican vice Presidential candidate's "inexperience." What? Did we really fall for that one? On the one hand, the man running for President was a Junior Senator, who was hardly two years into his position, never so much as president of the PTA or any of the community organizations he belonged to. On the other hand, the woman running for VICE president had mayor and governor on her resume. Why did America keep turning her collective eyes back to Sarah Palin's work history instead of Obama's? He didn't even believe that he was qualified. He told us that he surrounded himself with men who understood things and he would depend on them for advice. Ol' Harry Truman reminded us that, "The Buck Stops Here". What should the plaque on President Obama's desk say? "Paying to Play?" "The Coin Flips Here?" "I'll Get Back To You?"

I wonder because the man is famous for not naming his dog for 6 months. But when an advisor has progressive advice, he jumps on it. Apparently finishing a war we started is not progressive, but that is another thread.

Pelosi Health Care. How did her name end up on this? Blogs are piling up with commentary on what will happen now. Dooms-day predictions. Utopian society. Who knows? It probably isn't as bad as many say and for certain it is not as good as others say. There is only one thing I know for sure. Though I am a citizen, this land is not my home. I love my rights as a citizen of the United States but my hope is Heaven and the benefits I depend on come from the throne of Grace, the place where the King of Glory reigns. I am an ambassador to the land. I know what true hope is. Hope in a soon coming King. Hope in the Creator of all, who gives the seat of power to whom he will, to turn our hearts to himself and the things that are eternal, peaceful, abundant with joy. Who truly heals all our ailments because he IS our savior. We are not without hope unless we refuse the one who so loved us that he gave His only son ….to carry what ails us, be is sickness or sin.

To those who despair I encourage you to "fear not" Y'shua/Jesus will not abandon us and walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death.

Friday, November 6, 2009

How good is your Pastor?

Mine is actually Great. I'm guessing that if I was a bit more aggressive about prayer for him and his message, he would be greater still. That is on me, not him, but I intend to carry that burden this week.

…"When, then, will the believers en masse understand that they are primarily responsible for the preaching which they hear, yes, more than their preachers? If every pastor knew and felt that the congregation was praying and that each member had prayed, that the congregation was supporting him, interceding for him... what preacher would not feel himself a new man and whose preaching would not be transformed? Once again, preaching the word is a function and activity of the Church, not the function and specialty of a man…"


Quote from: Pierre C. Marcel in The Relevance of Preaching (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1963)…stolen from Pure Church blog.