Sunday, December 23, 2007

not to be out done

My little Angel Princess came up to me this morning with her big eyes looking oh so sad and slumped her shoulders. She looked up at me and said.

"Daddy, I have the chickencoops and [Dramatic Pause] THE HICCCCCUPS!"

I had to record it somewhere!

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I did something for a friend this week, something that makes another friend very upset. It is strange, I asked for advice and didin't take it from one friend. It wasn't really even a real question I just wanted to know what he thought. Now that I didin't take his advice .... well :)

What most of you are getting out of this ramble, "What? He has friends?"

Yeah, Merry Christmas to you too! :)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Quotes

"If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart and if you're not a conservative at 30, you have no brain."

Winston Churchill

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The W in Christmas

A great Christmas story to share with your friends...

The "W" in Christmas

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending..

Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six year old.

For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's Winter Pageant.

I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production, unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his Teacher, she assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation.

All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats.

As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer.

So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads.

Those in the front row- center stage - held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song.

As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down - totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W".

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W".

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together.

A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:

"C H R I S T W A S L O V E"

And, I believe, He still is.

Amazed in His presence....humbled by His love.

Again, HAVE A BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Name and New Templates

Tancy asked me what the verse I had about the elect crying to God... I told her to read the verse in context, then I decided to just change the verse and explain my title.

Spiritually Starving is a play on the "Feed my sheep" instructions from Christ to Peter.

John 21

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.


Peter is given three distinct instructions.

  • Feed My Lambs

  • Tend My Sheep

  • Feed My Sheep



Sheep are pretty dumb animals and Christians willingly take them on as an identity ... well most of us wouldn't do it if we knew just how needy they really are.

With out going into a long drawn out monologue about where the starving part came from it is easier to note that not many shepherds follow the basic outline that Christ gave Peter. Many of the ministries that I see from day to day have one or two elements but seem to be missing the whole part.

In my own ministry as strange as that still sounds to me, I find the feeding part comes pretty easily, the tending, that is a whole different matter. Maybe a sermon outline in the making.

More at another time...




Note: I am still working on the new template. I am hooked on the old Blogger.com CSS/XHTML templates because that is what I understand.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Purge ....

"How far we are from the true spirit of sacred music. How can we stand it that such a wave of inconsistent, arrogant and ridiculous profanities have so easily gained a stamp of approval in our celebrations?"

"Due to general ignorance, especially in sectors of the clergy, there exists music which is devoid of sanctity, true art and universality."

-- Pope Benedict XVI


I have a long post for this quote but not tonight... basically all the crap music that is coming out in the name of Christ serves to dilute the message of Christ ... or does our praise honor God in every way.

Add to this to the swing of the SBC churches from Praise and Worship back to more traditional hymns. Still there are some more modern hymns that have come from the current movement and fit well doctrinally in the church.

Where do I stand? Hummm... doctrine over style

Friday, November 02, 2007

Books

Well with our library card running out and not enough extra funds in the bank to go renew the card (they are like $150 here) I read a lot more than usual this last month and finished the following:
1. Ann Coulter: If Democrats had any brains they'd be republicans
2. Eric Haney: Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counter terrorist Unit
3. Peter Schweizer: Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy
4. Ann Coulter: Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism


For November I have a few I need to finish up so I can get them out to others.
1. Peterson & Williams: Why I am not an Arminian
2. Coleman: The Pharisees' Guide to Total Holiness
3. MacAurther: 12 Ordinary Men


This with a quick trip to Wyoming and back should make this month all that more fun!

Halloween

So what were you for Halloween?



Good stuff!

http://www.2kgames.com/bioshock/enter.html

Monday, October 29, 2007

Big Tears

Well I have had enough .... but I am sure I have more to come. My little girls have daddy normally wrapped around their little fingers. Want this, want that, within reason it isn't a problem.

No it isn't an endless candy fest w/o mom around but they do get more treats and life is much easier. This last week with mom sick and daddy running the show we have introduced a new tactic... large tears.

Ahhh... how well they work! Had they been used in moderation I would never have noticed and daddy would have saved the day! Today at 9:00 am this is the list so far that Cami has broken out the tears for.

1. Cartoon Channel isn't on Tom & Jerry.
2. Had to share blanket with little sister.
3. Cereal bowl is empty.
4. Cartoon over.
5. Had to clean room.
6. Had to do the rest of chores.
7. Mom was on her run.
8. Found Scissors while cleaning can't find matching book?

Well there is hour one. Let the tears flow on.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Are you a Glutton?

I love this little quiz .... Are You a Glutton?

I was trying to figure out if I am just fat or if I am a glutton... you will never guess :)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Lake of Fire - Documentary

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=071011133309.vhjahw6y&show_article=1

Few issues generate as much heat in the United States as the debate over abortion -- the subject of a powerful and graphic new documentary by controversial British filmmaker Tony Kaye.
"Lake of Fire," currently on limited release in the United States, unwinds over more than two and a half hours of interviews with some of the leading figures from the pro-life and pro-choice camps.

