Miscelaneous of Life

I know I’ve been horrible about updating this thing, so I thought I would put some random things up that don’t exactly make a whole post, but are interesting nonetheless.

Rush Hour

For those of you who don’t know, our Wednesday night program is called Rush Hour.  This past Wednesday we started our time in Lamentations and were working through the first chapter when we were greeted with quite the surprise.  About 15 minutes into the message, I noticed a man walk into the back of the Youth Center.  My first thought was that it was the father of one of the kids and they would just sit in back and listen.  It certainly isn’t rare for this to happen.  But then he started walking up front and I realize he wasn’t a parent.

This man was clearly a homeless person.  He wasn’t in rags, but his clothes were well worn.  Its also not uncommon for homeless people to come around looking for handouts.  So this man comes up and takes a seat on the edge of the rows up front and the kids, one-by-one, begin to realize he is there.  Now I’m trying to think of what to do.  We had no other staff there, as a couple were at the Dodger game, and a couple more were out for various reasons, and the one who was there was actually playing the game with the Jr Highers.  Thankfully, we had one of our college students there sitting near the back, but I didn’t want to have her have to handle this.  I was also thinking that if the guy is going to just sit there, I can let him be and deal with him when I’m done.

But then he started waving his arms around and making gruffing noises when I mentioned prostitutes (I was preaching through Lamentations 1).  I actually had to tone down what I was saying because I didn’t want to say something that would make this guy go nuts.  I’m now thinking of how in the world I can alert someone to come deal with this without stopping the message and causing a scene.  I’m thinking I’m not talented enough to text and preach at the same time, so that wasn’t a possibility.  At this point, I’m just begging for someone to walk in that can take care of this.

Then the guy gets up and walks out the side door to the rest of the campus.  I took a time out, turned to the college student, Meredith, and said, “Get Matt and get him to deal with this guy.”  She pops into my office and he isn’t in there.  So she has to deal with it herself.  So as I’m still preaching, I’m keeping an eye on what is going on and see the guy make his way towards the back and on out the doors.  Never a dull moment!

Warning About “Incognito

This is a warning for parents out there about new browser options that allow a computer to not trace where you have been.  They say that it is for public computer use when you are looking at personal information, but it is becoming known for surfing porn without leaving fingerprints.  Here’s a link that talks about it.  I advise parents to check it out and take the necessary steps to protect your children.  It’s not enough to just check the history, but it is an absolute MUST in my mind to have your family computer in a public room with lots of traffic.  DO NOT allow your child to have their computer in their room.  Temptation abounds and it is a recipe for spiritual disaster.

Speaking of pornography, here is a helpful article by David Powlison about dealing with it from a biblical perspective.

The Pointlessness of Politics

I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is the season that I abhor politics.  I have grown tired of both options and wish we had an option where we could tell them to disappear and find two better options.  I feel used as a Republican leaning person and helf hostage over the issue of abortion.  It seems that some politicians know that they can get your vote as long as they vote pro-life when the opportunity arises.  I grow frustrated with a government that can’t spend responsibly and waste my hard earned money.  It kills me that in order to pass the bail out bill, they had to attach billions of dollars of pork to serve their own interests.  It frustrates me that no candidate can be truthful and approach his job with integrity.  They both lie.  They both twist the truth.  They both present a picture that isn’t representative of reality.  It frustrates me that good candidates are ‘unelectable’ because of perceived flaws and their penchant to tell it like it is.  All of this, amongst other things, has pushed my heart to yearn the ruling of Christ.

No matter how much any candidate promotes hope, it will not be found in political reform.  Jeremiah says in Lamentations 3:24, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will hope in him.  The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”  Our only hope is found in God.  Not in politicians, not in elections.  So next time you feel frustrated, remind yourself of the day when Christ will rule on earth in righteousness.

Am I Now a Satisfied Boston Fan?

