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Of recent, my blogging energies have been diverted to the LIFE ISSUE. However, this morning I find myself pondering some headlines. Just pretend we are at the breakfast table, drinking some good joe, reading the paper. Your thoughts are welcome.

Italian Priest Organizes Beauty Contest for Nuns

Muslims begin to copy the megachurch multi-site model

Police cite church for praying too loudly

Tornado hits Denver on eve of convention

Faith-filled convention opens with prayer

What Saddleback’s Pastor Really Thinks About Politics

August frost hits Minnesota and Wisconsin

Church-Going Teens Have Higher GPAs

One legged NYC prostitute knocked from wheelchair dies

A couple local headlines…

No abortion ads in student directories

Kory and the Fireflies to appear at LifeLight Music Festival

A couple crazy video clips are in the news from the Olympics…

Weightlifting accident – elbow bends the wrong way

Cuban taekwondo athlete kicks ref

The River is ramping up for a strong start this fall. Check out their new blog.

Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…

Psalm 139:13-16 – “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Cartoon Illustration by Patrick Moberg
HT: Jill Stanek

It’s doubtful they’ll be catering to us this Christmas (or Easter) dumping the polar bears and replacing them with nativity imagery or a cross. Pepsi anyone?

Though some are probably smiling, I found it quite sad yesterday to hear about Todd Bentley getting separated from his wife. Thousands every day speaking word curses over him (that was the main point of all my blog posts on him) – a demonic full frontal assault all on a guy with a lot flaws and a lot of growth and maturity yet ahead of him. Ministry is extremely hard and even harder when you step out and get radical for God and the Kingdom. The devil plays hardball when it comes to ministry families. And, who knows what was going on with Todd, but so many ministry guys serve Jesus and let their wives serve them. We miss warning signals and convince ourselves that things are better than they really are.

I hope you are moved to pray for Todd Bentley and his family. The God who can heal bodies can certainly touch a marriage. The devil likes to claim victory but God may have something even greater up his sleave in terms of redemptive purposes here. It’s still about Jesus.

I really like Lee Grady and know him from when I had my book published with Strang. His commentary on this matter is good even though I take a different view at a number of key points. I resonated with his statement, “it wasn’t supposed to end like this.” But then again, God is big and can bring good out of bad and whether you do or not, God loves Todd Bentley.

I agree with Grady’s assessment that what we saw in Lakeland was “raw zeal for God” but disagree there was a wholesale casting aside of discernment. I’m sad because it’s a step back perhaps for a lot of people and those I was trying to temper in my posts will surely shift now from being scoffers to gloaters. Those who are already connecting dots between Bentley’s controversial teachings and practices and his marriage troubles will have trouble explaining to me why the wives of the more “orthodox” guys (like Pastor Charles Stanley) sometimes leave too. All eyes on Jesus and we’ll grow from this too.

Good post today on Overcoming Self-Criticism from my eldest – Caleb. Check it out.

If you miss me, remember, I’m still posting more frequently here.

08/03/2008 – KELOLAND NEWS
Early Morning Heat Burst Hits Sioux Falls
What meteorologists call a “convective heat burst” sent temperatures skyrocketing early this morning in Sioux Falls. Temperatures rose rapidly from the lower 70’s to 101-degrees between 4:15 and 4:45 am. A heat burst occurs when warm air from 10-thousand to 20-thousand feet above the surface is forced to the ground. The heat burst also brought strong winds that knocked down some power lines and trees in the Sioux Falls area.

This has got to mean something. Those in watch and pray mode – I welcome your theories. I was reminded of this prophetic word which recently appeared on the Elijah List;

“For even as you have felt the degrees, the heat throughout the summer – as you have felt the heat throughout the summer, even up to now – there shall be records broken. It shall be a sign: the earth shall boil. For,” God said, “they shall say, ‘What is happening in the soil? Shall we talk about global warming?’ What do those that live on My earth know about what I have structured for the universe? Do not mock Me, do not mock Me,” says the Lord, “with global warming.” For the Spirit of God said, “Things will be shown and will be revealed in these next two years that shall come from the earth, that will prove the creation of man, that shall prove some of the Biblical things that have happened,” says the Lord. “Watch through the summer as the degrees go high and then suddenly low, low.” For God said, “Do you know what it is? It is a sign that I am sending to you…” says the Lord.

I thank God for air conditioning because I slept right through it.

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