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STF VBS 2009 June 13, 2009

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It is that time of year again for Vacation Bible School at South Tampa Fellowship Church. It is also the time of year I remember all the dear people who have moved away far from this church family and me in particular. VBS makes me miss them. Check back for updates on the happenings!

The Body May 11, 2006

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I am reminded that the body and the spirit are two entirely separate entities. The body is the temporary home of the spirit a temple if you will. Yesterday at church one of my friends and a fellow manly man was strolling up the sidewalk to the church.

Last week I saw him on several occasions with a bandage wrapping his forearm and you can bet I was anxious to see the damage. I asked him how and he said it was the result of a car accident.

Now that the gauze was no longer present I quickly asked to see the injury. It is a beauty and I can imagine the scene of the accident was very bloody. I have had my share of stitches and the experience is a mixed one. It always strikes me funny as the doctor numbs the wound and begins to vigorously scrub the area inside and out. For an experience physician the procedure is routine and they think nothing of sewing you back up.

This is where I start pondering. I have an abiding faith in the God of the Bible and I have been aware from an early age of God’s Word concerning the body. Seeing the stitches reminded me that the body in little more than a suit of skin and flesh and bone. When the body gets torn, ripped, or cut we have it sewn back up and carry on with life.

There will come a day for each of us when we will no longer reside within our body as we once knew it. Our body will eventually wear out just like an old comfortable outfit and it will be thrown away, with much pomp and circumstance in many cases, where it will return to the dust God made it from.

When we know the truth about the body we can live in liberty!

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:23-25

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Romans 8:10

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Romans 8:13

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26

As alway it is a decsion for each individual. It is a responsibiltiy given to each person by a wise and loving God. When you hear the truth you will do somthing with it. The only question is what?

May Beetles May 10, 2006

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I was out late last night driving a friend all over creation. After I dropped him off and began the return home I noticed something in the head lights that made me stop and investigate. There were hundreds of May Beetles reproducing in the median of the dark secluded road I was traveling.

Phyllophaga spp. [Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae] Distribution:
Over 100 species of Phyllophaga occur in North America.
The adults feed on the foliage of various trees and shrubs. Each species seems to prefer a different set of trees. The larvae are white grubs that can damage turf.
The adults emerge from hiding places in the soil or turf at dusk. These adults fly to trees where they mate and feed by making small irregular holes in the leaves. If this feeding occurs when the tree leaves are still expanding the small holes may increase in size and cause the leaves to have a general tattered look. This is most common on oaks and maples.
Description and Life Cycle:
Different May/June beetle species take from one to three years to complete their life cycle. The C-shaped white grubs feed on a variety of roots and organic matter. They occasionally damage turf but are rarely a problem in ornamental beds. The adults range from 1/2- to one-inch in length and they may be light tan to reddish-brown to black in color. Some are covered with fine hair but most are only lightly covered with hairs. They are usually noticed when attracted to lights at night. Generally, mature adults overwinter and these emerge in May and June to mate and feed on plant foliage. By morning, the adults return to the soil to begin laying eggs. Some species apparently feed and lay eggs over several weeks while other species may only feed for a night or two. The eggs take about two weeks to hatch and the small C-shaped white grubs begin feeding on organic matter and plant roots located in the soil. These grubs mature slowly and most species molt into the second instar during the first year. This partially mature larva digs deep into the soil in the fall and winter to escape freezing temperatures. In the next spring and summer, the grubs return to feed and molt one more time. These third instar grubs may mature by August to October and these dig deep into the soil to pupate. Some species feed as grubs for several summers before pupating and a few species complete development in a single season. The adult beetles are formed by late fall but these remain dormant until the next spring.

I ran around taking pictures and captured the image of this predatory beetle having a feast.

The ancient peoples were able to easily identify the time of year by so many of God’s creatures! The rhythms of creation are even more instructive about time and place than modern calendars. We are only vaguely aware of the world around us and would be well served to tune into the real world and its signs and wonders.

Joe Returns From Greece With Athina! May 8, 2006

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My brother and his wife had a great time in the Greek ilses.

