Archive for October 22, 2007

The Irvine Fire   13 comments

Southern California is known for Santa Ana winds in the fall. (See my sister Ellen’s blog for further details.) With the weather as dry as it has been and with the winds, brush fires are almost guaranteed.  The brush fire that is closest to me at this time is the Irvine (Santiago Canyon) fire.  Here’s what it looks like from my office in Newport Beach:

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Please pray for the fire fighters and the people in the areas who have lost their homes or have the threat looming of losing their homes. They were saying on the news last night that there were at least a dozen wildfires burning throughout Southern California. 

Posted October 22, 2007 by Lana G! in News, Photo, Prayer

My Brother – The Theologian   5 comments

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My brother is a pastor and sends out an encouraging weekly e-mail to the men in his church.  I subscribe to it not only because he’s my brother, but he is a gifted theologian that inspires me to learn more about THE WORD. His latest e-mail has stopped me in my tracks and has me pondering and questioning my “hearing” and “philosophy”.  Read and think on it….

~What are you listening to?

There are many sources of information and influence that we “listen” to on a regular basis. Last week I talked about “wisdom” and it led me to look again at the wonderful book of Proverbs in the Scriptures. The first nine chapters form an introduction to the book, a strong plea to “listen” or “hear” the instruction of a father who is leading his sons to the truth of God’s way. Here is how the book opens:

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, 3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; 4 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, 5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
A wise man will hear and increase in learning. So the question is: “Who are you listening to?”

Occasionally when driving I will listen to the radio instead of the podcasts that I download. Here is a sampling of the stuff that I have heard on the radio:

I will leave the names of the programs out so we don’t get hung up on personalities…

  • A talk show host instructed a young man on how to manipulate his pregnant girlfriend into getting an abortion by feigning his love for her, telling her that he wanted to have children just not right now. After accomplishing his task, he would then “dump her.”
  • A sports talk show host said in reference to the steroid controversy in sports: “it’s not cheating if you don’t get caught.”
  • An advertisement for pet health insurance where the ad literally equated having health insurance for your pet with health insurance for your children. They are just as much a part of the family…
  • Several Bible teachers who misunderstand Christian doctrine, mis-use the Bible, try and use Greek language references and fail miserably because they don’t know the language…and one prominent well known Bible teacher slander a whole group of other Christians. I heard a Bible teacher call other Christians uninformed about what the Bible teaches and then used a hymn to back his main point up. (someone has said the most dangerous place for a Christian is the Christian book store, the same may be true of Christian radio…beware of what you hear on the radio)

Sometimes the things we listen to in our modern culture are mixed up and confused and the wise man demonstrates discernment in rejecting those foolish perspectives. But that is not the only source of our “hearing.” Many of us are listening to our own selves. We have formulated a philosophy of life, a view of the world and how it works, and we live by that “doctrine” over and above everything else. We may have learned this from our father, our friends…most likely we accumulated this “philosophy” over time and we really don’t know where we got it. This philosophy affects everything: our perspective about life and people; our self-image and identity; our attitude and character. That is why Solomon took great pains to pass on wisdom to his son. I call it brainwashing. I like that word, it helped me to understand that it was a process. I wanted to pass on to my kids the right set of perspectives on life and living. Brainwashing made me think about how I did that. It also made me think about my own brain/mind.

So we end up with ideas and attitudes, beliefs and opinions that have nothing to do with truth, and nothing to do with Christianity, and it matters. It makes a difference. It makes a difference in our demeanor, behavior, speech and values. It plays out in our homes and workplaces. Our job as men is to examine the fortress of our mind to make sure that it is sound. It guards our soul and our home.

So again, I ask you, what are you listening to?

Here is advice from Paul:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
 

I am praying for you, ~

I am praying for you too my brother.  Love you!

Posted October 22, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Thoughts