Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Well, one of the things we enjoy when we come to Texas, is eating out at the different food joints.

Today was my Chick-Fil-A day.

Wednesday's weird and wild worship - Oprah or Religion?

Oprah or Religion? Or Both?

by Michael Krahn

Take a look at this video. It contains clips from an Oprah Winfrey show, several game shows, and numerous religious gatherings.

Aside from the video quality it’s difficult to tell which ones are from where. Andrew Peterson's song “Invisible God” plays over top of the clips. It makes for an interesting juxtaposition.

There are a lot of scenes of worship here. Lots of people worshiping, and numerous things and people being worshiped.

What do you think?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tyler Rose Gardens

On Monday, the family went to the world famous Tyler Rose Gardens for family photos. Will post later. I showed the kids the first place I ask Regena to be my wife, yes I had to tell our children I had to ask Regena twice.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Queen Elizabeth and the KJV ~ Christmas Address

Christmas Broadcast 2010

Over four hundred years ago, King James the Sixth of Scotland inherited the throne of England at a time when the Christian Church was deeply divided. Here at Hampton Court in 1604, he convened a conference of churchmen of all shades of opinion to discuss the future of Christianity in this country. The King agreed to commission a new translation of the Bible that was acceptable to all parties. This was to become the King James or Authorized Bible, which next year will be exactly four centuries old.

Acknowledged as a masterpiece of English prose and the most vivid translation of the scriptures, the glorious language of this Bible has survived the turbulence of history and given many of us the most widely-recognised and beautiful descriptions of the birth of Jesus Christ which we celebrate today.

The King James Bible was a major cooperative endeavour that required the efforts of dozens of the day’s leading scholars. The whole enterprise was guided by an interest in reaching agreement for the wider benefit of the Christian Church, and to bring harmony to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland.

Four hundred years later, it is as important as ever to build communities and create harmony, and one of the most powerful ways of doing this is through sport and games. During this past year of abundant sporting events, I have seen for myself just how important sport is in bringing people together from all backgrounds, from all walks of life and from all age-groups.

In the parks of towns and cities, and on village greens up and down the country, countless thousands of people every week give up their time to participate in sport and exercise of all sorts, or simply encourage others to do so. These kinds of activity are common throughout the world and play a part in providing a different perspective on life.

Apart from developing physical fitness, sport and games can also teach vital social skills. None can be enjoyed without abiding by the rules, and no team can hope to succeed without cooperation between the players. This sort of positive team spirit can benefit communities, companies and enterprises of all kinds.

As the success of recent Paralympics bears witness, a love of sport also has the power to help rehabilitate. One only has to think of the injured men and women of the Armed Forces to see how an interest in games and sport can speed recovery and renew a sense of purpose, enjoyment and comradeship.

Right around the world, people gather to compete under standard rules and, in most cases, in a spirit of friendly rivalry. Competitors know that, to succeed, they must respect their opponents; very often, they like each other too.

Sportsmen and women often speak of the enormous pride they have in representing their country, a sense of belonging to a wider family. We see this vividly at the Commonwealth Games, for example, which is known to many as the Friendly Games and where I am sure you have noticed that it is always the competitors from the smallest countries who receive the loudest cheers.

People are capable of belonging to many communities, including a religious faith. King James may not have anticipated quite how important sport and games were to become in promoting harmony and common interests. But from the scriptures in the Bible which bears his name, we know that nothing is more satisfying than the feeling of belonging to a group who are dedicated to helping each other:

‘Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should to do to you, do ye even so to them’.

I wish you, and all those whom you love and care for, a very happy Christmas.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

You know you are in Texas when...

... your breakfast waffle is in the shape of ...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Greetings from SeaTac Airport

I am sitting here at Seatac getting a bit to eat, and then onto a 5:55pm flight to Houston, Texas.

Andrew caught this flight from Germany, with no problem. Praise the Lord.

So the whole Jeff Hallmark clan will be together for Christmas in Tyler, Texas

On Monday the 27th we will have a big get together at Jesse and Leah's.

Looking forward to visiting with family and friends.

God Bless and Merry Christmas

Bro. Jeff Hallmark

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Name Is Everybody

I am trying to be a nobody
Not wanting to be a somebody,
so I could be an anybody
And fool around with everybody.

