Thursday, May 28, 2009

UPDATE ON VOLUNTEERING

A while ago I wrote about volunteering at the local crisis pregnancy centre and how I didn't think it was all it was cracked up to be. Well, I have resigned from there.

The director and I had talked in April about me volunteering again. I said I wanted to do more than just stuff envelopes and count change like I was doing before. I told her about some ideas I had for marketing the centre. She said we would get together on April 30 to talk them over.

April 30 came and the director didn't come pick me up. I called the centre and was told she had a doctor's appointment. She never called me up to reschedule.

I had thought of calling the director to reschedule and then I thought, What guarantee is there that we would get together on that date eether, and even if we did, what guarantee is there that anything we agreed on would actually get implemented?

The director has shown herself to be unreliable. In addition to the incident mentioned above, when I volunteered at the centre, she spent most of her time checking her email and talking to the other volunteers. Once, I ordered a pamphlet on a parenting topic for her to hand out to clients. It took her six months to make copies of that thing.

Personally, I think the director is afraid of the centre succeeding. She still hasn't gotten the centre's website up and running and it's been over a year since she registered the domain name. These days, getting a website designed is fairly easy. Failing that, she could have at least gotten a blog or a myspace page. It's the type of thing that, if she had been really keen to do it, she would have by now.

When I called up to resign, one of the reasons I gave was the fact that we were supposed to get together on the 30th and didn't. For the rest of the call, she talked about how there wasn't really any work for me there. A bit of selective hearing on her part. I didn't say I was resigning because there wasn't enough work for me there, I said I was resigning because she was supposed to pick me up on the 30th and didn't and I could reschedule but what guarantee was there that we would actually get together. Hopefully, that's the last amount of bull I will have to endure from there.

Friday, May 22, 2009

MORE FROM EPHESIANS

Last Sunday in church, our pastor continued his study in Ephesians.

"wherefore putting away lying speak every man truth with his neighbour for we are members one of another."

The pastor talked about how Christians often lie by saying things like, "Tell them I'm not here" when someone calls that they don't want to talk to. He said that we need to make sure we are truthful in everything we say. I know that I have been guilty of saying something that isn't true because I'm too lazy to tell people how something really is and it's just easier to say what people always say.

"be ye angry and sin not let not the sun go down upon your wrath neether give place to the devil"

The pastor talked about how, when we are angry we should not sin. This doesn't literally mean don't go to bed angry, but rather resolve your argument in a timely manner. It is good not to go to bed angry. I never like to go to bed with someone angry at me or angry at someone.

I've found Christians really don't argue well. If you are debating a religious issue with them, they will many times resort to name-calling and insults. Listen to some Christian talk shows if you doubt that. I have been guilty of this. When someone does it to you, it is amazing how you resort to the same tactic.

I have noticed that Christians really don't argue well. In addition to the name-calling and insults, they will drag the argument out. You'll say, "We'll talk about this at such and such a time." They'll agree, but then bring up the topic a couple minutes later. Also, Christians tend to go down rabbit trails, bringing up issues which have nothing to do with the topic at hand and getting sidetracked by topics. I have been guilty of this myself.

"let him that stole steal no more but rather let him labour working with hands the thing which is good that he may have to give to him that needeth"

Instead of taking from other people, the person should now work so that he has something to give to the needy. The pastor talked about how there was no welfare at this time. Well, in a Christian country, you wouldn't need welfare. Everyone that could work would work or starve to death "he that does not work should not eat." Those who couldn't work would be taken care of by the church.

Visit Madoc Baptist Church's website at the link above for downloadable sermons and lots of useful information.

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REPLY AWL

The April 6 issue of Maclean's has an itim about the mayor of Kieve proposing a tax on the amount of air citizens breathe. I have heard that in England they tax you for the air you breathe. That is basically what a carbon tax would be since we breathe out carbon dioxide.

