Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Excessive Celebrations in Pro Sports

Some times celebrations do get a bit excessive.

Pizza dude

I've run out of chili so it's time to make something new. I realized I have lots of flour left so I think I'll make a pizza on home made focaccia bread.
Pizza 1: pineapple and peperoni (wishing I had some Prosciutto)
Pizza 2: hot sausage, mushroom, onion, and green peper

yum, I can't wait. I'll go ahead and make the dough when I get off work. I need to be in Cary at 6:30 so I'll go there and when I get back, it should have had plenty of time to rise. I'll just be a quick bake away from pizza heaven. Cowabunga dude!

Funny Verse - 6

Song of Solomon 1:2 Oh, that he would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!

How else would you kiss?

Arby's Coupon day

I've been waiting for this day to come for over a month now. Arby's coupons come in the mail almost every month but last month I threw away the coupon thinking I could just use the old ones. You see, they never ask for the coupon so you can keep reusing the coupons over and over. Evidently some of the coupons I had were no longer available so he said they had expired. They had in fact expired so I was forced to wait a month for the new ones to come out.

mmm. mmm. mmm. I'll be enjoying a few $.99 roast beef sandwiches and a cherry turnover soon.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Conference Calls

I've been on a conference call since 2:30 this afternoon. It's five till five now and I'm still waiting on something I asked them to do 3 hours ago. I've said it before but conference calls are the biggest waste of time you can have during the day. I guess I'm not getting out of here any time soon which really stinks because we're meeting at Outback in a little while for Bible Study.

Blog often

It's amazing that you can now watch about any current show through the net by going to the network company's website. It's a clear feed and with limited interruptions so in my opinion is better then watching it on TV.

I've heard the best way to have a successful blog is to blog often. People come to a blog for new information so even if it is short, it's good to always have new information. That's become much easier as I've finished watching all of the new TV shows out.

I've even gone through cheesy shows like Kyle XY and Wildfire. I'll admit though that I can get into a cheesy show as long as it's clean. The unrealistic drama and bad acting doesn't bother me too much because you can always laugh it if it's too much. After finishing every season of a countless number of shows, I decided to start finding funny verses I've read in the bible and posting them. At some point I'll run out but I'm on day five and still have five left in my queue. Actually, just read Song of Solomon and you'll find an endless number of them since our view of beauty is much different then theirs. That however is too easy so I'll limit my selection to three from that book. Describing her hair like that of a goat or teeth like sheep doesn't exactly put a great picture in your mind. Goat hair in case you haven't felt it is pretty rough and who wants fuzzy teeth. That's what toothpaste is for. I wonder what future generations will laugh at us about.

Funny Verse - 5

John 16:16-19
"In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me."

Some of his disciples said to one another, "What does he mean by saying, 'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,' and 'Because I am going to the Father'?" They kept asking, "What does he mean by 'a little while'? We don't understand what he is saying."

Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, "Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, 'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me'?

Wait... what are they asking? Can you repeat that?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Summer Nights cont.

I just realized something. As I said, I was telling a good friend of mine about my summer plans and he also seemed excited about doing something similar. The problem is he is always in another state due to work. As I posted in a previous article about networking, his company may end up building a new building for Ateb which would force him to stick around Raleigh for at least the near future. I don't want to pretend to know God's plan and how He plans on keeping me in touch but that certainly would be one way to do it. Not only would he be in Raleigh but would be working with in a 2 mile radius from where I am now. We could make sure we're each on track during lunch breaks.

Oh, since I didn't put this in the last one, here are some of the options I was given. Being summer and for a shorter period of time, we can be more ambitious about things.

1) Read the Bible all the way through in 90 days (12 pages a day)... resource HERE and about HERE
2) Do a chapter a week of a systematic theology book and study the verse associated... resource HERE
3) Go through a workbook of some kind that involves daily reading.

I'm leaning more towards reading 12 pages a day cover to cover since that will help me understand verses I study in context of the whole bible. Also, it is a bit more structured which is good right now.

