Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I spent most of my time at my grandparents house who took custody of me when I was four years old. I was referred to as my grandparents' son since their only children were my mother and aunt. My grandparents raised me up in a Christian home. When I was eight years old I started attending a baptist church near my home after the pastor paid a visit to the house and invited us to the church. In August of 1986, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. In time the pastor left and I stopped going to the church. As I got into my teenage years I started making same bad choices. I did not get into drugs or alcohol thanks to God protection. I was loving for love and looking in some of the wrong places. Forming the wrong kind of friendships with people. People started telling lies about me, but if the true came out it would make the lies look like the truth. In 1993, one of the boy in my neighborhood invited me to come to church with him. He made sure that I had a ride to church each time the church was open. I was involved in the youth group at church. I started to grow in the Lord again.
I continued to make bad choices in my life. I finally got into major trouble which God used to get me the counseling I needed in order to start the right choice with friendships. God is still working on making me into the man he want me to be. I getting life in order and developing friendships that build me up instead of tearing me down. God is now using me to change peoples lives all over the world.
In January of this year, God brought a very special women into my life. We started talking in a Christian Chat Room that I started chatting in to developed my social skills and make good Christian friends. My Love and me started as friends with me not looking for a relationship. I finally got to the point at I decide to give up on looking for someone to spend my life with. Shortly after this God started speaking to my heart that my Love was the one for me. After much time of praying then talking with her we become boyfriend and girlfriend. We committed our relationship to the Lord and pray together everyday. God is answering our prayers day by day.
When I was younger many people would come up to me and tell me that God have something special planned for me to do. I believe that he is moving me in the final position for that plan. I pray everyday for God to use me to touch someone for his glory.
Monday, August 25, 2008
When did you start putting flowers in the courtyard at First Baptist Church?
About two years ago.
Why do you plant the flowers in the courtyard at First Baptist Church?
I enjoy flowers and the love the beautiful of them.
What do you do to take care of the flower?
Of course water them, and also prune them.
Does anyone help you with the flowers?
What flowers do you plant in the courtyard?
All kinds, a lot of color!
Do you have flowers other places around the church?
if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. ~ Colossians 1:23 ESV
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Part I: My Fatih
My name is Jo Anne Reyes Hipolito, 28 years old and living from Philippines. I was raised from a Christian family and my parents brought me up in the ways of the Lord. I grew up attending Sunday School and Daily Vacation Bible School on our Church. Since my childhood days, I already knew God but accepted Him in my life as my personal Lord and Savior when I was 7 years old. My grandparents who are now with the Lord, serve as a big influence in my faith too. I learned how to pray through my grandfather who take care and slept with me since I was a child until I reached age 11. He never allowed me to sleep without praying. The one who inspire me in meditating and reading the Word of God is my grandmother. I saw her everytime she woke up in the morning, the first thing she did was to pray and read her Bible. What a great blessing to have a parents and grandparents who lighted my path as I grew up.
Years gone by and I felt God’s presence in my life. By the time I graduated from college, I fully dedicate my time in our church and enjoy myself serving the Lord in different ways. I became active in all youth activities until such time I was elected to be the president of our Local youth group and at the same time I was also elected to be the president of our District. The responsibility that I had is not that easy but I truly enjoyed it with the help of God.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Madonna turns 50 years old today. As we take a look at Madonna's life we can see someone who has been looking for some meaning in their life. Many times we as Christians condemn people like Madonna for the ways they look for meaning in their lives. We are to love the people of the world and hate the sin. I am not saying overlook the sinful life people live but to love them and tell them there is a better way. I fully believe if Jesus was walking the street of today's world he would be with the people in the entertainment business more then the people in the church. I challenge my fellow Christians not to condemn Madonna and others like her, but pray that she will come to know the love of Jesus. Lets be a light unto the world not a wall of hate blocking people from accepting the love of Jesus.
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. ~~ Matthew 7:1-5 (English Standard Version)
The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." ~~ Mark 12:31 (English Standard Version)
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." ~~ Matthew 28:18-20 (English Standard Version)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
God is good all the Time
God is good all the time
He put a song of praise in this heart of mine;
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night
His light we shine
God is good, God is good all the time.
If you’re walking through the shadows
And there are shadows all around
Do not fear, He will guide you
He will keep you safe and sound
He has promised to never leave you
Nor forsake you, and His Word is true.
We we’re sinners so unworthy
Still for us He chose to die
Filled us with His Holy Spirit
Now we can stand and testify
That His love is everlasting
And His mercies they will never end.
Though I may not understand
All the plans You have for me
My life is in Your hands
And through the eyes of faith
I can clearly see.
He’s so good, God is good,
He’s so good, God is good,
He’s so good all the time.
