Contrasts

March 31, 2020

In 250 AD the plague wiped out 1/3 of the population of Rome. There was hysteria and most Romans abandoned the weak and the sickly and fled. Pagan historians record how Christians instead sacrificially cared for the sick and faced death with joy and confidence.

Cyprian writes “In contrast to the prevailing despair, the Christians seemed to carry their dead in triumph.”

Haven

March 28, 2020

Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace. —CHS

A Time Like No Other

March 23, 2020

Stay-in-place and quarantine orders from the guv or prez sets in place for future over steps. 
With an aging population (baby boomers), this will certainly happen again, and more often. 
And as our freedoms diminish, the Constitution and other such laws that protect us disregarded and stretched, where does it end?
And where do we as US citizens take a stand?  
For believers in Jesus, when do we submit to those in authority over us (Heb. 13:17) and when do we not forsake the assembling of one another (Heb. 10:25)?
Let us learn from the past and prepare for the future. 
Be on guard. 
And pray. 
Let us wisely seek His counsel. 
And trust Him in all things.

Post St. Patty Day

March 18, 2020

“Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”

~St. Patrick’s Breastplate (short version: full version here: https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/st-patricks-breastplate.html)

Addictions

March 9, 2020

These electronic devices are such a detriment to our society, now and for the future generations.

Think about it. Yes, they may “help” keep kids’ behaviour at bay for a small amount of time, but what is it doing to their brains, their abilities to interact with people face-to-face, etc?

I witnessed so many times now, where kids wait or get on the bus with their head down in their devices.

Then, their bus ride is what, 30-mins.? Unsupervised playing a violent video game, or involved in a scantilious text, or visiting a pornographic website, or bullying someone on a social media site.

And don’t tell me there’s parental controls.

One play, one view, one whatever and the damage is done.

This is a scary time in our lives and the lives of our future generations.

A crossroads of sort.

Even if you don’t give in, the kid without the device looks over the shoulder of the one who is involved in the violent game or maybe more damaging, the porn site.

It’s like the days when your mom packs you a healthy lunch or snack and you beg and barter to get the sugary snack or better option.

We want what we don’t have.

Who will step up and stop this?

Lord, our husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters are failing and falling hard on these devices that are not of You.

Help us.

Profane Worship

March 5, 2020

“We have become so performance-oriented that it is hard to see how compromised we are. Consider one small example. In many of our churches, prayers in the morning services now function, in large measure, as the time to change the set in the sanctuary. The people of the congregation bow their heads and close their eyes, and when they look up a minute later, why, the singers are in place, or the drama group is ready to perform. It is all so smooth. It is also profane. Nominally we are in prayer together addressing the King of heaven, the sovereign Lord. In reality, some of us are doing that while others are rushing on tiptoes around the ‘stage’ and others, with their eyes closed, are busy wondering what new and happy configuration will confront them when it is time to take a peek.

Has the smoothness of the performance become more important to us than the fear of the Lord? Has polish, one of the modern equivalents of ancient rhetoric, displaced substance? Have professional competence and smooth showmanship become more valuable than sober reckoning over what it means to focus on Christ crucified?”- DA Carson

Quote

March 4, 2020

“God’s Sovereignty will either be our comfort or our nagging question.”-BM

CHS

March 2, 2020

“From his first sermon to his last, Paul preached Christ, and nothing but Christ. He lifted up the cross, and extolled the Son of God who bled thereon. Follow his example in all your personal efforts to spread the glad tidings of salvation, and let “Christ and him crucified” be your ever recurring theme.”—CHS