But it is the graphic and disturbing depiction of termination procedures, filmed like the rest of the movie in black and white, that marks the film out.

"From the moment I started making the film I thought I have to show an abortion, which at the time had never been done before," Kaye, best known for his 1998 neo-Nazi feature "American History X," told AFP in an interview.

"There was no question about whether or not that was the right thing to do because if I'm documenting two sides of the argument, that is one side of the argument and you have to show it," he said.

Kaye, who cut his teeth directing commercials and music videos, separately admits to being "addicted to controversy when I began."

One scene depicts a doctor sifting through a surgical tray after performing a late-term abortion, where the grisly residue of an arm, a foot and part of a face can be clearly made out.

"It's about as shocking as any motion picture can ever get. It's illegal to film someone being killed," said Kaye.


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I don't know if I will have the stomache to watch this Discovery Special...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Quote

“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice”

-- John Calvin

Monday, October 01, 2007

Rumors

Sorry, for all those nagging me to post again, I have had a sudden influx of things that just had to be taken care of. Maybe as fall rears its colorful head I will have more time to post.

Here are a couple of videos that you just have to watch :)





If you have watched the Rush Limbaugh attacks with some of the senators ... this is interesting :)




So does the "speech and debate clause" in the allow for slander or character assassination w/o consequence? Hummmm

Friday, August 17, 2007

Unabashedly pro-life

"I am unabashedly pro-life"
- Republican Fred Thompson


So are you a one issue voter? I may be and this issue sounds pretty good ... well maybe my only issue is against Hillary :) Then again this guy says he favors gun rights as well. Maybe that was the issue ... so far all I know is that I don't want Romney in the White house.

Will some normal person Republican or Democrat step up and lead our country to victory in our wars and health (financial, physical and spiritual) for our nation?

Friday, August 03, 2007

Summer Time Fun

Ok ... I am not dead, thanks to all of you who sent me threatening emails looking for insight into my insignificant life! :-) Here are a few links for you, I promise I will post more ... between summer activities, family, and increasing work demands...

Links
The coolest weather map online, just remember is is a LARGE file so any low latency devices will be affected during the download ... oh and give it time to come down before you start scrolling around.

POGO.com yeah you know I am a gamer, this is a little more casual than running tactical shooting sims in your basement, but there is something addictive with POGO Bowling and it is FREE!

Ever wonder what gaming nerds read online? The Escapist Magazine is a great little online rag that tries to keep an offline appeal the format is quite interesting.

Summer TV Watching is a little slow too ... only two series caught my interest and even those have to be put on TIVO for later .... Burn Notice, who doesn't like an "Action Comedy" that has a Spy thriller side. Predictable and the writers treat you like an idiot but it is interesting to watch. Ice Road Truckers on the History network is an interesting show, it has recently put me in my place regarding language ... to hear a trucker talk and swear etc and then in the next breath say how he trusts Jesus to get him through (don't worry, they beep it out the curses) makes me think about my testimony when my flesh is weak ...


To much no the spiritual side to deal with today ... maybe this weekend.

Psalm 133 (NRSV)

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the LORD ordained his blessing,
life forevermore.


What an awesome picture, I remember standing in Israel (thanks dad and mom) and looking at those snow capped peaks off in the distance, then the streams around us later that day, the lake, all the commerce and people that live around it... an awesome picture to see in person but a great perspective for Christians that respect the order God has put in this world.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Busy busy, frightfully busy ...

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen.

"Careful," he said, "CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD!
You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN
THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK!
Careful . CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up!
Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them.
You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt.
USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"
The wife stared at him. "What in the world is wrong with you?
You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?"
The husband calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you
what it feels like when I'm driving."

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Busy life

well life gets to busy to be posting all the time ... this video made me stop and want to share though :-)

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Death - Just For Laughs - The funniest videos are a click away
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Friday, May 25, 2007

Abstaining

“I was very disappointed to see Senator Obama and Senator Clinton embrace the policy of surrender by voting against funds to support our brave men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan,” - McCain

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Gas War

This was forwarded by a friend and although I do not believe in mass spam, I do agree with this message.

You got my vote!


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------GAS WAR - an idea that WILL work

This was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. It's worthy of your consideration.

Join the resistance! I hear we are going to hit close to $4.00 a gallon by summer and it might possibly go higher! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action. Phillip Hollswo! rth offe red this good idea.

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around earlier! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them.

BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work. Please read on and join with us! By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.79 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 - $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace..... not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war.

Here's the idea:

For the rest of 2007, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit.

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do! Now, don't wimp out at this point.... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people.

