Thursday, September 29, 2011

DANIEL 5

Belshazzar would have certainly heard about his grandfather going mad and afterwords finally turning to God. Yet, Belshazzar did the thing that was so wicked it caused the kingdom to fall.

Each arrogant person, including world leaders, celebrities and business tycoons, will one day commit the act in their lives that will push God over the edge, so to speak. When that act has happened, God will say "That's it" and, just like Belshazzar, their lives will be over.

Better to learn from Nebuchadnezzar, you world leaders, famous people and rich businessmen, along with everybody else.

Humble yourselves before God humbles you. It's a far more pleasant experience to humble yourself before God than to be humbled by God.

LUKE 8 16-9 50

Luke 8 37: "then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes besought Him to depart from them for they were taken with great fear and He went up into the ship and returned back again"

I think at least one of the reasons the Gadarenes were afraid of Jesus was because if the destruction of those pigs was what resulted from delivering that one man, what other disruptions might there be in their personal lives if the Gadarenes chose to follow Him?

Luke 8 43: You really get the impression that all those physicians were stringing the lady along for her money. Do you think doctors do this today?

Luke 9 5: Too many Christians these days make the mistake of trying to witness to individuals long after these people have stopped being interested in hearing about the Gospel from them. If they reject you, move on; you're probably needed someplace else.

Luke 9 33: What Peter was supposed to get from the transfiguration was that Jesus didn't need a tabernacle made with hands.

Friday, September 23, 2011

CRAIG HORTON DEAD AT 67

Craig Horton, beloved father, Centre Hastings fire chief and owner of Craig's Car Clinic, passed away last Saturday at the age of 67.

One thing I picked up from Dad was his work ethic. He taught that if something's worth doing, it's worth doing well. Whatever you do, do it diligently.

Dad didn't really have any vices. He wasn't an alcoholic, he didn't do drugs, he didn't smoke cigarettes, he didn't like to gamble, and he didn't look at Playboy.

The national divorce rate is about 35 percent. The divorce rate among parents of children with disabilities is near 90 percent. This fact alone stands Dad in excellent stead.

One thing I'll always remember about Dad was his relationship with our cats. For years, Dad said he hated them. Yet, he always talked to them, petted them and commented on their different personalities and what they were doing. He especially became good friends with our most recent feline acquesition.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

I'm Too Sexy: Air Farce had a sketch where the pope sang, "I'm too sexy for birth control."

Baby Got Back: There is a Christian parody of this song entitled "Baby Got Book."

End Of The Road: So many girls had crushes on the members of Boys II Men back in the day.

I Will Always Love You: I first started seriously getting into radio up at our cottage.

I remember in 1992 I found the 88.1 CJOH transmitter from Deseronto and found it just bucking incredible that there was TV on radio. There were ads on CJOH for Magic 100 that mentioned the station played Whitney Houston.

I think I listened to this song at the cottage. I also think I can remember listening to it on the radio at home on a Sunday night in bed.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

THE BILLBOARD BOOK OF NUMBER ONE HITS

Justify My Love: If I love you, why do I have to justify it?

Gonna Make You Sweat/Everybody Dance Now: This song has about become a bloody standard by now.

I've Been Thinking About You: Londonbeat worked on the theory that if it's named after someplace else, people will buy it.

Set Adrift On Memory Bliss: This is a really good song.

Black Or White: Michael Jackson knew what the Jews were really like.

Friday, September 16, 2011

REPLY AWL

In the Discovery section of the July-August issue of Canadian Geographic, there is an item about natural burial, internment "without the chemicals used in imbalming." Either way, the worms are gonna get you.

In the April-June Encounter With God daily devotional, there is an article about St. Augustine's "Confessions." The writer of the article finds it remarkable that, before he was converted, Augustine prayed to God expecting that God would grant Augustine what he asked. This isn't really remarkable; lots of people who aren't Christians pray. There attitude is, "Say the right words and God will give you what you want."

Another article in the same issue talks about a program Scripture Union Canada is launching to help people learn the Bible. The author laments the fact that so few Canadians know very much about the Bible. Well, this is partly the fault of churches like the Anglican church, the church SU Canada and the Encounter With God devotional are associated with. For years, the priest's sermons have in large part consisted of happy stories and no deeper message than, "Be nice to people."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

REPLY AWL

In his column in the August 22 issue of Maclean's, Scott Feschuk quotes exerpts from his 12 year old son's letter home from camp. I wonder how James felt about that? I hope there wasn't a big fight in the Feschuk household when James got home and found out what his father had done.

The August 29-September 5 issue of Maclean's contains an article about all the problems the European Union is facing. Many experts think the EU might break up. Daniel 2 44 says the Roman empire will never be reunited. Try as EU politicians might, the present European Union will crumble. A new European Union will probably emerge consisting of just the western nations of the Roman empire.

