Jan 31, 2006
How many times does God do something for us and we forget to tell Him a simple thank you? When you think about your home, family, food, clothes, friends, and church, do you forget who gave you those things? Do you forget about the One who gave you life, the One who breathed life into you?
Thanking God should be something we do everyday. Because everyday He blesses us. You may be thinking, “Yeah right! Today was the most awful day I’ve ever had! I was late for an appointment, the dog chewed up my favorite pair of shoes, I got a D on my math test, and I lost my purse/wallet!” But He has blessed you because He has given you another day to live! How do I know this? Well, you are reading this post aren’t you?!
Jan 30, 2006
Jan 28, 2006
I think we kinda become conditioned to hearing these things. We hear about them so much. We stop realizing how terrible they are. But when you do stop and really think about it, the thought is scary. We live in a time when it is a common thing to kill babies and it is common to kill those who are said to be better off dead. The elderly, handicapped, and babies are in danger.
Think about it: One day you and I will be one of the elderly, and some of us may be handicapped. We have survived abortion, but will we survive euthanasia. Someday will someone think us better off dead and decide to end our life early?
In modern times, we have drifted from a sanctity of life ethic to a quality of life ethic. The concept of sanctity of life is a spiritual concept; it is a religious concept. The word sanctity—which comes from the Latin word sanctitas from sanctus—means “holy or sacred unto God, inviolable, that which God has declared is of great value.” It is, therefore, a spiritual concept.
However, for a humanist or an atheist or an unbeliever of most any kind, there is no such thing as sanctity of life. Unless there is a God who has given us a spirit and who sanctifies us, there cannot be a sanctity-of-life ethic.
With such a low view of man as that introduced in the last century, should it surprise us that man has killed more of his own during the twentieth century than in all the other centuries combined? As the saying goes, “Ideas control the world.” Only by the resurgence of modern paganism, in a post-Christian culture, do we find the Nazi concentration camp, the Soviet gulag, the American abortion chamber.
Quality of life is a physical concept. No one can look at another and determine the quality of that person’s soul. If life is merely molecules in motion, then we can have a quality-of-life ethic. But if we are Christians and believe that here is an infinite, eternal, and unchangeable God who is Spirit, who has given us an eternal soul; and if we have an inalienable right to life, we cannot buy that kin of an ethic.
When Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun wrote Roe v. Wade he appealed to religion. However, he said, “If I were to appeal to religion, I would appeal to the religions of Rome and Greece”—which, of course, practiced and encouraged abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, suicide, and all the rest, including the Colosseum! He would appeal to pagan religion for support of Roe v. Wade! We are reverting, in the Western word, to heathen paganism, and most people don’t even know that it is happening!
What If Jesus Had Never Been Born by D. James Kennedy, chapter 2, pages 26-27
Picture from AbortionTV (not recommended for ages under 12)
Jan 26, 2006
Due to the use of averages, and statistics estimated in part, the number itself is obviously not perfectly accurate, but is pretty close. There is some evidence also that the rate of induced abortions has dropped slightly in the U.S. since 1999, however, the U.S. (according to the same report) accounts for less than 5% of worldwide abortions (and therefore less than 23% of abortions in developed nations), and so the difference would be minimal to an already approximated number. There could be more abortions, there could be less. But basically, the counter is sadly roughly accurate.
Note: On the links with “not recommended for ages under 12” it’s not that they are bad websites, on the contrary those sites are excellent. It is just that there are pictures of the aborted babies and also there is a video of an ultrasound that shows an abortion from the victim’s position.
Jan 25, 2006
Jan 24, 2006
We encounter this man, Jesus Christ, through four separate portraits—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Many have asked, “Why is it necessary to have four Gospels instead of just one? Why couldn’t one of these writers have gotten all the facts together and presented them for us in one book?” Well, that would be like trying to use one photograph of a building to adequately represent the entire structure. One picture could not possibly show all four sides of the building at once.