I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us sends it to at least ten more (30 x 10 =3D 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 =3D 3,000)...and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers. If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all. (If you don't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people.... Well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician. But I am, so trust me on this one.)

How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!!

I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you?

Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Still Free

No clue how they managed to do this .... maybe that video editing software on my PC is better than I expected.

http://eckotv.com/video/EckoTV/still_freetag_of_the_century

Yikes.

Our Refuge and Strength

Psalm 46 (NRSV)

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult. [Selah]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. [Selah]

Come, behold the works of the LORD;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
"Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth."
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. [Selah]

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Drink

Psalm 63:1-8 (NRSV)

O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

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'nuff said.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Life ... and a YouTube Video

Real Life:

I was given an opportunity to speak at the Rockford Rescue Mission last night, I had a blast and the folks were very receptive. The hardest part for me is the invitation and a friend in Christ led the invitation.... no music, now fancy wards, just a request. "If God is speaking to you and you need to get saved come up here and talk to us." Then a little bit later "If you have a need and would like to pray with someone please come up here and we will pray with you." I don't do invitations, but I sure didn't mind this style of invitation.

The hardest part for me is the numbers. I was raised in a numbers based religion, ho many got saved, how many came forward, how many made a decision... I won't tell :-) but I have a feeling I will be doing this type of ministry for the rest of my life.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Interesting Quote(s)

Mitt Romney: "America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home."

Mitt Romney: "What is it about America's culture and values that makes us such a successful nation and society? Part of that is we love liberty, we love our country, we're patriotic," Romney said. "I believe it's also because we are a people who love God and look for a purpose greater than ourselves in life."

I guess I need to go look for the debate online. Interesting website anyhow.

http://www.mittromney.com/

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Racial remarks

All the focus has been on Imus ... I think that someone in the US media needs to pay attention to Tony Blair

"Tony Blair claimed the spate of knife and gun murders in London was not being caused by poverty, but a distinctive black culture. "


Google it ... it is worth the read.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More Hilary Stuff

I was going to embed this one ... but it may not be appropriate for all ages :-)

Hilary Intern

grain of salt ... grain of salt.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Get Back to Work

Have a Republican pull this and he/she would be in big trouble with the Media .... I like the statement by other representatives in this letter.


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Dear Speaker Pelosi:

We are writing to urge you to call the House back into session immediately so that Congress can finish its work on the emergency legislation to fund the Global War on Terrorism. This funding request has been pending since February 5, but your leadership team chose to leave town for more than two weeks rather than completing this bill. As a result, our troops have been put at risk.

We are especially troubled by the House's failure to appoint conferees. The Senate appointed conferees on March 29, moments after passing its bill, but the House never did so despite passing the bill a week earlier. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Senate that he hoped the House-Senate conference would begin on March 30. That hoped-for progress has been thwarted by your failure to act.

It should go without saying that our military leaders are in the best position to know the needs of our troops, and they have left no doubt that this funding is needed urgently. General Peter Schoomaker, United States Army Chief of Staff, has written that, "without approval of the supplemental funds in April, we will be forced to take increasingly draconian measures which will impact Army readiness and impose hardships on our Soldiers and their families." Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has also emphasized the dangers of delay: "This kind of disruption to key programs will have a genuinely adverse effect on the readiness of the Army and the quality of life for soldiers and their families."

Our troops need this funding, and they need it soon. The Senate is in session and ready to work. We respectfully request that you cancel the remainder of your break, call the House back into session, appoint conferees promptly, and work in good faith to pass a clean supplemental funding bill that the President can sign as soon as possible. Every day we don't fund our troops is a day their ability to fight this war is weakened.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Yummy jummy funny lucky gummy bear



Oh I'm a gummy bear
Yes I'm a gummy bear
Oh i'm a yummy jummy funny lucky gummy bear
I'm a jolly bear
Cause I'm a gummy bear
Oh im a movin, grovin, jammin, singin gummy bear
Oh yeah
ba ba da duby duby yum yum
ba ba da duby duby yum yum
ba ba da duby duby yum yum
ba ba da duby duby yum yum
Three times you can bite me
gummy gummy gummy gummy gummy bear *pop*

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Cowboy

Montana Cowboy


A Montana cowboy was overseeing his herd in a pasture when a brand-new BMW pulled up. The driver, in a Bryony suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and Hermes tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

The cowboy looks at the man then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?"

The man parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. He then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany.

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with e-mail on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes,
receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his miniaturized HP printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the cowboy.

He watches the man select one of the animals and looks on amused as he stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

The cowboy says to the man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"

"You work in Washington DC…probably in the House or Senate," says the cowboy.

"Wow! That's correct," says the man, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required," answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you;
you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me
how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about cows, this is a herd of sheep.

"Now give me back my dog."



I had to laugh ....

Memories: from generation to generation.

How to remember the Ten Plagues of Egypt provided by my father ... now I will have to warp future generations!

