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Dec. 31, 2007

Do you know which of the following quotes is/are in the Bible?

  1. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
  2. God helps those who help themselves.
  3. Confession is good for the soul.
  4. Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.
  5. Money is the root of all evil.
  6. Honesty is the best policy.

Actually, only quote #4 is in the Bible.  The others commonly are believed by many people to be in the Bible, but they are not.  Quote #4 comes from Job 5:7.

If you didn’t know any of that, maybe you should read the Bible.  I have read it all the way through about 8 times (±1), and it still remains the most interesting book I’ve ever read.  Each time I read it, I learn many new things that eluded me before.

A friend and I are going to read it together in 2008 and discuss the passages on a regular basis, maybe daily.  We are using a Chronological List of Bible Passages to check off each set of chapters as we read them (3-4 chapters a day, which take 15-20 minutes to read).

In case you might be interested in reading the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in 2008, you can print out one of the following versions of that list here:

Word Document Version  |  PDF Version  |  HTML Version

As we fast approach the end of the age, now would be a good time to see what God and His Word are all about, if you haven’t taken the time to do so before.

Dec. 25, 2007

Early this morning, when I pulled up the shade of my bedroom window at 5:30 a.m., I saw an amazing site in the southeastern sky (more south than east).  It looked like the biggest, whitest, brightest star I’d ever seen.  Here it is, regular-sized and magnified (they aren’t very clear, since I was shooting through a screen):

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Of course, I knew that it couldn’t be a star, because no star is nearly that bright (except for the sun, of course).  I searched on the internet and discovered that it was the planet Venus...quite spectacular.

It reminded me of the “star” that led the three wise men to Jesus.  I don’t believe that it was an actual star, though.  I wrote about that last Christmas (see my Dec. 25, 2006 entry).  I also don’t believe that Jesus was born in December.  I am inclined to believe that He was born in late September or early October, during Sukkot.

Anyway, the “star” brought to mind Jesus’ gifts from the Magi: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Isaiah 60:6b is prophetic of gifts (gold and frankincense) that the Messiah, Jesus, would receive when He came into the world (Matthew 2:11b), as well as gifts He will receive as the earth’s King ruling in Jerusalem when people from every nation come to worship Him throughout the Millennium (Isaiah 2:3a; Zechariah 14:16a; Malachi 1:11).

The three gifts, given to Jesus at His first coming, were representative (and prophetic) of His three primary titles:

  • King (Revelation 19:16), represented by gold;
  • High Priest (Hebrews 4:14,15), represented by frankincense; and
  • Savior (Titus 2:13), represented by myrrh (an embalming ointment, signifying Jesus’ eventual sacrificial death)

During the Millennium, Jesus will receive the gifts of gold and frankincense, since He will be the world’s King and High Priest.  But no myrrh will be presented to Him, since His death was once and for all (1 Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 9:15,27,28).  Jesus was the “firstfruits” from the dead of those who never will die again (1 Corinthians 15:20).

By the way, yesterday I said I would show the whipped potatoes I made today.  Here is our turkey, as well as the steps I went through to process the potatoes (soaking, boiling, mashing, and whipping—see Whipped Potatoes recipe):

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Dec. 24, 2007

I don’t really like to cook/bake, but I like what I make.  Plus, I like leftovers so that I don’t have to cook/bake for the next few days.  I made a point to lose three pounds this past week so that I can “overdo it” today and tomorrow.

I have made a few things today in preparation for tomorrow (Christmas).  First, I made butternut chocolate pudding.  I don’t eat all that many sweets because they are so unhealthful and fattening.  But once a year, I make this dessert and go “hog wild” over it.  As you can see, I got carried away on the first pan.  Oops.

Next, I made a batch of cornbread dressing.  I added jalapeño peppers to it; but when they are baked (which will be done tomorrow), they aren’t quite as hot/spicy.  Too bad.  Anyway, this dressing, stuffing, or whatever you want to call it is much better than any other that I’ve ever tasted.  That’s why it’s the only kind I’ll make, even though it is time-consuming.

Finally, I like to make whipped potatoes from scratch.  I chop up the potatoes into small cubes.  Then I soak them overnight in salt water to remove as much starch as possible.  Besides the fact that it changes to fat in your body, starch makes whipped potatoes less fluffy.  Tonight these potatoes will soak in the water; tomorrow I’ll boil, mash, and whip them.

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Dec. 10, 2007

I always enjoy flying back into San Diego, my favorite city in the world.  Today, I was fortunate enough to do so during sunset.  As my plane descended near downtown, I pulled out my camera and snapped these:


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I didn’t hold the camera very level or steady.  I don’t know if that was more because of the movement of the plane or because I was so excited to be back.

You might wonder why the foreground is darker in the first five photos than it is in the last five photos.  That’s because when a backgound is bright (as it was when the sun was in the process of setting), a camera automatically decreases either the shutter size or the exposure time, to compensate.

This, in turn, often causes the foreground to be too dark in the picture.  So never photograph someone with the sun or a bright sky behind him/her without using a flash, or else the person’s face will turn out too dark in the photo.

However, when the foreground is darker (as it was after the sun had set), a camera tends to maintain the standard shutter size or exposure time, thus enabling the foreground to be lighter.

I think it’s interesting that God had me sit on that (left) side of the plane.  He also timed it perfectly so that I would take photos both before and after the sun had set.  His timing is impeccable, and He always comes through for me.  I believe He does it for everybody who acknowedges that He has a hand in the things that most people consider merely “coincidences.”

Like, for instance, a month ago on Nov. 10, I ran into someone I’ve known for decades, but hardly ever see.  He influenced me to buy the mousetraps instead of the Decon for my pals, the mice.

That was the right choice; God knew beforehand that it would be, so He had my friend meet me at that “coincidental” time to give me that information.  At least, that’s what I believe.

In any case, until one understands how personal and personable God is, life is dismally lackluster.  This probably is the main reason why so many people seek worldly things to make them “content” or “happy.”  For me, San Diego makes me “happy”; but when Jesus comes, the happiness He brings me will outshine any exhilaration or bliss I’ve ever felt in San Diego.

Dec. 8, 2007

This is the fifth evening of Hannukah (Chanukah), an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd Century.  As you can see, although I am not Jewish, I still celebrate the Festival of Lights.  I believe that all Christians should, since Christian believers have been “grafted” into Judaism, according to Paul in Romans 11:16-19.

