July 14, 2014

New Chapter

Heather and I are on a quest to find a new church home now, after being at Foundry for 16 years. It has been a worthwhile time at Foundry, but it is definitely time to move on and find a new church home.
We have visited several churches so far and I think we have finally come across one that is very powerful. It is close to home, which I always think is important, because of how blessed we are in the US, we have one on almost “every corner”. I never understood folks that drive and hour or more to go to church when there are perfectly good ones that are close to your home.
So, it is a Bible Church and a non-denominational one at that. I like these more than other churches that I have seen because they preach God’s Word. That means they preach out of the Bible. This whole topical study and never really addressing scripture in sermons has become the new norm in a lot of churches today. I’m sick of that! I want to be fed with scripture and not some preachers thoughts on what they think sounds ‘good’ for the month.
From what I have seen at churches, the Bible Churches tend to do this the best and most. They give you scripture after scripture and address topics to relate them back to your life.
So, I think we have found a new home and I am very happy and filled and look forward to the future and how we can help bless this Church as much as I think it is going to bless us.

Thanks be to God!

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June 18, 2014

Washington Redskins and Political Correctness

Well, today, 6/18/2014, the US Patent Office decided to strip the Washington Redskins American Football of its name because it was disparaging to Native Americans. I call BS! With that, I leave you with the following commentary that I got from my mother in law, that I think is perfect fit to today’s POLITICAL CORRECTNESS-CRAP! Enjoy the read:

I agree with our Native American population—I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins.

One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as warriors, but oh no….

We must be careful not to offend anyone, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of the militant Blacks from the 60′s alive. Gone. Offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war between the states that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our football team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. The fact that there are birds on their shirts does not protect either the Arizona or the St. Louis Cardinals—gone!

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged as their way of life. We are talking the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children—and it is all about the children.

The Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Rams–promote gay men. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

The Pittsburg Steelers promote stealing. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible spending habits. Wrong message to our female children. Gone!

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity–a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

The Cincinnati Reds name promotes downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

The Milwaukee Brewers—well, that goes without saying…. Wrong message to our children. Gone!

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. A high priority directly behind efficiently managing our country’s health care.

All,

Let’s not forget the “Fighting Irish.” I know, they’re not NFL, but we need to identify offensive college team names too. It makes people from Ireland sound like thugs and bullies.

May 23, 2014

Racism

When I see my beautiful daughter that is almost 2 years old interact with different kids of all races at her Pre-School, I realize something quickly and evidently. She looks and treats everyone the same. Which teaches me a huge lesson – that racism is NOT something your born with – it is something that is taught. Taught by family/friends/society whomever it may be. The issue of racism is a sad one and frankly, it truly disgusts me.

Being a Christian, I realize a lot of things. When it comes to racism, I realize that it is the Devil’s ploy to get us to hate each other and cause strife amongst ALL of us children of God. That’s right, we are ALL children of God. He created each and every one of us. We are taught this through God’s HOLY BIBLE and believe it is truth. If you are a Christian and know what God says in Genesis, that HE created each and every one of us, then there is NO room for us to hate another race.

God wants us all to love each other and share that love with each other, not hate. There is a spiritual battle going on for each of our souls. Believe that! God wants you to be in His Kingdom and treat each other as you would like to be treated.

Love is our only hope and love’s name is JESUS!

Blessings!

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May 22, 2014

Holland and Belgium

Heather, Sophie and I went on a fabulous trip to Holland and Brussels, Belgium. While it was only 10 days, it was still great to see a couple beautiful countries!

Sophie did great on the 11 hour flight to and from Amsterdam(Schippol Airport). She also flew for free since children under 2 fly free, but after 2 they pay FULL FARE(which sucks), so we decided to take this international trip now rather than later because of the cost for her as well. She turns 2 in July. When Heather and I went to Hawaii last October, I hated the feeling I had leaving Sophie behind, so having her with us on this trip was great and I was glad she was with us. I don’t like leaving her for any length of time apart from us.

