12/29/2004

My Song...Draft

Verse 1:It seems I've gone through life
Looking through a dirty glass
Overlooking everything
And lettin' it all pass

I wanna see
Through a clear glass
I wanna feel
Don't wanna let it pass
I wanna breathe
And not forget
Anything
I wanna live
A life without regret

Verse 2:
It's time I wake up and see
The true glory that is in me
Surrounding me
Each and every day

Suggestion for Travis

Hey Travis,
Maybe you could move your blog to a new account:
http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=131&query=Change%20username&topic=0&type=f?
I don't know how you would you use the forums...?? If it was like the programmers, it might be hard to conrol everyone--or you could delete certain users? It think the best thing is to change accounts, and then move your old blog posts too. You could be the Boy Scout Blogger?

IMHO,
Tim

Gift Cards

Hello Everyone,
It was a busy day yesterday. We went shopping to spend our gift cards that we got on Christmas. I bought this really cool italian duo-tone pocket sized Bible, which is going to be nice to use and easy to carry around when I need it. I'm also going to get teh Chris Tomlin "Arriving" songbook with some of my money too. I hope I can learn a song or two. I was hoping we might get to sing some of them on wednesday nights (Indescribable has already been requested by my cousin--not the one you're thinking of. It's a she.) I've also been working on my song--I might have it up tonight (:-) . Maybe just the chorus. I'm also selling calendars to raise money for the mission trip. And I'm really enjoying my gifts! I've also been trying to find a book of Cascading Style Sheets but the state doesn't seem to have any :( . Sorry about the "articles" on the side. I'm changing it to "article archive". It was just really a test. If you want to look at all my articles click here. I'll put the link on the sidebar too soon.

God Bless,
Tim

12/28/2004

From My Art Desk

Hello Everyone!
I hope you all have had a wonderful and blessed Christmas!
From my title, you may have guessed that I wrote this log entry originally from my art desk in my room. Just another creative title (LOL). Sorry I took your breath away, Travis, on the last title (Corvette!). LOL again.
This week is passing all too quickly! I wish it would not end, but life must go on. Things will be getting exciting next week, starting with our church Wed. night discipleship. As I've said before, I'm in a "Praise Team" in my youth group. We start the night off leading worship for the youth group. We're all still new to this (at least most of us) and we're still getting the hang of it. It has been a great experience, but it's hard to just get up there and worship God, instead of focusing on those you're in front of. But I have a feeling things are going to be different this year...we just need to come together as a group and focus on one thing--worshiping God with all we've got.
I've been reading John Piper's Don't Waste You're Life, which is SO GOOD! It's even inspired me to try and write a song, which I'm working on--I'll give you a sneak peek some time this week. SCC was inspired to write many of his songs on his latest album, and I can see why!
Also, I'm still having fun whith my gee-tar (ROFL). I've learned C, A, D, E, G and a few power chords. My guitar has a great sound and feels great. The funny thing though, is that it's easier for me to play standing up. I guess it's less cramped and I can see the strings better? Hmm...kind of funny.
The Redskins are out of the playoffs (they had a chance)... :'-( They lost to the Cowgirls (eh, Cowboys...pardon me). Gibbs will get things straightened out next year. You just watch!

Well, that's enough for now!
Merry Christmas,
Tim

12/27/2004

A story...

I have to tell you this story (in 5 minutes) that my pastor told this sunday, along with that quote.

The great general Alexander the Great (LOL), had a man in his army that had
not been doing his duty. He continually lagged behind, and was cowardly in
battle. On on day, the general heard of this man's deeds and rode on his great
stallion to the back of his army to speak to this man. When he stopped in front
of the soldier he asked him for his name.
"What is your name, man?" he asked.
The soldier relplied, "Alexander, sir."
To which the general answered, "Soldier, you better get in their and fight
or change your name!"

The point of the story was that we as Christian must either get in their and fight the good fight, or change our name. We have to be more than lukewarm in our faith, we have to be overcomers.

