Friday, July 25, 2008

REMINDER: OPEN INVITATION TO OUR CHILDREN'S COVENANT BAPTISMS

Readers,

Just a final reminder that all are invited to our children's covenant baptisms, taking place this Lord's Day at the Oceanside United Reformed Church ( www.oceansideurc.org ). Our four children, Gabriel, Aaron, Emmie, and Owen, will all be receiving the sign of God's gracious covenant in only two days! We are so excited!

Also, come and celebrate with us afterwards at our house. Directions and info will be in the church bulletin this Lord's Day.

Praises to our gracious Lord of the covenant!

Monday, July 21, 2008

"THE DARK KNIGHT": EXTREMELY DISTURBING

I am convinced the role of The Joker killed Heath Ledger.

I just saw "The Dark Knight" with my friend last Saturday. All I can say is, it is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

And I will never watch it again.

Friends and readers, "The Dark Knight" is also one of the most, if not the most, disturbing films I have ever seen. Why is this?

The movie gives us a direct peek into the sin nature. The Joker is a sadistic mass-murderer, and one who revels in it.

Besides the gore (and especially the disgusting gore of even looking at the face of the character "Two-Face"), what disturbed me the most about the movie was that the utter sinfulness of the sin nature cannot be put into words.

I literally lost sleep over this movie. I can't express how intensely disturbing the film was.

Would I recommend my readers to see this movie? That, of course, is up to you. I will not allow my wife to see it. This movie is not for the faint of heart.

The sin nature is so vile that we don't even understand it. The scary thing to me is that we are all Jokers.

Lord, save me from myself.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

AN OPEN INVITATION TO OUR CHILDRENS' BAPTISMS

Readers,

Praise to the God of covenant mercies! Angela and I wish to cordially invite you all to our covenant childrens' baptisms taking place at the Oceanside United Reformed Church (www.oceansideurc.org) on Sunday, July 27th, 2008.

On that day, not only will Angela and I become members of the United Reformed Church, but our pastor will be giving our children the sign of God's covenant. God's covenant sign will be given to:

Gabriel, age 4 (age 5 on August 2nd!)
Aaron, age 3
Rebekah Emerald, age 2
Owen, age 1

There will be a potluck to celebrate at our house afterwards. All are cordially invited to that as well.

Praise God for His covenant promises!

O covenant-keeping God of the promise, I praise You for Your mercies in Christ. I praise You, O Jehovah, that You make covenant with those who trust in You, and with their children. Thank You for giving us this visible token of Your promise, the sacrament of baptism. I pray, O Lord, that by Your grace, Angela and I would instruct our children in the faith and that they would grow up in their baptisms, never knowing a day in which they did not know You. Thank You, Lord, that You call them Your own. Thank You that You regard them as clean and holy. Thank You, O Lord, for granting them the kingdom. May the Name of Christ be praised. Receive all the praise and all the glory at this covenant ceremony to come. In the Name of Christ our Savior I pray. Amen.