Saturday, February 8, 2014

Equipping the Saints

***Mark & I were talking about Jerry Falwell recently. Remember him? I loved listening to him preach and watching The Old Time Gospel Hour. He had a singer on his show named Robbie Hiner, what a wonderful tenor! We saw him in concert a few times at area churches. At the last one, he talked about "not bearing much fruit" because he sang mostly to saved people, and that bothered him. He had the idea that since not too many people came forward during his altar call, he wasn't having much of an impact for the Lord. I completely disagree with him on that. So many people, and churches, get caught up in the numbers game. What Robbie wasn't thinking about was the encouragement and motivation he gave to those of us already saved. Our faith was strengthened whenever we heard him sing and give his testimony, which in turn made us better witnesses. It's a domino effect. The same goes for pastors in small churches. Many times the people in the congregation are almost all saved. Strengthening our faith, grounding us in the Word, and encouraging us to witness to others is just as important as having someone walk the aisle and trust Jesus as their savior, as wonderful as that is. And that's my sermon for this morning. :-)

***A PianoArc? This is kind of neat.

Designed for live-performing musicians, PianoArc is essentially a doughnut-shaped keyboard. Despite featuring pitch bending and IR optical scanning, its straight-up specifications compared to those of other professional keyboards on the market wouldn’t strike a typical pianist as incredibly useful. Take the Yamaha Tyros-5 for instance. It acts as a music production studio, fully outfitted with your own personal backup band.

***Record Great Lakes ice cover. Global what? Oh wait, since that has been pretty much debunked, now it's "climate change."

Ice continued to build this past week on the Great Lakes due to the cold air and temperatures staying below freezing, and Lake Superior's new record shows it.
The lake is 92 percent frozen, toppling a 20-year-old record of 91 percent set on Feb. 5, 1994. That statistic helped total Great Lakes ice cover soar, and we can expect to see more form in coming days.

***Three obvious reasons why Joe Biden shouldn't run for president. Oh, I can think of so many more...

Joe Biden has told CNN, “there may be reasons I don’t run, but there’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run.” Biden added:
It doesn’t mean I’m the only guy that can do it, but if no one I think can, and I think I can, then I’d run. If I don’t, I won’t.
Here are three obvious reasons why Biden shouldn’t run: (1) he’s not remotely competent to do the job, having been wrong, for example, about every major foreign policy and national security issue for as long as anyone can remember; (2) he can’t win the nomination if, as expected, Hillary Clinton runs; and (3) he’s incapable of coherent speech.

A Biden candidacy would be massively entertaining while it lasted, though.

***Couldn't resist...

***GOP proposal would require food stamp recipients to show photo ID. Oh, just wait. They will be called heartless and evil for wanting to make sure the people who qualified for the food stamps are the ones who use them. How awful! Why, it's almost as bad as wanting to verify that the people voting are actually who they claim to be. What's next? Hospital ID bracelets?

***Is the North Star getting brighter?

The North Star has remained an eternal reassurance for northern travelers over the centuries. But recent and historical research reveals that the ever-constant star is actually changing.
After dimming for the last few decades, the North Star is beginning to shine brightly again. And over the last two centuries, the brightening has become rather dramatic.
"It was unexpected to find," Scott Engle of Villanova University in Pennsylvania told Engle investigated the fluctuations of the star over the course of several years, combing through historical records and even turning the gaze of the famed Hubble Space Telescope onto the star.


It is God's planet - and he's taking care of it. And I don't believe that anything we do will raise or lower the temperature one point. ~~ Jerry Falwell

***Have a great day!

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