Archive for November 2007

Blessed Be Your Name

Blessed be Your nameWhen I’m found in the desert placeThough I walk through the wildernessBlessed be Your namePsalm 86Hear, O LORD, and answer me,for I am poor and needy.Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.You are my God; save your servantwho trusts in you.Have mercy on me, O Lord,for I call to you all day long.Bring joy to your servant,for to you, O Lord,I lift up my soul.You are forgiving and good, O Lord,abounding in love to all who call to you.Hear my prayer, O LORD;listen to my cry for mercy.In the day of my trouble I will call to you,for you will answer me.Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;no deeds can compare with yours.All the nations you have madewill come and worship before you, O Lord;they will bring glory to your name.For you are great and do marvelous deeds;you alone are God.Teach me your way, O LORD,and I will walk in your truth;give me an undivided heart,that I may fear your name.I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;I will glorify your name forever.For great is your love toward me;you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.The arrogant are attacking me, O God;a band of ruthless men seeks my lifeā€”men without regard for you.But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.Turn to me and have mercy on me;grant your strength to your servantand save the son of your…Continue Reading

Benevolence, Part 2

Today’s message at Grandview Baptist (the church I’ve been going to this year at Waterloo) went hand in hand with the message I heard last night by Craig Kielburger. The pastor spoke all about the “mission mindset” and how the only mindset that truly leads to a life of missions for God is a God-focused mindset. It seems pretty simple, but it was a powerful message in the context of what I had heard last night.

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’

“At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.’

“Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your…Continue Reading

Moving from Binge-Purge to Benevolence

I just got back from the seventh annual “St. Jerome’s Feast.” The food was amazing, and in addition to eating, we had the pleasure of listening to the guest speaker for the night, Craig Kielburger. Craig is the founder of an organization called Free the Children, an organization working to end child labour and improve primary education as well. Although only in his twenties, he has already received the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Award, the Order of Canada, the Human Rights Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of Children, and three Nobel Peace Prize nominations. It was quite an impressive evening.

What always seems to strike me during these types of presentations is the mental picture of all the people who have the guilt trip laid on them, donate their spare change, and then feel vindicated. I get this image in my mind of the people who go back “changed,” only to feel a whole lot better the next day and go on with their daily lives as if it had never occurred. They go back with $10 or $20 less in their wallets, a seemingly sufficient price to pay to have the guilt removed. It’s the binge-purge of our North American society.

Well that’s not what I want. I don’t want simply to give my one-time donation and leave it at that. I mean, I know every dollar, every cent counts, but too often those types of donations go to…Continue Reading