Monday, January 25, 2010

The Dangers of Chemical Warfare.

Since indoor plumbing and drainage systems became commonplace in the average home, the problem soon arose. What do we do when it clogs; inevitably it will. Back in the 1970's and probably earlier, the answer was Liquid Plumber or it's equivalent. Another common solution (pun intended) was Sodium Hydroxide, usually under the trade name of Drano or caustic soda lye. Now that lye is nearly impossible to get because of anti-drug laws, the ingredient of choice is sulfuric or muriatic acid. These chemicals work by dissolving the material somewhat so that it will pass through the drain. My mother used lye on a washcloth yours truly let pass down the drain and it ate it up in short order. All of these chemicals are very good at removing organic material that finds its way into the drains. Nevertheless, these chemicals are not unlike those used in both world wars to snuff people out. They can cause eye, skin and internal injuries just by inhaling them; much less other means of ingestion. There is another hazard to using chemicals to clean drains, or even toilets for that matter.

The same acids that corrode organic matter can do a number on metal. They will even damage and eat though stainless steel, removing the coating and shortening its life. They chew through chrome, brass and other metals; weakening them to the point of failure. The real danger is from flooding when a drain pipe is eaten through (because any residual hair in a trap will hold acid or lye. The flooding destroys vanities, flooring, joists, drywall and could even cause electrical problems with a house. Another clear and present danger is in those tablets made of bleach (sodium or calcium hydrochloride a strong base similar to lye) meant to drop into the toilet tank. These corrode metal, plastic and rubber parts to the point of failure. If you think about it, there are only two bolts and a layer of rubber less than 3/8 of an inch think protecting your home from certain destruction. If these bolts or gaskets fail on your toilet, it could potentially spill five gallons per minute on your floor and walls, effectively destroying them. Just the fill valve or flapper corroding could waste that much water and the only way you would know would be on your next water bill. I'm certain that a lot of handle jiggling is the result of using these vile chemicals. Even the blue and and green ones will tear things up.

So what is a homeowner to do about clogged drains and nasty toilets? The former is prevention. Remove hair from all plumbing fixtures and not washing it down the drain, not overusing the garbage disposal, etc. When the inevitable happens, a mechanical drain cleaning snake available at hardware stores and home centers is the best bet. It takes a lot less mechanical inclination to to use these than the resultant repairs on a damaged drain from using chemicals. Even a call to a plumber is cheaper by far. Toilets are even easier. Get a cleaner that snaps on the bowl, or break out the cleaner and a bowl brush. The five minutes a week cleaning this out is still a lot better than a home insurance claim for a $100,000 or more. Believe me, I worked in property management for five years and have seen the results of using chemical warfare improperly. An ounce of prevention is worth a couple tons of cure.

Μια προσευχή

Ευλογημένος τέλειος κύριος, πατέρας στον ουρανό, πόσο καιρό πρέπει να αφήσετε scoffers να ντροπιάσουν το ιερό όνομά σας. Ξέρω στην καρδιά μου ότι δεν είστε νωθροί σχετικά με τις υποσχέσεις σας, αλλά τον ασθενή και το μακροχρόνιο βάσανο δεδομένου ότι κανένας δεν πρέπει να χαθεί, αλλά όλες πρέπει να έρθουν στη μεταμέλεια. Προσεύχομαι για έναν κύψελλος, όμως τη λεπτομερή συγκομιδή των ψυχών για τη μεγαλύτερη δόξα σας στην ήττα της κακής. Πατέρας, Ι μακροχρόνιο για να είναι στα όπλα σας και να ξέρει μόνο την ειρήνη ότι μπορείτε να με δώσετε. Δεν θα ήμουν τόσο presumptuous ώστε να μιλήσω για το υπόλοιπο της νύφης, αλλά όλοι πρέπει για τα ίδια πράγματα. Προσεύχομαι ειλικρινά για την ειρήνη και η καθοδήγησή σας παραδίδει τις υποθέσεις του εδάφους και των ανθρώπων σας, Ισραήλ, που παρέχουν την προστασία από τους εχθρούς της. Είστε οι άλφα και ωμέγα, η αρχή και το τελείωμα. Μόνο για τον Ιησού!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Don't Read This!