Summer Nights

Summer lovin' had me a blast

Summer lovin' happened so fast

Summer is fast approaching and means a lot of changes. In college Crusade would always give warnings to all the leaders about the summer. Be prepared is what they would always say. Crusade did not meet during the summer so there were no Bible studies to attend or weekly meetings to keep you encouraged. Also, the new school year would be here before you knew it and with out preparation in April and May, many outreach opportunities would be missed.

Now that we're out of school, we are no longer on a school schedule but there are still changes associated with summer. BSF has for the last year been my daily quiet time. It put me in God's written word every night and I've learned a lot from it. Since that will be over May 19th and before BSF I never had a consistent quiet time, I was a bit worried that I would slip into old habits of drifting through my spiritual walk. With out that -do this on day 1 and this on day 2- structure, how would I know how to approach the bible each night?

At first, I went to Lifeway looking for a BSF type of lesson since that is what I'm familiar with and I know I've grown in my walk from that. Luckily I couldn't find anything even remotely close. You see, being new at the close relationship part of Christianity, I thought it was the method that brought you close to God. I figured the BSF method was what worked and so I should stick with that. What I didn't understand was it was the Holy Spirit that was doing the work there and not the questions that were being asked at the end of each lesson. I did not have faith that "He would continue the good work started in me" as I stated in my testimony and was said by God Himself. After talking to several men I admire, I've come up with several options for the summer. For the next few weeks I'll be praying through those options and trying to come up with what God would have me do.

The other request/fear was for accountability. In BSF, you would discuss your answers each week so if you didn't do it, you would have to pass when it came your turn to speak. In an effort to avoid that situation, I would do my lesson each night even if it was late and I was tired. Even with great plans, human nature can cause us to skip a lesson then another untill skipping becomes the habit. Sharing with some closer friends both my desire to keep up a daily quiet time and to do it with them, I've found a several men who expressed interest in doing the same thing. They will keep me accountable and I, them.

After all my worry and prayer, I realize I was just being dumb. Why would God let one of His own go when they want to stay close to Him? I'm now excited about what this summer will bring. Hopefully I'll see God in a way that is different then before and I'll be able to share that with others.

Ten Years

Coming up in August, my high school class will be having our 10 year reunion. I didn't go to the 5 year because anyone I cared to keep up with I was still in contact with but I might go to this one. It will be interesting to see how everyone has changed over the last decade.

Submissive urination

Submissive or excited urination

This behavior is usually seen in dogs that wish to show complete submission or respect, and can also be tied to a neurological inability to control bladder functions during excitement. Corrections are unnecessary to curb this behavior, and may even exacerbate anxiety issues in the puppy later on.

If a dog is overly shy or submissive, make sure all new people in the puppy's life practice the no touch, no talk, no eye contact rule, until the puppy is ready to meet them.

--I'm so glad I read this. I was a little lost on what to do about this with Keeley. I'll have to start this ASAP.

Funny Verse - 4

Psalms 56:1a
Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me;

I think some of the ladies can appreciate this verse a little more then me but I'm just throwing it out there.

Friday, April 25, 2008


The future is uncertain; this we all know. One thing we should not be uncertain about is God's will. Doesn't the Bible say “if anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask” or “he will direct our path?” I'm sitting at home at night asking God what he wants from me. My life seems to be at a turning point and I don't know where to go. My current job is going fine but it can get pretty monotonous at times. My boss knows my ambition is not where I am so he’s looking to find me a position in development. Since I graduated college in 03, that has been where I wanted to go but now things are kind of up in the air. If this doesn’t work out, it will almost be like the last two years have been wasted. Granted, I’ve learned a lot about computers and probably more so then I would had I just spit out code but that would leave me at a dead end here if things don’t work out. I love working for this company and it would be sad to start looking for a job outside of them. Then again, I’ve thought about going back to school for a masters, or even changing venues to something with the Church. I’ve heard about computer jobs in missions where you would produce Jesus videos for different languages or network radio stations so they can broadcast the Gospel to the world. I’d probably have to go to seminary for that but it would be exciting to get out and be doing something that made a difference. You’d probably see the world and meet all kinds of people; also something I’d really like to do.

