Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Future is so Bright, My Heart is Skipping Beats

Okay, so it is nearly 2:45 am, Friday night, here in the city of Newark, NJ. The local bars are starting to close now, so the streets outside of where I live are going insane. I already heard one police siren. I am sure it was to force anyone lingering in their cars, double parked, to leave.

I got my new BlackBerry today; It is an 8820 and rocks! The only two things that I can think of that it does not have, are a touch screen and a camera. Ask me if I care though, I don't! They both would be nice, but if you really want to take good pictures, you should get a real camera anyway, not a phone camera. As far as the touch screen goes - it would be nice, but I would much rather have the GPS.

The main reason that I wanted to upgrade, was to get GPS. As an added bonus though, I got WiFi too. That rocks too because when I go to other countries (in about 10 years) I can make phone calls over the Internet at hotspots for $10 a month... I suppose, just being able to connect to the Internet with a wireless speed, is the most basic advantage I have with it now.

God is so good! I see that there is going to be a lot for me to do here at the House of Mercy Mission for a while, and I am definitely looking forward to it.

Summer is coming, and along with it, my 29th birthday. Of course the kids summer program is coming too... I can do this!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Death of a Star

Animation: "A supernova's birth"

This video leaves me speechless!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Great Earthquake Kills Nearly 10,000 in China

Wow! I just watched that video and the destruction looks great. The real reason why wanted to create a post like this is for the amount of hits that I suspect that I will get for it. I really only planned to leave the link in it, but as I was thinking about it, I figured I could continue to write a little bit.

So I am in Hawaii right now and I just recently finished writing the last post before this one. It has not been very long since I finished my last post (about a couple hours ago). I am actually quite surprised that I am up here attempting to write another post. I was lying down resting and I began to think that writing about the earthquake would be a good idea because of all the attention that it is getting at the moment.

What is my perspective of this earthquake? Well as I was watching the video I really began to think about a couple of bible verses:

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24:6
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Matthew 24:7

If you will notice, I put a link in the word earthquake above. That link will show you exactly in the Greek what Jesus meant when He used that word.

Our God is a mighty God! To shake the earth is nothing for Him, but a simple blow of His breath...

Blogging From the Big Island of Hawaii, near Hilo

Hello there,

I am writing to you from a retreat house on the Big Island of Hawaii, near Hilo. Being here is quite different then being in Honolulu. There are many differences here, but I am not sure I would like to get into them all. I don't know why, but I really just have a strong desire just to write. I love writing, and I have been writing since I was like a Sophomore in High School. That must have been 1995. I still have my first journal too. Oh, how times have changed! Certainly my skill level in writing has changed, but what has remained the same is my enjoyment of writing.

In a couple days Julia and Adam will have their wedding ceremony and I will officiate it. Of course I am not ordained or anything, but since all the legal part is already taken care of, I suppose that everything is in order for me to be able to officiate. All I know is that I have permission from my pastor (Pastor Samuel Giresi at the House of Mercy Mission in Newark, NJ) to do it, so I am. This is all really an interesting place that I find myself. The house itself is littered with a mass of false gods. I was really quite shocked when I got here, however, I knew when Sarah and I ordered the tickets last month, there was no turning back no matter what. I have always wanted to visit Hawaii, and oh I have learned about this state so much, but yet perhaps I have barely scratched the surface. I am actually alone here at the house, except for John (Adam's father) but he is sleeping right now. Three groups have already left the house. The main group left to go pick up my parents and to explore the other side of the island in Kona. Two other groups went out; I don't think that they went very far. One thing though here is that it really is quite pretty. From the front of the house you can see the Hilo bay area and the airport. In the back there is a beautiful rushing water fall and large flowing creek. It looks like it has a perfect area/ pool to swim in but I was told the water is polluted from cattle manure upstream, so I don't think that I will be getting wet in that water anytime soon. It is really all quite beautiful though, as I said before. It is all very lush green here too. I was told it rains a lot on this island, so that might be one drawback for this area, but one thing that this house uses is water that it collects from the rain. It also all solar power, except the frig uses propane. Anyway, it is relaxing. However, as christian, I don't think that I could recommend this retreat house because of all the false gods in it. If this was like a christian retreat house, I would be all for it. I think that if the owners of the house got saved and turned it into a christian retreat house - that would be a mighty miracle which should be broadcast all around the world. Anyway, I got to go.

