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Objective Evaluations

Posted in Crawford on September 8, 2012 by workoutwarriors

Hello to all,

We should all consider our actions daily. We should consider how they reflect our beliefs or how they do not. We should preferably consider them prior to doing them, but even if past tense we should hold an objective evaluation. As we go through life we should surround ourselves with people who test us and hold us accountable for what we believe, say and do. Competition breeds success. The incessant mocking of our friends can be harnessed for good beyond measure if we properly apply this. Let us learn from each other the lessons that are available.

Let us challenge each other to become better in all ventures that we embark on this week and have more humility and less pride.

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Anthony Flew-Knew

Posted in Crawford on August 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

An atheist philosopher by the name of “Tony” Anthony Flew was a prominent figure in the Analytic and Evidentialist schools of thought. In a short, and perhaps limiting definition, this is the “I don’t believe anything unless I can see it” mindset.  Today this worldview is becoming increasingly more prominent due to the philosophical success of macroevolution and atheist scientists. The Bible teaches that people will depart from the truth based upon their own lust. This is simply placed in our minds as people don’t want to be subject to a God and therefore don’t believe in Him because they wouldn’t be able to do what they want to do anymore.

When I observe this from the Christian perspective we see something different philosophically. If one consents to God being the creator of the heavens and the earth, it logically follows that He is superior and infinite. Since we are finite, it logically follows that He is more powerful than we are. When we view “I don’t believe anything unless I can see it” in this worldview an absurdity arises. The person who says this to God is telling the infinite creator of time, space and matter that He must prove Himself to his creation. This makes Him the Guy that has to jump when we say jump. How foolish is this? Can a man tell God what to do and expect an appropriate response?

The reverence that once existed for God is gone in main stream circles today. Let us be reminded that Jacob had such awe and reverence for his God that he was amazed his life was spared after meeting Him face to face. In Genesis 32:30 – So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” Peniel is translated as “Face of God.”

Let us be ever mindful that we are finite and our attitudes towards God must reflect who He is and not just our perceptions of Him.

It should be noted that as Dr. Flew aged he changed from an atheist to a theist and wrote a book entitled There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. After a lifetime of fighting God, his book was received with much skepticism alleging a deteriorated mental state. I believe that Dr. Flew believed that he was going to meet this God and was trying to learn a little bit about him before he met Him face to face.

Truthfully Evaluate Motivations

Posted in Crawford on August 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

Genesis we read in 25:21: Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.” I perceive two truths of note in this verse to be applied within our lives.

The first is that Isaac prayed for his wife. This states that Isaac took a leadership role in bringing his wife’s needs to God and was conscious enough to observe what was important to her. It is true that Isaac didn’t have to do much searching to learn what was important to Rebekah, but that doesn’t change this truth. It may be that we need to look closer at our spouses to see how we can petition God for their benefit.

The second point is that God answered “his” prayer and “she” became pregnant. It is interesting to me to observe that “his” prayer was answered about his wife. It is improbable to state that a woman of faith did not pray personally to God as well, but why was his prayer the one that is mentioned in Scripture as being answered? Scripture does not record that Isaac prayed for a child through his wife. It does record that he prayed for his wife to have the child. His intentions were not of his own motivations and his decision was made with her in mind over himself.

When we combine these two truths we observe Isaac learning what Rebekah needed, taking the initiative to petition God for the welfare of his bride and not for personal gain. This is a truth that we, as a culture, have lost. The most successful relationships are not grounded in what you can get out of it. The most successful relationships are what you can do for other people. We live around insincerity everywhere and this causes distrust and poor relationships, no matter what kind. Let us truthfully evaluate our motivations that drive our relationships and adjust ourselves towards this Biblical truth.

By the way for those who asked this week Genesis 25:7 states Abraham was 175 years old when he died.

Finality

Posted in Crawford on August 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

We read in Genesis 23 about the death of Sarah. I find it interesting that Scriptural accounts of death are normally not very descriptive. Here we read starting in verse 1: “Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.[a] He said, “I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead. ”

We read the narrative describing the death of such an influential person in the history of Judaism and Christianity and it is contained within 2 verses. The first states her age and the second identifies where she passed and that her husband wept “over her.” Why would Moses not include more in this description? Why would he not commemorate her life in some fashion? It is clear that Abraham loved his wife. He mourned her and wanted the best place for her as we read in the remainder of this chapter; however, we see a decisive action concerning him standing up from mourning to immediately making life’s choices.

