Monday, October 31, 2011


These comments all have to do with the "Daily Bread" daily devotional, Third Quarter 2011.

The people who write this devotional seem to be pretty down on imprecatory prayer, excusing the verses where the psalmist asks for violence to be done to his enemies as just the writer expressing his emotions. However, these verses are every bit as Godly as the rest. It is either repent or perish. Also, vengance is the Lord's, thus the psalmist is rightly asking the Lord to have His vengance.

In the section on Luke where it talks about the parable of the unjust judge, the writer says we should keep praying, even if we don't get what we want the first time, merely in order to be closer to God. While growing closer to God will result from persistance in prayer, we also need to keep praying about something because it pays to be persistent. For one thing, we should keep praying about something because everything happens in God's time, so if we don't get what we want now, as long as it's in accordance with God's will, we'll get it eventually. Also, being persistent in our prayers shows God that we sincerely want what we're asking for.

In an entry about Jude, the writer tells the reader to ignore the parts about other writings and the body of Moses. Don't ignore these verses! They are as much an inspired part of this book of the Bible as the other verses. If you don't understand these particular verses, keep coming back to them and ask God to reveal their meaning to you.


Just read this on Broowaha and thought I would respond to it. My comments are in parenthesis.

The Medicine Man
The Choice Between White Lab Coats And Alternative Healing
I don’t think many knew, besides his inner circle, that Steve Jobscould’ve possibly beaten his fatal cancer if he had only taken his doctors advice and succumbed to traditional medical procedures, particularly, an operation which could’ve removed his tumors much sooner than he decided. This information has been coming out as the release of his authorized autobiography arrive on everyone’s Kindle, I-Pad, and Bookshelf.
Now, this wasn’t all that surprising to me. After all, he’d turned to experimental treatment procedures, alternative medicine for pain and healing, and spiritual advisors for lifestyle advice. Of course, it was his right to choose them all because this washislife. But in the end, these were choices which most probably cost him dearly. He claimed he didn’t want anyone to open up his body, and that certain diets along with lots of meditation would make it all go away. (Maybe the practices of these spiritual advisors and the meditation he was participating in let in demons which helped destroy him.) Well, for such a brilliant man, these new revelations, I’ll admit, make me second-guess some of his basic common sense. And in myopinion, he should’ve thought a little more about the people he’s left behind who depended on his techno-genius before electing to go the way of the coffee enema. (Coffee makes a great enema. Ever drank two cups in a row?)
Steve Jobs was perhaps one of millions of others who’ve gone to their graves thinking there was an alternative way of saving themselves, and it saddens me seeing so many running toward these dysfunctional theories. Now, I know there are scores of people that believe in non-traditional methods of treating illness, that’s certainly your right. And for some reason, it seems to be the rage in our modern society. It’s chic, trendy, and cool. Health food stores everywhere are filled with shelves bulging with vitamin supplements, herbal compounds, liquid bottles of gold, and even chiropractors sitting in a back room all guaranteeing to make you feel better and live until the ripe old age of 100. Alternative medicine product manufacturing is a huge, multi-billion dollar business, selling a pill for every ache, twinge, sniffle, and pain your body might feel. And the advertising for these products, wow, talk about making you think you’re missing out on some of nature’s finest remedies. But, here me out because in my opinion, and this is just MY opinion, I think it’s all a bunch of false propaganda.
My family is filled with medical professionals. A Doctor, Nurse, and Pharmaceutical Expert have surrounded me all my life. They labored through years and years of intense training and study to be able to treat the illnesses of others. (Chiropractors spend more time in the classroom than medical doctors.) There is real, hard, logical evidence that the modern medicines they promote and methods used work because of the enormous scientific proof backing them up. (Sure, like Gardisyl which went through a few months of testing before being aproved and widely promoted.) Sure, the drug companies make large profits, but guess what, they invest years, sometimes decades and billions of dollars in clinical research, trial and error, and employee dedication before a single pill is ever allowed on the market. (See above.) Not only that, their potential liability is astronomical if a lone person is caused harm from their usage. (Like all these people who sued the FDA a few years ago because their children had contracted autism from vaccines and lost at the Supreme Court level.) Everything they sell is regulated by the FDA. (Yeah, and prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than car accidents.) Some may say I’m biased. No, I’m not. I’m merely speaking as someone who wholeheartedly believes in medical science when it comes to treating illness, period. Now, does traditional medicine work every time? Of course not, often-times human sickness is just too far advanced for treatment. (Like all the times someone goes to the doctor for a problem, is prescribed a drug and then has to come back for treatment for a problem resulting from a side effect of the first drug.) But, which would you choose to play Russian roulette with your life: A marijuana cigarette or dose of chemotherapy? (There are other methods for the treatment of cancer than chemo and pot. I can tell you one thing: I wouldn't take the chemo. Oooh, vomiting, extreme fatigue and hair loss, it just screams "cure!")
Some might ask: Have I ever tried anything alternative? Well, let’s see. I previously gave it a shot by taking multi-vitamins, Omega 3, garlic, B6, B4, Oatmeal, and CoQ10 for my heart trying to lower cholesterol levels, like, you know, all the experts on television swear by. Green tea was my beverage of choice--supposedly giving me lots of those life-saving antioxidants we all hear about. (Yeah, they don't exist even though it's been scientifically proven that they do over and over again. The benefits have also been proven scientifically over and over again.) I waited a few months and had my blood re-checked. Well, after swallowing lots of pills and spending plenty of money, not one digit changed in my HDL/LDL levels. Not one. (Those brands of suplements you were taking weren't the only ones on the market, you know.) Then, I consulted my Doctor. That’s right, a genuine, certified M.D. (Oh please. Naturopaths go through so much study it's unreal. And that medical degree will magically give your doctor perfect knowledge and an error free career.) He quickly prescribed a Statin which I tried. After two months, my cholesterol was lowered from 260 to 154 and all levels were well within normal range. He also ran other checks of my body chemistry, helping to get my diet squared away. This has resulted in losing weight, when before, the diet pills that the nice lady at the super-duper-organic-food-store suggested I buy did nothing but give me gas. (Wow, you sure are one for coming to conclusions without much research What you are saying makes me question some of your basic common sense.)
Years ago, I went to a psychica couple of times mainly for the experience. Both were nice people and seemed to have my best interests at heart. They held my hand, meditated, flipped a few cards, read my astrological chart, played some soothing music, urged the spirits to come forth, and projected my future. One even waved her hands over a leg cramp I was having at the time-spreading her coveted, healing energy. And oh, I forgot, they also took my money. Did any of their predictions come true? Nope. Not one. Was my pain relieved? Not hardly. Some might say it was because of my skeptical attitude, therefore keeping the stars from aligning in just the right way. (If psychics could really predict the future, they would be residing in the capitals of the world, advising our leaders.)But, I don’t think so. In my opinion, nobodyhas the ability to predict anyone’s future. (Oh, I've run across some men who were pretty good at predicting the future: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, etc. You can find their predictions in the Bible.) They were interesting and entertaining experiences, yes they were, but fell horribly flat when it came to realistic expectations.
So, tell me. When the cancercells come and the heart troubles begin, who you gonna’ call? You’re Guru or your Doctor? (Neither. IF I got cancer or heart disease, I would call on my naturopath and the radio ranch ranglers down at Scriptures For America.) Which one has the research and results to back up their actions? (Alternative medical practitioners devote their lives to continous study. These alternative treatments have been proven for thousands of years.) Do you think smoking tree bark or sleeping while facing certain stars will cure what ails you, or would a surgeon’s scalpel more likely lead you to a longer life? (Actually, a surgeon's scalpal would lead me to a short extension of my life fraught with further medical difficulties.)
For my money, I’ll take the guys and gals in the white lab coats any day of the week.

