Sunday, July 31, 2005
This is a very proactive piece of legislation. It calls for the three North American countries to be energy self-sufficient by 2025. At first glance, this may not seem possible, but it is absolutely doable and vital.
There is new technology that heats shale that is almost oil and turns it to oil. We have enough of this "oil shale" in the US alone to produce enough oil to last for 200+ years. That's not counting ANWR, increased Gulf drilling, or alternative fuels and energy supplies.
We have to lower our need for foreign oil as soon as possible and this appears to be a very possible way to achieve that goal.
(Thanks to the House Committee on Resources staffer who provided this info)
Saturday, July 30, 2005
The New Hampshire Libertarian party is collecting signatures to seize the 167-acre Plainfield vacation home of Justice Breyer and turning it into a park. Organizers are gathering signatures to go before the town next spring and ask that Breyer's property be seized and converted into "Constitution Park," complete with "stone monuments to commemorate the U.S. and New Hampshire constitutions." Full Story
Let's hope this one has more success!!!
* $220,000 for one line-item for trolley buses in Puerto Rico
* $366,000 for one line-item for intermodal transportation at the Bronx Zoo
* $835,000 for a second line-item for intermodal transportation at the Bronx Zoo
* $4.2 million for intermodal transportation at the Philadelphia Zoo
* $146,000 for a second line-item for trolley buses in Puerto Rico
* $1.3 million for sidewalk lighting and landscaping around Cedar's-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
* $1.3 million for a daycare center and park-and-ride facility in Champaign, IL
* $1.7 million for an intermodal park and ride facility at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
* $2 million for a third line-item for intermodal transportation at the Bronx Zoo
* $440,000 for a bike path in Powers, OR
*$480,000 for pedestrian and bicycle sidewalks, lighting, and handicapped ramps in Miramar, FL
* $200,000 for trails and bike paths on Bird Mountain, TN
* $960,000 for a bike path in Riverhead, NY
* $2.3 million for landscaping enhancements "for aesthetic purposes" along the Ronald Reagan Freeway, CA
* $240,000 for boardwalks at Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, CA
* $1.6 million to enhance the Battery Park bikeway perimeter, New York City
* $200,000 for a historical trolley project in Issaquah, WA
* $200,000 for trails, bike paths, and recreational facilities on Black Mountain, TN
* $235,796 for extensions to the Mesabi Trail, Aurora, MN
* $144,000 for paths and trails at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, OH
* $160,000 for a bike path, Petal, MS
* $200,000 for a bike path "network", Evanston, IL
* $2.9 million for a bike path, Delta Ponds, OR
* $240,000 for bike and pedestrian improvements, Windermere, FL
* $2.4 million for bike trail, Smyrna, TN
* $1.2 million for a bike trail, LaVergne, TN
* $800,000 for regional bike routes on existing highways, Austin, TX
* $480,000 to rehabilitate a historic warehouse, Lyons, NY
* $320,000 for a bike path from San Luis Obispo to Avila Beach, CA
* $280,000 for a bike path, Fairview Park, OH
* $600,000 for horse-riding trails, Jefferson National Forest, VA
* $2 million for a bike trail, Cookeville, TN
* $2 million for an intermodal bikeway, Independence, OH
* $640,000 for bike, pedestrian and other improvements at Georgia Veterans Memorial Park
* $1.2 million for pedestrian bicycle access project, Newark NJ
* $1.2 million for a bike path, East Long-meadow Redstone, MA
* $8 million for the Harlem Hospital parking facility
* $1.8 million for a bike path, Portage, WI
* $2.6 million for pedestrian walkway and bikeway improvements along the NYC Greenway System in Coney Island, NY
* $400,000 for a bike path in Dunkirk, NY
* $532,000 for a bike and pedestrian trail, Gallatin, TN
Friday, July 29, 2005
This is also good for the other countries because it will be a huge inflow of capital into their economies. This will help our friends and continue to starve off our enemies. All in all it was a huge victory for America on multiple fronts.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
I was chosen to share for the Kazakhstan team. I was last to go and after hearing everyone else I changed my topic from the Aksai project to a more personal experience partly to have something a little different from the rest and also because that was more on my heart.
