Monday, December 31, 2007
In my Sunday morning class at my church...we have been talking about how you must undergo a severe humbling process in order to turn your life fully over the the will of God. You must give up your own will, not only in mind, but in body, to the will of the Father. Even if the desires to continue in our sinful ways pull hard on our hearts, it's what the body does that shows the true desires of our hearts. We may confess all day long that we want to give up our sins, addictions, and selfish behaviors, but when we continue to choose to wallow in our hopelessness and choose not to act on our faith in God, we are showing that we are still giving in to the desire of our hearts to do what We want to do not what God wants us to do.
I have also been reading a book called "When Heaven Weeps" by Ted Dekker. In it the main character keeps referring to how Christians as a whole refuse to join Christ in His cruel and terrible death in order to show His love to others. He states we are perfectly fine to confess the love of Jesus, but we refuse to get our hands dirty to work to show that love. We say we love others, but if it means pain and suffering for ourselves, we will choose Self over Others every time.
God calls us to die our old self and join Christ in death. It is absolutely necessary to do this in order to fully understand, accept and act upon His Grace. There is a quote from the book that stands out..."Is the death of the will any less painful than the death of the body? Call it figurative if it makes you comfortable, but in reality the death of the will is far more traumatic than the death of the body." " In the death of the body the nerve endings soon stop feeling. In the death of the will the heart doesn't stop its bleeding so quickly."
Giving up our selfish will is hard to do. It's something I myself need to come face to face with. I am scared to death to do it. I have been a Christian for some time, but It's hard to show any tangible evidence of my faith as far as actively loving others is concerned. Recent events in my life have caused me to be much less judgemental when it comes to looking at the sins and actions of others, but I still have a hard time actively loving them.
My New Year's Resolution is to pray that God allows me to die to old self and be reborn a person who is fully capable of loving others the same way that He loves me. I am terrified of how God may choose to do this, but I know it will be the best thing for me. I am ready, I think. Pray for Me!
Friday, December 28, 2007
A brief list of some of the shows my kids watch from time to time (I try to steer them away from these shows as much as possible) are: Naruto (This is an excessively violent and annoying Japanese cartoon with a lot of yelling that hurts my ears. It also had some vulgar language and the main character harnesses the power of a demon, that he has inside of him, to try and do good things.), The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (This show features an extremely rude and disrespectful girl whose parents are afraid of her, an extremely gross and stupid boy with very stupid parents, and the Grim Reaper. It teaches kids that parents are dumb and easily manipulated and that stupidity and outright cruelty are acceptable behaviors.), Ed, Edd and Eddy (Yet another show with greedy, stupid and annoying sounds that get on my nerves. It teaches kids that its OK to cheat or injure others in order to achieve what ever goal you want, especially making money.), My Gym Partner is a Monkey (A show about a boy whose is sent to an animal school because of a mix up in his last name. It features a monkey who is obsessed with his butt and anything else gross. It also has annoying sounds that just grates your nerves.), Code Name: Kids Next Door (This show portrays parents as dumb people who are dictators and should be controlled by children who are really the smartest and dominate people on the planet. Grown ups in general are the enemy and should not be respected.) and Yu-Gi-Oh! (This show is another Japanese import that features a kid possessed by an Egyptian Prince? and it teaches kids that demons and false gods are real and their powers can be harnessed through sets of "playing cards".)
There is at least one show that we watch regularly that I am starting to grown concerned about; Pokémon. This show started out as something even I liked, but the more I watch it the more I am growing concerned that the show is teaching nature worship. The more recent episodes and books based on the series also teach that the universe was possibly created by the creatures called Pokemon and that they are responsible for the balance of the nature, time, and humanity as well. I am not sure this is the message I want my kids to be indoctrinated with.
Some current "family" shows I will not allow my kids to watch at all are: The Simpsons (The epitome of a bad TV show. A stupid and abusive father, rude and disrespectful children, not to mention the crude and gross behaviors of everyone else on the show.), Futurama (from the creators of the Simpsons, this show is outright vulgar, sexual and crude. Lucky for us it comes on very late at night.), and South Park (vulgar language, crude behavior, racist attitudes, and violent.)
Not all of the newer shows are bad though (At least as far as I can tell). Some shows like Spongebob Squarepants, Kim Possible, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Code Lyoko and Back at the Barnyard may have annoying things in them, but so far I have not found anything I particularly object to. I am still forming an opinion about the newest show my kids are watching called, Chowder (The show is about a little "kid" who eats almost anything and wants to be a great chef. Funny thing about this show is that all the main characters are named after foods. It is a dumb show but nothing objectionable yet.)
What happened to the good shows that taught some basic good moral values like: Rugrats, Doug, and PB & J Otter? Those were some good shows! Some shows I am glad to see off the air, such as Beavis and Butt-head and Ren and Stimpy.
