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Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year's Eve

As 2007 comes to an end, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year with a picture of my kids.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Great Aviation Poem: High Flight

Information in this blog post can be found at http://www.skygod.com/

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

— John Gillespie Magee, Jr

"During the desperate days of the Battle of Britain, hundreds of Americans crossed the border into Canada to enlist with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Knowingly breaking the law, but with the tacit approval of the then still officially neutral United States Government, they volunteered to fight the Nazis.

John Gillespie Magee, Jr., was one such American. Born in Shanghai, China, in 1922 to an English mother and a Scotch-Irish-American father, Magee was 18 years old when he entered flight training. Within the year, he was sent to England and posted to the newly formed No 412 Fighter Squadron, RCAF, which was activated at Digby, England, on 30 June 1941. He was qualified on and flew the Supermarine Spitfire.

Flying fighter sweeps over France and air defense over England against the German Luftwaffe, he rose to the rank of Pilot Officer.

On 3 September 1941, Magee flew a high altitude (30,000 feet) test flight in a newer model of the Spitfire V. As he orbited and climbed upward, he was struck with the inspiration of a poem — To touch the face of God.

Once back on the ground, he wrote a letter to his parents. In it he commented, I am enclosing a verse I wrote the other day. It started at 30,000 feet, and was finished soon after I landed. On the back of the letter, he jotted down his poem, High Flight.

Just three months later, on 11 December 1941 (and only three days after the US entered the war), Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr., was killed. The Spitfire V he was flying, VZ-H, collided with an Oxford Trainer from Cranwell Airfield flown by one Ernest Aubrey. The mid-air happened over the village of Roxholm which lies between RAF Cranwell and RAF Digby, in the county of Lincolnshire at about 400 feet AGL at 11:30. John was descending in the clouds. At the enquiry a farmer testified that he saw the Spitfire pilot struggle to push back the canopy. The pilot, he said, finally stood up to jump from the plane. John, however, was too close to the ground for his parachute to open. He died instantly. He was 19 years old."

Also Ronald Reagan, addressing NASA employees following the tragic loss of the Challenger 7 crew on STS-51L, used the poem in a well-remembered line: "We shall never forget them nor the last time we saw them, as they prepared for their mission and waved good-bye and slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God."

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Merry Christhanukwanzmas???

I saw something similar to this the other day on a sign in front of a business. They were and are of course trying to be politically correct. Many businesses do not put the words Merry Christmas anywhere in their store or advertisements for fear of maybe offending someone. Happy Holidays is normally the substitute so as not to offend.

I am one Christian who is not surprised by this. What should we expect from an unsaved world?

Hat Tip to Fred Butler over at Hip and Thigh for finding this video from Citizen Link. This is a website run by Focus on the Family.

Stuart Shepard over at Stoplight thinks we should call it Merry Tossmas. Just click on the words to see the video. Very funny, but it still gets an important point across.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Heavens Declare The Glory Of God

NASA released this photo several years ago. It was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It has been a popular picture to email to people for several years now. The Helix Nebula has been given the name "the eye of God."

I was reminded of the picture again recently while watching the DVD "Indescribable." It is a message by Louie Giglio. A great message proclaiming the glories of God.

Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

It is an amazing picture that should continue to remind us of how great our God is for creating all of these amazing things for us to enjoy.

Info From Wikipedia:

The Helix Nebula (also known as NGC 7293) is a planetary nebula (PN) about 650 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. It is one of the closest planetary nebulae to Earth and was discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding before 1824. It has a very similar appearance to the Ring Nebula. It is also similar in size, age, and physical characteristics to the Dumbbell Nebula, with the significant difference in appearance being a consequence of the relative proximity and more nearly equatorial viewing angle of the Dumbbell. The Helix has often been referred to as the Eye of God on the Internet, since about 2003.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Talk About Accomplishing The Impossible!

How does Santa Clause do it? This article gives the statistics on the only possible way it could be done. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town -- For 34 Microseconds. Now that is fast, very fast.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thursday Travel Log

I am getting ready to take off from a little airport in Kentucky. It is night time and I was just thinking how much I enjoy flying at night. Seeing the stars, the moon, the lights on the ground, etc. It almost seems like time stops, and I can take the time to think of and thank our great God for his wonderful creation that He allows us to enjoy. Let us not forget to give Him all the glory.

