Wednesday, October 22, 2003

October 22, 2003

10:59 PM Barb King writes from Albany, NY about how she discovered God’s faithfulness while helping her daughter Rachel:

Rachel is scheduled to sing for the offertory this Sunday and I couldn’t find the CD with the music anywhere. I literally looked everywhere I could think of at home and at church. Time is running out and for the last two days I’ve been praying and asking God if he would please help me find it, if that is what his will was. Just this morning I said to Rachel that we would have to find another song. Because I’ve been working so much I’m behind on the laundry, so I had to go into the laundry room to check for something from the dryer this morning. There is a small pile of misc. stuff in the corner (probably stuffed there when we had company, to hide it) and as I bent down to look in the dryer I saw the CD in that pile! The first thing I did was praise the Lord and sing a little song we sing in first grade – “Oh the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord. For giving me the things I need, the sun, the rain and the appleseed. The Lord is good to me.” He surely is good to me even in the little things. What care and concern he shows.

9:34 PM Josh added a picture of the flier that the children gave to those who watched the Billy Sunday presentation last Sunday. 9:29 PM Just back from visiting Bob Johnsen at Loyola Hospital. He is recovering from multiple-bypass surgery plus some post-surgery complications. Bob is 74, has been around Calvary for many decades, and is an avid reader of this weblog. He’s a good friend and prayer partner and we share a common love for old books and all things related to the Civil War. Bob told me how he met Torrey Johnson back in the old Youth for Christ days, and how through Youth for Christ he met Betty. They have been married for 47 years. He testified to me about God’s faithfulness across the years. I should also add that he is a true believer in the Shroud of Turin—a fact that everyone discovers who is around him for a short time. Bob is quite a personality and it’s always good to see him. 12:23 PM Ben Shapiro explains what is at stake in the Terry Schiavo case:

Because America’s conservative religious community constantly strives to find reasons for preserving life, in accordance with the biblical text: “Before you I have placed life and death, the blessing and the curse. You must choose life, so that you and your descendants will live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). For the religious, every life is worth living, even if we do not know the purpose of a given life. Terri Schiavo is a life — therefore, Terri Schiavo is worth saving.

9:19 AM Updated Legacy Campaign commitment total: $1,450,000. 9:14 AM Every year about this time Christian parents wonder what to do about Halloween. Here’s an excellent collection of articles that discuss all sides of the Halloween question from a Christian point of view. 9:09 AM Keith Drury writes about the coming church split that will be as momentous as the split between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches in the 11th century and the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s. He says the current struggle in the Anglican Church is only one sign of the coming split. 9:05 AM Gene Edward Veith explains the connection between moral reformation and the war on terrorism. An excerpt:

The terrorists can be defeated once and for all by a moral reformation in the West. The world must be shown how morality and freedom not only can coexist but support each other. This is precisely the contribution of Christianity, in which righteousness comes not from legalism or coercion but from the freedom of the gospel.

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