Archive for February, 2006

Light Sabers and the Spiritual Realm

February 23rd, 2006

I brought this analogy up in small group last night while talking about do battle in the heavenlies…see if you follow. In the original Star Wars movie Luke is learning the ways of a Jedi from Obi-Wan Kenobi. Do you remember the difference in their light sabers? Color, but also strength, thickness and length. While Luke’s was no drinking straw, Kenobi’s saber was noticeably more powerful.

The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit, according to Eph 6. The more Word we have in us, the stronger our ability, along with the Holy Spirit, to defeat the flaming arrows of deception thrown by Satan. In essence, the more we know the Word, the stronger our spiritual light saber is to defeat the enemy. Thicker, stronger and more reach. This is exactly how Jesus battled in the wilderness while being tempted. Three times…it is written.

How much more should we be in the Word, solidifying our values and beliefs against the ageless truths of God? Oh, what a change we would see in the phyiscal realm if we could win more in the spiritual.

Tyson Theology

Search for missing dog at airport

February 16th, 2006

The search continued Thursday for a dog that escaped from its cage at John F. Kennedy International Airport on its way home from this week’s Westminster Kennel Club show, where it had won an award.

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The police have brought in humans to pick up the scent. :-)

Tyson General

The Annual American Happy Survey

February 15th, 2006

I really enjoyed reading this year’s report on the happiness of America. Of no surprise, the more often you worship, the happier you are. What was a bit surprising to me however, was the correlation between money and happiness, especially after hearing Sergey Brin, one of the world’s richest men, say this:

You always hear the phrase, money doesn’t buy you happiness. But I always in the back of my mind figured a lot of money will buy you a little bit of happiness. But it’s not really true.

This is something we’ve been talking about in small group lately…what is happiness, really? I think there is mass confusion over the term, and we in America have made it out to be something it’s not. In America, happiness is living the American dream, a big house, a new car, a six-figure salary and early retirement. When you ask someone who is living this lifestyle if they are happy, I suspect they would be more willing to agree simply because their circumstances equate to our general view of happiness. They think, “Hey if I’m not happy, who is?”. Regardless of the bitterness in their hearts or the discord in their homes, they think “this must be happiness”. Conversely, the poor family who is struggling to pay the bills and yet have a life of contentment and fulfillment are more likely to disagree when asked about happiness, simply because their circumstances do not fall in line with the common wisdom. They might think, “well, I’m pretty happy, but I sure don’t add up to much so there must be more”. And thus the myth persists that money can buy happiness.

If you ask me, true happiness and fulfillment is found in a intimate relationship with Jehovah, God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. Outside of him, all happiness is only temporary. Will it make me happy to move from my apartment to a house next month? Sure, it might satisfy a desire for a month or so. But if I can’t be happy in a small apartment, I can’t be happy in a mansion. If I can’t be happy in my Honda riceburner, a Toyota Supra wouldn’t change a thing.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

Tyson Theology

TIME with Google

February 13th, 2006

The 3 amigos appeared on the front of TIME magazine this week, you know, Page, Brin and Schmidt. Very interesting article that gives a glimpse at the serious and humurous sides of each. I like this quote from Larry:

We don’t generally talk about our strategy … because it’s strategic. I would rather have people think we’re confused than let our competitors know what we’re going to do. That’s an easy trade-off.

Maybe they are smarter than all the butterfly-kissing critics out there. I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t see another wisecracker going off about how Google is losing its focus, how they should stick to search, and how the company must be run by a bunch of imbeciles. While that may be true in time, I for one am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. They’ve created the envy of the Valley, successfully gone public and dropped some very cools apps, all without sacrificing an inch of search engine marketshare.

Tyson Search

Auto-pilot for your car

February 1st, 2006

The other night Sarah and I watched I, Robot, the movie where Will Smith is a cop in the year 2035…apparently there’s some robots in the movie or something, I’m not exactly sure (I was dozing off). Nevertheless, the coolest part was his car. Sarah and I looked at each other and said, “Woah…I hope that thing is here by 2035!” Yeah, it was cool.

Now, I see this on Engadget today: Honda Accord ADAS auto-pilot system takes the reins

Tyson Technology