“They only know what you teach ‘em” were the words of John Hazlewood whose 14 year old son attended the Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, during the massacre of 10 people by one 13 year old student and his 11 year old pal in March 1998.
God told Joshua to take courage. As he stood at the edge of the Jordan River and prepared to cross into the land of Canaan, God said, “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you;” (Joshua 1:7). Joshua had to come to terms with his new role as leader. Moses was dead and God appointed him to lead the people in the next phase of their journey.
“Do you think the world will end this year?” was a question posed recently to me by a new believer. He went on to cite the Maya calendar and other alleged confirmations that something unusual is about to happen. This was not the first time I have fielded that question. I am a little offended that the Mayans chose December 21 as the supposed end of the world since that is my wedding anniversary and my wife, Jan, and I have other plans.
President Obama declared yesterday that he was quite comfortable with “homosexual marriage.” He defended his view with illustrations about people he knew personally and others in the military who want the same rights in marriage as heterosexual couples.
The children were maneuvering on the stage for access to the microphone. Their Awana leader was attempting to keep them in a group for the recitation of a Bible verse at the awards program that would conclude the Awana semester. It is hard to corral 4 year olds who are anxious for their medals, wanting to wave at their parents, and more anxious for the cookies and punch that will follow.
My whole body is sore. I have spent parts of several days building a tree house for the grandkids. The project involved digging holes and cementing posts in the ground. It also required sawing, drilling, measuring, climbing, hammering and transporting equipment and material.
The video footage of the tornados in the metroplex depicted some scary scenes. Meteorologists suggests that as many as a dozen tornadoes touched down, striking damage to some 650 homes and tossing semi trucks through the air. 450 flights were canceled at DFW Airport with and estimated 110 planes damaged. The Dallas/Ft. Worth area was on high alert and will be cleaning up for months to come.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though He may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
Easter has become more personal than ever before. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave is arguably the most important event in human history. Of course, the entire life of Jesus Christ is unique. From His virgin birth in Bethlehem, through His miraculous life throughout Israel, to His sacrificial death at Calvary, His life stands alone compared to any other life. But the resurrection of Jesus makes a definitive statement. His victory over death and the grave state that you and I no longer need to fear death!
Two articles came across the web today that I found striking. The first announced that the Jewish holiday of Purim will be celebrated tomorrow, March 7. Purim, also known as the Feast of Lots, commemorates the day when God delivered Israel from the hand of Haman through the lovely Jewish queen named Esther. It is called Purim or Lots in reference to the way the day of destruction was selected. Esther 9:24 says that Haman cast the “pur” or “lot” in a game of chance to determine the day for their annihilation.
I just cut another load of wood for my fire. We have burned a lot the last few weeks and the pile was low. The fire is growing strong now and I have enough to last through this cold spell. I have discovered in my family that everyone wants a fire but no one wants to cut wood. There is an important principle about fires: no wood = no fire.
Such is true also with romance.
There is a big tree limb laying on my metal shed in the back yard. The roof is crumpled and branches hang over three sides of the structure. It fell sometime during the storm on Tuesday night. That is often how it happens - along with wonderful rain comes high winds, potential flooding and fallen branches.