September 23, 2011

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I took the picture of this delightful humming bird while we were at Dollywood this summer with my parents. My son noticed the humming bird hovering near these flowers along the bank of the stream. I took pictures and then the humming bird started buzzing me. I think he was upset about me taking his picture.

A little Friday fun

My wife thinks this video will not make mothers happy—but it sure is fun to watch.

September 14, 2011

Blue Letter Bible

I am a true nerd! I love technology and get all excited when someone comes up with something cool to make our lives easier.

Many years ago I found a great little bible program that allowed the user to hover over a scripture reference and get an instant pop-up window containing the reference’s text. I lost that program when my computer crashed about four years ago and have not been able to find it again.

But I just found a great little script that accomplishes a similar thing for web sites. It’s called Blue Letter Bible and it allows me to place bible verses (John 3:16, for example) into my blog post and without having to apply a link, the script will automatically generate a hover-over pop-up as well as a link to that verse in the bible version of my choice. Cool, eh?

Give it a try: Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 8:28-30, John 17:9.

September 11, 2011

What to pray for on 9/11


oday is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and the attempted attack that was thwarted by brave Americans ending in the airplane crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Because these attacks were perpetrated by Muslims, many Americans have developed an animosity toward Muslims. Most people hold this animosity in check in order to demonstrate the cherished American quality of love for diversity. But it bubbles below the surface for many of us.

But this is not how Christians should view Muslims. While Islam is clearly a religion of hatred. Christianity is a religion of love, and we Christians must show that love even when dealing with those who hate us and hate our God.

This excellent video from Pastor John Piper (Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota) presents the proper response. May we Christians hold to the love Christ showed to us when we, too, were his enemies.