Last night, about this time, I received an email from a friend of mine who happens to be from Jamaica. Most of it was scripture and one I recognized offhand because my Sunday school teacher drilled us on it, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3. All the rest of the verses were from 1 Thessalonians, Matthew and a couple others which were familiar to me but didn't recognize easily. However, the first part of this email is something I've had incursions into personally and have until now, left this under wraps. Now, I feel that the Lord has moved me to speak on this for what it is. This is not prophesy, but an interpretation of the events happening around us and Jesus' word. It is not date setting, because a date cannot be set until all the believers are aboard, hence Jesus' explanation "no one but the Father."

The subject was "The Year of Eve" and in all capitals "
2010 IS THE YEAR IS THE YEAR OF THE EVE. WE KNOW THE EVE AS THE PERIOD BEFORE A GREAT EVENT." This is much like Christmas Eve in general terms, but the event he was writing about has much more significance than a few gifts under the tree, but a culmination of Jesus' greatest gift to all and those who acknowledge it. Yes, this involves the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning or the end, or the beginning of a new beginning, depending on what connotation you read. Less delicately, the beginning of the Tribulation. I know what you're thinking, Walt, you've flipped your lid and went cult on us. Again, this is a commentary and explanation of what I read.

Date setting, in the context of the Jehovah's Witnesses, psychics, Nostradamus, the witch at Endor, Jeanne Dixon and so many others was this, they were in it for their glory (and Satan's), not the Lord's. This man was truly in it for the Lord's, though maybe a little zealous. In truth, I can't blame him? Anyone who prefers the world in its present state over being taken up to be with Jesus for eternity should write, 10,000 times, "I would rather have a bag of iron filings over a diamond necklace." This is a token comparison, but I rest my case.

So how do we get to the year 2010 anyway? Well, the word is that Matthew 24:34 (Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled) and Psalm 90:10 (The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away) should explain this easily. Again, this is not predicting a date for the rapture because only God the Father knows this and that's when all believers are on board! Israel became a nation on May 14th 1948, so it would bear mention that 70 years (the actual lifespan of a generation, even today) from 1948 is 2018.

But wait, biblical years are not the same as a modern, Gregorian year of 365 1/4 days. A Biblical year is 360 days, so this could be off by as much as a year, making the middle of 2010 the start of the Tribulation. There's also the jubilee hype going around that may or may not agree with the results of the aforementioned explanation. Anyone can read in Revelation (KJV)

From what I've researched, the 70 years, the generation could be the real deal. Let's face it, all the other signs are here, the Veri Chip, a New Age movement, declination of the United States as a world power, ascending power in the E.U., earthquakes, not to mention a growing unrest all over the world.

Maybe this is wrong and for those who are lost, I would love to have that generation thing stretched out another ten years or so (aren't people living longer nowadays?). However, the fact so many are scoffing at the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit in droves proves that His return for his Bride the church is imminent. If the 70 modern years holds true, then this could happen by late spring of 2011. If the biblical year thing stands (minus any jubilees business, which I don't think the Lord put in the equation) this could happen before late spring/early summer of this year. As of the 21st of this month, there could be less than five months before the tribulation starts.

However, the fact is that while we as Christians should be eagerly anticipating Christ's return for His church and his kingdom to start seven years later, we also have duties here. There are children to look after, bills to pay, jobs to do, etc. We can not afford dereliction of the duties that He has entrusted to us. After all, someone still needs to tithe, make casseroles for the church picnic, and those cars for the Pinewood Derby. Not to mention make sure the kids make it to the bus on time. All of these things matter and more, for the things we do for others is still building up our "savings account" in heaven when we get to meet Jesus, face to glorious face.

As for me, as much as I long to see Him, I want to live my life for Him while I'm here and make every minute count. All the mundane stuff that seems to pile up still counts for something.

Father in Heaven, as long as You allow us to be here, may we work toward Your design and glory. We know that life is a gift, no matter how hard it seems for us in these last days. May we serve You and Honor You with the time we have left and make it count for everything, never wasting it. As Your bride, we live in this world, but are not part it. May You ease the barriers and allow us to do according to Your will. In Your precious and holy name we praise You, Amen!

Clarence Larkin - Dispensational Truth - Chapter 34 - The Signs of the Times

Clarence Larkin - Dispensational Truth - Chapter 34 - The Signs of the Times

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Major Upset...

