Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Names of God

How many names do you think there are for God? Many! My church (Salem Alliance Church in Salem, OR) is currently in a fall sermon and study series titled “The Names of God.”  It’s fascinating to see the many names He has.

This month, the worship team introduced a new song to the church titled “Jesus Messiah.” This gives one just a few of the names given to Jesus. Read with me the few names from this wonderful praise chorus:

(words and music by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves and Daniel Carson)

Jesus Messiah
Name Above All Names
Blessed Redeemer
The Rescue for Sinners
The Ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah
Lord of All!

The Old Testament is full of the many names for God. See how many you can find in your study of the names of God!


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Posted by on October 26, 2008 in Church Life


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Travel Related Web Sites

Collection of Internet Bookmarked Travel-Related Websites

Many of us bookmark our favorite travel-related websites. As these lists can be exported/downloaded from Internet Explorer, Mozilla/Firefox, Netscape, Safari, etc. This list came from a travel forum on, one of my favorite travel web sites! Below is a list of  sites & links (and a brief description of some of the websites):



AUCTION-STYLE BOOKING-RELATED SITES — bid and press your luck; best combined with information from and — not always as great a deal as Priceline but takes the price guess work away a bit; best combined with info from — information on Priceline bookings — information on Priceline and Hotwire bookings — Travel auctions and buy it now deals


COMPARISON SITES FOR TRAVEL — one of the best for hotels. — flights, hire cars and (from May) hotels. — strong on flights, hotels and cars. Sponsors appear at the top of the results page, so scroll down to find the cheapest. — a clever site comparing air fares to Europe, though not every airline is shown. — the UK’s biggest travel comparison website, with acres of coverage. However, prices are not live. — flights, hotels and hire cars. Some results are manipulated to favour paying clients. — hotels only, but the site is neat and easy to use. — search for low cost carriers — ( , , and related sites) — good for accomodation bookings — simultaneous multi-site searching engine — simultaneous multi-site searching engine — simultaneous multi-site searching engine for low airfares, hotels, packages — search for low cost flights — search for low cost flights — daily posts of fare cuts by city — Allows you to search for lowest fare between two cities without a lot of the junk and distractions found on more mainstream sites. You can also run a weekend or 30 day search to find the least expensive days, and tell it how many segments you want for mileage runs. For example, you could enter in the from box bos :: ua iad ua ua ua which would search for a 4 segment itin from BOS to OAK on UA with the first top being at IAD. That is of course if you enter OAK in the return from box. More about this site in the Mileage Run FAQ. — This is a paid service that allows access to flight availability (including the booking codes, e.g. f9c9y9h9m9q9s9, etc. This can be useful for finding specific fare classes on flights, for checking standby options, or ofr keeping track on your upgrade chances. The site saved me $100 tonight because I found a Q seat opened up on a UA flight I had on hold, and then I called UA and they changed it from U to Q. Also the site displays full fare rules, seat maps, flifo, etc. It is new so they may add more bells and whistles. — Provides a number of travel commentators. Subscription site. You get discounts on certain travel items when you join at various subscription levels. All kinds of commentary about travel and travel technology.…?departure=DCA — great Mileage Run tool that allows to search for the lowest cents per mile fares available from your choice of US or Canadian airport. — You may know about this, but for instance, you can enter address of your hotel, and pizza, and see nearest pizza places. Quick clean google like interface as well, much cleaner and faster loading then e.g. Mapquest or Yahoo. — Another website w/ advice for packing light — Useful travel tips


VISA-RELATED WEBSITES…tion/index.jsp — useful to check visa-, passport-rules/requirements to visit or transit a country. (It never hurts to double-check by contacting the consulate/embassy of the country which you will be visiting)…c/visaform.htm — also useful for checking visa/travel requirements


CHECKING ITINERARIES…TN&LANGUAGE=US…Finali=0&res=0…GHT_NUMBER=902 (just adjust airline and flight number)…HT_NUMBER=3022 (just adjust airline and flight number) — useful to check Worldspan reservations


• TAXES, FEES and CHARGES INFORMATION (by airport or airline) — look up information about taxes, fees and charges…ax%20Codes.pdf — list of codes that show up in the fare calculation on tickets.




General travel — a great wikipedia-type arrangement for travel destinations — maps and directions in Europe. — Good for information on many destinations around the world — for finding the best seats on the plane. — for finding the best seats on the plane. — great for getting around the NYC subways if you aren’t sure where you are going. – find hotels with overnight parking near airports



For some of the major cities, though not really a travel site – a master list of many of the charity benefits and non profit events in several major cities. Sometimes this can result in a hotel discount if you call and say you are attending such on-site function. — quick aid airport information, great for ground transportation options, parking, terminal maps,
etc. — another place for sending huge files online, when they are too big to go via e-mail. Free and pay services available. — remote access to your various PCs when you are on the road — Love this one, again free and paid versions available. You install it on each machine you want to share with and tell it to share the files in that folder with the other machines. As soon as one of the machines comes online it synchs the files with all the other machines in the background. If I have to send a file or get one from the office, I just have it dropped into the shared folder, and the next time the laptop is online, the file will be transferred over. I also keep my palm data in a shared folder, so that it’s always updated at work and home without synching to both machines. — information about frequent flyer miles & hotel points and many other things travel related. — airport/flight delays and status — tracking flights/airports — tracking flights/airports — tracking flights — Lots of subway system information for a dozen or so cities — UA’s ”three perfect days” series when visiting a city to see what the must see things might be. — searches most internet sites and displays results. — good especially for hotels in South East Asia


European LCCs (e.g.) — listing of LCCs by country — search for low cost flights — sorts by route, airport, airline — is a good one – it also compares with full-service carriers, whose fares can often be cheaper.


