Archive for January, 2007

From the Backseat

Karsten:  “Papa, I like being ill.”

Me:  “Really, Karsten?  [skeptical]  Why is that?”

Karsten:  “Once when I was ill, I prayed to God and then I waited and he helped me, and I said, ‘thank you, God.’  God takes care of me when I am ill.”

 [I thought he also said that God is glorified when we are ill, but he said he doesn’t remember saying it like that.]

Also filed under…”The Coke tastes like grenadine because I put grenadine in it.”

[And I’ll send you a dollar if you can tell me why I said that, TT.]

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While it isn’t the first time it has snowed this winter, it has been a true winter wonderland here in my part of the world for the first time this season.  Today I stopped my doings and just stared out the window to watch little snowflake bundles splash onto a recently shoveled sidewalk.  In lieu of the tulips and lilacs which I miss dearly, I will glory in snowflake bundles.  My boys have been hearing a lot of this lately…

“God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.   For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth…” (Job 37:6)

God spreads snow by saying so.  He breathes the frost (Job 37:10).  He casts forth ice as morsels (Psalm 147:17).  The snow’s job is to praise Him by fulfilling His command (Psalm 148).  “Who can stand before His cold” (Psalm 147)?  If your climate is cold, it is a gift from God to better see His grace and magnificence portrayed in His explicit winter handiwork. 

It would be easy for me to be mesmerised by creation, but let’s take our glorious sunrises, reminder rainbows, blue jays calls, dripping icicles, and oh! you should smell the lilacs as you approach Mackinaw Island on the ferry in June!!!  and let’s not put them above our Creator.  Make sure that the ant makes you think of God.  Yes, you were made higher than the beasts of the field and the creeping things and fir trees, but they have the same job as you…praising God (Psalm 148).

Acknowledge Him in all your ways.

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Quote of the Day

Eric Liddell told his sister in Chariots of Fire

“God made me fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure.”

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Quote of the Day

Douglas Wilson on birth control…

“A man can have a high view of apple trees and still not plant them a foot and a half apart in his orchard.”

(from Credenda, but current edition, “Against Gravity,” not yet posted)

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If you make international phone calls, or would like to start making more, here is a service that offers free international phone calls to a wide variety of countries.  There are no monthly fees and not even a sign up.

I haven’t tried it yet.  It was recommended by the folks at Student Global Impact.

Future Phone

Mind the Gap

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A beautiful and stirring collection of photos

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Life Straw

Here’s an interesting new invention that might be helpful for some missionary friends.

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Off to Narnia

AslanIt’s been disheartening the amount of reading that I’ve not been doing.  The busyness of December and the New Year have pulled me away from priorities.  I’ve realized that I do much better reading one book than five (which is what I was trying to do).

Since the end of October, I’ve enjoyed reading through the Chronicles of Narnia with my boys.  “Off to Narnia,” is our call to the couch where we’ve enjoyed so many fine hours together.  We are on Chapter 4 of book 3, The Horse and His Boy (Shasta and Aravis are about to enter the city).  The series is becoming more and more momentus to me every week.

I only list the books as I finish, but here’s what I’ve been reading.

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F.B . Meyer…

“It is only when we are at rest that we can do our best work. It is said that it is impossible to get the highest results of workmanship, when the workers are perturbed by the fever and rush of our modern life. The masterpieces of art come from days when the strain and pace were less, or from workshops where the roar of the tide is hardly heard, and the rush of life’s hurricane is almost unperceived. So our best work for God cannot be done unless we have learned to be quiet; still, that God may mold us; tranquil, that the tremor of our nerves may not interfere with the thrill of his energy; calm, that we may drop the silt and mud, which make our hearts so dull and so inapt to mirror the deep blue of the heavens above.”

This is a quote from a stellar posting from Fundamental Perspective.

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Upcoming flick

WilberforceAmazing Grace.  This looks terribly interesting.  Watch the trailer.

Quick!  No one say anything bad about why all good Christians should avoid this!

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Women and Children First!

I wish there were more examples of bravery and heroism that crossed before us so publicly in our age.  God make us to be men who are responsive to need and willing to do what we ought.  Here is an interview with NYC’s recent subway hero.

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FremontDr. Walter Fremont, 82, dean emeritus of BJU’s School of Education, went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, January 7, 2007.  Dr. Fremont became dean of the School of Education in 1953 and served in that capacity for 37 years.  During his tenure, he was a seminal force in the initiation and development of the Christian school movement.  He was a well-known consultant and speaker on Christian counseling and the family and the author of several books. Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease twenty years ago, he will long be remembered for his courageous spirit.

Visitation will be held Monday evening, January 8, 2007, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Chapel on the Bob Jones University campus. The funeral will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday., January 9, at Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville. 

Dr. Fremont’s obituary in The Greenville News.

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Names in the News

Congratulations to my dad.

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