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Last night was the culmination of that fact and Lord willing there will be more to come. Even though I'm convinced that the liberal left can and will pass their health care agenda sooner than later, the election last night was a none too minor upset. Even in the liberal stronghold that Massachusetts is, people realize that this is going to cost money and lots of it. Furthermore, this is money we don't have, add to that being in an economic depression and this health care bill shouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of passing any way. This is a simple hierarchy of needs, health care is not a right, but a necessity. Jobs aren't a right either, but no one seems to notice this fact nor are they trying to make them so.

To buy the necessities we need, such as food, water, shelter, clothing,and in some fashion, transportation, there must be a source of income. Whether it's from a government check (which I get through unemployment, and graciously appreciate) a bona fide job, or even side work, there must be money to pay for those needs. Otherwise the needs don't get met or the party in question has to take that means from another source. This is it. Health care is one of those needs which has to be paid for. Whether it comes out of your productivity, as in a job, or from someone else, as in a government program, this is how it is. Even printing the money to pay for it has its drawbacks. If you print it, you could go to prison. If the government does it, they could eventually crash the entire monetary system and take quite a few economies with them.

Our government already owes more than what it could ever pay back and a country with enough man power and technical expertise to wipe us out is our biggest creditor (China). Another thing I'm leery about is that this is not so much about compassion as it is control. I like my family physician, podiatrist, dentist and ophthalmologist and would hate to have to cut them short because of the government rationing health care or deciding who should get it by their economic or even political viability. Besides, the timing is completely wrong. Maranatha!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

DANTES tests!

This morning, before dawn rolled over the suburb known as Grand Ledge, there was an alarm clock ringing. One very tired man with aching feet and an affinity to sleep until 8 or 9 stirred out of bad, got dressed and got ready for the day. It was finally 7 a.m. when the car started and he started to affix the well-used GPS to the windshield. Plugging in the address in Spring Arbor, Michigan and affirming the destination in less than an hour, he drove off.

After driving the nearly deserted expressway, the water tower and the signs for Spring Arbor sprang up. The campus appeared deserted. No fanfare, no traffic to compete with; plenty of parking spaces. I picked one and circled the science building until I found the entrance. Inside the classroom were desks that were way too small for someone of my older boy's size, let alone mine. there were three other people, to nursing hopefuls and one gentleman trying to take a calculus test.

All of them thought I was crazy, I had one for Race to Save the Planet (something I've studied for the past 30 years to be honest) and Art of the Western World (which in my opinion someone could have studied exclusively for 7 or 8 decades and not even scratched the surface). I took the former first and the latter next. The art one was a bear, but I still got both tests done in less time than it took for many to do one. I'm a left-brained person for the most part and though I never shy away from the abstract, the serious art student is a very creative and perceptive person. He or she has to be to get it right.

This isn't to say that it can't be done. People like me take and pass these all the time. Either way, I've three or four weeks to get the results and move on with my plans; truth be told will hopefully be moving forward any, Lord willing. Right now, there isn't a lot of optimism on the jobs front. To someone who's invested copious amounts of time and money to attain a goal, it must be determination, not optimism, that allows one to move forward. Being able to realize trends is important, but these tend to change frequently as to make this as a determinant to your direction impossible. In plain English, this means to make a goal and meet it, keeping circumstances in their place.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Waiting for Armageddon

A movie coming out soon, called "Waiting for Armageddon" is due to hit theaters soon. Like nearly all movies today, portray pretribulation rapture, Bible believing Christians as unsophisticated non-progressives at best and as war-hungry monsters, or worse at worst. I'm not bothering to counter this viewpoint with scriptural evidence, because it probably wouldn't matter anyway. All I can say at this point is that the time for persecution is nearly at hand. Some time soon, those who believe in the Bible as the unerring word of the Lord will have to worship in the shadows to avoid public scorn, or arrest and even imprisonment (or worse).

I'm a pretribulational, evangelical Christian and very vocal about it. One thing that is very offensive is that if anything, I would love to have a few more decades left for things to simmer over, not to mention more people getting right with Jesus. I'm not looking forward to a time when many people, saved or not, will suffer in a war that will take the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Even if I don't agree with someone, it shouldn't have to mean I want them to die or go to hell. Come on people, this isn't what we're about. I would much rather struggle for another 40 of 50 years if it meant more people could be saved and we could turn this nation and the world around so the Lord could come and say "a job well done, my servants."