In the same issue, Mark Stein's column is about the UK enacting legislation banning jokes about homosexuals, with no exceptions. The UK is getting more and more tyranical. They already have secret police sitting in pubs listening for somebody to say the word wog, as well as enviro cops everywhere. They have also banned clown shoes, you have to have special training in order to wear rubber boots and a safety harness, and you have to be eighteen or older to buy teaspoons because someone recently murdered someone else with a teaspoon.

The April 13 issue has a cover story about how teenagers are more responsible these days, but in the same issue Brian Bethune reviews a book about being a nurse at a summer camp. The nurse experienced these overprotective parents sending all this health information with their kids containing information about all these little things. Today's teenagers may be all right, but what about those slightly younger than them?

In the same issue Mark Stein writes that we are on the road to legalised poligamy. I agree with him. There have already been a fair number of people advocating it. Also, after same sex marriage was made legal in California in 2004, a professor talked about legalising incest between consenting adults. In his colum, Mark Stein says "Canadians have no values." He is right. The only values Canadians seem to have is bowing to whatever people want. Not that there aren't people who oppose this way of thinking, but it really seems like "de Canadian value" is to just accomodate whatever anyone wants.

MICHAEL KETTER 1958-2009

Michael Ketter died last Sunday from complications from a car accident he had three and a half years ago.

As well as founding a Pitsburgh radio station, Ketter hosted many radio programs on shortwave station Wbcq including Here Now, World Microscope, You Are What You Think, and The Radio Reaction Theatre.

Ketter was a true renaissance man. He could cook, garden and fix things. He knew a lot about computers, radio, entertainment, popular culture, and current events. He never went along with others opinions concerning world events, but obtained his opinions by research, logic and experience.

On October 12, 2005, Ketter was involved in a car accident which put him in a coma. He never awoke from it and passed away on Sunday 17 May.

Michael Ketter, broadcaster and renaissance man, dead at 50.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

HAPPY HAY RIDE

Happy Hay Ride

Let's go enjoy the happy hay,
Going on a happy hay ride.
Its just the thing to brighten our day,
Going on a happy hay ride.

We will get so bucking stoned
we wont ever want to go home,
Home from our happy hay ride.

We will roast marshmallows and hotdogs,
Going on a happy hay ride,
We will get the munchies and eat like hogs,
Going on a happy hay ride.

We will laugh and laugh and laugh,
Giggling for an hour and a half,
Lets go on a happy hay ride.

We will sleep until we see the sun,
Going on a happy hay ride.
Tomorrow night we will have another one,
Another happy hay ride.

and that`s the song...... Smoke it up....;;

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOLBOARD PROPOSES NOT LETTING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS GO OFF CAMPUS FOR LUNCH

Among the Toronto District Schoolboard's twenty-four proposals to get students to eat better is a proposal to not allow middle school students to go off schoolgrounds for lunch. The TDSB's Nutrition Task Force says this will lead cafeterias to offer a wider, healthier variety of food.

I swear things just get more tyranical every day. You know the food won't get any better, and last time I checked, cafeteria food isn't the healthiest thing in the world.

To Toronto's middle school students, I say don't allow this. If this proposal goes through, disobey it and go off campus anyway. Don't allow the TDSB to screw with you

Sunday, May 10, 2009

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR ASKING

In church today, our pastor preached on Ephesians 4 20-24. One of the points he made was that we needed to grow spiritually, paying the same attention to it we would if a baby wasn't gaining weight.

This is perfectly true. Christians need to pay urgent attention to growing spiritually. However, this makes me think of the passage in the gospel where James and John tell Jesus they want to be greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and He basically tells them they don't know what they're asking. While this passage doesn't have the exact meaning that I'm going to talk about, it still applies.

Christians say they want to grow spiritually, but they don't know what they're asking. The Bible says "ask and ye shall receive." Thus, if you ask the Lord to help you grow spiritually, He'll do it. If you really have a desire to grow spiritually, you'll grow a lot.

