Saturday, November 28, 2009

Seniors Boating


Along the order of America's Funniest Videos.

Christmas Billboard Ladies

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Crossing the border

Can YOU understand this???


IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS OF HARD LABOR.

IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO A POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.

IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET A JOB, A DRIVERS LICENSE, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS, CREDIT CARDS, SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE, FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE, A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON AND IN MANY INSTANCES THEY'LL LET YOU VOTE...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Don't Waste Your Life

Like Sophie's Choice

AFTER A FEW OF THE USUAL SUNDAY EVENING HYMNS,

THE CHURCH'S PASTOR SLOWLY STOOD UP,

WALKED OVER TO THE PULPIT AND,

BEFORE HE GAVE HIS SERMON FOR THE EVENING,

HE BRIEFLY INTRODUCED A GUEST MINISTER

WHO WAS IN THE SERVICE THAT EVENING.




IN THE INTRODUCTION, THE PASTOR TOLD THE

CONGREGATION THAT THE GUEST MINISTER WAS

ONE OF HIS DEAREST CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND

THAT HE WANTED HIM TO HAVE A FEW MOMENTS

TO GREET THE CHURCH AND SHARE WHATEVER

HE FELT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE SERVICE..





WITH THAT, AN ELDERLY MAN STEPPED UP TO THE

PULPIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK.




'A FATHER, HIS SON, AND A FRIEND OF HIS SON WERE
SAILING OFF THE PACIFIC COAST ' HE BEGAN.
'WHEN A FAST APPROACHING STORM BLOCKED ANY
ATTEMPT TO GET BACK TO THE SHORE.




THE WAVES WERE SO HIGH, THAT EVEN THOUGH THE
FATHER WAS AN EXPERIENCED SAILOR, HE COULD NOT
KEEP THE BOAT UPRIGHT AND THE THREE WERE SWEPT
INTO THE OCEAN AS THE BOAT CAPSIZED.'




THE OLD MAN HESITATED FOR A MOMENT,
MAKING EYE CONTACT WITH TWO TEENAGERS WHO WERE,
FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN,
LOOKING SOMEWHAT INTERESTED IN HIS STORY.




THE AGED MINISTER CONTINUED WITH HIS STORY,
'GRABBING A RESCUE LINE, THE FATHER HAD TO MAKE THE
MOST EXCRUCIATING DECISION OF HIS LIFE: TO WHICH BOY WOULD HE THROW THE
OTHER END OF THE LIFE LINE.
HE ONLY HAD SECONDS TO MAKE THE DECISION.
THE FATHER KNEW THAT HIS SON WAS A CHRISTIAN AND HE
, ALSO, KNEW THAT HIS SON'S FRIEND WAS NOT.
THE AGONY OF HIS DECISION COULD NOT BE MATCHED BY
THE TORRENT OF WAVES.



AS THE FATHER YELLED OUT, 'I LOVE YOU, SON!'
HE THREW OUT THE LIFE LINE TO HIS S ON 'S FRIEND.
BY THE TIME THE FATHER HAD PULLED THE FRIEND BACK TO
THE CAPSIZED BOAT, HIS SON HAD DISAPPEARED BENEATH THE RAGING SWELLS INTO
THE BLACK OF NIGHT.


HIS BODY WAS NEVER RECOVERED.



BY THIS TIME, THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE SITTING UP
STRAIGHT IN THE PEW, ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR THE NEXT
WORDS TO COME OUT OF THE OLD MINISTER'S MOUTH.


'THE FATHER,' HE CONTINUED, 'KNEW HIS SON WOULD
STEP INTO ETERNITY WITH JESUS AND HE COULD NOT
BEAR THE THOUGHT OF HIS SON'S FRIEND STEPPING INTO
AN ETERNITY WITHOUT JESUS.. THEREFORE, HE SACRIFICED HIS SON TO SAVE THE
SON'S FRIEND. ' !


HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT HE SHOULD DO THE
SAME FOR US. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SACRIFICED HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WE
COULD BE SAVED. I URGE YOU TO ACCEPT HIS OFFER TO RESCUE YOU AND TAKE A HOLD
OF THE LIFE LINE HE IS THROWING OUT TO YOU IN THIS SERVICE.'

W ITH THAT, THE OLD MAN TURNED AND SAT BACK DOWN IN
HIS CHAIR AS SILENCE FILLED THE ROOM.

