We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Please pray

I have tried not to use my blog for personal prayer request, but I believe this is warranted. I do realize that so many go through so many trials that are greater than I can imagine, so please know that I am not trying to be selective but there is something I believe we can learn from Tracey. For those who don’t know what is happening, Chris Klicka, homeschool speaker and author, father of seven, and husband to Tracey, is dying currently away from home in Colorado Springs. He collapsed after flying to CO for homeschooling event. Chris has suffered with MS for several years now, but was doing much better this past year. Just a few days after attending the conference, Chris’s life hangs in the balances. He has chosen not to extend his life through artificial life support and is resting with his wife by his side, and family and friends nearby staying in friends home, with hospice care, in the Springs. Please pray for them, especially as his son is flying today to see his dad. Below is Tracey’s letter this morning, it is precious to read: THIS IS THE AIR I BREATHE…YOUR HOLY PRESENCE LIVING IN ME! 6am–As I write, I’m listening to Michael W. Smith’s worship song, “Breathe.” For those of you up with me right now, I wanted to give just a short update and ask you to pray for & Chris… He’s been sleeping pretty good through the night, but early in the morning now has developed some more phlegm in his throat. He’s trying to cough a little now and then and is still able to sleep mostly through the congestion in the back of his throat, but it would be good to be able to get some of that phlegm out of the back of his throat if possible. Please pray that the suction machine would either work to bring relief (which I just tried using but doesn’t seem to be the right thing to use–his congestion is too far back, I think, to use the suction tube), or that God would just supernaturally enable Chris to swallow this mucousy congestion down into his stomach. John is just about to leave Dallas and arrives into CO Springs around 10am. I so want John to see his daddy and for them to connect with each other. Thank you for praying! This is the air I breathe; this is the air I breathe; Your holy presence living in me. This is my daily bread; this is my daily bread; You’re very Word spoken to me. And I’m desperate for You; and I’m lost without You.
Please also pray for a young man named Koban, who after an accident left him paralyzed, is hoping and praying that the Lord would bring strength to his limbs. Please also pray for his mom and dad, they are carrying quite the weight. “May Jesus return today!”

Published in: on September 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Books

Books take us out of our natural spheres, and enlarge us by taking us to people, places and situations that we couldn’t otherwise go to. They also have the ability to take us to a very scary place deep within the depths of our complex hearts and emotions. When we relate to the characters, something very personal and powerful is dealt with inside of us. It shakes us, it shatters our false exteriors, it unshackles us, it ships us out to go and do the same for another (in God’s name, in His wisdom, and in His love, and not in the way of Eldredge. They remind us of the bigger picture that Eldredge refers to the great epic adventure that we are all a part of. I believe there is a hero in the heart of every man just waiting to be released, albeit incrementally, and that his courage is kindled by both the Cause and by his Comrades. Now his fellow warriors, teachers and statesmen might be of another time, another race, another continent, but the heart that beats within is the same.

Published in: on September 28, 2009 at 4:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Left Brain Right Brain

When I think of the modern phenomenon of ADD and ADHD, I picture in my mind a pile of hay. If you think of each strand as an electrical circuit in the brain, you can get a good picture of what is happening to our children. As I have stated before there are trillions of electrical circuits firing in a child’s brain, which are then hard wired as they develop into adulthood. Depending upon what a child hears and sees repetitiously, will determine what he retains, gains, or loses. It is no wonder that one of the dominant career choices for junior high and high school students is to work in connection with some form of video game development. What children see and hear daily is influencing their motivations and their futures. Furthermore, a child who is sedated with the media will have a greater propensity to think in illogical disconnected thought patterns. Whereas children who read develop the ability to think in logically connected thought patterns. Moreover, watching TV generally shifts brain activity from the left side to the right side. The right side does not critically analyze incoming messages, but instead triggers a release of feel good addictive endorphins, influencing a purely. If we are going to cultivate in our children and ourselves, the skill of discernment, then we must put away childish things and be transformed through the renewing of our minds. It has now been thirty years since I first met Charlie T. and I will never forget what he said to me on that day: “You will be the same today as you will be five years from now, except for the people you meet, and the books you read!”