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I realized an interesting fact about 15 years ago.  When seeking the proper interpretation of Daniel 12:11,12, I discovered that, each year, the first day of Hanukkah is the 75th day following Yom Kippur.  As such, with the “abomination that causes desolation” taking place at the midpoint of the 70th Week, I believe that the dedication of Jesus’ millennial Temple will take place 1,335 days following that infamous day.  God’s math never ceases to amaze me, nor does anything else about Him.

Nov. 29, 2007

Most of us live our lives, day to day, thinking that we are “not all that bad.”  We feel even better about ourselves when we compare ourselves with others we see in our communities or in the news who, we determine, have committed “worse” deeds than we have.  Often, this simply is because they got caught; whereas, our “secret sins” have been interred in the burial ground of forgetfulness.

In reality, each of us does wrong and commits offenses (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 Kings 8:46; Romans 3:23).  Whether these trangressions are against civil laws or not is irrelevant, since they breach God’s perfect standards.  In effect, each of us is a “wretch,” as mentioned in the timeless song, Amazing Grace.

Yet, as much of a wretch as each one of us is, God wants to forgive us—and He will, but only if we recognize what we are (reprobates) and ask forgiveness for it.  That is, without humbly acknowledging our evil nature, we are incapable of being saved from our sins, for eternity.  I think this commentary sums it all up quite well: Who, Me—A Wretch?

Nov. 28, 2007

Today, President Bush called the Annapolis summit yesterday a “hopeful beginning.”  He reiterated that the summit was only the beginning of renewed “peace” efforts in the Middle East by adding, “No matter how important yesterday was, it’s not nearly as important as tomorrow and the days beyond.”

Some optimists believe that a “peace” agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority can be forged by 2009.  However, Prime Minister Olmert is very unpopular with Israelis, and President Abbas would need to unite the Palestinian factions before he even can think about peace negotiations with Israel.

Call me a pessimist, but I am extremely skeptical of all of this, especially since I do not believe that there will be actual peace until the Messiah comes.  That’s because He is the Prince of Peace; whereas, any other who claims to be the bringer of “peace” will be a counterfeit.

Nov. 27, 2007

After being stalled for several years, the Israeli-Palestinian “peace” process began again today in Annapolis, Maryland.  Forty nations were in attendance including, of course, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  Probably, before long, more such conferences will follow.

At a pre-conference dinner last night, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a statement to Prime Minister Olmert of Israel and President Abbas of the PA.  She said that “we look very much forward tomorrow to signaling the international support that is there for the bilateral process that you have begun to try and end your conflict and come to a two-state solution.”  She added a special “thank you” to President Bush, “who first talked about a Palestinian state and who has been a tireless advocate for the two-state solution.

Mr. Olmert insisted that Israel is “prepared to make a painful compromise, rife with risks, in order to realize these aspirations [of peace].”  He added, “While this will be an extremely difficult process for many of us, it is nevertheless inevitable.”

Evidently, though, virtually nothing was accomplished today at the summit, as I suspected.  A substantial and lasting “peace” between the Israelis and the Palestinians is impossible (until the Messiah returns, that is).  For one thing, the Palestinians, like Muslims from virtually all other Middle East nations, have as their ultimate goal the utter destruction of all Israelis.  In fact, an increasing number of their kids are taught to hate Jews and Christians in school.

Furthermore, it is prophesied in the Bible that Israel eventually will be decimated by attacking forces, most likely Islamic.  More details about that can be found in my End-Times commentary.

Some Christians, anticipating a soon “Pre-tribulation” Rapture, have been thinking they could be taken away at any moment.  Actually, though, the Rapture is not an imminent event, with the seven-year “tribulation period” to follow immediately thereafter.  In fact, I have seen nothing yet to convince me that we have not already entered the time of the 70th Week, launched with the commencement of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

Nov. 10, 2007

There are mice in this house, and they’ve gotten into two bags of my snacks.  Had they wanted merely to cohabitate with me, I might have “looked the other way.”  But eating my snacks without my permission was going too far.

I went to buy some Decon to poison them.  While at the store, I ran into a friend (of many decades) who said that he also had had mice in his house.  His wife had gotten Decon and spread it around where the mice were.

In about a week, they began smelling dead, decaying mice, and it took some time to locate all of them.  After that, he bought mouse traps, since a mouse is not going to wander way from a trap, after being caught, and start reeking somewhere else.

So I got mouse traps instead of Decon, and I’m glad I did.  As the guy suggested, I placed a small glob of peanut butter inside of each one.  He said that they like peanut butter better than cheese.  So far, I have caught eight mice.  Here are two shots each of mouse #7 and mouse #8, recently deceased:

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Actually, it was the same trap that caught both mice.  Oops, was that cheating?  I even left the same peanut butter in the trap after the first mouse was unable, unfortunately, to finish it.  (I guess he/she/it didn’t like the generic brand of peanut butter.)

Sorry if those pics make you cringe.  If you happen to be a PETA activist, get over it.  Those mice were “unethical” by eating my food, and they were “treated” accordingly.  Squeak!!!

Nov. 7, 2007

Southwest Airlines has been running a special called “Fly 2, Get 1 Free!”  There is a list of select cities for each city where Southwest flies.  If someone flies two round trips on Southwest between select cities, from September 1 to November 15, 2007, then that customer is awarded a free trip.  The details are here (although Southwest may take down the page after the special is over):


Back in September, I scheduled two qualifying round trips.  However, on October 1, I discovered that one of my cities no longer qualified.  After calling Southwest, I was told that the lists of qualifying cities had changed and that an email had been sent out on September 6 informing customers of the change.  You can click here to read a copy of that email, if you want:

In the body of the email, I see nothing specifying that the lists of qualifying cities had been changed.  The email does contain a link saying “updated city-pair combinations that qualify for this promotion.”  But when I made my reservation (after September 6), I double-checked the qualifying city-pairs, and the ones I wanted still were on the list.  Conceivably, this could have been because an old version of their web page was still present in a cache on my computer, and that is what I saw.

In any case, I did fax Southwest Airlines a letter explaining reasons why I felt they should consider the two flights I had scheduled as qualifying for their promotion.  To Southwest’s credit, I got a phone call today saying that, in fact, they would do this and that I would be receiving a free flight.  I gave reasons in my January 6 entry why Southwest Airlines is my favorite airline to fly, and now I can add “integrity” to that list.

