Monday, November 8, 2010

Quotes For My Fly Fishing Friends

"Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley." ~ Anonymous

"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process." ~ Paul O'Neil, 1965

"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope." ~ John Buchan

"There's no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm." ~ Patrick MacManus

"I'm not against golf, since I cannot but suspect that it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout." ~ Paul O'Neil

"Many men go fishing all their lives not knowing that it is not fish they are after." ~ Henry David Thoreau

"I fish better with a lit cigar; some fish better with talent." ~ Nick Lyons, Bright Rivers

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Linchpin Of The Christian Faith

"In not one single case do we hear the slightest mention of the disappointed followers claiming that their hero had been raised from the dead. They knew better. Resurrection was not a private event. Jewish revolutionaries whose leader had been executed by the authorities, and who managed to escape arrest themselves, had two options; give up the revolution, or find another leader. Claiming that the original leader was alive again was simply not an option. Unless, of course, he was. " ~ N. T. Wright, Who Was Jesus?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Weight And Wait Of Sin

Do your best to come to me soon. For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me. ~ 2 Timothy 4:9-11a

Before we met Christ we walked, comfortably, in the darkness. Then one day, we became aware of a light. We saw it in creation around us, and it began to stir in our hearts as we recognized that Creation must have a Creator. We recognized how dark our existence really was, how sad and sick and sinful. Then one day, someone told us the light had a name, that the light had come into the darkness to deliver us from it by His death and by the power of His resurrection. We believed and found that the light we had seen in the darkness now filled our dark hearts with life. And almost all of us believed that everything would be good now, right and perfect, but it was not - not quite fully light.

We are full of light and we see the evidence of it all around us, but we still experience the weight of the darkness. We now know what it is like to be a stranger and a pilgrim in a world in which we do not belong. Within us there is a longing for a world that is not just illuminated, but filled with light. Yet we wait, and we experience the weight of waiting.

We long for relationships that never end, just as Paul did, and we wait. We long for deliverance from all temptation, and we wait. We grieve as our sons and daughters and friends and husbands and wives and even our enemies are crushed under the weight of sin, and we pray, and we preach, and we wait. We long for maturity and stability in our own lives, and we wait. We do not wait willingly but in submission with all of Creation, because we wait in Him.

In Him we find freedom from the weight of sin. In Him we find endurance for the weight of the effects of sin in this world of darkness. In Him we find the friend who endures, who never fails. In Him we eagerly wait for the day when His enemies are made His footstool and the darkness will flea before the light of His glory.