In the world of fantasy football, the young whipper snapper Ritz has surprised me. This week his team squared off against mine. Poor management on my part cost me plenty of points. Though I do expect to make up the 8 points needed to win the game, I will kick myself for not starting Reggie Bush. Had I started Bush instead of Turner, or Rivers for Romo (of course I wouldn’t have done that), then I would have already won the game. At this point, I need Romo and Owens to outscore Marion Barber by 8 fantasy points to win my game. That is a very “doable” goal.
On to my picks against the vegas spread, I got 6 of 12 games correct with 1 push (Carolina) and one postponed game. I had a couple games that I just flat out got wrong (Green Bay, Miami, and New York) even though I expected Miami to lose the game, I thought the line was too high. But I had several games where late plays cost me the win. I was right on a couple games where pick distrtibution was somewhere around 80% to 20%. But for the most part, picks were pretty evenly distributed. I don’t understand what New England was the dog against NYJ, but I went with NE and was proven correct. So far, I lead our tiny group of LPC pickem players, but only by 1 over paul and 2 over Trav.
Thanks to Ol’ Atom Splitter for filling in this week!
By Ol’ Atom Splitter
It was evident that a mail-out went to the community in the last few days. People were bringing their cards with them as if to verify that this is the church that “piques my interest/curiosity with these messages I get in my mail box.” They readily produce their card when asked how they found out about Life-Pointe, as if it were a pass, an authorization, a justification for being there. It is so cool and so wonderful to see them return, not out of curiosity, but rather just because they want to.
Life-Pointe’s Musical Expression
The musical gang was in full complement today, except for Our Man Flint out at Turkey Point whom the President has commissioned to protect South Florida and perhaps the entire USA from terrorists, Kamikazes and assorted other bad guys. Though we missed him on the bass, his spot was filled expertly by the musician/blogger, Bill Finch, and the music was uplifting. I always love, “Let The Redeemed Say So”. I observed many others today responding to its powerful lyrical and spiritual qualities. “More Than Enough” and “Salvation Is Here” also drew us into His Presence.
Habakkuk, the Complainer
Travis broached the issue of the dip in the main message portion of the service today. I know it by different names according to the issues at hand–in real estate, buyer’s remorse–at work, battle fatigue–in relationships, the first argument that tests a new friendship. In the book of Habakkuk the dip was that the prophet was complaining to God about the prosperity of the wicked and the suffering of the good. Habakkuk’s dilemma was a fresh reminder to seasoned veterans of the Cross and a “heads-up” to new believers about disillusionment on their journey with the Lord. “Stuff” sometimes happens to the good and good fortune sometimes happens to the wicked.
Thus Habakkuk’s burden, his utterance, his oracle is actually a complaint to God. Strange, eh? Is it possible or logical that God can inspire someone to question the ways of the Almighty? That’s where the dip shows up on the power point graph. Is it okay to question God? To ask Him, “Since You are Omniscient and Omnipotent, why don’t you do something about these injustices?” Is it unspiritual or faithless or–egad–sinful? I guess if a prophet did it under the Anointing, it must not be so unusual or unspiritual or bad for us average believers to think that way now and again.
For me the big takeaway in today’s message is this: faith itself is only necessary because there has been doubt about an issue. We need not exert faith about issues for which there is absolute certainty. It was a great message. It makes me want to hear the rest of the story that you know is coming in this series on Habakkuk.
For other perspectives on Sunday morning at Life Pointe, be sure to visit:
Pastor Trav’s Wrap Up
The Major’s Sunday Morning Tossed Salad
Jesse, From the Stage
Billy Finch’s Sunday Muddle
Ritz’ Sunday Gossfaba
Kelly’s Sunday CHICK-kabob