July, 2003

Seek first the kingdom of God
God is good

Don't worry about tomorrow

You can't serve two masters

God is love

There is no happiness in sin

Pictures of California, July, 2003

(July 31, 2003 6:22 AM CDT)

"Their sins and their transgressions
I will remember no more."
Hebrews 10:17

It is simple.
It is easy.
Ask Jesus to forgive your sins.
You will "feel the love."
Jesus, I ask you to forgive my sins.
I have done wrong.
I have hurt you.
Help me to change.
Help me to be more like you.
I love you, Jesus.

(July 30, 2003 6:16 AM CDT)

The group Mercy Me has a crossover song.
I heard the song "I can only imagine"
on 101.9 FM KLTQ in Omaha .
This is a Christian song
played on a regular radio station.

"I am amazed that you are so soon
deserting him who called you
in accord with his gracious design in Christ
and are going over to another gospel."
Galatians 1:6

Maybe you have changed stations.
You are listening to other people and their ideas.
Come back to Jesus.
He is your source for the truth.
Do not desert him.
Be part of the grand design.
Imagine that.

(July 29, 2003 6:19 AM CDT)

I bought a new CD-RW last evening
that is 52x24x52x for $9.99 after rebate.
I am testing it out to see how it works.
I put it in my 1 year old HP computer Win-XP.
Then I took the CD-RW from the HP
and put it in my older Gateway computer Win-98.
It did not recognize it,
so I have to figure that out.
I need to download some software.

"He will strengthen you to the end,
so that you will be blameless
on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 1:8

Do you believe it?
Can Jesus change you?
Will you let him?
Just say a prayer ---
Jesus, help me.
I need your strength.
Bring me closer to you every day.
I want to be with you forever.
I don't have it all figured out.
Help me.

(July 28, 2003 6:10 AM CDT)

"Jesus stirs up the people by his teaching
throughout the whole of Judea, from Galilee,
where he began, to this very place."
Luke 23:5

Jesus is like that.
He has an impact on people.
He turns their lives around.
Will you let him into your life?

(July 27, 2003 7:25 AM CDT)

"Happy the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance,
O Lord, they walk."
Psalms 89:16

Attend church today.
Shout out to the Lord in praise.
Raise your voice in song.
Walk with the Lord all your days.

(July 26, 2003 7:58 AM CDT)

Would you pray for someone that had surgery yesterday?
God be with him and his family.

This morning I received a version
of the Nigerian Scam in French.
Now that is different!
They must think I still live at 1054 Paris Street .
When I get Nigerian Scam letters
I forward them to 419.fcd@usss.treas.gov to investigate them.
Pray for these people behind the scam.
They have been doing this for decades.

"God has willed to make known to them
the glory beyond price
which this mystery brings to the Gentiles ---
the mystery of Christ in you,
your hope of glory."
Colossians 1:27

It is a mystery.
Life is a mystery.
We have so many questions.
Where are the answers?
We turn to Christ.
He is our hope.
He is the glory.

(July 25, 2003 6:03 AM CDT)

Pray for my Dad.
He has not been feeling well lately.

"You must help us with your prayers,
so that on our behalf
God may be thanked
for the gift granted us
through the prayers of so many."
2 Corinthians 1:11

Prayer is powerful.
Prayer changes things.
Offer your prayers to God.
Expect amazing results.
Our God is an awesome God.

(July 24, 2003 6:06 AM CDT)

Here's a beautiful picture I just ran across.
Here's a bizarre picture of a flower .
I found them at the Digital POTD Archives .
I'm thinking about creating a new web site named
"Omaha Picture of the Day."
The URL would be omahapictureoftheday.com
or omahapotd.com or omahapicture.com.
What do you think?

When you fly on United Airlines
they have music you can listen to
in your seat with headphones.
I listened to Channel 5 which had
Jo Dee Messina's Greatest Hits .
I liked track 3 "Heads Carolina, Tails California"
on my way back and forth from California.
You can hear 30 seconds of it on this link above.
On Channel 9 you can hear the pilot talking
to air traffic control people.

"Near the cross of Jesus
there stood his mother, his mother's sister,
Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene."
John 19:25

Look at the cross.
Be there with his mother and the other women.
See what love God has for you.
Seeing is believing.
Jesus will guide you safely to your destination.
Listen to his instructions.

(July 23, 2003 6:08 AM CDT)

This story was in the Sunday bulletin
at Girls and Boys Town Chapel.
It is called "Plain Clay Balls" (scroll down to the bottom).
It is a good reminder to us.

"The people went out to see for themselves
what had happened."
Luke 8:35

Open your eyes.
Look around you.
See those "invisible" people.
See the unlovable.
Sit down and talk to them.
Everyone is a beautiful creation of God.

(July 22, 2003 6:20 AM CDT)

"The promises of the Lord are sure, like tried silver,
freed from dross, sevenfold refined."
Psalms 12:7

The Lord is pure.
He is bright.
In him we trust.
His promises are there for the taking.
Base your life on Jesus and his promises.
He is the way, truth and life.

(July 21, 2003 6:11 AM CDT)

As you can see above,
I created a web page of the pictures from my trip.

"I am coming soon.
Hold fast to what you have
lest someone rob you of your crown."
Revelation 3:11

Hold on.
Hold on to Jesus.
Hold on to your faith.
Don't let someone rob you.

(July 20, 2003 7:16 AM CDT)

Would you pray for Tom that lives in
Allen, Texas (just north of Dallas)?
His wife died recently.
Pray for him and all his family.