At least I keep track of what my kids are watching. Some parents don't even know anything about the shows that their kids watch. Let me know what you think?
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
In my most recent attempt at reading through these books, I have tried to look at them with open eyes and with an open mind. What I discovered made me very sad, then angry and then extremely happy. The sad part was reading about the punishment that God was going to inflict on his people if they did not repent from their sinful ways and return to a life of righteousness and relationship with God. The angry part was that despite God's many warnings of what this punishment was, the Israelites and Judeans kept on sinning. I mean God warned them over and over again, that if they would just repent, He would save them. He wanted to show them mercy, but they ignored Him right on up to the point where they were carried away into captivity by their enemies. The happy part was knowing that God loved them enough to delay their punishment until everyone had heard the warnings and had a chance to repent. He loved them enough, that even when the punishment was carried out, He took care of the few who were faithful and blessed them anyway. Wow!
What a God! I think the prophet Micah sums it up best in his book. Micah 7:18-20 says, "Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our iniquities into the depth of the sea. You will be true to Jacob, and show mercy to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our fathers in days long ago."
God does not want to punish us! He does not want to send any of His children to captivity in Hell! God wanted to show His love for us so much, that He died for us in the form of His Son, Jesus, the Christ. He wants to show us His mercy and grace. He wants us to listen to the warnings. He wants those who have received Him to share the warnings and the good news of Grace to others. I pray that those who deny Jesus and continue to ignore the warnings wake up and accept His offers of mercy before it's to late.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The nice lady who cleans our house for us has disappeared off the face of the earth. We have not seen hide nor hair of her since mid-November. We would suspect something valuable is missing, but she is an Elder's wife at one of local church congregations. Still nothing seems to be missing in the house. She just stopped showing up. We called to check on her and there is no answer at their house. We called the church, and they said no one in her family was sick and they were not on vacation. Hmmm. I guess this means we have to clean our own house again for a while. (What a shame, to have to clean your OWN house...ha, ha!)
I did manage to get a nice bit of "stuff" for Christmas from family and friends. Here is my list...
I got three books: one from Ted Dekker, one from Randy Alcorn and a book by former President Jimmy Carter.
I got a $10.00 gift card to Books-A-Million.
I got a $5.00 Sonic card.
I got two pairs of Christmas type boxers and two pairs of long sleep pajama pants. I got a pair of Black & Decker power scissors, that are supposed to cut through that hard plastic outer coating that they came in. (Took several minutes to use regular scissors just to get out the new pair.)
I got a book of questions about "How much do you know your wife?" and another book like it called, "How much do you know about World War II?"
I got a baseball shaped "stress ball" that I traded with my daughter for a football shaped one. (She liked the baseball one better.)
I got a four pack of Vanilla flavored Starbucks Frappachino drinks. (Already gone.)
I got three new nice shirts to wear and $25.00 cash.
Now I need to go back to sleep...my kids woke us up at 5:00 a.m. --- maybe my next gift can be an interrupted 1 hour nap. --- Yea, that sounds good.
Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus...I can't wait for You to come and take us home with You.
Monday, December 24, 2007
And now a message from Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee...
Thursday, December 20, 2007
If you recall, when Santa first saw Rudolph and his "red-nose", Santa felt sorry for Donner and his wife, and told them that Rudolph would never be able to pull his sleigh. Wow, Santa discriminating against Rudolph because of his red-nose. It would be the equivilant of a sports coach not letting a handicap kid play on the team just because he/she looks different from the rest of the team. I thought Santa loved every one. It finally took an "emergency" for Santa to finally realize that Rudolph's nose was not a handicap but instead a blessing. At least Santa learned his lesson.
Now that I'm through bashing Santa...here is a video clip of some amazing Christmas Lights put to music. The person responsible no longer displays his lights this way, due to heavy traffic caused in his neighborhood. It is still fun to watch though!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
You can make an argument that if the pitchers were using substances to make themselves better pitchers, then it's only fair that the batters used the substances to make themselves better hitters. Then it would only be fair that the fielders use the substances to be able to better field the ball that the "juiced up" batters were hitting off the "juiced up" pitchers. So what's the problem? Many of the players did not use these substances. What about them? They attempted to rely on their talent alone to try and best those who were cheating.
Records were broken, championships were won, wins and loses and other statistics were unfairly altered due the widespread use of these drugs and the players who cheated" MLB can attempt to punish the players and anyone else involved. They can erase the records of players who broke the rules, but can they go back and change the wins and losses for teams? Can they erase/add individual strikeouts, hits, runs, RBI's, etc... to those players who did not cheat?
We all know the punishment for players who take money to intentionally alter the results of a game, (see: The Black Sox Scandal), and players/managers who actively bet on baseball games, who are currently active in the sport, (see: Pete Rose). The punishment is a permanent restriction from ever playing the game again and from being included on a Hall of Fame ballot, thus banning them from The Baseball Hall of Fame. What should be the punishment for the users of performance enhancing drugs? They too altered the results of the game.
