I have to be honest with you about the fact that I began weeping immediately as I read. This passage just seemed to line up with my life and situation so closely that I actually had to wonder if this was written just for me—A tiny gift from above with a bow on top:
At a time when disbelief in the Bible reigned in secular academia, Harold John Ockenga became a highly-educated advocate for the fundamental doctrines and historic creeds of Christianity. He was a co-founder of the National Evangelical Association, served as president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and was a founder and president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as a board member of Christianity Today. On December 8, 1957; he preached a sermon at Boston’s Park Street Church that expressed many of the positions held by the new evangelical movement.
Did you set your clocks back one hour today?
If not, now is definitely the time to make the change because today (Sunday November 6, 2016), Daylight Savings Time ends for 2016.
You know the old phrase, Spring Forward, Fall Back, right? The idiom that helps Americans remember which way to adjust their clocks in accordance with the Standard Time Act of 1918 (pdf). Well, it’s time to fall back 🙂
FYI, Last year, I found a book about time, time standardization, measurement, and Daylight Savings Time that had me completely enamored with the topic. It’s a great read, if you have time to find a seat and kick back for little bit. Highly recommended—Daylight Savings Time – A Brief History of time Standardization.
In a letter to the Abbe Morellet in 1779, Benjamin Franklin mused that the strategic location of the elbow is proof that God desires us to drink wine. After all, had God placed the elbow lower on the arm, our wine glass would never make it all the way to our mouths. Had the elbow been placed higher, our glass would shoot straight past our lips.
“From the actual situation of the elbow,” Franklin wrote, “we are enabled to drink at our ease, the glass going directly to the mouth. Let us, then, with glass in hand adore this benevolent wisdom; – let us adore and drink!”
Franklin’s contention was offered as lighthearted fun. But it does remind us that wine, more than other beverage, is intimately connected to celebration and worship.
This devotional piece was written by Albert B. Simpson in 1897, which just goes to prove that some things never change. Trusting God—Father, Son, and Spirit—is easy when things are going well in your life but ever so hard when things aren’t going so well.
Lord I’m Ready Now by Plumb was released in February of 2013, so obviously I’ve listened to it many, many times. Frequently, it just pops into my head for various lyrics that come to mind; however, this morning I woke up with the I’ve been such a mess, now I can’t care less, I could bleed to death piece on my mind.
Boy, did this devotion really hit home for me, today. Recently, I read somewhere that everything in our lives is observed by God, known by God, or allowed by God. I really had to let that sink in for a couple of days, so it could become part of my very being. It completely reminded me of Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV):
I’ve been getting a huge amount of spam / inappropriate comments on the blog, so I need to address this in the kindest and most fair way possible.