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Friday, October 28, 2005

A Special Day...


Dear readers,
Through the years, there will be few that people will remember in the blogosphere, Alex and Brett Harris will be one of those. The dynamic duo has shocked the blog world the past few months with their unique blend of conservative evangelism, a call to their generation to wake, and “Do Hard Things”, and a reminder that adolescence is not a vacation from responsibility, but a preparation for it.
We have read their blog from the time that there were few viewers, till now where the point that they are the number 2 ranked religious blog on Blog Top Sites. Every one of their posts is intriguing and sometimes exhilarating.
We have followed the short, yet sweet life of their niece, Faith Felicity Harris, as she was born with heart trouble, and I have literally spent hours on my knees for her. “Little Bright Eyes”, as she was affectionately dubbed by all who have seen pictures, went to see her Lord and Master on October 6, 2005. We mourned with them as they endured hardship.
We all rejoiced when they were given the rare opportunity to intern with Chief Justice Tom Parker. And that was wonderful!

But today is a special day.

We all have this day sooner or later…actually, to be more precise, we have it every year. It’s that special day when you turn another year older. Today, Advancing His Kingdom wants to call attention to Project Harris: Happy Birthday to two special guys. They are turning 17 today. Which is a milestone, because they will never be 17 again. So here’s to the Harris twins.


Happy Birthday guys!


We love you, may God bless you, and keep you and may the Lord make his face shine upon you, and give you peace. May you grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.

Other involved in Project Harris:






Thursday, October 27, 2005

Well whatdya' know??

It's sad. It truly is. And really it just goes to show you the division in the country.

Miers withdrew her nomination for Supreme Court Justice. Read the article and you can see it. Our presidents ratings are in the dumps. And you know what? I don't think it's his fault. Obviously he made the decisions...but really, I think it has more to do with the fact that Satan is mad that we have a Christian President, and so is trying to divide the country.

And though the President made the decisions, how many presidents have had to go through what Bush has? I mean, honestly, he's been through 3 major, record setting hurricanes, a major terrorist attack, 2 wars (are they two? Or are they connected??), and economic crashes and recessions. We can't blame it all on the president. It's not his fault the terrorists attacked, not his fault we had 3 record setting hurricanes.


Another angle I've heard, is that President Bush was put in office by God because of what we'd have to go through. And we needed a Christian in the highest office in the land. I think I agree with that. Because it truly was miraculous that he got in the first time. Which is when 9/11 happened. And then people liked the way he responeded to that, and so elected him a second time. Not only that, but the Bible does say that all governments are God ordained.

Anyway, all this to say, pray for our President. We may not agree with everything he does, but support him. Pray for him. We don't realize the magnitude of the decisions that he has to make. It's easy to sit back here and say, "Well, he should've done this." Or, "If I was in office..." But you're not in office. So support the man that is. God put him there for a reason.




Soli Deo Gloria!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Fellowship of the Unashamed

Fellowship of the Unashamed
(The last words of an African martyr)

"I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The descision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.

I'm finished and done with low living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.

I won't give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ.

I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He comes, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear. "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ."
--Extreme Devotion, Voice of the Martyrs, page 150



May I always live according to those words. Can you imagine if only
half of the Christians in the world lived by that? This world would never ever be the same...



Thanks to Hannah for reminding me of this quote...




Soli Deo Gloria...

To the readers...

Dear Readers,
WOW...I apologize for the long silence between posts! No, I didn't fall of the face of the earth. No, I didn't forget I had a blog. Yes, there are issues and current events going on in the world today. But, wowee, these past few weeks have been hectic! Add that to the fact that my dad is looking for a job (you could keep him in your prayers) and as a result equals a lot less computer time for me, combined with all my school and debate and speech research and preparation (yes Tim, I am in the NCFCA too)...and you get..."Marshall's long absence from the computer..."


Anyway, I will have a post up by the end of the week. So check back Friday, or Saturday.


Until then Soli Deo Gloria!



Monday, October 10, 2005

Problems...

I'm currently experiencing some commenting problems on with the new design. I'm working on it and hope to have it fixed shortly.

*EDIT* Praise the Lord! They're working again! Big thanks to David Lackey, who helped me decipher the very disorganized mess of Javascript that was the function script of my comments! */EDIT*

Thanks for your patience!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Marshall

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Another Lesson From The Vikings: Do New Things


If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always had.
That quote rings true not only throughout time, but throughout generations. It applies not only to adults, but to teens. A lot of times teens do the same thing and expect the different results. It doesn’t work that way! You can’t plant an apple seed, and get a pear tree! Every time you put an apple seed in the ground, you’re going to get an apple tree! Every single time. I don’t care if you pray over it, coax it, or yell at it; it will always produce an apple. Whatever you sow, that will you reap.

But another thing I think is often over looked in applying this quote, is going with the flow. Not only is it true that you, personally, will not get different results from the same actions, but you will not get different results if you do the same things as other people. For instance, if you dress the same way as a non-Christian, talk the same way as a non-Christian, go to the same movies as a non-Christian, surf the same websites as a non-Christian, read the same books as a non-Christian, you can’t expect God to move in your life anymore than He does, or is allowed to, in a non-Christians life.

Alex and Brett’s excellent post, “A Lesson From The Vikings: Do Hard Things.” In their series, “World Wide Webelution” created an excellent point. However, in addition to making an excellent point, they also provide an example for mine. The Vikings did hard things, but what they did was also new. Alex and Brett gave the example of the Greeks and the Romans and how they had galley slaves, whereas the Vikings…well…I’m not going to give it away, check out the post, it’s an excellent one and I much anticipate the rest of the series. Nevertheless, the Vikings did a new thing, and in turn, it made them successful.

So here’s the challenge, and it follows right along the same lines as Alex and Brett’s: (Strange how God does that isn’t it? Tells more than one person the same thing…) Do hard things, but don’t do just hard things, do new things. If you are not getting satisfactory results, pray, and then change. God literally changed the world, and the course of history, with 12 men who were willing to do something hard, and something new. I wanna’ be a leader in the next wave…what about you?

Saturday, October 01, 2005

The American Idol Syndrome...in action...


NEW YORK - "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino reveals in her memoirs that she is functionally illiterate and had to fake her way through some scripted portions the televised talent show, which she won in 2004.

Read the rest of the article here.

I found this interesting, in fact, it is some what along the lines of what my friend Brett was referring to in his post The American Idol Syndrome. (Correct me if I'm wrong Brett.)


In his post, he didn't have many concrete, modern examples, (through no fault of his own). But as if to prove what he was saying was accurate...*Ta-da!*

The unfortunate circumstances that caused this problem are not Ms. Barrino's fault...100%. Her reaction to it, is her responsibility. That's all in the past, but I thought it followed a lot of what the Rebelution has been discussing.



Soli Deo Gloria!