Ok, it isn’t my normal post, I am working on something more substantial but this is my first Youtube video. If you don’t know we are spoofing Criss Angel, because EVERYONE on his show is a plant. They all work for him.
I think I may have to actually join the anti Jopa crowd. I love his character and the way he builds young men, but not at the expense of the team but I don’t think his, play to not lose mentality will work any more. This article breaks down the loss to THE M pretty effectively and although Michigan played pretty well on Saturday there is no one to blame for this loss but the coaching staff.
For those who are interested in how things are going with our house church I have decided to update you here hopefully every Monday.
This past week we were asked to move our ‘service’ to the evening as two of our group had a company picinic to attend, and since we could we did. I thought it was a great advantage to our type of fellowship we can change it to suit all of us when we need to.
I had been thinking thinking that up to this point we had simply been having a traditional church in my house and so I made a greater attempt to stir conversation and I think it worked, I am not sure if it was because there was only five of us in attendance or if it was because I didn’t lecture but I thought last nights meeting was one of the best we had.
If you have known me for any length of time you may already know this but I didn’t grow up going to a church. It was never part of my life and so it isn’t habitual for me to get up and go to a building which may be one reason that the change is easier for me but as to why I was attracted to it in the first place I had to think about that for a while and I think I have come up with some reasons.
Hillary has revealed her 2.0 plan for health care for our country along with every other democrat running for president. When will people realize that government is NOT the answer to our problems but is the problem. Every time the government tries to make things more affordable they get more expensive. Look at college tuition, as more and more people have been able to get grants and government loans, the cost of education has been rising faster than inflation and in many cases the quality has gone down.
If the government gives heath care to everyone, it will increase demand for the product and that will increase the cost of the product making it more expensive for everyone. But, who cares about the real results as long as you can buy votes from people who are on the take.
By the way I find it truly hypocritical that John Edwards is pushing the same kinds of issues when he is almost single handedly responsible for pushing OB-GYN’s out of his state. As an ambulance chaser he pushed up the cost of having a baby without improving anything but his own bottom line.
I am really tempted to vote for Hillary just to hurry up the collapse of this entitlement system we have created, then maybe we can get back to actually being productive.
5 Years and Counting
This past weekend Heather and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary, I surprised Heather with a trip to Snowshoe West
We started the weekend with by dropping Alora off with her Grand parents in WV then we headed down to our luxurious cabin get away. We arrived and we and got directions to the cabin and all I can say was I was terribly glad we borrowed Grandpa’s truck for the trip (so we wouldn’t have to move the baby seat) It was definitely an off road adventure, we passed a sign that said 4-wheel drive or chains recommended. I assume that is for ski season when this place is crowded but still it was steep and our van would have been begging for mercy.
When we arrived it was raining pretty hard, we had grabbed a few snacks for later but didn’t have any thing for dinner so we took off in the rain and after 10 minutes found out way back to the paved road. The only place we really found to eat was up at the ‘village’ of Snowshoe on the top of the mountain. We took off in the rain from the car to the first restaurant we could find. I had brought an umbrella and luckily there was one in the truck, which was promptly tore apart by the wind so we had to scramble under one.
We decided on the duck appetizers, which were something like egg rolls but much better, and a BBQ plate for two full of ribs, chicken and pulled pork which was great.
However when we got back to our cabin we started to notice that is was a pet friendly cabin by the copious amounts of animal hair we found. When we finally got the furnace to work it spit out hairballs the size of hamsters. Our allergies were killing us all knight. In the morning we went to check out early and were provided a new cabin, since the sun was now shining we decided to stay and turn our weekend around. We took a train ride to a mountain top picnic, where we froze out butts off and finally a trip the National Radio Observatory where we saw Jupiter and four of her moons. It turned out to be a fun weekend.
I look forward to the next five years…
Of course, I have never met him personally but he is, I believe, one of the most prolific authors in the Kingdom of God. Although when writing about theological matter he diminishes his own thoughts by constantly pointing out his laity, I wish I could find a Pastor with his wisdom and understanding.
I was first introduced to him in fourth grade where our reading teacher, Mrs. Williams, read us The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. It was a great story and though I have read it a dozen times I never cease to be amazed. When I was older I realized that he had written more than those seven children’s books. Mere Christianity should be mandatory reading for every Christian, and the Screwtape letters is one of my personal favorites, especially if you can get the unabridged audio by John Cleese, something about it being in a British accent makes it better
His grasp of not only the Word of God but of language makes me feel clumsy as I write this but all the more makes me strive to improve.
For the five of you who have been following my blog for any period of time you know I have some trouble with church related issues for some time now. It began when my views on the tithe changed which not only eliminated the possibility of me being a traditional church pastor but eventually seemed to eliminate me from membership and ministry from most of the traditional churches I visited in an attempt to fit into the mold. For some time I have been fighting what I felt God was pushing me towards but recently with some help I have learned to stop worrying and leave the church.
One thing I will always take with me from my time at Vineyard Community Church is that this man knew he would have to answer to God for how he treated people and lived his life and so his decisions were marked with a deliberation that I don’t see in most people. I watched him up close wrestle with several decisions that was not easy to make, and they were difficult because of the care and consideration he gave to all involved.
All too often I am want to make decisions without considering the affect it will have on the individuals involved but I learned a little more thought Pastor Dave how to treat people with the love of God.
This article points to a great deal of factors that point to the consumer growth in America. I can’t help but wonder if Christians have bought into this idea of stuff and bigger is better at the cost of the gospel.