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TEN PLAGUES OF PESACH
(sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas)


For the first plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
A river that was all blood-y

For the second plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
Green jumping frogs
And a river that was all blood-y

For the third plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
Big white lice
Green jumping frogs
And a river that was all blood-y

For the fourth plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
Wild scary beasts
Big white lice
Green jumping frogs
And a river that was all blood-y

For the fifth plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
{Slow} Cows with disease {Pause}
Wild scary beasts
Big white lice
Green jumping frogs
And a river that was all blood-y

For the sixth plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
Boils causing itching
{Slow} Cows with disease {Pause}
Wild scary beasts
Big white lice
Green jumping frogs
And a river that was all blood-y

For the seventh plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
Hail big as golf balls
Boils causing itching
{Slow} Cows with disease {Pause}
Wild scary beasts
Big white lice
Green jumping frogs
And a river that was all blood-y

For the eighth plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
Tons of flying locusts
Hail big as golf balls
Boils causing itching
{Slow} Cows with disease {Pause}
Wild scary beasts
Big white lice
Green jumping frogs
And a river that was all blood-y

For the ninth plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
Days of pure darkness
Tons of flying locusts
Hail big as golf balls
Boils causing itching
{Slow} Cows with disease {Pause}
Wild scary beasts
Big white lice
Green jumping frogs
And a river that was all blood-y

For the tenth plague of Pesach, Pharaoh came to see
Death of the first born
Days of pure darkness
Tons of flying locusts
Hail big as golf balls
Boils causing itching
{Slow} Cows with disease {Pause}
Wild scary beasts
Big white lice
Green jumping frogs
And a river that was all blood-y

Monday, April 02, 2007

VoTD : Psalm 121

Psalm 121 (NRSV)

I lift up my eyes to the hills--
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.

Worship & Lent

Again this week the challenge to me was to get into worship. Our worship service Sunday was fine, tight and complete the message fit well into this typical holy week prior to Easter. Still, something in my own heart was missing.

Worship is more than just songs. It is more than just scripture, it is more than preaching ... this week I am going to purpose o find a heart of worship, not just for Sunday but for the rest of the week.

We discount Lent, we discount Ash Wednesday and we discount the Passover in many of our churches instead we focus on one event, Easter. We do this many times because others, that we do not agree with celebrate or honor these events in the Christian faith. Still there is something to be said about throwing out tradition. MY wife is fond of saying just because I don't believe in it doesn't make it a wrong tradition/program/event ... sometimes I would disagree, but not on these.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Life

I have a lot to catch up on here but not as much time as the job keeps getting more and more work involved.

This link was sent to me by my best friend Jewpardy it was worth posting :-)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Obama .... love hate relationship



Wow... the best anti-hillary video yet ... produced by a democrat :-)

More Hillary...

The Presidents Men

All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
- Harry S Truman


Today while we were getting ready for church I had the luxury of watching an actual news station and get caught up on a bunch of the politics of the week. Lots to look at for actual candidates in the upcoming election ... but it seems that this is the earliest I can remember of the muckraking and politics going prior to the election.

Probably it is a little early but looking at the trend in America how early did your Easter candy hit the shelves at Walmart? Do you still have isles of Christmas stuff on clearance? How about all the hearts from valentines day? everything seems to be betting earlier and earlier ...

Did you know that muckraking is in the google spell check? Gotta love it.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Is your water making you gay?

Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr is making waves in both the conservative and left wing sides of the isle with his latest gay comments. The question of weather a person's gayness is a choice (unnatural choice act against God) or a biological decision ... one that has bothered me for a few years now.

Several years ago there was an article about the amount of chemical pollution that was in the water out west. Pollution from chemicals that were sprayed on the fields to keep bugs and weeds down. This article stated that this pollution may be responsible for the apparent "gayness" of the frogs. It seems scientist were observing that many of the male frogs in the area were attempting to reproduce with each other.

Now how they came to this conclusion I am not sure. It seems plausible that their could be a chemical attraction lost to the opposite sex based on chemical changes in the body chemistry. But does a bunch of confused frogs make biological case for being a gay?

Then again ... scientist have produced the theory of evolution as fact and the world has run to it, how much of a stretch to produce a theory of people being gay by biological reasons? Then again why do the left gay activist want this to be a biological decision? Are they feeling trapped in their choice of sin and looking for a good excuse to continue?

There is a "treatment" for being gay... but that is a whole other post :-)

Read the article, then read the origional post "Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?" ... it is interesting to say the least.

My favorite snip from the blog is:
Many homosexual activists recognize that the discovery of a biological marker or cause for homosexual orientation could lead to efforts to eliminate the trait, or change the orientation through genetic or hormonal treatments.

