Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Like a River Glorious" and my latest musings...

  1. Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
    Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
    Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,
    Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
    • Refrain:
      Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
      Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
  2. Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
    Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
    Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
    Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
  3. Every joy or trial falleth from above,
    Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
    We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
    They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true

I was trying to think about what I was going to blog about when the song "Like a River Glorious" by the Galkin's started playing on my playlist. The words to this song are so awesome, and so encouraging to me, and I hope that they may be an encouragement to you.

So what's been going on with me lately? Well...my ship is about to go on a three month deployment in a little while...can't say exactly when for operational security reasons, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. One thing good about it is that by the time we get back I'll only have 1 year left in the Navy...which anyone who knows me understands that I am very much looking forward to that. In case you don't know me and you just happened to stumble on my blog...let me explain. God called me to be a Pastor when I was in my Freshman year of High School, and then called me in my Senior year into the service so that I could pay for college, and also have a good foundation to start my life on. Having said that I know that the military is exactly where the Lord wants me...but I have to be honest...I don't always enjoy it...and I often struggle with having a good attitude about it. I know the Lord is teaching me many valuable lessons...but some of them are pretty hard, and often painful. Anyways...getting back to the point...like I said I'm looking forward to my deployment because it should hasten the time till my one year left mark...but at the same time, deployments aren't easy. If you want to get a taste about what days underway on a U.S. Navy ship are like, you can read my 2nd blog I wrote back in February of '09 titled "A Typical Day Underway on the USS Blue Ridge". I do have to say that I do enjoy some of the ports.

Anyways...sorry that this is such a confusing, random post...but if you could be praying for my ship, that we would be safe during our deployment I would appreciate it!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Questions

Hannah tagged me...so here it is.

1. High heels or boots? Boots! Sorry…but I’m not a big fan of heels…

2. What time did you get up this morning? Well I was going to get up at 4:30…but I was too tired to I reset my alarm for 5.

3. What was the last film you saw? The Man From Snowy River.

4. What is your name? Jason

5. What is your favorite TV show? The O’Reilly Factor.

6. What do you usually have for breakfast? Sausage, a yogurt, and a fruit.

7. What is your middle name's initial? A

8. What food do you dislike? Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Licorice…and some other stuff that I can’t think of at the moment.

9. What is your favorite CD at the moment? It’s a tie between “Complete in Thee” by Northland, and “Christ Only, Always” by the Galkin Evangelistic Team.

10. What did you do tonight? Well, it’s not “tonight” yet, but tonight I’m going to be doing my first shore patrol…should be fun!

11. Favorite Clothing? Hoodies…sorry I’m stealing your answer Hannah.

12. Anywhere in the world on vacation? Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany…pretty much anywhere in Europe would be cool.

13. Are you an organized person? Not really…I am when I have to be, but only then…if there’s an option, than I probably would take the less organized path.

14. Where would you retire to? I’m really not sure actually.

15 What was your most recent memorable birthday? My 20th Birthday. I had a big party that combined my Birthday, going away to the Navy, and Graduation Party…it was huge, and a major blast!

16. What are you going to do when you finish this? Go to duty section turnover.

17. What is your Birthstone? Ruby.

18. Person you expect to read this first? Either Hannah, Rebekah, or Amanda…one of them is always the first to comment on my posts.

19. When is your birthday? July 23rd.

20. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night.

21. What is your favorite shoe style? Anything that’s comfortable and looks good.

22. Do you own any animals? No, but I wish I did.

23. Any news you'd like to share? No…nothing really new…

24. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Sheep Farmer in Scotland, a Chef, a Teacher, a Meat Packer (That’s what my dad was when I was little…so naturally I wanted to do it too.)…and many more…

25. What is your favorite flower? Daisies.

26. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? August 6th, 2011. That’s the day I get out of the Navy, and go to college!

28. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Hunter Green.

29. How is the weather right now? I’m not sure, I’m stuck on the ship right now…but when I was outside earlier, it was kind of cold, but sunny.

30. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Luci.