In Christ,

Tim

Destiny

"If you are born twice, you'll die once
If you are born once, you'll die twice"
--My Pastor, December 26, 2004

I Got A Corvette

I'm really just kidding! What I'm doing is using a description of a Fender guitar that Travis used when I was looking at guitars that I thought I might have to buy. But a suprise awaited me Christmas mornign when I received a Fender Acoustic!!! I couldn't believe it! I also got some good books ("Don't waste your life" and some books by G.A. Henty), an MP3 player (from a relative), a soccer ball (orange Adidas Starbreezer) and a Holland Soccer turnstile hat. As a family we got a keyboard that's really nice and makes you sound even better that you really are! We were really blessed and recieved much more than any of us deserved.
I'm really enjoying playing my guitar and am getting better at it every day. But it's all still blurry and new, but hopefully everything will come into focus for me, and I'll be able to do well. Man, my fingers hurt (actually my pinky hurts the most, all the other fingers aren't that bad).
Hope you all had a great Christmas!

Merry Christmas,
Tim

12/24/2004

A Christmas Carol

I don't know if you've ever read the book, watched one of the movies, or heard it on CD, like I did last night, but it is one of the greatest stories of all time. The redemption and love in this story blew me away. It's got such a great message. Our lives must be lived like every day is our last. We never know how much our lives affect the lives of others. If only we could see where the path we've chosen for our lives may lead, like Scrooge did. But we can, if we know Christ. And as we live our lives here on earth, we must look to do good every day! We must live our lives with a continual rememberance that our decisions affect not only ourselves, but the lives of others.

In Christ,
Tim

To the Rescue

In my devotional today, it was about this scripture:
Proverbs 14:25 "A truthful witness rescues lives, but one who utters lies is deceitful."
We all have to be rescued one time or another. We have our parents to protect us, police who enforce the law, and a president who has pledged to protect us from terrorists. When we grow older, we do become more and more independent, but we still need a helping hand once and awhile.
"The ultimate obstacle in everyone's life is sin. No matter how hard we try, we cannot escape it's grasp. We cannot be good enough or earn enough brownie points with God to overcome it with our own strength." (1)
But God knows our dilemma of overcoming sin. He sent Christ, our "Rescuer" to save us from our sins. When we surrender our lives to him, he can give us freedom from the sins which entangle us.
The verse from proverbs tells us the importance of our witness. We all needed someone to witness to us before we were saved. And because they shared the truth with you, you've been rescued by God.
Now, it's our turn to step out and share the truth of Christ to those around you. We all have a testimony everyone must hear.
Tomorrow is Christmas...Let's remember that during that day we need to turn our thoughts on God's gift of love, Christ Jesus. Let's also turn our thoughts to ways we can share the message of love to a world in desperate need of a rescuer.

In Christ,
Tim
(1) © Essential Connection, December Issue 2004, Page 46

12/23/2004

Tolerance

Many people believe that truth is relative. Everyone has their own way to heaven, and we have no right to say that they’re wrong. “It’s true because I believe it’s true” is the accepted statement of today. But I beg to differ. The Bible is not true because I believe it to be true; no, I believe the Bible is true because it is true. The Bible is true whether you choose to believe it or not. Everyone has the right to believe what he chooses to believe. However, I cannot and will not treat other beliefs as equal with The Truth. To do so would dishonor the holiness of God. Christmas is not just a “holiday”. It’s a Holy Day set apart for the One True God alone.
You can’t accept the view that many ways lead to heaven and include Christianity as one of them. John 14:6 (NKJV) says “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”We can know God only through Jesus Christ:Romans 10:9 “If you confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”Christianity is about sin. God has set us all a standard to follow perfectly, and we’ve all been told to follow that standard, such as the Ten Commandments. And none of us can truthfully say that we have perfectly kept God’s law. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). If God were to judge you by these Ten Commandments, would you be innocent or guilty? And by your answer, would you go to heaven or hell? Does your answer concern you?If we’re honest with ourselves, we should all come to the same conclusion. One I came to a few years ago. Acts 3:19 “Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of God.”
Christ Said:John 7:17 NIV “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.”
John 14:21 “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

