Bustin’ Buttons Proud

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His hands glide gracefully over the keys producing more than just music—he makes the nine-foot Steinway sing, somehow transferring the message of his own heart and that of the composer’s into a delightful banquet of sounds—dark and foreboding one minute, and then an explosion of light the next. The music bursts forth with images of the pounding tide and then drops off into a gentle lullaby.

It’s more than just major or minor, melody and harmony, allegro and largo—it is heart and soul poured out through the keys, it is touch and tone flashing colors into the air, shouting and whispering, sobbing and laughing out the message.

I dare you to sit here and listen unmoved! Yes, he’s my son. Yes, I love music, and that certainly enhances this fine hour, but he is more than just my son—he is a passionate master of his trade, wielding this grand instrument with the skill of the expert he has become. He has honed his God-given abilities until his music pours forth like liquid gold, expressing with the greatest finesse all that each composer, from Bach to Ravel, has been inspired to preserve through ink and paper.  Music—such a simple term for this complex blend of composer, performer, and audience.

Am I proud? Painfully so! I thank God for my son and the musician he is, but that will never come close to the pride and joy I hold in my heart for his diligence to become the young man, husband, and father that God has created him to be.

 

Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. Psalm 144:1

Pornography—the Roaring Lion

Why would a fifty-nine-year-old pastor’s wife write about pornography? Well, it certainly isn’t a desirable topic, and certainly not one which I would choose to write about. But for the past two days, I’ve been dealing with messages sent to my blog which were links to porn sites. Did I look at them? Sadly, I was deceived by the first one, so yes, for one horrible moment I was there.

I remember a pastor preaching about temptation and saying that the first temptation is not sin.  It becomes sin when you return to the temptation the second time. When the second message came from another source, it looked very much like the first one. I debated whether I should look at it, and here’s the really frightening thing:  For one split second, I was curious. Me! How much temptation it must be for a young man! I was horrified that I was even tempted.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8

This is not child’s play, my friend!

  • We need to be sober, or serious about this. The accessibility of porn is frightening!
  • We need to be vigilant—ever watching and on guard. Be sure there are safeguards on your electronic devices AND on those of your children! An innocent mind could be destroyed by one accidental click!
  • We have a dangerous, conniving, powerful, never-stopping adversary. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown’s commentary tells us that the word ‘adversary’ literally means “opponent in a court of justice.” Satan is constantly accusing us and building a case against us. He’s a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44). This tempter counteracts and counterattacks the Gospel and everyone who proclaims it. If you are a born-again believer, you have a target on your back and so do your children!
  • He is a roaring lion. He is violent and has an insatiable thirst for the blood of his prey.
  • He walks about, roaming the earth with his minions.
  • He does not just want to chew on us, he wants to devour us! How? By entangling us in the many worldly cares and snares that we face every day!

Praise God for the next verse in 1 Peter 5: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world (9).

There will always be an image in my mind of a photo that a boy thrust in my face as a junior high student on the bus on my way to school.  I was horrified that day as well. I never knew such things existed. Beware! The eye-gate is the place where Satan does most of his dirty work. Guard it carefully and protect your children and teens as well! I can’t imagine what it would be like to be enslaved to that sort of thing. Truly there is only one way of escape! Jesus Christ our dear Savior! Only through Him and His amazing grace and the power of His Holy Spirit can we steadfastly resist!

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. I Peter 5:10

Your Sacrifice–His Sacrifice

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November 11, 1918—the day that marked the end of the Great War, the war to end all wars. We will recognize that important even this Sunday as it marks the one-hundredth anniversary. As I said goodbye to my husband today with thoughts of what I would be doing that morning–leading the junior and senior high choruses in a program to honor veterans–I said, “I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to say goodbye to a husband or son who was heading off to war—to face someone who was trying to kill him!

How do I say, “Thank you” to someone who has lost a loved one fighting for my freedom?

How do I say, “Thank you” to someone who has fought for my freedom?

Can we, all the millions of people who have never served, ever understand their battle? I say no, but we can be thankful and show our appreciation.

My grandfather fought in the First World War and my father in Korea and a brother-in-law who fought in Vietnam, but I have never been directly touched by war. There’s only one word to sum it all up: sacrifice.

Why would a young man or woman leave this wonderful country, put himself through crazy physical tests of endurance, suffer deprivation, mental anguish, separation from loved ones, and possible death? I’m sure some might do it for reasons I can’t even understand, but whatever their reason, sacrifice is the call.

So, thank you to anyone, here or abroad, now or in the past, with honorable or privately undisclosed reasons, who served and sacrificed for the freedom we all enjoy! This American thanks you! Only One other has sacrificed more for a better freedom.

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; Hebrews 10:12