Month: February 2012

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar

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Stag’s Leap, Napa Valley, CA  2005

During the summer of 2005, Cathy and I visited the Bay Area and toured north and south of San Francisco.  Having never been to a vineyard before, we took a tour of Stag’s Leap where a friend of mine had worked after college many years ago.  Took this cool shot from floor level looking down long aisles of barrels!

Devotions for Week Nineteen

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Dads Words of Wisdom Far too many Christians never introduce anyone else to Jesus Christ.  Besides the obvious reasons (fear, embarrassment, lack of training, etc.), perhaps one of the great ones is that we neglect prayer as the starting point.  If we don’t pray for people who need to know Christ, we are most likely never going to get around to telling them about Him.  You pray for what you really want.  Do you and your son have a list of people you are praying for–friends, relatives, neighbors?  Discuss who might be good to put on your list and then pray for each other’s lists.

Click on the “For Dads” tab on the upper right hand corner of this blog to go to the “Dad’s Words of Wisdom (Chapters 14-20)” page and scroll down to the last entry.

In honor of a Dad who loved southern gospel…

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Today we celebrate the life of my Dad at a funeral service.  Some people have come to view funerals as an indulgence from another era, a woeful ceremony that prolongs the grief and makes it public.  However, for those whose hope is in Jesus Christ, the funeral becomes a place of comfort and a time for giving thanks to the Lord for His grace.  Only dishonesty would prompt us to speak of the deceased as if they were paragons of unstained virtue, but we can speak well of them without fear when the truth of God’s grace is proclaimed–that they were sinners like the rest, but when they were found by the love and mercy of Jesus Christ, forgiveness and new life made all things new.  Such is the case today as I get to represent the family and speak of a wonderful man who shaped our lives in ways we probably still do not understand.  But my true focus will be on the loving heavenly Father who saved my earthly father and gave him the eternal life he now enjoys in full.

My Dad loved southern gospel music.  Today I wanted to share a video by The Martins, a group my Dad probably never heard of but one which would have thrilled him by the sweet harmonies proclaiming in song the trustworthiness of a Savior who leads His people through life into the glory of His eternal presence.

Dad…May 22, 1928 – February 20, 2012

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  Our family grieves and also gives thanks for Dan Howard Horner who died peacefully just after midnight last night.

We are grateful for the place he held in our hearts and the influence he had on our lives.

Many have already indicated that they are praying for us and we are very grateful.  To God be the glory that Dad knew Christ and now is in His presence and free from the limitations that have bound him for the past several years!

Funeral will be at 11:00 am on Thursday morning at Glen Hope Baptist Church, 911 North Street, Burlington, NC and family visitation on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00pm at Rich & Thompson Funeral Home, 207 E. Elm Street in Graham, NC.

Devotions for Week Eighteen

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Dads Words of Wisdom What kind of work ethic does your family have?  Dads and sons can share a commitment to getting things done right, finishing the task, never giving up.  But “running through the tape at the end of the race” is not that highly valued any more so people are inclined to become quitters…sometimes because they think they are entitled to the rewards of finishing even when they give up before the end.  Something to go over together, don’t you think?

Click on the “For Dads” tab on the upper right hand corner of this blog to go to the “Dad’s Words of Wisdom (Chapters 14-20)” page and scroll down to the last entry.

The Greatness of God

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“If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big
enough to be worshiped.”
Elisabeth Elliot

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God promises power to His people.

Yet with all the power of God available to those who belong to Him, why do we choose so often to live as if we were impotent people with no recourse but just to muddle through life?  God is mighty and no power in heaven or on earth can stand against His strength.  But the power of sin has overcome us for so long and the power of God escaped us so long that we find it almost inconceivable that His power can really be ours in full measure.

When Paul wrote about the gospel message, he often spoke of the demonstration of its power, not just the persuasiveness of its truth.

“And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).

Why would we ever choose to live as if the power of God has not become ours through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit?  If the power of God prevails over everything, then you and I are not powerless

…in the face of sin and temptation
…to forgive others
…to love unconditionally
…to walk in holiness
…to worship fervently
…to rejoice with inexpressible joy.

No, through Christ we are no longer powerless, so let’s no longer live that way!  Because of the power of God at work in you, you no longer have to settle for half-way faith, passionless worship, gospel-abusing behavior, or unmoved hearts in the face of unbelieving people all around you.

Paul is not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.  Jesus told His disciples after the resurrection and right before He ascended to heaven that they must remain where they were until they had received Holy Spirit, resurrection, God-sent power from on high.  We who know Him can know and walk in the fullness of that power.  He has canceled the power of sin and broken the chains of darkness…so now let’s live like we are empowered people on mission for the glory of Almighty God and His great name!

A Fun Video Valentine

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Recently ran across this fun video by a young artist from California named Kina Grannis.  As you can see from the YouTube counter, this video, Valentine, has had over 11 million hits!

No spiritual meaning intended here, just a light weight, creative song and video by a talented young lady!  Enjoy this and some of her other music on YouTube.

Devotions for Week Seventeen

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Dads Words of Wisdom In a culture of “get what you want when you want it,” an attitude of entitlement can easily develop and be passed on to the next generation.  Dads, what difference would it make if you could both teach and model patience and discipline in the way you spend your money, the way you curb your appetite for more, newer and better stuff?  Could be a good subject to talk about with your son!

Click on the “For Dads” tab on the upper right hand corner of this blog to go to the “Dad’s Words of Wisdom (Chapters 14-20)” page and scroll down to the last entry.

Photography: Hungarian Parliament

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Hungarian Parliament, Budapest, 2003