Billy Graham was FAT

At Billy Graham’s funeral, youngest son, Ned Graham said:

“I just want you to know my father was ‘FAT’ – he was faithful, he was available, and he was teachable,” said Ned Graham, his youngest child. “Faithful, available, teachable, may we all be that way.”

http://www.wral.com/mourners-to-say-goodbye-to-billy-graham-america-s-pastor-/17385929/

My prayer is that I will be faithful, available, and teachable.


The billy Graham Association has an event center called the Cove. Grandson Will Graham is one of the leaders

https://www.thecove.org/Event/list-events-by-type/personal%20spiritual%20retreats?m=4&y=2018&typeid=10

James A Garfield

I learned to appreciate James Garfield listening to Play the Man by Mark Batterson on RightNow Media.

Born in a log cabin in Ohio.

Only ordained preacher to become US President. (our 20th)

Only president that didn’t run for president.

The 1880 Republican National Convention, they were deadlocked after 35 ballots. They nominated James A Garfield, who hadn’t been running and had not been previously nominated. We was chosen as the Republican nominee and went on to win. Inaugurated in March 1881.

Was shot in his first year as president. After a extended illness (and infections) he died some 200 days after holding office.

I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else. James A. Garfield
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/james_a_garfield_150413

He was a teacher, preacher, college president, officer in the Civil War, scholar, politician, proponent of education for all, and family man.  (and a hard worker, because of all that he did)

He was left-handed. As a teenager pulled canal boats along the canal in Ohio. Out-going. Friendly. Moderate Republican.

Last, but certainly not least, he found a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem.  The Pythagorean Theorem can be proven in scores of ways and we’ve had it since the Greeks, but it is significant that Garfield found new, cogent proof in 1876.

He’s an inspiration.

Videos and Audio

2-hour plus excellent video from CSpan: Life Portrait of James Garfield

5 Crazy facts

LibroVox has a reading of his “Presidential Farewell and Last Addresses,” which, sadly, was his Inaugural address.

RightNow Media

BrainyQuotes

2 days after Christmas quick reflections

When the angel appeared to the Shepherds in Luke 2:10-11, we often pick up on the bright lights and fear. I find it noteworthy that, beyond he/r calming their fear, s/he lays out much of the gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This baby is

  • Good News
  • Joy
  • For all people
  • A Savior
  • Messiah (promised one)
  • the Lord (God)
  • For You (each one of you)

I like this video and that it has lettering.


The Christmas letter from Stefan, Beth, Jeremiah, and Titus Helm had good words and the question, “How does your heart respond to the amazing truth that God came as a man and lived among us?”

 

 

13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luke 19:13

We live between the 1st and 2nd Comings of Christ. Our calling is to follow Jesus’ commandments. That is, to love.

J.C.Ryle wrote a nice piece on this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://books.google.com/books?id=yI_EAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT45&lpg=PT45&dq=J+C+Ryle+Occupy+until+i+come.+do+not+forget+this+charge+to+occupy&source=bl&ots=AE4rWepV6l&sig=XFQI89SeZacUCxQFqCIDEkCqRBE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiuuc6v6a_WAhUJzIMKHZbvCLwQ6AEIMjAC#v=onepage&q=J%20C%20Ryle%20Occupy%20until%20i%20come.%20do%20not%20forget%20this%20charge%20to%20occupy&f=false

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Go Where You Are Needed

From Crawford Loritts https://www.moodyradio.org/programs/living-a-legacy/2017/04-2017/2017.04.09-go-where-you-are-needed-part-2/

April 2017 – Go Where You Are Needed, (2 Parts)

 

After a while Christians have a tendency to hang around Christians.

 

7 barriers that make it hard for Christians to go to/reach out to/be with unbelievers

 

  1. (over time) We Get out of touch with our own neediness.
  2. Fear
  3. Be aware of self-righteousness (becoming a Pharisee – back door Pharisee)
  4. View Christianity as our mission. (Christendom does not equal the Gospel)
  5. We overemphasize the differences that we have.
  6. We are not intentional. (we drift toward a Christian culture)
  7. Diminished relational skills

 

A Pharisee is one who forgets that he needs to grace of God

 

Do:

  1. Look for prepared hearts.
  2. Frequent the dark places.
  3. Make loving and engaging the lost a priority.
  4. Don’t forget how to enjoy yourself when hanging out with non-Christians.

 

(expect criticism)

 

4 aspects of Mercy

Generosity

Forgiveness

Compassion

Extension of healing and help

My Prayer this Advent

My prayer this advent is that I better learn to understand and grasp the following by AW Tozer* on the reason Christ came to earth.

[This is taken from Day 1 of From Heaven: A 28-Day Advent Devotional]


Dwell With

Unite To

Dwell In

[*This was written at a time when the term ‘men’ was used for humankind. I believe Tozer meant this in a gender-neutral manner.]