Sunday, September 30, 2007

Happy Birthday, Roxy!

Roxy and I have been married for 34 years and today is her 56th birthday. Here are some of my favorite Roxy pictures:

Bill and Roxy at 21.

Bill and Roxy at the Spoken Word Church Hallelujah Night celebration.

Bill and Roxy in Maui.

Roxy at our first house in Ladysmith.
Roxy at Mackinac Island.

Roxy in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.

I know who I am.
I am a believer.

I know where I came from.
I came from heaven.

I know why I'm here.
To be a bright light in and to the world.

I know where I'm going.
I'm going back home to Heaven!


Saturday, September 29, 2007

Nick, who turned 22 on Thursday, as a member of Ladysmith's 2004 Regional Champion golf team.

Two State Champions, Coach Larson and Junior guard, Nick Novak.

Three Juniors on Ladysmith's State Championship basketball team, Riley, Nick and Shane.

Nick showing his strength by carrying his sister, Kristine.


The New York Yankees play on Wednesday as Major League Baseball playoffs start this week.

The Detoit Red Wings begin their National Hockey League regular season with a game on Wednesday.

The Minnesota Vikings' National Football League season gains momentum heading into October.

Enjoy the games!


Friday, September 28, 2007

Classmates and friends from Ely, Minnesota.

Celia Domich and Nancy Takavitz, my favorite girls from 6th grade.

Celia Hutar, my favorite girl in 7th grade.

Rainelle Rikhus, my first major crush in 8th and 9th grade!

Ely Pep Club in "ye grande old E" formation
Joel Adamic, played golf and hockey. A lifelong friend from 6th grade through the present time.
John Priyatel, a basketball teammate from high school and still a very close friend.
Doug Luthanen, Vince Hren, Paul Starkovich, John Priyatel, Bill Novak
February 28, 1967 - Ely 60 Aurora 59 (ranked 2nd in the entire state of Minnesota) Huge upset!!!
District 27 Basketball Tournament at the Eveleth Hippodrome.


This weekend we will be celebrating Roxy and Nick's birthdays. We are looking forward to the Minnesota Vikings/Green Bay Packers football game on Sunday.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bill with his three sisters and their puppy, Princess.

Do You Know Your Bible.
Answers to previous quiz.

1. Abraham (Gen. 22:1, 2, 6-9)
2. Paul (Acts 17:16, 23)
3. Gideon (Judg. 6:27-32)
4. Ahaz (2 Kings 16:10)
5. Joshua (Josh. 8:30-32)
6. Uzziah (2 Chron. 26:16-21)
7. Joab (1 Kings 2:5, 29-343)
8. Jeroboam (1 Kings 13:1-4)
9. Isaac (Gen. 26:23-25)
10. Josiah (2 Kings 23:16)

New Quiz: Angel Encounters
In the top list are ten Bible folk who encountered angels. In the bottom list are the places where they met them. See if you can match them.

1. Gideon
2. Peter
3. Abraham
4. Shepherds
5. Ornan
6. Hagar
7. Elijah
8. Cornelius
9. Lot
10. Mary

A. House
B. City gate
C. Oak tree
D. Sepulchre
E. Juniper tree
F. Threshing floor
G. Field
H. Prison
I. Wilderness spring
J. Tent door

Answers and a new quiz will be posted next Thursday!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bill, the VFW baseball player, at 13, with Margie, Maryann and Nancy.


Revival is going on around the world. Unbelievers are being born again. Believers are more excited about Jesus than ever before. Families are being restored. People are being healed, delivered and set free.

In the USA signs of revival are beginning to show up. Where do you see the USA in this signs of revival list?

1. Increase in sin.
2. Increase in prayer.
3. Increase in holiness.
4. Increase in evangelism.
5. Increase in persecution.
6. Holy Spirit revival.

I personally see the USA entering step #5, and ready to burst into #6. Amen!

