The Delightful Way

Delightful Way Has Moved!!
June 4, 2007, 2:11 pm
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Delightful Way has moved to my new site:


Amazing Grace…
June 4, 2007, 8:14 am
Filed under: Spiritual Life

This morning, I stand amazed at God’s grace.

I woke to the glorious strains of “Were It Not For Grace” the title track of a wonderful CD by Tara and Nicole Riddell.

“Were it not for grace
I can tell you where Id be
Wandering down some pointless road to nowhere
With my salvation up to me
I know how that would go
The battles I would face
Forever running but losing this race
Were it not for grace.”

During my morning devotions, God was gracious and granted me rich insight into some personal struggles. Then I read a prayer, “The Mover”, in the book “The Valley of Vision”:

O Lord, I am astonished at the difference

   between my receivings and my deservings,

   between the state I am now in and my past


   between the heaven I am bound for and

      the hell I merit.

And later in the prayer:

Let wrath deserved be written on the door of hell,

But the free gift of grace on the gate of heaven.

Grant me to attain this haven and be done

   with sailing,

and may the gales of thy mercy blow me safely

   into harbour.

Let thy love draw me nearer to thyself,

   wean me from sin, mortify me to this world,

   and make me ready for my departure hence.

Secure me by thy grace as I sail across this

   Stormy sea.

Ah, the Puritans were so insightful.

Were it not for grace, I would be hell-bound, a miserable wretch receiving the just due of my sins. But, God be praised, thanks to grace I can look forward to a Rest I have no earthly right to, I can defeat Sin that was once my master, and I can live in victory through Christ.

All because of grace.

Spiritual Awakening or National Disaster?
June 1, 2007, 8:48 am
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“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”

–Douglas MacArthur

America has been on this track for 50+ years. At this point, we must be reaching critical mass. Ultimately, each of us individually is responsible to make a collective difference. What will you choose?

Our responsibility, as I see it, is two-fold:

A) Pursue a spiritual awakening aggressively, starting with our own hearts and minds. We need to be in fellowship with God and immersed in His Scriptures. I would also suggest getting acquainted with the writings of great men of the faith from past spiritual awakenings—starting with Jonathan Edwards, who I believe to be very relevant for this generation.

B) Prepare for a national disaster. Should one occur during our lifetimes, it will provide a wonderful opportunity to minister to the needs of others. Obviously, organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are wonderful tools for this, but you should also consider getting advanced training in survival, emergency medicine, self-defense, disaster counseling, and so forth. I would consider this a priority for every young man.

Being a Boy 101
May 31, 2007, 1:25 pm
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Boys [should be] inured from childhood to trifling risks and slight dangers of every possible description, such as tumbling into ponds and off of trees, etc., in order to strengthen their nervous system…. They ought to practice leaping >off heights into deep water. They ought never to hesitate to cross a stream over a narrow unsafe plank for fear of a ducking. They ought never to decline to climb up a tree, to pull fruit merely because there is a possibility of their falling off and breaking their necks. I firmly believe that boys were intended to encounter all kinds of risks, in order to prepare them to meet and grapple with risks and dangers incident to man’s career with cool, cautious self-possession…. —R.M. Ballantyne, The Gorilla Hunters

From: Doug’s Blog: The Return of Ballantyne the Brave

Effective Communication Briefs
May 31, 2007, 1:16 pm
Filed under: Productivity

Today, I was assembling templates for daily briefings/memos and came across an old article regarding the Presidential Daily Briefing given to President Bush regarding the Bin Laden Threat:

I speak specifically to the design of the document. It’s clearly inefficient in its purpose to communicate the assessment of threats against the United States. While a better designed document might not save the world, I believe it would help the President (Bush or otherwise) to quickly and more effectively assess the information given to him.

Read the rest at: Airbag – A Better Tighty Whitey.

The Challenge of Effective Presentation

I think he makes several good points. What is particularly challenging, however, is preparing reports/briefs/memos in such a way as to highlight truly important information — making them easily scannable.Things like paragraph separation, indentation, lists, and formatting can make a difference.This is quite a challenge! Add to this that users don’t expect this presentation, thus the design must be such that it grabs their attention. Continue reading

God’s Role in Deliverance
May 31, 2007, 7:19 am
Filed under: Spiritual Life

This morning, I read Exodus 6. I was intrigued by the sequence of events, so I decided to explore the passage. Observe the dramatic sequence:

  • God promises a radical deliverance of Israel (vs. 1)
  • God reaffirms His covenant (vs. 2-8)
    He affirms His authority (“I AM”), He reviews the history of the covenant, He expresses His reaction to Israel’s bondage, and He promises deliverance—through His covenant promises.
  • Moses tells this to Israel as the word of the Lord. (vs. 9)
  • Israel rejects it. Why? Because of:

a)      their broken spirits

b)      their harsh slavery.

I find this intriguing. The Psalms are full of phrases like, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Ps 34:18) and “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Ps 51:17).

The problem, I believe, comes in their discouragement. They wanted to believe that God would save them. When Moses first spoke to them (Ex 4:29-31), their reaction was belief and worship. And the result? Their hardship and suffering increased (Ex 5). So, it is understandable that they would reject God when He spoke a second time.

Ultimately, then, it must be God and God alone who saves them.

This has several implications, especially for counseling: When I’m counseling someone, it must be God who delivers them. I can’t, they can’t, only God. My role, then, is somewhat akin to a prophet: I must deliver God’s word of promise to them. They can accept it or reject it—ultimately God will deliver. This underscores the importance of intercessory prayer in counseling.

See also 2 Timothy 2:24-26 and Mark 9:14-29.

A bit of gratefulness…
May 30, 2007, 5:51 pm
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As I’ve walked back and forth to my office from my new room, I’ve been extremely grateful for the blessings God has bestowed upon me.

He has allowed me to pursue my passion in ministry as part of an exciting program with an inestimable impact.

He has provided me with excellent food and a great room 5 minutes from my desk.

He has equipped me with tools, experience and skills uniquely adapted for the work I do.

He has blessed me far beyond the simple “expected” necessities of life…where do I even begin? A nice office with a great view, a fast computer, 2 large, gorgeous desks, a vehicle, a cell phone; so much…

I love God because of who He is; because He loved me and regenerated me. That God would see fit to bestow such blessings on me blows my mind; it makes me aware of my responsibilities in return.