I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 11 years, 11 months and 11 days.

  I have published 251 blogs and 1,377 comments.

 My most recent blog was published: Feb 24 2017 11:00:00am

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The road is out there somewhere!
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Sometimes it can be hard to see where the road is. You are driving down the road and it starts to rain - not just any rain, but really really raining kind of rain. The kind of rain where all you want to do is get off the road and stop. Unfortunately, you know that there are about a bazillion other people on the road, and they are either going to keep going as fast as they were - probably the case - or stop right in the middle of the road - which will probably result in the person behind them not slowing down crashing into the back of them. But which decision do you make? Do you slow down just a little bit, do you make a complete stop and hope everybody else does too, or do you just keep moving forward and hope beyond hope that nobody in front of you has stopped in the middle of the road.......
Knowing where you are going
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Ever been lost? Every look down and wonder if you are going in the right direction? Ever have that moment when you just stop and have a feeling the direction you are going is not the direction you should be going? Ever have that instinctive feeling that something you have planned for later in the day, you should probably skip going too? I am sure most of us know the Bible verse: Not by power nor by might, but by my Spirit Zechariah 4:6 (Peshitta) I am sure that most of us, when we see and read that verse, think about being strong in the Lord. But lately I have been wondering if that is just the first layer of that verse. What if, if we are allowed to peel away a layer, to go a bit deeper, we start to think about how this verse is talking about trusting the Spirit. While we should have......
The lords camp
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The host of angels of the LORD encamps round about them that worship him, and delivers them. - Psalms 34:7 (peshitta)...
A little holiday cheer!
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The holiday cheermeister is soon to arrive! A cheermeister, for those unaware, is an annual party where a whole town is invited to partake of a celebration. So often in the news the only cheermeistering that we hear about is when activists take over a town in protest of this-or-that. The days of when people in towns around the world would come together to cheermeister at a lightening of a town christmas tree, or a gathering together to go christmas caroling, seem to be mostly days gone past. But what can we do to have our days filled with holiday cheer? It is actually quite simple... find some holiday cheer near you and join in to help spread the cheer! Become the cheer and help others find some cheer!...
Patience in the midst of chaos
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There is something about the holiday seasons that seems to cause people to have elevated stress. Beyond the food, family, buying of gifts, and all of that stuff. It just seems as if people start getting all frazzled during the holidays. Though all the music is of holiday cheer and happy times. Though at the heart of it all, at least what it is suppose to be, is the coming together of family and friends for a few days, or maybe just a few hours, spent together. Perhaps is the travelling. Perhaps it is the fact that others around you are all in a state of high stress and chaos. Perhaps it is just the jolliness of the season. Perhaps, even, it is because you do not celebrate Christmas and it is just another day on a calendar for you and everybody around you is in the Christmas spirit -......
Life in the redwoods
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I have been blessed to live in the Redwoods of Northern California for over twenty years. I originate from the hot dry Mojave Desert of Southern California where it was [F114] the day I moved. Life in the Redwoods is typically a very calm life, with little of the hectic lifestyle that one deals with in places like Los Angeles and New York, both places I have been too and have no desire to return too. Of course with this comes a few downsides such as being really far away from any major towns, many of the features and amenities that exist in big cities, slower internet, and periodic power outages. One simply has to decide what they want in life. A Life with Christ is the same way. It can be as chaotic or as peaceful as you want. It offers lifestyle choices that you might find good, and......
Daily bible verses, tithing, and the three most important things!
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This morning I opened the ChristianBlog.Com website and lo-and-behold there was noDaily Bible Verse displaying! "Meh?" I asked myself. Turns out, today is a leap day, and because there has not been a Feb 29th over the last three years we have had a daily bible verse, there was never one made for feb-29. So I had the extremely rare chance to add one. The first time in at least three years I think. In order to find a new Bible verse for today, I went meandering around the online Bible we have here at CB and came across Matthew 23:23: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you take tithes of mint, dill, and cummin, and you have overlooked the more important matters of the law, such as justice, mercy, and trustworthiness. These were necessary for you to have done,......
Hearing the word of god without any benefit
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the word which they heard did not profit them - Hebrews 4:2 (Peshitta) Every so often I will listen to The Word of Promise audiobible instead of some music, while I am working. Yesterday I started at Galatians and made it to the end of Hebrews 3. Today when I started it back up, at chapter 4, the above section of verse 2 caught my attention. The Word was heard but it did not do anything. wow! Stop and think about that. Really. Stop. Think about that. Most of us know that the Holy Text is filled with life changing wisdom. Most of us have probably read the Bible through a few times. Most of us have probably had something we have read (or heard) change us spiritually. But what if you were to sit down and read the entire Bible, or listen to the entire Bible, and not have it change you. What......
Mobile growth at christianblog
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A look into the growth of mobile use at ChristianBlog.Com Over the last year I have invested a great many hours into the redevelopment of the design and layout of the ChristianBlog.Com website, and I have continued to make the statement that it is "for those using mobile devices" or something along that line. I wanted to take a brief moment to share three graphs that really show-case the issue of why this is so important, because I am sure that there are folks out there thinking a lot of these changes are for naught. A computers/devices operating system is the type of device (windows computer/laptop, apple computer/laptop, iphone, android phone, etc) that people use and by tracking/reporting on it, we are able to get the easiest method to compare just how fast or slow a websites......
A look at "logos bible software", version 6
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Greetings Christian Bloggers, Logos Bible Software is an indispensable tool for a lot of clergy and those who really enjoy doing in-depth Bible studies - it also has a place on the computers of Christian bloggers and Christian writers. Version 6 of Logos was recently released and I have had a chance to give it a go for a few months. There are a number of really neat, and useful, new features that I wanted to highlight, that might be of benefit for those who are Christian bloggers and Christian writers. Before we begin, I do want to disclose that I was given an upgrade from Version 5 to Version 6, with the expectations to use it and write a review. I am by no means a Logos power-user, and probably understand how to harness only about 20% of everything that the Logos Bible software offers.......
Patti smith & the vatican's annual christmas concert. grace extended or something more?
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So there has been an uproar as of late due to the invitation of Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican's annual Christmas Concert, which I suppose is rather understandable, throughout not just the Catholic church but throughout Italy and beyond. In many ways it causes me to think back to the Anne Rice on-again-off-again involvement with the Catholic fellowship, does anybody remember that, does anybody really know how that ever ended up, or perhaps it is just muddy water under a bridge at this point. Unquestionably the “Godmother Of Punk” Patti is as synonymous as Bob Dylan, John Denver, Bob Marley, Larry Norman, and Glenn Kaiser, each in their own rights the driving force of their musical genre. In recent years the Catholic church has made great strides in reaching out to a......
Celebrating rosh hashanah, 2014
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Today as I, and others, hopefully, celebrate Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) I am offered yet again, a chance to reflect on life a bit differently than on the Western/Gregorian calendar "New year celebration" that will happen in just 98 days. There are a few symbolic customs that are associated with Rosh Hashanah, just like there are for the gregorian new year (ie: watching the ball fall in new york on your tv), and one of these customs is of course the blowing of the shofar. Another is to partake of sweet fruit and honey, which symbolizes the bringing forth of a sweet new year. I was not able to acquire any this year, but another symbolic food is round challah bread (I compromised and took a piece of pumpkin bread and formed it into a round piece of bread) which is served and......
Disney set to release 20th anniversary soundtrack for lion king!
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It sure does not seem like it, but 20 years ago Disney released The Lion King. To celebrate they are releasing a 20th anniversary soundtrack, it is going to have the original songs PLUS an additional 30 minutes of previously unreleased score. According to D23 the two disk album will include the following 33 songs: Disc One: 1. “Circle of Life/Nants' Ingonyama” Performed by Carmen Twillie, African Vocals Performed by Lebo 2. “Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Play With Your Food” Score 3. “We Are All Connected” Score 4. “Hyenas in the Pride Land” Score 5. “I Just Can't Wait to Be King” Performed by Jason Weaver with Rowan Atkinson and Laura Williams 6. “Elephant Graveyard” Score 7. “I Was Just Trying to Be......
Reaching a goal
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In late October of 2010 I realized I had a problem... a weight problem.I had known it in the back of my mind for a few years, but one day I found myself sitting in the parking lot of the local mall ready to go inside and buy 'yet another' pair of pants, another size up from the one I had just bought.As I sat in the parking lot I found myself saying "John, this is sad... this is pathetic. You go into that store and it is just going to keep happening. Turn the truck back on, go home, and find a way to change this aspect of your life."Thankfully that is exactly what I did - and I set a goal to lose 114 pounds.Today, over 3 years later, I have finally reached the goal I set for myself. And today being valentines day, what a great valentines gift to myself, eh!Having now......
December blessings, day 7 - transforming of the heart
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This is the 7th of a multi-part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will(hopefully)experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. Transforming of the Heart Throughout my life there have been very few times when I have allowed entertainment to have an influence on my life. Be it books, movies, music, or the other things that tend to fall into 'entertainment' for me. Probably the only exo-biblical book that has had a direct influnce on me is"The Knowledge of the Holy" by A. W. Tozer. It is the only book that I have read more than once - in fact, I try to read it at least once a year. I firmly believe that if you read a chapter of this book and do not go......
December blessings, day 6 - trapped like a rat!
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This is the 6th of a 31 part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will(hopefully)experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. Trapped Like A Rat! I live in the middle of one of the two Redwood forests in the world. Here in Northern California the weather is some of the most consistent weather anywhere in the United States. Earlier tonight I got a notification that all of the roads into (and out of) the region had been shut down due to bad weather - in this case, snow. It has snowed three times in the 20 years that I have lived in the Redwoods. Each time I was out of town on business or visiting family. So in many ways I am trapped like a rat, as the saying goes. Psalm 51:7......
December blessings, day 4 - the fire of life
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This is the 4th of a multi-part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will (hopefully) experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. The Fire of Life The house where I grew up had a fireplace... I really miss having a fireplace. Every place that I have lived in since the house that I grew up in has not had a fireplace. There is just something about a fireplace during the holiday seasons. Jeremiah 23:29 (NKJV) "Is not My word like a fire?" says the LORD I love this verse. It really speaks to me during the winter season when it starts getting cold outside. It gives me assurances that just as it gets cold outside during the winter and we can start a fire to warm up, so......
December blessings, day 3 - everyday sandals
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This is the 3rd of a 31 part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will (hopefully) experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. Everyday Sandals Earlier this year I decided to try wearing sandals for the first time since I was a wee lad and this has been a rather interesting adventure - if you can call wearing sandals an 'adventure.' I started off with a pair from one of the most popular and world-wide known sandal makers and used them for about six months, conditioning my soles to using sandals, letting my feet get use to not being fully covered, and just getting to use the way that sandals are secured versus traditional laces on shoes. Recently I have been......
December blessings, day 2 - the reassurance of faith.
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This is the 2nd of a 31 part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will (hopefully) experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. The Reassurance of Faith: A number of years ago I bought two paintings by Brian Jekel that have adorned my living room and which continue to bless me each time I take the time to stop and just let them speak to me. One of them is of the story of Jesus walking on the water, as recorded in Matthew 14:22-30, which is also a story that is known as Peter's reassurance of faith. This is a story all of us know well. It is one of the childhood stories that grandma's around the globe teach to young children in Sunday schools. Often times this story......
December blessings, day 1
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This is the 1st of a 31 part series called “December, 31 Days of Blessings” in which each day for the month of December I will (hopefully) experience something throughout the day, or previous day, that is a blessing to me in some way. Never Give Up: Usually for me the first week of the month is the hardest time financially. But last month I got nailed with yearly-recurring bills I had forgotten about and sucked my bank account dry towards the middle of the month. I had one bill left to pay and there was just no way it was going to get paid on time before the end of the month. Than, out of nowhere, a couple of folks came forward and donated some funds via a couple of my different websites, and it was just enough to pay the bills and buy a couple days of food. I often think about......
This is cool: amazon matchbook for kindle owners
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‹ ‹ ‹ Hey all, this is a really cool feature that I saw announced today at amazon.com for those with a kindle. The feature is called "Kindle Matchbook" and it offers you the ability to buy books you have bought in softcover/hardcover and get them on your Kindle at a massively reduced price (most under 3 bucks) so you can read them on your Kindle. Guess this would only be useful if you have a book you really want to read again and sold the book, or if you just really like reading books on your Kindle, or if you bought a book never read it and now want to read it on your Kindle. They are saying they have around 70,000 books that they can match at this point in time. I have been buying books from amazon since waaaay back and almost every book I have bought they offered in......
Beaten paths are for beaten men
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“Beaten paths are for beaten men.” - Eric A. Johnson This is a really interesting and great quote in so many ways. When I first saw it I just had to write it down so I could remind myself of some of the deep truth this statement can present to a Christian. Think about how many times you might have let the world beat you down, and instead of standing strong in the Lord you just fell into the ways of the world. Think about how many times you have seen a man that has been beaten up by the world. What horrible things did they have to face and endure to be that way. Christ was beaten, but not broken. We too can be beat by the ways of the world, at our jobs, by our friends, even at our places of worship - even by other Christians - yet our strength in the Lord is what will help us be......
Is worshiping a sacrifice?
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For over three decades I have been keeping a little book with quotes that have come to my mind - they often inspire me years later when I flip through it. Here is one of the ones that have stuck with me for the last year in ways that I am still pondering on at times: "John Abela. March 20, 2012"No amount of worship will be viewed as a sacrifice if the very act of worship itself is not a sacrifice. This has been one of those messages that came to me that for some reason has just stuck with me... I often find myself sitting in my chair wondering on the depths of this quote. It has me asking myself, "What is the cost of true worship?" Does God want our worship to be as a sacrifice unto Him? If He does, and we do not view worship as a sacrifice, is worship really worship? Shalom,......
The simplification of life
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Let's face it, sometime life just gets complicated. Some thrive for that style of a life, others seek a life of simple peacefulness. I love the image in this blog because it so often explains my own life - and how complicated I tend to make both my life, and the websites that I build. I am trying to get better at it, really I am, but for a person that things is distance abstracts, looking at life from a simple perspective is extremely difficult. But I am trying. Thankfully the Bible is not critical when it comes to those who are like the way that I am. Neither is it critical of those who are the opposite of me. The Bible has a lot to say about being lazy, but the simplification of life does not mean becoming lazy. To me this verse summarizes it so well: Ecclesiastes 9:10 (ESV)Whatever......
A walk through the woods
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A place of peacefulness. We all hopefully have them, and we all need one. One of those places that you go to when you just need to unwind. For a long time that place has been out in the Redwood forest of Northern California. Before that, I would just get in my car and drive. A lot of times when going for a walk I find myself finding that place of peace, and yet other times I find myself using even more brain power to ponder on the issues of life. I know a lot of people who have this type of problem when trying to go to bed - they will lay there for hours thinking how to pay the insurance, or scheduling the events of the weekend, or whatever the issue might be. Often times this causes them more problems, because they do not get enough sleep for a sound day of work the next day.   Matthew......
Has the success of 'the bible' cable tv program affected your local church?
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With the recent success of The History Channel's cable tv series 'The Bible' it had me wondering lately if all that "tv success" has resulted in any actual growth in the places of worship throughout the United States. It has been reported that more than 11 million people watched each episode. That is a lot of people, until one stops to consider that there are over 225 million Christians in the USA. Sure, that would make up around 25% of the Christian's but I am going to guess that a moderate percentage of those 11 million people were not Christians. Let's just call it 20% of the viewers were Christians, for the sake of. Now there is no doubt that an unfortunately large percentage of those within the US that call themselves Christians, are what we have...
Blogging tips - the art of storytelling
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In my ongoing blog series on tips to be a better blogger I have typically tried to approach the issue from a technical perspective. Using tools and techniques and services to help you learn ways to achieve higher levels of viewership. Today I would like to share what I believe is one of the most power, one of the most important, aspects of blogging. The art of telling a story. I truly believe that the most impactful type of blogs are story telling style bogs - those blogs that portray a point by telling a story. Take for example the following blogs, which have spoken to me: Snakes and Sin I have nothing to teach you Transfigured by the Word "John Steinbeck"If a story is not about the hearer he will not listen. And here I make a rule - a great and interesting story is not about everyone or......
Top blogs of 2012
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Hello All, I thought some of you might be interested in knowing the top blogs published here at ChristianBlog.Com over the course of 2012, so I have put together the following lists for you! ChristianBlog.Com is by no means any sort of competition based website. I am not posting these in that manner or intention. Rather I think we can all benefit, as bloggers, from what it takes to publish blogs that can make it into the top ten lists. Top Ten Most Viewed Blogs The Power of the Word by @kogfamily (2289 views) Have the mercy and compassion of God by @silverpen (1426 views) Where is the Power of God ? by @silverpen (1407 views) I desire that the church of Jesus to be a praying church. by @silverpen (1347 views) God looks on the heart and not the outward appearance by @blessings2you (1296......
A birthday celebration
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Greetings Friends, This week the ChristianBlog.Com website is celebrating its 7th years of being online. It was way back on December 11th 2005 that work began on what has now become the worlds largest Christian-based blog publishing website. I had owned the domain name (christianblog.com) for a few years and had not done a thing with it. For reasons unknown, in early December of 2005 I felt the Holy Spirit uttering to me that it was time to start things. Those early days felt like pure chaos each and every day. To this day that has not changed. Only now there is a mixture of random chaos mixed in with amazing stories, powerful testimonies, untold blessings, relationships being formed around the world, and random acts of kindness between Christians that will probably never meet each other.......
Daily bible verse: romans 12:12
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I love the book of Romans. Much like I love the Book of Leviticus. Romans 12 has so much powerful meat within it. It is nearly impossible to truly understand the depth and purpose of verse 12 without going back to verses 4 and 5 which state, "For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same function, So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. " The very understanding of what verse 12 is talking about is embodied within verses 4 and 5. They are the introduction to the entire chapter. What proceeds from verses six through the last verse, 21, is all encompassed within the understanding of verses four and five. At the heart of verse twelve are three key words, "rejoicing", "patient" and......
Hebrews 3:13 - when life goes from good to bad, here is a reason why.
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In my preferred Bible translation, the Peshitta, this verse reads a bit differently - not that one is better than the other, just that it reads differently and I really enjoy the differences and both of them indicate to me two different acts that I should be doing. There are three key things in this verse: , Exhort one another daily (search your hearts daily) , you can be hardened , the deceitfulness of sin Exhort one another: How do we exhort each other? Hebrews 11:24 tells us to "stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another." Search your hearts daily: Psalm 4:4 encourages us to "commune with your own heart and meditate upon your bed" you can be hardened Proverbs 28:13-14 has this to......