Every time Joe would give us a call we could hear the excitement in his voice.

Here he is wandering ancient ruins with his granny glasses on.

Joe has a special way with God's creatures. He's regular Doctor Doolittle.

Unfortunately sometimes he says things that get him in trouble with his little friends. Lets all agree he should be thankful these were not squirrels!

Athina we love you! Thank you for saying yes to a life with Joe.

Cedar Key May 6, 2006

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Went to Cedar Key with a couple of top notch fellas yesterday!

Here is the route we took in the boat.

What an amzing slice of old Florida. I could go on and on but alas I am a lazy one.

Use this link to see a few more images we captured!

Grape Vine Beetle May 4, 2006

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I heard the drumming of wings and the tapping of exoskeleton on the front porch window this night. I jumped up and exited the home to find this large specimen hovering around. Once I had him in hand I could not get his hooks out of me. These insects are amazingly powerful for their small size and they are built like little tanks or tanks are built like them.

Life span: Adults live for approximately two months. Grubs usually take under 12 months to become adults. Diet: Adults will eat apple or banana slices and also seem to enjoy fresh grape leaves. Grubs fare best on a diet of medium-decayed hardwood. Notes: Females tend to be a little larger than males, and are usually a little lighter in color. They will lay eggs in substrate that is almost completely rotten wood. During pupation, the larval skin is shed but left nearly intact to form a loose outer covering. Common Names: Spotted pelidnota, spotted June beetle, grapevine beetle.

Go Fish Guys April 29, 2006

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We had big doings at South Tampa Fellowship this evening. First our very own children's choir sang some songs and danced some dances!

They were spectacular under the lights!

Then the Go Fish Guys entertained us all with a really great production! These guys can really sing and the music they sing is sophisticated and positive!

These guys have paid their dues! Check out the products here

Razzle Dazzle April 29, 2006

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Our church is having a big production which means an all out overkilling light and sound stage set up. Amazing light array!

These are the folks that make it all happen….for a fee of course!

Little Shoes April 27, 2006

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For each little pair of shoes there is a little pair of feet. My friends. We love them and we even like them. They are to be learned from, Jesus say so.

Death On The Petals April 26, 2006

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Mourning Dove Chick April 25, 2006

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This morning I was in front of the church preschool building when I spied Ida with child walking toward me on the side walk. They stopped and glanced at a small grey lump on the sidewalk. Ida then said,"did you see this". To which I replied,"no" and began moving in their direction. This is what my eyes did see when I first reached their location on the side walk.

Oh what a pitiful site is a baby bird on the ground it was a Mourning Dove chick. Let us never forget that one never falls without our Fathers knowledge.

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven Matthew 10:28-32

There was a small trial of ants beginning to from around the little bird so I started looking for the nest.

I picked the little feather ball up.

Now a chick never falls far from the nest so it took mere seconds to locate the rather cramped excuse for an abode. There is was just above the place where the pitiful creature landed and there was momma dove sitting motionless so as not to be seen.

I secured a ladder and climbed to the top. Momma bird took flight and I put the chick back in the nest. I used a few fronds to weave fence of sorts around the low side of the nest and presto everything was back as it should be. After the Bible study concluded I went back by and there was momma right back on the nest!