Even in Heaven, it's not going to be a pleasure cruise on the Happy Day Cruise Line. I fully expect that when Jesus takes His church, we will be interceding for those left behind. There is no way anyone could take pleasure in those suffering and dying because they didn't accept Jesus' "all aboard" for salvation. From the growing Antichrist sentiment I've been seeing on Facebook, YouTube and other public areas, it may have to take a severe wake up call for many to realize they were wrong. I'm seeing so much much this sentiment on the latter venue I'm contemplating pulling my account with YouTube.

Let's be honest, has this world gotten better? Has the leadership strove to follow the Ten Commandments, or has the word of law become an outmoded concept? Are people working toward an orderly solution to better the lives of all, or has the word of the day been "me first." As I've said, I've worked in property management for five and half years and could not get one person to see the need to be considerate of his neighbor. Even in some of the places we lived, we constantly had to ask our neighbors to turn down their stereos and were frequently treated as if we were impinging on their rights. If we can't even be courteous of one another, how can we be expected to bring in the "new age" of enlightenment and understanding?

I keep hearing that people don't need religion or God to better themselves, but they have no problem cursing out anyone who doesn't agree with them. Where did tolerance go? It seems to only apply to Christians accepting other religions.

The Good Life

Have a funny reason,
For belief in my Father
Yes I do,
Can't see religion,
as pain to go through.

Got to be crazy,
For belief in the Son,
Yes I am,
Rather be crazy,
For the person I am.

People think it's nonsense,
to believe in the Spirit,
but I do,
No harm in saying,
That He's carried me through.

Give me the good life,
I'll be so happy,
wait and see.
Give me the good life,
and it's bound to be fine.

Can't give a phony reason,
for the stand that I'm taking,
No I can't.
Rather be a poor man,
Than a rich man in hell.

I don't deserve it,
(truth be told)
Cut up my credit cards,
paid my bills,
Only an illusion,
But my debt's already paid.

Something of a quandary,
this joy has found me,
Yes it has.
Why can they see You,
as the master of them.

They say give me the good life, the good life.
And they'll be so happy,
No they won't
'till they confess Jesus
as their Lord and King.

Got to go and tell them,
That He for us all,
Yes He did.
Took all the beating,
and nails on the cross.

He buried our sinfulness,
in deepest of graveyards,
Yes He did.
Rose again in glory.
Someday we'll be with Him.

We have the good life,
and we're so happy,
wait and see.
We have the good life, the good life.
And we are just fine.

How to Fix a Broken Browser.

Finally, something to fix. My nearly 8 year old computer went on the fritz a week ago. It's an IBM Thinkpad T30 and was state of the art way back when. The problem was IE8, or known more affectionately as Internet Explorer 8. My words for this browser were not fit for print, though keeping such words to myself. The problem was the browser became corrupted, probably before I could get decent virus protection and finally shut down. The result was that it ran slow and finally did not run at all; effectively rendering this machine useless.

I tried several times through command prompt, or cmd in the run box of the start menu. It meant downloading the browser (Firefox) through DOS or Disk Operating Systems. What it was was an excercise in futility. I resigned myself to using the desktop, also an older machine but relegated to my wife's use for her social happenings. Taking away social happenings from my wife is not one of the most brilliant things to do. Need I say more.

Windows Media Player is a browser in and of itself, I remembered. Though I seldom use it, it does have the capability to surf the internet under the premise of looking for Lady Gaga or Ka$ha downloads. It was time for a more benign pursuit in making my old machine usable again.

In the upper right hand corner of the window for the media player is a drop down list labeled Windows Media Guide. There will a box marked Search. Click that and enter the words Firefox, IE8 or the name of any browser you feel like. I prefer Firefox because it's a lot faster and has a built-in spell check for sites like Facebook, Blogger, or even Blackboard. This is something IE has yet to do in any of its incarnations and is much slower.

Click on the advertisement for Firefox and though it will take a few minutes, it should download. If not, reload the page and try again. Follow the instructions on the dialogue boxes that pop up and click off any warnings if you want to download the program. Once you get Firefox going, it will take a few minutes to gather your info and homepage to work properly. Once it is up and running. X out of it, run your virus protection and then check for updates to your operating system. This is very important if the computer has been disabled for an extended amount of time.

