Saturday, December 27, 2008

mmm steak!

Marcie was scheduled to come in at 11:15 but her plane was delayed a few hours. As I'm driving back on 540 I was wondering what I should do with my free time. I've been craving steak for a while so I decided to use one of my Christmas Kroger gift cards and pick up a juicy ribeye. While I was there I figured I'd pick up a pineapple so I grabbed one of those too. I got to use my new pineapple corer and the result was delicious. Steak and pineapple. The two just make me smile with satisfaction.

Simon Peter

I was reading in John where Simon was given the name Peter. When Jesus says you will be called Peter, he gave that as more of a nickname then an actual name change. Using MacArthur as a resource, he shows through out the book both names were used. When ever they talked about every day life things, the would use his birth name. An example would be Simon the fisherman or Simon went to the market. Really the only time Peter was used was when he was displaying the quality of a "rock" as his name means. Kind of a funny way to think about it but MacArthur in his "Twelve Ordinary Men" book said when ever Jesus called him Peter, it was like a badge of honor. On the other hand, Jesus would call him Simon when he was impulsive and shifting. That name might have had the opposite reaction. He might cringe when ever he heard Jesus say his birth name. Knowing this kind of gives you a different perspective while reading the Gospel according to John. I thought it was a cool perspective.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Disciple of John

I was reading a MacArthur introduction to the book of John and they were giving evidence that John was the actual author to the book. I've often thought of John as a founding member of the church however I never really picture him disciplining one on one with anyone. At least nobody that we would have heard from. That evidently is not true. Irenaeus was a disciple of Polycarp who was a disciple of the apostle John himself. This is based on a book he wrote some time between 130 and 200 AD. It was in that book that he lists the book of John to have been written by the apostle John. Amazing right?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

GOC Missionaries

There will be several missionaries coming into town Feb 20-22nd. Since many of them do not have a NC or in some cases a US residence, they will need assistance for many things. These include transportation, food, and living arrangements. If you think you could take a missionary couple out to eat one evening, you can sign up by clicking HERE.


A joke I heard today that was kind of funny:

knock knock
who's there
cantaloupe who
cantaloupe tonight... Dad's got the ladder.

Monday, December 15, 2008

fire alarm

Yeah, that's safe! Mom and dad were painting their ceiling and took down the fire alarm. But to keep the functionality, you can see where they hung it. This is really funny if you know how over the top my dad is about safety. Meat must reach a certain temperature, always wear your seat belt, and this.


This is pretty nice right? Marcie and I saw it the other day at the store and thought it would be useful at the foot of my bed or in the entrance way where people can take off and put on their shoes.

Chalkboard change

Looks like my brother got bored the other night. I have a new picture on my chalk board.


Seriously, who would wear these shoes?


I love mullets!


I'm guessing this guy is a Dark Knight fan.


Last night Marcie and I ate at Ruth Chris steakhouse for my company's Christmas party. It was awesome! For appetizers we had seared ahi tuna, NY strip, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, and toasted bree. For the main meal, I had the best filet mignon that I've ever had. It was cooked just enough to give a blackened taste on the outside and a tender jucy pink center. For dessert I had cheesecake. Marcie went for the stuffed chicken which was also pretty tasty. For dessert, she went for the chocolate sin cake. I don't care for cholcolate myself but the presentation of it looked great. Wow, what a night!

ps - christmas bonus last night also


A musical has swept the nation and inspired two follow ups. Marcie, Stacy, and I watched High School Musical 2 the other night and let me tell you, it was great! I don't think I've laughed that hard in a while. Humuhumunukunukua'Pua'A was great but the best part was when the night spontaneously turned into a dance party lead by Marcie and Stacy! They really got into it singing along with the music and dancing as hard as they could. It was great. I wish I had a picture I could post from the event but they threatened to kill me if I took one.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I have nobody to shop for like this, but it is quite funny. :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Looks like this movie is going to be really cool visually! I hope they keep it clean.

Wake up easier

Darren just sent me a link to an alarm clock I almost bought a while back. I would have but most of the reviews say that it breaks too easily therefore isn't worth the money. Still the concept is cool. Here are a few geeked out alarm clocks I've seen.

Sonic Boom Alarm clock
This alarm clock is awesome. Not only is the alarm the same number of decibels as a jet engine but it also has a strobe light and a vibrating pad that goes under your pillow. This alarm clock could wake a ninja hence it has been dubbed the "ninja alarm clock."

Flying Alarm Clock
A pretty cool idea. When the alarm goes off, it sends a helicopter flying. You have to track down the helicopter and return it to the base to turn off the alarm. I wonder what would happen if it flew out your window. That'll surely get you out of bed in the morning.

Hide and Seek Alarm Clock
This one is an interesting concept. once the alarm goes off, it will roll off the bed and will role to some hiding place. You'll have to wake up and search for the thing to turn it off and return it to its base.

What has Christmas become?

I just watched a clip on how guys can be a good husband and stay out of the "dog house." I'm reminded of the curse for sin given in Genesis.

To the woman He said,
I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.

And to the man He said
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.

I guess this is saying we'll work hard to buy that vacuum but no matter how nice, it will prick us like a thorn. Then the woman will take that opportunity to assert power. Is there a moral to this story? I'll let you decide.

Ways to annoy your roommate cont...

