Noah’s Ark and Illegal Aliens

I know, catchy title. But there were two current events that rise to the level of interest for me today. There are actually quite a few over at Neil’s blog, so head over there when you get through here. Once I almost commented on was his link to Wintery Knight’s post on John Stossel’s commentary on the banning of DDT and how many people have died as a result of the ban.

Noah’s Ark

Not sure if you have seen the news about Noah’s Ark, but there are several Chinese archaeologists who claim to have found Noah’s Ark upon on Mt. Ararat. This would be a wonderful find if it could be proven to be the ark, however, I’m not sure how you could prove something like that apart from a plaque somewhere stating in Hebrew “Noah’s Ark, launched by the Noah’s Boat Co., LLC, 6,462 B.C.” Even if there were such a statement, others would dispute the find as authentic. I probably would too.

I do love archaeology and understand that it can help us understand the ancient world, but I don’t put a lot of stock in it as far as informing our faith. We really need to resist the temptation to use such finds, be they true or fake, to support our faith. Yes, I did say that archaeology can help us understand the ancient world, but not our faith. Our faith is in a person, Jesus Christ, who did step into history. And while it is good to help us know the world He lived in, we do not rest any level of faith on the facts of that ancient world unless those facts come from Scripture. God’s word is His special revelation to His people for the purposes of believe in Him and salvation for our souls.

It is interesting to note that Jesus believed in Noah’s Ark and referred to it in His discourse about His Second Coming (Matthew 24:37-39).  So too should we believe that Noah lived, build an ark, and survived a world-wide flood along with only his family and all the animals loaded onto the ark. To doubt that, is to doubt Christ as well. However finding the actual ark is not important to our faith. If your faith is so weak that you must depend upon such finds, then your faith will fail when those finds are proven to be false, and on judgment day. Jesus said we are to believe in Him and Him alone. Anything else that we put our faith into for salvation is wrong and blasphemous. Christ may have preserved the Ark for such a time as this. But He does not need to in order to be just and right. What is most important for Christians to understand is that our faith is built on Christ and informed by the Word of God as it is taught and preached to us by those He has given to the church to do so (Ephesians 4:6-17). To look to science, as so many do for others areas of life, is misguided. Science is never the answer to our problems. God may use science to help us, but we should turn to Him first for our needs, not science.

Illegal Aliens

I’ve really enjoyed watching what has taken place over in Arizona with the passing and signing of their new immigration law. I believe this entire “debate” is senseless. In the words of Sonny Bono when asked why he would not debate illegal immigration, “It’s illegal, what’s the debate?”If we would follow the laws we already have on the books, then Arizona would not need to do what they are doing. But given that we don’t follow those laws, I’m glad Arizona is stepping up to the plate to do something about the problem.

I’ve  invited a friend and Arizona resident to write a guest post for my blog. But until then, I will leave a few comments by Michelle Malkin, and by the political cartoonist on the subject. Read her entire column here.

Michelle shows that if we just adopted the laws of Mexico on the subject, all would be fair. She writes:

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has accused Arizona of opening the door “to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement.” But Arizona has nothing on Mexico when it comes to cracking down on illegal aliens.

As open-borders activists decry new enforcement measures in “Nazi-zona,” they remain deaf, dumb or willfully blind to the unapologetically restrictionist policies of our neighbors to the south.

The Arizona law bans sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws, stiffens penalties against illegal alien day laborers and their employers, makes it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to carry an alien registration document and allows the police to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they’re here legally.

If those rules constitute the racist, fascist, xenophobic, inhumane regime that the National Council of La Raza, Al Sharpton, Catholic bishops and their grievance-mongering followers claim, what about these rules and restrictions imposed on foreigners?

• The Mexican government will bar foreigners if they upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics.” How’s that for racial and ethnic profiling?

• If outsiders do not enhance the country’s “economic or national interests” or are “not found to be physically or mentally healthy,” they are not welcome. Neither are those who show “contempt against national sovereignty or security.” They must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories.

Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove that they can provide their own health care.

• Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment.

