Rack, Shack and Benny

Daniel 3
20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”
They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.


hmmmm
  1. They went into the furnace bound: The devil has a way of shaping our temptation in such a way that we are crippled and bound going into them. He knows our proclivities and our weaknesses  and so he  fashions a trial that is heightens the pain because of our issues.  For instance, I'm immune to alcohol so the devil doesn't tempt me in a bar, he tempts me in a bookstore. So beware lest you fall.

  2. They were cast into the midst of the fiery furnace:  You will go through the fire, unfortunately God doesn't rescue all of us before we get into the fire, just because you have faith and take a stand for God doesn't me the devil will let go that easily. I always thought that all I had to do was stand for him and He will let trials pass over me, but it's not always that easy, sometimes you will have to walk through the fire

  3. They  were four men: He meets you IN the furnace, IN your trials, IN your tribulation, that is where you see Him. I have to admit that most days I'm blind to His working, good or bad, so this gave me hope that I might eventually see Him in this mess.

  4. They were all loose: They went in bound, but came out loose. Wow. The weakness, the proclivity, the spiritual deficiency that the devil used to cast you into the fire, you lose. Christ sets you free from yourself IN the fire. You are then free, free to live, free to share, free to worship. I'm most honest in my tribulation, I realize that sin seizes to control me when I'm in trial, i think it is because I'm focused on the source of my strength.

  5. They were not hurt: God burnt up the chains that had them bound but they were not hurt. This is where I lose it y'all,  because most days I feel like I'm hurting, most days including today I feel emotional and sometimes physical bruised, but they were not hurt and so I take comfort because my soul will not be hurt, though this physical body perish, I will rise. You see, I serve a God who has power to burn up my chains and the ropes that bind my character but leave me untouched.


Oh my word, this is deep, G. I. G. God is good.

Another thought just crossed my mind,
How did King Neby know what Christ looked liked?
Could it be that the lost around us will only see Christ when we are in the fire?
Could it be that we might not even have to give them a bible study and they will see Him?

Unanswered Questions

Stuff happens.
Each time it rains, it pours and thunders
and so we ask why.
The pain obstructs our view and clouds our perspective
We refrain to reframe our troubles through heaven's eyes.
and so the tears fall because we want answers and all we get is silence

Then in walks the friend who says that God is good and Satan is the perpetrator
SERIOUSLY.
God is in control of this universe, not the devil.
So you can say the devil did it
but God allowed it
permitted it
ordained it
sanctioned it
decreed it
Choose the word you want.
I don't care. The fact remains that my pain exists and He sees it


So we look to the sky and question.
We scream WHY
Why did you allow him to treat me so
Why is my house still empty after 3 miscarriages
Why am i alone with no one waiting for mii at home
Why did you allow her to leave and die before her prime

on days like this
He says
Kafo, if I loved you enough to die for you
can't you trust Me enough with the unanswered questions
can't you trust Me with your pain


i become speechless
because under the shadow of the Cross, His love shines through

Be Silent: 3,800 versus 1

I know the death of 1 poor child is less tragic than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know the death of 10 Asian children is less horrific than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know the death of 100 African children is less lamentable than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know the death of 1000 S. American children is less sickening than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know the death of 3,000 children under the age of 5 is less heartbreaking than the suicide of a gay American teen.
I know this
and now you know this
because yesterday 3,800 children under the age of 5 died of preventable causes like diarrhea contracted from unclean water and no one talked about it.
I didn't, did you?

Today another 3,800 will be buried and not a tear will be shed, or a story written.
No memorials, or wreaths will be laid, no psychologists on talk shows.
None.
This is the world that I have created by being silent
This is the world that I love
This is my world
This is your world
So live, be silent and be happy. 





Just in case you wanted to break the silence
visit
BLOG ACTION DAY: http://water.org/learn-about-the-water-crisis/facts/
ADRA Water Focus: http://www.adra.org/silas/flash/phlog_water/index.html
for more info 


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Statistics 
Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
Number estimated from statistics in the 2006 United Nations Human Development Report.

1 life lost in this senseless way is tragic, 4 lives lost is a crisis - Ellen DeGeneres
(message on kids who have committed suicide in September due to anti-gay bullying)


Every day, 3,800 children under the age of five die from preventable causes like diarrhea contracted from unclean water.
Dirrahoea remains in the second leading cause of death among children under five globally. Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. It kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
Diarhhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done. UNICEF, WHO 2009

Chilean Miners v. Insanity

It's 2:08 am EST, the fourth miner was just brought to the surface.
G. I. G. God is good and as I sit thoughts run through my mind. 

Insanity*
   is one of the Chilean miners losing faith and attacking other trapped miners, tonight, hours from rescue.
   is the crowd mourning each time the siren sounds when a miner emerges
   is one of the miners detaching his headset while in the capsule halting contact with the rescue team
   is one of the trapped miners refusing to enter the capsule because of fear
   is one of the trapped miners throwing a fit because he wasn't the first miner to be rescued

Insanity is mii
 could it be you?

Too harsh, let me come a lil' bit closer.