If any of the players named in the Mitchell Report are proven, not just implicated, to have intentionally used steroids, hormones, or anything else to unfairly alter their performance, then they should be punished.
Former Players should be immediately banned from participating in the sport of baseball for life and have their names removed from the Hall of Fame ballot for life, but not permanently. They should no longer be allowed to be involved in the sport, but since the use of these drugs was so wide spread, I think they should only be banned from the Hall of Fame until the day they die. This way the sportswriters of the future, can objectively weigh the player's achievements and possibly elect them to the Hall of Fame. If the player is elected to the Hall of Fame, they will not be alive to enjoy it. It is the only way retired players can be punished.
For those players currently active in the sport, then punish them according to the maximum punishment allowed by the current system that is set in place, Even if their use of the drugs are "after the fact." Then place a lifetime restriction to their inclusion on the Hall of Fame Ballot. Once again not a permanent ban, just until the player dies, so they cannot enjoy any benefits future Hall of Fame voters may choose to give them.
This is how I would handle the punishment for the players who have tarnished the reputation of the game forever!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
1. Red Hot Monogamy by Bill and Pam Farrel
2. Calvin & Hobbes: The Days Are Just Packed by Bill Watterson
3. Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
4. Alice Nizzy Nazzy: The Witch of Santa Fe by Tony Johnson
5. A Skeleton In God's Closet by Paul L. Maier
6. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
7. Haunted Texas Vacations: The Complete Ghostly Guide by Lisa Farwell
8. Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey
9. The books of Ezekial, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah & Jonah from the Bible
10. Heaven by Randy Alcorn
11. Pokemon Sinnoh Handbook -- ? author
12. 12 Steps to a Closer Walk With God by Don Umphrey
13. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Some of these books I read with my children as part of our night-time reading routine. Others I was reading when my last list was posted. I really don't read books that fast. Let me know what you have been reading too. Reading is so much fun! I can't wait to read some books I know I'm getting for Christmas.!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Other Christmas traditions include:
(1) Reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess (and of course watching the television version with Boris Karloff doing the voices.
(2) Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV. Even though we own it own tape, we love to gather around and eat popcorn and support the showing of this timeless classic.
(3) Watching the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV Special). The songs get stuck in your head and you can't help but sing along with them. Plus who doesn't love "The Bumble."
(4) Doing the "12 Days of Christmas" gift exchange with my wife. We will each buy each other 12 gifts for Christmas (not counting the stocking). All gifts, except one, must be $5.00 dollars and under. One can be $10.00 or under. This helps us to think about each other more during the Christmas season, and we get to torture our kids by opening the presents, one day at a time, starting 12 days before Christmas. I have been trying to get my dear bride to adjust the amounts to spend to adjust for inflation, but so far she has not budged. She said if I want to get her something that costs more, that is what the stockings are for!
(5) Spending time at home with the kids. It's a great chance to get some extra loving on them before the year ends and it's back to school.
(6 & 7) Putting up the Christmas Tree. I am almost always the one who wants to put up the tree. I am ready to have it up the day after Thanksgiving. It helps we have another tradition that goes along with the tree. Each Family Member picks a new ornament for the tree. Some times the ornament can mean something special about the past year, or it can just be an ornament that they like. Most of the time Mom & Dad pick a "couples" ornament together. (You know, ones that have two mice sipping a soda, or two penguins dancing, or something like that.) But sometimes we do pick individual ornaments. The ornaments the kids pick we will send with them when they move off to college or start their own families.
(8) Watching -- Frank Capra's, It's a Wonderful Life either on television or on DVD. It's a great movie that ranks as one of my favorite films.
(9) Driving Around on Christmas Eve to look at Christmas Lights and Displays, while wearing a new set of matching P.J.'s! Driving around looking at Christmas lights has been a tradition for the past couple of years, but the new P.J.'s will be a new tradition starting this year. My wife has purchased a set of matching P.J.'s for the family that we will open of Christmas Eve. She plans to buy some new P.J.'s for us every year so we can wear them to ride around in. Cool!
We start these traditions shortly after Thanksgiving in order to get them all in before Christmas. We are currently reading "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" at night. We have already seen "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on television. I think we own the Rudolph Special on tape and we may wait to watch it a little later. The tree, of course, is up. We have our new ornaments on the tree. (My wife and My's ornament this year is a Penguin giving a Polar Bear a Coca-Cola. My son's ornament is a mouse sitting on a video game controller. He sure loves the video games. My daughter's ornament is a dog in a dog-house. It has a bone above the dog house that you were supposed to write the name of your family pet in. But she wanted her own name written in, because she loves dogs so much.) I have finished my "12 Days of Christmas" shopping, I just need one more good stocking stuffer. I think my wife has one more to get for me. We have even finished our shopping from "Santa" for the kids. I think. Now we just need school to get out so we can enjoy the Christmas Break!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I thought the plant looked a little different when I was getting ready for work this morning. When I asked who cut the leaves of the plant, my daughter happily said, "I did it to help the plant grow!" I smiled at her, hugged her and told her that, trimming the plant means cutting off dying stalks, limbs or leaves from the plant and that you should cut them off near the roots. She was sad and asked if her "trim" job would kill the plant instead. I told her, I didn't think it would, and that it would be OK.