Travis, Great Choice

Hello Everyone,
As many of you may know, Travis was dealing with a gay activist on his site. He responded with scripture to this guy's attacks on his faith, and exhorted us to pray for him and to think of scripture. Things got worse, and now Travis has had to ban comments on his site. We're sorry things had to happen this way, and that the Net is full of people who are not out to do anything good. But this Boy Scout has done great in defending the faith, using only the sword of God and not fighting with words of his own. And we also thank Travis for looking out for us other guys by deleting our comments leading to our sites.

Thanks Travis,
Tim

Christmas Cooking

Here I am cooking some awsome cookies for Christmas. I was working hard, fighting that machine! And, Yes, that's flour on my face and arm. I don't cook too often, but if you don't help, you don't eat, right? Can't wait to dig into "Monster Cookies" (Oatmeal/Chocalate Chips/M&M's/peanut butter cookies). YUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMYYYYY!

Posted by HelloP.S. GO BRAZIL AND USA (soccer)!

12/22/2004

One Last Thing

I wanted to say one last thing, and post one last picture. I'm going to try and enter in a comic contest with my friend Darin. We will be making a 1 to 4 page short comic that has a christian message to it. The prize money is around $800 for amatuer producers. We have about 2-3 months to complete the project (Due March 2005). This is just a picture of page 1 of a comic I made called "Feel the Freedom". It's not in a finished form, but it does have some lettering. This is just an example of what we might do. Hopefully all goes well, and maybe we will get published in the 100 page book they will make with finalists?


Posted by Hello

What's Today?

I don't know how many of you guys are out of school, but if you are, I was wondering if you're having the same problem as me. I can hardly remember what day of the week it is! It's really kind of funny...I was wondering yesterday if Christmas was on Friday or Saturday, and to top it off I thought yesterday was Monday, not Tuesday! Well, hopefully I remember to look at my Atomic Clock in the morning to see what day it is.
Last night, we went to my Uncle Randy's BIG (I mean big--his basement is the size of our house--and the house is straight of HGTV) house and unloaded my great-grandma's things. She will be living with my grandparents in a add on to their house (which will be built next year). So for now, most of her things are staying at my uncle's house.
One last thing...
Adrienne's Grandma will be having surgery today, so be in prayer for her. She may be having chemo too. Look at her blog for any updates she may give.

Have a great day!
Tim

Real or Not?

If you thought the last maya scene was realistic, this one I made makes the last one look low budget. I made this one with a pre-written code. Then I animated it, added some light, and here it is:

Real or Not? Posted by Hello

12/21/2004

Not what it looks like here.

Here is a scene I made in Maya (Alias.com). This sofware is what they used to make The Incredibles, Toy Story, and Veggie Tales. It's really cool and you can get it for free, if you want your stuff to have a watermark on it like mine:

Here's a cool picture I made with Alias Maya. Posted by Hello

12/20/2004

Iced In.

I can hardly believe that I made it through this weekend! It was quite and adventure...and here's why:
I woke up sunday morning, got ready for church as usual, ate breakfast, then headed to church with my family. I sang with the praise team (had a few laughs), went to sunday school, service, then headed to some friends house of our family. We stayed their half the afternoon, playing video games and watching kid's movies (because all their kids are 3rd grade and below). Then we all headed to a nursing home to sing carols with some other family's that homeschooled or go to our church. We had a great time there! While we were there, it began to snow really hard outside, and the temperature was dropping. It had been cooler the past few days (30s and 40s), but now it was in the 20s and dropping. When we got out, it was snowing big flakes and everything was covered! We drove back to the friends house with the other familys and decorated bags with scripture verses that a lady at our church is going to use to put hygiene supply packs in them for homeless people. She's going to pass them out on Christmas. After awhile, everyone began to start thinking of going. But the roads were bad, and my mom decided that since my dad wasn't here, she was going to stay there for the night. So we were iced in! (Everyone else got to sleep in their own beds at their own homes). It was kind of funny...me and my brother slept on couches and ate dog hair all night, my littlest brother kept having to go to the bathroom, and my middle brother had to come sleep by the couches because people were snoring. It's complicated, but we had a good night sleep (at least I did). We stayed their half the day today too! Today the roads were fine, so we're home safe and sound! Its really cold though, with wind chills down to -10 degrees. It's supposed to warm up later this week....
So all in all, it was a very exciting weekend.
My grandma arrived safely, but my Uncle Rick and Dad are still on the road. They should be in NC or VA soon. They had a flat tire so they were delayed.
Thanks for your prayers guys!!!

