Archive for June, 2006

Must be tired tonight; here’s another test! :)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

You Are 70% Left Brained, 30% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.

Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.

If you’re left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.

Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.

Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.

If you’re right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.

Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Are You Right or Left Brained?

Yet Another Blogthings Quiz :)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have medium extroversion.
You’re not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your “down time.”


You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


You have medium agreeableness.
You’re generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed – making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is medium.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there’s no way you’ll approve of it.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.

The Five Factor Personality Test

Encouragement from Psalm 37

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

For they shall soon be cut down, like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. – Psalm 37:1-3

There are evildoers, of that we are all well aware. One of life’s miseries for the Christian is beholding those who are purposefully wicked carry out their wicked designs with seeming success. An especially galling sight is the man who brings dishonor upon Christ and Christianity by his hypocritical life:

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. – Titus 1:16

Even as the Christian grieves over those who seemingly find success in sin, she will be comforted as she obeys the Lord’s admonition to:

  • >>not fret
  • >>realize the true state of the wicked
  • >>trust the Lord to deal with the situation
  • >>do good

The Christian may engage in fighting evil, but may not fret because of evildoers. Her focus must be upon the Lord, and upon personal duties to do good. This gives a sweet calmness to the heart, in the midst of spiritual battles.

The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. – Psalm 145:20,21

What Type of American English Do You Speak?

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
Your Linguistic Profile::
70% General American English
20% Upper Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Dixie
0% Midwestern
What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

What Kind of Weather are You?

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
You Are Sunshine

Soothing and calm
You are often held up by others as the ideal
But too much of you, and they’ll get burned
You are best known for: your warmth

Your dominant state: connecting

What Type of Weather Are You?

Wisdom From George Gillespie

Monday, June 5th, 2006

“It is the duty, not only of particular Christians, but of reforming, yea, reformed, yea, the best reformed churches, whensoever any error in their doctrine, or any evil in their government or form of worship, shall be demonstrated to them from the Word of God (although it were by one single person, and one, perhaps of no great reputation for parts or learning, like Paphnutius among the many learned bishops on the Council of Nice), to take in, and not to shut out further light; to embrace the will of Christ held forth unto them, and to amend what is amiss being discovered unto them.” – George Gillespie (written 2 days before his death)

To Commemorate a Pronouncement by the Session of RPNA (General Meeting) Declaring Themselves to have Even Greater Authority

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? – Proverbs 20:6

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Neither as being lords over [God’s] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. – I Peter 5:1-3

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; – II Timothy 2:24,25

God’s Ways and Man’s Ways

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

The following quote is from Concerning a Calling to the Ministry, and Clearness Therein, A Commentary Upon the Book of the Revelation, by: James Durham, Revelation 1:19-20, Lecture IX (part.), pages 66-83 (of 60-83). A copy of this excellent article is available at

4. That the motion of the Lord’s Spirit, is, in its nature, kindly; and in its way, regular, according to the rule of the Spirit in the Word, that is, it doth not drive the heart violently as the Devil’s injections do, nor doth it precipitate in the following and pursuing of what it moveth to; but, as having the command of the heart, he moveth natively, without making the spirit confused, and He presseth the prosecuting of what He moveth unto, orderly, it being the same Spirit that hath laid down a rule to walk by in the Word, and now stirs within the heart: and therefore, the inward impulse, cannot but be answerable to the outward rule. Hence also the spirit’s motion, is submissive to the way of trial, appointed in the Word, and is not absolute or peremptory: whereas motions from ourselves, or from the devil, are head-strong, and irregular, aiming at the end or thing, without respect to the way prescribed for attaining it; or, at least, do not so heartily approve of the one as of the other, especially if it be thwarted in its design by them.

The point which especially caught my notice in the above quote is a contrast.

· Motions (impulses) which come from man are head-strong and irregular, without respect of the proper way of attaining a goal. Man’s motions are often peremptory, precipitate or rushed.

· Motions which proceed from the Lord’s Spirit are kindly, regular, according to the rule of the Word of God, do not drive the heart violently, do not tend to confusion, are submissive to trial, and are orderly.

I take this contrast as a warning to beware of those who constantly cry up *extraordinary* circumstances as an excuse for irregular church government. These same men often demand instant compliance from those who are under their oversight. We should seek rather the ways of the LORD:

Who [is] wise, and he shall understand these [things]? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD [are] right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. – Hosea 14:9

The ways of the LORD are orderly, as can be seen in such verses as the following:

For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.- I Corinthians 14:33

Let all things be done decently and in order. – I Corinthians 14:40

A Cool Quote

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

Richard Baxter (1615 – 1691) was an English Puritan church leader. The following statement of his is one I appreciate:

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.

This is an appropriate warning to those church leaders who think they can *strong-arm* Christians into their point of view, supposedly to bring about *revival* and greater *faithfulness* in the Church. These leaders demand agreement with everything they teach or decree. There is no room for growth in grace in those under their oversight. There is a demand for Unity in All Things Taught By Them. Such men would do well to give heed to the following Bible verses:

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Neither as being lords over [God’s] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. – I Peter 5:1 – 3