Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Ezra 4:6 In the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I could care less about David Beckham coming to the MLS. Far more interesting to me is the addition of one of the greatest Mexican soccer players of all time- Cauauhtemoc Blanco. The video is one of his last goals scored for his Mexican team, Club America, before coming to the U.S. to play for the Chicago Fire.
Blanco is both loved and hated by Mexican fans. He's a fiery player with an odd gait and very deceptive quickness. Bottom line- he scores key goals and motivates his team to play harder. I love Mexican culture, I love Mexican passion, I think Blanco's arrival to U.S. Soccer is far more interesting then Beckham's Hollywood splash.
I understand why the MLS picked Beckham to be their poster boy. He's a good looking, well spoken, Brit. Everyone loves such a guy. Still, Blanco is more my style. A gritty-looking, passionate, Spanish-only speaking, controversial, fiesty player. Long term, if Blanco stays in shape and plays 3-4 seasons, he might have a better impact on the MLS than Beckham...and for a lot less money.
I just came back from watching the K.C. Wizards play against Blanco and the Chicago Fire. It was a tremendously entertaining game and Blanco didn't disappoint. There was a huge Mexican contingency at the game and Brian and I sat right in the middle of them. Man do I love Mexican culture. Blanco had many nice plays and passes. He missed a penalty kick, which shocked the crowd. He assisted on a goal and chirped at one of the KC defenders most of the night. He makes everything more exciting.
Bravo Blanco...who cares about Beckham?
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
When the Church witnesses the hand of God upon us in a special way, we better be prepared for resistance, because it will come. It will come first to enlist us. It will come first to make us look the same. It will come to say- "hey, we’re not that different".
Saturday, August 18, 2007
- We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the godhood of God.
- To say that God is sovereign is to declare that God is God.
- To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou?
Daniel 4:35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
- To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will .
Psalm 115: 3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
- To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is "The Governor among the nations", setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best.
Psalm 22:28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
- To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is the "Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords"
1 Timothy 6:14-15 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
Such is the God of the Bible...or none could be saved.
Friday, August 17, 2007
1. Shout, for the blessed Jesus reigns; through distant lands his triumphs spread; and sinners, freed from endless pains, own him their Savior and their Head.
2. He calls his chosen from afar, they all at Zion’s gates arrive; those who were dead in sin before by sovereign grace are made alive.
3. Gentiles and Jews his laws obey; nations remote their offerings bring, and unconstrained their homage pay to their exalted God and King.
4. O may his holy church increase, his Word and Spirit still prevail, while angels celebrate his praise, and saints his growing glories hail.
5. Loud hallelujahs to the Lamb, from all below, and all above! In lofty songs exalt his name, in songs as lasting as his love.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
2. To Abraham in Genesis 22, Abraham is stopped from sacrificing his Son by the Angel of the Lord from Heaven. It is interesting imagery, God tells Abraham to sacrifice, the Angel of the Lord (Christ) is the only one able to stop the sacrifice!
3. To Jacob in Genesis 31, The Angel takes on the first person in speaking for God.
4. To Moses in Exodus 3, the Angel of the Lord is the one who speaks to Moses from the midst of the burning bush.
5. To Joshua in Joshua 5, Joshua worships the Commander of the Lord’s Army. The OT is clear, God alone is to be worshipped.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007 /Associated Press
She pulled the raccoon off the child, told the children to run home and strangled the animal, authorities said.
"She had the presence of mind to choke it," animal control officer April Leiler told the Record-Journal of Meriden. "She is one tough lady."
The carcass was taken to a state laboratory in Hartford where it tested positive for rabies.
The woman and the boy are undergoing rabies treatment. Their names have not been released.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I am not a big fan of movie trailers because they rarely give a true depiction of the movie they are advertising. They can be entertaining for sure, in many cases they are more entertaining than the actual movie. How many times have you viewed a trailer and said, "I have to see that", then think to yourself while watching the movie, "that trailer had all the best parts of this lame movie"?
There is one exception to my general disdain for movie trailers, and here it is before you. This particular trailer for The Godfather (which also happens to be the greatest movie of all time) captures some key moments in the film without giving too much away. It doesn't oversell the movie, yet it makes you want to see it.
I wish more trailers were like this one. Then again, I wish more movies were like The Godfather.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
For the rich person, it is easy to become a slave to staying rich and getting richer. You begin to trust in those riches for your very existence. Jesus is not condemning riches or wealth in his statement to the young ruler, he is simply sounding an alarm and proving a point about the man's misplaced devotion.
Remember the impossible thing God asked of Abraham? He was told to sacrifice the Son he loved so dearly. Abraham was going to do it. God stopped him as it was confirmed that God was more important to Abraham than even his only, beloved son. Perhaps Jesus was putting forth a similar test. Go and sell all you have and come back to me. If the man was willing to do this, perhaps Jesus would have stopped him. The point and tragedy of the Rich Young Ruler’s life is that he loved his wealth more than God, yet he wanted to be in a citizen in the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God. This shows that he had no true understanding of the temporal and the eternal. He was loyal to that which would fade.
2. He Didn’t have air conditioning
3. He Didn’t have a telephone, computer, or power tools
4. He Didn’t have a T.V., Radio, or stereo equipment
5. He probably owned a chariot-top speed- 15 mph?
6. He probably owned a few robes perhaps, a medal trinket or two?
Friday, August 3, 2007
Best NHL city: Buffalo
August 2, 2007
Here's how good the hockey fans are in Buffalo: While TV ratings in the rest of the U.S. pushed to reach numbers posted by drunken drivers, the citizens of this mid-market media area were watching the Stanley Cup finals at five times the national rating. And the Sabres weren't even in the finals.
Such is the passion for pucks in greater Buffalo. These fans even surpassed the Game 5 rating in the L.A. market, where the Ducks were winning the Cup.
There's no Disney Land in Buffalo; Niagara, Ontario, is nice but you can only see Ripley's so many time. There's no surf in Buffalo; the closest thing is where the Niagara River goes downhill real fast. Goat Island will never be confused with Long Beach.
So, OK, there aren't the distractions in Buffalo there are in Anaheim, where the Cup landed. Other than hockey, the only thing these cities have in common is James Cameron. The Titanic man is from an Ontario burg on the north shore of the Niagara. And although both cities have hockey, Buffalo's passion for it is unsurpassed. Anywhere.
America's Best Sports City, NHL category, even loves its team when it loses. Example: Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, won by the Senators to eliminate the Sabres, drew a 28.4 rating for NBC. And games 1-4, all on Versus, drew ratings between 21.9 and 27.6.
Now chew on this: NBC's three games in the finals had a rating of ... 1.6. Repeat: 1.6.
Anomaly? Not considering Buffalo's rating for the All-Star Game was 7.1, while the next-best market number was Pittsburgh's 2.8.
If the NHL posted numbers one-tenth as good across the U.S. as it does in Buffalo it would be giddy. Gary Bettman would Riverdance from Erie to Ontario.
And these folks aren't staying home, either. Every Sabres home game last season was a sellout. That's 18,690 for 41 nights at HSBC Center. And of course, with Cup hopes sky-high, every playoff game was a sellout, too.
There was such demand for the playoffs, Time Warner Cable added Versus HD to its lineup.
'Nuff said. Buffalo, you rule.
Sorry KC fans, we should have stayed with the Royals and Chiefs, this stadium might well end up being a flop.