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Stuff From the Mind of Dr. Barry Kolb

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Man Test (as heard on Car Talk)

Are You a Guy?

Take This Scientific Quiz to Determine Your Guyness Quotient

1. Alien beings from a highly advanced society visit the Earth, and you are the first human they encounter. As a token of intergalactic friendship, they present you with a small but incredibly sophisticated device that is capable of curing all disease, providing an infinite supply of clean energy, wiping out hunger and poverty, and permanently eliminating oppression and violence all over the entire Earth. You decide to:

a. Present it to the president of the United States.
b. Present it to the secretary general of the United Nations.
c. Take it apart.

2. As you grow older, what lost quality of your youthful life do you miss the most?

a. Innocence.
b. Idealism.
c. Cherry bombs.

3. When is it okay to kiss another male?

a. When you wish to display simple and pure affection without regard for narrow-minded social conventions.
b. When he is the pope. (Not on the lips.)
c. When he is your brother and you are Al Pacino and this is the only really sportsmanlike way to let him know that, for business reasons, you have to have him killed.

4. What about hugging another male?

a. If he’s your father and at least one of you has a fatal disease.
b. If you’re performing the Heimlich maneuver. (And even in this case, you should repeatedly shout: “I am just dislodging food trapped in this male’s trachea! I am not in any way aroused!”)
c. If you’re a professional baseball player and a teammate hits a homerun to win the World Series, you may hug him provided that (1) He is legally within the base path, (2) Both of you are wearing protective cups, and (3) You also pound him fraternally with your fist hard enough to cause fractures.

5. In your opinion, the ideal pet is:

a. A cat.
b. A dog.
c. A dog that eats cats.

6. You have been seeing a woman for several years. She’s attractive and intelligent, and you always enjoy being with her. One leisurely Sunday afternoon the two of you are taking it easy–you’re watching a football game; she’s reading the papers–when she suddenly, out of the clear blue sky, tells you that she thinks she really loves you, but she can no longer bear the uncertainty of not knowing where your relationship is going. She says she’s not asking whether you want to get married; only whether you believe that you have some kind of future together. What do you say?

a. That you sincerely believe the two of you do have a future, but you don’t want to rush it.
b. That although you also have strong feelings for her, you cannot honestly say that you’ll be ready anytime soon to make a lasting commitment, and you don’t want to hurt her by holding out false hope.
c. That you cannot believe the Cowboys called a draw play on third and seventeen.

7. Okay, so you have decided that you truly love a woman and you want to spend the rest of your life with her-sharing the joys and the sorrows, the triumphs and the tragedies, and all the adventures and opportunities that the world has to offer, come what may. How do you tell her?

a. You take her to a nice restaurant and tell her after dinner.
b. You take her for a walk on a moonlit beach, and you say her name, and when she turns to you, with the sea breeze blowing her hair and the stars in her eyes, you tell her.
c. Tell her what?

8. One weekday morning your wife wakes up feeling ill and asks you to get your three children ready for school. Your first question to her is:

a. “Do they need to eat or anything?”
b. “They’re in school already?”
c. “There are three of them?”

9. When is it okay to throw away a set of veteran underwear?

a. When it has turned the color of a dead whale and developed new holes so large that you’re not sure which ones were originally intended for your legs.
b. When it is down to eight loosely connected underwear molecules and has to be handled with tweezers.
c. It is never okay to throw away veteran underwear. A real guy checks the garbage regularly in case somebody–and we are not naming names, but this would be his wife–is quietly trying to discard his underwear, which she is frankly jealous of, because the guy seems to have a more intimate relationship with it than with her.

10. What, in your opinion, is the most reasonable explanation for the fact that Moses led the Israelites all over the place for forty years before they finally got to the Promised Land?

a. He was being tested.
b. He wanted them to really appreciate the Promised Land when they finally got there.
c. He refused to ask directions.

11. What is the human race’s single greatest achievement?

a. Democracy.
b. Religion.
c. Remote control.

How to Score: Give yourself one point for every time you picked answer “c.” A real guy would score at least 10 on this test.