Oct. 28, 2007

This calendar is stupid (sorry for the flash reflection).  You can’t really see it, but on October 28 it says, “Daylight Savings Time Ends (Clocks Back).”  However, that is incorrect.  DST actually ends next Sunday, November 4.

Maybe whoever is responsible for that error will get up an hour earlier than he/she should have and make an appearance somewhere—at church, perhaps—an hour earlier than necessary.  There yet may be justice in the world.

Oct. 15, 2007

On July 11, I indicated how I had been undergoing a very difficult time for months.  At that time, I did not understand the underlying cause of the worst of my misfortunes.  Now I do.

Also, at that time, I did not think that there was any advantage in telling people about it, since there seemingly was (and is) nothing that anyone (except God, of course) can do for me.  Maybe I was wrong.

Now I believe that there may be some who, potentially, could be consoled, in case they happen to be in my same “boat.”  Therefore, I have written about it here: Ted’s Relapsing Polychondritis.

Oct. 7, 2007

One of my friends had his 40th birthday today.  He likes chocolate cake (as I do), so I made one.

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As I was putting the two layers of the cake into the oven, I said, “I wish this cake had some banana in it.”  My friend said, “Just cut up one and put the slices on top of the batter.”  So I put the slices of each half of a banana on each layer, and it turned out great.

I think I might do that from now on.  There aren’t many things better with chocolate than banana, unless maybe it’s peanut butter.

Oct. 5, 2007

A friend and I went to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa today.  For one thing, he wanted to taste lots of wines.  I rarely drink, so I didn’t mind being the “designated driver.”

The fair was fun.  My favorite part was all the free food samples, sort of like at Sam’s Club or Costco.  I can make a meal out of free samples (which I did).

At the wine tasting thing, my friend tried so many Zinfandels that I lost count.  So did he.  Frankly, I don’t think he would have been able to count past 10.

Afterwards, rather than purchase wine at the fair at exorbitant prices, he had me drive to Bottle Barn, where he proceeded to just about fill up a shopping cart with 69 bottles.  Oh yeah, everybody was gawking in disbelief.  I thought it was amazing, so of course I took a pic.  Back home, I also got shots of his cases of wine and, later, his wine cabinet:

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Yes, I had some.  Why not; it was free.  Isn’t red wine good for your heart or something?

Sep. 29, 2007

Here are some sunrise and other pics taken in the same place I took the full moon photos a few days ago:

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Sep. 28, 2007

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was back in New York again last Monday, speaking at Columbia University.  He is devoted to the return of the 12th Imam.  This article provides a good description:

Will the 12th Imam cause war with Iran?

One of the things I found very puzzling about Mr. Ahmadinejad’s speech (or maybe it was more of a lecture) was his insistence that there are no homosexuals in Iran.  Did he mean that no Muslims are homosexual, or that all of the ones who were have been exterminated?

Sep. 26, 2007

I have come up to Northern CA for a couple of weeks.  On my way here, I noticed the full moon rising.  It was pretty spectacular, so I captured a few photos of it (with various camera settings) after I arrived:


Some people may not realize that the moon is full for only a single moment each month.  That moment is when the moon, earth, and sun are aligned with each other.  Since the moon is in continuous movement in its orbit around the earth, this exact celestial alignment lasts for only an instant.

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At that instant, only people on parts of the earth in darkness, who can see the moon, will be viewing it at its maximum fullness.  The moon may appear full for hours, or even for a day or two, before and after the moment of fullness.  But, in actuality, total fullness exists for only a split second.  Of course, when the sun, earth, and moon are in precise alignment, a lunar eclipse results.

Sep. 11, 2007

It’s “9/11” again.  It’s even Tuesday: the same day of the week as September 11, 2001.  That means the twin towers came down exactly 313 weeks ago today—and, with them, all semblance of normalcy for the USA and for the world.

I have seen enough evidence to accept that Osama bin Laden, Aymen al-Zawahiri, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (among others) masterminded and orchestrated the 9/11 attacks.  I know there are many who embrace various conspiracy theories instead.  I simply disagree with them.

In my examination and observation of views on both sides, it seems highly plausible and probable, to me, that radical Islam, rather than any other group, was behind the 9/11 attack.  To see just how radical, militant, and dangerous fundamentalist Islam is, I recommend viewing this video (especially to Americans, including moderate and peaceful Muslims):

Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West

Although I respect the point of view of anyone who disagrees with me, I have neither the time nor interest in engaging in ongoing, detailed dialogues with others who embrace various conspiracy theories.  I do not feel compelled to “convince” anyone that fundamentalist adherents to Islam want to destroy not only Israel but the USA, although I do believe that myself.  Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, and I urge—even encourage—those who have beliefs that differ from mine to publish their views on web pages at their own websites for others to see and evaluate.

Anyway, I don’t want to talk about 9/11 or Islam anymore right now.  I’d rather talk about Jesus.  I spent much of today responding to an email that somebody sent me, asking this:

Click on that if you want to read my somewhat lengthy response.

Sep. 10, 2007

I am visiting in Raleigh, NC.  Today a record high temperature of 101° was set for this date.  That is fine with me; I like my weather the same as my chili: the hotter, the better.

Sitting out on the patio, I’ve hardly ever seen this many flies before (other than maybe on some beaches in CA).  They were attacking my oatmeal/fruit bowl before I found a fly swatter.  I whacked a few of them, but they were like a massive army and too numerous for me to overcome.  It wouldn’t surprise me if I hear from PETA.

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Finally, I wised up and covered up the bowl with my shirt.  Later (after I took the pics above), I was glad to see an army of tiny ants swarming all over the fly carcasses.  At least that provided me with a bit of satisfaction.

Aug. 27, 2007

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made it clear that, contrary to recent news reports, Tehran has not slowed its nuclear activity.  He also warned of a growing and imminent power vacuum in Iraq, which he said Iran is ready to help fill.  Aren’t these two factors, alone, good enough reasons for the USA not to make a hasty retreat from Iraq?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Aug. 12, 2007

I got away from city lights, up in the mountains, so that I could get a good view of the Perseid meteor shower.  It was worth it, especially under a cloudless sky and with no moon (that is, a new moon).  These are optimal viewing conditions.

