Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Mike celebrates Dirty Jobs (doing the work without cheating), sharing some insight he's gained along the way:
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
- Shai Hulud. Have you seen the giant earthworm, Eulagisca?
- 10 Reasons Your Body Thinks It's Hungry and 3 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight
- Science does it again! "Baffling Hoaxes: Why Did We Believe in the 'Tongue Map?'"
- What caused this hole on Mars?
- Speaking of which, the holes have been of interest since the early 1950's, before we ever got a good, close look with orbiters . . .
- I suppose if I wanted one bad enough . . .
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Why am I appalled? The problem addressed is not so much that men are in prison, nor is it that a percentage of those men are rapists that have come from fatherless homes. The problem that causes me to pale is this: there are males not in prison who don’t have the fortitude to stand up and speak truth, doing everything possible to help others stay out of there.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
- How soon will we reach the physical limits to our ability to break Olympic records?
- Now we know how long it takes to pay off a skyscraper (with a most intriguing commentary regarding the World Trade Center).
- New IPhone Case Doubles As A Stun Gun. Just don't shoot yourself in the head.
- 6 Christian sites in Rome you should know about.
- Why Kill Animals That Attack Humans? The answer is not only biblical but it's the only law that appears in every Ancient Near Eastern society since recording began.
- Fascinating story here: "In July 1761 an illegal slave ship foundered near Tromelin, a speck of land 200 miles east of Madagascar. After six months on the island, the surviving gentlemen and sailors assembled a makeshift boat and departed, promising to return for the 60 slaves left on the island. They never did."
- The Chinese version of Disney's "It's a Small World" ride (at Suzhou Amusement Land) is totally worth it (it's not, really) once you get to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Voltron. "Brace Yourself" is what Mr. Bean would say:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Now, David (as he is running from Saul) knows that Nabal is shearing his sheep, so David sends ten young men with words of blessing and peace with a request to “give whatever you find at hand” to David. In other words, “hey buddy: spare some change?” (1 Samuel 25:8). Given the description of Nabal, need we guess what sort of response he will give?
- “Who is David?” He’s just God’s choice for king, running for his life all over the countryside and killing those pesky Philistines with his army and protecting your stuff. You’re welcome.
- “There are many servants today who are each breaking away from his master.” What are you, runaways? Is that what David is, an escapee?
- “Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers and give it to men whose origin I do not know?” What do I look like: a mess hall?
David receives the report and tells his men to take up their swords and begins to make his way to Nabal with four hundred men. Abigail loads up the donkeys with two hundred loaves of bread, two jugs of wine, five butchered sheep, five measures of grain, a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred fig cakes and personally delivers them to David and his men. She knows who David is and what he has been doing, even guarding her husband’s property! (What’s the matter with this guy?)
- She asks forgiveness for any transgression she may have committed (intentionally or unintentionally). A foolish person will not do this. She recognizes the authority her husband did not.
- She acknowledges that God is establishing in David an enduring house and God’s victory in carrying out that plan. She recognizes the plan of God in the midst of David’s own difficulties.
- She wants to participate in God’s cause with David.
- Don’t be foolish in your dealings with God. The Bible defines the fool as the one who says there is no God. Make certain you are not a practical atheist.
- Don’t be foolish in your response to God’s plan. Waste time and energy reacting in the world or efficiently respond to His Sovereign will. He will be glorified in whichever manner He deals with you.
- Don’t be foolish in your relationships with others: wife first, then others. Bless your wife in all she does, starting with her personal growth and relationship with God. Nurture and wash her with the Word. Then acknowledge what she accomplishes—she may not do it your way—but she is bringing blessing to you and your house as she obeys God by glorifying Him in everything she does.
Friday, July 13, 2012
" Knee On Its Own"
A lone knee wanders through the world,
A knee and nothing more;
It’s not a tent, it’s not a tree,
A knee and nothing more.
In battle once there was a man
Shot foully through and through;
The knee alone remained unhurt
As saints are said to do.
Since then it’s wandered through the world,
A knee and nothing more.
