Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Weekend With A Niece

On Friday night I dropped my dad off at my brother's house, and my brother (Emily's dad) invited Emily to spend the weekend at my house, to which Emily said, "Okay" and started packing her bag. Then my brother said, "Oh, as long as you're going over there you should probably bring your science project. Maybe you could work on it together" (oh, he's a sly one that brother of mine). Emily needed to make a model of the solar system. 

So, off we went to my house. 

The next morning, I had her make a plan of the supplies we needed to get. I showed her how to use Dragon (voice recognition software), and she loved it. She typed up quite a nice little plan with it, and off we went to the craft store. 


Thankfully, at the craft store we found a kit for making a model of a solar system (oh how far we've come since the days of using wadded up newspaper, wire coat hangers, fruits, and vegetables to complete such projects). We took home our kit, Emily painted it (she wanted it to look exactly like the pictures of the planets we printed off the Internet, ahh the Internet, another tool that makes these kinds of projects much easier), Greg cut the wooden sticks to the appropriate size, and I helped her assemble it.


And voila. One model of the solar system, done! We were pretty happy with it. We sat and stared at it for quite awhile.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A visitor

Haven't been blogging much this week. My dad has been here visiting (he lives in Panama). It has been a few days filled with Spiritual discussions (whether we wanted it or not). I am a Christian, my dad is an atheist (who occasionally reads this blog, hello Dad). Our worldview touches everything we do. Even drinking a glass of milk or eating a sandwich can be controversial subjects when you're as evangelistic as the two of us. Clearly, God made me like him (in personality) for a reason. I love ya, Dad. 




Monday, February 20, 2012

Cookie Baking Night 02/20/12

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa & Ethan. We made M&M cookies, played games, finished the Cars movie we started a few weeks ago, and read from Leading Little Ones to God (lesson 63, God's Children Suffer For Him, which led to some pretty good discussion). 





As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Titus 2:3-5

As I was collecting prayer requests for the year amongst my friends, someone asked me to pray Titus 2:3-5 for them, a worthy request for sure.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 
Titus 2:3-5 (ESV)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Book of Acts Part 9

As mentioned before, our pastor at church is currently preaching from the book of Acts in the Bible (love the book of Acts!). I'll be sharing those sermons with you on a weekly basis. Click here to listen to the sermon or to download it so you can listen to it at another time. This week's sermon is from Acts 2:14-47. Titled: The Coming of the Spirit: What is the Meaning of This?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Book Club Wednesday 02/15/12

The Book Club Wednesday selection for February, March, and April is A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot. It is the Amy Charmichael story. Amy Charmichael was a missionary in India. She served 55 years in India without furlough and wrote many books about her work there. This book is about her life in particular, her beginning years, her work up to her missionary work, her life in India, and her walk with the God she loved.

This week I read chapters 1-5. These chapters were primarily about Amy's growing up years, about her family, and about the seeds of mission work that were planted in her heart for the young women who lived in her very own community. Impressed in my mind in these first five chapters was Amy's dependence on prayer and realization that there is nothing God cannot do or provide. She learned early on that prayer to Him is the first course of action in all situations.

I look forward to watching this book develop and learning more about the life of Amy Charmichael. Please feel free to weigh in with your thoughts about the first five chapters in the comments section of this post.

If you haven't started reading this book yet, I hope you'll pick up a copy and join me.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
John 3:16-17 (ESV)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Evangelism Focus 02/13/12

A quote from yesterday's sermon at church (sermon on Acts chapter 4):

"Don't pray for opportunities to witness. Forget that prayer. Forget it! There are opportunities to witness every time you go to WalMart, every time you go to the bank, every time you go to the store, every time you go to the mechanic. Every time you see another living and breathing person, they are the opportunity. Forget about the prayers for opportunities for witness because they are there. They are there with every pair of eyes you make contact with. There's your opportunity. Forget that prayer. It's a wrong-headed prayer. Pray for boldness! That is what the church [of Acts] prayed for. Pray for boldness. Because if we are honest with this, we are not concerned about the opportunities. We are concerned about their words and looks. Pray for boldness just like the church [of Acts] did."