Work the Word…and the Word Will Work You

the-work-of-the-word080312The title of this blog comes from my good friend Dr. Harry Wendt of Crossways.  It is something he said long ago that I have shared with many, many people.  And recently, while at Angola Prison in Louisiana, my teaching partner Cheryl Gieseke, gave a spirited sharing of it one evening at worship in Camp D.

I bring this up, because Bible reading, listening, studying, memorizing, meditating and APPLYING the Word has been a part of my life for a long, long time.  Each and everyday I learn something new and rediscover old truths.  The struggle, of course, for sinful man is applying/obeying it!

While I am not casting aspersions on any program that has come out over the years, it does amaze me when they do … mainly because I am surprised no one ever knew it before!  Let me give you a few examples: “Purpose Driven Life”, the “Jabez Promise”, and “The Daniel Plan.”

Like I said, I am not putting down any of these.  But what always surprises me is that suddenly everyone runs around like this is some new teaching, some new revelation, when in reality, had they been reading their Scriptures regularly, and applying them … well … you know!

Thankfully there are people who push people into the Word through these programs and others like them, but it still pains me that it shows a lack of knowledge about the Christ-followers tool kit.

So much for my cranky old man rant!


Current NCAA Top 25

Team W-L Last Week Previous Ranking
1. Florida State 26-5 4-0 1
2. Virginia 27-5 4-1 3
3. Louisiana-Lafayette 30-3 4-0 4
4. Cal Poly 26-5 3-1 5
5. South Carolina 26-5 2-2 2
6. Oregon State 25-6 4-0 6
7. Texas 26-7 4-0 8
8. Houston 25-6 3-1 10
9. Washington 22-6 2-1 14
10. Alabama 22-9 3-1 15
11. Vanderbilt 25-8 2-2 7
12. Kentucky 22-10 3-1 22
13. Louisville 23-8 2-2 11
14. Clemson 20-10 3-1 16
15. Florida 20-12 1-3 13
16. Louisiana State 24-8 4-0 20
17. Mississippi State 20-13 0-3 9
18. Cal State Fullerton 16-11 2-1 18
19. Mississippi 25-8 4-0 23
20. UNLV 22-9 3-1 25
21. Rice 22-12 1-3 12
22. UC Santa Barbara 20-7 1-2 17
23. Indiana 17-10 2-0 24
24. Miami 21-12 4-0 NR
25. Oregon 22-10 3-2 19

Accept Your “Introvertedness”


Introverts don’t always wear a sign on their forehead calling them out and in fact, they themselves may not even be aware of their introverted nature. Having this type of personality isn’t about being shy or socially awkward. In fact, according to Dr. Martin Olsen Laney, psychotherapist and the author of The Introvert Advantage, this is a basic temperament and “it affects everything in your life.”

Even though you may truly enjoy the company of friends and being around others, which may lead you to believe that you are more extroverted, recognizing your individual style can help you regulate your emotions and even assist you in being more productive. Some people get energy from being in the presence of others, while there are those who, over a period of time, are left feeling drained.

Some interesting fun facts about most introverts:

- They tend to be great public speakers but terrible at mingling. They can stand before a crowd of hundreds and speak, either impromptu or rehearsed, quite adeptly but when they have to socialize with that same crowd they can become anxious and even withdrawn.

- They like an easy escape route. When they travel on public transportation or go to the theater, they tend to sit away from others or on the aisle. They don’t like to get boxed in.

- Being with others for a long period of time can ultimately be draining for an introvert and so they need solitary time to recharge. If they don’t get this sort of time they often zone out.

- They tend to have a keen eye for detail. While the extrovert may be able to handle a great deal of stimuli coming at them all at once, the introvert gets overwhelmed. Instead of focusing on the big noisy picture they hone in on the small details and are able to commit them to memory more skillfully than the extrovert.

- A study conducted in Japan in 2006 actually showed that introverts have lower blood pressure than extroverts!

- Most introverts find writing a good way to sort out their thoughts and many famous writers, as well as performers, describe themselves as introverted.