The Sox find themselves facing another 3-1 defecit, with game 5 tonight.  Their pitching is in shambles, their hitters are confused.  And I’m fine if they lose tonight.  I realized this the other day.  Normally, I would feel a sense of devestation and frustration, but now I know that, “Well, it wasn’t our year.”  I’ve seen more wins in the last few years than at any time in my life.  My two favorite teams have 3 championships in the last 4 years, and both are threatening to do it again.  I never thought I would get to this point, but I’d be fine if they lost tonight, and I wouldn’t be very disappointed.  Now I turn to the Celtics and Cowboys for two more teams making a championship push.  I’m so spoiled now.

Just because I thought this was funny

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Centaurs vs. Unicorns

As some of you know, when we were at Hume Lake a heated debate was born.  It created quite the divide between two growing armies.  There was shouting, there was impromptu questioning, there was some crying (you can probably guess which side would cry).  The debate is simply this: Which creature would you rather go into battle with: a Centaur or a Unicorn.  Here is a brief history of the debate.

We were seated in the Snack Shop, enjoying burgers, fries, corn dogs, and sodas.  Each night when you order, instead of asking for your name, they ask for fun things.  This evening, it was your favorite animal.  Well, James Norwood went to order his food and he said, “Unicorn”.  When I heard of this, I simply questioned his manhood.  James was convinced that a Unicorn was a very manly animal, to which I posed the question that bore the debate.

The debate started with simply asking people everyone around us, and two sides were firmly formed.  Before we knew it, we were yelling out reasons why our animal was better for battle and asking strangers in the snack shop which they would choose.  Needless to say, reputable individuals chose Centaurs.  To prove our point, we began to form a list of reasons why Centaurs were better than Unicorns.  Here is the list!

  1. It has the mind of a human
  2. It can wield heavy, dangerous weapons
  3. It has six limbs, not just four
  4. It has the ability to be an ethical creature, understanding good and bad
  5. Can see all around them, can’t be surprised from behind
  6. Can defend and attack from 360 degrees
  7. Can carry and execute long range weapons
  8. They are simply more manly
  9. They have no terrorist ties (some proponents of Unicorns were saying they could drop Anthrax on armies from above).
  10. Can carry a conversation and are good for companionship
  11. Not associated with rainbows, which are simply for girls
  12. Can execute and carry out commands by themselves
  13. Have opposable thumbs
  14. Getting dirty doesn’t bother them
  15. Princesses ride unicorns
  16. Warriors ride centaurs
  17. Are not scared by lightening
  18. Darker colors provide natural camouflage
  19. Pink and purple are associated with Unicorns
  20. Dark colors are more manly
  21. There are thousands of centaurs and they travel in groups.  You have one, you have a hundred.
  22. Centaurs can get and prepare their own food
  23. You can lead a Unicorn to water, but you can’t make it drink
  24. Centaurs do not like glitter
  25. If a centaur loses his sword, he gets another
  26. If a unicorn gets its horn cut off, he’s out of luck
  27. Centaurs can talk and clearly communicate
  28. Unicorns can only neigh, stomp its feet, or shake its head
  29. Little girls dream of Unicorns
  30. C.S. Lewis dreamed of centaurs
  31. Centaurs eat meat, which is manly
  32. Unicorns eat hay, hardly food for war preparation
  33. Centaurs can play catch when you are bored
  34. Guys who like squirrels like Unicorns (this one is for Kim)
  35. A sword can be 5-6 feet long
  36. A horn can be 2 feet long, max
  37. Centaurs can reproduce, creating lineage
  38. A centaur has more options for weapons
  39. It is more likely that a centaur could get saved
  40. Centaurs cannot be bought with carrots
  41. Unicorns cannot set up camp and start a fire
  42. The camp speaker thinks centaurs are better
  43. Centaurs can properly cleanse themselves
  44. Centaurs can rock out, playing any instrument in a band
  45. Centaurs can get a mohawk, creating group unity
  46. Centaurs can give back rubs without killing you.
  47. Centaurs can wear clothes
  48. Horses can’t vomit, and if they eat something, they will die.
  49. Centaurs love Aslan
  50. Centaurs aided Hercules
  51. Centaurs would kick but at Kijabe Kan Kan
  52. Centaurs have better balance
  53. Centaurs can lift and move large obstructions so others can pass through
  54. Unicorns would only be able to jump over them
  55. As Motaro, in Mortal Kombat made clear, they are fantastic one on one fighters.
  56. Centaurs can carry a torch and bravely lead the way into a dark cavern or canyon
  57. Centaurs can count to ten with their fingers.  Unicorns can’t count
  58. Centaurs are able to form and sign treaties to prevent or resolve conflict.
  59. Can sleep lying down, horses are going to die if they lie down
  60. Not self conscious about feminine physique
  61. They have twice the internal organs, making them twice as healthy.

