I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 11 years, 11 months and 9 days.

  I have published 251 blogs and 1,377 comments.

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

 I currently live in: United States.
  Life in general

Just a series of blogs where I talk about basic life stuff.

  Blogs In Series
Has the success of 'the bible' cable tv program affected your local church?
John B. Abela+
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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...
Reaching a goal
John B. Abela+
published . 1 min read
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......
Celebrating rosh hashanah, 2014
John B. Abela+
published . 1 min read
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......
Beaten paths are for beaten men
John B. Abela+
published . 1 min read
“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?
John B. Abela+
published . 1 min read
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
John B. Abela+
published . 1 min read
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
John B. Abela+
published . 2 min read
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......
Seeing the light through the fog
John B. Abela+
published . 1 min read
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......
A day in the redwoods
John B. Abela+
published . 1 min read
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......
Mobile growth at christianblog
John B. Abela+
published . 2 min read
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......