I found this picture while surfing the web. I would love to be able to see this one day in person. I doubt I will ever get to fly as high as when this picture was taken. This picture was taken from the space shuttle Atlantis in June of this year. Wow that is beautiful picture of the aurora borealis.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sometimes You Just Have To Trust The Pilot

Great post over at FIDE-O.
Jason posted on Veteran's Day about the military, specifically about marine pilots, and trusting God. He also posted some great pictures from a friend of his. Go check it out here: Oorah!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Can You Hear Me Now?

Yes it has been a while since I last posted here. I have been very busy with family, vacations, work, and etc. Of course nobody reads my blog anyway so I am probably just talking to myself. So Matt how about posting something for a change?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Funnies-Bathroom Humor

Some one painted this bathroom floor to look this way. I would think it would probably cause you to have to change your pants. Very Funny.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bob Jones III Endorses Mitt Romney

Putting the political and religious implications aside for just a moment my first thought was: Oh No, not again. BJU had lately been able to stay out of the media, but now with this most recent news that will not be the case for a long time to come.

Yes, Dr Bob is free to express his thoughts on the coming election, but unfortunately everything he says is put under a microscope and also reflects on the university whether he wants it too or not. For that reason alone I personally think he may should not have said anything.

The university has already issued a statement to try and distance itself from the situation:

"Bob Jones University has never officially endorsed political candidates, and that policy remains unchanged. Each of us as U.S. citizens has the privilege and responsibility before God to examine the candidates and come to a decision of conscience about how we will cast our vote. It is in that role as private citizens that Dr. Jones III and Dr. Bob Taylor have chosen to cast their vote for Mitt Romney. Other faculty, staff and administrators will choose otherwise. In each case, however, their decision reflects only their personal choice and does not represent BJU as an organization."

I personally have not made up my mind yet who I like in the coming primary. The NC primary is not until February 5th, 2008, so I still have time. Of course it does not end there, because in the end we will have to choose between the democrat or republican nominee.

No one this side of heaven is perfect, including the presidential candidates. We all have to make an informed decision taking into account all our views.

I am sure I can find something about every candidate I do not like, but is it enough to keep me from voting for them? Maybe.

As a christian can I look past these things about some of the candidates?

  • Rudy Giuliani: Pro-choice; Roman Catholic; Divorced; Infidelity
  • Mitt Romney: Mormonism; Moderate as a Massachusetts Governor
  • John McCain: Campaign finance reform; Compromising on judge nominations
  • Ron Paul: Voted against the Iraq war; Opposes the Patriot Act (I admit I do not know much else about him)

This is just 4 of the 9 republican candidates, and I am sure I could have mentioned something about the rest, but these issues came to mind. I do like Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee, and Duncan Hunter, but I have concerns about them too. Do they have a chance? Thompson has probably the best chance among these three, but in the primary I will vote for who I think is the best candidate.

The 2008 election is a different matter for me. No matter who the Republican candidate is I will probably vote for them. Now that will anger some, but any Republican candidate is better than the Democratic candidate.

Why? Well the one issue for me is: *Conservative Supreme Court Justice Nominations* There may be 4 or 5 openings at the Supreme Court over the next 10 years, which would have major implications for the next 30 years.

I have read and heard several Christians say they will not vote if certain candidates get the nomination. That is their choice, but I believe voting is a right that all citizens should exercise, even if the candidate is not someone we completely agree with.

Yes, God is completely sovereign. Yes, He already knows what will happen. And yes, no matter who occupies the White House; God's plan's will not be hindered.

Proverbs 21:1 "The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes."

Psalm 115:3 "But our God is in the Heavens; He does whatever He pleases."

For more thoughts on this matter:

  • Dr. Al Mohler made some good points about this whole situation here.

  • A good friend was a little disappointed with Dr Bob III here.

In Conclusion, Dr. Bob has a right to support whoever he wants too, but with BJU being such a lightning rod on every issue, I think a little discernment or maybe silence should have been in order.

Monday, October 8, 2007

A Cure For Global Warming?

