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Basecamp 3

You need to be using Basecamp 3. It is the most effective project management system I have ever used. Some of the best features it has are:

  • Group interaction. You can communicate and keep everyone on the same page.
  • Central location for information. All aspects of your project remain in one place.
  • Scheduling is easy. Assign tasks and todo lists to people on the project
  • Track your project. Find out where you are at.
  • Contact database.
  • Available anywhere on any device. The mobile version is outstanding and easy to use.

If you are not using Basecamp 3 for your ministry, you need to consider using this to help your ministry move into the 21st century.

In Christ,

John

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Hello there!

Well this is he first post in quite a while. Just testing the posting power from the mobile version of WordPress.

Here is a picture of my beautiful wife and a really blessed bald guy 😜

Have a great day and may God richly bless you.

Deepsea Challenge 3D

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Deepsea Challenge 3D

So you either follow God who created nature or you follow nature as your god. There are no other options. Of course there are many “religions” but for the most part they point to “a” god who created everything. Those that do not believe in “a” god choose to believe that nature created everything around us (Romans 1:18-25). So here lies the internal conflict found in the movie that my son and I went to watch the other night, Deepsea Challenge 3D. 

The movie is incredibly well made (which is no surprise coming from the producer James Cameron). The visuals of the ocean life, the coastal land areas, aerial shots of the seashore are all breathtaking. The 3D filming is among the best I have ever seen. Watching the film I felt myself becoming absolutely sold on 3D film making which I had not been before.

But there was something that spoke to me even more during the film that just made me sad.. denial. Denial that James Cameron had. All the amazing creatures that would fascinate him while he scooted around on the ocean’s floor some 27000 ft below the surface never caused him to acknowledge that God created any of it. I heard his admission that “nature” or “the ocean” created it. Something created it! Even atheists believe that! Be it evolutionary processes or what I believe in which is our loving Lord. The point is everything is HERE NOW. There is irrefutable evidence that we live among many different kinds of animals and life. James seemed to me to in denial of admitting that God made these things that he found so amazing and intriguing. In fact the movie could have been renamed “Deepsea Challenge — the search for cool critters”. He would constantly become enthralled when he would find life at the bottom of the sea. The dust and sediment, rocks and other non-living features would bore him (which it does for everyone else). Which brings me to my point, “we are intrigued by things that are alive”.

I am not going to get into the apologetic reasons why I believe that God exists and that He loved me enough to send His son to die on the cross for my mess ups. But I am going to say that it is NO mistake that we were built for relationships. We find that living creatures fascinate us.

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How they move, look, operate. James finds these creatures compelling and links them with the primary reasons for going to the depths of the ocean. In fact at the end of the movie in the credits the only things that are listed as “discoveries” are the living organisms that were found. Why? Because “LIFE” matters! Life on this planet makes it special among every other planet. It is the only place we know of that has life on it. Why do we find life so intriguing? Why is it so amazing? James does not know the answer to that question. He could propose that we had “evolved” this way. That nature caused us to wonder. Whatever he wants to label the creator of the universe it still does not hide the fact that there was a creator. We find life amazing and intriguing because we were created by God in His image. He finds life amazing, and intriguing. He wants us to live, not die.

So why does James deny the true Creator of the universe? Why does he fail to acknowledge God? What is funny about the film is that even members of his own crew, which he hand picked to develop the sub, acknowledge there is a God to some degree. Even his own WIFE! When James reached the deepest spot on the sea floor, some 36000 ft below, his wife screams into the radio, “Godspeed to you James, Godspeed!” What does that mean to James? Well he does not even reply. What a shame. What a waste of time to go down there looking for these critters and only thinking that some imaginary force of order created them. What a failure to acknowledge the amazing creation that our loving and creative Lord built. Man… how I wish James would raise his white flag of surrender and just admit it!

But he hasn’t, at least not yet. One of the most amazing filmmakers, explorers, leaders of our time. A man driven by the vision to explore and pioneer. Whether it be for curiosity sakes or to stroke his ego (probably a combination of the both), he was able to privately fund and build the most amazing deep sea vehicle ever made. Amazing. But worthless if the credit for this ability is not given to the One who bestowed it on him. What a waste of time to go down there and know in your heart that it is just so impossible that random chance or some unforeseen force of nature, or just sheer “luck” produced these incredible animals. James you are missing the best part of your life! Oh how I could imagine how much more exploration could be done with the attitude of acknowledging there is a God that loves us and wants us to know Him and His creation more! To be the stewards of His mighty work.

