Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.1 John 3:8
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer yourself as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.-Paul, Romans 12:1
Monday, November 17, 2008
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is his good, pleasing and perfect will.-Romans 12:2
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.-2 Timothy 3:16
Friday, November 14, 2008
It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." (Psalm 116:10) With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I am concerned that our reading and our writing is gravitating to the lowest common denominator so completely that the great themes of majesty and nobility and felicity are made to seem trite, puny, pedestrian. . . . I am concerned about the state of the soul in the midst of all the cheap sensory overload going on today. You see, without what Alfred North Whitehead called “an habitual vision of greatness,” our soul will shrivel up and lose the capacity for beauty and mystery and transcendence. . . . But it isn’t just the substance of what we say (or write or read or hear or see) that concerns me. It is the way we say it. To write pedantically about radiance or infinity or ubiquity stunts the mind and cramps the soul. To find the right word, to capture the perfect image, awakens the spirit and enlarges the soul. Mark Twain noted that the difference between the right word and the almost right world is like the difference between the lightning and a lightning bug. . . . The ancient Hebrew prophets cared enough about their message that they frequently delivered it in poetic form. May new prophets arise in our day that will call us to faithful living in words that are crisp and clear and imaginative.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.Of late, my greatest fear is spiritual burn out. So I took another look at this verse that I've read a thousand times and noticed something new about it.
...there is a mean, violent streak in the true Christian life! But violence against whom, or what? Not other people! It’s a violence against all the impulses in us that would be violent to other people. It’s a violence against all the impulses in our own selves that would make peace with our own sin and settle in with a peacetime mentality. It’s a violence against all lust in ourselves and all enslaving desires for food or caffeine or sugar or chocolate or alcohol or pornography or money or the praise of men and the approval of others or power or fame. It’s a violence against the impulses in our own soul toward racism and sluggish indifference to injustice and poverty and abortion.John Piper, When I Don't Desire God, p. 102
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
The very nature of joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting. There, to have is to want and to want is to have. Thus, the very moment when I longed to be so stabbed, was itself again such a stabbing.-C.S. Lewis, Suprised by Joy, ch. 11
...I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.I realized that I was keeping things back in my attempt a a trade for God. I wanted other things more than I wanted Christ. Christ is a free gift to those who want Him more than anything. I am free (for now) to give all for Christ and call myself glad, but it will take constant prayer and attention to my heart to keep my aim true.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
"...of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen" (Romans 11:36)
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And earth has nothing I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Christ will be glorified in the world when Christians are so satisfied in him that they let goods and kindred go and lay down their lives for others in mercy, missions, and, if necessary, martyrdom. He will be magnified most among the nations when, at the moment Christians lose everything on earth, they say, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).-John Piper, When I Don't Desire God, pg. 21
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I hear the haunting words of Jesus, “Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things” (Matthew 6:31-32). In other words, if we look like our lives are devoted to getting and maintaining things, we will look like the world, and that will not make Christ look great. He will look like a religious side-interest that may be useful for escaping hell in the end, but doesn’t make much difference in what we live and love here. He will not look like an all-satisfying treasure. And that will not make others glad in God.-John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life, pg. 107-108
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
Monday, November 3, 2008
"They knew they were being lied to, but if lies were consistent enough they defined themselves as a credible alternative to the truth. Emotion ruled almost everything, and lies were driven by emotions that were familiar and supportive, while the truth came with hard edges that cut and bruised. They preferred lies and mood music."
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
It's About Time I Started Using This Space For the Purpose I Had Originally Intended. aka: Post no. 1 - Catharticism (yes I made that word up)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
- Just as if there was no light you would never know that you couldn’t see, so too must God exist or we could not conceive of such a notion that exists separated from our mortal experience. The fact that our souls cry for fulfillment in things not of our Earthly experience proves that ultimate satisfaction comes from something beyond our finite perception.
- As far as orginis are concerned, you basically have two options:
- Man, of his own accord and while governed by the natural law, transcended the natural law and created order out of chaos,
- Something, outside of our concept of existence, created both the natural law and it's inhabitants in order that they may live in a semi-predictable environment.
Now, all that's left is for you to decide which is more logical.
What do you think?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tap water is held to a standard of cleanliness much higher than is bottled water.
Tap water is comically cheaper than bottled water.
Let me explain.
The cleanliness of bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA's regulation consists of one sentence: Bottled water suppliers must use an approved source.
"What is an approved source?" might you ask.
[An approved source is] a source of water...that has been inspected and the water sampled, analyzed, and found to be of a safe and sanitary quality according to applicable laws and regulations of state and local government agencies having jurisdiction.That's all well and good, but it leaves most of the decisions on how much effort goes in to the sanitation of the water up to the people whom have the most to gain by spending the least amount of money. So, bottled water companies make the most profit when they spend least money on sanitation.
