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Devotional Tuesday – Self Defense

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“Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long.  Psalm 32:3

Have you ever wondered if your child moonlights as a criminal defense attorney?  I sure have, especially after hearing my kids’ creative excuses over the years, even when I’ve caught one of them with a hand in the proverbial cookie jar.  I’ve heard some amazing defenses.

“Ryan did you hit Cara?”  His older sister is holding her reddened face and crying.

“She started it,” Ryan says as he crosses his arms in defense.

“Then why is she crying?”

 “We were just playing.”

I go for the kill.  “Is something you did the reason she is crying? Yes or No?

Finally with no wiggle room left, Ryan caves in with a muted yes.

I’m not interested in a conviction; I want Ryan to take responsibility.  I want him to confess to the mistake and own up to it more quickly the next time around.  That’s why a dose of fatherly admonishment makes the exchange an uncomfortable but necessary experience for him.

I’m sure my heavenly Father stifles a laugh when he watches me disciplining my son.  Talk about the blind leading the blind!  But I’ve learned that what ultimately assuages my pain is the sincere act of confessing my wrongdoing to Him.

Father, Confession is good for the soul and bad for the reputation, but not with You! Thanks for loving me, sins and all.

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The Sexiest Man Alive

 

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I came across this video last night and thought it was appropriate to share on the blog.  It’s Friday so hopefully you can find some time to watch the video.  It is short, less than 5 minutes.

I couldn’t agree more with the points he makes, with of course, one exception.  He seems to make a blanket statement that everyone who plays video games is a slacker.  While that may be true the majority of the time, it isn’t the case with all of us.  I think there is a generational gap of people born before 1980 (or mid-70’s to be fair) and those born after when it comes to video games.  While it isn’t productive to spend 8 hours a day playing video games it also isn’t destructive to have an occasional binge.

My father loves to hunt and fish.  He will engage in those activities with friends and family but he loves it so much he has no issue with hunting or fishing alone.  Yet no one would accuse him of being a slacker when he spends three days in a row hunting.  There is no way I could play video games for three straight days, even if it was only for 8-9 hours each day.  But why is my hobby considered “lazy” and his gets the stamp of approval?  A hobby is something you do in your extra time.  As a relatively new dad, such things as “extra time” are rare and in high demand.  However, when a moment presents itself one of the first things I choose to do is flip on the PS4, even if it is only for 30 minutes.  I don’t see anything wrong with that.

Sorry for the rant.  Watch the video.  It is better than anything I could write here.

https://www.prageru.com/courses/life-studies/sexiest-man-alive

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Just Say “Merry Christmas” people

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Well it is that time of year again when so many of us get so excited that we go around wishing everyone a “Happy Holiday” because we are so concerned about what people may think, how people may feel or lord forbid if someone might get offended.

I have really never understood this approach.  No one seems to have these feelings around Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day or Thanksgiving.  No one is up in arms when we say “Happy Fourth of July!”

Even if I weren’t a Christian I would still have a problem with people refusing to wish others a Merry Christmas.  It is a NATIONAL HOLIDAY and that holiday is called Christmas.  There is no doubt in my mind that the left will eventually get Christmas taken off the list of National Holidays.  First they will get Congress to call it “Winter Holiday” and then eventually they will remove it altogether.

Check out this video by Dennis Prager (who for the record is Jewish) for an explanation as to why you should still wish people a “Merry Christmas.”

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Fashion Friday – The Outerwear Guide

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I have to admit it is hard for me to even think about outerwear right now.  It has been in the mid and high 80’s here in Nashville for the last two or three weeks and it is getting a bit ridiculous.  I have to keep reminding myself that it is November!  Being from Minnesota and having lived in New York for over eight years this is certainly not the normal kind of fall I am used to!  However, I am sure what passes for “cold” weather here will be upon us like an unsuspecting fart on a first date, thus I suppose this post is timely regardless of where you live.

Don’t let other people talk you out of the importance of outerwear. Yes it is certainly used for keeping you warm and dry.  But, just like the right pair of shoes, the right jacket can put the finishing touch on any look.  Depending on where you live (L.A. vs Alaska) you may not need to consider all six (i.e. the parka for example) but it is a good refresher for every man, especially for those of us who travel for work!

The Bomber

While it’s been around since the ’50s, the bomber happens to be this season’s must-have jacket. We love it because it’s cool, classic, and, because of its trimmer fit, suitable to be worn indoors—meaning you can skip the coat-check line.  You can find these in any price range including at Sak’s ($$$$) at H & M ($) and everywhere in between.

A.P.C Black Bomber Jacket

The Topcoat

Because of its similar structure—lapels, button closure, and besom pockets—the topcoat serves as the perfect complement to a suit, sport coat, or blazer. That said, you don’t always need to dress it up.

Camel Topcoat

The Performance Jacket

A jacket like this will get the job done if you need something to block the rain or wind. Plus, performance outerwear has come a long way in the style department, so feel free to wear yours even when the elements don’t require it.

Aether Jacket Blue

The Vest

Down vests are now offered in refined fabrics and streamlined silhouettes, making them far more fashionable (yet just as comfortable) as the ones you remember from college.

Vince Vest

The Utility Jacket

Built for function, utility jackets (sometimes called field jackets) provide a thin layer of warmth and wind resistance that’s perfect for a crisp fall or winter day. They also typically feature enough pockets to carry anything from a cell phone to a pheasant.

Ralph Lauren Field Jacket

The Parka

Anticipating a tough winter? Then a parka with enough insulation to heat a small house is what you need. And, while they’re typically thought to be casual, don’t be afraid to wear yours over a suit when commuting through the Arctic.

Ralph Lauren Parka

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If God is Good, Why is There Evil and Suffering

**I am sharing this post from one of my favorite websites: Stand To Reason (www.str.org)**

The topic of evil and suffering is something we all, eventually, will face and must deal with—and I don’t mean merely intellectually; I mean personally. When real suffering finally hits you, you will either run to God or run away from Him. What you decide to do will depend on the theological understanding of God—who He is, what His purpose is for us, what we should expect from Him—that you develop now, before your crisis hits.

If God really is good, if He loves us, if He knows everything and is powerful enough to prevent any harm from coming to us, why do we suffer?

Below is a talk I gave at a Thinking Matters apologetics conference in New Zealand a few years ago that addresses this question. For more on this topic, see my review of Randy Alcorn’s If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.

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