James is still alive and still has a chance. A chance to live… I mean to REALLY live. To live with his white flag raised and acknowledge he finally settled it with God. I pray that happens and that if it happens you will see someone who explores with a purpose that is bigger than his own selfish desires. He goes to where no man has gone before for the purpose of showing people that this world deserves more respect than to acknowledge an unforeseen, impersonal, DEAD process called evolution made it. No this amazing place we live on deserves to be credited back to the One I call Jehovah who is ALIVE. The one who’s amazing creativity and generosity makes me ALIVE on this planet to live, love and worship Him. Purpose my friends is found only when you raise your white flag. I hope and pray that those of you who go to see this movie notice the absolute majesty in God’s creation. How superbly He has made everyone and everything. Please don’t insult Him by claiming it was all just a matter of chance. The Lord deserves the recognition He deserves.

God bless  you all.

John

Philippians 1:21

What is the world coming to….Jesus please come get us soon.

I received this in an email. It is true as best I can tell. Let me know if it is not. 

 

Do You Remember this lady??

We need to be reminded……. As General Eisenhower said at the time, “we want plenty of photos so no one can ever say this did not happen”.

Remember this lady?

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Irena Sendler

Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98)

Warsaw, Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried.

She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out,

In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family.

Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.

Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Later another politician, Barack Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.

In MEMORIAM – 65 YEARS LATER

I’m doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you’ll consider doing the same.

It is now more than 65 years since the Second World War in Europe ended.

This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain,

In memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests

Who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated!

Now, Iran, and others, claim the HOLOCAUST to be ‘a myth’, It’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!

Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world. Please send this e-mail to people you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain.

Please don’t just delete it. It will only take you a minute to pass this along.

Dwelling on what is good….

Philippians 4:8

Making Jesus the center of the puzzle.
Keep Jesus in the center of your mind.

English Standard Version (ESV)

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

In Bible Study this past weekend a member of my group brought up that they had been struggling with dwelling on thoughts that were not joyful or good. Most of them dwelt on the evil in the world today. Much of the inspiration of these thoughts came from news sources which brings me to the body of this post.

I have been on a fast from the news media for the past several months. God laid it on my heart for the reason of focusing in on my church during a time of leadership change. Surprisingly to me I have seen that my thought life has improved substantially since cutting this out. I have realized that I too struggle with the same thing as my friend struggles with; I have an over-active imagination. You see, I have the ability to hear about a story and immediately place myself in that situation as a first person attendee. From there I often will let my imagination run wild and go down paths that are always evil. Uncontrolled thoughts always lead to evil thoughts. I know, that is a very strong statement but I believe it is true.

In Philippines 4:8, Paul writes about controlling your thoughts. Much of the Christian life is about self control under the power of the Holy Spirit or in other words to have self-discipline.  The Apostle Paul spoke to us about dwelling on only good things, not evil things. Have you seen the news lately? If you have, I bet even today you have seen at least 50 % of the stories revolve around some crime or injustice. My question to you is “Why do you let those thoughts and stories occupy your mind?” Another question is why do we need to know about people committing crimes against each other? I could understand news about policies affecting us, new discoveries, changes in weather, etc. but why on earth do we need to constantly hear about the latest affair, murder or robbery?

It is time to change, it is time to take control of our thought lives. Stop filling your mind with junk, and start filling it with Jesus centered concerns. It would be better to dwell on the hope that we could have a God encounter with someone who needs to know Jesus today, rather than dwell on the “why” and “how come this happened”.  We all know why evil is happening (at least those that believe the Bible is true). It makes no sense and wastes precious time to dwell on these things. We must concentrate our efforts on loving those around us with God’s love, reaching the lost for Christ, and living our lives as “salt” in this evil, fallen world. My friends, start asking, “Why am I allowing this to permeate my mind?” with things that you can control. It may be time to shut off the feed of bad news for awhile, if not forever.

The Christian Answer to Situational Ethics

Jesus said it, I believe it:

Matthew 10

Persecution Will Come

16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

 

We will be given what we need when we need it. Stephen the first Christian martyr knew this, but it still cost him his life. We can’t let fear drive us to compromise our convictions. If we do, then we have let fear be our god, not the Lord Jehovah.

This is a tough subject, but the Bible is not always cozy. Don’t read it the way you want it to be read, but read it with your mind open to accept the Truth…no matter how hard it may be.