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Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Watchman Awards #3 – A Pursuit of Greatness

Christmas is upon us. There is only two more days until the long awaited day of eating, sleeping and festivities…at least that’s what I do on Christmas day. I was making fun of my brother earlier today because he let his children open his presents this morning…two days early! I don’t remember ever being allowed to open my Christmas presents early. I mean when I was a boy………

Last year, while Christmas shopping I dawned upon a great truth about Christmas. My wife and I were in the middle of a very busy Wal-Mart when it hit me. I turned to my wife and quite loudly I said, “Honey, what’s the point of buying all these gifts. The bottom line is that we are spending money that we don’t have to give people we don’t like things that they won’t use!” A man standing nearby looked over at me, “Isn’t that the truth!” His wife/girlfriend quickly hit him. This is honestly a true story.

Anyways, who tunes in to the Watchman Awards to hear me ramble on about Christmas? It’s only the eve of Christmas Eve. With no further ado, I proudly present to you The Watchman Awards – Week #3. I was especially moved by the first place post found at "Amazing Grace and Old Chevys." I highly recommend that you take the time to read both the post and the comments. Have fun and God bless!

1st. Amazing Grace and Old Chevys: For Christmas My Kids Are Getting A Few Gifts And Most Of Their Inheritance – “What, one might ask, is the inheritance that you are giving to your kids ? I warn you, this isn't going to be very exciting: The inheritance I'm giving my three children is worn out Bibles…These Bibles have no monetary value to anyone. To me, however, they represent something far more valuable than money that I want to pass down to my children. When and/or if they remember me when I have gone from this earth, I want them to remember that, with all my failures, my life was dedicated to the preaching of God's Word.”

2nd. Standing In The Gap: Born Again??? - “Born Again? You hear that phrase thrown around a lot these days. Seems like everywhere I go, I run into folks who claim to be “born again.” As I wrote in last week’s column, who am I to judge the salvation of another. But the kicker is, the strange places that I run into these “born again” Christians. As I have stated before we do some ministry on the streets and it always sets me back a notch or two when I hear “born again” come out of some folk’s mouths. I find them heading into abortion clinics, outside strip clubs, drinking and swearing at Ohio State Football game parties, sleeping on the streets, and yelling at the referee at high school basketball games. Yep, those “born again” Christians are everywhere. Nearly 85% of Americans, or so George Barna tells us. Maybe we should look at that term.”

3rd. Heavenly Heartburn: A Gift Fit For A King – “The third gift brought by the wise men to Jesus was myrrh. This was an ointment that was used in preparing a body for burial. This gift obviously was a gift that foreshadowed the sacrificial death of Christ.”

P.S. Don't forget to post comments on this post referring me to any great articles that you may read throughout this coming week. I want to post good quality content and I need your help. Let me know if any of your Christian friends have nice blogs that you enjoy reading and I will be glad to link to them.

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