THE PASTOR AGAIN WALKED SLOWLY TO THE PULPIT AND
DELIVERED A BRIEF SERMON WITH AN INVITATION AT THE
END. HOWEVER, NO ONE RESPONDED TO THE APPEAL.




WITHIN MINUTES AFTER THE SERVICE ENDED, THE TWO
TEENAGERS WERE AT THE OLD MAN'S SIDE.


'THAT WAS A NICE STORY,' POLITELY STATED ONE OF
THEM, 'BUT I DON'T THINK IT WAS VERY REALISTIC FOR A
FATHER TO GIVE UP HIS ONLY SON'S LIFE IN HOPES THAT THE OTHER BOY WOULD
BECOME A CHRISTIAN.'


'WELL, YOU'VE GOT A POINT THERE,' THE OLD MAN
REPLIED,
GLANCING DOWN AT HIS WORN BIBLE. A BIG SMILE
BROADENED HIS NARROW FACE. HE ONCE AGAIN LOOKED UP AT THE BOYS AND SAID, 'IT
SURE ISN'T VERY REALISTIC, IS IT? BUT, I'M STANDING HERE TODAY TO TELL YOU
THAT STORY GIVES ME A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR GOD T O
GIVE UP HIS SON FOR ME.


YOU SEE...


I WAS THAT FATHER AND YOUR PASTOR IS MY SON'S
FRIEND.'

Friday, November 20, 2009

Escape!


This pic cracks me up! It shows 8 turkeys, like my family of 8 traveling in a station wagon across America when we were kids. Turkeys we were!!! Only these turkeys are heading right through California and into Mexico - to escape Thanksgiving!!!!!

Reminds me of my many escapes by car!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Camo Couch


Look very carefully before you sit on it.

When Your Hut's On Fire

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?' Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

The Moral of This Story:
It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our
pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

And I want to add to this: When we are in trouble and we want a solution, we will build a hut. If the hut burns down we think it is the end of the world for us. When the burning down of the hut produces the solution to totally bring us out of trouble, we realize that God had to bring us through worse trouble to get us out of trouble altogther. We were going to be content with a hut on an island, but God was trying to get us completely off the island by burning down the hut, but things looked completely hopeless for a while, until the rescue came.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christian Bashing

Since it so in vogue to bash Christians, it is not surprising to find a cartoon on the editorial page of the Minneapolis Star/Tribune that does the same.

It is a cartoon by L.K. Hanson and he has a quote above it by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish playwright and writer:

"I have never come across anyone in whom the MORAL SENSE was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity."

The cartoon is of a woman with her mouth wide open, showing her mercury fillings, and these are the words coming out of her mouth:

"I'm always right and I never lie"
"Feminists have ruined things for ladies like me"
"My religion is the only true religion"
"The sixties have caused the collapse of society"
"The gays are taking over"

This is all thought-provoking. Clearly, the group of people being targeted is Christians, and the conservatives.

The quote makes no sense. A moral sense precludes the negative things that he mentions. A moral sense ought to make you much more humane, much less heartless, should take away cruelty and vindictiveness, etc.

What makes him say these things? And he wrote them back in the end of the 19th century.

And what makes L.K. Hanson write the things he writes coming out of her mouth? "I'm always right and I never lie." Truly, if any says "I'm always right" it comes from pride. Saying "I never lie" is also prideful and never true.

And maybe the way Christians have dealt with some of the other issues hasn't been godly, such as the way they defend the truth, or the way they deal with sin problems such as homosexuality.

Though I was initially annoyed by the cartoon and the quote, this caused me to reflect on ways that Christians have failed to love and to live out the life of Jesus.

It's something to think about.

Monday, November 16, 2009

We Noticed

No matter who you voted for, don't you think that our president could at least salute the flag? Here he is on Saturday at Arlington.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Doris

What does the world care about one overweight, older black woman with no money, no job, no husband, no children in the area, nothing to speak of?

I met Doris at a church I was going to in South Minneapolis. She has been diagnosed Schizophrenic and lives in a group home in North Minneapolis. She was married to an abusive husband and her children live in Mississippi and she never sees them. They call her once in a while.

Sounds grim unless you know Doris and how sweet she is. She loves Jesus, and will always ask what you need prayer for when you come to see her and then she will pray a heart-felt prayer of faith. At the church she loves to get the opportunity to lay hands on someone for healing.

God spoke to me during the summer when I visited my home-town and the place where my childhood home once stood. There is now an apartment building standing where the house stood that houses mainly older women who are low-income. As I walked slowly past the building and watched the women sitting outside their building, biding their time with nothing to do but smoke, and with an air of despair, I heard God, I think, ask me if I was willing to give my life to helping people like this. Because there but for the grace of God go I.