Foreigners may be kicked out of the country without due process and the endless bites at the litigation apple that illegal aliens are afforded in our country.

• Officials at all levels must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations. The Mexican military is also required to assist in immigration enforcement operations. Native-born Mexicans are empowered to make citizen’s arrests of illegal aliens.

• Ready to show your papers? Mexico’s National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizen’s identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens.

Stan, over at Winging It has a great post on this law. Check it out here.

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A Better Religion — Part 1

On the way to church two weeks ago, one of the local radio hosts was talking about how Christianity was the best religion there was. Sadly, the best he could do is say that it was best because it was his religion. I wanted to call in the show because I could think of several reasons just off the top of my head, but I had to go to Wednesday night services. I don’t know if he ever got a satisfactory answer, but I thought I would compile a list of reasons for him and others so as to fully understand why Christianity is superior to all other religions.

First, it is the only religion in which God comes to man for man’s salvation. All other religions force man to try and attempt to approach God based upon man’s own merits. Please note that all men know that they need to be saved from something. Even the atheist will attempt some level of righteousness even though he refuses to accept the reality of God and judgment. But religion in and of itself, is an attempt by man to be reconciled to God and to be ready for judgment day even when those religions do not specifically point back to the living and true God. Even the Hindus are trying to achieve something, even if it is the ridiculous quest of becoming a cow.

What sets Christianity above all other religions is that Jesus becomes a man on our behalf. This is why the incarnation of Christ is so vital to Christianity. Jesus becomes flesh and dwells among us (John 1:14), in order to be the righteousness of God for us (Romans 3:10-27). Instead of standing off at a distance, (apologies to Bette Midler), Jesus steps out of glory and joins us in the human condition here on earth. He becomes the righteousness that we need because of our sinful nature.

No other religion comes anywhere near this wonderful truth in providing a Savior for us, in the person of God Himself. He becomes our Mediator between us and God (1 Timothy 2:5).

Why is this necessary?

It is necessary that we have a Mediator because our sinful and fallen nature separate us from God. The sin that Adam brought into the world (Genesis 3), affected all mankind (Romans 5:21). Therefore we are all at enmity with Him by nature (Romans 8:6-8). The sin nature we were born with means that we were automatically born at war with God. We were already in rebellion the moment of conception. We may not have been able to act out on that rebellion or even realized it when we did, but it was there.

The beauty of Christ becoming flesh for us, is that He did what the first Adam could not do by living the perfect life (Romans 5). Jesus lived perfectly on our behalf so that we might be partakers of His righteousness and be reconciled to God (Ephesians 2:14-16). This is what His life and His death on the cross brings His followers, reconciliation to God.

By Jesus dwelling among us, He also removes all arguments men may have against God in saying that God did not fully understand our condition. No matter what man may say, we cannot say that God did not understand the human condition or experience what we experienced. Jesus experience everything we did, with one exception. He did not experience sin. Thank goodness. Now, I know immediately there will be some who say, “But Timothy, then He did not experience everything we did.” Yes He did.

He did not experience sin from the stand point of committing sin Himself. Had that happened, we would not have a Mediator. This means that no one would be saved at all. All of humanity would be destined for eternal damnation and rightfully so for an acceptable sacrifice for us would not be available.

But He did experience the effects of sin on the cross. Hebrews 9:27-28 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

The point being that Jesus did bear our sins on the cross, dealing with our sin in a way that no other religion can offer. One might say, “But if we do enough good works, then our good works will cancel out our sin.” Yes, if you could do enough good works this would be true. The problem with this notion is that we do not do good works. Again, let Scripture speak to this truth. When Jesus was approached by the rich-young ruler, he said, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Matthew 19:15-17). For those of you who like to trust only the red letters in our Bible, meaning the words that Jesus speaks, then let His words convict you. There is no one good but One, that is, God. If we just listened to Christ alone on this issue and went no further on the topic, we stand condemned already. How are we, who are not good, to do good works?

The Bible speaks on this issue in other places as well: Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing,And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. The idea is that our works are like filthy rags, which are the rags used by women during their menstrual cycle. Since this is true, where are our good works?

