Letters to the Editor

Friday, December 11, 2009 at 1:09am

Fallen from grace?

In spite of the glorious thanks we have in our hearts this time of the year when we celebrate the magnificent birth of Jesus, I’m personally saddened by the present Tiger Woods saga. Despite his incredible talent and meteoric elevation in our society as almost a god, these stories help us to realize that he is also simply a sinner in need of a Savior; just like the rest of us.

However, isn’t that what the Christmas story is really all about, or have we forgotten in our frantic world of materialism and earthly success?

As this drama unfolds, only time will tell how much of this young icon’s “standing” will recover in our status-obsessed society. It seems that human nature loves to build gigantic monuments to our heroes and then tear them down when they fail us.

Today, I heard a reporter say that Tiger Woods has “fallen from grace.” If one is talking about the grace one receives from this fallen world, this statement is sadly true. However, from Heaven’s perspective, this “fall” came as no surprise because falling is what sinners do naturally. That’s why the Savior was born — to catch and then restore the fallen which includes us all.

For this reason, even in the midst of all the human chatter, we can be assured that the Lord in His still small voice is whispering, “I love you Tiger. I forgive you Tiger. I’ll help you and your wife through this Tiger. I’ll even turn this tragedy into a triumph, because where sin abounds, my grace abounds much more.”

In the midst of all our wonderful celebration this Christmas season, I encourage you to please pray for Mr. Woods and his family because… “but for the grace of God go I.”

Pastor Bruce Vyverberg, 37862

 

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200 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 1:05

Dragon, is that you?

http://i.imgur.com/W1zVR.jpg

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 1:18

Is Santa made out of plastic in that picture? LOL

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 1:26

Mama, either that or he's been drinking - lol! talk about a red face.....

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 1:32

Exactly!
You gonna hit the gem show this weekend?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 1:42

i may, but considering my schedule this weekend i'm not sure i'll get to.

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 2:16

The Plastic Santa Band

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 2:21

If you do, blanket, I hope you enjoy it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 2:24

i'm sure i will if i get to go!

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 2:25

I'm holding out for the boulder show.

By: brrrrk on 12/11/09 at 2:34

Blanketnazi2 said

omg, a pic of chief! he really gets around.
http://www.imageurlhost.com/images/12uwumo7e4soo94anv50.jpg

Is that a Ferengi!?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 2:37

house, i'd settle for a chip off the old block.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 2:37

wow, brrrk. maybe Nemo knows....

By: brrrrk on 12/11/09 at 2:44

Blanketnazi2 said

"yesterday's discussion concerning capital punishment was interesting. the agnostics/atheists were for preserving life while the "christians" were screaming for blood. ironic that."

As I've said before, most religions (and in particular, forms of Christianity) are purveyors of a cult of vengeance. And does anyone else think it's sort of creepy that the Christian faith has as it's symbol, a mechanism of torture? What would Jesus say if he came back, "You picked what as the symbol of the religion that bears my name?!"

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 2:45

I was once in a rock slide.

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 2:47

brrrrk, A fish?

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 2:49

''Holy mackerel''

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 2:49

How about a lion?

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 2:50

Brrrk, if Christ had been hanged, gplden nooses would hang from gilded gallows.

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 2:50

Good thing he wasn't drawn & quartered.

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 2:51

Golden nooses...my typing is terrible today...need meds.

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 2:54

I guess the electric chair, would have been a blown fuse necklace.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 2:55

good thing he didn't die from spontaneous combustion.

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 2:56

Yeah, House, they'd be arguing for a four, not a three personhood deity. The Quartarians?

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 2:56

At least you didn't type golden Gooses, Loner!

By: brrrrk on 12/11/09 at 2:57

Loner, LOL....

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 2:57

What if he had just disappeared?
Would they wear little, golden milk cartons?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 2:59

lol, house!

By: slacker on 12/11/09 at 2:59

You mean like Jimmy Hoffa?

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 3:00

Have a great weekend everyone! Toodles to ya!

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 3:01

Yes, Mama it coulda been worse. A golden goose dangling from a gilded gallows sounds kinky....though some might find it mouth-watering.

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 3:02

Oh, have you guys seen the icthus (sp?) that says "& chips" on the inside of it?
fun-nee!

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 3:02

LOL Loner!

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 3:03

Mmmm...goose.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 3:07

have a good one, mama!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 3:07

icthus & chips? that's hilarious!

By: sidneyames on 12/11/09 at 3:39

By: MamaG on 12/11/09 at 11:56
By sidneyames: "...and flame thrower..."

What kind of derogatory comment is that? I am sick and effin' tired of you so-called Christians using comments like that willy-nilly. You are a narrow-minded hypocrite.

Mamma, throwing flames means "heated words that hurt" and D7 does it a lot. He calls a truce, then negates it cause he's listening to the "White music".

No I'm not narrow minded;; but since that is your view of me, I dare not try to change it. It would be an exercise in futility.