31. Favorite drink? Sweet Iced Tea.

32. Favorite restaurant? In the States, Steak and Shake…in Japan the Ramen House.

33. Hair color? Brown

34. What was your favorite toy as a child? My George Armstrong Custer action figure.

35. Summer or winter? Summer.36. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla37. Coffee or tea? Tea…coffee is gross!

38. Wish you were still young? Sometimes…

39. Do you want your friends to comment on this? If they want to.

40. When was the last time you cried? When I was at home on leave…they were man tears of course…

41. What is under your bed? My roommates bed…it’s a bunk bed.

42 . What did you do last night? Chilled in my room.

43. What are you afraid of? Hmmm…that’s a little too personal…

44. Salty or sweet? It depends on my mood.

45. Best quality you have? Not sure…you’d have to ask my friends.

46. How many years at your current job? 2.5 years in the Worlds Finest Navy!

47. Favorite day of the week? Friday

48. What four people will you tag?Whoever
Wants to
Fill
This out.

49. Do you like finding out all this stuff about your friends? Yes.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sapporo Snow Festival

So this last week my ship made a port call to Otaru, Japan for the snow festival in Sapporo. Basically we pulled into Otaru and had to take the train to get to the snow festival in Sapporo. Anyways...I thought I would share with you all the pictures I took while there...


Sapporo City streets...


Okay, so I saw this ice block and I thought the way it formed was really cool...so this is a close up picture of the ice block. Cool looking isn't it?


Alright, so they had this ski jump where these Japanese Snowboarders were jumping off of. It was pretty cool!


Orangutan and a Polar Bear.


The detail that these people put into these sculptures was amazing!


Alright so this is the whole sculpture...cool isn't it?


Alright, so the festival mostly consisted of "Snow Sculptures," but they had a few Ice Sculptures thrown into the mix. This one was the biggest, and the coolest.


Snow sculpture model of some building in Germany.


Korean Castle.


The first snow sculpture I saw at the festival.


Many of the buildings in Sapporo were surprisingly old fashioned. This is pretty uncommon in Japan...they are a very advanced culture, and often they tear down old buildings to put up the new...but this is one of the older buildings that I saw.

Alright...well that's all I'm going to post...I have a lot more...but if I were to post them all it would be way too much! I hope you all enjoyed the pics...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tag

Well, technically I wasn't tagged, but Hannah did this on her blog and I thought it looked like it might be fun.

BIOLOGY

Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right

Have you ever had anything removed from your body? I had my wisdom teeth pulled back in June.

What is the last heavy item you lifted? Hmmmm…I think it was a TV a couple of weeks ago…


FOOD-OLGY

What is your salad dressing of choice? Ranch, or when I’m in the mood Blue Cheese.

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? In the states it’s Steak and Shake, in Japan it’s this Ramen restaurant right outside the gate…I can’t remember what it’s called.

What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it? Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches.

What are your pizza toppings of choice? Anything with meat…but they also put Mayo on Pizza over here in Japan, and I must admit it’s pretty good.

What do you like to put on your toast? Butter


RANDOM-OLOGY

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Nope, it’s in God’s hands.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Well, when I was little I always wanted my name to be Paul…but now I would say that I would just keep my name.

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Yep!


DUMB-OLOGY

How many pairs of flip flops do you own? Two…but I only wear them at night after I’ve taken my shower, and in the morning when I’m getting ready for work.

Last time you had a run-in with the cops? Hmmm…I think it was when I took my drivers test back in High School. I honestly think that that was the last time I even spoke to a cop.

Last person you talked to in person? Schulze. She was down in the shop about an hour ago working on the Gyro.

Favorite Month? July or December.

CURRENT-OLOGY

Mood? Tired, and slightly seasick.

What are you listening to? The hum of electrical equipment, and the sound of steam running through the pipes in the engine room below me.

Watching? The computer.