So now our houseplant has some funny looking leaves, courtesy of our well-meaning daughter.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
1. Lilly's Ghosts by Laura Ruby
2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
3. FAMILY Rules: Positive Parenting with a Plan (Grades K-12) by: Matthew A. Johnson
4. The Silent Witness by: Sir Lionel Luckoo
5. Saddam's Secrets: How an Iraqi General Defied & Survived Saddam Hussein by General Georges Sada and Jim Nelson Black
6. The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make by Bill and Pam Farrel
7. The Martyr's Song by Ted Dekker
8. Obsessed by Ted Dekker
9. Deadline by Randy Alcorn
10. House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker
11. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
12. Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny by Barbara Park
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Go to Wal-Mart it's overcrowded, Fa-la-la-la-laa, Hey, I need some service over here!
This time of the year creates so many mixed feelings for me. I love the weather. I love the tradition of putting up the Christmas Tree (ours goes up tomorrow). I love the focus on the birth of Jesus. I like watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas on the television. I love the extra long break from school and the anticipation of opening gifts chosen just for you. I also love to watch those I chose gifts for open their presents as well.
Despite all the things I love, there are also several things I don't like. I really don't like the overcrowded stores, Especially Wal-Mart. The customer service there is bad enough already, but it is especially bad this time of year. Even though I like some Christmas songs, I don't like listening to the same Christmas songs, over-and-over again. I guess I'm just a Scrooge, or a Grinch, when it comes to the songs. To bad for me, the Christmas songs are one of my wife's favorite parts of the holiday season.
Just 30 more days to go!!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Go to a web-site called Free Rice. The game is a vocabulary game. For each word you guess the correct meaning to, the sponsors of the site will donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations World Program. You would think these rich sponsors could do a little more than 10 grains of rice for each word, but we do what we can right? So go and play a little while and know that in your own small way you are helping to feed those who need it the most.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
1. My Family -- My wife and 2 Children!
2. My Home -- Even if it does need a new kitchen ceiling and a new roof.
3. My Health -- I have lost weight recently, My cholesterol is down, and I have no other major health issues.
4. My Job -- I love my "new" job. I love my co-workers and my students.
5. My Dog -- Even though I am a cat person at heart, I love the little fella'.
6. My Friend Brent -- He is a brother I never had.
7. Most importantly: The Love and Grace of God -- Despite the fact I am a pitiful sinner, He still loves me like His own Son.
Thank you, God for all your blessings on me and my family. Help us to be good stewards of your blessings! -- ME
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
It reminds me of a story...There were these two teenage children who lived in a Christian home. They were raised by good parents, although not perfect, who tried to raise their kids with good values and good decision making skills. One day the children came home with a group of friends with a movie they wanted to watch. The movie was rated PG-13, or R depending on the story. The father asked the girls what the movie was about and after hearing the movie's details, the father quickly decided this was not a good movie for the girls to watch. "But it only has a little bit of bad language. It only has a little bit of sexual themes in it.", the children insisted. The father, being a wise man, made a deal with the children, he would make a batch of brownies and if the children would eat the brownies then they could watch the movie. The children agreed. So the father went to the kitchen and gathered all his ingredients. He got flour, sugar, eggs, brownie mix and then he got a little bit of dog poop from the yard and mixed it in with the brownie mix. After cooking the brownies, he set them out for his children to eat. Before they started to dig in; however, he told them about the "surprise ingredient" he had added. "Gross!", his children asked. "But it only has a little poop in the brownies!", the father said. It was then his children realized what the father was trying to teach them. It doesn't take a whole lot of "crap" to be in a movie, T.V. show, or the music you listen to, in order to taint it.
It may look and even taste like a great brownie, but inside of it there is something that makes you sick. The movie may be a "great" movie, but hidden inside is the agenda of someone who wants to make you sick. Satan will do anything to turn us away from God. How many of us, myself included, have been feeding our kids "tainted brownies" and letting them watch programs they have "just a little-bit" of bad stuff in it. For that matter, who much "poop" have we been feeding ourselves.
