Friday, May 09, 2003

Lord of the Rings: Two Towers DVD comes out on August 26th. **Sweet**

Thursday, May 08, 2003

I know I've posted this before but I just love these words:
I need words..
as wide as sky..
and I need a language Lord yes..
this longing inside..
and I need a voice..
bigger than mine..
I need a song to sing you..
that I've yet to find..
I need you..
I need you..
I need you..
oh I need you..
to be here now...
to be here now..
to hear me now...
to hear me now...

Sometimes, I cling to prayer, I cling to the knowledge that my God is listening, I cling to the knowledge that the outcome is assured, and that He will triumph.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Well, at least the University of Minnesota is making every effort to make me feel wanted. They just offered me a total scholarship of the difference between in-state tuition and UMinn's scholarship and an additional $2500 a year. As much as I feel flattered, I still don't think it's quite enough to make me want to freeze in the winters in Minnesota.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Sometimes, I feel that we are too involved in our own little cube, our own little state of affairs, that we forget our fellow brothers and sisters in other lands who are struggling for the right to worship Our God. Below is a statement issued to the UN by the Christian leaders in Iraq.

Iraqi Christians' call for religious freedom under new Iraqi constitution
The President of the UN Security Council, at the behest of the Permanent Observer from the Vatican, has released the full text of a statement by Iraqi Christian leaders dated April 29 calling for protection of religious freedom under a new Iraqi constitution:
At this moment, when Iraq is turning a page and is beginning a new chapter in its millenary life, we, the Patriarchs and Bishops of the Christian churches in Iraq, driven also by pressure from our faithful, wish to express our aspirations relative to the future of this country, in the hope that the Iraqi people, which has had a long history marked by defeats and successes, will be able, without religious or ethnic distinction, to live in freedom, justice and respect for interreligious and multi-ethnic coexistence.

When Hammurabi sculpted his Code on the stone of this land, law became the basis of the development of civilization.

When Abraham looked at the heavens above Ur, they opened up to him and, by this revelation, Abraham became the Father of a multitude of peoples.

When Christianity and Islam met, their respective “holy ones” initiated the two religions into a respectful and reciprocal coexistence.

In addition, by virtue of our original right of belonging to the most ancient peoples of this land, we claim for ourselves and for all those who live in it today, whether majority or minority, united by a long history of coexistence, the full right to live in a State of law, in peace, freedom, justice and equality, according to the Human Rights Charter. Consequently, we — Chaldeans, Assyrians, Syrians, Armenians, Greeks and Latins — forming together one Christian community, ask that the new Iraqi Constitution:

Recognize our religious, cultural, social and political rights;
Envision a legal statute in which each person will be considered according to his or her capacities, without discrimination, so that each may have the right to actively participate in the government and the service of this country;
Consider Christians as Iraqi citizens with full rights;
Guarantee the right to profess our faith according to our ancient traditions and our religious law, the right to educate our children according to Christian principles, the right to freely assemble and to build our places of worship and our cultural and social centres according to our needs.

And, lastly, we make this appeal before everyone — the Iraqi people, rich in ethnicities and religions, the political and religious authorities, as well as everyone who has the good of the country at heart, and the leaders of the international community.
On tap for the weekend, prayer meeting Saturday morning at my home and then a planning meeting at night time for Lumps. I think God's gonna do some great things with Lumps this summer. I just need to be patient as I try to get other people excited about it.
You know, there are still days where I wish I could just sit and play video games all day. I used to in college with my roomate. But now, I just can't seem to muster the motivation to.... I must be getting old.