Thursday, November 17, 2005


Hey WoW!
I have not written in this blog for so long.......I forgot about it till now.......Funny. Anyway I moved, kinda. I have a new website but it is nothing like what this used to be. It is more of a gathering of my daily ramblings, with some links to other peeps ramblings. Yeah, you can visit my new site by clicking on the picture. I don't even know if anyone will read this, but if you do its just to let you know what was up with me not posting in so long. Oh, and if you ever linked to me and didn't already, you should probably either take the link off your site completely or at least change it. So yeah..........There is not much more to say. Bye!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

God Speaks

These billboards were started in 1998 by an anonymous donor who started with nine billboards. Now in 2005 there are 10,000 all over the country, since the project was taken over by different billboard companies as public service announcements. This just goes to show how something so small can be turned into an amazing accomplishment, if you let God lead you. You should check out the website here and see for yourself how this ministry has grown. There you can read the whole story and see the rest of the signs. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

This Could get Ugly

I saw this commercial for the first time from the Virtue Magazine, and it blew my mind. Not in a good way. It made me ask myself, "What are people thinking?". I can understand a mother feeling pain when her son dies, but do you have to go this far? I know that if I was a marine and my mother started acting this way, protesting the war I was fighting, it would embarrass me! I do not blame her for feeling pain for the loss of her son, I have seen this sort of pain first hand and it is horrible, but do you have to go this far?

As a friend said, " Man, at the beginning your going "sniff sniff" then she blasts the president. Its like sugar-coated Bush-bashing".

Here is where it gets really ugly. Those who do not air the commercial are being accused of oppressing the rights of free speech.

Here is the way our Liberal ruled news media puts it.

A Utah station, KTVX, would not air the ad because local managers found the content "could very well be offensive to our community in Utah, which has contributed more than its fair share of fighting soldiers and suffered significant loss of life in the this Iraq war".

And now because these managers want to run their business their way, they are being accused opposingng Constitutional rights!

Here is the problem. We now not only have Liberals running the news media, but we have them translating our Constitution! With those two powers in their control we could be in trouble.

Boy, this could get ugly.

I'm still here

WoW! It has been a long time since my last post! But I am still here, and thanks to some encouragement from my friends I am back and blogging again. I figured I would start by talking about my California trip. So here it goes..............

After a day and a half of traveling I was finally in Clovis, California. Once all the people finally arrived at the Fresco University (the campus I stayed at) there were a total of three-hundred people there to help with the project. This group was to fix twenty-four houses in five days. Some homes were being repainted while others were getting new fences and roofs. I was part of a crew which re-roofed and put in a new fence around a house. I spent most of my time on the roof though I did help with the fence a little, and managed to hit my leg with a sledge-hammer in the process. Even through I made silly mistakes like that my first day I caught on to the work quickly. I even earned a nick-name while working on the roof, "skooter", a name which accurately explains itself.

After work we would come back to the campus, shower, eat and go to worship. The worship services were awesome. The worship leader, who's name escapes me, did an awesome job. After worship we would have a speaker, Matt Furbey, come up and teach us different things about what we were doing or what we could do to get closer to God and help those around us to grow closer. These worship services were anticipated daily by my friends and I. But the best service by far was the one held on Wednesday night. We did not have a teaching by Matt, just a lot of worship songs and prayer. This night I over came my fear of praying in front of people and prayed out-loud in front of all three-hundred World Changers.

During my time in California I had the chance to talk to a group of teens living in the neighborhood where my work site was. This group of five asked me and some friends why we were there doing what we were doing. We were able to share with them all the answers to their many questions and show them the Light I had been learning about all week. I hope and pray that someday they will look back on what was said there and turn to Jesus.

Also on this trip I had a chance to have a lot of fun visiting Yosemite National Park, Universal Studios, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

That about sums my trip up. Little did I know at the time but that was only the beginning of my summer, and now before I can even try to slow down my summer is over. I am officially starting my Jr. year in highschool tomorrow. Wish me luck (and pray that I pass this grade!).

That is all for now but be sure to check back soon because I will not have anymore long breaks between posts, because I am back!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Check This Out

This will be my last post before I leave. But I just wanted all my readers to check this out:


When you click on it, it will take you to Agent Tim's site which is getting better every day. It is a fantastic site and it is worth reading.

Alright well I will continue to write when I get back, so be sure to check in later!

Monday, June 13, 2005

California Here I Come

In exactly five days from now I will be leaving Maryland and on my way to Clovis, California. I can not believe it is that close already! As most of you know I am going there on a missions trip with my youth group. We will be gone for twelve days (June 17-28) and will be staying very busy while there. We will be fixing about 25 houses! I will be just one member of 350 who will be working on this project. Re-roofing the houses in Clovis will be one of the main jobs I will be helping with.

Re-roofing may not sound too hard. But I will tell you now, I had a small taste of it this past Saturday and it is hard, hot and hard. When you get on top of the roof everything changes. The
temperature, your ego and your point of view. You start saying things like, "It did not look this steep or this high from down there!". All in all it was fun and I learned a lot about roofing (considering I knew nothing about it to begin with). I think I will be ready for the work laid out for me once I get to Clovis.

While there we will doing more than just working on the houses. For example this Sunday I will be attending the Saddleback Church, which is pastured by the author of The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren.

Well that is all the time I have for now. I will tell you all about it when I get back!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

My First Homeschooling Post

Before I start writing today I want everyone who is reading to know this. If you not homeschooled I have absolutely nothing against you. I have many good friends who go to school and my grandparents have worked in the public school system as school teachers. The reason I have decided to write on homeschooling today is purely in response to a website my friend showed me, the Illinois Leader. (By the way thanks Tim for showing me this lets see if I do OK with it.) The writer, Scott Thomas, made some bold claims against homeschooling here and here. All I am attempting to do is answer some of the things he mentioned.

