Friday, July 31, 2009
I’ve been journaling my prayers of late and am finding it to be very rewarding. Perhaps you don’t type fast, or your hand-writing isn’t any good, so I’m sure this isn’t for everyone, but here are six reasons I think you should consider putting your prayers on paper:
- Continuity. When you write down your thoughts/prayers you know where you’ve been and where you’re going so there’s a cohesiveness about them.
- Consistency. In my case, I journal on YouVersion, so there is a date stamp on each prayer journal entry. So if I haven’t prayed (at least in this kind of intentional way) for a day or two, it is apparent. This helps me cultivate a greater consistency in coming to the Lord with my praise and requests.
- Brevity. We tend to get wordy in our praying, don’t we? Since writing and/or typing is more difficult we will likely say what we mean and mean what we say. Thus we are more direct in our praying and more specific in our requests. That’s a good thing!
- Focus. If you’re anything like me, your mind tends to wander in prayer. However, in writing my prayers I am better able to stay on track and on mission.
- Reflection. As with any journal, writing your prayers allows you the opportunity to go back days, or weeks, or months to see the things you were praying about, as well as how God responded to your prayers.
- Praise. Then, you can offer praise for the answers given. Sometimes we move from one prayer need to the next without expressing thanksgiving for how God has come through on our behalf.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Below is important information concerning Obama's Health Care Bill. I have listened to the Fred Thompson Interview and would encourage you to listen as well (just click on the link below.). You can also go to http://www.defendyourhealthcare.us/ or listen to Fred Thompson Interview 's Fred Thompson: Interviews
Contact your senator and representative. Ask them to read Page 425 of the proposed health care bill . On Page 425 of Obama’s Health Care Bill, the Federal Government will require EVERYONE who is on Social Security to undergo a counseling session every 5 years with the objective being that they will explain to them just how to end their own life earlier. Yes . . . They are going to push SUICIDE to cut Medicare spending! Tell them to read page 425 if they don’t read anything else. Surely, some of them have parents. You might want to forward the following web site address to everyone in your address book. It provides the email address of every elected official in the United States.
Now you know why Obama is trying to rush this through for passage -- before the people find out the facts.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Let me take time to say that this man and his wife (Rev. and Mrs. Clair Sams) are a true example of a president and wife team. They love their pastors and are always a cell phone call away to chat. They have a vision and are well loved by everyone. They are fun to be with, they have great personality, and yet are godly. Who would have ever thought that could be a combination? It has been a breath of fresh air into our lives being part of the Bible Methodist group in more ways than anyone will ever realize.
Thanks to David Smith for the link!
An email from him:
Check out this marksmanship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ieWrWLjii0 I saw this guy in person several years ago, and saw him shoot a quarter out of the air.
David Smith -
direct 336-790-6804 fax 336-790-6833
Your Kaufman Trailer Connection
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
There is a big difference between an elder brother and a real, gospel-believing Christian. But there are also many genuine Christians who are elder brotherish. If you came to Christ out of being a younger brother, there is always the danger of partially relapsing into addictions or other younger-brother sins. But if you've become a Christian out of being an elder brother, you can even more easily slide back into elder-brother attitudes and spiritual deadness. If you have not grasped the gospel fully and deeply, you will return to being condescending, condemning, anxious, insecure, joyless, and angry all the time.
Elder brothers have an undercurrent of anger toward life circumstances, hold grudges long and bitterly, look down at people of other races, religions, and lifestyles, experience life as a joyless, crushing drudgery, have little intimacy and joy in their prayer life, and have a deep insecurity that makes them overly sensitive to criticism and rejection yet fierce and merciless in condemning others.
-The Prodigal God (Dutton, 2008) pp. 70-71
Outwardly, the elder son was faultless. But when confronted by his father's joy at the return of his younger brother, a dark power erupts in him and boils to the surface. Suddenly, there becomes glaringly visible a resentful, proud, unkind, selfish person, one that had remained deeply hidden, even though it had been growing stronger and more powerful over the years.
Looking deeply into myself and then around me at the lives of other people, I wonder which does more damage, lust or resentment? There is so much resentment among the "just" and the "righteous." There is so much judgment, condemnation, and prejudice among the "saints." There is so much frozen anger among the people who are so concerned about avoiding "sin."
The lostness of the resentful "saint" is so hard to reach precisely because it is so closely wedded to the desire to be good and virtuous.
-The Return of the Prodigal Son (Doubleday, 1992) p. 71
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Here is a pic of myself and two cool dudes vegging in the back of the van. Julie said she would drive when the clock said 8:30. After she dozed her eyes back to sleep I advanced the clock to 8:29. After a few minutes I showed her the clock and pulled over. She grumbling that she had not gotten much sleep got behind the wheel while I enjoyed some wrestling, story telling and a few winks in the back with those two cool dudes. I did confess after we were almost home. I was laughing so hard I could not tell her, and so the two cool dudes did the confessing.
Here was Alyssa...not sure why she is half way out into the audience instead of with the other kids, but like Vince she sure is enjoying herself.
End of story and I am living happy ever after!
For further details see here: http://gurneejourney.blogspot.com/2009/07/eye-vs-acid.html