Just a humorous look at the possibilities. No, Paul didn't have a cell phone in prison. He sent hand inked parchment letters, yet still managed to communicate with much of the Eastern Hemisphere. And, he is still being retweeted today. Have you said anything lately worth retweeting?
I was not a good dancer in my twenties. It wasn't until I learned that the steps don't really have to matter all that much that I could dance. I still can't dance, but I have a lot of fun not doing it. Many dancers are not concerned so much about your skill. They are only thinking of one thing...the fact that you are in their arms, and you are moving, and the music is playing inside of you as well as around you, as you float together through the music. Nothing else really matters... just so you let go and go....between dancers that is.
Because you shall forget your misery, and remember it as waters that pass away... Job 11:16
There must be a certain magic to the way a camera uses the light of the sun. The sun paints a picture in the iris of the human eye for vision to occur. The same picture holds true with traditional photography. In college art classes, we learned how to make pin type cameras out of boxes, which we left sitting out in the sun for a number of hours, and then developed the pictures in a dark room. I remember the black darkness of the dark room, strikingly impressive in the way a total absence of light was required to form an image recorded with light.
Mimeograph machines were in use in my first teaching assignment, before traditional copiers made their way into school workrooms. We poured fluid in and lined the drum with purple sheets of ink, and then rolled the drum around and around with a hand crank to churn out however many copies we needed. By the time the school day was finished, I was covered in mimeo spots from the purple ink and a layer of chalk dust from the old chalk boards.
When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls! ~Ted Grant
As a young mother, I worked hard to paint an impression on the hearts of my sons of morality. I discussed situations where moral issues were at question. I imagine...imagine is a strange word... I imagine that the Light of God painted more of an image on their heart than anything. I say imagine is a strange word for the image it contains within it. You are making an image in your mind when you imagine. And, where does the light come from that sparks the image? Imagination. What is imagination? It's the mimeograph fluid in the brain that sets the image in our mind. Where does imagination come from? It comes from the soul, for it is the soul that sparks of imagination, hence man can be said to have soul.
What is soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room. ~Ray Charles
This "force" came from the Source. God is the Eternal Source of life. So, if you are painting pictures... thank your Maker.
I looked around this evening and saw that my red-headed nephew, all of 2 years old, and fluent in baby-talk, had removed all the videos out of one cabinet, one at a time and had them in a neat stack on the carpet. He looked deeply engrossed, busy, and pleased with his progress. We had been so involved in meal prep and talking that we had not noticed what he was up to, so I laughed aloud and said, "Look at what Timmy has done!" His Mom reprimanded him and immediately he turned and picked up the whole stack at once, which was as tall as he was, and actually tried to put them back into the vertical-stack cabinet. Unfortunately, it is the kind that has slots, and wedging them in one at a time is a requirement. I laughed harder to see the look of panic on his face. You could see that he realized what he had done was inappropriate, and he intended to get out of trouble by undoing what he had done, all at once. Needless to say, it didn't work out well for him. Lol.
That's the way time can be for all of us. We become so busy, picking up first one thing and then another, and then we look around and realize our plate is so full we are leaving things undone. I guess that's what David meant about "my cup runneth over." It is great to have a chance to see family, especially since I don't get out much anymore. I was glad to see my nephews, Thomas and Timmy. They are sweet little fellows and well-behaved. They remind me of my boys when they were small, because they always wanted to bite off more than they could chew, and then seemed surprised when it was more than they could handle. I guess they inherited that trait though.
Oddly enough, we don't seem to do that often in the Spirit world. You know, there are many people who don't believe the Spirit world exists in the first place, don't believe in anything that can't be seen with the eyes. This reminds me of Thomas, the Disciple. "Except I see it with my eyes..." Thomas. But, those of us who are willing to believe in what we have not seen with our eyes, we still tend to back off somewhat when we feel we've moved in a little too close for comfort to the Spiritual realm. We have a limit to what we can absorb and it is not easily surpassed. It comes slowly in degrees. For example, we don't move from reading our Bible once a year to reading 4 hours a day all at once. No, changes in the Spirit realm usually come in steps... like Timmy's videos today, one at a time. Hence, the Spirit and the Word can be said to be like a hammer, beating out a cadence and a rhythm. Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like a fire? says the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Thomas moved on to playing video games quickly, but Timmy spent a lot of time sitting on my walker looking at the fish. He had a lot to say about them, though nothing in English. I love the way children love animals. But, most of all, I love my nephews. Family is a wonderful gift from God here in the natural world.
I like to feature technology tutorials that I find helpful in ministry. This is a 16 minute video tutorial on creating and using QR Codes. In the video, I tell briefly and demonstrate what they are and how they are used to communicate information, to link to websites, and to share music and video content in "physical-world hyper-linking." Afterwards, I have a gift for you.