I shared how one of the major lessons I learned on the trip was that God desired to spend more time with me in personal prayer. Pretty quickly after becoming a Christian, I learned how to be comfortable in corporate prayer settings. Part of this was from my desire to be liked and fit in. This was my number one goal in life before becoming a Christian and it didn't disappear the day I gave my life to Christ.
During one of our team times in Kazakhstan I was in prayer and was reflecting on why was it easier to pray publicly than privately. I quickly realized that I was more concerned with fitting in with others than spending time alone with God and learning how to communicate directly with him. That was a major revelation.
When I got home the next Sunday, I bought a book called, "Praying the Attributes of God." It is a prayer journal and each day you pray scriptures concerning a different attribute. It has been very helpful in guiding my prayer time and learning more about God.
It is just so amazing that the Creator of the universe actually desires to spend personal time with each and every one of us!!!
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
If they don't, as the Soviets found out, forced labor and fear can only do so much. When compared to the free market there is no close second.
Monday, July 25, 2005
The REKINDLING is a Path to Passionate Purpose for God's children to take.
It has three aims, coming directly from Jesus in Mark 12:
1. To love the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our bodies. To make glorifying Him our #1 priority, falling head over heels in love with Him, and making Him our most intimate friend.
2. To love others, taking on a Servanthood role, ridding ourselves of our selfishness, stepping outside our comfort zones, and making sacrifices for others.
3. To love ourselves, finding the Passion, Purpose, and Gifts that God has given us, learning from our Personality and Experiences, and becoming the Heros and Heroines that God has Called us to be.
"Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16
"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2
"...and herewith, maybe, though shalt rekindle hearts to the valor of old in a world that grows chill"JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion
REKINDLING is not a class, not a program. It is a commando unit formed by God for His Army to do a specific assignment(s) . It is a discipleship group, focused on emulating Jesus Christ, receiving Holy Strength from the Holy Spirit to do so, and glorifying our Heavenly Father in the process. It is a path to take, with the Bible as our map, leading us into enemy territory, to play specific roles in shining God's light unto others. REKINDLING will rekindle our passion for God, others, and our purpose in life. It will be a long, difficult, scary, exciting, and rewarding journey.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a ride!!' - anonymous (What an awesome word picture)
"So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe." Philippians 2:15
"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven." Matthew 5:16
Saturday, July 23, 2005
A good quote today was, "Muslims are not the enemey, they are the victims of Satan." It made me realize that I have never once prayed FOR bin Laden and the like. I'll correct that starting today. While I fully support every effort to capture or kill him without delay, can you imagine if he had a Damascus road experience and became a modern day Paul to the Muslims...wow...what a thought!
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
The next couple of months will be fun. So much for a slow political summer!!!
Sunday, July 17, 2005
She first talked about the four common reactions after returning for a missions trip:
- Isolated (feel out of place and withdraw)
- Rebellion (No one understands them, angry at US culture)
- Imitate (Resume life as if nothing happened)
- Integration (use lessons learned by incorporating the old and new self)
Obviously the goal is to move as quickly as possible to reaction #4. I had some feelings along the lines of #1 and #3 upon returning, but thanks to other team members they didn't last long and I'm well on my way to #4.
We also listed the top 10 events that made the biggest impact on us while there. Then we narrowed that list down to the top four and were asked to think about what lesson we learned from each. Then we were to take the four lessons and try to tie them to an overall theme.
My four top events and lessons were:
- Corporate prayer vs. Personal prayer - Lesson: I need to spend as much time being intentional and committed to spending time in personal prayer with God as I did originally to become comfortable in corporate prayer.
- River in Oralsk (on day 10 I was feeling a little homesick and a river we went see felt like I was back home in LA with the humidity and all the bugs) - Lesson: God loves me and wants to show me in real and tangible ways
- "Eyes Sparkle" (one of the guys on the trip asked a local believer why do people stare at us so deeply and she said it was because our eyes sparkle) - Lesson: We truly are a light to a very dark world
- Sharing my testimony and devotions (3 different occasions) - Lesson: We must share our experiences and challenges we overcame in order to lead them closer to Christ
My overall theme from those is: By spending time with God daily through prayer and Bible study, I am able to show others the love of God through the testimony of my words and life.