Again, I would recommend Firefox for all browsing needs that don't specifically contraindicate it. It just works better than Safari or Internet Explorer; the latter suffering from application hangs all too frequently. Maranatha!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

More Hard-Learned Truisms.

The only sin you can hide behind is your own.
Those who keep score against the Lord lose the game.
Christianity is a matter of timing; do you believe in Him now, or later?
Never argue with a fool, because passers by may not know the difference.
The Lord doesn't grade on a curve.
How can one deny God exists and slander Him just the same?
Ridicule is man's most potent weapon, and Satan's most used one.
Those who just do what they want will eventually lose what they have.
Don't strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.
For Christ's bride, this life is as close to hell as we get; For the lost, it is as close to heaven as they will ever have.
Hypocrisy is bad, being unrepentant is worse.
Christians are redeemed and acknowledge it, while the lost are redeemed and deny it.
I'm created, therefore I am.
The Lord is not our genie.
Ask not what the Lord can do for you, but what you can do for the Lord.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Answer to Every Question

This is a blog about fixing things, but because there have been few things fixable or needing to be fixed recently, the Lord has called on me to devote this to him for awhile. This is something I relish as He is far more exciting than the temporal lives we now lead. Soon, very soon, Jesus will cast aside all doubt that He is in fact, the Master.

4 days ago, I made a comment on You Tube about The Evil Symbols and Strange Things in the World of Music. It was to a part in particular about Sarah McLachlan and her founding of Lilith Fair. Said fair was about the alleged first wife of Adam, Lilith, who would not submit to Adam and God. Now she is a model for feminism and this is was the focus for her tour. Women have bought into this believing that being "free" means being liberated from men.

All this is is a ploy to get more music sales for McLachlan, Meridith Brooks, Tori Amos, Paula Cole, Lisa Loeb, Jewel and others. While all this seems innocent enough, it's about making Jesus and the patriarchal view of Christianity look outmoded. As Christians, we're the bride of Christ and the relationship of man and woman is representative of Jesus' relationship with His Church. This is why Satan hates marriage and loves to draw people into sexual sin.

In that spirit, I commented that I would burn my Sarah McLachlan CD's (I threw them and my Jewel music out). That was it. One thing that we all know is that Satan uses people for his work, which is to kill and destroy. His other function is in his name "devil" which means slanderer, or accuser. When we don't acknowledge Jesus, we already belong to Satan because of our rebellion in wanting to be God ourselves.

My comment must have really angered someone, because they wrote "your an idiot to believe in such fairy tales. I believe in Santa Claus that he will drink milk and eat cookies if I leave it on the kitchen counter on Christmas Eve. Does that make me look foolish. So does Christians when they believe in the bible. It is full of fables, fairy tales, and lots of killing in it."

I could have defended every aspect and laid waste to his comments, not to mention assure of his fate really soon if he continues to reject Jesus. I've witnessed other Christians do the same thing. However, it isn't necessarily the best thing to do as many unbelievers on the offensive have a great head knowledge of the bible. Even Satan himself has this. Besides, it also gives the enemy more cable to snare the unbeleiver. Better to treat with love if we can.

Jesus is the answer to the question, every question, when we let Him. I knew the anger was not with me, but Jesus. He bore all of this on the cross. He knows what our feelings, our hurts,and our joys are. He told me what to write. Rather than address all these concerns of this gentleman, I did not take his remark as an insult, but rather as confirmation that I'm following Jesus for His glory.

I wrote "@ _________, If believing in "fairy tales" and "fables," (mainly the bible being the word of the Lord), makes me an idiot. Then I'm as guilty as charged. As you've so charged, my viewpoint, or feelings do not matter. The only thing that matters is the glory of the Lord. Good day sir."

It was turning the other cheek, but not caving to Satan to look "cool" to an Atheist either. It isn't about defending myself, which I am more than capable of doing. However, this is war and it is not against flesh and blood, but demonic powers and principalities who use these poor souls as mere chess pieces and display them as trophies. If anything, the treatment our brothers and sisters get for being Christians confirms we are in the end times. (These verses are not from the KJV)

And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another... And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew, 24: 10-12)

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Timothy, 4: 3-4)

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith.... (1 Timothy, 4: 1).

