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August 27: My [Mommy] Done Tol’ Me

Isaiah 55:1–57:21; Luke 21:25–22:23

I went through a phase when I was obsessed with the Blues. Something about the soul was at work in the music—a genre created late at night while reflecting on hard times. The music was written more for the songwriter than the audience because the audience had usually gone home by the time these songs were sung. The Blues express raw, uncut emotions. The same can be said of the OT prophets.
A Blues singer can turn a common phrase into something profound. The idea that “I knew better, but I made the mistake anyway” becomes the Blues refrain “my momma done tol’ me,” complete with chord structure and growling voice. And “I’m struggling—everything is falling apart” becomes “my dog done died.” The prophets likewise use mundane things like water and food to describe emotional and spiritual struggles. They explain the root of the problem—the cause of our ills: “Ho! Everyone thirsty, come to the waters! And whoever has no m…

“Strike 3, Take your Base”

August 27

“Strike 3, Take your Base”
In Cuba, nothing is bigger than baseball, not even the cigars. Nothing, that is, except Castro.

Recently, the 74-year-old dictator, grabbed an aluminum bat and walked to the plate in an exhibition game against Venezuela. When Castro approached the batter’s box, the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez left his first base position to take the mound.

His first pitch didn’t even reach the plate and Castro kept his bat on his shoulder. The next pitch was a strike, but Castro missed. A couple more balls and an attempted bunt later, the two heads of state were locked into a full count.

Castro watched the 3–2 pitch blaze through the middle of the strike zone and listened as the umpire called him out. “No,” Castro said, “That was a ball.” And he took first base.

No one argued.

President Chavez said nothing. The opposing team said nothing, and the umpire said nothing.

Later Castro joked that “Today just wasn’t his [President Chavez] day.”

Castro was right, it…


August 27

He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desire. (2 Peter 1:4)

  A mind through which Christ thinks;
  A heart through which Christloves;
  A voice through which Christ speaks;
  A hand through which Christ helps.

“Sir, I want to be a Christian.”

The text for this spiritual song is thought to have been an outgrowth of this remark made by a Negro slave to a minister,William Davis, sometime during the mid 18th century.

How would you have replied to this request? Many people today use the term Christian simply to mean someone other than a pagan, Buddhist, or Hindu. Or they equate it with a person who is a church member or perhaps someone who has a strong humanitarian concern for others.

The word Christian was first used with the people of Antioch because they believed the account of the g…