Morning Mashup 9/6

coffee-newspaperManning Makes History – The NFL season kicked off with a bang last night as the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens began their title defense in Denver to face the resurgent Broncos. Last season all we heard was questions and speculations regarding Peyton Manning’s health after returning from a season-ending neck injury. Well, Manning officially sealed those speculations and has put them away to never be revisited with his performance in the Mile High city last night. Manning was at the top of his game, tying an NFL record by throwing seven touchdown passes. Yes, seven! The significance of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed was felt more in their absence from the field last night than in their previous presence. The Ravens will miss them more than I thought. Manning is on pace to have a record-breaking season. But it is still early. No matter how you slice it, though, Peyton Manning proved last night why some call him the greatest regular season quarterback of all time. For his sake and the sake of the Broncos, I hope he can culminate this kind of regular season success in the playoffs. One thing is clear. Manning has set the bar for the 2013 NFL season. Watch every single one of Manning’s seven TD passes here (ignore the strange piano instrumental)!

Iran Plots Revenge – The Wall Street Journal reports, “The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, officials said, amid an expanding array of reprisal threats across the region.”

War Vote in Trouble – The Huffington Post reports that things are not looking good for a war vote in the House of Representatives. The voices of constituents are being heard. “A resolution authorizing military force against Syria barely made it out of the hawkish Senate Foreign Relations Committee — with the majority of Republicans opposing it — and now is facing withering skepticism in Congress. While the Senate appears poised to come to some type of agreement, the ‘People’s House,’ as it is known, is showing much more reluctance to approve the deeply unpopular bombing resolution. ‘Peace may well have a chance,’ said one top House GOP aide.”

How to Criticize a Preacher – We all do it. Some of us criticize to a fault and it is not helpful. David Murray shows us how to criticize well.

Ten Perils of Prosperity – “We must be very careful of prosperity. It has a way of deluding us into thinking that we can afford anything and that we can absorb any shock. For seven decades this has been true. But now we have changed our thinking and our planning and our savings as we ignore the possibility of real economic disaster: Beware.”

FYI (If You’re A Teenage Girl) – A mother is on the prowl caring for her boys. In this post, Kim Hall exposes the evil that is Facebook seduction through pictures (“selfies”). She calls for sexual purity, modesty, and discusses the worth of young girls, which is not on display when they take sexually suggesting pictures of themselves. Hall writes,

“I know your family would not be thrilled at the thought of my teenage boys seeing you only in your towel. Did you know that once a male sees you in a state of undress, he can’t quickly un-see it?  You don’t want our boys to only think of you in this sexual way, do you?

Neither do we. We’re all more than that.”

Have a great morning and have a blessed day in the Lord!

“We can never distrust ourselves too much”–J.I. Packer


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