Friday, January 30, 2009
Yesterday was my Love's birthday. The day is always one of my favorite because she still genuinely gets excited about her anniversary of another trip around the sun...just one of the many things I love about my wife.
One of her two presents this year was the newly released Fireproof DVD, and since her b-day this year coincided with our weekly Thursday 'date night' (and Grey's Anatomy wasn't new), we piled onto the couch and started spinning the disk.
Wow. This is a great movie! Okay, I'll admit I eased reluctantly into watching this and made more than one crack about the less-than-stellar acting, but by the end of the flick...yep...I was streaming tears and rejoicing. Hey, I double dog dare you to watch this movie and not weep at least a little. Can't be done.
If you're married, watch this movie with your spouse (even if it requires a guilt trip to get him to do so...aaahhhemmm). If you are engaged to be married, watch this with your fiance. If you are dating...well...just watch it people!
Don't get wrapped around the acting of the mostly volunteer cast. At the heart of this ministry film by Sherwood Pictures (same people who made Facing the Giants) is a fantastic story about what really makes any relationship work. I'm not going to get into the plot or storyline because I want you to WATCH THE MOVIE!
It so pleases me to see a small budget ($500,000) Christian film succeed. The day before the DVD released, the film had a domestic gross over $33 million. God is truly blessing a wonderful ministry not afraid to take on the secular film industry. Last plug...you will not regret watching this movie.
And just so you don't think I'm a cheap skate...her other present was jewelry.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Here's another good one but pertaining to the bailout. The $700 billion bailout translates into $45 per week for each American man, woman and child. Going one step further, it comes out to $6 a day. Six dollars a day is also 25 cents an hour, or less than half a penny a minute. Would you be willing to pay less than half a penny a minute to save our economy?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I read ugly comments a lot in emails from atheist bloggers who feel inadequate and picked on by us 'Jesus freaks.' However, the vile disposition of the New Agers is a whole different ball of wax. Okay, to be fair, I'll state it this way...the one's I've heard from or know personally. Vile New Agers...another oxymoron? Isn't the New Age philosophy found in crap...excuse me...books like The Secret about harmony and kumbaya? Give positive, get positive? You do your thing I'll do mine...the Universe will sort us out?
Christianity takes discipline, discernment and patience. Yeah, God's testing me on that last one.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I'm going to be very personal today...please bear with me.
The picture above is a copy of an actual calendar page (I'll risk Rhonda Bryne suing me for copyright violations). The page was removed and saved from an actual desktop calendar marketed by the publishers of the best-selling book 'The Secret.'
I work with the lady who saved this page and keeps it on her computer. Yes, I removed it and copied it...please forgive me. The lady I speak of has bought wholeheartedly into Bryne's book and the accompanying belief system based on the supposed force called the Law of Attraction. She is one of the sweetest people you could ever meet...a wife, mother and grandmother.
She's also dying from cancer...and has been for months. She continues to cling to the hope she reads each day from what you see above. The belief is deep rooted too. I've tried talking to her from a medical and spiritual perspective. As a cancer survivor myself, I've tried to connect with her. Her family talks to her about being more aggressive in treating her condition or else she die. From what I heard today, medical treatment may no longer be a viable option.
For those of you not familiar with 'The Secret,' let me catch you up.
'You shall be like God.' The original scam. The oldest known to man. The one that cast Adam and Eve right out of Eden and daily walks with our Creator. Satan started it at the beginning of mankind, and he continues today with a new twist on the same old con. Byrne's book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 104 weeks to date, and a DVD version is also available.
Byrne is selling a seductive message that anything you want is possible... and easy to get. Just wish for it. But, this isn't just about keeping an optimistic attitude to improve your life Tony Robbins style...it goes far beyond that. Byrne says the Law of Attraction guarantees that if you think positive thoughts about what you want, you will get it. 'The Universe' will bend over backwards to hand you whatever you wish for...money, a better job, good health, anything.
But that's not the worst part. Among all the positive rhetoric are some very repulsive concepts. While you are rearranging the universe to suit your own wishes, Byrne claims you must avoid people who might inspire negative thoughts. So you should never look at overweight people or let sick people tell you about their illness.
Furthermore, it nastily suggests that victims of catastrophe are the authors of their misfortunes. Stop for just a second and think about the implications of just that claim (i.e. Holocaust, World Trade Center, Great Depression, etc.)...atrocious.
I'm not making this up. It's all in there and more. I've watched the DVD and read the book.
Unfortunately, people are really buying this stuff ... and it is dangerous. The book contains examples of people who supposedly cured themselves of cancer without treatment, and people who bought expensive things because they just knew the money was coming in eventually. Oprah's on board. Bryne's been on most of the major news magazines without serious challenge to her claims.