Paul even weighs in our inability to do good works as well: Romans 3:9-

For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
10
As it is written:
“ There is none righteous, no, not one;

11
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.

12
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;

There is none who does good, no, not one.”

13
“ Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;

“ The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14
“ Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15
“ Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16
Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17
And the way of peace they have not known.”
18
“ There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

The point is that we cannot do good works on our own behalf. We need a Savior, and Christianity is the only religion that brings the that Savior to us in the person of Christ. He willingly laid aside all the comforts of heaven to humble Himself on our behalf, and to dwell among us.

National Day of Prayer

No, I’m not calling on all Americans to join together on a National Day of Prayer. I must confess, that ever since I came to know the Lord almost 20 years ago, that the National Day of Prayer has always rubbed me the wrong way. I feel like it was just a political tool used by politicians to placate those of us who had true faith. They use it to say, “Hey, we are really Christians and by golly, you should vote for us,” because they realized that without the votes of those of us who are Christians, they would never win their elections. I know that the day has been with us for 234 years, but that does nothing to remove this feeling from me. Why?

First of all because I don’t see a lot of politicians who are believers truly living out their faith in office. They do what most Christians do when it comes to faith, act the part on days like the NDP and Christmas, and then move back into the secular mode when it comes to their actions in their legislative bodies. For instance, recently the entire government was run by Republicans, and there was not one piece of legislation presented, debated, voted upon and signed by Bush dealing with one of the most heinous acts of our country: abortion. Our Republicans are always saying that they are pro-life, but never really do anything that will truly reduce the number of abortions in the U.S. in a real and meaningful way.

I know the argument: “But Timothy, the Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional.” OK, then how about passing legislation that shows video of the live fetus (from the Latin word that means “little ones”) inside the womb. Teach and show our children that these babies are truly alive and do feel pain. That way we are shaping the minds of our children to understand that what is being conceived is actual life. This may not be the solution, but did the Republicans do anything of value when they had the power? Absolutely not. I know there was something done with frozen embryos by President Bush, but that was just lip service to the pro-life side in the grand scheme of things. How come there is no real conviction over this issue among those who claim Christ as their Savior in office?

Politicians will always be quick to gather for the cameras in order to offer some form of inane prayer… but take the cameras away and let us see how faithful they truly are. Are they willing to meet at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning, away from the cameras with other men and women of faith in order to pray?

Another reason that I don’t care for NDP is that never bar Jews or people of Islam from the events.  So exactly which God are they worshiping when they gather? There is only One Living and True God and that is the Triune God of Christianity. To approach and pray any other god is blasphemous for the Christian to do because we are saying that the god of the Jews is the real god, or the god of Islam is the true god. Yet Christianity stands in contrast to any ecumenical type of god, because Jesus said that we can only approach the Father through Him (John 14:1-6). He is the only Mediator for mankind, and the only One who can allow us into the presence of the Holy Father in order to make our prayers. Any pulling away from this principle on any level means that we are not truly praying to God at all, and merely giving lip service to Him.

Also, are they truly praying about anything of any real spiritual significance? Are they praying for the lost? Are they praying for the need for more dependence upon the Lord? Are they praying for a deepening of faith? Are they praying for real spiritual awakening, or to be made more in the image of Christ? I add that last one because the answer to that is that we will go through suffering as a result of that prayer. If we truly want to be like Christ, should we expect to have a suffering-free life? He suffered. Since this is true, should we not expect to suffer as well since we are His disciples? A student is never above his Teacher, and we should not think that we are above what He went through.

Finally, the Wisconsin Supreme Court just ruled that the day is Unconstitutional. Let us say that this becomes the law of the land. Will the politicians still gather on May 6th for NDP then? If not, why not? Are they not willing to go to jail for religious liberty? Or, is that just too inconvenient? Let them outlaw our prayer. Then, while we are sitting in jail together, we can pray some more. I bet any politician who gets thrown in jail will pray a lot more sincerely to the Lord once he is sitting in a cell with a bunch of meth addicts.

