Is everyone ready for my 2008 college football season prediction? I want to get this down so that we can all look back and see that I was right at the end of this season (or I can delete this post if I was wrong). I accurately predicted that Florida would win the Nat’l Championship in 2 years when Urban Meyer was hired so I like to think I know what I am talking about. Here goes:
Auburn Tigers will face the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game.
The winner of that game will play for and win the National Title.
That is all I know and I know it is not specific but if you gamble on these predictions (which you should not do by the way) I will expect a kick-back.
This is a book I read as a kid but after seeing it in an episode of ABC’s Lost I have had a desire to read it again. I finished early this week and I must say that it is strange how our views of things change over time. When I read it as a child it was little more than a book about boys stranded on an island who got into trouble. As an adult though, this book typifies the struggle of man to overcome evil when there are times each day that we realize that we are alone with an internal struggle to do good or do wrong.
The very title of this book explains what is hidden inside the words. Lord of the flies is derived from the Hebrew name Beelzebub, a name that man has given to Satan. While there are many themes in this book, I would like to focus on just this one aspect. The Lord of the Flies really only has a very small role and is mentioned only a few times in this writing but all of the intentional atrocities committed by the boys on the island stem from a group of the boys propping the Lord of the Flies up (read the book to understand) and then one young man, Simon, having an encounter and dialogue with the Lord of the Flies. Just like Eve and the fall of man.
It is after Simon communicates with the Lord of the Flies that he loses his mind and wanders into the the hands of those who have been filled with blood lust after propping up the Lord of the Flies. While there is more to be said on this book and this specific matter, as I read the story of Simon falling into the perils that the Lord of the Flies led him to, I found myself thinking to my reading of Proverbs and in particular Proverbs chapter 1:
10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse” 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path; 16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird; 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.
As I said earlier, there are many themes that could be touched on but that is just one that stood out to me. Rather you have or have not read this book, I would recommend reading it. This book will move you and make you look at yourself and how you would handle a similar situation.
* For starters, here is a real funny video that every man who lives in the blessing that we call marriage should watch. I present….”Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife.”
Things You Don’t Say To Your Wife – Watch more free videos
* Secondly, who does this guy think he is? Thanks to Atlas Shrugs for this picture:
* Here is a clip to a movie about Mr. Barack Hussein Obama called “Hype”. While it will look like a recording from Ellen Degerners’ show at first, keep watching. To find out more go to hypemovie.com
That’s all I have time for today.
Granted, I’m a bit of a doofus (is that how you spell it?), but this is one of the funniest videos I’ve seen this year. I have to admit that I’m a little jealous of this guy too. Enjoy the Stay At Home Dad gangsta rap.
It leaked all over his belly”
Warning: do not follow the links to this guy’s other vidoes unless you really like bad language!
Stay at Home Dad Rap – Watch more free videos
A good friend of mine called me yesterday morning and told me that he was told that his mother only has days to live. As she was in the hospital, I called my wife and asked her if she would go with me during my lunch time to visit this dear family at the local hospital. She agreed and we went. After visiting for a short time their lunch was brought into the room and we knew it was time to go. I asked if we could pray with them before we left and they said it was fine. As I began to pray it dawned on me that I was not sure if they had told the mother about the sad prognosis. I prayed a prayer of praise and just asked God that he would help all of us to live a life that glorifies Him up to all of our final breaths.
When I returned home I discussed this with my wife and she directed me to something that she had studied during her Bible study that day. In Mark 2 we are given a story of a man with palsy who four of his friends bring to Jesus for healing. Upon arrival, they find that there are so many people there that they can not reach Jesus. They decide to carry their friend to the roof and lower him down to the feet of Jesus so that Jesus may intercede and heal this man. Jesus then forgives him of his sins (the real healing that all of us need) and it is not until later when He has a need to show His power that he heals the man of his palsy. We are not told the answer but did the man with palsy even know who Jesus was or what power he had. We can say one thing for certain, the four men who carried the sick man had faith in Jesus and they literally picked up and carried their friend to Jesus because they believed that Jesus could heal the man.
Assuming that my friend and family had not yet informed his mother of her condition and even if they had, there is a direct correlation here. Through my prayer and the many other prayers that are being lifted up to God on her behalf, we are literally laying this woman at the feet of Jesus and asking that his will be done and that his healing and/or comforting power reign down. If she does not know the prognosis, we are asking Jesus for her to do something that she currently does not even know to ask for.
We can apply this in so many different areas of our lives:
1. Parents of young children – Your kids don’t know the snares and dangers of this world but when we pray for them are not laying them at Jesus feet and asking Him to protect them? We know it is impossible to protect them ourselves from all the turmoil of this world. Let us all continually lay our children down
2. Friends – We all have friends who we see that are either straying from the Truth or have never known the Truth. When we pray for them we are asking that Jesus do something that they themselves may not even see to ask for.
3. The world – We live in a world that no longer knows God. Yet, we as Christians continue to lay this world and its leaders at Jesus feet and ask that He restore this world and forgive it of its sins.
