I wasn’t planning on writing anything here, but decided that I probably should since I’ve not written for a week or so (and I’m feeling a little random, but that’s beyond the point).
For some reason I couldn’t fall asleep last night until around 11 or 12.Â I’ve been getting into a good sleep routine, but last night screwed it up I fear.Â Maybe it didn’t — I hope, anyway.
Saturday night at 10pm is prayer night at the church.Â About 5 people signed up, but I’m thinking more will show (I was lame and only put five slots for some reason — I modified the later versions to include 12).Â The focus is supposed to be on Isaiah 43:1-44:5 and Isaiah 62.Â I’m not sure if that was made clear though, so maybe this will just be a prayer time.Â Either way, it’ll be good.Â Officially it doesn’t have an end time; unofficially it ends at 12.Â I’m ready for it!Â I’m hoping that I’m NOT tired that night.
Today I had to do a little public speaking.Â Wasn’t much to it, really (I like public speaking, only when I write what I’m speaking about).Â It was a good experience in a way though as I got to help people from literally around the world (this was International Officers).Â It was a little different, but a good different.
A week or two ago I was pumpingÂ gas and an older guy came on the opposite side and started to talk about gas prices and such.Â I went along at the beginning (agreeing gas prices were too high).Â Until he started blamingÂ Bush and congress about gas prices and the like.Â He told me I should “watch the news” and such.Â I told him I did.Â Other than that, I just smiled.Â One of the things I’ve learned (and still am learning) is that debating draws dividers — nothing more, nothing less.Â Unless the other side gets a revelation of the truth (or vice-versa), there’s nothing muchÂ good that isÂ going to happen — both sides will remain true to their case no matter what.Â The more defensive you are, the more bitter the debate ends.Â The doesn’t mean all debates are bad, but many are.Â I’ve thought about something I could have said to the guy, but I’ve came to the conclusion that I’m better off how I handled it — with my mouth shut.
An interesting statistic that I heard a few weeks ago that while the divorce rate in America is, sadly, at around 50%.Â That’s not that interesting though.Â The interesting statistic is that of the couples who pray and read the Bible together less than 2% of them end up in divorce.Â Two percent when the rest of America is 50%?Â QuiteÂ a large difference.
I listened to John Bevere the other night (he spoke at New Life Church again) and it was something I probably needed to listen to.Â To sum it up — if God calls you to do something and you decide not to do it He’ll move right on to someone else.Â I’ve heard many stories (a LOT of stories) about pastors who where the second and third pick (meaning God had told a few other people to start churches and they didn’t — hence he had to find someone who would).Â I can’t speak about it even close to as well as John Bevere put it, so it’s better to just listen to it yourself.
I got a new iPod.Â It’s one of those cool video ones.Â My case still hasn’t came yet though, so I’ve not really used it much because I don’t want to get it scratched (if possible).
I found some quotes for the prayer night on Sunday.Â Some of them are so awesome they need to be repeated, so here they are …
“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.” — Proverbs 19:3 NLT
“When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.” — Corrie Ten Boom
“It is as true today as it was in Bible times that the man who hates his sins too much will get into trouble with those who do not hate sin enough.” — A.W. Tozer
“Pray, and let God worry.” — Martin Luther
“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” — Abraham Lincoln
This one wasn’t one I found (and isn’t for prayer night), but needs repeating as well:
“And why ask for wisdom if you ignore the Holy Spirit?” — Why by KJ-52
So with those quotes I end it.
Quick edit: I just switched from my closet server to the E-Blah servers (for speed and reliability reasons). Let me know if you see a noticable speed increase. Also, if there’s any issues with links let me know.Â I transfered it over in about aÂ total of 15 to 20 minutes so there could be some issues (although I doubt it).