Mama Prayed My Crops Would Fail

Reflections from the Radio

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Mama prayed. Two of the most potent words in the English language.

Biblical Examples

In the Bible we see examples of Mama Prayed with Hannah (1 Samuel 1-2), Elizabeth (Luke 1:41-45), and Mary (Luke 1:46-55).

We also find in Scripture the examples of women who tried to use their own ingenuity rather than pray. Think of Sarai (Genesis 16:1-2), Rachel (Genesis 30:3-5), and Leah (Genesis 30:9-10). Their plans may have added children to their families, but the resulting consequences have not always been ideal.

The Lonesome Fugitive

In 1967 Merle Haggard released an album titled I’m a Lonesome Fugitive. The title song tells the story of a lonely man on the run from the law. It includes this key line which revealed that the fugitive’s mama prayed.

I raised a lot of Cain back in my younger days,
While Mama used to pray my crops would fail.
–Merle Haggard

Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace

Hymn Lyrics for Contemplation

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Tune my heart to sing thy grace.
–Robert Robinson

In 1757 the Englishman Robert Robinson penned the words to a hymn that many of us grew up singing in church. Rich lyrics run throughout the hymn especially in the first and final lines. Let’s focus our attention on the prayer request from the opening of the hymn, Tune my heart to sing thy grace.

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Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2017)

Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World is Mike Cosper’s latest book contribution. He is the founder of Harbor Media, which targets Christians living in a Post-Christian world. Prior to that he spent nearly two decades as a pastor with a keen focus on music and the arts. He is also a friend as a sat under his leadership while living in Louisville, KY. He possesses the combination of being a solid theologian inside an artist’s body. For that reason he is uniquely qualified to write this book.

Teacher, Do You Not Care That We Are Perishing?

A Question in the Midst of a Storm

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We may be tempted like those early disciples of Jesus to ask whether he cares when we seem to be perishing. These twelve men found themselves in the midst of a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee. While they panicked, Jesus slept. They awakened him with their question of his concern or seemingly lack of concern. Have you ever found yourself in a similar boat? Has it seemed to you as if Jesus were sleeping while some violent storm threatened you?

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?
–Mark 4:37-38

Concierge for September 2017

Online Points of Interest

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During my days of hotel work, I often served as a concierge. Guests would ask for recommendations to local points of interest. These points might be things to do, attractions to see, or places to eat.

Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online. Here are some of my favorite places found in September of 2017.

The most damnable and pernicious heresy that has ever plagued the mind of man was the idea that somehow he could make himself good enough to deserve to live with an all-holy God.