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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Few Thoughts on the Passing of Michael Billings

Over the past week, many who knew and deeply cared for Michael Billings have written beautiful tributes about this young man of God who was killed in an automobile accident on November 4th. Our words are few and far from eloquent, but as a family we are grateful for the legacy Michael left in his seemingly short 19 years on earth. God is sovereign and we rest in that comforting knowledge while grieving with his family in their heart-wrenching loss.

Since his death, our thoughts have been filled with remembering Michael, listening to countless stories from those who knew this man best, pondering the brevity of life, and seeking to follow Michael’s example of redeeming the time. Dad, Tim and John had the opportunity to attend his funeral services this past weekend, and stand with many others from across the nation in honoring Michael and showing support for his family. Michael’s life impacted many, but his death has already inspired many more, our family included, to use each moment to advance the Kingdom of Christ.

Below are links to some tributes and thoughts about Michael’s life and death which give one a closer glimpse into the character of this steadfast man of God.

Nathaniel Darnell: Tribute To My Late Friend

CS Hayden: Beloved Friend and Brother In Christ

Doug Phillips: Vision Forum Mourns the Loss of Our Most Beloved Brother

Tim Horn: A Warrior Has Fallen

Crystal Paine: Life Is A Vapor

PC3: Redeemer of Time

Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Nugget of Truth From Our Founding Fathers

James Madison - "Father of the Constitution" and Loyal American

"The aim of every political institution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust."

~The Federalist Papers. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, ed. by Clinton Rossiter (New York: New American Library)