Monday, August 11, 2008
One day James and John talked with each other. James shared to his son about his dream to be a basketball player during his teenage years but he was not able to achieve it. Because of James frustration, John wants to fulfill his father’s dream through his image. He is so eager to be a player, so he start practicing his skills on the said game. Until such time, the opportunity came when his school call for a tryout to be a varsity player, so he set his mind to undergo the tryout but sad to say he was rejected by the coach who conducted the tryout. John tried it for two times but still ignored. He feel sad but his father encouraged him not to give up but instead take it as a challenge and do more practice because he believe one day his son will be known as a most valuable player. For the third time, he tried again to go with the tryout and he was luckily chosen to be a player for his school. The game start and their school are going to compete with other school. For the past six games, John haven’t had a chance to play the game. He just always seat at the bench together with his father and watch their teammates who keep doing their best to win the game. The competition was best of 7 and each school got 3 win and 3 lose so it means there was still the last game and that is the championship. At this time, John went to their last game without his father on his side, he was so sad looking with his teammates who are inside the court and playing for their team. When the last quarter came, most of the players from their team had graduated and need someone to replaced them. John talked with his coach and asked if he could go inside and substitute one of his teammates. His coach let him play and while playing on the court he keeps on thinking about his father. He did his very best until the remaining seconds left came and still the other team got a 1 point difference from their score. John, who was holding the ball by that time shoot it and got a 3 points score which make their team won. His coach and teammates were very happy and they were all amazed with what John did on the court. Everyone are looking for his father who always go with him when they have a game, but John said that his father was not around because he already died this morning. They all feel sorry about what they heard and told John that if his father was there and watch his game, they are very sure that he is so proud of him. John said, eventhough his father was there he still wasn’t able to see his game because he was blind, but he is rest assured that he already give pleasure for his father because he fulfilled his dreams
In our lives, sometimes we lose hope and easily fall down because of circumstances happened to us. Like John, who motivated by his father strive harder and do his best to fulfill his dreams and his father’s dreams. His father haven’t see him but still he do his best to give pleasure for his father. We desire to bring pleasure for our parents and what more Our Father in Heaven who are longing and dreaming for the pleasure we can give Him. God knows every single detail of our lives, we cannot hide anything from Him. Now is the time for us to dedicate and offer our lives to God. The main purpose why we are here on earth is to give pleasure to the one who created us.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
My name is Kaganda David Businge, I live in Kampala, Uganda. I was born in 1985, in Kbarole District. I am an orphan, my father died when I was only 5 years old. I grow up with my mother and my grand mother who had no income to bring us up to adulthood. I wanted and loved to study and become a doctor, but since we had no money I went to a very weak village school but since I was off and on looking for school fees with my mother I could not work to get government to pay for me at the secondary level.
The journey of my life has been so hard and so complicated for me. My life was so screwed up. I'm talking about family and education. I was in severe pain. I had tears of frustration running down my face not knowing what to do and at this point I had given up on everything not sure if God ever existed, because I had prayed and prayed to get someone to help me and get into school but all my prayers where in vain an I said, "Its just not worth it anymore if all you do is hurt me emotionally and physically. That was what I was telling God in my prayers. Then in October 2002, I started listening to Gospel Music and God spoke to my heart saying "David, you should go to Church." I told myself a life not worth living happiness never lasts and my heart is forgiving something different story my life's the only thing I'm destroying.
In 2003, I met a younger boy who told me about Christ Jesus and at the end of our story he said to me, "Its OK, I know how you feel, but I promise you that if you can just hold on a little longer God will see you through and there will be a brighter day. If you ever feel alone and like you don't have any friends I want you to know hat I will be your friend!!!" Then the next Sunday, I gave my life to Jesus. That was in July 2003. Glory be to God. Things did not go as well at first as I thought but as I came to know Christ and read my bible life started to make sense..and i had a feeling that even if am not in school now some day soon I will be in school. In 2004, I mate a good Samaritan who decided to pay for my fees for one full year so that u can get to go back to school. I applied to Kololo Senior Secondary School and I was given a place there. Where I sat for my Final Uganda certificate of education U.C.E. Thank God when results come out in March 2005, I passed well and I had good credits. The devil came to steal kill and destroy, the person who was paying for my fees died. Some how I was back to my old life and did not join any institution or college. This time I had Jesus and I strongly believe that he is more than able to do what ever I need in his name.
I thank God that although I went through a lot and I am still going through a lot he was able to rescue me I have never had or taken any drugs or even drinking any kind of alcohol as a away to forget my problems.
I thank the Lord for giving me friends, who really care and are there to guide me and help whenever I need them. These friends are:
1. Bishop Ball Rick and his family from Illinois
2. Daniel from North Carolina
3. Wilbroad Kokundwe of Kampala, Uganda
4. Richard K of Kampala, Uganda
5. My pastor PS Derrly Woodson
6. My church VCC Ntinda
These people have done a lot in my life. I pray may the Lord God reward Them and bless them because they are always there whenever I need them. For God who loves me so much. Stay bless all people. Who will read this.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
This is the barn where the female goats and young goats are kept.
