Monday, November 24, 2008

TOMS Shoes

I bought a pair today.
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Run For Your Life

A friend sent me a link to an article about how running (and just exercise in general) will help improve your life. There are many benefits to exercise and I have felt convicted lately about the last 4 years of my life as I have done pretty much nothing, but been lazy. In the last few months I have taken up running and I already feel better.

If you are interested, read this article, Run For Your Life.

In the article there is a link to a website called It will give you an estimate of how long you will live according to your current habits. It projected me to live to 89. Haha, actually I don't know if I really want to live to be that old.

So if you feel lazy like I was then do something about it. 30 minutes of exercise a day can really do wonders for you. Plus, you don't have to run. Even walking is a great way to exercise.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008


I just finished reading the Gospel of John and I found this Wordle (a word gallery) of John.
This is pretty cool! Click the image to make it bigger.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Two Encounters

I've been participating in the 3F Daily Bible Readers group, which is a group that is going through the New Testament in 90 days. Right now, I am reading in the book of John. I have enjoyed John so far, as it is different from Matthew, Mark, and Luke. John tells some unique stories, two of which grabbed my attention:

Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)
Jesus' encounter with a Samaritian woman (John 4:1-45)

There are some extremely interesting contrasts to these two stories that I think are intentionally put there by John. These are fascinating!

Nicodemus was male
Samaritan woman was obviously female

Nicodemus was a Jew
Samaritan woman was obviously Samaritan

Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin - aka He was "blameless" & Law abiding
Samaritan woman was an adulterous woman who had 5 husbands and was sleeping with another

Nicodemus came seeking Jesus at night
Samaritan woman met Jesus during the middle of the day (the sixth hour, which would be noon)

Nicodemus was an expert in the Law
Samaritan woman was uneducated

Nicodemus needed to be born from above
Samaritan woman needed the Living Water

Nicodemus worshipped at the Temple (Jerusalem) - to the Jews this is the only place to worship
Samaritan woman worshipped on Mt. Gerizim where all Samaritans worshiped

Nicodemus' response was meditative with no immediate action
Samaritan woman's response was energetic and she immediately began sharing the Good news

Nicodemus called Jesus Rabbi
Samaritan woman proclaimed that Jesus was the Messiah

What do we learn from these encounters? For me, it shows that Jesus meets each individual where they are at and speaks to them on their level according to their own issues. Nicodemus misunderstood what Jesus was saying by being reborn, but in reality he was simply just having a hard time accepting what Jesus was saying. He was a Pharisee, an expert in the Law so the concept of a spiritual rebirth would not be foreign to him (OT prophets speak a lot about that).

Jesus broke all the rules in talking to the Samaritan woman, but he didn't care. I think he sent his disciples away so that he could speak to the woman alone. John tells us that Jews didn't associate with Samaritans - strike 1. On top of that, women were not to speak to men in public - strike 2. When the disciples came back they were shocked that he was talking to a Samaritan woman. However, Jesus found it too important to dismiss her for some lame cultural rules. Because of their conversation the whole town came to know Jesus as the Messiah. Pretty cool if you ask me!

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Words of Wisdom

My friend Jeremy Jernigan recently interviewed Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms. Jamie is an awesome guy and is doing great things for the Kingdom of God. Here is a quote from the interview that impacted me the most:

"You were created to love and to be loved, to know and to be known."

What more is there to say? That pretty much sums up this life that God has created us to live.

Check out the rest of the interview here.

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