Death Grip

I don’t know if you have heard all the buzz about the new iPhone. The iPhone is purported to be perhaps the best mobile phone device of all time. It will hold music, allow face-to-face chatting, balance your checkbook, act as a flashlight, and in the event you desire to make a phone call, there’s even an app for that as well.  Perhaps you have also heard that there is an unfortunate characteristic of this revolutionary hand-piece. It just so happens that when the device is held in a certain position near the lower left-hand side, the human hand connects the two built-in antennas and compromises the quality of the calls; the transmission can actually be lost. The affect has been of such a shock to the industry, the event is being called “Antenna-gate,” and described as the “Death Grip.” Continue reading “Death Grip”

Amen

Most of us end our prayers in the typical way using the word, “Amen!” But do we even understand what we are asking, or what that word even means. Is it just a “valediction,” or an “over-and-out God,” that we are tossing up? We really should understand the importance of such a word, and just what it is we are proclaiming as we utter it.

“Amen” is a covenantal word. It means, “Lord, establish it.”  “Do as you have said, it will stand.” “Bring it to pass,” “So be it,” or “May it come to pass.” In effect, it asks to Lord God to do as he said he would do. “I will be your God and you shall be my people.” “I’ll get you through the valley of death.” “I will forgive you. I will heal you.” “I will give you what you ask in my name.” When we say, “Amen” we are asking God to fulfill His covenantal promises to His people. We are “reminding” Him of promises given, but we are also affirming to ourselves His ability to fulfill all He has pledged. Continue reading “Amen”