AH: Steve Jobs is being hailed as a fallen tech god in an age devoid of the true God. Additionally, what makes you think he ultimately died of the cancer he had? Question everything.

Click the link above to go to the page where this piece originally appeared.


Truly Madly Deeply: I knew a girl at the W. Ross Macdonald School who was obsessed with Savage Garden. I was heading back to residence one day and I heard her talking to one of the counsellors about them. The counsellor mentioned Truly Madly Deeply and she said, "There are other songs on the album besides Truly Madly Deeply."

A kid in my gym class made up parody lyrics for the chorus of this song:

"I wanna push you off a mountain,
I wanna drown you in the sea."

This song seemed obsessive to me.

My Heart Will Go On: I remember hearing about the film "Titanic" in December 1997. I first heard about it on some entertainment show and they were talking about how the film had gone way overbudget and how it wasn't expected to do very well. I, along with many other people, did not suspect that it would become one of the biggest films in history and seemingly be all people talked about for the next six months.

I remember thinking "The Titanic Song" was stupid. I was talking with my roommate about it one day and we made up some parody lyrics to it:

"Every night in my dreams,
I see the ship go down,
And people scream and yell
As they drown.

Whereever you may be,
But probably at the bottom of the sea."

I kept saying to people, "No your heart won't go on because your in 15 degree water."

The whole school was eating lunch outside one day for some reason. I sat with some seven or eight year olds and they were saying, "Celine, I see you, I feel you."

I once heard about a children's book about Canadian things. The entry for Celine Dionne began:

"My heart will go on and on and on,
Just like that Titanic song."

Gettin Jiggy Wit It: I can remember hearing this song on the radio a lot. My sister listened to it a lot on Mix 97 and taped it. I can also remember hearing it on Energy Radio (CING Burlington/CHKT Woodstock, remember that?) while walking through the lounge in Senior Residence when I was in Grade 10.

All My Life: I can remember hearing this song on Mix 97 and thinking it was so demented.

I was home and watching this talk show. This girl said she wanted to have Casi and Joe Joe play at her wedding. I was thinking, "You stupid girl. They won't even be around one year from now."

I Don't Want To Miss A Thing: I can remember hearing this song all over the radio. I thought it was so dumb. (You're gonna need to sleep some time, buckhead.) I especially hate the country version(s). Mark Chestnut covered this song but I'm pretty sure Lonestar did it as well.

One Week: I first heard this song in my room on Fly FM in the summer of 1998. I thought it was kind of cool at first, then quickly grew to hate it. Like the previous song, I heard it everywhere.

We were going somewhere in the summer of 1998. We were listening to Fly FM in the car and One Week came on. Mom made a comment about this song, but I can't remember what she said.

On "Rick Dees Weekly Top 40", he did a history of One Week where he explained all (some) of the references in the song.

I can remember a classmate singing this in math class in Grade 11.

I'm Your Angel: I can remember hearing this song on the radio and thinking it was stupid.


by Maive Binchy. Toronto: Mcarthur And Company, 2006.

Maive Binchy does it again.

The centre of this novel is the small Irish town of Rossmore which is near a wooded area that contains a well where it is said St. Anne grants miracles. The book unfolds in episodic stories of the citizens and former residents of Rossmore and the surrounding area.

Though I don't aprove of the whole superstitious Catholic saint aspect of things, Maive Binchy tells this story with vividness, depth and well-drawn characters.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


A recent epidemic in Iowa that was believed to have been mumps was found to be a salivary gland infection. Hopefully this will make people think twice when they hear about epidemics of such diseases.

Saturday the DEA held a dropoff of expired prescription drugs at locations throughout New England. You know that whole thing about what cops do with comphescated marijuana...

Tomorrow is the end of NATO's mission in Libya. We have to stay in Afghanistan another three years to train the army but we're done with Libya two weeks after Gadhafi is killed?

Friday, October 28, 2011


The leaders of British Commonwealth nations have changed the rules of succession so the throne will pass to the oldest child, whereas before it was inherited by the eldest son. I thought they did that 15 years ago.

An athlete at the Pan-American Games has been stripped of his silver medal for using a banned substance. The substance is found in many over the counter cold medications. In this case, the substance was found in a supplement the athlete bought at a health food store. It's startling to think some suplements have the same ingredients as pharmaceuticals.

There is a measles epidemic in Quebec which is reportedly the worst in ten years. Of course this is being used to push vaccinations. Thing is, the outbreak is probably occurring in children who have been vaccinated.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Acts 15 20: The commandment here to abstain from things strangled and from blood was not just decided upon in order to avoid clashes between the Gentile believers and the Jewish believers. This is a part of God's law that is still in affect today. Eating animal blood isn't good for you. Stay away from meat where the carcass wasn't properly drained.

Acts 16 17: A lot of the naive preachers we have today would have been overjoyed at what this demon possessed girl was saying. However, Paul knew that her words would only be a hindrance to the cause of the Gospel because they were said in mockery.