My goal is to be a great-thing
It couldn't happen by being a something,
So I became a nothing
In hopes that I could get everything.

So in order to have a no-name
I couldn't have any-name,
So I took the guise of "inter-name"
and end up a big-name.


by J.W. Johnson

Some Amazing Creation of God - Archer Fish

Monday, December 13, 2010

Shhhhhh! There's A Bear Coming

This would take some guts to sit there and let this bear get as close
as he did.

The joys of deer hunting from a tree stand.

If confronted by a bear, just be cool and ask the bear a question. *

When he asks the bear the question, he looks embarrassed, too cute!


Please Pray for an old friend of mine.

Despite concerns, mosque will neighbor church
Becky Yeh - OneNewsNow California correspondent - 12/13/2010 3:40:00 AMBookmark and Share

church mosque combo bigA California pastor is warning about a "frontal assault" against Christianity in the wake of a planning commission's overwhelming approval of a proposed mosque.

A 25,000-square-foot mosque to be built in Temecula Valley has gained unanimous support from the local planning commission, despite concerns from citizens and critics who say the facility may be a safe-haven for terrorists. William Rench, pastor of neighboring Calvary Baptist Church in Temecula Valley, feels his congregation's attempts to voice their opposition to the planning commission were futile.

William Rench (Calvary Baptist Church)"We learned during the course of the meeting that they already had made their decision to approve it, regardless of what the response was going to be from the community," Rench reports. "They had already printed in their record that they had approved it, even before the date of the hearing."

Although the mosque's imam has denied violence, the Baptist pastor explains that his public stance against the project has led some Muslims to label him as "hateful." The mosque, which will be built next door to Calvary Baptist Church, has created a stir among the church body.

"Our congregation remains concerned about the close proximity of a mosque to a facility like ours," Rench shares. "And now we've learned that they're going to not only have their Friday services, but they're going to have calls to prayer during the week...they're going to be there in the [early] mornings...and evenings [for] prayer times, [and] they're going to be having meetings all day Sunday. They're really planning on a frontal assault...with the use of their facility."

A local group has appealed to the city council. Meanwhile, Calvary Baptist Church members plan to continue voicing their concerns.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sally Ann Rejects 'black magic' toy donations

CTV Calgary

Salvation Army rejects 'black magic' toy donations

Toy Mountain

Salvation Army says it does not distribute toy donations that it perceives to deal with 'black magic' for its Toy Mountain campaign.

Updated: Thu Dec. 09 2010 07:12:15

The Salvation Army is causing a stir over refusing to take donations of toys that it believes promote black magic.

The Christian aid agency collects thousands of toys every Christmas through its Toy Mountain campaign.

But a Salvation Army volunteer who was helping put together toy hampers for less fortunate children says he was given strict orders not to put certain toys in those hampers.

Among the toys deemed unacceptable were Harry Potter items, including books, action figures and DVDs.

"Some of these toys that we were seeing, I mean these are $50, $75, $100-toys. And just because of the nature of the toy, they are not being utilized," said the volunteer, who doesn't want to be identified.

A spokesman for the agency says it isn't appropriate for them to distribute toys they think promote things like the occult, vampires or black magic.

But the toys they are restricting are among the most popular items for teens right now.

In addition to Harry Potter-related products, other rejected toys include anything related to vampires and witchcraft, including merchandise from the popular Twilight series.

However, toy guns appear to be acceptable.

The volunteer says that means donation bins for older kids are nearly empty.

"Their greatest need right now is toys for older kids, that being 12 to 17 years old. I mean Twilight, Harry Potter. What kids wouldn't want to receive something like that?"

The volunteer suggests that the Salvation Army publish a list of toys deemed unacceptable before the annual Toy Mountain campaign.

The Salvation Army says those toys are placed aside and distributed to an unidentified third party, who in turn may distribute them to children if the parents approve of the toys.

from CTV

Reaching Our Judea

We praise the LORD that in two years, Spruceland Baptist Church along with Bearing Precious Seed Canada have been about to send out through Canada Post over 53,000 Gospel of John and Book of Romans into homes, farms and ranches in almost all of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010


"Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States,

unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet."

quote by D. Barry

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ford has a better Idea

Ford Motor gets a standing ovation on this one!!
This is truly an amazing commercial.
If you are not a Ford fan, that’s ok, but please watch this commercial...
It's not what you think, and it's one of the best ways to promote a product I've ever seen.
Loved it, it touches the heart, and brought tears to my eyes.

