Wednesday, September 05, 2012

On Turning 47

Today is my 47th birthday. There isn't anything really auspicious about 47. It's the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything PLUS FIVE. I suppose I am now in my late forties rather than my mid forties. As my friend John pointed out (not that I hadn't already noticed), my two favorite baseball teams are in first place in their respective divisions (the Nationals have spent most of the season there, the Orioles just clawed their way back into to a tie for first).

I thought I might turn to the Bible for a little bit of wisdom. Not many of the books of the Bible have 47 chapters so I'll try and pull a little perspective and wisdom out of some of the chapter 47s. First I'll look at Genesis:

And Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?”

Genesis 47:8

Well, duh, I'm 47, aren't I? Maybe I can find something in the 47th chapter of Isaiah:

Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
  and your disgrace shall be seen.
I will take vengeance,
  and I will spare no one.

Isaiah 47:3

That was for Babylon not me - right? I really don't want to spend the day naked and disgraced. Keep reading...

Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—
  is the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 47:4

A reminder of who God is. That's good. Let me focus more on that today (no disgrace please...)

Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Psalm 47:6-7

47 won't be so bad. So far it doesn't feel any worse than 46. I'll probably be spending some time listening to All About Worship Collective, Volume 4 today. It's got some really wonderful songs on it. I've really loved the 3 prior collections they've release and this one is probably my favorite. If you haven't, you should download it!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The ticking of the clock...

So it's been almost a year since I last posted. What can I say? Obviously not much...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Five Reasons Easter Sunday is better than Superbowl Sunday

  1. Superbowl Sunday: Just one game
    Easter Sunday: At my church, we've got five services! (plus a sunrise service off-site)
  2. Superbowl Sunday: Endless commercial breaks
    Easter Sunday: No commercial interruptions
  3. Superbowl Sunday: Half-time show often features a classic rock act that won't go away
    Easter Sunday: The stone was rolled away! Classic!
  4. Superbowl Sunday: People will be talking about the outcome for days
    Easter Sunday: People have been talking about the outcome for millenia
  5. Superbowl Sunday: Vegas has odds on who will win
    Easter Sunday: We already know who won!

1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.


Luke 24:1-8 (NIV)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I.A.N.

OK, son #2 turns eight years old today! I won't say as much about him, because his names two letters shorter!

  • I is for Inquisitive - though his brother has a three year head start, this boy is trying to catch up in the total number of questions asked! He's really good at hypothetical questions, too!
  • A is for Athletic - This boy loves to run and jump and wrestle and throw and the list goes on. He's not like me who can sit and watch sports on TV for a long time, he wants to be in the action.
  • N is for Nonstop - just like the energizer bunny, he keeps going and going and going. His energy is a good match for our puppy. How I wish I had his energy!
  • Happy Birthday son, I love you!

    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    S.I.M.O.N.

    Eleven years ago today, God gave me the wonderful gift of a son.

  • S is for Servant. He has a servant's heart and is always willing to help out - especially at church.
  • I is for Inquisitive. He's a boy of a million questions. He wants to learn. He wants to understand.
  • M is for Meek. "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5) He is humbly patient.
  • O is for dOnuts. The last donut I ate sure looked like an "O"! He is my frequent partner for a quick Saturday morning trip to Dunkin Donuts to get a dozen donuts for the family!
  • N is for Nice. He is kind and gentle and one of the nicest people I know.
  • Happy Birthday son. I love you!

    Saturday, January 01, 2011

    First post of the year 2011

    Good morning. Let me wish all who read this a happy New Year!.

    Today, January 1, 2011 is New Years Day and in recognition of the new year, I'd like to commemorate a few firsts of this year.

    First Bible reading of the year

    Genesis 1 - Genesis 3. Yes, Adam was the first man to wake up and find a woman whose name he didn't know laying next to him! Adam was also the first victim of the age old proverb "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach." Adam was also the first blame shifter and his quote "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate." (Genesis 3:12) gave context millenia later to Marion Barry's epic quote "B*!#h set me up." Way to go Adam! But more hopefully, Genesis 3:15 provides our first promise of a savior!

    First songs listened to in the New Year

    Yes, I'm a master of putting the iPod on shuffle and then hitting next until I hear a song I want to listen to, but here's the first three songs that I listened to all the way through:

    1. "Praise Him" from Cross-Centered Worship by David L. Ward
      This was also one of the last songs I listened to in 2010 while driving back from the car wash. A good song to start the year with, too!
    2. "Completely Done" from Sons & Daugthers by Sovereign Grace Music
      "The old is gone, the new has come
      What You complete is completely done
      We're heirs with Christ, the victory won
      What You complete is completely done"
      New Years Day seems to be a wonderful time to remember that the old is gone and the new has come!
    3. "The Stand" from Passion: Awakening by Kristian Stanfill
      "What can I say, what can I do, but offer this heart, oh God, completely to you."
      That's my prayer to start this year.

