Paper Airplanes

Today, I went searching for a site online that had free paper airplane patterns. I cam across several, but the one that proved most interesting to me was BestPaperAirplane.com. If you want the listing site I found, it is here.

Resume

Well, I decided to have my resume professionally written. At the recomendation of a coworker, I went to Janice Worthington. She is a ball of fire. Her resumes look great. She has over 30 years experience in the field, so she has the history to make this thing look good. She offers other services too (interview coaching, resume distribution, etc…). She is sending me a questionare to fill out so she has the information to put in the resume. Once that is done, I should have my resume in a week or two.

Sermons and ThePath

I talked to ThePath and they have told me I can post mp3s of the sermons! THANK YOU to ThePath and to Cedarville University for allowing me to do this! The gentleman I spoke with is even interested in talking with me about my ideas on Free (as in freedom not free pizza) material! That is very encouraging.

Now, I’m sure they would like me to point out that just because they allowed me to do this once doesn’t mean I’ll be able to do it again. But, as the saying goes…”How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” This has my foot in the door with someone who is somewhere where they can really make a difference.

If you live in the Cedarville, Columbus, Dayton, etc… area, I would urge you to listen to (and support) ThePath. Their webiste has a list of stations and coverage areas. They even have an internet radio station, so you can listen online.

[Update 2012-12-26 14:56:26] Cedarville sold ThePath and you can not listen online any more.

Ski Trip

You may have noticed that I didn't get to post anything this weekend. Cyndi and I went skiing with our church youth group. We went to Timberline. The skiing was great! I should have a link to pictures up shortly.

Encouragement

Just to let everyone know, right now I'm feeling encouraged. I have heard back from some contacts with Mission Service Corps explaining the process, how things work, etc…. Just to help everyone else who may be looking into this, here is the process:

You should go to www.namb.net and work your way into the MSC page. There you will find lots of information, as well as downloadable forms for applying to be MSC: the first step. One of the requirements is a recommendation from your Pastor (A Southern Baptist Church). If you are approved, you will be invited to attend an Orientation where you will learn about Southern Baptist, What it means to be On Mission, some about raising your support, and other areas, i.e. "are you really called". Normally Mike's organization will then try to match you and your skills with the needs we have on file, and put you in touch with the one that has the need. Once an agreeable match is found, you will be assigned.

 This is cool because I have a meeting scheduled with my pastor for Wedneday to talk to him. I want to find out from him what he wants to know prior to presenting us to the church. Part of my thinking is that this will help Cyndi and I better determine if this is what God wants or not.

I have one other tidbit to share too. While at the Ohio Evengelism Celebration, I spoke with Bruce Smith (the Associate Executire Director of the SCBO). I gave him my card, and we said we would be in touch. Well, today, I had an e-mail from him telling me of an opportunity in Cleveland. I have sent an e-mail and asked for more information on what the job entails; however, it appears to be a full-time position.

Please keep praying that God will lead Cyndi and I to where he wants us to go.

Sen. Robert Byrd Strikes Again

Well, it looks like Sen. Byrd (D., WV) is at it again. The Witchita Eagle has an article talking about how Sen. Byrd compared the Republicans to Nazis. His spokesman claims that what Sen. Byrd said isn't really what was meant:

Byrd spokesman Tom Gavin denied that Byrd, D-W.Va., had compared Republicans to Hitler. He said that instead, the reference to Nazis in a Senate speech on Tuesday was meant to underscore that the past should not be ignored.

Here is what the article has to say about what Sen. Byrd actually said:

"We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men," Byrd said. "But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends."
Byrd then quoted historian Alan Bullock, saying Hitler "turned the law inside out and made illegality legal."
Byrd added, "That is what the nuclear option seeks to do."
The nuclear option is the nickname for the proposal to end filibusters of judicial nominations because of the devastating effect the plan, if enacted, would have on relations between Democrats and Republicans.

If you want to view the entire text of the speech, it can be found here. I don't know if this is a transcript of what he actually said, or what he planned to say.

People of West Virginia, it is high time to wake up! Why do you continue to elect a man to office who does not believe what you believe?

