Saturday, November 27, 2010

IMHO - Enstallment 2 - 2010

Plain and simple:

The Tarheels loss to Minnesota was due to the lack of not spreading the "love", the "rock", the ball around for others to contribute in the points column besides Barnes.  You can not wait for a star player to get hot and watch him go 0-12 and not have others REALLY take a crack at getting the team back on track.

The loss to Vanderbilt was due to the lack of knowledge of what play signals go with what plays and "where-in-the-heck am I suppose to be on the floor" mentality for everybody - which leads everybody and their grand mama to scream - the Heels have no leadership.  Carolina desperately needs a floor General and we have been missing that ever since Larry Drew took the point.

The Ashville win?!  Really?! (Sarcasm included)  This was due to the fact that we allowed other players to play (note my comments on Minnesota).  Zeller got 23 points.  Wow!  Look what happens when you get the ball to someone who has been on the team and knows the plays slightly better than most of the others, especially the newbies (sarcasm included).

For the young, General-less, confused Tarheel squad that now presents itself before the nation, the national ranking it has should not be.  If you are going to HAVE to rank UNC then put them at the bottom, #25, and let them work up.  Don't start them off at #8 just because of.......  You got to look at the whole capability. 

I believe I heard Coach Williams said that he was not going to allow himself or the basketball program to go through another year like last year.  Well, a few losses like this does not constitute panic but it sure smells like the old rags of last year - let's go ahead and get it in gear, shall we.

GO HEELS!

Monday, November 15, 2010

IMHO 2010 BEGINS

Welcome to another great year and edition of In My Humble Opinion.  The self-proclaimed, award-winning publication on the pulse of the Carolina Tarheel men's basketball team.  I am Chad the writer, editor, CEO, and all other positions and it is great to have you along for this wonderful ride with the true Blue and White!

Our journey starts with Lipscomb this time.  Before the encounter Coach Williams said he was concerned with this team because of their outside threat (3-point capability).  That fear was well met with plenty of bombs from the Bison in the first half that kept them in the game.  This shot has always been Carolina's weakness and everybody knows it.  The percentages have been played and continue to be played to a certain degree, but with three point specialist in other teams arsenal, UNC is going to have to develop a plan for that threat.  I suggest placing someone with very long arms and the talent of knowing how to move his feet well with his opponents movement - to guard the three-point shooter.

The team overall looked dull.  I realize it was the first game of the season and the Heels were finally playing a game that counts against somebody other than themselves, BUT with the young and old talent we have on the team, I thought we would look a little better.  This dullness was in all aspects of the game so I can't single out one or two areas and focus on them.  However, a bright spot to focus on is the shot blocking ability.  That will come in quite "handy" (pun intended - ha).  I look forward to all the backward rejections.

At first glance, my first impressions of the new kids on the block for the Heels were good.  Down the road a piece I can see the following line-up doing some serious damage.......
Knox
Bullock
McDonald
Barnes
Henson

 Next on the list is Hofstra, at 5 PM in Puerto Rico on Thursday, November 18, 2010.

GO HEELS!

Friday, November 12, 2010

FEEDING ON THE WORD - PSALM 119

The first impression I got when I started reading this Psalm was that of an attempt to stay away from "shame".  The shame of missing a command, law, or statute that the LORD had given to His people. 

"Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.  Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.  They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways.  You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.  Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!  Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands." (vv.1-6)

We should all know by now that there is only one person that has not missed fulfilling a command, law, or statute in history - Jesus of Nazareth.  However, this Psalm goes on to describe how one can "keep his way pure" and the answer is found in verse 9.

"How can a young man keep his way pure?  By living according to your word."

For the Jews the Law was extensive to say the least.  I have enough trouble with "Love thy neighbor as thyself." (Lev. 19:18)  But Judaism had hundreds of laws and commands to have to follow.  It is no wonder that scattered throughout the remainder of this chapter of Psalm 119 we have instances of cries for understanding.  I can empathize with these verses.

"Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders." (v.27)

"Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands." (v.73)

"I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes." (v.125)

So many times I lack in this area and so many times the Holy Spirit says, "Jump back into my word."
His Word also states to associate with those of like kind - "those who fear you[God]" and have put God's word in their heart.

"May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word." (v.74)

It is always good to have confirmation from the Holy Spirit as we read His Word and from fellow believers as we bounce ideas and experiences off of each other - as iron sharpens iron.  And speaking of confirmation and good words, the following verses are passages that speak to the goodness and benefit of His Word within this chapter.

"At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws." (v.62) (Interesting time he picked)

"Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.  Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.  Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you." (v.89-91)

"...you yourself have taught me.  How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path." (vv.102-104)

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." (v.105)

"You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word." (v.114) (What a declaration!)

Some, if not all, of these verses could stand alone and teach or preach a sermon on any given Sunday.  However, it is this whole Psalm and key verses and points, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, that lead me to understand His Word even more.

