Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
He sees wickedness also.
Will He not then consider it?
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
There is no god besides me.
I put to death and I bring to life,
I have wounded and I will heal,
and no one can deliver out of my hand."
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
the One who sits enthroned on high,
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
And delight to know My ways,
As a nation that did righteousness,
And did not forsake the ordinance of their God.
They ask of Me the ordinances of justice;
They take delight in approaching God.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a reproach to any people.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
2 “How have you helped him who is without power?
How have you saved the arm that has no strength?
3 How have you counseled one who has no wisdom?
And how have you declared sound advice to many?
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
"See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
An Ad I saw today:
Families are increasingly requesting to rent a casket. To facilitate this request we offer a casket designed to allow for this service. The casket is a specially crafted unit that facilitates an inner simple container to hold the body. The casket itself acts as a "shell" around this container making it suitable for public visitation and viewing.
It turns out that money-saving creativity has reached the funeral and burial process. Today I heard that you can actually rent a casket. When I first heard that you could rent a casket I wondered who was going to collect the casket when the lease was up. But then I got a clearer picture. A heavy, high quality casket is used for the funeral and then the occupant is transferred to a more modest final domicile for subterranean living. These rental caskets are a bargain and cut the cost in half. Increasingly people appreciate the environmental benefits of reusable caskets. It made me think a little of what we called "hot bunking" in the navy. They didn't build submarines with enough beds for everybody because, at any given time, some of the crewmembers were standing watch. So beds (or racks) were kept warm as men took turns using them. Actually I think casket rental makes a lot of sense. A high degree of quality is added to the viewing and funeral for those who are living and a focus on practicality is enhanced for the departed. After all, the real person has already left. Hopefully they've flown off to their heavenly home, never more to fret about whether to splurge or to be frugal. (And never more to stress over recycling).
Psalm 73:25-28 You're all I want in heaven!
You're all I want on earth!
When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,
God is rock-firm and faithful.
Look! Those who left you are falling apart!
Deserters, they'll never be heard from again.
But I'm in the very presence of God—
oh, how refreshing it is!
I've made Lord God my home.
God, I'm telling the world what you do!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
I spotted the above quote in the news today. It struck me that a scientist who cannot experiment without a fear of failure is a scientist who will not take great risks. A scientist who won't act on instinct and try new methods or who can't be free to think with total creativity is crippled in his ability to discover and to push back frontiers of ignorance. I don't have any statistics, but I think that the best scientists probably fail 99 times out of 100 attempts. But with every failure lessons are learned and most discoveries happen in incremental steps rather than major breakthroughs. Not only that...many unexpected discoveries have been made out of "failed" experiments.
Sir Alexander Fleming was known as a brilliant, but messy researcher. He discovered penicillin accidentally in 1928 when he returned from vacation to find fungus growing on experiments he'd forgotten to discard. On one experimental dish the fungus wasn't growing and that's where he found the penicillin.
Inspiration needs persistence to complete the work and faith to find results where others find failure. In that process we find the adventure of our walk with the Lord.
Revelation 2:19 (The Message) "I see everything you're doing for me. Impressive! The love and the faith, the service and persistence. Yes, very impressive! You get better at it every day."
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you are good, O LORD.