EDIT: Dare i even attempt to predict the Superbowl?  MAN…

EDIT: NP- Pigeon John – The Art of Falling Off 

Anyway, this weekend i’ll see The End of the Spear… also i’ll watch the Steeler’s LOSE (can’t STAND that team)… and the Panthers win…  or maybe quite the opposite… have a good one of it…


ah, back to work… funny, work today is less stressful than the weekend was to some extent… or less frustrating at least… first… to tie up the loose ends from the last entry…

Missions?… i’m apparently a member of my church’s missions counsel/board/team… this actually came as a slight surprise to me as i attended my first meeting last week and was welcomed to the team… maybe that doesn’t make much sense, but i offer some of my time to the church as a publicist-type person for outreach plans and programs… missions being one of our outreaches, i decided to attend the monthly meeting and get some notes jotted down for potential write-ups or promotion, etc… i initially thought that i would be a fly on the wall, but now i’m in the group… it’s not a bad thing, just a surprise i guess, and i do like it… my sister-in-law is a missionary with her family in Thailand, so it’s not like i don’t have any interest in missions or anything…

the Adam thing and the “fall” of man…hmm… this is a big one… okay, so a while back i posted a question about whether or not Adam and Eve were “perfect” before they sinned… i think most people assume that they were simply because they got thrown out of the garden after they sinned and it was the first or original sin… however, i recently (well, maybe not-so-recently by now) started thinking about it and i’m thinking differently than i always had before…

first off, this trail of thought stemmed from me stumbling on one of my old steno pads… i used to carry around these steno pads everywhere, thinking that every good writer needs to have something to write on at all times… i thought that if i could keep this thing with me, i’d end up with a wealth of thoughts and words that i could later go back to and expand upon… well, in theory it’s true, but practically speaking, i’m not very organized, and i never have the time to go back and follow up on things… anyway, after i managed to have a few dozen of these notepads in play i finally gave up and they managed to get strewn about the house and i stumble upon them now and again…

anyway… this particular one that i happened upon on that day included in it a page that simply stated “There is no free will in Heaven”… and from there, this whole thought process untangled… i remembered why i had written that, which was that Heaven was a perfect place, no sin, no sorrow, no desire to sin… and from there i thought about free will which is the source of our ability to sin combined with our sinful nature which causes us to want to sin… and then i made a random leap and combined the two as one force working together towards the common goal of our demise… and if we weren’t going to want to sin, it’s quite possible that this is because we don’t have the choice to sin, hence there is no free will in Heaven…

from there i came to Adam and thinking about how one can sin if they aren’t already conditioned to sin… conditioned being having a free will capable of choosing to sin and a sinful nature, bent on making the wrong choice… therefore, if Adam had a sinful nature and thus the capability of sinning, then he wasn’t perfect at all and the fall of man was simply a matter of time…

for instance, before i was old enough to drive, i could’ve made an argument that i was a perfect driver… i mean, i had never gotten a ticket for any type of violation, i had never been in an accident, i had never broken down, or run out of gas, nothing like that… i was in fact a perfect driver… or was i?… perhaps more accurately, i was an untested driver… and i think that’s the key… i think perfection is proven with a test… Adam, when he was tested, failed, proving that he wasn’t perfect… Jesus, when He was tested, passed and proved that He was the only perfect man to walk the earth…

i don’t know that any of that means anything, but it’s just been kicking around in my head and i thought i’d get it out… maybe, if nothing else it should stir up some accountability within each of us… to stop blaming our sins on the failures of someone else… even if that goes all the way back to the original sin… maybe we should realize that Adam was just a man too… and we are all equally capable of sinning, and equally guilty of failing tests… and no one is perfect… “no, not one”…

weekend drama…so before i get too carried away and get close to catching up… here’s what happened this past weekend… yes… i really blew it on those picks… what a frustrating weekend of football… although, the two games i watched were very exciting all the way to the end or at least close to the end… and i only watched two, because of the next frustration of the weekend… we had some severe winds on Saturday night… severe winds… all night long… my house was creaking way too much for being less than two years old… (i guess they don’t make them like they used to)… and i discovered the net result, after coming back from church and attempting to watch the Colts game… our satellite dish had been dislocated and was no longer communicating with the satellites high in the sky… no signal… and yadda yadda yadda… i call DirecTV for some of their “top notch” customer service and spent 40 frustrating minutes on the phone which ended with my decision to finally switch back to cable… the long and the short of it, is that they wanted to charge me $70 to come out and realign the dish, a process which takes all of 5 minutes, and they wouldn’t come out for 8 days… well they got an earful and hey, now i’m getting cable tonight… the cable company was more than happy to accommodate my choice to switch and i got a sweet deal… anyway… i’m out of time for now… there are still a few topics to cover and i’ll add to that as well…

currently listening to:

Charlie Hall – Flying Into Daybreak
Brother’s Keeper – Beyond Beautiful
Joanna Martino – My World
4Him – Encore… for Future Generations

keeping an eye on…

peace… love… bdg…