Thursday, April 23, 2009

Favorite Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes. I have these posted on my facebook too, but I wanted to share them with my blog readers...

"Go as you are to Christ, and ask him to give that tenderness of heart which shall be to you the indication that pardon has come; for pardon cannot and will not come unattended by a melting of soul and a hatred of sin. Wrestle with the Lord! Say, I will not let you go except you bless me. Get a fast hold upon the savior by a vigorous faith in his great atonement. Oh! May his spirit enable you to do this! Say in your soul, here I will abide, at the horns of the altar; if I perish I will perish at the foot of the cross. From my hope in Jesus I will not depart; but I will look up and still say, savior, your heart was broken for me, break my heart! You were wounded, wound me! Your blood was freely poured forth, for me, Lord let me pour forth my tears that I should have nailed you to the tree. Oh Lord, dissolve my soul; melt it in tenderness, and you will be forever praised for making your enemy your friend.
"-Charles Spurgeon

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."
-C. S. Lewis

"...that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
-C. S. Lewis

"If you are living like there is no God, you better be right!"

"Hunsicker's never quit!"
-Aunt Terri

This last one I can't really call a favorite because it makes me sad...but it should make you think...

"The greatest single cause of atheism in this world today is Christians...who acknowledge Christ with their lips, and walk out the door, and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

God's Word - The Only Source for Truth

I have heard much talk lately with people I know about different books that they are reading. One tells me that their book is good, the other tells me that that their book is good. One person will write one book, and another person will write a book that is bashing on the other book. I get so confused because both will tell me “It’s a really good book…you should read it.” Every time I know that the person had my best intentions at heart. They wanted to help me grow as a Christian, but I have come to a conclusion about this situation. Would you like to hear my conclusion? Yes? No? Well, I’m going to tell you anyway!

I’d much rather read the Bible. It is the only source of truth that I can depend on!

I would also like to say that I am very frustrated by these arguments I often hear about versions of the Bible. If I could I would rather go back to the old Greek and Hebrew Bibles and read from them directly, just so I could avoid all these arguments about versions. Sadly I cannot do this because I am neither fluent in Greek or Hebrew, and I probably never will. So I have to do the best with what I can with what knowledge I have.

I was going to at this point continue to rant about how I feel about this a little more…but then I realized that I would rather let Gods word speak for itself. I want to clarify something first before I close with some scripture. If any of you have ever given me a book, please don’t think I’m trying to say that I no longer want to receive books from you. I enjoy reading books, and I know that God also tells us to listen to Godly wisdom, I’m just trying to prove the point, that in the end, I would much rather read the whole truth found in Gods word.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

I Thessalonians 2:13 (NASB)

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word. I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
Psalm 119:160 - 176 (KJV)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

21 going on 22 and still loving Patch the Pirate!

I have grown up my whole life listening to Patch adventures! I actually don't think I can remember a time when I didn't know who Patch the Pirate was. I remember when I was a little, before I started school, I used to listen to Patch the Pirate all day on rainy days. I remember my mom homeschooling the other kids, and I would be lounging on the floor in the living room listen to Patch Adventures.

Still today I love to listen to them. I often listen to them while I'm working out. Picture a 21 year old guy running on the treadmill laughing his head off to Patch the Pirate. I'm sure it's a pretty funny picture. Most people around me probably have no idea what I'm listening to...they probably think it's some raunchy comedian. If they only knew...

I even started a group on Facebook called "I grew up on Patch the Pirate." It's up to over a thousand members.

Probably my favorite adventures are...

Some of my favorite Characters for being funny are...

Lola ("The Screaming Hairy Armadillo" Armadillo Amigos): She is probably one of the most hysterical characters in a Patch Adventure yet! Hearing her Scream and say "Oh, so sorry." It makes me laugh my head off.

Christopher Columbus (Great American Time Machine): "With a Pizza Parlor on every corner!" So many good quotes from him, I could probably quote all of what he says! He's just a very funny guy.

