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Monday, June 28, 2010

Apologetics

My husband and I were listening to a CD from Focus on the Family on Saturday.   We were driving to see my Mom who is still in a rehab center for physical therapy.  She is scheduled to go home on Thursday, and I'm so glad!  It is very sad to see my Mom and Dad separated for so long.  My Dad can't see to drive as well as he used to, so he can't go to see her.  (She's in another town.)
Back to the CD..........It was a talk by Josh McDowell that was very good.  He used to be an agnostic.  Now he's a well-known Christian, author, and speaker.  Here are some neat things he said.
There are 333 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament.
These prophecies were written at the VERY LEAST, 200 -500 years before Jesus was born.
Just a few of the prophecies were that:
The Messiah would be from the lineage of Shem.
The Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac.
The Messiah would be a descentant of Jacob.
The Messiah would be from the tribe of Judah.
The Messiah would be a descendant of Jessie, and from the house of David (King David).
That He would be crucified.  This prophecy was written 800 years before crucifixion ever took place.
The Messiah would come before the destruction of the temple, which occured in 70 A.D.  
The chance of 1 man fulfilling 8 out of the 333 prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power!!!!!!!!!!!
Compare this to covering the entire state of Texas in silver dollars 2 feet deep.  1 of these silver dollars would have a red check on it.  The chance of you finding that 1 silver dollar is the same chance that 1 man could fulfill 8 out of the 333 prophecies written about the Messiah in the Old Testament.  And yet...........Jesus Christ fulfilled all 333 of those prophecies.  Isn't that the coolest bit of information about Jesus?  I just LOVE apologetics!  We need to know why we believe what we believe.  Don't just be a Christian, because your Mama was a Christian.  There's so much more to Christianity that that!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Louie Giglio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewKtSKbWZUI&feature=PlayList&p=F6D1E19162EE9028&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1


I hope this link works.  This 5-part video series is so incredible!  It gives you an inkling of how big the Universe is, and therefore how HUMONGOUS God is.  He has a few other really neat video series on Youtube.  Just look up Louie Giglio.   Another one is called "How Great is Our God".   My niece, Lydia, tried to show me how to put videos directly onto my posts, but I can't seem to do it anymore.  I need your help, Lydia!  :o)  I hope you will be as blown away as I was!

Indescribable by Louie Giglio - Part 1 of 5

Sunday, June 20, 2010

It has been difficult to blog lately because we have been pretty busy.  The summer is flying by already!  We went back to my Mom and Dad's at the beginning of the week to help my Mom and Dad out and visit with my sister Marcy and her kids.  My Mom is in rehab right now for physical therapy, and was in the hospital before that.  My Dad gets really down when she's in the hospital and seems kind of lost.  I know he enjoyed having some of his grandchildren swimming in his pool.  We were able to visit my Mom in the hospital, do some laundry, etc.  We will all be so glad when she gets back home!  The big, ugly frog was in my Mom and Dad's pool.  It could really hop!  It was wild to see how long his legs are.  The kids were thrilled to see Marcy and I do a flip off of the diving board (not at the same time  :o) ).  I also swam some races with the kids, including relay races.  McKenzie and Matthew always beat me, but at least I try! 
I also posted a picture of Clayton with his cousin Spencer, and 1 of Carrington and Clayton with Spencer and his brother Brandon.  They, along with their parents, spent the night at our house this past weekend.  Their Dad is my husband's brother.  Even though they are a lot older than Carrington and Clayton, they are always very nice to them.  Spencer played quite a bit with Clayton, and Clayton had a blast. 
I posted pictures of 2 new books we like.  Mortimer's First Garden is so cute and sweet.  It's a Christian book that I found at our library.  We love The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit.  We're listening to it on CD in the car right now.  The reader has an English accent, which adds so much to the story!  It's a wonderful chapter book about 3 children who suddenly find themselves poor and living with their Mother close to a train station.  I highly recommend it!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I'm so sad that this last picture is so hazy.  For some reason my camera fogged up while I was taking pictures and I didn't even think about it messing up the picture!  I'll know next time!
These are a few more pics from our visit to my sister's house.  I don't know why, but I took a bunch of pics of the boys and not many at all of the girls.  The baby in the swing is my youngest niece.  I think it was her first time in a swing. 
We are praying for my Mom right now.  She is in the hospital and having a rough time.  Her kidneys aren't working, so she is now on dialysis.  She has been short of breath since yesterday.  She has Congenestive Heart Failure and an irregular heart beat right now.  Our family is very sad to see her so sick.  My kids and I are headed to the hospital to see her in the morning.  I hope and pray she is able to sleep tonight.  She is a wonderful Mom and Grandma and we want her to get better so we can enjoy her this summer.  She loves swimming in her pool with her grandchildren.  I hope to see that happen very soon!  She is the heart of our family.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pictures from our visit to my sister's house

We went to my sister, Kellie's house last week for a visit.  We always have a fun time and wish they lived closer.  Clayton, Gabe, and Titus are always so cute playing together.  They like to put on camouflage paint on their faces.  Little boys are so cute and fascinating to me now that I have a boy.  It's fun to see what they are "into", because they are so different from girls.  I'm so thankful to be a Mom of a boy and a girl, because both are so fun in very different ways.
The 2 books above are great to read during a devotional time.  I love all of the "Miller" books.  My favorite one is Missionary Stories With the Millers.  I also love Hero Tales, because it's great to hear about great Christian heroes.  My kids enjoy both of these series as well. 

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