It Sucks and It Hurts

(From May 2, 2018)

God is good.

God still heals today.

The enemy is real. He still works his evil schemes throughout the Earth.

Sometimes people get sick. Cancer and other life-ending diseases run rampant across our world.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Terror attacks, heinous shootings, and tragic accidents take the lives of people we know and love.

Sometimes we pray for people with terminal illnesses and they still die.

It sucks and it hurts.

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Rest in Peace, Grandma Go Blue

On Friday, our family friend, Barbara “Barb” Jennings went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was 74. She was a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, and loved her Michigan Wolverines. She was affectionately called Grandma Go Blue by her grandkids Zeke, Ethne, and Eydie Waters. She was an amazing woman.

Barb and Al

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Phase 1 Ends, Phase 2 Begins

12 weeks ago, I began a journey that has been a long-time coming. For all of my life, I have been overweight. I have been told time and again by doctors that I needed to lose weight. Yet, I ignored them because I didn’t want to give up the food that I enjoyed eating.

After a number of life circumstances, not the least of which was a diabetes diagnosis a year ago, I decided it was time to get serious about losing weight. It began at work.

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Christmas Eve 2014

Picture these Christmas images:

  • Multitudes of people frantically scrambling around in search of last minutes gifts; often times spending more money than they can really afford to spend.
  • A house decked out in lights with a yard loaded to the hilt with decorations which illuminate the entire block, a la the Clark Griswold home in Christmas Vacation.

  • Wild office parties or family get-togethers with varieties of food and beverages to go along with loads of fun and laughter.

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God Singing to Me

I was attending a conference at my church today on the Father’s love (among other things) with speaker Leif Hetland. As we worshipped this morning before Leif spoke, we sang the song Furious by Jeremy Riddle. I sensed God saying, “I am singing this to you (and everyone else here).”

So, here are song lyrics with the pronouns changed as God was singing this to me.

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WARNING!!! I’m Getting On My Soapbox to Rant

WARNING!!! I am getting on my soapbox!!! Prepare yourself!!! There’s a rant coming!!! You have been warned. If you are easily offended, you might not want to read further.

I was browsing my Facebook feed today and I came across an article posted by a friend of mine. The article talked about an Oklahoma Tea Party candidate calling for homosexuals to be stoned to death. (I won’t dignify it with a link to the actual article. You can Google it if you’re really interested.)

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gods at war – Chapter 5 – the god of food

Yesterday, I looked at chapter 4 of Kyle Idleman’s book gods at war. Chapter 4 was all about making a choice about which god would rule your heart. It also concluded part 1 of the book – which I see as the introduction and definition of the problem.

Before I get into part 2 and chapter 5, I noticed a line from chapter 4 that stood out to me that I didn’t mention yesterday. Idleman says this, referring the Joshua’s speech to the Israelites in Joshua 24, “So even if you’ve chosen the Lord God in the past, the challenge of Joshua is to choose this day whom you will serve.” Each day is a new day with Jesus. The book of Lamentations says His lovingkindness and compassion are new every morning. This also means that we have a new chance and a fresh start every morning to choose whom we will serve and which god we will let sit on the throne of our heart.

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