I struggled with that. These people are the unlovely and unloveable. They are the rejects of society. I don't desire them anymore than anyone else.

But I realized I had already begun to reach out to women like these in the form of Doris and one other woman from that same church.

I take Doris out to lunch sometimes.
Here we are at Old Country Buffet.

Doris' prayer requests:

1. to find a husband and home of her own

2. to get out of financial bondage into God's prosperity for her

3. to be healed of schizophrenia

One Perfect Thing




I realize now the folly of trying to find a pet to replace a pet you had. I found this cat and thought he would be Tubby all over again. He was not. I already returned him to the Animal Humane Society because he was far too intense for my family, being a 4 year old male who wasn't neutered until recently.

But he was such a love, anyway, and I quickly began to get attached. He was so affectionate, and would put his head right next to your head, and you could feel the current coming from him. You know how that is with a human, if they put their head right to your head, and how uncomfortable that can be unless you share a strong bond with them?

With an animal like this it is divine. You realize that they are divine - that they have a spirit inside them that comes from God, that they are God-given.

They are the perfection of God's design. I can say that even though he was imperfect and we had to return him. He was such joy and delight. He added just the love and joy I was needing in my life after losing my cat Buddy.

Animals show God's perfection, in that they are so perfectly designed, unmarred by sin. I am lamenting that I had to return him, but rejoicing that my life was blessed with the time I had with him. His name was Caboose.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Son

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art.
They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They
would often sit together and admire the great
works of art.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was
very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The
father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.


About a month later, just before Christmas,


There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with
a large package in his hands.


He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom
your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying
me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly.
He often talked about you, and your love for art…. The young man held out
this package. 'I know this isn't much.. I'm not really a great artist,
but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son,
painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had
captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so
drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the
young man and offered to pay him for the picture. 'Oh, no sir, I could
never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'


The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors
came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he
showed them any of the other great works he had collected.


The man died a few months later... There was to be a great
auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over
seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for
their collection.


On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer
pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the
son. Who will bid for this picture?'


There was silence.


Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the
famous paintings. Skip this one.'


But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this
painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'


Another voice angrily.. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We
came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandts.. Get on with the real bids!'

But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll
take the son?'

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the
longtime gardener of the man and his son.. 'I'll give $10 for the
painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

'We have $10, who will bid $20?'

'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'


The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the
son.
They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.


The auctioneer pounded the gavel. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for
$10!'


A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with
the collection!'


The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is
over.'


'What about the paintings?'


'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was
told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal
that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be
auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate,
including the paintings.


The man who took the son gets everything!'

God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like
the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The son, the son, who'll take the
son?'


Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.


FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO
EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE......THAT'S LOVE!

Losing and winning the Silly Saturday Contest!

Someone just sent me this photo, captioned. Sherri ran this same photo in her Saturday contest a while back, and I captioned it. Here were my entries:

Dear God, please take care of Daddy and Mommy and my sister and brother and me, and Buddy. And please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we're gonna be in a big mess.


Dog:
Dear God,
How come people love to smell flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another?


Dog:
Dear God, When we get to Heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it the same old story?

None of my captions won but that's OK. None of them were my own originals:)!

Here's the caption my friend sent with it:

'Dear Lord: Thank you for bringing me to Timmy's house and not to Michael Vick's -- AMEN!'

I just wanted to post this photo again because it is so darn cute! And I just won Sherri's contest, finally, after many Silly Saturdays of throwing in my captions. Yippee!!

Healing of Hypothyroidism - my 1,000th post!


UPDATE!  AS OF 2013 - totally healed!  I got a test done by a doctor in summer of 2013 and it came back in the completely normal range, TSH 2.5.  Hallelujah!!!  The condition finally reversed!

