Friday, July 21, 2017

A Christians Response to Adultery- Unfaithfulness

Proverbs 6:32
But a man who commits adultery has no sense;
whoever does so destroys himself.

The news from the campus of The University of Mississippi, The Flagship – Ole Miss, is causing a lot of news for a slow news week
in the small campus of Oxford, MS.

Many people are hurting today despite the fact no blood was spilt. The head football coach resigned in disgrace. From news reports he privately admitted to calling a prostitution agency for services. He was previously beloved and at the same time hated for his Christian stance. He was associated with a national Christian sports ministry. 
Most importantly he is the husband and father to young girls.


He was the leader of a major college football program.
He was making over 4 million dollars a year.
The attention might be misunderstand to those 
who do not love Ole Miss, football or Jesus.

Character assassination is the best way to void
any Christian witness short of physical murder.

Everybody will eventually have their day in sports. Sports are my recreation not my standing before God. I really do not care if you love my alma mater or not. A Christian leader crushed his soul by betraying his wife, children and witness by his actions. I was just reading a quote from Bob Russell’s book ‘When God Builds A Church’. The quote was about the fidelity of a leader. “You’re the example, not the exception.”
The church of my youth is still suffering from unfaithfulness in the pulpit from over 40 years ago.

Christians should mourn for the dishonor to the ministry given to the Lord, his family, and the vast ripple effect this great sin of adultery has on others we will never know it damaged. Then look to restore the faith of the fallen.


Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around 
like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Mount Rushmore of NFL QBs

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Above from left to right Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns - Tom Brady, New England Patriots - Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers - Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings (again).


There is always talk of who is the greatest NFL Quarterback. Unlike ESPN we will use facts and my pronounced bias.  Lets get to the facts.

Otto Graham - 
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GrahOt00.htm
He played 10 years. 10 straight championship games. The Browns won 7. He played 10 years.  He helped implement the huddle, films, audibles, jersey numbers. He is the DADDY of modern QBs!
Win 2 more and we will talk Brady.

Tom Brady - 
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BradTo00.htm
Brady has won 5 super Bowls in 17 years. He stays n great shape. He developed late. Miraculously he is still going strong at 39. He is a worker and not a self promoter.

Terry Bradshaw-
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BradTe00.htm
Bradshaw is there because he won 4 Super Bowls. He was drafted when the Steelers were still and organization that was lousy. He was a great athlete holding the national high school javelin record for years. He made it in part because of one reason. He was physically tough and could take it physically and mentally. Don't believe me? See the Turkey Jones cheap shot.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtcQqwpCFJ4

Fran Tarkenton-
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/T/TarkFr00.htm
Fran had a good arm quick feet and a quick mind. He played for a horrible expansion team and made them competitive. He was traded to a horrible Giants franchise in the late 1960's. Fran was traded to a modestly talented and old Minnesota Vikings team in the early 1970's. He took them to 3 Super Bowls.  He never won it all. He changed the game. 17 years of the NFL at 6'0 190 lbs. 
In 1978 "The Scrambler"  retired as the leading passer in NFL history. 

My Next up just missed the list-
Joe Montana: One of my favorites - He was just a winner.
Bart Star: He did it all. he was a leader and a winner.
Peyton Manning: I love Archie and Eli. That is documented. Yes - I took it hard when Peyton went to Tennessee over Ole Miss.He is in the top 8.
John Elway (later edit): He won 2 Super Bowls past his prime with a stronger running game. I could go Jim Plunkett also then. My pastor friend said Elway got a 3 not great teams in the Super Bowl. This is true but he does not make the cut.
Johnny Unitas: Unitas won 2 NFL championships in the 1950's. He won a Super Bowl as a backup in the 1970-71 season. He has a lot of nostalgia going for him but he also did not make my final 4.

Not on my list:
Dan Fouts:Lots of stats and lots of almost got it done but did not.
Dan Marino: He crashed a franchise but got lots of stats. The anti-thesis if a QB in my book. He changed Shula's philosophy and they never sniffed a Super Bowl once they went all in on the passing and leadership after Marino took over.



My one game QB - Separate statue to play the intergalactic forces of evil on Armageddon Day the final Super Bowl:
My ultimate pro QB because "Your telling me there is still a chance?"

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Kenny Stabler




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Nitschke Over Nietzsche - Faith Is A Gift Not A Philosophy

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from - Wednesday, October 17, 2012
 QUESTION RECEIVED:
" A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche. What's wrong with what he says?

