Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
for this day, now drawing to a close.
May our prayer, rising before you like incense,
be pleasing to you;
and may our outstretched hands
be filled with your mercy,
through Jesus, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
This year I have spent a lot of time watching & photographing nature and birds in particular. I never cease to be amazed at the agility and survival skills of these little creatures. If only we had that trust in God's provision.
Jesus said: "Everything is possible for him who believes."
Sunday, June 25, 2006
keep Jesus with you
Saturday, June 24, 2006
another picture from Israel
Friday, June 23, 2006
conversing with God
Recalling the first time she attempted to speak directly to God, Elizabeth Gilbert says, "It was all I could do to stop myself from saying, 'I've always been a big fan of your work.'"
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
our friends in the Holy Land
On the left is the Pool of Siloam; below, the 4th Wise Man
words of comfort
1 Peter 5:10
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
The Lord's Table
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch (35-107)
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
Four years old: My daddy can do anything.
Five years old: My daddy knows a whole lot.
Six years old: My dad is smarter than your dad.
Eight years old: My dad doesn't know exactly everything.
Ten years old: In the olden days, when my dad grew up,
things were sure different.
Twelve years old: Oh, well, naturally, Dad doesn't know
anything about that. He is too old to remember his
Fourteen years old: Don't pay any attention to my dad. He is
Twenty-one years old: Him? My Lord, he's hopelessly out of
Twenty-five years old: Dad knows about it, but then he
should, because he has been around so long.
Thirty years old: Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks.
After all, he's had a lot of experience.
Thirty-five years old: I'm not doing a single thing until I
talk to Dad.
Forty years old: I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He
was so wise.
Fifty years old: I'd give anything if Dad were here now so I
could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn't appreciate
how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Thus says the LORD:
whose hearts turn away from the LORD.
Blessed are those who trust in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
How much is enough?
There is a housing complex in Hong Kong where each room for the 100 tenants is 10 feet square. 100 SQUARE FEET OF LIVING SPACE.
Photographer Michael Wolf took a photo of each one. Take a look -- and then consider your own situation.
Sure, Nascar hails from the Bible Belt. But a racecar sponsored by the Church of Scientology? Click here.
Team in Training
If you think this is easy, take a look at her training schedule for the balance of June:
14th: 3 miles at 70-80% of maximum heart rate
15th: 3 miles at less than 70% max
17th: 5 miles at 65-75% max
20th: 3 miles at less than 70% max
21st: 4 miles at 70-80% max
22nd: 3 miles at less than 70% max
25th: 8 miles at 65-75% max
27th: 3 miles at less than 70% max
28th: 4 miles at 70% - 80% max
29th: 3 miles at less than 70% max
Thank you for your help.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
helping the needy is not always easy
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Stay with the Climb
When I finally reflected on what I was doing, I realized that I am always free. No matter how involved, tragic, embarrassing, rushed, or important a matter at hand might be, in the last analysis I am free before God. If I do the best that I can—and even if I don’t—God will continue to be God, a God who will never expect more of me than I can do or be. In a society driven by workaholism, co-dependency, inferiority complexes, and competition, I find this experience of freedom life-giving. It speaks of the reality of our limitations and of God’s blessings on them.
Our deepest source of joy and most powerful source of energy is our relationship with God, the life of God within. The passing joys and sorrows of our lives are important stepping-stones that lead us from their limited offerings to the limitless treasure that is union with God. Because they are so close to the human skin, they readily register their energy. In contrast, it takes perseverance and determination to stay with the climb of faith that keeps one going, even when the very nearness of God clouds or numbs all feeling. We can find freedom and courage in the life of faith.
CHAI ERHONG, an environmentalist, on the spread of deserts in China.
my computer is down
How to stay safe in the world today
1. Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20 percent of all fatal accidents.
2. Do not stay at home because 17 percent of all accidents occur in the home.
3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14 percent of all accidents occur to pedestrians.
4. Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water because 16 percent of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.
5. Of the remaining 33 percent, 32 percent of all deaths occur in hospitals. Above all else avoid hospitals.
You will be pleased to learn that only 0.001 percent of all deaths occur in worship services in a synagogue, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders.
Therefore logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is in Shabbat or holiday services. Torah Study is even safer. The number of deaths during Torah Study is too small to register.
For safety’s sake, go to Shabbat services, and attend Torah Study. It could save your life.
God forgives our sins
and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
The Lord's guiding
I will let them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
2 Peter 3:17-18
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Come, Holy Spirit. Come to your church and into our hearts – that we may love our neighbor – and boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus.
Come, and breathe your peace into our hearts – and into the hearts of all nations – that violence and war may cease.
Come, and let your healing power surround the ill – whether in mind or body.
Come, and intercede for those who are overcome with grief – that together with all your blessed saints, they might be united by your Spirit with those for whom they mourn.
Come, Holy Spirit, hear our prayers – and receive them for the sake of our risen Savior, Jesus.
an excerpt from my Pentecost sermon today
Dr. William Newell writes: “To hope to do better – is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.” When we want to say, “I hope to do better” – we have to recognize that we can’t. Only the Holy Spirit in us can accomplish this. If we try to be better by ourselves – we will fail.
Dr. Newell also writes – and I love this statement: “To be disappointed with yourself means – you believed in yourself.”
We have to stop believing in ourselves. Nothing good is going to come out of ourselves. That is why so many of the seminars and motivational speakers we see on TV lead people astray. We need to believe in Jesus – not ourselves. We need the Holy Spirit in us. Only the Holy Spirit can enable us to live for God. If you want life and peace – don’t look inward to yourself. Look up to Jesus – ask him to send you the Holy Spirit.