We got to do pretty much everything we wanted to do while in Holland, but there is never enough time to do ‘IT ALL’. We saw the Van Gogh/Rembrandt Museums in Amsterdam, as well as the Rijks Museum, Heineken Brewery, the ‘I AM(STERDAM)’ famous letters near Rijks Museum, and the ubiquitous Hard Rock Café. Sad part was we never went into any of these places due to our poor planning and late arrival into Amsterdam that Sunday. It was all good though. We did take a boat tour on the canals and saw the city from that perspective. Commentary on the boat was bad, but great views none-the-less.

A highlight on the whole trip was going to Keukenhoff where the Famous Tulip Festival is held yearly for about 2 months(March-May). The place was fantastic and worth the trip in gold. We spent over 4 hours there and loved it!

We spent some time in Delft, where the famous porcelain shoes/pottery is made with the classic white with blue colors are painted on. Very scenic and pretty city.

We spent several days in Den Haag aka THE HAGUE. Another pretty city with lots of vibrant life in the streets. I love the public transportation in Europe because you really don’t HAVE to drive anywhere, just take your local bus/tram/train to get where your going.

We stayed in Rotterdam for a night and the next day headed out to Brussels on the Thallus(Fast Train) which took about 55 mts. Not a bad ride and enjoyable. We were blown away at the beauty of Brussels. We stayed right off the Grand Place at an Ibis hotel. Now most hotels in Europe are small, but I really don’t care, because most of the time your just using it for sleep anyway, so that doesn’t really bother me. Now, the Grand Plaas, as it were, is a big center cobblestone floor surrounded by Giant 500-year-old buildings, each unique in its own right. With many avenues to get here, the architecture/steeples/designs were tremendous. People of all walks of life there, enjoying Belgian Waffles, making sketches of the facades on paper, Sophie chasing the pigeons all over and laughing her head off and on and on…

Heather and I did take a beer tour one afternoon while we were there. Belgium is known for creating beer, thank you Trappists Monks!!! It was a great experience, with so much history in Europe and Belgium wasn’t lacking!! We entered into many pubs and tried out the local brews, which weren’t sold anywhere outside of Belgium and they were fantastic! Pubs in Europe and not only a local watering hole, but also a place where families would come together to socialize and spend time together-which is a lot different from our ‘bars’ here in the USA.

Loved the trip, would definitely recommend both countries and very glad we were able to see another part of the world that Heather and I both have passions for.

Brussels

May 7, 2014

Prayer

As impossible as it is for us to take a breath in the morning large enough to last us until noon, so impossible is it to pray in the morning in such a way as to last us until noon. Let your prayers ascend to Him constantly, audibly or silently, as circumstances throughout the day permit – O. Hallesby

Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

April 17, 2014

Love after US

I had to use this from a devo that I follow from Jim Denison. It’s powerful and I don’t think I could put it any more eloquently than he did.

God has always taken the initiative to restore us to himself.  He sought Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  He sought Noah, calling him to build the ark that would save the human race.  He sought Abram in a land we call Iraq today.  He sought Jacob on that night they wrestled together, and Moses at the burning bush, and David after the king had sinned horrifically.

Then he sought us in the most miraculous, unexpected way of all—he became one of us.  He folded the glory and power which created the universe down into a fetus who grew into a baby who breathed our air, walked our dirt, faced our temptations, felt our pain, died on our cross and rose from our grave.  We could not climb up to him, so he climbed down to us.

He sought fishermen beside the Sea of Galilee, tax collectors in their booths and trees, lepers in their abandoned loneliness, and demoniacs in their cemetery hideouts.  He was the housekeeper who sought the lost coin, the shepherd who sought the lost sheep, the father who sought the lost son.  He sought Peter after his denials, and Saul of Tarsus as he persecuted the church, and John on his prison island of Patmos.

