I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

~Stephen Hawking

(HT: Kansas Bob)




When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
Its a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn’t hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall

~Paul Simon





In Matthew 25, Jesus is talking about when He is sitting on His throne of glory and judging the nations of the world, and I noticed a very interesting thing: He was judging everyone based on how they treated their fellowman, not on whether they “walked the aisle.”  Now don’t get me wrong, I believe Jesus came to set us free, and that freedom comes from believing on His name.  But in this judgment He is talking about separating the people from each other based on our response to the misery of those around us. (more…)

There’s a new link on my sidebar, check it out.

Here’s what it means in Amber’s own words:

I’ve had this dream for a while, and it has partially came true. When we first started going to Pine Ridge I really felt strongly that we needed to provide a backpack filled with school supplies to each child in the village we visit. This will be our 4th year in doing that and it is always one of the highlights of the trip. Last year one of the little boys squealed “Cool, there’s the backpack truck” when he saw the Ryder truck parked in front of the church.

That is all well and good and we will continue to do that, BUT, I really would like to expand the project. I would love to take backpacks to Wounded Knee and to the main village on the Reservation, Pine Ridge. (all are on the rez) The problem with that is – money. It costs about $15 per child for a backpack filled with school supplies. We usually buy 150 for the village of Allen where we go each year. That’s $2,250.00 each year. To expand this outreach it would take 3 – 4 times that amount.

So I’ve been wrestling… trying to figure out HOW to make this happen. I’ve even considered contacting Oprah. She apparently knows how to move people. I’ve checked into getting corporate sponsors. They all seem to have their pet programs already in place. So, I’m not sure where to go or what to do. But I can do one thing. I can put it out there on the Internet for anyone who feels inclined to help provide children on the rez much needed school supplies. I’ve made a new site that explains it a bit and I’ll just see where this goes. I would humbly ask my readers to consider putting a link to that page on your site. You can email me at amberburiff@aol.com and I’ll send you the image code that you can paste into your sidebar. Really, just anything you can do to help me get the word out. Maybe corproations will not help but I believe there are good people who would like to help the needy kids on the rez get an education.

God is always before us.



One hundred and seventy-one years ago today, freedom was declared and a new republic was formed: The Republic of Texas. If you aren’t from here you wouldn’t understand the particular pride in we have in our state, a pride that derives from an independent spirit that is as strong today as ever before. I’m fully aware of the consequences of the white man’s empire building arrogance, but the history of Texas is what it is and it can’t be changed. Interestingly, a lot of the negative came AFTER we became a state and the USA moved in to “settle” and “civilize” the West.

Bob Ray Sanders, an African-American columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, wrote an article today that I thought expressed some of that pride we Native Texans have:

“The people of Texas adore this state’s uniqueness of having existed under six flags, being able to balance and embrace its Western and Southern heritages, as well as its competing rural and urban interests. At the same time, the state continues to be a confluence of cultures that adds to the richness of our diversity.Those who call Texas home can argue about our differences, and even debate the positives and negatives of our connections to the nations whose flags have flown over this land.

But we would do better to talk about our similarities and what brings us together rather than what separates us.

We Texans are often accused of being proud to a fault, bordering on conceit and obnoxiousness. But believe me, it is not arrogance that we intend to display when we celebrate our heritage and accomplishments; it is just that we fervently honor our past and those who were part of it, and we relish what they handed down to us.

On this Texas Independence Day, we should give thanks for the sacrifices of those Texans — from all walks of life — who came before us, and we should rededicate ourselves to their ideals, understanding that they had their faults as well as their outstanding attributes.”

So, for those of you who are from this wonderful state, Happy Independence Day! Shouldn’t we be on holiday?


Danny Sims has been giving quotes from one of my favorite authors this week: C. S. Lewis.  Today he is quoting from Phillip Yancy’s book What’s So Amazing About Grace on Lewis’ opinion that God’s grace is what makes Christianity unique:

The notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. The Buddhist eight-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of Karma, the Jewish covenant, and Muslim code of law—each of these offers a way to earn approval. Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional.

Get this: we don’t have to do anything!  Nothing, nada, zilch.  And nothing can separate us from that love: NOTHING!  Why is that so hard to believe?  Because we are a society of achievement, everything we do is results and goal oriented.  We all find it difficult to believe that God will give us His love for nothing in return.  He just wants us to love Him back but that’s not a requirement for Him giving us His love.  If we could only free our minds from the chains and bondage of “doing” what an abundant life we could be living.  To be able to experience the freedom of just living in His love, allowing His grace to grow daily in us until in the end we finally become like Him, this is the gospel – the Good News.

What’s so amazing about grace?  It’s free.


For years the dominant focus on Christian living has been on the elimination of sin from our lives…We have put so much emphasis on avoiding evil that we have become blind to the endless opportunities for doing good. We have defined holiness through what we seperate ourselves from rather than what we give ourselves to. I am convinced the great tragedy is not the sins that we commit, but the life we fail to live.

– Erwin McManus
Chasing Daylight



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