Tap water, on the other hand, is regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act by the Environmental Protection Agency, which is far more stringent when it comes to regulating the cleanliness of water than is the FDA. It would take hours and days to explain the extent of the regulations involved in the purification and filtration of tap water, so I won't. Go here for more info: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/sdwa/index.html
Now, as for the financial side of this conversation:
1000 gallons of tap water in Fairfax County, VA costs $1.85.
1000 gallons of the cheapest bottled water you can find (Giant's Acadia brand) costs $1,280.00
1000 gallons of fancy bottled water (Fiji) costs $8,960.00
So if we divide the cost of the bottled water, by the cost of the tap water, we'll find out how many gallons of tap water we could buy with as much money as we spend on bottled.
4.8 million gallons of water. Do you know how many swimming pools you could fill with 4.8 million gallons of water?
7.3 Olympic sized swimming pools is a lot of water.
Think about it the next time you grab a bottle out of the fridge instead of a glass out of the cabinet.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Here's a few things you did wrong:
1. Your description of the car isn't even accurate. (the picture shows 4 doors, your description says 2 doors)
2. Pick a car that exists. (there's no such thing as a 2007 Volkswagen Golf. There are Rabbits, GTI's & R32's.)
3. Don't tell the people right off the bat that you're not going to be able to meet with them. Who said I wanted to meet you? That's just a stupid thing to say in a first email.
4. Don't speak presumptively. (Most people that contact you about buying your car aren't going to buy your car. Everyone who's ever tried to sell a car knows that. Your assumptive tone makes people uneasy.)
5. Don't tell people that they have to pay you through eBay when they contact you through AutoTrader. (that's just plain stupid)
6. When someone asks to which charity you are donating, give them the answer right away. Don't make them ask again. It makes it seem like you don't know what you're talking about.
7. Provide a link to the charity so the person can take a look around. Don't make them go look for it.
8. Don't sign your emails as Frank when your email address is JohnnySanders99@gmail.com.
9. Laugh when I tell you a joke. Ben Affleck? Really? You thought I was serious about you meeting Ben Affleck?
Overall score: 0 out of 10 You fail.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
4. Umm...that band with the keyboards
3. you know...that band...they don't have a lead singer
2. Oh...uh...the Fleece...or the Fleas...or something like that
1. ₤өвøŧ (rhymes with robot)
₤өвøŧ plays what music historians will someday call "Missile Silo Rock."
With driving dance beats and uncomfortably loud bass lines, ₤өвøŧ is sure to take over the mainstream music scene like Alexander took over Nova Scotia.
Put them in your FaceSpace profiles now, so when the posers come out of the woodwork in 2009, that profile you haven't updated since July 8, 2008 will prove that you're far more in tune with the underground music scene than they'll ever be.
₤өвøŧ...coming to your ears August 20, 2008.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I'm not a very big fan of the Kennedy's (mostly because of Teddy's misdeeds and poor policy), but I love this quote from Bobby Kennedy's address to a group of students at the University of Kansas in 1968:
"Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge
Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about
Friday, June 20, 2008
I don't care much for my job, which wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't forced to be there 52 hours a week plus the commute. (40 would be nice...36 would be nicer. This is the only time you'll ever hear me publicly envy the French.) Since I spend a great deal of time at work or going to work or coming home from work it leaves very little time for anything else.
I'm also in a band, (We're kind of a big deal...to about 20 people.) so all of my free time is spent playing music or writing music or listening to other people's music.
I love playing music. I love thinking about music. I love thinking about playing music. I want music to be my life's work. I want to create, not babysit a construction site.
So here's my problem...my job keeps me from pursuing my heart, and my head is keeping me tied to my job. So if you take out the middle man, my head, or my lack of faith in my ability to sustain myself playing music, is keeping me from pursuing the fulfillment of my heart. Thats not ok with me. That's not the man I want to be. I want reckless faith in my clear calling in life. I've been telling myself that if I just wait for the right time, the opportunity will present itself, but it's not going to.
Ok...I'm going to go kick my head into gear. Stupid head...get on board.
Monday, June 16, 2008
$4.50 for roughly 4oz of said frozen delight = Not Good
You're good, but not that good.
I'm not even sure why you think your product is worth that much. What could you have possibly put in there to make it worth a dollar an ounce? Hand-picked pineapples from Honduras? Honey from Pooh Bear's honey pot? Limes washed up on the shores of Atlantis? It must be something like that.
Or maybe...maybe you're just overcompensating for the fact that your just a glorified ice-cream shop, or maybe the lifestyle of an ice cream shop owner is more expensive than we all realize.
...or maybe you just like to charge extra for your Italian name.
I'd buy four times as much gelato if you charged half as much.
(Seriously, I'm pretty sure it's just water and sugar with pureed pineapple, honey & lime juice. That should cost about a dollar per pint. Plus, that's not even gelato. That's sorbetto.)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I was even in a crosswalk (which is this little path that crosses the street wherein people are supposed to walk when the lighted sign on the far side of the street advises them that it's the appropriate time. There are signs and everything.)
