Monthly Archives: March 2009

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“On your face” worship + support Gospel for Brazil

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Christianity is a bad influence

Whew!

I’m so glad we’re slowly getting rid of that miserable Christian influence on American society. Hmpf! What were those crazy founders of this country thinking? Christian nation? Give me a break…

Shame that folks will turn to other forms of religious expression as we successfully eradicate that pesky Jesus stuff…

He did it to me, again

Paul is really messing me up in 2 Corinthians.

Seriously.

Chapters three and four set me up. He caught me looking one way then, BAM!, he slapped me with chapter five. And, the funny thing is, he didn’t tell me anything new. He simply retold me what he’s told me before.

I think it was his feign to the left that didn’t let me see the sledgehammer coming from the right…

…God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us

Yeah, yeah, I know you’ve read it before. I dare you to stop reading and really think about it. In some circles that might be called meditation. So, go meditate on it and see what you come up with.

Time killing

I like killing time. I don’t like being killed by it.

And that is where I’ve been the last several days.

Waking up this morning, my mind was racing with all that had to be done today. When I picked up the Word to read a spot of Scripture before beginning today, Paul hit me with this:

Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.

Dang! Seems Paul’s been reading my mail. I’m going to do some demo on my “unfinished shack” today… watch out time, you’re about to be kilt!

…let the game come to ya

Interesting read in John 6 this morning.

Jesus had just fed the crowd, sent the disciples away in a boat, came walking on the water after them, the crowds couldn’t find Jesus the next day and go find him miles away on the other side of the lake.

I remember a coach back in junior high who was trying to help me play basketball better. Coach Charlie Brown (you’ve got to love the name!). Besides the coach, he was my seventh grade science teacher. He was also the teacher who’d make you bend over, grab your ankles and say “Please Mr. Brown, may I have a spanking?” when you’d done something wrong. To which he’d always respond, “Why yes, you may!” and proceed to lift you several inches off the floor as his flat, baseball bat paddle connected with your rear end. You were then required to say, “Thank you sir, may I have another?” He would either oblige you or sadly state, “I’m sorry Mr. Carr, but you may not.”

During basketball practice he’d say (actually, yell at the top of his lungs with the blood vessels on his forehead almost popping off his face), “Carr, ya gotta let the game come to ya! Ya’re always chasing the ball and never ready to make the points happn’.”

I was never in the right place, took dumb, unmakeable shots and was always huffing and puffing up and down the court because I couldn’t anticipate where the game was going. I think I may have been responsible for Coach Brown’s early heart attack.

I never did get it. Hence I’m not in the pros today.

Lots of frantic activity but nothing to show for it. Kinda like life that is whirling around me everyday.

If God is who he says he is, do I really need to do anything to make things happen?

Seems that at times I get so determined to make something happen that I take dumb shots, I miss my pick, I’m nowhere near the board to get the rebound. I blow my assignment. Worse, I mistake frantic and hectic activity for the signal that I’m accomplishing something.

Now don’t hear me wrong. Don’t make the mistake of being passive or being patient or “waiting on God’s timing” or just praying about “it.” That’s just being timid, frightened, deer-in-the-headlight or –to using common vernacular– copping out.

God moves, he takes the initiative, I need to respond and not have him wait till I get the initiative.

The disciples and the crowds just didn’t get it.

I’m afraid that is too often my problem… I’m ready to let Jesus come to my floundering boat and am glad when he gets in. I should be out there on the water with him, not sitting, cowering and missing my assignments. I’m tired of reacting when I should be responding.

As coach Brown said, “Carr, ya gotta let the game come to ya”

EXAMEN.me

Came across a fascinating site called EXAMEN.me.

Here is the concept it presents:

EXAMEN.me is a simple-to-use web site that fosters your personal interaction with God. This modern approach to ancient devotional practices guides you to examen your life as you meditate on scripture, pray, and journal all of your reflections. No matter where you are in your pilgrimage with Christ, EXAMEN.me will help you interact with God.

Dubious, I did a quick drive-by site check.

It had me by the second screen of the “tour.”

The core of EXAMEN.me is to foster your personal interaction with God. This happens as you enter into an Examen. Each Examen could last 5 minutes or 1 hour. It is your choice!

I’m in… at least for a week. Gonna drive it around the block a few times and see how she handles.

I’d love to hear anyone else’s feedback.

Spider bites, organic food and erections

First, to understand the title, you’ve got to read this story.

The Cliff Notes version is that in a Tulsa, OK Whole Foods store (Whole Foods is an organic grocery store), an employee found one of the most deadly spiders in the world crawling around the bananas. A bite from the Brazilian Wandering Spider can kill a person in 25 minutes. The little fellow was imported with the bananas, not an uncommon occurrence.

These “little” critters appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records 2007 as the most venomous animal in the world.

The other really interesting tidbit is that besides the painful and deadly bite, the venom also stimulates an hours-long erection in men.

Yep! I said “stimulate” and “erection.”

So, along with the intense pain all over their bodies and a dramatic increase in blood pressure, they also sport a very uncomfortable erection.

In Brazil, emergency room staff can immediately spot the victims of a bite because of this “symptom.”

The moral of the story:
organic food kills, but not before it teases you
with what you can’t use.

Oh, and the itsy bitsy spider… he was “destroyed.”