70.Buy a watermelon. Draw a face on it and give it a name. Ask your roommate if the watermelon can sleep in his/her bed. If your roommate says no, drop the watermelon out the window. Make it look like a suicide. Say nasty things about your roommate at the funeral.

71.Draw a chalk outline on the floor. When your roommate comes in, say, "Don't worry. It's not what you think." If he/she asks about it again, immediately change the subject.

72.Drink a cup of coffee every morning. When you finish it, gnaw on the mug for about ten minutes. Then, look at your roommate, immediately put the mug away, and quickly leave the room.

73.Paint a tunnel on the wall like they do in cartoons. Every day, hit your head as you attempt to crawl through it. Hold your head and grumble, "D*$% road runner...."

74.Leave memos on your roommate's bed that say things like, "I know what you did," and "Don't think you can fool me." Sign them in blood.

75.Hold a raffle, offering your roommate as first prize. If he/she protests, tell him/her that it's all for charity.

76.Make cue cards for your roommate. Get them out whenever you'd like to have a conversation.

77.Talk like a pirate, all the time. Threaten to make your roommate walk the plank if he/she doesn't swab the deck. Arrrrrrrrrrrgh!

78.Set up about twenty plants in an organized formation. When your roommate walks in, pretend to be in the middle of delivering a speech to the plants. Whisper to them, "We'll continue this later," while eyeing your roommate suspiciously.

79.Buy a telescope. Sit on your bed and look across the room at your roommate through the telescope. When you're not using the telescope, act like your roommate is too far away for you to see.

Monday, December 8, 2008

John 316

From Christmas Sweet, the grandpa quoted John 3:16 in a way I thought was really meaningful. It was something like this:

What John 3:16 Means

GOD---the Lord of Love
SO LOVED---The Greatest Degree
THE WORLD---The Greatest Company
THAT HE GAVE---The Greatest Act
THAT WHOSOEVER---The Greatest Choice
BELIEVETH---The Greatest Simplicity
IN HIM---The Greatest Attraction
SHOULD NOT PERISH---The Greatest Promise
BUT---The Greatest Difference
HAVE---The Greatest Certainty
ETERNAL LIFE---The Greatest Possesion

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

How wonderful! How glorious is the Love of God. How awesome is His love toward us! The love of God is beyond comprehension!

1John 4:9
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

Titus 3:3-6
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

We cannot earn our salvation. We cannot attain salvation through our good works but rather the gift of salvation is simply that: A GIFT...A FREE GIFT from God to us. The Lord Jesus came down from glory wrapped in human flesh-- born in a manger and died on a cruel cross
to purchase our salvation. He died willingly for you and me. What a glorious thought! And equally glorious is the fact that Jesus arose from the dead on the third day. He is alive and able to save all who come to God by faith in Him. We give God praise for all He has done for us. What a wonderful Savior!

1John 4:10
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Dear reader, if you have not yet received Christ Jesus as your Savior, invite Him into your heart today. Only Jesus' blood can wash your sins away. Because every man has sinned, every man must receive Christ in order to go to Heaven. Sin separates man from God but salvation is offered freely through Jesus Christ. Salvation is a free gift.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Workin hard, or hardly workin?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Facebook's Pieces of flair, inspired by office space, can be pretty funny. I think perhaps my favorite piece is the one that has the hand dryer with the quote "Press button, receive bacon." That followed by the creepy van with "free candy" painted on the side with the caption "don't worry... this looks safe."

Marcie was clever when she gave me the puppy that said "I'm so happy I could pee." That would have been #1 except when it really happens, its not so funny. Keeley gets a little too excited around guests which is often followed by pee on my carpet.

Monday, December 1, 2008

How Spiderman 3 should have ended


Don't deny it ladies, you know you've secretly loved that teen series of books. Its ok, I did too. I read all 4 books in a two week span. I love it and hate it when that happens (and it happens more often then it should). I get so wrapped up into stories that I forget all else. My take on the books are as follows.

Twilight (book 1) had the best story. I really enjoyed that book and couldn't put it down. I saw the movie when it came out the other week but it wasn't nearly as good as the book. I left thinking Edward was just creepy since you couldn't really understand what was going on.

New Moon (book 2) while I didn't think this story was quite as good as Twilight (perhaps because the ideas were no longer new to me) the character development and interaction was really good on this one. Its a little more girlie/emotional then Twilight however that in no way detracts from how good this book was also. Still an awesome story. I don't know how well this will do on the screen. It will be all drama and teenage drama doesn't really work well on screen.

Eclipse (book 3) was still really good despite not being as good as the first two. By this point, I was hooked and I could finish the book even if it was crappy but it was not. There is heightened conflict on this one and some fighting. I bet this one would make for a really good movie.

Breaking Dawn (book 4) was too abrupt of an end to me. Kind of an anti climax even though the story was woven perfectly and tied up nicely. The conflict ended up being less then I anticipated but was still a very satisfying read.

Over all, I really liked this author. I loved her attention to detail which reminded me of some of the older classic authors. She would describe everything about a room and you really get an understanding of both the scene and the mood. I was in most cases a few steps ahead of her in understanding of where everything was going but to me that only added to the tension as I read. Its like those horror movies where the killer is behind them if they would only turn around. You yell at the screen but obviously you can never break the fourth wall. I would suggest these books to anyone. Marcie, you too. You need to read them so we can talk about them.