It’s a little after midnight, and I’ve been out for about 20 minutes.  So far I’ve seen 15 meteors.  I may go to bed for a few hours and then come back out about an hour before dawn, when the chance of seeing meteors streaking across the sky is even better.

Of course, it will be best Sunday night and early tomorrow morning, which will be the peak viewing time of this years’s Perseids.  If you haven’t checked them out, you should.  They’re pretty cool.

Aug. 7, 2007

Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run tonight in San Francisco.  This broke Hank Aaron’s record of 755 home runs, which Aaron had held for 33 years.

Well, that’s fine, unless Bonds’ presumed steroid use gave him a distinct strength advantage in whacking many of those home runs.  We’ll see if he ever gets indicted for that.

Until then, what will annoy me the most is the fact that so many people exclaim that Barry Bonds’ home run record will need to have an “asterik” or an “asteriks” next to it.  That word is asterisk (*), and it bugs me when people mispronounce it.  It’s much like when people say “ec cetera” instead of et cetera (etc.).  Duh.

July 29, 2007

Have you heard of “colony collapse disorder”?  It is a relatively new, sudden phenomenon, characterized by the disappearance of a growing number of honey bees from their hives.  The bees simply fly away and do not return.  This impending crisis is worldwide and is becoming alarmingly widespread in the USA.

Evidently, some type of interference of the bees’ navigating systems is taking place.  Theories proposed to explain this problem include increasing electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones, GWEN (the Ground Wave Emergency Network), hydro-electric lines, and/or wireless internet transmitters.  Some even have proposed global warming, genetically modified crops, bad weather, mite infestation, pesticides, a gradual shift in polarity of the earth’s north and south poles, or simple stress in bees themselves as being responsible for bee colony collapse disorder.

Regardless of the cause(s), honey bees play a critical role in the cross-pollination of plants, including food crops.  As the honey bee population decreases significantly, there potentially will be a substantial decrease in food supplies and, most likely, a subsequent escalation in food prices.  Of course, this just fits like a puzzle piece into my Culture of Ignorance and Denial commentary.

July 23, 2007

In the welfare system of the USA, many people expect to be given handouts without having to lift a finger in return.  In God’s “welfare system,” however, people participate in what they get.  A good example of this is shown in (Ruth 2:15-17).

Boaz did not tell his workers to gather enough extra barley to give to Ruth.  Rather, he told them to leave enough behind, while they were gathering, for Ruth to be able to glean enough for herself.  Ruth then had to take an active role in getting what she received.

Was Boaz “heartless” and “unkind”?  No.  In fact, Boaz loved Ruth and later married her.  He simply did not believe in giving free handouts to people who were capable of working.

July 18, 2007

You may have heard that Islam harmonizes with Christianity, that the Qur´an (Koran) is compatible with the Bible, and that the prophet Muhammad’s writings were given to him directly by the angel Gabriel.  I find these claims to be questionable, at best.  To see why, read the Gabriel’s messages section in my End-Times commentary.

July 13, 2007

It is Friday the 13th.  Traditionally, for many, this is thought to be a day of “bad luck” and misfortune.

Well, I don’t know about that.  What I do know is that really hard times are coming.  It is inevitable.

If you want to be even more bummed out than you already are on this “unlucky day,” then read this brief commentary that I just finished writing:

Culture of Ignorance and Denial

July 11, 2007

I believe that everybody has “Job” (from the Book of Job) periods in their lives—times when terrible things happen to them which 1) are out of their control and 2) are not a direct result of their own actions or errors, and 3) seem to have no logical reason or apparent justification.  By far, it has been the most difficult year of my life.  If you have not read the Book of Job and do not know what I am talking about, you should.

I am in the midst of an exceedingly distressing “Job” experience myself, and I have been for exactly 1 year.  One year ago today (7/11/06), my checkbook was stolen out of the glove compartment of my car.  At that time, it seemed to be an uncanny occurrence, considering that it was the one and only time that I ever recall leaving my car unlocked overnight.  (I remember going into my house, planning to leave again in my car a short time later, but I ended up not leaving my house until the next morning, when I discovered my glove compartment open and my checkbook missing).

The checkbook thing took months to resolve, and it was a huge hassle.  Since then, I have been steadily bombarded with incident after incident, almost continually, of bad things happening to me, sometimes two or three things at once.  Presently, I am being plagued by two things that are overwhelming me and over which I have no control.  The only light I see at the end of this tunnel is the face of Jesus when He comes in the clouds, near the end of the 70th Week.

For those of you who are curious to know what things I have experienced over the past year that have been so devastating (presently disastrous), don’t wonder too hard.  I have not told anyone, other than one person, and she knows about only a handful of the adversities.  I don’t think there is any advantage in telling others our problems when they are unable to do anything to help us (which no one can, in my case).  Job’s friends were of no help to him, because they all failed to understand that God was allowing Satan to test Job’s allegience to God.

I am relying only on God, not on other people, to get me through all of this (although I do appeciate prayers that “God’s will be done”), because it truly will take a series of miracles to fix things.  If He does not intervene, I may not make it.  In that case, I hope to see you at the Resurrection/Rapture!

July 10, 2007

I was in downtown Birmingham, AL, today.  Here are pics of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (bombed in 1963) and the Civil Rights Museum across the street:

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You can read more about the tragic bombing of the church here:

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

July 4, 2007

I am visiting friends in Alabama, and we attended a fun 4th of July party today.  The food was pretty rich and fattening (not things that I typically will eat), but it sure was tasty.  Here are a few pictures of the spread:


Also, I didn’t get pictures of any fireworks, although I did see some.  However, I did photograph a blooming red hibiscus outside that is exploding with color.

I was told that the blooms on this plant last no longer than one day, and that this one will be wilted by tomorrow.  Hmmmm...most likely, I will get shot of it tomorrow and put it alongside the one I took today, for comparison.

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Wow, it’s true.

June 30, 2007

Today, there was a suicide car bomb attack in Glascow.  Yesterday, there were two similar, though failed, attack attempts in London.

Great Britain’s terror threat level has been raised to “Critical, Attack Imminent.”  It very well could be that this is the beginning of an escalation of terror attacks, not only in Britain but worldwide.