Wanna Be: Around this time, I was upset that we didn't see more of our extended family. In March 1997, Easter was early. I can remember asking Mom after school one day if we could have a meeting. She agreed. I suggested to her that we email my aunt and uncle (her brother and sister) and ask them if they would be able to come down. I figured we could give it a try, at least, as opposed to spending Easter by ourselves.

Mom emailed my uncle and his girlfriend and, surprisingly, they said they'd be able to come down on Easter Sunday. It was an enjoyable time, overall.

We were sitting eating dinner and listening to "Rick Dees Weekly Top 40" on Mix 97. The number one song was "Wanna Be." Mom wondered aloud who sang that song, and my uncle's girlfriend replied "The Spice Girls." This was the first time I had heard of them.

People deride The Spice Girls, but their albums actually had some beautiful songs on them.

Hypnotize: I first heard this song around Christmas 1997. My sister, my uncle's girlfriend's youngest daughter and I were up in my sister's room. The thing about my uncle's girlfriend's youngest was, she had never really had the chance to be a child. We were listening to the cassette of "Much Dance 97", a compilation of hits Much Music had put out. She was singing along with the chorus of "Hypnotize." My sister got hooked on the song and somehow got a copy of it for herself.

In my room at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind, my roommates and I used to listen to tracks from the cd copy my one roommate, James, had. When he would skip by "Hypnotize", and heard the opening bit where BIG goes "one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight", James would always say, "So you can count, buddy. Big deal." I made a joke that for him learning to count to eight was a big accomplishment. I didn't have the admittedly racist views I have now, but I suppose that for a nigger, learning to count to eight is indeed a big accomplishment.

Mmm Bop: When I was still in grade 8 at Madoc Public School, seemingly neither I nor any of my classmates had heard of Hanson. However, the first week I started attending the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford, Ontario, I heard about them, after which it seemed I hardly heard about anything else. We were at a sort of welcome back barbecue. My roommate James was at another table talking with some of the girls from our residence, known as Intermediate. He said that at his previous school in BC, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about Hanson.

James and my other roommate had this big feud going on. James was into the hits of the day, while my other roommate liked oldies, particularly The Beatles. They would constantly fight about how crummy Hanson/The Beatles were. Having had eclectic tastes even then, I thought these fights were rather pointless. At one point, when James and my other roommate were fighting while we were walking over to the gym to play some sport of some kind, I suggested writing Hanson and asking if they liked the Beatles. The female staff member who was walking over to the gym with us thought that was a good idea.

Gradually, my other roommate came around a bit. James had started this sort of club. He and some of the other boys on our floor would get together in our room in the mornings before school and sing and play along with the album "The Middle Of Nowhere." One morning, I figured, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." and started slapping my knee in time to Mmm Bop. James said, "Our club now has four members." My other roommate then joined in. James then said, "Our club now has five members."

I can remember coming into my mom's room one Friday night to say good night to her. We talked for a few minutes, that night about music. I kept her updated on what went on at the W. Ross, including the feud that us three roommates had going on--over Hanson and other things. Mom said, "One thing I can't stand is those gall darn Hansons. If I have to hear them again I think I'm going to throw up."

There was a girl in James and my grade 9 class who was obsessed with Hanson. Her name was Lindsey Rollins. Lindsey and James used to talk about Hanson a lot.

In English, we had to right an assignment about a topic of our choosing. Lindsey of course did hers on Hanson. Some of the boys in the class who were into rock groaned at this, but the teacher sternly told them to be quiet while she read her assignment to the class.

Like the Macarena mentioned in the post previous to this one, as quickly as Hanson had become popular, it was over. I returned to the W. Ross in the fall of 1998. I was in Senior residence this time, as was James. In fact, we were roommates again, only two in the room this time. That first night another kid who'd been in Intermediate with us came by James and my room. He and James talked for a while and James said, "Oh yeah, I got rid of my Hanson cds over the summer.

I'll Be Missing You: I remember this song from "Much Dance 97" as well.

We had a Remembrance Day cerimony at W. Ross. It featured bagpipes. An older student I rode the bus to and from the school with was sitting in the row behind me with his mother and possibly his brother. They were making rude comments about the bagpipes. I also remember the guy I rode the bus with turning to his brother and saying, "Now that BIG is dead, Puff Daddy's trying to take his place."

Moe Money, Moe Problems: I remember this song being on the radio a lot. Most memorably, I remember hearing it on the shortwave radio in my bedroom one morning before school. It was on 1520 WWKB, back when the station had Bysons baseball, religious programming and a simulcast of Kiss 98.

Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight: On Saturday night, August 30, 1997, I was listening to Finkleman's 45s on CBC, as I usually did. I was in the guest room, which was my temporary bedroom while my actual bedroom was being rennovated. The top of the hour news came on and the announcer said Princess Diana had been injured in a car accident in Paris. I thought, "I hope she's going to be OK." The next morning I turned on the radio to listen to the news. It was announced Diana had died. I was in a certain amount of shok, though I'd never been a Princess Diana fanatic or anything. I can remember throwing myself on the guest room bed from time to time and saying, "I can't believe she's really gone."

We were having a yard sale that Labour Day weekend.

I can remember having lunch the Saturday afternoon of the state funeral. I think the meal included soup. Mom said, "I guess I better turn on the TV and see what's going on across the Pond."

"Across the Pond?" I replied.

"That's what people call England because it's across the Atlantic Ocean."

"Oh," I said, the light dawning.

We went into the living room and watched a bit of the funeral.

There was a slightly mentally retarded kid in Intermediate Residence who couldn't stand "Candle In The Wind" because he was squeamish about things concerning death, and also because he was a bucking pathetic whiner who wanted people to feel sorry for him. I can remember him saying one day at breakfast, "Well, my weekend was ruined this weekend. (When else would it be?) I heard Candle In The Wind."

There was this Armenian kid who was in Intermediate Residence, and whom I also sat with at lunch and was sort of friends with. He had this weird thing that some blind people have where they don't like anything modern, from technology to music, etc., anything produced in the past few decades. I can remember talking to this kid about music, and he said the only current song he liked was "Candle In The Wind."

Of course, I remember this song being on the radio a lot. I remember hearing it on the radio when I was home for Christmas.

On the 1997/1998 season premier of Air Farce, they did a fake commercial for "Elton John's tribute To Dead Guys." One of the songs began, "Oh Jerry Lewis, even though you're not dead, we wish you were."

In February of 1999, when famed groundhog Wireton Willie died, Air Farce, who never could tell when something had ceased to be popular, did a sketch with Elton John rewriting the lyrics to "Candle In The Wind" for Wireton Willie.