Many of the traits associated with having an introverted personality type are based on an internal process and not on what the outside world sees. So often parents, and later spouses, tell these individuals to work harder in social situations. As kids many of them were labeled as shy and in the long run ended up acting shy as a result. Shyness and introversion are not the same things. These labels and criticisms can leave people feeling badly about themselves and wishing they were more like their extroverted friends. This is unfortunate and need not be the case.

The sooner a person learns to embrace their unique style of interacting and processing information the more self-confident they will be. Recognizing the many advantages to being an introvert, and clarifying what it actually means, can help people feel more empowered in social situations and freer to be themselves. If you identify with some of the above descriptors then learn to honor your need to recharge with some solo downtime so you can be fully present when you are interacting socially. Thankfully, the world is made up of all different types of people, each having something unique to contribute.

This article from: http://www.dailystrength.org/health_blogs/cyndi/article/how-to-accept-that-you-may-be-an-introvert

Back to Prison

RdToCoro-StudentImmediately following worship tomorrow in Mineral Wells, TX, I will be headed to Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA for 4 days of teaching.

Once again my teaching partner Cheryl Gieseke and I will have the opportunity to share God’s Word with 100 men and place a brand new hard-cover study Bible in their hands, not to mention teaching materials from Crossways.

This time we will teach the same class (The Road to Coronation) to 4 different groups of 25 men each.  This Lenten study should be a great one!

Thanks in advance for your prayers for us and the church behind the bars!

Random Thoughts from the Reserved Seats

reservedWatching 31 games over 6 days at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship, I jotted down a few thoughts.

3 point shooting alters the game

Big guys generally have no inside skills

Big guys shoot the 3

Midrange (6-5, 6-6) guys do the heavy work

Most teams have an 8-9 man rotations

Whiner coaches have whiner players and whiner fans

No cheerleaders (exception… Ozarks & Friends)

I still marvel that a man can dribble the length of the floor and no one stops him.

Charging/offensive fouls are toughest calls to make

The game is much faster these days

The mid-range jumper is not as prevalent these days

Scoring is 3-pointers, rebound baskets or dribble drive.

I would love to watch a game with NO coaching or times out

You used to have to have number for a fast break ( 2 on 1 or 3 on 2) … I see 1 on 3 … Even a 1 on 4 !

At my peak I could not play today’s style!

There is do much contact at times the officials don’t know what to call.

Players do not execute pick and roll properly.

Blocking out is a lost art…more like chasing loose balls

When my team has the ball: call the foul ref; when they have the ball: let them play ref.

It seems that every coach uses every time out; leads to over coaching at times.

I think continuation has found its way into college ball.

Whatever happened to “don’t foul the jump shooter …esp the 3-point shooter?”

A big man becomes a small man when he brings the ball down.

Why do big men in the lane need to dribble?

Thus far have seen 3 laptops and one woman nailed with errant passed (to her credit she caught the ball and threw it back)

Sneaky way to ice FT is to ask for video review of time clock…currently debating 11.1 and 12.3

Bounce passes on the interior!

Does every player these days have those big headphones ( they all look like DJs or pilots

I wonder how many coaches have anger issues?

One coach and 3-4 assistants…wonder what each does?

What part of reserved seating do general admission people not understand?

Do they still coach cutting off the baseline?

Not much help side defense…Bob Knight where are you?

The William Penn mascot scares me

They should sell a lot of cheese with all the whine

As good as the officiating is, it appears from reactions that some teams are not used to a game under control!

16 Games in 2 Days … Heaven!

NAIA_NClogo_BasketballMDIIMarch 12/13 are great days for me as I head back to the NAIA Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament!  I particularly enjoy the first 2 days when you get 16 games and see all 32 teams play in this single-elimination tournament.

First Round – Day One
March 12 | Keeter Gymnasium | Point Lookout, Mo.

