In this heat, I’ve been sucking down freeze-pops like there is no tomorrow. I don’t know how healthy that is. I’ve got no idea what goes into those things. Sometimes I can’t even identify what flavor they are supposed to be. What flavor is this? Green. But they’re cold which right now is a good thing.
Acts 8:37 King James Version (KJV)
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Our Daily Bread had a whole page of Acts to read today but I felt it all came down to this one verse. And that which I’ve underlined is a key that opens many doors.
I’ve never trusted ASB brakes. I call them Anti-Stop Breaks. For the masses I think they are the right thing because the masses instinct is to push the brake pedal through the floor and lock up all four tires and slide until the car either runs out of momentum or crashes, often the latter. I’ve had skid pad training, and not only do I know how to find the spot just on the edge of losing traction and adjust to maintain it, for me it is the natural reaction. Personally, I think instead of ABS breaks everyone should be required to undergo this training. All that said, I have a deep distrust in the things and that distrust in part probably comes from having worked with computers for more than 35 years. Computers crash, cars crash, put them together and you have crash2. Seems like a bad idea.
I just woke out of a dream where my car would not allow me to apply the brakes when going backward. In the dream, I went backwards for several miles without killing anyone or running into anything and ran out of momentum somehow ending up on a public walkway in the Seattle Centre. (I spelled “centre” the British way because otherwise this stupid British English spell checker in Firefox bitches).
After finally coming to a stop, I got out of my car and walked about fifty foot away from it. This was about all the time it took for Seattle Center to have it towed. They told me it was at a lot a couple of blocks away. I walked to that lot, they told me they didn’t have my car. I walked back to the center, the guy told me he had told his brother to have it towed, so God only knows where my car is. At that point I decided to call the police and report it stolen. This is the point where I woke up, if you can call my current state awake.
It’s hot in the house and it’s keeping me awake when I really need to sleep. I’m all hot and sticky and it’s hard to sleep that way. No A/C here, rarely necessary in the Pacific Northwet.
I’ve been working on a major re-write of Eskimo North’s website. Owing to the size and complexity of our site and services, this has been a slow tedious task. But when it’s finished, most of the content will be in WordPress which will make it much easier to update in the future. Given the rapid pace of technological change, this is really necessary. I am forced to spend my summer slaving over a hot workstation.
Today’s Bible verses as chosen by Our Daily Bread…
Matthew 14:22-33 King James Version (KJV)
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Peter was obviously okay with taking risks. Me too but for all the wrong reasons. I can’t seem to find courage when the right reasons come round.
When I was a kid, for a while I had a regular week-end routine which consisted of going to Northgate Theatre for 50 cent movies on Saturdays, then going to Greenlake to swim (back in those days the city used to actually run water through it and milfoil hadn’t made it’s way up here so it wasn’t nearly as green as it is today. Myself and a friend shared this routine. One of the things we used to do is run towards the lake as fast as we could and see how far we could get on the surface of the water before sinking. I didn’t know this Bible stuff back then, it just seemed like a fun thing to do.
Just got through with a frustrating argument with a Yale trained individual who is still spouting old scientific dogma in spite of both anecdotal, theoretical, and solid experimental evidence to the contrary of his opinion.
The old saying, “science advances one death at a time”, unfortunately has more than a little truth to it.
I think if we really understood the whole truth about the nature of reality, we would have a whole different perspective. Reality is in a constant state of becoming and what it becomes is influenced by our thoughts and beliefs. Stagnant, static unchangeable dead beliefs tend to lead towards a static unchangeable dead reality.
As another old saying goes, “If you can’t change your mind, are you sure you really have one?” It doesn’t take a mind to recite old dead data, any recording device can do that.
Saw San Andreas at the Cinnabar on $6 Tuesdays. Wasn’t worth it. And I’m a big fan of bad sci-fi B-movies.
Genesis 3:14-19 King James Version (KJV)
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Eariler today I was talking to a friend who was a former customer many many years ago. She had suffered from anxiety for some time finally to discover her thyroid level was way too high. She made the statement of how she had suffered needlessly all this time. I pointed out that although we don’t always understand the reason, there is a reason for our suffering.
God didn’t have to allow Satan to tempt us, didn’t have to create a plan for our salvation, didn’t have to allow us to have free will, but without free will, real love wouldn’t be possible.
We suffer, and Jesus most of all, for the sake of love.