In Christ,
Tim

12/18/2004

To keep you updated

Wow! Three posts in one day! Haven’t done that in awhile. I guess that’s what happens when I get on and off then on again. The picture might not count exactly…

My dad is left this afternoon and should be flying down to Georgia in just a little while. I think my Uncle Rick and Russ are going too. When they get there, they’ll sleep there, get up and go to church (Truett Cathy’s, Chick-Fil-A), then help to load a truck with all my grandma’s things. One of them (I think my Dad) will drive the truck back up and someone else will be flying with my great-grandma. She hasn’t been feeling well lately, and being 88 (not 87), we all want her to be as healthy as possible. There is a doctor up here that has been helping her, and that is a big reason why she is moving. And since almost all our family lives up here, we can take care of her when she gets sick. She acts like she’s in her 60’s, not late 80’s, but we want her to stay healthy. Hopefully all goes smoothly and she gets to feeling better soon. We’re really excited that she’s moving up here.

 

In Christ,

Tim

The Diamond

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's THE DIAMOND! I drew this superhero sketch of myself last night. J/K! I did draw it last night though. It's just a very rough sketch with some ink I put on this morning. I hope you all like it! Click for bigger image
Don't mess with this guy..., he's made of diamond. Posted by Hello

Guitar Wish list

Here's my guitar list:
DG-10CE Acoustic/Electric Cutaway
Why: It looks nice, it has some cool features, the action sounds like its good. But the electric part supposedly isn't the greatest...


Stratacoustic™ Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Gig Bag

Why: It seems to be a nice looking and good guitar. Again the action sounds good, and the sound is nice when plugged in. Not pluggd in it sounds shallow, but it's not like I'm going to be rocking in my room! Don't know about this one...

Ibanez IJAE4BK JamPack Jolt Acoustic-Electric Guitar
Why: It has everything I need to get started! Sounds good, looks good, good action. Comes with instruction stuff, tuner, good price. I don't know about the looks 100%. I'm not sure about having a black guitar. I don't REALLY care, but I would like to have a different color if I could get it.
If you have any suggestions, please comment!

In Christ,
Tim

12/17/2004

My apologies...

Hey everybody, I accidentally lost the old poll and its results, so could you please re-enter and comment! I'm so sorry! Also, I lost the code to the video, but I think Jake should be sending it to me soon. It will be coming soon. I lost a lot of comments too when I accidentally deleted my e-mail folder and lost it all. Waaaaa! :'( Boo Hoo!

Fixing it all up,
Tim

Mission Trip Update

OK…let me start off by clearing some things up. If you missed my last entry, look below and find out why the website looks different and why some things aren’t working right or text looks weird.

And about World History Travis…The funny thing about it is that though I don’t heartily enjoy it,  I do quite well in it. Just this chapter I’m on about the Renaissance in really hard. I’m much better at medieval times, and can even help people with crossword puzzles (How was your grade Adee?). It’s not that I don’t like history, just I don’t like this chapter very much. Too many names…And I’m using Bob Jones for everything except typing this year because I’m in what’s called the Academy of Home Education where my mom can send in my grades and they help with transcripts, etc. It’s like sending my grades to a high school (sort of). I get a diploma and class ring too. It’s pretty neat!

