It's sad. And frustrating. But mainly sad. JM
I think Jesus wants us to be people of action. To determine God's will, line up what's needed, and then get out there and do it. God doesn't need lazy people, he needs workers who will get stuff done. That's how I want to be. JM
Noah never put his little magnifying glass down. Here's the video from this morning. He's the cute one in the middle. JM
In these cases, the Word has to first become flesh.
The flesh of a friendship. The flesh of some humble questions. The flesh of shared interests in music and movies. The flesh of dinner together. The flesh of an embrace during a difficult time...
One of the things we found was a Minnie Mouse outfit. Ana wore it proudly during lunch and then promptly fell asleep in her high chair. Here's a picture of her sleeping and then a picture of my wife going through a portion of the clothes.
Right after I took this she said "I'm not in it, right?" Of course she was, so I edited her out of it. I think she always looks beautiful, but you know how girls are. JM
The problem is that most Christians don't live that way. We don't act as if we have the power to change the world. The power that changes lives is within me, and I walk around acting like an impotent slug. I'm guessing that's not how Jesus imagined it when he gave me the Holy Spirit. JM
It's tough to wait on God's timing. Here, the disciples had to wait on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We're not waiting on that, but a lot of times it seems like God wants us to wait. We can hear about a great opportunity and get so excited about it and know that it is the right thing for us to do. We can feel that God wants us to do it, but we have to wait.
The tough part about waiting is staying where you are. I love the quote by Jim Elliott "Wherever you are, be all there. Always live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God." That's how we can honor God while we wait. JM
What does that have to do with anything. If it's an unpopular student is it not a story? Would they interview kids and have them be like, "Yeah, he was in my class, but I didn't like him. He was pretty lame. It's probably better that he's gone." I guess I should be more sad that he was popular. Or maybe more empathetic.
Okay, turns out it was a girl. A flagget (color guard).
It's funny how when something like this happens, people like to act like they really knew the person. Like they were their closest friend, when all they really want is attention themselves. They want to be the one on TV. They want to be the one "wandering the halls because (they) didn't know what to do". I'll end this live blogging while watching the Atlanta news now. JM
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time.
Love the quote. Really makes me think about what it means to be real. It's all about trust, and I'm bad at that. JM
Out of all of those people that Jesus interacted with, it only mentions the 11 followers going to Galilee to see Jesus after he had risen. And of those 11, some of them didn't believe that it was Jesus.
We like to surround ourselves with lots of people. It makes us feel good to say that we have lots of friends. But in the end that really doesn't matter. All of those people would drop us for nothing. But that core group of people will stay with us no matter what. I'd rather have a small group of friends that truly are friends than tons of people that know me and like me. JM
I can't wait for him to get older and have real homework. I love doing it, which is weird because I hated doing homework when I was in school. I think it reminds me of when I was a student. It was the only thing I've ever been really good at. If I could be a professional student, I would. Enough about me, here's a shot of his project. JM
But yeah, Noah has a bike rodeo at school tomorrow. I'm not really sure what that means, probably some bike riding and calf roping, or at least the first part. So tomorrow we'll take up his big wheel and his mandated bike helmet. We got it today from Target and it's a Cars movie helmet. Luckily it also came with elbow pads and knee pads (really I think it's for like skating or something) so he'll be ready for anything. All of this for like $5.14 or something crazy cheap like that. Here's Noah all geared up. JM
This just goes to reaffirm to me that some people can not believe even in the face of overwhelming evidence. You'll never reach some people no matter how you present the truth, whether it be about the gospel or anything. It's like some people are resigned to disbelief. Of course some people are resigned to belief and never bother to find out why or do anything about it. I think both are pretty frustrating. JM
I've always tried to be the other way. I like to just keep quiet about myself and let my performance do the talking - musically, ministerially, academically, etc. The good thing about this is what this verse talks about: Proverbs 27:2 - Don't praise yourself. Let someone else do it. Let the praise come from a stranger and not from your own mouth.