"And it seems to me
You lived your life
Like a rodent in a hole."

I can remember "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" being played on "Casey's Hot 20" on Mix 97.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Hosea 11 6: The people who hold the highest positions in our society today are descended from the Assyrians.

Hosea 11 10-12: I once heard Christian so-called comedian Ken Davis say that the only animal the Bible calls us to be like is sheep. This is totally false.

While Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are His sheep, and while we definitely can be like sheep in all the wrong ways, we are also called to be lions. Jesus is pictured here as the Lion Of Judah. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11 1 "be immitators of me even as I also am an immitator of Jesus Christ." We are commanded to be like Jesus, who indeed is the Lion Of Judah, roaring as verse 10 of this chapter says he does.


Luke 15 16: Interestingly, the pigs were eating better than the prodigal son. They were eating carob husks. Carob is used as a substitute for chocolate.

Luke 16 19-31: This story makes it pretty clear. When we die, we ultimately either end up in Heaven or Hell.


Because You Loved Me: I remember a girl doing a dance routine to this song in gym class.

Being a Canadian, I have heard quite a lot of jokes about Madam Dionne as well as people parodying the way she sings. All these jokes and parodies are well-deserved.

Macarena: I only remember the Spanish version of this song at the time it was popular. I didn't even know there was a remix version with English lyrics until a couple years later.

I first encountered this song in gym class. It was in Grade 7, as I remember it. We were learning how to dance.

Of course, it was played at all the dances that took place in Grade 7 and the first few months of Grade 8.

My friend Amanda talked about this song all the time.

We always had the impression this song originated in Mexico.

Air Farce did a sketch with Preston Manning singing "Hey, Preston Manning"

A friend, his itinerate teacher, a few other kids, and I did the Macarena at the talent show at Lake Joe in 1996.

For the record, a parody of this song by Cheech Moran exists entitled "Hey Gonorhea."

Eventually, the Macarena phenominon went away. I can remember being at my Grandma's apartment watching a show about what trendwatchers expected 1997 to bring. There was a report about how the Macarena craze was going to subside. I remember a man on the street featured in the report saying, "I'm gonna kill that guy that started the Macarena."

As quickly as it had become popular, it was over.

No Diggity: I remember this song in conjunction with "How Do You Want It/California Lovin."

It must have been March break 1996. My Grandma, my uncle's girlfriend, her two daughters, the older daughter's friend, and my sister, and I were going to the Ontario Science Centre. I was looking forward to this because, though I visited Grandma after Christmas, on March break and for a week in the summer, we never really did anything. This was because Grandma couldn't drive due to poor eyesight and also because she was a routine, set in her ways sort of person.

Anyway, we were driving to the Science Centre. I remember being behind a car and the older daughter saying, "Oh yeah, I really like the smell of rotten eggs." (The exhaust was sulphuric.)

The older daughter and her friend were quoting things from "Beavis And Butt-head" and my uncle's girlfriend got mad.

I remember both "California Lovin" and quote "No Digity" coming on the radio during the drive. I think the radio was tuned to WKSE Buffalo.

We never got to the Science Centre because the road was blocked off.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Wasn't going to write this on here because I was afraid someone would steal it, but I need to get it off my chest.

Once there was a family of buskers: a mother, father and son. The boy's parents decided to cut his left arm off so he would make more money busking.

Understandably, the boy was very distressed by this.

One day, the boy was sitting in the marketplace when a feel-good preacher came along.

"You know, young fellow," the feel-good preacher said, "I believe that having your arm cut off could be a possitive experience. It'll show you what it is like not to have a left arm."

Next another man came along.

"You know, boy, you should use the law of attraction. Just imagine you have a left arm and you'll soon have a new one."

The boy concentrated and imagined himself with a left arm, but all he could think of was a table. Soon, the boy had a table growing out of the stump where his left arm used to be.

The boy tried hard to concentrate on having a left arm, but this time all he could think of was a chicken. Consequently, he now had a chicken growing where his arm used to be.

Then the boy lost the will to live.


The Chicago Cubs have appointed Theo Epsteen President Of Baseball Operations. As opposed to what, President of Cake Decorating Operations?

One aspect of the aftermath of the earthquake in Turkey is many of the now homeless victims are freezing in the cold. I didn't think Turkey was that cold, but I guess it is.

A sure sign the Libyan revolution was orchestrated by the new world order: the rebels have begun taking away people's guns.

SOCAN (The Society Of Composers, Artists And Music Producers Of Canada) has been fining businesses for playing CDs on their premisis. Seriously, these greedy bastards won't stop. Next they'll be charging businesses for playing the radio, then charging people for playing music at parties, then charging people for listening to music in their backyards, until you will literally have to pay up for humming a song. Possibly more on this in a future post.


In the Second Quarter issue of the Encounter With God daily devotional, there is an article about the generation gap, with particular emphasis on how the problem exists in churches. One thing about the generation gap with respect to the world is that the older generation now consists of the boomers. They are just as lost as the younger generation. It's no longer the wise older person; it's the 60-something who still wants to party like they're young and grew up in an "if it feels good, do it" culture.

It's the same thing on TV shows. The parents party and sleep around and the teenage kids are the semi-responsible ones.

In the Fall Sight By Sound newsletter, there is an interview with Eric Adams, a narrator and producer for CBM's Talking Book Library. Adams talks about working as a firefighter. He tells how one night he was at a fire. People were hanging off balconies and cursing and swearing at the firemen. When Adams got back to the hall, he asked God why they did that. Adams says God told him not to judge them because he didn't know what their lives were like and we are all God's children.

First, the reason the victims were swearing at the firemen was because the victims are sinners. You can tell a lot about a person by how they act when they're either surprised or faced with a bad situation, such as the death of a loved one or a fire. For many people, the sin nature really shows itself at times like that. Rather than having a Godly attitude and being grateful the firemen showed up probably fairly quickly, the people were angry and swearing at them because the firemen weren't getting to them quickly enough.

Second, don't judge someone because you don't know the situation is one poison that has crept into society's thinking these days. Admittedly, I can't judge this situation too specifically because I wasn't there, but I do know a few things about human nature. Additionally, the Bible tells us to judge righteously.

Third, we are not all God's children. See John 8 44 "you are of your father the devil" or the verse in Malachi quoted by Paul "Jacob have I loved but Esau have I hated." Also, Paul says in Galatians that if we aare Christ's, then we are fellow heirs according to the promise. If we are all God's children, why isn't everyone a fellow heir with Jesus?

