14 Years

June 6, 2008

Today is my 14th anniversary.  I have been blessed with a good wife.  With that in mind, I wish to express my gratitude to the Most High for her.  I will be spending the vast portion of the day with her, and I intend to laud her on Sunday before my sermon. 

 

That laud comes by way of a Puritan quote I found on a blog called Barry Dean 4 Christ.  The actual quote can be found on his Puritan Quotes page.

 

This quote reflects my intent to love her, even though I have failed to properly live out that intent from time to time.  The quote is from Thomas Hooker.

The man whose heart is endeared to the woman he loves…dreams of her in the night, hath her in his eye and apprehension when he awakes, museth on her as he sits at the table, walks with her when he travels… She lies in his bosom, and his heart trusts in her, which forceth all to confess that the stream of his affection, like a mighty current, runs with full tide and strength.

 

Thank you Lord for a good woman.  She is a dear blessing as my wife and an amazing mother.  Please let me live in appreciation of the marvelous person you made her to be.

Puritan Quote

June 5, 2008

Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.                                                                        – John Owen

 

As this is the inaugural posting of a weekly Puritan quote, I decided on a well known and well beloved quote from the pen of John Owen.  This quote is from Of the Mortification of Sinne in Believers published for the first time in 1656.

 

As I ponder this quote, I think that Owen might have added something more to this statement.  I understand that I am a poor scholar in comparison to this Puritan divine, but I stand by my thought.  The thought is that we are not only being killed by our sin, but that our sin also affects those around us.

 

There is no such thing as a victimless sin. 

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Heresy

June 4, 2008

The quickest way to prevent heresy is to teach all truths, and the most certain way of refuting it is to expose them all.
                                                                                 – Blaise Pascal

Heresy is a dangerous word in today’s culture of tolerance.  Somehow and someway, all views are supposedly of equal validity.  How can this be?  This is especially troubling within Christianity.  As a Christian, I believe in the Bible and therefore in an absolute standard of right and wrong.

 

With this in mind, how much wrong must be in a concept before it is wholly wrong?  Or in other words, how much heresy can be tolerated?   Let us consider this very thing.

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Guilt

June 3, 2008

A few weeks ago, I posted an entry called Paternal Affections. In part, this entry dealt with my role as a father and the lack of a father I experienced as a child. I mentioned near the end that

Guilt.

Should I give him another chance? This question is plaguing me. I am bitter. Yet, I believe bitterness is wrong. I fear what his on again off again relationship will do to the emotions of my children. Yet, what will they learn if I encourage them to ignore their flesh and blood.

Guilt.

Should I write? Should I encourage him? Can there be healing?

As soon as I know, I guess I’ll write about it. Until then, if you know – how about some help?

As it turns out, someone that emailed me about my blogging knows my father and decided to forward a link to this blog post. My father felt that I was misinformed. As I asked for help, in a way, he responded to that. He replied on the back of a printout of the post, but not all of the post was there. So I wonder if he read the passage I have now quoted.

But for now, since he did not enter a post in the comments of the blog, let me post his comments and concerns now. He felt that I was unfair in some things, so let’s take a look.

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Media Monday

June 2, 2008

Amazing Grace: Just the Black Notes

I found this video on another WordPress blog.  I was moved.  The blog post I found was 6 months old and the original Youtube posting is almost 10 months old.  I felt this video should be posted again.

 

 

The video can be found on Youtube by

Clicking Here

 

Please take time to view the blog I found this video on

Original blog post

Also, please take time to view the rest of the blog.  The name is “Already Not Yet”

Please Click Here

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Weekly Quote

June 1, 2008

The things you own end up owning you.

– Tyler Durden

 

I began thinking of this quote earlier in the week.  I love reading.  I love reading Stephen King books.  I just finished reading Needful Things.  Between Mr. King and the wise Mr. Durden, I found myself being reminded that I need not blindly pursue capitalism to make my dreams come true.

 

Kids embody extremes of capitalism.  They want everything they see (at least in any toy aisle).  They have no concept of enough.  Don’t believe me?  Think about tummy aches on November 1st.

 

The Bible says something about this as well…

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Such a Fine Boy

May 30, 2008

Ethan bike crop My Son!

 

Today is my son’s birthday.

 

Psalm 127:3-5a in the New International Version reads:

3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
       children a reward from him.

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
       are sons born in one’s youth.

5 Blessed is the man
       whose quiver is full of them.

I would like to celebrate my son. 

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