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"

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DANIEL 1

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.