Times are changing

I worked for mainly female employers and managers through my high school and college years. Lots of times there were things said that would easily be considered sexual harassment had I said it to them but them saying it to me seemed to be fine acceptable behavior. I always took things as joke and nothing ever serious came from it.

Today I read this article on how more men are reporting sexual harassment in the workplace than ever before. Times are changing and the function of the work place is too.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Big "Bother" is Watching

OK so this is a pet peeve of mine ... why does the government feel they can step into my personal life with rules and regulations that, although they may be "good and well intended" are directly a violation of my personal rights?

Two hostile examples come to mind. the first is child car seats. My 7 year old is trapped in a car seat that supposedly will make him safer in an accident and because of both his weight and age he will be in a car seat for the next 6 months or more.

This causes concern to me as a parent.... 1. My growing son's legs are larger and heavier and can't touch the floor properly when riding in the car seat over long periods of time. This causes his legs to fall asleep with the blood circulation cut off and when he realizes this is happening and adjusts it causes him pain. Pain to the point he is vocal about it and that is not good. 2. Actual testing of car seats in accidents prove that the car seat is not very effective as it is currently designed up to 30 mph, go faster and there is not as much supporting evidence that a car seat will make a difference.

If the rules that applied to younger children were applied to adults of the same stature we would have an outcry of people claiming harassment, but no one will step up and say this is a violation of my rights OR my child's. Ok and this makes me a bad parent now because I don't think the government should mandate this.

But I still do it. I still load up my kids in the car seats and have to climb in and buckle them. Then we are sitting enjoying a bite to eat watching out the window as 8 kids climb into the back of a ... car. No seats, not even the buckles in the car. Where is the accountability? Why do I feel forced to comply and other people blatantly get away with not doing it?

The second is the smoking ban that is coming across America... yes we know smoking is bad for you, yes I know that people shouldn't smoke around other people that are unwilling to breath in that smoke. Sure people shouldn't smoke around kids ... but giving me advice (good advice) is one thing while making a law that I can't drive a car while smoking a cigarette is a terrible thing .... So why does this bother me if I don't smoke? It is just one more freedom taken away.

Now for those who think I am nuts, for those who think I am dead wrong to oppose these infringements of my rights ... one last link. The Spanking Ban. California legislature wants to make it a crime (a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and/or jail time) to spank your child. **

Now every "good christian parent" knows that this is a bad idea ... but in reality it is just one more right being taken away. Next time you see someone smoking or loading their 8 kids in the back of a 1980's Cadillac ... ask them if they are worried about getting caught breaking the law ... when they grab that little brat in the mall and give them a swat on the bottom, don't just stand their and gawk, offer to lend them a hand.

I love this quote, it is a little overkill for this topic... :-)

First They Came for the Jews
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.


Pastor Martin Niemöller


** I realize that the links I was using were already changed, I relinked to another article about the revised spanking ban ... your best bet is to search Google News

NOTE: The title "Big Bother is watching" is there for a reason ... although the government is the "Big Brother" in many people's eyes ... many of the laws and legislation is more of a "Big Bother." Thanks for the emails correcting me though :-)

Pretty cool

Thursday, March 08, 2007

VotD : 2 Corinthians 1:4

[God] consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.
- 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NRSV)


Boy am I tired of having all this bit of life dumped on me .... still every opportunity to learn is turned in to an opportunity of ministry. I met a lady the other day in the check out in WalMart, she is having health problems related to her heart. I was able to be used because I could identify with her and talk to her about her circumstances. It makes for great conversations having all this junk happen to us in life but the joy and reward of being used by God in even the smallest of opportunities.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

VotD: Isaiah 55:9

The Lord says, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
- Isaiah 55:9 (NRSV)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Birthday begins

I am sure the rest of the day will continue to reveal "fun" stuff ...



Hillary and Obama and the Communist backgrounds

I read this MSN article today and I can't believe that MSNBC had it on their site. I saw one scarry thought I and I hope that some of the main stream needs to pick up on this.

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Her [Hillary] options after graduation were attending law school at Harvard or Yale, traveling to India on a Fulbright scholarship, or taking the job with Alinsky's Defeat Hillary new training institute, which would have allowed her to live in Park Ridge with her parents, Hugh and Dorothy Rodham, and commute into Chicago.

“His offer of a place in the new institute was tempting,” she wrote in the end notes to the thesis, “but after spending a year trying to make sense out of his inconsistency, I need three years of legal rigor.” She enrolled at Yale that fall, a year ahead of a charming Rhodes Scholar from Arkansas.

"I agreed with some of Alinsky's ideas,” she explained in “Living History,” her 2003 biography, “particularly the value of empowering people to help themselves. But we had a fundamental disagreement. He believed you could change the system only from the outside. I didn't.”