I am working on getting you those pictures from my trip.
The only problem is that they are too large
and I'm trying to make them smaller,
so you can download them easier.
For example here is one large picture of
Torrey Pines State Reserve on July 12, 2003 (819,873 bytes).
It takes me 2.5 minutes to download it to my computer.
I would like to get it down to around 100,000 bytes.
This is just north of San Diego, California
along the Pacific Ocean.
Their web site is www.torreypine.org .
Many people walk and a few ride their bikes up this hill
which is about an 800 foot rise in elevation from sea level.
It is a steep incline.

"God has not called us to immorality
but to holiness."
1 Thessalonians 4:7

Check yourself.
Are you living a holy life?
Is it pleasing to the Lord?
Are you doing the will of God or your own will?
Many questions for you today ---
only you can answer them.
The road to heaven is not easy.
Call on Jesus to help you climb the hill.

(July 19, 2003 8:09 AM CDT)

"If one member suffers,
all the members suffer with it;
if one member is honored,
all the members share its joy."
1 Corinthians 12:26

We are brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you do something, it will impact the family.
Be a positive force in the body of Christ.
At minimum: smile and be thoughtful.
At maximum: change your world.

(July 18, 2003 6:07 AM CDT)

I got back the pictures from my trip,
so I will be posting a few of them as I get time.

"Everyone who lives in Jerusalem
knows what a remarkable show of power
took place through them.
We cannot deny it."
Acts 4:16

Jesus is power.
He is almighty.
Call on the name of Jesus.
He can do amazing things.

(July 17, 2003 6:13 AM CDT)

For all you cat lovers out there
take a look at the Cat's Paw Nebula .
This is some of the awe and beauty of God's creation.

"Jesus said to them,
'Why are you so terrified?
Why are you lacking in faith?'"
Mark 4:40

If we only had faith,
that is half our problem.
There is no need for us to worry
or to be afraid.
We have contact with Jesus.
He is more than we could ever ask for.

(July 16, 2003 6:22 AM CDT)

"Day and night, without pause, they sing:
'Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
He who was, and who is and who is to come!'"
Revelation 4:8

Praise the Lord.
Praise him in the morning.
Praise him at night.
If you can breathe, praise the Lord.

(July 15, 2003 6:15 AM CDT)

In a day or two I should have pictures of
my trip to California.
I like that Pacific Ocean.

Would you pray for Maurin and all the other soldiers
in Baghdad, Iraq?

"Did not God choose those
who are poor in the eyes of the world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
he promised to those who love him?"
James 2:5

Look to the poor.
Help them.
Talk to them.
Be near them and their simple faith.
We have much to learn from them.
Our wealth is in the Lord.

(July 8, 2003 5:37 PM MDT)

Yesterday on the airplane from Omaha to Denver
I met a student traveling to
Monash University in Melbourne, Australia .
He said he would be there for 5 months.
He is from Fremont, Nebraska.
He is a junior at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
God bless him and his studies.

"So when the Samaritans had come to Jesus,
they urged him to stay with them;
and he stayed there two days."
John 4:40

Sometimes the Lord will send you
halfway around the world.
You will meet new people and
maybe pick up a different accent.
Be open to these moves.
The Holy Spirit will be with you
to help those you meet.

(July 7, 2003 6:14 AM CDT)

There are still many people (21,000)
around Omaha without power
from the storm early yesterday morning.
I lost one 10-foot branch from a tree in the backyard.
I saw the car in this picture at 52nd and Chicago .
There was another car next to it that was damaged also.
I saw two large trees that were uprooted
by the storm near there.
Pray for all the people impacted by this.

"No one can say:
'Jesus is Lord,'
except in the Holy Spirit."
1 Corinthians 12:3

You need the Holy Spirit in your life.
You need all the help you can get.
When the storms of life come
call on the Spirit of life.

(July 6, 2003 6:52 AM CDT)

"I know, by the indications
our Lord Jesus Christ has given me,
how close is the day
when I must fold my tent."
2 Peter 1:14

The Lord moves us around.
He wants us to see new things
and meet new people.
Be open to the leading of God.
Be ready for new doors that will open.
You are part of God's plan.

(July 5, 2003 8:38 AM CDT)

"You are a priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek."
Psalms 110:4

Jesus is forever.
He intercedes for us.
He is on our side.
Go to Jesus.
Offer your prayers to him.

(July 4, 2003 6:24 AM CDT)

"Jesus then went up the mountain
and summoned the men he himself had decided on,
who came and joined him."
Mark 3:13

Jesus is calling you.
He asks you to come closer.
Come up the mountain with him.
He has many things to teach you.
Go to him.

(July 3, 2003 6:12 AM CDT)

"Jesus showed them his hands and his side.
At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced.
'Peace be with you,'
he said to them."
John 20:20-21

They were depressed.
They were in shock and grief.
Jesus comes to them.
He comforts them.
He brings them peace.
Go to Jesus in times of sorrow.
He is your peace.

(July 2, 2003 6:09 AM CDT)

"It is rare that anyone
should lay down his life for a just man,
though it is barely possible for a good man
someone may have the courage to die."
Romans 5:7

Jesus gave his life for us.
He did not have to do this.
He did it because he loves us.
Have the courage to follow Jesus.

(July 1, 2003 6:07 AM CDT)

This morning I was reading about PV = nRT .
It is the Ideal Gas Law.
I just barely remember it from school.

"Some men's sins are flagrant
and cry out for judgment now,
while other men's sins will appear only later.
Similarly, some good deeds stand out clearly as such;
even inconspicuous ones cannot be hidden forever."
1 Timothy 5:24-25

What stands out?
Is it the good that you do or the bad?
Let your light shine.
You cannot hide it.
Do good.

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