A friend asked me how I was doing last week and I had a seemingly bizarre response, even for me.  “Well, I’m physically and emotionally exhausted, I’m battling attacks almost daily that are trying to separate me from a focus on God, I’m separated from the people I love the most by a situation I hate, and it could get worse before it gets better.  So, I praise God in this storm because it reminds me that I can do nothing without him and it’s easy for me to look around and see others who are living in situations that seem so much worse than my own.” 

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That was before I hopped on a corporate plane owned by one of our vendors, flew to the coast to fish and flew back the next day after lots of fish and a great meal.  It’s not all bad. 

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The University of Miami got busted for some bad stuff and rumors of the death penalty but I don’t believe it will happen.  Too much TV money is on the line and we all know that college sports are more and more about the money these days.  Sad that SMU had to get hammered for the NCAA to figure out they didn’t have the guts to keep busting the bad guys. 

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Walmart + Friday night = very bizarre clothing standards

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If you know me well, you know I can be a bit sarcastic and often at the most inopportune times.  You might also know that Rob Bell wrote a book that many describe as his reasoning that there is not a literal hell.  So, I couldn’t help but tweet last week the following; “I wonder if this summer is God’s response to Rob Bell.”  You have to appreciate sordid humor to enjoy some of the things I say.

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I read a blog post by one of Bell’s biggest apologists last week attempting to explain why the Bible never truly condones homosexual activity unless it is used in some pagan, ritualistic way.  My views on scripture have broadened and relaxed in many ways from how I was taught early in life but I just can’t get there with this guy. 

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I’m finding that many people really don’t believe you can follow the Bible unless you understand Greek because they use how original words were used to explain why things don’t mean what we used to believe they meant.  Maybe scripture really is for the mental elite.  But, I don’t believe it.

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So, there are things that I don’t agree with but I take those comments and use them to re-examine what I believe, to study again what I read in scripture and what I believe the God I know with my heart wants me to know about him and his desire.  If that’s not enough…

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I think it’s enough.

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Grace and peace to you.
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