I have to say some of the quotes from Mr. Thomas surprised me, so I decided to show them to you.

".......there is statistical evidence that points to home schooled students performing better than the public school average on standardized tests. So what?"

Wait a second! You mean to tell me my test scores don't matter to you? You want to tell me that the effort of kids who do go to public school and score high does not matter to you? Isn't that what education is about? To score high and graduate with honors and in the near future get a great job for which you worked hard for. That is the point, hard work. The hard work of a society is what makes it prosperous. If we let the grades slip slowly downward then society goes with them. The generation of high scoring students (homeschooled and public schooled) is going to be the future of our country. You can not tell me my grades and the high scores of others don't mater.

Now moving on to the next surprising quote:

"But, much more common, from my observation, is that parents choose to home school as a form of protection for their children.

Typical of the emails I received from listeners is this: 'We don't want them (children) to be indoctrinated by tolerance of everything & everyone (except for conservative Christians), Pro-gay lifestyles, Evolution-is-fact teaching throughout the curriculum (and not just science), Prayer in school is forbidden, and many other examples that permeate the academic agenda.'

I don't like all of that junk, either. But, at what price, protection?"

When I read that last line my first reaction was, "Fantastic just one more person telling me 'you are so sheltered and don't know what real life is like'" But then I thought, I am sheltered. There is no getting around that. This does not mean I don't know the same things other kids know it just means I do not have to deal with them as much as others do. But I have dealt with people who think I am narrow minded because I don't accept certain evils. I have been challenged by evolution, but in school I have written papers on how and why it is not and cannot be true. I have been rejected by "friends" who would not accept me for various reasons. The only difference I can see between being "sheltered, young and naive" and "knowing what it is like" is I felt more prepared when I was challenged. So yes I am sheltered but I am not stupid.

The second part of his quote I would like to address is when Mr. Thomas asked, "But, at what price, protection?" Here is my question for you, Mr.Thomas, can you put a price on protection? Jesus gave his life for our protection from death and Hell. What would have happened to us if He said, "Well at what price protection?", do we want to know what would have happened? Now I do not want my readers to think I am comparing salvation to the way we chose to school. The point I am trying to make is protection does not have a price. My mom and dad have talked about sending me to a school, but there are ways I would still be under their protection, no mater what it cost them. They have made sure I have a solid foundation in the Bible. They closely monitor what I do on the internet and what video games I play. Where I am going, what I am doing and who I am with are never unanswered questions for them. So I am not saying that public schools are unproductive in and of themselves, it is what is allowed to happen in some of them that can put us (students) in bad situations.

In my closing I would like to remind you, if you go to a school I have nothing against you. I am open for any comments you may have. One last thing before I go. I have often thought it is not the schools that are the problem, but the system which they are now controlled by. I want to be taught how to think not what to think.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Let the Fool be a Fool

Proverbs 26:4-5
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

What? That is what I thought the first time I read this verse. I also thought that the second, third and forth time I read this verse. The more I tried to come up with an answer the more confused I was. You might have felt this way when you read this verse. The one thing I have learned about reading and understanding the Bible it is this, sometimes it takes an experience to happen in your life for you to understand. Sometimes we have to see things first hand. I had an experience recently which made this verse a little more clear to me.

I may have already told this story to you, but just bear with me while I explain to those who have not heard. As most of you know I have recently moved to a new house. As we all know when you move you meet new people. The first person I met introduced himself as Jr. Right after introducing himself he informed me, "I sucked". (I do not want anyone to be shocked or offended that I have used this word in my blog, I am just telling a story and I could not think of a word to replace it with.) After a week or two I found that Jr. likes to mouth off. We all have met at least one "big mouth", so you guys know what I am talking about. Jr. likes to lie, cheat, use dirty words, bad mouth people and acts like an all out punk. He even went as far to say,"Logan you are a wimp and could never fight me." (Why he brought this up I will never know.) recently he called my little sister "the B-word". At this point I was already sick and tired of the guy. Now I had the perfect excuse to show him I wasn't the wimp he thought I was. I was, for the first time in my life, ready to fight. Wanting to fight.

But then I thought about the verses above. I knew, obliviously, Jr. was a fool. But was I willing to become the fool? Would I just let him see himself as wise? What was the answer? Should I fight or not? Here was my decision.

Foolishness is something I decided to measure. I think the verses were trying to get us to measure foolishness. We can measure it on a scale from 1 to 10. Mouthing off, cussing, and lying could be 1-5. So we don't have to do anything lest we be the fool. I came to this conclusion because of this verse.

Proverbs 17:27-28
He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive

So if someone is being a fool in this way (mouthing off) we should just leave it. But what about the rest of the scale, 6-10? The things that go on this higher part of the scale are these. Physical fighting, if the fool hits you, a friend or a family member, and stealing. If someone hits you and you don't do anything then you will make the fool look wise in his own eyes. Or if the fool takes something that is yours and you know it and just let him go, then you are the fool. (I know that is really obvious, but I did that once because I did not want to be mean.)

This is my way of rating foolishness. The Bible does not give us this scale from 1-10 but I hope you can understand what I am trying to say. The story I was telling has not ended yet. But so far I have not fought Jr. If all he ever does is mouth off and brag he stays on the lower side of the scale and I will not do anything lest I be the fool. But if he goes to the higher side of the scale I will have to do something.

That is all I have for now but stay tuned for more of my brilliant insights. Right whatever. ;-)