Now to the mission update: I (and my dad) are going to California next June with my youth group. We will be re-building houses in poor neighborhoods and evangelizing 2 hours south of LA. We will be there for almost two weeks. I have to admit that I’ve never flown on a plane before (but I really like planes), so I can’t wait to fly across the entire US! In the way of funds so far I haven’t done any fundraisers, so I am about $650 short. But I still have time, since we began to sell calendars and stuff at church, and some other people are giving money to help us all go. My goal for the trip is to talk to someone about Christ other than in the places set up for us to go, like at the airport or in LA. That would be awesome! I’ve also begun to try to set up time to work out since we’ll be doing a lot of manual labor on the job sites. I’ve also heard that the sleeping conditions aren’t the greatest during the time we’re working on houses, but it’s a mission trip, not a vacation. I’m praying all goes well, and that many are touched by our work out there.

 

Have a great day!

Tim  

12/16/2004

oops.

Hey everybody! How's the new look? I really loved the old look, but due to nav bar problems, I've had to change. Their are some new links, and more coming soon. Also, your polls are safe, just not up quite yet.
I can't wait untill tomorrow! It's the last day of school! But I also have 4 tests to take! I should do well in everything but World History, which I'm dreading (LOL, now you're probably glad Darin helped more with that homework). The Rennaisance isn't my thing, although I'm a creative person.
My Great-Grandma from GA is coming up here to live with my Grandparents! My dad and uncle are going to get her and help her move this weekend, so it's going to be a madhouse. But at least Christmas is coming soon. Please pray for her (she's 87) and my dad and Uncle Rick.
Also, I have this awsome link I'm putting on the site soon. I think everyone will like it. It really goes alon with what I post on here so often.
O.K., one last thing you've all been waiting for: What is it that I really want for Christmas ? THE ANSWER IS....
My two front teeth.
J/K!
I really want a guitar or money to buy one. I'm hoping to figure out some chords and play a couple praise songs soon and maybe get some lessons. I sure hope I get one! Acoustic/Electric is what I'm looking into, because I want to use it on Wed. nights if I learn it well enough.

The air guitarin', 5'10", singing beach bum, and all -around nice guy (Laughs)
Tim

P.S. My business plans are going well, just have to find some software!

12/15/2004

Are You Thankful?

I was late as I sat down to eat my lunch the other day, and everyone else was already half way done. So I just dug in. As I was munching on my sandwich, my littlest brother, who’s four, asked me if I had thanked God for my food. That really hit hard. No, I answered, I thought you guys already did... But that was a bad excuse. I had been finding myself lately forgetting and asking halfway through the meal. And even then my heart wasn’t right. So I prayed to God to forgive me, and asked him to help me remember all the good things he has given me. Especially food. We take so many things for granted, and we really need to thank God every day for Family, Friends, our church, our home, and our food. Asking a blessing over the food is just one thing you can do. And God really got me good when he asked me if I had prayed and asked thanks before my meal through my brother. Don’t forget to thank God for something you have today!

 

In Christ,

Tim

Your Witness

In my EC’s today, it was telling an interesting story:

A woman was accidentally rear-ended my some guy. The woman got out of the car, and, after surveying the damage, got really mad at the guy and started to yell and scream at him. When the police arrived, they found the two about to come to blows over the whole matter. After taking the report, the police officers proceeded to arrest the woman and take her to the station. When she asked why she had been arrested, the officers that had responded to the accident replied that they had seen a Christian bumper sticker on her car, and being Christians themselves, they knew no Christian would act the way she did. So they assumed that the car had been stolen.

The Dev. didn’t say if that was a true story, but it sure does have a great message. Are we Christians everywhere we go? Home, Church, store, school, with friends, with family? Or are we like that woman, with no thought of what our actions are?

 

I sure hope that car was stolen.

 

And I hope you will pray about your Christian witness, as will I.

 

In Christ,

Tim

 

12/14/2004

Consider the Cost 2

This is going to be brief...I just want to close in quoting a great martyr's words...

