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Month: September, 2012

A Study of Common Rats

(Sermon Synopsis)

There was an intriguing study done (presumably at Duke University) that involved putting common rats in a smooth-sided barrel filled with water to see how long it would take before the helpless rats drowned. Drowning was to be their reality, no matter their effort: the water was too deep for them to rest their feet on the bottom and it was far enough from the top that they couldn’t jump out. The average time before they expired was 17 minutes.

The researchers reviewed their study and drew their conclusions. They decided to repeat the study with a twist.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

This week’s entry for Solitary shows a lone, weathered chair next to a dilapidated, rickety folding table. They’re both close to a well-worn wall that’s had a lot of abuse over the years. I like the way they’re angled to the right where a broad, soft light comes in. It’s almost as if they’re awaiting the sublime light, eager to spend time with it. Or, awaiting someone to come back and rest their weary bones…?

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Preferential Parking

There’s valet parking. There’s private parking. Curbside parking. Now there’s preferential parking. Residents of this East Harlem neighborhood must fit the criteria* before parking here…or else.

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Amazing Grace Really Is

Wintley Phipps has an incredible commentary on negro spirituals that warrants attention. He breaks down the notes typically used and very eye-opening history on the popular song, Amazing Grace.

“Anybody tonight know who wrote that song? I heard it: a man by the name of John Newton. But do you know what John Newton did before he became a Christian?

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Read My New Blog: The 98 Pound Weakling

I started a new blog, the98poundweakling.com, at the end of August (there’s a link to it in the navigation above—it says Training). It’s an unfolding online journal and commentary of my “on again, off again” fitnes regimen and periodic discoveries along the way. This doesn’t replace Sanctified Brother, it supports it.

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Breath of Life New York Rally 2012

I caught the tail end of the Breath of Life New York Rally 2012 today. I was planning on attending AY at a church on the other side of town today when some friends asked me if I was going to the Breath of Life event at Hanson Place. I honestly remembered nothing about it and had no plans on attending. I did manage to make it over and I’m glad—no, blessed—that I did.

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Open Our Eyes, Lord

Open our eyes, Lord,
We want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him,
And say that we love Him.

Refrain

Open our ears, Lord,
And help us to listen,
Open our eyes, Lord,
We want to see Jesus.

Open our eyes, Lord,
We want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him,
And say that we love Him.

Refrain

Open our ears, Lord,
And help us to listen,
Open our eyes, Lord,
We want to see Jesus.

Open our eyes, Lord,
We want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him,
And say that we love Him.

Refrain

Open our ears, Lord,
And help us to listen,
Open our eyes, Lord,
We want to see Jesus.

Open our eyes, Lord,
We want to see Jesus.

— Maranatha! Singers

They Still Think of Coca-Cola as a Contraceptive

There was a time when all young sisters had to do to terminate an unwanted pregnancy was “pee real hard after doing it.” Or have her boyfriend punch her in the stomach. Hard. Or use half a lemon. Or just shake up a fizzy Coke and insert: instant contraceptive.

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Everybody Has a Tough Upbringing

Sometimes, in the midst of your complaining, it’s helpful to consider the plight of others. It’s easy to get caught up in your daily struggles and not consider that someone close to you has challenges that can stymie their progress and impact their future. I remember complaining about pancakes and scrambled eggs for breakfast every morning as a child. My protest stopped when a friend, who walked to school with me, began eating the food I wasted.

Listen to this man’s story¹ about his upbringing. I’m certain it has impacted his view of the world.

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No Bills

I constantly think about heaven and the benefits it offers (you should, too). Everlasting life, abundant health, nutritious food, exciting fellowship…and no bills are what we have to look forward to. I won’t have to worry about bloodletting to AT&T for my iPhone data plan or ruing the day I signed the dotted line for Sallie Mae. There really will come a time when there are no more bills and it will be the most enjoyable period you could imagine.

No Bills

Read this: Revelation 21:1-4