All things are about God. Thus, we must not reject any truth on any topic. If you honestly want to grow spiritually, it will be a scary road, a road with a lot of joy but a road with a lot of unpleasant and terrifying experiences along the way (not that these are always mutually exclusive.) When you get further along the road, it can sometimes seem strange to think back on how you ended up there. In short, an honest desire to grow spiritually will lead you to things you never thought you would believe.

Recently, I have been sharing my beliefs-from the Bible, about a certain ethnic group, a group which I have bashed by name on this blog before and a group which it seems most Christians are absolutely cuckoo over. He will not believe me. This is my fault for giving him more information than he can handle at this stage in his walk with the Lord. However, there are things that I want to note about his reaction to my belief for our purposes.

I told him to talk to the pastor I learned a lot of this stuff from, but he won't do it because he says he sees that this man's ministry bares the bad fruit of hate. Another word for hate in this case is prejudice. So, because he is against people hating other people based on preconceived notions, he is going to label this man's ministry "hateful" without checking out what he believes.

After he refused to investigate my beliefs about this aforementioned ethnic group/religion, my friend said, "I don't know if it's how you were raised or if you came across people ..."

Well, it wasn't how I was raised. My parents always told us not to be "prejudiced" against people. I never came across anyone growing up who hated these people. I guess I just have a functioning brain, that's all.

It started back when I had first become a Christian. I had started waking up to the medical conspiracy (a whole other spiritual growth story in itself.) I was staying at my Grandma's after Christmas and she had a sore foot. We went to her doctor, who was of this ethnic group (yeah, like you don't know who I'm talking about already.) I thought, "If these people are God's chosen people, like I believe, why are so many of them involved in the sinfull pharmakia profession." A good Bible verse that goes along with this is the verse where Jesus tells the Pharasies that if they were the children of Abraham, they would recognize him, and I believe there's a verse that talks about how they'd also behave like Abraham.

Well, I kept desiring to learn about the things of God and I kept growing spiritually, albeit some times faster than other times. One day, I was surfing the internet, looking at different ministry's websites to see if they had any good resources I could order, because that is what the Lord was leading me to do in order to grow spiritually. I came across a ministry offering a book called The Plot Against Christianity. I ordered it and some other materials I was interested in. I thought, "Goodie, I'm going to learn more about the plot that people like the liberals, the new agers and the homosexuals have against Christians." However, when I received the book, I found out it was about the Talmud. I knew Jews studied the Talmud, but I didn't know exactly what kinds of things it said. However, always eager to find out what other religions believed in order to be equipped to tell them about Jesus, I eagerly plunged into The Plot Against Christianity. The things I found in there shocked and I think even horrified me. However, having read the information in the book, things suddenly became a lot clearer for me. It explained things about our society, particularly all the perversion on TV.

Well, I just kept investigating until I came to the set of beliefs I currently have about this ethnic group. I never dreamed when I became a Christian back in August 1998 that I would have these beliefs one day, but I do. Like I say, my spiritual growth concerning the issue of this ethnic group has been shocking and horrifying, but it has also been ajoyfull one because I now know the truth.

So, be careful when you ask God to help you grow spiritually, it just might happen to you. Your only alternative is not to grow spiritually, which isn't actually an option, so you have no choice but to ask the Lord to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Visit my church's website by clicking the link above. There are a lot of good sermons on there as well as other useful information.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

THE WARM RANGE

Now in Ontario, if you are pulled over and read .05 or over your license will be suspended for three days. Get caught a second time and your car will be taken away.

The legal limit's .08 but I guess that doesn't matter.

This country is going down the sewer.

Today, I heard the announcer on one of the local radio stations say, "As outgoing chairman of Red Nose, I think that's a good idea." Buck you.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

RIGHT ON

Chex Television has brought back multicultural programming, Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:30.

At 9:30, it's South Asian Business Profile, followed by three programs on Islam.

