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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Happy New Year!

well guys and gals, i just got back home after an awesome Christmas time family tour and its been great. the highlight of this season was a talk that i had with my father and i want to share it with everyone!
so we got into a conversation about making a difference and fighting for a cause. and i have to admit, sometimes i second guess what my purpose is and why i am here. thankfully God continues to send his word to me one way or another and most of the time when i dont even expect it. so i was just telling my father how the odds stack up and how it can be overwhelming sometimes. we were in the house where i grew up standing in the kitchen and he went to the fridge and pulled out a carrot and an egg. then he went over to the cabinet and pulled out a bag of coffee beans. he gathered them together and asked me what happens to them when they are cooked. of course i said how carrots get mushy and eggs get hard boiled and whole coffee beans would make nasty coffee. then i started to get the point. he continued by saying how all three are changed by boiling hot water and each are uniquely affected. he asked me which one i would be carrot egg or coffee. which one would you all be? the carrot when its faced with trials and pain softens. the egg hardens. but the coffee bean, the coffee not only changes the color of the boiling water, it changes the taste and smell. i was amazed at how deep this really was, then my dad told me that his pastor told the story on sunday and he wanted to pass it on.
but what a great question this poses...
when you are put in a life changing situation, do you change or compromise, or do you make the best of it and rise above?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

answer the call

just a quick story,
i was in the heart of downtown atlanta last night on business and was sitting in my hotel room and decided that i needed some fresh air. i went downstairs and out into the cold and started on my way down the block. i got to the en of the first block and a man asked me for a few dollars. i told him i didnt have any, and he continued to walk with me for some reason. he just started telling me about the area and what each building was. he told me that he needed 5 dollars to get into the shelter and get some food. we kept walking and he continued his tour of the city. we talked about everything, from my hometown Wilmington, to his ex girlfriends. it was awesome. we came accross a 24 hr diner and i tried to by him dinner, and when he did not accept, i knew he wasnt really hungry. i even offered to go up to the shelter and get him in there, and agian he made an excuse. on the walk back i asked him to tell me a few things that he was struggling with in his life. he told me he needed more hours from the working pool that he went to and that he needed to pray more. i could see the tired look in his eyes, not from sleep, but from life. the whole time i felt the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart to pray with him, not for him, with him. by this time i realized it was 230 am and i had to get up in a few hours. we prayed right out front of the hotel. it was awesome. he is a 38 year old black man, he has tattoos on both arms and tears inked on his face, his name is Tommy, but everyone knows him as Red. he goes to several of the area churches in the downtown area, and knows all the people out on the streets. i made him a promise before i went back in; that i would pray for him everytime i thought about him. reader please join me, because his faith was unlike mine, and he viewed God differently than i did, but we agreed on one thing. it was that prayer was the only thing that CHANGED my life and prayer was the only thing that CAN CHANGE his life. can, i get a witness?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Is this for real?

Are there really people as ignorant in this world as the women who has a problem with this sign? I guess so. I mean really, what the heck? This is the stupidist thing I've seen in a while. Apparently, the sign displayed on a Raleigh area McDonald's that says "Merry Christmas, Jesus is the reason for the season" has offended some lady that happens to be Jewish. Go figure. Now look, Im all for respecting other and their beliefs (such as this women) but come on lady, you make it so hard to respect you!

First of all, this is a privately owned business. That would be reason number one why this is perfectly legal and appropriate. Secondly, if this women is offended by the sign, dont look at it! Im offended every day by the things I see on TV. Im offended by seeing homosexuals display affection to one another in public. Im offended by people who deny the existance of God. Im offended by alot of things, but I dont go around telling folks they cant do what they are doing no matter how much I disagree with it. Instead, I turn the other way.

So where is all this going? This issue raises an interesting question. How far will our society go to be politically correct? Talk about seperation of church and state. Let me tell you something about seperation of church and state. I think the original purpose of this policy was not to serperate the church from the state (i.e. excluding the church from entering the state even in indirect ways which is ultimately impossible) but instead to keep the state from intereferring with the church. I mean after all, considering the reason this country was founded, that would seem to make much more sense. What would happen if this women got what she wanted? She wants to sign removed. Let's say the government were to step in and force the McDonald's to remove the sign. Now that would be a clear violation of the seperation of church and state. Whate ever happened to the idea of majority rules? It seems that in the current age of this great nation, the majority is bending over backwards to please to complaints of the minority.

Okay, final thought. Rock on McDonald's! Shoot, I think I might paint "Jesus is the reason for the season" across my forehead for the remainder of the month and see what people think of that! Im not here to stir up controversy or get people mad, but if what I do or say about my faith and my belief offends someone... oops, sorry. Get over it people!
Oh, and Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Christmas time

Strong post Mike, i am glad you started this, hopefully we can trick people into coming in here and trick them into reading and writing stuff. i just went to a Christmas play here in Greensboro, and it got me thinking about what Christmas time really is. i mean Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birthday, but Christmas Time is usually shopping, decorating, stressing and complaining about irrelevant things. When i watch the news and see how fed up Christians say they are about "Happy Holidays" replacing "Merry Christmas" and it really looks like we dug this hole ourselves. Christians sometimes brag about how this country was founded by Christians and on Christian values. But steps were taken to ensure that no religious institution could control government. I believe that our country would be worse off even if the Christian Church, or any church controled government. So when something like this happens you have to take it with salt, and see if we can change or support it by the rules that we created (in the Constitution). When i look at "Happy Holidays" and "Merry Christmas" i think of the same thing, the birth of Christ. I do believe that Christians should stand up for what they believe in, but remember the sets of rules that our founding fathers gave us.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

All about Christmas

What better way to start this blog with the message of Jesus Christ entering the world as a child. I think sometimes we forget what Christmas is all about. We can remember back to our childhoods when Christmas was all about the latest and greatest toy that you wanted more than anything in the world. Today even some adults probably still think thats what Christmas is about. But Christmas is so much more!

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
Matthew 1:21
How great is our God! The real meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ! The celebration of Christ is so much more worthy of our joy this time of year than gifts and lights and even family. Without Christ and the Father's provision there would be no lasting joy or happiness at this time of year. Jesus truely is, the reason for the season.

Now I know many have heard what I have already said and hopefully thought about it some as Christmas approaches. My hope then is that you will not forget this Christmas what our Father is heaven did for us here on earth by sending his son into the world to take on flesh, live a sinless life, be crucified and rise again. We serve a great God! Praise be to him this CHRISTmas season and to none else.