Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo, Rest in Peace

To my readers, I want to say thank you for praying for Terri Schiavo, her parents, brother, sister, and the rest of her family. God’s will has become a reality for this part of the tragic drama of Terri's life and she entered into eternity this morning. You can read about it here.

Your continued prayers are requested for the family and in the ongoing need to answer the many difficult and life altering questions and issues that this tragic drama has brought to the attention of the public. Once again we must seek God’s will in the many debates that will follow.

Holy Father, we trust to You the care of Terri. We ask that You grant to Terri’s family the grace they need to re-enter life without her physical presence. Give them Your peace and guide them with the light of Your grace. We also seek Your guidance in the future debate on the issues that have been generated by this life of sorrow and tragedy, may Your will be done. We pray for these blessings in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Saturday, March 26, 2005

Easter, a Beginning of Real Life

So goes the common greeting of Christian to Christian over the centuries. This foundational truth is what Christianity is built upon. As the plan of God unfolded over the centuries, a central component of God's plan of redemption is the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead, and is the power of the gospel, as presented by Jesus, while He walked among men. Jesus made the Atonement possible by suffering death for all sinners on the cross, and God the Father manifested His acceptance of that sacrifice in raising Jesus bodily from the grave. The sacrifice for sin empowered by the resurrection of Jesus Christ brings forth the fullness of the salvation plan of God for man.

This celebration of Easter is, for the Christian, the pinnacle of what was started in the Christmas event as known to us from two of the Gospels of Jesus Christ. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke, give to us the account of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth in Bethlehem of Judea. They, along with the Gospels of Mark and John, go on to illustrate the life of Jesus and His teachings, ending with His trial, crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection. Each Gospel focuses on the life of Jesus with slight variations in theme, but with overall harmony in the telling of His life and teachings. The climax of each is the account of the Passion of Jesus Christ and the glorious resurrection of His body from the grave by the power of God in what we refer to as Easter. The Gospel of John focuses mainly in the last week of the life of Christ, and gives us a dramatic view into the last night and day of the life of Jesus. It is the Apostle John who wrote in his Gospel the theme of all of the Gospels in John 20:31, But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)

There was an episode earlier in Jesus’ life that gives impetus to this statement made in John 20:31. In John 11:23-27 there is a conversation between Jesus and Martha, the sister of Lazarus, after the death and burial of Lazarus, Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. (KJV) Notice what is said in this conversation; Jesus announces to Martha that her brother will rise again, and she confesses her belief in the resurrection of the ‘last day’ when God will bring time to an end. Jesus then asserts that He is the Resurrection and the Life. This is what Easter is all about; Easter is life for the believer now, who was dead in trespasses and sins, and a future of eternal life for those that die as believers. Jesus pointed out that ‘he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live’. This is the promise of Easter, life in abundance now and eternally through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Upon hearing this, observe that Martha then makes the connection between Jesus’ pronouncements of who He is by confessing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Also note that Jesus said that He is the Resurrection now and this was days before the actual event of that resurrection. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s plan of Redemption come together in this resurrection of the body of Jesus Christ by the power of God as it had been planned from the foundation of the world.

It is the power of the resurrection that brings true living into daily life and hope into the physical death of man, for Christ says, ‘whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die’; physical death, for the believer, is but a passage through the shadow of death, and not eternal death. Let us consider a passage from 1Corintians 15:12-20 concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (KJV) Paul explains for us the importance of this resurrection of Christ. Without the reality of the resurrection from the dead there is no power in the sacrifice of Christ, because He also is not raised. If Christ be not raised from the dead, then our sins are not forgiven and we express a vain faith in Christ. There is no power in our life if Christ be not raised. If we enjoy hope in Christ only while we live, we are found to be miserable creatures with no hope; for all who die are cut off from Christ. However, the power is there, for Christ is risen indeed and is the first to be resurrected from the dead by the power of God giving hope to those who die in Christ. Listen to the message of Paul to the Philippians in chapter 3:8-10, Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (NKJV) It is through this power of God in the resurrection of Jesus Christ that we have our hope of salvation.