Byrne is spewing a moronic choral of greed and selfishness, and she is making a fortune. But, I'll give you this for free... Byrne's garbage is simply a repetition of the oldest lie known to man — 'You shall be like God.'
Again, forgive me for being blunt and foreboding. I'm hurt today...and I'm really mad...angry at the ignorant, naive, and gullible.
My title is a quote from Plato... but I wanted to use one from 'The Godfather.'
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I'm completely perplexed by both the dubious and misguided response from the United Nation when it comes to Israel/Palestinian relations. It almost seems the U.N. is waiting for a Palestinian epiphanic moment when Muslims concertedly go, 'Hey, Jews aren't so bad. Maybe we shouldn't kill them and wipe them from the planet after all...Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho.'
I just don't see it happening...
So, why is the world community bashing just Israel? I mean, Hamas had been lobbing Qassam rockets into their country for months from Gaza, and the Israelis got tired of it. You can only say 'Stop that...' so many times before you back it up with '...or else.' But, there's a broader understanding by Israel that has left them with few options. Psychologist tell us there are only two basic human responses when confronted with harm- fight or flight. Maybe this works in the collective as well. One thing is sure, Israel has never been a nation to back down from a fight. I love that about them, and I think most Americans share that sentiment.
The irony to me is most of the world siding with Hamas over Israel...Hamas! Known terrorist Hamas. The same Hamas killing fellow Muslims in the now minority Fatah party while shooting rockets into Israel at civilian targets. Great bunch of human beings in Hamas. We should open our arms real wide and welcome them into the world community with a big kiss...make that a French kiss.
I say let Israel do what they feel they've got to do, even if the fight extends to say, Iran...we sure don't seem to have the stomach for it anymore.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I'm a carpe diem kinda guy. Without being to New Agey, I can really appreciate each and every moment God blesses me with here on Earth...even Monday mornings. The book 'Chasing Daylight' really addresses how as Christians we should seize every moment to bring glory to God.
But that's not what I'm about today...
Today, I'm looking forward to Sunday. I didn't get to go to church Wednesday night, and I miss my church family. More importantly, I look forward to the opportunity to gather with my church family and worship God in the one accord spoken about 12 different times in the book of Acts alone.
Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Paul is speaking in Philippians to the church about uniting in humility, the same humility demonstrated for us by Christ. For me, this comes easy on Sundays as I put all pretentiousness aside and check my often judgmental self in exchange for a more tolerant demeanor. My wife might possibly take exception with that statement, but I feel it comes easier to be more Christ-like knowing Sunday is His day.
Yes, I look very forward to Sunday...and to the day when every day is like Sunday in my life.
Have a blessed weekend with your family.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Yes, I blogged about this in November when the American Humanist Association forked out money for a Christmas campaign in Washington D.C. challenging the existence of God Almighty. Most of my views in that blog remain static. Hey, if you don't want to believe in God, well, offending me is the least of your problems. You can stand on the street corner in a rubber suit and belt out atheist pish posh all day and night. It's your right as an American...and God bless...wait, I mean, bless America...wait that doesn't work either...how about 'U.S.A all the way!'
Monday, January 5, 2009
My purple mania runs deep too. Aside from the given 'ceremonial headpiece' adorned for each game by any true Vikes fan, I have something even more cogent to my case as Viking Fan #1. That's right. History in the form of paper...a photograph. But not just one, oh no, I have two!
When it came time in my fifth grade year for class pictures, my mother took painstaking measures to ensure a quality family heirloom by carefully selecting my photo attire...or so she thought. You see, we played tackle football each and every day during outside recess at Church Hill Elementary, and yours truly wouldn't be caught dead playing in any shirt that wasn't purple and yellow. Picture day was no exception! But to keep peace in our household and hopefully avoid the beating of a lifetime, on this picture day, I packed THE shirt, the Coup de Grace of yard-ball apparel...the purple #10 mesh, home colors Viking jersey...a real beaut. My team never lost when I had it on while playing...never. Surely my mom would appreciate the effort to at least wear my very best purple. Besides, only first and second graders wear bow ties.
So there I am...forever canonized on the family tree of circa 1974... grinning ear to ear, hair a mess (Peter Brady style, remember), chipped front tooth, and wearing the very proof of my die hard love of all things Viking. And unlike today's age of instant digital photograph proofing, it was a full 2 months before I got that beating...but apparently not enough to deter a repeat performance... for my SIXTH grade pictures! I challenge any Minnesotan to top that for fan loyalty.
So today I mourn...but not just because the Vikings lost to the Eagles yesterday 26-14...no, I grieve for the people of Minnesota who were so obtuse to do this...
Senator Al Franken. Wasn't Governor Jessee 'the Body' Venture enough?
Come on Minnesota. The Vikings will eventually win a Super Bowl...but how can you make this clown a U.S. Senator?
The heartbreak continues...