I don’t know much about golf, but I do know that The Masters is like the Super Bowl for golfers. There’s something truly special about the annual tournament held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA. Sure, it’s not the only major championship on the PGA Tour but something sets The Masters apart. Undoubtedly, that “something” is the rich tradition of the green jacket.
One of my favorite shows in recent memory is the American law enforcement drama Law & Order. I’m sure you’re familiar with this 20-season-long series, but if not, it’s safe to say that it has basically set the standard for legal procedural television shows.
Yesterday’s are sinister. They’re filled with unfinished projects, incomplete assignments, unkind words, and unsaid feelings, among many other fragments of life that threaten today. Yesterday is a haunting memory for most of us.
Some may contend that if a singular quote requires further explanation then it shouldn’t be quoted, at least not by itself without its proper context. Perhaps that’s true — quotes that are timeless are the ones that stand on their own. Nevertheless, while I believe the truth of today’s statement can be verified in Scripture, I can also see how this statement can be misconstrued and misinterpreted, with vast and dangerous ramifications.
Oftentimes there are particular passages of Scripture that stand out above the rest. I regularly confess when standing to speak that it’s quite ironic for a preacher to have a “favorite” verse or portion of the Word. But, to be sure, I think it’s a very good thing that we let the Bible affect us, to the point where specific verses or chapters stick with us. We often call these “life verses.”
In 2008, the economic world saw the exposure of what is considered the largest ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Financial broker and advisor Bernie Madoff had served as the chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities since 1960, which quickly became one of the top market maker businesses on Wall Street.
I’m a very forgetful person. My wife can attest to that fact. If I don’t write a task or important piece of information down it’ll fly away, never making an imprint on my memory. I’ve determined to not forget things, though, and I engage this by being a scrupulous user of a to-do list.
You’re filthy. You’re grimy and grungy, so soiled and stained with sin that it’s hopeless and impossible for you to try and get clean. For you to wash yourself is a categorical impossibility. Under the divine gaze of the eternal Godhead, you stand guilty, and, under the righteous condemnation of His law, you’re culpable of every offense.
The Scriptures really are God’s story of grace in our lives. Every book, every page, shows us more of God’s everlasting mercy and unilateral love for wayward, wretched people — the lost, the strays, the injured, the weak. We’re able to see God’s gracious dealings with mankind wherever we turn in our Bibles.
I believe one of the unsung wonders of God’s creation is the tongue. That organ in your mouth that has a role in eating and speaking — the two most basic of human activities. It is a “small member” of your body, and yet it harnesses tremendous power.