Evangelism Celebration

Yesterday–1 March–I took 1/2 day off and went to Cedarville University to the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio Evangelism Celebration. I had found out about it on Saturday evening, and went down to try and get some information about Mission Service Corps. Well, we didn’t get together because of, I assume, the weather and a lack of communication. However, I got to hear some really good preaching and was able to enjoy the afternoon off. They had CDs for purchase, so I purchased several (I’m not rich so I couldn’t get them all) of them to have.

A man I did not get to listen to live (I bought his message on CD because everyone said it was so good) was Voodie Baucham. His sermon was entitled Why Do You Choose to Believe the Bible?. This sermon was excellent! Here is the reason he gave was taken directly from 2 Peter 1:16-21:

16For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Vodie Baucham shrunk it down like this:

It’s a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eye-witnesses during the lifetime of other eye-witnesses as their report of supernatural events that took place in fullfilment of specific prophecies. These eye-witnesses claim their writings are divine rather than human in origin.

 The second CD I bought was a sermon preached by Ergun Caner. This guy is awesome! For those who don’t know, he came to America with his family from Turkey. They came as missionaries of Islam to the Unites States. He was converted by a Southern Baptist RA who needed to earn a badge. He was disowned by his family. Eventually, his whole family converted to Christianity. He and his brother travel the country holding debates, speaking, etc….

THe third CD I purchased was a message from Thom Rainer on what the church needs to do to be more effective in today’s culture.

I have e-mailed ThePath and asked them about ripping the CDs to mp3s and putting them up on my webiste for free download. If I can, I will.

[Update 2012-12-25 22:11:38] The mission service corps link was bad.  I’ve updated it from http://sub.namb.net/answerthecall2/msc/default.asp to a correct address

[Update 2012-12-26 14:58:25]  The RA link was also bad.  I updated it today.

More on Movew Reviews

I wanted to post this to correct one thing I had said in a previous post. One of the things I do at church is teach a teen small-group study on Sunday nights. We got to talking about movies, culture, and the decisions that people make about what to see, etc…. One of the teens said that Dr. Dobson of Focus on the Family had a movie review site. I had never heard of it before, so I went out and searched their site. Sure enough, I did find their movie reviews. It is called Plugged In.

My Utmost for His Highest

Well, today's My Utmost for His Highest reading really hit me hard today. The scripture used is John 4:11: 

The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

Here is the excert of the reading I received in the e-mail today from StudyLight.org

"I am impressed with the wonder of what God says, but He cannot expect me really to live it out in the details of my life!" When it comes to facing Jesus Christ on His own merits, our attitude is one of pious superiority – Your ideals are high and they impress us, but in touch with actual things, it cannot be done. Each of us thinks about Jesus in this way in some particular. These misgivings about Jesus start from the amused questions put to us when we talk of our transactions with God – Where are you going to get your money from? How are you going to be looked after? Or they start from ourselves when we tell Jesus that our case is a bit too hard for Him. It is all very well to say "Trust in the Lord," but a man must live, and Jesus has nothing to draw with – nothing whereby to give us these things. Beware of the pious fraud in you which says – I have no misgivings about Jesus, only about myself. None of us ever had misgivings about ourselves; we know exactly what we cannot do, but we do have misgivings about Jesus. We are rather hurt at the idea that He can do what we cannot.

My misgivings arise from the fact that I ransack my own person to find out how He will he able to do it. My questions spring from the depths of my own inferiority. If I detect these misgivings in myself, let me bring them to the light and confess them – "Lord, I have had misgivings about Thee, I have not believed in Thy wits apart from my own; I have not believed in Thine almighty power apart from my finite understanding of it."

This weekend, I was really bummed out, depressed, and overwhelmed. I feel like I'm supposed to do this Mission Service Corps stuff, but I end up and take my eyes off God–just like Peter did when he walked on the water–and get overwhelmed. Then, on top of that, I start to wonder if that is what God really wants me to do. Or, am I going down that path because that is what I want to do. Then, I start to wonder why no one has called me. Tons of people at work have resumes out, and they are getting called. Why not me?

Please pray with me that God will reveal His will to Cyndi and me. Additionally, pray for us that we will go where He wants us to go and do what He wants us to do.