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The same media that praised Richard Sherman’s tirade. I love football and all but these little boy “journalists” need to get a life.

8/18/2014 (1:52pm)


When you can’t admit your own mistakes you miss out on the beautiful wonder that is grace; and grace is the whole point of everything.



8/11/2014 (7:04pm)

This is what happened the day my Dad died. 

The apocalypse lingers above us yet it does not faze our resilience. The military helicopters and fire planes, smoke and lightening all buzz above. Yet below the people zip along freeways and laugh jovially as they walk across streets.

Armageddon didn’t kill my Dad though. His heart simply stopped. Maybe it was too full. He literally just dropped off the face of the earth one day.

And then everything caught on fire.


At about the time the flowers all die is when the adrenaline wears down.



8/11/2014 (3:45pm)

JOB: Summary and Analysis by SPARKSNOTES


Job is a wealthy man living in a land called Uz with his large family and extensive flocks. He is “blameless” and “upright,” always careful to avoid doing evil (1:1). One day, Satan (“the Adversary”) appears before God in heaven. God boasts to Satan about Job’s goodness, but Satan argues that Job is only good because God has blessed him abundantly. Satan challenges God that, if given permission to punish the man, Job will turn and curse God. God allows Satan to torment Job to test this bold claim, but he forbids Satan to take Job’s life in the process.

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Hello hurricane you can’t silence our love.


So many beards. Only two hands.

File this under reasons you should be an A’s fan.

7/29/2014 (6:22pm)

I remember when I first fell in love with this song. It was August 2001. I was one summer removed from starting my military career. 9/11 was still just a nightmare nobody would have ever imagined. I was just two weeks from leaving for college in San Francisco. Two weeks away from begining the main leg of the journey to my dreams. I was reading in shock about the plane crash death of Aaliyah on my new lap top. I was fielding messages from people who were acting funny toward me, probably because I was leaving. I was, for the first time, beginning to question the possibility that my dream may fail. I was almost backing out. I was only 18 years old and I was realizing for the first time every journey has a cost, and nothing is guaranteed.

My dream, thus far, has not come to pass. I am back in the same town where I heard this song for the first time. And I am still suffering the cost of 9/11. 

Yet, as I face leaving some things behind yet again, and as I survey the damage of the last 13 years, I am reminded…this is just another leg. The journey process is the end. And I really haven’t failed yet. I only fail when I quit.

WALK ON (all that you can’t leave behind) U2

And love, it’s not the easy thing
The only baggage, that you can bring
Not the easy thing, the only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can’t leave behind

And if the darkness is to keep us apart
And if the daylight feels like it’s a long way off
And if your glass heart should crack
Before the second you turn back
Oh no, be strong

Oh, oh, walk on, walk on
What you got, they can’t steal it
No, they can’t even feel it
Walk on, walk on
Stay safe tonight

You’re packin’ a suitcase for a place, none of us has been
A place that has to be believed, to be seen
You could have flown away, a singin’ bird in an open cage
Who will only fly, only fly for freedom

Oh, oh, walk on, walk on
What you got, you can’t deny it
Can’t sell it or buy it
Walk on, walk on
You stay safe tonight

And I know it aches
How your heart, it breaks
You can only take so much

Walk on, walk on

Home, hard to know what it is
If you never had one
Home, I can’t say where it is
But I know I’m going
Home, that’s where the heart is

And I know it aches
And your heart, it breaks
You can only take so much

Walk on

Leave it behind
You’ve got to leave it behind

All that you fashion, all that you make
All that you build, all that you break
All that you measure, all that you feel
All this you can leave behind

All that you reason, all that you care
(It’s only time and I’ll never fill up all my mind)
All that you sense, all that you scheme
All you dress up, and all that you see
All you create, all that you wreck
All that you hate


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Humble Abode

  • Brennan Manning: Jesus, who forgave the sins of the paralytic (thereby claiming divine power), proclaims that He has invited sinners and not the self-righteous to His table. The Greek verb used here, kalein, has the sense of inviting an honored guest to dinner. In effect, Jesus says the kingdom of His Father is not a subdivision for the self-righteous nor for those who feel they possess the state secret of salvation. The kingdom is not an exclusive, well-trimmed suburb with snobbish rules about who can live there. no, it is for a larger, homelier, less self-conscious caste of people who understand they are sinners because they have experienced the yaw and pitch of moral struggle.


7/29/2014 (1:31pm)

7/25/2014 (2:50pm)

How to adjust to exile in 24 verses.

Jeremiah 30 (NLT)

Promises of Deliverance

30 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah.For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it again. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

This is the message the Lord gave concerning Israel and Judah. This is what the Lordsays:

“I hear cries of fear;
    there is terror and no peace.
Now let me ask you a question:
    Do men give birth to babies?
Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced,
    hands pressed against their sides
    like a woman in labor?
In all history there has never been such a time of terror.
    It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel.[a]
    Yet in the end they will be saved!
For in that day,”
    says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
“I will break the yoke from their necks
    and snap their chains.
Foreigners will no longer be their masters.
    For my people will serve the Lord their God
and their king descended from David—
    the king I will raise up for them.

10 “So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant;
    do not be dismayed, Israel,”
    says the Lord.
“For I will bring you home again from distant lands,
    and your children will return from their exile.
Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet,
    and no one will terrorize them.
11 For I am with you and will save you,”
    says the Lord.
“I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you,
    but I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you, but with justice;
    I cannot let you go unpunished.”

12 This is what the Lord says:
“Your injury is incurable—
    a terrible wound.
13 There is no one to help you
    or to bind up your injury.
    No medicine can heal you.
14 All your lovers—your allies—have left you
    and do not care about you anymore.
I have wounded you cruelly,
    as though I were your enemy.
For your sins are many,
    and your guilt is great.
15 Why do you protest your punishment—
    this wound that has no cure?
I have had to punish you
    because your sins are many
    and your guilt is great.

16 “But all who devour you will be devoured,
    and all your enemies will be sent into exile.
All who plunder you will be plundered,
    and all who attack you will be attacked.
17I will give you back your health
    and heal your wounds,” says the Lord.
“For you are called an outcast—
    ‘Jerusalem[b] for whom no one cares.’”

18 This is what the Lord says:
“When I bring Israel home again from captivity
    and restore their fortunes,
Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins,
    and the palace reconstructed as before.
19 There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving,
    and I will multiply my people, not diminish them;
I will honor them, not despise them.
20     Their children will prosper as they did long ago.
I will establish them as a nation before me,
    and I will punish anyone who hurts them.
21 They will have their own ruler again,
    and he will come from their own people.
I will invite him to approach me,” says the Lord,
    “for who would dare to come unless invited?
22 You will be my people,
    and I will be your God.”

23 Look! The Lord’s anger bursts out like a storm,
    a driving wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not diminish
    until it has finished all he has planned.
In the days to come
    you will understand all this.