National Chili Dog Day


The last Thursday in July is National Chili Dog Day!  I’m up for that. Here’s some stuff to get you going.

 

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Scientific Evidence for Noah’s Ark 

 

A couple days ago I was reading through a heated thread about Noah’s Ark on Facebook. Someone posted a negative comment to the effect that there is no scientific evidence that proves Noah’s Ark ever existed. 

I ment to post this link to a scientific study on Noah’s Flood as a response, but never got around to it. The original thread has degenerated into bitter sniping from two sides of an unrelated issue, so I won’t link back to it from here. 

I remember walking into my local library, looking for something to read on the new releases shelves. Noah’s Flood, on the nonfiction shelf caught my eye. I love to read about biblical archeology and sometimes find fascinating information and new theories. The story of Noah’s Flood also appears in the Epic of Gilgamesh

Geologists have never found evidence of a global flood. In this book the authors looked for a local or regional flood that might tie into the story of Noah. They found a catastrophic flood in the region of the Black Sea about ten thousand years ago. 

When the ice age was ending and the oceans were rising, the Mediterranean Sea broke through the Bosphorus and flooded the freshwater lake where the Black Sea is now, that was a thriving center of culture and civilization. 

Bosphorus from space

The torrent of water was so enormous that it could have taken forty days to equalize the level of the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The force of the water cut the deep and narrow channel on the Bosphorus. In the process, a gigantic waterfall must have created its own weather system, the source of the fourty days and nights of rain.

 Bridalvale Falls in Yosemite National Park.
The authors used a research vessel with undersea radar to locate the ancient buried lakefront villages. Then they drilled core samples to verify that it had once been a freshwater lake based on the fossils located at different depths. 

It was a fascinating book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 


 Epic of Gilgamesh                                                   Noah’s Flood 

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Ears to Hear

When the Lord comes, will He tell you what you want to hear? Or will He repeat what you already know? 

If He comes to tell you what you want to hear, if He comes to repeat what you already know, why does He need to come back at all?  You already know what you want to hear. You can just tell it to yourself. You know what you already know. 

Did you forget what you know? Why should He go to all the trouble to come back and remind you? How many translations of the world’s best selling book do you need?

I accepted Jesus in the summer of 1974 after reading Grandpa’s Good News for Modern Man New Testament. One thing that was crystal clear to me was that Jesus won’t come back preaching the same things from 2,000 years ago. 

Our problem isn’t that we don’t know the scriptures. Our problem is that we know them too well. Our minds have become calcified and petrified with our own human interpretations. Many of us today are acting like 21st century scribes and Pharisees. We are the blind leading the blind. 

Take a good look at our world. 

Take good look at our world. 

Has the Good News been good enough? What do you think? Or do you think we need a few new Words? 

Have we put our talents to good use? What do you think the Lord will say to us when He returns? 

“Well done, good and faithful servant?”  (Matt 25:21 ESV)  Are we really ready to enter into the Joy of our Master?

When the Lord returns, He will surely come with new wine. Do we have new wine skins ready? Or are we still carrying around first century wine skins?  

Do we really know what God is thinking?  Whose side is God really on? Are you sure you know the answer to that?

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  (Isaiah 55:8 ESV)

The truth is that none of us is righteous (Romans 3:10), but we seem to have forgotten that. We sling our opinions around freely, condemning those who disagree with us. We forget that even God may not agree with us.

A little self doubt may be healthy. How about a pinch of salt with that?

A final word for me and for you:

Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matt 7:1-5 ESV)

 
Good News New Testement.                            Waterproof Bible ESV

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Dad’s Messages from the Other Side 

Last night I dreamed that my Dad was sending me messages from the spirit world. He used an old VCR to record the messages, then mailed the tapes to us. We also had an old VCR that we kept just to watch his messages.

My eyesight wasn't so good, so I needed my wife’s help to understand the messages. (How typical of me to rely on her for the truly important stuff, like communication with my family.)

He sent a message about his VCR. An internal chip was soon going to be obsolete. If he didn't upgrade his VCR he wouldn't be able to send any more messages. He wanted us to send money so he could replace that chip.

I checked our machine but couldn't tell if we needed the same upgrade. I was feeling frustrated and complained, “Why doesn't he use the DVD player we gave him?”

Then I realized that he couldn't record on the DVD player. I was surprised at the sophistication of Dad’s video editing and wondered where he got the editing equipment. 
Do you ever dream of loved ones who have passed on? What kind of messages do they sent you?

Additional resources from Amazon.com

Dreams: Discover the Meaning of Your Dreams and How to Dream What You Want – Dream Interpretation, Lucid Dreaming, and Dream Psychology 

Practical Spirituality: The Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication (Nonviolent Communication Guides)

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying

Visions, Trips And Crowded Rooms

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Portuguese Update


A few months ago I blogged about using the Bible to study Portuguese (here). One of our resolutions was to read the Portuguese translation of the Exposition of the Divine Principle, (Exposição do Princípio Divino).

We ordered copies from a relative in my wife’s hometown. We started reading on Feb. 6, 2017.  I finished reading my copy on July 7, 2017. It is a total of 457 pages and it took 151 days for an average of three pages per day.

I made one interesting discovery. While reading in English I tend to speed read. I takes me about two weeks to finish the English version of DP. I comprehend what I’m reading and had many additional insights during the three years it took to read it one hundred times.

When reading the Portuguese wersion I read slower to translate and digest each word. I often read a sentence twice, once to translate each word, then again to grasp the sentence as a whole.

On July 8th I started over. I want to see how my comprehension and speed increases.

NIV Portugues -English Bilingual Bible

Biblia Ingles/Portugues-Marrom-NVI-Holy Bible Portuguese/English (Portuguese Brazilian) Bonded Leather

Exposition of the Divine Principle (English-color coded)

Exposition of the Divine Principle (Kindle edition)

Exposiçao do Principío Divino (Portuguese PDF version)
Divine Principle Study Bible for Truth Seekers KJV Study Bible 

ESV Study Bible – personal size paperback

ESV Study Bible – Kindle edition

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The Best Water Bottle

This summer we found the best water bottle. My wife saw this 20 oz. Hydro Flask water bottle at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. She liked that it was supposed to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. 

To be honest, I was skeptical. I have been disappointed so many times by other water bottles that made similar claims. 

  

My wife put her coffee in the bottle. An hour later it was still just as hot as when we first poured it from the pot. I almost burned my lips! (Beware!) The next time we stopped by The Coffee Bean I bought my own Hydro Flask

We took couple of long road trips in June (2017). I carried my new bottle on both road trips. On the first trip we drove through Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Mamouth, and Bishop on 395. The daytime temperatures were well over 100 degrees every day.

On the second trip we drove east on I40 through Flagstaff, AZ, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Parks at the peak of a record breaking heat wave. 

We visited Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM, before driving back through Sedona and Phoenix, AZ. The temperature ranged from 110 degrees in Flagstaff to 120 degrees in Phoenix. Every day I filled up my Hydro Flask with ice and water. At the end of the day there was still ice in my bottle, even after refilling with water two or three times.

Once I forgot my bottle in the car while we walked around Sedona. The bottle sat in the hot car at temperatures over 110 degrees for more than four hours. When we returned to the car I was astounded to hear ice rattling around in the bottle, and the water was still ice cold!  Now that is a great water bottle.  

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf stores have a very limited selection of colors. We only saw white with black logos or purple with white logos. Amazon.com has a much greater variety of colors, sizes and styles. The 20 oz. is the size I like. It fits perfectly in my CRV’s cup holders. Amazon.com also has 12 oz. and 16 oz. in up to ten different colors.  

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