Would that it were so in our testimonies now! We settle for generalities instead of specific examples of how God intervenes. Could it be because we don't really believe God still performs saving acts? The Israelites believed!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Thought for today
Monday, April 29, 2013
Thought for today
Friday, April 26, 2013
Emmanuel, part 2
That's amazing. I don't think we even have 58 different verbs for thanksgiving in English! Maybe that's why we have a hard time being thankful? Or, more likely, we don't have that many verbs because we aren't very thankful : (
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Infant mortality and worship
Amen! In our highly medicated society, we tend to give the glory to medical science—yet babies still die. Do we then stop believing in medical science? If the percentage of people on prescription medications is any indication, then no. Why then should people "give up on God" when something "bad" happens?
Seems to me our view of God is wrong—and our worship of medical science is misplaced, as well...did you know the third leading cause of death now is from incorrect medical treatment (see here)? And yet God gets the blame. Something's not right here, folks.
Monday, April 22, 2013
That's a frighteningly high number. No wonder they celebrated whenever a baby reached 2-3 years of age.
Friday, April 19, 2013
I can do it myself, thank you
That dichotomy again. All of our life is God's—yes, even cleaning toilets! Good thing, too, because around here in the summer, there's a lot of them to clean! : )
The divine touch
And why not? For me, the greatest miracle I've ever witnessed was the birth of my kids. I considered it a direct creative act of God, even though I know the science behind it. More importantly, though, I know the creator behind the science!
When we get mad at God
Do you think maybe Asa was offended? Rather than repenting, he strikes out—not that any of us would ever do that!
But, to me the interesting thing is that later, when he gets sick, he turns to—wait for it—medical science! He ignores God, even when he's in pain, because God offended him once. Before we cast a stone at him, though, take a look at our own medicine cabinet. What's in there? How often do we turn to it in our pain and diseases? Maybe, just maybe, we are as guilty as Asa?
Thought for the day
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Riding on the emotions?
The night of conception
We've lost that concept, haven't we? For us, sex is all about enjoyment, not about conception. It has become totally secular; we've abandoned it to the pornographers and exploiters. We need to recover a sense of the holy—in every area of our life!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The holy dichotomy
With an attitude like that about life, how can we do otherwise than fail?!
Thought for today
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Food for thought
Of course, we don't know what that means...but it is interesting : )
Tozer said that to say "God and" anything else was the same as saying God wasn't enough...
Facebook and God
Facebook is a perfect vehicle for Gnostic religion and spirituality. It can lead into belief that “virtual” friendships and relationships are real in the same way physical ones are. If Christianity is anything, it is a very embodied and physical religion. The incarnation and resurrection reveal that.<idle musing>
That's my big beef with all forms of social media—even this blog! We need real flesh and blood people in our lives; we were made that way by God. Anything less results in spiritual malnutrition.
Social media should be an optional add-on, not the main course of our friendships and social interactions,. As I look around me at the people who walk by with their heads down, reading their latest text messages, I weep for what they are missing. We are real people with flesh and blood. We need real people with flesh and blood.
Don't get me wrong; I value the online friendships I've made over the years. But, they can never be a substitute for the in-your-face interactions I have on a daily basis.
Just an </idle musing>
Friday, April 12, 2013
Do we really mean it?
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Death to life
Almond milk yogurt
I made the almond milk:
Take a cup almonds, soak them in water for 4 hours; drainThen I used a modified version of my milk yogurt recipe (1/4 cup yogurt/quart of milk). I let it set for about 4 hours. It separated and didn't have any taste. I put it in the refrigerator and let it set overnight while I researched some more...seems my problem wasn't unique. No solutions there...but I did find out that the incubation time is a lot longer than with milk. So, I shook up the solution and heated it to 125°F. I put it in the cooler again and poured hot (125°F) water over it to cover 3/4 of the pint jars. This time I let it set for 4 hours and then taste-tested it. It still had separated, but it was beginning to taste yogurty. I let it incubate another 4 hours (12 hours total). It tasted nice and sour with a smooth aftertaste. I liked it, so I put it in the refrigerator.
Put the almonds in the blender with 4 cups water; blend well.
