Monthly Archives: April 2015

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Mark Olson in action — Our daughter, Caroline Spingath of Denver, CO, shot this picture of our son Mark (left) online during the 2015 World Barista Championship competition in Seattle WA earlier this month. Mark was Japan’s Barista Champion, Yoshikazu (center) IWASE‘s interpreter-translator. IWASE placed 7th out of 59 worldwide competitors.

Mark is also a barista here in Japan working for the MANU Coffee in Fukuoka City where he manages MANU’s Yanagi Bashi Ichiba (Yanagi Bridge Market) coffee shop. 

For an interesting video-article that might interest coffee drinkers—Do you think A ROBOT CAN BREW THE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE? I don’t think so because baristas have a heart. Robots do not.

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Inspiration comes to us in many ways — poetry, music, writing, scenery, pictures, movies, food and people. Yes, people can inspire us.

Believe it, or not, your first inspiration came to you from Almighty God. Looking at the history of mankind as recorded in the Word of God, we see that the three persons of the Godhead (God the Father, God the Word and God the Holy Spirit) said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26. They then “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became of living soul.” Genesis 2:7.

The English etymology of the word “inspiration” is fascinating and goes right along with the history of mankind recorded in the Book of Genesis.

inspiration (n.)  c.1300, “immediate influence of God,” especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion “inhaling, breathing in; inspiration,” from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative inspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inspirare “inspire, inflame, blow into,” from in- “in” (see in- (2)) + spirare “to breathe” (see spirit). Literal sense “act of inhaling” attested in English from 1560s. Meaning “one who inspires others” is attested by 1867.

God inspired you and me by “blowing into” us His very own breath, His very own heart the moment we came out of our mother’s womb. From the day each of us was born we have carried thoughts of eternity with us, to remind us from where that first breath came. In that first breath God also planted within us a purpose for the life we now live. Yes, there IS a purpose for your life!

The Amplified Bible words it this way — “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11.

Be inspired today! The very breath you breathe today is from God, Creator of the heaven and the earth, Creator of your very being inside your mother’s womb. Yes, God inspired you because He has a purpose and plan for you.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13.