Talk with you again tomorrow,


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bill at 12 in the 6th grade. The first and last year of Little League. Played for the IGA Cardinals. Won the championship with a 16 - 2 record. Miss Bjorkman's homeroom. Celia and Nancy were my two favorite girls.


Roxy, Kristine, Nick and I are looking forward with much anticipation to the upcoming Vikings - Packers football game on Sunday. Roxy and Nick will be celebrating their birthdays this week. Nick's birthday is on September 27 and he will be 22 years old. Roxy, who has been married to Bill for 34 years, will be 56 on September 30. We are all believing we will cap off a week of birthday celebrations with a Vikings victory.

Go Vikings!


Monday, September 24, 2007

Bill at 10 with his dad, Frank, in Ely, Minnesota, getting ready for the 1961 Minnesota/Michigan Little Brown Jug game. Minnesota won 23-20. My second Gopher game in person.


New York Yankees (Baseball)
Mickey Mantle
Yogi Berra
Derek Jeter
Mariano Rivera

Milwaukee Braves (Baseball)
Hank Aaron
Eddie Matthews
Warren Spahn
Lew Burdette

Minnesota Twins (Baseball)
Harmon Killebrew
Tony Oliva
Rod Carew
Kirby Puckett

Baltimore Colts (Football)
Johnny Unitas
Raymond Berry
Lenny Moore
Gino Marchetti

Minnesota Vikings (Football)
Fran Tarkenton
Chuck Foreman
Carl Eller
Randy Moss

Boston Celtics (Basketball)
Bill Russell
Bob Cousy
John Havlichek
Larry Bird

Detroit Red Wings (Hockey)
Sergei Fedorov
Chris Chelios
Nicklas Lidstrom
Pavel Datsyuk

Minnesota Golden Gophers (Football)
Sandy Stephens
Tom Brown
Bobby Bell
Julian Hook

Have a good work week!


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Bill at 9 with Nancy and Margie, two of his favorite fans.


Had a wonderful service this morning. We are teaching on "Jesus Today". "What has Jesus been doing since He rose from the dead"? "The present day ministry of Jesus". To the unbeliever Jesus is the Mediator. To the believer, we learned today, Jesus is their Advocate. It is always a great way to start the week, in the local church with people who love each other.

Have a great week!


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bill growing up as a Roman Catholic and celebrating first communion at 9 years old.


Outside of the United States of America the world is experiencing revival. Unbelievers are receiving Jesus as their Lord and personal Savior. Believers are being filled with the Holy Spirit. People are being healed, set free and delivered.

In the United States revival has been slower in coming. Other nations are openly thanking the believers of the United States of America for sending the Gospel to them. They are praying for America, that the good, godly seeds that have been planted in their country will produce a huge harvest of revival in the United States. The best days for the church in America are almost here. Are you ready? Our greatest day is ahead. Thank You, Jesus!

See you in church Sunday,


Friday, September 21, 2007

Bill at 8 in Ely, Minnesota


We have a great sports weekend starting tonight. The New York Yankees begin a 4 game series at the Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees go into this last series at home only 1 game out of first place in the East.

The Minnesota Vikings take a 1 and 1 record to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs on Sunday.

The Detroit Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in another preseason game leading to the home opener at the Joe Louis Arena on October 3.

The Minnesota Gophers open their Big 10 season when they host Purdue on Saturday night.

A very good sports movie just out on DVD: "We Are Marshall". I highly recommend it!

Have a great weekend,


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bill at 7 with Nancy and Margie in Ely, Minnesota

Do You Know Your Bible?
Answers to previous quiz.

1. c (Exodus 14:28)

2. e (1 Kings 18:5)

3. g (Isaiah 36:8)

4. f (2 Chronicles 9:25)

5. i (2 Kings 14:17-20)

6. h (2 Kings 9:16, 20)

7. b (1 Chronicles 18:4)

8. j (2 Kings 3:6,7)

9. d(1 Kings 20:20)

10. a (Esther 6:7-11)

New Quiz: Altar Events

1. Who, following God's instructions, built an altar and laid his son on it for a burnt sacrifice?

2. Who, while waiting for two friends in Athens, saw an altar with the inscription, "To the Unknown God"?

3. Who was given the nickname of Jerubbaal after he knocked apart the altar of Baal?

4. Which king, while visiting Damascus, saw an unusual altar and had Urijah, the priest, build one just like it in his hometown?

5. Who built an altar of stones on Mount Ebal and carved each of the Ten Commandments on the stones?

6. Which king, because he disobeyed God's command and burned incense on a holy altar, was stricken with leprosy as punishment?

7. Which general of David's army murdered two generals and was slain at a tabernacle altar as punishment?

8. Which angry king's arm became paralyzed after he shook it at a prophet who said an altar would split apart with its ashes spilled to the ground?

9. Who, after building an altar at Beersheba, had his servants dig a well?

10. Which king had bones taken from mountainside graves, and burned them on an altar at Bethel to defile it?

Answers and a new quiz will be posted next Thursday. Have a great day!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dreaming of being a future New York Yankee!


The Bible has things to say about the economy of the world just before Jesus comes the second time. Think about it for a moment. When many of us were young, the economy of the United States was the only economy that mattered. The 1929 Stock Market Crash set off a world wide economic depression that ultimately ended in world war.

The post-war economic boom was led by the United States. Europe, as a viable economic entity, did not exist, and what remained of the European economy was in shambles. Europe was an economic basket case requiring the U.S.-led Marshall Plan to rebuild it. This process took more than a half-century.

Yet the Apostle John fortold this exact scenario, from exile, sitting on the Isle of Patmos, almost 2000 years ago. Only 20 years ago, the concept of America's economy being eclipsed by Europe was laughable.

But this morning, the headline reads: "Greenspan says Euro could replace U.S. dollar as reserve currency."

Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready?



Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kristine and Grandpa Cliff enjoyed the weekend together in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

Clifford with his daughter Roxy and granddaughter Kristine surrounding him with love.

Kristine and her boyfriend Brian smiling and trying to explain to Clifford how they lost the mixed-doubles tennis match to Bill and Roxy.
Kristine and Brian at a friend's recent wedding reception.

Good Tuesday to you,

We enjoyed having Kristine and Brian visiting us for the weekend. They're back in the Twin Cities at Target headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. Brian's four-man band "Watson" has been writing a number of new songs and is looking forward to some hard work in the recording studio soon. Kristine plays in two touch football leagues on Tuesday and Thursday nights. She plays in two co-ed leagues and is really having a fantastic time.

Nick is well into his classes at Hamline University. He's eagerly looking forward to the upcoming basketball season at Blaine High School. Blaine is the seventh largest high school in Minnesota. Nick will be beginning his third season on the basketball staff. He is an assistant with the varsity and the head junior varsity coach.

This fall Nick is working for the Hamline athletic department. He works football games, working game preparation and can be seen on the sidelines during the games. He also works men's and women's soccer games keeping game statistics.

I have recently been in touch with four of my friends. Joel, a pharmacist in Stillwater, just returned with his son from a four day trip to Baltimore, Maryland. Pritz, living in Elk River, has a son, Kevin, who is a junior at Carroll College in Wisconsin. Carroll is the oldest college in Wisconsin. My son Nick goes to Hamline, which is the oldest college in Minnesota. John, in his personally owned insurance business, is doing well in Hibbing, Minnesota, and he is looking forward to his daughter's upcoming high school basketball season. Kevin has left the Detroit Pistons coaching staff and is the new admissions director at Bethany College in West Virginia.

It's nice to see everyone keeping in touch.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Bill and Margie in front of the house in Ely, Minnesota in 1957

  1. Matthias was selected to be the apostle to replace Judas Iscariot, first by qualifications, then by prayerful lot (Acts 1:26).
  2. Barnabas was an apostle and companion of Paul (Acts 14:14).
  3. Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles (Romans 11:13).
  4. Paul mentioned Andronicus as an apostle (Romans 16:7).
  5. Paul mentioned Junia as an apostle (Romans 16:7).
  6. Paul mentions James, the brother of Jesus, as being an apostle (Galatians 1:19).
  7. Paul called Silvanus a fellow apostle (I Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6).
  8. Paul called Timothy a fellow apostle (I Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6).

Talk to you again tomorrow,


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bill at 6, bat in hand, with sister Margie in Ely, Minnesota.


Welcome to the start of a new week. We had one of our best and most anointed services of the year this morning. We began a new series on what Jesus is doing today. The present day ministry of Jesus. What has Jesus been up to since His resurrection from the dead.

The Gospels tell us about the earthly ministry of Jesus before his resurrection. The Epistles tell us what Jesus is doing now, after His resurrection. Beginning with this first lesson we have all the teachings available on our church website. Be sure to listen, I know you will be blessed.

The Epistles tell us what Jesus did for us. What Jesus is doing for us now. What the Holy Spirit is doing for us now as believers. There has never been a better time to be a born again believer. A true Christian. Full of faith and full of power. Full of God's Word and filled with the Holy Spirit. Is there any reason you can't receive Jesus as your Lord and personal Savior right now? Be sure to check our website and find out just how easy it is.

Have a great week,


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Bill at 5, as Davey Crockett, and sister Margie in Ely, Minnesota.


What a beautiful day in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Many things are happening in the United States of America. We are blessed by the Lord and that has enabled us, as a country, to be a blessing to the world. God's law of sowing and reaping has applied to our country as well as our individual lives.

We must continue to pray for the peace of Israel and Jerusalem, as well as our enemies. By doing this, God's Word promises our continued protection, provision and safety.

God bless the USA.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Cowboy Bill at 4 in Ely, Minnesota!

Happy Friday!

Friday is the day that I share my interests and let you know what is happening in the upcoming week.

Friday night is always prayer meeting from 6:30-8:00 pm. It's always a fun and exciting time in the Holy Spirit to insure a blessed weekend. Friends, family and relatives will be gathering for New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox baseball, outdoor barbeque, and a movie.

Saturday begins with morning prayer from 6:00-7:00 am. A 10:00 am. tennis doubles match with Roxy against Kristine and Brian. Enjoying the outdoors cooking on the grill in the early afternoon. Yankees/Red Sox game 2 at 3:00 pm. Popcorn and a movie after the game.

Sunday, starting out the coming week with morning prayer, adult Bible study with Robin and worship service at 10:30, where I will be starting a new series entitled Jesus Today (what Jesus is doing now). Before the Vikings game we'll be enjoying the outdoors and grilling. The Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions kickoff at 3:00. The weekend ends with the Yankees/Red Sox game 3 at 7:00 pm. at Fenway Park in Boston, Roger Clemens pitching against Curt Schilling.

Next week the Yankees play their final homestand of the regular season when they host the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays in their final push to the playoffs.

Have a great weekend,


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bill at 3 in Ely, Minnesota, with baby sister Margie.

Do You Know Your Bible?
Answers to previous quiz.

1. g (2 Kings 9:20)
2. d (2 Kings 5:1, 14)
3. h (Judges 16:3)
4. j (Genesis 32:24)
5. i (Exodus 15:20)
6. c (2 Samuel 18:19-23)
7. a (Luke 19:2-4)
8. b (2 Samuel 22:30)
9. f (1 Kings 18:44-46)
10. e (Matthew 14:29)

New Quiz: All the King's Horses
Match each king, from the top list, to an event with his horse(s), from the bottom list.

1. Pharoah
2. Ahab
3. Hezekiah
4. Solomon
5. Amaziah
6. Jehu
7. David
8. Jehoshaphat
9. Ben-hadad
10. Aheusurus

A. His royal horse was used to honor a man by letting him ride the steed through city streets.
B. He crippled captured chariot horses, with the exception of 100 which he kept for his own use.
C. He lost all his horse-drawn chariots in a sea
D. When hhis army panicked and fled, he rode a horse to escape the enemy.
E. During a famine he set out with another man to find grass to feed his horses and mules.
F. This richest and wisest of kings had 4,000 stalls of horses and chariots.
G. The king of Assyria promised him 2,000 horses if he had that number of soldiers left from a battle who could ride them.
H. He had the reputation of being a fast chariot driver, and rode to Jezreel to find king Joram.
I. After he was killed by assassins in Lachish, he was carried to his grave on horseback.
J. He agreed to go to battle with king Jehoram telling him, "my horses are thy horses".

Answers and a new quiz will be posted next Thursday. Have a great day!


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bill at 2 in Ely, Minnesota.

Wake up world! Jesus is coming back soon!

Wednesday is world news day on my blog. Many people think the events in the world are not related to Bible prophecy. When the United Sates of America encouraged Israel to give away land to it's enemies, then an earthquake, hurricane, flood or some other disaster hits our country, many people think they are two isolated events. When a European country comes against the nation of Israel and then some terrorist incident occurs in that country, people think that's coincidence. When Israel persecutes it's own people in a political move, they wonder why their enemies come against them. Is that just coincidence? When the United Nations condemns Israel for some of it's actions unjustly, United Nations scandals are revealed for the whole world to see. Is that just an accident? The Bible says:

Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly (completely) of the Lord (even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him).

Think about these words, they affect your future!


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A view from the Metrodome for Sunday's home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Another Metrodome view as the Vikings and Falcons battle in their first regular season game.
Nick and Roxy at our post-game restaurant, Granite City in Roseville.

Kristine and Bill, obviously happy after a BIG Vikings win.


Tuesday is family day on my blog. On Sunday Roxy and I made the drive to the Twin Cities. After picking up Nick at his house near the Hamline campus, we drove downtown to Minneapolis to meet up with Kristine. It was a beautiful sunny day as we walked a few blocks from our car to the Metrodome for the Vikings home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

We had a great time at the game as the Vikings won 24-3. Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield returned interceptions for touchdowns. Rookie running back Adrian Peterson caught a short pass and turned it into a long touchdown run and Ryan Longwell kicked a 49 yard field goal. The Vikings defense recorded 6 sacks of the quarterback. The Vikings only had 1 turnover and 4 penalties in a solid opening day win.

The opening day crowd was loud and supportive and it was a great family experience. After the game we drove to Roseville, Minnesota, to one of Kristine's favorite restaurants. I had a fantastic London Broil as we celebrated and enjoyed one another's company.

Nick is starting his second week of classes at Hamline University. Kristine and Brian are coming to Ladysmith to spend the weekend. Roxy and I are looking forward to playing that "Dynamic Duo" in doubles at the local tennis courts.

Have a great day,


Monday, September 10, 2007

Bill in Ely at 1 & 1/2.


Vikings 24, Falcons 3. More on that tomorrow!

My favorite New Testament Epistles.
1. I John
2. James
3. Ephesians
4. Philippians
5. I Peter

I hope your week is going good!


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Bill at 1 in Ely, Minnesota.


A huge key to your victorious Christian life is contolling your thought life. You cannot control thoughts coming to your mind, but you can control whether you accept those thoughts or reject those thoughts. When a thought first comes you must decide whether it is a godly thought or an ungodly one. If it is an ungodly thought, you can replace it with a godly thought. If it is a godly thought, choose to think on that thought. Continual thinking on a thought is called meditation. As you meditate on that godly thought, you will eventually act on it. Your action could be speaking, doing, or a combination of these. As you continue to think and act on that thought, it will become a habit in your life. That habit will result in a godly stronghold which will produce God's richest and best in your life. Thank you Jesus for giving us the ability to choose our thoughts. What thoughts you accept or reject will determine the quality of your life.

Have a great week,


Saturday, September 8, 2007

Bill at 5 months in Ely, Minnesota.


Hope your weekend got off to a great start. As you think about the coming 2008 elections, remember that it's your responsibility as believers to investigate the candidates running for election, to the best of your ability, and then to depend on the Holy Spirit to guide you in choosing the candidate that you should vote for. As you pray in faith, God's perfect will shall take place and God will allow the people He wants to stand in leadership positions.

Have a wonderful day,


Friday, September 7, 2007

Grandma Novak came from the "Old Country", Yugoslavia. I never really knew my grandparents. Grandpa and Grandma Spolar passed away shortly after I was born. Grandpa Novak passed away before I was born. Grandma Novak passed away shortly after this picture was taken.


Are you ready for some football? This weekend is all about the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings begin their 47th season of NFL Football this Sunday at noon, when they host the Atlanta Falcons at the Metrodome. Long time season ticket holders Bill, Roxy, Kristine and Nick are looking forward to the start of a new football season.

The Vikings have won one NFL Title in 1969. Three NFC championships in 1973, 1974 and 1976. Four Super Bowl appearances in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX and XI.

Eight NFL/NFC Championship games, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1998 and 2000. Sixteen Division titles. They have played in 43 playoff games (6th most among all NFL teams).

Go Purple!


Thursday, September 6, 2007

My mom, Mary Jane Novak, was twenty years old when I was born.

Do You Know Your Bible?
Answers to previous quiz:

1. Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:2)
2. Jacob (Gen. 32:24,25)
3. Balaam (Num. 22:25)
4. Abimelech (2 Sam. 11:21)
5. Solomon (1 Kings 3:16-19)
6. Mephibosheth (2 Sam. 4:4)
7. Job (Job 1:2, 18-19)
8. Absalom (2 Sam. 18:9)
9. Eli (1 Sam. 4:13, 18)
10. Paul (Acts 28:3)

New Quiz: Active Actions
Each person in the top list performed one of the active actions in the bottom list. See if you can match them.

1. Jehu
2. Naaman
3. Samson
4. Jacob
5. Miriam
6. Ahimaaz
7. Zacchaeus
8. David
9. Elijah
10. Peter

A. Climbed a tree
B. Leaped over a wall
C. Outran another runner by taking a short-cut across a plain
D. Dipped in a river seven times
E. Walked on water
F. Raced a chariot down a mountain
G. Drove furiously
H. Carried the doors of a city gate to the top of a hill
I. Took a timbrel in hand and danced
J. Wrestled with an angel "until the breaking of the day"

Answers and a new quiz will be posted next Thursday.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

My dad, Frank L. Novak, welcomed me into the world on February 4, 1951 in Ely, Minnesota. My dad was a tremendous supporter, a sports fan and an avid outdoorsman. He has always been a great inspiration in my life. I look forward to spending eternity with him in heaven.

Much of the world's attention today is focused on the Middle East. A small segment of land in the Middle East has always been the center of attention in the supernatural realm. The country of Israel has always been a portion of land that has fascinated world empires. History has proven that those who rise against Israel will be eliminated from the world scene. The Bible plainly states that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed. The God of the Bible has promised the nation of Israel His protection, provision and safety and will do so right up to the second coming of Jesus of Nazareth. My prayer is for the peace of Israel and the peace of Jerusalem.



Tuesday, September 4, 2007

We began taking our annual 2-3 week vacation in Disney World in 1986.

My favorite ride in Fantasyland is Dumbo. Our church nursery has father, mother and baby Dumbo stuffed animals that are a favorite with the young children in church. I brought these back from Disney World.

One year we stayed in the Disney's All Star Sports Resort in the Basketball wing. Let's see LeBron James dunk on this hoop!

The Word of God compares a husband and his family with Jesus and the Church. As the head of his family he has three major responsibilities.

1. Love his family (to look at them as precious and valuable in his thoughts, words and actions).
2. Give (time, energy and resources).
3. Confess (Declare over his family what the Word of God says about them).

Have a great day,