According to my European Neighbourhood Policy commentary, we presently may be as much as 8 months into the 70th Week.  Looking at my Graph of the 70th Week (right), it appears that a conspicuous upturn in the curve should begin relatively soon.  Of course, this is speculation, but interesting nonetheless.

June 25, 2007

Jesus and His disciples were on the Mount of Olives.  They asked Him what would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the age.  Jesus proceeded to answer their question with a series of statements that has come to be known as the Olivet Discourse.

Many, including myself, believe that what Jesus described parallels the first six seals described by John in the Book of Revelation.  I believe that the first six seals will encompass the first six years of the 70th Week.

The first answer Jesus gave His disciples was this:  “Watch out that no on deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:4,5).  Now, listen to the 20-second statement given by Dr. José Luis de Jesús Miranda, who claims to be THE Christ Jesus, at his website here:

Growing in Grace

In my opinion, this is just one of the many puzzle pieces indicating that 70th Week—the final seven years of this age before the return of the REAL Christ Jesus—may have begun.

June 20, 2007

Today, Israeli tanks rolled into the Gaza Strip.  I wonder if this will escalate into something similar to the Israel/Jordan clash last summer.  We’ll see.

June 10, 2007

This is the sixth day of the 40th anniversary of The 1967 Six-Day War, during which Israel defeated those who, collectively, had been committed to Israel’s destruction.  I have no doubt that God intervened, miraculously, on Israel’s behalf at that time.

Now there appears to be civil war in the Gaza Strip, which is adjacent to Israel.  The more radical Islamic Hamas forces are gaining control over the more moderate Islamic Fatah forces—and, therefore, over the entire Palestinian region.  Before long, there may be more trouble in store for Israel.

June 1, 2007

Many of you have read my commentary about the European Neighbourhood Policy.  Now I have added an additional presentation of it here:

A Presentation of Daniel 9:27 & the European Neighbourhood Policy

Perhaps some churches might want to give this presentation during mid-week services.

May 31, 2007

Just any old full moon?  Nope...it’s a “blue moon.”  I really don’t know why it’s called that.  It just means that it’s the second full moon in the same month.  It usually happens about every 2½ to 3½ years, although it actually is possible to have two blue moons in one year.

Of course, the month of the blue moon differs, depending on where in the world you are located.  For instance, in the Americas, the moon was totally full (and was a blue moon) this evening, May 31.  However, from Europe to Australia, the blue moon will occur on June 30.  And in New Zealand, near the International date line, the blue moon will not be until July 30.

Anyway, here’s the blue moon I saw (click on it for a larger view):

Sorry, it’s not actually blue.  OK, how about this? 

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That’s my favorite color (hexadecimal 0080FF), by the way.

May 28, 2007

It looks like the new Creation Museum has opened in Petersburg, Kentucky.  I personally have very strong feelings about what this museum represents (a “young-earth” creation view), and they are not the feelings shared by many other Christians.

Many of those who embrace a “young earth” view of creation, along with those who embrace evolution, have one important trait on common:  They both believe that, under the “right” conditions and given enough time, it is possible for life to begin spontaneously, on its own.

“Young earthers” reject the idea that the earth (and universe) can be very old, because they are afraid that this would allow for life to appear (and evolve) without God’s intervention.  They continue to fall back on the old, tired argument that the word “day” (= yôm in Hebrew), in the first chapter of Genesis, MUST refer to a solar day, which is an absolutely FALSE assumption.

Evolutionists reject the idea that everything could be very young (besides the fact that all valid scientific measurements indicate that it is not), because they think that life had to have begun apart a Creator.  Nevermind that no viable fossil remains of transition forms between species have been discovered.  Charles Darwin himself even questioned his own theory of evolution, due to the lack of transitional links:

But why do we not find them imbedded in countless numbers in the crust of the earth? ... Why is not every geological formation in every stratum full of such intermediate links?  Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain, and this perhaps is the greatest objection which can be urged against my theory.

Both “young earthers” and evolutionists are wrong.  It is impossible for life to have begun on its own, apart from God the Creator, given even an infinite amount of time.  The fact is that the earth and universe are about 4.56 and 13.7 billion years old, respectively; yet God created all life Himself.

You can read more in my commentary, The Creation.  And you Christian home-schoolers...stop teaching your kids the fallacy that the entire universe is only about 6,000 years old—at least until you’ve done your homework and have learned about the “old earth” view of creation.  Then make a fair-and-balanced decision.  The Bible and science support each other; one does not negate the other.

May 22, 2007

I have been puzzled about a math problem for a couple of decades.  Specifically, it deals with probability.

Remember the TV game show, “Let’s Make a Deal,” with Monty Hall?  There were three doors, one of which a contestant could choose in hopes of winning a grand prize.

So let’s say that there are three doors.  Behind the three doors are $1,000,000 in cash, a ton of sand, and a big vat of used grease from KFC (not necessarily in that order).  Of course, you do not know what is behind which door.  You select Door #1.

Then Door #3 is opened, and behind it is the ton of sand.  At that point, you are given the option of staying with your initial selection, Door #1, or else switching to Door #1.

According to probability, you initially had a 33 1/3% chance of selecting the million-dollar door.  After one door (Door #3) has been eliminated, some will say that you have a 50% chance of choosing the right door if you change your selection to Door #2.

Should you stay with Door #1, switch to Door #2, or does it matter?  Give me your opinion...unless, of course, you’d just as soon end up with the vat of grease, in which case it doesn’t really matter which choice you make.

May 17, 2007

Do you know what time it is?  I don’t mean prophetically (in which case you might want to read my European Neighbourhood Policy commentary).  I mean literally, pertaining to the time on your watch or on the clocks you look at the most.  At least once a week, I go here:

The Official U.S. Time

I keep my watch and all the clocks around me adjusted, within 5 seconds, to the correct time.  My co-workers where I used to work referred to me as “Big Ben” because of my obsession with correct time.

May 10, 2007

For those who do not know much about Israel, and its very interesting history since it became a nation again in 1948, this might be of interest:

The State of Israel

May 1, 2007

The Supreme Judicial Court of the Jewish People, better known as the Sanhedrin, has indicated that it intends to send a letter, translated into 70 languages, to all governmental institutions in the world.  This will include all Arab and Islamic nations.