Jews, muslims and christians unite together to stand up for circumcision
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It is not every day that the world sees the Muslims Jews and Christians uniting together. A recent decision in Germany to criminalize circumcision has resulted in just such a unification. This article is not to argue the legal reasons that Germany has made it illegal, nor is it about whether it causes pain, nor whether about it is inhuman rather I want to take this opportunity to discuss the issue of circumcision from a Biblical perspective. I am a Christian - and specifically I am messianic. I have studied both Judaism and Islam for over two decades, however I will refrain from including text from exobiblical text, the Talmud or the Qur'an. I will specifically address this issue from the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. There are over 2.8 billion people in the world that......
Ancient seal provides evidence of samson's fight with a lion
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I suppose we Christians can put this one under the "duh" category, but we all have to accept that the other 6 billion people of the world do not actually take the Bible for what is says. A news story that has become a hot-topic today is that some archeologists from Tel Aviv University (TAU) announced that they found what they are calling the “Samson seal”, a seal used to well, seal letters and such. It was found at Tel Beth-Shemesh - which has been a Biblical archaeological hot-spot for some time. As the story goes, Samson is out walking along when an Asiatic lion jumps out to have some dinner. Samon being the mighty brute that he is, rips apart the hungry lion. This is one of those famous Old Testament "one line stories" that we all love to learn and...
Seeing the light through the fog
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One of the truly great blessings of living in the middle of the Redwood forest of Northern California is the pure beauty of creation. To have the honor of standing in the midst of a forest that is filled with trees that have seen over 200 generations of humans is awe inspiring. To know that trees that are but an inch tall now will be a living giant two millenniums from now is something my human brain strains to even be able to envision. Yet it is so. There are many great men who have said these things so much better than I will ever be able too. Men such as John Muir, who wrote these words: In God's wildness lies the hope of the world - the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware. Men such as the......
Daily bible verse: psalm 95:1-2
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This is a great verse! Psalm 95:1-2 is the first for those who understand the power of praise! Whether you can sing or not. Whether you are mute or able to shout to the heavens. Whether you speak with your mouth or your hands, Psalm 95:1-2 is here to encourage us to blast it out for our Creator! For many years I ministered as part of a worship team and came to see and experience some of what is the true power of ministering to our Creator through the use of music and song and singing and thanksgiving and shouting for joy to the Lord. Feeling down and out? Well, break out an old hymn, or whatever Christian song might be buried in your brain, and just start shouting it out to God. Hey, it may not make you feel any better, and it might even make you feel a bit goofy for doing so, but we do......
A day in the redwoods
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The nicest weather of the year is upon us here in the Redwoods of Northern California. There are a few weeks out of every year when the weather just turns magical and pretty much everybody, whether they like going outside or not, go outside for the few weeks and just enjoy the weather. I thought some of you might be interested in seeing what it is that I do when I am not stuck in front of a computer all day long. What I do when I get the chance is hike - and a lot. My hiking style is unlike 99% of hikers in that I carry very little gear with me. The average hiker has a backpack that is between 15 and 35 pounds of gear. I usually go hiking with anywhere between three pounds of gear and six pounds of gear. It has its risks but it also has great rewards. I think the Christian life is like......
The power of forgiveness - colossians 3:13
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I remember a time when I was a youth minister and there was a conflict between two of the young adults within the group. They were close to falling in love with each other and neither of the parents were happy about it. Being the soft hearted kind of person that I was I felt the best thing for me to do was to not get involved - love is love after all, eh. I also felt that sometimes the 'church' should stay out of what should rightfully be (I believed, and still do) the role of parents. After all, if the parents were not willing to step up and be adults and parents, why should I involve myself in being somebody who might break up a true relationship - and one formed in the walls of a church. Eventually I came to see that my failure to involve myself in the situation was a......
Otzi the iceman lets go of 5,000-year-old blood sample!
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The famous Otzi the Iceman is now being credited as providing modern day scientist with the oldest known blood sample from a human being. They believe that Otzi lived around 5,300 years ago in the mountains of modern day Austria and Italy. He is on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Italy and was found back in September of 1991. A team of scientists believe that Otzi was killed by an arrow in the back. The image attached to this blog is an atomic force microscope (ACM) image of one of Otzi's ancient red blood cells drawn out of some fibrin of the arrow wound. Here is a short video talking about this new blood sample: What I find most interesting about this whole story is that Otzi was carrying with him natural herbs that they believe were for purpose of medication.......
Just wanted to say thanks!
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Greetings All, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have stepped forward to help support the ChristianBlog.Com website - and thus myself - by becoming Pledge Partners, and to those who help answer our website support questions, and to all of you who send in donations! A huge thanks also goes out to a small handful of people who are apart of the ChristianBlog.Com Advisory Group which is a group of our bloggers that help provide decision discussions on most of the major events that happen here at the ChristianBlog.Com website. I am but one person working in a room that none of you will probably ever see, day after day, hour after hour, month after month, year after year, in an effort to be able to provide the tens of thousands of people that visit ChristianBlog.Com every month......
Daily bible verse: psalm 18:28
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What do you do when the darkness begins to surround you? When the fear of believing all is lost? When you feel all hope for yourself has passed by? You have two choices - allow the darkness to win or submit your soul to the light....
Daily bible verse: 1 john 2:27
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To me, if I take this passage all by itself, it is a very difficult passage of scripture to wrap my head around. It has some aspects to it that you normally do not find within the trilogy books of John - it is one of those verses that just goes so far beyond the rest of what is contained within these three amazing minor books. In context of the other verses around it it has great understanding - but tonight I want to take it all by itself, without reading any of the verses before and after it (and I do not remember them off the top of my head) so this could get totally off-the-wall and totally out-of-context... forgive me if it does. "if the anointing which you have received" -- this to me speaks about the fact that God gives every single one of His children an anointing. It......
Daily bible verse: 1 john 3:2
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I think the amazing power of this verse has to do with being a child of God and how we as children of God are Christ-like. When we go from being the old man to the new man in Christ, we become that Christ-likeness that this verse speaks of. When it says "we shall see Him as He is" I tend to think that this is talking about how we have the scabs over our eyes removed when we become a child of God, and thus are able to see God in the true way that mankind was created to see their Creator. Overall this just seems to be one of those Verses that too many of us skim right over without really stopping and meditating on how it can apply to our lives and what it really means to be a child of God....
Daily bible verse: romans 8:38 - 39
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To me this is one of the most powerful verses within the entire Bible. It speaks of the absolute truth of the Power of God and the human soul. It lays out the foundation that if you are a child of God, than the power that exists within the relationship of the Creator and the created is so great that no other aspect of the Creators created works are able to even begin to compare to that of the relationship between the Creator and the child of God. Romans 8:38-39 is a foundational passage of the Holy Text for anybody that believes in the power of Salvation. How? Because it lays out the foundation for the true love of God for those that choose Him. There is a reason that this passage of the Holy Text is included within the Romans Road - and that reason is because it explains one of the core......
The rewards of being a christian blogger!
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A few days ago I had the honor of writing the second newsletter for ChristianBlog.Com and the main highlight of the newsletter was talking about how awesome it is to be a Christian Blogger right now. While I was writing the newsletter I found myself stopping and pondering on what is, without a doubt, the most amazing aspect of running the worlds largest Christian blogging website: hearing from people who visit and use the website about how it has touched their lives. Sometimes the letters I receive just stop me from whatever it is I am doing and makes me realize that everything I have done, it has been for a purpose. The motto of the ChristianBlog.Com website is a simple - yet profoundly powerful - one: ChristianBlog.Com is a place to be blessed and to bless others! Sometimes in the day......
10 indoor plants to help clean your house
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I like house plants - I am just going to admit it... I like them. I have all different kinds of indoor plants. Some over the last few years have died but for the most part I have a very good record going for keeping them alive. I like them because they add a feeling of life to my house. I also like them because they help keep the air in my house fresher. They suck of co2 and replace it with oxygen (no secrete there, eh) and thus I get nice fresh oxygen inside of my house - which is rather helpful for the winter season when I loath opening up my windows to let in fresh (and freezing) cold air. Awhile back I came across the book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office which was apparently written by some Doctor Scientist dude who worked for nasa trying to find......
19 spiritual gifts, overview
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There are 19 primary Spiritual Gifts, with an additional 6 that many consider should be included. The Gift of Government The Gift of Apostle The Gift of Discernment The Gift of Evangelism The Gift of Exhortation The Gift of Faith The Gift of Giving The Gift of Healing The Gift of Hospitality The Gift of Tongues The Gift of Interpretation of Tongues The Gift of Knowledge The Gift of Mercy The Gift of Miracles The Gift of Shepherding The Gift of Teaching The Gift of Prophecy The Gift of Wisdom The Gift of Helps The six additional gifts which many people think we should include/consider: The Gift of Poverty The Gift of Ekballism The Gift of Intercession The Gift of Leadership The Gift of Missionary The Gift of Service Some people say that some of these are "not for today's......
World news july 8
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951 - Paris is founded 1099 - First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on. 1680 - The first confirmed tornado in America kills a servant at Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1796 - US State Dept issues 1st American passport 1835 - Liberty Bell cracks (again) 1905 - Part of Angel Island allocated for Immigration Detention Center 1947 - Reports are broadcast that a UFO has crashed landed in Roswell, New Mexico. 1948 - 500th anniversary Russian orthodox church celebrated in Moscow 1957 - CDC incorporates 1979 - Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea...
Today in history, june 07
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1456 - A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death 1534 - European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick. 1550 - Chocolate introduced (huh'oh!) 1607 - "God Save the King" is 1st sung 1668 - Isaac Newton receives MA from Trinity College, Cambridge 1802 - 1st comic book "The Wasp," is published 1829 - Royal Military Chapel forms 1846 - US annexs California 1863 - 1st military draft by US (exemptions cost $100) 1863 - Orders barring Jews from serving under US Grant are revoked 1898 - US annexes Hawaii 1905 - 127‚°F (53‚°C), Parker Ariz (state record) 1928 - Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of......
Today in history, july 06, 2011
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Today in USA history: 1586 - Birth of Thomas a colonial American pastor and an originator of the earliest system of federal government in America. 1775 - Congress issues "Declaration of the Causes & Necessity of Taking up Arms," listing grievances but denying intent to be independent 1785 - Congress resolves US currency named "dollar" & adopts decimal coinage. 1785 - The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States. 1798 - US law makes aliens "liable to be apprehended, restrained, ... & removed as alien enemies" 1936 - 114‚°F (46‚°C), Moorhead, Minnesota (state record) 1952 - Six churches met to form the Southern Baptist Association of Colorado, the first organization of this denomination in the state. 1959 - C.S. Lewis......
Blogging tips: how to increase your viewership!
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For some bloggers, what matters most to them is not how many people comment on their blogs, but rather how many times their blogs are viewed. Those who care more about total viewers than they do total comments are not any worse or better bloggers, or people, than those who are the other way - they are simply people that just care about different aspects within their online blogging activities. Many 'power bloggers' (that is: those who blog a lot, for whatever their reasons) tend to usually fall into this category - but not always - because they realize that the shear amount of content they are pushing out is often times more about having people read their content, than it is having people take 30 seconds to post a comment. This blog is primary for those of you who are this way -......
Prayer - purity - power - praise
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I believe that there are four vital things all Christians should try to learn in as much depth as they can: , Prayer, Purity, Power, PraiseWhy I Believe This: Prayer leads to Purity Purity leads to Power Power leads to Praise Let's Examine This: Prayer is the primary form of communication with our God - without it, nothing else matters. There could be no redemption (purity) without prayer. Purity is the primary act upon which all Christians start their relationship with their Creator. Only a holy being can stand before a Holy God. Without purity there could be no presence of the power of the Holy Spirit within our lives. Power is the primary tool by which Christians operate. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that allows us to go forth to our families, our friends, and our nations to......
White house adds new position to deal with unfavorable online media
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Here is a news story that I just came across from yesterday that I think some of you might be interested in. White House Adds New Position to Deal with Unfavorable Online Media It will be very interesting to see how this new position and department within the WH takes on the blogosphere when it comes to "unfavorable" comments that bloggers and comments might make about the sitting president and/or usa politics in general - and what they will be choosing to define what "unfavorable" actually means. Prelude to further enforcements upon American blogggers and Blog Service Providers (such as ChristianBlog.Com) or just a friendly White House PR position... that will be the real question in the months to come. Let us all hope that it is the latter and not the former. Around......
Blogging tips - when to ignore, when to respond, and when to just delete!
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One of the wonderful aspects of being a blogger is being able to share our thoughts with others. At the end of the day, that is what blogging is really all about. But as anybody who has blogged even a few times knows, not everybody is going to agree with everything you say. And sometimes, rather than those folks who might disagree with you not even posting a comment to say they don't (which is probably the responsible thing to do) they instead post a comment that not only shares their thoughts with what they do not agree with you about, but the fact that you are some kind of looser or some great failure of being a Christian because of what you believe. Sometimes you might get lucky and have somebody post a comment saying that they disagree with you and keep their points of......
Sleeping on the ground
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For the last few years I have been investing a greater and greater amount of my time into hiking and bushwhacking and the great outdoors. It has been amazingly refreshing for me. I have rediscovered a lost enjoyment in life, a sense that the world is bigger than my own little world I make for myself, have drastically increased my overall bodily health, and have been able to reconnect with the Creator in a way I had long forgotten. There are many aspects I really enjoy about getting outdoors and very few things I do not enjoy. Perhaps the one aspect I dislike the most is not having to dig my own bathroom, but rather sleeping on the ground. Inevitably it seems that exactly where I setup my sleeping spot at, is where a rock is at, or a hard clump of grass, or something that just makes......
Ted dekker - the priest's graveyard
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Two weeks ago Ted Dekker released another book that I just had to pick up, called The Priest's Graveyard. As those of you who have read my previous book reviews know I am a Ted Dekker fan. He ranks up there (for me) with guys like Clive Cussler, Vince Flynn, Dale Brown, W.E.B. Griffin, and Tony Hillerman. It has caused me a bit of trouble at times, such as the last time I wrote a review of his book The Bride Collector three people terminated their account here at ChristianBlog.Com which makes no sense, but such as it is. This latest book by Dekker is really pushing the boundaries, even for me, however. It has a wonderful and masterful start but gets dark and darker with some content that is probably not best for the youngsters out there. It is not as dark as his book Boneman's......
When fish catch the fisherman
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History shows clearly enough that true spirituality has never at any time been the possession of the masses. In any given period since the fall of the human race, only a few persons ever discerned the right way or walked in God's law. God's truth has never been popular. Wherever Christianity becomes popular, it is not on its way to die--it has already died. Popular Judaism slew the prophets and crucified Christ. Popular Christianity killed the Reformers, jailed the Quakers and drove John Wesley into the streets. When it comes to religion, the crowds are always wrong. At any time there are a few who see, and the rest are blinded. To stand by the truth of God against the current religious vogue is always unpopular and may be downright dangerous. The historic church, while she was a......
The worth of a piece of clay
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I have never taken a class on how to work with clay to make bowls or cups or plates or little animals, yet I have always thought it might be fun and peaceful thing to do. I recently needed to buy a new set of kitchen plates for my house and as I went looking for some to buy I realized that the ones I thought were the most 'me' were not the typical round plates but the ones that were different shapes and sizes. It made me think that if a plate that we use every day of our life can be so 'blah' and I could change that 'blah' to 'cool', well, why not. Sometimes many of us take for granted the simple things in life and how with just small changes we could add some joy into our lives. This morning I came across a sermon that I though really speaks to the power......
The peace that overcomes!
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Peace of mind. Peace of spirit. Peace of the world. Peace of neighbors. Peace of lovers. Peace of family. Peace is an amazing thing - yet for so many people it seems to be at arms length, just out of their reach. Peace seems to be out of reach because they do not have peace with God within their own lives. So many people spend so long with turmoil in their life and yet the resolution is right in front of them. Do you want peace in the rest of your life? Find peace with God! Many Blessings, John B. Abela photo source...
Gotta love kludge
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In modern computing terminology, a kludge is a solution to a problem, doing a task, or fixing a system that is inefficient, inelegant, or even unfathomable, but which nevertheless (more or less) works. To kludge around something is to avoid a bug or some difficult condition by building a kludge, perhaps relying on properties of the bug itself to assure proper operation. It is somewhat similar in spirit to a workaround, only without the grace. A kludge is often used to change the behavior of a system after it is finished, without having to make fundamental changes. Sometimes to keep backwards compatibility, but often simply because it is easier. Often times I wonder how many times over the last 10+ years that I have been writing software that I have fallen into the trap of using a kludge......
Considering expanding my personal ministry!
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Last week I was in a discussion with some teachers and some of the problems facing teachers these days. Issues such as unions, salaries, tenure, a lack of zeal, and how some teachers just plain flat no longer care about teaching, even though they remain a teacher. Somewhere along the way I shared that I use to teach and how I really loved it, but I eventually lost the drive and I forced myself to walk away from it. Over the last week it has really been gnawing at me that I have become stagnant with my own personal ministry. Yes I continue to pound out the hours developing and supporting Christian websites (such as ChristianBlog.Com) and other ministry software projects, but it just seems that these things are no longer 'enough' for my spiritual well being. It is as if I am holding......
Blogging tips - how to get readers to read your entire blog!
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Hello, Let's just be honest, writing a blog and not having people read the entire blog is just no fun. But most bloggers tend to be people who both read and write blogs, so we really should allow our own reading behaviors to be a prime candidate as to how we write our blogs - yet for many bloggers that is not the case and they fail to take into consideration how people enjoy reading. It is important to remember that reading your blog needs to be enjoyable. If your blog is hard to read, or if your blog does not quickly make sense, or quickly get to the main point you are wanting to make, chances are very good that people will simply stop reading your blog and move onto the next blog. All to often blog readers skip entire sections - it just seems to be natural for some people to totally......
Blogging tips - how blog length effects public feedback
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This is the first in a series of blog tips that I will be writing over the next few months. Content Is King: Before I get into numbers I just want to be clear that that the old saying "content is king" is still applicable. A blog that has no value, has no substance to it, is simply not going to get comments. The quality of the content (what you say) within a blog is the number one determination factor of how many comments you are going to get - so always keep that in mind. It is also important to remember that a blog does not have to be overtly technical, nor the complete opposite - overtly humorous - to qualify it, or disqualify it - for it to become a very popular blog. Years of watching and reading blogs have made it clear to me that sometimes the oddest topics, and sometimes......
Blogging tips - how to be a better blogger
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So last month I made the 2011 Blogging Resolution to blog once a month, and I have pretty much failed in keeping that resolution. I have been thinking about why it is I have failed to keep my pledge to blog once a week. I suspect that because unlike so many others here at ChristianBlog.Com, I am just not the kind of person who can sit down and bang-out a blog every day (or even every week) about some random topic. So that got me thinking "Ok, what topic could I blog on every week that I might be able to keep an interest in?" After all, that is probably the real reason I have not kept up - that and when you own a blog service provider website, blogging yourself a lot is hard to do. Without a doubt the person who has inspired me the most over the last few years has been......
