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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful Heart

At Thanksgiving Day celebration we as Christians must remember than to be thankful is a commandment to trust God Word that He is guarding over us with His blessings at all times as we should remember His many promises in the Bible both in the Old Testament and specially for us.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"

-Jeremiah 29:11

We need to see it to it that no matter what happens in our lives that we know in our hearts that God is on the throne. I came across this quote that is very fitting...

I made up my mind today to live in an attitude of gratitude for God's blessings and not to emotionally react to daily life because what I live is temporal and subject to change but God's Life is eternal.

Every now and then, a Veggie Tales lesson pops into my mind. Today as I wrote this, Junior Asparagus and his Thankfulness Song did.

I thank God for this day,
For the sun in the sky,
For my mom and my dad,
For my piece of apple pie!
For our home on the ground,
For His love that's all around,
That's why I say thanks every day!
Because a thankful heart is a happy heart!
I'm glad for what I have,
Thats an easy way to start!
For the love that He shares,
'Cause He listens to my prayers,
That's why I say thanks every day!

It's a bit simplistic, but the one thing that it does show it that we should thank God for ALL of our blessings because ALL good things come from Him.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Patriotism and the Battle Hymn of the Republic

It seems that patriotism is a lost form or at least is losing luster in our society. I remember recently going to sporting events where people don't take off their hats or place their hand over their hearts during our National Anthem.

Anyway, I recently came across a link to a performance of the Battle Hymn of the Republic that was done by public school students. The song starts with elementary school kids singing. Later they are joined by 4 high school choirs and a high school band.

This is a really incredible and moving performance that's bound to stir the patriot in anyone.

Click here to hear the performance!

Keep patriotism alive in our country!

Because Truth matters,

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lost in Translation

I just read an interesting article on a new Bible translation. It's being put out by Brian McLaren and Leonard Sweet, stalwarts of the Emergent church "movement", "conversation", or whatever they call themselves today.

Below is an except from their Gospel of John...

1Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God.
2This celestial Voice remained ever present with the Creator;
3His speech shaped the entire cosmos. Immersed in the practice of creating, all things that exist were birthed in Him.
4His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light.
5Light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazing through murky bottoms. It cannot, and will not, be quenched.

My main concern is that they, the Emergent church as a whole, play "fast and loose" with doctrine and attempt to redefine the very meanings of the essentials of the Christian faith, redefining what truth is or isn't; saying that we can't know anything for sure and tailoring their experiences toward the worldly culture.

Sadly, those who follow these "leaders" will probably pick up this translation and encourage their followers to as well.

The Monkey and the Banana

I dunno, I feel like posting something totally out there today, so here it goes...

The Monkey and the Banana

A rope is placed over the top of a fence, the same amount of rope on both sides of the fence. The rope weighs one - third pound per foot.

On one end of the rope hangs a monkey holding a banana, and on the other end is a weight equal in weight to the weight of the monkey.

The banana weighs two ounces per inch. The length of the rope (in feet) is equal to the age of the monkey (in years), and the weight of the monkey (in ounces) is as much as the age of the monkey's mother (in years). The combined ages of the monkey and its mother are thirty years.

The weight of the banana plus half of the weight of the monkey is one-fourth as much as the sum of the weights of the weight of the rope, where all weights are in the same units.

The monkey's mother is half as old as the monkey will be when it is three times as old as its mother was when she was half as old as the monkey will be when it is twice as old as it is now.

How long is the banana?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Blazing The Trail

Congratulations to G3!

Today, George won the JROTC cadet of the month for his batallion. He was chosen to represent his company against three other companies.

He was tested on his knowledge of a variety of subjects, including drill, chain of command and current events on a local, national and international basis. He was also judged as well on his appearance.

We are very proud of the time and effort that he has invested in this program.

It's also incredible to see how humbly he accepted this honor and the young man that he is becoming.

Way to go!