The Sanhedrin’s primary focus is on getting the Third Temple rebuilt in Jerusalem.  Read more here:

The Sanhedrin’s Peace Initiative

Evidently, a conference, dedicated to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, will take place five months from now.  As I have said before, we may not know, for absolute certain, that the 70th Week has begun until the Third Temple is in place.  However, almost 3½ of the 7 years could pass until that happens.  (Read more in my European Neighbourhood Policy commentary).

Apr. 23, 2007

The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” a 90-minutes documentary, recently aired on the Discovery Channel.  One of its claims was that the actual bones of Jesus of Nazareth were buried in a tomb near Jerusalem.  I don’t buy it.

According to Paul, a Jewish apostle of Christ, Jesus died, was buried, was raised from the dead, and appeared bodily to hundreds of people following His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  The testimony of Josephus, a Jewish general living at the time of Jesus, is another clear affirmation that Jesus was the Christ and that He appeared to many after He was raised, alive, on the third day.

Besides biblical and historical writings, I find to be extremely interesting an article, Israel Archeology, by Paul Liberman of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance.  For one thing, this article reports that the exact location of the Second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem has been pinpointed (see Under Reported Event).

Of even greater significance, though, is an astonishing discovery at Golgotha, the location of the crucifixion of Jesus (Yeshua).  Traces of blood, containing only 24 chromosomes and no X chromosome, have been found.  This evidence seems to point to a unique human male with half the normal number (48) of chromosomes.

Presumably, the only way this could have occurred was via a virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14).  If the blood actually is that of Jesus, then evidently He received 23 chromosomes from Mary and the one, all-important Y-chromosome from God the Father.

A question I have posed before has been, Was Jesus God?  And again, my answer continues to be “Yes, absolutely!”

Apr. 14, 2007

Many people have written me, concerning my commentary on the European Neighbourhood Policy.  Two common questions have surfaced:

  1. Do you know the identity of the Antichrist?
  2. What preparations have you, personally, made for the hard times ahead?

In response to the first question, I will say that the name “Javier Solana” has popped up a lot in all the research I’ve done during the past few months.  I cannot state, for certain, that he is “the one”; however, something I read today added another puzzle piece indicating that he could be.

I have believed in the existence of the Bible code for years.  On the following page, the entry for Saturday, April 14, 2007, describes how Javier Solana’s name comes up “on every Greek New Testament prophecy ascribed to the prophesied antichrist”:


On that page, as well, is a great deal of other information about Javier Solana.  I found all of it to be extremely interesting.

As for the second question, I have done some preparation for potential “hard times” ahead.  I have purchased cases of canned goods (tuna, salmon, vegetables), boxes of powdered milk, pasta, spaghetti sauce, beans, rice, raw oats, nuts, and other things.  I also have purchased three 7-gallon containers and three 6-gallon containers, all of which contain water (with a few drops of bleach added as a means of decontamination).

In the photos below, the two tall, black barrels contain 50 pounds each of raw oats.  Not pictured is the barrel with 50 pounds of rice.  Oh, and I’ve also purchased a case of toilet paper, as well as numerous tubes of toothpaste and other items that I use daily or frequently.

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You can see a brief list of other items one might consider getting in the “My Opinions” section of Part 2 of my European Neighbourhood Policy commentary.  Of course, that list is not complete.

If we, indeed, are in the 70th Week, necessities stored up now will be depleted in a relatively short time, once the “hard times” begin to hit (which I suspect could be sometime this year).  That is why it will be of vital importance to develop a close, intimate relationship with God, who will be able to provide for our needs—albeit, in supernatural ways.

Apr. 8, 2007

Although this day commonly is referred to as Easter, I prefer to call it “Resurrection Day,” which also is the Feast of Firstfruits.  Yes, I absolutely do believe in the literal physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  He is risen indeed!

I do not believe, however, that the crucifixion of Jesus took place on “Good Friday,” as commonly seems to be accepted by most Christians.  Rather, I feel the evidence is overwhelming that Jesus was crucified on “Good Thursday.”

What I’ve always found amazing is something that took place on the very first Passover, thousands of years ago, when the Israelites were just about to depart from their 430-year stay in Egypt.  Each household was to take a lamb without blemish or defect; four days later, every lamb was to be slaughtered (Exodus 12:3-6).  Now look what they did with the blood of each lamb:

Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. (Exodus 12:7)

Consider that a few of the drops of blood, splashed on the top of the doorframe, would drip straight down, due to gravity, to the bottom of the doorframe.  This, then, would match the blood on the sides, top, and bottom of the cross on which Jesus was crucified.

What is even more amazing is that Jesus was crucified on the day of Passover.  Of course, this was planned by God to occur from before the foundation of the universe.  Understandably,

Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7b)
Was Jesus God?  Yes, absolutely...and He still is! 

Apr. 2, 2007

I find it extremely interesting that an orthodox Jewish group, the New Sanhedrin Council, has attempted to sacrifice a live animal at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  Read this article for more information:

Court nixes Passover lamb sacrifice at Temple Mount

In light of the onset of the seven-year period specified by the European Neighbourhood Policy, this indeed could be very significant, since animal sacrifices evidently will be taking place, and then put to a stop, in Jerusalem by the midpoint of the 70th Week.

Apr. 1, 2007

Tonight, I went to see/hear Chuck Smith present a message at Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa (CA).  He’s almost 80 years old but still has his wits about him and continues to be a very articulate speaker.

Chuck Smith’s compassion for the disadvantaged and the down-trodden is virtually unsurpassed.  He also is an excellent Bible teacher and has a Billy Graham-type ability to connect with people, which is a wonderful gift that God has given him.  I differ very little with Chuck Smith on most theological issues.

However, the substance of Chuck’s message tonight, concerning the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, is something with which I adamantly and wholeheartedly disagree.  Unfortunately, multitudes of Christians have embraced this erroneous doctrine, believing that they will be “whisked away” to safety, by Jesus, prior to the onset of the 70th Week.

The Rapture definitely is a real event that will happen.  However, I am inclined to believe that it will not take place until as many as six of the final seven years have transpired.  To read more, see the following:

I feel that it is important for all believers to understand the timing of the Rapture event, especially considering that the 70th Week very well may have begun, with the inception of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

Mar. 30, 2007

Today I received an email from somebody in England, saying that he had found my lasagna recipe at my website and had made it.  He seemed to be very pleased with it.  In fact, here is what his email said:

Hi Ted,

I'm 26 and live in sunny old England, and was using Google to search for a recipe for a lasagna and it pointed me in the direction of your website. Reading your recipe certainly made the taste buds tingle so I thought I'd have a go at making it.

