Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Amazing Grace

Moses was shy and a poor speaker
John Mark was unreliable
Hosea's wife was a prostitute
Matthew was a tax collector
Jacob was a liar
David had an affair
Solomon was too rich
Abraham was too old
David was too young
Peter was afraid of death
Lazarus was dead
John was self-righteous
Paul was a murderer, So was Moses
Jonah ran from God
Miriam was a gossip
Gideon and Thomas both doubted
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal
Elijah was burned out
Samson couldn’t stay away from pretty women
Noah got drunk
Did I mention that Moses had a problem with anger?
So did Peter, Paul, well lots of folks did

We look back and see our mistakes. God looks back and sees the Cross. He wants us to trust Him. He wants us to receive His love and offer our weak selves to Him in humble worship.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Good Art/Bad Art -- Quote by Cartoonist Doug TenNapel

"There really are Christians who are thinking,
'If we could just save Brad Pitt, then God could
really do wonders in Hollywood.' That's what God
really needs, you see. God needs Brad Pitt in
order to be taken seriously. More people would
listen if God had Brad Pitt on his side."

"People want a quick fix. Christians are going to
have to learn that art isn't automatically good
if it's made by Christians. And Hollywood will
have to learn that art isn't automatically bad if
it's made by Christians."

Doug TenNapel Home Page

Source: Terry Mattingly's religion column for 1/31/07