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Power Comes in Many Forms

2010 (48:00 mins) Island Topics #68 Environment

Sources for renewable energy are abundant in Micronesia—literally right in your backyard. This video will show you how to take advantage of the sun, the wind, the water, and the coconut to make light, heat and electricity. It includes six pollution-free ideas that will help lower your cash power bills without raising the sea level.

The projects in this half hour instructional video range from the simple and free to the powerful and complicated. Learn how little it takes to make a lamp from discarded aluminum cans, or a stove from an old box and some foil. Find out if you have what it takes to construct a wind generator. You can watch how a solar panel system is built, then build your own.

Each project introduced in this video has a companion video with detailed step-by-step instructions, including costs and locations for imported components.

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Macintosh(posted on July 26)

For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:1-10 We live in a world that doesn't want us to go back to the pages of Scripture to find true wisdom. Rather, it wants us to look to the people and society around us for answers and advice. It's nothing new; Paul recognized this problem in his day, too. And because of Paul's deep love for the church and his desire to see the Christians at Colosse come to a full understanding of God and Jesus Christ, he warns the church of several important things. Today, as we start this second chapter of Colossians, his warnings are very relevant for us as well. First, Paul warns us to beware of being deceived by persuasive words. We live in a world where persuasive words are coming at us all the time. Whether the words are coming from marketing companies trying to get us to buy a product, or another religion coming to our door, people are trying to persuade us to think and believe differently. Next, Paul warns us to beware that we are not cheated through philosophy and empty deceit according to the traditions of men. Remember, Paul was writing this to the Gnostics who primarily based their teachings on worldly tradition. Now, I know there have been some great philosophers through the centuries; deep thinkers with smart ideas. But consider when those ideas are devoid of God, as was the philosophy of Paul’s day -- they may be interesting ideas, but they are ultimately empty. Paul understood that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10), and so he warned us not to be tricked by the writings and traditions of men into a fruitless pursuit of wisdom and knowledge. May I encourage you to search the Scriptures daily, to seek wisdom from His Word, despite all the influences around us that are constantly trying to persuade us to think and act differently. By doing so, you will be filled with Godly wisdom and knowledge.

seattle(posted on July 21)

Headed Homeward by Max Lucado Aging is God’s idea. It’s one of the ways he keeps us headed homeward. We can’t change the process, but we can change our attitude. Here is a thought. What if we looked at the aging body as we look at the growth of a tulip? Do you ever see anyone mourning over the passing of the tulip bulb? Do gardeners weep as the bulb begins to weaken? Of course not. We don’t purchase tulip girdles or petal wrinkle cream or consult plastic-leaf surgeons. We don’t mourn the passing of the bulb; we celebrate it. Tulip lovers rejoice the minute the bulb weakens. “Watch that one,” they say. “It’s about to blossom.” Could it be heaven does the same? The angels point to our bodies. The more frail we become, the more excited they become. “Watch that lady in the hospital,” they say. “She’s about to blossom.” “Keep an eye on the fellow with the bad heart. He’ll be coming home soon.” “We are waiting for God to finish making us his own children, which means our bodies will be made free” (Rom. 8:23). Are our bodies now free? No. Paul describes them as our “earthy bodies” (Phil. 3:21 MSG). Or as other translations state: “our lowly body” (NKJV) “the body of our humble state” (NASB) “these weak mortal bodies” (NLT) “our vile body” (KJV) “our simple bodies” (NCV) You could add your own adjective, couldn’t you? Which word describes your body? My cancerous body? My arthritic body? My deformed body? My crippled body? My addicted body? My ever-expanding body? The word may be different, but the message is the same: These bodies are weak. They began decaying the minute we began breathing. And, according to God, that’s a part of the plan. Every wrinkle and every needle take us one step closer to the last step when Jesus will change our simple bodies into forever bodies. No pain. No depression. No sickness. No end. This is not our forever house. It will serve for the time being. But there is nothing like the moment we enter his door. From Traveling LIght Copyright (W Publishing Group, 2001) Max Lucado

Macintosh(posted on July 20)

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight. Colossians 1:21-22 Once alienated, now reconciled. At one point in time you were one thing, but now you are something different; you are no longer what you were. For the Christian, your standing before the Lord is reconciled. There is no longer anything separating you from God. Please notice that the word reconciled is past tense – it has already happened, and there is not anything more that needs to be done for you to be reconciled to God. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 The old you is gone. If you belong to Jesus, you are a new creation and the old things have passed away -- not ‘are passing’ or ‘will pass’, but they have already passed away -- past tense. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you, God, for the tremendous price You paid to reconcile us to Yourself; we cannot thank You enough. I would like to pray for every man and woman, boy and girl, reading this, that they would receive a tender touch from You. In Jesus name, amen.

KFC(posted on July 19)

Thank you, Macintosh.

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