The same is true of Jesus. His life, His character, and His ministry are so rich and multifaceted that a single view could not tell the whole story. God deliberately planned for four Gospels so that each could present our Lord in a unique way. Each Gospel presents a distinct aspect of Christ, and our understanding of who He truly is would be incalculably poorer if even one of these Gospels was lost to us.
The Old Testament is filled with pictures of the coming Messiah, and these pictures correspond with the portraits of Jesus, “painted” for us in the four Gospels. First, He is pictured in many prophecies—particularly those of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Zechariah—as the coming King of Isreal…
Second, Jesus the Messiah was portrayed in many parts of the Old Testament as the servant, the suffering one…
Third, we have frequent Old Testament picture of Christ’s coming as a man…
Finally, we have those Old Testament pictures that speak of the Messiah as God, as the Everlasting One…
So all the Old Testament prophecies and pictures of Christ can be placed under these four Gospel headings: king, servant, human being, and God…
In Matthew, the Gospel of the King, we see many evidences of his kingship: The book opens with Christ’s genealogy, tracing His royal line back to David, king of Israel, and to Abraham, father of the nation Israel…
Mark, the second Gospel, pictures Christ as the Servant, and as you would expect, Mark does not provide any genealogy for Christ. After all, who cares about the genealogy of a servant? Nobody. In Mark’s Gospel, our Lord simply appears on the scene…
Luke show us Christ as human. Here we see the perfection of His manhood—the glory, beauty, strength, and dignity of His humanity. As we would expect, Luke also contains a genealogy of Christ. If Jesus is to be presented as human, we want to know that He belongs to the human race…
John’s Gospel presents Christ as God. From the very first verse, this is John’s potent, unmistakable theme. Many people fail to realize that John’s Gospel, like Matthew’s and Luke’s, opens with a genealogy. The reason so many people miss the genealogy in John is that it is so short:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (1:1).
That’s it! That’s John’s entire genealogy of Christ—two people, the Father and Son.
Taken from Adventuring Through the Bible by Ray C. Stedman, chapter 48, pages 479-482
Jan 23, 2006
By Jane Austen
Northenger Abbey: I think it is one of Jane Austen’s earlier novels. It was very good. I’m not sure if there is a movie for this one. It would make a good movie though!
Sense and Sensibility: Was also very good. It also had some interesting turns. Especially with Mr. Willoughby. It was a little sad at the end though. The movie for this one is very good. I think it was made in 1995, not sure though.
Pride and Prejudice: One of my favorite books (I’ve said that before haven’t I?). Early in the book you can kinda figure out how it will end, but are not sure how it will happen. It does have some surprises though! The movie is also excellent (the one made in 1995 with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy). I also saw the new one that just came out, it was okay but I like the other one better.
Mansfield Park: Fanny Price is shy but sweet-tempered and is sometimes just brushed aside and forgotten about. But it has a happy ending for her. In this book, you can also guess what will happen at the end, but sometimes it seems that you will be proven wrong.
Emma: In this book the star character, Emma, is very wealthy. And her personality is different from the key character in the other Jane Austen books.
Persuasion: Sad at first, but turns out well. You run into some interesting people in this book. They also have a movie for this one.
By Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre: Really surprising! I won’t tell you what is surprising in case you haven’t read the book. But if you like books with surprising and interesting turns, you would probably like it.
Villette: I’m not finished reading it yet, but so far it has been excellent! Just like in Jane Eyre, it also has some surprises. I feel so sorry for Lucy Snow! I can’t tell you whether it ends happily or not because, like I said, I haven’t finished it yet. (If you’ve read it, please don’t tell me how it ends!)
By Emily Bronte:
Wuthering Heights: The people in this book are very odd. And there is a lot of sad things in the book, but two of the people have a happy ending.
For this is what the Lord says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—he says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right.”
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Jan 20, 2006
So, how old are you?
