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“Then the angel of the LORD ordered Gad to tell David to go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the LORD” (1 Chron 21:18-19).
In 1857, an American businessman named Jeremiah Lanphier was sent out by his local church to begin a noon-day prayer meeting on Fulton Street, right around the corner from Wall Street in New York City. A simple prayer, a willing heart, and an act of obedience resulted in city transformation throughout the United States.
However, at that very first meeting, no one showed up in the first 35 minutes. But Jeremiah waited. Gradually, six people wandered into the room at 35 minutes past the hour. Six months later, 10,000 people were meeting for prayer throughout New York City. This led to one of the greatest spiritual renewals in the United State’s history.
What would have happened if Lanphier had decided to abandon the idea after 30 minutes?
In a small, darkened room, in the back of one of New York City’s lesser churches, a man prayed alone. His request of God was simple, but earth-shattering: “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” He was a man approaching midlife, without a wife or family, but he had financial means. He had made a decision to reject the “success syndrome” that drove the city’s businessmen and bankers. God used this businessman to turn New York City’s commercial empire on its head. He began a businessmen’s prayer meeting on September 23, 1857.
The meetings began slowly, but within a few months 20 noonday meetings were convening daily throughout the city. Thousands met to pray because one man stepped out. This was an extraordinary move of God through one man.*
It only takes one man or woman who is willing to be obedient to be used by God to impact a workplace, city, or even an entire nation. Simple obedience can lead to things you cannot imagine. Are you willing to be used by God?
*John Woodbridge, More than Conquerors: Portraits of Believers from All Walks of Life (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1992), p. 337.
You would think that someone who’s worked with computers since the IBM compatible XT days (1990) would know something about backups … and would actually have a backup plan. Well, I have learned to practice what I preach.
A couple of weeks ago, I began to have problems with my laptop; it just happened to have “everything” on it. My backup plan was to occasionally copy my most important files to a backup directory on my D: partition (same hard drive). Even more occasionally, I would backup my backup directory to an external hard drive. My plan worked well until my hard drive decided to go belly up. Over the course of several hours and multiple reboots and automatic runs of chkdsk, my computer asked me for my Vista license key (not good!), which I entered. After many more reboots and automatic runs of chkdsk, I was finally brought to a Vista desktop. I maniacally began dumping data to my external drive and saved my backside (actually, it was a huge answer to prayer!).
A couple of weeks later, Best Buy finally returned my laptop to me. The laptop was under warranty, so at no cost to me, they had replaced a defective hard drive and motherboard. It took me over a half a day to get all my apps reloaded and my data restored. Now it was time to readdress my backup plan.
I installed Cobian Backup and scheduled a daily backup of my user directory (which I have learned contains all the data I need, if I use the default settings in my programs) onto a Backup directory on C:. Once a week or so, I’m going to backup my Backup directory onto my external drive. I will probably utilize several USB flash drives to facilitate “offsite” backups of my most important files. My hosting account includes “unlimited” storage and bandwidth, but they spell out in the Terms of Service that they don’t offer the “unlimited” storage so you can backup your hard drive. I’m still praying about the ethics of using Cobian to backup my most important documents and “working” copies of the websites I’m working on; that sure would be easier than keeping up with the flash drives.
Anyway, I generated quite a buzz on my FaceBook account asking my FB peeps what their backup plan was. I was referred to Mozy, which includes 2GB free storage. My only question at this point is, if I use Mozy, will I be able to access my files from an older desktop if my laptop crashes again. No answer yet from my friends.
All this to say, “So what’s your backup plan?”
Well, I tried to update the blog platform software (WordPress), but failed to backup all of my configuration info. Some of it remained, but some things will have to be rebuilt. Oh, well! I guess I need to take my own advice, huh?
A friend posted this blog. He makes a great point about worship.
Unfortunately, many (most?) in the church miss the point that worship is the key. It’s isn’t just something that you do at the start of a church service to prepare you to hear a sermon.
Worship is the starting and ending point.
It IS the church service.
Our vision is far too limited. All too often, we think that our purpose is to evangelize … or to grow our church larger … or to defend the Bible … or to fight a moral issue … or to ___ (fill in the blank).
Worship is Key.
Worship is key to building the Kingdom. And it’s all about building the Kingdom. Yes, evangelism, church growth, defending doctrines, and fighting moral issues can be parts of building the Kingdom. But evangelism, church growth defending doctrines, and fighting moral issues are not, in and of themselves, building the Kingdom of God.
It’s all about building the Kingdom. And worship is key. Building the Kingdom of God flows out of worship.
Worship isn’t part of building the Kingdom of God. Worship is key to building the Kingdom of God.
Last night I watched coverage of the TEA parties by Fox News and then hopped over to MSNBC to see what Keith Olbermann would say about it.
Fox’s coverage seemed to be “fair and balanced”, while Olbermann was absolutely caustic in his coverage. I have never watched Countdown show. Over the past months I have heard Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin talk about Olbermann’s political bias and how it comes out in his show.
After hearing Rush Limbaugh attemtping to describe “teabagging” per the Urban Dictionary, I (unfortunately) looked up the definition on the ‘net last night. On a whim, I went to MSNBC’s site this morning and listened again to Olbermann’s coverage.
Having read the definition, I was absolutely disgusted with Olbermann’s voluminous couched references to the act in his coverage of the TEA parties. He was equally vulgar in his choice of comments by the TEA party participants that he twisted to make them appear to say things they were definitely NOT saying.
For this reason, TEA party supporters should do all they can to refuse to wear the label of “teabaggers” and assembling as “teabaggers”.
I don’t know why I should be amazed at this. However, it’s an answer to a prayer I’ve had for some time: Lord expose biases and connections.