Thursday, October 28, 2004

song from the night

last night was the eclipse and i missed it not because i wanted to but because i had to as the clouds covered the sky and the moon and me played peekaboo until the blanket got too thick and finally the moon went out and everything was dark

i knew it was dark because it was dark and things all around were not as bright as they before when the moon was out and was so blinding that when you looked at it for a while it burned a hole in your eye and everywhere you looked you could see a spot

i went to bed then later i woke up and it was very bright outside because the eclipse was over but my wife did not miss it and she said that about 2 am it looked very red outside when the moon was coming out from behind the earths shadow

my friend is in the hospital today having an operation because he has cancer so i woke up at half past 4 am and got ready to be at the hospital to pray with him at 6 am which is something i have never really done before and i am very tired

i tried to think of something to say to encourage him because he needs to have people around him right now to show him love as he has lost so much already and is very tired too from putting up with all the stuff going on in his life

another friend reminded me last night that even though the moon is behind the clouds and we cannot see what is going on we know that the eclipse is taking place and though we cant see it with our eyes will just have to enjoy it as it is

God has made the moon and the earth and the sun to bring glory to Himself and though we cannot see what is going on sometimes we just have to trust that what He has ordained to make happen will happen and we need to accept that

i told my sick friend that we dont know much about what is going to happen today and just like the moon behind the clouds what we see with our eyes and understanding can only go so far and we can trust that He is there with us

when the moon passed through the night i was reminded of God's love and care for us because the moon was in aries the ram last night and i could not help but to think of Abram who was given a ram by God as his faith was tested

God wants to teach me something about Himself through the wonders of the universe and the ravages of cancer and i am still not sure what all the lessons are but i am ready to learn them because i love God so incredibly much

Friday, October 15, 2004

X-Box marks the spot

"Eph 2:3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest:--"

Paul draws a line in the sand: once you were here, now you are here. Once you once lived in the lust of the flesh. Once you did the desire of the flesh and mind. Once you were by nature children of wrath, just like everyone else.

Someone would say, “There you go—it’s not your fault. You were born in sin; therefore your addiction came from your parents.” Great! Then tolerate my sin! Why is everyone so “concerned” about me?

While it is true that I was born in sin and I once thought and had the desires of the unregenerate heart, I do not have to continue living like an unbeliever, one who does not know Christ Jesus. Paul makes the distinction that “we also once lived”. We don’t live there anymore.

Bob Coy (Calvary Chapel, Ft. Lauderdale) summarized it this way: growing up, the best video games in the world was “Pong” (and remember how our parents thought the Atari would do “something” to our TV, so it was only turned on for a couple of hours a week?) and now we have the X-Box. If I am playing James Bond on my X-Box and you ask me if I want to play “Pong” I will do some serious laughing in your face—NO WAY!

I am not live with the whiney childish, “but God, it’s not my fault so please tolerate my sin—please excuse me, I can’t help myself.” I am instead to live with “but God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus . . .” [emphasis added]

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