Now that you've seen the video, accept a free wallpaper for your smart phone as a special gift from me. It is a custom made wallpaper from my own Nature Hike photography collection. This one is a Sunrise Image alone. Check back soon for a new page featuring my free Scripture Wallpapers Collection for Smartphones, Tablets & I-Pads, and PC from me. And, may God bless you richly.
http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-generator/The link for the Code Generator website I used is:
The CNET article I referenced at the beginning is found at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57364330-281/judge-americans-can-be-forced-...
My Reason2BelieveHim Podcast, which is referenced in the video, is found at: http://reason2believehim.libsyn.com/
This video was recorded with an Olympus VG 110 camera with a 4Xwide Optical Zoom 4.8-19.2 mm lens.
The Olympus Camera was provided courtesy of Adam Justice @etelligence (Twitter) internet journalist and featured contributor to Yahoo for Technology, Automotive and Politics. http://www.adam-justice.com/
Feel free to leave comments and questions below and I will reply.
Vicky Hunt/ Reason2BelieveHim
Today is the 39th anniversary of Row Vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that took the abortion decision out of state hands, and placed it in the hands of our "federal" government. Since 1973, approximately 22% of all American pregnancies have ended with the killing of the child while in the first and often second trimester in the womb. Yes, it is killing when a life is taken and a heart that was beating is stopped willfully. Contrary to the way many people base their moral ideas, legality has nothing to do with morality.
We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." ~Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait, 1963
On the personal level, having an abortion is not a decision that many women want to make. If given a choice, they would want to be able to raise the baby with the love and support of its father. Absent of that choice, they are often urged by well-meaning people to "do the right thing and take care of it." I don't think most mothers take care of their baby by killing the child. So, it is a poor choice of words. I remember watching a friend in Job Corps on the phone, telling her parents she was pregnant. When her Daddy told her to have an abortion or to not come home, she cried and begged to keep the baby. Finally she went home to have the abortion and came back a few months later a different person. She definitely felt guilty. She suffered from the heart ache of losing a child. But, the blood of Jesus will not accuse you of any guilt if you've had an abortion. The blood of Jesus will cleanse you and forgive you, and make you innocent of every sin against God's Word.
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust. -Jesus (John 5:45)
So, for the 78% of those of you in the under 39 crowd occupying Earth, congratulations on surviving the womb. The other 22% are occupying Heaven. Where else do you think they would be? You don't think living souls occupy the garbage cans outside an abortion clinic do you?
***The full news story from the 2008 article is at http://cul.detmich.com/womancare_dumpster/womancare_dumpster.html Right-to-Life advocates routinely search dumpsters outside abortion clinics, since the babies must be disposed of somewhere, and are often disposed of illegally.
Ministry is a calling. Callings don't come cheap. Jesus gave the great Commission to His disciples, and they were all martyred after hard lives, but lived fruitful ministries. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. How else will the world hear unless God sends a preacher? I remember the day when a young man seeking a place to preach might find a good location on a street corner, or go into a prison because he wanted for a pulpit, yet had a fire burning in his soul. Now, the internet provides an added place for young ministers, as well as experienced pastors like my pastor to send the gospel message out to the world.
Tonight, I want to share a good Podcast with you. "Living on Purpose Ministries Podcast" is part of the Online Ministries of Scott Benefield, of Ranburne, Alabama. He and his wife Cindy pastor the Tallapoosa Assembly of God, in Tallapoosa, Georgia. He preaches Pentecostal Messages on Faith, Saving Grace, and the Love of God. I have the privilege of sitting under his ministry, and enjoy listening to his sermons weekly. I think it's great that ministers can make their sermons available across the country and around the word so easily now. His Podcast has subscribers right now in:
The latest sermon available on his podcast is titled Three Gifts, and I remember this one from the week before Christmas. It is an excellent sermon on Abundant Life, Eternal Life, and the Spirit-filled Life: three gifts that God has given His children. He takes 2 Corinthians 9:15 as his main text, as well as James 1:17, John 3:16, Luke 4:18-19,
John 4:10, 14 and Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8, Acts 2:38, and 1 Peter 4:10 as secondary texts. He presents god as the Great Giver who wants to give gifts to His children that will change their lives.
Check it out. I know you will be blessed. I look for many blessings on his ministry!
Tonight, I want to begin with quotes taken from a well-known source. One will be added here every 15 minutes, until someone comments with the correct source, (or until I run through all 7 quotes.) Then, I will post the conclusion on this same blog afterwards. In this way, this one blog will be edited several times, and will be in essence a "live" blog. The only rule is... have fun figuring out where I am headed with this. I don't mind however you come up with the answer.
