Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Grace Point First Baptist Church of Newtown-Family Life Center

Don't forget to register for the upcoming seminar on youth culture. Tickets are $5 and the speaker, Walt Mueller, is top-notch. Click the link below for more information about the event and how to get tickets.

Grace Point First Baptist Church of Newtown-Family Life Center

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Good words/quotes for me today

All the Google quotes and the word fit me in different ways today. Let me explain...

Word of the Day
quondam: former; sometime

I believe that I am either a full fledged quondam conservative or at least a quondam Republican. At any rate, either of these phrases would express the fact that while I used to buy into the respective political philosophies, I don't as much. Still, my old political leanings formed my politics today. Not that I have abandoned these philosophies full scale, but that I now look at them with much more discernment. Certainly, I am still more conservative than liberal and more likely to vote Republican than Democratic, but I would no longer use these terms to define myself.

Quote of the Day
Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.
- Samuel Butler

Of course I'm not a genius intellectually, still I feel that I have a certain way of looking at the world that is different, and in some ways, perhaps more developed than many who just see the easy way to survive or to earn a buck. It is this way of looking at the world that often causes me to say things that are frustrating to others, or to cause me to get down upon myself.

America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
- Oscar Wilde

This quote relates to me only as I have been reading about the Basques of late partly of basque heritage. In my reading I've learned that there is good evidence that basques fishermen came to the Americas long before Columbus, but did not share their discovery out of want to keep their new found fishing hole a secret.

One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you.
Larry Gelbart

Again, not that I'm particularly funny all the time, but when something is funny to me, I can't control the desire to share it, think about it, or do something creative with it. The sense of humor takes me.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Inside Bay Area - Bay Area Living

Inside Bay Area - Bay Area Living: "DEVELOPMENTAL psychologists have identified four different child-rearing styles: authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and uninvolved. Of these four, the authoritative approach shines above the others, is recommended by most child-care experts, produces self-confident and self-controlled children and is backed by 30 years of conclusive research. But don't confuse this with authoritarian parenting ('My way or the highway!')."

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Prayer for 2006

The following is a prayer that I'd like to pray throughout 2006. My hope is to pray this everyday and occationally update it so by the end of the year, it will be meaningful for my whole life.

Lord, give me a light to show me the way: a pilar of fire that goes before me. May my path be full of godly adventure. May there be many unknowns before me. But guide me each step that I may never feel alone or stumble.

Give me stregth to stand up against sin: my own sinful deeds and thoughts first, and then let me speak out against the sin I see around me.

Renew my love for other people that no one would be a bother in my day.

Lord, bring the most loved one back into the rightful place in my life. Let me be a leader in my family: to Stef and to my girls. Help me to lead them in my love for you through my actions and attitude. Keep my mind and eyes pure and my thoughts directed to Stefanie. Make me an example of a gracefilled man to my Moriah and Elisa. Let me also learn to lead in my greater family and may I have time to spend with them. May I be drawn closer to my parents in their autum years. May I be an example of your wisdom and peace to my brothers and sister, and may I be may I have a renewed relationship.

Make me a man of prayer interceding for those around me: my family, the families of my church, my neighbors, and the missionaries that I love and respect.

Lord, the Body of Christ needs good men-show me the best way to lead it. Make me spiritual enough to lead the church but never one dimentional. Make me one who drives people to serve you and show me how to deligate you work. Let me always be understanding of other's struggles with sin, but always helpful in returning them to their relationship with you.

Strengthen my love for your Word and for prayer. Be my dwelling place. Be my home. Be the one I share first all the experiences of my life. Be the center of all my attention.

Psalm 90

Sunday, January 01, 2006

"I like world peace"

Did anyone else hear it? The street reporter, whose name escapes me right now, was talking to three police officers about their New Year's resolutions. The first officer spoke of his desire to loose weight. She responded, "Yea, loose weight," as she patted at his stomach.

The second officer intensely stated his resolution. "I'm going to pray for world peace." That was a I nice sentiment from one who see the peaceful-less side of the world so closely. And our reporter's wisest response was....

"I like world peace."

Come one now. What kind of response is that from a reporter? Can't ABC do better than that? "I like world peace." That isn't even the truth. At least, who could know if they like world peace? It has never been experience. "I like the thought of world peace." "I like the idea of praying for world peace." "World peace is something we all desire." Those could have been good responses. "I like world peace only shows that young reporters are either incompetent or it show that this young person has no concept of the true evil that runs wild in this world.

ABC.com - Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006