This is strange. It has been hard to tell people about this. Why? People reject hearing about an absolute, in-your-face miracle of healing by the hand of God. It is amazing!
This is one of those.
God has healed my hypothyroidism.
When I told someone about it, she said, “well, it won’t always be that way. You’ll probably still need to take Synthroid someday.” Great. Great response to a tangible miracle. Why is it that people reject something so amazing?
Only months ago, a doctor had found that my thyroid level was low, which is indicated by a thing called TSH. When the TSH level is high, that means that your thyroid is low.
My TSH level was 7.45, and the normal range is between 0.2-4.5. My doctor prescribed Synthroid, but I wrote her a letter saying I would not be taking Synthroid, and that Jesus Christ still heals today.
She had already sent me a prescription for Synthroid, and ordered another test of my thyroid level two months later, perhaps thinking I was, in fact, taking Synthroid.
I went in for the test, but not until I first went for healing prayer to the healing rooms in Brooklyn Center, MN. I had hands laid on me and I was anointed with oil for healing. I also read scriptures on healing and prayed to the Lord for healing.
I got the test back and it proved that the Lord had done the first truly tangible, physical miracle in my life! My TSH had gone down. It was now 5.58.
My insurance was going to end and so I wanted another test done before I was not going to be able to get more tests done. I got another test about two months later. I had been prayed for again at the healing rooms, and by other healing ministers, and continued to read healing scriptures out loud and pray.
The test came back. The Lord had done it again. Now my TSH had gone down yet farther. It was now 5.37! At the level it is now, the doctor merely says, “slightly elevated, stable.” I don’t know if the doctor realizes that I’m not taking Synthroid, but she didn’t prescribe Synthroid.
Now, I will believe God for my TSH to go all the way to normal.
Question not if the Lord wants to heal you! I don’t.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The 7 Wonders Of The World


Here is the first of the seven wonders of the world: my cat Tubby, last seen in Texas, walking along a highway near Fort Worth. When we were at the Grand Canyon, people stopped taking photos of the Canyon, and started shooting pictures of him on his leash!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wisdom - Proverbs 8

In this passage, God talks about the benefits of wisdom.

It says that wisdom is to be valued far above material blessings, and yet it says that wisdom brings material blessings, and ultimately, it brings life in general to the one who heeds it.

1 Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
4 “ To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
5 O you simple ones, understand prudence,
And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,
And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
7 For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;
Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
9 They are all plain to him who understands,
And right to those who find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;
11 For wisdom is better than rubies,
And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
12 “ I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And find out knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverse mouth I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles,
All the judges of the earth.
17 I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold,
And my revenue than choice silver.
20 I traverse the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.
22 “ The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23 I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29 When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.
32 “ Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the LORD;
36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”

If I Were Rich By Aid Plans


Starring: my cousin

This is obviously based on the song "If I Were A Rich Man" from Fiddler On A Roof.

This was produced by my cousin's son Lucas, and was filmed by his son Matthew. These are sweet home-grown boys who were home-schooled in the country in Wisconsin. I just went to visit them recently. I have so grown to appreciate them and their commitment to Christ as a family.


My cousin started out on the mission field in Ecuador with his wife and then moved his family to the country here in the states when they had reached number six with having children. I used to think it was crazy believing you should have as many kids as nature would give you, trusting God for the number he gives you, but I have grown to appreciate my cousin and his wife for their values and their family.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Onion Does It Again!!!!!!!!!

I am having a good, hearty laugh over this fake news article in the Onion:

(for Sherri - this is
fake news)

Congress Approves $500 Billion For Monument To Human Folly

November 3, 2009 | Issue 45•45

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wisdom - Job 28

God led me to this passage in Job and reminded me of the seriousness of the wisdom deficiency in our world.

And it asks where wisdom can be found, and answers that wisdom is found in the fear of God and turning away from evil. But you have to read to the end of the chapter to get to that.

New King James Version

1 “Surely there is a mine for silver,
And a place where gold is refined.

2 Iron is taken from the earth,
And copper is smelted from ore.

3 Man puts an end to darkness,
And searches every recess
For ore in the darkness and the shadow of death.

4 He breaks open a shaft away from people;
In places forgotten by feet
They hang far away from men;
They swing to and fro.

5 As for the earth, from it comes bread,
But underneath it is turned up as by fire;

6 Its stones are the source of sapphires,
And it contains gold dust.

7 That path no bird knows,
Nor has the falcon’s eye seen it.

8 The proud lions have not trodden it,
Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.

9 He puts his hand on the flint;
He overturns the mountains at the roots.

10 He cuts out channels in the rocks,
And his eye sees every precious thing.

11 He dams up the streams from trickling;
What is hidden he brings forth to light.

12 “But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?

13 Man does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.

14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’

15 It cannot be purchased for gold,
Nor can silver be weighed for its price.

16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
In precious onyx or sapphire.

17 Neither gold nor crystal can equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of coral or quartz,
For the price of wisdom is above rubies.

19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.

20 “From where then does wisdom come?
And where is the place of understanding?