Worrying about? How I’m going to get my maintenance done on the main deck today when it’s probably going to be secured today due to the rough seas…


RANDOM-OLOGY

What’s the last movie you watched? Hmmm…I think it was “The Man From Snowy River.”

Do you smile often? Yep.

Do you always answer your phone? Not always…if it’s Luci I always answer it (she’s been having really bad health problems lately, so if ya’ll could be praying for her, I would appreciate it!), but anyone else…I might ignore it, depending on how I feel.

If you could change your eye color what would it be? I’d keep my brownish-hazel eyes.

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I’ve only been to Sonic once in my whole life and I wasn’t too impressed, so I’m not sure what I would pick.

Do you own a digital camera? Yep.

Have you ever had a pet fish? Yep! I’ve actually mastered the art of keeping fish alive…it’s a refined art I learned after much experimentation and of course going through many fish. I actually wish I could have some right now…

Favorite Christmas song? Probably “The First Noel.”

What’s on your wish list for your birthday? Hmmm…I don’t know…there’s not really anything that I want that badly right now.

Can you do push-ups? I have to be able to…after all I am in the Navy…but I don’t do them as well as I should be able to.
Can you do a chin up? No, we don’t have to be able to do them in the Navy. One blessing of not being a Marine!
Do you have any saved texts? A few…I go through and delete them quite often.
Ever been in a car wreck? Nothing really serious…I’ve been in a car when it’s gone in the ditch before…but I can honestly say that I’ve never been driving when that’s happened. I hope to keep in that way.

Do you have an accent? It really depends on where I am, because I pick up accents pretty easily. I do have to admit that since I joined the Navy, I have an accent that mixes many different styles. It’s one cool thing about meeting so many different kinds of people in the Navy.

What is the last song to make you cry? Hmmmm…not sure…

Plans tonight? Probably going out to get something to eat…possibly chilling with Luci if she’s able to go out.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? Yep.

Name 2 things you bought yesterday: Hmmm…I think I bought a Sprite, and a Twix PB. That’s about all I buy when I’m underway…

You ever been given roses? Nope…I’m a guy…that’s not something we usually get as gifts. I wouldn’t really want them anyways.

Current hate right now? Nothing, and no one.

Met someone who changed your life? Yep.

What were you doing 12 AM last night? Sleeping.

What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? "I really don’t want to get up.” Not sure if that’s exactly what I thought…but it was something similar to that.


TECHNOLOGY


How many televisions are in your house? 1, but I never use it…my roommates are always using it to play video games.

What color cell phone do you have? Green.

What does the first text message in your inbox say and who sent it? I don’t even know what it says…I’m always getting these random text messages from my Japanese Cell Phone company…and I never know what any of them say because they’re all in Japanese! I get like 2 or three of them each day…it’s kind of annoying actually.

Who was the last person to call you? Luci, before my ship went underway.

If any of you want to do it feel free.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

What about Science?

Many people try to put off personal commitment to Christ on the assumption that if you cannot prove something scientifically, it is therefore not true. Since one cannot scientifically prove the deity of Jesus or his resurrection, then twenty-first-century sophisticates should know better than to accept him as Savior.

Often in a philosophy or history class someone confronts me with the challenge, "Can you prove it scientifically?" I usually say, "Well, no, I'm not a scientist." Then I hear the class chuckling and several voices saying things like, "Then don't talk to me about it," or "See, you must take it all by faith" (meaning blind faith).

Once on a flight to Boston I was talking with the passenger next to me about why I personally believe Christ is who he claimed to be. The pilot, making his public-relations rounds and greeting the passengers, overheard part of our conversation. "You have a problem with your belief," he said.

"What is that?" I asked.

"You can't prove it scientifically," he replied.

I am amazed at the inconsistency to which modern thinking has descended. This pilot like so many people in this century who hold the opinion that if you can't prove a thing scientifically, it can't be true. We all accept as true many facts that cannot be verified by scientific methods. We cannot scientifically prove anything about any person or event in history, but that doesn't mean that proof is impossible. We need to understand the difference between scientific proof and what I call legal-historical proof. Let me explain.

