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Missions Celebration Big Valley Grace -- 2006
Saturday, March 4, 2006
-- Ben's friend Daniel came over to visit for the day, while his dad
was working on a transmission. Daniel and Ben had lots of fun together.
Then we took Daniel to church with us for the Saturday evening
Celebration service. After we dropped Daniel off at his place, we ran
into a bizzare scene .....
After church, we saw a strange sight ..... a car
sitting on top of a fire hydrant! I just couldn't pass up pictures of
this bizzare mishap. The car was turning right at the same time a
semi-truck also turned right. The truck caught the car and dragged the
car up onto the fire hydrant, where the car got stuck. The fire hydrant
broke and water was gushing out with great force and flooding the
street and parking lot.
I spoke with several people who were in the car. In
fact, all five people from the car survived and were standing on the
sidewalk, watching and waiting. A police officer was taking video
footage of the accident.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 -- Took Ben to his kids aerobics class. I had a good workout while waiting for Ben.
for today: Colossians 3:1-4,
"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are
above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind
on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your
life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears,
then you also will appear with Him in glory."
Proverbs 1:1-8 ,
1) The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel. 2) To know
wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, 3) To
receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity. 4) To
give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion,
5) A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of
understanding will attain wise counsel, 6) To understand a proverb and
an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles. 7) The fear of the
Lord is the beginning of knowlege, but fools despise wisdom and
Friday, March 17, 2006 -- Today I'm reading about Calvinism and Arminianism. Found a good website on this much debated topic:
This is what I believe, based on what I've been reading. On the side of
Calvinism, I believe in points 1 and 5. Point 1 states that man is dead
in trespasses and sins and is totally unable to save himself. I
disagree with Points 2 (Unconditional election), 3 (Limited atonement)
and 4 (Irresistible grace). Limited atonement is not Biblical. I
agree with Point 5, which states that a true born again Christian
cannot lose their salvation.
Concerning Arminianism, I partially agree with Point 1 and fully agree
with Point 2, and partially with Point 3. Not sure about Point 4. I
very strongly disagree with Point 5. Here are the 5 Points of
Arminianism: 1) God, according to His foreknowledge, chose who would be
saved, and that God does not elect anyone to hell.
Point 1: I agree that God knows who will be saved and who will not.
Point 2: I agree that Jesus on the cross for everyone.
Point 3: I agree that people cannot save themselves, and that the Holy
Spirit draws people to God. I disagree however with the strict
Arminians point that people are not totally depraved. I believe what we
read in Romans, that we are all responsible to God for our sin, and
that there is nobody who is righteous, that all of mankind is dead in
their sin, and condemned because of the fall (Adam and Eve's original
Point 4: I'm not sure about this, but I think that I at least partially
agree that the Holy Spirit enables the believer to respond to the
Point 5: I very strongly disagree with this point. I believe that you
cannot lose your salvation. The way that I understand the Bible is that
salvation is a gift from God, and that salvation is "Eternal," not
temporary. If your salvation could be lost, then it would not be
"Eternal" salvation, but rather would be "Temporary" salvation. Jesus
promised "Eternal" salvation, not temporary salvation.
So I cannot ascribe completely to either Calvinism or Arminianism, but would hold to only some of the points for both positions.
The problem with Arminianism is that people live in daily fear of
losing their salvation, and as some churches practice, the people must
go to the alter and continuously repent, rededicate their lives, and
renew their salvation, which causes people to have no assurance of
their salvation and live with no spiritual peace. I have seen this
myself and have also experienced this condition personally. Many
Christians are striving so hard to hold onto their salvation and/or
even earn their salvation, and trying to push a guilt-trip on other
people who don't meet up with their standards. Certain denominations
spend a lot of energy on trying to get people to do lots of works for
fear that they might not be saved, or lose their salvation.
The doctrines of Arminianism can lead people to become proud and
arrogant, thinking that they have attained a higher spirituality than
other (weaker?) Christians, which leads people to think that they are
better than those who do less work. The Bible gives us an example of
those who did less (believed at a later point in their life) and still
received the same reward (salvation) as the others who had been working
(saved) much longer .... Can't remember where that parable is right off
Jesus Christ finished the work of salvation on the cross. We are not
part of the equation to salvation. Jesus paid the price for our sin,
and Jesus is the one who saves us. The Bible tells us that there is no
other name by which we can be saved. Belive in the Lord Jesus Christ
and you will be saved. We are not saved by our good works, but rather
we do good works because we are saved. The Bible says that you will
know you are of God when you love God and love others. You will also
know them by their fruits.