In the same newsletter, there is an interview with CBM's executive director about the drought in the Horn of Africa. The interviewer asks the executive director the reasons for the drought. The executive director doesn't say that maybe God caused it as judgment.

I think this is partly the reason, though granted we can't know all the reasons why God causes something to happen.

Let me tell you something about the foreign aid and charitable donations that get sent to Africa. In one of his books, Paul White, the jungle doctor, talks about how Western governments would send over grain. The farmers would grow and harvest the grain, then turn it into beer. Thus, they would have no seed grain for next year's crop and would need help again the following year.

In the Down Memory Lane section of the same issue, there is a chapter from a book read by Hilda Clark. I always thought it was kind of bucky that an English lady read books set in the anti-bellim South or the old west.

In the Kevin's Picks section, the featured book is "Todd Beamer, Let's Roll." Personally I think this book is a bunch of horseshoot. There is no way that Flight 93 thing could have occurred. For one thing, you couldn't use a cell phone at that altitude in 2001. For another, the whole thing sounds like the plot of a movie. Sure, it's natural enough that Beamer would want to call his wife, however...

"Hmmm, these hijackers are about to take over the plane and we've got to fight them off. Let me take my stance and fire off a handy catch phrase before we do this, nice and loud so my wife can hear, like I'm a hero right off the silver screen." Utterly implausible.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Hi fellow SWL's,

WBCQ will move to 7.490Mzh. as of 10-24-2011.

The FCC. has given frequency 7.415Mhz. to the Civil Air Patrol.

Tim Tron has ground the Crystal for the new that guy
a "Genius" or what!?

Allan & Jennifer Weiner, Tom Barna and all the WBCQ crew are preparing for
the change over as we write.

This should clear up a lot of the Asian background noise that has a habit of
coming during some of our favorite programs.

So if you want to hear your favorite shows remember to reset you programed
station or tune up to 7.490Mhz.

All the best from the Tippecanoe River & the Roadhouse,

Ramsey & Carol.

Friday, October 21, 2011


This Is How We Do It: This is the perfect song.

I remember this being used on a commercial for some compilation CD YTV put out.

When I was a kid, we were always allowed to eat dinner in our rooms Friday night. I can remember eating my dinner in my room one Friday night in February 1997. It was about 8:00 and I was listening to Mix 97. They played this song and I shoved my little tape recorder up against the speaker of my record player/radio and recorded it.

The next day I was recording Indian music from "Eye On Asia" on CITY-tv using my tape recorder. My friend Sarah called me up and asked me if I wanted to come over. I said sure and my mom took me over to their house by the lake. I figured I would just stay until after lunch, but I was having such a good time I called home and asked if I could stay till dinner. Dad came and got me at dinnertime.

As I mentioned before, I was not very sociable as a kid. I had Amanda, of course, but that was a different kind of friendship than a lot of friendships because we were both blind. When I was talking to Mom on Sarah's parents phone, asking to stay longer, I had such a weird feeling because it was the first time I had wanted to stay longer at a friend's house, just like any normal child. It was a pleasant feeling overall.

Waterfalls: My sister used to sing this song a lot.

In the summer of 1995, my sister and I had this really great babysitter named Sandra. She wanted to be a teacher so she had designed this sort of daily program for us. It wasn't a rigid authoritarian program, but it kept us busy and was fun. She allowed a minimal amount of TV, which even then, though I was a TV addict, I recognised as a good thing.

One day, we were having one of our rare moments of TV watching and we were watching the local cable station, which broadcast community announcements and the audio from Mix 97 in Belleville. Mix 97 played a TLC song, and I asked Sandra what TLC stood for. She said "Tender Loving Care."

I can remember writing a story in Grade 6 about three boys named Terry, Luke and Carl, having the band TLC in mind.

Kiss From A Rose: I can remember them playing this on OJ a lot.

When this song came out, I was just getting to the age where I was starting to understand sexual stuff. I knew there was a sexual meaning behind the line, "when your rose is in bloom." I knew it had to do with the girl Seal was singing about being ready for sex.

I can remember an episode of "Family Matters" where Laura wanted to go see Seal, but Harriet was reluctant to let Laura go because of bad things that could happen to her. Harriet kept referring to Seal as "Walrus."

Gangster's Paradise: The classic parody of this song is, of course, Weird Al's "Amish Paradise."

I can remember seeing commercials for the film "Dangerous Minds" and thinking it was a violent and harmful movie.

Remember "Dangerous Minds: The Series?"

From 1995-1997, I attended the spring camping session at Lake Joseph Centre, a resort/camp run by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. I can remember sitting in the lounge, or maybe we were playing a game, and the counsellours played part of this song. I remember the line, "As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death" and thinking of the verse in Psalm 23.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


1. Knowledge is increasing. Humans are gaining knowledge at a faster rate than ever before. I would argue that this applies not just to general knowledge about technology, the universe, the human body, etc., but to knowledge about other people. In times past, people in Ontario didn't have much of an idea about what was going on in the daily lives of people in South Carolina. Now with things such as blogs and social media, we can keep up with the most intimate details of the life of a stranger living a continent away.

2. People are traveling more than ever before in history. This is because it is easier to travel now than it ever was, airport security notwithstanding. A hundred years ago, someone in Canada couldn't go down to Florida over Christmas vacation. It would take you two months just to get down there in your Model T. Wanna go to Italy for a couple weeks holidays? Until a couple generations ago, it would take you six weeks to get there by ship, if you didn't get attacked by pirates or blown off course or wreck on a rock someplace.

3. We can't keep going on like this. At the rate we're using our planet's resources, we'll kill ourselves off in a few decades. It is literally going to take divine intervention to put a stop to humanity destroying itself.

4. World events affect more people than ever before. There have always been earthquakes, famines, etc., but they have tended to impact only those living in the immediate area. The reason for this is that for most of history, economies were localised. Now, with our global economy, if there's flooding in China and the crops get destroyed, it raises the prices of food in supermarkets here in the West.

5. We can reap more destruction faster than before. Ever heard of someone in the old west carrying out a mass shooting with a musket? With the kinds of weapons we have today, we can kill more people in a shorter period of time than at any other time in history.

6. We can sin in more ways than we ever could in the past. The Romans may have had their orgies in the park, but they didn't put cell phone video of them on the internet for all to see.