This is the yard and the barn where the goats are kept.
Some goats in front of the barn.
Some of the goats inside the barn.
The milking house behind the barn, where the Sandburgs milked the goats. Jennifer II set set the world record for the most milk produce in one year by a Toggenburg goat in 1960. This World Toggenburg record of 5,750 pounds of milk is still held today by Jennifer II.
The pasture behind the barn.
These are the male goats that are kept across the road from the barn.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
This is the house that the Sandburgs lived in from 1945 to 1967.
The view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the front pouch of the house.
This is the dining room. The chair in the back is the one Carl Sandburg sat in. His grandson made him a remote for the TV which is no the arm of the chair.
This is the other side of the dining room. You can see the TV. Carl did not like to watch a lot of TV. The book shelves which are all though out the house the Sandburgs brought them with them from Michigan when them move to Connemara.
Monday, August 04, 2008
This is the sign at the entrance of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Just a few minutes from Downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina.
This is the front lake which the house overlooks. There is a nice walking trail around the lake. My favorite trail to walk at Connemara is the trail to the top of Glassy Mountain. I did not have the time to go to the top the day I took these pictures. Maybe someday I will go again and take a picture of the view from the top of Glassy Mountain and post it here for you guys.
This is the house at Connemara. The Sandburgs lived in this house from 1945 until 1967. Part 2 of this series of entries will have more about the house.
This is a stage next to the house where the Vagabond Players from the Flat Rock Playhouse act out some of Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories during the summer months. The Flat Rock Playhouse is across the road from the entrance from the parking lot of Carl Sandburg's Home. It is the State Theatre of North Carolina.
Some sunflowers in a garden near the barn.
The garage by the barn.
This 1967 Willys Jeep, it was the only vehicle at Connemara in Carl Sandburg's name. It was a gift for his help on the movie script for The Greatest Story Ever Told.
This is a 1951 Ford Tractor and a manure spreader, which the Sandburgs used to do the work around the farm.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Here is the story, enjoy reading it.
A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. "I guess you were expecting me, he said. 'No, who are you?" said the father. The minister told him his name and then remarked, "I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up." "Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you mind closing the door?" Puzzled, the minister shut the door. "I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man. "But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head." I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, " until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, "Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest. "Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It's not spooky because he promised, 'I will be with you always'. "Then just speak to him in the same way you're doing with me right now." "So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful though .. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm." The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church. Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon. Did he die in peace?" he asked. Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him. But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?" The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, "I wish we could all go like that."
Our Father is Just A Prayer Away from us.
Yolanda Adams Lyrics
Just A Prayer Away Lyrics
February 2008(13-29): 35 visits
March 2008: 65 visits
April 2008: 92 visits
May 2008: 127 visits
June 2008: 140 visits
July 2008: 170 visits
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Saturday, August 02, 2008
Hendersonville City Hall was build in 1928 and is located on at 145 Fifth Avenue. Housed in the building is the Mayor's Office, Police Department, Water Department and other city offices. The Hendersonville Fire Department was housed in the basement were the Police Department is located now. The Fire Department moved to a new building in Boyd Park when city hall was renovated in 2005.
This is the back entrance where you enter to pay your water bill and go to the Police Department.
This statue is of the three Presidents of the United States of America that were born in North Carolina. These Presidents are Andrew Jackson, James Knox Polk and Andrew Johnson. The statue is the actual ceramic model that was used to make the molds used in the casting of the bronze statue that is on Capital Square in Raleigh, North Carolina.
This is with the sign that tell about the statue and how it came to be in City Hall.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Build in 1902, the Henderson County Historical Courthouse was Henderson County's second courthouse and was build right behind the first which was teared down once the second was finished. This courthouse was use until 1993 when Henderson County open is new Courthouse on Grove Street. The old courthouse was recently renovated and now houses the Henderson County Heritage Museum and some county offices.
The Henderson County Historical Courthouse is on Main Street in Hendersonville, NC. Hendersonville is the county seat for Henderson County. On top the courthouse is the Statue of Justice, the Goddess Themis. Unlike most statue of Justice the one on top of the courthouse does not have I blindfold over her eye. I have been told this is one of only three with out a blindfold. I not sure how true that is.
Around the outside of the historical courthouse are memorials you those who served in the wars of the United States. These memorials are for all wars from the American Revolutionary War all the way through and including the current War of Terror. This is the memorial for the Vietnam War.
This is the memorial for the Korean War know as the Forgotten War.
This is the new courthouse on Grove Street. This where you go for court, file papers with Clerk of Court, pay local taxes, and other county business.