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  1. Scott Barber says:

    I have been lurking on this blog for a long time and just wanted to say how good this place is and hello.

  2. London says:

    Welcome Scott!

  3. “This was the inexpressible will of God, to send His only Son into the world to redeem us. We were villains, but nonetheless He sent Christ His Son for the sake of such villains. We were enemies of God, yet He sent Christ, His most precious possession, for the sake of such enemies. We had gone astray and were unaware of our great affliction, and even less in search of help; but God came to our aid without our desiring it. We had fled from Him, but He has called us back. This must, indeed be great love. His beloved Son came into the world, suffered death for our sins, gave His Father perfect obedience, was lifted onto the wooden cross like the brass serpent, and thereby obtained the forgiveness of sins, the grace of God, righteousness, and eternal bliss. And thus the lost treasure has been restored.” -Johann Gerhard

  4. from this corner says:

    among my Lenten thoughts:
    kind of hard to dismiss a God Who says, “I love you so much that I’ll die for you.” …

  5. Nonnie says:

    Welcome Scott! Hope you all have a good weekend.
    Get some rest, spend time with those you love, count your blessings….. be refreshed!

  6. PP Vet says:

    Sitting in a Cracker Barrel in Tennessee reading Phoenix Preacher … just sayin ….

  7. Scott Barber says:

    Thanks guys for the welcome!
    Nonnie – Will do!

  8. erunner says:

    Great Scott!! Welcome… 🙂

  9. I have been praying for this little girl for a while.
    Pray for the Merrick family, Daisy Went to be with the Lord today.
    http://blog.prayfordaisy.com/post/43269021498/at-2-40am-this-morning-our-sweet-daisy-went-to-be

  10. sarah says:

    Hi all! Welcome, Scott!

    Spending the weekend in NM. I haven’t been home since July and there are noticeable changes in mom. She doesn’t know what a fork is or how to use it until you get her started. Se has lost many words…she took hold of my hair today and asked me, ‘what is this?’ ‘That’s my hair, mom.’ ‘Okay. But what is it?’

    She is impatient and more and more like a child…no sense of time and constant questions. Her body is failing her in the most basic ways.

    If I think about it too much I want to weep. We have to just take it in stride and make life as comfortable as we can for dad and mom. Maybe we should weep, more, I don’t know.

    I needed a second to vent…to say this sucks. Didn’t want to write it on my Facebook or blog because Dad sees those, and he knows it sucks. So…again I find myself thankful for this place to come at moments like these…

  11. sarah says:

    Oh, Derrick…I have been praying for her as well….so very sorry to hear this.

  12. Michael says:

    Sarah,

    Praying for you and the giant of a man that is your father…

  13. Michael says:

    Derek,

    Damn.
    The last few weeks I couldn’t bear to watch what Britt and his family were going through.
    For the little one the suffering is over…for the family it will never end.

  14. Michael says:

    Scott…welcome aboard.

  15. Jtk says:

    Sarah,
    We’re praying for you.

  16. London says:

    So sad to hear of Daisy’s passing. What a beautiful child.
    Praying for the family

  17. jlo says:

    Sarah, my heart is heavy for you and your family. Praying for you often.

  18. jlo says:

    Daisy is at peace. Thank you Lord. Bring peace to her family.

  19. catherine says:

    So sorry to hear this Sarah…my husband’s mother, Rachel, was diagnosed several years ago with Alzheimers and is just now beginning the real downward slide. Her sister, Sauer, my favorite out of all the aunties, just died Friday, after several years of not knowing her own children. My husband’s mother lives in Israel, and we will try and see her this summer. I hate this disease. My mother-in-law has been the best–in the 30 years I have known her she did nothing but be a blessing to me and take the place of the mother I never had.
    I exist in memories of better days and times with her; as you must do also with your dear mother. You and yours are in my prayers, thank God for the hope of heaven and restored relationships.

  20. sarah says:

    Catherine…thank you so much for your kind words. There are so many impacted by this diminishing of the mind. Praying for your family as well.

    Thank you all for your prayers…jtk, jlo, Michael…

  21. Welcome Scott!

    Praying tonight for Sarah, Catherine, Britt and their families. Heavy-hearted yet rejoicing, if that’s possible.

  22. MLD’s #7…it doesn’t get any better than that!

  23. Praying for Sarah and Catherine

  24. Today being the first Sunday of Lent we sang “A mighty Fortress is our God” – as did the Lutherans in Kenya.

    https://soundcloud.com/collverab3/mungu-wetu-ndiye-boma-a-mighty

  25. I just finished editing a presentation last week hosted by occsp.org, by Robert Adams, world renown Jewish scholar, who has reviewed a number of books by Elie Wiesel.

    The search for meaning, penned by Holocaust survivor, Weisel,, is profound to me.
    This reviewer, presenting before a sold out crowd last week, was discussing with the audience the fact that God is pleased with our demand for understanding, for our struggle to make sense of the senseless, especially in the light of the promises of God toward His people on the macro level, and in to each of us, on the micro level.

    This concept is somewhat foreign to many of us who have spent our time in evangelical and fundamentalist Christian groups, because many of us were shunned should we insist on asking these hard questions. I’ve come to learn that within progressive Jewish circles, as well as progressive Christian, this demand for sense, justice, this attempt to reconcile irreconcilable is encouraged.

    I also find it interesting that the answer is to ultimately embrace “mystery”…

    “The demand of Job, that G-d explain Himself, was much more pleasing to G-d than the glib, facile traditional explanations given by Eliphaz, Zofar and the others. The demand that G-d explain Himself, the demand that G-d give meaning, that G-d make sense of what He does, it must make sense, G-d gave us intelligence, speaking to The Creator, ‘What You do should make sense!’… of course the only meaning is given in chapter 42 of The Book of Job… ‘Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the world? Canst thou draw up Levithan with a hook?!’… and in the face of all the images of G-d’s power, Job says, ‘Now mine eye seeth Thee,’ in other words, ‘Now I understand that I cannot understand…’ and, yet, we demand sense, we demand meaning, and that demand, the exercise of our reason is pleasing to G-d.”
    -Robert Adams

    I post this for anyone who struggles with that which makes no sense, except in the mystery of the unfathomable secrets of God. I hope it helps anyone here seeking peace.

  26. from this corner says:

    #29 is a lovely meditation …
    “why, you may ask…” – you MAY ask – amen

  27. Nonnie says:

    G…that was beautiful. It reminds us that Jesus tells us to “Seek, ask , keep on knocking.” Thank you for the reminder that God is not offended by our seeking and asking.
    We will get answers….often not the answer we wanted or expected.
    Sometimes the answer, is “Peace, my child, I am with you.”

  28. PP Vet says:

    On a sofa in Wash DC reading Phx Preacher …

    Watching my iPhone 4s with OS 6.1.1 hemorrhage power.

    I am with our oldest traveling by auto across this great country. For reasons TCTE (too complicated to explain).

    To all in struggle:

    Love to you.

    We shall overcome.

  29. Happy Trails, PP Vet!

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