When is Truth For The World going to have a new broadcast on WWCR? The one they've been playing for the past several weeks is good, but it is getting a little tiring.

The other night my computer speakers were picking up Dr. Gene Scott.

Norman Corwin has died at the age of 101. Are their any other people from the golden age of radio left?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Jeremiah 31 34: When God says He will remember their sins no more, He does not mean He will forget Israel's sins, for this would make God not omnicient. God simply means he will not bring their sins to mind.

Jeremiah 31 35 and 36: ""thus saith the Lord which giveth the sun for a light by day the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar the Lord Of Hosts His name if those ordinances depart from before me saith the Lord the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever"

As long as the sun shines by day and the moon and stars shine by night, God's people Israel will remain on Earth. This passage is talking about his physical people Israel, who today are the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Celtic and kindred people.

Jeremiah 33 provides a picture of what the ancient land of Israel would be like after the Babylonian exile was over. It also provides a paralel picture of what the millenial reign will be like. Praise God!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Hi all,
Received the following email from our friend Bert Bowers this morning. Seems he's trying to stack the odds by stuffing the ballot box on some contest that his son Matt's band ("The Dirty Names") is involved in.
Please go to the following website and vote for the Dirty Names! Yeah!


Now somewhere way back in my own family history, sometime in the late 1800's there lurks a story about a distant relative (family name of Ross) who was killed 'defending the polls' at an election in the city of Troy down in New York state. Apparently there was a tradition at that time of buying people whiskey (Irish or Scotch, one would hope....) and urging them out to vote for the one who purchased the booze. The preferred style of voting being 'early and often'.
Having reflected on how little my distant relative benefited from -- what was always represented to us when we were children as -- his staunch and upright integrity, although it may well simply have been a case of drinking the wrong man's whiskey (or even of refusing to drink whiskey at all....!!) and taking into account 'hanging chads' and other bizarre electoral antics of more recent times, I am forwarding Bert's request to you all.
Who knows, maybe there'll be whiskey!
See you Sunday.

Oh come on, people. At least check them out first. Click the link in the title to go to one of The Dirty Names' music videos on YouTube.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ACTS 10 27 AND 12 4

Acts 10 27: Notice Peter told Cornelius not to worship him. Therefore, how can Catholics say Peter was the first pope?

Acts 12 4: This verse is not mistranslated. Herod planned to keep Peter in prison until after Easter, not Passover. Peter was going to be tried after Herod had finished celebrating the pagan Roman holiday of Easter, which he kept.


The Seventh Day Adventists hold that the four beasts represent the four remaining great empires: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.

I have heard an interpretation that the first beast represents England, since the lion is the symbol for England. The eagle's wings represent the thirteen colonies which later broke away from England to form the United States. It is of course interpreted this way because the eagle is the symbol for America.

The second beast is Russia because the bear is the symbol for Russia. The three ribs and the devouring of much flesh represent all the people that were killed under Communism.

With regards to this interpretation, what does the leopard represent?

The fourth beast represents the new world order.

My view is that the fourth beast represents the new world order, which has it's routes in the Roman Empire. It is traced back to Rome in this manner because the Pope will be the beast.

The time, times and half a time symbolize three and a half calendar years. I realize that in the Bible a day can represent a year, but the 1260 days must be actual calendar days because of the remaining three and a half years of Daniel's seventieth week which have yet to be fulfilled.

It seems plausible to me that the first three beasts represent Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece, but I am open to other interpretations. An alternative view of the leopard is what I am most curious about.

The ten horns of the fourth beast represent ten world regions: The North American Union, The Central-South American Union, the Caribbean Union, a future incarnation of the European Union in some form or another, a Russian Union including eastern European countries presently in the European Union, the Middle Eastern Union, the Asian Union, the African Union, Australia and New Zealand rolled into one, and the Union Of Island Nations.

The beast will pull up three of these unions; possibly the European, Caribbean and Central-South American Unions and merge them with the North American Union.

Daniel 7 12: "as concerning the rest of the beasts they had their dominion taken away yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time"

Does this point to the fact that the three great empires still existed but did not rule, or does it mean that England-the United States, Russia and the other one will continue to exist for a bit but not rule. The continuing of their existence would have to take place in the millennial reign since the destruction of the fourth beast is the end of the Tribulation period.

Daniel 7 23: "thus he said the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth which shall be diverse from all kingdoms and shall devour the whole earth and shall tread it down and break it in pieces"

The Roman Catholic church has not yet taken over the whole earth, even though it feels like it sometimes. Thus, this verse is clearly not talking merely about the Roman Empire which existed in the past, but a future global regime.

Though the Catholic church already altered the day of the sabbath and shoved aside God's feast days, it still has yet to reach its full heights of tyranny. When the principal teachings of Catholicism are legally enforced on the whole of this planet, that is when this prophetic verse will come to its full fruition.

After that, the beast government will be destroyed and the believers will rule the earth under Jesus Christ.


A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme): I hate what the bucking Jews at Disney do to classic fairy tales.

I remember my sister and I getting the video of "Aladdin" for Christmas 1993. I hated it even then, especially the Robin Williams Iago character.

In 1994, my babysitter put it on one day after school. I objected strongly and kept my ears covered the whole time. The babysitter said I was behaving like a six year old.

Informer: This is a really good song.

I can remember dancing to this in gym class.

At one time, I thought this song was called "Hey Farmer."

My mom bought me a cassette copy of "Dance Mix 94." It had "Informer" on it.

I can remember my mom, sister and I being in Walmart and mom looking at the track listing. She was a bit wary about the fact there was a song called "Love Sex Intelligence" on there, but she bought the tape for me.

I can remember listening to it while outside at my friend's house. The tape player was on the table.

There was a station on the air in Belleville at the time called OJ 95.5, with a sort of a Hot AC/Top 40 format. All the staff at the school loved it, except my itinerate teacher, Miss Maguire. I can remember being in the resource room that my friend Amanda, mentioned in the above paragraph, and I worked in part of the day. Miss Maguire was saying how boring OJ was, and one of my classmates, I think his name was Brandon Maclean, said it was a good station because it played Snow.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


When you read the Book of Micah, the thing you are struck by over and over again is how God repeatedly says, "How have I done you wrong?"

Micah 3 11: "the heads thereof judge for reward and the priests thereof teach for hire and the prophets thereof divine for money yet will they lean upon the Lord and say not the Lord among us none evil can come upon us"

The priests and prophets described in this verse are like so many of the preachers we have today. They think that because they're praporting to act in the name of the Lord that they won't be punished, when they're only in it to make money.

