Friday, October 30, 2009

An Up Side to the Economy

With money being tight these days, it gives you a good excuse to wait to go on that next cruise. If you can't wait till 2011, you can take the family on the first cruise ship with a "water coaster!" Those Disney people! I thought this animation was pretty cool anyway, and having Disney movies playing throughout the ship was a nice touch... never miss a chance to advertise! So save your pennies!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wonders All Around

Amazingly beautiful things are happening all the time around us; we just don't have eyes to see. Well, look at this...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Great Geek Gift!

In case you're looking for a cool robot to give to your favorite geek, here's one you should check out!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Keep a Camera Handy

I went to see a church member after church yesterday, and when I was leaving, saw a couple of unexpected photo opps. Having my little Sony (a T77 for anyone who would care), I took these. Wonders are all around you if you'll just take a little time to look!
The grasshopper, well, he was very cooperative!

The dogs are obviously having a hard time understanding what else is new?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Help Me! It Ain't Fair!

I thought that buying (and eating) these tiny 100 calorie snack cakes would be the answer to my weight problem. Well, maybe not, but hang with me for the sake of this post!

Yesterday, my routine bloodwork showed that all of my blood levels were normal (Yay...blood glucose of 88!), except for my triglycerides (230). So I hit the stationary bike tonight, having moved it into my foyer so I could see my TV.

Well, it's got one of those displays that showed me how many calories I was "burning." Imagine my horror to find out how long it took to burn off two of those little snack cakes! Over 32 minutes!

And how long does it take for me to eat those same 200 calories? Well, I could do it quicker than this, but at a normal rate of consumption, I'd estimate about 16 seconds!

That "Little Debbie," may look innocent enough, but she's a monster! I guess I'm not going to let her and her friends in my house anymore!

The moral....the road to destruction (and obesity) is wide and easy, but that doesn't mean we need to keep going down it! By the way, it takes about 3 hours on this bike to get ride of the calories in one McDonald's milkshake! Ouch!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Are You a "Rejoicer?"

Sure, this dance number is staged, but only the dancers knew about it. I enjoy seeing the reactions of bystanders to what seemed a spontaneous event. It was unexpected in what many probably thought would be another day of the same old routine. It reminded me how important it is that people see the joy in our lives. Not a shallow happiness based in circumstances, but an abiding joy in knowing we're never alone; in knowing that we belong to the Creator of the Universe, not as little creatures of His divine curiosity, but adopted children, beloved for an eternity.

Paul knew this joy, and knew it was vital to our witness when he was inspired to write: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:4-9

Paul makes it clear that "rejoicing" is a command, and that the quality of our lives need to be evident to all, so others may perceive the wonder of God's love and power and mercy and grace... when we're struggling with life, and when we feel like dancing! Notice the reactions of the onlookers. What do people see when they see you "doing" life? Something worth smiling about? Something worth investigating? Something that points them to Christ?

Enjoy the song and dance...and I hope today someone else enjoys the "song and dance" they see and hear in your life!

Amazing Grace - How Amazed Do You Look To Others?

I went a little ballistic yesterday on Facebook. My good friend of mine sent it to me. I'm glad he did. Here is the comment it prompted...

I'll tell you what's on my we who have been adopted by the Creator of the Universe so that we can call Him, "Abba Father," can live our lives unchanged, complaining, allowing the trivial to ruin our (and other's) ...days, talking about so many things with passion, except about the only One who has died so that you could live forever. If we can sing about a grace so amazing, why can't we talk about it (grace) and Him more (not just with unbelievers, but with each other). Sorry...this video got to me. Hope it gets to you, the's being performed where many first century Christians were martyred for their faith (The Coliseum). I wonder what they'd think of how we handle the Gospel?

Click on picture to see video...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Completely Worthless Video of Roomba Trek!

Okay, so every now and then I have to take a break from dealing with the infinite, and the eternal to be truly juvenile...this was one of those times...

So You Think God's Not Big Enough to Handle Your Life?

Just a little reminder...make that a HUGE, GIGANTIC reminder that God is big enough, and smart enough, and powerful enough, and loving enough to take care of you. If you forget that, then look up at the heavens which declare His glory!

Every Christian Needs to See This

My pastor/author/buddy Gene has been after me for weeks to watch this video clip. I thank God for his persistence. Just watch the first 30 seconds and see if you can stop! Powerful message, given in a simple way...

STOP HOLDING ON TO THAT BEAM! Remember that Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Christ didn't die so you could engage in the insanity of doing nothing new or risky for the rest of your life!