Paul Coles, Youthworkerish type guy. Present location: Targu Mures, Romania. Married to an amazing girl named Fiona. I'm on a JOURNEY and have no idea where I'll end up other than in the hands of God.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Check this out - very, very funny!

I just found it on the blog of a friend of mine from Canada (aliveandawake). You will never look at an old lady, or a bible the same again.

More good memories...

Just looking trhough some pics and saw this one again and thought that its such a good memory that I should blog it.

A fantastic day swimming at Murder Hole, Downings, Donegal. November 2005

It wasn't too long afte this that i was lifted up and pounded into the beach by a big wave. I ended up crawling around caughing and sputtering, blindly for a couple of minuites because every orafus(sp?) in my head was full of salt water and sand. Not a great feeling but very funny to look back on and im sure a good laugh for everyone else at the time.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Check this out...Buy Nothing Day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

an interresting bit of information

Just about 3 people are born every second, and about 1.3333 people die every second. The result is about a 2 and 2/3 net increase of people every second. Almost 10 people more live on this Earth now, than before you started reading this.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Why try to say it yourself when somebody else has already said it better

"Inside every golfer that ever struck a ball there is a child that goes 'weee!' But why is going 'weee!' such fun? Why is it so addictive? Why does the surfer always go back for one more wave? Why do so many people spend an annual fortune on skiing holidays when they could be relaxing somewhere hot? It comes down to the fact that humans have never quite got the hang of being human. We always look for something more, something beyond ourselves. We look for magic. We seek to savour, even in a small way, a taste of the miraculous. We want to fly away from base earth. We want to be more than ourselves"
taken from Simon Barnes in The Times

Thursday, March 02, 2006

"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and then walk out the door and deny Him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

Sorry another dc talk memory. But what a great quote!

I'm listening to DC talk right now. Talk about a flash from the past. Some good memories from high school!

Pool table conversations…almost always the best kind.

I had an interesting conversation with one of the Music Night guys at The Edge last night. I really love Music Night right now because it is a fairly small group of guys and we all know each other pretty well so there is a very relaxed feel to these Wednesday nights.

Anyway, I’m not sure how the conversation started but somehow we got onto the topic of whether I was a protestant or a catholic. I was trying to explain to Him that I didn’t consider myself either but that I really liked this guy Jesus and I was trying to follow Him.

He sort of got this but then was convinced that if I wasn’t a protestant or a catholic than I must be an atheist. To this I had to say that in fact I very much believed in God and that Jesus was in fact His son but I just didn’t like what we have done with all these loaded labels for his supposed followers. He sort of got this but then proceeded to tell me that he considered me a protestant. I said that I guess I would have to live with that, unfortunately.

We went on from this to talk about how he thought that Protestants don’t believe in Mary, or the virgin birth or Jesus 40 days in the wilderness or any of that stuff. I was amazed by this perception and asked him what he thought Protestants did believe? He didn’t really know, which is understandable. This got me thinking that people really are willing to believe almost anything they here from “their own kind” about other groups of people and just go through life blindly instead of looking into things themselves.

From this however, the conversation turned a corner as we talked about what prods and catholics do have in common. Like that fact that we believe in a God that loves us, that we are far from perfect and that because of this Jesus died to give us real life and to “save us.”

I’m sure though, that after that game of pool there are probably more questions in his head than answers, which is maybe not such a bad thing. We will see next week. I’m looking forward to it, and to strumming out a few chords on my guitar.

I learned how to play stairway to heaven last week. Nice one!