Published in: on September 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Isaiah 26

Earlier this morning I was in my canoe in the middle of a quiet lake, with a hint of the sun about to rise as the mist began to swirl around me. No human voices can be heard; the busy world of chirping and creaking and croaking provides the background for my coveted quiet time. The gray heron seems comfortable with my presence. It is within this context that I opened my Bible and began to read, “Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back. It is unfathomable to think that the God of the universe not only has my best interest in mind, but it is all because of his great love for me. “It was for my welfare, that I had great bitterness!” God loves us so much, that he is willing to allow me to suffer and at times, actually cause suffering, to bring about good, that could not be receive in any other way. God is behind the scenes “in love” trying to prepare us for the benefit. In Isaiah 26:12, it reads, “O LORD, you will ordain peace for us; you have done for us all our works.” God is behind the scenes working on our behalf, doing what we cannot do for ourselves, in love, for our benefit. What an amazing God! These truths have stirred me from my reverie and I realize, with a new sense appreciation, that we have a God who created us because He wanted to share His unfathomable nature. There is so much to learn about Him and from Him. Well, I wanted to stay there the entire morning, but it was time to paddle back.

Published in: on September 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Vicarious Enjoyment

Renewing the mind through reading God-centered literature produces strong moral values, strong minds, and healthy personalities. If it is adultery to even look on a woman to lust after her, then we need to avoid literature that allows us to vicariously experience sin. This does not mean that we cannot read about these experiences. Otherwise, we could not read the Bible. But we are to avoid reading about sinful experience that stimulates our enjoyment of it.

Published in: on September 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spurgeon and Women

Here’s what Spurgeon had to say about the response of Jesus’ disciples when they found him talking with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:27). That sounds a lot like the Blessed Alliance to me. First, it was sufficiently offensive that the person with whom Jesus was conversing was a woman. My beloved sisters, you owe much to the Gospel, for it is only by its agency that you are raised to your proper place. For what said the rabbis? Rather burn the sayings of the law than teach them to a woman. Again, Let no man prolong conversation with a woman; let no one converse with a woman in the streets, nor even with his own wife. Women were thought to be unfit for profound religious instruction and altogether inferior beings. My sisters, we do not think that you are superior to us, though some of you perhaps fancy so. But we are right glad to own your equality and to know that in Christ Jesus there is neither male nor female. Jesus has lifted you up to your true place, side by side with man. Even the apostles were tainted at first with that horrible superstition that made them marvel that Jesus openly talked with a woman.

Published in: on September 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Did You Know? Until the twentieth century, doctors often prescribed the smoking of pipes or cigarettes for asthma patients. Believing it was one of the ways of introducing medications directly into the patient’s bronchial tubes and lungs; nitrate powders, cubeb, and plant-derived stramonium were mixed with the tobacco. This practice continued until the late 1800’s when experimenters discovered that steam was a means to deliver medications directly to the lungs. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 7: “the excellence of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.” &

Published in: on September 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mohonk view

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This was taken a weeks ago when taking 14 year old to he wandered off and I couldn’t find him so I decided to climb up the infamous lemon squeeze, a 400 foot vertical climb inside a crevice in the mountain. But when you pull yourself out at the top, this is what you experience! (Infamous, because not everyone pulls themselves out it’s a little unnerving.) I couldn’t figure out what in the world that was at the bottom of the picture, and then realized they were my shoes!

Published in: on September 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Laura Story: Indescribable God!

Here is a video introducing one of my favorite singers – Laura Story. She is best known for writing “Indescribable.” I heard her sing about eleven or twelve years ago and was thrilled when she started making CDs. Watch the video and see what you think… If you don’t have the CD – you should buy it. Every song really is great!

Published in: on September 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Will To Obey: Raising a Modern Day Knight

One of my favorite books, and I have about 100 of them, is Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis. When summarizing the principles of this book to a group of men in prison, I saw tears flowing from men who had once been hardened. Why the tears? Because these men knew that they were hearing truths that they so desperately needed truths that could set them free and give them a new start in life. Here are the first three principles: A real man has a will to obey, a work to do, and a woman to love. You see, Jesus, the perfect man, came to obey the will of His father, do the work on the cross, and the woman to love, the church. I see so many men today struggling with what they are supposed to do with their lives. They don’t enjoy their work, and their family life is in shambles. Often the reason is because they do not possess a will to obey. It is not until we learn to submit to the authorities in our own lives, that God begins to open the doors for us to lead in other areas, particularly in our work, and with the woman we love. Sarah Edwards once said that a child who has not learned to obey his parents will not learn to obey his God. Submission to authority requires humility, and humility is the foundation for everything else in life. In Proverbs 15, Solomon teaches us that before honor comes humility. A will to obey opens the door for a work to do, which releases the tensions of life so that we can enjoy a woman to love.

Published in: on September 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm  Leave a Comment