I am 16.
Hey! So am I! Sorry, back to the questions.
So you are in high school? What school do you go to?
Yes, I’m in my junior year. And I am homeschooled.
Homeschooled! What about socialization?
*sigh* I get plenty of socialization. I talk to people and am around people all the time!
How long have you been homeschooled?
Ever since I started school. I’ve never been to public school.
How long have you been a Christian?
I’ve been a Christian since I was about 4.
When did you move to Belgium?
We moved here in 1996.
So you’ve not been back to the US in 10 years?!
No! No! We’ve been back several times.
Oh, okay. . .
What do you want to do when you get older? Do you want to go to college?
Yes, I want to be a pharmacist.
A pharmacist? That is a little boring.
Well, to me it is not that boring. I've always been very interested in the medical field.
Well why don't you become a doctor or a nurse?
I don't want to be a doctor or a nurse.
What is your favorite book, besides the Bible.
I guess it would have to be Pride and Prejudice.
Oh, I love that book! I think my favorite is Villette.
But how can you...you are me...
Oh, never mind!
Please, let me do the talking! You are getting me confused!
Who is your favorite Christian artist?
Rebecca St. James.
I like her too.
What do you like to do for fun?
Play the piano.
Can you please answer in longer sentences? I'm not going to have much to write down.
How long have you played the piano?
Well, I started learning the notes when I was 5 and kinda played around with it for a few years. But I’ve had good lessons for about 4 ½ years. My piano teacher is British.
Now your answer is too long!
It is not!
Just go back to the short answers!
You have a dog, right?
Yes. His name is Buster.
What kind of dog is he?
He is a Yorkshire Terrier.
Now lets talk about your blog a little bit.
Did you ever think you would start a blog?
In your profile, I noticed that you were asked to describe how you would escape if you were trapped in a well with a goat and a slinky. You said, “Call for help on a cell phone.” But what would you do if you did not have a cell phone with you?
I would just yell for help.
What about the goat and the slinky, what would you do about them?
I would be trying the talk the goat into not hurting me and for something to do until help arrived, I would play with the slinky.
But what if no one heard you yelling for help? Being in a well is not a comfortable situation!
Why are you asking me this? I’m not even trapped in a well, and hopefully I never will be.
Okay, no more on that.
One last question.
Do you enjoy working on this blog, or are you bored with it?
No, I’m not bored with it. I like working on it. It has really helped me to learn more about computers and has helped me with my writing.
How has it helped you?
You said "last question."
Thank you for your time.
This is a picture of me.
It's amazing what you can do with Coral Photo House! I could have made it look like a puzzle, a drawing, etc. But I decided to make the photo black and white and blurred.
This time it is calling all girls! The girls over at the Girl Talk blog are doing a series on "7 Habits of the Highly Effective Woman." (I'm a little late telling you about it, but "better late than never"! So be sure to go back and read their earlier posts !) I have been reading it and it is very good. It is for women but hey! Each of us girls is a "woman gonna be"!
Jan 19, 2006
This is not all of them because, like I said above, Site Meter erases them.
Pictures from Site Meter.
Jan 18, 2006
Because it tastes good!
On the website Clean Joke of the Day I found they had some more reasons to like to eat chocolate!
Do you like chocolate? Here's a list of reasons why you should, if you don't already...
Chocolate is a vegetable: it is derived from cocoa beans. Beans are a vegetable.
Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or sugar BEETS. Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category. Thus (to repeat my point), chocolate is a vegetable.
To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is a dairy product. So chocolate and candy bars containing it are a health food.
Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
If you have a problem of trying to figure out how you can get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car, I have the solution for you: eat it in the parking lot.
Diet tip: eat a chocolate bar one half hour before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite, and you'll eat less.
If you eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, isn't that a balanced diet? Don't they actually counteract each other?
Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.
Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.
A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Now, isn't that handy?
Each person is of value to God.
Iniquity and evil are intolerable to God.
