Archive for October, 2010

Luke 1:61

I love the story of how John the baptizer got his name. When his mom told the neighbors and relatives his name was going to be John, they said, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name." His dad had been mute for nine months because he had seen a vision and doubted God’s message and now these yokels are questioning their decision to name their son John instead of after dad. Just like nosey neighbors and relatives to butt in. I can see Zechariah get red in the face and a big vein pop out his forehead when they question him and his wife about the name – "Are you people freakin’ nuts!? I’ve been mute for nine months and you’re questioning what God has said? What is the matter with you!?"

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Christmas Thoughts: Mary

Speaking of disadvantages… A unwed teenager from a religion and culture that frowned on sex before marriage? I’m just saying that it looks like you went out of your way to go against human thought and reason when you gave us your son. It is a good thing you are God. Otherwise people might doubt this actually happened.

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Christmas Thoughts: Shepherds

God, seriously… Shepherds? Of all the people you could have picked to whom to announce the birth of your son, you picked a group that spends its time with animals and is not necessarliy the most influential in society. It’s almost like you intentionally wanted Jesus to start life with a disadvantage.

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Really? No! Can’t be! Really?

Seriously, how can people still be surprised when they hear that a politician says one thing and does another? Worse, how can people be so forgetful about this trait that political advertisers constantly use it in their ads against their opponents as though it is something shocking?

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Apparently, Christian talk show hosts get upset when people mock Christians, the Bible, etc. People mocking Christianity? No Way!

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
   "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
      the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." (1st Corinthians 1:18-31)

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Hollow een

I wrote earlier about how much I hated Halloween. I mispoke. I actually meant to say that I hate it with a passion that is barely bridled.

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I hate Halloween. I really, really do.

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