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July 11, 2010

The New Forestation Frontier

It's the new architecture run amok in the city. They've taken the tree of the tropics and desert and used it as camouflage for a communications towers. Ditto the pine tree, Douglas fir, Italian cypress, and something that looks like a mutant avocado in the new plantings. All versions win a few points for disguising the obvious, but the despised palm tree is the worse choice here in northern California.

I took a picture of this one on Comcast property this morning on my Sunday morning walk. While exhibiting a glaring contrast to the conventional tower array, no one in their right mind will think it's a real palm tree!

The Word of God warns of those who are deceitful, especially those who say they are speaking for God, when really doing the opposite. 2 Corinthians 11:14 declares, "even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." The apostle Paul warns, "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed." The truth stands on a narrow line.

Be sure you know and understand what the true good news is: You were born under the curse of sin (Genesis 3). You will surely be judged for your sinfulness by a holy God (Romans 1). God graciously interceded on the sinner's behalf to pay the payment of eternal death for all who would trust His Son, Jesus, by faith alone (Ephesians 2). All who believe are adopted as sons and daughters of God, though once His enemies (Romans 5 and 1 John 3). All who believe will enjoy an eternity in God's presence (John 14).

Sounds like pie in the sky to most. But it is more like Jesus in the sky with glory! (Revelation 21)

July 2, 2010

Hope and Change

Ten years ago today a little bundle entered the world of order and chaos. Angel Carmel couldn't negotiate the sucking routine and had to tube fed for two months in the hospital. She's wolfed her food ever since and likes to take the biggest mouthfuls possible now. We'll blame those first two months when she probably felt starved! Hopefully, her first boyfriend will end the drama.

Angel is bent toward being normal in a world that is anything but. A bit tomboyish, which will be a plus in a few years. She's a real bone and rock collector now. We'll see what this morphs into as well. A geriatric doctor or nurse would be okay with me.

Happy Birthday, Sweetie!


July 1, 2010

The Power of Love

If you don't see any other subtitled movie this year, be sure to rent As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me, a German film based on the true story of Clemens Forell [Cornelius Rost], a criminal prisoner of war in Siberia during and after WWII. An unrelenting will to escape and return to his family takes him on a surprising journey filled with poignant moments and extreme hardships. Great acting, music and emotional drama mitigate the frustration of reading subtitles.

You can rent this movie from Netflix or watch it online.