God’s love is deep, His justice is wide, in perfect balance.
One divine person, Jesus Christ, can pay the debt for the human race.
Assurance of forgiveness is not presumption, but based on fact.
We are ransomed, redeemed, restored, renewed.
The estrangement from our Creator has been healed.
We can be a child of God, a member of His family.
Taken from Know What You Believe by Paul E. Little, chapter 4, pg. 59
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Jan 17, 2006
The cross of Jesus Christ has been called “the central fact of human history.” To the entire world the cross is the primary symbol of Christianity; it crowns church spires, highlights church auditoriums, and even dangles on jewelry counters.
This spotlight on the cross declares God’s planned purpose for the coming of Jesus Christ into human history. For both God and our world, the cross carries monumental significance, “the weight of glory,” as Paul expressed it (2 Cor. 4:17) and C.S. Lewis echoed in his book of the same name. It was the climatic fulfillment of God’s covenant, His design to close the gap between Himself and humanity.
Jesus Himself said the cross was His intentional, redemptive goal. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).
The death of Christ on the cross also singles out the “uniqueness” of Christianity. Here God has done for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He has provided the way for each one of us, prone to sin and distant from our Maker, to be forgiven and brought into vital relationship with Him. All this is based not on something we must do, but on something God Himself in His Son has already done.
Every other religious system in the world is essentially a “do-it yourself” proposition. Only in Christianity is salvation a free gift, not because we deserve it, but prompted by the incomprehensible goodness of God’s love. It is true, the cross of Christ is the central fact of human history. When we grasp the full meaning Christ’s death has for us, we can enthusiastically join all creation and declare He is worthy to receive our worship (Rev. 5:9,12,13).
Taken from Know What You Believe by Paul E. Little chapter 4, pages 51-52
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Jan 16, 2006
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If so leave a comment (be sure to leave your blog address) and I'll add you to my links.
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That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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Jan 14, 2006
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”
And I was reminded of babies who are being aborted. They cannot speak for themselves. They are completely helpless. They are at the mercy of others. And unless we speak up for them, they will continue to die horrible deaths.
We need to be the voice for these babies.
We need to stand up for their rights, because they can't.
Jan 13, 2006
Do it all for Jesus!
Jan 12, 2006
But for Christians it shouldn’t sound scary at all because it is the time when our Lord Jesus will come back to take us home to be with Him. He will take us to Heaven where we will never experience pain or sadness again. We will be completely happy and satisfied. But most of all we will finally get to see Jesus, face to face, and like Thomas, put our hands where the nails were, and place our hand where He was speared.
In the book Adventuring Through the Bible by Ray C. Stedman in chapter 77, pg 792-793 it says:
At the end of the book [Revelation], we are admonished to wait for the coming of Jesus—and toWe should look forward to the day when our Savior returns! Because He will welcome those of us who have accepted Him with open arms.
work for it, to be diligent and faithful and obedient until the Son of God
comes. You may be surprised to know that this is a book of extreme optimism.
Although Revelation is better known for its scenes of death, horror, upheaval,
and mass destruction, it truly does not stop there. Revelation looks beyond the
Tribulation, beyond Armageddon, all the way to the final victory of God, more
sure than tomorrow’s sunrise. C.S. Lewis writes this commentary on that glorious
God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else—something it never entered your head to conceive—comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realize it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not
last for ever. We must take it or leave it (Mere Christianity, [1943; reprint,
New York: Macmillan, 1960], 66).
Revelation is filled with encouragement. It is a book that will either inspire your faith—or fill you with fear. It will give you great comfort and encouragement if you know the Lord of all time and all space. But it is also a solemn book designed to make us understand that the One who unrolls the scroll is the One who was once here, the
One who died on Calvary’s cross, the Lamb led to slaughter so that He might win
the right to be the Lion, the King of all the earth.