I don't recall ever having close experience with hyper-Calvinists .....
It doesn't even make sense to believe that God has already predestined
everyone to either heaven or hell, and so therefore, we don't need to
even bother evangelizing anyone, because they can't change their
destiny anyway, since God has already decided where they are going to
end up for eternity.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
-- Ben and daddy got up early, went to Lonnie's in Riverbank to help
her pick up some heavy buckets and put them into her station wagon, so
she could take them to the disposal place. Then Ben and daddy left
about 8:07 for Columbia. We got to Columbia about 9:20. Roads were all
clear. There was no snow to be seen anywhere. I spoke with some of the
locals, and they said that it had snowed last weekend about five inches
in Columbia. Some people said six or even eight inches of snow was in
Columbia. The said that was unusual for Columbia to get that much snow.
When we got to Main Street, there weren't any shops open yet. The
Falloon Hotel never did open up, so we didn't get our favorite ice
cream. Benny made friends with some boys and one girl who live in
Columbia. They were climbing the rocks. I just walked up and down Main
Street, taking lots of pictures. When the Hungry Prospector got his hot
dogs ready, I bought the very spicy Caijan hot dog. Benny had a regular
hot dog with chips. He gave me one of his bags of chips.
I stopped to check out this lady who was making lace. She travels from
the Bay Area once each month to sit outside making her lace. There
wasn't much activity in Columbia. I spoke with a lady who was staying
in the Falloon Hotel with other women who were having a retreat. The
price for one night is $150.00 per person!
About 10:00 visitors started appearing. I heard some people speaking
French. We left Columbia about 1:00 and drove through Sonora. As we got
to the end of Sonora, going towards Pinecrest, we saw patches of snow.
By the time we got to Miwok Village, there was lots of snow everywhere.
Some people were still snowed in. We stopped at Sierra Village to ask
where we could play in the snow. A man told us where to go, so we
continued up the mountain ......
We kept driving up the mountain and stopped to play in the snow around
Longbarn (I think it was just above Longbarn). There were lots of cars
parked on the side of the road. We just followed the people to a nice
open patch of snow, where they were sliding down a small hill. Benny
quickly made friends and found another place to slide in the snow. I
was working on building something out of snow. I made a snow alien!
This was Ben's first time to see snow! Dara called us several times. He
was disappointed that he didn't go along with us. We will go back to
the snow again soon. The snow was just right for making snow balls, not
too dry, and not wet snow. I was surprised that my feet didn't get
colder or wetter. Next time we plan on taking a large truck innertube
so we can slide down the big hills.
One of the young girls there made this snow bear. I wasn't sure what to make .......
Here is my snow alien masterpiece. I didn't get to finish it. Maybe the
snow alien will still be there next time? When we got in our van to
leave, the windshield was complete covered with snow. After about 45
minutes heavy snow was falling, and people started
Before we left, the snow plow was already on the road ... We left and
drove back down the mountain towards Sonora, but I
decided to turn around and drive up the mountain towards Pinecrest. The
snow continued to fall, and it was very thick. Had trouble seeing the
road sometimes. As we headed up the mountain towards Pinecrest, I
stopped and looked back to snap this shot of a frozen pond. We stopped
at the Pinecrest Ranger Station. There was lots of snow everywhere, and
the sign was almost buried in snow. By the time we made it to
Pinecrest, there were only
very small flakes falling, or no snow at all in some places. The Ranger
Station at Pinecrest was closed. Somebody told us there were people
camping at Pinecrest.
On our way back down the mountain, we stopped at Cold Springs to find a
restroom. Heides Ski Shop was busy with rentals. Benny was trying to
catch snowflakes in his mouth. I tried too, but couldn't catch any. We
left for home about 4:00.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
-- Went to church with Benny for the second service. Dara had spent the
night at Joel's. The guys were playing war with airsoft guns until they
ran out of ammo around midnight. Then they played video games until
6:00 a.m. Joel took the guys to church for NewGen. Benny stayed with me
for the service.
Went back to church around 4:45 for the Missions
Celebration. There were booths with food from different countries. Click on this link to check out some pictures I took .... Missions Celebration Big Valley Grace -- 2006
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