I'm not a regular cook although I know my way around a kitchen. Even so my folks were a bit apprehensive when I told them I was cooking for them. But it was a resounding succcess with all plates clean before they got back to the kitchen. It was very tasty, even my Mom who doesn't usually like lasagna thought it was great, and we still have some left for the weekend.

I especially liked the spinach and different cheeses in there with the Italian seasoning, better than any other lasagnas I have tried which were bland in comparison, it works really well and I'll definitely be trying it again.

Thank you and best wishes.


I thought it was very nice of that guy to write.  I like that lasagna recipe also; it took me a few years to “fine-tune” it to exactly the way I like it.

I usually make a double batch and freeze one, because the first pan-full is gone within about an hour after I make it.  You can check out Ted’s Favorite Recipes and/or my Meat and Vegetable Lasagna recipe, if you want.

Mar. 24, 2007

I don’t like to drive someone else’s car.  The main reason is that I don’t want to risk damaging it, nor be obligated to repair it.  But another reason is because it seems that most people do not seem to have their side mirrors adjusted properly, and I might not realize that until I’m already on the road.

I don’t know why, but most side mirrors are turned in too far, so that much of the back of the car can be seen by the driver.  Who cares about the back of one’s car?  Isn’t the point of mirrors to be able to see as much of the traffic behind and on both sides of the car being driven?

Here is the mirror configuration (left, rearview, and right mirrors) in many people’s cars:


Here is how the mirrors (left, rearview, and right mirrors) should be adjusted:


Notice that the side mirrors in the second group display a great deal more of the areas to the side and back of the car, where a car in an adjacent lane often is located.  When adjusting a side mirror, only a very tiny portion of the back of your own car should be visible in the mirror.

Incidentally, here is the view out the front window of a typical street in San Diego, one of the nicest cities in the world:

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San Diego is great because of the ideal year-round climate.  And the palm trees and beaches are nice too. 

Mar. 19, 2007

Global Warming has been a huge news issue for awhile.  Personally, I do believe that it is happening.  As for the reason(s)...well, I have kept my eyes and ears open for any information about it.  I like to try to be have a “fair and balanced” point of view about things, when possible.

The bottom line for me, so far, is that I am not convinced that the increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere primarily are due to the burning of fossil fuels.  Other than people, there are numerous natural phenomena that significantly affect climate on the earth.  Here is one article that impressed me:

Global Warming

In any case, even if we inadvertently have adversely affected the earth’s atmosphere and climate, it is irrational to think that we now can “fix” it by making a few radical changes.  Does anyone ever stop to consider that God still is in charge?

And if the European Neighbourhood Policy happens to be an indication that we have entered the 70th Week, then we are approaching the time, in just a handful of years, when the cataclysms of the Book of Revelation are going to take place, and any “man-made” global warming that we have caused will be the least of our problems anyway.

Mar. 18, 2007

In church today, a list was projected on the screen showing ways that “love” is incorporated into the Ten Commandments.  I thought it was very good, so I will include it below:

  1. “You shall have no other gods before Me” shows love is single-minded and devoted.
  2. “You shall not make for yourself an idol...” shows love’s faithfulness.
  3. “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God...” reveals love’s respect for its object.
  4. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy...” describes love’s intimacy.
  5. “Honor your father and your mother...” reveals love to be submissive to authority.
  6. “You shall not murder” expresses the value love places on others.
  7. “You shall not commit adultery” shows love to be pure.
  8. “You shall not steal” manifests the unselfish nature of love.
  9. “You shall not give false testimony...” is love’s truthfulness.
10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house or anything belonging to your neighbor” is an expression of love’s unselfish contentment and what is best for others.

For me, this puts the Ten Commandments in a new and interesting light.

Mar. 17, 2007

The other night I woke up with the thought that I should make a new homepage for my website—this after having had the same one for many years.  To have these images explained, click here:

Montgomery Pictures Image
New Homepage Image

Mar. 15, 2007

We all tend to focus, primarily, on the things of this world, which we can see.  However, when we focus extensively on them, we can be demonstrating that God is not at the center of our lives.

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37,38).  He was making a reference to the First Commandment, which states, “You shall have no other gods before [or besides] me” (Exodus 20:3).  Essentially, making anything else more important than God qualifies as spiritual adultery in God’s eyes.

Now, look at what is written in the great ancient Book of Job, about how it will be for people who forget God:

Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water? While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass. Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. What he trusts in is fragile; what he relies on is a spider’s web. He leans on his web, but it gives way; he clings to it, but it does not hold. (Job 8:11-15)

Maybe because we cannot see God, it is easy to forget that He is there.  But God does not like to be forgotten.  He can thrust His miraculous helping hand into our hopeless situations, when we remember Him, just as easily as He can remove His helping hand from our lives when we ignore Him.  Even though we cannot see God, He surely is there and always is ready and willing to help us through all of our trials and tribulations, no matter how severe.

By communicating with God in prayer, and putting Him first in our lives through obedience, we exhibit our faith in Him, which pleases Him; thus He is more likely to assist us in difficult times rather than let us bumble and stumble around in the dark by ourselves.  “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Mar. 11, 2007

Many people may not realize that Daylight Saving Time begins today (at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, March 11, changing to 3:00 a.m.).  So set your clocks one hour ahead, if you haven’t already.  When you change your clocks, it’s not a bad idea to change the batteries in your smoke detectors as well.

This year, the time change has been moved from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March.  This web page explains everything:


By the way, this year, Daylight Saving Time will extend until November 4 (the first Sunday in November, rather than the last Sunday in October).  I like the longer days myself.

Mar. 8, 2007

Only one of the following four parallelograms is a perfect square. Click on the one that you think is a square:

a)   b)   c)   d)

By the way, blue is my favorite color, and each of those squares is my favorite shade of blue.

Mar. 7, 2007

Tonight I went to the memorial service of an elderly friend, who passed away two days ago.  On a card, handed to everyone who attended, was a poem.  I liked it, so I will print it here:

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free; I'm following the path God has laid for me.

I took His hand when I heard Him call; I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work, or play; tasks left undone must stay that way.  I found that place at the close of the day.

If my passing has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.