An article in the same issue talks about lack of mechanical skills among young people. The article cites reasons for this including the digitization of our culture and dads not doing hands-on things with their children at young ages.

It isn't only a matter of parents not showing children how to work with their hands; so many parents don't do anything with their children these days. The parents are so busy having "me time" or more likely having to work harder than parents of previous generations to put food on the table that mothers and fathers don't have time to do crafts or bake or even play as much with their children. This results in many children not getting a lot of the life skills they need.

Incidentally, if the rule is "righty tighty lefty loosy", how come corkscrews and can openers don't follow this principle?

Another article in the same issue talks about how so many Dutch women work part time and are happy with those working hours. Predictably, ardent feminists are saying Dutch women are unfulfilled. One feminist bitch even goes so far as to say "happiness is overrated." Ah feminazis, what would a hack humour writer do without you?

Answer me this question: These modern superwomen working ten hours a day, doing all the housework, trying to slot in some time with their offspring while also going back to school: do they look happy?

Another article in the same issue talks about home births and how dangerous they can be. The fact of the matter is, there are no studies to say for sure whether they are or aren't. Personally, I think if you are planning on having a home birth, you should check with your midwife or doctor to see if there are going to be any particular complications with your labour. If there aren't, you should put a plan in place to insure that if complications arise during the delivery, you can get to a hospital in plenty of time. Aside from that, I think it is a good idea to have a home birth or to even employ free birth, that is just give birth alone.

Of course, when you get to the hospital in plenty of time to save the baby, that's only half the battle. You'd better hope that by some astounding occurrence the doctor actually sees you and gets you on the table within a short period of time. You get to the hospital and you have to track down some nurse or janitor with the interpersonal skills of a wolvereen to wheel you into the delivery room. You tell the doctor to hurry because you don't want to loose the baby and he and all the other staff act like they'd rather be breaking rocks on the dark side of the moon.

SUNDAY MORNING FM DX LOG

Had some good FM dx this morning.

WIYY Syracuse with ID and Kings Of Leon
WFXY 95.1 Rochester with The Police "Roxanne"
WCMF 96.5 Rochester with classic rock including the Arrowsmith version of "Come Together"
97.7 WFRY Watertown with "Power And Country"
97.9 WPXY Rochester with "The Weekend Top 30" with Hollywood Hamilton
100.5 WVOR Rochester with "Sunday Sunrise"

ELIZABETH BROWN LEAVES WGN

Elizabeth Brown did her last newscast on WGN-am Saturday night.

I gather she is moving on to bigger and better things.

I will miss Brown's sweet and charming demeanor.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

THAT DUDE WITH THE STUFF THAT HAPPENS

This blog had me laughing out loud for extended periods of time.

Enjoy Brandon's true life stories, like the one about his very expensive haircut and another story involving a fireplace, a pack of matches and a can of pesticide.

There are other funny things such as robot haikus and cool names for bands.

Check out That Dude With The Stuff That Happens by clicking the link above.

DENNIS MILLER: AN AMERICAN LOBSTER

For Christmas 2000, my mom bought me two of Dennis Miller's audiobooks: "The Rants" and "Ranting Again." I listened to them over and over again and laughed uproariously. I loved Miller's simalies and other hilarious remarks.

Then, Miller turned conservative and became less funny.

Now, he has a talk show on the radio and it is horrible. I caught the beginning of it once. He was going to have an actor from "Thirty Rock" on the program and he didn't know what the actor did. That's just bucking terrible.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

THE TIME JAMES COULDN'T GET HIS COFFEE

It was a normal Sunday jam session at the coffee shop except for one thing: James couldn't get a coffee.

He tried everything. He tried to get the attention of the baristas nonverbally. Then he called and called for their attention. Finally, he broke down and cried.

"Oh what'll I do? Oh, whatt'll I do?" he wailed.

Finally, James had reached his limit.

"OK," he diclared, pulling out his Supersoaker water pistol, "I'm going to start firing this thing wild until I get a coffee."

James began firing the Supersoaker and drenched everything, from the tables to the sofas to the capucino machine to the piano. Finally, he pulled the trigger on the water gun one last time and killed an eight point buck that had wandered in for a coffee.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

MEDIA RELATED STUFF

All the analog TV stations are gone. However, when I checked Thursday morning, CJOH's Deseronto transmitter was still broadcasting at 87.9.

There is a temporary radio station in Madoc covering the BMX races. Check it out now at 88.1.

Earlier this morning, my computer speakers were picking up EWTN.

Friday, September 2, 2011

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

This book has been called “Hypercalvinist.” Therefore, I would first like to say there is no conflict between Calvinism and Arminianism. Obviously God predestined us. For one thing, the Bible says so. For another, if He hadn’t, then our coming to Christ would have been something God was not aware of. This would make Him not truly God.

