Monday, April 28, 2008

Mum's the word...

Wish I could remember this: "Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact." -George Eliot

Friday, April 25, 2008

Caps off please...

If you have Pepsi caps with codes, send them my way. I'm collecting them. Thanks! If you want to know why you're doing this for me, it's because you are kind and generous and have no use for the codes or the caps.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


"Tact is for those who aren't witty enough to be sarcastic."
- found on a friend's Facebook profile (source unknown)

What we really want...

"We may imagine we want a thousand different things, but God is the one we really long for. His presence brings satisfaction; his absence brings thirst and longing. Our longing for Heaven is a longing for God - a longing that involves not only our inner beings, but our bodies as well. Being with God is the heart and soul of Heaven. Every other heavenly pleasure will derive from and be secondary to his presence. God's greatest gift to us is, and always will be, himself."

(Randy Alcorn, Heaven, (c)2004 Eternal Perspectives Ministries, p. 165)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Richelle and I had a contest running throughout EMT training. I was trying to beat her score in my class. My teacher didn't calculate my scores correctly, so I fell less than two percentage points short. (I know I sound like a sore loser, but I've done the numbers on my tests don't match what I know I scored...I'M NOT BITTER OR ANYTHING!)

So I thought I'd beat her on the National Registry. I took the test, passed and awaited the results with bated breath. I got a note from bot the National Registry and the state board of EMS. They don't give out percentage scores any more.

So I made Richelle a nice button to post on her Facebook bulletin board anyway. I'm sure I beat her. She'll never admit it though. ARGH!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008


I've always imagined Heaven as a kind of fuzzy place where we'll float around as spirits and praise God with whatever ethereal voice he gives us.

I'm being radically challenged by Randy Alcorn's, Heaven. I'm barely 100 pages into it and I'm finding myself blown away by truth that had hidden from me in plain sight for years and years.

Why did I miss it? Because I had bought into the lie that I am esentially a spirit in a shell. Plato got that wrong. We are, we humans, esentially spirit and body. What we will be forever is humans, different than we are now for sure, but humans still - spirit and body united and resurrected. And earth will be redeemed too. A physical earth for us to live on with God forever.

I wish I could give you the whole book, but I can't. So here's a quote to whet your appetite. Read it then get the book...

"The power of Christ's resurrection is enough not only to remake us, but also to remake every inch of the universe - mountains, rivers, plants, animals, stars, nebulae, quasars, and galaxies. Christ's redemptive work extends resurrection to the far reaches of the universe. This is a stunning affirmation of God's greatness. It should move our hearts to wonder and praise." (Randy Alcorn, Heaven, (c)2004 Eternal Perspectives Ministries, p. 120)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Riding with...

Had a great time riding with Adam yesterday. Adam is an avid runner who crosstrains on his bike from time to time. We rode 14 miles. That's all he had time for. It was fun. I think I've got him talked into a century this summer. We'll see. I've got to be careful though. He's getting ready for his first metric century RUN!!! 62 miles! I'm NOT doing that with him.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

April fifteenth...

It's April 15th, tax day in America. Do you need to file for an extension?

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A little early for Memorial Day...

Voice of the Martyrs estimates that more than 150,000 people die for Christ each year, an average of more than four hundred per day.” (Heaven, Randy Alcorn, ©2004, p. 67)

You and I cannot imagine the pain and suffering our brothers and sisters in Christ endure in other parts of the world. We enjoy, today, in the United States, freedom to live as we please, worship as we choose, follow Jesus with reckless abandon. In India and Nepal and Bangladesh and many other lands, these luxuries are not afforded believers. Their lives and livelihoods are threatened regularly. They risk violence whenever they gather for worship. Yet despite the peril they face these Jesus-lovers are filled with joy and peace and thankfulness to God.

Now let me remind you of the truth: the day of suffering will come to America. I’ve said that numerous times over the years and I believe it firmly. It would not take much for the hateful attitudes that many in our nation have toward Jesus’ followers to turn to physical violence and outward discrimination. The time when brothers and sisters in Christ that we know from towns we’re familiar with join the throngs of killed-for-their-faith saints beneath the altar in Heaven may be closer than we’d like to think. (Revelation 6:9) Until that day, let us live lives filled with joy and peace and thankfulness to God.

This Memorial Day, as we honor the men and women who have served our country in combat, let us also remember our fellow citizens (of Heaven) who daily endure shame and loss of reputation and brutality for the sake of our Lord. Pray for our persecuted friends as God brings them to mind this month. Join them in their cries of “how long?” (Revelation 6:10) And let us soberly remember that the price they pay today is the price we may be paying tomorrow.

God’s grace be with them and with us. In Christ we are one.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Unlimited stupidity...

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." (Elbert Hubbard - I don't agree with Hubbard's worldview, but ran across this quote that made me true it is.)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

My new ride...

This was my after EMT training gift to myself...a Trek 2.1. It's a blast to ride. Come over and we'll take a spin.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Rock chalk...


All in...

What an awesome feeling! Joy! Today I got word that my fellow Argonians from EMT training passed their certification exam. That brings to a close a chapter in our lives. We are no longer students. We are EMTs. It's really cool! I'm rejoicing with those who rejoice. Way to go Angelo, Jane and Jessica!