07/15/12 4:26PM

My intentions for coming to Pleonast were primarily to test my memory skills. Surprisingly I remembered my password. My reward? A post....?

Life is great! God is doing great things-always! Let's make this posts useful - tell me how God has done something big for/through you! While encouragement comes through reading, prayer, and song, i'm finding that the simple task of "testimony" is the best way to see God's actions presently. I'm reminded of the countless passages in the NT that are simply about brothers and sisters expressing what God was doing in their lives, or how God was using them to reach others... so good! God's currently opening my eyes to see how I can better encourage elderly folk- a humbling and eye opening experience so far!

John 10:10!
  • sirtarin
    After having a few years without anyone very near my age at church, He has been bringing more and more young people to our area, most of whom are very active and encouraging from the start. And, Lord willing, more will be moving here in about a month. Our congregation is now made up of around half people in their 20's. =)
    by sirtarin at 07/16/12 3:33PM
  • heidiw
    What a joy to see your name lit up this morning! :) Glad you felt compelled to post. What has God been doing in my life? Whoa. Well, I've been working more on building a better prayer life lately, and specifically I've been trying harder to pray for others as a way to serve them...even if I don't live near them. It's been amazing to see how God has been working in their lives to bring certain things about and also to feel myself growing closer to the Lord because I've been trying harder to communicate WITH Him. I've been astounded by what God has done through that effort.
    I'm not sure that this is necessarily a "big" thing, but it's a thing that has impacted me: God has allowed me to more fully realize how far my influence can reach. Just this past week at camp I had several "ah-ha" moments when completely out of the blue two people came up to me and told me what a positive influence I had been on them. I was shocked because they didn't really have to say anything at all, but still chose to. It was a sobering realization to come to: people actually listen when I talk and I should absolutely take that responsibility more seriously.

    Thanks for asking this question! It's a good one!
    by heidiw at 07/19/12 1:01PM
  • kendrad
    We've had a great 7 month(?) run with your brother Mason being here. He and Emily seem zealous to help out where they can and learn new things. In fact, Emily and I (and Mason, although he is quite a bit ahead of us) started Noah's Rosetta Stone Spanish this morning in hopes of being better equipped to speak with some of the Christians here. I realize it's central IL, but of the 15-20 baptized in the last 2-ish years, 5 of them speak Spanish fluently (2-3 of them only Spanish).

    I am amazed in the 7 years we've been here the amount of growth I've seen in the congregation. There have been quite a few new converts and a few restored, but the personal growth in the existing believers makes me never want to leave. This is the closest to the ideal that I have ever seen a church operate. Please know that I am most certainly tooting GOD's horn and not my own.
    by kendrad at 07/25/12 2:48PM

11/02/09 8:48PM

Wow...i forgot about this place! (not really but oh well)

Hola - to anyone who actually comes to visit here!

God be with you.

Currently reading Acts 17...

  • heidiw
    Well, hello yourself!! Good to see that you're still alive and kicking!! :)
    by heidiw at 11/02/09 8:55PM
  • emer
    Acts class...what else?
    And I never noticed this before, but characteristically you have a pen behind your ear in your profile picture. :)
    by emer at 11/02/09 10:57PM
  • eladea
    Hey! You wanna come to Phone-a-thon on at 8:20? I know you do. You obviously have the time because you are getting on pleo. I'll just go ahead and put your name down, okay? :)
    by eladea at 11/03/09 12:04AM
  • butterfly
    by butterfly at 11/03/09 5:15AM
  • eladea
    If you're not going to come, at least do me the courtesy of not lying to me.
    by eladea at 11/03/09 11:55PM
  • butterfly
    thanks! i love taking pictures of God's creations
    by butterfly at 11/04/09 5:21AM
  • noby_wan
    Acts is good.
    by noby_wan at 11/04/09 8:46PM
  • sirtarin
    Greetings! =)
    by sirtarin at 11/16/09 1:48PM
  • sirtorin
    'Ello! =)
    by sirtorin at 12/06/09 10:57PM
  • pizzaguy
    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's your pizza!
    by pizzaguy at 01/18/10 11:39PM
  • pizzaguy
    That's so funny! I never thought I would actually meet Tony, nonetheless go to school with him.
    by pizzaguy at 03/17/10 3:13PM

Defend the Conscience Clause!

