Archive for April, 2007

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It’s Official

April 25, 2007

This past Saturday, Lukas our oldest grandson, tested for his First Degree Black Belt in Karate. He passed with flying colors. He is the youngest student (8 years old – 9 in July) to make it this far since this particular school was established. To say the least we are very proud of him. There were four independent black belt judges from other schools. While it is not uncommon for young people to pass through the belts the requirement when reaching Black Belt is different. You must not only be able to go through the Katas, you must look like a Black Belt.

Lukas is also a straight A’s student in school and excel’s also in Bible School

Thanks for allow this proud PaPa to brag a little.

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May We Never Forget

April 25, 2007

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Reading through the Bible again this year has brought a fresh awareness of the difference in relationship between God and His people as pictured in the Old Testament and what we experience today in our walk with Him. Leviticus especially if filled with detailed instructions about not touching the ark, never going into the Holy Place where the presence of God resides, very detailed instructions on what to do and not do in worship. It is easy to forget the world that those first disciples grew up in. Worship in that day meant that something had to die. On a festival day in Jerusalem the air was filled with the bleats and cries of thousands of animals destined for the altar. The smell of burnt flesh that filled the air was only a reminder of the great divide between God and His people. The name of God would never cross the tongue of a devout Jew. Close one on one relationships with God were only for a select few like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or Moses to mention a few.

While I am reading through the Old and New Testament in the program I am using, I find myself longing to get to the Book of Acts. I long to read of those intimate gatherings of Christians who are indwelt by the Spirit of God, who pray to Abba and who are learning to develop that daily walk and talk relationship with Him. I am seeing again the power of the tearing of the Veil in the Temple when He died, and the wondrous door of fellowship that was opened to us through the death of Jesus.

It is easy to take for granted what we have as His children today. Animal sacrifices seem so foreign to us and primitive today. No long journeys to reach the presence of God. We just open our mouths, and sing and worship Him where ever we are. We enjoy immediate access to the God of heaven. How blessed we are. May we never forget!

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” Rev. 1:5b-6.

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Transitions and Changes

April 23, 2007

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Time to blog has been in short supply in recent days. With the move coming up this weekend and my present job being phased out, my mind has been much like scrambled eggs.  This past week end brought also an end to a long chapter in our lives. For a number of years Barb and I raised and showed Cane’ Corso Mastiffs, a rare breed of dog from Italy. On Saturday we had to put down our last Cane’ Corso due to old age and health problems. When we moved from Pennsylvania back to Tennessee some 10 years ago we brought with us six of the dogs we just could not part with. In that 10 year period, one by one, we said good bye to trusted friends and loyal companions. Saturday we said good bye to Matanga our last Cane’ Corso.

Transitions and changes come in this life. It just seems that we have a number of them here at once. But, this too shall pass. God is good…all the time.

I look forward to blogging on a more regular basis in the near future. With my new job, which is really my old job, it will probably be from the road a good part of the time. I hope to be sharing pictures and other information from the areas of the country that I will be working in.

If you would like to learn more about the Cane Corso breed, here is a link to the national association we were a part of for a number of years, Cane Corso Association of American, formerly the International Cane Corso Federation. Check out the photo link on the left to see some beautiful dogs.

 

The Dog in the Picture is Tara, my all time favorite Cane Corso.

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The Love Liner

April 21, 2007

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Madison’s Spring Dinner Theater, The Love Liner, opened with a huge laugh last night.  With “Laugh In” type comedy through portholes, a comical Priest and his dancing nuns and the story of a distraught ship’s director, we were all laughing till it hurt. This year’s theater featured the singing talent of Mark Gage, the ship’s doctor, and the talent of many members of the Madison church. The drama takes place during our bicentennial year and the celebration of our 200th. year as a nation. 

Director Kelly Hughes has once again hit a home run, and I still marvel at the amount of talent the Lord has blessed this congregation with.  Here are a few pics from last night’s performance.

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The Prosperity Gospel

April 12, 2007

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Each time TBN or DayStar Network have a “share-a-thon”, or what ever term they choose to call their fund raising period, you are constantly bomb barded with the message that if you give you will be blessed with wealth, health and prosperity in all areas of your life.  They speak of their fine homes and cars and diamonds as evidence of their messages fulfillment in their own lives. (I personal think it is evidence of something far different). You won’t find me arguing against the fact that God takes care of His people, but I believe that the message that God is waiting for a “seed” gift to make you rich is a total mishandling of the scripture and a misrepresentation of the message of God.

The following quotes are on target from my vantage point…what do you think?

“Karen Shugart at CreativeLoafing.com has written a compelling piece on the prosperity preachments of Inspiration TV Network owner Morris Cerullo and his son David.

A few snips:

“In a market-driven religion, that’s the message that sells – that if you love God, he’ll make you rich, so you get to be religious and rich. It’s about what you get, not what you give.

“… American capitalism and American materialism find its way into a movement that says upfront it’s anti-worldly [and that] it’s not going to be taken by the powers of this world … But it does get taken in [with this idea] that somehow the Christian gospel can be turned into a get-rich-quick scheme …

“… as many Pentecostals have moved up the economic ladder they’ve bought into and theologized good old-fashioned American materialism, and given permission for people who said they were not going to be captivated by this world, to be worldly … they’ve discovered … the link between their view of Christianity and a kind of back-door materialism …”” (The Whittenburg Door Insider) You can read the entire article here.

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Easter Drama Pictures

April 11, 2007
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Is There Anyway You Could Say No To This Man?

April 11, 2007

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One more thought on our Easter Drama. There was a very special moment in the drama as the story of the crucifixion was retold where we sang, a new song to me, “Is There Anyway You Could Say No To This Man?” If you would like to hear a portion of the song click here.

 

Thorns On His Head
Spear in His side
Yet it was a heartache
That made Him cry
He gave His life
So that you would understand
Is there any way,
You could say no to this man

If Christ himself,
Were standing here,
Face full of glory
And eyes full of tears
He’d hold out his arms
And his nail printed hands
Is there any way,
You could say no to this man

Chorus:
How could you look in his tear stained eyes
Knowing its you He’s thinking of
Would you tell him your not ready
To give him your life
Could you say you don’t think you need his love

Jesus is here
With his arms open wide
You can see him with your heart
If you’d stop looking with your eyes
He’s left it up to you
He’s done all that He can
Is there any way you could say no to this man

Chorus

Thorns on his head
Your life is in his hands
Is there any way, you could say no to this man