And then the day came when he made you.  Not because our planet needed another person, but because he wanted an intimate, personal relationship with you.  He led me to write these words so he could use them to seek you today.  So he could wash your feet and cleanse your sins and commune intimately with you.

May this Easter be a blessing to you and your family as you ponder on just how much God truly loves you and me and the ultimate price he paid on our behalf because of that love.

April 9, 2014

Love one another

Jesus told us as his second commandment to love one another as we love ourselves. With that, I wanted to share my wisdom of growth in my Christian walk and faith in this post.

There are many ailments that plague our society today. Many of these ailments are pointed out in the scriptures. Morality(or the lack thereof) is the biggest of them in my opinion of what ails our society today. As a Christian living in todays society we are thrust into the spotlight and are put in positions to defend our faith against these ‘ailments’ of society. It has taken me a long time to get to this point in my walk with Christ. My answer to these ailments is several fold. First and foremost, is that we must address everything in love. Second, is that if we hope to change one’s mind, we must be willing to understand and give respect. If we don’t, then we will never reach a lost world that desperately needs Jesus.

I know that these ‘Morality’ issues are hard to address and deal with and that we don’t like to address these issues most of the time. What I am trying to say is this, “Love everyone, no matter what and let God make the change in the person” Our job is to Love as Jesus did, not to judge. Our job is to water the soil, it is God who makes the growth. Our job is to plant the seed, it is God who fertilizes and makes the change, not us.

If Christians can give a listening ear and show respect and love then people will listen to us. If we don’t show that type of behavior to people then they will never listen to us. Show Respect to earn respect. We were given 2 ears and 1 mouth. That’s because we should listen twice as much as we speak, especially when we are trying to get the Good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ out to a dying world.

Blessings!

March 26, 2014

Wanda

I’m titling this post Wanda, who is Heather’s grandma. She died on March 12, 2014. She lived to be 92. That being said, yes she lived a long life, but this was unexpected. She had a strong will to live and live to at least 100! I thought for sure, as well as everyone else, that she was going to make it to 100. She had a series of strokes that led to her death. Very unfortunate and untimely. She lived by herself at home and was very active in the community-working in the public library and doing helpful and fun things with friends and groups she belonged to. I admire her for living as long as she did and for the many accomplishments she made throughout her life. A great legacy she leaves behind, one to be admired. One to look up to.

I believe one of her great accomplishments was having 5 children and getting them ALL to go to College after high school, on little money they did have. All 5 children are doing very well for themselves and so are the many grandchildren and great grandchildren. All because of a strong home life and work ethic that was engraved in their children.

Heather, my wife, being one of the grandchildren is accomplished so far in her own right. She accredits it to her mom and grandma/grandpa for where she is today. Her strong work ethic, being a great mother to our daughter Sophie, a second to none wife and her faith that she so dearly cares about.

Many fun and wonderful times was I able to experience with Wanda, as well as hear about and learn about in such a short time, gives me pause and makes me smile.

May we all find ourselves living a life to be admired as much as this Matriarch did.

God Bless you Wanda!

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February 4, 2014

George Washington and the Fig

I was reading about the Fig and the Fig tree and the Fig leafs and the important association thereof in Biblical history & American History. After the research, what I found was really cool. This is an excerpt from George Washington and his letter to the Hebrew people in a Synagogue in Rhode Island in 1790:

In 1790, the synagogue’s warden, Moses Seixas, wrote to George Washington, expressing his support for Washington’s administration and good wishes for him. Washington sent a letter in response, which read in part:
…the Government of the United States…gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance…May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.”
—Letter of George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island

The term “under his own vine and fig tree” refer to peace and prosperity.

The biblical quote “each man under his own vine and fig tree” (1 Kings 4:25) has been used to denote peace and prosperity. It was commonly quoted to refer to the life that would be led by settlers in the American West.

Also important was the equality of all Americans, regardless of their faith, to which Washington was poignant.

January 7, 2014

Word of God

Awesome tweet that I felt needed to be posted here too:

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