Multiculturalism has failed - but what about for christians?
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British Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech yesterday that has rocked the world - and I love it! If you just want to watch the really good part watch this video from the BBC website. If you want to watch the whole thing you can do so at youtube - part 1, part 2 You can also view the full transcript My Own Thoughts: I want to address some of what he has said, because I think it really plays a role not only in our societies around the world, not only in the different religions of the world, but in the very core foundation of Christianity. "David Cameron"we have allowed the weakening of our collective identity Yes, so very true. While Britain and France have been facing the multiculturalism for many years, America has been known for over 100 years for being a melting pot nation, which......
Max lucado - outlive your life: you were made to make a difference
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This is a quick review of the book Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference by author Max Lucado. The book centers around what you plan to do with your life. Are you going to just live it day-by-day or are you going to try to help impact somebody elses live in a positive way - something that falls right in line with the motto of ChristianBlog.Com which is "ChristianBlog.Com is a place to be blessed and to bless others!" If you do not yet have this book you should pick it up and give it a read! Buying options: Amazon: Kindle Edition Amazon: Hardcover Amazon: Audiobook ChristianBook: Ebook Edition ChristianBook: Hardcover Here is a quick trailer video for the book: Here you can see Max Lucado actually talk about why he wrote the book: Michael W. Smith had this to......
Lifting up each other
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I went on a wonderful hike today. It was only suppose to be for 2 miles but ended up at 6.5 miles. It did not matter though because I was hiking with friends. Ecclesiastes 4:10 says "woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up". How often in life have you had a friend who was there to grab you just as you were about to fall, or pick you up after you had fallen. When was the last time you were there to grab somebody or to pick them up. Thoughts to consider....
My 2010 diet plan
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Hello Everybody, I have had a number of people asking me details about "my diet" over the last year. Here is the basic plan I have taken to loose 90 pounds (40 kilos) over the course of 12 months - and I am still loosing weight each month. (ps: for the record: the guy in the photograph is NOT me. I was never that fat. I started off about where the slimmest of the 4 photos are and worked down from there) It has been an entire years worth of progress from one method to another to yet another. I have learned along the way that I just could not stick to a single 'plan' and hope to get anywhere. Not saying that does not work for others, but it did not work for me. First I started with massively cutting back the amount of food I eat. This was, physiologically, probably the......
The value of a cup of a coffee
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To me there is just something special about a cup of coffee. Some of my most memorable times in life have been around a cup of coffee. Not because the coffee was special (at least not most times) but because of what the coffee was doing - it was bringing together two people around a table. Perhaps the greatest memory of a cup of coffee was in the mid 90's when I was on a mission trip in the Southern Caribbean. I was leading a group of American youth to an Island for a week. It was the largest group of American youth that had ever been taken to the Island for a missions outreach. It was filled with more heavenly blessings and kind acts and souls saved and lives changed than perhaps any other mission trip I have ever been apart of. Yet there was one morning that was beyond special for......
Christianblog.com 2011 goals and 2010 accomplishments
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Hello Everybody, As the owner of ChristianBlog.Com it is always my favorite thing at the start/end of each year to share where the website is going in the next year and what we have accomplished in the past year! I will spare everybody all the normal chatter I tend to do in my blogs and just get down to business! 2011 Goals: No promises on any of these of course! (1) Ditching BBcode and switching to HTML (this is at #1 because it will be my primary goal this year) (2) Simplification of publishing blogs. (3) Simplification of account registration. (4) Simplification of publishing comments. (5) Further development of the "wall/status" system to make it more 'facebookish' like. (6) Better methods of adding photos to blogs. (7) Better methods of presenting account alerts (I......
A look back on 2010
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Well it has come that time of year again when yet another year has come and gone, or is quickly about to go. I have to say that 2010 has been one of the best years of my adulthood life. Perhaps even could go so far as to say it has been the best year of my adult life. I think it all comes down to the "my life" versus "my life + others" aspect. Let me explain that. For the better part of my memory I have almost always been involved in helping programs of one type or another. I have done little league (coaching + umpiring), I have done community clean ups, I have worked with Christian Businessman Associates, Pregnancy Care Centers, Teen Challenge Centers, and a whole host of other 501c's from one end of the spectrum to the other. In October of 2009 I decided it was......
Merry christmas from afghanistan
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I wanted to post this here at ChristianBlog.Com, even though it has been posted at thousands of other websites, because as an American, and for all of the nations around the world who have sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, out there defending all types of freedom - be it from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, be it with a gun or a Bible, be it spreading freedom from poverty to freedom of oppression or freedom of religion - may the good fight continue, and may the Lord's protection be upon you, until the return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas from Afghanistan, oh man, it's that time of year, and the birth of Jesus doesn't seem to please the terrorists down here; I'd like to take a moment for you folks at home to make it clear;......
Books i've read in 2010
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I thought I would compile a list of my favorite and least favorite books that I have read this year. Not all of them were published this year, but that does not matter, a good book is a good book, regardless of when it is published! Amazing Books: Atomic America - Todd Tucker - This is a book about what really happened in America that resulted in us not having more nuclear power stations. Of all the books I have read this year this was the most interesting book without a doubt. Not because I am all into nuclear power (or against it) but it just really enlightened me to some aspects of the American nuclear history I had no idea about. American Assassin - Vince Flynn - I will admit I have been a Flynn fan since I first discovered him. He is one of the few authors I just cannot wait for a......
Us government ceasing websites
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Well last week we encountered something pretty amazing... the USA government was able to pass through a law that allows them to get a judge to issue a warrant that allows them to shut down a website. While this may be good and all - I am not saying those websites should not be taken off-line, they were violating the law after all, but it scares me to think of where this could lead. Could this law eventually lead to a website such as ChristianBlog.Com being taken away from its owner because it is used to post 'Christian' content that might be viewed as 'unacceptable' to some segregate of the nation? I am not some dooms-day-sayer by any means, but this is one law and set of actions that have involved websites operated in the USA that really does make me wondering what might......
The path to the dark side!
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There are two roads in life... One that leads to heaven... and one that does not. If you do not mind being called a "Christian" and can keep from snapping and staying in the dark side (because you do not "turn" do the dark side... you are born into it) than you will be able to count yourself lucky! It is not about wearing a mask, it is not about how you talk, it is not about what powers you have... When all is said and done it is about whom you have believed in and whom you have shared your faith with. It's already too late to turn to the dark side... but it is never too soon to turn to the right side!...
The end of the woolly mammoths...
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Well, it seems that we have yet another excuse.. err... reason... as to why the poor little Woolly mammoths died out hitting the news this week. BBC News Science correspondent, Pallab Ghosh, published an article yesterday (source) that starts off like this: "Woolly mammoths died out because of dwindling grasslands..." I guess I've just always presumed that it was because they were all hunted to extinction... oh wait... I mean they all died off in the last ice age... oh wait, that's wrong too... no no... they all died off because of a great flood... opps, that was one was wrong... no... wait... I think I got it this time... wasn't it a big meteor that stuck the earth... oh, no... that one... yes, that one was wrong too... shoot. Well, you get the point. You know......
If you need prayer tonight!
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I would just like to invite everybody today to come and join our weekly prayer gathering here at ChristianBlog.Com that is going to take place in 12-hours. Every week we have individuals from around the world gather together to pray for each other and to pray for any needs that are brought up. It may not be your typical kind of in-church prayer meeting, but for the last five months our prayer meetings here at ChristianBlog.Com have proven to be life-changing events for many of those people who have attended them. All of the details on when it starts (including both usa and international times) can be found within this blog. I will be honest and say that I have not attended them all, but almost every week I heard of the amazing things that have taken place that week. I would just like to......
Online newspaper starts charging people to post comments
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An online blog caught my eye today that I felt warranted my time reading... and it turned out to be a humdinger of a blog! It was written by Paul McNamara and was posted at The blog links to an article (source) of a newspaper called "The Attleboro Sun-Chronicle" located in Massachusetts. The newspaper article was about how the online newspaper views would have the "opportunity to post comments on stories on Sun Chronicle websites" later this week. The article, interestingly, went on to say this: To enforce this change, all posters will be required to register their name, address, phone number and a legitimate credit card number. The credit card will be charged a one-time fee of 99 cents to activate the account. Now for those of you do not understand why an online......
More on the importance of friends
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So I have been thinking some more about my last blog on the importance of friends over the last few days. I have come to realize that a number of things I said hit a bit closer to home than what I am use to. Just the day before I wrote that blog I was at a friends house, helping him build his home, and I was not being the 'best of what a friend should be'. I was, in fact, being quite a jerk about some things, even though it was his house. For the vast majority of my life I have lived by what I wrote in my previous blog: But when we, or somebody we consider a friend, repeatedly continues to 'fails us' when we/they commit to do something, it is at that point that the Bible says they have gone from being somebody we should consider a friend, somebody we should trust, to......
The importance of friends
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John 15:14 says "You are my friends if you do what I command you." Does this mean that if I command one of my friends to do something and they do not do it, they are not my friend? No. What it means is that I am probably not a friend towards the other person - as friends do not "command" other friends to do something. The "You" in John 15:14 is not a man speaking to a man, it is God speaking to a man. God, and God alone, as the right to command a Christian to do something. Proverbs 14:14 says "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." That to me sounds more like what we should be doing to those that we consider our friends. Proverbs 25:19 says "Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a......
The things we sometimes forget
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Sometimes it seems we forgot some of the more important things in the Christian life. Sometimes life just gets the better of us and we get busy; sometimes we move into studying other things about the Christian life; sometimes we just choose to forget some things. Regardless of the 'how' the fact still remains: sometimes, we just forget about things. Sometimes we even forget that Christ was not only "on the cross"... but that he was forced to carry His own cross... and that is just something I'm sure most of us want to forget... because thinking about the fact that Christ carried His cross reminds us that He carried that cross for you and I. One has to wondering if the guy carrying this football (in the video below) forgot about how stupid being a show-off is. I am......
Seeing what we want to see
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Earlier today I was in the CB chatroom and a few of us were talking about the need to expand on the overall discussion of different topics here at CB, so, I pledged to start-up blogging some devotionals again. I am going to try to push out at least one a week, hopefully two or three a week, but, no promises. Unlike @blessings2you and his 900 blogs, which, I am beginning to think he just sits around all day writing new ones - giggle - and probably has a back-log of a few hundred or so - giggle - I actually find it very hard to find time to write a blog. Kinda strange given the fact I own this website, but, guess the website itself is often too much for me to handle, to devote an hour or so to write a blog (which is what it usually takes me to write a blog/devotional)... anyway, enough......
2010 christianblog.com blogging growth
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I thought I would post some growth numbers, in regards to blogging activity, for the 2010 year here at ChristianBlog.Com! Jan: 580 total blogs (18.7 per day) Feb: 522 total blogs (18.6 per day) Mar: 600 total blogs (19.3 per day) Apr: 546 total blogs (18.2 per day) May: 697 total blogs (22.4 per day) At the moment we have just over 19,600 blogs... so that means we should reach the 20,000 published blogs somewhere this month (June) which will be really awesome! I would just love to see us reach the 25,000 level by December 16 2010! Not only because it is my birthday that day, but because it was the day we started allowing folks to pre-register back in 2005. So, that would mean 25,000 blogs in 5 years. Sure, 25k blogs in 5 years might not be anything even close to what blogger.com or......
Todd bentley, marinating
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I listen to a lot of music... it is just apart of who I am I think. Typically I have The Healing Wind or The Healing Streams or Elijah Streams playing in my office, my room, and where ever else I am. These "prophetic style" stations minister to me. The other day I heard a song that just really spoke to me (a lot of them do, but this one kind of put me on the floor) and I just had to check it out on iTunes and listen to it again. The song was apart of the album Marinating (iTunes link) by Tedd Bentley. This album is, without a doubt the best album of 2010! The part of the album that spoke to me was within the song "Intimacy, Fruitfulness & Anointing" and while it is not my favorite song on the album, there was a line within the song that the Spirit used to speak to me.......
An update on cb related work...
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Hello Everybody, I am going to break this blog update into two parts... a "short version" and a "long version"... The Short Version: For three months I have been asking for help to keep my bills paid so I can keep ChristianBlog.Com online. For three months we have had HUNDREDS of people "encourage others" to do so, saying "it's easy to give a few bucks a month". In those three months that those people have been saying such things, less than 15 people have put their wallet where their typing is at. I am now at a point where I have just enough savings left to keep this website opperational on a (near) full-time basis for 30-45 days. After that, ChristianBlog.Com will encounter massive changes (read the end of the "long version" for......
Christ's abdominal muscles or pornography?
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Now here is a story I didn't think I would ever be writing about... I was watching a video ( ) about a church painting that has gone up inside the Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Warr Acres, Oklahoma. The news video is about a painting that appears to show something that could either be thought of as "abdominal muscles", or, something that could be thought of as "pornography". The Senior pastor of the Catholic church, Father Philip Seeton (see photograph below) has refused to make a formal public statement, nor is he apparently allowing anybody else within the church hierarchy do so either. Now the news report has stated that this painting is "the painting is actually a copy of a similar work in Vatican". Now I was able to capture a snapshot of......
Reaping what you sow
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Towards the end of last year I started doing some in-door growing of vegetables. While I am not a big fan of eating a lot of greens, I wanted to experience the skill sets of learning to grow your own plants. I started with some tomatoes, spinach, and carrots. Most of my carrots died. My tomatoes are doing good, and my spinach is doing very well. After a short while I discovered some of the tricks of the trades for growing in-doors. Things beyond having a good light and water a lot. I discovered that the finer you can sift your fertilizer the better things will grow. I learned that keep plants covered can sometimes really help, and sometimes really hurt. Isaiah 65:21-23 has this to say: 21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They......
A challenge has been put forth!
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Hey everybody, I just wanted to let everybody know that two of our members have come forward with a challenge to our other members! They have each donated $200 and put forth the challenge to 8 other people to also come forward with a $200 donation! In the words of the person who put forth the initial challenge: I would be willing to give $200 ABOVE my monthly pledge as a one time donation... I will do it if 10 others will do the same! ... If ... we could raise $4,000, which would provide John and Christianblog members more time to come up with a more permanent funding solution. Perhaps another three or four months? If John is willing to continue with CB full time on a $2,000 a month budget provided through CB members, I believe we should do as much as possible to make this happen. Two......
A quick update on things...
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Hello Everybody, On the 5th of last month I posted a blog asking people to help out ChristianBlog.Com on a financial level so that I would be able to continue working here full-time. I know many people may not understand why that is important. Here are two reasons why: ChristianBlog.Com is a website that allows anybody to join our website. While we have a rather in-depth registration process which hopefully weeds out most of the 'haters' out there, some of them still have the persistance to go through the whole process. Once they do, they post things that just should not be posted at a Christian website. My ability to be working full-time at ChristianBlog.Com means that except for the few hours a day that I am sleeping, I can be looking out for those situations that happen. And,......
Smithsonian spends $21 million to try to prove human evolution
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The Smithsonian has spent "nearly $21 million" on what they are calling the "Hall of Human Origins" to mark their 100th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution museum. Now I know that the Smithsonian Institution is nothing but a propoganda machine for evolution... it always has been... and I guess one could say that if the #1 thing they focus on for their 100th anniversary is the issue of evolution, that pretty much just confirms this issue. Last week the AP released a news press about the announcement of the "Hall of Human Origins". The curator, Rick Potts, who directs the museum's human origins research, said "the permanent exhibit represents major changes in scientists' understanding of evolution over recent decades". The article goes......
Would you be interested in attending a mission trip with other cb members?
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Hello Everybody, Way back in the days when I was ministering within the four walls of the church, back before I became a full-time online minister to Pastors, Churches, and Christians from around the world, I was a missions director. I had the honor and privilege of leading mission trips for multiple denominations, on a local, national and international level. In a local level I put together a network of people from different churches, across denominations, who would come together to go to churches in need and help them out. Sometimes it was with construction (replacing church roofs, pouring cement slabs, etc) and sometimes it was with church outreach programs (VBS, etc), sometimes it was with building church leaders (typically took pastors or other lay leaders), sometimes it was just a......
After the deadline: spell, grammar, and style check add-on for firefox
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Hey All, A quick blog about a cool add-on feature for those of you who use the Firefox web browser. This cool add-on will allow you to have a sweet little spell checker for use here at ChristianBlog.Com (and just about every other website on the internet) that is far-and-beyond better than the built-in spell checker within Firefox. You can grab it at: I have been using it for a month or so, and was going to post about it sooner, but I wanted to make sure it was stable and did not cause any other problems before I blogged about it - and thus far, it has proven to be bug-free and amazingly accurate. There is a video on their page that I highly suggest you watch. I also highly suggest you go into the options feature for this add-on and remove most of the features it offers. I personally......
18,000 blogs and going strong!
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Hey Everybody, Today we are going to be having the 18,000th blog posted here at ChristianBlog.Com (this blog is either going to be it, or one short, not sure) ! I guess, technically speaking, we have had more than 18 thousand already posted, if you count the ones posted by people who have removed some of their blogs, or by people who have self-terminated their account or have gone bye-bye for some other reason. But, according to the official counter at the bottom of the website we are at 18,000 blogs! I do not know about all of you, but that is pretty freaking awesome to stop and think about ! To stop and think... 18,000 blogs written by your average day Christians... 18,000 blogs written by people who have felt a desire to join a website and blog about their life and spiritual walk.........
A simple request for some help...
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Hello Everybody, There is really no other way to say this, than to just say this. Without some serious financial intervention by our members, I may no longer be able to continue operating ChristianBlog.Com on a full-time basis. For the better part of four years I have been funding ChristianBlog.Com out of my own pocket, with the exception of two months early in 2009 when our members stepped up and really helped me out in a time of financial need. Every single month that ChristianBlog.Com is not able to financially support itself, is a month that I have to dig into my own savings/bank accounts and take what precious little money I have to pay the bills associated with me operating ChristianBlog.Com on a full-time basis. ChristianBlog.Com has been my full time "job" for for well......
The evolution of things to come...
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In my opinion the iPhone is the best micro-computer every made with a phone within it. And, if I had the money, I would be an iPad the day they come out! (as life would have it though, I have no money to pay things I need to pay, more or less the things I want to buy) But you see, I am not some Apple die-hard fan. For that fact, I am not an Apple fan at all. Until the iPhone I bought I've never even owned an Apple product. I just always knew that a home built PC with all of the top-end gear would be 1/2 the price of the highest end Apple computer, and typically 5x faster, if not more. I had never used any Apple software until the Apple gang released their "Safari for Windows". When it first came out it was worthless... but they are starting to get it fairly stable... but no......
