Friday, September 01, 2006

Friday is for Photos, September 1, 2006

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Mount Ranier, southeast of Seattle, Washington, rises 14,411 feet above sea level, which is only 14,407 feet more than the street on which I live. Yesterday, Donna and I enjoyed a drive up to the national park at the foot of the mountain with friends Bill Webster and Mike O'Fallon. The scenes were beautiful. This picture was taken around 6 PM looking at its eastern face.


Andrew said...

thats a beautiful shot. :-)

Becca said...

wow.... gorgeous!! Yall climbed that?!?!?!??! lol
miss you!!

Sallymag said...

Wow! That's great pic! Did you take it or did Mom? Miss ya'll!

Tom said...


Well, not the *whole* thing. It got dark. :-)


I think I took that one

Ben Keller said...

That's in my neck of the woods, Dr. Ascol! I live about 100 miles north of Rainier, but it is a clearly visible landmark even from this distance. I've been to lots of states, but the northwest - when it's sunny - rivals the beauty of anywhere on earth. Hope you enjoyed it!

scripturesearcher said...

When the bishop from Beaumont gets OLD he is assured a part-time job with National Geographic.....

You can then preach for FREE and take lots of beautiful pictures like this one.

Ray said...

wow... that's amazing!!!! too bad we don't have sights like that down here in FL :P lol
Love you and mom muchly!! Glad to see yall are having a good time up there!! :-)

SavedandSure said...

Methinks three of your children are
proud you and Mom are having a good time....

do they need to send their parents some $$$$$$ to buy them something
on the trip???

Tom said...


Maybe I should give you the email addresses of my children so you can send your suggestion directly to them! :-)

Tom said...


We are greatly enjoying the scenery and the weather. The cool evenings and nights remind us of winter back home!

Byroniac said...

Dr. Ascol:

Having moved from Southeast Texas myself to Tyler, I'm still getting used to the idea of land that isn't flat. It is difficult to think 3D when you've been used to 2D all your life (kind of like, "What's the big deal with the Flat Earth Society? I see it all the time!"). LOL. Then I see an absolutely stunning picture like that and think, wow is 3D cool or what?!

Great pic!

Ryan S. said...

Where have all the Founder's Baptists gone?

I would like to know since I am a Congregational Christian moving to the deep south.

Uncialman said...

Beautiful picture Tom!

Truth be told, we didn't climb *all* the way up because I honestly thought the Lord was going to call me home to glory when we reached about 11,000 ft! The Ascols were intrepid climbers ready to scale the icy heights but their little round friend (me) felt like Samwise to Tom's Frodo!

What you can't see in the picture is that we were in the presence of beautiful deer as he took that photo. It has been a beautiful trip thus far - and Tom's message this morning "The Glory of God in Creation" was absolutely wonderful.

Mike Perrigoue said...

Yep...that's the mountain that peeks it's head out on sunny days on my way to work in the morning. Sure makes it hard to go inside my office building in downtown Seattle for 8 hours at a time!

Hi Tom...I briefly met you at the Founder's book table at the Shepherds Conference this past March. My pastor, Bruce Ray, spoke about meeting you this past Saturday (Friday?). Anyway, Steve Camp's Muslin innmate jail story made it into his sermon. My wife and I snickered to each other when we heard that someone wanted Steve to "tone it down".

Have a great week!!!

Larry Brown said...

Great photo! I was fortunate to spend a week in this part of God's creation a couple of years ago. I can testify first hand to the breathtaking beauty of this mountain. I also have some beautiful shots of the Mt. Saint Helen's area which is nearby. It burned from within taking with it the nearby countryside and God built it back! What a creator.

irreverend fox said...


James White has reported that Jerry Falwell has refered to the two of you as "hyper calvinists" in a recent promotion of the debate.

Is this true and do you have a response?


Today is Wednesday where I live...Friday is almost here again!

How about a picture of your children who stay home and "slave" while you and your bride sail the seas and climb the mountains????

Mike said...

Johnny Hunt has preached a marvelous message Sunday night, September 10 from Acts 18. He clearly states the Bible teaches and Pastor Hunt concurs with election and foreknowledge of God. But that is not all he believe--Praise God! He also believes in human responsibility. I strongly suggest you go the church's website and listen to the entire message. Thanks and God bless.

Bill0615 said...


Thanks for the notice regarding Johnny Hunt's Sunday evening sermon. While I have not yet been able to access the video of the message itself, I did take a look at the Sermon Notes and found the following lines very encouraging:


“for I have many people in this city”

Warren Wiersbe:
“Implies the doctrine of divine election, for “the Lord knows those who are His.”

2 Timothy 2:19, “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal:
‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.’"

God’s church is made up of a people who were “chosen in Him (Christ) before the
foundation of the world.” (Note: Eph. 1:4; Acts 13:48)

Note that divine sovereignty in election is not a deterrent to human responsibility in
evangelism. Quite the opposite is true. Divine election is one of the greatest encouragements to the preaching of the Gospel. Because Paul knew that God already had people set apart for salvation, he stayed where he was and preached the Gospel with faith and courage. Paul’s responsibility was to obey the great commission; God’s responsibility was to save sinners. If salvation depends on sinful man, then all our efforts are futile; but if “salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9), then we can expect Him to bless His Word and save souls.”

John Stott
“Scripture nowhere dispels the mystery of election and we should beware of any who try to systematize it too precisely or rigidly. It is not likely that we shall discover a simple solution to a problem which has baffled the best brains of Christendom for centuries.”

John MacArthur
“The truth of election expressed here balances the truth of human responsibility in v.6. As always, Scripture presents these two inscrutable truths without attempting to harmonize them. Both are true, and there is no real contradiction between them.
Here it is clear that some people belong to the Lord who are not yet saved, and they will not be saved without the preaching of the gospel.” (Romans 10:13-15)

John 17:20, "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word”

Warren Wiersbe
Paul did not spend his time speculating about divine sovereignty and human
responsibility the way some ivory-tower Christians do today. He got busy and tried to win souls to Christ. You and I do not know who God’s elect are, so we take the
gospel to every creature and let God do the rest.

2 Peter 1:10, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble”

What you need is salvation for yourself, not speculation about others. Be sure you are saved yourself; then we can talk about these wonderful truths.

This is cause for rejoicing, brethren, and we should give thanks to God and express appreciation to Johnny Hunt for these comments.

Bill Ascol
Bethel Baptist Church
Owasso, OK

Scott said...


A member from FBCW told me this morning that Johnny blasted " HyperCalvinists". Johnny does not know the difference between traditional Calvinist and Hyper. Just follow his messages and one will clearly see that. This member from FBCW said he has been making negative comments the last few weeks again however we need to pray that Johnny will see the truth on some major doctrines. He also blasted Calvinist bloggers in his sermons. He has forgotten that when he publicly blasts the truth then people will respond back with truth ! We do need to pray for the man as i hope he is praying for us.
Johnny believes that the "Many" that are in the city are ones that God saw who would choose Him and then God elects based on that. I forgot that Friday is for Photos so I better get back on the current blog track!

Mike Pitzler said...

Yeah. The photo. That's my mountain. I've looked at it for a long time. There's a saying around here that when you can see Mt Rainier, it's gonna rain, and when you can't see it, it's raining. (har,har!).

Did you all climb to Camp Muir?