Micah 4 3: "and he shall judge among many people and rebuke strong nations afar off and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks nation shall not lift up a sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more"

O Lord, how we long for that day.

Micah 4 10: "be in pain and labour to bring forth o daughter of Zion like a woman in travail for now shalt thou go forth out of the city and thou shalt dwell in the field and thou shalt go to Babylon there shalt thou be delivered there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies"

Today, our land has gone to Babylon spiritually. The good news is God will deliver us.

Micah 5 5: "and this shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land and when he shall tread in our palaces then shall we raise against him seven shepherds and eight principal men"

The Assyrian is part of the people we call Jews today.

Micah 5 14: "and I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee so will I destroy thy cities"

"Groves" includes Bohemian Grove.

Micah 6 14: "thou shalt eat but not be satisfied and thy casting down in the midst of thee and thou shalt take hold but shalt not deliver and which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword"

"You shall eat but not be satisfied." This is what is happening in our land today. For a variety of reasons, there is no nutrients in the food. Thus, people can't eat enough to satisfy their body's needs. Fat people are literally starving to death.

Micah 6 15: "thou shalt sow but thou shalt not reap thou shalt tread the olives but thou shalt not annoint thee with oil and sweet wine but shalt not drink wine"

This is definitely what is happening today. People just can't get ahead, thanks to taxes, regulations and fees, the fault of the people I mentioned earlier.

Micah 7 6: "for the son dishonoureth the father the daughter riseth up against her mother the daughter in law against her mother in law a man's enemies the men of his own house"

There is just no filial loyalty these days.

Micah 7 17 "they shall lick the dust like a serpent they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth they shall be afraid of the Lord our God and shall fear because of Thee"

The enemy we are dealing with today are serpentine in their being.

Monday, October 10, 2011


1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'
15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
17. A backward poet writes inverse.
18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.
20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine ..
21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'
23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
25. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Lately, there's been a lull in the amount of good new rock music I've been hearing. "Heroes" by King Jacks ends that lull. I haven't heard anything this straight up in years.

Watch the official video on YouTube by clicking the link above.

ISAIAH 5 8-30

Isaiah 5 8: "woe unto them that join house to house lay field to field till there be no place that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth"

This passage condemns corporations.

Corporations are inherently sinful because in order for one to expand, somebody else has to loose. As this passage says, the goal of any corporation is ultimately to push every other corporation out of existence.

This was what happened in the late 80s to the farmers. They bought up the farms of neighbours who were getting older and whose children had moved away. However, this caused the farmers to go from prospering to being in debt and eventually, when the bad times came and the farmers couldn't pay their debts, the banks foreclosed. The farmers broke the commandment this verse is talking about.

Isaiah 5 13: "therefore my people are gone into captivity because no knowledge and their honourable men famished and their multitude dried up with thirst"

This verse is echoed by Hosea when he says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."

Today, Christians lack so much knowledge, from knowledge of historical events, to knowledge about the meanings of words, to knowledge about current events, to knowledge about nature. This keeps them from understanding the things of God and properly serving Him.

Isaiah 5 14: "therefore Hell hath enlarged herself and opened her mouth without measure and their glory and their multitude and their pomp and he that rejoiceth shall descend into it"

It is just so striking to me that God has to make Hell bigger because so many people are going there. (By the way, if Hell "enlarges" herself and has a "mouth", how can it be a temporary event at the end of time as the Seventh Day Adventists say?)

Isaiah 8 15: "and the mean man shall be brought down and the mighty man shall be humbled and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled"

We've all known someone who was just plain mean. Well, this verse says you're going to be brought down into Hell, mean man.

Isaiah 5 21: "woe unto wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight"

There is so much arrogance of this kind in the church today.

Isaiah 5 23: "which justify the wicked for reward and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him"

The thinking of so many Christians has gotten so perverted these days. For example, a preacher will say we should love some murderer or some pedophile and when you point out that criminal should get the death penalty as the Bible says, the preacher will bite your head off because you aren't "showing the love of Christ" or whatever.

LUKE 9 51-12 10

Luke 9 51-56: This passage is often cited by people who frankly want to portray Jesus as a whimp. However, in one of the other gospels, Jesus says that there will come a time to call down fire "and how I wish it were already kindled."

Fire was called down on September 24, 2006.

Luke 10 25-37: Though I do not advocate the social gospel, this passage clearly teaches that when Christians see someone in need like this, they are to help, albeit there are times when we need the Holy Spirit to discern if it's a scam or not. The Samaritan saw this man lying beaten up by the side of the road and helped him. He didn't ask how he got in that situation or what kind of person the man was.

Luke 10 40: "but Martha was cumbered about much serving and came to Him and said Lord dost Thou not care that my sister has left me to serve alone bid her therefore that she help me"

This is one of two occasions when Jesus was asked by Martha, "Don't you care?"

Luke 11 7: "and he from within shall answer and say trouble me not the door is now shut and my children are with me in bed I cannot rise and give thee"

This shows you how long co-sleeping has been practised.

Luke 11 14-23: A lot of these televangelists and faith healers cast out devils by Satan. The purpose is not to cast the demon out, but to invite more demons in.

Luke 11 24-26: A lot of times, Christians only clean a sin partially out of their lives. However, this just invites the sin to reassert itself and the person winds up with a worse problem regarding that sin than he had before.

Luke 11 46: How little some things change.

Luke 11 37-54 (with special emphasis placed on verses 50 and 51): The descendants of the Pharisees became the people we call Jews today. Reread this passage in light of this fact.

Luke 12 10: "and whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man it shall be forgiven him but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven"

The only unforgivable sin is never coming to Christ in your lifetime. Don't make that mistake! Turn to Jesus now! Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2 38.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Had to get rid of the sponge I'd been using tonight. It had a hole in it and the water was running right through.

It was the first sponge I used when I moved out on my own. I learned to clean the sink and the bathtub with it.

It will be missed.

It served it's purpose well and made a good show of itself.


Got this in my inbox a few minutes ago. Phoned the number and got voicemail. Pressed one. Hope guys from prison don't have access to my phone now. Got voicemail after pressing 1. Typed subject line into Google and found a copy of this email existed on a Russian site and a site called Spam Spot.

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ROMANS 12-15

Romans 12 18: "if it be possible as much as lieth in you live peaceably with all men"

This is the only commandment with a caviott like this.