Man's best friend
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After pouring my heart out yesterday, I decided to lighten the mood around here a little bit I know this picture is probably going to get me in trouble - (giggle - big time trouble - giggle) - especially with the married folk around here... but it was just too funny to not use for this blog. I use to love dogs. I used dogs to go on hikes with, I used dogs to go hunting with. I raised and trained hunting dogs for a few years. Dogs really are mans best friend. So why do I "use to love" dogs? Would that no imply that I no longer love them? Well, yes, I suppose that is what that means, eh. About 15 years ago I stopped owning dogs. Not because I lost my love for dogs, not because I lost my respect for dogs, nothing at all like that. Instead, it was a case of relocating and not being......
Pappa lion and junior lion
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This past week I got to spend a few days with my father who travelled a bit over 1500 miles to visit me for a few days. It was really great to see my father. Because of the distance between us it seems I almost never get to see him anymore. :( These days it seems as if my entire family is spread out across the nation. To visit my mother requires an 1100 mile round trip... to visit my father requires a 1500 mile round trip... and my sister is way off on the other side of the country... so she's like a 6500 mile around trip. What really is a bummer is it seems that when I do get to visit them - whether I go to visit them or they come visit me - it is never for more than 2 or 3 days. That really sucks. All the time and money spent to have a visit and it's only for 20-30 hours spent......
Social networking first amendment rights
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I just came across an article published earlier today (Feb 17, 2010) that talks about something that I think is going to massively change First Amendment rights for those of us who own (such as myself, as the owner of ChristianBlog.Com) and those who use social networking technology. While the article at themoneytimes.com is about a student who went off on a tangent about her teach at a social networking website, the really important aspect of this article, the really really important stuff within this article, is the legal stuff. The most important aspect of the article were these three sentence: Many argued that the First Amendment rights are not applicable to social networking technology. Even the U.S. Supreme Court has never specially mentioned the limits of freedom of speech online.......
Metric vs. other systems
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I came across this interesting photo at Dump.com like I do so many of the other photos I come across, and this one seriously made me giggle. For the last year I have been helping a buddy build his house. This is my first time doing construction on this scale and I have been amazed at how many people in the construction world here in the USA have told me they would LOVE to have everything they deal with standardized over the metric system. I have even noticed that a fairly large amount of stuff being used to build his house only has metric lengths. Now granted he is importing a lot of his stuff because America has not yet really grasped building a house with true efficiency in mind (and he is) so a lot of it is coming from places like Canada (his special windows) and Germany (heat......
When things just don't work out as planned
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I sometimes wonder why things do not go as I had planned they would go... Not that this happens to me very often (Proverbs 13:16 - A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn't) but when it does... it makes me feel like an idiot... a fool... It causes me to stop and re-think through every single decision I've made for the last "however long" since I made the decision that failed. Often times I am not sure what is worse... the failure of whatever it was, or the fact of knowing that I failed. I think it usually depends on how much work I put into whatever failed. If it was a whole bunch of work, I am usually more tweaked about the fact that I didn't have enough foresight planning to realize it would fail. If it was something that failed rather quickly, I usually get tweaked......
Google finally taking a hard-line approach to china censorship!
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Hello, Regardless of your stance on the Google/Yahoo/Bing search wars, one of the major wars going on in the search world has been the issue of China and censorship. In what China tries to call "protecting our people" over issues such as anti-government content - which is realistically nothing more than a governmental attempt to continue to impose further government restrictions upon it's people by the government itself - which, I guess if you prefer communistic governments might not be a bad thing, but for the rest of the free world, it is something disdained and seen as human rights violations - has been forcing internet companies that provide services within China to forcefully limit what the people of China can access and not access. In a move that I can understand from......
Sometimes you are running along in life...
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Sometimes you are running along in life and then all of a sudden an unexpected obstacle seems to appear out of nowhere... Often these are the times when we are challenged the most in life. Will we get back up and try it again or just move on to something else... will we do the right thing - whatever it may be... how will we handle the consequences... how it will affect others... These are but a few of the internal processes we have to (or rather, hopefully do) ask yourself when these unexpected moments arise. I think one of the things we forget is that the Lord is sure to fulfill his promise to each of us and it is His patient toward us that we need to look to. (2 Peter 3:9) The key is to try to remain steadfast during these times of trial because it is often the testing of time which is......
Congrats to tohimbeglory for reaching the 500+ blogs mark!
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Hey all, I was just taking care of some stuff and noticed that @tohimbeglory snuck in and past the 500 Published Blogs mark the other day! He is now the third member to reach 500 Blogs - a major accomplishment! Here are his top three most commented blogs: You don't want to be here when the prophets of the Lord are gone. A real leader keeps the peace and it him. How to make the anti-Christ your freind before he comes. Here are his top three most viewed blogs: A woman...a new creation...! (presently 1,189 views - nice!) You don't want to be here when the prophets of the Lord are gone. (presently 886 views) God...behold your people. (presently 872 views) With 43 friends he has been able to bring together a pretty impressive following which accounts for a lot of his success as a......
What is faith? i doubt most understand it correctly.
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What Is Faith? Faith is not a belief in a set of dogmatic doctrines. Faith is not a belief in the Church. Faith is not a belief in a fancy acronym (such as: Forsaking All I Trust Him) So what than is faith? True faith is your depth of a relationship with God. It is the foundation, the building blocks, and walls, and the roof of your ongoing building of your relationship with your Saviour. Faith is not something you simply get when you come to Christ - rather faith is something that you gain as you strive to know Him more and more. Faith is not a set of rules in some manual or church bylaw - rather faith is a deeper understanding of who He is within you. Faith is not simply knowing the Bible - rather faith is living the truth of the Bible every day of your Christian life. I want to......
Crosses in the sky!
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Crosses in Sky We are often reminded to keep looking to the sky, to keep listening to hear the trumpet - so I thought I would gather together some (perhaps) inspirational photos that go along with that. (and the mountains shall cry out to God!) (hmm, too bad they do not show THIS view more often!)...
7 amazing misty morning photographs
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One of my favorite times of the day to do photograph is early in the morning, even though I am far from being a morning person. Here are 7 photographs that showcase misty mornings for your enjoyment... none of which I have taken. Click the photograph to see the photographers page!...
Susan boyle, i dreamed a dream
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I almost never buy music anymore... especially with the massive amount of online radio stations that play music I like. To name of few of my favorite online stations: The Healing Streams, The Healing Wind, Elijah Streams, ChristianRock.Net RadioRivendell.Com (fantasy/game radio station) KFI am 640 (my favorite am talk radio station) KHUM (a local radio station that I listen to some times) And of course many of those stations are listed within the "Mini Radio Player" that is displayed on the right-side of the ChristianBlog.Com website - which is opperated by the CB member @yokhannan who has added a few stations at my request - so thanks go to him! All that said, today I actually spent some money on a new album! It is the first album I have bought in over a year. The last album I......
Native american bible
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Well I think I have decided to put to use some of my Bible education to a good use by translating the Bible into a paraphrased Native American translation of the Bible. A friend of mine recently finished up his work on developing a Bible for those in the military. He has been a military chaplain for most of his life and was able to put together his knowledge of the every-day military lingo with the Word of God. While it was not the inspiration for my attempt, I think it gives me a bit of home that it is at least possible! It will be a huge time commitment for me and will probably take years - if it would even be something I could ever finish. The idea will not be to theologize a new translation but rather to make a paraphrased translation. Take for example this initial work I did a few......
Encountering old friends
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Yesterday was a rather strange day for me. I did all the normal things I normally do: work, go to bed, woke up, be hungry, eat, watch some NFL, sleep... you know, the normal stuff. With it being Thanksgiving though, I figured I should at least have some turkey and stuffing - though there was no way I was going to put all that work into making it just for myself. As luck would have it (am I am not being sarcastic) I also did not get any invitations from my few friends to have turkey dinner at their house. Instead, I jumped in my truck and started driving around town looking for that rare dinner that would be open on Thanksgiving night. Oddly enough, my favorite dinner was open - and it was packed! I ordered the thanksgiving special and a few minutes later I had a plate of food way bigger......
Taking the good and the bad...
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Sometimes we have days that are equally awesome and equally horrible. I suppose I have to be honest and say I do not have a lot of days like that, but today has been one of those days. On the good side I have had a wonderful morning doing some things I rarely get to do. Plus yesterday I got started decorating my house for Christmas - so that always perks me up a few extra notches as I so love Christmas. Earlier today I even broke out my Christmas tree from storage and starting setting it up. I was able to get myself completely covered in frost and little sparkly things! I also got some lights plugged in and adding some humongous long gold and silver garland. Unfortunately, part of my day has been scattered between the joys of getting to decorate my house, with the troubles that comes as......
The face behind the mask
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I have often wished I could have been able to partake of the Jesus movement of the late 60's and 70's than into the 80's - mostly during the 70's - not because I am a hippie, but because there was a "come as you are attitude" about Christianity - an attitude that has since been replaced with white-collar Christianity that says if you smell bad, look bad, dress bad, and are bad, than you better not step foot inside of our church walls. This change of culture within the church has been witness to many good things, yet many unfortunate things as well. What use to be a Church Culture is now seen as a disgrace to humanity. Over the weekend I was heading out of town for a short time spent in the local mountains to enjoy a last day of camping. Along the way was a guy......
The desire to be like others
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I think most people I know have, at some point in their life, asked themselves the question: "Should I change who I am for somebody else?" Now I will be the first to admit that I do not have some great and glorious answer to that question. Even after 10 years of asking myself that question I am not sure I have the correct Biblical answer. What I think it comes down to, is how much do you feel you need to be like somebody else, or how much do you think somebody else thinks you should be something you are not. Christmas time is coming, and some of us probably prepare a wee-bit more for it than we should - I know I do. Over half of my storage area in my house is Christmas decorations! -- ok... so it's probably close to 80% of my storage... but I LOVE Christmas! As far as......
God's diversity of creation
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God's Diversity of Creation The diversity of God's Creation is a truly amazing thing! Take for example this photograph of a magnificent creation of God that is so amazingly well created it hardly even appears to be a living creature! Jeremiah 10:12 - "It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens." I am truly blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places within the borders of the United States of America. Every day I can look outside and see the truly amazing Redwood trees, many of which were alive when Christ Himself was walking the earth around Israel. It helps me remain constantly focused that God is a Creator who loves both beauty and diversity. Sometimes, however, it is all......
I stood here for awhile...
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Sometimes in life it seems as if we are getting nowhere - sometimes we feel we are getting no where with our walk with the Lord, sometimes it is our relationship with our family, sometimes it is our career, sometimes it is just our own self motivation. I think this picture below speaks wonders all in itself... I am sure that many of us wish we could find such a spot and actually have it work, so we could just be teleported away to somewhere else... Matthew 11:28-30 - "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." In those times when it seems we are going nowhere, when all we wish for is that......
Apology slip
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Sometimes the best things in live are hard to come by... so, I wanted to help you out with things Matthew 12:25: Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand." Are you dividing yourself from others or are you trying to build up a wall of defense with others to defeat the one who seeks to destroy you?...
Old verses new community
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So, a few months back I moved from one end of Eureka, California to the other. Actually, to be technically correct, I moved to a whole new city... but its still pretty much a part of Eureka. The other day I was over at CrimeReports.Com which is a website that shows the latest crime in your area. The very first thing that came to mind was comparing my old neighborhood to my new one. I already knew it was a night and day comparison, but I did not realize it was as bad as it actually is. This is my old neighborhood: Crazy huh! Here is my new neighborhood: Ah, now that is much more peaceful ! So, I'd just like to thank everybody who helped me get through the tuff time when I had to take some time away from CB to move and get settled in - you know who you are! Blessings everybody, John B.......
Christianblog.com prayer gatherings
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Hello Everybody, I was just reading a really great blog by @galahad and realized it was a great lead-in to something I have been thinking would be awesome for the CB Community to do... I have been thinking it would be awesome to have four "prayer times" throughout the week when we utilize the awesome "prayer room" within our chatroom! I think our prayer room is an untapped resource to really push forward the boundaries of Christ! I think it is great that we have a place that folks can pop-in every so often and pray for others, but think of the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit the could flow forth from a group of committed Christians gathering together once or twice a week for 30 or 60 minutes of group prayer! I am not trying to pull anybody away from their church in......
The religious right is just like the taliban
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The Religious Right is Just Like the Taliban I am not one to watch TV news all that often. And I am surly not somebody who watches MSNBC at all, for any reason. Yesterday, Chris Matthews on his show "Hardline" made it all the much more clear to me why it is I do not watch that news program. Matthews, after allowing two people to go at each other (one was trying to make the point that the Taliban is bad, the other defending them) had this to say: Chris Matthewsthe group in this country that most resembles the Taliban, ironically, is the Religious right I think it is important here to understand a two things. First we need to understand that the "Taliban" is not a religion - it is a group of follows of the Islamic faith that has turned into a military force, that has......
Product review bloggers taking a legal hit from the ftc!
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Hello Everybody, I need to start this by saying that in no way am I presenting this as legal council. I am not a lawyer, I do not want to be a lawyer. I am not a representative of any legal council either. If you have concerns about the legalities of that which I am talking about please seek the appropriate legal council of your choice. For a long time now bloggers have taken excessive liberties in the freedom of laws that (lack existence) surrounding the internet and publication of blogs. Some argue that invoking laws that regulate the internet blogosphere is a denial of freedom of speech. Others believe that the internet has become a cesspool of spam and abuse and without legal regulations it will only get worse, much worse. Personally I think both sides have viable and solid issues......
Christianblog.com reaches 15,000 blog entries!
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I am very happy to get to be the person who posts blog number 15,000! It is amazing to stop and think that back on 12/12/2005 myself and one other still-active member ( @greybear ) were sitting around on the internet playing around with how ChristianBlog.Com should work and what it should do and not do... and now almost four years later we have reached 15,000 blog entries posted by myself and 2,881 other members of the ChristianBlog.Com website! If you figure that we have been online for 45 months that is an average of 333.333 blogs published per month! That is a whole lot of blogging folks! So, anyway, I just wanted to say thank you to the huge amount of people that have helped us achieve this 15,000 blog mark! Especially these folks who have posted way more than I have over the last few......
A burning bush lights the way for us
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Sometimes I stop and wonder about the incident with Moses and the burning bush and what else it can speak to us beyond the 'typical story' associated with it. I guess that is the kind of person I am - I naturally tend to ignore 'the obvious' and look for 'the beyond' because that I usually where I tend to find the hidden nuggets left there for me to find. Recently I was wondering about Moses and his experience with the burning bush and what other messages it could reveal to us. Often we see pictures like the one here where Moses is protecting his eyes from the burning bush - which I totally understand why - after all, God did say that no man could look upon Him and live - but in my quest to look beyond, the first thing that came to mind is that we humans have used......
A $4,659,200,000 food bill
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I was reading an article today over at reuters which was talking about the costs of the American Food stamp program. The article mentions that "more than 35 million Americans received food stamps in June" [2009] and that the "average benefit in June was $133.12 per person." At that point I just had to fire up my calculator and see what that equaled... $4,659,200,000 That is Four-BILLION dollars just to feed people in American who claim they 'cannot find a job', or are 'disabled', or whatever their excuse - or valid reason - might be. Over 4.5 BILLION people in just ONE month! Over the course of a year, if we use the same numbers, that is $55,910,400,000 -- that is Fifty-five BILLION dollars! I wonder if Moses felt something like I do about this when he......
4% of israeli jews view obama as pro-israel...
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I am not one to publicly support, nor publicly condemn any standing USA President. At the same time it seems to me that as a Christian I need to be concerned about what the nation promised to be God's chosen people, think about whoever my President might be. Today I caught a news article from The Jerusalem Post ( ) that does make me a bit concerned. It starts with this: The number of Israelis who see US President Barack Obama's policies as pro-Israel has fallen to four percent Than it went on to say: A much-cited Post poll published on June 19 that put the first figure at 6% had been cited by top officials in both the White House In comparative to the former USA President the Post had this to say: The May poll found that Israelis' views of Obama's predecessor in the White......
Anybody want to buy me an apple laptop so i can make an iphone app for cb?
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Hello All, Let me start by saying I am sorry about the blatant appeal for somebody else to buy me something... but I do not have the cash to be able to buy it myself... For over a year I have been feeling from the Lord that I should build an application for the very popular iPhone/iTouch users of ChristianBlog.Com - I know they exist as many of you have told me you have one. I have been a "PC user" since day-one of my computer experience and have never owned a Mac Computer. In fact, the iPhone (which I bought to be able to test a CB app once I got it built), is the first Apple product I've ever owned. For the better part of the year I have been trying and trying to save up for a mac computer which I could use to develop the iPhone app on. But, it seems every time I get a bit......
A fast, easy, and free way to help christianblog.com!
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ChristianBlog.Com is a fast growing website, but we always need the help of our members to help us grow even faster! Without a doubt the best way you can help us grow is to open your email program and send a message to all of your contacts letting them know that ChristianBlog.Com exists and that they should check it out and join! Another way you can help us is by installing the toolbar from a company called "Alexa" which monitors the top 100,000 most popular websites! Right now ChristianBlog.Com is ranked #124,598 and it edges closer to the top 100,000 every week! By installing the toolbar it helps let Alexa know that more and more people are using ChristianBlog.Com and will help us move all the more quickly into the Top 100,00 mark! The toolbar is totally safe! I have been......
Creamed brussels sprouts with bacon
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Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon A buddy of mine who is one of the very few people who knows I like baby brussels sprouts (err, well, I guess everybody knows now, eh) sent me a recipe he thought I might like, and boy does it look good! Now many people hear "brussels sprouts" and just go "yuck" - and at times (ok, most of the time) I am with them on that one. However, baby brussels sprouts are a whole different story! I would challenge anybody who goes "yuck" to normal brussels sprouts to give baby brussels sprouts an honest try, because baby brussels sprouts are far from normal brussels sprouts! Baby brussels sprouts do not cook the same, they do not serve the same, and they surely do not taste the same as normal brussels sprouts! I first started cooking......
Does being green mean we need to be more green?
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A rather interesting (or perhaps downright funny) news press was circulating around the internet earlier this year headlined with a photograph of a polar bear covered in green algae. It got me thinking "does being green mean we need to be greener?" The environmentalist-wackos would probably have us believing that one can never been too green, which begs us to ask "just how green is too green?" Personally, I'd like to be able to ask the polar bear in the photograph "Do you feel green?" or "Was your water TOO clean?" I just do not know... on one-hand we've got to realize that being good stewards are good, and while I feel most tree-huggers have a good-cause at the root of their intent, there are just some things that nature decides that things......
How i saved $893.34 on my yearly tv bill
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How I Saved $893.34 On My Yearly TV Bill! A few years back we canceled our cable tv because it just kept going up and up in price every quarter. At first it was a little hard to get use to not sitting down infront of the tv every night allowing the networks to feed me 16 minutes of commercials for every 42 minutes of tv show. After a few months however it got rather easy, and even got to a point where I was glad I was no longer watching tv as I was able to get back into a routine I've had almost all of my life since I was 13 years old - that is reading 3-5 books a month. Over the last year or two I have been able to average 10,000 read pages a month and it has been really nice to catch up on reading and even get through some new authors I have come to call favorite authors. About......