4. Elders, deacons, youth minister, preachers – We are the leaders of the Lord’s church. We have been chosen and are to know that when we pray for our individual congregations or members of our youth groups that we are laying them at Jesus feet. The people who just come to church are not aware of the decisions and concern that we put into our chosen duties and often times do not see the areas of concern that we must act on. We pray for guidance in this area and often times these prayers go unheard and unknown by many. Let us all lay our congregations at Jesus feet more often.
5. One another – As fellow Christians we need to pray for each other. The New Testament is laden with passages describing the trials that we as Christians go through. Do any of us think that there are disciples out there who do not feel that struggles that we personally feel? Of course not. Let us pray for one another more often and ask that Jesus will intercede in all of our lives even when our fellow Christians may forget to pray.
A final personal example of how this takes effect involves two friends of mine. One is Jason, who I am blesssed to be in the Lord’s service with, and the other friend, who I will not name, is a friend who’s struggles and my concern have been written about before on this blog. The friend who is struggling with life honored me and a group of men with his presence at a recent men’s ministry meeting we held. There came a point where this friend was moved to confess his struggles and to ask for help and prayers. My friend Jason immediately began to pray for this man and took his struggles and laid them at Jesus feet. I don’t even think that this other man knows how to pray and I am certain that he is not clear of the healing power of Jesus. I ask that all who read this will think about someone in their life who needs Jesus to intercede and lay them at His feet.
You ever felt like you were the only one in a place that fully grasped the reality of right and wrong? I had that experience today. Without diving into too much detail, I will try and briefly explain the situation. My co-worker at work has to give a presentation on the same date as my son Luke’s birthday. Being somewhat technologically savvy, this person is sort of dependent I do not mean that word in a negative sense) on me to make sure that the technical aspects of the presentation go as they hope. As I learned of the clash of dates today I informed this individual that should for some slight (note slight) reason my son be out of school on that day, I would more than likely not be able to attend the presentation as I would want to spend that time with my son(s) and wife. After all, I will probably only get 18 or so of these chances in his lifetime. You would have thought that I had slapped this person in the face. Here I am trying to be not just a good father who is involved in his children’s lives and who puts them only after God (the two go hand-in-hand in my opinion) as I am commanded to do and suddenly I am looked upon as if I am the worse person in the world. I understand that their need and trust in my ability to make sure things go well is ultimately a compliment but I explained that I can easily show someone how to do the things that need done and reminded this person that there was only the slightest of possibility that I would not be able to attend. Note that I am a therapist, not an IT specialist. After no headway was made, I eventually had to just put it as simply as I could. I had to actually say, as if it was not known by the way I live my life, “My family’s needs will always come before your needs.” This comment was labeled as offensive, I labeled it as simply true and left the meeting feeling frustrated, yes; abandoned by a peer, yes; misunderstood, yes; alone, NO. I simply left for lunch and prayed. I know I was in the right but was made to feel as if I had some obligation that requires me to take more time away from my family than I already do. The following verses seem to sum up the situation to me:
James 3:16-17 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
This person did not have my best interest at heart but seemed to be seeking after their own interest. I hope that one day they will see that my words and actions are only meant to avoid being seen as a hypocrite. How can I say I am a Christian father unless I live as one? I recently listened to a lesson that discussed the fact that in all our lives something has to be sacrificed to get the things done that we are called on to do. Let me never again sacrifice my family and their needs for someone else’s gain.
As the day progressed and fear of vindictive action crept and were noticed by the obvious silence that was sent my direction I asked God to just help me make it through the day and return safely to those who do truly care about not only me because of what I can do for them, but my soul and my goal to be a Christian father and leader first in my life. The day finally ended and I got in my truck to return home but God placed something else on my heart. The Holy Spirit reminded me that a friend’s/ fellow Christian’s mother was in the local hospital and that I should stop by on my way home. I went and enjoyed their fellowship for a while and all negative feelings left me and as I prayed with them I thanked God for giving us all reminders that we must call on him.
I have since looked at the school calendar and found that I will be able to help on the date and I intend to inform this person of this news first thing tomorrow. I pray that God will lead this person to understand and that this will actually turn into an opportunity to minister to this individual. Mostly, I pray that this person will understand that my desire to put my family and their needs first is nothing personal but that I am trying to do it because I am commanded to do so. If not, I will be fine as I know I am living to serve the Lord. Pray for me.
Here are some links that won’t make you worse for reading them.
* Does someone finally know the location of the Ark of the Covenant? Read this story. If nothing else, it is very interesting.
* Do you know Todd Bentley? Can you discern the spirits? Maybe this link will help. This is the best and most concise article about Bentley that I have read and it let’s you draw your own opinion rather than stating it’s own (that’s right, real journalism, how I’ve missed you).
* So, we don’t have Chris Farley anymore but we do still have his brother. The posted video is the trailer for a spoof movie about Michael Moore. It looks as if it takes the concept of the Christmas Carol (you know, the ghosts of Christmas present, past, and future) and replaces the ghosts with American icons. I don’t know if we should hold the fact that Bill O’Reilly makes a cameo in it against it though. Judge for yourself by watching the video found here.