If you read my Lessons of the Day post for today you will get a small glimpse of how awesome God is in working to affirm His lessons because both services I went to today directly related to that theme. TNL was to live a life blameless and pure in order to be a testimony to others and Frontline was to study the Bible so you will know truth. What an AWESOME God!!!
Today I went to TNL in the morning and Dale taught that living the Christian life is a process. This process should be leading you to becoming more like Christ. He taught from Phil 2:15 where Paul gives an example of the lives we are supposed to live and the purpose of living that way. We are supposed to be blameless and clean (or pure in other versions) in a world that is anything but, and by doing that those who don't know Christ will be able to see the difference.
One point he made that was pretty thought provoking was that if you have friends who have no problem telling dirty jokes in front of you or who wouldn't even think twice about inviting you to a movie like "Wedding Crashers," then you have obviously not portrayed the proper image to them of the life you should be living.
Being I can't think of the last dirty joke I've heard and I haven't been invited to any super bad movies in awhile I think I'm doing ok in this area. However part of it I'm sure has to do with the fact that I chose my friends a lot better than I used to.
At Frontline tonight, Todd did Part 2 of "True of False" from the book of Jude. He taught a little more about the importance of knowing the doctrine of your Church and making sure it lined up with what the Bible teaches. His main point was that in order to know if something is truth or not, we have to know the truth in the first place. The only way we can do that is by spending lots of time reading and studying our Bible.
He gave a neat analogy. He said the FBI agents who handle counterfeiting, don't study fake bills. Instead they study the real bills so good that when they see a fake bill they "know" something is wrong even before they know exactly what is wrong. In the same way if we know the Truth backwards and forwards and we hear something wrong however slight it might be, that we will know in our Spirit that something is wrong even before we will be able to know exactly what is wrong mentally.
That just stressed even more to me the lessons I've been learning lately about being very intentional about my study time.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
We also raised right over $2000 which was great for only 11 teams. Besides the entry fee we also sold t-shirts and had a donation box. If we had the planned amount of teams show and the ratio of dollars per team remained constant, we could have raised over $10K.
It definitely will be a great ongoing fundraiser that will only get better each time.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
If we can't enforce the simplest of laws how can we ever expect to stop people who will exploit our weaknesses to do us serious harm. This has nothing to do with people who only want to get an education. It has everything to do with those who are watching and learning ways to slip through the cracks in order to carry out the next 9-11 or worse.
There are legal ways into this country. There are legal ways to attend American universities. By allowing people who break our laws to benefit more than those who obey our laws, what incentive is there to obey them in the future...NONE!
Monday, July 11, 2005
I definitely need to pull out some of my LI training material on fundraising as this project continues to grow. I may also call Morton and ask if he can give me some advice.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Everyone said they would show up on Saturday. This is definitely requiring lots of faith because either it will be a complete bust or there will be tons of people show up Saturday for walk up registration. It is all in God's hands to have the exact amount of people show up that He wants there.
His three main points were:
- Have a personal relationship with Christ
- Be serious about living a God-honoring lifestyle of personal holiness
- Have a "Do It Now" attitude when serving God
I have the first two down, but have some work to do on #3. Too many times I let life get in the way of doing what I should be doing for God. I also let some fear stop me as well. That was one of the major lessons I learned on my trip to Kazakhstan, and today's message reinforced that lesson.
At Frontline, Todd gave a preview of his next series "True or False." The next couple of weeks he will talk about what Frontline and McLean Bible teaches doctrinally. He said it is very important to know the beliefs of a Church you attend and not just trust that truth is being taught because it is a Church. That is so true because there are lots of churches teaching things that that are in complete conflict with what the Bible teaches.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Anyone who spends any amount of time on water and trys to claim there is no God, is absolutely fooling themself. Same in the mountains or anywhere in pure uncivilized nature. It just screams out CREATION!!!
I am never more relaxed and "at home" then when I'm out in nature. That is definitely a point John Eldredge nails in "Wild at Heart." It is definitely something deep in my being that calls out and brings me closer to He who created it all.