Wednesday, December 31, 2008
January - Rick is interviewed by his college newspaper on "coin collecting".
February - Rick observes the 20 year anniversary of going to China for the first time.
March - We invite Missy into our lives.
Audrey travels (ALONE! ) to Washington, DC, to be a part of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference
April - Audrey celebrates her 12th birthday.
Rick's Grandmother, Audrey, needs and receives a pace-maker.
May - Audrey and Emily both receive multiple academic awards at school.
The Boyne family travels to Oklahoma City to see the new dome on the State Capitol Building, visit, OBU, OU, see friends.
June - The Boyne family attends the IMB Appointment Service in Oklahoma City.
Audrey surrenders to missions.
July - Sally goes to work for the Muskogee Board of Education.
August - Rick celebrates his first year as pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church
Audrey and Emily change schools. They now attend Benjamin Franklin Science Academy.
September - Emily celebrates her 9th birthday.
Rick's Dad has prostate surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Gives all glory to God for the healing.
October - Audrey and Rick spend the night at the Tulsa Zoo.
The Boyne family takes a short vacation in Branson.
November - Rick preaches the annual missions sermon at the Muskogee Association Annual Meeting.
December - Sally and Rick celebrate 16 years of marriage!
As I look back over this list and as I have perused my blog to remind me of what happened when, I am struck by two things: 1) how much we have been able to do with our families this year, and 2) how many friends we have had come visit us.
So, for 2008, I thank God for family and friends! May God truly bless us all in 2009!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Five Golden Rings
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Yes, we had a coup d'etat here this past week, but it was peaceful. The military took over and a new president has been declared. He's a ... Guerze [certain tribe] from the forest region and said to be a Christian!! Can you believe it?? And, on top of that, everyone is in favor of him! So, for now, things are going well. Pray that things will continue to be peaceful and the country can begin to come out of its despair and oppression.What an incredible work of God if it turns out that this man is a Christian! This country is 98% Muslim!
Let us pray that God would use this man to lead this lost nation to Himself!
Missionaries have been among them since the 1920's, but, when we were there, there was only an estimated 250 believers and only half of them had been baptized.
Pray that the Fulbe's hearts would be opened to the Gospel. Pray that the spiritual strong-holds would be broken and that Satan's grip on them would be restrained.
Last week, the dictator of the country died. Immediately, there was a military coup. The new dictator is promising elections in two years. Pray that God would use this event in the lives of Guineans to bring the whole country to himself!
Pray for our missionaries who continue to serve in difficult situations in Guinea. Pray for their health, safety, boldness to witness, spiritual discernment, endurance and faithfulness.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
The Partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so..." (Luke 13:34)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The true meaning of Christmas is this: God became flesh and dwelt among us. Immanuel. (John 1:14)
The full story can be found here: Luke 2:1-20
But why? What was the purpose of Jesus? John 3:16 says "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die." (CEV)
You see, there was a problem. God loves us, but He HATES sin. There was only one solution: "He made Him who knew no sin (Jesus) to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (I Corinthians 5:21) God punished Jesus for OUR SIN! All of God's wrath was poured out on Jesus on the cross.
When He came back to life, He provided the way for us to have eternal life, if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead, we can be saved from our sins. (Romans 10:9-10)
As we put our presents UNDER the Christmas Tree, God hung His gift to us ON the tree, that is the cross. If we accept that gift, then the punishment for our sin is fulfilled in Jesus. If, however, you do not accept that gift, you will face the full brunt of God's wrath when you die. That is the "Good News" or the Gospel. That Jesus died in your place so that you don't have to!
This Christmas, won't you open your gift from God? The Bible says that "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved!" (Romans 10:13)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
If anyone can read Arabic, would you comment and tell me what this poster says? (Serious replies only, please)
May God bless the people of Iraq to know the Risen Savior!
Yesterday the high was 27 degrees. It got down to the single digits last night. It was so cold, in fact, that this morning, when I walked over to the office, my hair froze. It was still wet from my morning shower and by the time I got to the door of the church, it had a hard glaze on it, reminiscent of Jimmy Swaggert or Oral Roberts. Yuck!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We hadn't really heard WHEN she was going to perform it, but Sally got wind of a Christmas assembly at school today at 1:45 pm.
She emailed me this morning to tell me about it and to be sure to come.
I even left early and drove all the way to Muskogee so that I could have lunch with Sally at our favorite hamburger joint. We get to school in plenty of time for the assembly. The two music guys are already in the auditorium playing some pretty snazzy jazz with trumpet and keyboard. We were actually enjoying it. Kids and parents were filing in and the place was getting filled up. A teacher came by and presented us with a couple of programs. I'm thinking, "Wow! This is gonna be good!"