Game 1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (24-7) vs. No. 10 Midland (Neb.) (26-5), 8:30 a.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 2 No. 7 Saint Xavier (Ill.) (29-4) vs. Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) (19-13), 10:15 a.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 3 No. 1 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (29-4) vs. Northern New Mexcio (16-15), Noon
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 4 No. 9 Davenport (Mich.) (27-6) vs. Ashford (Iowa) (23-9), 1:45 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 5 No. 16 Huntington (Ind.) (24-7) vs. Southeastern (Fla.) (24-6), 4 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 6 No. 15 Cal Maritime (27-5) vs. Bethel (Ind.) (26-7), 5:45 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 7 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (21-10) vs. No. 2 College of Idaho (28-5), 8 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 8 Concordia (Ore.) (22-9) vs. No. 8 Bellevue (Neb.) (28-5), 9:45 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap

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First Round – Day Two
March 13 | Keeter Gymnasium | Point Lookout, Mo.

Game 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan (24-9) vs. No. 12 Morningside (Iowa), (25-8), 8:30 a.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 2 No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan (26-6) vs. Reinhardt (Ga.) (17-13), 10:15 a.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 3 Northwest Christian (Ore.) (18-12) vs. No. 4 Cornerstone (Mich.) (29-4), Noon
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 4 No. 13 Northwood (Fla.) (26-6) vs. Friends (Kan.) (25-6), 1:45 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 5 Robert Morris (Ill.) (23-9) vs. No. 14 Saint Francis (Ind.) (21-10), 4 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 6 No. 3 IU Southeast (25-4) vs. Tabor (Kan.) (20-12), 5:45 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 7 No. 11 St. Thomas (Fla.) (25-6) vs. Union (Ky.) (28-4), 7:30 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap
Game 8 William Penn (Iowa) (22-9) vs. No. 6 Dordt (Iowa) (28-5), 9:15 p.m.
• Live Video • Live Stats • Box Score • Recap

NCAA Baseball Top 30


1 Virginia 6-1 4
2 Florida State 6-0 3
3 LSU 7-0 5
4 Vanderbilt 7-0 6
5 Oregon 7-0 8
6 South Carolina 7-0 9
7 Oregon State 5-2 1
8 NC State 6-1 12
9 Cal State Fullerton 4-3 2
10 Rice 6-2 11
11 Clemson 5-1 15
12 Louisville 5-2 13
13 UCLA 4-3 10
14 Oklahoma State 8-1 18
15 Mississippi State 4-4 7
16 TCU 6-1 23
17 Cal Poly 6-1 22
18 Texas A&M 6-1 21
19 Miami (Fla.) 4-3 17
20 Louisiana-Lafayette 7-1 24
21 North Carolina 3-3 14
22 Arkansas 6-0 25
23 Florida 5-3 20
24 Mississippi 6-1 26
25 Indiana 2-5 16
26 Texas Tech 6-1 28
27 Texas 5-3 NR
28 Alabama 4-2 27
29 Arizona State 3-4 19
30 Kentucky 5-2 30

Have You Thought About This Lately?



John 1:12                    I am God’s child.

John 15:15                  I am Christ’s friend.

Romans 5:1                 I have been justified.

1 Corinthians 6:17       I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:27     I am a member of Christ’s body.

Ephesians 1:3-8           I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.

Ephesians 2:18            I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 1:13-14       I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.

Colossians 2:9-10         I am complete in Christ.


Romans 8:1-2              I am free from condemnation.

Romans 8:28               I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.

Romans 8:31-34          I am free from any condemning charges against me.

Romans 8:35-39          I cannot be separated from the love of God.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22  I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.

Philippians 1:6             I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.

Philippians 3:20           I am a citizen of heaven.

2 Timothy 1:7              I have been given a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.

Hebrews 4:14-16         I can find grace and mercy in time of need.

1 John 5:18                 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.


Matthew 5:13-14         I am the salt of the earth.

John 15:5                    I am a branch of Jesus Christ, and a channel of His life.

John 15:16                  I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

Acts 1:8                      I am a personal witness of Christ’s.

1 Corinthians 3:9         I am God’s coworker.

1 Corinthians 3:16       I am God’s temple.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21  I am a minister of reconciliation for God.

Ephesians 2:6              I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.

Ephesians 2:10            I am God’s workmanship.

Ephesians 3:12            I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Philippians 4:13           I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Who I Am in Christ

(Adapted rom Neil Anderson, Living Free in Christ)