Monday, May 28, 2007
I am now smelly because I just returned from the greatest 10K road race in the world. This was my 3rd consecutive BolderBoulder and my personal best at 54:15. Factor in the handicap for my being 35 pounds overweight and that's pretty impressive, don't you think? The post-race snack bags were better than ever and many thanks to the folks at Dreyers Ice Cream for the free giveaways. My faithful running partner and neighbor Bruce Stafford had a strong finish as well. New to the race this year was Canadian speedster Keith Anderson, who was right beside me throughout the race. If you have doubts about my time, ask Keith about it. We used his watch.
Monday, May 21, 2007
The Union Pacific Depot is definitely the most beautiful railroad station between Omaha and Sacramento.
The Wrangler is the coolest western store I've ever seen. Ask Anna & Sophie to show you their hats the next time you see them.
Just across from Cheyenne Frontier Days Park is beautiful Lions Park with lakes, gardens, and a huge pool.
And don't miss the rocks at Vedauwoo, about a half hour west of Cheyenne.
Friday, May 18, 2007
I just finished reading the 5th book of the Harry Potter series. They keep getting darker, but the themes of love and justice are still there too. I must admit that during the climactic battle scene in this one, I started to feel as tired as I felt while I read the 5th book of the Left Behind series. When will it end!?! But it's a fun page-turner too. I'm starting to think that J.K. Rowling is going to kill off Harry at the end, as he lovingly attempts to save his friends from the Dark Lord Voldemort. What do you think?
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tim Downs asserts that there is a crisis in our communication with people outside the Christian Church today and that we have created that crisis ourselves. Rather than seeing the work of evangelism as an ongoing process, our results-oriented American mindset has focused too much on “the harvest” while tragically ignoring our responsibility to “sow”. Remember
The thesis of the book is built upon
“This book is a kind of soil analysis of the American Culture at the beginning of the third millennium. It’s a warning that our spiritual soil is being depleted to the point that it may be soon incapable of supporting life. It’s a call to a new generation of sowers to come and help reclaim our eroding soil and begin to prepare the harvest of the future. And it is a rebuke to the Christian world for encouraging the erosion to happen.” 
- The greatest attacks on Christianity now come through art, not science.
- The most devastating blows to Christian belief are indirect, not frontal.
- The most damaging assaults on the Christian worldview are gradual, not immediate.
In his later chapters,
I loved and learned much from
“To most evangelicals, who are very action-oriented people, the true sign of God’s presence is results. Where God is, things happen, and when there is no action, God is obviously at work somewhere else…Was God at work in the life of John the Baptist, or did the real work only begin when Jesus arrived on the scene? Was God more at work in the life of Isaiah, who saw results, than in the life of Jeremiah, who saw none?”
In his concluding chapter,
Finding Common Ground: How to Communicate with Those Outside the Christian Community…While We Still Can, Tim Downs, Moody Press, Chicago, 1999
Monday, May 14, 2007
"We will not hide them from our children but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done." - Psalm 78:4
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
God's Kingdom is of such incredible value that it is worth giving up all that we have to get it. All things whatsoever. When God allows us to percieve the infinite value of His kingdom, we are filled with joy and trade everything we have to get it. Praise to the King! May His kingdom come and his will be done in all of us today.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Update as of 8:00pm Sunday, May 6th:
Those requesting photos may check here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7r5572OhJ4
or here: http://picasaweb.google.com/kbattreall/20070417KidsAndCraft?authkey=vBzodp1wN5Y
These links are mostly of parade photos, but you won't see me in many since I was in Western Colorado that day.
The Leprechaun's were no longer mad when we saw them at the award's ceremony today.
We won "The Big Picture Award"! The trophy will be touring Rock Creek over the next several weeks. Look for it on my mantel soon.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
- A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. - Proverbs 17:17
- A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. - Proverbs 18:24
- Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. - Proverbs 17:6
- All my intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I loved and turned against me. - Job 19:19
- Do not forsake your friend and your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. - Proverbs 27:10
- A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. - Proverbs 16:28
- Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. - John 15:13
- Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. - Proverbs 22:24-25
- The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. - Psalm 25:14
- O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend. - Psalm 15:1-3
- Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me. - Psalm 41:9
- For it is not an enemy who taunts me -- then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me -- then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God's house we walked in the throng...My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. - Psalm 55:12-14, 20-21
- You have caused my companions to shun me; you have made me a horror to them...You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness. - Psalm 88:8, 18
- Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. - Proverbs 27:9
- The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, "Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners." But wisdom is proved right by her actions. - Matthew 11:19
- You are my friends, if you do what I command you. - Jesus, John 15:14
- I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. - Jesus, Luke 12:4