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March 24, 2008 Leave a comment
For me art and chess are closely related, both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression.Vladimir Kramnik
 
First things First – Happy Easter!
 
A week of no media.  A not so in depth recap:
 
Monday night we were busy at friends and so the idea of no media did not seem very real.  Tuesday however I got home from work and a nice sit on the couch with the news on would have been a great way to deflate.  Instead the TV was grey and I missed the normal "noise" that came from it.  I actually found it a bit unnerving that I could not unwind while zoning out on the TV.
 
The neighbor kids came over and had less options.  It was Lego, cars, or crafts instead of the normal DS, DVDs, or Xbox.

Dolls

 
Abbe took me into the "Upper Deck" (that is the officially name for my office and our home school room) and showed me the creations she had been working on.  Sewing… that is odd I thought.  Very "Little House" like.  Having no DS or TV brought out a new side of Abbe that I had not seen for a while.
 

Chess

 
Wednesday I saw something else new.  Gabe and Abbe were trying to play chess.  They did not really have all the rules down but they were still looking for new things to do that were not on their normal list.  Later that night Gabe actually beat me at a game.  I of course was not being 100% aggressive but I did end up getting cornered and I had no place to go.  The next day Gabe and Zack (a neighbor) actually played chess for a couple hours.
 
Thursday night we had a great evening with board games on the carpet. 
 
Trish’s mom came up Friday with 2 of her grandbabies.  They are almost 2 years and the other 6 months.  We spent a lot of time "watching" them as well as chasing after them. 
 
This morning (Easter Sunday) we woke up and both my kids had low grade fevers.  I guess having a media fast end on the same day that my kids have been on the couch all day not moving a muscle shows how great God’s timing is.
 
The bottom line message of the week for me is that we have a lot of other things to do besides TV and Computers.  I don’t think I will be trading my Rock Band drum sticks in for knitting needles any time soon but I do think shutting down the systems now and then is a good idea.
 
I am off to watch my recorded LOST episode…
 
 
 
The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.  – Basil C. Hume

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I Give Up!

March 17, 2008 Leave a comment
I get a little behind during Lent, but it comes out even at Christmas.Frank Butler
 
Today is Palm Sunday.  We were challenged this morning at church to give up a couple specific things next week (starting in an hour and a half).
 
In the past Trish and I have given up coffee and pop and other things we enjoy and are used to partaking in too much.  40 days caffeine free was not as hard as I thought it would be.  I did it for several years.  This year I did not even think about lent until we got to church this morning.
 
The challenge – No TV or video games for one week.  Hmmm, I like my TV and my recent addiction to Rock Band is part of my nightly routine…
 
We discussed it and TeamBlank decided that we are all in.  To make it clear we listed the things that we consider TV or video games.
 
The List
  • TV
  • Video Games
  • Computer Games
  • Recorded TV
  • VHS, DVD, or Betamax
  • Streaming video from the web
  • Xbox Games
  • Nintendo Games
  • Nintendo DS
  • Bubbles or other Pocket PC Games on Trish’s Trio
  • Moto-Racer and anything else I have on my mobile phone.
  • Twitter.com – Yes Twitter is like a game to me!  (Bob are you with me brother?)
  • All social networking sites such as Facebook or Myspace
  • This blog – If it is digital and too fun I will be adding it to my list
  • Extra email to fill the gap

Specific things that are digital or media I will be keeping

  • Doing my job – Requires a PC
  • Email in the evening but not too exceed the must have
  • Music – While working or driving – not Rock Band!

The Grey Area

  • My Garmin 76CSx – I have a caching trip planned Saturday morning.  GPS was not on any list I saw!

 

That is about it I guess.  My last blog and my last tweet for a week.  I got my fill of Rock Band earlier today and I am going to head upstairs now and watch TV until 11:59.

If you are looking for a service this Sunday please feel free to join us.

He Reigns

http://www.canyonhillscommunitychurch.com/

 

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Christian or Golfer?

