Monday, April 30, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
We go live with it in July, provided we can keep the schedule. We're a bit behind right now, but it looks like we can catch-up in the next few weeks. But, that means more work :) Anyway, it is really a nice challenge and gives me a chance to clean up some of the data, too.
All that to say, I'm not going to be posting much the next few days. I ran out of electronic copy & paste stuff in my reading. Now I've got to type it out. I won't have time for that for a few days; we're heading up to see Debbie's parents this weekend, so I won't be entering it over the weekend...
Stay tuned for excerpts from New Testament Theology—I hope!—next week.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
That is soooo true! I can only survive each day by the power and strength of Jesus living inside via the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
That's correct. Jesus said that by their fruit you would know them. No good fruit = no salvation. Now, remember it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, not some manufactured "I'll try harder" stuff. It is only by the power of the indwelling Spirit that the good fruit can come forth!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
That doesn't mean you have to become a monk and live in a monastery, though. It simply means you need to evaluate your priorities and schedules. Chances are pretty good that God is being driven out—not just squeezed out.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Use ½ inch CPVC tubing, cut into 5' lengths, one every 3-4 feet. I have used garden staples, but I think using firring strips would be good on the north side—still using staples on the south. The row cover claims to protect down to 29ºF, but I used it this winter over kale and it did fine. In the hoop house, the extra protection has been good to well below zero on spinach and green onions. I read that the moisture freezes to the row cover and creates a nice barrier, reflecting the ground heat back on the plants.
Keep all broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage plants covered, if at all possible. Otherwise, you will have cabbage butterflies laying eggs and caterpillars will eat your dinner :( Be sure to look under the row cover about once a week for weeds. They can get away from you if they are out-of-sight, out-of-mind...
“We will consider some practical pointers in a moment, but make no mistake. No technique, no Bible reading program, no devotional guide will ever substitute for a heart fully devoted to God. Some people (some very religious people) must understand, in other words, that they can never have a meaningful devotional time until they repent of the clutter of worldliness in their hearts, until they return to complete devotion to God.”—John Coblentz in The Victorious Life, pages 53-54
What more is there to say? That sums it up pretty well.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Excellent summary of what "Christ in you, the hope of glory" is all about!
I have Jewel June-bearing. Every fall cover them with wheat straw to protect from severe cold (oat straw causes nematodes). In the spring, remove most of it. If you keep the beds weeded, they will produce for a long time. Take the runners and transplant them to a new bed. The first spring, don't let them flower; they need to put all their energy into producing more runners. I started with 25 plants; by the second year, they had filled the bed. Last year, I got about 50 pounds of strawberries from a 16' bed. The hardest thing is that the runners want to take over. You have to stay on top of them and redirect them back into the bed.
I made 50 pints of freezer jam last year&mash;which lasted us until this last Saturday. I don't know what we are going to do for the next 1.5-2 months! I guess I'll have to survive on rhubarb sauce instead of strawberry jam :)
Monday, April 16, 2012
The worst of it is that it is a network file, so I can't use Time Machine™ to go back to an earlier iteration...Arghhhh! Two weeks worth of work...
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.—James 1:2-4
Yep. Too easy to slip into self-righteousness...
Friday, April 13, 2012
Finally, the Bible says, 'Whatsoever is not of faith is sin' (Romans 14:23). This simply means we are to live out of our trust in, and dependence on, God rather than in denial of, or indifference to, God. We are to make our decisions out of faith in God, not out of doubt or unbelief—John Coblentz in The Victorious Life, page 6
Indeed! One of the names for Christians is "believers!" We need to act according to that...
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Plant, root down, in late September/early October, allowing 2-6 inches between bulbs. Water, then mulch thickly with straw. In the late spring/early summer, they will develop a thick stalk that becomes a “flower;” cut it off. You want all the energy to go into producing bulbs. They say the stalk is edible if you cut and sauté it; I found it tasteless... They are ready to harvest when the leaves turn brown (July/August). Pull them, cut the tops, and allow to dry in the shade for about a week-10 days (I use the shelf by the window in the garage). Choose the largest head(s) for seed. Garlic gets better each year as it adapts to its locale. We slice up the bulbs and dry them. When we want garlic, we grind it in an electric coffee grinder that we only use for spices. Otherwise, store it in a cool, dry place—the basement works well for us.
This year's winter was so warm that they popped their heads through the straw in February. I wonder if that means bigger bulbs? Or, just earlier ones?
I like that. I've always felt that the epilogue got short shrift; this reading confirms my thoughts—so it must be right! :)
“What right have you to recite my laws
or take my covenant on your lips?
You hate my instruction
and cast my words behind you.
When you see thieves, you join with them;
you throw in your lot with adulterers.