Ford has not accepted a penny from the government bailout and should be marketing their action.
But in my mind they have chosen to take a higher road ...a road with class!
Enjoy this to the very end.

Ford out did themselves with this commercial...

Monday Mathematics

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tumwater Touchdown

Pastor = Shepherd

W. A. Criswell defines the ministry of shepherd in this outline fashion:

1. The Pastor possesses the ministry of comfort.

2. The Pastor possesses the ministry of encouragement.

3. The Pastor possesses the ministry of joy.

4. The Pastor possesses the ministry of feeding and nurturing.

5. The Pastor possesses the ministry of loving commendation.

So, Pastor how are you shepherding in our Lord's flock?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday's weird and wacko worship- Heidelbery

Reform Theology has was been weird to me and now it is really wacko kind of worship.

Here is a rapper of their theology.

Below is from the Heidelbery Catechism.

74. Q. Should infants, too, be baptized?

A. Yes. Infants as well as adults belong to God's covenant and congregation.[1] Through Christ's blood the redemption from sin and the Holy Spirit, who works faith, are promised to them no less than to adults.[2] Therefore, by baptism, as sign of the covenant, they must be grafted into the Christian church and distinguished from the children of unbelievers.[3] This was done in the old covenant by circumcision,[4] in place of which baptism was instituted in the new covenant.[5]

[1] Gen. 17:7; Matt. 19:14. [2] Ps. 22:11; Is. 44:1-3; Acts 2:38, 39; 16:31. [3] Acts 10:47; I Cor. 7:14. [4] Gen. 17:9-14. [5] Col. 2: 11-13.

btw, the calvinist are some of the biggest 'men worshipper' around, note that when Kevin D and C.J. are mention the crowd cheers.

God's Grace

Grace is God giving to us, something we do not deserve,
Mercy is God withholding from us, something we do deserve.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

To Those in the USofA


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Monday Moose Meal 4 Men

Men, join us at 6:00 pm for our annual Moose meal, and then work B around the Church.

Lights to be changed, nursery door and odd jobs to be done.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ever Wonder Why???

Arizona is the only state which does not change it's time.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sad times in TEXAS

Now I am 3,400 miles northwest of Texas but this is the latest update from my home state.

I heard that tornadoes in the North Texas area are very likely at this time of year. Meteorologists are urging the public to gather in the Dallas Cowboys stadium where no touchdowns are possible this season.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

US Elections stuff

From my email inbox - Jeff

A short spelling lesson :

The last four letters in American............I Can
The last four letters in Republican.........I Can
The last four letters in Democrats..........Rats

End of lesson. Test to follow in November.

Remember, November is to be set aside as
'rodent extermination' month.

US Elections stuff

From my email inbox - Jeff

A short spelling lesson :

The last four letters in American............I Can
The last four letters in Republican.........I Can
The last four letters in Democrats..........Rats

End of lesson. Test to follow in November.

Remember, November is to be set aside as
'rodent extermination' month.

This professor gets it! Not only does he put a different spin on what Obama is doing to help Arizona, he repeats the important parts and speaks slow enough to follow what he is saying. It may be the best video I've seen produced on the illegal alien problems that we have.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ole Joe Never Had a Chance

From my Inbox- Jeff

Disclaimer/warning: The following by Mr. Ford does not necessarily represent the views of the BBTI, NFL, FCC, or AMA. If vomiting, headache, or difficulty swallowing result, discontinue ingesting and consult your Physician. Parental guidance suggested. Do not read this while texting in a school zone or while operating heavy equipment.

Ole Joe Never Had a Chance

By Lynn Ford

I worked with Joe for several years, and a nicer fellow you could not expect to find. Joe was far from perfect; he drank a lot of beer and gambled on sports, but he was a good, reliable worker, and he’d give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Being a Christian myself, I felt a burden for Joe’s soul. He never went to church, but he would listen to me talk to him about Christ—he never got mad, and sometimes I thought he was close to accepting Christ. However, his answer about going to church or trusting Christ as his Saviour was always, “Someday I’ll do it, Lynn.” But he never did.

