Monday, September 28, 2009

Yom Kippur

Today is Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for religious Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days.

However, I praise the Father for my Savior, Jesus Christ who is the full atonement! In His death on the cross, Jesus atoned for the sins of humanity such that God is satisfied and reconciliation is accomplished for all who will be redeemed. The obedience and death of Jesus on behalf of sinners is the ground of redemption.

1 Peter 3:18, "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit."

2 Corinthians 5:21, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

1 John 4:10, In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Read the amazing hymn below...

Hallelujah! What a Savior
By: Philip P. Bliss

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumn Equinox

Just so you know...

The spring and autumn equinoxes, for starters, are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west, according to Alan MacRobert, a senior editor with Sky & Telescope magazine.
The equinoxes are also the only days of the year when a person standing on the Equator can see the sun passing directly overhead.
Anyway, as I was thinking how hot it here in Southern California, especially for this time of year is crazy...I am so thankful for air conditioning. I am also thinking of how much prettier it is in Ohio right now. The picture above will give you an idea of what all of the trees start looking like. Not here in SoCal, there are no autumn colors here. So, I will get my fix of fall colors by searching "Autumn Trees" in Google Images.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ordering Your Rediculous Starbucks Drink...

Ordering Starbucks drinks can be a little nerve racking and confusing. If you're a new to the lingo, or you feel like the help behind the counter gives you a blank stare trying to figure out what you're asking for, then all you need is a little simple explanation. This how-to guide should come in handy.

Step 1. Hot or Iced Drink?
The default is hot. If you want a cold or iced drink, the first word in your drink order should be "iced".
Step 2. Coffee drinks come in four sizes.
* Short: 8 oz.
* Tall: 12 oz.
* Grande: 16 oz.
* Venti: 20 oz. The iced drinks are actually 24 oz. in the venti size. The hot drinks are 20 oz. in the venti size. In Italian, the word "venti" means 20.
Step 3. Choose your drink beverage
* Coffee, Latte, Americano, Mocha, Machiatto, Cappuccino, Frappuccino
* Other drinks include Tea, Hot Chocolate, Apple Cider, Lemonade, etc. but this guide is about ordering the coffee drinks.

Step 4. How strong do you like your drink? Specify the number of espresso shots
* Single, Double, Triple, Quad…etc.

Step 5. Choose the type of milk or creamer
* Default - 2% milk.
* Skinny - non-fat milk if you're trying to cut down on calories.
* Whole milk - if the store provides
* Organic milk - if the store provides
* Soy - silk soymilk if you prefer a milk substitute

Step 6. Extra directions
* Extra hot
* No foam
* No Whip
* Room for cream
* Extra ice
* Light ice