21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living,
And concealed from the birds of the air.

22 Destruction and Death say,

‘We have heard a report about it with our ears.’

23 God understands its way,
And He knows its place.

24 For He looks to the ends of the earth,
And sees under the whole heavens,

25 To establish a weight for the wind,
And apportion the waters by measure.

26 When He made a law for the rain,
And a path for the thunderbolt,

27 Then He saw wisdom and declared it;
He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.

28 And to man He said,

‘ Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Another Country - Tift Merritt


Song from New In Town

Lost hours and secrets too,
No one will find but you,
Falling is like brand new rain,
Places I have never been,
I thought these things would come to me.
Love is another country, and I want to go -

I want to go too. I want to go with you.
I want to go too. I want to go with you.

But I’m broke down right here.
My heart won’t come out clear.
I get lost on the inside too.
How could I make sense to you?
And when you walk away from me,
You’re further than another country and I want to go -

I want to go too. I want to go with you.
I want to go too. I want to go with you.

If you should lose you place,
This world should hide its face
And go where you can’t follow to,
I will come and look for you,
And you can just hold onto me,
Strangers in another country cause I want to go -

I want to go too. I want to go with you.
I want to go too. I want to go with you.

Fusion Worship

God has led me in a peculiar way to a young adult fellowship at a large church in New Hope called Fusion Worship. I started going there because I was longing for contemporary worship music that would lift me to worship God. Music is very important to me. I need new music, and new music helps me to open up to God and worship Him.

I don't particularly like the worship at the regular morning service at New Hope Church, but I heard about the young adult worship on Sunday nights. I figured that the music was going to be fresh and contemporary and would fit the bill. Sure enough, it does. But it came with a surprise - the teaching by the pastor of Fusion Worship, Bryan McWhite.

Bryan has been doing a series of sermons on First Corinthians called "Screwed Up Saints." He has been carefully explicating the scripture from the beginning of the book to the 7th chapter, where we are now. Where we are now requires that you talk about sex, and he talks about it with such openness, and it is liberating. He says he will make no apologies for talking so openly about sex. He says the bible talks freely, frankly and frequently about it, and so should we.

Go here to see Bryan's website - "The Weight of Glory" His subtitle is: "Dispatches from a God-entranced Minnesotan." You can download the podcast there and all the sermons he has done so far on First Corinthians.

I am out of the age-group, yet have been welcomed in, even to be in a small group with the community. They have been awesome and Christ-like.

I am in a small group with Zach O'Neil whose testimony you will find on the list of podcasts. Be sure to check that out because his testimony is amazing. His life has been so changed. (I haven't figured out how to put podcast material on my blog yet.)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Separated from birth?

Saddam Hussein and Mel Gibson - ha ha, this made me so crack up today!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pride

God is dealing with my pride. I just found this quote on my pastor's email site:

"THE PLEASURES OF HUMILITY ARE REALLY THE MOST REFINED, INWARD, AND EXQUISITE DELIGHTS IN THE WORLD." - JONATHAN EDWARDS

I pray to know what he means.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Obama's 'Health Care' Plan

Time Out For An Epiphany


art by Kathrin Burleson www.kathrinburleson.com
Today I went to church as I always do, only I visited a church other than my parents' church, which is a move towards getting closer to God, as my parents' church, well, it's just a little buttoned up and conservative and holds back on the Holy Spirit, being a conventional Lutheran church. Nothing against it, as they teach the Word, and it's bible believing. But, I just need more in order to draw closer to God, so I go to a charismatic church where the worship is more exciting when I get a chance.

God must be pleased, because He touched me today on my way home in the car. It was an epiphany. You gotta have one of these. I was nearing our home and rounding the bend that leads to the left turn that takes you down the road leading to our house. There are colored maple trees lining the street and it's kinda pretty and the sun was shining.

Suddenly, as I am thinking about God and praying for a couple of single women who asked for prayer today at church, this overwhelming flood of peace, and a rush of wonderful feeling of being elevated to a higher place and to joy comes in and just touches my whole mind and emotions.

It's kind of like the feeling you have when you wake from having been given anesthesia, only it's God and the Holy Spirit. I realize that God is touching me. And the pastor was just talking today about how God goes out of His way to speak to us.

It's amazing. I had to stop in the driveway and put my head in my hands and just let the whole experience wash over me. I said to myself "I'm having an epiphany!!"


This is something to pray for. Ask God to give you an encounter like this to lift you. Ask for an epiphany.