Please do not think for one minute that I’m opposed to prayer, or a day set aside for prayer. In fact, let’s just set the Lord’s Day aside for prayer and we can all gather in our local houses of worship and pray all day. Too inconvenient… got to beat the Baptists to the local feed trough for lunch (that’s a joke… the only one so far, so please read it as such).

If we are true believers, we are always praying for the things of God and our government and the lost and the wicked, the sick, the poor, etc., etc. That is what believers do. They don’t just show up once a year and pray, or even make a show of doing that. True believers, at least this one, doesn’t care if some Wisconsin judge rules something like the National Day of Prayer as unconstitutional. We are going to pray every day regardless and remember the words of our LORD:

Psalm 2

Psalm 2

The Messiah’s Triumph and Kingdom

1 Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
2
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”

My trust is not in the courts or the legislation, but in He who rules from Zion. To Him I will pray and put my trust, every day, not just once a year so I can placate my constituents.

The God of Space

Hubble Captures View of
Source: Hubblesite.org
I love these images from the Hubble Telescope. The images have been taken over the past 20 years and have allowed mankind to peer into the deepness of space. I believe it truly shows the magnificence of God and His wonderful creative power. Not only did He create the world in six days, He created all that there is in space as well. Now, the obvious thought for me, is that I need to remember that God exists outside of creation. He is NOT a part of creation and while creation points to Him, He is separate from it. This really helps us understand the immensity of His being. For Him to create our world, and all of space, was nothing at all. He had all the power He needed to create what we see in the picture above.

Don’t get lost in what the scientists say about what they are discovering and forget the God behind that discovery. Scientist may be able to take a picture of it, speculate about the make up of the formation and even measure it. But what they can not do is recreate it or even tell us beyond theory about how it was formed. Only God can do that and for that we need to honor Him.

The Ten Virgins and The Church — A Mixed Bag

Why is the church so weak?” This is one of the questions that many have asked when it comes to the effectiveness of the church in our culture. I know that I have asked it for years and even the disciples asked questions similar to this one (see Luke 8. I believe the parable given there was probably a result of the disciples asking why it was that so many followers of Christ were falling away).

Jesus answers another question in the parable of the Ten Virgins. He shows us the state of the church at His Second Coming, it truly is a mixed bag. We see both believers and non-believers in the church, all looking the same, all doing the same thing. This is the portrayal of the virgins and their actions. From the outside, they all look the same. They are all dressed the same way, waiting for the same thing, carrying the same items. They are all doing the same things together, waiting and sleeping. What separates them is that five are ready to go, and five are not.

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

The difference comes in belief. I’m interpreting the oil for true and saving belief. What the five foolish virgins lacked was belief in His coming. They really did not expect Him to come and did not believe that He would. This is how many are in the church. They go through the motions of being there, and may even display levels of zeal for the church or the things of God, but in their hearts they have never truly believed in Christ for salvation.

This reality shows us why the church is weak at some times and stronger at other times. In our parable, there is a true balance given of true believers and false professors. But that is not always the case. Sometimes when God’s grace manifests itself in the life the church, the church becomes more pure and their are more believers than unbelievers. I believe this happened during periods such as the Reformation or the First Great Awakening. The word of God and the gospel really took hold during those periods and a lot of people came to belief. While the level of persecution did rise, the purity of the church also increased to the point that both periods had profound effects upon our country. We are still reaping some of the blessings of those periods.

At other times, we have to admit that the number of foolish virgins definitely increases. I believe we are living in that time period right now. There are a lot of people that believe they are in the camp of true believers, but are not. This is a reality that we live with. This doesn’t mean that we go on witch hunts to try and figure out who is and is not a true believer. That is never encouraged in Scripture. What it does mean is that we pray more for the purity of the church, and the gospel that is preached. It is only by the gospel being preached that we can hope change will come about. Even then, we must admit that God is not bound to answer those prayers in the affirmative. Sometimes He uses the gospel to harden the hearts of people as well.

