Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas

Rejoice for we serve the Living God, who planned from the beginning to the end the salvation of the earth. From prophecy to virgin birth, Crucifixion and death, to resurrection and life, He is the author and master. He is worthy of all praise, honor and glory.

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary, The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals-one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, Father forgive them for they do no know what they are doing. And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called our with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he said this, he breathed his last.

As they entered the tomb, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dress in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

Romans 5:17-18
Luke 1:26-33
Luke 23:32-34
Luke 23:44-46
Mark 16:4-6

Saturday, December 23, 2006

1 Timothy 6:11-16


But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the enternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time--God the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever, Amen.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

China or Sweden




China
Religion: Athiest, Buddhism, Confusian
Population: Exceeds 1.3 billion
Goverment: Republic of China controls Tiwian, Peoples Republic of China controls the mainland. Both Communist parties in the past, although ROC is moving towards Democracy and leniency in religious matters.

Sweden
Religion: Christian in name, Athiest
Population: 9,103,551
Goverment: Representative parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. Socialistic in mindset

Both countries in need of Christ.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Electricity


We were without power for two days. This, in our part of the country isn't too big of a deal. It happens all the time in winter, you just live around it. Our gravity flow spring keeps us fed with water and our wood heat keeps us warm.
But due to the daylight leaving us around three thirty I often feel like going to bed at seven. It has been dark for so long and it just seems like the best and most brilliant thing to do is hop in bed and snore. However Donzel, Mom and I took the road less travel, fired up the old wood cookstove and baked. All day long. We made meruange cookies, toffee, carmels, chili and corn chowder. Now we are going to kick back our heels and let the other kids clean up supper. They somehow managed to sneak out of here and ski all day.
This picture is to demonstrate the joy we felt when the electricity came back on.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

And yet another one

More glass, my favorite thing right now.

Quote

"The special mark of the modern world is not that it is sceptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. It says, in mockery of old devotees, that they believed without knowing why they believed. But the moderns believe without knowing what they believe - and without even knowing that they do believe it. Their freedom consists in first freely assuming a creed, and then freely forgetting that they are assuming it." —G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Living

Our lives reflect Christ. In him we are a new creation, freed from our old sin nature and the chains that bound us. Now, how are we to live? Do we have to get mixed up in works again? Does God require that we go to church every Sunday and wear certain clothes?
If not then what does he require.

Romans 12:9-13
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in afflictions, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

1 Thessalonians
Make it your ambition to lead a quite life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

1 Timothy
I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, BUT with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

Romans 14:8
If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Amen

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

England

This is my sister and me on top of the Downs in England. This bail of hay threatend to roll down the hill on us when we climbed aboard. But it didn't and we got the picture. It was hot and a sorta long walk but oh so much fun.

Monday, December 4, 2006



This is my brother getting ready for a wave in Greece. This was one of the big storms of the fall, when it washed the sea and rain over everything including stairs and balconies. It roared and rained for about two weeks and any time you left the rooms you got wet. Our friend Peter left his Bible out on the balcony and it got soaked, Sky ironed it for him to dry it out. He now has the only Dutch Bible in the world that has been ironed by an American.

Memorials

This is a tree that is made out of steel (I think) and on each of the leaves hanging down there is a name inscribed. It is the name of someone who died in the holocaust. It was just incredible to see something like this, although it was all I needed. After it I had no desire to go to a concentration camp.

Stained glass


This stained glass was in Budapest, it was part of a synagogue that we went to see. Very interesting, there was one of the best war memorials I saw, at the back in the garden. I'll post that picture next.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Tulips



Tulips are really quite lovely and what better place to view them then in Holland. So lovely that we couldn't resist them and bought a bunch for our hostel, it cost us fifteen dollars and we got about fifty. Amsterdam is a nice city, if you stay outside the red light district, the museums are gorgeous and the family homes given over to the city to show are marvelous.