Wed 28 May 2008
1. Coffee and Science
2. Studying The Book
3. Youtube Videos
4. Galatians 5:16
OK, my title is just silliness this time, since that’s what I happen to be consuming at the moment. If I had realized earlier how good iced coffee tastes, far less stale coffee would have been poured down the drain these past few months! I couldn’t figure out why coffee tasted so good when I first got it in my cup, and then if I waited for a while it tasted bitter. Now in Columbus, OH, we were parked near a fantastic library - one that I spent many hours in while we were parked there, and I could spend hours there again and I hope I get to. But they had a nice shelf of books for sale that included The New Kitchen Science and What Einstein Told His Cook. In Kitchen Science, it states:
As the coffee sits on the warming device, its volatile aromatic compounds flee the liquid. Moreover, the heat that keeps the coffee warm simultaneously develops a bitter flavor in the coffee’s essential oils.
So there you have it! And be sure to check your library for discarded books
If you’re a Christian, you’re supposed to study the Bible, right? And how does that usually happen? I’m not sure how it *usually* happens but what I’ve found to be incredibly interesting in my own walk is to go looking for passages talking about whatever it is that I want answers about and write down the reference. Then I’m going to a word processor and typing them all in, and then adding my own notes and questions in red font. I’m going to list them in the order they appear in the Bible so I can find them more easily. I’ve been having discussions with a friend about a few topics that we see differently on and I’m realizing that I don’t know why I believe what I do, some of the time. Even if I end up in the same place as my family is, I want to get there because God brought me there. A friend asked me maybe a year ago, “If you were born a Muslim, would you still be one?” That made me think. Do I know enough about what the truth is to defend it with my life? Would I be willing to give up everything I grew up knowing (including family, and probably my head) for the Gospel? We’re in real danger of becoming lukewarm in the US. There’s little or no persecution here. It seems as if there’s not much testing of our faith - instead of being Head Chopped Off vs Denying Christ, it’s “Which church do I want to be affiliated with?” And then there’s also “Well, I read a book about it that cleared it up…” God can work through people, and books, but there’s nothing like the Bible! Don’t settle for reading a commentary when there’s doubt in your mind.
Youtube! I uploaded a video last night of my brother’s bunnies. Some of them, anyway. I’m sorry I just keep gushing over them in the video, I actually had to cut parts out because I couldn’t seem to stop saying “Oh, they’re so cute!” Let’s just say it’s been 8 years since a baby has been in the house and we’re all jumping at the opportunity to “aw” at something
Other videos I’ve added to my favorites list lately include El Camino Del Ray (you probably don’t want to watch if you’re really afraid of heights!), How Not To Bake a Cake, and It Don’t Mean a Thing.
El Camino Del Ray is really neat footage of a bridge in Spain.
How Not To Bake a cake is pretty funny
It Don’t Mean a Thing is not the kind of music I listen to all of the time, but this accordion player is just cool. I’m not sure why, he’s just got an interesting personality (from what you can see on his videos, anyway), and look at him grin! He’s got other neat videos up also, one being the Roland Accordion Demo.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Galatians (5:16-18)
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.