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Team DAXKO - Mercedes Marathon Relay  2009

Team DAXKO - Mercedes Marathon Relay 2009

Birmingham News Picture of Team DAXKO

Birmingham News Picture of Team DAXKO

Big Brother Mason runs too!

Big Brother Mason runs too!

February 15th I ran in the Mercedes Marathon Relay with several of my friends from DAXKO. I intended to train but didn’t (and I paid for it the next day! Sore, sore, sore!)
As much as I feared running because of my lack of preparation I had the BEST time!

Much of the money raised benefits The Bell Center in Birmingham, Al. My cousin Joshua goes there currently and his brother Roman just graduated 🙂 Their big brother Mason and mom Alison ran too!

Just being out there with thousands of people all running for a common cause felt really amazing- like I was part of something bigger than myself. Like being a Christian but on a smaller scale 😉 Running the race (just a part of it) and keeping the faith (that I could actually finish)…

I was the least likely to be out there on that course. Just like I was the least likely to be chosen and loved by the God of the universe! I am not a runner but I ran and I finished. I am not a “super-marathon-Christian” but I keep running and I will finish -Maybe not at the “front” but I will cross the finish line – welcomed into my heavenly home – to lay my reward at His feet.

He carried me through the entire race after all 🙂

Little Joshua

Little Joshua

Roman making a silly face!

Roman making a silly face!

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As I listened to a news story about yet another celebrity who had succumb to a drug addiction relapse I realized, “We are not meant to be worshiped.” Wonder why stars kill themselves or shave their heads for no reason? Humans were never meant to be worshiped. 

Mankind is wired to worship. We long to worship a caring, all-powerful, all-knowing, protector and lover of our souls. We crave for someone to love us completely and unconditionally. Typically, we put a human in this position. We worship them and they inevitably fall from the pedestal we placed them on. They withdraw under the pressure and expectations of our worship.

So why do our celebrities go mad? Imagine the pressure of being worshipped by millions of people! They simultaneously crave adoration and yet are terrified of not living up to impossible, societal expectations of being perfect and perfect-looking. Anorexia, drug-addiction and arrests ensue and we drool over their pathetic lives 24 hours a day. A sick and seductive cycle.

Christians are just as prone to worship idols as unbelievers, aren’t we? Having been rescued from captivity and we straddle the line, worshiping God and our idols with a divided heart.

“They worshiped the LORD, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought.”  2 Kings 17:33

He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; 
       he cannot save himself, or say, 
       “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

Isaiah 44:20


 

President Bush offers to help Lebanon’s army prior to his trip to the Middle East later this week:
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Civil War in Lebanon over 53 100 dead
Cyclone in Myanmar 34,000 100,000 dead
Earthquake in China 9000  50,000 dead

And God is a merciful God? A loving God? Yes.

“Every deadly calamity is a merciful call from God for the living to repent. That was Jesus’ stunning statement to those who brought him news of calamity. The tower of Siloam had fallen, and 18 people were crushed. What about this, Jesus? they asked. He answered, “Do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:4-5).

The point of every deadly calamity is this: Repent. Let our hearts be broken that God means so little to us. Grieve that he is a whipping boy to be blamed for pain, but not praised for pleasure. Lament that he makes headlines only when man mocks his power, but no headlines for ten thousand days of wrath withheld. Let us rend our hearts that we love life more than we love Jesus Christ. Let us cast ourselves on the mercy of our Maker. He offers it through the death and resurrection of his Son.

This is the point of all pleasure and all pain. Pleasure says: “God is like this, only better; don’t make an idol out of me. I only point to him.” Pain says: “What sin deserves is like this, only worse; don’t take offense at me. I am a merciful warning.”

-John Piper

3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,[a]’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9″Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Jesus
Mathew 24:8-14