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose".

--Jim Elliot

Can you say this?

In Christ,
Tim
100% Original

I've been surveyed

Okay, hello everyone… I decided to take Adrienne's survey. I thought it might be a good idea since I have some new readers who don’t know me well. Don’t forget to vote on my poll, sign the guestbook, and explain your answers on the previous post! And Jake, I’ll see you at the --- on ------ at ---- if that’s alright with ------- -----. Jimmy signed the guestbook.
Here it goes:
1.what time is it?2:55
2. Name as it appears on birth certificate: Timothy James
3. Nickname: Tim, Timbobalouie,
4. Pets: Waaaaa! I had a dog. Had to give it away.
5. Natural Hair Color: Natural hair color?!? Brown
6. Eye Color: Brown
7. Birthplace: Maryland
8. Current residence: Calvert County
9. Favorite food: cassaroles with chicken, pizza (of course!)
10. Been to Africa? Maybe some day.
11. Been toilet trained? What do you think?
12. Love someone so much it made you cry? no
13. Been in a car accident? Hit a deer, if that counts.
14. Croutons or bacon bits? Hmm…croutons, I guess.
15. Favorite day of the week: The weekend.
16. Favorite word or phrase: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” –Jim Elliot
17. Favorite Restaurant: Outback Steakhouse
18. Favorite Flower: Flowers aren’t my thing, but I’ll say black-eyed susan (MD!!)
19. Favorite sport to play : soccer
20. Favorite Drink: sweet tea :-D (LOL)
21. Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip (or Breyers Vanilla)22. Favorite fast food: Chick-Fil-A (AMEN!)
23. Color of your bedroom carpet: blue...ish (seriously!)
24. Best mate: all 4 of my siblings
25. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?: Nike/adidas Store/Sports Authority or Best Buy, buying soccer or computer stuff.
26. Most annoying thing people ask/tell me: Do you do school in your pajamas? (I’m homeschooled, and the answer is no.) and
27. Last person you went out to Lunch with: Whole family (I mean the WHOLE family, all 30+ of us).
28. How tall are you: 5’ 10” or so.
29. Age: 14 1/2 +
30. Time you finished this survey: 3:02 (I’m slow, give me a break!)

ROFL,
Tim

12/12/2004

Polls and Videos

Video's on the sidebar (obviously!) and the polls at the bottom of the sidebar! Have fun making your HARD choices.

Tim

12/11/2004

Montana Jones?

I've gotten some questions on what exactly happened this week, so today is the day I'm going to tell you.
Since who knows when, our youth group has been working on "Montana Jones and the Christmas Crusade". It's about Montana Jones, a history teacher and sunday school teacher at Beaver Falls High School and First Baptist Church. He and his assistant, Nina Baker, have invented a time machine that they want to test. Unfortunetly, the YouthForSatan leader, Dark Horse, wants the time machine, so he can go back and destroy Christ at his birth. Two YFS agents work hard to get the time machine, and on Christmas Eve, they succeed in accidentaly taking themselves,Dr. Jones, Dark Horse, and some other students back to Bethlehem.
While all this is going on, the youth group at Beaver Falls is working on a musical for Christmas Eve. They all wait eagerly at Church while Dr. Jones talks to the 2 YFS agents about Jesus. Dark Horse goes to try to kill Jesus, but is stopped by an angel. When Dr. Jones and the youth catch up to Dark Horse to try and stop him, they are all suddenly brought back to the present time. In the end, Dark Horse is saved and so are the agents.

It was a really cool play, written by our youth pastor. I was the narrator telling about what had happened the year before. I hope that the next time we do the play, I get to be Monty Jones.

We did the play two nights, so it was really busy this week. But I still did OK in school, especially in science. But I'm struggling to prove thereoms in Geo. I'm hoping to raise my grade from a B to an A in everything, but with the grading scale I have to use is crazy! 93%-100% is an A and 92%-below is a B! So in some schools I have straight A's and in some I have A's and B's. So overall, I'm doing good.