I wish that this was not the case, and that all those who claimed to be Christians were true believers. But as the parable shows us, on that day when He returns, there will be those who are not ready. The end result is not good. They are shut out and left for hell. I know that seems harsh, but this belief is based upon Christ’s words, not me or my feelings about the matter. He is the one that announces to them: 11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ There are other related passages that show the same thing, Matthew 7:15 ff for example. There He proclaims to many that were doing things in the name of the Lord, will be sent packing come judgment day. Again, all we can do is pray for the purity of the church and the gospel, and ask the Lord for us to bear more fruit in these endeavors. He is the One that causes the growth, not us.

The church indeed is a mixed bag. This is why so many tend to get hurt in and by the church. When we do, we should not go boldly forth to plant a new church, but should look to Him who calls us into the church. If we are going for any other reason than Christ, we miss the mark completely. In fact, to do so, we are foolish virgins. We want to be there because it looks good and not because of the love of the bridegroom. Let us be ready for His return and look to Him, not the church or anything else.

Ryle on Christ’s Return!

“It will be just the same, when Jesus returns to the world. He will find the vast majority of mankind utterly unbelieving and unprepared. He will find the bulk of His believing people in a sleepy and indolent state of soul. Business will be going on in town and country, just as it does now. Politics, trades, farming, buying, selling, pleasure-seeking, will be taking up men’s attention, just s they do now. Rich men will still be fairing sumptuously, and poor men murmuring and complaining. Churches will still be full of division, and wrangling about trifles, and theological controversies will be still raging. Ministers will still be calling men to repent, and congregations still putting off the day of decision—In the midst of all this, the Lord Jesus Himself shall suddenly appear. In an hour when no man thinketh, the startled world shall be summoned to break off all its employments, and to stand before its lawful King.”

Refuting the Shellfish Argument — UPDATE

If you have spent any time at all in debates with atheists, you will have noticed the argument that if we eat shellfish then we do not truly believe in the Bible.
They will ask if you believe in the Bible. Once you say yes, then they will say, “do you eat shellfish?” The implication is that if you do believe in the Bible, why do you eat shell fish. This argument is also put forth by the homosexual community in justifying their sin as well.
The point of the attack is to show that Christians really don’t believe in the Bible because we do eat shellfish. In fact, I’m a very strong advocate of shellfish. I had some in my creole last Friday at Red Lobster. Delicious.
So how do we answer the skeptic who makes this charge? Simply by pointing out two things: First, the skeptic is not an expert on our faith, and secondly, that under the New Covenant we are no longer bound by the ceremonial law. We get our scriptural support from this in several places. The most obvious is 1 Timothy 4:4-5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
These are words of revelation to Paul from the Holy Spirit about the coming apostasy. The false teachers were giving restrictions on what the believer could and could not eat. Paul refutes this by saying that every creature is from God and is good and not to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving and prayer. Please know that I received that shrimp creole with much thanksgiving and prayer. The point of Paul is that all foods are open for us to eat, including that which was forbidden in the Levitical law. Had Paul, or the Holy Spirit, wished for us to keep that section of the Law, his letter to Timothy would have been the perfect time to say so. But he did not. Instead, he did the exact opposite in that he opened the door for us to eat more than the Jews customary foods.
Another place we see that God is not limiting the food we eat is in Colossians 2. Paul shows that such regulations are of self-imposed religion. Under the New Covenant, dietary restrictions are no longer valid. In fact, to try and impose such restrictions is false humility.

Colossians 2:20-23 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—  “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”  which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men?  These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