March 1, 2008 1 comment
Golf… is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.P. G. Wodehouse

 
It never fails that during an election year many people are talking about the liberals and conservatives and what they "believe".  Everyone wants to get votes so they all are religious but not "too" religious.  At present we have a Methodist and a United Church of Christ person on the left and 2 Baptists on the right.  For a while there was a Mormon, and a couple Roman Catholics in the running.
 
I was thinking about a simple question and what each of them would have said as their answer.  A dialog may have gone something like this…
 
Me – Are you Saved?
Them – Saved?
 
Me – Are you a Christian?
Them – I am Catholic. (Using Rudy as my example…)
 
Me – I did not ask what church you attend.  Are you a believer?
Them – I believe in God.
 
Me – Is Christ your Lord and Savior?
Them … I go to church every Sunday and do a lot of things my church.
 
Me – Do you Golf?
Them – What?
 
Me – …
 
Well, golf is like a lot of religions out there.  People spend a great deal of time on the course, I have an uncle who I think would play every day if he could and probably twice on Sundays.  There is a specific set of routines you do every time you go.  Everyone kind of does the same thing and some people probably do not even know why they are doing it.  Some people get so good at golfing that they really don’t even have to think about it.  It feels like a nice club to be in (like the Elks, or Moose I imagine).  Some people even say they feel close to God when playing (and I know that some times his name is used….).
 
Me – Yes I have a point and it should be as clear as that sand trap your balls are in.
 
There are many different golf courses you can play and even different variations of golf, take crochet for example.  Not all courses lead to the same pin.  Not all pins should be your target.  There is only one Pin worth aiming for.
 
My prayer –
  1. My family and friend regardless of the brand of religion they may choose that they would find a real relationship with Christ.
  2. My family and friends who know more about golf than God, that they would also seek and choose God.
  3. People who feel like they are playing the game right and don’t have a clue that they are a million miles from where they should be.
 
  
 
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I Dare You!

February 6, 2008 Leave a comment
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. –  St. Francis of Assisi

 
If you are looking for uncensored podcasts then you came to the right place…
 
A couple weeks ago the teacher at my weekly men’s Bible study was snowed in and could not make it to our normal Tuesday 6:00am meeting.  Being quick on his feet, Bryan had a DVD handy that he played.  I wanted to share a message from that DVD as well as some pretty cool links for reference.
 
Greg Stier (http://gregstier.org) is a Jesus-loving, raving lunatic who also creates a lot of great content for his Dare2Share.org website.
 
Both sites are worth looking at as they target leaders, parents, and teens on how to share the gospel as well as how to be a leader amongst your peeps.
 
The specific video we watched talked about an easy 6 part acronym that is worth sharing and remembering.  It is a very easy way to tell a simple story that can sometimes seem overly complex.
 
God created us to be with him. (Genesis 1-2)
Our sin separated us from God. (Genesis 3)
Sins cannot be removed by good deeds. (Genesis 4 – Malachi 4)
Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again. (Matthew – Luke)
Everyone who trusts in him alone has eternal life. (John – Jude)
Life that’s eternal means we will be with Jesus forever. (Revelation 22:5)
 
The 6 line acronym of course spells Gospel.  It is just that simple.
 
For a detailed description and more details of each line visit the Gospel Journey area on the Dare2Share site.
 
If you like your Starbucks you will love Venti Jesus 
Venti Jesus
 
 
 
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Why Go To Church?

April 18, 2007 Leave a comment
"Put your nose into the Bible everyday. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian." – Kirk Cameron
 
If you’re spiritually alive, you’re going to love this!
If you’re spiritually dead, you won’t want to read it.
If you’re spiritually curious, there is still hope!
 
Why Go To Church?
 
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
I’ve gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."
 
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
 
I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this… They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.
 
Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
 
When you are DOWN to nothing…. God is UP to something!
 
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
 
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
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