"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sirhan Sirhan Speaks!

This past week marked the 48th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, one of the most traumatic crises and conspiracies to ever plague American soil. During the anniversary, to everyone's surprise, the voice of Sirhan Sirhan, convicted assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, was heard from the West Coast. Sirhan's lawyers have presented their own conspiracy theory about what happened that day on June 5th, 1968.

They argue that there were at least two shooters involved in the assassination, and at least thirteen shots were fired. In fact, they claim that Sirhan's 1969 trial was fraud, because a substitute bullet was allowed as evidence rather than the real bullet that was pulled from Kennedy's neck, which Sirhan's legal team claims doesn't even fit the revolver found on Sirhan's waist when he was arrested. To make matters even worse, Sirhan's attorneys claim that Sirhan was hypnotized before the assassination to be a diversion for the real assassin. It wasn't until recently that David Brown of Harvard Medical school evaluated Sirhan to test the hypnosis. According to Brown, Sirhan just now remembers the assassination. Brown testifies that the day of the assassination, Sirhan thought he was at a gun range shooting at circular targets.

Confusing? I would say so. It's just another reminder of a common discouragement of life--we will never know the complete truth and we will never have all of the facts. Regardless if it's a Kennedy assassination or everyday concerns, the world sends a heavy fog over what's real and absolute. But, Jesus removes the fog and gives us encouragement when He says, "I am the way, I am the truth, and I am the life..." (John 14:6)

Do you believe Him? Follow His way, and see for yourself. It's as clear as crystal!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dr. Marcel Petiot

World War II was a terrible time for the world, particularly in Europe. Hitler's Nazi regime was responsible for more than six million deaths. The brutal tactics of the "Gestapo" and the hopelessness of Auschwitz instilled fear everywhere. But during the Nazi struggle, another brutal murderer was flying under the radar in Paris, Dr. Marcel Petiot.

Petiot was known as a very charming and talented physician, but during the war, Petiot became a serial killer. Towards the end of the war, Paris was a terrible place to live. Hundreds, if not thousands of people "disappeared", but respect for the law had been tarnished by the Nazis; everyone was afraid to come forward and report the "disappearances", especially if they were Jewish. Petiot, consumed by evil, captivated on the times. He preyed on Jews desperate for escape by promising his aid for their getaway. Petiot would invite them into his luxurious townhouse, tell them to write letters to their relatives detailing their escape, and then he would kill them. He was finally caught by police when a fire was reported near his townhouse. When fire crews entered his home for "damage control", they found multiple body parts. Petiot was convicted and sentenced to death for 26 confirmed murders. However, it's believed that Petiot killed more than 150 people!

Petiot's story is very frightening, but what's even more frightening is Satan preys on us the same way today. Peter writes that Satan is like, "a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8) When we realize who we're up against, it can fill us with doubts and unresolved fears. But if we listen, James supplies the words for our rescue, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you." (James 4:7-8)

Resist. Come Near. For the day is almost over!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A High School Hero

The athletic ability of teenagers this day and age is absolutely amazing. They can hit multiple homeruns, rush for thousands of yards, and score hundreds of points in one season. Many of them skip college and join the ranking of professionals. When I was on the golf team in high school, there was a young man at a rival school who consistently shot three or four under par in every golf tournament. To this day I still don't know how he did it!

But even among all of the high school talent, in my mind there is one young man who stands head and shoulders above the rest, Rhett Gutierrez, quarterback for Standley Lake High School in Colorado. Gutierrez suffers from junior Macular Degeneration, diagnosing him as legally blind. But even with this setback, he has been playing quarterback for Standley Lake's shotgun offense. How? Gutierrez has memorized all of the routes for his receivers and running backs, and he can pass or hand off the ball as well as any player on the field. Now that's impressive!

As Christians, how much more "talented" would we be if we studied the word of God like Gutierrez studies the routes of his teammates? We don't have to memorize it word for word, but I'm quite confident we would gain a much better understanding of God's will for our lives if we digested it every day. The Psalmist wrote, "I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word." (Psalm 119: 14-16)

The problems and temptations of this world will continually keep us from focusing on what's truly important. But even when we can't "see", we must yearn for the word of God. It's a "lamp to our feet, and a light for our path" (Psalm 119:105), and it shines down the "narrow road that leads to life." (Matthew 7:14)