If you desire to live a pure life the best you can, stay plugged into His Word, The Bible and plugged into His people too.  Scripture will give you God's instructions, directions, and guidance you are looking for on a daily basis.  I had a bad habit of waiting around for bad things to happen before running to the Word and seeking out His advice.  That is not living.  It sure is not living the abundant life that Jesus says we can have in Him, with Him, and through Him.  And we get that pure life, again, that abundant living by "feeding on the Word" daily, SO THAT we can do whatever He says for us to do.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A PACKED PASSAGE ABOUT WORSHIP

If any of us, especially worship leaders, were wondering about where to find some answers on the topic of worship in the Bible start at Psalm 92:1-3.

"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp."

What? And who and a little bit of why? 
"It is good" for us to worship the LORD and not only is it "good" to worship Him, but worship is actually already broken down in this verse into "praise" (Hebrew - Yadah) meaning to give thanks, extol, make a public confession,or make an admission AND "make music" (Hebrew - Zamar) meaning to sing, sing praises. 

Another why? 
Of course all of these praises and making music is to the glory of His name.  Here, "O Most High" is the name that is selected and lifted up.  But in each one of our lives we can pick a different name we know God by and "praise" and/or "make music" to that name (Provider, Great Physician, Shepherd, Healer, Defender, etc...).

Another what and when?  The passage offers specific subjects about what to "praise" and "make music" to the LORD for , especially in verse two ("love" and "faithfulness").  We are even told the time (when) to worship - "proclaim [His] love in the morning and [His] faithfulness at night." 

With what?  Voices to sing, naturally.  However, the Scripture reveals the selection of instruments to be used - "ten-stringed lyre and...harp."  Can you imagine a modern day worship service where just these instruments or the instruments of Moses's or David's day were used?

There are many other Scripture passages in the Bible which speak to the subject of worship, but this one was only three verses and loaded.  It was also the first one about worship I've come across in my third reading of the whole Bible that really struck me so.

Friday, November 5, 2010

THE RED LETTERS

Red Letters (by D.C. Talk)

Pages filled with a holy message
Sealed with a kiss from heaven
On a scroll long ago
Phrases, words that were bound together
Now have the power to sever
Like a sword evermore

Heed the words divinely spoken
May your restless heart be broken
Let the supernatural take hold

(chorus)
There is love in the red letters
There is truth in the red letters
There is hope for the hopeless
Peace and forgiveness
There is life in the red letters
In the red letters
 
One man came to reveal a mystery
Changing the course of history
Made the claim he was God
Ageless, born of a virgin Mary
Spoke with a voice that carried through the years
It's persevered

Heed the words divinely spoken
May your restless heart be broken
Let the supernatural take hold

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
What You say moves me, revelation, come and take me
The more I look [the more I look] the more I see [the more I see]
The Word of God [the Word Of God] is what I need

Oh yeah, oh yeah
Yeah, it's the book of love
Yeah, yeah, yeah
It's the book of love
That moves

(repeat chorus)

Speak to me, breathe in me new life [x2]
Let Him in your heart [x4]

Thursday, November 4, 2010

DAVID SAID IT WELL (MY PRAYER TOO)

"Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, O LORD my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths of the grave."

Psalm 86:11-13

INCREDIBLE CHRISTIAN MONUMENTS

 I saw an article that had a picture with the caption "Incredible Religious Monuments" recently.  That is what triggered my thoughts and spirit to the subject at hand - us as Incredible Christian Monuments.  In describing my faith I do not call or label myself "religious".  You can be "religious" about tying your shoes every day or other activities.  I am a Christian and I am honored to be branded as such. 

Usually most monuments are set up in honor of people, places, or things of the past.  To that end I still say that we as Christians and even non-Christians wanting to learn about the faith can study the great men and women of Christendom, the "Monuments" that have passed on (C.S. Lewis, Walvrood, Moody, etc...).  BUT I believe we, as Christians, can be "lively monuments".  A person where other people can come to and draw from their life experiences but more importantly their life walk with Jesus in those experiences;  a living testimony that has a "Hall of Fame" to the Lord just waiting to be shared for the encouragement of all.

I pray I am a beautiful, living monument for the LORD.  That whatever I share or can answer from my own walk with Christ will strengthen and encourage by brothers and sisters in HIM and believers to be.  I know my structure may need renovating every now and then, but my God is in that business too.  I also pray that the LORD would give me more opportunities therefore stories therefore encouragements for my "Hall of Fame".

LORD prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy tried and true
With thanksgiving I'll be a living
Sanctuary for you

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

THAT IS MY GOD!

Laying my heritage aside and given all the options of faith there are out there, I still choose you LORD.  You knew I would and I can see you smiling in my spirit-man, but I still had to make the decision.  There is no better explanation for our human condition and no better plan of salvation that has been executed than my God's.  You are My God!  I count the cost and see what it cost Father God and Jesus and can see no greater love than this.  That is My God!