July 25, 2014

The Sequel

The Sequel

The Easter series we just completed left off with the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how he proved to over 500 witnesses there is life after death. What a great way to lead into a sequel. As an author of a two-book series, the key to getting people to want to read the sequel is to leave the reader wanting more after the first book. The Bible certainly does that…

If we look at our lives as a two-book series, then the first book consists of an average of 78 years on this planet. Our sequel will be the life we live for the rest of eternity…and here is the catch…the sequel is based on the choice we make in the first book. Where are we going to spend eternity…or…what will your sequel be like? Here’s is an example of what we will be reading over the next three weeks:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me (Jesus). In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)

Before They Came Together

Before They Came Together

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows.  When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18

“But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20

“And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

The Wisdom of Proverbs

The Wisdom of Proverbs-29

“A man who hardens his neck after much reproof, will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.  When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan.” (Proverbs 29:1-2)

“A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.” (Proverbs 29:11)

“The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” (Proverbs 29:25)

Feel Good Friday: 5-Things I’ve Learned Along The Way

5-Things I've Learned Along the Way

  • Some people spend entirely too much time contemplating the “Chicken and the egg” conundrum.  It’s simple; God made the chicken and the chicken laid the egg.
  • Not many people lying on their death bed wish they would have spent more time at work.
  • Never…and I mean never ask a woman if she is pregnant.
  • It’s not a “failure” if you learn from the experience.
  • The “Golden Rule” truly is “The Golden Rule”.

Enjoy Your Weekend :)

3-D Printers

3-D Printers

On May 29, 2013, I wrote a blog entitled “Trouble on the Horizon”.  It contained information about the true threat of people being capable of manufacturing their own hand-guns, via a 3-D printer, and then sneaking them through metal detectors.  The topic introduced several of you to the concept of 3-D printers and you asked some valid questions that I hope I can answer.

3-D printing is responsible for a vast array of materials and products on the market today.  An example of a product you may have heard of is “Invisalign”.  Invisalign is the manufacturer of the “see-through” braces and they are made at a pace of roughly 50,000 a day using industrial 3-D printers.  The word in the tech industry is 3-D printers are coming to a home near you.

It is being touted that the typical family can already save a great deal of money by making things with a 3-D printer in the convenience of their own home instead of buying them off the shelf. Advocates for this futuristic device claim the primary production will be items made from plastics (which seems to be almost everything today). So what will the future hold for the 3-D printer?

With the help of smaller user-friendly, at-home 3-D printers, people will be able to make anything from basketballs and wine glasses to every conceivable Christmas toy dreamed up in the active minds of the next generation.   Have mercy…

http://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/2013/08/29/got-hankering-for-midnight-snack-try-printing-out-brownie/#ixzz2emkFXSu2

“Clouds” by Zach Sobiech

Clouds by Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech, an 18 year-old young man who recently died from osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, wrote a song about ascending to heaven.  The song received 7.7 million YouTube hits and at one point reached #1 on the iTunes music charts.  The song is entitled “Clouds” and it was written, in part, because of Zach’s unwavering faith in God.

The song touched so many lives that a version of “Clouds” featuring Jason Mraz, The Lumineers and Phillip Phillips drew high praise from People magazine, which called their remake perhaps “The most moving celebrity shout-out of all time.”

Near the end, Sobiech found the strength to fly to New York to finalize a record deal through Broadcast Music Inc.  Please click the link below to hear Zach Sobiech’s ode to heaven.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDC97j6lfyc

Feel Good Friday: Little Known Facts…or Fictions 2

Little Known Facts...or Fictions

  • Coca-Cola was originally green.
  • The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.
  • The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.
  • The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • The youngest pope was 11 years old.
  • The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
  • The most popular boat name requested: Obsession.
  • If you were to spell out numbers, you would spell “one thousand” before you used the letter “A”.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow.

Ok…raise your hand if you just attempted to lick your elbow.

 Enjoy Your Weekend :)

Song, Wind & Fire

Firefighters Serenaded During Battle

Many of the firefighters had been away from their families for days waging war on the Black Forest Fire in Colorado.  This is a blaze that has already killed at least two people, destroyed more than 500 homes, and consumed more than 14,000 acres.

As the sun began to fade behind Pikes Peak, firefighters from the front-line were returning to “Base Camp” at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs.  Most likely they were weary, hungry, and looking forward to the necessary break needed to replenish their strength and spirits.  That’s when it happened.  A most unusual sound began to resonate:

” Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost but now I’m found was blind but now I see…”

That’s right. A 100-voice student choir from the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. was in Colorado on their summer tour.  They had been performing at rescue missions, a Colorado Rockies baseball game, and even at Focus on the Family (FOTF) headquarters in Colorado Springs.  After their performance at FOTF, a staff member asked if they might consider singing for the firefighters.

The Alabama youngsters quickly became overwhelmed by what they saw. Local residents stood along the road leading to the command center cheering the firefighters, holding signs that read “We love our firefighters” and “Thank you.”  The group started off singing The Star Spangled Banner and then launched into a 20-minute concert.

Chris Colee, a member of the choir commented, “These guys are putting it all on the line,” he said, referring to the firefighters. “It was the least we could do, to go out there and sing to the Lord for them.”

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/alabama-youth-choir-performs-for-colorado-firefighters.html

 

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the Mouths of Babes-Scott Liddell

Photograph by Scott Liddell

My daughter and son-in-law have decided to home-school their children for now.  Last Monday my daughter gave my five (5) year-old grand-daughter her writing assignment.  It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day so my daughter explained to her why our country was celebrating and what the man had accomplished.  Here is the final paper my grand-daughter wrote on the computer:

“you should not judge people by the color of their skin.  it is very rude and disrespectful.  also it will hurt that person’s feelings.  it doesn’t matter what color is on your skin because it does not have anything to do with the way the brain is or how people act.  instead you should watch how people are to other people.  that will tell you more than skin will.”

From the mouth of a five (5) year-old to the ears of the world… 

People Helping People

Lately the news has been revealing stories about people helping people in need.  For example, an Ohio female track star stopped in the middle of her race to pick up a competitor who had collapsed.  The track star put the competitor’s arm around her should and basically carried her across the finish line, forcing the collapsed runner to finish before her.  In another story, a high school girl stood up for a mentally handicapped student getting bullied on a school bus.

These cases remind me of the biblical scripture found in Luke Chapter 10, Verses 30 – 37:

“…A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”