Friday, February 01, 2002

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Tuesday, November 27, 2001

We've returned from the Thanksgiving trip...Wow. More about that on Wine notes. I might need to stop this blogging. I'm getting too busy!
There's a thought...Being religious is just a matter of following rules. It's sweat equity. Just keep trying harder. Being a disciple of Christ requires thinking differently in a radical way.

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

I had never prayed to win a war until the this one. Although it is not over, I'm glad that God is answering in the affirmative. I don't mean to sound preachy, but.... Our enemy despises America, western culture, Jews and Christians: but ultimately they hate God Himself. Thats why we should pray for victory. Not only for civilization but for God's honor. Hmmm.
I've had comments on Max's understanding of digestion. I just thought it was funny at the time. Guess you had to be there. And yes, we disussed the subject in a little more detail.

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

In many respects life is not that complicated. People can make it that way but it's not very helpful to do so. You excell at what you practice. So take care and choose what you practice, right? Don't use autopilot. When I do that I end up in places I'd rather not be.
So many Christians lament that they don't evangelize enough or at all. Since telling the gospel is part of our calling that bothers them quite a bit. (It doesn't bother me though. But that is another subject.)
I know an individual that is an incredible evangelist. He always is telling the gospel in ways that compels and pursuades people to follow Jesus. He got asked his secret. The answer was "Go witness to 1000 people in the next year and you will be good at this too."
(I would have added prayer but maybe that is just implied in an actvity like this.) You excell at what you practice.
Max discusses digestion at breakfast today. " Dad......everything you put in your body turns to poop."
I guess that sums it up!

Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Our mind set, or focus is largely a function of the evaluations we make about the world. It revolves around perspective. Our perspective for the most part determines our experience. This is true whether our perspective is true or not. The issue becomes how can we proactively direct our perspective (or call it focus or mind set if you like). Not suprisingly, language plays a large role, especially questions.
The questions we ask about life determines our focus. And the questions we ask the most often and with the most intensity we answer. For example if I ask myself "Why don't people like me?" consistently enough my mind will come up with answers. If I ask "How can I meaningfully help those around me?" my mind will eventually answer that question. Most people never bother to examine the questions they ask. They are not proactive in the least about how they evaluate their world. They are passive. They leave their perspective on life up to CNN. This is quite short sighted. If we want God's perspective on life we have to be active specificly in choosing the questions we ask about our life. "Why don't they like me" won't get it. In becoming a student of Christ I have incorporated three questions into my life. I ask them each day and don't stop til I get meaningful answers. These are:
1. What has God done in my life today?
2. What have I learned about God today?
3. What have I contributed to eternity today?
And I am writing down the answers as I get started with this.
This is in additition to the other questions I ask everyday like "Why don't they like me?"...kidding...
Actually, each day I ask "What am I thankful for?", "Who loves me?", and "Who do I love?" Also, "What can I give that will mean something or bless someone?" The first three questions are new. I'm excited about the answers that I will eventually get. I'll post results.

Tuesday, November 06, 2001

Two quotes:
October 2001
Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar:
"The situation where we are now, there are two things:either death or victory. To those who are fighting and bombarding us, they should understand the Afghan man is a fighter willing to die for jihad."

June 1944
General George S. Patton:
" I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country..."

Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Hey Diane, check this out.Wine Notes