This came up because my boss just organized a meeting with the two development managers and we should be meeting soon to discuss positions opening. I’m confident I would do a good job but it’s been so long since I’ve coded, I know I’d make all the rookie mistakes and ask a lot of stupid questions. Then again, there is a six month training part so at least I wouldn’t have to just jump right in.

The Networking King

I love networking. Ever since I had a job in sales I started networking different services and trying to put people together. Because of contacts I made in the cell phone business, I was able to get Cingular to drop a $200 phone bill a few years ago. Recently, one of my coworkers was complaining about how expensive a particular power supply was. I had dealings with a guy named Kevin at a place called Cyberock a few years back. I made a quick trip over there with the part number and he found that power supply for 1/5 of the cost they were paying. They ended up buying 182 power supplies at around $50 instead of $250 so that's a huge chunk of savings. In addition, they may continue to use them and continue to save in further dealings.

Now I'm working to find an office building for us to move into. Ateb's lease ends in January and we'll be moving out of here. A friend of mine who I met through BSF works for a company that buys commercial land and builds office buildings. There is a plot of land next to our office for sale so it would be kind of cool if I was the one responsible for setting it all up. Obviously they would need to meet Ateb's price point but it looks like it could be a really good opportunity for us and for my friend. He does a lot of work out of town depending on where the job site is. It would be pretty cool for him to be in town for the next 8 months. Also, being next door, we could hang out on our lunch breaks which reminds me of an article I read today about the joys of same sex friendships. The article actually was about girls being friends with other girls but I think the principles still apply. Click HERE to check it out. I am always impressed by what Suzanne Hadley has to say and her incite in the article is no exception.

I have gas

Actually, I don't yet but I need to stop by the store and get some. I was grilling burgers last night and the flame went out. Yep, it ran out of gas half way through the burger so we had to finish it up on the George.

Grocery stores will fill tanks for you right?

Funny Verse - 3

1 Samuel 18:25
Then Saul replied, "Say this to David: 'The king desires no other bride-price except 100 Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.

Actually David brought back 200... how about that for a wedding present ladies?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Funny Verse - 2

Mark 14:51-52
A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

Um... enough said.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Funny Verse - 1

1 Corinthians 15:51
Listen! I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed

Great verse for a new babies room or a nursery

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Yikes, my finger

As I wrote in a previous post, I'm trying to start a new phase. I'm trying to do more home cooked meals and save some money. This past Sunday I made 16 bean chili but it was not with out casualties. I don't know what I was thinking but I decided to dice the onion in my hand over the pot. I figured I'd keep from making another dish dirty but I forgot that knives are sharp and my finger is soft. Yep, I cut a little too deep and hit my finger. Lucky for me, it was on the tip where you don't have many blood vessels so no bleeding. It actually looks like a bad paper cut.

Anyways, I'm eating the chili now and it's pretty good. Texture is a big thing with me and most of the time I can't eat beans because of their mushy and grainy texture. I didn't cook them all the way so they're still somewhat crisp if that is the right word. I've got enough for the next week so I should be able to eat this for a while.

G-ma turns 80

My mother's mother is having her 80th birthday party this Sunday after church. That's a lot of birthdays. Anyways, I was in Target the other day and saw this funny far side card. It had a fireman retrieving a cat out of a tree for this dog dressed up as an old lady. The picture cracked me up but the inside caption, "I hope you get everything you want this year" made it even better. Something about the card just made me know it was for her.

Keeping me humble

Last week in BSF was an awesome lesson. I’ve been looking forward to these last few chapters in Matthew for several weeks now and I have not been disappointed. Matthew 26 has so many points for us to learn from.