A decade later, another political science major started out on the path that Hillary Rodham had rejected, going to work for a group in the Alinsky mold. That was Barack Obama, now a U.S. senator from Illinois and her leading opponent for the Democratic nomination. After attending Columbia University, he worked as an organizer on the South Side of Chicago for the Developing Communities Project. Obama and others of the post-Alinsky generation described their work in the 1990 book “After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois,” in which Obama wrote that he longed for ways to close the gap between community organizing and national politics. After three years of organizing, he turned to Harvard Law School and then the Illinois legislature.


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Both of the democratic front runners have communist backgrounds in their political history. YIKES!

Friday, February 23, 2007

VotD Joel 2:12-13

Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts, and not your clothing.
- Joel 2:12-13 (NRSV)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Quote [This]


‘The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.’

Search for it on the internet ... sit and wonder about all the variations.

Very Interesting ....

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I am a manfume-wearing sissy. and Proud of it!



Here is a royal waste of time for you... funny the questions for all the trivia junkies that will do much better than I.

So I am not an old spice man .... for the last 8 years this is my choice ....

Mesmerize for MenMysterious myrrh, precious woods & exotic spices are accented with the intrigue of mandarin and bergamot to create a scent specially for him! Give him a scent that will remind you of him forever."

Before that it was a cologne called Hero by Prince Matchabelli...

Friday, February 16, 2007

TrueNuff

Another parody of the MAC/PC commercial ... the cleanest version of it but the others are funny if you search them out on YouTube

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Stuff in my head and The Remonstrants

Ok, I still have like three massive posts all queued up in the drafts that are needing a little more thought before I post them, still today I woke up with strange thoughts running thorough my head.

KJV Only ... IT still baffles me that the KJV Only crowd overlooks the preservation of the word in other copies of scripture that they claim kept the KJV pure. I was looking through Bible's last night at the Christian Books tore ... yeah I know I just got a new bible, but it is a hardback edition and although I Am going to switch to it for my study bible, I need a Sunday bible ... either a cover or a leather bound edition. Anyhow as I searched through a couple came over and were awkwardly loud about the KJV only views and how that they couldn't understand why the other bibles were in such number and the KJV selection was getting smaller. I just smiled. I know, not my normal self :-)

I am reading a great book called "What's Wrong With Arminianism?" by Robert Peterson and Michael Williams. Although I am only a little way through I am learning quite a bit about God's own conviction in my life. Ignorance is bliss and as the church happily buses their new sundayschool in to get their numbers and baptism rates up you can look at their concept of salvation for a pointer in their secular viewpoints on ministry. Another post ... don't worry.

Did you know that at The Synod of Dordt in 1618-1619 the church met as a whole and decided that Arminians (Remonstrants) should be removed from the church? That take gumption. Pastors were removed from authority because they didn't agree with the word of God. Not Calvanism just the word of God. Some of them were put to death for their belief in their own country. Great biblical scholars of their day that disagreed and took action. How much of the "church" in America would have their pastor's removed today if the same Word of God was applied to their teachings/preachings ... ok enough of the bully pulpit.

WalMart ... people that abuse the system bother me.

Verse of the Day:
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
James 5:19-20

Monday, February 12, 2007

Lyrics: I was made to love you

OK so you probably are not a Toby Mac fan but still the lyrics to this song are pretty neat.


I was made to love you
I was made to find you
I was made just for you
Made to adore you
I was made to love
And be loved by you
You were here before me
You were waiting on me
And you said you'd keep me
Never would you leave me I was made to love
and be loved by you


I was listening to a sermon on SermonAudio.com about the "trouble" with Christian Contemporary music and I really enjoyed it, no I didn't agree with every point made by the preacher, still I found myself paying attention to it.

The basic premise was that Musicjavascript:void(0)
Publish needs to be more of the full story rather than just one part. Clasic Songs like Amazing Grace a #1 hit on the church charts still today covers the theory, going from portrayal of sin being what it is to the redemption through God's Grace while most CCM songs today are about one subject rather than the entire picture. Interesting to say the least.

Still sometimes you need to be reminded of one truth, one aspect of life and God that needs to stand out in your day. I was made to love God and to be loved by God.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Tagged

Some things you may not have known about me...

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Archaeologist
2. Chaplain's Assistant
3. School Teacher
4. Youth Pastor

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. Star Wars 4,5,6,2,3,1
2. Lord of the Rings, Two Towers, Return of the King, Fellowship of the Ring
3. The Lone Ranger
4.

