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Just recently I told my friend Thea that I wasn’t sure if I am a geek or a nerd. Then we found this site English Language & Usage and I thought, “Oh my! There diagram has we listed as a dweeb!” If you never had the occasion to look up dweeb, nerd, or geek, then it is a safe bet you’re cool! After going through all of this, and reading the Venn diagram to my friend, she asked, “What made you ask this question of yourself?” And, I promptly replied, “Well, I’m about to read the Silmarillion and the accompany atlas of Middle-Earth!” She said, “Uh?” I said, “J. R. R. Tolkien’s …” She interrupted me with”You’re a geek!” (A quick Google search on J. R. R. Tolkien Geeks proved to me she’s correct; there are many many active blogs on the subject. Sweet!)

Anyway, I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy this past summer, and fell in love with the story, as told through the books, all over again. Yes, I’m one of those that went to the theater three Christmas days in a row to watch the movies on the big screen. I purchased the DVD releases, and then when the extended versions came out, I got those too. I have even sat down and watched every commentary from each movie. (Now that I’ve only done once.) However, I’ve seen the DVDs (extended versions) multiple times. Yet, my favorite has to be the books! So, I mentioned to a friend (Chris Erwin – I don’t want to be a lonely geek) how much I enjoyed the books, and he recommend that I read the Silmarillion. So, he not only gave me (to borrow) the book, the atlas, but he also had the CD’s! I’m in J. R. R. Tolkien heaven! I’m excited to delve into Middle-Earth, but I must clear my plate of all pending HUGE projects. I’m making a schedule as to when I can sit down with the book, the CDs, and the atlas! I don’t want to hyperfocus and lose sight of eating, working, or especially sleeping! (Sad, to say, but I’ve done that before.)

Well, this couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’ve just given up sugar, and this will be my sweet dessert. There I go showing my geekiness again!

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What a way to wake up

When my alarm goes off at 5:30am, I’m awaken to the voices of J. Vernon McGee. If I don’t wake up, then I’m gentle nudged awake at 6:00am by James MacDonald. And, I know I’ve overslept, if I wake up and Chuck Swindoll is on. However, this morning, I woke up, and James MacDonald, Walk in the Word, was on. It was part two of his Easter message.

These are the words that woke me up: “There was a life we were created to experience. We damaged what we were created to experience by sin. Now, Jesus comes born in a manger – that’s Christmas; dies on a cross – that’s Good Friday; rises from the dead – that’s Easter.” Now, I’m waking up! “Hebrews 9: ‘It is appointed a man to die once.’ You get one life, and then you die. After death comes judgement – That’s a problem!” This is when I sit up in bed. “If you are, as you were born into this world, you will not spend eternity in heaven. You need your sins forgiven, and God is not going to just sweep your sins away. You need a Savior – Jesus Christ!”

Well GOOD morning to me!

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Jesus, I Come
1. Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come; Jesus I come.
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

2. Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress into jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

3. Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward forever on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

4. Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the joy and light of Thy home,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

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Riddle me this

Riddle: What can make me white as snow?

Answer: Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

I think this is the most fascinating thing! Only the blood that Jesus shed as the lamb that was slaughtered as the world’s sin offering, can take away our sins, and make us able to stand clean before a righteous and just God on the day our mortal lives come to a end, and eternity starts.

BLOOD!

Wow, God just blows my mind every day! 🙂

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