Although not the first I discovered, the first thing you notice is that Mary anointed Jesus for his coming death and burial when no one, not even his disciples, believed he would actually die on the Cross and be buried only to rise again. How could some random woman understand things that Peter, James, and John did not? Well one thing that was pointed out is that every time Jesus saw Mary she was at his feet. She continued to humble herself before Jesus and listened to every word he said. While Martha was preparing a meal, she was sitting with Jesus listening. When her brother died, she was the one to run out and greet him falling to his feet. Finally here, she was the one that didn’t just dab perfume that cost one years wage but broke the bottle to anoint Jesus’ head and feet filling the room with the aroma. I am challenged and encouraged by her devotion. Just as she constantly sought God, I am challenged to do the same. I am encouraged that through that, I will be able to understand exactly what God is saying even when others may not. That clarity allowed her to make the right decisions and was often praised by Jesus despite the jeers from the others.

The next thing that I noticed was how Jesus responded to God’s will. Obviously Jesus didn’t want to be beaten, spit on, flogged, and hung on a cross naked. He did not want his disciples and closest friends to desert him or to be cast away from God presence. Nobody likes to be alone and Jesus knew for the first time in his life he would be in total isolation with the guilt of all the sins of the world on him. For a sinless man, that was just asking too much. Luckily Jesus was also God and despite his reservations about going forward, he decided to take it in prayer. Let’s look further into that night in the garden.

He said he was grieved to the point of death at that point and so He prayed. Jesus expressed his desire for another way and the anguish following through would take on his mental and physical health. How often have we pleaded with God to answer “just this one request?” That is what Jesus is doing here. Next he submits himself before God and says that He will do God’s will even if it doesn’t go along with his plan. I think at that point, he understood God was saying no. Finally he prays a few times saying if you won’t take it away and I have to go along with things, “not my will but Yours” be done. To me this means that He says He will do what God is asking even though he does not want to but He is also asking for help here. I think Jesus is saying if He is to follow through and stay on the right path, He will need God’s help to continue. It is too easy to take no and come to the conclusion that God won't bring good things into your life so you might as well take them. What that is saying is you aren't accepting God's timing therefore decided to settle for something much less. Like Jesus, we need help humbling ourselves to God’s plan. That involves having peace despite trials and resolve in the face of opposition.

When you look at these two passages, it’s pretty amazing how in tune they are. Both Mary and Jesus humbled themselves before God and that is why they were able to understand what God’s plan was. I’ve learned a lot from this past week of study and unfortunately I’ve already had to put that lesson into practice. No, I should say that. Any time you choose to accept God’s will, that is never an unfortunate situation. Oh, and God's timing is perfect... like when I was to read this passage.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Great day

I just had my bi-annual review today and it went great. That means an increase in pay... yahoo!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Evan Almighty

I just finished watching Evan Almighty not too long ago. I've heard different things about the movie from all kinds of people. Some said it was an insult, others said it was tastefully done. Some thought it was funny, others did not. Basically, the story goes like this.

You've got an anchorman who is thrust into political spotlight as a US congressman. He moves into a huge house and into a large office and his life seems to be going great.

Just when everything seems to be going perfect, you start to see the facade fading. He spends all his time at work and never makes time for the hike with his kids he has been promising. At work, you find out his political success came about because of another senator who fast tracked his career to push through a controversial bill. Meanwhile, Even has just had a visit from God. God told him there would be a flood and that he needed to build an ark.

At first his family thinks he is crazy and it begins tearing them apart. Evan is about to be kicked out of the senate and his kids have moved in with his wife's mother. Unknown to Evan's wife, she also has a conversation with God and he reveals to her that this is a perfect opportunity to grow closer as a family. She comes back with their three children and help Evan build the ark. God also causes the animals to help out since the task is too much and together they all finish it.

Now that it is finished and the day has come for the flood, the entire community has come out to make fun of Evan. It starts raining and everyone realizes that Evan was right. Then it stops. Just as all faith in Evan is lost, you see the dam holding back the river break and the flood comes washing in.

The crowd just is saved and they get flushed to capital hill where a meeting is taking place to discuss further developments like the one that was just flooded. With the broken dam, Evan has all the evidence that shows what the other senator is doing is wrong. The environment is saved and Evan gets his job back.