C) Four places I have lived:
1. Lewisville, TX
2. Boise, ID
3. Kimpo, S. Korea
4 Watertown, Wisconsin

D) Four TV shows I love to watch:
1. The Unit
2. Jericho
3. NCIS
4. Just the 10 of Us

E) Four Websites I visit:
1. Google
2. Xboxic.com
3. The Drudge Report
4. All Quartet Radio

F) Four of my favorite foods:
1. Beef Stroganoff
2. Steaks
3. Salmon
4. Spinach

G. Four places I would rather be right now;
1. South Korea
2. Disney World
3. Fishing
4. Ocean

Friday, February 09, 2007

The HomeSchoolers Song, ETC



I got the link from a few blogs I read and I had to follow. :-)

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This Article, from TechDirt has some interesting thoughts:
We've had a few very interesting articles on rethinking plagiarism lately -- with part of the point being that just about all new creations and ideas are built on the work of those who came before them -- and it seems silly to prevent all of that with overly aggressive worries about copyright and plagiarism click here for more

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Interesting Links this week:
FiveCrosses Blog
The ESV Blog
Ligonier Ministries
* The Lightlings
SermonAudio.com: Kevin Swanson
Pulpit.com
Answers in Genesis
MadMup.com
Reformation 21 Ezine
ReSurgence
CRTA
Sovereign Grace Music
Jesus Freak Hideout

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Even More UFOs

Gotta love it.

http://www.wxii12.com/news/10955774/detail.html

http://cbs4.com/topstories/local_story_038103140.html


Ever read Chuck Missler's book?
Alien Encounters: The Secret Behind The UFO Phenomenon

It is a strange read, but very neat to be able to speak about theory with people who are so ready for the Aliens to come back and "rescue" them from their world. It looks like there is an updated CD audio and several articles onChuck Missler's website. Hey it sure beats watching the nightly news.

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Luke 21:25,26

Thursday, February 01, 2007

VotD : 1 Peter 5:6-11

1 Peter 5:6-11 (NRSV)

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.


I just love First and Second Peter, every time you need a boost there is a new picture that just roars in. The fact that we are called to Eternal Glory in Christ is the reason we have been chosen. Wow.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Flying the Flag

Flying the Flag
by Robert E. Griffin
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It is cold. 4F at 9 am in the mountains. I just walked outside and put up our flag in the holder on the house. I want everyone to see. It was not easy; lots of crusty snow and my legs that do not work.

One of the white-bearded men on the sidewalk quickly walked through the snow to help me put up the flag. We usually put it up on Memorial Day and fly it all summer. But traversing the snowdrifts in January was too much for me.

When we finished, about 20 folks on the sidewalk gave a muted clap from glove-clad hands. I saluted them back.

I live next door to First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. On our entire block, from the church at one end to the houses beyond me on the other, is a line of leather-jacketed men/women, each holding a flag.

They are not still; they are moving around, trying to keep circulation in their feet and hands. But parked their motorcycles side-to-side on the street behind us (looking like a mini-Sturgis) and now stand, their breath baptizing them in a hovering steam cloud. Many are local, others come from across America to shield the mourners from the vicious hate-mongers who scream their venom.

Across the street at the corner is a police barricade. Protesters under the new Wyoming statute have to be 500 feet from the site of a funeral. Four policemen, but no Baptists from Kansas showed up. Praise God for no Baptists here. Police told me earlier this morning that they are setting up a barricaded area at the cemetery, too, since the Baptist website announced they were coming. Clean-cut policemen walking up and down the block look strangely out of place at a funeral.

The governor came but must have parked in back, out of sight. Army brass walked by and saluted the long line holding the flags. It is a private funeral for Cpl Jason Corbett, a Wyoming soldier (a paratrooper) to die for me and my family in Iraq.

Wyoming has just 1 in every 610 people in America. By the laws of average, only 5 Wyomingites should have died in the past years in Iraq. But Jason, a young man who graduated from high school a block and a life-time away, was #9, almost doubling the sacrifice our state should make.

Heavy hearts this morning. Proud hearts as the traffic slows.

And I would pray this is the last such funeral I have to witness . .

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Star Tribune
Westboro Baptist Church

VotD: Ephesians 4:17-24

Ephesians 4:17-24 (NRSV)

Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. That is not the way you learned Christ! For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.


Amazing ... sometimes I find myself trapped in the thirst for knowledge. Something that can easily distract me from the things of God. Not that those things are "licentiousness, greedy" or full of "impurity", however they still are things that are not needed.... interesting.

Monday, January 29, 2007

VotD: Matthew 11:25

Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children."
- Matthew 11:25 (NIV)

Wow, again with the little children thing ... ok God you have my attention!

More UFO Sightings

Yes I love it when the media picks up on this ...
http://www.khon2.com/home/ticker/5387746.html

Just a reminder :-)

Divorce


Do you know what the divorce rate is of couples who pray together? It’s about 1%


I was listening to a preacher online and heard this stat ... I guess I need to pray a little more with the wife.

I wonder how accurate this stat is?