Easter is the hope of eternal salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, established by the power of God in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1Corinthians 1:23-24 says, But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (KJV)

May you rejoice in this most blessed event in the history of mankind, and may you know the true salvation and the power of the resurrection that it springs from, and enter joyously into the beginning of Real Life that we call Easter.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

My Questions About Terri Schiavo's Life

This post is my 'opinion' on this tragic affair concerning Terri Schiavo. I do have my opinions, hopefully they are based on scriptural principles. I know not all will agree with me, that is normal in life, and I accept it. You are welcome to share your thoughts, but I ask that you not use vindictive accusations that cannot be proven, they serve no purpose but to add to the grief and suffering all are feeling in this affair. My thoughts follow.
This on going drama with Terri Schiavo has been extremely agonizing to me. I wasn't aware of this disturbing event until I started this blog. As I started reading other blogs the story came out and I couldn't believe what I was reading. I continued to search the internet for more information and I came to realize that there must be more here than meets the mind at first thought.
The information shows a man, Michael Schiavo, the husband of Terri Schiavo, who is the guardian of Terri on the basis of his role as husband and that is as it should be. This man brought suit in a medical malpractice charge concerning his wife's medical treatment and resultant condition, and said he needed the money for her therapy and care. He won, and then placed Terri in a hospice, not a hospital, and began seeking to 'allow her to die' as she had told him that would be her desire if she was ever in a diminished mental state. He said that she told him this in the past, before her collaspe. What I don't understand is this conflict in action and statement by Mr. Schiavo. I wonder what happened to the money, has it been spent on Terri's needs? Why a hospice instead of a hospital? Treatment is not performed in a hospice, it is a place of comfort for someone dying. Along with this is the question of the lack of further medical tests over these 15 years, but since Terri is in a hospice this would not be the course of care as it is not equipted to perform such tests or to provide therapy that she needs.
There are other disturbing pieces of information. Why has Mr. Schiavo taken a mistress and fathered children by her when he is married to Terri. I realize 15 years is a long time for someone to live celibate, but marriage is for life and 'for better or worse' and many people have been celibate for longer in caring for a disabled mate. At least he could have sought a divorce and let her parents assume her care, which they desire. In today's view of marriage, which is more based on the idea of 'physical love' and how the relationship 'meets MY needs', any partner that is convinced in their mind that a state of incompatibility exists in a marriage can sue for divorce. Why has not Mr. Schiavo done this if he truely loves this mistress of his and their children, and left Terri to the care of her parents? Why is not Mr. Schiavo just walking away from this situation and rebuilding his live apart from Terri? His answer is that he wants to make sure that Terri get's her wishes carried out and is allowed to die, since she told him that she would not want to live in a state of mental disability where she could not be in control. He is either the most misunderstood man in the world today or he is afraid of something concerning the circumstances surrounding his wife's condition. The sad and tragic part of all of this is that he has gotten his request granted by a Florida judge and has had Terri's feeding tube removed so that she can die. Terri is to die of starvation and dehydration. Hunger and thirst is to be her mode of death, sanctioned by the State of Florida's judicial court. I wonder if this would be acceptable method of execution in the Florida penitentiary in Stark, Florida, for condemned felons instead of lethal injection? Lots of questions.
This grim tragedy has a lot of unanswered questions and I cannot answer any of them, but I know that God does know the answers. I am convinced of one thing in my heart, killing Terri is not the RIGHT of the state or of any man, she has not been accused of anything worthy of death other than in their vies she is mentally damaged. I am also convinced there is another agenda at play here that is plainly parallel to what happened in Germany in the 30's and 40's; the establishment for a precedent for the euthanization of those whose quality of life is judged to be below a certain level of acceptance to society. This started with the killing of the mentally ill, then the disabled, then the gypsies, and finally the Jews. Society does not have this right! Some will say that this will not happen in the USA, but I want to remind everyone that when the RIGHT to an abortion was passed by the action of the Supreme Court in Roe v Wade it was said then that it would not be a common activity in our society for any woman to seek an abortion. I ask you, what has history shown us? Is abortion common? Now if euthanasia is allowed by this precedent, will it not follow the same path, maybe, maybe not? More questions, we need more answers.

