Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bye Bye Bibby

After seven seasons with the Sacramento Kings, Mike Bibby has been traded for four players. Bibby led the Kings in the 2002 Conference Championships, and if it weren't for Robert Horry, they would have taken it all. You figure a four-for-one trade has to be pretty good right? I think everybody wins in this trade.

Mike Bibby Traded to Atlanta Hawks

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Kori Lewis Images - Online Ordering!

Online ordering is up and running for Kori's photographs. The buttons look a little funky, but they work. We aren't really expecting to get rich by selling these, but we've got quite a few of these pictures hanging on our walls, and they look great. Frame them as an 8x10 or mat them in a larger frame to add a touch of art to your home.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Music & Noise

Our culture tells us that there is nothing wrong with buying what we don't need, and in this country many people can get pretty much whatever they want. I believe that this also includes our religion. I have experienced too many people with the badge of "Christian" where religion is simply another addition to the many things that have been bought and thrown into a garage, like the fake Christmas tree or the bike with the flat tire, to be brought out when the season is appropriate or when it crosses our minds. I must say I have been guilty of this at times. Instead of God being the center of our lives, He is one of the many things that grabs our attention at any given time.

I see this as the difference between music and noise. With music, you have many different parts playing simultaneously, but following a certain key signature, rhythm, and tempo it comes out as one whole song. With noise, nothing works together, for each part has its own rules that do not rely on the input from other sounds. When our lives are musical, the many parts (work, family, spending habits, how we react to the guy who cuts us off in traffic, etc.) are all in harmony with each other, with God providing the tempo, key, and time to everything we do. With nothing directing what the many sounds do, there can be no music. Our lives become cacophonous.

I think it is somewhat easy to hear noise in people's lives, when God is not at the center, but in our noisy culture we have become tone-deaf. We think that simply adding religion to the noise makes it instantly harmonious. All we have done is added to the noise. It is only when God directs all parts of our lives that everything will work together to form a beautiful song. My encouragement is for us to let all parts of our lives follow the true Conductor.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Page 123

I got tagged by Mike. I don't know if it's supposed to be funny or thought provoking, but I'll play along.

Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
Find Page 123.
Find the first 5 sentences.
Post the next 3 sentences (in other words start posting at sentence #6).
Tag 5 people.

From The Lord of the Rings:

The floor was flagged, and strewn with fresh green rushes.

There were four deep mattresses, each piled with white blankets, laid on the floor along one side.

Against the opposite wall was a long bench laden with wide earthenware basins, and beside it stood brown ewers filled with water, some cold, some steaming hot.
I tag Jason, Dwayne, Studyhound, Rebecca Marie, and my beautiful bride Kori.