I thought the movie was actually pretty good despite all the things that could have gone wrong. It was kind of obvious the main part of the plot but you didn't know till the end how that wrong would be fixed. There were several funny parts that I just couldn't keep from laughing despite my best attempt. I was watching it while I worked so you can't really bust out too much. There was also some good advice given by God when he talked to Evan's wife. She thought Evan was crazy and God explained that he didn't see crazy, he saw opportunity.

Often we pray for things and we hope they will just happen. We will pray for patience but really what we're asking for is everything to go our way so we don't need to be patient. God explained that when he gives patience, he allows situations to happen that let us demonstrate patience. She asked for a chance for her family to grow together and this was the perfect opportunity. I guess the moral of that was be careful of what you pray for because you just might get it.

After the Mountain

Last night out Sunday School class met up for our monthly Thursday night study. We were studying the importance of the Bible in our spiritual health. One of the passages read was the tempting of Jesus after 40 days of fasting. One thing that always stands out for me is the event that precedes his tempting. Jesus had just been baptized by John and the Holy Spirit had just come down on him like a dove. Matthew says just after this mountain top type of experience, "then he was lead by the spirit into the desert." Mark actually says "immediately" when describing the time between the good and bad times. In the desert was where the fasting and the trials came but he was prepared because he was filled by the Holy Spirit after that baptism and he was prepared having memorized the scriptures.

What does that say to me? Be careful after something happens that draws you really close to God. At that point, you think nothing could persuade you and you can easily become overconfident like Peter before he denied knowing Christ. Those amazing experiences often precede a particular time of trial and are there to teach you and bring you through the tough times.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


I've decided I'm going to learn how to cook. I would consider myself a pretty decent baker man since I can make almost any kind of bread from scratch. I've got some really good recipes including shrimp orzo or kobi steak but they all take too much time to do every day and often you won't have the ingredients needed. The trick I've found to cooking is to make it easy/quick but also use things you already have around the house.

I already have enough pasta to feed an entire soccer team so that one is taken care of. Likewise, I've got enough chunky soup to please even the toughest NFL mamas. I need to expand that selection however and I've figured out how to do it. I'm asking all my single friends on quick things they like to cook. So far, I've come up with this list.

1) Pasta
2) Soup
3) Chili
4) Tacos
5) Mexican Pizza
6) Burgers

Hot dog! I've more then doubled my variety. I can't wait to eat.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Faith under fire

In truth, as the strokes fell upon me, I had such a manifestation of God's presence as the like thereof I never had nor felt, nor can with fleshy tongue express.
Obadiah Holmes

What do you think this sounds like? A man is being physically harmed for his faith and yet he rejoices. I can't help but to think about the lion's den or the furnace where God was there in the trial with those men. Take faith that we will never experience trial more then what we can handle and God will provide the means to endure.

Thursday, April 3, 2008


This is something my mom started making a while back. It's easy to make and taste pretty good so I thought I'd share it.

2 lg. cans chunky pineapple (drained)
1 1/2 c. sugar
6 tbsp. self-rising flour
2 c. grated sharp cheese

Drain pineapple, reserving 3 tbsp. juice. Combine flour, sugar and stir in reserved pineapple juice. Add cheese and pineapple chunks. Mix well. Spoon mixture into greased 1 quart casserole.

2 c. Ritz cracker crumbs
1 stick melted butter

Rocks so large

This is an old question that has been answered long ago but I heard it again at BSF the other night so I decided to blog about it. The question goes like this:

Can God make a rock so large that he can't move it?

I can see how this would trip people up but really, you could answer either way and it would in no way take away from God's power. Let's look at both ways of answering this issue.

I'll go with yes, God could make a rock so large he couldn't move it first since I'm a student of science. Physics has this property called relativity that pretty much dictates most of its laws. Movement is the change in location relative to another point. That point's location can only be calculated or plotted when you have an object to base it off of. Think of it this way, have you ever been driving a car and at a stop sign and you thought you were rolling forward when in fact you were still sitting still? What was happening is the car beside you was moving backward therefore relative to that car, you were moving. If God made a rock so large that it encompassed every particle in His creation, there would be nothing to compare movement to therefore movement would be impossible. Like the proverbial sound of a falling tree in the forest, with out perception there is no movement. So for my first answer, I say YES, God can make a rock so large he could not move it.

