⍟ Chelpkid Number 3:

“If you could snap your fingers and have anything if you want, what would you wish for? I would wish for infinity wishes, but if that was against the rules, I’d wish for a genie because a genie can still give you three wishes, and I just like the lamp.”

Two Resurrections

⍟ Because Jesus’ rose from the dead, all who belong to him will be resurrected too.

Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Q. 38. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection? A. At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.

So one reason Christians celebrate the resurrection that has happened is because of the resurrection that will happen.

Happy Easter.

⍟ I hiked about 6.5 beautiful miles east of Tucson this morning with my son and some men from church. We went to Bridal Wreath Falls and had a great time.

on the Douglas Springs Trail just eat of Tucson

a view of Tucson looking from the mountains in the east

Crane fly on a sculpture of an older man's face

⍟ Read this mini-lesson about ancient copies of the Bible.

⍟ The power of the devil can be terrifying, but Christians overcome him “by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony”. Be encouraged in the fight with my sermon from last night. I read a lot from Revelation.

⍟ Congrats to Crema Coffee! Now open for business in northwest Tucson (near Bookmans on Ina). Go say, hi. They use beans from Exo Roast.

⍟ After his resurrection, Jesus said, “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Tomorrow, I’ll explain from the book of Genesis how Jesus was right. Want to learn more? Come to my class tomorrow from 11:30am–12:00pm at Covenant.

How I Learned to Prune Mesquite and Palo Verde Trees

This is the story about a 45-minute video on how to prune Mesquite and Palo Verde trees by Angelo Romeo. Feel free to stop reading, but if have at least one Mesquite or Palo Verde tree that you need to prune and don’t feel confident about doing it, you might want to read on.

Like most people around Tucson, I have several Mequites and Palo Verdes around my home. I love how they look and I want them to grow larger, especially on the west side of my home so I can have more shade on my house during the hot summer.

I know that pruning is an important to get big healthy trees, but I’ve been unsure how to do it. And because I don’t want to hurt the trees, slow their growth, or reduce their lifespan, I’ve been hesitant about doing anything. Worse yet, I’ve also been unwilling to pay someone to do it for me. Call me stuck.

Then I met Angelo Romeo. Anglelo is a professional tree trimmer and licensed arborist here in Tucson. After teaching me a few things, he told me about an an instructional video he made for folks like me so that I’d could learn what to do and prune the trees myself.

Angelo was a natural teacher and obviously knew what he was doing. So even though I had read pruning guides before and still felt unsure about what to do, I decided to give Angelo a shot and pay the $12 for the 45-minute download

Totally worth it. In addition to teaching the principles and techniques behind pruning, he also gives advice about tools, planting, and watering too. There’s no fluff or hard sales pitch. It’s not fancy in anyway. It’s just a really helpful guide. You can preview it on YouTube.

After watching the video I was excited to give it a try. It was fun and I’m happy with the results. So happy, I’ve been talking about tree trimming a little too much and I wrote this post.

If none of this fits your life, you can just be happy for me! But if this sounds like something you could use, go pay Angelo a few bucks for his hard work and get the video from his website.

When Jesus Won’t Do a Miracle

Lutheran pastor, Johannes Brenz (1499–1570), writes in his Commentary on John:

It is not a true faith which is conceived from miracles and wonders or signs. For miracles are merely seals and witnesses. A seal certifies nothing new except what has already been committed to writing. In the same way, witnesses say nothing new, but they bear witness to things which have been heard or seen. Thus, miracles do not confer faith, and they do not take something uncertain and make it certain, but they confirm something that is already certain. They do not make believing persons out of unbelieving persons, but they confirm already believing persons in their faith.

This is why Jesus sometimes reproves people who ask him to do miracles or show them signs.