Every year WORLD Magazine awards several ministries their Hope Award. The overall winner gets \$15K, each regional winner gets \$2K. But, more importantly, each story demonstrates the amazing work God can do. Seriously, each of the stories hits right in the heart. WORLD does have a paywall, but you can view several stories for free. And these are definitely worth the time.
I read this World Magazine article today: Starting from zero - Iraq’s Nineveh churches are retaking their towns from years of ISIS control, without guarantees of money, safety, or a future It is a good reminder of our need to keep our brothers and sisters in Christ in our prayers. It also shows how strong our faith can make us.
So, this is just a quick note to inform any readers that I am still alive. Unfortunately, or maybe not, I have been quite busy working at Lane Community College. Thus, this site has taken the back burner. So, we'll see if I find time to do anything here. Until then, thanks for visiting!
I just came across this thread on Hacker News. One of the comments asked the usual questions about why God doesn’t just make everything perfect. Now, for me, the answers are obvious. I’ve spent lots of time thinking about them, and I grew up hearing the answers in church. The commentor, apparently, has never hear the answers before. Thus I replied to them. And, since they are common questions, I thought I’d crosspost over here.
As He was passing along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, Simon's brother. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen. "Follow Me," Jesus told them, "and I will make you fish for people!" Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in their boat mending their nets.
So, I just had a wild idea after getting a prayer request email from my churches prayer chain. The basic idea would be to set up a bug report software system and use it for prayer requests. Basic use would be, you sign on, click add prayer request, fill out as many of the forms as you want, then it’s posted for people to see. After it’s posted, people can subscribe to it and get updates whenever you update it.
Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine And a transcript here.
Key thing to remember people, pray before you start your daily Bible reading. I have been struggling to get much out of my readings, but today I prayed before hand. Second verse in, boom, something I hadn’t realized before. :D Genesis Chapter 1 is the Creation story. And it starts with a message of transformation. Verse 2: Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Acts 4:32-37 32And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. 33And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. 34For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales
Isaiah 57:16-21 16 For I will not accuse [you] forever, and I will not always be angry; for then the spirit would grow weak before Me, even the breath [of man], which I have made. 17 Because of his sinful greed I was angry, so I struck him; I was angry and hid; but he went on turning back to the desires of his heart. 18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and comfort him and his mourners,