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Because I said so!

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As CJ gets older and our interaction is more logical, I am continually amazed at the similarities between our relationships to the relationship I had with my parents. Granted I don’t remember much from when I was 3 years old, but I now realize so much of what goes on between CJ and myself mirrors things that went on between my me and my parents when I was a similar age. And while that might not be a big surprise, what has been a massive revelation is just how my relationship with CJ mirrors God’s relationship with me.

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Putting me in my place

828306_59087049aI had the opportunity to give the message in church on Sunday. I learned a number of lessons while doing that. The biggest one was that despite the fact that it may have appeared that I was the ‘main dude’ at church on Sunday (I was the only person to occupy the stage by myself), that in reality it has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with God.

Let me tell you the story.

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The superhero inside

superman_emblemI started off today in my superman t-shirt. I have been thinking of Superman quite a bit over the past few days. These thoughts were probably sparked by this post by human3rror.

I like superheroes. It might be a geek thing, or just the fact that a part of me has never really grown up, but superheroes are cool.

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Easter – Part 3: Everyone

everyoneOne of the big criticisms of Christianity is that it is very exclusive, after all Jesus himself said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). I mean, how unfair is that? There are a lot of religions that teach and practise good things, so where does Jesus get off saying something like that? If that were true it would just not be fair to condemn all those other good people to eternity in Heaven.

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Easter – Part 2: Red

redIn my Easter post yesterday I said “Jesus died so that we don’t have to”. But what is with the dying thing any way? I think a lot of us struggle with that. Regardless of our religious convictions I don’t think many of us can fully grasp the deal that says that the things I have done deserve death.

Someone else put it this way: If God is so big on forgiveness, even if my sins deserve death, why could God not just forgive me? As people we forgive people all the time right? Why could God not just forgive us? Why the whole deal with someone having to die?

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Easter – Part 1: Ransom

crossTomorrow is Good Friday. For some people that just means it is a holiday. For me it means a whole lot more than that.

Easter, the reasons for it and explanation of it, is something that I am very passionate about. Don’t get me wrong I like the bunnies and chocolates and family time that is usually associated with Easter, but there is so much more to it, and it is the ‘more’ that gets me excited.

The one word that, IMHO, best sums up Easter is the word: Ransom

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Twins seperated by 3 years

When I posted some photos of my new princess the other day I noted how similar she and her older sister looked at the same age. Below are 4 photos, 2 of CJ and 2 of Alicia. They are in pairs, similar photographs of each of them.

The exercise here is to tell me which one is which. I think you will agree that it is a difficult task. To be hones the only reason I know which is which is cause I was there when the photo was taken, and I can recognise things about the photo (other than the specific daughter) that give the game away.

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questionmark-smallDriving to work the other day I heard a discussion on the radio. The caller was complaining that there was too much talk of karma and astrology on the radio. He basically was asking why these ‘eastern’ beliefs were being so readily invited into western culture.

The fact that he assumes South Africans are all ‘westerners’ is for another discussion. What intrigued me was the way the caller and the DJ were comparing Karma to the biblical principle of “Do unto others…” (I put the … in there because they never actually quoted the full quote).

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As I sit typing this, Marla is sitting across the room reviewing another PhD Thesis.  She is possibly the most beautiful thing I could lay my eyes on. I can’t tell her that cause she would not believe me.

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Ransomed

tr.v. ran·somed To obtain the release of by paying a certain price.

2000ish years ago Jesus Christ hung and died on a cross. He did that because there was a price on my head. He knew that there was no way that I could pay that price and so he paid it for me.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

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