Maybe it's time I change the way I think.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Science can attempt to explain how the universe was formed and how it works, but they cannot prove their theory of a "Big Bang!" Science can attempt to explain why all the animals and plants are different with the theory of "Evolution", but in the end evolution is still a theory. It's a shame that the "Big Bang" theory and the theory of "Evolution" are being taught as fact in our public schools. To teach these theories as fact, goes against the very principles of "scientific experimentation!" Scientist have tested these two theories over and over again without coming up with undeniable proof that their initial theories are indeed facts. Granted you cannot absolutely prove that God created anything either, but it makes much better sense to me than evolution does.
Ok, Now that I am through ranting about the Almighty! -- Good news! I have lost 8 pounds in the past month. Even though my tummy is smaller, my wife claims most of the weight has disappeared from my already small tush! I guess I need to exercise a little more and try to gain muscle weight to replace the fat weight.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
At this very moment I am sitting in a computer lab at a local community college waiting to start a training/in-service. I have been to this training before when I taught in the public schools; unless they have something new to add, this will be a boring 3 1/2 hours. After this training, I am going out to the woods, to do a little hunting. It may do me some good to get out in a stand and spend some quiet alone time with God. Maybe He will reward me by letting me see or possible kill a deer. Don't worry all you animal lovers; I do eat what I kill. My family is planning another one of our "family camp outs" this evening as well. It might also do me some good to spend some quality time with the family. I just want to feel better soon!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
This week I am following up with a post about Satan! Here are 13 Facts about the ultimate evil dude!
1. Satan is a created being -- The Bible clearly states that "all things" were created by God & the Word. (John 1:1-3 & Colossians 1:16) This includes Satan himself.
2. Satan is not omniscient (all knowing) -- If this were true then he would have known from the beginning, that his plan to kill Jesus, and his attempts to overthrow God would fail.
3. Satan is not Omnipresent (able to be everywhere at once) -- Revelation 12:9 & Luke 10:18, tells us that Satan was "cast out" of Heaven & Jesus himself tells us that there is a place of eternal fire prepared for Satan. (Matthew 25:41)
4. Satan is not Omnipotent (all powerful) -- If this were true then he would have succeeded in his attempts to overthrow God and kill Jesus and he could have stopped himself from being cast out of Heaven.
5. Satan will be punished by God for his evil deeds -- Once again in Matthew 25:41, Jesus tells us there is a place of eternal fire for Satan and his angels.
6. Proven names for Satan used in the Bible -- Satan, the Devil, the Serpent, the Great Dragon, Foe & Avenger, Tempter, Murderer, Liar & the Father of Lies, the Evil One, the Enemy, God of this Age, Ruler of the Kingdom of the Air, Prince of this World, and the Accuser.
7. Other possible names for Satan used in the Bible -- Lucifer, Beelzebub, Abaddon, Apollyon, and Leviathan.
8. Satan is a master of disguise -- 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us Satan can masquerade himself as "an angel of light." Some people believe this because, it is possible that Satan was once an angel himself. * See # 10.
9. Satan seeks to destroy all of God's creation and His chosen people -- 1 Peter 5:8 describes Satan as a "roaring lion looking for someone to devour." However if you resist Satan, he will flee from you.
10. Some people believe Satan was once an angel before being removed from Heaven. * Although believed by many this opinion has never been directly stated in the Bible. Verses of the Bible found in Isaiah 14:11-15 and Ezekiel 28:11-19, have been used to support this opinion. However there are arguments for and against this idea. Therefore I do not feel comfortable stating this as an actual fact.
Please read my previous blog about angels as well. Sorry I did not get it posted correctly.
Monday, October 29, 2007
1. I was born in Texarkana, Arkansas. My sister was born in the same city but on the Texas side of the border. (It's just so not fair!)
2. My earliest memory was getting a big fire truck for Christmas. It was so big you could sit on it. My parents tell me I got this truck when I was 10 months old.
3. My earliest memories of pets were, a Beagle named Pokey, a black cat named Blackie, and a horse named Dixie.
4. I am very afraid of heights and being swarmed by small insects.
5. I love listening to the musical scores of movies (my favorites are Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean & Battlestar Galactica)
6. I am a big fan of VeggieTales.
7. I got my first real kiss at age 21.
8. I am a sucker when it comes to buying stuffed animals.
9. I have written the lyrics to 14 songs. All are copyrighted but none have been recorded with music.
10. I have published a book -- "Messengers From Heaven: A Biblical Look at Angles".
11. My high school mascot was Buckeyes! We are still only one of two schools in the nation to have this as a mascot. The other is Ohio State University.
12. I played trombone in the band. I played it for 9 years.
13. While played trombone in the band for Tyler Jr. College, I actually was part of recording a song for a major motion picture's musical score, but ultimately the song was edited from the movie. (Dang it!)
14. I marched in a parade in Disney World, Florida as part of my High School Band.
15. I marched in two Cotton Bowl parades as part of the Tyler Jr. College Apache Band.
16. I marched as part of the half-time show in three different professional football games as part of the Tyler Jr. College Apache Band.
