Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cousins

Ethan and Aliyah get together every now and then at Papas and Nanas home... it is always a joy...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Karl Vents!

Hey I just wanted to blow off a little steam... so here goes. Now don't judge me... I have a right to express... I was sent this note and thought I would pass on... Karl

"Now, let me get this straight ---
We're going to maybe have a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he does not understand it,
Passed by a Congress that has not read it but, exempts themselves from it,
Signed by a president who smokes (and who also has not read it),
With funding administered by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes,
Overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and Financed by a country that is broke.
Hey, what could possibly go wrong?"

OK, I'm done... Love ya and have a good day...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sailboats and Yachts

Kathi and I are walking around the boat slips in Charlevoix on a sunny afternoon...

Then we went over to the drawbridge to watch different craft make their way through the entrance to Lake Michigan...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Citar


Kathi and I went north to Charlevoix on Lake Michigan for a few days of vacation... so good... We stayed right next to the drawbridge that connects Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan...

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. Go some distance away, because work will be in perspective and a lack of harmony is more readily seen. Leonardo DaVinci

"What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are." 
Ellen Goodman

“Babies don't need a vacation but I still see them at the beach. I'll go over to them and say, 'What are you doing here, you've never worked a day in your life!’” Steven Wright

“If you come home as happy as you leave, you have had a good vacation”

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

God's Purpose's Will Prevail

Came across a book in my library that I last read over 15 years ago. “The Light and the Glory” by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, which gives the true history of America and answers the question, “ Did God have a plan for America”? They share this quote from a famous historical figure... see if you can figure out who...

“It was the Lord who put in my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures... For the execution of the journey to the Indies, I did not make use of natural intelligence, mathematics or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied...

No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives advice... Oh, what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible! Day by day, moment-by-moment, everyone should express their most devoted gratitude to Him.”

If you said Christopher Columbus you would be correct... The first time I read this I was blown away, because I never heard this in school... I was taught that Columbus discovered the New World by accident when he was looking for a trade route to the Indies... I never heard anyone mention about his faith, or that he felt it was his mission from God, and that he was being led by the Holy Spirit all the way...

My big question is... If God led a man to discover this land for a purpose, have we continued fulfilling God’s purposes for America? Have you discovered your purpose?

Karl

Thursday, August 6, 2009

STORM COMMANDER, TIME TO ROCK!

In Mark 4:35 Jesus tells His disciples, “ Let us go over to the other side.” God is always asking us to attempt what might seem normal, but  right in the middle it becomes a walk of faith. 

When Jesus said, “ Let's us go, …” He wasn’t asking them to do it alone, and He isn’t asking you to do it alone either. He is with us, and he has given us the greatest tools ever presented to man. We have the Word of God, Holy Spirit, and the power to command.

The storm came to stop God’s purposes from completion and they were not normal... These men were boatman who had conquered waves before, but they were fearful because these waves were not normal. You hang around Jesus things don’t always go normal, but they are never boring either. 

Listen friend, between the shore of promise and the shore of provision there will be storms trying to stop us fulfilling our destiny. But He will never leave us or forsake us. Greater is He that is in us than the storms of life that come to stop us. In this great adventure of faith we are living, God believes in us... and that we can make it... and that we will do everything we have been called to do...

If we will trust the Master and command our storms to, "Cease and be still, in Jesus name", we will see the promised end...The Word guarantees it! SO can you get in your boat and cross over?  In Jesus Name, “ Let’s go over to the other side! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Meet some swingers...


Jeremy and I got to play golf with Pastor Cox and his son in law Jeff King... it was a great day with great friends... and to do it with my son Jeremy was just over the top...

Here are our shots off the tee box... the course is Pierce Lake in Chelsea, MI




Sunday, August 2, 2009

CHOOSE WISDOM...

Decisions are important, because they project our destiny… The decisions you make; make you… good or bad. And making good choices isn’t the result of a feeling or of intellect; but of a predictable process…

The Bible declares that if we find Wisdom we will make good decisions... look at Proverbs 3:13,17 NLT... “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying…”

 God’s Wisdom will guide us in making better decisions... Here are some guidance questions I try to ask myself before I make major decisions. I haven’t always made the best decisions, but my batting average is getting better when I adhere to the wonderful Wisdom of God’s Word. See if these questions help you make better decisions...

1. What does GOD say? 

Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe. Proverbs 28:26 NLT

2. Is the TIME right? 

Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good. If you act too quickly, you might make a mistake. Proverbs 19:2 NCV           

3. What do I need to KNOW? 

Get the facts at any price, and hold on tightly to all the good sense you can get. Proverbs 23:23 TLB 

Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused. Proverbs 18:13 NCV

4. Who can I LISTEN TO?

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15 NIV

The more good advice you get, the more likely you are to win. Proverbs 24:6 TEV

Plans succeed through good counsel… Proverbs 20:18 NLT

5. Is it WORTH it?

Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost. Proverbs 20:25 NLT

6. Who else is it going to EFFECT?

Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. Romans 14:12-13 TLB

God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children. Proverbs 20:7 NLT 

Living by Wisdom is not rocket science, but simply walking by the Word... and doing so will better your life and those around you... 

Blessings, Karl