Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Real Monsters on the Walking Dead

On tonight's episode of AMC's the Walking Dead Rick encountered the real monsters of this popular series, the survivors of the Zombie Apocolypse. People have the wrong impression of who to be afraid of, it's not the flesh eating undead but the marauding survivors who take advantage of a world thrown into a state of chaos and anarchy. I think Rick and Carl and most of his scattered group have proves they can hold their own against the zombies but this new group of malcontents who showed up at Rick and Carls new stronghold seem to be a treacherous unsavory lot. I will say no more in case someone reading this may not have seen tonight's episode, which by the way was one of the best of the season.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dead Friends Dear Friends

Dead friends yet dear friends 
Who live on in my mind

Looking at old pictures of 
When they were living
Brings bittersweet feelings
Of a distant time

I thought they were invincible
Indestructible beings who old man death would never find
But find them he did 
And took them away
At an unexpected time

When my life was empty 
When having no clue
Dear friends you brought me joy
And helped ease the pain of a troubled youth

Though I know you were not perfect 
And had demons that you fought
You always seemed to have an attitude that 
Approached life without fear and embraced having a good time, anytime
You took me in as a friend, though I felt like a nobody, you made me feel like a somebody
For that I give you thanks.

In memory of Tracy Welch and Kenny Harris.

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Paul Young

This is a personal post. I am sharing a collage of my son and new daughter-in-laws wedding. Today Katie Nix became Mrs. Katie Young the wife of Jonathan Young. I am very proud of both of them, they are fine young Christians who take their walk with Christ serious. I could not have asked for a better wife for my oldest son. May God richly bless this union, I believe He will. # jonkatiewedding

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Snowy Woods

Have you ever walked through the whitened woods
Ivory laced with green guarded by majestic giants
Standing sentinels keeping watch over sacred ground
Who in thier time have witnessed the changes time bestow.

I took this picture from the road that runs along side Noontootla creek in the mountains of Fannin County, Ga. This was taken on Sunday, February 16, the Sunday after the Snowpocolypse 2014.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Wake Up Call

Lost in the sweet delirium of an early morning dream
The unwelcome blast from her call comes crashing through my sleep.
Slumbering, mumbling, crumbling I stumble down my hall
All for the sake of my wonderful little wife's precious wake up call

I love you honey comes a sweet voice through the ear piece of the receiver
I love you too I yawn insync trying hard to please her
Are you awake darling? she quizs me with a giggle in her squawk 
No I am still sleeping baby, you are speaking the our dog who I just trained to talk 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sunday School notes for 1st Corinthians 1:21-31

Last week we finished up by speaking on worldly wisdom, today we will look at the foolishness of God. Of course there is no foolishness in God at all, but to those who do not believe the message of the cross, God's ways can appear foolish.

Vs 21 - 23

The wisdom of God had been displayed throughout history. through creation and through His dealings with people, particularly His people. Yet despite the declaration of His wisdom, mankind rebelled against his creator and continues to do so. God in His wisdom knew what man would do and provided a means by which mankind could know His God. Through the gospel (foolishness of preaching) not foolish in how it is proclaimed but the message itself.

The Jews looked for signs that Jesus was the Christ, Greeks were looking for sound philosophical evidence or a good argument on how someone could truly know God. Some still believe it is impossible to know God so they take their chances with whatever supreme God who may be in control.

Paul states that Christ crucified was stumbling block to the Jews who were not looking for a suffering Messiah but one who would bring physical deliverance for Israel and was foolishness to the Greeks who were looking for a strong compelling argument that met their wise standards.

vs 24-25
To those whom God has called in His foreknowledge. The crucified Christ whom the Jews considered weak was the all-powerful risen Christ
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

This foolish idea that a man would die and would be physically resurrected was the means by which God in His divine wisdom had chose to redeem the world.

vs 26-29
In these verses Paul is telling them to look at who God has called, not many of those wise by worldly standards, not many mighty people, nor many noble, those of high social rank, through wealth, education due to family background. Think of the apostles, at least 4 were fishermen, 1 tax collector, a zealot (a sect that rebelled against Roman authority).

God has chose to call those who the world might discount because of their low social standing, lack of wisdom or their weakness.This is not to say that God does not call the mighty, wise or the prominent, He indeed does, but natural wisdom, social standing or strength in no wise makes anyone a more likely candidate for God's kingdom. We should not be swayed by someones natural attributes or position in life but rather see people as just souls who are part of the family of God or those who need a Savior. James warns in his epistle about having respect of persons. The scripture is found in James 2: 1-9

The bottom line is that no one can boast that God chose them because of what they could do, what they had done or who they are in this life.

vs 30-31
The reason no flesh can glory in His presence is that believers are in Christ not by their own doing but of Him, which means literally out of Him, a Greek idiom meaning the First Cause, Christ initiates our relationship with Him. We are placed into Christ who God in His mercy and grace has made unto us;
Wisdom: Who is wise but the one who embraces the cross of Calvary and takes up His own cross and follows Christ.

Righteousness: The imputed righteousness of Christ and righteous living by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sanctification: We have been set apart for God by Christ's sacrifice, made holy. Through the Holy Spirit we should live out that holiness.

Redemption: We have been redeemed by the blood of the Jesus. We were slaves to sin, a price had to be paid to redeem us. It took the blood of Christ.

1 Peter 1:18-19 KJV
[18] Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: …

Perhaps in the context of talking about divisiveness over leaders Paul was saying that their logic and focus on the human leaders was flawed. That the focus should be on the gospel, the wisdom and power was in the message. Human wisdom might think I need to follow this man or that man and make a big deal about it, but the wisdom of God says focus on the message of the cross and that man who died and rose again and lives forever more.

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