Friday, June 30, 2006

. . . whatever is lovely,

think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Like birds hovering overhead,
so the LORD of hosts
will protect Jerusalem.

Isaiah 31:5

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

evening prayer

We give you thanks, Lord our God,
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."
Mark 9:23

Sunday, June 25, 2006

keep Jesus with you

Remember, no matter how hard life can be for us, no matter how lonely or abandoned we may feel at times in our life, Jesus is always with us. After all he is sending us His Holy Spirit, the Comforter, who will be with us and the Church until the end of time. What more do we need?
Abbot Thomas

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

another picture from Israel

Matt Johnson & friend putting
Philippians 4:13 into action.

Friday, June 23, 2006

conversing with God

How do we speak to God? What do we say when we first feel the desire to communicate with him?

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

Pastor David Johnson & Cindi, Matt & Mike recently returned from the Holy Land. It was kind of Mike to share these pictures with us.

On the left is the Pool of Siloam; below, the 4th Wise Man

What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:14

words of comfort

And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Lord's Table

Be careful, then, to observe a single Eucharist. For there is one flesh of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and one cup of his blood that make us one, and one altar. In that way whatever you do is in line with God's will.
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch (35-107)

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Sympathy is no substitute for action.
David Livingston

Friday, June 16, 2006

My Daddy

Thank you, Les, for sending me the following in recognition of Father's Day:

When I was:

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
so old-fashioned.

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.

Writer Unknown

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Thus says the LORD:

Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength,
whose hearts turn away from the LORD.
Blessed are those who trust in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.

Jeremiah 17:5,7

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

People aren't turned off to Jesus, they're just tired of Christians who don't really follow him.
Rick Warren

It is not good to eat much honey, ...
Proverbs 25:27

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

How much is enough?

It seems like most of the vehicles on the road are SUVs or pickups. No one would build a house today without at least a 3-car garage. The houses themselves are getting bigger & bigger. How much do we need?

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.


What is NASCAR doing on this blog?
Sure, Nascar hails from the Bible Belt. But a racecar sponsored by the Church of Scientology? Click here.

Team in Training

I'm proud of my daughter, Kristine; she has decided to train for & run the Twin Cities Marathon (her 1st marathon) in honor of all people who are battling blood cancers. You too can help by donating to this cause through her effort. Read about it and make a donation by clicking here.

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
16th: cross-train
17th: 5 miles at 65-75% max
18th: cross-train
19th: rest
20th: 3 miles at less than 70% max
21st: 4 miles at 70-80% max
22nd: 3 miles at less than 70% max
23rd: cross-train
24th: cross-train
25th: 8 miles at 65-75% max
26th: rest
27th: 3 miles at less than 70% max
28th: 4 miles at 70% - 80% max
29th: 3 miles at less than 70% max
30th: cross-train

Thank you for your help.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

helping the needy is not always easy

Read Balance Due by clicking here.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Stay with the Climb

When my financial records for the year finally balanced, I jumped up and danced. It was about 10:30 in the evening, and I was so energized by the joy and freedom of the event that I kept doing small jobs for hours. I was especially aware of the feeling of freedom, for I needed to have that report out of the way to be able to do another job well. I kept thinking, “I’m free, I’m free.”

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.

Carmelites of Indianapolis

God's creation

We must find ways to live with nature in some kind of balance. The government mainly wants to control nature, which is what did all the harm in the first place.
CHAI ERHONG, an environmentalist, on the spread of deserts in China.

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I love the practical approach to life by our Orthodox Jewish brethren. The following is a good example. click here

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

I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud,
and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you.
Isaiah 44:22

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.

Jeremiah 31:9

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

be careful

Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 Peter 3:17-18

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Pentecost prayer

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

The mistake that some people make – and I have to confess that I have as well – is to think that we can somehow train our old nature to behave better. That idea is totally false. That’s what leads to legalism. That was the problem with the Pharisees. That is what has given piety a bad name in our day.

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.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

The righteous will flourish
like green leaves.

Proverbs 11:28

Friday, June 02, 2006

Come before God,
singing for joy.

Psalm 100:2b (Grail)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

my second deer of the season

shot at Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area

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