Saturday, May 30, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

laugh it up ...

The United States is facing its biggest financial crisis in ages. North Korea is blowing up nukes. Dick Cheney warns us of the "dangers that have not gone away." Wars are still being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But over in the White House press briefing room it’s a veritable laugh riot.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Nothing tastes better than a fresh picked strawberry from your own little berry patch. Thank God for simple pleasures!

Monday, May 25, 2009

memorial day

We woke up well before the dawn
On the last Monday in May
And went to all the soldiers graves
On decoration day

Then in full dress of blue and gold
With sash and badge and pin
We'd clean and trim and place a flag
For all our fallen kin

Day greater than of Four July
We tallied freedoms bill
And cooked upon an open fire
Till all were fully filled

Then to point the morrows morn
And each generation train
That those with decorated grave
Have not fallen in vain
-Beto Ochoa

Sunday, May 24, 2009


My brother-in-law David Prill graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis on Friday.
He's the one left of center in the back row with the beard.
Congrats Dave - and many blessings to you and Christa in California!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
Luke 24

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More Americans Pro-Life

More Americans are Pro-Life for the first time since 1995 when the Gallup polling company first began asking "Are you pro-life or pro-choice?".
A majority of Americans answered, Pro-Life - 51% to 42%.
Praise God that more people are coming to the light. The truth eventually bears itself out, as science continues to shows evidence that life begins at conception.
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

Saturday, May 16, 2009

follow the sun

Amazing photos of the space shuttle against the backdrop of the sun taken by an amateur astronomer in his backyard. The shuttle is just a little black speck on the bottom right of the first picture, the second picture is a more close-up view of the shuttle, and the third picture shows both the shuttle and the hubble telescope beneath it.
wow ....

Friday, May 15, 2009

that's alot of space junk

This computer generated image supplied by NASA shows objects that are currently being tracked in Earth orbit. The orbital debris dots are scaled according to the image size of the graphic to optimize their visibility and are not scaled to Earth. This image provide a good visualization of where the greatest orbital debris populations exist. The space shuttle Atlantis is flying at about 350 miles above Earth, an area littered with more dangerous space junk than the lower orbits where shuttles normally park at the international space station.
(AP Photo/NASA)

Monday, May 11, 2009

hubble deep space

In this picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope there are approximately 10,000 galaxies.
Each of those galaxies contains around ten million stars. The average star is roughly a million times the size of Earth. And yet, even with all that, the universe is more than 90 percent empty space. All that in this tiny photo - a photo that covers only one thirteen-millionth of the entire night sky.
"The heavens declare the glory of God..."

Friday, May 8, 2009

personal freedom map

George Mason University completed a study on freedom in the 50 states. These include social and personal freedoms such as citizens’ rights to educate their own children, own and carry firearms, to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

The map shows how each state measured up, with red being the most free and blue being the least. Illinois is one of the states with the least personal freedoms while Missouri is one of the freest.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

simul justus et peccator

... simultaneously saint and sinner

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

happy cinco de cuatro from el presidente

Well, there goes the Latino vote.

President Obama greeted a White House crowd gathered for a May 4th premature celebration of Cinco de Mayo with a well-intentioned attempt at Spanish and a joke about being a day early. Obama said: "Bienvenidos. Welcome to Cinco de Cuatro -- (laughter) -- Cinco de Mayo at the White House. We are a day early, but we always like to get a head start here at the Obama White House."

Unbeknownst to the president, he wasn't saying "Happy May 4th." He was saying, "Happy fifth of fourth."

But everyone had a good time anyway.

Friday, May 1, 2009

rising to newness of life

As we drove to St. Louis last week, we couldn’t help but notice all of the redbuds and dogwoods beginning to bud and flower, peeking out from behind all of the big, dead-looking trees around them. Spring is such a wonderful time of year, with so many great object lessons that can teach us about death and resurrection every year.

If only we have eyes to see, and hearts to believe.

The story goes that the redbud blooms before the dogwood, because Jesus first had to die and shed his red blood for the sins of the world. Three days later, after Christ was crucified on a tree, He burst forth from the tomb and rose from the dead to give new life to all who believe. Just as the redbud blooms first before the dogwood, Good Friday comes before Easter Sunday, death comes before Resurrection, the cross comes before the crown.

Well, it turns out that the redbuds and dogwoods were just a preview of the glory to come for us that day. Later that day we were blessed to tour the Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, and it was just like being in heaven on earth. I can’t begin to describe to you the plethora of flowers, trees, bushes, and plants we saw on that beautiful day.
(If you haven’t been there before, you need to go.)

God gives us such beauty and pleasure as a little preview of coming attractions, as a foretaste of the feast to come. For just as Jesus rose from the dead that first Easter morning, we too will rise and walk in newness of life, enjoying the wonders of God’s new creation together for all eternity.

But in the meantime ... we have work to do. We are to be God’s Easter People – those called by Him to bring faith, hope, peace, joy, love, and forgiveness to all those around us – our family, our friends, our neighbors, and yes, even our enemies.

Emily Dickenson once wrote that “Love is the person of the resurrection, who scoops up the dust and chants, “Live!”.

That’s who we are. We're God’s Easter people. We are redeemed, renewed, and restored in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we might help others repent and return to the Lord as well.

May our Living Lord give us new life to be His Easter People today.