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Sunday, July 30th, 2006
6:23 pm
[eep54]
the sacrifice of a childCollapse )

http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060727/NEWS10/607270359/1002

Sorry if the link ends up changing... This story was amazing. Arianna said (when someone interviewed her) that she has already lived for 10 years and her brother has only lived for 2... I wonder if I'd have the courage to do the same thing.
Saturday, April 15th, 2006
6:50 pm
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Friday, March 10th, 2006
10:25 pm
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Monday, October 3rd, 2005
6:39 am
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Embrace God's Sovereignty, Even in Pain
Chuck Betters

Think of a perfect moment in your past, the moment to which you wish you could return. Our moment is July 6, 1993, before 10:40 p.m. We were helping our daughter Heidi and her fiancé write out their wedding invitation. We began with the words, "Believing in the sovereignty of God..." Those words would soon haunt our every thought.

Early in that evening our two younger sons, Mark and Dan, had a band practice. Later Mark and his friend, Kelly, enjoyed watching television together after Kelly's dad dropped her off at our home. We especially wish we could go back to the moment when both kids laughed as I teased them and it was obvious they enjoyed their time together. Life was good and complete. But an hour later everything turned to ashes when we received the phone call that our son was in critical condition because of a terrible car accident.

We raced to the hospital to learn that Mark and Kelly had both died in that crash.

Oh, how I wish we could take everything we have learned since that moment and go back in time.

And in this messy world, there are millions of others who, right now, can describe the days before Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita and long for what was.

The Hebrew Christians would understand such longing because they, too, remembered a time when life was easier. Their pastor wrote some intimate letters to them, exhorting them to stay the course, to never look back, but to believe that God is sovereign and they could trust Him.

In the years since Mark's death, Sharon, my wife, and I soaked in this little book and grabbed hold of the truths that encouraged us to never quit our walk of faith.

We imagined this little group of believers gathering in a small house church setting, eagerly hanging on to every word of the letters designed to remind them of God's faithful love and strength. These Jewish Christians had to give up everything familiar to follow their Messiah. They did so willingly, but the pathway was wearisome and their supplies were growing slimmer by the day. Some had already left their congregation. They had not given up their lives for their faith, not yet. But the fires of persecution were growing closer and other believers had been martyred. How could they continue?

We must always study the Bible in context. Passages build on previously stated truths. In the context of challenging the early church to stay the course of their new faith, the writer repeatedly refers to the familiar Old Testament. As an introduction to Hebrews 11, he draws on the book of Habakkuk as a reminder that faith requires them to believe God is working out His purposes in ways they cannot see or understand.

The book of Habakkuk is a record of the prophet's confusion and dismay over God's apparent abandonment of Israel. Israel was in the waiting room and God seemed absent. I imagine that thousands of believers might be asking the same questions today in the midst of the horrific devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that Habakkuk cried out:

"How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but You do not listen? Or cry out to You, 'Violence!' but You do not save? Why do You make me look at injustice? Why do You tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted." (Habakkuk 1:2-4)

We have often said that perhaps the reason God has not answered our cries of "Why is Mark gone? How long before Jesus comes again?" is because His reasons would never be sufficient to our limited understanding. God implies just that in His shocking reply to Habakkuk's anguished cries:

"I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told." (Habakkuk 1:5b)

Habakkuk learns that God will use the bitter enemies of Israel, the Babylonians, to execute judgment on his people (Habakkuk 1:5-11). Instead of trusting God to know what He is doing, the prophet continues to question Gold's wisdom and what he perceives as unloving acts toward his people (Habakkuk 1:12-2:1). God answers that although it will not happen immediately. Babylon will be punished. In the meantime, the Israelites are to live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4b) as they wait for God's protection. Habakkuk responds with worship and commitment:

"I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are not grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior (Habakkuk 3:16-18).

Habakkuk's waiting room experience opened his eyes to a critical truth. Even if every circumstance seemed to prove God had abandoned His people, Habakkuk would not believe it. He determines that he believes God and will wait patiently for God to work out His purposes.

What can we learn from Habakkuk? To just pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps and will our selves to believe? No, that won't work.

It's critical to understand that we view all of life through a grid that is our worldview. Habakkuk chose to believe the God of the Covenant. Through history, God had promised His people that He would never forsake them. Horrific circumstances forced Habakkuk to revisit his worldview. Would he trust that God is sovereign, even in this?

Events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita confront us with a similar choice. Embracing the truth of God's sovereignty dramatically changes our reaction to our circumstances and gives us eyes that see beyond the physical. It makes us "certain of what we do not see and sure of what we hope for (Hebrews 11:1-3)." Ephesians 1:9-10 elaborates on God's purposes:

"And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment, to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ."

Even when all around us the world seems to be blowing into a million pieces, like Habakkuk our lives can be ruled by a quiet confidence in what is not seen: that God is bringing all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

When surrounded by uncontrollable circumstances, that one truth births exquisite faith. We move beyond hope to knowing that God is using those very circumstances to bring everything back together under Christ. In other words, God will one day unlock the door to the eternal Garden of Eden and welcome home each of His children.

I don't say this easily. This is what keeps my eyes focused on the pathway ahead. My scars are my credentials. Like Habakkuk, I am sure of what I hope for because "God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)."

God cannot lie. We are safe in believing His promises.

