Friday, August 29, 2008

411 Fath's Fun Fact Fridays

In honor of the 08 Summer Olympics being over:

Did you know...

...that there is a nerve in your upper lip that, when bit, will allieve muscle cramps? So next time you have a muscle cramp, bite your upper lip hard and your cramp should be less.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Many are Called...

I was sobered by the reality of Matthew 22:14 this morning,

"Many are called, but few are chosen."

Jesus said this at the end of the parable of the wedding feast. The feast's host threw out an unwelcome guest after realizing that the guest was not dressed in the proper attire. Matthew Henry commented, "Those that walk unworthy of their Christianity, forfeit all the happiness they presumptuously laid claim to." May we be Christians who walk worthy of the calling to salvation (Ephesians 4).

Friday, August 22, 2008

411 Fath's Fun Fact Fridays

Sorry it's been so long for the fun facts! Life has been busy, to say the least. Here's a fun history fact that my little sister and dad brag about knowing all the time.

Did you know...

...the horse that Paul Revere rode ("The British are coming, the British are coming!") was not actually his horse? It was a borrowed horse named Brown Betty. This famous ride marked the beginning of the American Revolution. Revere was captured toward the end of his ride but was later released.

Monday, August 11, 2008

They've Forgotten

Today was my first day back at work with no more summer vacation time to look forward to. The new house is almost done (just enough "done" to be moved into) and school starts day after tomorrow. Since we're still kinda moving in and there is no real structure to anyone's time, the day ends up being a chaotic, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of day. In the midst of it the kids were arguing with one another, making mess all over and being quite disobedient and rude to their parents and myself.

At one point I had the opportunity to talk with one of the kiddos about their previous response to their at wit's end mother. I explained to him why she was frustrated by him and we visited though the situation from her perspective. At the beginning of the summer I would have asked him, "What are the fruits of the spirit? Which ones could you have practiced in that situation?" (By the way, he loves reciting Galatians 5:22-23.) So today I naturally asked the same question. My heart sunk when he looked at me blankly. He had forgotten.

The same thing happened earlier today when I was disciplining his sister.

I thought about these two circumstances as I drove home. I prayed for their young souls, for the teachers at their school, and that the Lord will soon draw them to Himself. I am thankful for their school's influence and the way that God has allowed them to attend and learn there.

The more I thought, the more I realized how their environment has fostered their little hearts. They came off of 9 months with a Christian teacher, assistant teacher, and mostly Christian staff at school in general. They had chapel once a month, learned worship songs, had memory verses. They were basically saturated in the gospel five days a week. Then they went into a summer of foreign travel, 24 hours with one another, in a non-believing home and no church. Though disheartening, this is the reality of their surroundings.

How careful we have to be with our own souls. When we get out of the habit: out of the influence of other Christians, out from under the teaching of the Word, out of the habit of meditating and memorizing Scripture, we, too, will fall. There are too many distractions and we are too weak. The words of Hebrews 10 really came alive to me today. We too soon and too easily lose sight of our precious Savior and His work on the cross. May we be sobered by the reality that the only thing that separates us from the unregenerate is God's grace.

Monday, August 4, 2008

A Thought on Prayer

A couple of months ago I met and quickly befriended a family who immediately became dear to my heart. Donovan & Cate, along with their 4 children, came into my life at the most unexpected yet perfect time. At our sad farewell Donovan gave me one of his books, a biography on the life of Oswald Chambers. Donovan advised me to take my time reading though it, thus allowing Oswald's life and dedication to our Lord be an encouragement to my own. Today I came across Oswald's thoughts on prayer and was challenged by these words:

The purpose of prayer, in Chambers' mind, was to get into step with God, not to manipulate or coerce Him into blessing personal plans. He told his theology students in Cincinnati, "Prayer is not a preparation for work, it is work. Prayer is not a preparation for battle, it is the battle. Prayer it two-fold: definite asking and definite waiting to receive."

Friday, August 1, 2008

411 Fath's Fun Fact Fridays

This fun fact is thanks to Anna!

Did you know...

...lady bugs will sometimes roll over and play dead as a form of self defense?