Well, Ole Joe is gone now. We are all sad about it. The guys at work miss him because he was a good friend and coworker. I’m sad because I’m quite sure where he went—and where he will be forever. However, I am coming to grips with all this; I am learning a lot of things I never knew before. I know now that Ole Joe never really had a chance to be saved. The fact is God never wanted him. That’s been hard for me to accept, but with the help of our new pastor, Brother Calvin Smirtz, I am sorting all this out. He is teaching us things about God that I never knew before. Our former pastor, Jim Franks, finally retired, and most people agree that we are very fortunate to get Pastor Smirtz. He is very educated and reads a lot of books. I think Brother Franks never read much more than the Bible.

I say our friend Joe never had a chance because, according to what Pastor Cal has taught us, if he did not accept Christ, then it means that he was never one of the elect. God did not choose him for salvation. If He would have, Joe would have been saved. To be honest with you, this was a little hard to understand and to accept at first; but the more Brother Calvin teaches about it, the clearer it all becomes. He explained that God has only chosen a few, and Jesus died for their sins alone. He didn’t die for all sinners, just the ones who God wants to save. I feel kind of bad that I told Joe many times that God loved him and that Jesus died for his sins. Now I know that is not true. But I was only telling Joe what I heard Pastor Jim preach and what I thought the Bible says. I can’t go back and tell Joe anything now. I can only be more careful in the future what I witness to people.

Poor Joe, I was pretty hard on him. I told him more than once that the reason he didn’t get saved was because he loved his sins more than he loved God. Now I know that he didn’t get saved because God didn’t want to save him. I told Joe, “God has done all He can; now it’s up to you to believe on Christ.” Boy was I wrong! Pastor Cal explained something about sinners being totally deprived. He says, “The sinner is dead, and all a dead man can do is stink!” I can’t explain it like Brother Calvin does, but I guess people can’t really believe on Christ until God makes them alive first and forces them to believe. But if God doesn’t do this—like He didn’t for Joe—then they just can’t believe. This is still a little new to me, but I’m sure that with time and teaching it will make sense. If people don’t get saved it is a sure sign that God didn’t choose them in the first place. As hard as it is for me to take, God just didn’t want Joe. All my praying and pleading were a waste of time.

Sometimes I thought that maybe it was my fault that Joe didn’t get saved. Maybe I should have prayed more. There were time I could have talked about the Lord and I didn’t. And to be honest, I wasn’t always the best example of a Christian at work. Sometimes I blamed the devil for Joe’s condition. Once I told him, “Joe, you are making the devil happy because you won’t accept Jesus.” I sure didn’t mean to say things that aren’t true; I didn’t understand my Bible very well. I guess I had zeal without knowledge. It wasn’t Joe’s fault, or my fault, or even the devil’s fault. It was God who made the choice long before any of us were born, or before He created Satan, that He just didn’t want Joe in Heaven.

I wonder why doesn’t God show us who are His elect and who aren’t so we won’t waste our time on unsavable people, and so we don’t tell people that God loves them if He don’t? I asked Pastor Cal this one time. He kind of rebuked me and told me that God is sovereign—He does what He pleases; and we should never question Him. Brother Calvin told me that since we don’t know who the elect are, we must give the gospel to all people. I guess I was doing right by talking to Joe about Christ even though God didn’t want him. To be honest though, some of this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me yet, but I’m sure Pastor Cal will help me understand. I just need to give him time.

All this new stuff that our pastor is teaching us is really making me a better Christian though. Out of all the millions of people in the world, very, very few are chosen by God. I am one of those few! This makes me really love God because He first loved me. Jesus didn’t die for very many people; but He died for me! At lease I think He did. I won’t know for sure until I die. Brother Smirtz says that the proof that someone is really God’s elect is that he preservers—kind of endures to the end. I think I will make it. I’m doing pretty good right now. I feel like I am saved; but I know we can’t trust our feelings. Even Pastor Franks told us that.

When I get to Heaven, or I should say, if I get there, I want to ask God what was the difference between me and Ole Joe. Why did God want me but He didn’t want Joe? Poor Joe, he never had a chance!