However, in the everyday sense of things, when someone hears the Gospel, they have to choose whether or not they are going to believe.

God’s Sovereignty Defined: The devil is not thwarting God’s plans. Man is not thwarting God’s plans. We sentence ourselves to Hell by choosing not to believe.

The Book of Romans says that God is revealed through Creation. Thus, the nations that haven’t heard about Jesus Christ are “without excuse.”

The Sovereignty Of God In Creation: The earth is cursed because of our sin.

You don’t get God’s favour if you disobey His laws.

The Sovereignty Of God In Salvation: Really there is no mistranslation in Hebrews 2 9-10. Christ died for every man who would come to Him, whom He also predestined.

God’s Sovereignty In Reprobation: The brute beasts mentioned in 1 Peter are the descendants of the nephillem.

God’s Sovereignty And Man’s Responsibility: The Kaiser didn’t start the First World War; all the nations wanted to go to war with each other.

God’s Sovereignty In Prayer: There is an unhealthy fatalism in the church today. There is an unbalanced emphasis on accepting the will of God. This reduces Christianity to the same level as all the world’s other religions.

Difficulties And Objections: Jesus loved the rich young ruler in that He wanted the young man to follow Him, but if he wasn’t going to do that, then, in the every day sense of things, the young man had only himself to blame.

Conclusion: Lack of balance is one of the biggest problems in the church today.

Appendix C: Here is how God loved the world: “that whosoever believeth in Him.” You have to believe.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DANIEL 1

Daniel chose to eat only vegetables (beans) and water, instead of the meat and wine the king offered. Note that this passage is not saying you should never eat meat or drink alcohol. However, our body is a temple wherein dwelleth the Holy Spirit and we need to take good care of our health.

Daniel could have compromised. "Daniel, just eat the king's food, and you'll have more favour with the king and get to influence him more that way." This is the attitude of most people in the church today.

Daniel was faithful in his beliefs regarding the kinds of food the king ate and it turned out well for him and the three other young men in the end. May we always do the right thing and always be faithful.

Daniel was also very bold. We need to remember the four Hebrew children were prisoners. It wasn't as if they were guests who had some say in what they wanted to do during their stay. Therefore, Daniel was very bold to ask the servant to only serve the four of them pulses and water. May we be bold like him.

PROVERBS 24-27

Proverbs 24-27

This section really shows the interconnected nature of the Bible. These chapters in Proverbs are later quoted by Jesus, James, Peter, and Jude.

Proverbs 24 is similar to an Egyptian document. The Israelites were apparently open to wisdom from other cultures. We, the descendants of those Israel people, should be open to learn from the wisdom and customs of other cultures, so long of course as it doesn't contradict the Word of God.

Proverbs 24 1: "be not thou envious against evil men neither desire to be with them"

Proverbs 24 20: Don't wish you were up there with the rich and famous celebrities like these Jersey Shore people or these other famous singers and actors. They are all doomed.

Proverbs 24 10: Don't let every personal problem or setback or thing the new world order is going to do keep you distracted from walking the straight and narrow path with God.

Proverbs 25 2: Whenever I am confused about something in scripture or related to God, I always find it gratifying to read the Bible and other books to find out the answer.

It's good to be curious. Don't listen to all these people that tell you, "That's not important. Don't worry about it." If it's about God, then it is important, though granted, some things are more important than others.

Proverbs 25 9: As Jesus says later in the sermon on the mount, if you are angry with your brother, go to him directly. If you are angry at your neighbour about something, go to him directly and discuss it with him. Don't go to your friend and say, "I think so and so has this flaw in his character because of this thing he said or did to me." Discuss the situation with your neighbour. Odds are you will come to a good understanding and remain on friendly terms with one another.

Proverbs 25 17: Don't overstay your welcome.

Proverbs 25 20: We are told in the New Testament to weep with those who weep. Don't you just hate those people who, when you tell them you're sad about something, act relentlessly happy and try to cheer you up? If you are one of these people, learn to offer sympathy during those bad times instead.

Proverbs 25 24: The Bible does not condone divorce, but it does allow for separation. To put it simply, men, if your wife's a complete bitch whom you just can't live with, then get out of there.

Proverbs 25 25: It feels good to hear that something good happened in a far away country, doesn't it?

Proverbs 26 20: People who speculate about other people or just plain make things up about them behind their back are a scourge on the church. Don't be like them, and if you have been known to bear tales, quit it right now.

Proverbs 27 6: A true friend will rebuke you when you do wrong. A false friend who is really your enemy will just say that everything you do is all right.

Proverbs 27 7: True Christians want to investigate the things of the Bible that are hard to accept as well as the pleasant things.

Proverbs 27 17: It is so good when two friends can get together and discuss the things of God.