I'm not a "so called Christian". I am a Christian, albeit, an imperfect one. I never said I was PERFECT and never would. I'm human and therefore prone to err. I know that you are the PErFECT one. holier than me, of course.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 3:47

Let's not forget the real meaning of Christmas.

http://realitique.blogspot.com/2004/12/keep-saturn-in-saturnalia.html

By: Loner on 12/11/09 at 4:09

The Birth of the Savior means Savings for You!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 4:10

"No savings for you!"
-- Saviornazi

By: sidneyames on 12/11/09 at 4:12

The Birth of the Savior means all of us who are imperfect still have Hope.
Merry Christmas and happy holly-days.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 4:17

what do you hope for, sid? i'm being serious with no sarcasm attached.

By: frank brown on 12/11/09 at 4:27

I would have coached Tiger Woods through his hormonal instincts for expenses only. He is by all means strictly an amatuer adulterer. His taste in these street women was horrendous. I probably have less the 2% of the money that Tiger Woods has and I have able to attract a much better looking arsenal of women than he. If womanizing was his passion in life (and I can understand that) I am surpised that did not have an advisor who could have helped prevent this debacle in his life.

By: brrrrk on 12/11/09 at 4:30

sidneyames said

"I'm not a "so called Christian". I am a Christian, albeit, an imperfect one. I never said I was PERFECT and never would. I'm human and therefore prone to err. I know that you are the PErFECT one. holier than me, of course."

Sid, no one is expecting you to be perfect. No one is perfect... we all realize that. The problem comes when you have people who say they represent perfection while at the same time criticizing others for their shortcomings; only to find out that they don't begin to practice what they preach. This particularly permeates the GOP. How many times have we heard someone from the GOP say that they' represent "family values" only to find out that they're boinking their secretary. Or someone rails against gays only to find out that they're boinking their "same sex" secretary. Or claiming to be fiscally responsible only to find out that they're soaking the federal government for every cent they can get their hands on. Or claiming to represent the views of the average American only to find out that bills they claim to have written have been, in reality, written by some lobbyist. No, we can all tolerate imperfection... it's hypocrisy we can't tolerate....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 4:31

frank, that's IF these women are even telling the truth or if they're just jumping on the bandwagon.

By: house_of_pain on 12/11/09 at 4:53

s/h/b "bangwagon"

By: sidneyames on 12/12/09 at 7:17

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/11/09 at 4:17
what do you hope for, sid? i'm being serious with no sarcasm attached.

I'm hoping that as many people who cross my path who need help, that I can help them in some way; be it that they need a coat, shoes, food, a hug, a pat on the back or just someone to listen.

I am hoping that the parents who are boozing, drugging and spending grocery and rent money, get snapped into reality that they are selfish and their kids' need them.

I hope that people who hate God and Jesus figure out that if every child in school had a little more of Jesus and a lot less guns and drugs and sex in their lives, we might havee less crime. After all, "do unto others as you'd have them do to you" works if you work it. And in a positive way - D7.

I'm hoping that if I make more money in 2010, that I give even more. And that some good comes out of my short time on earth.

Today (sat) is another inside patio sale. It's so much fun and many lives are helped by $5.00 to 5 cents items that we sell. People love a bargain and the "free" box is super fun. Kids and parents love it. We had a blast yesterday and met so many sweet shoppers. Even administered first aid to a cut finger. A woman from the Sudan is experiencing her first WINTER. She was so cute!

By: Funditto on 12/12/09 at 4:38

The lack of Jesus, doesn't necessarily mean a child is into something bad. The two do not go hand in hand.

By: sidneyames on 12/13/09 at 6:46

By: Funditto on 12/12/09 at 4:38
The lack of Jesus, doesn't necessarily mean a child is into something bad. The two do not go hand in hand.

You know what Funditto, I don't care what your worldly view is. If Bernie Madoff had a real grasp of Jesus, he would not have hurt so many people. If BinLaden had a touch of Jesus in his spirit, do you think he'd have killed so many? And the ones who claim to know Jesus and kill in Jesus' name, are not really "in touch" with Jesus.

Jesus is the man who forgave 7 x 70 and the woman at the well,plus more and more. So most of the time, a little Jesus goes a long way.

I am tired of people who are blessed by God, putting him down. Merry Christmas and be glad and grateful you live in a country where we can still write what our thoughts are. Thank God for That!

By: Funditto on 12/13/09 at 11:27

I seem to recall that Jerry Falwell had a touch of Jesus. So did Larry Craig. No doubt the 9/11 perpetrators believed they were doing something on God's behalf. Some people are good, because they are good. Some people are not. I'm not knocking Jesus. I'm just saying.

By: sidneyames on 12/14/09 at 6:47

Funditto, you can pick and pick and pick. Just get real. I said ALL CHRISTIANS ARE NOT PERFECT -- AS A matter of fact, NONE of them are perfect.

So you can stop bringing them up one by one. I'm sure you can find something wrong with Jesus. That's your nature.

BUT we have a hell of a lot of kids bringing guns to school. My take on it is to "try and little Jesus" to see if it works. Since we took prayer and God out of school, thinks have gotten over 50% worse.

I'm sure you won't agree and I don't care if you do. Di alogue with you is so one way. I NEVER said that people who don't believe in God are bad. You ASSumed that is what I said. So take your ASSumptive self and crawl back into bed and stop criticizing everything Isay about God or Jesus. You're boring me.

Try some JEsus. It's can't hurt, but evil does hurt and so do guns in the hands of kids.