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Found this on youtube and maybe you’ve already seen it. I thought it was quite possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on youtube. Probably because I like Mac and I agree that a troop withdrawal plan is needed. I don’t think an immediate withdrawal makes sense but there certainly needs to be an exit strategy (maybe there is one that isn’t public knowledge – which could be a good thing).

Perhaps the biggest reason I like this is that it hints at President George W. Bush’s arrogance.

 

Also just got a CNN feed on a funding bill. Thought it would be applicable. http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/29/us.iraq.ap/index.html

Saturday I went on a local mission emphasis, Hands of Christ, with my church and had a great time. It was the first time I went with this group, but it won’t be the last. (By local I mean, it’s actually in the city in which I live, but a part of the city I never knew existed.) This group goes to people’s houses and does construction for those who are unable to do the work or pay for the work to be done. Hands of Christ secured the building permit and arranged for trash pick up with the city.

Hands of Christ doesn’t just go clean up and paint. This weekend we started reconstructing the house’s foundation and building a wheelchair ramp for one of the residents to be able to come and go.

While talking with the family, their appreciation was beyond words. During this time, the power of the name, Hands of Christ, actually hit me.

Below are a few pictures from our efforts.

 

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Tonight I’m watching “planet earth” on the Discovery Channel. OK, it’s awesome. God created an earth that is amazing in so many ways. The folks at Discovery did a phenomenal job capturing all of this on film.

As I watch how every animal is perfectly adapted to its environment and perfectly designed to do what it’s designed to do, I think of us humans. Examples: sharks are the perfect aquatic predator; penguins survive 100-mile-per-hour winds in sub-zero temperatures; and a snow-shoe rabbit that has enlarged feet to walk on top of snow and the fact that it changes from white to brown when the snow melts, then back to white again.

Back to humans. I’m convinced that we are the weakest link in the chain. If we didn’t have opposable thumbs and the ability to reason, we’d be food. These things allow us to adapt our environment to fit our needs – a great benefit, but one that comes at a cost if we are not responsible in how we take from mother earth.

Which brings me to ask, what is it that humans are designed to do. It can’t be to deplete the earth’s resources. It is to seek God, learn God and commune with God. How well do you do what you were designed to do?

Every time I hear about people winning money or about wealthy people (I recently received my issue of Forbes magazine which listed the worlds top billionaires) I wonder what I’d do with that much money.

My first thought is always, well I would have less worries. But honestly, I don’t think I would – they just may be different worries.

Second, ashamedly, is about buying stuff – probably stuff I don’t need and wouldn’t really use.

Third – giving some away. I don’t know how much I’d give away. Of course some to church, some toSamford
University and some to missions emphases I like. But then what? Touching people the way this Japanese millionaire did for native Hawaiians is great. He’s helping people who can’t afford to live in their native land because other nations are driving up home ownership.

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=2951718&page=2

Well, this basically a continuation of the thoughts in John Eldridge’s book “Wild at Heart.” There are some accurate aspects to it, some are carried a little far. I don’t think it is a “feminizing” of men, but more of the political correctness taking over. We aren’t as bold in some aspects as others. I’m not. Probably because we are taught to “play nice” and not upset the waters too much. On the other hand, if I didn’t curb myself in some aspects, I wouldn’t be too much fun to be around and would get rid of friends and fire people too easily.
Yes, we need to stand up and make statements as Christians and not worry about what others think and “will we lose churches” but it needs to be done as Christian men, not just as men in search of power. Bottom line is I don’t think a church being “feminized” has anything to do with women taking leadership roles. I think he is addressing how men are reigning in their “jalapeno factor” (as he put it).If we aren’t “nice” in some ways, no one will follow. Eldridge and this guy are correct in some ways, but people like “Rand the Conqueror” just aren’t needed in society – at least in the way we think of conqueror. His point about porn is interesting too – Eldridge’s theory is that men are attracted to porn because it is “safe” as in no interaction with a wife. 
I could go on…Men do need to act like men but that doesn’t mean being a obnoxious or angry – just strong.

There are so many areas of earth we have not explored. In fact, in the ocean depths there are things we don’t know that exist yet. If pollution and human’s impact on God’s earth continue the way it has been, we may well destroy the cure for cancer before we find it. I have watched National Geographic Channel’s Borneo show and it is amazing. The filming of this show produced the finding of this new clouded leopard. Read the story at yahoo or find more information on national geographic channel.

We need to be steward’s of the earth God gave us. Check out ways at the Christian Life Commission. One of my favorite movie quotes takes place in the movie, The Matrix.
When agent Smith says, “I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.”

Reduce waste. Reuse items. Recycle. Decrease your carbon footprint.

Monday night on the National Geographic Channel I watched a show (Conspiracy Moon Landing) dedicated to proving/disproving the fact that the US astronauts landed on the moon.
To be honest, I have accepted it as fact that man has walked on the moon, but also had a doubt about the technology at the time. Well, this show removed doubt for me.
The one-hour program took every major conspiracy theory revolving around man walking on the moon and gave scientific evidence to the contrary. The final nail in the coffin for the conspiracy theorists came at the end of the show (why would they put that at the beginning?). The McDonald Observatory would send a laser to the “reflectors” placed on the moon’s surface by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The laser would then reflect back to earth giving precise measurements of distance and location in the solar system. This was the only aspect that received no comments from the conspiracy theorists – they simply didn’t have an answer.
The whole show was fascinating to watch.