Though I do not agree with promoting these religions, it's still good that Chex has multicultural programming again. I used to watch Iran Zameen and the various Indian shows every Saturday morning when I was a kid. I have loved Indian film music ever since.

This is a good move on Chex's part because it helps make their programming line-up distinct, something that is needed in these days when TV stations are struggling to stay afloat and there is too much sameness on the dial.

Friday, May 1, 2009

A WINGHAM AND A WINDSOR NOT GOING OFF THE AIR AFTER ALL

Shaw Communications has bought Cknx Wingham and Chwi Windsor from CTV, meaning they won't be going off the air in August as was planned.

On the one hand, I feel kind of ticked off that they won't be going off the air. On the other hand, if they brought back there local content, that would be a good thing. Hopefully Shaw will make some positive changes. Come on, Shaw, turn these stations into something the people of Wingham and Windsor can be proud of!

THE NEW FACES OF THE ABORTION DEBATE

This is in response to an article of the same title in the April 2009 issue of Chatelaine.

The article tries to make out like pro-abortionists in Fredericton are so hard done by. There is a prolife organization right next to the abortion clinic. Protesters gather outside the clinic every Tuesday and, shudder shudder gasp gasp, successfully stop some of the women from having abortions. Oh, you poor abortionists!

The article mentions, perhaps somewhat reluctantly that in 2005, abortions were down 3.2 percent from 2004, continuing the trend of recent years. This means we're winning!

Also, only one in six Canadian hospitals offers abortions, a decline from previous years.

It's funny how the pro-abortion organization that found out this statistic gathered their information. They had a woman call up 791 hospitals, saying she was pregnant and thinking of having an abortion. In a lot of cases, she was laughed at, lied to, hung up on, and in one instance, told to check herself in for psychiatrik help. Ha ha. That's like taking a survey about religion by calling up a pastor and asking, "So what's up with the G-man?"

On both sides of the abortion movement, their are new and interesting aspects emerging.

On the pro-abortion side, you have people who are pro-choice, but would not themselves ever have an abortion. You also have people who are not for abortion right across the board. You have women, for example who think it's all right for a woman to have an abortion if they choose, but are against the forced sterilisation of Native women that has taken place. For them, it is not about having an abortion as the best option, as in the passed. Rather, it is about women having free, readily available access to abortion IF that's what they want to do.

On the prolife side, you have people like Margaret Fung, who approaches the issue from a bioethical standpoint.

You also have sites like Prowoman Prolife, which you can get to by clicking the link above. On this site, contributors argue that rather than making abortion illegal, abortion be ended through things like increasing financial support for pregnant women who are struggling and appealing to people's hearts on the issue. While I think abortion should be made illegal, I think the view and efferts of this website are very laudible.

Back on the pro-abortion side, the article talks about the taboo nature of abortion in pop culture these days. It talks about artist buckers who create t-shirts and photo exhibitions designed to convey the message that "women have had abortions." Yeah, like that's going to do anything.

Abortion has become more taboo in movies and on TV, according to the article. On Sex In The City, Miranda was going to have an abortion and didn't. In Juno, the lead character didn't have an abortion. I can think of one more example. On Degrassi: The Next Generation, Liberty and J.T. went into the nurse's office to talk to the nurse about the fact Liberty was pregnant. The nurse said, "You're ex-number of months along, so it's probably too late for an abortion," to which Liberty replied, "I don't even want to think about that."

The article attributes this to cowardice on the part of the networks and studios. Is it, or is it that, as supported by the statistics mentioned above, abortion is becoming a less desirable option for women?

It was interesting to hear about the different sides in the abortion debate. There are a lot of interesting perspectives on both sides. It's not all black and white.

The abortion issue is of course an issue that will be visited many more times, particularly on this blog.

To my fellow warriors in the prolife movement, I'd like to repeat: we're winning! All we need to do is give one big push to finish them off. Don't stop now! Victory is allmost ours!