Christianblog.com premier members features... suggestions wanted!
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Hello Everybody, I have decided to open up the "suggestion box" for Premier/Gold Members to share a few suggestions of new features that they would like to see that would be available only to them - as Premier/Gold Members of ChristianBlog.Com! ChristianBlog.Com already has a nice set of features reserved just for Premier/Gold Members but I have been trying to build a list of features to add to my "to do list" that is just for them. I have a few ideas of my own, but would love to hear some suggestions by those of you who use ChristianBlog.Com and are Premier/Gold Members. Your suggestions can be just about anything... so long as they are features that would be EXCLUSIVELY reserved for Premier/Gold Members... and so long as they do not get me into too much trouble... so......
Christianbook.com weekly insider (july 27 2009)
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Christianbook.com Weekly Insider (July 27 2009) Each week the amazing Christian retailer has a short video presenting a few products they have put on sale. Here is this weeks video special: Pilgrim's Progress: Journey to Heaven, DVD - CBD Price: $19.99 (weekly special) God of Wonders, DVD - CBD Price: $15.99 (weekly special) The Second Chance, DVD - CBD Price: $4.99 (weekly special) Personally the "God of Wonders" looks like something I might have to pick up and watch! So, has anybody seen any of these movies? If so, please share your thoughts about them! Don't have them yet? Click the links above and support Christian businesses! Blessings, John B. Abela...
Cb makes google top 10 for "what does obama stand for"
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I was over in the Recent Referrals checking things out and a link caught my eye so I decided to check it out... It was for a blog by Greybear called "What does Obama stand for". I figured it would be buried deep in the Google search results... but upon checking it out I was floored to find it in the TOP 10! I just had to take a screenshot for the sake of history! Talk about being totally amazed! I cannot believe that ChristianBlog.Com would make it into the first page of Google for such an popular search query! Way to go Greybear! I think I might have to start posting more of these Google Top-pages when I find them... I'm about to get knocked off the "Top Bloggers" section here @ CB and how funny would that be John (for those of you wondering... I have no place......
Christianblog.com growth - i need some help folks...
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Greetings everybody, I am sure that most of our regular members of ChristianBlog.Com, and likely even those who visit ChristianBlog.Com on a semi-regular basis, have started to notice that the ChristianBlog.Com website is starting to get slower... and slower... and slower... There are a number of causes for this. Some I could solve if I invested the massive man-hours into solving them. Some I cannot solve because they are out of my control. Some are just a natural result of a website becoming more and more popular. Unfortunately, my ability to devote a massive amount of man-hours to solving the ones I can solve on a software level is just not something I can devote at this time, and probably will not for a number of months. Furthermore they would (I am going to guess here) result in not......
United future world currency (video)
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Now here is one I just could not pass up not posting. It truly is amazing. The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has decided it is finally time for a world currency (along with China, India and a few other nations). Now this is nothing new... there has been talk of world currency for years. However, this is the first time (at least that I know of) when a PRESIDENT of a nation has come forth with an ACTUAL COIN ! The coin, which bears the words unity in diversity” and "United Future World Currency" was minted in Belgium and presented to the heads of G-8 delegations. Medvedev has repeatedly called for creating a mix of regional reserve currencies as part of the drive to address the global financial crisis, while questioning the U.S. dollar’s future as a global reserve......
Christianblog.com - firefox tool - automatically log into the website!
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Hello, Here is a little helpful tool for those of you that use FireFox as your primary internet browser. What it does it automatically log you into ChristianBlog.Com each time you visit the website (note: you will have to have FireFox set to auto remember passwords) It uses the really sweet Greasemonkey add-on that once installed, allows you to plug "users scripts" into the FireFox browser. If you do not already have Greasemonkey installed and you want to use this, first install Greasemonkey and than restart your browser. Than click on this link and the auto-login feature will install itself into your FireFox browser. Than simply head over to the ChristianBlog.Com Signin Page and you should be automatically logged into the website! I should, of course, make note that you should......
A few brief notes and website updates!
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Hello Everybody, Four quick issues I would like to share: (1) First up is a bit of personal news. A few months back we began looking for a new place to operate ChristianBlog.Com and all of the other 4CM Network ministry operations from. As I run 4CM Network out of my personal residence I have come to discover that the place I have been living in for the last five years has gotten too small and the "bad part of town" has started to works its way to where I have lived. Last week we finalized approval for a place that is twice as big, in a part of town that is made up of mostly retired folks, and a place that I think will be a great new staging area for expanding the entire 4CM Network Ministries. It is going to cost us about 1/3rd more per month but thanks to a handful or two of......
Access permissions testing
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anybody can view this test blog entry Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec rhoncus libero nisl. Aliquam adipiscing magna vitae enim pharetra placerat. Proin in dui arcu, eget laoreet metus. Cras adipiscing mollis justo, et interdum justo semper ac. Cras porttitor tristique elit, in vestibulum justo sagittis in. Mauris elementum, ipsum nec condimentum ullamcorper, dui odio malesuada lorem, ut auctor mauris massa at mi. Nam vulputate velit vel mauris dapibus dignissim sollicitudin felis sollicitudin. Aenean eget dictum dui. Etiam augue ipsum, ultricies non hendrerit ac, sodales in nunc. Vivamus in tellus a risus tempor adipiscing et vitae lectus. Quisque condimentum scelerisque vulputate. Nam in mi eros. Nulla facilisi. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur......
A list of aggressive phrases
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Hello Everybody, I have been working on an new feature for ChristianBlog.Com that will help us flag certain messages that contains what appears to be aggressive/hate speech. As many of you may know I already developed a very sweet autonomous and AI-based system system that allows us (actually, the website software itself) to highly control the suspending of content and people who setout to cause harm. It has been self-learning for the better part of a year now and it rocks. Something that I have been wanting to do for awhile now is to take the same brilliant AI (self learning) system I already developed and morph it a bit to see if it can learn how to detect when people are posting stuff that is aggressive in nature. At this point I have most of the software end of things completed and it......
Interested in christian politics? sneak preview at my next website!
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Hello Everybody, Forgive the blatant advertisement here... but, I guess seeing how I own the ChristianBlog.Com I can get away with this For the last week or so I have been working on a new website that is devoted to Christians who are interested in blogging about politics. Over the last three years it has become clear to me that the is just not a good place for generalized blogging about politics from a Christian point of view. I think some of this is because we have been pretty tight about what is allowed and not allowed, but I also think it is because people realize that perhaps ChristianBlog.Com is just not the right place to "talk politics" - even from a Christian perspective. So, I decided to give it a shot and see if we can make a success new website that is 100% totally......
Tips for growing your social community!
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Tips For Growing Your Social Community! 386 days ago I wrote a blog entitled 'Tips for being a better blogger' which I wrote to help out a newer members of the ChristianBlog.Com Community with some basic "how to blog" questions. Over the last year I have had a lot of people suggest I write some follow-up blogs to that blog, with topics ranging from "how to get your blogs listed higher in google" (which will hopefully be my next major blog I write) to "how to get more friends" and things along those lines. As I have thought about the suggestions for new blogs I think this is an appropriate time for a new blog about how to expand your sphere of contacts/friends here at ChristianBlog.com I think this is a very good time to write a blog about that topic......
Montana jail to be new gitmo?
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So, I got this title over at DrudgeReport middle of last week and wanted to blog about it... but was too busy at the time. Based on the news article posted at the Billingsgazette.com website (that's billings montana for those of you in Rio Linda) the lovely state of Montana spent $27 million on a new jail. A jail that was finished in July 2007... and has ZERO inmates... even after two years since it was built. So, "what's wrong with the prison?" you might ask. Well, it seems not a darn thing is wrong with it. Well, except for the fact that nobody is willing to pay the great people of Montana to actually put prisoners in the prison. Imagine that. So what did somebody up in Montana think of? It went something like this... "Geeh, Gitmo is closing... hey, maybe we could......
Esv study bible on super-sweet sale at christianbooks.com!
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Hey all, Just wanted to pass along this super-sweet deal that ChristianBooks.Com is having right now! They've got the ESV Study Bible (black bonded leather) on sale for $37.99! This beats even the low price that Amazon.Com usually has for this awesome Bible! For those of you unfamiliar with the "ESV" it stands for "English Standard Version" and is the newest main-stream Bible translation to be developed. Here is a small graph to show you where it is at, in relation to accuracy of other translations: While I am not here to say that one translation is any better or worse than any other, that one is more Biblical Authenticated than any other, I myself do not use a mainstream Bible (aka: kjv, niv, asv, etc) as I opt to use the Peshitta (online here:OT, NT) which pretty......
A special thank you! to 16 people! (and a word of encouragement)
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Hello Everybody, In December of 2006 when I sat down and started developing the software that makes ChristianBlog.Com run I had a plan! A plan to help me not go broke - lol. Yesterday, thanks to 16 people, for the first time in the 29 months since I started working on ChristianBlog.Com I can finally say with total exuberation that ChristianBlog.Com has brought in more money for the month than what the website costs me! My original plan/goal for keeping ChristianBlog.Com from causing me to go into debt each month was a rather simple one - it went something like this: (1) I make ChristianBlog.Com into a totally cool and useful website. (2) ChristianBlog.Com becomes successful. (3) ChristianBlog.Com becomes successful enough that people are willing to pay for "extras" at a small......
Christianblog.com reaches 10,000 members!
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Greetings Everybody! Just a few minutes ago ChristianBlog.Com had our 10,000 member join! This is a major mile stone for us, for me, for the website! While 10,000 might be but a shadow within a shadow when compared to websites such as myspace, facebook and so on, I like to think that 10,000 members at a highly unique and very niche sector of the world wide web, is a rather impressive number! ChristianBlog.Com went online on December 12, 2005 and officially went online (out of beta) on November 16, 2006 -- that makes ChristianBlog.Com just slightly under 29 months old! That is an average of 345 new bloggers every month, or around 11.5 new bloggers every single day, for the last 29 months. ChristianBlog.Com has become the #1 Christian Blog Service Provider in the world. We rank #1 at every......
Logos bible software
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Hello Everbody! As many of you know, ChristianBlog.Com has been using the "RefTagger" feature that allows you to have the ability to quickly view a Bible verse by simply moving your mouse over any red-highlighted Bible verses. This has been a great addition to ChristianBlog.Com and it is something I use myself almost every time I am reading a blog that has references to Scripture! One of the features of the RefTagger is called "Enable Logos Libronix" which is a feature we have turned off by default, but is very sweet for those who use the Libronix software! The Libronix software is the heart of the "Logos Bible Software" that is the #1 rated Bible software in the world. For anybody who has any of the Logos software installed, you should really take a moment......
Keith green live videos
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I saw in a blog posted yesterday a video of Keith Green (a real live video!) and that got me thinking it would be truly awesome to put together a blog of all the live Keith Green videos I could find! While I did not come to really appreciate who Keith was and what he was doing until a decade after he died, he played a very important role in helping me get through the first few years of my Christian life. Keith Green is just one of those rare gifts that the Lord allows us, His children, to have for a short time... and I can think of nothing better to do than to share with everybody else as much of the real Keith Green as I could find! So, here are all of the videos of Keith Green in "LIVE" that I have been able to find on the internet. I would love to have folks post more of his......
Why i will no longer be using facebook!
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Why I Will No Longer Be Using Facebook! I very rarely talk about other websites, because it is typically not an acceptable course of action when one website owner starts talking about another website. It is just a frowned upon action throughout the industry. However, over the course of the last few months as Facebook has gotten more and more popular and more and more folks are starting to use it, I've had more and more requests from people I know to start using it myself more. Yes, I have an account at Facebook. No, I do not log into it every day. No, I do not even log into it once a week. Heck, sometimes I even go a month or more without logging into that website. To me ChristianBlog.Com has almost everything I am after in a website. So, why do I not use Facebook when it seems like......
4 reasons for going to church
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Hello All, For the last few weeks I have been feeling it was time to post a small teaser of a much larger publication that I am working on, and felt it would rock to share it with everybody at ChristianBlog.Com first! The final publication will be entitled "4 Reasons Why I Stopped Going To Church" and it came about as a study into something a very close pastor and myself were talking about one day a couple years ago. The basis of our conversation was 'why do people go to church?' and it was one of those eye-opening conversations for both of us. We spent a great deal of time really pounding out some solid reasons for why people go to church, both from the Biblical perspective, and from the personal perspective. At the end of the conversation we concluded there were four......
Christianblog.com - looking back on 2008 and forward to 2009!
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Hello Everybody and Welcome To 2009! Well 2008 has passed away and we are looking ahead to a new year with joy and peace because we can rest assured in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour and His Grace and Salvation - Amen! There are a number of things that ChristianBlog.Com has gotten to experience during 2008, and I'd love to be able to share some of them, and to share how ChristianBlog.Com has grown this past year, and share where ChristianBlog.Com is focusing on things for 2009, now that it is here! A Look Back - Some Amazing Testimonies! I have tried to keep track of some of the amazing testimonies we have seen here at ChristianBlog.Com, and I'd love to share them with you! We have seen at least half-a-dozen babies born by members of ChristianBlog.Com! We have seen people......
Christianblog.com is now three years old!
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Today is a really special day for myself and a few other folks, because today marks the 3-year mark since I started development of what has become the ChristianBlog.Com Community! Three years ago today, December 11 2005, I sat down at my computer and started working up the first bit of code that would become the largest and most expensive development project I've ever done. What had originally intended to be a way to create a simple place for individual Christian bloggers to come and get a blog, has turned into the worlds largest Christian blogging website on the internet! There have been many great people I have come to know and trust over the last three years because of this website. Men and women who have helped encourage me, support my ministries, and invest their own time and......
Thanksgiving 2008
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Ahh, another year of Thanksgiving without blowing a heart valve or a gut from eating too much! This year I had the oppertunity (by choice) to spend the holidays wrapped up in a warm blanket reading a new book on my Kindle and enjoying a day to myself. I knew nobody would be by (after all, the ups/fedx guys are at home pigging out on food too!) and I knew I needed a day to just lay around - mostly in my bed - and just enjoy the day. Of course, everybody expects Thanksgiving to be a day to celebrate what the day is all about - and of course to eat, eat and eat! In that regards, I thought I would post my meal so that those out there reading this wouldn't think I just spent the day all shacked up in my cave in depravity. Far from it I assure everybody. I ate very well, and enjoyed it a......
Significant prayers of the bible
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Greetings Everybody, One of the greatest responsibilities I have here at ChristianBlog.Com (and yet seem to fail so miserably at times) is that of being a leader to those who make up the many ChristianBlog.Com Teams, which now number eleven people, that do the majority of the day-to-day work around ChristianBlog.Com - and who without, ChristianBlog.Com would become a nightmare very very quickly! Many people, it seems, seem to think that "John" or "Mr. Abela" (or however the community refers to me on any weekly basis lol) does nothing but sit around jumping-up-and-down-in-glee while being some type of "big brother" who is just looking for the next person who he can ax. For about a year now I always seem to have a private laugh when I read people making......
Rocky mcelveen - wild men, wild alaska
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As most of you know (at least those of you who know me... which if you are reading this, you probably are, as most people do not know about this website) I have a huge passion for reading. It started when I was 13 years old and something just "clicked" in my brain and reading went from being the dread of the world (next to cleaning my room and doing the dishes) to something that now consumes a huge part of my life. An average month for me is 5,000 - 8,000 pages of reading. A slow month is 3,000 - 5,000 and a good month involves me reading 8,000 and 10,000 pages each month. Simply put, I enjoy reading! Awhile back and on a whim (a whim because I rarely buy or read religious books) I picked up a book entitled 'Wild Men, Wild Alaska' written by Rocky McElveen, who owns......
7 questions moses had before entering promise land
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Sometime back I was having a phone conversation with somebody and they mentioned something about there being 7 questions Moses had before entering the promise land. I had not actually thought about it before, but the other day I remembered the conversation I had with my buddy, and that particular "7-questions" thing he brought up. It specifically had to do with Numbers 13:17-21. So, I pulled out a few different Bibles and started going through them one at a time to see if I could figure out the 7-questions... Here is what I came up with: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- - NIV: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- - Numbers 13:17-21 (17) When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, "Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. (18) [1] See what the land......
Disable downloading of files in internet explorer
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For security reasons one might want to disable or block downloading through Internet Explorer. There could be several other reasons for this including building a secure Internet environment, protecting your PC from malicious files, making it so your children cannot download stuff, or just to protect yourself if you are one of those overtly paranoid type of people. I have tested this on IE 6 and IE 7, under both Windows XP and Windows Vista. Copy and paste the following into notepad and save it as disable_ie_downloading.reg: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3] "1803"=dword:00000000 Then run the disable_ie_downloading.reg file. You should see a screen such as: Click, "Yes". Then you......
Usa presidential election policy implementations
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USA Presidential Election Policy Implementations Public Notification: ChristianBlog.Com, over the last two weeks, has has a flurry of recent activity and abuse related to the USA Presidential Election. This has caused us to evaluate our Global Policies and the Publication activity related to allowing Publication of USA Presidential Election related Content. Over the last two week the ChristianBlog.Com Services have had a large number of individuals join ChristianBlog.Com, Publish their very first Blog Entry related to the USA Presidential Election, and then skip out and never return to the website, provide zero follow-up to their blogs, and publish no additional blog Entries. Often times these individuals are violating pre-existing Global Policies set in place regarding the Publication of......
100... and counting ???
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For me writing once came very easy. I loved to write. It was a time of release as much as it was a time of revelation. Writing is both an art and a means of expression. It can help you define who you are, what you believe. Writing can help you wonder into a world, and sometimes a whole new realm, where you are not you, or where you are you but you're not in the world where you normally are. For many people what I just described only happens when they are reading a book, but for some people that comes when you are writing a book. I have been one of those people. Through writing I have been able to take myself to places I will never visit. I have placed myself in positions I will never accomplish. I have willed myself into places very few living souls have ever ventured. Writing Is.......
15 things that happened this day...
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Ok, I really have no idea why I'm posting this... other then to try to reach that "100 blogs" level that I can't seem to get to for some reason... (sigh) So, I was trying to think about something to blog about and that lead my brain to think about something else, which lead me to think about something else, which lead to something I don't even remember thinking about thinking about... and, well, you all know how that one goes... Eventually I got wondering what day it was that the Olympic hostages got killed (turned out to be september 6, 1972). The search for that lead me to a few different "Things that happened today" website... and from them I gathered together a list of 15 things that I feel were interesting. So, here you go... 15 things that happened......