What ever happens in this agonizing tragedy will be within God's will and for His purposes. This I believe compeletly. The Word of God says He uses even the wrath of man for His purposes. Faith in God demands that we trust Him in the times of life that we do not understand, just like we do in everyday life. The 'why' of such instances may cause us to question God, this is human. We are limited by our humanity and our finite minds and will not understand the infinite mind of God. God sees the end from the beginning in all situations, He sees this situation clearly. He knows the truth and will bring justice at His time, in His way, and for His purpose. His grace is sufficient for us each day, and is renewed daily as we trust in Him. I have given this tragic situation to God, for I cannot personally say I know what should be done. I know what I want to happen, I want Terri to live and get the medical care she needs and be allowed to be with her parents. I pray that God will grant this, but as Jesus prayed, I must pray, 'not my will, but thine be done'; God sees and knows what is best for Terri. I accept this, but I will deeply grieve if she dies in this horrible way under the auspices of the State of Florida.
Terri's ordeal is reinforcing within me some important lessons in life. God is using her to help me better see the importance of the needs of others around me. He is using this experience to remind me of the importance of all life; the unborn to the dying, and all in between. Call it a wake up call for me. How it affects your life is between you and God. I can only speak for myself. All I can ask for is mercy from God on all involved and grace with justice for Terri. May this be His will.
Our Father in Heaven, we hallow Thy Name. We pray that You will be close to Terri, her parents, and family. Grant them the grace to bear up under the strain of this awful tragedy. We pray that if it be not against Your will that Terri will survive and get the care and therapy she needs to live. Grant to us the grace to be faithful in praying for Terri and her family during this agonizing drama, and to hold firm in our trust in You, the giver of life. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, who suffered death for us and rose in glorious power for our salvation. Amen.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Terri Schiavo Needs Our Faithfulness in Prayer

To my readers,
The battle is engaged for real in Terri's life. The authorities have had the feeding tube removed, not just left unused. They want to be sure that she cannot be fed. There is also an order that she may not be fed by mouth.

While I never give up in these arenas of spiritual battle, I know some may. Now is the time to fast and pray the hardest and in earnest. As Churchill said in a commencement address, 'Never give up, never, never, never.' As Christians we should never give up, for God is in this and His Will will be done, and if Terri dies, I believe God will have the best for her in His eternal plan.

Now for those who want more information go here and follow the post and information in the comments. There are other links in former posts I have left that are still active. However, pray, hold firm in commitment and resolve.

The battle is to the Lord for He is ever faithful. Let us all be faithful.

Holy God, we humbly ask that you hold Terri in your loving arms and ease her suffering. We also ask that you embrace her parents and comfort them in their grief as only You can do. May you show Yourself strong in this great tragedy. Teach us Lord to look to you for our strength and give us the grace to be stronger in faith through this experience. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
Update: 2/21/05 Bill passed Congress dispite attempts to stall and stop its passing and President Bush signed in the early hours this morning. Pray that, if it is God's will, this bill will hold up to judicial review. Prayer is still the strongest avenue and we must be faithful in this battle for life.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Terri Schiavo Needs Prayer Now

Dear Readers,
This week is crucial in the life of Terri Schiavo. The courts stay runs out this Friday, March 18, and though there are many different routes being pursued to save Terri from death by starvation and dehydration, I want to encourage everyone to be praying that God’s will be done in this ordeal that she and her parents are going through. Pray that this miscarriage of justice may be circumvented and that others who find themselves in this situation in the future will not have to fight to remain alive. There will be a very dangerous precedent set in this case that may be used in the future to take the life of those who are defenseless in their silence due to a diminished mental capacity. Some will argue that this will not happen, but it will be the same excuse given by those that said abortion would not be a common practice once legalized. History has shown us how this was not true. Life is a gift from God, let us kneel before Him and plead for Terri’s life.

