Showing posts from March, 2008

A guest blogger

This week, we have a guest writer. Dalton (my 16 year old) will be giving his perspective on "keeping it real." Feel free to comment, I will pass it along to him. -------------Johnny Maybe the Coca-Cola Company had the right idea, maybe, with this world that advertises with anything but reality, they were able to see some form of the light. "Keepin' It Real" was and still is a slogan that obviously affected many people, so who is to say we can't use it in our own walk with Christ? First, let me pose a couple of questions: What is "Real?" How do we keep it?, and, more to the point, where do we get it? Let me say this, we can only find real inside of ourselves, it is not something to be bought, it is not something that there is an eternal search for, except inside yourself. I had a friend, who, in a recent conversation about a job interview said "I wish I could just fake it." There is a problem there, once you fake it, once you have p

Separate and Apart

A number of years ago, I heard a man at the Lord's table say as the plates for the contribution were about to be passed, "And now, separate and apart from the Lord's Supper, we will contribute of our means". That sounded good to me for I felt that you certainly would not want to mix the two. This practice caught on all over the brotherhood. Some places had the contribution at the close of the service and the Supper at the beginning so as not to confuse the two. But as I think back on this, I cannot ever remember anyone who ever got confused about the Supper and the contribution. And as I think about it now, I think that it might be real good for some of our members throughout the brotherhood to get the two a little mixed up. What would be wrong in thinking about the suffering and death of our sweet Lord Jesus on the cruel cross for us individually as we drop our collection into the plate? What would it hurt to say to ourselves, "God so loved that He gave His only

The Moment For Truth

The Moment For Truth Recently, there have been a series of commercials that have caught my attention. The commercials are what I term “Shock value” commercials. These commercials are for the TV show entitled “The Moment of Truth.” This show seems to take up the baton from daytime talk shows in placing contestants on stage while hooked up to a lie detector machine. The show then asks random questions of increasing levels of stress. Here is what the Show Infe page says about the show on Fox’s website: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH will put participants to the test -- the lie detector test -- to reveal whether or not they are telling the truth for a chance to win half a million dollars. On THE MOMENT OF TRUTH, the challenge is simple -- answer 21 increasingly personal questions honestly, as determined by a polygraph, and win up to $500,000. This is the only game show where participants know both the questions and the answers before they begin to play. Prior to playing, participants are

Do We Have The Guts?

I received this letter via e-mail from a friend of mine (Ken Jackson). The forward message of the e-mail said that it would make me think. It Did! Here it is, application to follow. It takes courage to live by a different set of rules and lifestyle.And as a person who is looking to reshape or alter their body you need to realize the the rules of the "ordinary" simply DO NOT apply to you. For instance, many "ordinary" people (friends and family included) see my emails and don't know what to make of them. They take a look at the text and roll their eyes. It's funny because I also see them roll their eyes when I tell them I don't even like sodas, cheesecakes or fried chicken. Or that I may have pizza once a year (Super Bowl).If I didn't have the courage to stand for what I believe in and use strategies that actually work I would be stuck living by the rules of the “ordinary." I've lived that life and I'll tell you from experience – it is no