I've just now seen some amazing benefits of this. Maybe because I don't go around talking about me, other people will more readily step up to my defense, or promotion. JM
That's kind of the way that God works. He's always pressing forward. We like to trap God into a box and say that He can only do things a certain way. But that's not what we see in the Bible. Jesus constantly evolved his ministry and made it fit wherever he was. It's tough to be truly progressive, but Jesus is an amazing example. JM
I'm all for being sensitive and I think censorship needs to happen in most media formats, but to edit a word like noose that is not being used in a racial context seems overly sensitive to me. Should I remove that word from my vocabulary (not that I ever use it anyway)? Just seems kind of ridiculous to me. Here's the video (the edit is at 1:18) and the lyrics. JM
filthy mouth / no excuse
find a new place to hang this noose
string me up from atop these roofs
knot it tight so i won't get loose
It actually would have been impossible to do it with the kids here. The first photo is a photo of the transition. The room was going from green to brown. The second photo is my one mistake. It's a pretty big one. I'll have to go get a pint of ceiling paint to touch up that spot and several others around the house.
I'll post some pictures of the completed room once the walls dry and I can get the furniture back in place. JM
I love it when games aren't close. Right now I'm watching a little bit of the USC - Nebraska game and USC is up 49-18. It's a blowout. What's fun for me, though is what they find to talk about. Obviously the game is not really interesting, and they're just trying to get through it. I think the best at this are Al Michaels and John Madden on Sunday night football. I watched a game in Philadelphia last year when it was snowing. It was such a blowout. And Al Michaels and John Madden are talking about the snowflakes, what they had for dinner, etc. It's awesome.
I guess I just love the creativity that they have to use to try to entertain an audience. Necessity is the breeding ground of ingenuity. JM
You look at all the work you've done and everything you've tried to accomplish. You poor your life into people, and you don't see the impact that it had on them because nobody is by your side when you struggle. I'm sure they had their reasons, but it's still disappointing, I'm sure. JM
What's the point of learning something if the information doesn't lead you to change? JM
Jesus was offered vinegar while on the cross according to the King James version of the Bible, yet actually it was sour wine or wine that was turning which was given out by women of charity to comfort people dying on the cross as this was a common daily occurrence as a Roman punishment of the time.It's funny, though, the way this is worded, it's like the Bible is wrong. But earlier on in the article it says that the word vinegar is from the words for sour wine.
I'm blown away that people can watch someone suffer and laugh about it. Like, I hate cats, but I could never hurt one. One time I had one lined up that I was going to run over. It wouldn't move and so I slammed on the brakes and swerved. I was so freaked that I might hit it.
I think the more you become familiar with something the more you become calloused to it. You don't even realize you're doing it.
When we first start off into sin, we barely do anything. But the more we do it, the easier it becomes and the more we're willing to do. After a while we're doing things that would have shocked us before we started, but are comfortable because it's just one more step. JM
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Hopefully it will be pretty useful. I subscribed. Might as well track it for a little bit and see if it's worth the read. JM
I think people started to realize that they had screwed up when the sky went dark at noon for 3 hours. It's kind of one of those "Oh crap! What have I done!" moments. I hate those. JM
Betrayal is a horrible thing. It can make you not want to trust anybody. That's what's amazing to me: that Jesus still trusts me. He can use anybody in the world, and yet he trusts me enough to use me. And I betray his trust over and over again. It's like I'm one of those guys making fun of Jesus while He's on the cross.
And they do all of this without even thinking about it. All in a day's work, I guess. I wonder when they started to notice that Jesus was different than everybody else they had come across? JM
I needed time to process. As I thought about it last night, I realized why I felt the way I did, and that it was really just pride that made me feel that way. So I talked to my boss and told him that I realized I was wrong.
Things just go so much better for me when I don't have to make an instant reaction on a big decision. JM
No matter what, I'm sure there was some kind of emotion tied to that day. It was probably one of the most momentous events in his life. I like to think that he ended up having a relationship with Jesus. I'm kind of an optimistic person, though. JM