HOTEL RESERVATIONS — better hotel rates than the major household-name online travel sites — good for hotel reviews, amongst other travel advice

TRAIN TRAVEL — site for researching rail travel — site for researching rail travel options across Europe — site for researching rail travel options across Europe…lang=en&c=Page — site for getting great prices for trains originating in the Netherlands to most of the big destinations around (Germany, UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland). ( — transport information to/from many airports — airport rail/train/subway transport info…tr_module=FARE — look up various fare basis available on a particular route — The old american express travel interface, allows looking at inventory — airport parking reservation site — Booking engine for Finland — Tips on traveling light — Booking engine for independent hotels — flights schedules, airport guides, etc. — good for daily travel deals — hotel reservation service

COMMUNICATION-RELATED WEB SITES — guide to free international text messaging with 185 free international SMS sites…customer&lan=en…ustomer&lan=en — For US cellphone users whom you’d like to message, just send the message to [PHONENUMBER] . (e.g., for a US cell phone number 646-555-1111) Teleflip figures out the cell phone providers and currently only supports valid North American numbers. — Bigfoot SMS international SMS provider, but there’s a cost involved. — cost is 10 cents per SMS with delivered very fast and reliable; have Outlook plug-in but web interface works fine too. — akin to — ISP for roaming. Uses software called Ipass. Phone modem dial -ups in most all countries/cities. Some support of wired & wireless broadband. Allows “roaming” on T-Mobile WiFi Hot Spots.

TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY-RELATED WEB SITES — Great site to look up Wi-Fi internet hotspots around the world. (It helped me find some around even India.) — a free alternative to GoToMyPC — put your bookmarks online — send or receive large files up to 1 gigabyte that may not be sent by your email/ISP provider. — send faxes from your pc with the “Calligator Fax Printer Driver. Get a fax number and receive faxes as pdf on your own pc.





Posted by on October 20, 2008 in Travel


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Church Life This Past Week

This past Sunday was one of those “monumental occasions” when God is even more present in your life. God will prompt us in a variety of ways, we must be tuned in to His voice and listen. I guess you could call it a “God Moment”.

Sunday marked my official affiliation with Salem Alliance Church. Earlier this month I submitted my membership application, indicating my desire to fully commit to Salem Alliance as a member. Church membership is not a scriptural command, nor does it make you a “better person” because you are a member of a church. What it signifies for me is my desire to commit to my church family where I am now serving. It makes a statement. I was pleased with the interview, and now await the Governing Board’s confirmation!

During the time in the Legacy Shepherding Group, requests were shared for prayer for a number of people. I sensed a deep connection to God during this time, as people asked for prayer for a variety of reasons. Our group is also faced with a young mother with a husband and four young children, who is facing serious brain surgery this coming Thursday. The leadership team and others in the group surrounded our sister in Christ and prayed over her. This was a powerful moment and was so glad to be able to pray and lift my fellow sister in Christ up to the Lord Almighty. It’s simply amazing how God wants us, no matter what stage we are in with our walk, to bring our burdens to the foot of the cross. God speaks about taking on our burdens!

 This past week has been amazing – a new Bible study group began and we’ll be studying the names of God; officially placing membership at my new church; our Shepherding group surrounding each other in prayer; picking up my music packet for next weekend and discovering the songs that will be played and sang — all about the names of God and who He is! I can’t wait to join worship team members this coming weekend as we join to praise our Lord!

Psalms 37:4

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Posted by on October 13, 2008 in Church Life



Money Saving Ideas

While on vacation this month, I was able to get in some quality reading time, even if it was the latest edition of “Reader’s Digest”! One of the feature articles was on saving money, more important, how to end up with more money each month by simply not spending any extra money. I thought, “what a concept”, lets see what the article has to say! The article went on to explain how one family chose not to spend any money, except for the essentials. What a great concept! I thought, I need to try this, as I’m certainly guilty of spending money on things I probably could live without!

So, the family in this article made a “No-Spending Challenge” for 30 days. For this period, you buy only what you truly need. Limit essential purchases, and try not to stock up or plan too far in advance. Most of us have more than we need already.

What I found helpful from the article were web sites where you can find bargins and get a great deal on anything!

Here’s the “secret” list:

  1. – The site offers codes for home products, sporting goods, luggage, food, etc. where you place a key code in for a code to obtain a discount and where you can find the item(s).
  2. – similar to item #1.
  3. – a good source for coupons, rebates, etc. Coupons are printable.
  4. – a site that will let you do a quick price comparison of items. There are others that work much the same way, and include:,
  5. and – two great sites that partner with name brands to sell its excess inventory of merchandise. Example: Bill Blass men’s sport coat on for $99.99; in the stores at $295! (I’ve personally shopped and have great success with the quality of merchandise and price).
  6. and – are comprehensive comparision-shopping sites.
  7. – if you love shoes, this site is for you! Terrific bargains on name-brand shoes!
  8. – for research on makes and models of cars, the “Kelley Blue Book” on-line is for you. What I recommend is print out pricing (dealer and private party) on the vehicle you are looking at; and, the vehicle your may possibly trade in. This gives you leverage at the dealership!

Read the entire articles in the October 2006 edition of Reader’s Digest!

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Posted by on October 6, 2008 in Shopping


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