#7: "Things are only impossible until they're not."~Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jean-Luc Picard
#6: "Every moment of pleasure in life has to be purchased by an equal moment of pain." ~Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Up the Long Ladder," Danilo O'Dell
#5: "Having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting, it may not be logical but it is often true." ~Star Trek, Mr. Spock
#4: "Sometimes you just have to bow to the absurd." ~Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Up the Long Ladder," Jean-Luc Picard, Stardate 42823.2
*****Note: Since I see such huge response on the stats, I will "sweeten the pot" for the winner. You may choose any of my foreign language Bibles that are "modern languages." (Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsii (Arabic,) French, or Russian. The African Bible has been given away previously. They appear on my Kid's Site at http://www.animatedfaithzone.com/pentecost-sunday-a-christian-celebration.html
#3: "I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis." ~Star Trek, Mr. Spock
We have a winner! Emil contacted me on Twitter with the correct answer. He must be a true Trekkie, and Star Trek :) was the Television series with these quotes. But, first, for the final two quotes:
#2: "You will never come up against a greater adversary than your own potential, my young friend." ~Michael Piller & Michael Wagner, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Evolution," Dr. Paul Stubbs to Wesley Crusher, original airdate 25 September 1989, stardate 43,125.8
#1: "Your Honor, a courtroom is a crucible. In it, we burn away irrelevancies until we're left with a pure product - the truth, for all time." ~Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Measure of a Man," Jean-Luc Picard
To give a little background on the framework of the show's creation for those non-Trekkies out there:
Star Trek stories usually depict the adventures of humans and aliens who serve in Starfleet, the space-borne humanitarian and peacekeeping armada of the United Federation of Planets. The protagonists are essentially altruists, whose ideals are sometimes imperfectly applied to the dilemmas presented in the series. The conflicts and political dimensions of Star Trek sometimes represent allegories for contemporary cultural realities: Star Trek: The Original Series addressed issues of the 1960s, just as later spin-offs have reflected issues of their respective decades. Issues depicted in the various series include war and peace, the value of personal loyalty, authoritarianism, imperialism, class warfare, economics, racism, religion, human rights, sexism, feminism, and the role of technology. Roddenberry stated: "[By creating] a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and fortunately they all got by the network."
Roddenberry intended the show to have a highly progressive political agenda reflective of the emerging counter-culture of the youth movement, though he was not fully forthcoming to the networks about this. He wanted Star Trek to show humanity what it might develop into, if only it would learn from the lessons of the past, most specifically by ending violence. An extreme example is the Vulcans, who had a very violent past but learned to control their emotions. Roddenberry also wanted to imply an anti-war message and to depict the United Federation of Planets as an ideal, optimistic version of the United Nations. His efforts were thwarted by the network's concerns over marketability, e.g., they were opposed to Roddenberry's insistence on a racially diverse crew of the Enterprise. - Excerpt taken from Wikipedia
I enjoyed watching the older series growing up. I also enjoyed the new movie last year. I heard that production is now started on the second movie, and I can't wait to see that as well. But, to note a few details in the TV series, religion appears to be extinct for the advanced races, while baseball and other vestiges of our day remain intact. Despite the efforts of Roddenberry to show what the future could be like, I notice that war and conflict still exist in this alter-verse. I know that Roddenberry had conceived a work to be titled "Star Trek and God" and that to my knowledge was never incorporated. But, I believe the future of mankind is wrapped up in his past as well as in his potential. So, in conclusion, I will leave you with some thought questions. I hope you enjoyed the contest.
1. What do you believe about the future of Earth, the solar system, and mankind?
2. Where do you believe God is within our Universe, if you believe He exists?
3. What do you believe to be the source of life?
4. If man were truly progressed to his total capacity, what morals and altruistic characteristics do you suppose he would demonstrate?
5. What things would vanish from our lives and society in an advanced civilization?
6. Do you believe that mankind will travel to other star systems?
7. How far in the future, in terms of years, do you see the possibility of this type of “wagon train to the stars?”
***Emil please contact me with info on which Bible you choose. Thanks and congratulations!!!
A pleasingly rainy day awakens me to the sounds of life. Sometimes I forget that I am alive otherwise. I have a holiday all my own, just recently passed... Vivification Day. No, you've never heard of it before because I made it up twenty-eight years ago, the day I got out of Job Corps. Later, it became a dual celebration as the day my divorce was final... a bad marriage. I don't remember telling anyone about the holiday. I have always celebrated it silently in my heart, acknowledging the fact that I am alive and that I am a survivor. The Latin root for the word is found in Revival, as in to restore something which has been killed. A resurrection. The holiday has slipped by quietly unnoticed the last two years.
It could be argued that I would have remembered it more, since my surgical mishap...trying to learn to use gentler words for that :) But, the reality is my husband made me forget that I was ever dead. Surprising isn't it?! If you've ever read Corrie Ten Boom's books, you will see that love makes even a holocaust seem as something you are passing through. In the book, The Hiding Place, Corrie asks, "Do you know what hurts so very much? It's love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But, then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel."
Another route for the love to travel, is very aptly put, don't you think? If you feel dead inside, open your heart to revival. God will open a path for life inside you. You don't have to wait for a rainy day, or a holiday to rejoice in life. There is no need to feel broken or fragmented. You are one with Christ. The Bible says,
Ephesians 4:4-10 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore he says, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
You see, we must descend to ascend. We all want to climb higher in Christ, but like Christ, sometimes it is necessary to descend into the depths to reach the heights that He has for us. Rest in what He has for you. And, that will be all you ever wanted.