Pray earnestly and sincerely for this nation and the leader that has been given some control of it; he has foolish ideas. How could a man that professes to believe in God be so disobedient (i understand we all have failures that were trying to conquer, but keep these following things in mind please). Romans 1 has been violated in many ways, but especially today around 12 pm.

"The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejected a state law Friday that banned same-sex marriage, and opponents wasted little time in pushing for a state constitutional amendment that could send the issue to voters."

"Good morning, my name is Kate Varnum, and I'd like to introduce you to my fiance, Trish Varnum. I never thought I'd be able to say that.".... As if that makes a difference in their "relationship."

Defend the Conscience Clause!

On April 9th Mr. Barak Obama is attempting to move one more step farther from God. Pray that his intentions are over looked, and that all Christians will stand for truth through these trying times. He's trying to pass a law that states that every Doctor has to perform an abortion no matter what their belief is.

Proverbs 6:16 "there are six things the Lord Hates, yes seven are an abomination to him: Haughty eyes, a lying toungue, And HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD."
Firstly pray that the law will not be passed and secondly that the current Doctors WILL NOT participate and be willing to give up their jobs than to support such a ridiculous law (Exodus 1:15-22, the Hebrew Midwives we able to defy the kings command, American doctors can do the same thing, and if not they are foolish and selfish).

ALthough these may be minor issues to some, these events could foreshadow worse things that could become lawful.

Be willing to stand through all of it...

Philippians 1:29-30 "For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake,not only to believe in Him but to also suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me."

Anyone that supported or supports this man should probably be ashamed...

(If you would like to attempt to make some form of a stand go to ACLJ.org.)

Fear God and keep HIS commandments(Ecclesiates 12:13-14)

Anthony Venuso
  • obi_wan_kenobi
    We really need to pray for our nation right now. Thanks for the reminder, and good thoughts.
    by obi_wan_kenobi at 04/04/09 9:05AM
  • pianobub
    "We'll die together"... Those are comforting words :-P
    by pianobub at 04/04/09 1:32PM
  • jusplayin
    I totally agree, I have no idea. 4-5 years ago in Iowa that would be the last thing I expected. However, I really feel like Iowa is changing a lot. It used to be really conservative & such, but it seems like the young people are all extremely liberal and its filtrating into the government.
    by jusplayin at 04/05/09 12:19PM
  • palindrome90
    So, so sad.
    by palindrome90 at 04/07/09 12:51PM
  • obi_wan_kenobi
    Thanks, anThONY!
    by obi_wan_kenobi at 04/15/09 9:22PM
  • palindrome90
    by palindrome90 at 04/15/09 9:23PM
  • rioriver
    It makes me sick to see these people on TV, so happy that their relationships are "legal". What makes them think we're all happy for them, I wonder?
    by rioriver at 04/16/09 2:42PM
  • britishhitchhiker
    Hey this is Noah Garrison i'm not sure that you know me but you might know my brother Ethan Garrison.
    by britishhitchhiker at 04/16/09 6:15PM
  • sirtarin
    Good thoughts, even if they're depressing. Thank you for sharing them.
    by sirtarin at 04/17/09 7:53PM
  • palindrome90
    Happy Birthday!! :)
    by palindrome90 at 04/28/09 2:40PM
  • jenuso
    Happy birthday!
    by jenuso at 04/28/09 2:51PM
  • sirtarin
    Happy Birthday! =)
    by sirtarin at 04/28/09 3:33PM
  • butterfly
    Happy Birthday!!
    by butterfly at 04/28/09 4:34PM
  • mommarn
    Happy Birthday!
    by mommarn at 04/28/09 6:49PM
  • ladymustang_08
    Happy Birthday! =)
    by ladymustang_08 at 04/28/09 7:47PM
  • mtnestr
    Happy birthday to you!!
    by mtnestr at 04/28/09 8:46PM
  • mercedesbills
    by mercedesbills at 04/28/09 9:00PM
  • jaybird
    Happy Birthday!
    by jaybird at 04/28/09 11:06PM
  • moe
    happy birthday bro
    by moe at 04/30/09 9:12AM
  • abbey
    Happy birthday! :) Ya know whats funny, Josh's birthday was on the 27th. :)
    by abbey at 04/30/09 10:57AM

03/31/09 5:58PM

I've been enlightened by Guy N. Woods, thanks to him i have a whole knew understanding of what Psalm 119:160a and how it applies to scriptures... "The sum of your word is truth." Simply put he said... Just as Romans 5:12 + Psalm 51:5 = Original Sin, so does 1 Timothy 5:16 + James 1:27 = Orphanages and Institutionalism... (sigh...)
Although his concept does hold truth (the plan of salvation), the fact that he took passages out of context to come to that conclusion of a sponsoring church was wrong.

