Tuesday, December 27, 2005

End of the Spear


This is a great book! Got it for Christmas and just started it but so far it is awsome.

In this heartfelt memoir, Saint writes about growing up with the Ecuadoran tribe whose members killed his father in 1956, and about taking his wife and teenage children back to Ecuador in the 1990s to live among them again. Many of Saint's readers will be familiar with the spearing deaths of five American missionaries by Auca Indians a half-century ago, a story recounted by Elisabeth Elliot in Through Gates of Splendor (1996 revised edition). Saint, who was four years old at the time of the murders, adds to that familiarity with this account of his deep, familial bond with his father's assassin. Specifically, Saint debunks myths about the tribe. He explains that Auca, which means naked savage, is a derogatory name given to the tribe by outsiders, and that they are actually called the Waodani. While he does not dispute that they were vicious killers before they converted to Christianity soon after they murdered Saint's father, he takes pains to help his readers understand what led the Waodani to their murderous worldview. In a long passage, he tells the story of the 1956 murders from the Waodani perspective. Most of the book is devoted to his latest experiences with his Waodani family.

There is also a movie comeing January 20 with the same title END of the SPEAR check it out.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

MERRY CHRISTMAS

An International Christmas Tree in 20 Languages:
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"XXX"

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"GOD JUL"

"BUON ANNO"

"FELIZ NATAL"

"JOYEUX NOEL"

"VESELE VANOCE"

"MELE KALIKIMAKA"

"NODLAG SONA DHUIT"

"BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA"

""""""" BOAS FESTAS """""""

"FELIZ NAVIDAD"

"MERRY CHRISTMAS"

"KALA CHRISTOUGENA"

"VROLIJK KERSTFEEST"

"FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN"

"BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR"

"HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH"

"WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC"

"MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU"

"HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK"

"""""""' N PRETTIG KERSTMIS """""""

"ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA"

"Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM"

"NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR"

"FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON"

"S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO"

"GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM"

"EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC"

"KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA"

"SELAMAT HARI NATAL - LAHNINGU NAJU METU"

""""""" SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO """""""

"ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI"

"BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE "

"MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR"

"ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN"

"FELICES PASCUAS - EIN GLUCKICHES NEUJAHR"

"PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE"

"BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL"

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Don't Forget to Celebrate CHRIST Today

Friday, December 23, 2005

Thoughts for Discussion

This is something I've been thinking about recently.

Who did Christ died for?

1.
All the sins of all men.

2.
All the sins of some men, or

3.
Some of the sins of all men.

Another question:

Did Christ die for the sin of unbelief?

I could write out a detailed thesis here of what I believe on this subject. But I won't for two reasons one I don't have the time at the moment, and two and I would like that to be worked out in the form of comments and discussion relating to this. So let me know what you think and we'll see if this sparks any interesting discussion.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

How about This Question

Has it ever occured to you, that nothing ever occurred to God?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Jesus=Joy Self=Depression

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4


These are two of my favorite verses, especially when I'm struggling with something, stressed out, or just not having much fun with life at the moment. Very encouraging words, I can do All things through Christ, Count it All joy. All is all everything all the time, not only when I feel good, not only when I remember. Whatever I'm facing whatever's in front of me I can do it all through Christ who gives me the strength.
Good times or struggles count it all Joy, and I can when I keep my eyes focused on Christ.

Focusing on Self = Depression. Focusing on Jesus = Joy.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Reading and Understanding the Word

Hebrews 4:12-13

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

The Bible is a living document, evident in the fact that one cannot tire in reading it. No matter how many times I read a passage, I can still gather something new from it. So though it is certainly important to look at who the author's original audience was, and to dissect and define the text. As long as our goal in that in-depth study is to draw closer to the Lord, and to put the focus on Him and what he wants, and less on us and our ideas. The Bible is God's Word and He is teaching us something new every time we pick it up. I think too often we break up the text, so as to make it say something that we want it to. (Please help me to see if you think I'm guilty of that in using this text, in making this point.) God is not a God of confusion, He has preserved His Word throughout History so that we can still read and understand it. Often the most plain and obvious interpretation of a passage is the most accurate.

The word is piercing our soul and spirit, causing division between things of the Lord and sin in our lives. We are but clay in our Father's hands, He is working us over so that we might further glorify Him.

We cannot hide from Him, so let us continually read his Word and seek the truth.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Fly like Eagles


Isaiah 40:30-31

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

I've heard this verse, many times before, but this morning it was a big encouragement me. That even with all the strength and vigor of youth, we will grow weary and exhausted. But if we wait for the Lord and rest in Him, He will renew our strength. Then we can soar like eagles over our difficulties and troubles, we can press on, run and not become tired.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

There are many people looking at us. Let us lay down our burdens and sin's like Christian in the Book Pilgrims Progress, at the foot of the cross. And run with endurance the race that is this life of following Christ.