Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Maria Sue Chapman's memorial service

Listen well to Caleb Chapman's statement. His graduation from high school (often seen as a primary step into adulthood) was marred by this tragedy, but he took a giant step into manhood with those beautiful, touching words.

And how inspiring it is to see people praising God even in the face of such loss! What a testament to the hope we have through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! We grieve, yes, but we are not consumed by it because we know that such loss is only temporary and that an eternity of joy awaits us. We lean on Jesus in the good times and the bad and he carries us all the way through. As they sang at the memorial, blessed be his name!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Please pray for Steven Curtis Chapman and family

Especially for his teenage son.

Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter killed by car in driveway

I wrote this elsewhere and will share it here as well:

At times like this, many people - both those who believe in God and those who don’t - ask, “Why would God let this happen?” We can never fully know the answers to such a question, but what we can fully know is what God has promised us:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

God had a reason for this and it will ultimately result in something good. It may be public or private, but it will be something that glorifies Him.

For those of us who love God, tragedies like this are bittersweet. While we certainly grieve the loss of children, we know that they are welcomed into the loving arms of the Lord and we will be reunited forever with them someday.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Prince Caspian

This is an excellent review of the film.

This is not.

My wife and I went to the film on Saturday. It was entertaining and well-made, but that's it. It wasn't meaningful. I agree with the first review above that reducing Aslan's presence and role in the story did a great disservice to the film. The world of Narnia revolves around Aslan and it is he who is the central character, not the Pevensie children.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Have I mentioned this before?

The sensible alternative to the garbage that is Wikipedia: Conservapedia. I edit there and have even created a few articles - most notably ones for Brad Stine and Left Behind: Eternal Forces.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

The surprise, as promised...


The baby is due sometime around Thanksgiving!

God is good!

If you can't tell, the baby is the grey blotch at the bottom of the roundish black blotch. Head is to the right. From the measurements the technician took, the baby is about 1.5 inches long from head to butt.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Special post coming tomorrow

I will have an exciting surprise post for you tomorrow. Watch for it.

National Day of Prayer, 2008

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

America trusts in the abiding power of prayer and asks for the wisdom to discern God's will in times of joy and of trial. As we observe this National Day of Prayer, we recognize our dependence on the Almighty, we thank Him for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us, and we put our country's future in His hands.

From our Nation's humble beginnings, prayer has guided our leaders and played a vital role in the life and history of the United States. Americans of many different faiths share the profound conviction that God listens to the voice of His children and pours His grace upon those who seek Him in prayer. By surrendering our lives to our loving Father, we learn to serve His eternal purposes, and we are strengthened, refreshed, and ready for all that may come.

On this National Day of Prayer, we ask God's continued blessings on our country. This year's theme, "Prayer! America's Strength and Shield," is taken from Psalm 28:7, "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped." On this day, we pray for the safety of our brave men and women in uniform, for their families, and for the comfort and recovery of those who have been wounded.

The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on our Nation to reaffirm the role of prayer in our society by recognizing each year a "National Day of Prayer."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2008, as a National Day of Prayer. I ask the citizens of our Nation

to give thanks, each according to his or her own faith, for the freedoms and blessings we have received and for God's continued guidance, comfort, and protection. I invite all Americans to join in observing this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.


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