Thursday, October 30, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
For lunch today, I had lobster bisque, spinach lasagna, Philly cheese steak, salmon, spagetti, chicken rolls, chicken tacos, chicken stir fry, chocolate covered macademia nuts, pumpkin cake, zipfiz energy drink, apple crisp, a hot dog and a coke. Can you guess where I ate?
Thursday, October 23, 2008
However, things haven’t slowed down without the Ecola schtik. I have been busy teaching a seminar for Walk Thru the Bible entitled, Raising Up a Child. This is a new parenting seminar from WTB and I am teaching it for the first time at Bonita Valley Baptist Church. On top of that, I was the mission speaker at Carlsbad Community Church, and the speaker for the Pinewood Derby races for AWANA at Bonita Valley Baptist Church. I have also been asked to fill the pulpit for the Santee Community Church before I leave for Mongolia.
I also had another interesting conversation this month. One of my long time friends and colleagues in ministry and I took a half day and talked about how to finish up ministry. He is still actively in the pastorate and all his kids almost out of the house and the next big step would be retirement. Just what that would look like is anybody’s guess. I certainly have found retirement an interesting adventure and the years ahead hold just as much thrill has any years I have experienced. I just don’t know where they will lead. None-the-less, we want to finish well and be an asset to the kingdom of Christ until He takes us home. You may hear more about this as time goes on. If you have a comment, I would like to hear it. Let’s all finish well!
Mongolia is coming together well. I have my ticket, my presentation is pretty well set, I have my flu shot, I have been collecting all the odds and ends, I have purchased gifts for my interpreter, Janiece has laid in plans for how she is going to spend her time, (She has even worked out an itinerary for the train that I would not have figured out), so, I guess everything is on schedule. I met a lady in Berean Christian Store yesterday who is also going on the trip from San Diego. That was an unexpected delight.
I am working on a sermon for Santee Christian Church and I feel drawn to Philippians 4:6 which says to be anxious for nothing. Anxiety seems to be the elephant in the room in a lot of people’s lives these days. With the Wall Street Rollercoaster scattering our emotions all over the landscape and the impending election raising all kinds of issues it is no wonder that people are anxious. I think this is a time to assess just what we believe about God. Does a $31,000 lost in our portfolio spell disaster, or is this a reminder that our real confidence is in God and His loving care. It chases me back to the scriptures (Matt. 6:33) that admonishes us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.
He knows, and He cares!
As difficult as things are in Southern California there are others who are struggling more than we are. Let’s not miss this opportunity to uphold our brothers and sisters who are facing insurmountable difficulties.
Oh, by the way, my baby boy turned 45 this week. Happy birthday Jon! He also, this month, pulled off a major involvement in the San Jose Aids Walk. He challenged four churches to recruit 600 walkers and raise $20,000 for the Aids Health Fund. He missed his goal. The four churches recruited 802 walkers and raised almost $30,000. The boy is doin’ good. Papa is proud. Not that I’m not proud of the other two, this was just Jon’s turn for the spotlight.
Suhkbaatar, here I come,
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A couple of years ago we bought a Cumquat tree. We kept it in a pot for a while then we planted it out near our gazebo.
It has struggled and finally it produced a crop. I went out today and hauled in our cumquat harvest.
Yep, that's it. Two whole cumquats. Aren't they pretty? I can't wait to enjoy my delicious citrus fruit.See and download the full gallery on posterous
I don't know if you have ever eaten a cumquat. They work great on salads and in other combinations, but to eat them alone is an experience of a lifetime. You eat them whole. The peel tastes slightly sweet. To balance this the inner pulp is sour. When you eat them you get a mixture of both these tastes which is quite interesting.
Here's how you do it. You put the whole thing in your mouth and bite down.
Then you enjoy the splash of intense tastes.
Sometimes one taste overpowers the other. Can you guess which one dominates?
Maybe the next crop will taste better.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The first Sunday of October is always British Car Day. This year it was at the Admiral Baker Park in San Diego. About 177 cars pre registered. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Austin Healey Sprite and that mark was featured. My Sprite was in the center of the show along with a dozen others.
Janiece came too and hung out in the 'quick shade' canope. We had a McBreakfast and strolled around looking at all the variety of rolling artwork that came from mother England.
There was even a bagpipe marching band.
They were pretty good, I think. I don't really have a category for judging bagpipe bands. The little girl who played the drum and twirled her drumsticks was cute though.
Here are a couple of photos of interesting sights.See and download the full gallery on posterous
Looks like the photog is having a hayday.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
A couple of years ago I went to Papua New Guinea to visit Steve and Tracy Geis and in the process I was introduced to Passion Fruit. Later I found a vine at Lowes and planted it on our fence. Well, it has begun to produce fruit. The fruit looks like a huge plum with a thick tough skin.
Open it up and it is filled with a juicy, gelatinous pulp and seeds that looks like frog eggs to me.
If you can get pas the looks the pulp is tart and sour but tasty. According to the internet is high in vitamin A. I think I am the only one in the house at the moment who likes it. So, I guess I will be able to have all I want.
I'm sure there are some exotic applications that will be delightful. Wanna try some?