Friday, January 26, 2007

Everybody's day

I hope my daughter gets another day in the limelight .... but here is an interesting twist of Why our family now says "holy duck!" instead of "holy cow!"

http://www.casperjournal.com/articles/2007/01/26/columns/columns/susan_anderson/susan97.txt

More Going on

Yeah I have a lot to post about, perhaps I will get that done this weekend, this week has been a messed up one at work just trying to get everything caught up and done...
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Pirated Videos, I rip personal DVDs as a backup copy because I have little kids, nothing is worse than sitting down to watch a Veggie Tales DVD and find the kids have been playing DJ with it and the scratches are to sever to fix with some elbow grease and some polish.

I even have made copies of a movie I rented and watched it later but I don't have a massive library of DVDs in my collection that are from pirated sources .... this study updated today portrays an interesting view point on downloaded illegal videos online. I would wonder how the research group asked a questions but still the math behind this study is amazing

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2087020,00.asp

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Verses

Prayer has played a major role in the shape of my faith, still this week lots of questions on the necessity of prayer in a world that is under God's Sovereign control .... been an interesting twist to my thought process.

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2 Timothy 1:3-14 (NRSV)

I am grateful to God--whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did--when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Like Children

Luke 18:15-17 and Matthew 18:2-5 (NRSV)

People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.


How often do I let the cares of this world steal my joy and make me grow old before my time. What a thought, the Kingdom of God belongs to those with childlike faith.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Filed Under: UFO?

I read an article about the new rash of UFO sightings that are happening across the US. With all the other "news" that the main media is reporting, this little string of incidents (related or not) has been overlooked... but not by all

Back in Arkansas, Col. Fields, who says he's a Christian who has not been a believer in alien life forms from other planets, speculated what he saw could possibly be related to ancient texts from the Bible.

"That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. ... There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." (Genesis 6:2-4)

"And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven." (Luke 21:11)

I have a theory of UFO's too but I wouldn't go as far as to put the Bible behind it.

World News Report

Now this you have to read :-)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Verse: John 8:36

"Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you will be really free."
John 8:36


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An Interesting Concept ...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Ouch, now that hurts.

I have a godly woman in my life that has influence even though she doesn't think she does ... these are some verses that I am "dealing with" at this point. It should be (am maybe is) a trivial matter ... but right now they hit close to home.

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth" Proverbs 10:20

not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. Titus 2:10

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:4

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Does Anybody Hear?

This was in My Devo's today one statement made an impression on my heart.

It is not as important that they see Christ in us as it is that we see Christ in them.


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The king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."
- Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)



I am privileged to work as a volunteer in a nonprofit health clinic. I assist in the pharmacy and do "in-take," a fancy term for interviewing patients, assessing their needs, and determining a proper response to their situation. We see many people who are down and out physically, emotionally, and financially. We are often their last resort for finding medical help.

My heart goes out to them as we try to meet their needs with our limited resources. As I listen to their stories and look into their eyes, I try to ask myself what response will give them healing, hope, and comfort. I have come to realize it's not as important that they see Christ in us as it is that we see Christ in them. They are God's children and our brothers and sisters. We are blessed to be able to serve them as Jesus did when he walked this earth. He said, "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God" (Luke 6:20).

Matthew 25:31-46 (NRSV)

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."


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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Couple more sites

Just a few more sites that I found that I have taken a little bit of love.

http://map-o-net.com/
http://www.internetpulse.net/
http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

Over heard ....

Today my husband and I went to church because one of our best friends was being ordained as an Elder (not that I know what that means). Since DH and I are Jewish, all the communion stuff was new to us - especially to DH. Well, they passed around a silver plate with these cracker thingys and my DH thought it was time to donate the money. Before I realized, there was a twenty in the silver plate.

The look on the faces of those around us seeing that money in the plate with the cracker thingys was priceless.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Quotes etc etc etc

Verses sayings and definitions that I found funny or educational...

Quotes:
How's this for a definition of political correctness?
"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by ivory tower academics and an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."


The National Rifle Association says, 'Gun's don't kill people. People do'. But I think the gun helps.
- Eddie Izzard


People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it.
Howard Newton


Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Peter Drucker


WebSites I found
http://www.tulipgirl.com/
http://www.deadsquirrel.com/
http://www.youtube.com/
David Crowder Band - MySpace



Verse:

Matthew 14:22-33 (NRSV)

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."

Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Friday, January 12, 2007

VotD: Acts 2:46

Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people.
- Acts 2:46-47 (TEV)

Baptist have it wrong ... it was the day after the service we are supposed to get the PotLuck going!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Unbiased News

January 9, 2007 -- THE tension between "The View" creator Barbara Walters and co-host Rosie O'Donnell, sparked by O'Donnell's feud with Donald Trump, boiled over yesterday morning when the portly comic called Walters "a [bleeping] liar."

When is the last time you used the word "portly" in an unbiased view?

I just found it funny.

Link:
New York Post

Monday, January 08, 2007

VotD: Psalm 77

I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD; I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have displayed your might among the peoples. With your strong arm you redeemed your people....

A little bit from Psalm 77 today.

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"The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my Salvation."
- Exodus 15:2