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An Old New Shave

Posted in Musings on February 10, 2014 by Ed Pettus

I’ve done it.  I am back to the razor my dad used to use.  Not his particular razor, who knows what happened to that, but the same style razor.  One blade, double edged, safety razor, old school.  I was so tired of spending too much money on twin, triple, quad, (will it ever end) blades that just make shaving so boring and unappealing.  One surprise from my change to DE razor shaving is how much I enjoy it.  I have purchased an inexpensive razor and I am currently trying out various blades to find one I like the most.  After a month of shaving I now look forward to shaving every day.  I’ve been researching all the products available for DE razor shaving and will keep using my store of Edge shaving cream until it runs out.  Then I will consider a brush and soaps, etc.  There are several websites with lots of products like:  http://shavenation.com/  and I stopped by this store in Charlotte last time I was at South Park Mall, http://www.theartofshaving.com/.  Sometimes the best things in life are older and less expensive.  Even so, technology has greatly improved old style razors and blades too!  Razors have become like Rocky movies, I mean, how many blades can you fit in one handle?  DSCN8703

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Angela Miller’s You Set Me Free

Posted in Musings on February 24, 2013 by Ed Pettus

American Idol is perhaps an icon for the American dream of success through entertainment.  Unfortunately, it is also an icon of much that is wrong in America, thinking that fame and fortune are the answers to our human condition.  But, AI has also had its lights in the midst of darkness.  Angela Miller is one such light.  She performed her own song You Set Me Free during Hollywood week and has set the internet and the AI judges buzzing about the performance and the song itself.  No doubt that those who believe in Jesus Christ will hear nothing but Jesus in the lyric (and rightly so), without ever having sung the name.  Others have already blogged and “youtubed” other interpretations.  As a believer I know that it is Christ alone who speaks a word and through it we gain courage, strength, and are set apart.  It is Jesus who loves us for who we are and in turn Jesus sets us free to become more than what we are when we first encountered the Christ.  I don’t know if Angela has posted the exact lyrics, here is my best guess!  Read then listen…powerful song both by the lyrics and the gifted singer.

You find me here alone / I hear a voice that’s so unknown

It strikes courage up my backbone, Strength in my heart, a life set apart

I see that’s what you are / You calm, you come, with open arms

You say I love you for who you are / When I was haunted and alone with this baggage on my back draggin me down

You set me free, Yeah / You set me free, Yeah / You set me free

I hope she has a chance to record the entire song in the future!  Regardless of the outcome on AI, Angela will have a great ministry through her music.

(Just a matter of time before AI pulls this video from You Tube, so enjoy while you can!)

Reflection on priorities…12/19/12

Posted in Musings on December 19, 2012 by Ed Pettus

As I was riding home from racquetball, I heard the radio announcer on AFR talking about getting our priorities in proper order.  Of course, the encouragement was to put God first.  We hear this all the time about God first, others second, me third, or something to that effect.  The problem is that the Bible does not talk about getting a list of priorities.  Instead we are reminded that Christ is everything, our very life.  If I put Jesus first then something else second, I immediately diminish Jesus in my life.  If I must prioritize then here it is:  1. Jesus, 2. Jesus, 3. Jesus, 4. Jesus…

I completely understand the sentiment to prioritize in life, but I think this is more a worldly sentiment and not one reflected in our life with Christ.  “When Christ who is your life appears…(Col. 3:4 ESV)” Christ is not first in your life, he is your life!  Everything else is peripheral to Christ.  I enjoy the way Peterson renders the last part of Ephesians 1, “The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church.”  The same might be said of our lives in relationship to Christ, “Christ is not peripheral to your life, your life is peripheral to Christ.”  Maybe the better image is Christ at center as opposed to Christ a first priority.  Jesus Christ dwells in you and the goal is to have only Christ dwelling in you.  Everything else is peripheral to Christ dwelling in you.  Paul uses the phrase “Christ formed in you” (Gal. 4:19).

Prioritizing Christ in our life is akin to saying God is a big part of my life.  Part?  I always want to ask about the parts where God is not involved!  I realize that folks are intending to encourage people to think more about Jesus in living their lives, but I also think it is important to understand that we are not setting Jesus first among all the things important to us or making Jesus a big part of our life, but the encouraging word from the scriptures is that Jesus is our very life.  My life, our life, is all about Jesus…his salvation, his forgiveness, his gifts, his blessings of family, friends, material things, and so forth.  Apart from Jesus Christ, I would have nothing – even if I had the most toys!  “All to Jesus I surrender,” all because Jesus is my life, our life.  Think it over for a few days, as I will, and comment if you have deep thoughts on the subject!