    So as 2011 kicks into gear, may God bless you this year!

    Wednesday, December 08, 2010

    Flattery

    OK, it's been a while since I've posted. I have done some posting on other blogs, but nothing substantial in over four months. Well, this morning as I was reading, a verse struck me that I just had to blog about.

    He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.

    Daniel 11:32 (ESV)

    I realize that I am living outside of the historical context of this prophecy, but nevertheless, I am challenged by it. There is a stark and even dangerous choice presented here and I want to examine that closely.

    "...seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant..." This seems to me to be a two-way street. Depending on which translation each half of this comes first sometimes. Violating the covenant may lead to being seduced by flatteries. Being seduced by flatteries may lead to violating the covenant. It's easy to let a simple "Atta boy!" or "Good job" cause your head to swell, isn't it? Let a little pride slip in and it drives a wedge between you and God. It's even easier to swell up with pride if you've already turned your heart away from God. It's one thing to accept kind words of edification, it's another thing entirely to be seduced by them.

    ...but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action Stand firm and take action sound really good don't they? I think I will stand firm and take action. Isn't that great? Yes it is, thank you! Who's going to stand firm and take action? The people who know their God! This one isn't a two-way street. Standing firm and taking action will not necessarily lead you to knowing God. But, knowing God will lead you to standing firm and taking action. Knowing God is the key to this.

    1O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

        you discern my thoughts from afar.

    3You search out my path and my lying down

        and are acquainted with all my ways.

    4Even before a word is on my tongue,

        behold, O LORD,

        you know it altogether.

    5You hem me in, behind and before,

        and lay your hand upon me.

    6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

        it is high; I cannot attain it.

    Psalm 139:1-6 (ESV)

    Know God and stand firm and take action or violate the covenant and be seduced by flatteries. The choice shouldn't be that hard. At times it's harder than it should be. Our circumstances may change even though God does not. It's real easy to get distracted. God doesn't change. He causes all things to work together for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purpose. Know God. Stand firm. Take action. Know God. Know God.

    Sunday, August 01, 2010

    Perhaps kind of quiet this week...

    I don't know how much I'll be blogging on this blog this week. However, my other blog Brock Family Bible Study will be active this coming week. We have been working through "Training Hearts, Teaching Minds" by Starr Meade in our family devotions for a while, but this week with one of my two boys away at Cub Scout camp, we'll be studying my other son's favorite verse during our devotion time. It's been fun for me to be digging into the Greek (I am in know way a Greek scholar but I can use e-sword and online tools to dig into the meaning).

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    My Refuge

    My soul finds rest in God alone;
          my salvation comes from him.

    Psalm 62:1 (NIV)

    OK, I haven't blogged in about a week. I've still been doing my daily reading, but my routine has been a little off this week and I haven't blogged. Perhaps today, I'm getting back in the habit.

    Psalm 62 is a favorite of mine. Back in 1996 there was an afternoon where I sat down with my Bible open and my guitar. By the time the afternoon was over, I had written three songs. One of them, "You Are My Refuge" was inspired by Psalm 62.

    You Are My Refuge

    © 1996 Kevin Lee Brock

    My soul finds rest in You alone
    My salvation comes from You
    You alone are my Rock
    You are my fortress, I will not be shaken

    I will trust in You forevermore
    I will pour my heart out to You
    You are my refuge

    Friday, July 23, 2010

    Waiting

    I waited patiently for the LORD;
          he turned to me and heard my cry.

    Psalm 40:1 (NIV)

    As I was reading this morning, I could almost hear the gentle bassline of U2's "40" in my head. Far better, I suppose, to hear that song since it's based on this Psalm than to hear Tom Petty's "The Waiting" in my head. Waiting is hard sometimes (OK, now I'm starting to hear Mr. Petty). Waiting can be a lot of things:

    • passive - just sitting around waiting for something to happen
    • active - getting the house cleaned while waiting for guests to arrive
    • fearful - just wait until your father gets home
    • hopeful - waiting for Jesus to return
    • patient - as we read here in Psalm 40
    • impatient - like my cat when she's waiting to be fed in the morning
    • without unknown expectations - waiting for the iPhone to come to Verizon
    • with known expectations - waiting until COB on a Friday knowing that the weekend is nigh

    David is actively, hopefully, patiently waiting with known expectations for the Lord. David knows the Lord will hear him and will answer his prayer. And He does. God has been paying attention and is actively listening to David's prayer. Forget about everyday and one more yard. This is how I want to wait.