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Timothy, 3: 1-5)

All these verses describe my "friend" and many, many others. We alone cannot change these people. We must make it a point to pray for the Holy Spirit to change them, like he changed us when we were wretched, hopeless and deserving of eternal punishment without the One who's precious blood washed our sins away. (Thank You Jesus). In truth, Christians are no better than anyone else, and we would do well to remember that when we elect to pass judgment. We must be motivated in love by the source of all love in our word and deed. Maranatha!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Jesus is Unaffected By the Recession!

I am, at present, for the lack of a better word, unemployed. Yes, I've heard that the economy in the United States shed 85,000 jobs last month and all the other gloom and doom. All I know is that while jobs are hard to come by, people are still managing to find them. Our friend, who's going to be 41 this year, has been unemployed since April of 2009, on her birthday no less. Today, we got the news she got a job and rather than be angry because I didn't get one yet, my praise is out to the One who provides for all of us.

Despite the calamities that this God-fearing, God loving, child of God has faced, He has carried her through them without ceasing. She's been hospitalized, had to replace a vehicle (one was given to her) and lost her job. All through this, has never once blamed the Lord but to my knowledge, has continued to go to church, worship and praise Him without ceasing. Most of us would curse Him for making life miserable. However, as Christians, we need to be more concerned about the Lord and His glory.

Matthew 6: 25-34 explains this (red letters denote the words of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ).

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not life more than meat, and the body more than rainment? Behold the fowls of the air: for thy sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye much better than they?

I'm going to pause. Back in that time, people had little but the clothes on their backs. This was the norm and for Jesus' disciples, they had to live hand to mouth. Things which we take for granted today, such as hot and cold water, clean clothes, a bed to sleep on, good food and on and on, were unheard of for 99 percent of those living in Israel (Judea) at that time. Most of us have this and more and still complain bitterly about "poverty" and "oppression." This is a slap in God's face and we would be wise to fall on our faces and praise Him now for what He has generously blessed us with.

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? (Who's going to get anything by worrying).

And why take ye thought for rainment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; and they toil not, neither do they spin: (Our Master still expects us to work, but this is to prove a point)
And when I say onto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth ye have needs of these things (This is very reassuring to me, but we're upward and onward Christian soldiers). But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you (This last verse has a lot more impact when read in the manner intended by Jesus). Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. (the last sentence left off for clarity, as this continues into a new aspect of Jesus' message. which I'll cover later, Lord willing).

Today, I learned, through my friend, that God provides for us according to His will. Let me tell you that His will is just, fair and equitable. We get what we need when we depend on Him. This does not propone the heretical prosperity gospel, which has damaged Christianity in the eyes of the lost (and who can blame them) and has acted to divide the church. Again, this is another subject for another time. It isn't that Christians should ever expect life to be easy, just possible. We are only passing through, but gently. Maranatha!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Earth 2100, from a Christian Perspective Part One

Watched the last half of a program on the History Channel that made my blood run cold. In short, it proposed a scenario where we as human beings were misusing the earth starting in 2010. As anyone will be able to figure out, the result is a doomsday scenario in where widespread coastal flooding, disease, famine, energy shortages, civil unrest and governmental breakdown are imminent. The causation is predictably, overuse of energy, the dreaded S.U.V. and excessive carbon emissions. By 2100, as the story goes, humanity and all of nature are irreversibly and profoundly changed. Major governments have toppled and small, feudal societies are norm. The standard of living is forever degraded as civilization descends into anarchy. As with most, if not all of these shows with an agenda, it vilifies the United States and in a thinly-veiled fashion, Christians. The pivotal point was in 2015 when world leaders could not agree on a climate change slash energy usage policy.

Back to 2010 for a moment. We could be in the coldest and roughest winter since 1978. We've had more snowfall and in consistently lowest winter temperatures since 1985. This is over much of the United States and Europe. It was 44 degrees in Florida last week. Man made global warming is a myth perpetuated by those who wish to dismantle the United States for their own gain. I'm all for "green" and not using more than you need. I recycle when ever possible. My "carbon footprint" is about a size 1. We use energy efficient light bulbs, save water, etc. However, this is not by any government coercion; It is out of necessity.

