Tribute and Warning

You are stronger than you think you are.

A friend of mine took his own life today.

My heart is heavy. He had faith in God and felt that this world was just too much… and he wanted to be with his perfect Father.

But you know what else? I feel like he believed some of the lies that were spoken to him. The father of lies doesn’t play fair… and tragically, we all believe some of his best:

  • You’ll never amount to anything.
  • How could anyone truly love you with all that you’ve done?
  • It will always be like this.

I felt like God could have written an amazing story with my friend’s life despite all the pain and struggle he was facing.

So how do we respond?

A couple thoughts I offer:

1. You are stronger than you think.
2. 1 John 4:4

If you ever need someone to talk to you, I am here for you friend.

In memory of my friend FOUND.

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Amazing drummer may be best female drummer in the world

I was just watching some incredible Igor Falecki drum videos on YouTube when I came across Senri Kawaguchi. Oh! My! Gosh!

Some talent is so obvious even a non-musician like myself can appreciate it. She may be the best female drummer in the world, right?

Color me impressed. On a scale of 1-10, I’ll go with 11. Great job!

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Evil is the Absence of Good

When I first watched this video I felt a certain “ring” of truth but that was simply to the message it contained. The idea that it was Albert Einstein, who certainly had the aptitude to thwart a professors shallow claims, was the part created by wishful thinking.

What I’ve read about Einstein goes along with Snopes account that this encounter never really happened. (Not sure why Snopes title this page Malice of Absence.)

But whether Einstein or someone else came up with these observations doesn’t change integral premise.

Is evil solely the absence of good?

There’s a great deal of merit to the concept and it fits so nicely alongside the aforementioned conceits. I feel the need to give it more thought, or perhaps God Himself will bless me with greater wisdom.

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Jack White & the Church

Photo of Jack White
Whatever you say about Jack White, you can’t see he doesn’t chart his own course.

Interesting blog post called What Jack White Can Teach the Church. Coming from someone inside a church, I tend to agree. (via Thunderstruck)

My favorite part:

Jack White, however, shows that to give up on the tradition would be every bit the mistake it would be to go chasing after whatever the culture tells us they want.

Which consistently brings me back to this wise axiom from Bob Russell, “Maintain the message, modify the method.”

Keep on, keepin’ on.

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The History of Quake

Quake was the game that started it all! The first truly competitive multi-player, first-person video game was Quake.

And here’s the video that tells the story, the History of Quake.

There are so many games now that learned a lot from what id created, first with Doom and then improved with Quake. Without it, there wouldn’t likely be any Call of Duty, Halo or the rest. Enjoy!

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