But there is more. With Habakkuk we can also declare:

"The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights." (Habakkuk 3:19)

Habakkuk knew the God of the Covenant. God chose him to be His child and the promise He made to Abraham was God's promise to Habakkuk as well:

"God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any way or degree leave you helpless nor forsake you nor let you down, relax My hold on you. Assuredly not!" - Hebrews 13:5, Amplifed.

What about you? What's your worldview? Through what grid are you viewing the messiness in our world?

If you are God's child because you have experienced forgiveness of sins through the power of His son, Jesus, like Habakkuk, you can trust God, even in this.
Monday, August 1st, 2005
7:18 am
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Monday, July 11th, 2005
6:56 am
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Saturday, July 2nd, 2005
1:49 pm
[eep54]
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/03/magazine/03CHURCH.html?pagewanted=1&th&emc=th

I don't know that this will EVER happen, but the article is worth the read. If you can't get the actual article, let me know and I'll post it under a cut!
Saturday, June 11th, 2005
2:52 pm
[eep54]
Christian Family Ambushed in Nigeria
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People to pray for! This was an article I got in my email this morning...
Thursday, June 9th, 2005
9:38 pm
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Sunday, June 5th, 2005
9:57 pm
[eep54]
http://www.comcast.net/news/index.jsp?cat=GENERAL&fn=/2005/06/05/149175.html

When I read this article, I related it to Jesus wanting to find His children and bring them all home. What about those who don't want to be found? Would their attitude towards being found be the same as that of the girl in this story? I'm assuming they would have the same attitude...

Any thoughts or other questions to pose???
5:40 pm
[eep54]
Today in the 6th grade Sunday School class I help teach, we asked the kids to come up with recent news stories that show where Satan may have told someone to sin and they listened instead of following God. It was interesting to see the examples we came up with! I thought I'd pose that question here, as well as the question of: Where have we seen examples where someone could have sinned, but they did the right thing instead? (I know we may not have many of those examples, but I thought I'd pose both)
Thursday, May 12th, 2005
11:54 pm
[eep54]
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155172,00.html

Someone at church showed me an article on these boys and it really shows their faith, so I thought it was pretty neat. In order to get some kind of discussion going, besides just noticing their faith in the article, is there anything in the Bible (a verse, a story etc.) that you can relate this to? (This might be a good question to ask for each article we post...)
Monday, April 25th, 2005
2:19 pm
[mshelbyfsu]
Bridges of Friendship?
Pope Benedict XVI seeks to continue bridging the gap between Islam and Catholicism (from MSNBC).

I'm not Catholic, personally, but I find the potential bridge between the Catholic church and Muslim leaders to be very interesting!
Friday, April 22nd, 2005
7:50 pm
[mshelbyfsu]
A path for peace...
Source: Bruderhof "Daily Dig"

Planting against Poverty
An Interview with Wangari Maathai
Amitabh Pal

Cut because it's long...but well worth the read!Collapse )
Sunday, April 17th, 2005
1:05 pm
[eep54]
Sorry about my lack of posts lately, but check this one out...and pray for Sunday!!!

http://www.ctfamily.org
Saturday, March 26th, 2005
12:01 pm
[eep54]
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/26/opinion/26kristof.html?th&emc=th

Awesome article!


On Easter, more Anglicans will attend church in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda - each - than Anglicans and Episcopalians together will attend services in Britain, Canada and the U.S. combined.

More Roman Catholics will celebrate Easter Mass in the Philippines than in any European country. The largest church in the world is in South Korea. And more Christians will probably attend Easter services in China than in all of Europe together.

In short, for the first time since it began two millenniums ago, Christianity is no longer "Western" in any very meaningful sense....

So where faith is easy, it is fading; where it's a challenge, it thrives....

Christianity is thriving where it faces obstacles, like repression in China or suspicion of evangelicals in parts of Latin America and Africa. In those countries where religion enjoys privileges - Britain, Italy, Ireland, Spain or Iran - that establishment support seems to have stifled faith.

That's worth remembering in the debates about school prayers or public displays of the Ten Commandments: faith doesn't need any special leg up. Look at where religion is most vibrant today, talk to those who walk five hours to services, and the obvious conclusion is that what nurtures faith is not special privileges but rather adversity.


I know I just gave a whole mess of it away, but these were my favorite parts!
1:07 am
[eep54]
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No matter how we all feel about this case, THIS killed me. I watched a 14 year old on the news tonight getting arrested. Wanted to cry... How do you arrest a KID for trying to be a good person?

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orl-asecmschiavo24032405mar24,1,2142004.story?coll=orl-news-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true
Saturday, March 19th, 2005
1:10 pm
[eep54]
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/19/arts/music/19gree.html?th

Awesome to see this in the NY Times this morning!

"I didn't sing my songs for eight years," he said, looking like a father who had lost his children. "And God said, 'I gave you the songs, Al. They're beautiful songs, Al. Don't let people tell you you can't sing about love and a relationship or whatever the case may be. Everybody has them. There are a lot of judges in the world, but I'm the only real judge.' "
Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
12:07 pm
[eep54]
Mod Note! :-D
Just a suggestion: When you post articles, if you could talk about WHY you're posting that article, that would be awesome.

Also, if we could look for more stories that we can relate specifically to things in the Bible (such as the story that my youth pastor was talking about in my first posted entry) that would be awesome! It's great to post prayer requests, but I think if we search hard enough we can find things like that as well!

<3
Sunday, March 13th, 2005
11:10 pm
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