Wordle

I was putting around during lunch and found this neat program on wordle.com. They take words from any document and lay them out according to how many times they appear. So words that appear more are bigger, and ones that appear less are smaller. Here’s an example of the book of Romans.  Check it out, very neat!

Graduating Seniors

Here’s a video/slide show I made for our graduating seniors.  It goes back to their first year in Jr High through being seniors.  You’ll see some pics of a much thinner me, too.

This weekend I’ll be heading to Palm Springs with some college students for the Resolved conference.  The speakers are John MacArthur, John Piper, CJ Mahaney, Randy Alcorn, Steve Lawson, and Rick Holland.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to post some thoughts from the conference for those that aren’t able to be there.

Randomness…

This is just a compilation of a few things…

Hilarious, Painful Mistake

Check out this video.  hahahaha….

Slamball

Then I heard SlamBall is coming back.  A few years ago I was at a college retreat and became engrossed in this.  I’m happy to hear it is back for all to enjoy:

Red Sox

As most of you know, the Sox are back in Spring Training.  Yesterday, they went to the White House to visit the President as the World Series Champions.  Bush managed to make a joke about Manny not being there because his grandmother must have died again.  The first time they went to the White House after winning in 2004, Manny missed it supposedly because his grandmother was sick.  No one believed him then, and Bush managed to make light of it again.

Then I saw this picture, which is priceless:

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It totally looks photoshopped, but he rode in the side car from the White House to Walter Reed to visit some troops.  Francona apparently rode in it from the Airport to the White House, and challenged Papi to do it, himself.  Then Kyle Snyder rode in it from Walter Reed to the airport, which apparently was longer than the other two.  He said it was so cold, but he wouldn’t get out and go to the bus because he wouldn’t stop hearing it from his friends.  I like this team, and that picture is hilarious.

Celtics

Speaking of Boston sports, on Monday I went to the Celtics game against the Clippers at the Staples Center here in LA.  It was funny how many Boston fans there were.  Everyone around us were Boston fans, and the guys next to us were talking in Boston accents and spent the 4th quarter talking about Spring Training, the Sox, and the Yankees.  The place was full of green jerseys, shirts, and Red Sox hats.  It was just great.  The Celts blew  ’em out by 28, and the 4th quarter was all the young guys playing against each other.  When we walked out into the concourse after the game, it was like we were in the Garden.  I would say by the end of the game that the Celtics fans outnumbered others by 4-1.  EVERYONE was a Celtics fan.

Micah

Micah has been sick this week, but is now apparently getting better.  He was looking pretty bad at some points, with a high fever, but now he is getting better.  He lost a couple pounds, but now appears to be on the rebound.  Leah’s looking forward to getting out of the house, as she’s been trapped there quite a bit, lately.

Pet Peeve

Lately, I’ve been hearing people use the word ‘literally’ a lot, and hardly any of it is really literal.  For example, I’m watching a sporting event and someone says, “He’s literally giving 110% out there.”  That phrase ‘110%’ already is annoying because its impossible, but then you throw literal in there and its literally impossible!  Or someone may say, “It literally killed him.” Well, no.  It didn’t.  It may have brought him great pain, but it didn’t literally kill him.  I’m now going to be the ‘literal’ police, but not literally.  There will be no badge or actual penalties.

Funny Videos   

Here are a couple funny videos that the kids showed me this weekend:

An Interesting Sound Clip

Here’s a sound clip from a talk station out here in LA.  It’s the John Ziegler show, which I listen to pretty frequently, and it is on a kid named Johnnie MacArthur.  He’s John MacArthur’s grandson.  What’s even more odd, is that I had this kid in Awana when I went to Placerita Canyon Baptist.  He lived in the area and came with a friend.

Check it out.  Pretty cool sound clip.