There are new laws being debated in Florida and the US Congress, and we need to pray that they will find a way for this death sentence to be lifted. Pray for these lawmakers in their deliberations that they will see this tragedy that is unfolding and correct the path it is taking our nation. For more information you can go here, here, and here. You can also ‘google’ ‘Terri Schiavo’ and get even more information.

Father God in heaven, we pray for Terri and her parents and their needs at this moment. Father, if it be not against your will, we pray that you will save the life of Terri Schiavo and grant that she might be placed in the care of her parents or others who will take care of and seek therapy for her. Father, guide the lawmakers as they seek legal ways to stop this tragedy from going further. We thank you Father, for your love and mercy, and we ask these petitions in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Broken Before God

This is not going to be easy to write. Have you ever been at the end of your rope and no knot to hold onto? I do not mean that in a trite way. I mean that mainly in a spiritual way, but as a product of the physical and spiritual occurrences within your life. Have you ever had the events of your life bring you to a point of seeming total despair by the struggles, pain, and suffering life faces, with absolutely no vision for recovery? Have you felt like you were broken? I ask you this whether you are one seeking God or if you profess to be a Christian. The scriptures are full of believers and seekers that were in this situation. The Psalms and history of the people of God in the Old Testament testify to this reality. My past posts on pain also mention some of these passages. In Psalms 34:18 it says, “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” And in Psalms 51:17 it says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Read all of Psalms 34, it has been a help to me.

I am sure that many of us have had conditions or occurrences of grief or loss that produce suffering and pain in our life. Life has a way of kicking us in the gut and then kicking us once we are down. Most of the time others counsel us to just get up and get to work and everything will work out. We are told to stop feeling sorry for ourselves, that only the strongest survive, or that the Lord helps those who help themselves. Well, I am of the conviction that while these challenges may have some merit, they are not the answers in every case. I am of the conviction that while many times the struggles, suffering, and pain we face are due to our own failures, and that we should repent of them; other instances of struggles, suffering, and pain are due to conditions or occurrences that are not in our control. I further believe that regardless of either situation, God knows the truth of the situation, and while He may let us ‘do our own thing’ or allows these other painful conditions or occurrences of life to exist, they are only to bring us to a place of brokenness in our life that He might strengthening us for His purpose as Christians or to bring us to Christ for salvation. In all of these various conditions or occurrences God is teaching us to seek more faith with these situations, that we may trust in Him foremost and trust less within ourselves and our abilities.

Now to many of us that can sound cruel of God. Why would a loving God allow this struggling, suffering, and pain to happen? Especially if the factors involved are not our fault. (See James 1:2-5) It happens because He loves us and wants the best for us. Ask yourself this, when do I most often learn anything in life that is of lasting spiritual value? Is it when everything goes well and I am happy or in the times of struggle, suffering, and pain? We can learn, if we are truly focused on God, when we are happy and life is going well, but if we are truthful about life, we learn life’s greatest lessons during the times of struggle, suffering, and in pain more often than during those times of happiness. (I also find that we have a greater tendency to question God’s love at these times, and not when everything is going well.) You and I will always prefer to be on the mountain top with Jesus and feel His peace, and see Him in all His glory, as did Peter, James, and John, however, like them, we must go down the mountain and live in the valley of everyday life and still see the glorified Christ in our daily lives; for this valley is where we must live for and serve God the majority of our lives. Despite the seeming cruelty of God at these times, He is showing His greatest love to us.

Consider this example. Our life is like unrefined gold ore, until gold ore goes into the furnace it is only a lump of mineral with some value, but really of no use other than as a pretty rock. Once gold ore has gone through the furnace the beauty, usefulness, and greater value becomes apparent. Sometimes the refiner takes the gold and refines it again and again to make of more value. We start out like that valuable, impure, unrefined gold ore to God. He wants to refine us in His furnace of life with its heat of struggle, pain, and suffering. It is a work of love on God’s part, at first to save us from our sin and to make us useful to Him. In that furnace God separates us from the impurities of the flesh that we are bonded to just like the bonded impurities gold ore has in its natural state. The heat of the furnace causes those impurities to burn off or fall away and the pure gold to flow into a mold as something beautiful and useful. Similarly in areas where we are not responsible for the grief, God is using His furnace of life’s troubles to bring the fineness of the gold of our life to a higher level. We must allow God to refine us.

