Saturday, February 10, 2007

It's the Weekend

SURPRISE! Barack Obama is running for President. I'd say something about it if I cared.

Men's Prayer Breakfast?
An event billed as "Porn and Pancakes" is being hosted by a church in rural upstate New York.

The breakfast discussion on the pornography industry in America is planned next month at the Living Word Assembly of God Church in the town of Ontario, in rural Wayne County about ten miles east of Rochester.

A billboard advertisement near the church shows the words "Porn and Pancakes" written in syrup on a stack of flapjacks. Where do churches come up wiht this stuff. Check out the rest of the story here.
(Thanks to Kim Riddlebarger for the link)

Work Stuff
For the past two months, I've spent pretty much every Saturday, and most weeknights, studying for a certification test I'm taking next week (work related). I think I'm ready; I'll be glad when it's all over.

Church Stuff
We're studying the book of Esther in Sunday School. Tomorrow, we're looking at chapters 3 - 4 where Haman begins his plot to kill all of the Jews. Mordecai appeals to Esther to go before the king in order to save the Jews. When she hesitates, Mordecai tells her:

"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
Mordecai is a great man of faith; whether he or Esther or whoever intervenes, he is confident that God will ultimately deliver the Israelites. But his last comment really emphasizes his understanding of God's sovereignty: Maybe you're the Queen because God put your here--BECAUSE He always knew that Haman would pull this stunt. Not an exact quote, but the thought is there.

It's a, great, lesson for me. I'm where I am-- at the moment I'm there-- because God ordained it. There's not a single situation that takes God by surprise and there's not a single situation that God hasn't already worked out "the end."

I sleep a lot better at night holding on to that truth.


Seth McBee said...

interesting...I am amazed at how church's will try and "pull" people in. That is fine to have a men's breakfast on pornography but the intent of the ad seems to "tickle the imagination"

I have seen the same thing with the use of Desperate Housewives and speaking of the importance of a godly household they market it as "Desperate Households"

Again...topic good...advertising bad.

1 John 2:15-17

Neil said...

Esther 4:14 is one of my favorite verses. Very inspiring.

Good luck with your certification test!

Re. the previous post - I was born in Okla. and lived there until I was 3, then lived in Tulsa in my early 20's. Go Sooners!