Archive for February, 2011

What do we have here? Oh, just the trimmings on a burial stone  of Richard Bell (1410-1496) in Carlisle Cathedral.  Curious though how those beasts look like Apatosaurs.                                                                                                                                                                   http://creation.com/bishop-bells-brass-behemoths

Wow! That’s 350 years before dinosaur bones were dug up in mass or called dinosaurs.

Check out the drawing of a North American Anasazi Indian in a cave:     http://www.genesispark.com/genpark/ancient/ancient.htm

Look at the websites for more drawings of creatures the evolutionists say didn’t exist when the drawings were made.

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Paris deux

Napoleon III's smoking parlor at the Louvre

I had traveled six years ago to Montana at no cost.  As a single income teacher I haven’t much disposable income.  The bills are paid and I have no complaint about God’s provision.  In fact this is a testimony to His abundant provision.  After those six years I began to think over a week’s time about traveling again.  So I ask my Heavenly Father if He would provide me with another trip, adding that I would be content if no trip occurred.  Less than two weeks later the company I am traveling with to Costa Rica this summer called to sell me on pursuing a student trip since I had e-mailed desire to find out about such things several years earlier.  It was obviously a sales pitch from their perspective but I chose to see it as an answer to prayer and an encouragement to my faith.  I’m not pushing health and wealth lifestyle but we may ask and God is very generous.  Then I find out that the company also has training tours for first time group leaders and that is why I went to Paris.  I prayed for and was given many opportunities to testify to God’s goodness, the Gospel, His power, and the need for faith.  It was a good trip in many respects.  Enjoy the pictures.

Emperor Trajan

Stone of the Catacombs listing martyrs' names and Chi Rho at center

Code of Hammurabi ca.1750 BC

Coffee Shop near the Naval Academy

Birds in the hair are the style, right?

Sword of Charlemayne

The Gardens of Versailles

Hall of Mirrors

Notre Dame Cathedral

Eifel Tower

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I just got back from a quick trip to Paris!  Leaving on Thursday morning I arrived in Paris at 7:50 AM Paris time.  We began tour immediately, meaning I went on about 4 hours sleep in a 30 hour day.  We visited all the sites and I didn’t have to pay for plane, meals, sites, or hotel.  Looking down the Champs Elysees to the Arch de Triomphe to the west and the Louvre to the east, I was amazed to be there. I ran all over the Louvre in four hours from ancient Greek and Roman statuary to Reformation paintings.  I saw the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, statues of the Caesars, winged bulls of the Assyrians, the Code of Hammurabi, the apartments of Napoleon III, Medieval. Renssaince, and Reformation paintings.  I went up in the Eifel Tower, down along the Seine River, later in a night boat ride around the islands of Paris and down to the Eifel Tower. I visited three cathedrals, Versailles and its gardens, walked up Montmarte artist district, ate in the Latin Quarter, navigated the Metro, and flew internationally for the first time, and more.  Check out a few of my pictures.

Grand Arch of Victory (1989)

Weekly MarketThe Metro

Concorde Square

Luxor Obelisk

Arc de Triomphe along the Champs Elysees

Feeding Seagulls at a fountain in the Jardin de Louvre

The Louvre

Romans BC

The Christ- painter?

More later!

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“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”  (James 1:2-3)

Reckon, consider, count!  It is so, therefore, calculate assuming it is so.  It will cause a conversion in your heart through testing and an endurance in your walk before God.

When the unexpected jolts your day
Every interaction your nerves fray
Responsibility overwhelms
Look up and pray


When fears of failure on you descend
Every impulse is yourself defend
Anxiety all thoughts penetrate
On God depend


When short cuts and schemes call out and say
Everyone does it come on and play
Temptation so relentlessly flirts
Christ is the way 


When hard to hear for accusers’ din
Every skeptic’s word makes your head spin
Satan with ferocity attacks
The Lord will win 


When joy breaks out in conflict and mess
Every problem brings peace nonetheless
Difficulty turns to means of good
Jesus did bless

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Overflows from the Heart

"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart…" Matthew 15:18


Pointing to the One who made, saved, and sustains