I was standing at the corner of Woodmont and Elm in Bethesda carrying an entire tree's worth of paper in the form of a $1.5 million bill, (I do this every month) and I even waited for the signal to change. (Hailing from the great state of New Jersey, we're supposed to be faith walkers. We just step out into the street believing that the cars will stop.) I start crossing, and this lady in some sort of monstrous champaign-colored sedan starts creeping into the crosswalk, but she stops. I figured she'd noticed that the light was red, and it probably wasn't a great idea to hit the accelerator just yet. So I keep walking. I guess she didn't fully grasp the importance of the bright red lights dangling from the wire strung across the street and while I'm crossing in front of her car, she creeps up a little farther and pushes up against my leg as I'm trying to get out of the way. So now, I have my right foot planted and my left leg swinging forward, but my swing-leg can't get through the space between the car bumper and my plant leg...
so I did what any normal person would do in this situation: Spin move. Just to be cool, I didn't even look back at the lady.
(The New York metro area would be ashamed of me for not throwing my hefty stack o' papers right into the lady's windshield and slamming my fists into her hood while screaming, "Hey, I'm walkin' here!" while employing the thickest of possible accents.)
Friday, June 6, 2008
The premise is awesome: mixed use (residential + retail) building that creates a pedestrian road down the center so as to maximize storefront. (more stores=more money)
The execution, however:
This is Festival Street, the pedestrian road down the middle of the project. The hanging lights are a really cool touch, but what's with the three different wall finishes? Solid red, different red and gray, and yellow and green?
You can't really see them in this picture, but there are some cool paver lights they put in a small access lane. (There should be way more of them covering a much larger area.)
Right above those paver lights, these curvy lights swirl around the ceiling. Is it just me or are the swirls way to normal? I think they should much more random.
More ceiling lights. These ones are under the bridge at the North end of Festival Street. Shouldn't they be curvy like the other ones? (It feels like an airport runway.)
Here is a better view of some of that Yellow and Green I was talking about. Somebody must love the Packers. (At night, the bright blue LEDs that run underneath that grate that goes up the side of the building do not help the color scheme.)
They put this fountain in one corner of the site. (Who left their dishes in the fountain? I'm blaming David.)
Look closely. Those are fake windows...with fake laundry...hanging out to fake dry. (who comes up with this stuff?)
And the Piece de Resistance
It's a 20 foot tall table lamp from the '60s. (Really?)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Bobbed haircuts and the jitterbug are all most people can remember from our 10th grade history classes, but the 20's were a time of unprecedented economic growth. For the first time, people were earning money that wasn't going right back out the door to pay the bills. With all this loose change floating around, people were faced with a choice they'd never encountered before: spend or save.
The savers changed little. They drove the same cars. The stayed in the same houses. They ate the same food. The spenders, however, were not content to squirrel their money away for when they needed it. In their view, they needed it now. They needed better and bigger cars. They needed bigger and better houses. They needed more and better food. So they spent until they didn't have any more, but not having any more was no longer an option for these people so they turned their thirst for the almighty dollar to places that would give them money...for free!
It was like free money. All they had to do was walk into a bank and say, "I need $2,000," and the bank wrote them checks. WooHoo! Who cares about that small percentage they'd have to pay? The economy was running wild so everyone knew they'd make that money back. Everybody knew the economy would never slow down. Why would it? Things were great.
Now, we know better. Irresponsible stock market speculation led to nationwide panic. People sold so much stock to keep from losing a little in a downturn economy that the drop in stock value was exaggerated to the extent that everyone feared that all the money was running out.
The spenders were in debt, so the banks couldn't get their money back, and the savers got hosed, because it was their money that the banks had lent out.
Global economic depression followed.
The 80's were similar to the 20's. People had free money again and forgot to pay attention in 10th grade history.
They knew the market would keep gaining ground. They knew prices would never do anything but rise.
The stock market crashed again on October 19, 1987. Again, stock market speculation was the main culprit.
Did you know that you can by futures in crude oil?
It's true. You can buy and sell crude oil by the barrel on the stock exchange. On March 30, 1983 crude oil futures began trading in New York, but until recently, the prices have been mostly subject to standard supply and demand market forces. People needed gasoline, so prices went up. Now, the main influence in the cost of a barrel of crude oil is the futures market. Now, emotions rule the day. The price of a barrel of crude oil goes up because the majority of the market believes that it will go up. The price of a gallon of gas goes up, because the price of the crude goes up. The cost will never come down
Now we know this price will continue to increase. We know that there's no chance the price will ever come back down. We know this...just like we knew the market would never slow down in the 20's, and just like we knew the market would never slow down in the 80's.
Get ready people. That bubble will burst, and it won't matter if you're a saver or a spender. It will not be pleasant.