Saturday, December 25, 2010

Billy Graham's Fox news Interview

Billy Graham, one of the 20th century's greatest evangelist recently gave an interview to Fox News. When asked if he had the opportunity to live his life over again, he said there are things he would do differently.

"I would study more. I would pray more, travel less, take less speaking engagements. I took too many of them in too many places around the world," he said. "If I had it to do over again, I'd spend more time in meditation and prayer and just telling the Lord how much I love Him and adore Him and [am] looking forward the time we're going to spend together for eternity."
Read his wonderful interview here

Monday, December 20, 2010

Read Through the Bible in 2011

You are invited to read the entire Bible in 2011!Have you ever read the Bible cover to cover?  2011 can be the year that you make this spiritual goal happen!  I want to encourage you to embark on the One Year Bible journey starting on January 1st, 2011.  The One Year Bible allows you to read through the entire Bible in 2011 by reading just 15 minutes a day from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs.  It is a wonderfully easy daily habit that you can undertake in 2011!  To sign up, please go to this website: .  Sign up for free weekly emails of commentary, encouragement and questions for reflection as you read through the entire Bible in 2011.  We hope you will take the One Year Bible journey in 2011!

I am trying to get as many people involved in this exciting journey. Let me know if you decide to join me in reading through the bible in 2011!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The demise of television?

A new survey by Forrester tracking U.S. consumer activity has revealed that the Net has caught up with TV as a pastime--and while TV's not going away just yet, this pretty much cements the future of web-based TV. Click here to read more!

Questions to reflect on:

  • Do you spend more time on TV, or on the Net? 
  • What does this mean for the future of reading great books and the reading of Scripture?
  • Because a vast ocean of information is just a mouse-click away, are you reading more and are you more informed ?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Do you know him?

Someone has said that Jesus came from the bosom of God into the bosom of a woman. 
He put on humanity so that we can put on divinity. 
He became Son of man so that we might become sons and daughters of God. 
He was born contrary to the laws of nature, he lived in poverty, was reared in obscurity, and only once crossed the boundary of the land in which he was born—and that in his childhood, he traveled to Egypt
He had no wealth or influence and had neither training nor education in the world’s schools. 
His relatives were inconspicuous and uninfluential. In infancy he startled a king. 
In boyhood he puzzled the learned doctors. 
In manhood he ruled the course of nature. 
He walked upon the billows and hushed the sea to sleep. 
He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for his services. 
He never wrote a book, yet all the libraries of the world could not hold the books about him. 
He never wrote a song, yet he has furnished the theme for more songs than all the songwriters together.   
He never founded a college yet all the schools in the world cannot boast of as many students as he has. 
He never practiced medicine yet he has healed more broken hearts than all the doctors who have healed broken bodies. 
This Jesus Christ is the star of astronomy, the rock of geology, the lion and the lamb of zoology, the harmonizer of all discords and the healer of all diseases. 
Throughout history great people have come and gone, yet he lives on. 
Herod could not kill him. 
Satan could not seduce him. 
Death could not destroy him and the grave could not hold him

An important ethical question

There are certain questions now pressed upon us that previous generations would never believe could be asked. One of these is thrust upon us by events in New York City, where a well-known Ivy League professor has been arrested for the crime of incest. What makes the question urgent is not so much the arrest, but the controversy surrounding it.... Read more of Al Mohler's take on this icky subject of incest here

Monday, December 13, 2010

Suffering Church of Iraq

Here's another article about the church in Iraq:

A new wave of Iraqi Christians has fled to northern Iraq or abroad amid a campaign of violence against them and growing fear that the country’s security forces are unable or, more ominously, unwilling to protect them.

Christians on the run in Iraq

We often make the mistake of thinking that countries like Iraq are thoroughly Islamic. A recent article by the New York Times sadly reveals the suffering of Iraqi Christians at the hands of intolerant Muslims. The Church of Jesus is present in Iraq but they need Christians around the world to stand with them in prayer. I Peter 5: 7-9

Pray that the forces of darkness seeking to silence the witness of Jesus in Iraq would not prevail.
Pray that pastors, their families and their congregants remain steadfast in the face of death.
Pray for the peace of Iraq and the growth of the church in that region

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gifts of the wise men

Why Were Gold, Incense, and Myrrh Appropriate Gifts for Jesus?

To celebrate Jesus’ birthday, the wise men brought gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. James Montgomery Boice shared why these gifts were more than appropriate for Jesus the King, High Priest, and Sacrifice.
Gold: It is easy to see why gold is an appropriate gift for Jesus Christ. Gold is the metal of kings. When gold was presented to Jesus, it acknowledged his right to rule. The wise men knew Jesus was the King of kings.
Incense: Incense was also a significant gift. It was used in the temple worship. It was mixed with the oil that was used to anoint the priests of Israel. It was part of the meal offerings that were offerings of thanksgiving and praise to God. In presenting this gift the wise men pointed to Christ as our great High Priest, the one whose whole life was acceptable and well pleasing to his Father.
Myrrh: Myrrh was used for embalming. By any human measure it would be odd, if not offensive, to present to the infant Christ a spice used for embalming. But it was not offensive in this case, nor was it odd. It was a gift of faith. We do not know precisely what the wise men may have known or guessed about Christ’s ministry, but we do know that the Old Testament again and again foretold his suffering.
James Montgomery Boice from Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The audacity of Faith

Jack Welch, the former corporate chief at General Electric, grew up as a devoted Irish-Catholic. Early on, he was an altar boy, and later, as an adult, his religion was so important to him that he was known to travel more than an hour to attend mass. However, his commitment to faith changed 34 years ago when his mother died of a heart attack. In his book, Jack: Straight from the Gut, he writes, "I felt cheated, angry, and mad at God for taking my mother away." He claims still to believe in God, but says he lost his heart for religion and no longer attends church. Pg. 38

There are days when I feel sorry for God. I know this is a silly thing to say, but I feel that people in their grief and deep loss make a huge mistake blaming God when things fall apart.

Our disappointment with God stems from the expectation that God exists to save us from every pain, sickness, relationship problem, and death; that God exists to grant personal happiness. C. S. Lewis seems to echo this sentiment in The Problem of Pain, where he says in part, we want not so much a Father in heaven as a grandfather in heaven, whose plan for the universe was such that it might be said at the end of each day, a good time was had by all.

There are no simple solutions. We live in a beautiful yet evil world. Joy and pain flow as one river through our lives. Babies are born and then die. Planes crash instead of fly. People contract diseases and never receive a cure. Life is not fair.

One way to deal with the seeming unfairness of life is to sink deeply into the promises of God. For example: For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us (Romans 8:18). This verse is a great anchor for a storm tossed soul. These present troubles are momentary; they will one day give way to the glory of God and the coming reign of God.

Don’t blame God. We are not home yet. He does not promise us heaven on earth. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He promises us life beyond this life. Instead of taking leave of God like Welch, cling to him for strength, and hope.This is the message of Advent: Christ has come, Christ is coming again.