Saturday, August 9, 2008

Olympic Opening Ceremony

I watched the Olympic Opening Ceremony yesterday. It was truly an amazing display of beauty and human synchronicity. But I found another aspect of it more interesting.

I thought it was interesting that in communist China where the government would like everyone to be atheist they had a show celebrating their religious roots. If Chicago gets the Olympics in 2016, what do you think the odds are that our Christian roots will be celebrated? About zero, I'd say.

Let's not forget two things. 1. America's roots are unapologetically Christian. 2. China is making great strides as a country, but that doesn't mean that we should assume they are "friendly" toward us.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Praise the Lord!

I saw a sign for $3.58/gallon gas. I immediately thought, "Praise the Lord." Then I thought, "How often do I praise Him when things are going the way I like and forget to praise him when things go the way I don't like?"

It also made me think that He often gives us difficulties so that we appreciate the easier times. 5 years ago I would have been coughing and sputtering over $3.58/gallon gas. Now I am excited to see it.

So, let's all praise the Lord whatever our circumstances.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

40 Days for Life

I went to a meeting yesterday and became an official 40 Days for Life core team member. I really encourage everyone to get involved with this nation wide effort.

The 40 Days for Life was started in 2004 in Bryan/College Station, TX when a local pro-life group prayed for an answer about how to reduce abortions in their area. God's answer was the 40 days for Life. With only 2 weeks of preparation, the campaign activated 1000 people and led to a 28% drop in abortions that year. The campaign quickly spread to other cities, culminating in nationally coordinated efforts in the fall of 2007, Lent of 2008 and again this fall from September 24-November 2. Results have been overwhelming: hundreds of lives saved, abortion clinics closing, post-abortive women finding healing, abortion workers converting, and more.

This year there are 170+ cities participating (the list won't be online for a few more days). Even if your city doesn't participate officially, you can always participate by praying for abortions to end in your city, county, state, and country.

God has used 40 day periods throughout the Bible. I look forward to seeing what God will do during this one.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Bravo, God!

God's creation is so amazing. Even though it has been marred by the sin of human beings, creation is still an incredible thing to behold. It is also very humbling to me. With all of our intelligence and experimenting and exploring, we do not even understand a tenth of a percent of the vast variety on this planet nor do we even understand our own bodies. I am linking to two videos that I found at GreatHomeschoolVideos. I encourage you to go and check out the rest of their videos when you have a chance.

This first video is a man born without eyes who can paint better than many sighted people. If you would like to visit Mr. Armagan's website, click here.

This second video shows some of the amazing deep water animals we are only just discovering.

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