Hebrews 12:1-2

"..let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." - Hebrews 12:1-2

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Introduction 2.0

Baby Ultrasound 9 Weeks
Baby Ultrasound 9 WeeksBaby Ultrasound 9 Weeks
Anticipated Arrival Date: 26SEP10
At this point, Lisa has felt a bit more queasy than when she was pregnant with Lydia. She hasn't been physically sick, but she has felt more nauseous and tired than she was during her first pregnancy.
I'm pretty much thrilled and am looking ofrward to this part of the journey again. I'm sure it will be quite a bit different, as we have Lydia to take care of this time around.

Glory to God Forever - TuesdayTunes



Lyrics for "Glory To God Forever" by Fee

Verse 1
Before the world was made
Before you spoke it to be
You were the King of Kings
Yeah you were, yeah you were

And now you’re reigning still
Enthroned above all things
Angels and saints cry out
We join them as we sing

Chorus
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever

Verse 2
Creator God you gave
Me breath so I could praise
Your great and matchless name
All my days, all my days

So let my whole life be
A blazing offering
A life that shouts and sings
The greatness of the King

Bridge
Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours

Monday, February 22, 2010

What Uncle Sam's House Looks Like

Since Lisa and I have been working diligently on getting out of debt (excluding the house debt), I find myself continuously perturbed by the actions of our Federal Government (read "Total Outstanding Debt Owed by the US Federal Government"). When I think about how hard Lisa and I have worked to eliminate our debt by making some tough choices and sacrificing certain luxuries, it infuriates me to see how our government is spending the money that it took from us and is taking from our future paychecks.

The method that Lisa and I have used to become debt-free is quite simple: spend less than you make. In doing so, we have had to plan to save for future known expenses (ie insurance, renovations), while reducing our expenditures. This has led us to where we are today, on the verge of not having a monthly bill associated with credit card or student loan debt. (As an aside, we never carried a balance on our credit card, but we have stopped using it anyway.) It's a great place to be and we are looking forward to the financial freedom we will have in the future because of the decisions we have made over the past few years.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Elton John and Jesus

I just read this quote of Elton John which is from an upcoming Parade magazine article:
"I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don't know what makes people so cruel."
Based upon this quote alone it is easy for me to say that Elton John is not a Christian.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I Bowed on My Knees - TuesdayTunes



Lyrics for "I Bowed On My Knees" by the Gaither Vocal Band:

I dreamed of a city called Glory
It was so bright and so fair
As I entered that gate, I cried holy
All the angels met me there
And They carried me from mansion to mansion
And all The sights I saw
I said I want to see Jesus
He's the One who died for all

I bowed on my knees and cried Holy, holy, holy
I clapped my hands and sang Glory,
Glory to the Son of God
Glory to the Son of God

When I entered the gates of the city
My Loved ones all knew me well
They took me down the streets of heaven
All the saints were too many to tell
I saw Abraham, Jacob and Isaac
Talked with Mark, sat down with Timothy
But then I said, I want to see Jesus
He's the One who died for me

I bowed on my knees and cried Holy, holy, holy
I clapped my hands and sang Glory,glory, glory
I clapped my hands and sang Glory
I clapped my hands and sang Glory
I clapped my hands and sang Glory
Glory to the Son of God
Glory to the Son of God

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another Time, Another Place - TuesdayTunes

This song was in my head this morning for some reason.
When it first came out, my sister Sonja and I would sing it together.
I'm not sure why we never sang it for church, but it was fun to sing.


Lyrics for "Another Time, Another Place" by Sandy Patti with Wayne Watson:

[female]
I've always heard there is a land
Beyond the mortal dreams of man
[male]
Where every tear will be left behind
But it must be in another time
[female]
There'll be an everlasting light
Shining a purest holy white
[male]
And every fear will be erased
But it must be in another place

So, I'm waiting for another time and another place
Where all my hopes and dreams will be captured
With one look at Jesus' face
Oh, my heart's been burnin'
My soul keeps yearnin'
Sometimes I can't hardly wait
For that sweet, sweet someday
When I'll be swept away
To another time and another place

[female]
I've grown so tired of earthly things
They promise peace but furnish pain
[male]
All of life's sweetest joys combined
Could never match those in another time
[female]
And though I've put my trust in Christ
And felt His Spirit move in my life
[male]
I know it's truly just a taste
Of His glory in another place

So, I'm waiting for another time and another place
Where all my hopes and dreams will be captured
With one look at Jesus' face
Oh, my heart's been burnin'
My soul keeps yearnin'
Sometimes I can't hardly wait
For that sweet, sweet someday
When I'll be swept away
To another time and another place

Friday, February 5, 2010

Total Outstanding Debt Owed by the US Federal Government

Yesterday, I found myself wondering what the current level of debt owed by the United States government is, as well as what the history is of the United States Federal Government functioning under an outstanding debt. I very quickly found the data here, but I was unable to easily find a clear graphic representation of that information. I created the following graphs to visually represent the total outstanding US debt on an annual basis. (If you want to see something from the near past, you can see the graph I created showing the US National debt change from Ocober 2008 through April 2009.)

As of 03FEB09, the total Outstanding Debt of the United States Federal Government is $12,346,427,470,024.01. That is almost 12 and a half Trillion dollars! I have added a widget to the right-hand side of this blog to track the daily amount of debt owed.

Click each graph to see the larger, more detailed version.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

REALMnotes - Axiom (Week1) 02FEB10

Here are the questions we thought about and talked about last night at the REALM. This was the beginning of a discussion that will be carried on and expounded upon further by Chris and Bruce over the next two weeks. It would be beneficial for you to read through the questions and then look up the verses listed below, as preparation for next week.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Perfect Ten - TuesdayTunes

This song was in my head last night, so enjoy this old school "Angel's Aware" song.
New Acoustic Version:


Original Version:

Jesus' Message Demanded Change

Jesus made it impossible for any hearer to walk away indifferent. Some left angry; some were deeply troubled by what He had to say; many had their eyes opened; and many more hardened their hearts against His message. Some became His disciples, and others became His adversaries. But no one who listened to Him preach very long could possibly remain unchanged or apathetic.
-- p.162, The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John MacArthur

Monday, February 1, 2010

From Peanuts to the Pressbox - Book Review

As a person who has always loved sports, I hoped that "From Peanuts to the Pressbox" by Eli Gold would not be entirely focussed on the life and travails of the author, and thus be a total disappointment. What I found was a nice blend of personal biography and opinion, mixed with the kind of stories you hope to hear from someone who has been in the radio/television business for so long. I had never heard of Eli Gold before, which immediately tells you that I am not a die hard Alabama athletics fan, nor am I deeply entrenched in NHRA and NASCAR racing, although I do have a decent knowledge of the latter.

The author has broken each segment of his life down into sections that either break along the lines of different sports that he has covered or different teams that he has travelled with. As such, it is not a long wait until he mentions a famous name or two from a bygone era, as well as those still involved in one way or another in sports still today.

For fans of professional, college and arena football, there is a wealth of stories to be read. For the hockey fan, there are many years spent on the bus and in the dressing rooms with the players. For racing fans, there are stories from when autoracing was frst being broadcast on the radio as well as shown on television. There seems to be a little something in this book for any fan of team sports in America. We are given a peak into the nomadic life of a sports broadcaster and get to hear some fun stories along the way.

Eli Gold has done a nice job of culling some very interesting stories from his vast experience in the booth and his time with the athletes, coaches and other celebrities. If you enjoy sports to any extent, you will probably find thisbook to be an interesting and entertaining read. And if you are and Alabama fan, it seems that you should have already read this book without having to read my review to convince you to.