Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I heard there was a sacred chord...

I've always loved hearing about archeologist's discovering places and things from thousands of years ago. I've always felt like it brings history back to life, and brings the reality in front of our face that these things actually happened. Recently Newsweek reported that archeologist's had found evidence that King Solomon and King David were running mines in what is now Jordan and what used to be part of the Edomite Kingdom. Check out the article HERE

Me chillin' in the ancient Edomite Kingdom.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Our family is in need.

Continue to pray for Christians and others being persecuted in Orissa...

1. That the Christians would stay steadfast in their faith, even sometimes in the face of death
2. For the salvation of those who are committing these acts of injustice
3. That, if it be His will, that He might show mercy to our brothers and sisters
4. That whatever the circumstance, His power, His might, and the ultimate glory of His name would be made known to all those in Orissa, India, and beyond.

"Solid with a capital S"

Before Sunday's game against Liverpool,Chelsea had won 86 games in a row at home. Liverpool than promptly arrived at Stamford Bridge, dominated the game offensively and defensively, and walked away with a 1-0 win. Oh, and we're 1st in the Premier League by the way...


Saturday, October 25, 2008

It's official...


as of today I am a Portland Trailblazers fan. R.I.P Supersonics.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A new begining...

Many of you have heard about the heart wrenching reality that the Seattle Supersonics have gone extinct. So as the eve of another NBA season falls upon us I, for the first time in my life, have no team to root for. So I'm in search for a new team and call upon you, Bloggernation, to help me make my choice. I've thought about Portland, because, lets face it, they're 4 hrs away from my home city, and I've had some Laker fans suggest their team...but I'm still up in the air. Help me out here. Suggestions???

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Speaking of injustice and people that need tremendous prayer...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Darfur: When "Not on our watch" demands more than a catchy dramatic phrase

In the Darfur region of Sudan Christians, Muslims, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters are being slaughtered by their own government. Though the Darfur crisis has been around for sometime now, the situation continues to worsen. Though the Western world has criticized and condemned Sudan for their actions and the ICC (International Criminal Court) has called for the arrest of Sudan's president, the Sudanese government continues its genocide. So as you browse through the images below of those caught in the midst of injustice ask this question: "What can be done to stop this? If the superpowers of this world can't solve the problem... then what? Do we throw up our hands?

It was difficult to come here because they burned our village,” recalled Ismail Ahmat Ishach, a father of six.

“We had to flee immediately, our families were scattered and we had nothing to bring but what we wore that night,” he said, referring to the Janjaweed.

“It took us over three days to get here and we had donkeys,” said Mr Ishach, who added that he and his family were lucky to have make it here alive.

Tens of thousands of refugees from Darfur and the Central African Republic languish in refugee camps in Chad, making it one of the 10 countries hosting the most refugees.

Many thousands of local people have also been forced from their homes.

Koukou is just 35 miles from the poorly defined border with Darfur.

It barely existed until an attack by Janjaweed militias on border villages in April 2007.

Khakeidja Hamat arrived with her two children a few weeks ago. She said she is "happy to be out of danger, even though we’ve left everything and don’t have much here."

Mrs Hamat and the other displaced people in Koukou are from the Massalit communtiy, one of the main groups targeted by the Janjaweed both in Darfur and Chad.

They account for nearly half the Sudanese refugee population now in Chad.

Now ask....What can I do about this? Can I do anything about this?

Photo's and photo commentary by BBC.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sweet Reykjavik!

All joking aside...

Like a lot of you out there, I'm having a hard time following all of what's happening with the current economic crisis ,both in the U.S. and abroad. I just stumbled across this article today and I feel it deserves our attention.

Learn how the bankruptcy of Iceland could lead to a massive implosion within the European market and beyond...

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A poem by Sufi poet Rumi.

Oh! Supreme Lover!
Let me leave aside my worries.
The flowers are blooming
with the exultation of your Spirit.

By Allah!
I long to escape the prison of my ego
and lose myself
in the mountains and the desert.

These sad and lonely people tire me.
I long to revel in the drunken frenzy of your love
and feel the strength of Rustam in my hands.

I'm sick of mortal kings.
I long to see your light.
With lamps in hand
the sheikhs and mullahs roam
the dark alleys of these towns
not finding what they seek.

You are the Essence of the Essence,
The intoxication of Love.
I long to sing your praises
but stand mute
with the agony of wishing in my heart.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Good Music & Goats

Check out Fleet Foxes and their singing goat.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Yup, it's that time again. I'm bloggin' live couchside watching the Major League Baseball playoffs on TBS.

OK, starting off, I still can't completely jump on this Tampa Bay bandwagon yet. I know, I know, they just won Game 1 against the White Sox, but every part me still wants to shrug and say: "Come on, its the the Rays!" Oh yeah, maybe its the fact that they've had a million losing seasons in a row.

Well, Brett Myers looks really really legit. Wait, maybe it was the month of August that I didn't really pay attention to baseball due to being so wrapped up in the Summer Olympics, but, when did Brett Myers get really really good? Forget it, nevermind...I wish John Madden did play by play for all sports, and speaking of which, what happened to Joe Buck? Isn't Joe Buck half of the experience when it comes to post-season baseball? I just really pay attention to these things, I'm sorry. Alright, I've got my pick on this one... Phillies in three. Ummm, I hate to rain on Tampa's parade but I wanna say White Sox in 4. Hmmmm I was just told by a Napa commercial that I can gain peace of mind by taking my car to Napa. Man, that's where you get it...Napa...hmmmm

I've always thought that both the Phillies and the Brewers had some of the sweeetest looking hats in baseball.

Its always depressing to see massive amounts of former Mariners playing in the playoffs...Just to throw me in deeper depression can we take a look at what the Mariners could have looked like if they didn't trade away like everyone...Ok here we go.The past decade we would have had a lineup consisted of names like Ken Griffey Jr, Mike Cameron, Ichiro(soon to be traded), A-ROD, Jason Varitek(farm system), Tino Martinez, Jamie Moyer, Randy Johnson, Derek Lowe... I mean, just to name a few. Alright...enough moping.

Onto the Cubs. I feel terrible for Cubs fans that I already have a horrible feeling about their chances in the first round. I love the old fashion feel to the series but...lets just cut to the chase. Dodgers in 4.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Livin' Proof

What is true religion?

James 1:26-27:

"19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.