Get Fuzzy comic strip by Darby Conley is one of my favorites. The strip today was one of his funniest in a long time.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

So What Do You Think About This? The Canyon Lake Gorge In Texas

How long do you think the Canyon Lake Gorge in Texas has been around?
"A torrent of water from an overflowing lake sliced open the earth in 2002, exposing rock formations, fossils and even dinosaur footprints in just three days."
Only 5 years ago, and it only took 3 days to form. WHAT?
"The mile-and-a-half-long gorge, up to 80 feet deep, was dug out from what had been a nondescript valley covered in mesquite and oak trees. It sits behind a spillway built as a safety valve for Canyon Lake, a popular recreation spot in the Texas Hill Country between San Antonio and Austin."
Is this the first time this kind of thing has happened? No.
"The sudden exposure of such canyons is rare but not unprecedented. Flooding in Iowa in 1993 opened a limestone gorge behind a spillway at Corvalville Lake north of Iowa City, but that chasm, Devonian Fossil Gorge, is narrower and shallower than Canyon Lake Gorge."
The next statement in this article baffles the mind when we see current evidence like this in the world.
"Neither compares to the world's most famous canyon. It took water around 5 million to 6 million years to carve the Grand Canyon, which plunges 6,000 feet at its deepest point and stretches 15 miles at its widest."

So was the Grand Canyon formed the way most evolutionist believe? There is a lot of evidence to suggest otherwise.

Yes, I know that the Grand Canyon is bigger, wider, longer, and deeper; but after seeing this evidence on a smaller scale could not a cataclysmic world wide flood cause the Grand canyon?

Read this and this for a start.

P.S. No I am not a scientist, Just looking at the evidence and using common sense. This is just my personal opinion.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Amazing, Simply Amazing!!!

A Twin Beech, similar to the picture above, crashes on I-95 just after departure Friday from KFXE. Unbelievable video and pictures of the crash were all over the TV news and internet news sites. The pilot, Robert Robertson, is shown still sitting in the pilot's seat with the planes wreckage all around him. The video shows Robert just sitting there looking around in a daze. He is in the hospital recovering from a broken nose, arm, and leg, according to news reports.

This photo and many more can be found here at Sun-Sentinel.com. Amazing, simply amazing that he survived. You do not see this very often, if ever.

This gives a whole new meaning to FLYING BY GRACE.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Funnies

I do not see how these prosperity gospel preachers can say these things with a straight face. Sad, but funny.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thursday Travel Log

I flew to Thomaston, GA today which is about 50 miles south of Atlanta. Nothing really exciting about that, except for while surfing the web I found a place I would love to fly too one day.

Now that landing would be a highlight of someone who loves to fly. Where is this you ask? This is the island of Saba, the smallest island of the Netherlands Antilles.
The runway is only 1300 feet long with a mountain on one side and ocean on the other sides. Commercial aircraft have to get permission from the government before they can land. And of course there are only a few types of airplanes (examples: Twin Otters and Islanders) that could even do this landing safely.

So if you are wondering where Matt is on his next vacation I will be in the Caribbean on this small island recovering from landing at this airport.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Inspirational Story-Patrick Hughes

Wow. God's Sovereignty on display again. We should never be caught complaining about anything every again.
Reminds us of what God asked Moses, "Who makes the blind?"
"God made me blind and unable to walk, big deal."-Patrick Henry Hughes.

HT: Fred Butler

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

God's Word IS Alive!

I have been reminded of John Piper's "The Morning I Heard The Voice Of God" again this week. Matthew Tilley had a short post on hearing from God over at his blog. Here is my comment on his blog if you would like to see what I said there; which in part led to this post. I also have recently purchased the new Casting Crowns CD: The Altar and the Door. There is a song on this CD that also caught my attention that is related to this subject.

The Word Is Alive
Written By: Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman

Looking out from His throne, the Father of light and of men
Chose to make Himself known and show us the way back to Him
Speaking wisdom and truth into the hearts of peasants and kings
He began to unveil the Word
That would change the course of all things
With eyes wide open, all would see

Simple strokes on a page
Eternity's secrets revealed, carried on from age to age
It speaks Truth to us even still
And as the rain falls from Heaven,
Feeds the earth before it returns
Lord, let Your Word fall on us
And bring forth the fruit You deserve
With eyes wide open, let us see
The Word is alive
The Word is alive

The Word is alive
And it cuts like a sword through the darkness
With a message of life to the hopeless and afraid
Breathing life into all who believe
The Word is alive
And the world and its glories with fade
But His truth, it will not pass away
It remains yesterday and forever the same
The Word is alive

Wow. Powerful words. But these words from God Himself are even more powerful.