These verses also refutes the vegetarian movement that is so popular among liberals. But the overall point is that such restrictions bring about false-religion because they impose a false sense of righteousness. I can abstain from eating certain kinds of food (in theory), and gain a level of righteousness. The problem is that before God, such righteousness is completely rejected because it is done in sin. The gospel forbids such self-righteousness. 
We come to Christ with no claim of righteousness at all because we are sinners, saved by Grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. To add anything like dietary laws back into the formula, as the false teachers were doing in Paul’s day, is an insult to God. It insults Him because we are saying that Christ’s death and atonement was not sufficient to save us and that we can bring our works before Him in order to be accepted by Him. That is NOT the gospel. The gospel says that we have nothing whatsoever to offer God, not even our decision to trust in Him, for that comes about after He has caused us to be born again.
Homosexuals and Their Argument
Now, I know that the shellfish argument is used most often by those who are advocating homosexuality and their right to call their unholy unions, marriage. The problem with this is that throughout the New Testament, the writers affirm the moral aspects of the Law. While shellfish is dietary law, used to set the nation of Israel apart from the other nations, the moral law is still affirmed over and over again in the New Testament. The writers are not doing away with it. Not that we gain an ounce of righteousness before God, but that we strive to live as His moral law dictates. It is His moral law that shows us the holiness of God, and how we should strive to obtain that holiness. True, we never reach it this side of glory, but that is still the goal. For the gay community to try and say that their sin is OK, because it is covered in love, is truly and abomination of Love. Their act goes against the very of image of God made in us, since it warps that image. Back in Genesis 2, we find that God made man, male and female in His image. The two together in marriage is a picture of that image. Two men, or two women together is an abomination of that image. That is why it is a sin against God. 
Please note that Paul also had every opportunity to affirm homosexuality if the Spirit had deemed it acceptable. But Paul never does. So when the gay man or woman argues that if you eat shell fish, then you too are in violation of God’s law, don’t listen to them. It’s not the same argument. One act affirms that all animals were created by God and acceptable if received with thanksgiving, their act is still an abomination to His holy image.

I wanted to add Neil’s link to this and bring it back to the top since the argument has surfaced again. Neil does an excellent job of refuting the argument simply by looking at the original language. Read his post here. Also, he mentions it here.

Is Your Church Becoming an Artifact?

Last week, the elders and I went to an Embers to a Flame conference in Memphis, TN., and the embers in their hearts have caught fire. It’s been wonderful to watch because they finally are beginning to see that God may not be through with this congregation as of yet. When I arrived back in November, they were ready to throw in the towel. Now they are looking forward with hopeful expectation to see what the Lord may do through them.

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Prayer and Eating

I realized yesterday that I need to spend more time with Andy on the subject of prayer. I was looking for my elders before the worship service for our prayer time, and Andy was right behind me when he asked: “Daddy, where are you going?”

“To the fellowship hall so I can get the elders.”

“Why?”

“So we can pray.”

“Are you going to eat?”

Apparently, Andy seems to think that the only time anyone prays is when we eat.

Join or Die!

You will not believe this! We were watching the HBO production of John Adams today while we got ready to go see a movie and Andy read the flag that is in the intro of the movie. He said, “That says ‘Join or die!'”

We just about toppled over in disbelief. This is a child that will probably repeat pre-K because he will not perform for anyone when it comes to reading. Yet, he read the flag. I think he knows more than he is letting on because that came out of the blue. I’m not sure if I like him reading that particular line, be we are glad he is reading things on his own.

Knock-Knock Joke

The Knock-Knock Joke according to Joey.

Joey: “Knock knock.”

Me: “Who’s there?”

Joey: “Smucklebunkle.”

Me: “Smucklebunkle who?”

Joey: “Knock knock.”

Me: “Who’s there?”

Joey: “Soupy”

Me: “Soupy who?”

Joey: “Knock knock.”

Me: “Who’s there?”

Joey: “Blambusealbe.”

Me: “Blambusealbe who?”

Joey: “Knock knock.”

Me: “Who’s there?”
So it goes. He never gets around to the punch line, which he finds, quite hilarious. I guess that is the punch line, no punch line and we all buy into the hope of a punch line. Could he have comic genius?

Happy Atheist’s Day!

Yes, ladies and gents, the Atheists actually have a day to celebrate. Most of us know this as April Fool’s Day, but in reality, it’s Atheist’s Day, the day where we get to remind them of their foolishness. God’s word says:

Psalm 14

–To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

 1 The fool has said in his heart,
         “There is no God.”
         They are corrupt,
         They have done abominable works,
         There is none who does good.

Funny how God went to the trouble to share His opinion about atheists, long before they got around to telling us what they thought about Him. But alas, I digress. Today, when you see your neighborhood atheist, be sure to wish him or her, “Happy Atheist’s Day!”