I want to testify that these thoughts are not just the ramblings of theology by a believer in Jesus Christ. I know first hand that they are true. I am in the furnace of God’s refining love. The occurrences in my life of the past several years have slowly begun to burn away the excess of the flesh life and are melting the pride of life that I have lived with most of my life. And it hurts, oh does it hurt, I feel so weak, so ashamed, and useless. In anger at myself I strike out at those who love me most, including God. I feel all the self pity and self loathing that comes from this process. I hate this darkness I am in and I crave the light of God’s grace. But, I know God is at work, that He loves me, that my family loves me, that my brethren in Christ love me, but the process is not over and I have learned to say as Job said in his trial, though He slays me, I will trust in Him, and as Jonah learned in his darkness, to obey God. I also know that when He is through, I will be a vessel fit for the Master’s use.

Jesus knows darkness, suffering, and pain, though He deserved none of them as you or I do. He endured all of them for you and me. In the garden of Gethsemane, in an unjust trial, and on the Cross of Calvary, He struggled with the pain, suffering, and darkness for you and me. He did this in love to provide a way of salvation for us from the sin that separates us from God. Jesus provided a perfect sacrifice in which He broke down the wall of separation between God and us, caused by our sin. He made it possible for us to be free from our sin by providing a true Atonement for sin and we can have redemption from sin by faith in this finished work of Christ on the Cross and in the power of the Resurrection of Christ from the dead.

In this new birth we find ourselves transformed by the renewing of our minds. We crucify the old man’s fleshly way of thinking. We then become the workmanship of Christ, created unto good works that were ordained from the foundation of the world for us to walk in, as a new man in Christ, and by which we bring glory to God. And when we lose sight of all this, God is faithful to put His children in the refining furnace of His love to burn off and separate from us the dross of life that separates us from Him. When some grievous situation overtakes us, God is faithful and will use our suffering to make us stronger and purer. I know, for I am there.

For those who suffer in God’s furnace, may the light of His grace come soon to truly lighten the pain and lift the darkness of your soul for your good and His glory. For you who seek to know God may His Spirit come to your aid. May God be ever closer to you and strengthen you in faith that you may truly be one with Him through Christ, yielded and prepared for the Master’s use. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Why I Blog

I have wanted to find a way to witness for Jesus Christ that I was 'comfortable' with for sometime. While I am able to talk with people, it is a problem for me to remember the scripture I need at times and I usually do not have my Bible at hand. Blogging is a great way to order your thoughts on a subject and align them with what the Bible says. Saying what the Bible teaches is my goal, as I have said in past posts. I try to avoid what my church believes and teaches, instead, attempting to allow the Holy Spirit to lead the comments I write. I hope that I have been true to this goal and that it is helpful to you readers. However, I do encourage my readers to visit the link to Anabaptist Mennonites that I have on my home page. It is a very informative source for doctrine of my church, and I do support my church; please check it out for a lot of insight into how we apply the principles of the Bible in daily life. You will learn a lot more there faster than the plodding pace I use! However, please come back when you can!

On the last post I asked the question, Why Blog, to draw some comments from my readers. This was in response to a disscussion I read on another blog; the link is in that blog. The response was good. I appreciate what was said. JV commented that a blog is basicly an extension of our personality. Most blogs are just this and I enjoy reading about what is going on in each life which they represent, especially the comments that are given in response. In my case I try to limit my 'personality' in this blog by giving it to God for His glory; to be a testimony of His grace and mercy given to bring man to salvation. I want to refrain to offer the 'opinions of men' in the exposition of the Word of God. This is to let the Holy Spirit speak and draw the seeking soul into Word's truth and work His work in their hearts. This is to prevent any unproductive arguments or discussions on various church doctrines. However, I realize that we are people with opinions of what the Word says as pointed out in the comments I have received; so, if you need to discuss such opinions I will do that if it doesn't occupy too much time or go to far from the stated objective of this blog. Also, I have links to many of the bloggers in my life and hope you will seek them out for their input into life, they are instructive as well as entertaining. Enjoy!

