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Freshly Fallen; Chicago Blizzard

A quick picture blog of the Chicago Blizzard we just tasted!  It’s just truly incredible the heavens have this much snow stored up!!

My Lovely Wife posing under an interesting tree.

Wind carved beauty!  This is a shallow reflection of how deep the snow got.  This is only about 12 inches deep, most of Chicago got 20 inches or a bit more.

Well thats what’s happening in Chicago right now.  Were waiting for the big trucks with plows to be our salvation, but until then, poetry, fellowship, and good food is sufficient.

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What type of Christian are you? Line one, two or three?

Sometimes the wind of the Holy Spirit comes across someone with power.  That day Craig Groeschell, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, when he wrote this article, waves were made in the kingdom, with the drop of this article.  It originally appeared here.

One day I was at home working out on my elliptical machine, listening to a sermon on my iPod. Suddenly I just had to stop. Surrounded by God’s presence, I knelt down on the floor and started crying out to God. If you had seen me, you would have thought I was falling apart. But God was putting me back together.

I cried for all of God, and His presence became immediately real. Although I’d unquestionably been spiritually reborn a decade and a half ago, it was like I was being born again.

I’ve always believed in spiritual visions; I’d just never had one. Not anymore. I saw a picture as clear as the words on this page. I stood before three lines in the sand. Somehow I knew what each line represented.

Line 1: I believe in God and the Gospel of Christ enough to benefit from it. Like so many others, crossing that first line was easy. Sadly, many who call themselves Christians live here. If there is a God, I want to be on His good side. I want to go to heaven. I want Him to bless me with good health, good relationships and a happy life. Like the nine ungrateful lepers in Luke 17, once God had helped me, I forgot about Him.

Found out what the other two lines are, and see where you land.

Where do you find yourself?  What do you think about this article?  God bless!!

30 Most Saltiest Foods in America

Happy Holidays everyone!  Happy weight-gain season too!!  Sorry, I just heard all the groans of my readers.  But its the truth isn’t it?  You’re with your family, you’ve done everything you can do with them in your town, and what’s left?  Go out to eat!!  Nothing like food to bring a family together, and nothing like great food to increase ones winter mood’s.

Before you head out to family favorites like Chilis, Olive Garden, and your favorite steakhouses, first, seriously consider cooking yourself, then check out this list put out by Mens Health on the “30 saltiest foods in America”.  The hardest realization on the list for me was realizing that one of my favorite genres of food might dangerously be saturated in sodium.  CHINESE!!  No!!  Especially PF Chang.  If you’re like “PF who?” then don’t worry, you’re ok.  But if you find you and your family are going there, watch out for their Wok Charred Beef dish (#1 on the list).  It has a whopping 10,000 mg of sodium, and 850 calories!!!!!   WOW!!!  Do you feel the conflict?  The lamentful moment I have to face reality.  Its kind of like that moment when the young boy in the movies who raised and tamed his wolf realizes the wolf is too dangerous for him to keep.  You know that teary moment when he unleashes the wolf and tells him to “Go…get!  Get out of here!”  and he just sits there with a sad look in his face as if to say to his owner “Really?  This is it?  You’re just going to leave me here?”  The boy usually comes running back at the wolf throwing something at it to scare it away with tears in his eyes.  That’s how I’m feeling with the Chinese food.  We had such good times, me and the orange chicken.  General Tsao was a GOOD man!  But the sodium has to go, you’re no good for me anymore.  “Go!”  **throwing my chop-sticks at my Chinese dinner** “Get…..”

Ok, I’m done.  The list really doesn’t dawg Chinese food in general.  Just PF Chang shows up on the list a number of times and sadly enough, so does Chilis.  So have at it folks, be informed this holiday season, because really, you don’t want to have to torture yourself at the gym come January 1st.

30 Most Saltiest Foods in America

First flying car, by Steve Saint

Missionaries have been on the forefront of some technologies for years.  Laptop technology was developed to the point its at now, because missionaries in the jungles of Africa needed portable technology, something less bulky than a 10 lb. 486 PC.  And now one missionary has done it again!  A flying car , by Steve Saint (son of Nate Saint), called The Maverick.  Here are excerpts from the CNN article.

Saint heads i-tec, the Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center. He is working with the Waodani tribe at the edge of the Amazon in Ecuador to help them solve a transportation riddle plaguing hard to reach regions all over the world: What do you do when the road ends? His solution, build a flying car. So he and his team did…

He grew up living in Ecuador. He tells us that his family moved there after the Waodani Indians speared his father to death. His dad, Nate Saint, a pilot, was part of a group of Christian missionaries trying to make contact with the tribe. They did, and according to the younger Saint, paid the ultimate price. Saint’s family didn’t give up trying to make contact with the tribe…

“The Maverick is not only a practical flying car but it’s also a beefy car,” says Logan Ward from Popular Mechanics. “They put a Subaru engine in this thing with 250 horsepower. It goes 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds.We were really impressed they gave it that sort of on-road performance.”

 

Check out video footage of this mean machine here.

Google created a hands-free car!!!

