Neal Boortz Commencement Speech

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I got the following as an email. Let me know what you think!
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Boortz never gave this commencement address but according to Snopes did write it. It should be required reading by every college student.
He is soon retiring after about 40 yrs. behind the microphone.

Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a Texas Aggie (Texas A&M) graduate, and now a nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta . His commencement address to the graduates of a recent Texas A&M class is far different from what either the students or the faculty expected. Whether you agree or disagree, his views are certainly thought provoking.

“I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It’s about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you’ll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet your tassels I’m not here to

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Happy Mothers Day

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May 13, 2012 Bible Reading

1 Samuel 14:1-52
John 7:30-53
Psalms 109:1-31
Proverbs 15:5-7

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Today is a little different (quite possibly the understatement of the year). Being a blog about reading through the Bible and me honoring my commitment to stay true to that has become very difficult on a day like today. It is Mother’s Day for crying out loud. I would be more than remiss if I didn’t Honor Moms on this day in some way. Don’t worry… God wants us to honor our mothers… Just read on and you will see where He says so…

But it’s Weak! The attempt to honor Mothers and all the strong things they do for us is weak. Weak because our attempt to honor the ladies in our lives that give life, that console us, that kiss boo-boos, pay our way through school, that give us lunch money, that listen to us, that love to get a call from us, that smile at us when we don’t know it, that pick us up when we are down, or that pick us up when we are “downtown” is feeble at best. There is no way to honor these ladies sufficiently for what they do for us. We learn to love from our mothers. We learn God’s gentle caring from our mothers. They know stuff… They know stuff, like how to feed an orphaned puppy, like when to flip a grilled cheese, like where to buy the best ______ .(fill in the blank)

Mothers defy the word comfort zones. They may whip your butt in a grocery store as if you were the only people on the planet and then turn right around, stop traffic in rush hour and pick up a stray dog. They are nurturing by their nature. Their souls are knitted with care and they ooze love. They do what has to be done and don’t mind doing it at the top of their lungs or as silent as a church mouse. They do it. And how do the know what to do? Always amazes me. They know what to do and when to do it and they don’t care who thinks it is wrong! (my definition of Leadership by the way). Mom’s are awesome. God made them that way and they serve as a testament for God’s unrelenting love. They model it and that is Worship. They honor God with their service as mothers and God sees that as worship to Him. After all they are doing the work of that who sent them. (sound familiar?)

God’s Word tells us to Honor our Mother and Fathers…

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12 NIV)

Paul says that this is the first commandment that comes with a promise. The promise that it may go well with you and you live a long. That is because when we listen to them, we gain the knowledge God had imparted to them.

There are several mothers in my life right now that are dealing with honoring their Mother on Mother’s Day for the first time… while their mothers are in Heaven. This Mother’s Day will prove to be a particularly difficult one to say the least. It is on God that I pray the find rest and strength today.

Mothers are amazing. God made them that way and we should celebrate how awesome they are. If your mom has moved on to be closer to God in Heaven you need to realize she is not gone… she has just changed her address. Think of all that she is learning there that she will teach you when you change your address. Your mothers love you no matter where you are or where they are. And think, she when you get to Heaven, she probably won’t need to beat your butt in the grocery store.

Read your Bibles, then do something nice for your Mom today. Honor her in a way that makes God smile. I bet she’ll smile too no matter what her address is.

Beware The Serpent

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May 12, 2012 Bible Reading

1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
John 7:1-29
Psalms 108:1-13
Proverbs 15:4

Beware The Serpent

The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4 NIV)

This is where the battle begins. Slithering up that tree. Watching the children of God playing and becoming hungry. Waiting for their weakest point so his work comes easy. Of course I’m talking about the Fall of Man in Genesis, but look where all of this shows up today in our reading.

Saul becomes prideful and thinks because God anointed him King over Israel that he is sufficient to do the work God had given to Samuel. Because of this pride we see that Saul’s army is left with no weapons later as the Lord leaves them. This pride that slithered into Saul’s life because of “his own accomplishments” (Saul forgot that God gave it all to him to start with) God will anoint another. Samuel says a man after His own heart.

The Psalms come alive to bring that home with this:

Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us
and no longer go out with our armies? Give us aid against the enemy,
for human help is worthless. With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies. (Psalm 108:11-13 NIV)

Jesus shows us how to handle pride… Did you notice it in the reading? When His brothers tempt Him with the “power” of becoming “a public figure”, Jesus tells the truth. He says His time has not yet come for that. Of course He is foreshadowing His day in court where He will be executed. That is His “public figure day”. But He answers that temptation of pride by staying true to His purpose. His purpose is God’s purpose. He knows what He is supposed to do and He doesn’t veer right or left from His purpose. He does end up going, but in stark contrast to the way His brothers suggested. He did this on purpose!

Some might say He gave in because He did end up going. I say He stayed true because His purpose was NOT notoriety. His purpose was revelation and fulfillment of prophecy.

