Wednesday, November 06, 2013

First 2 cigar box guitar builds

Sorry about the bad lighting in the picture.. these are the first two cigar box guitars that I have made. The first one was made from just junk that I found laying around or salvaged and I call it the "plinker" which is made from an old cookie tin, it has match stick frets and have made several improvements on it since I first built it. It is still one of my favorates to play.. the second one is made from a cohiba cigar box.. I have nicnamed it the "ghost" simply because it has a very haunting sound. I ported it to also be an electric but removed the electronics temporaraly to fix a rattle and the fact that from carving out a little of the wooden through neck it made it weak enough to bend. I have fixed this problem but still need to fix the head so the tuners fit more snugly. I love playin on the ghost as well... I have already composed a bit of music on it and will continue as time goes by. It may also be ready and up for sale in the next few weeks to make room for more builds..


Tuesday, November 05, 2013

YIC: D 30 of 30 Pray Without Ceasing

If you have a cell phone, then you have probably had a dropped call before. You're in the middle of a conversation and you're carrying on about your day, only to find out that no one is on the other end, listening. You start repeating the question, "Can you hear me now?" trying to get the conversation back.

Thankfully, God never drops your prayers. God cares about you deeply. He will always have the time to listen to what you have to say - even if it's something silly or small. If you're in Christ, then God hears you. Always.

This explains why the Bible tells us to pray "without ceasing". That is, to pray anytime, about anything, anywhere. In Christ, God is your Father, and you should talk to Him regularly, not because you have to, but because you get to.

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17

How are we to pray?

What does it mean to pray without ceasing? What does it not mean?


Thank God that you are able to pray anytime, anywhere, and about anything.

This devotion is excerpted from the Who Do You Think You Are? Study Guides with Daily Devotions resource by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church. Get more devotionals and resources at

I Thessalonians 5:16-19 NKJV

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19 Do not quench the Spirit.

Monday, November 04, 2013

YIC: D 29 OF 30 The Power At Work Within Us

Do you believe deep down in your gut that God can do more than you ask or imagine? What do your prayers reveal about your trust in God? Do you pray as big as your Father?

Not only is our all-powerful, crazy-generous God at work, He is "at work within us." And God's power working in us gives us hope.

In Ephesians, Paul modeled prayer that expects God to continue working in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. In light of God's power at work in us, we should pray expecting to be heard, if we pray within God's Will.

Read Ephesians 3:20-21

What is God able to do?

How is God able to accomplish this?

What do your prayers reveal that God is able to do?


Ask God to enlarge your vision of Him and show you that He is able to do far more than you could ever think or imagine.

Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

YIC: D 28 of 30 Do You Really Believe Jesus Loves You?

Jesus loves you. How do you feel when you read that? Do you doubt it because you're suffering? Do you disbelieve it because there's great sin in your life? Do you dismiss it because you're so busy with life that you don't have time to think about it?

If so, then remember the prayer Paul prayed for the church, saying:

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

In praying this prayer, Paul didn't doubt that God loves His people, but He did doubt that they truly knew it, really believed it, and were experiencing it. Many Christians today know God loves them, but they know it like someone who takes a driver's education class but never drives a car.

Paul wanted the love of God, like a plant rooted deeply in nourishment and able to flourish, to be a deep root in people's souls. He wanted the church to know that God's love is wide enough to welcome anyone, long enough to stretch from the beginning to the end of time, deep enough to reach down to the worst of sinners, and high enough to transport us to God's heavenly kingdom.

Read Ephesians 3:17-19

Why did Paul pray for the church to be rooted and grounded in love?

Why would Paul want to pray such a prayer for Christians?


Pray Ephesians 3:17-19 forans 3:17-19

Ephesians 3:17-19 NKJV

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.