How Much Would You Pay?

Would you pay $500 so one person would know Jesus in a saving way?

How about $1000?

How about $5000?

How about everything you make in a year?

Would that be worth it?

2 years and $720 later, 6 people now know Jesus.

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Noteworthy

I’ve done it before, and I’m doing it again. Here is all the music I tagged in Shazam between March 24, 2010 and yesterday .

  1. Wouldn’t It Be Good, by Nik Kershaw
  2. Funkytown, by Lipps, Inc.
  3. Crazy, by Seal
  4. The Rhumba Jumps, by Billy May / Mel Tormé
  5. Misery Business, by Paramore
  6. In My Head, by Jason Derulo Feat. Nicki Minaj
  7. Gimme Sympathy, by Metric
  8. Clone, by Leo Kottke / Mike Gordon (just silly)
  9. Layla, by Eric Clapton
  10. All I Have, by Mat Kearney
  11. The Rake’s Song, by The Decemberists (this song is messed up)
  12. Vertigo, by U2
  13. I Will Follow You Into The Dark, by Death Cab For Cutie
  14. King Of Anything, by Sarah Bareilles
  15. Wonderwall, by Oasis  (I’m so ashamed that I had to tag it to remember the name)
  16. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, End Movement “a Clockwork Orange”, by OST / Keine Künstlerinformation (that means Original Sound Track / no artist information)
  17. Doubt, by Delphic
  18. Maybe I’m Amazed, by Wings
  19. Kodachrome, by Paul Simon (even more sad since it was discontinued)
  20. Free Life, by Dan Wilson
  21. Major Tom, by Peter Schilling
  22. Let There Be Love, by Oasis
  23. One Night In Bangkok, by Tim Rice (while my roommate was in Thailand)
  24. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, by The Script
  25. The Fear, by Lily Allen
  26. Barracuda, by Heart
  27. Bad Day, by Daniel Powter
  28. Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, by U2
  29. In My Head, by Jason Derülo
  30. Sweet Disposition, by The Temper Trap
  31. Polite Dance Song, by The Bird And The Bee (this one is awesome)
  32. The Only Exception, by Paramore
  33. Neckbrace, by Ratatat
  34. Black Balloon, by The Goo Goo Dolls (by far their best song)
  35. One, by Three Dog Night
  36. Sunshine, by Johnathan Edwards (not the theologian)
  37. How You Like Me Now?, by The Heavy
  38. Before The Morning, by Josh Wilson
  39. Be Mine, by David Gray
  40. Tempted, by Paul Carrack
  41. Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, by Spin Doctors
  42. Neckbrace, by Ratatat (it was just as good the second time)
  43. The Story, by Brandi Carlile (she’s really cute)
  44. Forget You, by Cee Lo Green
  45. Neckbrace, by Ratatat (it was just as good the third time)
  46. I Belong To You, by Muse
  47. White Blank Page, by Mumford & Sons
  48. Cooler Than Me, by Mike Posner
  49. Trouble, by Coldplay
  50. Fugitive, by David Gray
  51. Amie, by Pure Prairie League
  52. Airplanes, by Local Natives
  53. Forever, by Chris Brown
  54. Fresh Air, by Brother Ali
  55. Gimme Some Lovin’, by The Spencer Davis Group
  56. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree, by KT Tunstall
  57. Do You Realize??, by The Flaming Lips
  58. Whataya Want From Me, by Adam Lambert
  59. Ready For The Floor, by Hot Chip (these guys have the best creepy music video ever)
  60. Everything Is Everything~, by Lauryn Hill
  61. Where It’s At, by Beck
  62. Just Dance, by Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’Donis
  63. The Only Exception, by Paramore (not as good as the first time)
  64. Go Do, by Jónsi
  65. Secrets, by OneRepublic
  66. Dare You To Move, by Switchfoot
  67. Run, by Vampire Weekend
  68. My Love, The Bird And The Bee
  69. Conversation 16, by The National
  70. Close, by Art Of Noise
  71. Dynamite, by Taio Cruz
  72. Rolling In The Deep, by Adele
  73. Please Forgive Me, by David Gray

I forgot how much I liked some of these songs. And how little I cared for others.

September Reading: Every Man’s Battle

Sexual immorality.

How often do you read that in the Bible? It is never put in a flattering category, nor looked highly upon, but the opposite. Yet it is so prevalent in the lives of men.

This book dealt in very stark terms with the horrors and consequences of sexual immorality, and sought to help those who want to live apart from sin.

I found the most effective advice was to starve the imagination. Wandering eyes throughout the day gives the mind ammunition for lust. The casual glances, the outright stares, the ogling of attractive women, these things are fodder for the beast within, and can lead to devastating sin. Stop temptation at the gate of your eyes, before it can get to your heart.

While the book was written mainly for married men, it still serves to warn and instruct those of us who are single. Women may find this book helps their understanding of men’s struggles too (not to say women don’t deal with lust).

My take: a helpful read for one who wants to change.

August Reading: The Three Musketeers

The title of this book makes me laugh. The “three musketeers” are Athos, Porthos and Aramis, but the story is actually about d’Artagnan, how he befriends these three and they all become inseparable. Apparently it’s part of a series too.

Reading The Three Musketeers solidified how much I like Alexandre Dumas as an author. After starting with The Count of Monte Cristo, my expectations were high. I was not disappointed. The characters are larger than life, yet they fit right into seventeenth century France. They’re poor soldiers, yet living the life. Adventure seeks out these fellows constantly, due mainly to the irrepressible pride of our hero, d’Artagnan. You’ll  chide him through each predicament he falls into, the whole while loving him for that brash surety.

Unethical behavior seems to be the expected norm, as the romantic relationships of our companions are all extra-marital. The illicit behavior is not explicit, but could still be problematic for some readers.

My take: a fun read.