If you don't like or understand that answer, we can go with the psychology answer. Like Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato; most great thoughts require a large amount of logical thinking. Rene Descartes in his famous saying "I think therefore I am" takes a base argument and ask the reader to accept that it is fact. If we can accept that as fact, then another conclusion can be made leading to another fact and most conclusions can be made from there. The question posed above asks you to accept as fact two opposing conclusions. The first assumption is that there is a limit to the size of the rock that God could create. The second like the first asks you to assume there is a limit to the size of an object that God can lift. Since both are false the question is of no value and can be thrown out. There is also the matter of the Law of non contradiction. In logic, the law of noncontradiction (also called the law of contradiction) states, in the words of Aristotle, that "one cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect and at the same time". In the symbolism of propositional logic, this is expressed as: Think back to your dreaded high school Geometry days when you were doing postulates & theorems. You were asked to prove or disprove something by following a similar logical path and at the end, you would arrive at two answers for a certain value. If those answers were the same (n=10 & n=10), you proved the theorem. If they were different (n=10 & n=20) then the theorem was false. Let me ask you another question and see if you can see the incorrect logic in the question. Could A genius be so smart that he could be able to successfully pass any test, including a test that would qualify him as an idiot. Yeah, I think you're getting the idea. I could continue with this talk of logic but I like how a seven year old once put it. "I can not give you a smart answer to a dumb question. "

Hungry Years

Opening a can of roles or biscuits is not as easy as the directions say. As you unwrap the outside paper, they should pop out and scare you half the time but not these, these were frozen. At first you bang them against the counter top hoping they would crack open. When that doesn't work, you try to pry them open with anything you get your hands on. I finally figured out that if you cut the top a bit, you can pop the lid then tear the side down. Finally success! But not with out casualties. Some how I managed to cut my thumb and ended up getting a little blood on my sleeve. It was worth it though because these were sweet rolls once I was finished and topped them off with icing, they were soooooo good. At least till my 5th one. Even something that tastes so good can lose it's appeal after time.

This reminds me of an essay I heard on boundless called the "Hungry Years." As a single man, my meals are usually pretty bad. If it wasn't for Flintstone Vitamins, I'd probably be totally malnourished. My diet consists of pasta, soup, sweet rolls, or eating out. I can understand why this point in my life would be called hungry years. I went from missing home cooking to missing my college meal plan. There are times I have gone to bed hungry because I couldn't imagine eating another can of soup.

This is not the only hunger I have at this time. Even more then physical food, I hunger to be established. My first job out of college was to sell cell phones. Next, I worked at a video game store. After that, I was a high school math teacher. Then I worked as a computer technician until I finally found this job. Even though I've been here around two and a half years, I'm still not where I'd like to be. There is also the expectation to settle down with some one and make a life. Through all the transitions in my life, I'm much hungrier then ever before.

I like how Boundless compared this period to Moses leading the Jews into the promise land. I once ate Chic-fil-a every day for three months. After three months, even I grew tired of the chicken club and even if manna tasted better then even my sweet rolls, you have to imagine forty years would be more then most could handle. Boundless seems to believe God ordains these "Hungry Years" so we can look back and see how God lead us through that time.

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these 40 years; to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:2-3, emphasis added).

If this is going to be an ordained time of learning to depend on God, I'm going to have to make the most of this time. Through faith, I will continue to seek God and look for ways to serve. Through faith, I have to assume this period is limited and when I come out established, I can look back and remember how God carried me through these years.

For more info, check out the source at Boundless HERE.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A new blog

I'm so excited to find a new blog I can read. Tara Leigh Cobble spoke at our church the other day and since she was not only witty and funny but also had interesting things to say, I thought I'd check out her site. Evidently she is a avid blogger so as I read a few of her blogs, I was both encouraged and entertained by what I read. Click on the TLC blog link at the right side of my page to check out her site.