E. M. Bounds

We had a guest speaker at church a couple of months ago that made a passing comment about E. M. Bounds and a book on prayer. I finally got around to following up on it.

E. M. Bounds is a Methodist preacher from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He wrote seven books on prayer. I chose “Essentials of Prayer” since it was the first one in the list. It reads exceptionally well considering it was written over 100 years ago. There are parts where he is discussing what is going on in the church that seems like it was written within the last year. I have gained a better insight into prayer and my prayer life has definitely improved as a result of reading this book. I would highly recommend this book and I intend to read the rest of his books as well.

I know that this post isn’t technology related like most of my posts have been, but I think this can make an impact on your life as well. I will be returning to more technology oriented posts next week.

Happy Easter

I hope everyone enjoys a good Easter weekend. Just remember there is more to Easter than eggs and bunnies. This is the time to remember the price that Jesus paid for us to have eternal life. Let’s remember that while enjoying the other activities.

If you are in the Owasso area and do not have a place to go, consider joining us at Discovery Bible Fellowship. We would love to see you there.

Siegi’s German Restaurant

My wife and I were in Tulsa a few days ago and decided to try a new restaurant. We ended up going to Siegi’s German Restaurant. It has been around for a while, but we had never been there before. It definitely won’t be the last time. We weren’t sure what to expect and, even after reading the menu, we still weren’t sure what the things were. We don’t have a lot of experience with German food. My wife ordered the Holzfeller which is thin sliced ham and swiss between potato pancakes drizzled with honey. It’s listed under sandwiches, but you will have to use a fork to eat it. I ordered the Kassler Rippchen which is a smoked pork chop, though it was more like a pork steak in size and thickness. Both entrees were great. They also have a meat counter/store which sells fresh made sausages and other meat and German delicacies. As you would expect since they have their own butcher shop, the meat was fresh and well prepared. I would highly recommend trying it out some time.

Happy New Year

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

This is the time of year when people start thinking about new year’s resolutions and setting goals.

I listened to a podcast a few weeks ago that discussed setting goals. One of the ideas that was discussed was setting daily or weekly “micro-goals”. A micro-goal is a small goal that is easy to meet. One of the examples they gave was setting a goal of doing a single push-up every day. That is a goal that is easy to meet and you can feel good about keeping the streak of met daily goals continuing. An example why that they gave was when he was sick with the flu, he could still meet the daily goal. There is a psychological benefit of keeping the streak going which is why having a “micro-goal” is more beneficial than saying 20 push-ups every day and failing to meet the goal. Another thing that was discussed was setting measurable goals. A goal that says become a better “_____” is not very good because it cannot be measured and it is tough to know if you achieved it. One example of a goal that I have set is to make a blog post every week. I actually started this one a couple of months ago.

It is important to note that these are short term goals being discussed and not bucket list type of items. You can still have goals like visiting Australia or climbing a mountain. Those are more of an achievement than something you do regularly and can measure.

I hope some of these thoughts are of benefit to you as you start the New Year.

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

I want to encourage you to take time away from the hustle and bustle that can get going this time of year and remember the real reason for the season. I know it’s a cliche, but it is true as well. Let’s remember God’s gift to us and count all the blessings we have in our lives.

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!