Here's an idea I've been playing with. I was tempted to enter it in a contest at PanosFX.com, but couldn't since the contest required use of an out of bounds (oob) action and I did this manually. I think the idea is OK, though the execution could stand some refinement.
"For us let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place where God wants us, and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results."
-- Abbé Monchanin
Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Please join me in reminding our government leaders to consider this scripture passage as they make decisions.
“So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty.
Malachi 3:5 New International Version
You can find senators' e-mail addresses at:
Other leaders can also be found at dot gov sites (If in doubt, Google it -- or Bing it.)
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
There is a God able to save us, the God whom we serve, able to save us from the burning furnace and from you power, O king. But even if he does not, understand this, O king, we will not serve your gods, and we will not bow down before the golden image which you have erected."
Dan. 3:17-18 Moffatt Translation
Thursday, February 17, 2011
"for the God whom we serve is able to save us from the fire of the furnace and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But, whether He does or not, be it known to you, O king, we will not serve your gods, or worship the image which you have set up."
Dan. 3:17-18 Berkeley Version
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"If there is a god who is able to save us from the blazing furnace, it is our God whom we serve; he will deliver us from your majesty's power. But if not, be it known to your majesty that we shall neither serve your gods nor worship the gold image you have set up."
Dan. 3:17-18 Revised English Version
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
"If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up."
Dan. 3:17-18 New Revised Standard Version
Monday, February 14, 2011
"If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
Dan. 3:17-18 New International Version
Friday, February 11, 2011
Woe to those who issue harsh decrees,
penning orders that oppress,
robbing the weak of their rights,
and defrauding the poor of their dues,
till widows fall to them as spoil,
and orphans as their prey.
Is. 10:1-2 Moffatt Translation
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Hosni Mubarak has pulled a Robert Mugabe and refused to relinquish power even against the will of the people. Personal pride overrules love of country.
How long, O LORD, must I call for help,Habakkuk 1:2-4 New International Version
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
Many today argue that the United States of America is a Christian nation. Is this true?
Early in his ministry Jesus laid out what his job description:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:18ff New International Version)
The Gospels show that spiritual, physical and psychological healing was a major part of his work.
Justice was also of great importance. He condemned the religious leaders for being preoccupied with ritual practices but neglecting justice. (Luke 11:42)
Jesus instructed his followers to give to all who ask. (Luke 6:30ff) They are not to resist those who act violently against them, and if sued, they are to give even more than the suit demands. When impressed into service, they are to give service above that demanded. The old rule of "a tooth for a tooth" is superceded. (Matthew 5:38ff)
Jesus' followers are not to judge others. (Matthew 7:1-2) Rather they are to be merciful. (Luke 6:36)
They are to bear lasting fruit. (John 15:16) The Apostle Paul delineates what characterizes this fruit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version)
These qualities must be clearly evident in the lives of his followers.
Jesus commanded his followers to love one another. (John 15:12) Not only are they to love one another, they are to love their enemies! (Matthew 5:43-44) This is the criteria by which they will be known to be his true followers. (John 13:35)
Jesus makes it quite clear that he clearly expects his followers to live out the life he has described, and lived himself. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
(Luke 6:46 New International Version)
It is not the shibboleths we shout but the deeds we do that determine whether or not we are a Christian nation.
On the basis of our deeds, we definitely are NOT a Christian nation.
Would that we were.
Alas for those issuing unrighteous decrees and for the scribes who put injurious decisions into writing; who thrust aside the needy from their court rights and rob the poor of My people of justice, so that widows become their prey and orphans their plunder.
Is. 10:1-2 Berkeley Version
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Woe betide those who enact unjust laws
and draft oppressive edicts,
depriving the poor of justice,
robbing the weakest of my people of their rights,
plundering the widow and despoiling the fatherless!
Is. 10:1-2 Revised English Version
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees,
who write oppressive statutes,
to turn aside the needy from justice
and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
that widows may be your spoil,
and that you may make the orphans your prey!
Is 10:1-2 New Revised Standard Version
Monday, February 07, 2011
Woe to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees,
to deprive the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
making widows their prey
and robbing the fatherless.
Is 10:1-2 New International Version