However, as I leafed through the program, I became alarmed. No where was my children or my children's classes mentioned. In fact, the only ones mentioned were first, second and third grades. Notes of thanks were on the back of the programs to the third grade teachers. The program kept talking about the third grade choir.
Hmmm. Maybe I'm not "getting it".
Well, I didn't get it all right. It was a THIRD GRADE CHRISTMAS ASSEMBLY. What's the big deal? My kids are in the fourth and seventh grades!
We had to sit through an entire Christmas assembly of which my kids were not a part!
Reminds me of the "Missy" story!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I thought I'd share a really funny story....
I came home from work early today because of a virus. Ick. Mark was incredibly sweet; tucked me in and let me sleep for a few hours. I got up later in the afternoon and curled up on the couch, ready to watch an episode of the "John Adams" miniseries. (Which is excellent, btw.) Mark joined me on the couch and ate some crackers as we hung out.
A while later, he leaned towards me and said, "Ginny, I love you more than Jesus." To be honest, I was horrified. In no way do I want my wonderful husband loving me more than our Savior! I think I had a horrified look on my face as several thoughts raced through my head. I said in a hushed tone, "You should never say that, Mark. Never."
Mark got a really confused look on his face and said, "Ginny, what are we talking about?" I replied, "You should never say that you love me more than you love Jesus." He started laughing, and said....
"Ginny, I said I love you more than Cheez-its. CHEEZ-ITS."
(For all my international friends, Cheez-its are crackers.)
We had a good laugh. :)
Thanks, Ginny. I needed that!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Uh, guys! That's the WRONG way! It is supposed to hit .99¢ and stay there a year or two, isn't it?
As Muntadar al-Zeiti threw both his shoes at the American President, he shouted in Arabic, "This is a farewell kiss, you dog, this is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."
I understand emotionalism. I can't pretend to understand where this reporter is coming from. I know he is hurting. I know he hates America. I hate the fact that so many innocent people have died. Did this reporter not realize that because Saddam is dead that he can even do something like this and live?
But, when I watched reports of this on TV last night and this morning, I did not see any kind of criticism for this action from American broadcasters. There were people explaining about the significance of this action in Arabic culture. In the words of Jay Leno, "Well, duh! It's an insult in America, too, when someone hurls a shoe at your head"
I realize that the President has a very low approval rating. You can dislike the president, but still respect the Office. And quite frankly, I have seen very little respect for the Office.
I want to see something like my own feelings on the matter:
- WHAT AN OUTRAGE!
- How dare they disrespect our President!
- Ban that journalist from any future American press conference!
- It follows that Arabic TV are excited about this and hailing al-Zeiti as a hero, when they danced in the streets when the towers fell!
Last night, we didn't drop so we get to start our day at 19. As of 8:53 am, we were already up to 27! We'll have to break out the short sleeved shirts if it gets any warmer than this!
Monday, December 15, 2008
As I was walking back over to the church just now, the mailman was doing a U-turn (as normal) in front of our house. Today was a little different. I'd call it "Half-a-donut", as he spun his little Mail Truck around!
The ice on the streets looks exactly like it did this morning. It has been spitting snow/sleet occasionally, but the main problem is the wind. It is "UP" to 21 degrees, but the wind is blowing 10-15 mph, which gives it a 7-10 degree wind chill.
In a Tulsa World story, it was reported that Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer, Sheldon Robinson, foiled a possible mass shooting by a man who was "praying to Allah to help carry out his mission".
Patrolman Sheldon Robinson
While off duty, Patrolman Robinson dropped his wife and two children off at a Tulsa Burger King and was taking his truck across the street to get the oil changed while they had lunch. Robinson received a cell phone call from his wife saying that there was a man dressed in black with a gun saying he was going to "kill everybody".
Robinson raced back in his truck to the Burger King where people were scrambling out. His wife and kids found refuge in a sanitation bin shelter.
As Robinson made his way into the BK, he was able to come in behind the man and wrestled the gun out of his hands. By the time local police arrived, he had already handcuffed the man, identified as Jerome Norvell Denson, 24.
Denson had a .40 caliber Glock handgun and a box of ammo on a table next to him.
"It was one of those deals of being in the right place at the right time," Robinson said. "I believe he would have loaded up that gun and gone to town because he was praying for Allah to help him carry out his mission."
So, is this connected? Is this an isolated incident? Why hasn't the media jumped on this? Is it now taboo to talk about people praying to Allah before slaughtering crowds of people, EVEN IF IT IS IN AMERICA'S HEARTLAND?
What do you think?
