Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The Tsunami Video

Thanks to Rudy Carrasco and his Urban Onramps blog for posting a video of the Tsunami. Link. What an incredible video!

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

A Discomforting Look in the Mirror

Thanks to Reverend Mike's blog for the following link. Link. Mike helps put a personal face on what might have happened to Reggie White.

A Soldier's Comment on Rumsfeld's Visit To The Troops

Thanks to Donald Sensing for posting this on his One Hand Clapping blog. Link. Those of us who have spent a majority of our adult years in the military know you can't trust the media to deliver a true unbiased account of what is going on in Iraq.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

A Most Unusual Present

Our most unusual present yesterday comes from my Sister-In-Law Wanda. She sent us a Roomba. A Roomba is a robotic vacuum cleaner that will clean a room without any help and dock itself in a charging station when it is done. We watched it work for a few hours yesterday and this morning and it is incredible. Thanks Wanda!

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas

And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you; you will find the baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger."
Luke 2:9-12 (NASB)

Praise God for His goodness!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Being Crucified With Christ

I have been cricified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

John Piper in The Passion of Jesus Christ: 50 Reasons Why He Came to Die wrote about being crucified with Christ by writing that,

A Christ-inhabited, Christ-sustained, Christ-strenghtened me. That's what Christ died to bring about. That's what a Christian is. The other way it speaks of the new self is this: It lives by trusting Christ moment by moment. "The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Piper 2004, 87)

What better time to experience the rebirth of our lives and the meaningfulness that knowing Christ brings to our lives than during the celebration of His birth.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Its a Wonderful Life in 30 Seconds With Bunnies

Thanks to Rob for the link to this website. What a great summary of Its a Wonderful Life.


Friday, December 17, 2004

I'm Back!

It was a long trip to Hawaii, but I am finally back home! Most people try to make me feel like I was priveleged to go to Hawaii for two weeks in December, but it was a 100% working trip. I stayed at the nicest hotel in Waikiki, the Hilton Hawaiian Village, I had a nice rental car, the weather was perfect (80 degrees every day), and the food was incredible. But, contrast all that with my work schedule and connectivity with the world: the 2 weeks I was in Hawaii I left the hotel every morning at 5:00 and returned back at 8:00 in the evening. I worked every day and it was dark when I left for work and dark when I returned. The security classification of the exercise I was working at made it very difficult to use the phone, and the 400 people there had 6 unclassified computers with internet connections to share from. So my connection with the rest of the world was limited to my personal cell phone and whatever internet connection I could get at the hotel ($10 a day for web tv which didn't work well). Oh, well, time to suffer for the Lord!

The entire time I was in Hawaii I kept thinking that this is one of my images of hell. I am working in paradise whith no capability to enjoy it, and I am cut off from all my friends and family that are only a whisper away due to technology. The next time I go to Hawaii I hope I will be on vacation with my family.

Anyhow, with the little bit of time I spent online there I did get a change to read most of the blogs I hang out in, but didn't take the time to do any commenting on them or posting on mine. I thought it would take too much time away from others on a shared internet connection. Thanks for all the great posts, and I'm going to start commenting and posting again soon.