Filter Through Life


Faith like a child
January 31, 2008, 9:00 am
Filed under: Faith, Prayer | Tags: , ,

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Ah, to have faith like a child.  Apparently, the fervent prayer of a righteous dog can avail much too.

  Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. – Matthew 18:19-20



7 Days of Prayer
January 31, 2008, 8:21 am
Filed under: Faith, Friends, God, Jesus, Prayer, Religion

Last night my buddy Chad and I decided we would start something together.  We are going to start focusing on one person to pray for every week.  We are going to agree in prayer for that person for seven days and look for God to move in their lives.  Prayer is a powerful thing, especially when two or more people are agreeing in prayer.  We started today.  Next Wednesday we will begin praying for someone else.  I am really excited to see how God moves. 

Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. – Matthew 18:19

Who do you know that could use seven days of prayer?



Tom Brady is a jer…err…not that bad of a guy (?)
January 29, 2008, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Football, Life Happens, NFL, Random Junk, Sports | Tags: , , , ,

I have to edit my opinion about Tom Brady a little bit.  I have always thought he was a bit pompous.  He just has that air about him.  On the other hand, I don’t know him from Adam so my opinion is based on seeing him on TV and hearing what I hear about him.   

Today, on ESPN2, I saw a clip of Mr. Brady at Media Day for the Super Bowl.  He was being pestered by the usually media folks and then someone else.  It was an obnoxious (or possibly special) woman asking him to marry her.  He handled this situation with so much class I couldn’t help but right about it.  He simply smiled, said he was flattered and asked her name.  When she replied that her name was “Inez” (or “Enez”, not sure which) he said she had a beautiful name.  He told her he couldn’t accept her proposal but the person that got to marry her would be a lucky man.   

In a world where most celebrities can’t think of anyone but themselves, Mr. Brady actually spoke with this woman instead of blowing her off or simply ignoring her.  It would have been much easier but he showed a lot of class.  Consider my opinion edited. 

[I know Tony is going to love this post.]



New, New Year’s Resolution

Something has been on my heart a lot lately and I wanted to share it with you.  It’s a question that my brother drew up in me when we were having a conversation no too long ago.  We talked about overseas missions and witnessing and reaching the lost.  I have been asking myself ever since, “Does my heart break for the lost?”  It should and I have found lately that I think it does…but not enough.   

With the passing of Heath Ledger and Brad Renfro in the last month I have found myself really pondering this question and becoming more and more saddened by my indifference as it applies to the Heath Ledger’s, Brad Renfro’s and John Q. Public’s of the world.  I have been indifferent because I don’t spend a lot of time praying for the lost.  I certainly don’t spend any time weeping for them.  I have been praying lately that my attitude change toward the people in the world that I may never know and that seemingly will never affect my life.  Even if that is true, do they need Jesus any less than the person sitting in the cubicle next to me?  Do they need Jesus any less than my crazy in-laws?  I prayer for them, why not those I don’t know?  I don’t know if they will ever affect me but I know my attitude toward them can affect them.  I know that there is power in prayer and if I pray for the lost that power can change lives. 

So that is what is on my heart.  That is a new resolution for me for the New Year. 

So, what about you?  Does your heart break for the lost?



They Walk Among Us 2
January 28, 2008, 10:23 am
Filed under: Random Junk, Stupid Happens | Tags: , ,

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I am so glad I live in America.



In need of a little grace

I think we, as a people, expect too much of our pastors.  No, I know we do.  I firmly believe pastors should be held to a higher standard.  I believe we should live our lives as purely and Godly as possible.  I believe we will fail miserably and often and that is where the Holy Spirit is needed the most, in our failures.  If we were infallible we would not need the Holy Spirit.  If we were perfect we would not have needed Jesus to die for us on the cross.  I know I needed Him to die for me, I know I need Him today and it’s a safe bet I will need Him tomorrow. 

I don’t think we, as pastors, have to live our lives a boring and plainly as possible in order to be a good pastor.  Now, I am not saying I am a good pastor; I am far from it.  Paul said it best in 1 Timothy 15-17:  

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

I was shown so much mercy in order to be saved.  I have been shown more mercy to serve in the ministry and even more to serve alongside a wife such as mine.  It is because of this mercy, because I remember where I came from, that I do my utmost to have mercy and grace for others, especially pastors.  It seems as if people forget that we need it as much, if not more than others because we are held to a different standard.  We are “graded” more severely.  We live our lives.  We aren’t perfect.  Unfortunately, not everything we do or say will be as Jesus would have it.  We may laugh at or tell an off color joke.  We may not exclusively listen to gospel music.  We may not begin every day with an hour’s worth of prayer.  We surely won’t live every minute of our lives according to every word of the Bible.  I wish I could.  I am glad Jesus knew we couldn’t and had grace for me too.



I had a Chuck Sandwich for dinner
January 25, 2008, 8:59 am
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Last night something beautiful happened; I had a Chuck sandwich!  Yes, that’s right folks, last night Chuck finally came back.  What’s more?  There were two episodes of Chuck with an episode of Trumpy “Bad Hair” McChumpy in between (I opted for a DVR’d copy of Battlestar Galactica during that show).  I missed Chuck.  It is easily my favorite show and I was bent when it ended last year.   

Chuck is far and away the best new show on TV.  Say what you will about The Office or Grey’s Anatomy or any of the other hip shows out there.  Chuck is perfect.  The characters are likable and fun.  The actors deliver their dialogue with just the right amount of cheese (too much cheese can ruin any kind of sandwich).  The writing is spot on; witty yet heartfelt at the same time.  The actors have fantastic chemistry.  Oh, and Adam Baldwin is nails.  The only thing I don’t like about the show is the same fault I find with many TV shows; the guest “stars”.  Most of the time these guests totally crash the party.  The delivery chick from last night’s second show just flat out sucked!  Other than that, Chuck is the show to watch people.  I also appreciate the fact that it is fairly clean.  Go get some Chuck.