Romans 13 8: "owe no man anything but to love one another for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law"

This verse clearly teaches owing debt is a sin. If you have a mortgage or other debts, pay them off as soon as possible!

Romans 14 5 and 6: "one man esteemeth one day above another another esteemeth every day let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind he that regardeth the day regardeth unto the Lord and he that regardeth not the day to the Lord he does not regard he that eateth eateth to the Lord for he giveth God thanks and he that eateth not to the Lord he eateth not and giveth God thanks"

This passage has been used to try to prove the sabbath has been abolished. However, what Paul is saying here is, "One man only attends church on the sabbath, while another man goes to sabbath service, Bible study, prayer meeting, and everything else that's going on. Let both be convinced that what they're doing is right in the eyes of God. He that goes to every activity is doing what the Lord told him to do, and he that only goes one day a week is doing what the Lord told him to do. In the same way, one man is OK with eating meat and thanks God by saying grace before he eats it, and another man won't eat any meat because he doesn't want to eat something that might have been sacrificed to an idol, he gives thanks to God for whatever food he eats instead. The point is, in both examples, both men are brothers doing what the Lord has told them to do."

Romans 14 13: "let us not therefore judge one another any more but judge this rather that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in brother's way"

When it comes to weaker Christians, meaning Christians that think something is wrong even though the Bible doesn't condemn it, we should not do things around them which will make them think we are false brethren. For example, the Bible does not condemn drinking alcohol, only getting drunk. However, around Christians who we know think that consuming any amount of alcohol is wrong, we should not drink because this will cause them to think we are not sincere in our faith.

Of course, it is possible for a Christian to be strong in most areas but be weak in one or a few areas.

Romans 14 23: "and he that doubteth is damned if he eat because not of faith for whatsoever not of faith is sin"

Whatever does not proceed from faith is a sin. This passage reminds Christians that they have to be very careful about the reasons why they're doing something. We shouldn't go along with things, not even things that aren't in themselves sinful, just because we've been pressured by someone else.

Romans 15 4: "for whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope"

The Old Testament is there for us to learn things. The Old and New Testaments don't contradict each other. Thus, things such as the imprecatory prayers in the Psalms have application today, just as they did when they were written.

Romans 15 22: "for which cause also I have been much hindered in coming to you"

In the beginning of this letter, Paul talks about how he has been wanting to visit the church at Rome, but was unable due to circumstances (Romans 1 10-13.) He then goes on to give all this theology which underlies Christianity, from how man didn't like to retain God in their knowledge and were given up to a reprobate mind, to Adam versus Christ, to the law of the Spirit, to what obeying that law and living as brothers in Christ looks like, to how he's been given the task of preaching to the Gentiles, and now he finally says, "So that's the reason I haven't been able to come see you." Praise the Lord!


The correct interpretation of this passage is almost the exact opposite of the way most preachers and Christian laiety understand it.

"for rulers are not a terror to good works but to the evil wilt thou then not be afraid of the power do that which is good and thou wilt have praise of the same"

We see from verse 3 that the job of governments is to reward good and punish evil. Does that sound like manmade governments today?

Are criminals afraid of civil governments today? (v4)

Any civil government naturally needs taxes paid to it so it can perform its work, but Paul will go on to say in verse 8 "owe no man anything but to love one another." If I pay taxes I don't owe to fund policies that go against God's commandments, is that a loving action?

This passage is not telling Christians to kowtow down to manmade governments and obey every law they put in place. Indeed, such a thing would be physically impossible today.

Rather, this passage is meant for governing authorities themselves. Governments are put on earth to enforce God's law, rewarding good and punishing evil according to what God deems good and evil. When authorities step out of God's law, they are violating their purpose. Paul could not state it plainly this way for fear the letter would be intercepted by the Roman authorities.

When a government breaks God's law in any way, it ceases to be worthy of obedience.

"Well, no civil government can be perfect 100 percent of the time."

Exactly! That's why we have the law of God written in his word and on our hearts. When a government, even a well-meaning one, makes a law that violates the law of God, Christians should obey the perfect law of liberty over the manmade ordinance.

Think about it! Paul has just spent the previous chapters talking about the law of the spirit which brings life. He will go on in verse 9 of Chapter 13 to say that the whole law can be summed up in the commandment "thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Why would he contradict himself by putting a passage in the middle of this discertation which says you should lick the boots of the civil authorities and do everything they tell you, even if it breaks God's law or was never part of His law in the first place?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


> OK I don't believe in this stuff but let's see what happens.
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> -- Ladies and Gentlemen:
> This is not hoax. Please scroll down.
> Ok guys, my lawyer's paralegal sent this one
> to me and if it doesn't work, they are aware that we all will be coming to
> visit them for a law suit for false advertisement!J
> To all of my friends, I do not usually
> forward messages, but this is from my friend Pearl Sandborn and she really
> is an attorney.
> If she says that this will work - It will
> work. After all, What have you got to lose?
> I'm an attorney, And I know the law. This
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> promises for fear of facing a multimillion-dollar class action suit similar
> to the one filed by Pepsi Co against General Electric not too long ago.
> Dear Friends: Please do not take this for a
> junk letter. Bill Gates sharing his fortune.. If you ignore this, You will
> repent later.
> Microsoft and AOL are now the largest
> Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer
> remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an
> e-mail beta test.
> When you forward this e-mail to friends,
> Microsoft can and will track it (If you are a Microsoft Windows user) For a
> two weeks time period.
> For every person that you forward this
> e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00 For every person that you sent it
> to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third
> person that receives it, You will be paid $241.00. Within two weeks,
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> Operations
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> Thought this was a scam myself, But two
> weeks after receiving this e-mail and forwarding it on.
> Microsoft contacted me for my address and
> within days, I received a check for $24,800.00.
> You need to respond before the beta testing
> is over. If anyone can afford this, Bill Gates is the man.
> It's all marketing expense to him. Please
> forward this to as many people as possible. You are bound to get at least
> $10,000.00
> We're not going to help them out with their
> e-mail beta test without getting a little something for our time.

These things are hoaxes.

For one thing, Bill Gates is no longer the CEO of Microsoft.

For another, look up the alleged pieces about this in USA Today and on Goodmorning America's website and you won't find anything about it.

Thirdly, if everybody actually did this, even Bill Gates would be bankrupt.

Got fooled by this once and am still waiting for Microsoft to contact me.

You can't sue somebody for failing to keep a promise they never made.