The Lord is coming—and it won’t be long now. Those who know Him welcome that day and work and pray to hasten it. People who don’t know Him either scoff at that day—or dread it. The book of Revelation concludes with this promise of Jesus
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen ([Revelation] 22:20)
Jan 11, 2006
Fast forward a few days beyond this event of Mark 13 to the time when Jesus is prodded by Roman soldiers toward the place of execution. A group of women follows behind, hysterical with grief. Suddenly Jesus turns and silences them with these words, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children…For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke 23:28,31).
As chapter 13 spells out in grim detail, Jesus does not expect the war against God’s kingdom to end with his own death. He predicts that evil will only intensify until, after one final spasm of rebellion, the earth gives way to God’s full restoration.
This chapter echoes, and quotes from, the Old Testament prophets. At the end of time, God will take off all the wraps. And when Jesus returns, he will appear in a new form: not as a helpless babe in a manger, not nailed to a crosspiece of wood, but as “the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.”
When Is the End?
Some of Jesus’ dire predictions find fulfillment in A.D. 70 when Roman soldiers break through the walls of Jerusalem and demolish Herod’s temple—the same temple Jesus’ disciples are admiring when Jesus first speaks these words. Other predictions apparently have not yet been fulfilled.
Just a few decades after Jesus’ death, scoffers mock the notion of the second coming of Christ. “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation” (2Peter 3:4). For all such scoffers, Jesus and the prophets have one ominous word of advice: Just wait. God will not let you go on scoffing forever. One day, the earth and the sky will flee from his presence.
By Philip Yancey and Tim Stafford (NIV Student Bible)
Jan 10, 2006
"I haven't got any money, please go away!" replied the lady, and she proceeded to try and close the door.
Quick as a flash, the young salesman wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open.
"Don't be too hasty!" he said. "Not until you have at least seen my demonstration."
With that statement of triumph, he proceeded to empty a bucket full of smelly dump yard dirt onto her hallway carpet.
"If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this smelly dump yard dirt from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder."
The lady replied, "Well I hope you've got a good appetite, because they cut off my electricity this morning."
That reminds me of the time…
Last year when we were in the US for a few months, a telemarketer called and he began telling me about this product and asking if I knew about it. After a while he ask if my parents were there and I said no, and he ask if he could call back sometime when they were there. But I said that we really were not interested and he said, “They have trained you well haven’t they?”
Jan 9, 2006
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
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Jan 7, 2006
This year we waited until the week before Christmas to put up our tree. That is amazing because one year my mom put the tree up it was either right before Thanksgiving or right after. When did you put your tree up? (Come on, be honest!)
My Christmas isn’t entirely over yet. Later today the Homeschool group we are apart of is having a Christmas get-together. So, there is still more food and presents to go. (That’s a nice combination isn’t it? Food and presents!)
I took a chemistry test on Monday. Chemistry is definitely not an easy subject. (If you have taken or are taking chemistry you know what I mean!) All those atoms, molecules, chemical formulas, chemical equations, protons, electrons, and neutrons! Quick quiz: What is stoichiometry?
I posted this earlier this week but I’m going to post it here as well.
Please pray for the families of the miners that died. Pray that God would comfort them. Also pray for Randal McCloy, the only miner who survived. Pray that he would be healed and also that God would comfort his family as well.
I plan on posting more next week.
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Jan 5, 2006
Sometimes it seems that when we work hard at something, we don’t always see the progress we’ve made right away.
And sometimes it is frustrating.
When we’ve worked hard at something, we want to see the results immediately, but that is not always what happens. For example, I have an aquarium. When I clean it and stir up the gravel, the water becomes dirty and the aquarium looks worse than it did before I started cleaning it. I can’t see the results immediately, I have to be patient and wait. After a while, the water starts to clear and then I can see improvements that have been made.
When we work hard at something—whether it is in school, sports, music lessons, or something else—sometimes we don’t see the progress right away, but if we are patient we eventually will.
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