Monday, November 15, 2010


Fall-Winter 2010-2011 Homework List
Class Type Description Time Due Date Done
Institute Reading Scougal Chapter 00 : 00 07-Nov-10 Yes
Institute Reading Wilberforce 00 : 30 07-Nov-10
Institute Reading A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life 02 : 00 14-Nov-10
DMS-817 Reading Merton: Wisdom of the Desert 04 : 00 19-Nov-10
Institute Project Get a spiritual director! 00 : 30 21-Nov-10
DMS-817 Reading Chryssavgis: In the Heart of the Desert 04 : 00 24-Nov-10
DMS-817 Project Establish Sabbath routine 00 : 30 28-Nov-10
DMS-817 Study Memorize Ps 130 & 131 04 : 00 29-Nov-10
DMS-817 Assignment Personal Retreat Day 08 : 00 30-Nov-10
Institute Reading Letters By a Modern Mystic 03 : 00 05-Dec-10
Institute Reading Bernard of Clairvaux 00 : 30 05-Dec-10
DMS-817 Assignment Pilgrimage to Criminal Court and reflection paper 10 : 00 07-Dec-10
Institute Reading Brothers Karamazov 02 : 00 12-Dec-10
DMS-817 Reading Laird: Into the Silent Land 05 : 00 17-Dec-10
DMS-817 Reading Barton: invitation to silence 05 : 00 22-Dec-10
DMS-817 Reading Hougen: Transformed Into Fire 05 : 00 29-Dec-10
DMS-817 Reading Peterson: Under the Predictable Plant 06 : 00 01-Jan-11
DMS-817 Reading Guelich: The Critical Journey 05 : 00 01-Jan-11
Institute Assignment Theological reflection paper 04 : 00 02-Jan-11
Institute Assignment Practices Reflection Paper 04 : 00 02-Jan-11
Institute Assignment Rule of Life 02 : 00 02-Jan-11
DMS-817 Assignment Reflection Paper on Sabbath 02 : 00 03-Jan-11
DMS-817 Assignment Reflective paper on Life Journey or Vocation 04 : 15 07-Jan-11

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chas. Phoenix invents the Cherpumple

The holiday season is upon us. If you're trying to figure out what to take to all those potlucks and dessert events and office ho-ho-hos, do watch this video. It will get you right into the season, and make you glad you're an American to boot.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Utmost for today

After sanctification it is difficult to state what your aim in life is, because God has taken you up into His purpose by the Holy Ghost; He is using you now for His purposes throughout the world as He used His Son for the purpose of our salvation. If you seek great things for yourself - God has called me for this and that; you are putting a barrier to God's use of you. As long as you have a personal interest in your own character, or any set ambition, you cannot get through into identification with God's interests. You can only get there by losing for ever any idea of yourself and by letting God take you right out into His purpose for the world, and because your goings are of the Lord, you can never understand your ways.

MY UTMOST - UPDATED GRADUATE EDITIONI have to learn that the aim in life is God's, not mine. God is using me from His great personal standpoint, and all He asks of me is that I trust Him, and never say - Lord, this gives me such heart-ache. To talk in that way makes me a clog. When I stop telling God what I want, He can catch me up for what He wants without let or hindrance. He can crumple me up or exalt me, He can do anything He chooses. He simply asks me to have implicit faith in Himself and in His goodness. Self pity is of the devil, if I go off on that line I cannot be used by God for His purpose in the world. I have "a world within the world" in which I live, and God will never be able to get me outside it because I am afraid of being frost-bitten.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

My Utmost for today

"If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments." John 14:15 (R.V.)

Our Lord never insists upon obedience; He tells us very emphatically what we ought to do, but He never takes means to make us do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit. That is why whenever Our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an IF - you do not need to unless you like. "If any man will be My disciple, let him deny himself," let him give up his right to himself to Me. Our Lord is not talking of eternal positions, but of being of value to Himself in this order of things, that is why He sounds so stern (cf. Luke 14:26). Never interpret these words apart from the One Who uttered them.

The Lord does not give me rules, He makes His standard very clear, and if my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without any hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love some one else in competition with Him, viz., myself. Jesus Christ will not help me to obey Him, I must obey Him; and when I do obey Him, I fulfil my spiritual destiny. My personal life may be crowded with small petty incidents, altogether unnoticeable and mean; but if I obey Jesus Christ in the haphazard circumstances, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God, and when I stand face to face with God I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When once God's Redemption comes to the point of obedience in a human soul, it always creates. If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of God will rush through me to other lives, because behind the deed of obedience is the Reality of Almighty God.

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Say Hey (I Love You) - Giants Version

World Series Champs 2010