Archive | October, 2007

The Power of the Press

31 Oct

I must confess that I get my news much more from the internet now than from the television and newspaper . . . With the web, I have instant access to changing news and to details. The newspaper is already dated upon printing, and tv news seems to be a little behind the timeframe when it comes to breaking news. I like reading it over the web, from international to local.

With that said, the past few weeks have reminded me that the press is STILL a powerful force in our world. The press can take a story and make you a hero OR a zero with a few clicks of their keyboards. It seems to be based on what their editors deem necessary for the day . . . What will keep people reading or watching . . . Rather than the truth.

I guess I should not be so disturbed by this because they are human, just like us. Many times I have reminded people that I am imperfect . . . Don’t ever take my word for it. Check it out!! I guess the same principle applies to the press as well.

I wrote all of this to say: Don’t believe everything you read. Always realize that a human being wrote it AND a human being edited it. Even in the best case scenario, you are getting a perspective!

PS – Don’t forget to check out the video sermons to the right of this post and let me know if they are working well. We are about to put them on the church website and I would LOVE some feedback just to know if they are working!

And from the tree hugging dept. . . .

30 Oct

Check this story out. The headline on Foxnews.com is “Scientists find oldest living animal, then kill it”. Check it out:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,306076,00.html

Tragedy

30 Oct

Unfortunately, tragedy IS an active part of life. We will face it. At times, it might cripple us. And then life will go on. That seems cold, but is another active part of life. A fact of life.

Depending on the tragedy, some of us have a difficult time recovering. There are some that never recover from tragic happenings, like the death of a friend or a loved one. Others grieve their way through the jungle. They never forget, but they make it through.

What happened on Ocean Isle this weekend was tragic . . . I think the entire state, and the entire nation grieves with those families and those kids that survived. One of those survivors is the daughter of a friend . . . A girl from Florence. Pray for her, pray for those kids and those families. Prayer is the only thing we can do to help, and it really DOES make all the difference in the world.

The Golden Compass

29 Oct

In the last few days I have received many e-mails about a movie coming out, starring Nicole Kidman, titled The Golden Compass. The following link tells about the movie and its validity:

http://snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp

This movie is based on a book by Phillip Pullman, an outspoken athiest who wrote this as an answer to the Chronicles of Narnia. Synopses of the movie state that it is about a streetwise girl and her quest to destroy a senile God, which she does in the end.

Don’t be fooled by the look or celebrities in this movie! Don’t mistake the fact that it intends to teach specific untruths about God. My prayer is that none of us will allow our kids to be influenced by such lies. Tell them the TRUTH about GOD!! Do it NOW!

This is only the latest attack on God by Hollywood. These attacks will keep coming and will be more and more appealing with each approach. Prepare your kids now. Prepare YOURSELF now. Get to know God for yourself . . . Don’t base your relationship with God on what Hollywood says about Him.

Is it time we take (gulp!) SEX back??

28 Oct

Did he really say that? That it is time we take sex back?? Okay, this morning I preached about the greatest commandment, and in getting there we talked about the three greek verbs for love in the New Testament: Eros, Phileo, and Agape. In the eros part we talked about how sex was intended to be in a marital relationship and sex is a good thing, created by God to be used the way He intended: As part of a marriage!

For those comments, I do not apologize. Nothing inappropriate, just the TRUTH!! Marvin Slaughter and Stuart Rainwater teased me before 11:00 service, telling me I would probably be hearing from some people over this . . . I told them I would send any complaints to Stuart. But, you know, sex has been bastardized and twisted by Satan long enough. Could it be that it is time for US to take it back?

To talk about God’s intention for it, and to teach our children and those who do not know God’s word the TRUTH about sex?? Maybe it IS time we told the TRUE STORY of SEX. What do YOU think?

The place to be on Friday night . . . TARGET

27 Oct

I just heard Diana and Jennifer Dunnam say AMEN! And I am sure a few others joined in with them. Last night Diana and I went to Target. When we go, we MUST check out all of the clearance shelves (because that is the only TRUE way to enjoy Target, and I am not being sarcastic in that statement).

Of course, it is a chance for me to visit with Ebenezer people. I NEVER go into Target without running in to two or three . . . But beyond that, I got an education last night. As we walked down one aisle, I watched a woman thump her 8 year old son on the back of the head and loudly proclaim for all to hear (including all children within earshot of her gravelly, smokey voice): I wil be glad when a certain son of mine STOPS believing in ___________ ____________. I put the blanks in just in case, but it was a reference to a certon figure that is known all over the world by different names in whom I still believe!

Then I heard another woman telling a friend, “I hate to take my 15 year old into a bar, but she LOVES to sing!” I am assuming they were talking about karaoke, but who knows . . . That one blew my mind, too.

It just goes to show you, you have to be prepared (and have earplugs in your small children’s ears) when you go to the big red target.

Remain calm . . .All is well!

25 Oct

Remember this little guy?? Remember the movie?? If so, YOU ARE OLD.

Several of my friends have asked me if I am doing okay based on some of my blog entries. Let me assure you I am. I know sometimes I get kind of gritty about things and really try to be honest when I blog, but don’t let that concern you. Remain calm . . . ALL IS WELL!!!!

I guess if I am guilty of anything it is of being too honest about some of the craziness I encounter everyday. But, don’t worry . . . I am not about to lose it or anything like that. Just losing a little of my edge, but I will get it back.