Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Do I really look old?

I've never before been accused of looking older than I am... until last Sunday.
We're dining at the Black-eyed Pea. I order the famous Chicken Fried Chicken. The waitress says, "do you want that from the regular menu, or the Senior menu?" If I'm not mistaken, at age 48, the Senior menu is still at least 7 years away.
Most people have always said I look younger than I am. I must have aged very quickly in a short time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Funny story from the younger son

So, my wife is prodding the toes of our younger son's shoes to see how close he is to growing out of them. She says "Where are your toes?". He says "I don't know, they're in there."

Friday, August 7, 2009

I get it, already

One thing in the movies that I think has already been done to death, is using computer graphics to make live animals look like they're really talking. I've been seeing movie after movie coming out with this special effect, and I think it's enough already.
Just my little rant...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What I want is beside the point

There has been endless debate on the subject of using instruments of music to worship and praise to God. There's probably nothing that hasn't been said. But I feel compelled to put in my 2 cents' worth.
One of the most popular arguments in favor of instruments, is that the Bible "doesn't say not to".
There are many ways in which God goes about letting us know what He wants, and what He doesn't want. Sometimes He tells us to do what He wants us to do. Sometimes He tells us not to do what He does not want us to do. In some cases, He will not tell us to do what he does not want us to do. God tells us to do what he said and "turn neither to the right or the left".
I strongly believe that if God wanted us to incorporate instruments in our praise to Him, He would have said so. We would not have known He wanted it unless He told us. But He didn't. So it must not have been important to Him.
So, if God did not ask us to use instruments, what is the only reason left for using them? It has to be because we want to use them. We ignore the fact that God did not command it, and place our own wants ahead of our consideration of what He does or does not want. It's amazing that so few people can see how dangerous that is. Many people who advocate instruments think it's a way of improving the praise we give to God; a better offering. But if it's better, it's only better to us. How arrogant to think that we can improve on what God has commanded. If it is being done God's way, then it is being done the best way it can be done.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love music of many kinds. Instrumental music has its place in entertainment, but not in worship. I'll admit that I might enjoy some spiritual songs with instruments added. But what sounds good to me is still unacceptable to God, and must be set aside.
The tragic thing is not so much that people try to find ways of improving the form of worship. It is that they will push so hard for what "I Want", that it will get to the point of violating something that is commanded in the Bible: the command for unity. "Let there be no divisions among you". Proponents of instrumental music have been so determined to get their way, that they are willing to discontinue fellowship with their brothers and sisters. "If you won't do things my way, I'll just go start my own church".
I believe that things like this are why the church has suffered such a decline in our effectiveness for growth in America. We can't reach out to those who are lost, because too much of our time and attention is devoted to debating things among ourselves that are not important, and dividing ourselves.
I so wish that churches would put these differences aside, unite, and concentrate our energy on what we are commanded to do. That is all that counts.

Monday, April 13, 2009

I'm better

"Better than what?" my dad would say. My whole face is working properly again. Still have a little bit of the unsteadiness left over from the vertigo. This is the beginning of my 2nd week back at work.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Bell's Palsy

As of last Tuesday, I have a condition called Bell's Palsy. The muscles on the right side of my face will not respond as well as usual. Only the right side of my mouth will smile. My right eye takes great effort to blink; otherwise it stays open when my left eye blinks. I am on meds, and I'm told it's temporary. It's Monday now, and I see no signs of it going away. I guess I'll just have to keep waiting.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Better week than last week

My uncle and sister are feeling better. Please continue to pray for my brother.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

This has not been a good news week. One friend passed away, very young and unexpectedly. My uncle and sister have been fighting infections, and just are not getting better. Another friend has a brain tumor and is not going to be around much longer. And my brother is going to have surgery on/near his brain.
Hoping for good news, or at least the lack of bad news, next week.

In spite of all, Happy March to everyone (so far I only have one reader of this blog...).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My first blog post. Hopefully, I'll eventually have something of interest to post here.