I Allowed Pleasure to Dominate Me
The gods had given me almost everything. But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease...Tired of being on the heights, I deliberately went to the depths in search for new sensation. What the paradox was to me in the sphere of thought, perversity became to me in the sphere of passion. I grew careless of the lives of others. I took pleasure where it pleased me, and passed
I Almost Failed to Give Him the Key
The early years of the 19th century were troubled times in the German confederation. Rumors of revolution and rioting had the federated government in panic. Klemens von Metternich, the chief statesman of the confederation, ordered thousands of young men drafted into the army to guard the borders and put down internal revolts. Across the countryside, young men in uniform tramped off to an unknown destiny.
I was regretting the past
And fearing the future...
Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
MY NAME IS I AM. He paused.
I waited. He continued,
When you live in the past,
With its mistakes and regrets,
It is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I was.
When you live in the future,
with its problems and fears,
it is hard. I am not there.
I Am a Complete Failure
In 1966, about a year before he died, the brilliant physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer said, I am a complete failure! This man had been the director of the Los Alamos Project, a research team that produced the atomic bomb, and he had also served as the head of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Yet, in looking back, he saw his achievements as meaningless. When asked about them,
I Am a Sinner Still
I do not come because my soul is free from sin
and pure and whole and worthy of Thy grace;
I do not speak to Thee because I've ever justly kept
Thy laws and dare to meet Thy face.
I know that sin and guilt combine
to reign o'er every thought of mine and turn from good to ill;
I know that when I try to be upright and just and true to Thee,
I am a sinner still.
I Am Become Death
Robert Oppenheimer was the man one man responsible for the development for the atomic bomb the United States used against Japan at the close of World War II. He was born in 1904 in New York City, and showed an early interest in science. He entered Harvard at 18 and graduated 3 years later with honors. He continued his studies in theoretical physics at various universities in Europe prior to teaching
I Am Glad I Am a Teacher
How many times have I heard a fellow Christian say, "Oh, you mean you teach a class of little kids? Oh, you poor thing. You are a glutton for punishment." My mental reaction to such a statement is, "YOU poor thing. If you have never tried it, you don't know the wealth of blessing your are missing."
Poor thing, indeed! There are few moments so precious as seeing the dancing eyes of a little child
I AM Helping!
I was two or three years old, sitting on the floor of my bedroom trying to get a shirt over my head and around my shoulders, and having an extraordinarily difficult time. I was grunting and sweating, and my mother just stood there and watched. Obviously, I now realize that her arms must have been rigidly at her side; every instinct in her had wanted to reach out and do it for me. Finally, a friend
I Am Not
I am not what I might be, I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I wish to be, I am not what I hope to be. But I thank God I am not what I once was, and I can say with the great apostle, By the grace of God I am what I am.
I Am Not Discouraged!
A man stopped to watch a ball game between two young teams. As he walked toward the bleachers, he asked one of the players, "What is the score?" The young fellow replied, "We are behind 18 to nothing."
"Well," said the man, "I must say you don't look discouraged."
"Discouraged?" the player said with a puzzled look. "Why should we be discouraged? We haven't had our turn to bat yet."
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
the Second Week after Epiphany