Look for a video clip (if I can find it) soon.

Tim

Sold Out

Doesn't it just totally annoy you when you walk up to the soda machine, you find your money, and after the machine finally accepts your bills, it tells you that the soda you want is sold out?
Well, in this articel, I want to talk about a different type of "sold out". My definition of "sold out" is, like a coke machine, when a person has totally emptied themselves and given all that they have to someone ot something.
Now, I have to bring up a question: Are you sold out to someone or something? Money, pleasure, TV, computer, or other things?
I have to wonder what would happen if we were all "sold out" to Jesus? What would happen to this earth?

--Would we be persecuted?--

Sometimes, I wonder if we're not Christlike enough, and that's why people never look at us and hate us because they know the gospel we preach. Could it be that we as a church have fallen into some type of lifestyle that is "holy", yet not too "good" that people we come into contact with have to make a choice about how they treat us. We need to "humble ourselves and pray, and seek God's face", or we're just going to become more and more like the world we live in, and not more and more like Christ.

I hope you will ask yourselves these questions, and answer here if you want.

In Christ,
Tim

12/08/2004

Am I being spyed on?

The CIA. The FBI. The Republic of China? I have a tracking device that shows from what time zones people are viewing at. And a few from the Chinese area have noticed my website. Kind of scary. Don't worry folks, I'm not in the --- . But I might be in the ---. If I told you, I'd have to track you down. How many 14 1/2 year-olds are in the ---?

Excuse the dashes. Security reasons.

Having fun in the ---!
Catspaw

12/07/2004

An Amazing Heart

Your heart beats 35 million times over the course of the year.

 

Your heart beats more than 2.5 billion times during you lifetime

 

Your heart will pump more than one million barrels of blood during your lifetime, enough to fill more than three super tankers.

 

Your heart, even at rest, works twice as hard as the leg muscles of someone who is sprinting.

 

Your heart has one purpose: to give life to your body.

 

Christ had one purpose when he came to earth: to die, that we might have eternal life.

 

Without your heart, you’re dead.

 

Without Jesus, you’re dead for eternity.

 

Give yourself life…give Jesus your heart.

 

If you have questions on giving your heart to Chris, or why we need Christ to give us eternal life and forgiveness, seek out a church, a pastor, or a friend who has already given their life to Christ and have them give you help. Read your Bible, pray, and seek God with all of your heart. Or comment here, and we will try to help.

 

In Christ,

Tim

 

 

 

12/05/2004

Consider the Cost

As I was reading my commentary written by James Boice, I read this section of his commentary on the relationship of church and state. He was closing the chapter by speaking of those persecuted by the state, and this struck me:

 

 “‘From the moment you go to prison, you must put your cozy past firmly behind you. At the very threshold, you must say to yourself, "My life is over, a little early to be sure, but there's nothing to be done about it. I shall never return to freedom. I am condemned to die--now or a little later. But later on, in truth, it will be even harder, and so the sooner, the better. I no longer have any property whatsoever. For me those I love have died, and for them f have died. From today on, my body is useless and an alien to me. Only my spirit and only my conscience remain precious to me.’

Confronted by such a prisoner, the interrogation will tremble. Only the man who has renounced everything can win the victory....

We must be willing to renounce everything if we are Christ's disciples. In the thick of the battle we must be willing to cast all material rewards aside.”

Are you willing?

 

I wondered if I could say this if I was arrested and condemned to die for my faith. I wasn’t sure…Would I truly give up all I had…My life, my family, my friends, my comforts? Would you be able to honestly say that you would? If, or when, the day of persecution comes, will you stand before the “interrogation” and make them tremble as you deny all your comforts, and hold only to Christ. They might take my life…but they can’t take my soul.

 

In Christ,

Tim

 

Quotes from Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (Survived Russian Communism) and James Montgomery Boice on the relationship of church and state

12/03/2004

What I'm Going to Do

I haven't been able to get on the internet lately, so I've been e-mailing to
my blog. So if you see some weird stuff going on with apostrophes and stuff,
I'll have that fixed later.

