Archive for July, 2010

Football Season Approaches

July 30, 2010

Bengals Sign Terrell Owens To One-Year, $2 Million Ordeal


JULY 30, 2010, CINCINNATI—The Bengals reached a contract agreement with wide receiver Terrell Owens Tuesday, signing the outspoken six-time Pro Bowler to an excruciating one-year ordeal worth $2 million plus bonuses. Under the terms of the ordeal, Owens could earn up to $2 million more if, while tormenting fans, teammates, and coaches during what is sure to be an excruciating season, he finishes with more than 60 catches, 1,300 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns. “I’m excited to start doing my thing right away,” said Owens, who is expected to report to Bengals training camp as soon as the ordeal is approved by Commissioner Goodell, who reportedly shook his head in disgust upon hearing that Owens would be returning for a 15th NFL season. “I think the combination of myself and [Chad] Ochocinco will be [sheer torture].” The Bengals have yet to issue an apology.

(HT-The Onion)

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This makes me laugh just thinking about it

July 28, 2010

The process

July 23, 2010

The disciples were trained in the disciplines, modeled by Jesus, given authority to minister, tried and tested, then told to wait until they received power from the Spirit.

Jesus grew in stature and favor with God and man. was about his Father’s business early on. Knew what his role was before meeting John at the Jordan. Was trained in the disciplines of his Fathers. Then was baptized by John with water, and by his Father with the Holy Spirit. Then and only then did his ministry start. A ministry of power, compassion, teaching, healing…. John says Jesus will baptize with the HS.

The spiritual disciplines acted as foundations for the Spirit filled ministries of both Jesus and his disciples. Note that both were trained and schooled before the Spirit was poured out on them. Boot camp before combat. Keeping your lamps trimmed and burning until the groom comes back.

Ken Boa-

A spiritual discipline program is best seen as a training program for those who want to be like Christ. If we truly want to do what he did, we must live life the way he lived it. And that means regularly doing those things by which he learned obedience to his Father’s will. We see the effect that such rigorous discipline had when we observe him in the garden just before the cross. Although struggling mightily, he was ultimately able to do what he did not humanly want to do. This was made possible through the same supernatural power available to us, the Holy Spirit, and through the same disciplines available to us, the spiritual disciplines. Therefore, if we practice what he practiced, we too will be able to obey God’s will, even in moments when we don’t want to.

But such strength of faith does not come without cost, as Tozer has pointedly preached in previous chapters. I believe that spiritual receptivity is best increased by the intentional exercise of the spirit and that it is most easily destroyed by the unintentional neglect of the spirit. No one remains where they are with God. You are either proactively engaged in increasing your receptivity or you are reactively engaged in diminishing your receptivity. And therefore, you are either moving toward him or moving way from him. The pursuit of God has no neutral gear.

Systematically engaging in spiritual disciplines was not especially popular during Tozer’s lifetime. However, there has been a resurgence of interest in them, particularly in last few decades. Books such as Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline and Dallas Willard’s The Spirit of the Disciplines are only two of the better-known offerings in this emerging topic. Books in this vein always include examples of the spiritual exercises practiced by the Older Testament prophets, by Jesus himself, by the Apostles, by the early church saints, and by various spiritual masters up to our present day. They include: prayer, fasting, silence, frugality, solitude, worship, service, study, and meditation, to name some of the activities that have a proven track record. And once again, it is important to remember that the disciplines are only a means to an end, not the end itself. That is, no amount of discipline alone is sufficient to grow you into a deeper relationship with God. The disciplines only become valuable to the degree that they expand your spiritual receptivity for God. You can never grow into intimacy with him; you can only grow in intimacy with him.