The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil April 24, 2006

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Genesis 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
Many times in the past I have thought about connection. I am speaking of connection in the context of my interaction with human just like me wherever I encounter them. We are essentially alone in our own consciousness except for God who knows us better than we know ourselves.
These contemplations are most often stirred by contact with people who I meet that I find very desirable. The frustration occurs when wisdom collides with emotion. The frustration is finding the closest vantage point on another’s soul with which to make camp and fellowship. I have included the verse above because it is at the root of my philosophy concerning human relationship. I know that in light of God’s Word that strong boundaries must be maintained in my friendships with people. I also know that God desires that we be transparent with our siblings through adoption into the family of God.
It is the knowledge of evil that keeps us at varying distances from every other person in our lives. Not only the knowledge that we have sinful and wicked thoughts but that everyone else does. We are well acquainted with shame and we hide. When the first man and woman were created they set into motion the entire human experience.
Genesis 3:6-21 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" 10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." 11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" 12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." 14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring [a] and hers; he will crush [b] your head, and you will strike his heel." 16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." 17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." 20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. 21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
What a difference the knowledge of evil makes. We hide our own wickedness from those around us, we protect ourselves from the evil of others. We run from God when we should bear our souls to Him.
I write this because I am convinced that with Jesus we are given the ability to draw closer than we at first believe possible. In fact it is in drawing closer to Jesus that we find the capability to fellowship with our brothers and sisters. 1John 4:7-8 7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son[b] into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for[c] our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19We love because he first loved us.
Jesus gives us the confidence to trust our new nature in Him.
1 John 3 20-22 20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Find believers around you who you can begin to be honest with. Friends who allow you to be genuine and will not ridicule you when you expose your weakness’. You will grow in this way.

Black Snakes By The Pool April 23, 2006

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Walk To Bayshore April 19, 2006

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Needed to get out and sweat this afternoon so I hit the road. First thing I saw was a couple of Fritillary Butterflies perpetuating the species.

They are very prevalent in the area and they are orange. The underside of their wings have reflective silver patches that shine brightly in the sun! They have no shame.

Bayshore was sunny and warm and the aquatic creatures were lazily grazing the bottom under the watchful eye of this Heron.

There were plenty of Mullet and Sting rays swimming the shallows and I even caught a few glances at a Snook or two.

The slimy Cat Fish were abundant as well. I do not like to catch them on hook and line but I take great care to see they are returned safely top continue keeping the bay clean and pristine.

I captured an image of this familiar telephone /power pole that has been in the hood for years. Each nail, staple, or tack represents it’s own garage sale, lost animal, open house, or scam add!

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Easter Sunday 2006 April 17, 2006

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It was an action packed Easter Sunday and I enjoyed every minute of it. I went to the sunrise service at church (6:30 am) followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall. I then helped with the little people for the following two services, went to a friends Easter dinner and then off to watch little people for the evening service.

Pastor Jeff delivered a thinking message on the importance of the resurrection. I am always thrilled when huge questions are floated out over the pews and land squarely with all their weight right on our pudding heads. Jesus changed the word not only because of His teachings but because he left His grave after laying three days dead. Do you believe what history has to say about the man who claims to be God the creator of the universe and mankind?

On Easter morning the little people are dressed to the nines. There were so man handsome little gentlemen and brilliant little ladies. This was the most stunning dress I saw for the day. This little girl has lived quite a life to this point in the process of time.

At the friends home there was a dear family from church visiting with little people I like a bunch. They are wild little Indians but thoroughly lovable. The image above is a small sampling of some of the fun.

wp-dc70 April 15, 2006

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This is the case I purchased to protect the little camera I take fishing and to the beach. It works like a charm. You can access every function of the camera without exposing it to the water.

When taking images above water you must make sure that after it has been submerged that the drops of water that condence on the lens of the case are not in the middle where they will blur the image.

Here is an example of how it works. The face has been intentionally pixilate and the original is very clear.

Pic Nic Island Sand Dollars April 15, 2006

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Today I went to Pic Nic Island. I thought that I would be going solo on my expedition to capture and photograph the elusive Sand Dollar.
Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
I am happy to say things did not go entirely according to plan! Instead of going all by my lonesome I had the privilege of taking along a couple of lovely little women!
Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
Now this does provide a few challenges. Little women are not at all like little men and their common sense and desire to remain healthy and alive can get in the way of the typical male adventure. They were however willing, with only a few comments now and again, to follow me well beyond their comfort zones.
Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
They had what I would consider an unusual preoccupation with what might be beneath the surface. I found out they do not like Horseshoe Crabs!
Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
We did find the creature we were looking for and they busily help me collect a few to photograph.
Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
By this, time despite shivering from the cold, they were engrossed with the sand dollar hunt and were having a great time.
Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
We also captured a baby needle fish and did our best to photograph it as well.

Thank you little women for gracing me with your presence on this sunny spring afternoon.