Strain through cheesecloth or such (I used a bread towel)
It is separated, but I just shake it and drink it as a yogurt drink. I'm going to make another batch today or tomorrow. There are various options out there for thickening it, but I don't want to add gelatin or corn starch. The majority of recipes also start with a brand name almond milk that is loaded with thickeners, so that might be why it works for them.
If anybody else has had success making thick almond milk yogurt, let me know!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
More on the washing machine
Based on that information, I figured that lint was just building up on the liner and the outer basket. I decided to take the thing apart and clean it. I hadn't played with a washer for almost 30 years, but I figured not much had changed...wrong! Or, I must have just forgotten everything... Anyway, ours is direct drive; all the ones I had played with were belt-driven. Plus, I couldn't figure out how to get the thing apart! I took out all the screws on the back; tried all kinds of things. Finally, I did what I should have done in the first place: searched the Internet.
I found lots of information of varying degrees of usefulness, accuracy, and usability. The best one, which led me to the other great one, was My Plastic Free Life. The post is hilarious, but very helpful. Her post led me to YouTube and British James. Most helpful, indeed. The first 12 seconds are redundant in all the videos, so skip them after the first time. Another site that was helpful on taking apart the cabinet was Repair Ave, but I preferred the video.
Fortified with the information from British James, I attacked the washer again (after putting it back together again!). Simple. But, if you have a newer machine with the screws in the back of the console, be sure to remove them completely. If you don't the screws will still grab enough to keep the thing from coming apart. I used diagonal cutting pliers (dikes) to get them out.
I got it apart and took the agitator out. I attempted to loosen the spanner nut with a screwdriver and hammer. Not a chance! I was starting to mushroom the nut, so I dropped some 3-in-1 oil on it and waited a while. Nope. Not gonna happen! Now what? It was Saturday, so I put everything back together again and ordered the right tool—which I should have done in the first place! It cost me about $15.00 with shipping from thepartsbiz.com. And I waited for it to arrive. It arrived on Wednesday or Thursday, but I didn't get back to the washer until the weekend.
It's amazing how much better things work with the correct tools! By now I was an expert at taking the thing apart, so I got it apart and attacked the spanner nut. It took a good bit of banging, but it came loose. But, trying to get the basket out was something else. I banged on the spindle, yanked on the bucket, shook the thing. Nothing moved. So, I poured some white vinegar down the spindle and let it work for a bit. And I prayed.
This time, I yanked and twisted it a bit. It moved, but didn't release. So, I twisted it some more and then yanked. It released! But that spindle was a mess! I cleaned it up and then began the task of cleaning the liner.
The liner was a mess! The top 3-5 inches was lined with black gunk that probably was lint—once upon a time! I attacked it with a very wet rag and a putty knife. I also cleaned up the basket and the removable lid that was over the bucket and liner. Stinky, smelly mess!
Once everything was clean, I put it all back together again. Just to make sure everything was working right, I ran it through a cycle with a bit of detergent. Looked good.
Debbie has done a couple of loads since then, and no lint anywhere. That's nice : )
The real ruler
More on secular names
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
The names might be secular, but I can assure you the person bearing it wasn't!
Friday, April 05, 2013
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Take this to heart
Some interesting statistics
I know, the Hebrew is backwards! Not sure why, but it appears correctly in the book...
Anyway, I find it interesting that the core of names are names of thanksgiving. I wonder if that reflects their outlook on life in general, or just thankfulness that the child survived? Remember, infant and children under 5 mortality was around 60% (that figure is from this book).
It really does mean something
I find that persuasive. We too easily project our current way of thinking back on the ancient world. Just because we choose names based on popularity doesn't mean they did. But, then again, we worship celebrities in this culture, so maybe the popularity of a name is a refection of our personal values...
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
A good Wednesday thought
I'm finding this section on the personal names extremely interesting. It's large enough that it could almost have been a separate book!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Thought for today
What? No images?
Seems the ban on images in the scripture was taken seriously, no?
Monday, April 01, 2013
Thought for the day
Many will say "Lord! Lord!" in that day...remember that without holiness, it is impossible to see God...
Pretty much the same
Time to reexamine some widely held opinions, isn't it?