You use your mouth for evil
and harness your tongue to deceit.
You sit and testify against your brother
and slander your own mother’s son.
When you did these things and I kept silent,
you thought I was exactly like you.
But I now arraign you
and set my accusations before you.
“Consider this, you who forget God,
or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue:
Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
and to the blameless I will show my salvation.”—Psalm 50: 16-23
"you thought I was exactly like you" seems to be the biggest problem in cultural religion. Throw out any concept of God that isn't exactly like us—if it isn't exactly like us, it can't possibly be true! Right? Wrong!!
No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a sufficient ransom—
the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—
so that someone should live on forever
and not see decay.
For all can see that the wise die,
that the foolish and the senseless also perish,
leaving their wealth to others.
Their tombs will remain their houses forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,
though they had named lands after themselves.
Human beings, despite their wealth, do not endure;
they are like the beasts that perish.
This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.d
They are like sheep and are destined to die;
death will be their shepherd
(but the upright will prevail over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
far from their princely mansions. — Psalm 49: 7-14 (TNIV)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I cover with my two rhubarb beds a few inches of leaf mold in the fall. I cut the foliage after a killing frost and compost it. If you want more tender rhubarb, don't let it go to seed, which can be a daily challenge in the spring; the seed stems seem to appear from no where. Just cut them off as low as possible, otherwise they will put out side shoots that will flower.
On Saturday, there weren't any seed heads on the rhubarb. On Sunday, there were about 10! Last night, I found another 2! It is a daily task this time of the year. On Saturday, I didn't break one off low enough; sure enough, last night it had sent up shoots that were forming seed pods.
I like that! He doesn't care why it happened, he's just happy to know that it's not a "you deserved it" response on God's part. I've been there; I didn't care as much about what was happening as I did in knowing that I didn't do anything to deserve it.
Monday, April 09, 2012
“But misfortune moved the periphery into the center, and the perplexity that ensued is a testimony to Job’s piety, for he was not transformed by senseless misfortune into a scoffer—a denier of God—but, instead, he was thrown into confusion. His experience of God in good times had left on him an indelible conviction of God’s goodness that clashed with the new, equally strong evidence of God’s enmity. Though one contradicted the other, Job experienced both as the work of God, and did not forget the first (as did his wife) when the second overtook him.”—Jewish Bible Theology, page 226
Interesting idea. So often when we encounter something that doesn't line up with our ideas, we either throw it out—or throw out the old ideas. Job takes them both into account—an excellent role model in that respect.
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Lay down a bed of shredded leaves (2-3 inches) and place the seed potatoes on top of the leaves. Put 3-6 inches of straw on top of the potatoes cover with row cover—you don't need to put hoops on it; the potatoes will lift it easily. I remove the row cover after the maple is done sending out helicopters. Check the straw throughout the summer; if potatoes are showing, either fluff the straw or add more. Pull any weeds that show through the straw.
Last year, I started my potatoes in the basement. I cut them into chunks, put them in egg cartons—one per slot—and let them begin to grow for about 3-4 weeks. Then I transplanted them into the garden, put the straw over the top, as well as row cover. That seemed to work well. The previous year, I had tried starting some early in the cold frame; it didn't seem to make a difference. They all got the same size at the same time.
They say that if you pinch the flowers off the potato, you will get a bigger harvest. I experimented last year: I pinched all the flowers in one bed and none in the other. I didn't notice a difference between the beds...
Friday, April 06, 2012
I like that way of looking at it. The tornadoes in Texas last week were not intelligible or sensible, but that doesn't mean they should demoralize us. The things Joel and Renee have experienced seem senseless and unintelligible—but so does the cross, if you look at it from the wrong side of the resurrection!
All week now, we've been able to get about 6-10 spears per day. Nice for chomping on—there's not much better than fresh asparagus, eaten right in the garden. Why destroy it by cooking it when you can eat it raw!?
On a totally unrelated note, I'm convinced that if J.R.R. Tolkien had known about Redbud trees, he would have populated Lothlórien with them instead of mallorn trees...
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Thursday, April 05, 2012
Interesting, isn't it? Kinda reminds me of the mystics "dark night of the soul" where God withholds the sense of his presence so that your faith may increase. After all, Second Corinthians says we walk by faith and not by sight...
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
I'm in the midst of reading Job right now. A relevant post to these thoughts was posted by Renee very early this AM...
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I like that interpretation; it makes work an aspect of the imago dei—or as he says, imitatio dei. Either way, it makes work a part of living a holy life. No room for a dichotomy when you view work that way.
Monday, April 02, 2012
Interesting insight, isn't it? I think he's right! We don't dare strike back at God directly, so we find someone "safer" but still in the image of God...
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