“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”—Corrie Ten Boom
Priceless as the gift of utterance may be, the practice of silence in some aspects far excels it. Do not think me a Quaker. Well, be it so. Herein I follow George Fox most lovingly; for I am persuaded that most of us think too much of speech, which after all is but the shell of thought. Quiet contemplation, still worship, unuttered rapture, these are mine when my best jewels are before me. Brethren, rob not your heart of the deep sea joys; miss not the far-down life, by for ever babbling among the broken shells and foaming surges of the shore. (Lectures to My Students, 51).
Today is Memorial Day, go to this site and pick a month or year and look at the faces of the men and women who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq and beyond. For example, look at May, 2012 in Afghanistan and remember the families mourning the loss of loved ones today. My posture on days like these is to Pray, Praise and Protest.
"What’s with the beard?" said a middle age guy I hadn’t seen in a number of years, he asked me that…twice…in the same conversation. Really? Do I have to justify a growing a beard living in Washington in the great North West? I’m trolling for responses to this question. My wife said I should respond with: "Because I can." I usually say, "It’s the NW, the land of Lumber Jacks and Fisherman." What do you think are some good one line responses?
I’m fiddling…so beware. I like this theme, because the archive option at the top gives you an easy way to look back for old posts on one whole screen page. Nice, huh? Plus some folks were missing links because the old format doesn’t say or show it’s a link, and well some peeps didn’t get that. There is also a Twitter Feed/Banner with a link to my Twitter account too.
"A return to oligarchy or become another Islamic Republic. What a choice and a disaster for the foreign policy of the United States who threw Mubarak under the bus thinking Egypt would become a modern democracy. The end result: more chaos and instability in a region that doesn’t need any more of that."
“I feel freedom and for the first time, my voice and opinion really counts.” - Mounira Fawaz, after casting her vote in the Egyptian presidential elections, the first democratic election in the country’s history. (Source: Al Jazeera)
“That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations, is as shocking as it is true; but when those who are concerned in the government of a country, make it their study to sow discord, and cultivate prejudices between Nations, it becomes the more unpardonable.”—Thomas Paine, preface to Rights of Man (via libertariancontrarian)
I once told my pastor that I didn’t want to fill the world with words, that there was already too much noise and not enough silence. He reminded me that Jesus knelt and wrote in the dust with his finger, true, but then he stood up and spoke forgiveness over the woman caught in adultery.
Make sure you tell that kind of story, he said, and you’ll be fine.
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
“Apostasy starts to take root when we turn from a person to an idea…relationship to a system of thinking or behaving”
The Different Gospel: Paul recognizes that this different gospel is not really another gospel at all. Galatians 1:7 tells three things about this different gospel.
1. it is an illegitimate gospel (which is not another).
2. it is not good at all but trouble (who trouble you).
3. it is a distortion of the true gospel (pervert the gospel of Christ).
- Pastor David Guzik
“Almost every atheist I’ve spoken to doesn’t understand what we mean by “God”. So, what an atheist is denying I would deny too. Most atheists deny that there is a ‘supreme being’ or an ‘item’ in or above the world, and I would deny that too. Or a distant object that wound things up and went into retirement - I would deny that too. Also, most atheists construe God as a ‘competitor’, he’s in competition with us. Somehow, if God gets the glory, I get less glory. If God is in charge, I can’t be in charge. [But according to] St. Thomas Aquinas if God is the ground of our being, the more we give glory to God, the more we are elevated. I tend to agree with most atheists. I think they are right in denying this ‘false god’. But the ‘true God’ I think they just have as much hunger for.”—Fr. Robert Barron (via acceptandembrace)