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25 Years Ago . . . Today (A Story from Our Son)

25 years ago today, on an icy highway in Manitoba, Canada five college freshman were driving to a prayer retreat. They woke up early, packed up their musical instruments, and headed down the highway.

But what they didn’t know, is that the night before a freak rain storm had knocked out all the power and turned the usually clear roads to sheets of ice.

And the driver, doing his best to stop at the highway crossing was unable to brake his car as it careened, as if in slow motion, onto the middle of the highway.

He looked to the left only to see another car skidding at highway speed also unable to stop.

He leaned towards the middle of the car and braced for impact.

And as the cars collided, time stood still.

Knowing this was the end, a wave of regret washed over him.

He pictured opening his eyes and being mystically transported to heaven, a place he’d only imagined. And as he opened his eyes, it wasn’t pearly gates and golden streets he saw, but instead a crumpled dashboard, broken glass, and his two hands.

He was alive, his hands worked, and he was grateful.

And it was in that moment that he felt reborn. He was given a second chance at life, surviving an incredible car accident.

And he made a commitment then and there to never waste another day.

I am that driver.

On February 20, 1997, I was given a second chance at life.

Although I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was seven years old, I was really good at putting on a show.

I was a chameleon, acting one way at church and another with my friends.

I claimed to know Jesus, but I saw the Christian life as a list of rules to follow instead of a relationship to pursue.

But the trauma of 26 breaks in my hip and pelvis and learning to walk again finally removed the veneer I’d been hiding behind.

That car accident is one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given.

Now 25 years later, I can truly say who I am and why I am here.

I believe that each of us were made for a purpose, and that God through his son Jesus, is on a mission of redemption.

In his time, he is taking the broken things and making them new.

He is the God who pursues, not content to leave us in our mess, but he goes to great lengths to win us back.

It’s his kindness that leads us to repentance and it’s his love that he lavishes on us in spite of our flailing and failing.

And I know this with every fiber of my being, he wants a relationship with you.

He wants to heal your broken pieces, he wants to set you free from captivity, he wants you to know how deep and how rich and how wide his father‘s love is for you.

And I would trade everything I’ve written and launched and built over these last 25 years if you just turned your heart towards him.

Perhaps for the first time or maybe for the first time in a long time.

The distraction is real, the world’s noise is loud, but his still small voice still speaks.

And he’s calling you by name. Don’t waste another day.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2022 in accidents

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 69)

Psalm 69

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

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    for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in the miry depths,
    where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
    the floods engulf me.
I am worn out calling for help;
    my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
    looking for my God.
Those who hate me without reason
    outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
    those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
    what I did not steal.

You, God, know my folly;
    my guilt is not hidden from you.

Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    may those who hope in you
    not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
    may those who seek you
    not be put to shame because of me.
For I endure scorn for your sake,
    and shame covers my face.
I am a foreigner to my own family,
    a stranger to my own mother’s children;
for zeal for your house consumes me,
    and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
    I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,
    people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
    and I am the song of the drunkards.

13 But I pray to you, Lord,
    in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God,
    answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
    do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
    from the deep waters.
15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
    or the depths swallow me up
    or the pit close its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;
    in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face from your servant;
    answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
18 Come near and rescue me;
    deliver me because of my foes.

19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
    all my enemies are before you.
20 Scorn has broken my heart
    and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
    for comforters, but I found none.
21 They put gall in my food
    and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

22 May the table set before them become a snare;
    may it become retribution and a trap.
23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
    and their backs be bent forever.
24 Pour out your wrath on them;
    let your fierce anger overtake them.
25 May their place be deserted;
    let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute those you wound
    and talk about the pain of those you hurt.
27 Charge them with crime upon crime;
    do not let them share in your salvation.
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life
    and not be listed with the righteous.

29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
    may your salvation, God, protect me.

30 I will praise God’s name in song
    and glorify him with thanksgiving.
31 This will please the Lord more than an ox,
    more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The poor will see and be glad—
    you who seek God, may your hearts live!
33 The Lord hears the needy
    and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
    the seas and all that move in them,
35 for God will save Zion
    and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it;
36     the children of his servants will inherit it,
    and those who love his name will dwell there.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2016 in hurts

 

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A Theologian Looks at Ebola (Part 1 of 5)

What has theology to do with disease?  What insights might a Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 7.12.13 AMteacher of theology have on such a heart-wrenching, tragic plague like the Ebola virus?

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 7.14.11 AMIf one’s theology, or worldview, does not include disease, it is incomplete.  A theology does not only summarize all the teachings of the Bible; it also reflects upon reality and seeks to account for both the pleasures and pains of life.

Webster’s defines a plague as: “a disease that causes death and that spreads quickly to a large number of people.”

Facts from CNN:
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a disease caused by one of five different Ebola viruses. Four of the strains can cause severe illness in humans and animals. The fifth, Reston virus, has caused illness in some animals, but not in humans.

The first human outbreaks occurred in 1976, one in northern Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) in Central Africa: and the other, in southern Sudan (now South Sudan). The virus is named after the Ebola River, where the virus was first recognized in 1976, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ebola is extremely infectious but not extremely contagious. It is infectious, because an infinitesimally small amount can cause illness. Laboratory experiments on nonhuman primates suggest that even a single virus may be enough to trigger a fatal infection.

Instead, Ebola could be considered moderately contagious, because the virus is not transmitted through the air. The most contagious diseases, such as measles or influenza, virus particles are airborne.

Humans can be infected by other humans if they come in contact with body fluids from an infected person or contaminated objects from infected persons. Humans can also be exposed to the virus, for example, by butchering infected animals.

While the exact reservoir of Ebola viruses is still unknown, researchers believe the most likely natural hosts are fruit bats.

Symptoms of Ebola typically include: weakness, fever, aches, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Additional experiences include rash, red eyes, chest pain, throat soreness, difficulty breathing or swallowing and bleeding (including internal).

Typically, symptoms appear 8-10 days after exposure to the virus, but the incubation period can span two to 21 days.

Unprotected health care workers are susceptible to infection because of their close contact with patients during treatment.

Ebola is not transmissible if someone is asymptomatic or once someone has recovered from it. However, the virus has been found in semen for up to three months.

Deadly human Ebola outbreaks have been confirmed in the following countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gabon, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Republic of the Congo (ROC), Guinea and Liberia.

According to the World Health Organization, “there is no specific treatment or vaccine,” and the fatality rate can be up to 90%. Patients are given supportive care, which includes providing fluids and electrolytes and food.

There are five subspecies of the Ebola virus: Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV), Bundibugyo ebolavirus (BDBV), Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV), Taï Forest ebolavirus (TAFV) and Reston ebolavirus (RESTV)

To think about:  If God is sovereign over disease, how can we fight disease without fighting God?

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Ebola

 

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