Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

By Matt Horan

Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying, “There are no atheists in a foxhole.”  I’ve never been an atheist or in a foxhole, but from what I’ve learned about foxholes, I can see how such a saying might arise.  A foxhole is a hole in the ground that soldiers would hide in to avoid enemy gunfire.  I assure you that I would pray fervently and frequently while in a hole designed to help me avoid enemy gunfire.

Most of the world’s religions recruit poorly during good times.  You never see someone after reaping a financial windfall exclaim, “The first thing I’m going to do is go worship and thank God!”  No, it seems that foxholes are better evangelists than winning lottery tickets are.   (more…)

Washington on Mt. Rushmore

“O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul. Direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit, from the dross of my natural corruption, that I may with more freedom of mind and liberty of will serve thee, the ever lasting God, in righteousness and holiness this day, and all the days of my life. (more…)

By Matt Horan

I love movies.  Most of the communication between my brothers and sisters involves quotes from movies.  There’s a perfect movie quote for every situation, and when the four of us are together, you can feel confident that one of us will come up with it. (more…)

By Matt Horanpew in field

          It’s good to be “teachable.”  It’s a nice compliment, usually given by a mentor or teacher–someone who has gone before us and is keenly aware that they’ll someday be leaving the world in the hands of those who come after them.  I wonder, then.  Does that mean that, if someone is open or ready to hear what a preacher is saying, they’re “preachable”?   (more…)