17. I have a Bachelor's Degree in History from Abilene Christian University.
18. The first words my wife ever said to me were, "Are you a real cowboy, or do you just dress like one?"
19. I have never used any illegal drugs...EVER!
20. I have never been drunk! EVER!
21. Foghorn Leghorn is my favorite Looney Tunes character.
22. When I was a child I used to pretend I was a super-hero named The Cheetah. Later my son told me he wanted to be a super-hero called The Cheetah, before he even knew I used to pretend the same thing.
23. I was reading a copy of John Grisham's book, The Chamber, when my wife was in labor. I would just hide it, when she woke up and went into contractions.
24. I like to hunt deer and fish.
25. My favorite movie is To Kill a Mockingbird. It is also my favorite book.
26. My favorite food is Tacos.
27. I used to cook chicken-fried venison for dates in college.
28. I took three different girls to watch the movie, The Little Mermaid in college.
29. I also took three different girls to watch the movie, Ghost as well.
30. I once had a girl pretend to like me, just so I would buy tickets and take her to a George Strait concert.
31. I would really like to see Jimmy Buffett live in concert.
32. I once met and shook the hand of George W. Bush, before he was President of the United States.
33. I also performed in a half-time show for the Dallas Mavericks as part of the Tyler Jr. College Apache Band. (They were playing the L.A. Lakers.)
34. I currently teach G.E.D. classes at Kilgore College-Longview.
35. Before that I taught 11 years in the public schools.
36. I love cats and have owned several black cats throughout my life.
37. I once owned a cat who could climb trees, even though he was declawed.
38. I have had my appendix removed.
39. I have also had my tonsils removed.
40. I had braces "twice."
41. I have only broken one bone in my life. It was my left collar bone.
42. I once lived in a house with a street number of 666.
43. I have owned 3 pet rabbits in my life.
44. I once owned a bird called Bonkers. He was "murdered" by one of our cats.
45. I want to set foot on all seven continents before I die. (Two down, 5 to go!)
46. My favorite childhood book is, Alexander and the Magic Mouse.
47. I was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves for 10 years.
48. I achieved the rank of 2nd Lieutenant before I left the service.
49. I am a huge fan of the original Star Trek TV show.
50. I know the first, middle and last names of all 43 Presidents of the United States.
51. I can say and sing the alphabet backwards as easily as I can forwards.
52. My favorite baseball team is the Texas Rangers.
53. I like to cook.
54. I know how to sew.
55. I have published articles for Encyclopedia USA.
56. I cannot spell the word mispelled...darn it...misspelled.
57. I once went to the store to buy some marshmellows only to call my wife and tell her I could not find them. All I could find were marshmallows. (Blush with embarrassment!)
58. I have been to Germany.
59. I got bifocals my junior year in college.
60. I like reading Junie B. Jones books.
61. I own the entire orginal series collection of "The Three Investigators" Mystery Series.
62. My Halloween costume for this year (2207) is Jack Sparrow from the movies Pirates of the Caribbean.
63. I can find any country on the planet (on a globe) in less than 5 seconds.
64. I almost won $1,000,000 in a McDonald's Monopoly game. I had Park Place, and a student of mine had Boardwalk. His father would not let us split the money, because he wanted his son to learn to earn his own money, not win it through a contest. By the time I convinced him to change his mind, the contest had ended.
65. My worst nightmare is one in which I fall and "bounce" only to fall even further than I did before.
66. Once while fishing with my father, a professional fisherman paid me money and gave me some free lures and bait to use a large bass, that I had caught, so he could "catch" it, over and over a gain, for his show.
67. I have had 4 cavities during my lifetime.
68. My first car was a used 1977 Buick Limited. It was an ugly lime green color, with a faded roof. "I nicknamed it, The Big Green Algae Machine."
69. I secretly like cartoons like "Spongebob Squarepants" & "Pokemon"!
70. I hate the sound of Styrofoam rubbing together.
71. I am allergic to penicillin.
72. I currently own a dog named Schnitzel.
73. The only High School sport I ever played was golf. (I played one year as a junior.)
74. I once pretended to be a rape victim, to help a local Rape Crisis Center to train police officers how to interview and be sensitive to victims of sex crimes.
75. I once played a donkey in an Elementary school play about Aesop's Fables.
76. I was bullied when I was in school.
77. I was a member of the Future Farmers of America as a freshman in High School.
78. I am an alumni member of the Nu Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Omega (a National Service Fraternity.)
79. I had to go to Mexico in order to pass my 2nd year of Spanish in college. By being forced to speak the language, I finally learned it well enough to pass.
80. While in Mexico I saw the movie, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" starring Kevin Costner, in Spanish.