Now to the topic: What I'm going to do. Well first off, you may know that I
have 3 blogs, this blog, "Agent Commentaries", and Freedom Comics. Freedom
Comics is going to be deleted for now (since it's now Backyard Graphic
Design) while I work on my new business. That will leave me with two blogs.
Agent Commentaries will then become my archive of articles on christian
topics. You won't ever actually have to go there, because I'll be posting
all my articles on Agent Tim and just copying them on Agent Commentaries.
Also, I proud to say that my mom's website now has a post section that you
can comment on and I or my mom can post weekly.
One more thing, some of you may have already figured out my first screen
name, SweetT (Jake, Alex). It's kind of a joke on my last name and favorite
drink (Southern Sweet tea PLEASE). But you may not really understand
Catspaw007. Okay, if you look up "Agent" in your thesuarus, you'll find that
another word for it is Cats Paw. I reallly enjoy secret agent/spy stuff, so
that's the main reason for my screen name. Also, I heard the name on
Adventures in Oddysey one time. The main charachter in the show was a CIA
agent, and his name was Catspaw. So I just had to name myself that. Just a
note on my screen name if you were wondering.
Oh yes, ONE MORE THING. Since I literally will only have one blog, I am
considering making a Contemporary Christian Music reviews/fan site/blog.
It's just an idea, and only if I have enough time. Maybe it will be up over
the Christmas break?

Well, please enjoy my article on TONGUES!!! Hope you like it Jake. The
reason I said to look in a different translation was also because in the NIV
it talks about 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 using the word "tongues". Well HTH.

IC,
Tim <(())><

12/02/2004

Tongues

The subject of tongues is not spoken much of. I've heard and read very little on the topic, so, after reading some passages of scripture in Corinthians, I decided to take on the task of a t least briefly going over the subject in a way I see will greatly benefit my readers. My knowledge of this subject is scarce, so I've turned to James Boice, a well-known commentator, for some thoughts and a starting point. In his commentary, Foundations of the Christian Faith, Boice starts of by saying, "None of the gifts [spiritual gifts] mentioned anywhere in the New Testament has been so controversial as the gift of tongues and the accompanying gift, interpretation." Some people believe the gift of tongues means to be able to speak to other people of other languages by the prompting of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-12).
But after an examination of Corinthians, that does seem to be the case. Rather, in Corinth, interpreters were needed because the listeners were not hearing in their own languages.
Others believe that the gifts are the ability to speak in "heavenly
tongues". Still others believe speaking in tongues is just a "self-induced, psychological phenomenon or the work of demons."
Here's what Paul says about tongues in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14.

1. The gift of tongues can be counterfeited
2. There are many other gifts of the Holy Spirit and the gift is tongues is just one of them. In fact, Paul minimized the gift later because it was a temptation for pride at the church of Corinth.
3. The gifts of the Spirit are for the edification and unity of the church
4. If the gifts were listed in importance the gift of tongues would be relatively low
5. The gift of tongues in "fraught" (look it up in the
dictionary) with dangers, so it must be exercised carefully.
a. Disorder
i. The gift must not cause disorder in the church
ii. Speak one at a time
iii. Only two or three must speak in tongues
iv. Don't permit them to speak if someone can't interpret
v. Paul wanted the Holy Spirit heard
b. Content less Christianity
i. He didn't want and emotional "high" to be everything
ii. Emotion must not be the basis for faith
iii. Experience must not be trusted over revelation
c. Don't forbid tongues
i. Desire prophecy
ii. Don't forbid speaking in tongues
iii. If tongues isn't your gift, do not desire it
I hope this article has helped you better understand a little about tongues. Please comment and tell me what you think or if you have further questions that I can try to answer. Also, I reccomend "Foundations of the Christian
Faith" by James Montgomery Boice.

In Christ,
Tim