The alternative scenario proposed by "climatologists" and other "experts" in this field are population control (abortions and other mandated contraception at best) planting wind farms and solar arrays all over the place and using electric cars owned by everyone in common. There are the other suggestions like planting low water use crops and using less cattle and eating more locally-grown produce, etc. These are not all bad ideas, (abortion is murder, to put it mildly) but the one thing that really got my attention is establishing a government that cooperates globally. This is code for a global government. Let's face it, humans cannot govern themselves in any capacity as long as Satan is god of this world (Don't shoot the messenger, because Jesus points this out in John 12:31 and the apostle Paul also made mention of this in 2 Corinthians 4:4. I would be lying and not biblical if I said otherwise).

Need proof? Look around you. People can't even park their cars for the benefit of their neighbors in our apartment complex. Instead of leaving enough room, cars are double-parked, and sidewalks are frequently used as "princess parking". When I worked in property management, I frequently had to ask residents not to let the nose of their cars hang over the sidewalk so I could shovel said walks in the winter. Not one person ever cooperated with this rule and it took me an extra hour to clean the snow off the walks. Rules and consequences didn't work because residents fought the management violently over why they shouldn't have to follow policy. People want to do what they want when they want to do it and how they want to do it, morality be anathema.

Like it or not, without Christ, we are all in a state of rebellion against all authority. This is something Christians are commanded to respect. Jesus always told His people to turn the other cheek in a time when Romans had a right to slap Jews, and soldiers could command a Jew to carry their equipment for a mile. This was law back then and Christ commanded people to follow it, unreasonable as it was.

In short, I don't have faith in men, because men lie and cheat and follow agendas that benefit them, not humanity as a whole. If you can't even get a gaggle of tenants to work together for the common good, how can you get people to cooperate on a grand scale? The truth is that Communism (and this is what it is) is like a on old, termite-infested, lead piped house with a new paint or siding job. If you buy into it, you're going to have a lot of costs cropping up really soon. For example, I had a bump out on my garage that got water and insect damage because it was not properly roofed and flashed. This would have run me close to $7000 to have a builder replace all the damaged wood, re-side and re-roof this part of my house. As it was, it still cost me about $400 to get it back to rights. Communism, or Socialism has the propensity to become very expensive in money, materials and human lives. This is because this worldview believes that government is the answer for everything and does not allow for dissent regardless of proof of solutions or ideas to the contrary.

Stalin ordered and participated in the killing of millions of people, including many brilliant leaders and engineers who did not agree with him, or who he thought did not agree with him. Hitler also did this and caused many talented people to flee Germany. This is why I'm not embracing the worldview of environmentalism, (or repackaged Socialism) as much as I have to study this subject right now. Maranatha!

What is Faith, in Creation?

Unlike the stereotypical view of a Christian, I am not poorly educated, nor unintelligent. I know how to read and write well into college level. I also managed to maintain a fairly healthy grade point average through same. I am analytical and methodical in my thoughts and actions, and have attention to detail. Other see a tire, I see a wheel, tread, sidewall, valve stem, lugs, bead, and perhaps a stone or two in the tread; the latter driving me nuts.

In addition, I am rational for the most part (when I'm angry; less rational). I am also skeptical by nature; Seeing is believing, in other words. As far as being an intellectual goes, I have an I.Q. in the 130 range; not MENSA material, but better than average.

Now you you might accuse me of being magnanimous and under most circumstances, you would be right. However, this is merely to prove a point. Of all the things I've learned is that consistency and design are both happenings in the vastness of the universe. For something to be made requires intelligence, and this this includes design, planning and execution to achieve any semblance of organization.

For instance, I would really like another vehicle. So why not just throw in some rubber, a few chunks of steel, glass, copper, paint, and mix well with motor oil and transmission fluid, and wait for it to evolve into an automobile. The result, without some tools and knowledge (that I do not have), the only thing that will happen is a hefty citation for littering. Maybe I could let my ailing Dodge sit in the parking lot and wait for it to evolve into a working, trouble-free vehicle. The only thing that would happen is that the management would end having that hulk towed away.

It takes intelligent design, planning and execution for the resultant automobile to manifest or the broken one to get fixed. The same thing goes with anything that you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch in your home. If it's the radio, it took someone to design, plan and build it, not to mention the music played on it. This computer I'm hacking away at required some major brainpower to come up with. Even the cell phone on my desk, both required someone of some intellect to design and build.

