Saturday, April 12, 2014

War Horse!

We don't get many dramatic plays from the Broadway Across America Series around here. They tend to all be musicals, but War Horse galloped into town this week and we went.

The Spielberg movie didn't do much for me at the time. It was all right, but there was just something missing.

I get it now, it was the thrill of live theater that was missing.

War Horse is the story of Joey, a horse that belonged to a young man in pre-World War I Britain. Joey grows up, gets sold by a drunken father, drafted into the British Army, charges machine guns in No Man's Land, gets taken by the Germans and eventually caught up in barbed wire where English and German soldiers come together to help free him. Does he end up back in his original owner's arms? You betcha.

The story is predictable, but to see puppeteers make Joey move and run and whinny and do all the things horses do is truly remarkable. I swear within 2 minutes of seeing the young foal, Joey, I had forgotten the fact there were three very visible actors onstage making him wag his tail, shy away and walk around. It is amazing to watch.

If this tremendous production gets in your neck of the woods, charge down the stretch and go.


Steve Finnell said...


Is water baptism an outward sign of an inward grace? Yes, in order to accept God's free gift of salvation men must be immersed in water.

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The outward sign is the immersion in water. The inward grace is the forgiveness of sins we receive by following the command of Jesus to be baptized in water. There is no inward grace granted until men are immersed in water baptism. Baptism is not a sign that we have already been saved. Baptism is a sign that believers in Christ are being saved.

1 Peter 3:20-21 ....safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace is that baptism saves through an appeal to God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If men do not confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, believe that He is the Son of God and believe that God raised Him from the dead, and make the commitment to turn from sin and turn to God, then, of course your baptism will not save you. Baptism is the final step before receiving forgiveness of sins. Water baptism is the point that the blood of Jesus washes away your sins.

Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgression and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

The outward sign is being buried with Jesus in the watery grave of baptism. The inward grace is being made spiritually alive with Christ, having our transgressions forgiven. We are dead in our transgression before we are buried with Christ in water baptism. We are made alive and have our transgressions forgiven after baptism, not before.

Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace is being clothed with Christ. You are not baptized into Christ because you have already been clothed with Christ. The clothing does not precede, being baptized into Christ.

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

The outward sign is water baptism. The inward grace of salvation follows believing and being baptized in water.


1. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

The outward sign is confession. The inward grace is salvation.

2. WATER IMMERSION: Mark 16:16....has been baptized shall be saved...

The outward sign is baptism. The inward grace is salvation.


What must I do to be saved? FAITH John 3:16 REPENTANCE Acts 2:38 CONFESSION Romans 10:9-10 BAPTISM Mark 16:16

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)


Max's Dad said...


okjimm said...

huh? Whadda, ya mean, huh?

'Is water baptism an outward sign of an inward grace?'

see, it's simply a matter of outward smell. I Baptistize my self daily, usually with Ivory soap, though I am not adverse to Dial if it is on sale, but Ivory seems to prove less irritating to my inner sin, which is good, cause I gotza skin itch that is truly evil. For the really really deep inner sin I usually go with Pepto Bismol, though for the really really tough sins, like say, eating leftovers that have been leftover overly long,there is nothing like Malox.

anyways...I do reccommend a good shampoo with a daily baptistitation...usually something decent and stuff, like, say from the salon of the Lady what cuts my hair, but VO-5 is just as swell and lotz cheaper from the Family Dollar Store.

So doan be going 'huh' to somebody who is just trying to save youbody from outward sin and body odor. I practice it daily and some day hope to get a date with a hot middle aged lady what might want to come over some night and take a midnight Baptismalination with me. It could happen, see.

...but, and here's the truth and nutting but, I really stopped by cause I gotz a kid named Max, which, as I think of it, makes me Max's Dad, which is ok, iffen you gotz a kid named Max, or even a dog named Max, cause I always tell my kid, Max to Baptistish himself daily, and even brush his teeth and iffen you just gotz a dog named Max, I hope you give him a flea Baptist Dip every so often soz he doan get no painful itchy sin and stuff...

....hey...can I come back? even if you are in Nebraska, wich has got no business being in the Big Ten,which ain't really a Big Ten anymore, which by my thinking is down right sinful, ...well anyways. Have a good 'huh' day and that there ain't a bunch of comments here is downright sinful.