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Will Davis

Posted 7/19/10 at 11:31 AM | Will Davis

BP, the Pressure Tests, and Integrity

As I write, the nation is holding its collective breath while BP tests the strength of the new cap that has, at least temporarily, stopped the devastating flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The BP scientists are doing pressure checks. As they read the gauges deep inside the well, they're hoping to find high pressure readings. That means the cap is holding and that oil isn't leaking from some other part of the well. But if the pressure is low, then they've still got serious problems. Low readings would indicate that the integrity of the well was compromised and that more leaks exist.

Pressure reveals integrity.

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands,Deuteronomy 8:2. FULL POST

Posted 7/14/10 at 10:21 AM | Will Davis

How to Pray for the Gulf Coast Crisis

I know we're all brokenhearted over the current oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The images of oil-covered birds, dolphins and turtles, the blackened beaches, the devastated economy in an area that was still trying to rebound from Hurricane Katrina, the paralyzed fishing and shrimping fleets, and most tragically, the loss of human life in the terrible explosion that started all of this-considering all of that, this crisis can seem insurmountable. But we are not powerless in the face of such a great trial.
We can pray. We should pray. Never see prayer as a last resort or the least you can do. Prayer is our best strategy in the face of overwhelming events because it woos the power and favor of the God who controls everything.
So pray for the gulf coast. Specifically, pray for:

• Wisdom for the leaders, engineers, geologists and technicians at BP. Pray that they can quickly find a way to permanently cap the leak.
• Stamina, safety, wisdom and provision for the local, state and federal agencies that are working around the clock both in the gulf and onshore.
• Provision and protection for those economies along the gulf coast that have taken such a beating in the last five years.
• Hope and encouragement for those residents along the gulf coast who have suffered so greatly and lost so much.
• Protection and restoration for the fragile ecosystems being devastated by the leak.
• Justice-for anyone guilty of negligence or malfeasance that led to the tragic explosion.
• Justice-for those who have suffered loss-that their hopes, dreams and livelihoods will be restored.
• God's glory. Pray that we can all see God's healing, protection, provision and perspective through this crisis.

Don't sit idly by while this disaster unfolds in front of you. Get involved. Be part of the solution. Be part of the hope. Pray! FULL POST

Posted 7/14/10 at 12:32 AM | Will Davis

LESSONS FROM THE DEATH OF A BASEBALL LEGEND

George Steinbrenner died today at age 80. The long-time owner of the New York Yankees, Steinbrenner was a legend in the sports world and a household name for any who follow baseball. His death is yet another sobering reminder of the brevity and fragility of life.

In Psalm 49, David wrote, "Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him," Psalm 49:16-17. As much as we'd like to think that money can fend off the grim reaper, it can't. We all have a pending date with eternity, no matter our status or wealth in life. That being true, it just makes good sense to invest in what's eternal and not in what's temporary and fleeting. FULL POST

Posted 6/30/10 at 6:25 PM | Will Davis

Waiting

Isaiah 40:31, Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength . . . .

Waiting. I hate waiting. And yet it seems that I do quite a bit of it. I’ve been waiting all day.

As I write, I’m sitting alone in an empty hospital cafeteria, the low murmur of CNN Headline News in the background, eating overpriced hospital food. It’s been that exciting all day. FULL POST