Sally had to drive to work in Muskogee this morning. She said the roads were a mix of clear and treacherous. Her normally 20 minute commute took about an hour.
Although, as these pictures were uploading, I happened to look out my office window and see that it is NOW snowing!
By church time, it was already snowing in Osage country (75 miles NW of Wagoner) and by about 10:45 pm, we were in a heavy sleet storm.
The ground surface temperatures were about 45 degrees, so the sleet quickly melted. However, since the temperature was about 23 or so, it quickly refroze, forming a dangerous layer of ice.
Today, there isn't a school within 60 miles of Wagoner that is in session today. Fortunately, there are no power outages, as they are experiencing in the Northeastern states. From Kansas City to Lubbock, it is flat cold out there! (at least my friends in KC and Lubbock have indicated that!)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I couldn't believe it just now when I stepped outside the church to get something! It was COLD!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
This will pit two current Heisman Trophy recipients head to head in the game for the national title on January 8, 2009, in Miami, FL.
Bradford is the fifth Oklahoma player to be awarded this prestigious honor.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Cleric Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of an Islamic militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India says planned and carried out attacks in Mumbai last month. Pakistan has placed him under house arrest.
That'll take care of the problem. House arrest. Sure. Why not?
Good job, Pakistan!
I travel quite a bit, and have been watching all the up-charges that the airlines have been passing on to customers. From paying for the first checked bag, to fuel surcharges, to purchasing soft drinks, they have really socked it to the consumer with all the new charges. I was thinking... particularly during this economic trying time for many churches, maybe we should take some advice from the airlines. Here are some things that I think we could take from the airline world and apply to our churches that might help get us through these trying times:
--First donut free; each additional donut is 75 cents.
--All aisle seats are now $10/week. Back row premium seating available for $20 per week.
--First ear plug is free. Additional earplugs just $5 each.
--iPod rental with a Perry Noble sermon - $20 upcharge
Oh... there's more...
--Valet parking: $20 plus tip
--No Bible charge: $10
--Cell phone ringing during service: $50 one time charge
--Late to service fee: $10/pp
--"Sing that chorus one less time” request: $20
--Nursery diaper change fee: $5/lb.
--KJV upgrade to NIV: $15
--U-PIC the sermon topic: $250
--Hit job on the organist (rates vary per city/church)
--Online tithing discount rate: 8%
--Music Volume Up fee: $20
--Music Volume Down fee: $20
What would you add?
(Thanks, Todd. This is great!)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Representatives from the National Weather Service did not determine that there was actually a tornado until sometime on Tuesday. They rated it as an EF-1 with wind speeds at 110 mph.
The tornado touched down approximately 25 miles WNW of Wagoner but actually occurred in Wagoner County. This was the first tornado in December for the Tulsa area since 1982.
(Tuesday night, we had a winter weather advisory with icy roads and bridges)
PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE S.U.V.’s sat on the altar of Greater Grace Temple, a Pentecostal church in Detroit, as congregants prayed to save the auto industry.
Detroit Churches Pray for "God's Bailout": Read the NY Times story here.
OK, let me be the first to say that we need to take everything to God in prayer. But...
I know that if the car makers close, it will mean economic devastation to Detroit, but the car makers and unions have been so greedy for so long that maybe, just maybe, they need some big time reorganization, instead of divine intervention.
Perhaps I'm being too hard nosed about this, but Chrysler has already had one bailout; why should we do it again? GM is way too diversified and Ford is top-heavy. I hate to see Ford go out of business; we are Ford people from way back.
But, do you think we need to bring SUV's on stage in a church to pray for them? I don't.
[HT: Sally B.]
One of the simple things that makes me happy happens from about the first of November until about mid-March or the first part of April; at least in Oklahoma.
I'm talking about cold tap water!
I love being able to go to the sink and getting a nice cold glass of water without having to go to the freezer to get ice. I love brushing my teeth with cold water. I like taking a Tylenol with cold water. Granted, it isn't great for face or hand washing, but that's what the "HOT" tap is for, right?
When we lived in the tropics, there was NEVER cold tap water. Sometimes is got "cool"; but never cold.
This morning, when I was brushing my teeth, I enjoyed an extra Dixie cup full of cold water, just for the sheer enjoyment! Have a cup of cold water on me!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Plus, it even goes along with our church's Christmas float!
Court authorized wire taps caught the governor making deals ranging from selling the Senate seat to withholding state assistance in the purchase of Wrigley Field in order for a Tribune executive, who was critical of the governor, to be fired. Read about it here.
I hate politics. I hate corruption. I really hate corrupt politicians!
It is about Obama.
Here is a quote from the Amazon.com Editorial Review: "Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world."
