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The Play - Christians

Yesterday we went to see the play Christians.  It is a very thought provoking play - one that makes you really think.  It is about Pastor Paul leading the church, and Associate Pastor Joshua, Pastor Paul's wife, one choir member, and one elder.  My wife and I went to see it with our pastor and his wife and it was very intense.  Highly recommended.

Prayer

Are you upset about what is going on in Washington DC? If you are, have you thought of praying for our leadership?  Do you pray on a daily basis for our leaders?  Do you pray that they will follow Jesus Christ?  That their actions will be Godly?  If not, stop belly-aching, and start praying!

Snake Crushed - II

Just before the snake died, the snake went into a spasm.  I was maybe two feet away, and had just taken its picture, when suddenly it twitched violently and the whole body came off the ground.  It flipped this way and then that way.  It turned every which way, and then lay motionless. 
It reminded me of Satan's last gasp before Christ's return.  He will twitch and fool many people.  He will be dangerous and victorious, but then will die.

Praise the Lord for crushing Satan once at the resurrection and then for his imminent demise.

Snake Crushed

Today my wife and I, our two sons and our daughter and her family went for a hike.  As we walked on the trail my son called to me and we looked at a small snake on the bike trail.  It was a poisonous snake - a copperhead.  But a bicyclist had ridden over it and I could see a little blood on the skin.  It opened its mouth wide and showed its fangs.  But it would soon be dead.  It reminded me very much of Christ crushing Satan.  In Genesis 3:15 we read "He [i.e., Christ] will crush your head, and you will strike His heel." 

Lay down your life

Last night we watched again the movie The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  in it Aslan, a type of Christ, talks to Susan after He was killed.  The witch had called for the traitor Edmund's blood, but Aslan went in his place.  The witch kills Aslan, but then Aslan comes back to life. 
"
It means," said Aslan, "that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

Thank you Jesus for dying for our sins - willingly.

Hot as Blazes

After a cool spring, we have had an unseasonable week in the high 90s and topping out at 100.  We have an expression - "hot as blazes."  That is a polite way of saying it is hot as hell.  After experiencing the heat for the last couple of days, I am glad that I am a Christian.  I would not last in hell very long.

Baseball - hitting

In tonight's Major League Baseball's All Star game.  Some say that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports.  The reason is that the diameter of the baseball is three inches, but the average diameter of the sweet spot of the bat is 2 3/4".  To further complicate it, the average strike zone is 612 inches (more for a guy like Aaron Judge).  Thus, the baseball occupies about 2% of the plate.  The time between when the pitcher releases the baseball and when the batter needs to begin his swing is .43 seconds for a 95 MPH fastball or .53 seconds for a 77 MPH curve ball.  The fastball will drop an average of 1 1/3 inches while a curve ball will drop 14".  Thus, in about a half a second the batter has to decide if he wants to swing at a pitch.  If he does, the mind must project where that pitch is going to end up and then begin his swing then, trying to make the 2% a 100% chance.
How is this possible?
Well, God created us with remarkable eye-hand coordination.  Praise God.

Bread or Toast?

Jesus said "I am the bread of life."  (John 6:35) Seen on a church sign:
Do you have the bread of life or will you be toast?

Inches and Rulers

Seen on church sign in Lincoln, Nebraska:
Give the Devil and inch and he will become your ruler.

The United States of America

Today Americans celebrate the birth of their country.  It is a great country.  Is it perfect?  No, but then our country resembles the people living in it.  Perfect?  No.  But we have established a country that often has Christian underpinnings.  We are not a theocracy - directly ruled by the church.  But many of our laws reflect Christian morality. 

Lord, we ask that we would continue to follow your will and laws.

Charlie Gard - "Significant Harm"

The world turned upside down.
Charlie Gard, a 10 month old baby in the United Kingdom, has a rare life-threatening disease.  The parents want to take him to the United States where he could be treated with a new experimental drug.
The European Court of Human Rights (sic or should it be sick?) states:
"The domestic courts had concluded, on the basis of extensive, high-quality expert evidence, that it was most likely Charlie was being exposed to continued pain, suffering and distress and that undergoing experimental treatment with no prospects of success would offer no benefit, and continue to cause him significant harm.”
Their solution is to remove the feeding tube and let him die which is not considered significant harm!!

Lord, we plead that this boy will be able to get the proper treatment.