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Explain THAT to your insurance company – That was funny

I really loved these. Some of them make you wonder if the driver was on drugs…, or maybe even the vehicle itself!

FOXNews.com – Bill Would Allow Texas School to Grant Master’s Degree in Science for Creationism

Bill Would Allow Texas School to Grant Master’s Degree in Science for Creationism, A state legislator is waging a war of biblical proportions against the science and education communities in Texas …exciting…

Barna Survey Examines Changes in Worldview Among Christians over the Past 13 Years

The Barna Group


When it comes to drinking, college men not looking for a ‘girl gone wild’

College women may be drinking to excess to impress their male counterparts on campuses across the country, but a new study suggests most college men are not looking for a woman to match them drink for drink.

Pelosi – Enforcing American Laws is Un-American | Clipmarks

This woman seems to believe that giving the country away to illegals is a full-time job.

Sheep In LED Clothing – at Kontraband UK

As well as being tasty morsels when they’re young and a comforting place for lonely men to rest their weary boners, you can also use sheep to play video games, and even, paint a portrait in sheep’s clothing! Un-baa-lievable! [promoted content]

This is interesting…

Baby boomlet: US births in 2007 break 1950s record – Yahoo! News

More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than any year in the nation’s history, topping the peak during the baby boom 50 years earlier, federal researchers reported Wednesday.
America is having babies!


3. The New Calvinism – 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now – TIME

If you really want to follow the development of conservative Christianity, track its musical hits. In the early 1900s you might have heard “The Old Rugged Cross,” a celebration of the atonement.
Calvinism is back!

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A Week Of Links

So one of my friends randomly does this about once a month…he posts cool, relevant (to his life), weird, interesting, or just random websites that he has visited recently.

I am going to try doing this once a week or ever so often, especially if I do not have much other content. Because 1. I do not blog as much as I would like to and this is an easy weekly post and 2. I am already visiting cool, weird, relevant, interesting, and random websites on a regular basis, but I usually post them on Facebook. Now I will also post them here…(like I said this will be easy):

1. My main source of Facebook link post is POP URLs. Pop Urls is a really cool website. Simply put it is a genuine aggregator. It takes all the buzz from all of the top news websites (like Digg, delicious, reddit, yahoo, metafilter, technorati, youtube, google, newsvine, nytimes, and much much more) all on one updated page!

THis week:

Good but terrible freight news

So Yellow is going out of business.
This is good news for me and UPS Freight, as we will pick up a LOT of new business.
This is great news for me, because I will be back to a normal, regular, steady schedule. More hours and more money.

This is terrible news because of the economy. It is terrible also because our dock is already loaded and busy, there is no way we can support all of YELLOW’s business. There simply is not enough room on the dock!
Another challenge will be the fact that we will be hiring newbies, so the dock will be flooded with more workers who do not know what they are doing, etc. But this will eventually not be a big problem.

Steelers

Great game huh? One of the closer Super Bowl games. It was fun to watch.
I’ve never been a Steelers fan and had no reason to root for them, so I did not.
I was really excited for about 2 minuets. But at least it was a good game.

I’ve been thinkin a lot about….

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how lucky I am to be an American, how fortunate I am to have spendable money, own toys, have drinking water, own a car, type on this laptop that is mine….

Gosh, God has blessed me more than I know. Ever since I was a teenager I have thought about what it might be like to have grown up in a third world country. I had thought that it was sort of unfair. Although God has reasons for putting me here. I want to do whatever it is that HE wants me to do. I want to serve Him.

Sometimes it is easy to live in my world. To be so focused on me and what I want, what I think I need. I think about the next purchase I want to make, my agenda for tomorrow, my next task or test…I plan my own world. I try to figure it all out. It is easy to be so wrapped up in me thinking that I miss God and what He wants. I miss opportunities to serve Him. I forget about the lost. I forget about those who are less fortunate than me.
I think that I can do something for those who are less fortunate than me. I see how I rule my own life. I see all the money and food I waste. I realize that I have a lot more than many many many others in this world. I realize though that I can do something. 
I want to do something. I feel a desire to do something more. I feel called to help other people. I am not sure exactly how or what that will look like…
I do not know why I feel compelled to even type this, but at a young age I felt called to ministry, at one point I felt that I might even be called to be a missionary…but God is still working the plans. I am not sure where the path is leading right now. I am still learning, growing and training. 
One of the lessons that I have also spent much time contemplating recently is just how much time and energy I (we, as a nation) spend building our own kingdoms….building our own barns, collecting toys, growing our bank accounts, etc…it is very selfish. 

Think about it, none of these things are eternal. Nothing is going to Heaven with us. The only thing that stands forever is the Word of God and God himself. 

Maybe I am different than most people. But I feel the need to spend less time conquering my greedy American dreams and more time helping the less fortunate. 
Another thought that piles on to the equation is this one, “Are you ready if Jesus comes back?”
I don’t mean to sound religiously bigoted or better than anyone, cause I am not. I waste a lot of time and money. I am greedy sometimes. I am working on all of these things in my own personal life, that is probably why I am typing all of this….

But think about it, chasing our American dreams sometimes gets in the way of what we are called or might be called to do by God. God wants us to share our faith and help the less fortunate. God commands us to make disciples. The early church was a
lot more 
eschatological in their thinking then we are, wheter they knew it or not… they knew Jesus was coming back and they lived ready for His return! Are we doing these things? Are we in love with our first love? Are we sharing our faith enough? Are we giving to the poor and helping the widows and children? Are we living like Christ? Is this how the early Church followed Christ? 

I am not saying we cannot have good things and we should not live with the things God has blessed us with…nor am I accusing anyone, but myself of a bad faith or a lost love… But these are things to consider…these are thoughts from my head…. 

What has been up with me recently?

Work/ Career:
Working with UPS Freight as a dockworker. It is great. Fun. But have not been getting a lot of hours. Slow economy in general, plus winter is a very slow freight season. 😦

School:
Been working on two classes at a time this semester which is tough. And both classes are challenging and require a lot more research and effort than I am used to since I graduated, from Ohio University anyways. Exciting paper about Paul and the law which his coming along!

Church:
Our church is in the middle of closing on our new building. Which is really exciting. We are going to have our first service in the building on Sunday! And Thanksgiving meal! mmm.

Youth Group:
We are closing in on Dec. 13th, the date of our production. That is exciting! We need to practice more for sure though. The director might have her baby within a week or two!
I have been busy getting the float and set ready! The Lancaster parade is Saturday so not much more time!

My ear:
The doctor said it is healing up great but apparently it takes a long time to heal all the way! Despite how great it feels it is only 50% healed!

My car:
Keeps breaking. Always fun to embarrass myself trying to fix it.

Girls:
No luck yet.

illustration / random thought

In our culture in the movies, tv or where ever, a person who is “rough” around the edges is sometimes portrayed as a hero, as a attractive (whether the character is a good guy or bad guy).

The trait of being “rough” is not thought to be so bad. We can all relate to it. No one is perfect we all have rough areas in our personality that we are working on. We want to know that other people are like us. In fact it makes us feel better to know someone else is worse off, in some cases…and in other cases a person who is so “rough,” is a hero of sorts to someone who has lived a “sheltered” lifestyle (at least in some cases.)

A thought I had though is that no one really likes a person who always play the “rough” personality card. No matter what happens these people come across as ‘jerks’ (to use polite language). Later they might come up to you and say they are “working on it.” But the truth is they do not struggle with “rough patches”…their entire being is one sharp edge.

No one likes being poked by a sharp edge. It hurts.