Review: krystal meyers "make some noise"
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So I decided to do something today I rarely do... that is, purchase music from iTunes. I use to be a huge iTunes guy but since AmazonMP3.Com came around I've not bought hardly anything from iTunes. But it turns out that the new Krystal Meyers CD "Make Some Noise" is only available right now at iTunes. I have been a fan of Krystal Meyers since she got her start - even before she got popular and was known pretty much to locals and people who used her fathers software e-Sword. Anyway, with her new CD out I figured I would check it out and write up a quick review on it! You can check this out at iTunes by clicking here (if you have iTunes install, of course). There are eleven individual songs on the CD, with three additional songs of "Make Some Noise" in three......
Christianblog.com testimonies
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Hello All, We are looking to update our testimonies page once again! We would welcome any testimonies you might have and like to share with us! Simply post a reply to this blog entry and in the days to come, I will update our testimonies page. No promises we'll include every one we get, but probably a large majority of them will make it into our testimonies page! Your testimony can be about the website itself, about something that has happed while you have been a member, about something or someone that has truly blessed you, or any and all of these things! Our testimonies page is a very popular page of our website that visitors check out to decide if they want to join ChristianBlog.Com, so we love to add new and fresh testimonies all the time! Thank you to anybody who takes the time......
Policy changes, new blog creation system, and a whole lot more!
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Greetings Everybody! Today (August 1, 2008) I am very happy to announce a number of changes to ChristianBlog.Com! Over the last two weeks ago and culminating in the final changes going into place very early this morning, ChristianBlog.Com has made a number of changes that will affect all of our members, and I will try my best to document them all for everybody. First, I would like to explain why we have made so many changes in the normality of life here at ChristianBlog.com It has been almost three years since the present format of ChristianBlog.Com went 'online' - and it has been an amazing three years! Without a doubt, the website would not be here without people like GreyBear, clayonmyeyes, everyfaithful, happytoberestored, scott, blessings2you, and many others, who have......
Thoughts from pastors across america, part 1
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Thoughts From Pastors Across America, Part 1 I felt it was time to put together a list of all the comments I have written down over the last seven or eight years that I have had the pleasure and honor of talking with pastors from across America and Canada. Mostly I wanted to do this to try to bring them all into one file, rather then a whole bunch of different files on my computer, but then the idea hit me that I should publish these great comments, as many of them are just way to good to leave only on my computer and in my own mind. Because of the type of conversations that I have with pastors, and the fact that pastors I speak too understand I have a "zero naming" rule in my life and ministry, I have removed from the below comments who said each comment, where they live, when......
Cb: updates, questions, notices
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Hey All, I've got a quick public post today that should interest most everybody. This will be a 2 x 2 x 2 -- two updates to the website, two generalized questions, and two public notices. Website Update #1 We have finished the process of migrating the website to a new server. You can track the ongoing details in this discussion thread. The server migration is providing for us a faster website (increase of about 10-15% at this point, and shortly (we hope) an additional increase of 35% as we begin the process of implementing features available to us that have been installed on the new server. Thank you to everybody that reported errors while we were undergoing the migration, and thanks to everybody for your understanding that things are not always at 100% when we are involved in these......
The wolf and the church
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The Wolf And The Church As one closes theirs eyes and gathers images about the wolf, from what they've been taught, what they've seen in pictures, and seen on TV, one usually only gets a glimpse of the reality of the life of the wolf, a reality not of truth but of that which man has impressed the animals to be. Some people see a playful and bouncy little cub and put that as their idea of what wolves are. Others see wolves as a strong and powerful animal that rules the forests and animals of the forest. Some see them as a snarling, saliva drooling, meat eating beast. And yet others see wolves as a nuisance to society. Whatever one sees when they close their eyes and think of wolves is probably wrong. Few people today have had the chance of seeing a live wolf in its own habitat.......
Autistic teen legally banned from church
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Ok, I'm going to be honest here... I have NO IDEA how this blog should be categorized... but this is just amazing... Here's the situation: A Minnesota Catholic church has filed a restraining order against a family that was attending their church in an effort to stop the parents from bringing their "extremely disruptive and dangerous" autistic son to church. According to Rev. Daniel Walz of the Church of St. Joseph, 13-year-old Adam Race once struck a child during mass, nearly knocks elderly parishioners over when he hastily exits the church, spits and sometimes urinates in church and fights when he is being restrained. Walz said the church "explored and offered many options for accommodations that would assist the family while protecting the safety of parishioners.......
Steven curtis chapman: 5-year-old daughter dies
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FoxNews has just released a news article: Daughter of Gospel Star Steven Curtis Chapman Hit, Killed by Car. The 5-year-old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said. Chapman has won five Grammy awards and 51 Dove awards from the Gospel Music Association. I would invite everybody to visit the Steven Curtis Chapman website and drop them an email of your thoughts. Here is the official press release from the family: MARIA SUE CHAPMAN, DAUGHTER OF STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, DIES IN ACCIDENT AT FAMILY HOME NASHVILLE, TN...5/21/08... At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth......
What will the church look like in 10 years?
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What will the church look like in 10 years? For each generation, what the church is today is no good. For my generation, "organized religion" is becoming more and more undesirable, and this can surely only increase for each generation after mine. As the world continues to spiral faster and faster, organized religion is doomed greater and greater without a major intervention, and thus the church itself. Personally, I am tired of Programs. I don't want any more new theologies. I don't want to be preached at with sermons that were barely relevant 30 or 100 years ago. I don't want the same old things rewrapped in a new package. Surely somebody, some pastor somewhere, can find something of value with the Great Book, and find a way to make it relevant to me, one would......
Featured blogs coming soon to christianblog.com!
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Featured Blogs: Featured Blogs are the latest feature we are developing here at ChristianBlog.Com! What is a Featured Blogs you ask? It's as simple as this: For a small fee, you can have one of your Blog Entries be a Featured Blog for one week! Featured Blogs will remain on the home page, near the very top of the website, for one week. We will allow any member to sign-up for one Featured Blog per week. We have not decided if we will place a limit on the total amount of Featured Blogs we will display at any given time. Exactly where you see this Blog Entry, is where we plan on having the Featured Blogs - but no long-term promises. Pricing: Pricing has not yet been determined. At this time, we are thinking it will range in the $5.00 through $10.00 price range. We are considering a......
Remember the undersea cables that were cut?
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Ok, so most of us probably remember hearing in the news (or those of you across the pond got to experience first-hand) that an undersea cable got cut... and then a second one got cut. Needless to say, the conspiracy theorists went crazy over this whole issue. First is was the usa military purposely cutting them to cover up a special-ops mission, then it was the usa cutting them to cover up sensitive intel, then it was Russia trying to make a statement and getting back into the spotlight as they try to "claim" Antarctica, then it was back to the USA and more cover-up due to the Afgan/Iraq war. So then, here a couple days ago, I was over at NationalTerrorAlert.Com a they posted a newsarticle with some expinations. Apparently, two ships, the MV Hounslow and MT Ann, were rounded up......
Tips for being a better blogger
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Greetings All, Yesterday I spent a good amount of time writing up some helpful tips to different members of ChristianBlog.Com on how to become more proficient bloggers, gain a bigger audience, properly format their blog entries, helping to keep readers attention, trying not to loose readers attention, and the biggest of all, not offending your readers. For the most part, most of what I shared with our members went over really well. Sadly a few of them took my tips as criticism, but I suspect that is something that one will always face in helping others. Except for those few who did take my comments as criticism, they all suggested to me that I post all of my thoughts into a blog entry for the general public. So, here is a result of yesterdays tip-sharing! Without a doubt the biggest......
Ahh, the start of something new!
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Greetings To All. The past few months have been an interesting experience for many of us here at ChristianBlog.Com - from myself as the owner of the website, to some new experiences for our Moderator Team, to a huge surge in overall new members (welcome to all the new folks out there), to some interesting challenges to our policies behind the scenes, to some interesting challenges to our policies by our members, to loved ones lost, and new loved ones added to our families (congratz baim), to a restructure of some of the overall design of the website, a huge change in our website navigation system, and much more I could talk about. A Look To The Recent Past: In the last part of December of 2007 I posted two blogs in which I felt lead to share with the ChristianBlog.Com Community a number......
Brownsville: classic revival moments (+video)
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Hello All, I have wanted to have a "Revival" category here at ChristianBlog.Com for a long time now, but for one reason or another I never got around to creating it. Perhaps it was something as simple as laziness, or perhaps it was just not the right time for it to be here at CB, but either way, I have now created it and this is the first blog for this new category! I have really been wondering how to start-off this category, and could think of no better way than to post something about the greatest revival in the USA that has happened in my own life-time - that in Brownsville Florida. What I came up with to really high-light this was to post a video of a number of different clips by the revivalist at the heart of the Brownsville Revival, Steve Hill. The following video has a......
What are your 5 favorite bible verses?
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Hey Everybody, I am often trying to learn new verses of the Bible and sometimes find it hard to keep finding new Bible Verses to try to memorize (not from a lack of them, but rather from a lack of knowing the truly "life-application" verses). Rather then just randomly learning verse, I like to try to memorize verses that mean something really powerful to people. So, I figured I would ask everybody what their five (5) favorite passages of the Bible are. A couple years ago I got something from the Billy Graham ministries called "Scripture Treasures" which are little business card sized memory verses that fit perfectly inside my business card holder... so I often have a dozen or so within my business card holder in my office just to help me get through the day/week.......
Tips for saving a few dollars this winter!
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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration projections the average American family will spend $1,000 on heat this season! I wanted to share some tips they offer, plus a few of my own, that I've already done to help save myself some of that $1000 bucks, which I'm sure I could use on helping to further the Kingdom of Christ! Lower the Water Temperature This is for those of us without a Tankless Water Heater... One of the best things you can do to save a few bucks is to turn down the heat setting to around 120 degrees (most folks seem to use 160 degrees). Many people thing a higher level of hot water means a hotter shower in the morning, or a warmer bath at night if the case be such. That is not exactly true however... you see, by having a lower setting it just means......
Christianblog.com - what are we really here for?
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A Public Address: It is not often that we/I/ChristianBlog.Com make a formal post to the general membership body of ChristianBlog.Com about how we operate ChristianBlog.Com, but something happened yesterday that has spurred me into action. I would hope everybody that is a member of ChristianBlog.Com would take the time to read this, ponder on it, and see here it leads you in your own walk, and with your interactions with all things here at ChristianBlog.Com - because this truly is about both ChristianBlog.Com AND each of our walks with the Lord Jesus Christ. What ChristianBlog.Com Is: ChristianBlog.Com is first and foremost an online Blogging Service Provider for those of the Christian Faith. At our core is being an online ministry to the millions/billions(?) of Christians throughout the......
Unification of the body of christ
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This is a message that has been on my heart for some time - perhaps close to the better part of a year. It has been a hard learned lesson. Thankfully it has been taught to me by a loving Lord and His Word. None the less, it was still a hard lesson to apply to my own life, but I have come to understand that it is a matter at the very heart of God. I hope you will be able to find the heart of this short message. It is much shorter then what I felt I would initially share, when I got around to doing so, as over the last few months I have written a great deal of this matter in my private journal. I know the Lord is still implanting further aspects of this into my heart and perhaps one day will be able to bring it all together in a full text format for both my own life application, and for the......
Disable internet access in windows for specific user accounts
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This How-To will allow you to disable the internet from being accessed on selected user accounts within Windows XP and Windows Vista and Windows 7. There are often times useful to parents and network administrators who need or want to lock down their computer(s). For instance, a parent might want to allow a child to access the computer itself, but not access the internet. Or a system administrator might need to lock down a specific computer or an entire cluster of computers from accessing the internet - yet still maintain a network connection to those computers. Of course, there are better ways to do this on a network level, but it has its purpose in certain situations. It should be noted that all accounts that you apply this to must be set as "Limited Accounts" and not setup as......
Christianblog.com - a look forward into 2008
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Hello to the ChristianBlog.Com Community! As the owner of ChristianBlog.Com, and with the New Year quickly approaching, I felt it was time to share with the faithful members of ChristianBlog.Com (and any visitors) a bit about the future of what we are expecting to have happen at ChristianBlog.Com over the next few quarters. There are a number of events happening that we felt everybody would like to know and no time like the present to share them, as the saying goes. As is typical with most internet websites, growth comes and goes, and ChristianBlog.Com is no exception. It is safe to say that September of 2007 saw our best month of growth and usage since the website went online with over 4-million unique page views. Oddly enough, this past November was one of the lowest for the year. I am......
As myspace continues to get hacked, christianblog.com continues to protect you!
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As MySpace Continues To Get Hacked, ChristianBlog.Com Continues To Protect You! It was all over the news yesterday... myspace got hacked (again)! This time the hackers hit some big-name profiles with reports like Alicia Keys Victimized By MySpace Hack were pretty much the talk of the day (besides the on-going debate between the GPhone and the iPhone, of course) Typically, and in the past, hackers wanting to deface MySpace have used simple technology such as iframes, cross-site-scripting, and spoofing uploaded photographs as program files not actually photographs. This time around it seems the hackers used a really huge photograph (8000x1000 pixels in size) with a link attached to it. Anytime somebody clicked anywhere on the myspace page that was not a link to somewhere else, the......
Christianblog.com is peparing for mobile/pda usage!
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ChristianBlog.Com is truly excited to announce that we are getting close to having a mobile/pda version of ChristianBlog.Com available! We have long felt that as more and more people have started to by 'smart phones', that one of the best advancements in technology here at ChristianBlog.Com would be in the area of providing alternative ways to utilize the services that ChristianBlog.Com offers! Without a doubt one of those methods of advancements is in the world of cell phones, blueberries, and other portable devices that access the internet, yet are not a full-scale computer. It is for that reason that we have been working hard to create for our loyal members, and anybody that happens to stumble by, the means to be able to access your favorite Christian-based blog website......
5,000 blog entries and counting!!
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It is my proud and happy duty to formally announce that ChristianBlog.Com has now reached the 5,000 Blog Entries level! I am remembering back to November 16 2005 when the Lord said to me "Ok John, it's time!" I am remembering back to December 11 2005 when I officially announced that ChristianBlog.Com was going to be a reality! I am remembering back to December 23 2005 when we had our first member sign up! I am remembering back to December 23 2005 when a what would become a dear friend of my, GreyBear stumbled upon the website and signed up! I am remembering back to January 5 2006 when we finally nailed-down the process to add new blog entries! I am remembering back to January 19 2006 when we had to remove our first blog entry because of somebody violated the law, it was a......
Instablog receives a major revamp
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In an effort to streamline and simplify the Blog Entry creation process we have made a fairly major update to our InstaBlog (blog entry creation system) this morning. Our new system has turned into a three-step-process, rather then a two-step-process. The new change is intended to help our members better understand the process, help save content from being lost, help clarify global website policies, and create a generalized smoother system. The biggest change is that we have separated the section where you type the actual Blog Entry Text from the first page, and have created a second page that has nothing but a text field for typing your Blog Entry Text. We have removed the "Reminder To Update" from the first page and have increased the message length from three minutes to four......
9/11 -- thank you to all that serve!
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Hello everybody. At the time of this writing, almost to the very minute, six years ago now, I was just on my way to work in a nice New York office. Shortly after arriving at my office, while standing around talking with a few other guys, drinking some coffee, eating bagels, and watching the morning news, began the horrific events that were about to take place over the next few hours. As I stood there transfixed and in awe, I happened to look around the room and began to see a wide range of emotions. Some of the guys where like I was - amazed at what was happening, and some of the guys were pretty solemn, and one or two of the guys I noticed where visibly starting to break down. As one of them began to mutter to himself that his sister worked in the towers, I think most of us in there......
Knowing when god speaks
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Knowing When God Speaks Every so often in life we discover that God is speaking to us. Not the little things like what store to go to, or what road to take, or whether or not we should buy a new book, but one of those big messages, you know. A few weeks ago a few friends came to me at different times and asked me if I would start teaching them how to develop software. Being the kind (pun intended) of guy I am I told them if they would be willing to commit to meeting on a weekly basis I would help them learn enough to start making some side-month, but that would have to give me awhile to setup things on my end. I would need to setup a place to meet, figure out the best time to meet, develop some basic plan to follow and material to let them work on throughout the rest of the week. This......
Instablog - take 2
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Hello everybody, Back on 12/9/2006 we announced the creation of a new Blog Creation System called "InstaBlog", which would allow our Premier Members the ability to VERY quickly add a new Blog Entry. It was a simple matter of: Type -> Preview/Update -> Publish And, it became a huge success! At the same time, ChristianBlog.Com began to realize that the mass majority of our members where not "Power Bloggers", but rather first-time bloggers. This caused a bit of "problem" (shall we say) because our primary Blog Creation System was designed for Power Bloggers. We had/have features in our PowerBlog System that includes user-definable Blog Links, Blog Tags, Related Links, RSS Feed Seclections, and all that stuff that power bloggers thrive for. But recently......
Outdoor country stew
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Outdoor Country Stew I was asked to post what I was having for dinner tonight... so, here it is... I call it "Outdoor Country Stew" and it may work it's way into my final menu selection... it just needs some more tweaking. This is a hearty dish that will have folks coming back for more! With very little spices it can be served up for almost anybody, yet it has enough unique flavor to keep those spiceaholics guessing. Like most of my dishes it takes 4+ hours from prep to dish. This is fast becoming my second most demanded dish; second only to my previously posted Slow Cooked Balsamic Beef Stew, which takes considerable more time to make than this dish does. Should anybody try it, I would welcome feedback. Ingredients: 10 cups water 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 Tablespoon Red Wine......
Happy birthday greybear
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Today is the birthday of GreyBear! So please take a moment to wish him a special happy-birthday! GreyBear joined ChristianBlog.Com 570 days ago (12/23/05 7:02am). GreyBear is the Blog Leader (presently has 162 Blog Entries) and the cause for our current $25 gift certificate for ChristianBooks.Com offer! But more than any of this, ChristianBlog.Com is still online because of him! Many times during the course of ChristianBlog.Com being developed it was GreyBear who kept me going, who kept me encouraged, who kept me focused on the goals and potentials of the website - and he has continued to do so every since! Additionally, GreyBear is a major "behind the scenes" person who spends hours and hours and hours every week investing into the health and Christian atmosphere that everybody......
Www.eashoa.com -- a personal and private journal
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The English name "Jesus Christ" in the true Ancient Aramaic-Hebrew language is pronounced: Ea-shoa' M'shee-kha Eashoa' means "the Life-Giver" M'sheekha means "the Anointed One" Eashoa' M'sheekha means "The Anointed Life-Giver" Some people prefer the spelling "Yeshua" and there are some other variations, but many other people believe that none of these are accurate transliterations, believing that "Eashoa" is the proper and correct transliteration....