81. While in Mexico I visited the ancient city of Teotihuacan. It was here I climbed the Pyramid of the Sun.
82. My favorite ice-cream flavor is "Vanilla!"
83. My daughter says, "I am a the best daddy ever!"
84. I like doing the laundry and the dishes.
85. I would like to watch a live baseball game at every Major League Baseball ballpark.
86. I like to watch certain blockbuster movies on opening night.
87. I secretly wish to run for public office. (I want to be a U.S. Senator!)
88. I do not like spinning rides at amusement parks or fairs.
89. I wish they would bring back the comic strips, Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, and Bloom County.
90. I cast my first vote for President in 1988 for George H.W. Bush.
91. I played little league baseball and youth soccer.
92. I like to watch the T.V. show Ghost Hunters.
93. I think I have seen a ghost! Really! When I was younger, shortly after my Grand-pa died.
94. I was once slapped by a wet noodle.
95. I like looking for the hidden needles in Country and Country Extra magazines.
96. If I had to eat one color in a box of crayons, I would eat the color called, Macaroni and Cheese.
97. I have downloaded close to 300 80's songs from Limewire. Now I am just waiting for me to get an I-Pod to put them on.
98. I still think the sound of someone farting is funny. (not the smell though)
99. I was almost stabbed by my college roommate once as I was sleepwalking through our house at night. He thought I was an intruder.
100. I once snuck into a Texas Rangers baseball game so I would not have my ticket ripped in half. The ticket was signed by Rickey Henderson before the game. We were both eating at The Black Eyed Pea.
I am so glad you love me despite the fact that I keep "getting lost" while on Earth. I apologize for not spending time with You last week. I both intentionally and unintentionally "forgot" to do my morning Bible study and devotional time with You. It took its toll on me. All last week I had trouble concentrating, and focusing. I was unfocused at work and I was unfocused in prayer. I couldn't seem to say what I wanted to say when I tried to pray. I became even more of a grouch that I normally am, and I exasperated my children and frustrated my wife. I do not like acting this way and I ask for Your forgiveness. Please help me to refocus myself and get back on the right path. Thank You for patiently waiting for me to come back to You.
Please bless my wife and my efforts to be more responsible with our finances, by following Financial Peace University. We desperately wish to honor You with our money as much as we try to honor You with the rest of our daily lives. Please send an angel to give me a good thump on the head whenever I wish eat "fast food" for lunches rather than eat what we already have at home.
Help me in my continued efforts to become a better teacher at my work. Help me to stay focused and be assertive when it comes to correcting the few instances of misbehavior I have with my adult students. Keep me healthy so I do not miss days at work as well.
Bless my children at home and at school. Help me to be a coach not a dictator when it comes to discipline or helping them solve problems. Help me to work with their Bible Class curriculum to improve their relationships with You. Bless their teachers to teach my children what they need to know.
You, O Lord, are such a Wonderful and Mighty God. You alone make sense in this crazy world. You alone are consistent in Your ways. You alone speak truth in our culture full of lies. Your word alone truly sustains me from day to day. You alone can save me from myself. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice so that I may live! I am so glad I am Your child. Through your Spirit I pray, Amen
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I also may be a little premature but it looks like congratulations are in order for the Boston Red Sox. They are beating the Colorado Rockies three games to zero in the World Series. Baring another baseball miracle, it looks like the Red Sox will be the Champions of the 2007 season.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Thirteen Facts about Angels
1. Angels are created beings. (Psalm 148:1-5, John 1:1-3, and Colossians 1:16.
2. Angels are not to be worshipped! (Colossians 2:18, Revelation 19:10 & 22:8-9)
3. Angels are not Omniscient (Matthew 24:36 and 1 Peter 1:12), Omnipresent (Genesis 28:12, Daniel 9:21 & 10:12-14, John 1:51, Luke 2:15, 2 Peter 2:4) or Omnipotent. (2 Peter 2:4, Daniel 10:13, Revelation 7:9)
4. Counting the canonized Bible only, there have been only three angels that have been called by a specific name. Michael (Daniel 10:13, 31, Jude, & Revelation 12:7), Gabriel (Daniel 8:16-17 & 9:21-27, Luke 1:11-20 & 26-38), and The Angel of the LORD, JEHOVAH, or GOD (appears 59 times throughout the Old Testament). * = See Below
5. Little children have angels in Heaven. (Matthew 18:10)
6. There are both Good and Evil angels. (Matthew 25:41 & Revelation 12:7)
7. No one knows the exact number of angles there are. (The Bible never gives an exact number of angels...although there are at least 100,000,000...Daniel 7:9-10 & Revelation 5:11)
8. Every angel that appears in the Bible appears in the form of a man or young man. (the only possible exception might be Zechariah 5:5-11)
9. Angels will live forever. (Luke 20:35-36, Matthew 22:30 & Psalm 148:1-6)
10. Everyone will see angels one day! (Matthew 13:41, Luke 16:22, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, Matthew 25:31, Mark 8:38, Luke 9:26)
* = Many people believe that Satan is actually a fallen angel who was once called Lucifer, and that he lived in Heaven. Although widely believed, the Bible never directly states that Satan is actually Lucifer, nor does it state that Satan was actually an angel! However, circumstantial evidence from the Bible indicates that Lucifer and Satan are one in the same! (This belief is based upon verses found in Isaiah 14:11-15 and Ezekiel 28:11-19) I may post a separate blog, called Facts about Satan, next Thursday.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Check out the link about this article on Snopes.com -- The Golden Compass. By the way you can go to Snopes.com to find out the truth (as they know it) about any "Urban-Legend."