It’s not a tent, it’s not a tree,
A knee and nothing more.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
- The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden
- Homer’s “Margites”
- Shakespear’s “Cardinio”
- Inventio Fortunata, or “The Discovery of the Fortunate Islands.”
- Jane Austen’s “Sanditon”
- Herman Melville’s “The Isle of the Cross”
- Thomas Hardy’s “The Poor Man and the Lady”
Case in point: when Josiah was presented with the lost book of the Law, it was identifiable as being not merely connected with national history, but also brought a response practically unheard of in comparison with today’s responses. Who has fallen on their face before God in repentance and being spared the destruction of sin after reading any other lost book? This is not the response of Joseph Smith or Oprah Winfrey. No, these book instead receive they applaud of those who find their contents compatible with their lifestyle.
Who has noticed these “lost books” all promise the same thing: Eternality without God?
- “You will not die.” Reincarnation or at least an “eternal summer;”
- “Your eyes will be opened.” Gain the secret knowledge of the lost book and rise above average. Knowing the right techniques produces the right experience.
- “You shall be like God.” Control your circumstances thus controlling your destiny—but if something bad happens to you it’s your fault.
- “You will know good and evil.” You are the measure of all things, so if it works for you then it’s “good.”
Amazingly, people every day open God’s Unchanging Word and meet His perfection face to face as they read the same words Josiah read in the Law. It is not uncommon that many people have read the Word over and over to the point it has become “lost” to them. Yet, there comes a point when these same persons are brought to their knees confessing their brokenness before God because His Word is alive. Missing? Only inasmuch as people close their eyes and hearts against the Bible.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 09, 2012
I know that July 4 is behind us, but permit me a moment--I am that bother-ed. Sometime during the day of July 3 a comment was directed to me about observing our nations Independence on July 4 that disturbed my felicificabilty of the day. The comment was “Our flag still fly’s [sic] – not the union jack. Isn’t it nice we still speak American and no bloody British accent!” I was then encouraged to think about this throughout the day. Well, I did—and still am—and all I get are just questions. Is the reason for the patriotism of July 4 our accent and our flag? Did I celebrate because I don’t sound like someone else? Is it “nice” that I can pronounce my “r’s” unlike, I dunno, a New Yawker? If this is valid, then what is his reason for celebrating? I have a friend who lives in New York, but asking him would only bring a resounding “Shaddup!” Oh well. Moving on . . . Hey, did you know the English think we Americans sound quite silly using the emphatic “bloody”? Just tossing that in there. Also, if accent and flags are that important, what do we mean by playing the 1812 Overture on our nations birthday? This Russian composition celebrates the failure of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia in (can you guess?) 1812. Maybe it’s because the piece makes the same sounds as the gun club that meets back in our woods during (or not during) hunting season and those violins do sort of sound like a pack of baying hound dogs. I feel guilty for enjoying English tenor Russell Watson’s performance in our nation’s capitol on PBS’s “A Capitol Fourth.” Was he singing in Italian while honoring our upcoming Olympians? Am I to use my American freedom to complain? I find myself siding with then Samuel Johnson, the Englishman who drew the line between true and false patriotism when he wrote against John Stuart in April 1775, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” As I have reflected the past few days on this matter, other important questions come to mind: 1. What is this “independence” we celebrate as a nation, and how do we still have it? 2. What is “freedom?” The ability to do anything what we want, or everything we should? Evangelist K.P. Yohannan prompts a greater reason to celebrate who we are as a nation while also challenging us to do something with the freedom we have. “Why do you think God has allowed you to be born in North America or Europe rather than among the poor of Africa and Asia and to be blessed with such material and spiritual abundance?”
Thursday, July 05, 2012
- 10 Tips on Solving Mysterious Bible Passages from Sherlock Holmes.
- Staring At Screws. "When you learn to examine the trivial details of the things around you, you realize that nothing is really trivial. Everything has a beautifully long and winding backstory."
- Cook Packaged Cinnamon Rolls in Your Waffle Maker. I am SO going to try this.
- Top 10 Clever Hacks for Things You Thought Were Trash
- Check out the faces of these Olympic divers. Intense concentration and physical exertion combine for priceless midair close-ups of these Olympians. #19 is my fav. Which is yours?