Be not burdenend by times of sorrow; I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I’ve savored much good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and share with me; God wanted me now, He set me free.

I might want that poem handed out at a memorial service for me one day.  I think it’s pretty cool.

Mar. 1, 2007

Apparently, the Sanhedrin in Israel is very anxious to sacrifice an animal on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  In fact, they want to do it this coming Passover.  Read more about it here:

“Renew animal sacrifices on Mount” says radical rabbi

Evidently, they also want to establish the Third Temple.  When that happens, we’ll know, for certain, that we’re in the 70th Week.  (Read more in my European Neighbourhood Policy commentary).

Feb. 22, 2007

I think most people rarely ever think about how truly vast this universe is.  I think these interesting pictures demonstrate this quite well:

Relative Sizes of Planets and Stars

I am thankful that God fine-tuned this entire Creation to make certain that we have a nice planet on which to live.  Maybe we need to be a little more careful about how we treat it.

Feb. 14, 2007

Happy Valentine’s Day.  You know whom you are! 

Feb. 4, 2007

Congratulations Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts, who have captured that elusive NFL title with a 29-17 victory against the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.  Personally, I didn’t really care who won, but I was glad to see Payton Manning finally win the ultimate prize.

Feb. 2, 2007

I heard that Punxsutawney Phil, that famous groundhog, did not see his shadow today.  The last time that happened was in 1999.  Supposedly, that means that we can expect an early Spring.

I’m not superstitious, but a big part of me hopes that Spring does come early.  It never can come early enough for me, because I love HOT weather...the hotter, the better.  Bring on the 90°+ and 100°+ temperatures ASAP, as far as I’m concerned.

Jan. 22, 2007

I am a stickler about spelling.  I also am a stickler about punctuation, which is why I created Ted’s Punctuation Guide.

I figure that with all of the “spell checks” available in most word processing programs today, there is no excuse to misspell words, other than possibly in casual emails or instant messages.  (By the way, “misspell” commonly is misspelled.)

I found the ten most frequently misspelled English words in the U.S. Media, for the period Jan. 18, 2006, through Jan. 17, 2007.  Here are those words, correctly spelled:

Word   Number of Citations of Misspelling
receive or receipt

I thenk its apaling.  If yu finnd a speling eror on eny pag at my websiet, I wud lik to no abot the mispeled wurd and wat the titel of that pag is so thet I kan corect it.

Jan. 17, 2007

I have received several emails asking me whether or not I feel that the European Neighbourhood Policy, which went into effect on January 1, 2007, is an indication that we have entered the end-time period commonly known as the 70th Week.  Many prophecy websites declare that this is the case.

I do not know, although I believe it certainly is quite possible.  If you would like to read my response to one of those emails, go here:

Could the European Neighbourhood Policy
be the prophesied 70th Week Covenant?
Incidentally, today scientists advanced the “doomsday clock” 2 minutes closer to midnight.  See Doomsday Clock Closer to Midnight for more details.

Jan. 9, 2007

I have said how Southwest Airlines is my favorite U.S. Airline (see my Jan. 6 entry).  On their flights, they most usually pass out free peanuts, although sometimes it’s pretzels.

I rarely eat my peanuts on a flight, unless I am famished.  Usually, I save up numerous packages of peanuts so that I can open them all at once and pour them into a peanut jar that I have.  I keep that jar in my car, as peanuts are my favorite snack while driving.

Today I opened 20 packages of peanuts and poured them into the jar:

#1:   #2:
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On which photo above, #1 or #2, do you think I used a flash?

Click on one of these to answer:  a) #1  b) #2

Sometimes, using a flash with a digital camera gives unpredictable results, which is why it is a good idea to take important shots both with and without a flash.

Now, after pouring the 20 packages of peanuts into the jar, how much of the jar got filled?   a) 100%  b) 75%  c) 50%  d) 25%See for yourself.

Incidentally, in the “See for yourself” photo, the top of the jar looks wider than the bottom of the jar.  It really isn’t.  It looks that only because the top of the jar is closer to the camera and, therefore, that perspective makes it look larger.

Jan. 6, 2007

My favorite airline to fly is Southwest Airlines.  I have flown them for over three decades.  One of my mottos is, “If Southwest doesn’t fly there, neither do I!”  I call them “SouthBEST Airlines.”

There are many advantages I have discovered that Southwest Airlines has over virtually all other U.S. Airlines.  For instance, they have:

  • reasonable, inexpensive fares,
  • on-time or early departures and arrivals,
  • nice, big on-board luggage compartments,
  • helpful, courteous, level-headed, stable, and humorous flight attendants,
  • an excellent Rapid Rewards (frequent flyer miles) program,
  • all leather seats and clean planes,
  • free, reliable in-flight snack and beverage service,
  • one of the best safety records of any airline,
  • an extremely user-friendly, easy to navigate, easy to schedule website (www.southwest.com),
  • extremely courteous, efficient, helpful telephone customer service representatives,
  • ease, simplicity, and nominal charge ($25) in changing a reservation (no charge when doing it on a free coupon trip).

If you have not flown Southwest Airlines, I high recommend that you give them a try.

Jan. 4, 2007

I like geography, and I learned where all the states (and capitals) of the USA were when I was young.  So I thought this web page, which my cousin showed me, was entertaining (you must have Macromedia Flashplayer installed on your computer for it to work):


The program is very picky.  You must be very precise where you place each state for it to be correct.  Therefore, you might want to use a completed map of the United States to help you out.  Have fun.  I did.  Other USA Games are here:


Jan. 1, 2007

All this year, I will keep a 2007 calendar taped up on the wall nearby for quick and easy reference for future and past dates.  It’s not a calendar that I use to write on to remind me of things I need to do; I use my data bank watch for that.

I’ve made the calendar for a few friends, and most of them like using it the way I do.  I also like to keep track of the monthly phases of the moon.  Plus the back of the calendar has a list of holidays and observances for 2007.

If you would like one for yourself, click on each image below, click on the “Open” button, and print out the two pages on either side of one piece of paper.  Just change my name at the top of the calendar page to your name before you print it.  (The thin gray lines will not show up when you print the pages).


The European Neighbourhood Policy officially goes into effect today.  Many believe that it will commence the “70th Week,” prophecied in the ancient book of Daniel.  I don’t know...possibly.  See more in my Dec. 28, 2006 entry.

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