Wednesday, April 25, 2007

It's nice to know someone famous!

My wife, Stephenie, is a contributing author to a new book published by Concordia Publishing House. You can read about it here...

Faith-filled Blog

Congratulations Stephenie!



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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Massacre at VT

My sympathies to all who have been affected by this massacre at Virginia Tech. May Christ send His Spirit of consolation upon all in need!

As one ponders the threats of terrorism and heinous crimes, a few things come to my mind.

1. God didn't want this to happen. This world was created "very good," perfect. We shouldn't blame him for this.

2. This tragedy is a result of sin that has tainted the entire creation because of Adam's fall in Genesis 3. As humans, we need to own this problem and repent.

3. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for sin and provide salvation for all who believe in Him. This salvation doesn't take us out of this sinful world; but it does provide hope for all who believe that those who die in faith will have eternal life. We will see them again!

4. Jesus predicted that these types of events would happen in this world but ONE DAY He will come to destroy all evil. Read Matthew 24 and see!

5. I look forward to the day when Christ comes again and delivers us! Come, Lord Jesus, Quickly come!

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

HPV Virus Requirements?

JS Online: Parents, politicians spar over vaccine

The debate over the HPV Vaccine will be an interesting test in ethics and morality. I am for requiring most vaccines. But this vaccine needs a little more attention than chicken pox. It may be giving license to promiscuity.

No one should ever have to go through the struggle of cancer when it can be prevented. This is especially true if one shot can prevent it. Did you know that there is another way to prevent the spread of HPV? It's the KYUmPO vaccine: "Keep Your Unmarried Pants On!"

One cannot get this virus unless they (or the partner) are sexually active with multiple people. This is a sexually transmitted disease! It's like gonorrhea, syphilis, or other STDs. The only difference is that this one has the word "cancer" connected with it. If one keeps sexual activity within the confines of marriage and marries an individual who is sexually pure, there is no need for the vaccine.

Where this gets sticky is "What about rape?" What about the female who is raped by a man who is a "carrier" of HPV? She would be infected and possibly develop cervical cancer later in life. Does this female need another lifelong reminder of the rape? No way!

I think the best solution to the spread of HPV is an ongoing Christian conversation with our children beginning at a very young age. I heard recently that the average first sexual encounter is now 14. This is outrageous! Children need to know that sexuality must be kept within the boundaries of marriage. They should learn this, not from the schools, but from their parents! Perhaps in this discussion we can see that God gave us the 6th Commandment out of love for us knowing the consequences of sexual activity outside of marriage.

We give our children too much permission in the sexuality area for fear that we may "sexually repress them." Out of fear of alienation we allow our children to be in opposite-sex relationships at 10 years old (or 6 and think it's just cute.) Out of fear, we let them make decisions about clothing that advertises their sexuality. Out of fear, we teach them how to use contraceptives. And now out of fear, we give our daughters a vaccine because we are under the belief system that these kids cannot control themselves and are going to "do it" anyway. (Evolution says we're all animals; now we all act like them too.)

Should a female child receive the vaccine? I would say probably yes. We don't want our children to have cancer when they grow up. The vaccine is less invasive than the treatments of cervical cancer. The vaccine is cheaper than cancer treatments too. But long before the vaccine is administered (starting at age one) we need to have conversations with our children about sexuality so they can have a healthy understanding of it and realize that this is a great gift that God has given to us.


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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Local Area ELCA Churches Discuss Their Current Path...

It looks like not everyone in the ELCA is happy with the church bodies' disregard for God's Word. From what I have observed and heard second-hand, I would have to agree with the assessment of those in dissent. Unfortunately the church body's leadership is wandering from God's Word and it is trickling down in the ranks.

Christ doesn't want his believers fighting. However, he does call all Christians to remain true to God's Word and combat heresy. The only way that heresy can be overcome is by reading Scripture, discussing it, and following it alone. I pray that the scheduled discussion will be God-pleasing and produce repentance.

I've been watching the Word Alone network for some time. I hope they (through the power of the Word) can have an effect and bring the church body back to Scripture. The fact that the Word Alone network exists shows that we need to be careful in labeling the individual members of any particular church body. There may be a few exceptions to the bunch. Pray for them all!

See the article here: La Crosse Tribune - 6.0

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Radio Opportunity

I recently was asked to substitute for KFUO's radio program called, "The Bible Study". I looked at it as a chance to stretch my horizons. The topic was Revelation chapter 5.

I was nervous. This was my first opportunity to do a life Q&A radio program. But I found the experience to be a rewarding one.

If you wish, you can listen to the radio broadcast from your computer at www.kfuo.org.

Don't be too hard on me with the comments.


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This Joyful Eastertide!

With Lent past and the celebration of Jesus' resurrection in full swing, perhaps I can get back to blogging a bit.



Thanks for your patience!



Christ has risen! Alleluia!





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