This is kind of neat!  Google’s Toyota Prius that they rigged to be driven by one of their articificial intelligence units, drove 140,000 mils by itself in western California.  CRAZY!!  With sensors, radars, and of course Google Maps that they created, were lookin at a “safe” new future.

What do you think?  What do you think about it being safe?  Hackers?  Bugs?  We’ll see…

Oh, here’s the link! Couldn’t find it anywhere but here.  Google has been keeping it hush-hush!

“I saw Jesus!” A testimony.

“…in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.  The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.  In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one…”

-Revelations 1:12-16

This past weekend was one of the most encouraging weekends I’ve had in a while.  Emily and I had the great privilege of going to an annual International  Network conference, where I heard the most stirring testimony of salvation I’ve ever heard.  Because I have not consulted with him about this, I will call him John.  He is a Turk, born and raised, but came to Texas for school.  He fell into the wrong crowd and became a drug user of various sorts, and alcohol became a part of life in a less than edifying way.  He had come into contact with several Christians on campus here and there, and as a Muslim he was very animate about his Islamic beliefs and didn’t indulge the Bible much, but felt peace in a very physical way when his Christian friends would pray peace over him.

One night while at a party, while being high on ecstasy on other drugs, a voice came to him.  He described it to be so deep and reverberating he heard it with his ears but it also surged through his body, saying, “I’ve called you to more than this.  You will no longer be this way.  Get up and go home.”  And when the voice stopped talking he immediately became sober and the effects of the drugs instantly were gone.  He quickly left the party and went home.

Sometime had passed before he was wondering what God wanted for his life, so he began to pray.  On stage as he began to retell this story, he began to become emotional.  He said that as he looked up he could see a wave of what he called “electrified air” coming his way from across the room, first washing over his feet and then his whole body, ushering him into a vision.

He found himself knee deep wading in water, and trying to grasp water helplessly with his hands, but it just slipped through his fingers.  At that instant he knew that’s what Muslims were doing in Islam.  They are grasping for truth, but being just water slips right through their fingers.  The longer he was on the water, the more darker the water began to be and he began to sink deeper and deeper.  At this point in re-telling his story, he was overwhelmed with the memory of this, that he was sobbing and taking in deep gasps of air as his chest convulsed with emotion.  In the vision, as he was sinking, a strong hand pulled him by the shirt collar and grabbed him from the water and pulled him higher and higher above the clouds and put him on one of them.

There was a bright light shining in front of him, so bright he could barely see!  As he squinted he could make out a man…it was Jesus Christ.  His hair was as if on fire, his clothes radiant as the sun, and had a golden sash around his waist, just like in Apostle Johns account in Revelation.  Jesus never said anything, but held his arms out to him.

The vision was clear to John.  His country-men were all drowning in the abyss of Islam, and Jesus was communicating for him to go back to Turkey and reach the lost.  He woke from the vision knowing what he had to do.

The raw emotion with which he brought this testimony was overwhelming!  Through my own teared eyes, I watched him struggle through telling of how he saw his maker.  It must have taken 5 minutes for him to get through 3 full sentences as he was brought to his knees as he himself was overwhelmed with the memory of that experience.  Probably much like the apostle John in that vision in how he was brought to the ground as if he were “dead”, so John was brought to his knees when he was finishing up the testimony.  The glory of God that he saw, was so real to me in that moment, it was as if I was ushered into the throne room with him.  I will never forget that day!

John continues to be a man of vision, a pioneer in what hes doing in Turkey, and bringing about a harvest of souls in fulfillment of what Christ miraculously called him to do.  Pray for him even now, and the country of Turkey with me!

The dangerous tendency of Theology

From the theology journal “Themelios”, vol. 35, Issue 1, April 2010.  The danger of studying theology…you know who you are.

The greatest temptation of a theology student is to assume that what they are studying is the mostimportant thing in the world. Now, I need to be uncharacteristically nuanced at this point: there is asense, a very deep and true sense, in which theology is the most important thing in the world. It is, afterall, reflection upon what God has chosen to reveal to his creatures; and it thus involves the very meaningof existence. In this sense, there is nothing more important than doing theology.But this is not the whole story. One of the great problems with the study of theology is how quicklyit can become the study of theology, rather than the study of theology, that becomes the point. We are all no doubt familiar with the secular mindset which repudiates any notion of certainty in thought; and one of the reasons for this, I suspect, is that intellectual inquiry is rather like trying to get a date with the attractive girl across the road with whom you have secretly fallen in love: the thrill comes more from the chase and the sense of anticipation than it does from actually finding the answer or eliciting agreement to go to the movies.

– Carl Trueman, Westminster Theological Seminary, PA

“One of the great problems with the study of theology is how quicklyit can become the studyof theology, rather than the study of theology, that becomes the point.”  This can be said about how we maintain our relationship with our Father in heaven; it becomes about the rules, pray during this time, fast from this, tithe this much money, go to church and in everything don’t skip a beat!  Just make sure your heart is in the right place!  That’s what he wants when all is said and done.

“This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” – Matthew 15:8