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September 25, 2007

I don't like doing this

I don't like doing this normally, but I am going to do it anyway:

I am going to Romania in November (5-15) for a mission trip.

I will be doing demonstrations, speaking, teaching, and other such stuff with kung fu.

I need money.

the trip costs $1700 and I will also need money for related things I will need to take with me and for things I will need while there.

Any one who would be willing to make donations of any size can email me here

September 23, 2007

a prayer request concerning romania

I have a request of those people who read my blog.

I am going to Romania in Nov. 5-15, they want me to use my kung fu for some sort of spiritual ministry while I am there.

Naturally I am very excited, but its not over with yet, and there is a lot of work to do.

I am in need to two things:

1: prayer support, please pray for me. Pray for the trip, the people I am going with and the people I will be serving while there. Pray for the logistics of the trip as well. The airline isn't being cooperative and so I will have to pay an additional $400 more than at first anticipated.

2: financial support, the trip will cost me $1700 total and I only have about $600 in so far. I am supposed to have the money by the end of September and while I am trusting that if it is in fact God's will for me to go then He will provide for my needs and I am not worried I still believe that the need should be bathed in prayer. (of course money donations help :)

I appreciate all of your assistance.

short thoughts on self-control

I just wanted to put down in writing some thoughts on self-control that have been on my mind.

Proverbs 25: 28 tells us this:

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

now when I read this just reading it and not taking the time to really understand it this is what I get out of it:

having no self-control is bad.

but is that enough? To just read it and glean that info, or is there really more to that verse than what is on the surface.

Let's take a closer look shall we.

When you get to looking at this verse, you realize that this is an A=B statement. That means that there is a phrase in this verse that can be replaced with the = sign. so then the verse reads like this.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit = a city that is broken down, and without walls.

The first statement, "He that hath no rule over his own spirit..." is the A statement which is equal to/same as the B statement, "... a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Now that is all well and good, but it doesn't really help me to understand this verse any better...or does it?

It begs the question, how? How is the A statement like the B statement? What is it about a city that is broken down and without walls that is the same as a man without self-control? I don't get it!

So I begin to ask myself a few questions:

1: what is a city that is broken down like? (desolate)
2: what is a city that is without walls like? (defenseless)

Ahh, now that begins to shine a little light on things for me!

So from that I can glean that a man without self-control is desolate and defenseless. But I see the light only for a brief moment before confusion once again sets in. How is a man without self-control desolate and defenseless?

So I spend some more time thinking about this, and I think about the people I work with, and I see around all the time. I work in the public and I work with a lot of people and I talk with a lot of people and I began to see a pattern emerge.

People who lack self-control are often desolate because they lack the motivation to do what must be done.

How often do we see people complain about not having when the truth is that they don't have because they didn't have the motivation to make it happen? There were things that they needed to do that they didn't do and now they do without. You are either without the "doing" or you are doing without.

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. Prov. 13:4
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. Prov. 20:4

Always wanting a handout, believing they are entitled to the rewards of others hard work. Their state of affairs is the fault of someone else, never their own. This is the belief of the man who lacks self-control, and thus he is desolate, having nothing.

Scripture proves true, how interesting.

As I look deeper into human nature, I see yet another truth. People who lack self-control are defenseless because they lack the restraint that prevents them from geting into trouble.

In one of the Karate Kid movies, Mr. Miyagi tells Daniel "...Best block not to be there..." Here is where the self-control enters into our defenses. Often we find ourselves in situations that we could have avoided if we had only restrained ourselves. Maybe we went to someplace we wanted to go, when we ought not to have been there in the first place. But we wanted to go so we did. Or maybe we said something that we shouldn't have said. How many times have we heard others say, "I couldn't help it". How many times have we heard ourselves say that? How many times did we speak without thinking first?

September 13, 2007

a new car...

I finally did it. I bought a new car. I got a 2001 toyota camry.

I am still in shock...

on another note: I am going to Romania in Nov. for a mission trip with my pastor.

I am both scared and excited!

be praying for me, I still need:

$800.00 for the trip,
the ticket to be finallized,
the passport to be approved,
time to prepare...


September 06, 2007

the hearing of the Lord

Numbers 11: 1, '' Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord,...''

Has it ever occurred to anyone that every complaint is made in the hearing of the Lord? In fact, everything that is ever said or thought is in the hearing of the Lord

September 05, 2007

first bite

I just had my first bite on the kung fu class from the flyers. yay! we shall now see what comes from it. keep praying!

September 04, 2007

in need of new car

I am in dire need of a new vehicle. my transmission is about ready to go out on me. I am actually considering getting a loan from the bank and buying a reasonably new vehicle. please pray for me. thank you!

edit: the bank won't give me a loan. not enough of a credit history. but there are still a few options so keep praying.