--Doug Roman (Bible Baptist Church, February 12, 2012)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Time With The Nephew 02/10/12 & 02/11/12

Our nephew Ethan turned 9 years old on January 16. For his birthday, we gave him the choice of a gift or an activity. He chose "activity", and he chose an evening at Grand Slam (a local arcade/entertainment extravaganza center). He particularly had his eye on "laser tag" which he thoroughly enjoyed (he really liked the part where he played one game against Uncle Greg and me, it was two other boys and Ethan against Greg and me, Greg and I didn't win--we weren't even close--Ethan talked about that all night--and Greg and I spent the rest of the night trying to catch our breath). 






You can see by some of the pictures above, he had a fun time with the many activities to choose from.

Ethan also spent the night at our house. Ethan knew I had Dragon (voice recognition software) on my computer, and he wanted to learn how to use it (it's my job at work to train physicians how to use the medical version of this software, so I have a home version that I practice on). Ethan and I had a little training session in the morning before we took him back home. I think that was almost as fun for him as the arcade.


It was fun for us to spend time with Ethan alone. I have a feeling he might be choosing "activity" for his birthday again next year......

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Book of Acts Part 8

As mentioned before, our pastor at church is currently preaching from the book of Acts in the Bible (love the book of Acts!). I'll be sharing those sermons with you on a weekly basis. Click here to listen to the sermon or to download it so you can listen to it at another time. This week's sermon is from Acts 2:1-13 "The Coming Holy Spirit". Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Book Club Wednesday 02/08/12

Book Club Wednesday took a little break but is now returning. Our book club selection for February thru April is A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot. It is 379 pages long, 50 chapters, so I'll be shooting for reading roughly 5 chapters a week.

Amy Charmichael was a missionary in India. She served 55 years in India without furlough and wrote many books about her work there. This book is about her life in particular, her beginning years, her work up to her missionary work, her life in India, and her walk with the God she loved.

I hope you'll join me in reading it and then chime in with your thoughts in the "comments" section from time to time. During next week's post I'll review the first five chapters.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Goodbye 2011

I spent January reflecting on 2011. I read back through my journals for the year. I read through the goals I had set, the books I had read, where I had been in my Bible reading, the prayers I had prayed, the things I had learned, and thanked God for His goodness and mercy toward me. If you keep a journal, I recommend going back and reading through it at the beginning of a new year. It is good to remember.

The 2011 journals have been put away (archived in the closet). Welcome 2012! Oh to see what God will do this year!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cookie Baking Night 02/06/12


Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa, Emily, and Ethan. We made red velvet cupcakes (highly decorated as you can see from the picture) with the filled cupcake pan Jon (Ethan and Carissa's dad) gave me for Christmas. Needless to say, they had a great time with this project.

We also played air hockey and Zingo and read from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland.

Tonight's lesson from Leading Little Ones to God was lesson 62 titled "God's Children Tell God's Story" describing the passage where Jesus told his disciples, "Come and follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." We talked about what that means, and one of the questions at the end of the lesson was "How can we be 'fishers of men'?" Emily said, "We could go to parades and pass out gospel tracts and if it's a Halloween parade you could wear a Superman shirt to be festive" OR "You could have a bunch of kids over to your house and do fun things with them, maybe bake some cookies, and teach them Bible lessons." OR "You could invite them to Vacation Bible School at your church." (Hmmmm. Those ideas sound very familiar.) I told Emily, "I'll have to try that sometime."

We had a month break from Cookie Baking Night due to a weather cancellation last time. It was good to have them back. As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Book of Acts Part 7

As mentioned before, our pastor at church is currently preaching from the book of Acts in the Bible (love the book of Acts!). I'll be sharing those sermons with you on a weekly basis. Click here to listen to the sermon or to download it so you can listen to it at another time. This week's sermon is from Acts 2:42-47. "The Community of Believers". Enjoy!

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