7-7-7
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07-07-07 Well, it only happens once every thousand years... and today is that day! July 7th, 2007. I have heard some pretty stupid things that folks are going to do today... so I have decided to do something special too! I am going to spend all day reflecting on the history of the church movement over the last thousand years. You know, while there are a whole bunch of commandments God has given man... there are really only two important commandments as I see it.... (1) To go forth and multiple. (2) To share of His Love for salvation to all mankind. While I cannot exactly say I've helped out much in that first commandments... I do feel I've done a bit of the second in the time since I devoted my life to Christ. What I wanted to do today is to take a step back, reflect upon my early......
Devotional: little things
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Do not despise...small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin. - Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) Against a towering giant, a brook pebble seems futile. But God used it to topple Goliath. Compared to the tithes of the wealthy, a widow's coins seem puny. But Jesus used the little things to inspire us... Moses had a staff. David had a sling. Samson had a jawbone. Rahab had a string. Mary had some ointment. Dorcas had a needle. All were used by God. What do you have? God inhabits the tiny seed, empowers the tiny deed. Don't discount the smallness of your deeds....
The true, the proud, the stars and the stripes
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The Las Vegas ReveiwJournal posted a news article about a company that the LV City Council has been told to take down the American Flag on their own company property! This is just about one of the most maddening issues I've heard about by a city council in a long long long time! Regardless of "why" the Stars & Stripes are raised... being told to take them down by a city council and local residents... Americans themselves... this is just abhorrent to me! Here locally where I live, a very patriotic pastor wanted to put an American Flag up on the church property. (now remember... church and state here folks... this is church property, not private or government property) This pastor is a chaplain for multiple law enforcement agencies in our area, has two sons in the police......
A one minute test
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This is a clip from a message I gave a long time back. I was digging through some things and came across it and thought I would post it. It is a "one minute test" because in one minute (to the second) it states that I believe all humans ares tested, and it states what I believe about us being tested. It makes clear how we are tested, and hopefully will make you think about those "tests" in your own life. Just click the play-button and give it a moment to load. John B. Abela...
Disable yahoo! and google toolbars from loading in ie7
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I maintain a number of networks for local churches and para-church ministries, and am constantly dealing with problems that arise because of people installing stuff on computers that they shouldn't be installing stuff on. Somewhere along the way, it seems most employees forgot that the computer in front of you does not belong to them, it belongs to the company, and therefore you have no right to install software other than what they install, and/or are authorized to install. Every time I sit down in front of a computer to work on it, I am faced with dealing with such software. Of course, I could very easily change user permissions from "administrator" to "user", and thus keep them from installing anything, but such permissions often conflict with programs like......
Dealing with haters
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Dealing With Haters Imagine this: you worked on your blog for hours... maybe even days... and you are incredibly proud of your work, and you want as many people as possible to see it. You post it to ChristianBlog.Com, and the comments start flowing in. And in. You get some genuine praise and possibly some constructive criticism. And then you get some comments of another kind we'll just call them unconstructive criticism. The haters descend, making you wonder (hopefully just for a nanosecond) if you'll ever post to ChristianBlog.Com again. It's not easy dealing with pointless negativity, but here is an acronym you can use in the fight against haters and I thought it was worthwhile sharing with the larger community. It's called: R.I.D. R - Recognize. Recognize that a......
Instablog now online!
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InstaBlog is the latest feature here at ChristianBlog.Com! InstaBlog allows our members to very quickly and easily add Blog Entries, without all the normal things like Blog Tags, Related Links, Smilies, BBCode, and such! (smilies, bbcode are always enabled) InstaBlog allows you to: Type, Preview, Publish! InstaBlog is a feature presently reserved for Premier Members only, and we are sure all of our Premier Members are going to LOVE this new feature! InstaBlog has been one of the most requested features here at ChristianBlog.Com and we are happy to finally be able to provide it to our members! Not a Premier Member yet? For just a small monthly fee you can become one and join the rest of our members who are showing their financial support of ChristianBlog.Com -- and getting a few......
Internet news related to internet social community websites
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The following are news articles found on the internet related to Social Community Website Security. Most of these will be links I come across that I feel are of significant importances in some way. Some might deal directly with end-user security, some might deal with software security, some might deal with company and business security, and some might just be totally general in nature. I post them here for all to read, as chances are they will broadly apply to some of our members here at ChristianBlog.Com For Christ's Ministry, John B. Abela Founder/Owner, ChristianBlog.Com...
Happy thanksgiving
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Hello Everyone, I wanted to take this opportunity to offer a huge "Happy Thanksgiving" to all of our members and visitors! In the spirit of this great holiday, I offer to you a reading of George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation. May those of us who abide under the history and treasure passed down by Mr. Washington remember and acknowledge all that he said and put forth in this Proclamation. Let us all remember October 11, 1782, when under President John Hanson, the United States Congress issued forth Thursday the twenty-eight day of November, as a day of solemn THANKSGIVING to GOD for all his mercies. For Christ's Ministry, John B. Abela Founder/Owner, ChristianBlog.Com...
Blog for him questions
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I was digging through our server logs of websites that have linked to ChristianBlog.Com in the last week and came across a website I had not seen before. I jumped over there and noticed that they are "designed to be an open blog for anyone that would like to share their faith, devotional material, inspiration and resources." Awesome, eh! So, I went hunting around for the link at their website that brought people to ChristianBlog.Com, and found a blog there entitled Christianblog.com. It had this to say, by one of their members who goes by the name of "Aaron Conrad". I recently found a really neat site called "Christianblog.com". It would appear that it is a gathering place for bloggers and believers to share their posts. It looks like it's pretty easy to......
Discussion on our new chatroom
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Hey All, So hopefully by now you have seen the little link to our new Chatroom that I am playing around with. (if it, it's over in the "Manage Your Account" right-side-block, just below the activity since last visit link. Jump in there and try it out... than post your comments. I think it might be nice to have a public chatroom for people to use. I know a lot of the other sites like CB have chatrooms, and this specific software is one I found and actually like (which for a software engineer, that kind of thing doesn't happen every day of the week!). It would be very easy to have it open in a little pop-up window -- much like what our 'mini radio player' does. It would also be very easy to allow folks to create a private chat between different members. Right now I......
300 days and counting
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Hello All, Three days ago we announced that we had moved our software development from "Beta" to "Release Candidate" - which was a really big day for us! It marked the first major achievement toward having our software fully developed! Today (October 7th, 2006) marks the 300th day that ChristianBlog has been online and ministering to our members and millions of other visitors to our website! This is an amazing fact to just sit and ponder on for me. When I originally acquired the ChristianBlog domain I had huge hopes of making it really big. Over a couple of years I tried 3 or 4 different third-party applications and none of them worked like I had hoped and desired. Now as I look back on it I realize it was truly in God's will that none of them did. I have come to......
2006 lay leadership summit
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2006 Lay Leadership Summit Last year I received a phone call from a fellow asking me if I'd be interested at speaking at a conference/summit designed for church lay leaders. At first I was surprised at the invitation and after learning more about it, I eagerly decided to accept the invitation to speak -- and had a wonderful time doing so! This year I have once again been asked to speak at the 2006 Lay Leadership Summit for which I am both honored and excited! The Lay Leadership Summit is the largest gathering of Spirit filled lay leaders in the United States and serves as a dynamic one-stop leadership development resource for both pastors and lay leaders! This years summit is on October 13th and 14 and located at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, California. This year they will......
Ywam 2007 personal prayer diary and daily planner
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There are not a lot of things that I find myself being dedicated too on a day to day basis outside of prayer, work, the Word and such - but one of those few things is using the "YWAM Personal Prayer Diary and Daily Planner" for both help with praying for different people groups around the world, as well as keeping a daily personal journal. I just got an email yesterday saying that the 2007 edition was just released (the 27th year they've published it) and like last year, I'll be buying a bunch of them. I like buying two for myself (one for personal journal, one for a dream journal kept beside my bed), than one for each of my family members, and than about half-a-dozen for different pastors in my area. I have found it's a great Christmas gift, and a great way to help......
New tool to acquire googlevideo and youtube video id's
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For the last two days I have been pondering about how to make the website easily allow folks to include YouTube and Google Video into blog entries here at ChristianBlog. A few days ago I created the BBCode to allow folks to add the YouTube videos into blogs, and earlier today I added the BBCode to add Google Videos into blogs -- but, I found it was going to be uber hard to explain to people how to do so... as it's not always an easy process to figure out how to acquire the video-id from those websites. So, I finally decided that rather than trying to write complicated how-to's, I would just create a tool that enabled people to copy-and-paste the URL from youtube/google and have it return the specific video-id required for our BBCode here at the website. So, after waaaay to many......
Steve irwin (crocodile hunter) has died
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For many, including me, Steve Irwin has been a hero! It was reported today that Steve has died today after being struck in the chest by a stingray barb. (watch the news report) Not only has Steve Irwin been a hero of mine because of his work with many of God's creations that I myself so very much enjoy, but because Steve has an energy about him that I wish I had... that I wish everybody had... that I wish Christians had. Steve was one of those rare people today who are just naturally full of life. I find it so very strange that so many Christians are not like that themselves... after all, we have been given the best of life... eternal life - yet how many of us seem so depressed, down, and just look at life so totally backwards that what we should be, as Believers of the Lord Jesus......
Some thoughts from last nights service
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At a service I attended last night, at a church way out of my normal driving distance to visit a church, we got off onto some really untypical discussions about different things. Here are some of the things I wrote down on my notes... I'm pretty much putting them herein to be able to follow-up on them later in the week - or whenever I get a chance to do so. I have no idea how "Biblically Correct" these "thoughts" might be, or not be. They just popped into my brain over the course of the service and the long drive back home. (1) Did God send man to the earth to retest Lucifer? We know that God gave Lucifer dominion over the planet earth, than God goes and creates this little-ittie-bittie place called "Eden" on this odd planet called earth, the very place......
New my.friends system put into place last night!
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Hello All, After some recent pondering about the whole issue of the status of the website and the direction it should go, along with the suggestions of greybear about adding additional security to the My.Friends section of the website, I decided the only way to really put into place both his suggestions and the things I wanted to do, was to build an entirely new My.Friends system. So, starting at around 11pm last night until just a few minutes ago (it's now 9am) I have been working on building an entire new My.Friends system. The major features of this new system are: (a) Two-way street... that being, if you add someone to your friends list, they are now automatically added into your friends list -- and, vise-versa! (b) Settings to define who can contact you. This includes: Age,......
Tithe: where does the tithe go? (interview #3)
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Tithe - Reason & Destination Of Giving In a continuation from my previous two Blog Entries (ref: Biblical Tithe - An Introduction and Kingdom Finances: The Tithe) I recently had another very interesting conversation with a good friend in which we discussed the issue of tithe in relationship to where it should be given, why it should be given, and what if you no longer go to church... should you still tithe? That said, I have tried my best to clean up our conversation and make it presentable... it follows: The Opening Discussion/Question: My Friend: My question to you is should a person pay rent and electricity before tithing or after. I don't have a lot of money, actually I struggle quiet a bit. A lot of people have said I tithe to the church first and miraculously your rent will be......
Christianblog.com - an audio message from john b. abela (08-08-2006)
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Hello Everyone, I wanted to share with those of you who are existing members a short message that has been on my heart about the future and direction of ChristianBlog.Com I feel I am stuck with a decision about the website, and me making the decision 100% on my own is not something that would be right of me to do... so, I wanted to try to present to everyone some of what is on my heart about the direction and future of this website. Rather than write it all out as some massively long Blog Entry, I just decided to do a little audio recording and truly share with you whats on my heart in a more personal way. You know, being able to hear people is always better than just reading from someone. (download) I hope the download speed is not tooo slow for you... I am hosting that file from my own......
Two girls rob guy from myspace
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Ok, here is a bit of news from last week that I was going to post but did not because of my other two blog entries about myspace. It would seem that a man from Jacksonville FL (map) had been talking with an "18 year old girl" at myspace and they decided it was time to meet. Upon arriving at the place they were suppose to meet, lo-and-behold, she wasn't there. The Guilty: After a short duration two girls (Rafaella Yusupova and Yana Galilova), ages 14 and 15-years-old, meandered by and said they knew the girl. As the guy was getting read to leave one of the girls pulled out a gone and said "Empty out your pockets" to this poor guy! "This was not the girl that the picture was of on MySpace," the victim said. You can watch a Fox News report about this or......
Nerds in hell
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So I was listening to a sermon today by Steven Hill entitled "Nerds In Hell" in which he talked about 4 kinds of people in hell. Here is a clip from the sermon that just had me rolling on the floor! Anyway, just wanted to share this... found it funny....
Christianblog - a christian myspace
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Myspace is obviously one of the places to be on the internet, if you ask most people. It seems like overnight it came out of nowhere and became the defacto website that every human being is supposed to visit as soon as they log onto the internet. Of course, a lot of people simply cannot stand the website, while another large amount of people feel it is a website they will never visit. One of the most popular questions we get from people visiting the website is, "Is ChristianBlog(.)Com a 'Christian alternative' to myspace"? Originally our answer to this question was "No, we are a blogging website" -- which was very true for the first 4 or 5 months the website was online -- recently however, ChristianBlog.Com is turning more and more into a very viable......
The post-modern church verses irrelevant church
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The Post Modern Church is not something new. The Post Modern Believer is also not anything new. Unfortunately, far too many pastors and churches are simply looking the other way at it, thinking it's just another fade. That is the farthest thing from the truth. It is my belief that the movement of the Post-modern church is a must for our church to stay relevant to our lives. The large majority of churches I've walked into as I've traveled throughout nearly every State in the USA over the last 6 years are dying a slow -- and totally unnecessary death. Here are a few books I'd recommend you buy, read, than give to your pastor (or your staff if you are a pastor): Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures (good for pastors) The Present Future: Six......
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia
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Ok, time to take a step away from my usually more serious Blog posting and take a look at something of humor (at least to me) that is happening today. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia Hexakos...phobia.. what? Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia... that's when someone has a belief that the Biblical verse, Revelation 13:18, indicates that the number 666 is linked to Satan or the Anti-Christ. Today (Tuesday) will be June 6, 2006 06-06-06 or, if you zap the zeroes, 666, the number of the Beast, the Antichrist, as described in the New Testament Book of Revelation: Written in Latin, in which the number 666 is much cooler: DCLXVI From Christians, there has been little more than a yawn about this issue... because let's face it, most Christians are savvy enough to know June 6 is just a date. Just......
Rogue waves
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It was reported today that another Freak wave nearly sank a ferry while travelling to northern Spain. But this wasn't just any ferry, this was a gigantic ferry(!) by the name of Pont-Aven. Here is a map showing the main route and when the problems happened. Recently (at least here in America) these Freak waves - or rogue waves as they seem to be more commonly called - has been getting a lot of attention by the media, Hollywood and in the scientific world. The wave, estimated at between 40ft (12m) and 50ft high, crashed into the Pont-Aven, at 10:25pm on Sunday, smashing windows and injuring at least six people. Cabins more than 50ft above the waterline were flooded! Here is a view looking out the bridge of the Pont-Aven... notice how it dwarfs the surrounding ships! I found this......
Bethany dillon - imagination
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Bethany Dillon - Imagination (buy from iTunes) I've been thinking about buying that CD that shows up here under the iTunes music by Bethany Dillon called "Imagination", and finally decided to do it this morning while waiting for family to get ready to go out to breakfast at a local favorite spot called Samoa Cookhouse. I figured I would quickly review some of the songs: Dreamer This, to me, is a very simple song... perhaps to simple. The only powerful part of this song -for me- is the chorus: I am a dreamer Take me higher Open the sky up Start a fire I believe Even if it's just a dream Musically, I love the fact that the band backs-off and let's the bass player push through the words that say, "Only a king would do anything To protect the kingdom".......
The book of john, the beloved - (1:1-14) - christ as the "son of god"
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The Book of John, the Beloved Chapter 1, Verses One through Fourteen Title: Christ as the "Son of God" Theme: Christ is the Son of God and His Deity is portrayed throughout Scripture. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (vrs. 1). "We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from His Father, full of grace and truth" (vrs. 14). Preface: As "son of man" means one born of man, so "Son of God" means one born of God. Hence the title "Son of God" proclaims the Deity of Christ. Jesus is never called "Son of God" in the general sense that men and angels are children of God (Job 2:1.) He is the Son of God in a unique sense; Jesus is described as sustaining......
Rss/xml feeds updated
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Hey All. I have just updated the RSS and XML feeds to include a guid identifier. It seems some of the readers and blog.ping sites are starting to force it's usage <sigh>, so I had to add it. Rather than using a true guid (normally a md5 string) I decided to use the Blog Link of each Blog Entry. As they never change, it is a valud guid, based on the rss standards. As such I also added the isPermaLink="true" value to it. If you want to know what the feed now looks like, just point your browser to our XML file and you'll be able to see it. (IE users might have to do a 'view source'). If anybody has any thoughts, suggestions, feedback, etc, on the RSS feeds, I invite you to share them - but please review this blog entry first :) John B. Abela Founder/Owner,......
Allowing premier members to moderate suspicious blogs
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Allowing Premier Members To Moderate Suspicious Blog Entries & Comments... And Maybe Other Ideas? About This Topic: One of the major problems with a website where countless people come together to create a "community" is that there will always be those people who come into the community with the full intent of doing nothing but causing problems. This issue is a major issue facing us, as we advertise ChristianBlog.Com as a "family" website. There are a number of things we can do on our end (with the software), and there are things we can do via a human staff member. However, our software is not always going to know what is right and wrong. And, our staff need to sleep and we do not have staff around the world, so at some point in the day, the website will be left......
How to: run ms office 2003 outlook on a secondary / slave / remote-drive
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How To: Run MS Office 2003 Outlook On A Secondary/Slave/Remote-Drive (usb flash drive should work too) Overview: The basic idea behind this How-To is to explain how to setup a secondary hard-drive and run your Outlook 2003 from this secondary hard drive. The reason for doing this is: If you happen to have multiple computers that you use MS Outlook 2003 on (I'm presuming you own licenses for both and all that legal stuff I shouldn't have to talk about) - say: one at home, one at the office, and your laptop - then you have no-doubt discovered it's rather a pain in the ol'behind to keep transfering your .pst file from computer to computer to computer each time you relocate to a different machine. And, of course, let's not forget that you have to keep updating each......
Recent documents be gone! (aka: quickly cleaning recent documents menu)
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Throughout my day I open hundreds of files, of dozens of different types, and until maybe eight (8) months or so I use to really hate the feature in windows called "Recent Docs" or "Documents" that get's placed within the "Start" menu of windows. I really did not like that menu for two reasons: First, it was just more clutter and junk I had to wade through to get to the places I wanted to go, and secondly, because it was usually so filled with stuff I didn't need (and probably wouldn't for hours) it was rather worthless to me. I recently setup a new server in my office and once again came face-to-face with this menu feature I really did not like - except this time as I was setting up the new server I found myself quickly using it as I needed one......