Ferlin Frog & Cooter Turtle (Misterslippi River Race and Calliope Caper): They're like the Abbot and Costello of Patch the Pirate. The polar opposites, but with perfect chemistry. I love their song "Floatin' down the Misterslippi" and "Big Toe!" I also love in Calliope Caper when Ferlin is talking really fast, it cracks me up!

Vidalia (Polecats Poison): The classy southern woman with bad breath, what a paradox! I especially love the part where she breaths in Polecat Jacks face and makes him pass out. She is a very funny character.

Some characters that touched my heart...

George Washington (Great American Time Machine): What an inspiring character! Not eating until his men ate, getting down on his knees in the snow to pray...such an example.

Mr. Missionary (Patch the Pirate Goes to the Jungle): Living in the Jungle away from everybody with a church that's missing a roof, continuing to do work for the Lord. Praying and trusting in God that he would send help, not taking the treasure that the crocodile was sitting on because it wasn't his. What an example of faith! I only hope that when I'm in ministry I will be that faithful to the Lord work!

Some of my favorite songs are...

Trust in the Lord, Rejoice in the Lord, Sail On, Bow the Knee, I was made to praise the Lord, Love the Lord, Peace Be Still, Praise Song, Do Right, Great and Marvelous, Bring Forth Fruit, Mountain Moving Faith, Listen for the Trumpet, Lord Bless Our Home, Yours Forever, Cherish the Moment, I Do My Part, Open Our Eyes...and many many more!

I hope none of you are ever too old to enjoy Patch adventures. We can all take a lesson from them, no matter what our age!

Friday, April 3, 2009

DMZ (Demilitarized Zone)

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (Korean: 한반도 비무장지대) is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. The DMZ cuts the Korean Peninsula roughly in half, crossing the 38th parallel on an angle, with the west end of the DMZ lying south of the parallel and the east end lying north of it. It is 155 miles (248 km) long and approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) wide, and is the most heavily armed border in the world.

The Concrete slab running between the buildings marks the line of Demarkation between the two countries. The Building on the Left is a neutral zone where talks are performed.

Can you see the North Korean up on the stairs with the Binoculars? It was kind of creepy to see him looking at us.

Neutral Zone. The left side of the table is South Korea, the Right, is North Korea.

This picture was taken from the North Korean side of the room. This guy was guarding the exit to the North Korea.

I forgot what the name of this building is, but this building was built by the South Koreans with the hope that it would eventually be used for family reunions for families separated by the DMZ. But it sits empty because people arn't allowed to cross between the countries. It stands as a monument to the South Koreans desire to see unification.

This is known as Propaganda City. At least that is what the South Koreans, and the US Soldiers call it. It is the North Koreans City lying on the DMZ. It's called Propaganda City, because it sits pretty much empty. It is an attempt by the North Koreans to make it seem like they are prospering. The Flag Pole in the center of the city is the tallest Flag Pole in the World at 160 Meters. It was built so tall because the South Koreans had built a flag pole that was 100 meters, so the North Koreans wanted to appear more powerful. So thus they built this flag pole. The Flag (If I remember correctly) weighs 300 lbs. They have a crew of 40 men that have to go out and raise it everyday.

This location is the site for the Axe Murder Incident of 1976. At that time there was a tree that stood between the location where I was standing and the shack you can see in the distance. The tree had stood for years, and blocked the veiw between the two checkpoints. The US Soldiers on the base decided that it was necessary to cut the tree down to clear the view. While attempting to cut the tree down, they were attacked by North Koreans who ran accross the "Bridge of No Return." Many were killed in the resulting fight wich lasted only 20-30 seconds. The tree was eventually cut down with many more precautions taken to ensure the saftey of the "Axe-bearers."

To read the full story go to:

"The Bridge of No Return." This is the bridge where North and South Korea exchanged prisoners after the Armstice. Both Sides exchanged prisoners, and never "returned" to the other side.

This is a monument depicting the desires of the Korean people. The two halves of the ball representing the North and South, with the Koreans on both side trying to push them back together...