MY ANSWER:
What’s wrong with Friedrich Nietzsche’s quote?
Everything.
He had no faith and hated the idea of it.
If your looking for answers-specifically how to find peace through God in Jesus Christ-Why would you look to a philosopher who promoted the idea of “the death of God”.
Why would you promote a man whose “uberman” or superman theory was derived from social Darwinism,  was adored by Adolf Hitler and used to  support “the ultimate solution” in systematically murdering  millions of Jews, people with physical or mental abnormalities, homosexuals and outspoken Christians who stood against this evil ethic.
He can be called the philosopher of the Third Reich.
Fredrick’s faith was in his wit.
He arrogantly refused to submit to that his mind  was inferior to the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

The date is unsure when Nietzsche said the quote in your question.
Perhaps his quote was said in the last years of his life when Nietzsche himself was committed to a “lunatic” asylum?
In the asylum he often made reference to himself as the crucified and risen Christ.
Of course many historians believe he contracted syphilis from a homosexual brothel so his mind was not right at the end.
My question is when was his mind right?
Why would anyone saddle up to follow his theories.
Why would anyone look to an enemy of Christ to find Christ?

No man’s wit, works or riches can pardon his sins,get him to Heaven or make peace with God.
Faith in Jesus saves us!
Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully man, lived a perfect life-then he became the sinless sacrifice on the cross-He paid for the sins of all who would repent and believe-believers receive forgiveness, eternal life and peace with God.
In John 3 it says salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit who does as he pleases.
God had a plan in his Kingdom to save us.


John 3 also says-
John 3:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
“16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

The Word tells us how Jesus Christ saves us and keeps us.

Ephesians 1:13-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
"13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory."

The only good thing about Nietzsche is that he rocked a good mustache.
Green Bay Packer linebacker legend Ray Nitschke did more for humanity and will get you closer to Heaven then Fredrick Nietzsche.
Read the Word for the only way to Heaven is through the faith that some historic philosopher’s spurn.


Have faith in Jesus Christ a Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and coming King.
Faith is a gift from god-not a philosophy.

Romans 10:17 "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dorsey Wilbanks Tribute: Strong Men of God Can Be Shy - and Effective



Previously written January 19, 2016:
Dorsey Wilbanks is an 88 year old devout Christian who helped me and others greatly when he was active as a Gideon.  When I was the chaplain at Riverside Military Academy for nine years he was the Gideon who served our school.  My conservative estimate  is that in almost nine years he served Riverside as a Gideon he supplied us with over 2,000 pocket New Testament Bibles.   When called upon he would find us a needed Spanish, Korean or even Chinese version of the New Testament.  Some people do not believe in the power of the Word.  He does. Dorsey was and is a very humble and optimistic man.  He was happy when I told him where one of his testaments ended up.


Nine years ago I was picking up a friend returning from vacation in the atrium of the Atlanta airport.  As usual hundreds of people where intersecting at that point.  A young soldier walking by in a pack of camo wearing  soldiers and he yells out “Hey Chaplain Law.”  The soldier was a Riverside graduate from Chicago.  I was a civilian chaplain at the school.  I knew it was Riverside connection when I was ever called chaplain away from school.  The young man had enlisted in the U.S. Army since his graduation.  He told me he was catching a plane to eventually get to Afghanistan. My concern for this friend accelerated at the thought of this young person going to war.  I became almost frantic.  I asked him “are you trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation at this hour?” “Are you praying?” I kept asking more questions concerning salvation.  “Do you have a Bible?” He reached in his backpack and showed me a well-traveled green pocket New Testament.  It was one of the Testaments Dorsey had given me to give to students. The soldier said “Here is the one you gave me.”  I read it and he told me he believed the plan of salvation on the back inside cover.   I remember thinking   “thank you Jesus” and reflecting on Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Monday, April 10, 2017

YOU HAD ONE JOB

It is Holy Week.
Many churches are scurrying and hurrying to complete all the old church traditions from Maundy or Holy Thursday services to modern day Easter Egg Hunts.  If Jesus is preached in this time – good on all of them.

On an out of town vacation yesterday I slipped into a traditional mainline “First” church. You know what I mean – the “big steeple established church”.  During the “Children’s moment” sure enough - in this church with a robed choir, small orchestra, liturgical readings – here came the Easter Bunny.

The Children’s Minister had all the cute preschoolers to second graders come down in front at the steps leading to the pulpit.  Now here came THE EASTER BUNNY – the silliest bunny possible (like there is one with distinction).  The lesson consisted of Mary Madeline could not find Jesus at the empty tomb on Resurrection Day.  Mary asked “Where is Jesus” like we ask “Where are the Easter Eggs”.  Where is Jesus?  I felt like yelling out- “with Waldo”.  The service had the Easter Bunny but not the journey to the cross on Palm Sunday.  If the sermon contained the life giving gospel I can't remember.  I was too freaked out to pay attention to say.  The Triumphant Entry of the One who would conquer death, hell and the grave, forgive sinners, and give eternal life was skipped.


I want this to be an encouragement In the Holy Week observances to all Christians.   On especially Easter Sunday- those outside the church will visit.  Moms have wept tears to get their people in a service.  Unbelievers will attend for what they think are various reasons. YOU HAVE ONE JOB! Give them the gospel. LIFT JESUS UP.  We  HAVE ONE JOB - EVERY WEEK!