What Has God Said About This?
  • II Timothy 3:16-17: "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."
  • Isaiah 55:10-11: "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."
  • Isaiah 40:8: "The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever."
  • Hebrews 4:12-13: "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do."
  • John 1:1-5: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
  • I John 1:1-4: "What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life--and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us--what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete."
  • Romans 1:16: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."

What I Am Thinking About This?

I have always been taught that the charismatic or sign gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased. These gifts are speaking in tongues, prophecy, and healing. The theological term for this is cessationism. The following is from Grace Community Churches doctrinal statement:

  • We teach that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today, and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to be characteristic of the lives of believers(1 Cor. 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Cor. 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4).

After studying this hot-button issue for myself; I still agree with the above position of Grace and of my church, Twin City Baptist Church. Now the other position is continuationism or noncessationism. This position holds that these gifts have continued to the present age.

From what I have seen most of the pentecostal or charismatic movement abuses this teaching, and it harms or hinders the message of the gospel. Probably the best example of this is Benny Hinn.

Now there is the side of this movement that is strong in doctrine, has a high view of God, and denounces the extreme side of their movement. Organizations like Sovereign Grace Ministries, and Godly men like C.J. Mahaney to just name a few. I apologize to C.J. for comparing him in any way to Benny Hinn. I just wanted to point out there is truth being preached, and Benny Hinn and others like him do not preach truth.

Final Thoughts, Maybe?

Piper gets the point across that I have been trying to make for this entire post from this quote in the article linked above-

  • “Something is incredibly wrong when the words we hear outside Scripture are more powerful and more affecting to us than the inspired word of God…O God, don’t let us be so deaf to your word and so unaffected with its ineffable, evidential excellency that we celebrate lesser things as more thrilling, and even consider this misplacement of amazement worthy of printing in a national magazine...”

Now if you want a more complete explanation of Piper's position listen too or read his sermon entitled: By Signs and Wonders: Where Christ has not been named. He preached this sermon on August 20th of this year.

The only reason I bring up this side of the discussion is the fact that the Word of God should be central in all that we say and do, but I feel those who see the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit still at work today focus all their energy in that direction, and forget that God does still speak, but through His written Word. His written Word that He has preserved over thousands of years, it continues to stand the test of time, and is sufficient to meet every need. That should be our focus and that is what we should celebrate.

Food For Thought

I just read a great post from The Reforming Baptist. He talks about what it takes to reform a church. Go there and read it for yourself.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Funnies

This is amazing, tugs at your heart, and funny all at the same time. Raymond Crowe is very talented.

HT: Thinklings

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sunday SnapShots!!!

Dr. John MacArthur preaching at Wait Chapel on the Campus of Wake Forest University on June 7th, 2007.

Pastor Carey Hardy is the senior pastor of Twin City Baptist Church in Winston Salem, NC. This was taken at his installation service on June 6th, 2007. He has been the senior pastor at TCBC since October, 2006.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Beechcraft Super King Air B200 N450WH

Click to the links below to see the airplane I fly. King Air's have been around for over 40 years now, and they continue to be very popular with corporate flight departments. It meets the needs of the company I fly for.

1987 Beech King Air B200 N450WH photo - Justin Hamlin photos at pbase.com

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Flying By The Seat Of My Pants

Many ideas for this blog have been rattling around in my head for a long time. I have been an avid reader of blogs for a couple of years now, and have really enjoyed being an outsider looking in, but I have decided to test the waters of blogdom. I am wanting to have several different features during the week. Now this does not mean I will blog everyday. I have seen how that is almost impossible, but on the days I do post these will be my main topics-flying, and faith. At times I may stray from these two main topics and will post pictures, or give reviews on movies, books, food, or music. Any suggestions or comments will be appreciated.

Wow, this should work out great, or I could crash and burn. Yes, pun intended. Welcome aboard! This should be a great flight.

Flying By Grace,
Matt Mabe