Yesterday evening while sitting around the dinner table eating noodles and shrimp, my son commented that in the Lemony Snicket books, there was a character who hit people with a wet noodle. That got my wife and I to make comments about how we used to say, "I'm going to beat you with a wet noodle," a lot when we were younger. About the time dinner was ending, we started to look at the kid's report cards. (All A's and B's by the way.) My son had a note from his Science teacher with his card. (It was a good note.) As my wife started to read the note, I was being silly and started to say, "Dear Parents, your child has been a bad boy!" My son said, "Daddy, that's not funny," and then he hit me with a noodle. Literally. He slapped me in the head with a wet noodle. If it wasn't so funny, I might have gotten a little upset. But we all had good laugh over it. Especially my daughter.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Fact # 1 -- Something I am very afraid of -- Besides something bad happening to my kids or dear wife, I would have to go with...heights or being swarmed by little insects.
Fact # 2 -- One thing I dislike about myself -- The way I am sarcastic and sometimes condescending to my children. I am working on it. Pray for me!
Fact # 3 -- One profession I have absolutely no respect for -- Any one who works for, or is associated with the porn industry.
Fact # 4 -- My favorite type of music -- Motion Picture Musical Scores (my favorites are Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean & Battlestar Galactica)
Fact # 5 -- A unique place I have visited -- Teotihuacan, Mexico. It was here I climbed the Pyramid of the Sun. What a trip! (See picture)
Fact # 6 -- Age at which I got my first real kiss -- 21. Hey, I was a shy young man, raised with very conservative beliefs. Plus I was a bit of nerd. I'm glad I waited though, knowing who I am now, I might have turned out quite different if I had started the "smooching" earlier.
Fact # 7 -- My dream job -- I think I would love to be an archaeologist! If not that, I think I would love to work full time for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.
Fact # 8 -- A sound I love to hear -- The sound of my children laughing or the sounds of thunder and rain.
Fact # 9 -- A food I cannot eat enough of -- Tacos. I just can't stop eating them.
Fact # 10 -- Something new I really want to do as a hobby -- Join a ghost hunting group and do some ghost hunting.
Fact #11 -- My favorite word -- Truthiness -- "a satirical term created by U.S. television comedian Stephen Colbert to describe things that a person claims to know intuitively or 'from the gut' without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts."
Fact # 12 -- Something that other people do that I hate -- Gossip! I hate it and try my best not to get involved with it.
Fact # 13 -- My little "vice" -- I loved stuffed animals and have a hard time not buying them for my kids or myself. (Hey, even a 40 year old man needs his Teddy Bear! Ha-Ha!)
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Fall weather is finally here! The air is cool and windy. Fall thunderstorms are blowing through. Leaves are falling, and the grass doesn't need mowing until next Spring. In the part of East Texas where I am from, it is called "Yamboree Weather", because the cooler weather normally coincides with the coming of a county festival called The East Texas Yamboree. This festival is held in Upshur County in Texas every third weekend in October.
I think this is my favorite time of the year. The baseball playoffs are going on, with the World Series just around the corner. Football season is well under way. Hunting Season is rapidly approaching. The kids have a full six-weeks of school under their belts. Halloween is almost here, and the weather is finally cooling off, after another hot Texas Summer. I also like the fall storms, even if it is tornado season. It's just a great time to be alive and thank God for all your blessings. Especially since Thanksgiving is not to far away either. Tuuurrrrkeeeyy!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
1. In the first book of the bible, Guinesses, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off.
2. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals come on to in pears.
3. Lot's wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.
4. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with the unsympathetic Genitals.
5. Samson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah.
6. Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.
7. Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread without any ingrediants.
8. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten amendments.
9. The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple.
10. The seventh commandment is thou shall not admit adultry.
11. Moses died before he ever reached Canada. Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.
12. The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.
13. David was a hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought the Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.
14. Solomon, one of David's sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
15. When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.
16. When the three wise guys from the east arrived, they found Jesus in the manager.
17. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.
18. St. John the blacksmith dumped water on his head.
19. Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you. He also explained, a man does not live by sweat alone.
20. It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.
21. The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels.
22. The epistles were the wives of the apostles.
23. One of the oppossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan.
24. St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.
25. Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.