Kingdom finances: the tithe
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This short "Question & Answer" has been copied with permission from the book "The Treasury", written by Anne Kalvestrand. The question's were asked of, and answered by, Pastor Bill Johnson, Senior Pastor, Bethel Church, Redding, California. USA. Question: Is the tithe a principle only for those who live under the Law of Moses? Answer: No. , Abraham practices the tithe 400 years before the Law was given - "Melchizedek, king of Salem ... to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all..." Hebrews 7:1-1 , Jacob also tithed. "... of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You." Genesis 28:22 , The Law ratified the wisdom of tithing. "And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the......
Sexual offenders: their risk to and in your church
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Sexual Offenders Their Risk To And In Your Church Consider the average size community, what percentage of the population do you think make up convicted sex offenders. You might be surprised if you do your homework. In one Northern California community there are between 30 and 40 convicted sexual offenders within a 2-mile radius. A community with over two dozen places of worship. If that doesn't surprise you, perhaps this will. The average urban church has one dozen convicted sexual offenders within a one mile radius of its property. Consider that nearly one in every ten churches has a convicted sexual offender within its membership, often unknown to its member and the pastoral staff. Consider that while most sexual offenders are required by law - in most states - to register as a......
Memorial service held for fallen airmen
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This is from an article that came out last week (1/30/2006), that had two things that caught my eye when I first saw it and just now getting around to writing up some Blog Entries I've been wanting to write... Super Bowl half-time This photograph is the first thing that caught my eye: The second thing that caught my eye was this quote from the article: Col. Tim Hale, 386th AEW commander said, "They have left us a bright torch to carry, men and women, fellow warriors, let's keep the torch moving forward. We owe it to these heroes. Drive on." hooah...
Dream about bowls and redemption
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I had a dream yesterday and I just cannot seem to get to bed until I write this dream down... I was back in the medical field, or I was visiting a friend who worked at a hospital I'm not sure exactly which of these was the case. I had gone outside to where a few staff was standing around (smoking, maybe?) and they were talking about a string of patients who had been recently brought in with nearly identical problems. It seems they all had had a number of legions and other skin issues. (Bowl Angel #1 - Revelation Chapter 16) Some of them begin to mention that a number of the patients had mentioned strange insects had been attacking them. As I listened to what was being explained I begin to get a since that I had heard of this type of a situation before. Shortly I say out loud......
Pastoral salaries - or the lack thereof
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Pastoral Salaries - Or The Lack Thereof I am going to walk a 'fine line' in writing about this issue (both from a private policy issue, and the fact that people never like to talk about money) but none the less, this is an issue I feel we NEED to discuss! There has been a lot of internet chatter recently about the lowering of pastoral salaries over the last 10 years - or more correctly, the failure to increase salaries as expected and done in every other line of work. From The Churches Point Of View: What I have done is taken the last 106 Open Positions listed at the 'Assemblies of God Jobs Online' website and averaged them out in order to discover the average salary that pastors are making on a monthly/yearly basis. Based upon the last 106 posted Open Positions, on a......
20th memorial: space shuttle challenger
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20th Memorial: Space Shuttle Challenger It was twenty years ago today that the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and fell into the sea. (11:31 AM, Eastern Time - 73 seconds after liftoff) Aboard the ship were its Commander, Francis R. "" Scobee, its pilot, Michael J. Smith, and its crew, Christa McAuliffe (the first 'Teacher in Space'), Mission Specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnick and Ronald E. McNair, along with Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis. Some of their planned objectives were the deployment of the Tracking Data Relay Satellite-2 (TDRS-2) and flying of Shuttle-Pointed Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN-203)/Halley's Comet Experiment Deployable, a free-flying module designed to observe the tail and coma of Halley's comet with two ultraviolet......
A sniper's journey : the truth about the man behind the rifle
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A Sniper's Journey : The Truth About the Man Behind the Rifle Well, this isn't exactly a "Christian Book", so if anybody doesn't think my review of the book should be posted here, just say so and I'm sure the mysterious 'blog reviewers' will notice it and remove the blog ;) Even though I am in the middle of reading two other books, I saw this one and thought it would be a nice break from my normal reading and help me get back into the mood of military based books which I really enjoy reading. From Publishers Weekly A compelling, troubling story, this war memoir recounts the hellish experiences of an 18-year-old from Texas who volunteered to fight in the Vietnam War only to find himself transformed into a part-time sniper. Mitchell served as an infantryman......
The cautions of internet blogging
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The Cautions Of Internet Blogging There is no questioning that one of the major areas we would love to see ChristianBlog.Com to have growth is within the teenage group. Not only do teenagers bring crazy teenage discussions, but teenagers within a safe community like ChristianBlog help them to express their faith, growth, and yes, even their troubles of growing up. There is also no question that ChristianBlog.Com is attempting to be one of the most family oriented, family safe, online Blogging website on the internet. Each and every Blog Entry, and each and every Blog Comment, that our members submit to our website is viewed by a Christian believer to ensure it is 'family safe' - something we are very proud of in our quest to be family-safe! While - in the course of the months and......
Things to blog about
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Here is a list of possible topics to Blog about, based on some of the topics people visit ChristianBlog in hopes of finding. , Why Does God Break My Heart? , Famous Tithing Stories , The Violent Take It By Force , Christian Vacations , Flesh and the Christian Walk , TV Influences On Christians , Teachings On Dreams & Visions , Teachings On Health & Fitness , Church Administration , Vision Plans For Churches , Being In Debt , Christian Teenagers , Home Schooling , Does God Have A Plan For My Life? I will update this Blog Entry as more data is delivered and I find topics that might be interesting....
Hell, hades, and tartarus
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Hell, Hades, and Tartarus There are three Greek words in the New Testament translated by the one English word "hell," which fact results in some confusion in our thinking. One of these is "Gehenna." It is the Greek representative of the Hebrew "Ge-Hinnom," or Valley of Hinnom, a deep narrow valley to the south of Jerusalem, where, after the introduction of the worship of the fire-gods by Ahaz, the idolatrous Jews sacrificed their children to the god Molech. After the time of Josiah, when this practice was stopped, it became the common refuse-place of the city, where the bodies of criminals, carcasses of animals, and all sort of filth were cast. From its depth and narrowness, and its fire and ascending smoke, it became the symbol of the place of the future......
Wanna-be-indians helping us lose religious rights?
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Well, here is a story that got me thinking. When I first read it I was like "All right, good move!" Then after thinking about it, I was not so sure. However, in the end I can see the merit in the action that is wanting to be taken by those in charge. Here is the situation: According to The Daily Herald, Central Utah's Newspaper, within an article entitled "Bill would require proof to use peyote" - which initial caught my attention under the title "White 'wanna-be' Indians target of peyote bill" at an Indianz.Com Article - the Utah Legislature is attempting to make, or rather amend, a law that would limit peyote use to members of federally recognized tribes. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff put it this way: "If you're a Native American......
The influence of air power upon history by walter j. boyne (hardcover)
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I have the following book for sell. It is new and has never been read. I would like $23.00 for the book, and that includes shipping. It retails for $29.95 and normally ranges around the $20 dollar mark on amazon. I will ship the book via Priorty Mail, which runs $3.85, so you are getting the book for about $19.50 I would like payment via PayPal. Post a message reply and I'll get ahold of you on how to pay me. I am offering this only to members of ChristianBlog.Com who have 5 or more Blog Entries and have been a member at least one week....
For sale: the fall of lucifer, by wendy alec
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I just bought this book last week based on a book review posted here at ChristianBlog.com I enjoyed the book. The book has been read only once. I do not dogear nor abuse books. Consider this as "like new" as a 'used book' can get. I paid $9.59 for it... I'll sell it for $12.00, including shipping, via priority mail, to the lower-48 (usa) only. Payment via PayPal. Post a reply and I'll email you with how to paypal me the $12 bucks. You must be a member of ChristianBlog and have at least 3 blog entries. (no leachers just happening to visit the site... this is for members only!)...
Slow cooked balsamic beef stew
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Here is a recipe I have been working on for the last year or so. I would consider this a 'Medium' difficulty recipe due to the time involved, not the expertise required. I base my difficulty levels on the same principles that the FoodNetwork uses. This is termed a "Slow Cooked" dish because of the total time of marinade is 4-days, plus an additional eight (8) hours of cooking time. The meat itself, beef in this case, is not actually cooked during the 8-hour cooking process, rather it is simply heated up during that period of time - while cooking the potatoes and carrots. The actual cooking of the meet is all done via marinating within Balsamic Vinegar. The ingredients for this dish requires: 1/2 bottle Balsamic Vinegar 1 pound beef stew meat (tender is not necessary!) 3......
Stardust reentry tonight
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In just a few hours (5.5 as of the moment) the highly anticipated re-entry of the Stardust spacecraft will be taking place! One of the most awesome facts about it (on a personal level) is that it's re-entry point is just about one-hour North of where I live. This map shows the expected course of where it is suppose to re-enter through the Western USA: They are hoping it will touch down somewhere in the region marked with a green area: The Stardust project is the second-part of a three-party series of spacecraft going into space to collect micro-particals of space dust. The last one, named 'Genesis', you might remember, ended in a disappointing failure (back in 1994, I think it was) after the shoot failed to open upon re-entry: Anyway, hoping to be able to see it......
Ted dekker, thr3e
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I keep thinking about buying the book Thr3e by Ted Dekker and reading through it. Today while browsing through iTunes I came across the audio book, but before I bought it ($21.95) I thought I'd see if anybody else has read and/or listened to it. I know that people say Ted Dekker is a Christian, but I've never read anything from him and just wondering how he ties Christianity into his type of books... anybody know? Here is the basic overview of the book: Kevin Parson is driving his car late one summer day, when suddenly his cell phone rings. A man who identifies himself as Slater speaks in a breathy voice. "We're going to play a little game, Kevin. You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse and the car you're driving will blow sky......
The bait of satan, by john bevere
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The Bait of Satan, by John Bevere The other day I was down at the local chapter of Teen Challenge to work on some of their computers, do monthly updates, and such. While I was there one of the managers (not exactly sure of their employee structure and titles, so I'll just call him a 'manager') and I got into a great conversation. He and I both experiences some "problems" at churches in the past, that caused us to leave the given churches. While in the conversation he recommended to me a book he was just reading through called: "The Bait of Satan, by John Bevere". He said it was really helping him to push through the hard times he was having and suggested I pick up a copy for myself. Being an active book reader (normally about 5 books a month) I figured......
Pumping up the music for jesus, hip-hop style
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Today ChristiansReport.Com posted an article entitled Pumping Up The Music For Jesus, Hip-Hop Style that I read and thought I would comment on. Some Good Comments The majority of the article was of little or no interest to me, however toward the end of the article there were a couple of statements that made me go 'Amen Brother!' Here is the first one: Says Redeemer's pastor, Kelly Chatman: "Young people are not coming to church to hear classical music like they did when I was young... Hip-hop is simply the vernacular of a culture that the church should be reaching out to." Amen Brother! Way to many churches today are hung-up on the past - and refusing to even entertain what the "next generations" need to find comfort and "a place" within the walls......
Worshiping outside the traditional church walls
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Today ChristiansReport.Com linked to an article entitled Worshiping Outside the Traditional Church Walls that caught my eye. One of my good brothers in the Lord (and a former boss) owns a website called ChurchlessFaith.Com and describes his website this way: ChurchlessFaith.Com is here to help minister to, and join together, those who've left the church, but not left the faith! My wife, children and myself have been out of the church for a while. It has been a time of tremendous growth for all of us. As we look back at the church we see less of the true spirit of God and more of the flesh. These things are brought about by a famine of the word and no true repentance. As a result of this there has been an increase of people leaving the church. While there are many reasons why......
Pentacostalists to mark centennial
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The Washington Times did an article about this year marking the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles-based revival that emerged to become one of the 20th century's most significant religious events... The Azusa Street Revival. In doing some research on this, earlier this morning, I came across to interesting online articles about it. The first is "William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival" was written by Gary B. McGee Ph.D., a professor of church history at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri. This article has a fair amount of photographs of some of the "early days" and goes into details of The Welsh Revival, details a fair amount of information about William J. Seymour, and at the very end of the 4-page article is a photograph......
A new year, a new prayer journal
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Since April of 1998 I have been using the "Personal Prayer Diary, Daily Planner" published by YWAM Publishing to keep track of my personal thoughts. I have often kept two of them, one for my business & ministry, and a second that stays beside my bed for jotting down dreams, visions and other messages from God while I am sleeping. When the 2006 edition was released a few months back I bought ten of them. Two for myself, and one for each of my family members, in the hopes that they may find them as enjoyable as I have, and do each year. One of the neat things about this version I use is that each day it lists a different people group to pray for. This really helps keep me involved in intercessory prayer, which is a vital key to all believers walk, I believe. Yesterday I was......
Reflection, struggles, vision, and plans for our lives
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An old school mate of mine, and someone I consider a dear friend, Jeff Mikels, posted an entry in his blog this past week entitled, "Memoirs from NWBC" in which he details the first five (5) years of his ministry as a Senior Pastor. I had the amazing opportunity to reunite with Jeff since our days of high school (some 15-odd years ago) back in 2001. I had been in New York for most of the year and soon after 9/11 happened I decided it was time to get back home in California, where the only major things that happen are former movie actors become Governors and big earthquakes happen (sometimes at the same time, too!) On my way back I stopped in at his church in Chicago, IL for maybe an hour or two. For the last year or so Jeff and his wife and child have......
Violent worship
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I am apart of a Christian-based mailing list that is made up of mostly worship pastors, with a few folks like (like me) who have been or are on worship teams in their local churches. An interesting topic came up in the last week that was entitled "Violent Worship". It was mainly a response to yet another type, or style, of Christian terminology to try to give a title to something that is happening (or people think is happening) within the church of Christ here on earth. As one person on the mailing list put it: Let's see... there has been "holy laughter", "high praise", "THE RIVER", "jumping", "THE NATIONS", "spinning", "gold dust", "True Davidic Worship", "birth pains", "God......
Jesus did the work, your turn now
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Many of us stop during the course of their life and decide to wait for Christ to do something in, or around, their life before they make the next ‘big step'. What fools we are! Christ has already come and performed His acts on earth. Now it is time for us to stand in the faith and power of what Christ has done for us and advance ourselves through the course of our life. Many of us even say we are waiting for the Lord to direct us in a decision that has halted our movement and ministry. What fools we are. The Lord has given us all we need. He has provided us the Helper to guide us - if we but were to listen to the Spirit speaking into our own Spirit. He has provided us His Word to plant within our hearts, He has given us power of a sound mind to rightly divide the truth from the......
The three r's
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Repentance Restoration Rejoicing This is the message that the Lord spoke into my heart two years after leaving the ministry. I had faithfully served the Lord for many years and after a series of events left the ministry to try to refocus priorities, relations and to rebuild a relationship with the Jesus of Whom I once loved dearly. It was a period of dealing with most of the major issues that had been haunting me for most of my life: from the good and bad of serving in youth ministry, to the good and bad of missions, to some of the problems associated with my childhood and all that came with it, to what I believed in, to relationships with those around me, to my lack of obedience, and the many sins I had committed my life to the Lord. Repentance - Before you can do anything for God, for......
Did i kill christ?
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During the whole "Passion" Movie craze-era there were dozen and dozen of people on Christian websites around the world asking the question, "Did I kill Christ?". This movement/question went to far as to even have a number of websites created specifically to deal with this question. Most of them felt that, yes indeed, they had killed Christ. I personally disagree. To think that if I had only tried harder to be good then Jesus' would not have had to die (to pay for my sins) is nonsense. There is none good but God. No matter how hard a person tries, he or she will still fall short of the glory of God, of the purity required by God. Jesus died to pay for our imperfection - our innate imperfection - not to pay for our laziness. Jesus had the choice to accept your......
Faith is the first thing that brings spiritual power into our lives
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"Faith is the first thing that brings the spiritual power. Of course, the rituals and the tools play a part in this, but without faith there is no power and there is not movement."1 ~ Frank (Fools) Crow At the time I wrote this I was sitting in my truck, at about 10,000 feet, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The view is spectacular. The topographical map in my lap shows that the view from up here is about 500 miles in almost every direction. Across California it is magnificent; across Nevada awe-inspiring. What I am finding is vital in this part of the world is that without rain and snow life ceases to exist. Without snow the creeks won't run. Without water the lakes go dry. Everything from the birds to the fish to the little squirrels to the horrid......
Biblical tithe - an introduction
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A good friend and I got talking last night about some of the teachings of Christianity that we thought were wrong. We ended up talking about the ways that (we feel) many churches teach on the subject of tithing incorrectly. It was a good and healthy discussion that lead to a lot of thinking and a bit of digging into the Holy Text (in both present translations and ancient), a bit of digging within a number of exo-biblical references, and even looking at some self-proclaimed-authoritative-websites that we found. As you may, or may not be aware of, I try to release two or three research papers every year based on issues I feel the Lord directing me to learn more about and share with others. My previous research was on John the Baptist, which lead me into perhaps the deepest......
Vision - dwelling places and provision
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In a vision I had today. I saw many dwelling places. Outside of these dwelling places were stacks of food. Both cooked and uncooked meat. I saw fires burning. I saw on the fires many pots. These pots where cast-iron. They were big ones, with fancy decorations around the top of them. In these pots was boiling water. As I look around, there is nobody. As I look inside of the dwelling places, there is nobody. People do not just walk away from good dwelling places. From good food and good water, I think to myself. It was than that the Father spoke to me. He said to me, "This is what I provide. I provide for my children Dwelling Places, Good food and Good water. This is what I do for My children. I take care of My children for I love them. When they have nothing I provide for them life. I......
Protecting your computer, part 1
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Introduction: It seems that these days no matter where I go I hear about someone having computers problems. Be it at the local store check-out line, sitting in a church pew, waiting in line for a cup of mocha, in an internet chat-room, and just about everywhere else. The stories are usually the same. Someone complaining about how slow their computer is running - usually due to the massive amount of worthless programs they've installed on their computers - or secondly because they have allowed viruses, spyware, or tracking software on their computers - probably without knowing it. In this two-part series on bring your computer back to life we will first take a look at how to protect your computer to make sure nothing bad happens. In the second part we'll take a look at some common,......
Blog tags
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Blog Tags are a sort of alternative category when you create a new blog. For each blog entry that you create you are able to attach certain "blog tags" to your blog entry. These blog tags get thrown into a mix of other blog tags added by other members of the website. At some point blog tags becomes a sort of virtual random categorization for blogs, all for the sake of some fun! At this point we #hope to have the ability to add six (6) blog tags to each of your blog entries. Based upon how good blog tags go over, and how kool of a system we are able to develop to make different Blog Tags work togther, we might increase the amount of Blog Tags that each new blog entry can have. This Blog Entry will be updated as futher development takes place... and as always, we welcome your......