Saturday, December 30, 2006

Please pray for Dr. Kennedy

D. James Kennedy suffers major heart attack
D. James Kennedy, author, theologian, biblical scholar, pastor of the 10,000-member "Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church" in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and founder of the highly influential Coral Ridge Ministries, suffered a major heart attack last night and is in grave condition, ministry officials tell WND.

Dr. Kennedy has been my favorite nationally broadcast preacher since I re-dedicated my life to Christ. He is an intelligent, rational, well-educated man who preaches the Gospel like no other I've seen. Very thoughtful and sincere. In his broadcasts, he opened up the Word of God to me as well as the strong Christian history and heritage of America. I hope and pray that the Lord will comfort and heal him at this time.

UPDATE: From the Coral Ridge website:
Update on Dr. Kennedy's Health -- Saturday, December 30 at 9 PM EST

Dr. Kennedy continues to improve. He was taken off the ventilator as of 3:30 pm on Saturday, December 30, and was able to talk and interact with others. We are very encouraged at this improvement in his condition and request continued prayers on his behalf.

Praise God for that! And continue to pray.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas to all

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmas thoughts

My family has been discussing certain things about Christmas via email lately. I finally got involved in the discussion today. Here's what I wrote:
I think that people who find a Santa hat offensive should have their heads examined. I mean, I don't agree with all of the lengths to which people stretch the word "tolerance," but come on. It's a ***Santa hat.*** If some people of any religious beliefs are going to have fits over that, there is something seriously wrong in the world. If we're going to toss every little thing that anyone finds offensive, well, then we all might as well be living in our own individual sterile cells with no interaction with any other person. Good grief!

Not sure what the Wiccan symbol and Muslim garb examples have to do with Christmas, so I don't know how to address that point. As far as those things at any other time, I personally wouldn't have a problem with it because I, too, have (or should have - one wonders sometimes with some of the stories that have come out lately) the same freedom to wear whatever symbols or clothes I want to wear.

See, that's the thing. These days, far too many people of all walks of life think simply the sight of something is tantamount to it being forced on them. What nonsense! People in this country don't know and probably will never know what it is truly like to have something they don't agree with forced upon them. Heck, even I don't know what that's like, but I've read stories about people who have lived through things like that, so I've at least got some idea.

Remember that old Schoolhouse Rock song about America being a melting pot? "Lovely Lady Liberty / With her book of recipes / And the finest one she's got / Is the Great American Melting Pot." Whatever happened to that belief? I hardly ever see any evidence of it anymore. America today is becoming more and more like a sterilization pot. Anything almost anyone finds offensive is quickly and harshly sanitized from society. It's ridiculous!

I can respect people's differences and I hope they can respect mine. That's all I ask for. That's all anyone should ask for in this great and free country lest it become not so great and not so free in a hurry.

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9 months of gestation in 20 seconds

So what's growing in there for nine months? Oh, of course! It's a baby!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

2,996 redux

It's been a few months, but I'm still getting feedback from my post about 9/11 victim Mark Bavis. I'm truly touched and humbled that my remembrance of him is approved of and appreciated.

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My first Wikipedia article

Submitted for your approval: Brad Stine.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

God vs. the scientist

God is sitting in Heaven when a scientist says to Him, "Lord, we don't need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing. In other words, we can now do what you did in the 'beginning'."

"Oh, is that so? Tell Me..." replies God

"Well," says the scientist, "we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man."

"Well, that's interesting. Show Me."

So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil.

"Oh no, no, no..." interrupts God, "Get your own dirt."

[Hat tip to Chris on the Conservative Underground forums for this.]

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