Archive for August, 2014

I hate sin. Sin is destructive. Sin is insane. Sin is maddening. Sin is just plain stupid. Yet sin is also so alluring, so tempting, and always so close at hand. Even while we fight sin, sin fights us.

There are many strategies to identify and destroy sin, and one of the best is to read great books on the subject. There is no better book than John Owen’s The Mortification of Sin (or Overcoming Sin and Temptation). I plan to begin reading it next week and would love you to read it with me—and hundreds of other people—in a program Tim Challies calls “Reading Classics Together.”….

Taken from Challies.com here.

My Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

I was challenged by my dear twin sister (yes, I know we’re not identical) to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. While ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, certainly needs more awareness since:

  • Life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
  • Every very 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS .
  • Also every 90 minutes tragically another person will lose their battle against this disease.
  • ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.

I do want to encourage all that are participating in the challenge(& all charitable giving for that matter) to choose the organizations they support wisely.

A few recent posts have been helpful for me in thinking through ALS research and the #ICEBucketChallenge. So that has led me to amend the challenge as typically given. This is primarily because I do not support embryonic stem cell research. This post has been helpful to me and so has this post. You may want to consider giving to help those living with ALS’ life a little better as Team Gleason is doing. This is the organization of former NFL player and ALS patient, Steve Gleason.

Some  may want a personal connection(as I am doing) to give. So I encourage you to consider supporting this couple out of Pray Mill’s Baptist Church in metro Atlanta that are raising money this way:

The coverage of my challenge is unofficially brought to by the Spartanburg Sports Report.  The apparel in this video is provided by  InYou Ministries.

Perrin Powell Jr., David B. Mattison, Preston Mack, Gene Mastin, Jed Blackwell, & Hal Hall you have “officially” called out! Since there is no “donation police” out there and I want to be sympathetic to those who have busy lives I will give your 48 hours before you need to donate $100 dollars to a ALS research organization and I hope you will give some donation even if you take the ice bucket over you head 🙂

Here is my video link to my challenge, enjoy!