Do you cringe at the testimony of a Christian friend, wondering when your deliverance will come?
Are you more likely to moan about what could go wrong in your situation when good news is being shared?
Do you find yourself detaching your headset, ending communication, avoiding prayer?
Would you refuse to get in the capsule, out of the boat and walk on water because of fear of failure?
Would you throw a fit because God chose to rescue another before He did you?

Here's what I'm learning today as I watch the rescue mission. It would be insane for me at this point to throw a fit, stop praying or get jealous. 
I serve a God who is intimately acquainted with my needs, dreams, drama and proclivities. He is the ONLY one aware of the amount of pressure needed to cleanse me of selfish pride. He knows which dreams of mine are routed in sin and how long my friend can handle her current situation. And so today I breathe in, breathe out, say a prayer for the remaining 29 miners and believe that He who brought me to it will see me through it for His glory alone.

Another thought that is running through my head is company. What company do you keep? Do you surround yourself with hopeful people who have testimonies or those who can't dream of sunlight? As the miners come to the surface, their faces are wreathed in smiles. How beaten up do you appear, what toll is your mental health having on your physical appearance? When your day of rejoicing comes will your appearance speak of your faith or doubt?

Mercy,  questions, questions. I'm tired and need to get to bed, it is closer to 3 am than 2 but i have to finish listening to Bebe sing this song and watch another rescue. Listen to the words (via my playlist in the side panel) they are beautiful.

3:45pm
Update

Hour 17
20 miners out 13 still down.

Still thinking

Insanity can also be defined as the rescue team withholding from the trapped miners the fact that a rescue plan was in the works.
Insanity is Christians withholding from a dying and trapped world that there is a rescue plan, it does work and its been in place for over 2000 years.


*Pardon my use of the word insanity in relation to the miners' experience. If one of them has a nervous breakdown tonight or tomorrow it is not insane but understandable. My goal is not to demean or trivialize their struggle but instead to draw a parallel between their harrowing experience and rescue and our Christian walk during adversity. I have nothing but respect, admiration and good will towards these men because I can't even imagine their struggle.

Caleb [1: Backstage Crew of the O.T. ]

Dog.
Some say that is what my name means.
Demeaned.
Called Foreigner, Alien, Illegal immigrant, Attache.
Choose your pick, I've been called all these names and more
With rancor, even to my face.
Disgraced I should be when they questioned my birthplace
but I know what I know, and so I live it.


Leader. I have now become among those who used to call me names.
Chosen to represent the tribe of Judah.
Our task was to scout out the Promised land,
Filled with milk and honey, we rejoiced when we saw grapes the size of oranges.
The air so fresh, the grass so green, rivers pristine.
Oh how we celebrated, we all did.
That was, that was until they saw the sons of Anak.
They were Giants and in an instant.
Faith disappeared and fear moved into their minds,
and so they forgot, but I didn't.
I saw what their fear obscured,

I saw because I know what I know
that He that brought us to it will give it to us if we only believed
because He has promised and is faithful.
I know what I know, and so I live it.


But like a disease what they perceived spread through the camp
until it stank with fear
I tried to give them hope and remind them of His promises
but faithless eyes cannot see His glory.
Moses and Aaron fell facedown
Joshua and I tore our robes in anguish
so boldly Unbelief took up rocks to stone us
to silence His words on our lips and flip leadership
He [Yahweh]  spoke condemning their doubt
"Fear is your leader and so I concede
I will no longer try and force my glory into your situation
You believe that they are stronger, so be it
You believe that you will die in the wilderness, so be it
every last one of you, one year for each day you denied my glory you will wander.
But Caleb has a different spirit and so I will bring him back to inherit this land."


He [Yahweh] called me by name.
Caleb.
No longer a foreigner
I'm now called and chosen.
A prince with an inheritance
all because I know what I know, and  live it.


40 years have gone by since that day
but i remember it like yesterday.
So I say,
Give me this mountain
Give me this task, this obstacle
this unconquered land inhabited by giants
so that those chosen and called by His name from this day will live out their destiny with pride.
Head held high, they will forge on into the unknown because of their relationship with the Known God.
So they will know that 40 years after the fact, what He says will be, will be.
Regardless of my aging muscles and weathered palms,
I have no qualms because He will, because He is
and so I go this day.
Because I know what I know and I live it.


Will you?

Anniversary Day

150 years ago in a lil' town in Michigan, 
Christian pioneers gathered together to label their movement.
They chose the name
Seventh Day Adventist Christians
Christians: followers of Christ who believe Jesus was and IS the Son of God.
Adventists: living in expectancy of the 2nd advent of  Christ
Day: each day striving to share the light we have received as we profess our creation which occurred in days not millenniums
Seventh: remembering, living and proclaiming all the truth not just the comfortable parts

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It's a new month
October
Something happened yesterday that might have a huge impact on my life.
A friend shared this verse
and it is my new promise to claim
So this is a shout out to all my fellow SDAC may God continue to use you to further His will

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1 Peter 5:10 
So embrace this promise as you walk CONFIDENTLY into the last quarter of this year.
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Today marks the 50th celebration of Nigeria's independence.
50 years
Still together
I have to admit that most years I shun this celebration because it seem ridiculous given the current state of affairs.
But today
i think
50 years and we are still together.
There has to be something good to come out of all this strife.
So yeah, today I celebrate my country.



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