Today’s Prayer

As pride comes against me (for it comes against us all), I will come against it by holding on to your purpose for me, Lord. Help me to recognize it quickly Lord and squash it like you did in today’s reading. Give me the strength to fight. You have given me the tools… Ephesians 6:10-19

The Bible and Texas Hold ‘Em

Poker ChipsThe Bible and Texas Hold ‘Em

May 11, 2012 Bible Reading

1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
John 6:43:71
Psalms 107:1-43
Proverbs 15:1-3

Hold, Fold, or All In?

When playing Texas-Hold ‘Em Poker, you go “all in” in two possible scenarios. You know you have the other guy beat or you are bluffing to run the “not-so-serious” players off the table. This new teaching that Jesus was giving the people was no bluff. However, it did cause a lot of people that were unsure about what they were doing to leave.

Today in the reading John tells us that when Jesus told his disciples and the twelve that He is the Bread of Life and we must eat of the Bread of Life to have eternal life. As soon as Jesus told the crowds this, they fell away. It’s easy to look at these people and say, “You Fools!”, but remember… we have the benefit of knowing the end of the story. What if we didn’t know the rest of the story?

I think we all go through this anyway. The challenge to follow Jesus may come in the form of a request to visit a Church. The challenge from Jesus may come as a question about your past, a question about your future, a question about what you are going through right now and how you are handling it (or not handling it). The point is as believers, we belong to Jesus

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. (John 17:24 NIV)

Since we belong to Him, He will challenge us in order to bring us closer to Him through our trials. That challenge may come in the form of a question about reading the Bible all the way through… Check out my Testimony for proof of that.

In John, we see this challenge becomes “hard” for the people to accept. I say we deal with the same things. Selling out to Jesus takes selling everything! I don’t mean your worldly goods. Those were His before they were yours anyway. I mean whatever is holding you back. It could be but doesn’t have to be things like money, power, sex. It could also be things like jealousy, perfectionism, lack of self control. You have to go “All In” and that takes strength to resist some of the temptations that are out there. Here’s a start for your arsenal… James 4:7

Accepting what Christ is giving us is an all or nothing proposition. God doesn’t want some of us, He wants all of us.

Today’s Prayer

Lord, I ask you to reveal to me places in my life that I am not giving all me to you. Help me with your strength to grow in these areas and to fully give my self, service, and love to you. Amen.

Warriors, Worship, and Kings

Olive OilWarriors, Worship, and Kings

May 10, 2012 Bible Reading

1 Samuel 8:1-9:27
John 6:22-42
Psalms 106:32-48
Proverbs 14:34-35

It is CRAZY to me how the Lord speaks through His word. Seriously, Today we will talk about Israel’s first King and the Eternal King. We see how the lack of worship when we are asking for something can lead to failure because we rely on our own knowledge. We also see God’s unrelenting love for us in that He uses our feeble requests to show His awesome purposes for us. The reading today really pulls all of this together in one spot. It is truly amazing.

God’s passion for His people shows up all over the place. We take His passion for us for granted a lot. Doesn’t sound good does it? The truth about ourselves hurts… a lot. Some of that truth about us follows us from our past into our present if we let it. Samuel’s sons seem to act a lot like Eli’s sons. Why is that? Is it because Eli basically raised Samuel and those actions and customs of Eli’s household fell on Samuel? If that’s the case it shows us something that we already subconsciously know. Everything we do matters.

Because Samuel’s sons acted wickedly, they were not seen fit by the people of Israel to govern and lead. This caused the people to cry out and request a king be put over them. At first, it seems that God kinda gives in to their request in order to appease the people. Make no mistake, had this not served God’s purpose, a king would never have been appointed over Israel. It is God’s purposes that are carried out not our own. We have the fortunate wisdom that hind-sight gives. We have the benefit of knowing that Jesus is THE true King. That is God’s purpose.

As Saul was chosen to be the first King of Israel, we see that God does this in His normal fashion. He raises up someone from the lowliest stature of society to accomplish great things. Although Saul is raised up for God’s purpose I noticed something today that I had not previously noticed while reading this passage. A glimpse of Saul’s character.

Why the story about the lost donkeys and going to see a prophet? Why the language about a “Seer” and a “Prophet”? Why all the hub-bub, Bub? It reveals something about Saul’s character. Saul will go anywhere and do anything that others tell him is best to accomplish HIS current mission. That will play out over the next couple of days for sure, so we’ll come back to that.

Look ahead to the Gospel of John. We see the people asking Jesus for something in the same way Israel asked God hundreds of years before when they asked for a King. Do you think Jesus turns them away when they ask him for a sign? No. He tells them who He is. The Son of God. He is the Bread of Life.

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35 NIV)

Worship

Had Saul and the people worshiped from their hearts like the Psalmist did in today’s verse, they may never have fallen like they did. Worship is a beautiful expression of how we love God. All I know is that when I am worshiping, their is no malice in my heart. There is no fault in me. When I am worshiping God (and that can be anything I do for the Glory of God) then I am incapable of doing wrong in that moment. May all I do be a testament to the Lord!

Proverbs… Ah… The Proverbs…

Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin condemns any people. A king delights in a wise servant,
but a shameful servant arouses his fury. (Proverbs 14:34, 35 NIV)

Worship is righteousness. We will see over the next few days how this Proverb plays out.