Scientific proof is based on showing that something is a fact by repeating the event in the presence of the person questioning the fact. It is done in a controlled environment where observations can be made, data drawn, and hypotheses empirically verified.

The "scientific method, however defined, is related to measurement of phenomena and experimentation or repeated observation." Dr. James B. Conant, former president of Harvard, writes: "Science is an interconnected series of concepts and conceptual schemes that have developed as a result of experimentation and observation, and are fruitful of further experimentation and observations."

Testing the truth of a hypothesis by the use of controlled experiments is one of the key techniques of the modern scientific method. For example, someone claims that Ivory soap doesn't float. I claim it does float, so to prove my point, I take the doubter to the kitchen, put eight inches of water in the sink at 82.7 degrees, and drop in the soap. Plunk! We make observations, we draw data, and we verify my hypothesis empirically: Ivory soap floats.

In the scientific method were the only method we had for proving facts, you couldn't prove that you watched television last night or that you had lunch today. There is no way you could repeat those events in a controlled situation.

The other method of proof, the legal-historical proof, is based on showing that something is a fact beyond a reasonable doubt. In other words, we reach a verdict on the weight of the evidence and have no rational basis for doubting the decision. Legal-historical proof depends on three kinds of testimony: oral testimony, written testimony, and exhibits (such as a gun, a bullet, or a notebook). Using the legal-historical method to determine the facts, you could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you went to lunch today. Your friends saw you there, the waiter remembers seeing you, and you have the restaurant receipt.

The scientific method can be used to prove only repeatable things. It isn't adequate for proving or disproving questions about persons or events in history. The scientific method isn't appropriate for answering such questions as: Did George Washington live? Was Martin Luther King Jr. as civil rights leader? Who was Jesus of Nazareth? Does Barry Bonds hold major league baseball's one-season home run record? Was Jesus Christ raised from the dead? These questions are outside the realm of scientific proof, and we must place them in the realm of legal-historical proof. In other words, the scientific method--which is based on observation, information gathering, hypothesizing, deduction, and experimental verification to find and explain empirical regularities in nature--cannot uncover the final answers to such questions as: Can you prove the Resurrection? Is science at war with religion? Has science somehow disproved the existence of God?

from: More Than a Carpenter
by: Josh and Sean McDowell

Super Bowl Sunday

So, I don't think I've posted about this before, so this may come as a surprise to some of you, but I have absolutely no interest in organized sports. I have tried many times over the last 22 years to gain an interest in sports, and it has only every been very short lived. The most I ever got into sports was back in middle school when my family was still living in PA...it was when the 76ers made it to the championship against the Lakers. The only reason why I was able to get so into it was because the whole school was going nuts about it. So I got caught up in the hype and showed interest for about a month...but after that month was over the interest died off and I once again was less than interested.

The same goes for the Super Bowl...the Super Bowl for me has always been just an excuse to sit at home around the TV, eat food, and fellowship with friends and family. Since I joined the Navy, I've taken away the sitting by the TV, and have just settled for using it as an excuse to eat, and maybe hang out with friends. But this year, you know what I'm doing? Well...I'm sitting down in my shop on the computer typing this blog...the Super Bowl is playing on the TV...but am I watching it? No...there's a plate in front of me with chicken bones on it from my somewhat less than amazing Super Bowl dinner (Hey, what can you expect from Navy cooks?). I might call my family later to see how their celebration is going...really wishing I could be with them right now...we always had a fun time...

Anyways...sorry for this terribly random, sentimental post...if you couldn't tell...I'm slightly bored...

Oh, and I might be doing another post from "More Than A Carpenter" later on in the day. I was reading it last night before I went to bed, and got some very good stuff out of it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

In Christ Alone

Verse 1:
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
***
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
***
Verse 2:
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift if love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
***
'Til on the cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ in I live
***
Verse 3:
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then, bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
***
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost it's grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
***
Verse 4:
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
***
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
'Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand