Monday, February 26, 2007

Jesus will not be debunked!

Matt Lauer, host of The Today Show, had what he called an exclusive ‘that could rock Christianity to it’s core’. His co-host, Meredith Vieria, interviewed James Cameron about his new documentary called ‘The Lost Tomb of Jesus’ to be aired on The Discovery Channel on Sunday at 9ET/8CT PM.

Matt Lauer: "Also ahead we're gonna talk about a discovery that if it's true it could rock the world. Did this 2000 year-old tomb in Jerusalem once hold the bones of Jesus and his family including a son? A new book and a documentary from Oscar-winning director James Cameron traces an archeological find that could change everything we know about Jesus, Mary and Mary Magdalene."
This tomb was first discovered 27 years ago. So, that news isn’t anything new. It is just that the claim it is the tomb of Jesus, and possibly his marriage to Mary Magdalene and that he could have had a son is very new!

First of all, how could the ‘bones’ of Jesus have been found when the Bible clearly states the tomb where he was laid was empty the third day? Even the linen that he was wrapped in was found in the tomb.

As one comment said: “I'm not one for conspiracy theories either. However, as a Christian I don't merely see uncoordinated attacks from various immoral elements. I see them each - individually - as an attack from someone who is coordinating them.”

Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

I believe, until the end of time, until the return of Jesus to catch away the saints, there will be people trying to debunk the facts of the Biblical Christ that we have grown to know through His Word.

John 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

HT: Ten Reasons Why The Jesus Tomb Claim is Bogus

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Friday, February 23, 2007

The Homemaking Meme

I visited Barb over at A Chelsea Morning and found this interesting Meme. She did a better job than me, because she is a better housekeeper than me; but then, she is younger than I am. :) Seriously, I thought it would be fun to do this today.

Aprons - Y/N? I used aprons early in my marriage but do not own any now.

Baking – Favorite thing to bake? I love to bake cakes. I love pound cakes, german chocolate and love to make them from scratch.

Clothesline - Y/N? Haven’t had a clothesline in years! But, I can still smell the clean linens when we would bring them in the house.

Donuts - Ever made them? Yes, I’ve made donuts – the french kind that are empty in the middle and you cover with confectioner’s sugar.

Everyday - One homemaking thing you do everyday? Usually wash a small load of clothes (I have the washer that only uses enough water to wash whatever size load you put in there – two items or ten – doesn’t matter. No wasted water!

Freezer - Do you have a separate deep freezer? Had a large one for years, when we had a garden. Only have a small one in the basement that belongs to my son. Use it for extras. I mostly use my side-by-side freezer/refrigerator.

Garbage Disposal - Y/N? No, although my kitchen is wired for one. We just never got around to installing one.

Handbook - Y/N? Handbook? What is that?  I’m from the era where you didn’t even look at the manual to put something together unless you had a problem.

Ironing - Love it or hate it? Neither. I iron, if I have to. I usually put off ironing my husband’s shirts and slacks until he reminds me he needs some. Then, I’ll iron everything in sight.

Junk Drawer - Where is it? Where else – the kithchen. I have a couple – one in a mess, and the other one is organized.

Kitchen - Design and decorating? My kitchen is ready for a makeover. Dark cabinets and gold appliances. Need a new floor. We are going to redo our cabinets light and go with white appliances or polished aluminum.

Love - What is your favorite part of homemaking? Contrary to most people, I do not mind cleaning bathrooms, especially commodes. I hate dirty commodes! Nothing really is my favorite – it’s just a job.

Mop - Y/N? Yes, kitchen and laundry room. I want wood!

Nylons - Wash them by hand or in the washer? I have done both, although I mostly wash them by hand.

Oven - Do you use the window or open it to check? I use the window, but have been known to open the door – against my husband’s objection.

Pizza - What do you put on yours? I go with a super supreme – everything they have at Pizza Hut, but my husband gets the green peppers.

Quiet - What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment? I’m either reading or computing.

Recipe card box - Y/N? I used to use one many moons ago, but no longer. I do keep some favorite recipes filed in a folder.

Style of house – I have no idea what you call my home! It’s just a normal 1 story/full basement/ and double garage, brick.

Tablecloths and napkins - Y/N? I use a tablecloth on the kitchen table. I use cloths in the DR on holidays, sometimes. I love cloth napkins. My husband likes paper, so I use both.

Under the kitchen sink – You name it; it’s there – if it’s cleaning things for the house: carpet cleaner, pledge, windex, and my SOS pads, silver cleaner, powders/liquid for dishwasher, and more!

Vacuum - How many times a week? I don’t. My husband vacuums usually once a week.

Wash - How many loads do you do a week? As I said above, I usually wash at least one small load a day.

X'es - Do you keep a list of things to do and cross them off? Only for my groceries. No way would I keep a list of household things to do! I’d be depressed all the time.

Yard - Who does what? My husband and I usually share the lawnmower duties. He trims with the weed eater, plus blows the leaves most of the time.

ZZZ's - What is your last homemaking task for the day? Pick up any stray cups or glasses and put them in the kitchen.

If you feel like a MEME today, try this one, and let me know. I'll come read yours, too.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007


Anna Nicole Smith will be buried in Bahamas. Judge Larry Seidlin handed down his decision today. Both Anna's husband and her mother broke down in tears. The judge said he wanted Anna buried by her son in the Bahamas where she wanted to be buried.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Mind on hiatus

Lately, the 'storage house' for posts has been empty - 'on hiatus', if you will. Try as I will, nothing seems to come out of it. I've had many thoughts, and when I would sit down to write, there was an emptiness that I just can't describe. I hadn't lost the desire to write - just couldn't pull the thoughts together enough to come up with a good post.

How many great authors are presented with the same problem in their climb to fame? How many times do they have to start over, when writing a story, before actually coming up with something that really works? Here I am, just a blogger who likes to write, and I've been having major problems staying on track with my thoughts. Kind of upsetting when you go 3-5 days without writing anything. This has been going on for a couple weeks, and, tonight, I'm trying to break the chain. Hopefully, I can get back in the swing of things and back on the track of posting at least once a day.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Another food recall

Oscar Meyer chicken strips with rib meat is being recalled by the Carolina Food Culinary of South Carolina, because the chicken may be contaminated.

The nationwide recall affects all six-ounce packages of ”Oscar Mayer/Louis Rich chicken breast strips with rib meat, grilled, fully cooked, ready to eat” that bear the establishment number ”P-19676” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the front of the package. On the back of each package is a ”Use by” date of ”19 Apr 2007.”
Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections to infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
More than 52 thousand pounds of Oscar Meyer ready-to-eat chicken strips have been recalled. There have been no reports of illnesses due to eating the chicken so far.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #24

Thirteen Things about my day....
  1. First, it took reading She Lives to find out, once again, I had forgotten to enter my TT early.
  2. Got up EARLY with my husband to go out to breakfast. We must be glutton for punishment in this weather.
  3. Ate a full breakfast meal out instead of my usual sausage biscuit. But, I did not eat the gravy put on my plate.
  4. Changed my clothes this morning because my husband thinks this black coat looks better on me than my rust-colored suede jacket. I wanted to wear more comfortable brown shoes, but I changed to please him. What we won't do to keep hubby happy!
  5. Read about 20 pages in the new review book I have - Shoes for the Spirit: Encouragements I did this sitting in my SUV while my husband shopped in pawn shops. I was staying warm!
  6. Watched the birds in my backyard feed from our bird feeders. There were, at one time, about 10 Cardinals. And, I saw my first woodpecker this season. But, he got away before we could get a picture.
  7. Against my better judgement (lazy self), I did some washing today. I remember the days when we had to hang out all our wash. Thank goodness I don't have to hang it out today. It would be frozen.
  8. Took a nap here in my seat, with my laptop by me. I was still sleepy from having gotten less sleep Tuesday night than the usual for me.
  9. Tried taking a picture of the Cardinals out my windows. But, my camera kept giving me an error message. I just put it down.
  10. I blogged on the peanut butter recall. And, when I checked in my cabinet, I had one of the recalled jars. And, I have been eating it. I have also had nausea and light-headedness, but could not put my finger on the problem. Now, I'm thinking it's peanut butter. Quickly told my kids to get rid of theirs - I know my daughter uses one of those brands. And, her 13 yr old had experienced the same thing I did, at a higher degree. I had him in the doctor's office 2 weeks ago with it. The tests showed a viral infection. I think it's from peanut butter!
  11. Actually let my husband turn our heat up because I was cold. We keep our gas logs on low in our Den and really don't need too much heat, otherwise. But I had to admit it was needed this afternoon.
  12. Read most of the blogs I frequent today. I need to update my list from my PC to my laptop.
  13. Decided to do this Thursday Thirteen, although I am late! Never know who might need to read this. :)
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Peanut Butter Recalled because of Salmonella outbreak

Almost 300 people around the country have come down with Salmonella. A link was made to Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter.

Lids of jars produced by ConAgra Foods with a product code beginning "2111" can be returned to the company for a refund, the company said.
You can check the US Food and Drug Administration site to find out if your peanut butter is included in the recall.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness). The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111." Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra. Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected.

If consumers have any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it.
The symptoms of salmonella illness are fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. If you have eaten any of this peanut butter and have had these symptoms, you need to see your doctor. The FDS reports that salmonella can enter the blood stream and can cause life-threatening infections.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

Endless Inspiration

If Heaven had a special place/gallery,
To display its most wondrous creation;
Your portrait would be there enshrined,
As a source of endless inspiration.

Today is the day of love.
Yesterday has gone;
Tomorrow may never come.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV

Candy and flowers are the two gifts given mostly on Valentine's Day.

Check out the Meanings of the flowers

Achin', Breakin' Valentine

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Feeling Worn Out and Rusty?

The picture is of my husband’s Dad’s old Farmall H tractor that hasn’t been moved in years. It is in our pasture where my husband put it after his Dad passed away almost 16 years ago. I am sure he would love to refurbish it to make it look new, but that would cost lots of money. So, it continues to set where it was placed those many years ago, becoming more rusty as the years go by and useless as a farm tractor. Yet, it is a memento of years gone by when he used to drive the tractor for his Dad in its’ better days.

Just like the tractor, we can become worn out and rusty. As we grow older, if we don’t maintain our bodies, we get to the point we are unable to do much; our bones ache, and it is hard to walk or maybe even get out of bed without groaning and complaining.

You have heard the old saying, ‘we are what we eat’…….and we are also what we ‘listen to, read, and speak’. We listen to gossip and slang, and we start to gossip and talk with words unbecoming to us, as Christians. If we never study or read the Word, how do we expect to grow spiritually, and stay ‘alive’ spiritually? How can we speak words of encouragement, wisdom, love, or of spiritual content, if we aren’t renewing our minds with the Word of God?

2 Timothy 2:15 tells us, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." We can sit and listen to the preacher, but that isn’t studying. We need to study for ourselves and also be doers of the word.

James 1:22-24, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:"
When we become Christians, we are supposed to put off the old and put on the new. We are to be ‘renewed in the spirit of our mind’. (Ephesians 4:23) Sometimes, we get lax, become worn out, and rusty, spiritually.

So, let us begin to wipe away the ‘rust’ from our ‘bodies’ and begin to saturate our minds in the Word. This way, we can become strong spiritually, in order to be able to combat anything that comes our way. The Word does tell us to ‘put on the whole armor of God that ye might be able to withstand the wiles of the devil.’ (Ephesians 6:11)

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Persecution of Christians in Mexico Accelerates

The National Bar of Christian lawyers say that evangelical Christians are being persecuted daily in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. They are being pressured to pay quotas for the festivals of 'traditional Catholics'. Traditional catholics are a blend of native 'traditional' religions and Catholicism.

If the quotas are not paid, they are expelled from their homes and lose their property.

The organization directed by Farrera has told the government it has records of 200 cases of unresolved religious intolerance in Chiapas, including “threats, intimidation, and robbery or expulsion from their communities, or death.”

Last January 31, three evangelicals from San Juan Chamula municipality were driving home from San Cristobal de las Casas when they were ambushed and shot at, requiring hospitalization. Authorities concluded that it was a case of religious persecution.

State government has met with local leaders, insisting that the evangelical Christians are backed by the law and they should not be expelled. The evangelicals say they will help in every thing, but they refuse to pay the quotas for the Catholic festivals. They say these festivals involve drunkenness and immoral behavior.
In a statement in Mexico City’s La Jornada newspaper published yesterday (February 8), the Roman Catholic bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Felipe Arizmendi, declared his church had no relationship with the “so-called traditional Catholics, who do not depend on our diocese, do not take into account the Bible nor the laws of this country, but are governed by their own agreements and traditions.”
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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Germs in abundance

I had completely forgotten about what took place at the restaurant where my husband and I had eaten dinner last night until I got an email. With that email was a link to a post from Scared Monkeys called Worried About Germs - Stay Away from Grocery Carts.

My husband and I had just sat down to eat at a restaurant last night. I proceeded to pour some steak sauce in my plate from a bottle on the table which had been used by who knows whom. I noticed my husband took a napkin and picked it up, wiping off the cap and the bottle before using it to pour steak sauce on his plate. I asked him what he was doing that for and he replied, "This is how we get sick. All the germs that come from people who are sick and pick up these bottles pass it on to us." And, he is right. When sick people go out in public and do not wash their hands and eat before us - pick up the bottles, salt and pepper shakers, the tongs at the salad or hot tables, they are passing on their germs to us. Since I had used the bottle before he did this, I promptly pulled out my hand sanitizer from my purse (yes, women carry all sorts of things in their purse!) and cleaned my hands before I took another bite.

And,when you read the article at Scared Monkeys, you might want to think twice before putting your groceries in the section of the buggy made to hold children. I had never given a thought to what really might have been in that part of the buggy before reading this post. And, I always set my purse in that place the moment I get the buggy.That might just change. I know we come in contact with enough germs without adding to them.

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Parental rights slowly being eroded

Nathan, at Church and State has an article on Texas Governor Rick Perry's issuance of a mandatory vaccination for the HVP in young elementary girls before they can attend school this fall. This is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer in women.

Perry passed over the legislative process and has taken away parental rights to decide on whether their daughters will receive this vaccination or not. Merck distributes this drug, which costs $360 or more for 3 shots, and many insurances will not pay the price.

Perry is being asked to rescind the order for the mandatory vaccination for HVP. Perry likens it to polio, which is not the case. One gets HVP by having sex with someone who has HVP and not protecting themselves.

Today, state sen. Jane Nelson, Chairperson of the Senate's Health and Human Service Committee, said, cited by Houston Chronicle, that lawmakers should have been given an a chance to hear what the doctors, scientists and parents have to say about the HPV vaccine before the state implemented such a statewide mandate. She was quoted as saying: "This is not an emergency" and "it needs to be discussed and debated."

Nelson, a Perry' close political ally, was not alone. State Reps. Jim Keffer and Dan Flynn were cited as saying that their phone lines were jammed by phone calls from parents who complained about Perry's order. All these noted state regulators are republican, so is Perry.

Perry says to vaccinate the girls early will save the government money. But, the truth is, to vaccinate all girls of that age every year would cost $126 million dollars a year, and to treat them would cost only $8 million dollars a year.

HPV can be largely avoided by adjusting your lifestyle, according to Josef Mercola, a physician who promotes natural health , who called Merck's HPV vaccine worthless. For instance, one can exercise abstinence to avoid contracting HPV.

Protecting oneself should be paramount in our life. A promiscuous lifestyle will get you more sexually-transmitted diseases than HVP.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Pastor returns to Navy

Rev. Dan Klender, pastor of Grace Bible Church in Walla Walla, WA, was in the Navy Reserve in 2005, when he was commissioned to active duty. He spent 8 months in Iraq. He has resigned his pastorate of the church and turned it over to Rev. Dave Jones, the interim pastor for Klender when he was in Iraq in 2005.

Klender will be going to Fort Gordon, near Augusta, GA, for a 3 year assignment. He will be Chaplain to the sailors who will be dispatched to Iraq.

Klender said he ``just felt a compulsion with the Lord'' to return to active service and looked forward to working with the sailors and Marines he will meet.
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John Murtha takes up Pelosi's bid for a big plane

The National Ledger is reporting that John Murtha has gone to the Pentagon on behalf of Pelosi's request for a larger plane in order to take her, her staff, or her family back and forth across the US.

The airplane scandal for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ramping up. One of her main allies, Congressman John Murtha is stepping up and in his own words is telling the Pentagon what to do. According to a report from the San Francisco chronicle, Murtha, who chairs the House military appropriations subcommittee, said he has spoken to Pentagon officials about the need to provide Pelosi with a bigger plane that can fly passengers coast to coast in comfort.

But he denied pressuring the Pentagon. "I don't need to pressure them. I just tell them what they need to do,'' Murtha said.

I haven't figured out why Pelosi needs a plane that seats 45 and carries a crew of 16 just to get her from Washington, DC to California, her home state, and back again. Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert flew in a small commuter-sized Air Force jet. The Defense Department agreed to this after the 2001 attacks, because he was 2nd in line to be President of the US.

Pelosi said she would be happy to fly on commercial airliners but said the House sergeant-at-arms office urged her to continue Hastert's practice of using Air Force transport. She said she was informed on her first trip home that her plane would not make it across the country.

"I said well, that's fine, I'm going commercial," she told Fox News. "I'm not asking to go on that plane. If you need to take me there for security purposes, you're going to have to get a plane that goes across the country, because I'm going home to my family" in San Francisco.

So, she would be happy to fly on a commercial flight? Well, why the push for such a big airplane? And, why does she think she and her family, and perhaps staff, should fly free on the backs of the US taxpayers? If she wants to go home - okay, give her a small plane and fly her, but I do not think it's right that she gets extra amenities for her family.

But, apparently, Pelosi did request a C-32, which would cost $22,000 an hour to fly.
According to ABC News it features a communications center, a fully enclosed stateroom for the primary passenger, a changing area, a conference facility, an entertainment system, and a convertible divan that seats three and folds out to a bed. The C-32 can cost as much as $22,000 an hour to operate.
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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Gideons arrested for handing out Bibles in Florida

Two men from the Gideons were handing out Bibles on a public sidewalk outside the Key Largo School in Key Largo, Florida. They were reported by the principal of the school. And, the Monroe County's Sheriff, after asking the guys to move or be charged with trespassing, decided to arrest the two men.

"Officials cannot use fear of arrest as a means of bullying law-abiding Christians into silence," Cortman said. "These men broke no laws when they decided to communicate their message on a public sidewalk."

Tedesco noted that sometimes school officials have a misconception about whether they can control activities on school grounds and adjacent public sidewalks. But the First Amendment does provide a protection for speech on those parcels of ground that are public, he said.

"There's no reason why they should be put in jail," he said.

Betty Herrin, speaking for the Monroe County Sheriff's department, stated a fact that the defendants are clearly disputing. The report sent to WND states their truck was parked in a No Parking area, on school property.

The Gideons are a non-profit organization that distributes Bibles to hotels, motels, hospitals, and nursing homes, schools, colleges, universities and the military. They pay their own expenses, and 100% of donations go towards purchasing Bibles to distribute to those who want them.

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Watch where you place your foot

Ocala, FL has a sinkhole problem. And, of all places for it to happen was in the shopping center. Three businesses had to be closed, including the theater. The sink hole, caused by heavy rains, caused the movie theater's floor to open up and the walls to spring leaks.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #23

Smells I love
Thanks to Caryle for the thought from last week.

  1. Apple Cinnamon Room spray
  2. The breeze coming from the ocean on a windy day.
  3. The fresh cut pine trees. The air just feels with this smell, and it's wonderful.
  4. A freshly bathed baby that has been lavished with a good smelling baby lotion. Nothing smells better.
  5. The smell of BRUT on my man.
  6. Palmolive Dishwashing liquid with the new apple smell
  7. Homemade yeast bread, coming fresh out of the oven. I could eat a whole loaf of bread or pan of rolls.
  8. Roasting marshmallows on a bonfire in the Fall.
  9. Bath and Body Works' Vanilla liquid moisturizing hand soap.
  10. A bouquet of fresh cut flowers.
  11. A new suede coat
  12. Krispy Kreme donuts - YUM, YUM!
  13. Freshly washed linens.
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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Hillary Clinton - do you want her as President?

Thanks to Scared Monkeys for the post on Hillary. Check out the video they have posted at their site on the DNC winter meeting. Hillary is recorded as saying she wants to take ALL (not part) of the profits from the oil companies, put it in the government's till so she can manage where it is spent. Don't be fooled into believing she really means that it will be spent like she says.

HT: Fox News John Gibson - Hillary Clinton already making policy.

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Doing it the Lord's way

The Colts came out big tonight, winning the 41st Super Bowl 29-17. Tony Dungy, coach for the Colts, in his speech after the presentation of the trophy, said he was so proud of his team, having come this far, and winning the Super Bowl, 'doing it the Lord's way'.

It is refreshing to see two coaches like Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy meet in a game such as this, knowing that both those guys are held in high esteem. They both have given God the glory for winning games. And, tonight, it was no different with Dungy. The owner of the team, Jim Irsay, first gave God all the glory, because "that's what got us here, sticking together and believing that we could. And, I know God has looked out for us on this journey and bonded us to such a tight family."

Dungy said that he had told his players that God doesn't always bring you directly through. Sometimes you have to work for it.

The Indianapolis Colts are now the World Champions.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Christians concerned for Venezulea

President Hugo Chavez was granted sweeping powers to rule by decree for 18 months. Christians are afraid Christian freedom is about to change in Venezuela.

Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton said, "President Hugo Chavez is gaining almost dictatorial powers over that country. He will be allowed to stay in office as long as he wants and basically rule the country by his decree."
Voice of the Martyrs has never ventured into Venezuela but they say it might soon change. Chavez is not only not a friend of the church, he's a friend of Fidel Castro. And, with this situation with him in power indefinitely and able to do whatever he pleases, there is a chance that things will change for the Christians. New Tribes Missions, a group from the US, had worked in Venezuela for 60 years, and last year they were thrown out by Chavez.

Nettleton says the best thing Christians can do is to pray for Chavez.

"Nettleton says the best thing Christians can do is to pray for Chavez."

"Pray that Hugo Chavez will come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” he said. “What an impact that could have, not only on that country, but on the world, if this man would say, 'I'm now a follower of Christ.' It would change the way he governs. It would change that country."
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Chaplain gets one more week in Navy

Chaplain Lt. Gordon J. Klingenschmitt's discharge as the Naval chaplain has been blocked for at least another week by a 3 judge panel.

A three-judge panel has temporarily blocked the Navy from discharging an evangelical chaplain who was convicted last year of disobeying a lawful order by wearing his uniform to a press conference outside the White House.
The panel of judges will decide whether or not to give the Chaplain a longer time in the Navy, at least until his lawsuit against Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter is heard.

Since Chaplain Klingenschmitt was discharged, he has also lost housing on base. He was forced to find other housing. He now has housing in a cramped student apartment at Regent University.

Klingenschmitt hopes to stay in the Navy. If he isn't allowed, he will lose his pension and housing. But, he says he has no regrets because he has kept his faith and not compromised his conscience. He says he has not watered down his prayers, and he still has Jesus Christ which means more to him than anything he has lost through all this.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Does God Still Do Miracles?

Book Review
Does God Still Do Miracles? - An M.D. Examines
Author: Dr. Brad Burke
Publisher: Cook Communications Ministries
Colorado Springs, Colorado

G. Subramanian, MD, Ph.D, and his colleagues state this in the Journal of the Ameican Medical Association: 'The most common human diseases culminate from long-standing interactions between many genes and enviromental factors (including lifestyle).' You can look at most diseases in this light: our genes load the gun: our negative emotions and environment load the gun and pull the trigger. pg 83

I began reading this book with the preconceived notion that Dr. Burke did not believe in miracles. But, I soon learned otherwise. But, he discusses in this book the differences in miracles and healings or 'unexplained healings' - something we layman may call a miracle.

Perhaps in this statement (our genes load the gun: our negative emotions and environment load the gun and pull the trigger), we learn that perhaps our body plays more of a part in 'if we are healed' than we really thought.

The vast majority of Americans believe that God uses doctors as his prime instrument of healing. pg 110
We know doctors play a big part in the health of our bodies. Most doctors are Christians and do pray before surgery for the wisdom of God to guide their hands and help them make the right decisions in any situation. When we turn our body over to a doctor we are expecting him to give us the best care possible. And, if a healing arises from that care, then most perceive he is God's instrument for that healing. But, sometimes, a healing is unexplained, even by a doctor.

God heals some and others may not get healed, and nobody knows the reason. Miracles are still performed today, but they seem to be far between. In fact, as this book relates, it is hard to find a true miracle today.

Through out the book, we are encouraged to pray for healing. We may not receive a miracle or even a healing, but we can confidently trust that He will do what is best for us.

When Dr. Gordon D. Fee, an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God, was asked, "Why pray?", his answer, in part, was "No healing has ever been deserved; it is always a gift of God's grace.....Healing, therefore, is not a divine obligation; it is a divine gift."pg 115

"No healing has ever been deserved; it is always a gift of God's grace"

The author, Brad Burke, MD, started writing in medical school. He did his residency at UCLA, and then took a 5 year sabbatical to write the series, "An M.D. Examines". He and his wife, Erin, currently reside in the Windsor/Detroit area, where he practices as a physiatrist.

My name is Barbara, a wife, mother, and grandmother from Alabama. I review books for Active Christian Media. I give the book 4.5 stars out of 5.

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