Now admittedly, this is going to be offensive to some, so please, be warned. There are scientists spending billions of dollars and thousands of man hours on tokamacs, colliders and other devices meant to prove the "big bang" theory. The results have been marginal, and they still disprove their theory because it took a lot of intelligence, planning, engineering, design and build these things. In "nature" life would never spontaneously happen from any conditions or elements we can dream up. If humans somehow manage to create these conditions artificially, it will prove, not disprove intelligent design.

Even with all the wonderful and frightening things humanity has built, they have failed to take notice the complexity of life and the dichotomy faced by those believing evolution and the "big bang." After all, it takes creativity and intelligence to build a scoop shovel, radar gun, or even a Rubik's Cube. However, no such creativity or intelligence needed to build something as complex as a living human being or even a bacterium, for that matter. Do you see the inconsistency at best, and an outright lie at the worst? For all the money spend on proving evolution, we would probably have the resources spent better elsewhere. Hey, the last sentence was my opinion, but come on, do we really need to be super intellectuals to figure out life? I think not. Maranatha!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

To Divide

One truth of being a Christian is this, you may find yourself, through no fault of your own, alienated from friends, family and coworkers. Taking a stand for the Lord is not popular nowadays. As Christians, we are commanded by Jesus to put Him first in all things. If we are to truly obey His Word, there is going to be division.

Jesus in Matthew 10: 34 through 38 explains this plainly.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

This is where some take it out of context to try and discredit the Master and Creator, but read on...



He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Jesus said it plainly. Being a Christian is about "taking up the cross" and following Him. It will mean all kinds of persecution, even in the relatively easy times we have in the United States, where free speech happens to work in our favor. We may miss out on friends, family, fame and fortune, but the rewards He gives us are far deeper and everlasting.

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loesth his life for my sake shall find it.

He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward: And he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

And whosoever shall give to drink onto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

So we will be rewarded, in time, for being a Christian in name and deed. Even though we feel obligated to our peers, once we acknowledge that we are a creation of the Lord and are redeemed by Him, we belong to Him and must do His will for His glory. Maranatha!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Comparison Shopping.

One aspect of shopping that people get confused about is when shopping for paper products. For this post, it will include diapers, tampons, paper plates, wipes ad nauseum. Just because a product is on sale doesn't mean it's a bargain. Stores hire management consultants to put the odds in their favor when you shop. The result is a confusing array of differing prices, quantities and features that boggle the mind and force the shopper to weigh in time and money to make a "buyer vote." (this reminds me of another voting system made confusing, but I'm digressing.) Items used to have a unit price on their shelves, but have either made these unintelligible or non-existent.

Let's just say that a diaper is a diaper. They all hold several times their weight in liquid and other niceties, they're white, and all of them are refasten able to check for, you know.

The best way is to get a calculator to figure out the price per diaper, which is the true cost of any product regardless of features, or with features in common. Buying the bigger quantity is not going to save you money per diaper or any other product for that matter. The best way to save money is usually on brand. This is because different firms spend differing amounts on advertising. Another way to save money is on features and this means eliminating or adding features to save money; more on this later.

Diapers are again, fairly easy. Meijer brand at 15.99 for 80 diapers is 20 cents per diaper, while Huggies is 27 cents and the Whisper Touch is 21 cents per. The Drybabies in the big pack (this is because we needed diapers for daycare and for the house) got picked. I type in the price, no decimal points divided by the quantity to get the true price per item.

Trash bags are a bit more challenging, but they don't have to be. Simply take the features you want and are preferably common among the ones you're comparing. This can be for the sake of demonstration, odor blockers. I used this feature and none else for comparison and assumed that all will hold 13 gallons and all will block odor. The Glad bags were 40 to a package but still cheaper than the Hefty with 45 bags. Alas, a 55 cent coupon brought the Hefty down to $6.02 or 13 cents per bag as opposed to 14 cents per with the Glad. Besides, 45 bags are going to postpone a trip to the store just a little longer than 40 will. Since we can't just fill a bag outside of the can (it just looks ghetto and the cat will tear it out) the Force Flex bags aren't a big deal and only cost more.

You can do this with food too. Just divide the price as a whole number, no decimal points, by the quantity and get the true price, or price per item. You may look pretty strange with a calculator, but you'll only have to do this periodically as you commit the items you buy to long term memory, or write them down. I've also done this successfully with socks, underwear, basically anything that comes in a quantity greater than one. Maranatha!