There is finality in death that we distain as humans. We don’t like it. We miss our loved ones and are unhappy with them leaving us, but we must consent objectively that our emotions stop with us. The loved one who has left doesn’t feel the pain that we do, if they are in heaven with Christ, and they would not want us to feel sad because of their leaving.

I wonder about the totality of what is contained within the first verse when it states that Sarah was 127 years old. I think about all of the life experiences that Moses did not write down. What would have been on the “slideshow” at her funeral? If Abraham had penned this book what would it have said? Let us be mindful about this slideshow in our own lives and work on making memories with our loved ones that we will be proud to have displayed on a big screen at our funeral.

Old Sayings….Past Ways ?

Posted in Crawford on August 20, 2012 by workoutwarriors

The old saying, “whatever you do today, you will have to sleep with tonight,” is falling by the way side in the world of today. We live in a culture of right is what you can articulate as right. The human race makes morality relative to our wants and desires and this is diabolically opposed to Christian theism. Do we wonder why there are so many commercials for sleeping pills on the television?

 The verse this week is another one written by King Solomon. He states in Proverbs 16:8, “Better is little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.”What are our motives behind the decisions that we make? Are they moral in accordance with God’s morality or ours? We may observe examples of this truth being negatively revealed at times and may further develop or develop a distain for perpetrators of this using the lens that this verse provides. If we read this verse and say to someone else “yeah that guy is sure doing this,” then I am afraid that we have missed the point. The point is to look at ourselves through the lens that this truth provides. The correct internal question is; “what are my motives in the decisions that I make?”

Wisdom

Posted in Crawford on August 12, 2012 by workoutwarriors

My grandfather passed several years ago and I remember as a teenager of about 18 or 19 speaking with him about life. He was a veteran of the invasion of Normandy and had a few stories to tell. We talked through many different topics into the trivialities of life. He knew he was dying and in reflection had a few things to say to me. One of these things is that I shouldn’t work my life away. He spoke about some disappointments in his life and said the most prevalent category was not spending enough time with his loved ones. He was not an emotionally overt man, but I could tell he was hiding an upheaval of thoughts he didn’t want to come up.  We live in a fast world. It doesn’t stop for any of us and we sometimes find ourselves in a full blown sprint trying to keep up at times.

The book of Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon as a follow up to the book of Proverbs. He starts the text with speaking about goals that he set and accomplished in his life. He states that he built houses, obtained silver and gold, had many concubines, etc. His position at the conclusion of acquiring all of this is that it is all “vanity and vexation of spirit.” This is more easily interpreted as vanity and chasing with intent to grasp and catch the wind in your hands. He is drawing the picture that it is futile.

This week, I challenge you to be cognizant of how you are spending your time. Let’s remember the important things in life and not get caught up in the trivial stuff. Spend time with your loved ones and tell them what you think of them. Speak kindly to your children and give them grace as you have been given by your Father. Don’t grasp the trivialities with two fists, allow your hands to open and relax enjoying who God has placed in your life.

No Regrets

Posted in Crawford on August 12, 2012 by workoutwarriors

  In March 1993, photographer Kevin Carter made a trip to southern Sudan, where he took now iconic photo of a vulture preying upon an emaciated Sudanese toddler near the village of Ayod. Carter said he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn’t. Carter snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away. (The parents of the girl were busy taking food from the same UN plane Carter took to Ayod).

The photograph was sold to The New York Times where it appeared for the first time on March 26, 1993 as ‘metaphor for Africa’s despair’. Practically overnight hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask whether the child had survived, leading the newspaper to run an unusual special editor’s note saying the girl had enough strength to walk away from the vulture, but that her ultimate fate was unknown. Journalists in the Sudan were told not to touch the famine victims, because of the risk of transmitting disease, but Carter came under criticism for not helping the girl.

Carter eventually won the Pulitzer Prize for this photo, but he couldn’t enjoy it. “I’m really, really sorry I didn’t pick the child up,” he confided in a friend. Consumed with the violence he’d witnessed, and haunted by the questions as to the little girl’s fate, he committed suicide three months later.