Before doing addition with scripture always consider the context of the passage.

Sorry, random thought of the day. :)

03/26/09 9:50PM

It's been a long time since i posted... Obvious Observation.

As Hannah has posted, yesterday was our one year Anniversary of being engaged. It's been a joy. And although many people may think we're naive, immature or maybe crazy for being engaged for two years until marriage, i believe it's been a blessing, and now it's only one year until we do get married. :)

Even though we've been separated from each other all throughout our relationship i feel extremely close to her, our communication skills, trust and patience have been tested and will be continually. We've learned to understand each other just by the sounds of a voice.

Thanks to God and my parents especially i have been able to have more understanding of what a servant is and what faith in God really means. Being able to understand that God will provide in some way (Psalm 34, Matthew 6, Luke 12) through situations in life is comforting.

"The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him" (ps 34:7).

School is going wonderfully, i've been blessed in countless ways this semester.

Mr. Peelers classes have been very encouraging. I'm thankful that i have him as a teacher, he's a great example to his students.

Up coming events Lord willing.

April 30 - May 2, Emerson Brown, Isaac Munoz, Allen Collins, Philip Hamilton and I will hike a portion of the Appalachian Mountains.

May 3 - I'll see Hannah for one day before heading Back Home:)

May 4 - I'll be back home and starting work again with Morgan and with the landscaping company.

May 23 - I'll see Hannah Again

August 22? - Starts my Senior year of College.

October 13th - I'll be an uncle:)

JUNE 4 2010 .... I'll Be married... :)

God Bless you all.

Study and Praise God Continually

As David wrote in Psalm 34:1
"I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth."

Anthony Venuso.
  • heidiw
    you posted!! How happy. I am so glad that God is blessing you with so many things!! Thanks for the encouragement that you are to me and so many others! :)
    by heidiw at 03/26/09 9:59PM
  • obi_wan_kenobi
    A post! :)

    I'm glad you and Hannah are have been blessed!
    by obi_wan_kenobi at 03/27/09 7:52AM
  • palindrome90
    I love you, and I'm so glad you're enjoying your classes there. Have you shaved yet? *sigh*
    by palindrome90 at 03/27/09 8:41AM
  • palindrome90
    I like the last date in your list ;)
    by palindrome90 at 03/27/09 8:42AM
  • jenuso
    And October 13th... you'll have a neice or nephew! ;-)
    by jenuso at 03/27/09 10:03AM
  • sjbgurl
    I like Mr. Peeler a lot too and have really enjoyed his classes! It's also been great getting to know you this year!
    by sjbgurl at 03/27/09 4:04PM
  • snoopy
    June 4th? That's only a day before my birthday!
    by snoopy at 03/27/09 5:40PM
  • missynopet
    I love Mr. Peeler!! We worship w/his wife's side of the family!!
    by missynopet at 03/27/09 6:45PM
  • jenuso
    Haha thanks! ;-)
    by jenuso at 03/27/09 8:20PM
  • emer
    You are a great encouragement to me, brother, by the example you set with your relationship with Hannah (even though I have never met her). I hope and pray that you both will continue to find fulfillment, grow in our Lord, and use your relationship to bring honor to His Name always. Can't wait till we can conquer the rugged mountains for a few days.
    by emer at 03/28/09 2:17PM
  • noby_wan
    hiking sounds fun. better hope Allen doesn't faint or anything, cuz I wouldn't want to have to carry him. :)
    by noby_wan at 03/29/09 2:21PM
  • southernpoet87
    I think you guys are smart for waiting to get married. :) It gives ya'll time to plan and to get all or most of your schooling out of the way as well. :)
    by southernpoet87 at 03/30/09 5:50PM
  • dominic
    I don't think I followed that. *Scratches head* I do think his name is funny, though!
    by dominic at 03/31/09 6:03PM
  • heidiw
    Good point.
    by heidiw at 03/31/09 9:32PM
  • pianobub
    I scoff at context.
    by pianobub at 03/31/09 11:29PM
  • southernpoet87
    Nice. =D
    by southernpoet87 at 04/01/09 12:02AM