Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Oh, How I Wish I Had Time

This semester is going to be a challenge at some points, such as now when I have an application essay to write, a resume to finish, along with actual schoolwork. Eventually, hopefully, I will have time to actually really write things on here. Until then, here are some interesting pictures:

Siege of Leningrad Blockade Now and Then


Today is Ash Wednesday, forty days (excluding Sundays) before Easter. It is well known for people giving up things they should have already given up so that they can look good. I am going to try to use this time to work better at reading my Bible. I found this reading plan which goes through the New Testament during the season of Lent. The guy who originally made it up is going through it in Greek and I think I will as well.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Lincoln's Faith

I read an interesting article the other day about the faith of Lincoln. Historians are divided on how deep his faith went, but the article gave a quote written by Lincoln during the middle of the Civil War which is pretty amazing:

“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God can not be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party—and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. I am almost ready to say this is probably true—that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere quiet power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”

Here is the whole article:

The Puzzling Faith of Abraham Lincoln