Since I have learned to use a computer, which is going on only one year in July this year, I have been using it to study God's Word with the aid of Power Bible CD. This digital concordance is a blessing to me. It has opened up the Word of God so much and helped me to vastly improve my cross referencing of scripture verses for a better understanding into the mysteries of God. I suggest that my readers obtain one of these. It is inexpensive compared to many other programs out there ($20.00 + shipping) and if you pay a small copyright fee you get a code to open up several other popular Bible versions, the NIV among them, but it has a lot of versions other than the KJV included as is. It is available here so go get it!

I might mention that our church has a policy of accountability in using all electronic media for only spiritual, educational, e-mail between families, or business reasons. We sign a pledge card that we are open to all inquiries by any brotherhood member on our use, especially involving use of the internet. This is to help keep us pure by not indescriminately going into impure sites on the web. I have a policy of not surfing the internet, but only using sites that come to me through reliable sources; this can be from existing sites I frequently use, by word of mouth, from commenters on my posts, or in other media I trust. While I want this site to gain readership, I have descided to not use the various web advertising sites to promote this site. I pray for God to send the ones He wants to come here to read the posts and for referrals from them to their friends and through 'Google' type searches. (I ran into this blog searching for information on Terri Schaivo, nice to have that coverage!)

OK, this is enough on blogging. I want to return to my main reason for this blog; witnessing Christ. In closing, please comment on any subject you are struggling with along with comments on what I post here, all sincere requests are appreciated.

As I have asked in the last posts, I ask, nay I beg you all to continue to pray for Terri Schaivo. If a way to prevent it is not forth coming, she will be condemned to die by starvation starting March 18 when the current stay runs out. Pray for her that she survives this legalized murder; pray for her husband that God will change his heart or the courts will remove him from his role as caretaker of Terri and that her parents will be appointed caretakers. Also pray for the Judge that has made this terrible discision to allow Terri's death by the request of her husband, Michael, and that he will change his order. Pray for Gov. Jeb Bush and others that are trying to find a legal way to stop this atrocity from happening. Go to my post on Praying for Terri or google 'Terri Schaivo' for more information, but pray, pray, pray all you can, I have a conviction that prayer will help change this miscarriage of justice.

Lord God, I pray that you will stop this death sentence on your daughter Terri Schaivo. May you work your will in her behalf. Enfold her in your love and strengthen her parents in this struggle. If it be your will, change her husband's heart and that of the judge that she may be saved from the agonizing suffering of death by starvation. I ask in the name of Jesus Christ who suffered and died for us all. Amen.

Your servant in Christ, Truthseeker.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Why Blog?

I ran into a wonderful slice of life while rambling among the bloggers I know and visit regularly. You can start here and see the Feb. 27, 2005 post and follow his links for the discussion. It made me think about my blog and why it is here. There are so many out there and it seems to be a selfish attempt at bringing attention to oneself. I guess it is just a phenomena of the times; like the invention of the printing press.

My stated reason for this blog is apparent and while this post is not directly aligned with that goal, I think that it is worthy of discussion. I do not consider myself an intellectual by any stretch. I just want to bring the simple (?) gospel of Christ to mankind and it seemed that this media was a good vehicle to do so. I have stated that this goal is to be reached without the 'opinions of men', myself included. Go to the link and read what transpired there, don't forget the comments, for that is where the subject grew. Call this a break to use our minds to see why we do what we do in our lives. Give me your thoughts for I think that this is important to extend the conversation from these blogs and their comments. Let me know what you think may help to reach the goal of this blog.

In the meantime we must not forget to pray for those that cannot speak. Please keep praying for Terri Schaivo. The current stay will run out March 18 or thereabouts, so let us not slacken our efforts on her behalf. Terri's case may be the precedent that brings euthanasia into our lives by law. Abortion is evil enough, let's not compound that sin with killing our elderly or mentally impaired people. See my post for more information by following the links; also you can google 'pray for Terri Schaivo'. May God bless and save us all.