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A GIANT of a win!  Eli Manning had the game winning pass last night, but the victory really belongs to Michael Strahan and the defense.  They did what no other team has done all season and held the Patriots to their lowest score of the entire season.  As Terry Bradshaw said to Strahan last night, “you guys showed us one of the best defensive displays in the history of the NFL.”  Amen, Terry!  You couldn’t be more right.  My knees are still sore this morning.  I was on my feet; about two feet from the television when Eli connected for the 32 yd winning play.  I turned and hit the floor.  Watching football history like that is absolutely amazing!  BTW, I’m glad the Giants helped Don Shula and his ’72 Dolphins keep their record.  This would be perfection:  to see Peyton Manning and my Colts get it pulled back together next season and accomplish the perfect 19-0 that Eli kept from the Patriots this year!  Even better:  a Manning versus Manning Super Bowl?

Mitt Romney and the News Media.  If you stop by here often enough, then you’ll know that I try to keep a close watch on the mainstream media and their chosen narratives.  Here’s one that has emerged in the last week to week and a half.  “John McCain has become the inevitable candidate of the Republican Party.  People don’t like Mitt Romney and he can’t pull it out.  John McCain is having trouble pulling the conservative right of the Republican Party to his side.  On the other hand, Democrats love both of their candidates.  It’s too early to tell which one will win, but the Democrats are going to demand an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket.”  All of this is fine, but let’s own up to the reality that this may be as much the media’s chosen narrative as it is the reality on the ground.  I’m not a big Romney fan, but the media has not been fair in its reporting or its commentary on his campaign.  And Barak Obama, who has exhibited the kind of character that has prompted my respect for him, is simply ignorant if he falls into the media’s plan of coercing him to accept a position has Hillary Clinton’s Vice President.  I think that would make him Bill Clinton’s lap dog.

From Romans.  The following passage in my devotional reading this morning really caught my attention.  As we approach the season of Lent, I am going to carry this passage with me . . .  It’s from The Message.

But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.
     24–25     So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!
     26–27     Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.
     28–32     Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!

Here’s the thing . . . this passage has so often been used to combat homosexuality that we have missed some of the greater implications of the passage; primarily Pauls’ insistence that when we ignore God and the order that is already inherent in His creation then all we get is one big disorderly, chaotic, mess.

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After titling two posts within one week Signs of America’s Increasing Ignorance, I am a bit ashamed to say that I have a relatively empty brain this morning.  Nothing big and flashy floating around up top.

So, here are a few random thoughts about life . . .

1.  It is cold in Kentucky today and it is snowing outside right now.  I’m not big on winter, but I’m really in a “snow” mood.  It would be nice to just sit back and watch the weather.  It helps that my office windows look out on GCF’s 7 acres of meadow surrounded by trees 🙂

2.  I rearranged my office this week.  It feels much more like “home” now.  When I had it all finished yesterday, I realized how much I missed my office at the preschool.  It’s nice to have a place to work.  The best part of it all:  I was able to find a wooden desk about 50 years old at a local office supply store.  The guy told me that if I would come and get it, he’d let me have it for nothing.  I took him up on that offer.  It’s not a big, flashy desk, but being an antique, well, it’s got lots of character.  It even has the old fashioned pull-out writing boards above the top drawers on either side.  I’m typing this on my laptop on one of those writing boards right now.

3.  I am not preaching this Sunday.  The break has been nice and has given me some time to think about some upcoming sermons.  Sometime after Easter, we are going to focus on some teachings regarding spiritual gifts, based mostly out of I Corinthians 12-14.  In the fall of the year, we are probably going to do a series of sermons focused on Jesus’ “I am” statements from the John’s Gospel.

4.  The word of God is a powerful guide for the life of prayer.  I’ve been getting up at 5am and spending about an hour reading the word, journaling and praying.  As I journal about the scripture I have read, it is amazing to watch how God uses those scripture passages to guide my prayers.  Instead of praying out of my own angst or frustrations, I have been praying from the guidance of the Holy Spirit through the word of God.

5.  The passage that struck me this morning:  John 14.5-6:  Remain in me and I will remain in you, Jesus says.  What a powerful promise.  I’m going to be printing out this passage today and putting it up in my office as a reminder that the best fruit is born from an intimate relationship with Jesus.

6.  I can’t believe that the NY Giants are going to the Superbowl.  I know that they are most likely going to be pulverized by the Patriots (most sports sources already have them posted as losing by two touch-downs, but its cool to see another Manning playing in the championship.  As you might guess, being a Colt’s fan, I have experienced no loss of love for the Patriots so I’m pulling for Eli and the Giants.  On the other hand, if the 12-7 Giants beat the 19-0 Patriots, well, that will be a game to remember for the ages.

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Hiding my T-Shirt

I grew up as a Virginia Tech fan.  Living in Kentucky (and my lack of cable) have made me a long-distance fan.  I still love the team, but I don’t pull for them as hard as I once did.  My family, however, are still huge Tech fans.  They go to every home game and supply Kyra, Sydney, Max and me with plenty of Hokie gear.

I didn’t watch all of the game last night.  I went to bed at halftime; quite disappointed.  My day begins at 5am and staying up past midnight kind of messes with that.  I tried to find a score on our local news sports casts this morning, but they were all far more concerned with Billy Gillespie and the Wildcats.  They mentioned nothing of the Orange Bowl.  The radio turned up the same results.  Without knowing the score, I put on my VT t-shirt, but I put a sweatshirt on over it.  As soon as I Googled here at work this morning I got the results . . . I think I’ll keep that T-shirt hidden under my sweatshirt today 🙂

In other football news, I just noticed that the AP named Bill Belichek the NFL Coach of the Year.  Is it just me or did they forget about that little cheating scandal?  That’s just not Coach of the Year behavior.  As my father-in-law keeps reminding me when we discuss the Patriots:  even if they go all the way, there’ll always be an asterik posted by their 2007-2008 accomplishments.

 GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!

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