God Bless!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

How I Made a Billion Dollars

Okay, so I am back at it (talking about making money). Right now I am currently in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, and I am dreaming of living here. However, there is one slight problem (I am not a billionaire yet... are you surprised?) I know, I know, you don't have to be a billionaire to live here, but how else are you going to survive?

Now, seriously, (can you believe that I actually like to joke around?) I am thinking that it is quite possible to make a good living off of the Internet. Now, I don't know if it will make you a billionaire, but I am certain there are a few out there who have made a lot of money through it.

I started to write a post, a couple of months ago, about writing, blogging and web design. I figured that if you where good at all three, you could make a seriously good living off the Internet. I think that there are other traits that could help you too. Perhaps if you are good at photography. The whole deal though, involves a lot of research and study. Unfortunately, there is no getting around the fact that education is a major key to your future and success. You need to educate yourself in whatever line of work you are in, in order to be more successful. I was just kidding about the "unfortunately" part. Doesn't everyone enjoy learning?

I think that another major key in life is knowing and applying the principle of sowing and reaping. What you put in, is what you are going to get out! If you are studying medicine to become a doctor, you are not going to know how to build a website. As far as I am concerned, it seems like a fairly uncomplicated and straight forward principle.

Now I will tell you that I am not there yet? I would also like to tell you the visions and ideas that I have. However, at the moment, I have got to finish my laundry...

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Blogging From Oahu, Hawaii

Here we go again, it is Wednesday morning here on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Sarah and I have been here since Sunday afternoon staying with friends of hers. I have found the beaches here to be my favorite place, so far. There was a beach that we went to on Monday that had a huge rock you could jump off of (about a 30 foot drop). At first, I was scared out of my mind to do it; but when I finally got over my fears, I ended up jumping off six times. It was so much fun! The name of the beach is Waimea Bay and it is a must visit. It was so beautiful, with white sand and aqua colored water. The North Shore of Oahu has a lot to see and do, so don't neglect this area if you visit Oahu. That same day we also saw sea turtles on the Laniakea beach, saw how pineapples grow at the Dole plantation and attempted to go snorkeling at Sharks Cove.

I guess that is it for now, God bless.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Aloha from the Island of Oahu!

So this is Hawaii... I just wanted to write something real quick while I am here in Hawaii and have the chance, it looks like a very beautiful and tropical state. How James Cook ever found this place out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean beats me. Even more of a mystery, is how Hawaii ever became part of the United States. Don't get me wrong, there are just huge cultural differences here, more then any other state I have been to in the United States. Actually, the Hawaiian' environment seems to closely resemble southern California, with the differences of: Hawaii being islands, mountains with volcanic activity and the tropical atmosphere. Despite all this, Hawaii is still as modern as can be. I am using my laptop to write this post and am hooked up (with out wires) to the Internet.

Last night we visited Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor, and although they don't speak in tongues, the message is the same: Jesus Christ, God's Son, died on a cross and rose from the dead to give mankind salvation.

The sermon that the pastor gave while we where there had to do with certain chapters in Ezekiel and how they relate to modern day Israel. After service, I was able to check out how their sound and media system was set up. When visiting other churches, I like to made it a point (if I am able to) to check out how they have their sound/media systems set up. Since I am still learning how it all works, I love to see how and what other churches are doing in these ministries. One unique media set up that this particular church had is video streaming. I am well aware that this technology is out there, but I have never seen how it is actually done. There are just so many possibilities!

Anyway, Sarah and I got into Honolulu yesterday at about 3pm Hawaiian time. It was a nine hour flight from Chicago, which was our one and only connecting flight from New Jersey. I was given a camcorder before the trip and will see if I can make a few good Hawaiian YouTube videos with it.

I feel like I am in a foreign country because of all the new animals and plants that I have seen so far here. Even yesterday when where driving to Calvary Chapel, I saw a pair of birds that reminded me of Sparrows: They where mostly all brown with a few flairs of white. Also, as we where driving to church I saw some huge trees, but the tops/heads seemed to be almost pruned perfectly flat like a shrub. I was amazed and delighted to see those two beautiful creations of God.

Alright, this post should be sufficient for now, but I will see if I can blog a little bit more later, while I am actually still here in Hawaii.

God bless!