Sunday, April 20, 2014

Resurrection Day

May you each have a glorious Resurrection Day.
 The tomb is still empty.
 God's grace is full.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Annual Good Friday Post

I was on the radio talking with Bill Bennett this AM and got to share some of the following with about 4,000,000 people according to Nielsen
A lady called in after me to reinforce what I said and I had sparked a theological discussion!

I posted this a couple years ago. Updated.
I want to share a cool thing with you.
If you're not a Christian, please read anyway, because it never hurts to have a little information about what those whackos around you believe.

A few people know that Psalm 22 is a description of the crucifixion of Jesus that was written hundreds of years before the event.
David saw it in a vision and it shakes him up so much that he starts out with:

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Many Christians have been taught that, as He was crucified, Jesus was crying this out out to His Father in heaven, because the Father could not bear to look on Jesus, our scapegoat.
That He was separated from the Father.
That Jesus was a curse (and the Father could not be in fellowship with Jesus because it would violate His holiness) because Jesus was carrying the penalty of the sins of the world.

Give me a break.
<< 1 Corinthians 12:3 >> Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed.
Jesus and the Father had this worked out since before the universe was created, and at the last minute The All-Powerful Ruler of More than the Universe flinches?
No.
If the Father and the Son (who with the Spirit are referred to as the "Godhead" in perfect unity) ever separated, I believe the universe would crumble.
As you read the gospels, particularly John's, you see that the Pharisees (some of them, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, were good guys, by the way) were asking Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah. He continually answered them that when they saw Him lifted up, that would be their sign.

Here He is, lifted up in front of them. He's surrounded by "strong bulls" (prison slang for guards), and the crowd is taunting Him. It's the scene predicted in Psalm 22 .
Then He quotes the first verse.
And they know the rest.
Can you imagine the look on their face when they get it?
Do you get it?

Son of a gun! Look at this!
The Song Jesus Sang on the Cross
and this!

Did Jesus Die Singing?




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Vent

We blog to vent sometimes, right?

You may remember two different topics I've posted about.
One, my truck overheating.
Two, my Family Room flooding.

So today, I'm tearing out more stuff in prep for remodeling.
Paneling, walls, stuff.
I get a call from the auto shop.
My truck is done.
Let me preface by saying, my truck started to overheat once more a couple weeks after I "fixed" it.
Same pattern, might head towards H (hot) and then come back down to normal and stay there for the rest of the drive home (20 minutes).
Then last week it hit hot and stayed there and blew the head gaskets.

I did not have time to do the repair myself.
When I put this motor in last winter, I put in a new water pump.
This last summer, the pump wore out a bearing.
I returned it and got a new one.
Less than eight months ago.
Today when the shop (Eagle Automotive) called (they worked on Saturday to finish it for me without charging any more than if it had been done on Friday which they had told me they hoped it would be done, when they could have waited til Monday) they told me that they changed the water pump also, because the fins were rotted away, and that's why I blew the head gasket.

I've been driving the Taurus (same 3.0 motor) to work and back daily while the truck is in the shop.
A couple years ago, it blew the head gaskets because, as my brother Tom discovered, the water pump fins had rotted away. This led to catastrophic overheating on a 100+ summer day.

Well, as I've been driving the Taurus these cold winter days, I notice that when I idle, the temperature stays the same on the heat gauge, but the air coming out of the vent turns cold.
I've suspected, but could not believe, that the water pump was going bad again, not circulating enough coolant through the heater to provide warmth, unless the engine was revving faster.

I'll be changing that water pump soon, right after I finish this Family Room, which after tearing the drywall off a wall I intended to remove, we decided to keep the wall there after all.

There's a benefit. I can leave the ceiling intact (less work), and not remove the stud wall (less work),
and I only have to rehang the door and some drywall.
And I can use the flooring I bought for another project that wouldn't quite cover the floor as planned.

Man that water pump thing bugs me.

Thanks for listening.