Like flowers, rainbows, and butterflies, vultures are creations of God. Yet, our reactions to these birds aren’t the same as they are for puppies or kittens, are they? They are seen as disgusting creatures, and for good reason. For vultures don’t have the cleanest of occupations; they eat decaying flesh after all. Enjoying blotted opossum as if it’s prime steak. Being birds branded as unclean to Israel by Yahweh Himself (Leviticus 11:13). They are animals associated with death and hang around dead things. Death being a byproduct of sin, being something unnatural that creates pain and fear.

Yet, though they carry out these dirty deeds, buzzards are most needed. Continue reading

Harding Chapel: A Wake Up Call

This week in chapel, is both an awesome week, yet a challenging one. The theme this week, is “Struggles of the Faith.” Several speakers have graciously accepted the invitation, to come and to speak to us about personal struggles within their lives. Yesterday, we were spoken to by a friend of mine, Aristides (Aris) Ortiz, Jr., who was involved in a scary automobile accident just last semester. This, is his story:

(Skip to 15:47 for Aris’ testimony.)

“Boy, I’m gonna put the fear of God in ya.”

fearpublicspeakingDid you know, that fear is good for your health?

Think of it. Without fear, you wouldn’t have a reason to not pick up that cute little snake with the rattle. Or without fear, it would be way too easy to jump off that cliff. Or without fear, that black spider with the orange hourglass could look like a great action figure to fight your G.I. Joe with. Without fear, I bet you there would be a lot more trips to the hospital, and many more bodies in the morgue.

To a point, fear is healthy. It’s a natural warning that something is dangerous. However, you don’t want fear to control your life. That’s when it starts to take away your health/keeps you from truly living.

One of the most feared fears in America, is public speaking. In my opinion, this is a healthy fear to have. For if one did not have the fear of talking to a crowd, it wold be far easier to chat away, and take up more time than necessary. For if a crowd has gathered, sitting, listening to what you speak, then they’re giving you something valuable–their time. A gift which cannot be taken back. Therefore, the one speaking, should be returning something just as valuable. Continue reading

Can You Pass the Bible Test?

b182ca2dd3baf4179548611074348cb62030576981-1300598753-4d858fe1-620x348If you have your Bible, please read along with me in Hezekiah 1:1-3:

In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel, Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.

If you actually opened your Bible, are you having problems? Are you still flipping through pages confused because you can’t find Hezekiah? And those of you who didn’t look, do you know what is wrong? Continue reading

Humpbacks to the Rescue!

So, I was surfing Facebook the other day, catching up on the lives of friends, liking photos, drooling at recipes, when I stumbled upon this image from the ÜberFacts page:


Crazy right! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–I love whales! Ironically, orcas are my most favorite, but humpbacks may be my second. . . . Not sure though, I mean blue whales are super cool too, so are Mobies [sperm whales], and who doesn’t like baby belugas?

But yeah, whales are stinkin’ awesome! When I read this, it was just another weird whale fact which I would have never known, for whales can be pretty amazing. But . . .

. . . Why would humpback whales do this? Why would they risk their necks to protect weaker animals? Animals that sound like they’re not even whales? Why would a humpback give when it doesn’t get anything back? Continue reading