June 2009

To all Men of Christ Church:

Let us all be in prayer about the men’s get together’s. Steve and I are praying that other men would step up and do other functions. We have committed to try and keep something going for a certain period of time. We can not do it all. Nor do we have a patent on what to do. Any ideas or anything that any of ya’ll want to do is a great idea. Come to us with what you have and we will assist you any way we can. LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN, and KEEP THIS BALL ROLLING!!



An excerpt from a recently published book by N.D. Wilson (Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken Word).  H/T: Justin Taylor

Nietzsche published The Anti-Christ in 1888. Along with many other things, he had this to say about pity: ‘Pity thwarts the whole law of evolution, which is the law of natural selection. It preserves whatever is ripe for destruction; it fights on the side of those disinherited and condemned by life; by maintaining life in so many of the botched of all kinds, it gives life itself a gloomy and dubious aspect.’

One year later Nietzsche entered into madness. True or false, the story is that he was overcome by the sight of a horse being whipped. Unhinged by pity. He wouldn’t die until 1900.
For a decade he was kept alive and maintained through his insanity, strokes, and incapacitating illness. At the age of fifty-five, partially paralyzed, unable to speak or walk, he discovered what life waited for him beyond the grave. Nietzsche lashed out at his Maker with his tongue, the only notable muscle he had—his greatest gift.The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
There was little that Nietzsche loathed more than the heritage of his Lutheran father. I have never been irritated by Nietzsche, never annoyed. At his most blasphemous, at his most riotously hateful and pompous, I have only ever been able to laugh. But even then, there is something bittersweet about the laughter. I know his story. I know how his bluff was called, how he was broken.
Again from The Anti-Christ: “The weak and the botched shall perish: first principle of our charity. And one should help them to it.”
Spake the paralytic.
The man fed with a spoon by those who loved him. “What is more harmful than any vice—Practical sympathy for the botched and the weak—Christianity….”

And yet, because I see the world through my eyes and not his, I have sympathy for Nietzsche himself. Bodies and minds are not all that can be botched in a man. Souls can be hollow, twisted, thrashing, more bitter than pi**.

The next men’s event will be breakfast on August 1.  I’d like to make a little change in the lineup this time around.

Instead of inviting a couple of ladies to help with cooking, I’m praying that a couple of men will step up to help out.  Many guys have told me they are willing to help in any way needed, but for the first go around I wanted to let everyone focus on fellowship.  I now realize that good fellowship happens in the kitchen sometimes…so if you are inclined toward cooking on August 1, please let me know.

I would also be even more happy if one person would step up to volunteer as the cleanup leader.

The last time we had breakfast together, the cost was around $2.50 per person.  We will be asking for $3 to cover the cost this time, but if you can’t afford it, no problem.  I figure the extra $.50 should make up for any shortfall on what we take in, and if there is any left over, we’ll give it to the church.

Like last time, we’ll start at 8 a.m. and finish no later than 10.

If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father. —Matthew 18:19

Ask your spouse if you can begin praying together. Talk about the best time to do this, whether it’s in the morning, your lunch hour, or before bedtime. Use this time to commit your concerns, disagreements, and needs before the Lord. Don’t forget to thank Him for His provision and blessing. Even if your spouse refuses to do this, resolve to spend this daily time in prayer yourself.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. —Psalm 119:105

Commit to reading the Bible every day. Find a devotional book or other resource that will give you some guidance. If your spouse is open to it, see if they will commit to daily Bible reading with you. Begin submitting each area of your life to its guidance and start building on the rock.

Don’t set such high goals for yourself that you get discouraged if you miss a day or can’t read 12 chapters a day.   One technique I have tried and found successful is to pick a book of the Bible and read 2 – 5 chapters each day for a week.  Read it like any book, and let God work, over the course of several days, to make your knowledge grow.

Guys, I haven’t really followed the news in Honduras much, preferring to hear what is going on with Phernando and not a lot more.

When I was there last year the thought crossed my mind that it really doesn’t matter who is in power – the poor will always be poor and the government isn’t really concerned about that little corner of Honduras known as Playa Grande.

Reading the news a short while ago, I noticed that they have had a coup in Honduras.  The current president, a communist and ally of Hugo Chavez and the Castro brothers, tried to initiate a referendum on his power.  The Supreme Court and Congress there told him it was illegal to do so, and he was arrested this morning.

How does this affect Iglesia de Christo?  That is not so clear.  They have entered the rainy season there and getting into and out of Playa Grande is already fraught with risk.  With tanks and troops in control of the streets of Tegucigalpa, the normal day-to-day is disrupted.  Ordinarily the army helps folks in the countryside, in places like where the bridge has washed out.  Without them there, the risk of travel is increased.

Pray for Phernando and for all our brothers and sisters in Play Grande.

We all have mornings like this…or do we?

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.    Heb 10:24-25

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