I don't know about you, but I think this is very, very scary.
May God have mercy on us all.
[HT: Matt Harmless]
Monday, December 08, 2008
Like Will Rogers once said, "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, just wait 5 minutes; it'll change!"
Well, the best you can, of course!
We put lights around everywhere, made some signs, and voila! instant float!
We had a LOT of positive comments from the redneck contingent!
When my family simply watched the parade last year, we noticed that it was pretty well a quiet parade except for the bands. This year, everyone on the boat-float shouted out "Merry Christmas!" The response was overwhelming! People waved and shouted back, "Merry Christmas to you, too!" It was really fun!
Next year, we'll get an earlier start and about 25 more pounds of candy to throw. By the way, we noticed that the kids were not picking up the Tootsie Rolls! What's up with that?
Sunday, December 07, 2008
However, I was impressed with Brent Mussburger last night on ABC. For the first time in my memory, he actually bragged on the Sooners. He has been a Sooner Hater ever since I attended there back in the early 80's. I think, perhaps, the Switzer Scandals bad taste has finally been removed and/or replaced. It gets really depressing week after week to hear him dis the Sooners, even though we score 50 and 60 points per game.
The Sooners do have a rich football heritage and last night showed that it is still a work in process!
Of course, with the nonsense that is the BCS, will this actually happen? We'll have to wait until this afternoon to find out....
Oklahoma Sooners do what has never been done before in the history of football! The Oklahoma Sooners scored 5 games in a row with more than 60 points per game! Not even in the Bud Wilkinson or Barry Switzer days was this accomplished. However, the 2008 Sooners got the job done.
At one point in the game, the commentators said that in the last 284 minutes the Sooners had scored 291 points (or something very close to this). That is more than a point a minute of play! Not a bad record.
I think this, plus the Big 12 Championship, pretty well proves that we deserve to compete for the national title.
BTW, what happened to Alabama???
Friday, December 05, 2008
16 years ago this afternoon, the life I had lived ceased to exist and I was united with the love of my life and our "two" became "one". Even when we are separated for a short time, I find that I am incomplete. I cannot imagine my life without you.
Happy Anniversary, Sally! I love you!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Gimme a break! What an ego! What utter nonsense!
Obama, or his lackeys, MADE UP this office! No previous president elect has ever dared present himself in such a self-serving manner. Why does Obama seemingly NEED to have such an office? All other presidents elect have simply made do. Why the need to plagiarize the Great Seal?
In fact, according to the Constitution, he is not "officially" the President Elect until the Electoral College casts their votes on December 15.
The first time I saw this new "office", it struck me as odd. The more I think about it, the more bizarre it gets.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Why then, am I posting this to my blog? Because it was OKLAHOMA in which the earthquake was felt. Not exactly a hotbed of seismic activity.
Earthquakes are unnerving. My friends in Taiwan reported feeling the 6.0 that hit this week. Now THAT'S an earthquake!
It is a very strange sensation. I've been in earthquake simulators before, but they just don't feel like anything I have ever experienced. I was in several when I lived in Los Angeles back in the 80's, and we felt a few when we lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Emily even felt the December 26th quake that created the Asian Tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands. That one even made ponds in Oklahoma move back and forth!
Personally, I've never felt an earthquake in Oklahoma; and that is JUST FINE WITH ME!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Would you believe Wal-Mart doesn't sell red paint!?!
You can get varying shades of red, specifically pink, but you can't get "barn red". You can't even have it mixed! Only shades of red were available, but nothing that anybody would call "red".
Oh, you can get red spray paint and if you go to the craft aisle you can get a little bitty teeny tiny bottle of red paint, but it would take three dozen (at $2.99/bottle) to get it done.
What's the world coming to?
Ace Hardware, here I come!
Monday, December 01, 2008
Before we went overseas, almost everyone who sold gas had free air. Now, you have to pay .75¢ just for the privilege of topping off your tire pressure.
Gone are full-service stations. The last one in Wagoner closed last Christmas. Gone is service of any kind. People don't care anymore; except for making a buck.
There is still a place in Vinita, OK, that has free air. God Bless Shout-N-Sack!
Give a break! Give free air again!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I haven't seen the announcement, but it would appear we are going to be playing Missouri next week for the Big 12 Championship.
For some reason, Oklahoma dropped to number 4 behind AL, FL, & TX in the AP Top 25. What's up with that?
Did our defense even bother to show up?
Brent Mussberger did better last night, but he stilled showed a bias against the Sooners. Why can't ABC hire a non-partisan commentator? I blame the Democrats.
Now, we wait to see if we get to play in the conference championship. Now THERE'S a strange way of determination!
Boomer Sooner, Baby!