Archives For March 2005

Terri Has Died

March 31, 2005 — 4 Comments

Terri Schiavo has died just a little while ago. I knew it would be soon, but it’s still amazing that this is somewhat over. But perhaps a movement for euthanasia has begun?
I also find it sad to hear that the Schindlers were denied access to the room as she died. Come on! That really is going to far. That’s one of the worst things Micheal Schiavo could have done and he did it. Hey, what did he have to lose?
We,as bloggers, really can’t explain what’s going on in our minds and hearts, but we can tell you that we’ve tried. And though it seems that we have all lost, that is truly not the case. This situation, I’m sure, has opened the eyes of many to the fact that America is heading down a path that may lead to legal suicide and murder. These people will now take action. It’s brought hope to others like Terri, who need our help to save their life.
God has a purpose and plan for everything, though we may not see it right away, or we may not see it at all. He will use Terri’s situation for good. I don’t know the spiritual condition of Terri, but I know God can use anyone to work out his plan. Our prayer is that Terri knew the Lord, but we just don’t know. It would be so awesome to get to heaven and meet someone that you had worked to try to save their life. But we just don’t know.
As we move on this week, we must let ourselves pray for life. For our country we must pray we’ll get back on the right track. We must pray that our judges will make the right decisions.
I had planned to write about the Church today, but that will be tomorrow. If you want to find out more about Terri, and perhaps read her story, look at some of these links below:
Wittenburg Gate has the full story from beginning to end (bloggers story).
World Net Daily has the history.
All things 2 All has many posts on Terri and links to other posts.

White House Visit!

March 30, 2005 — 2 Comments

White HouseListen here to my story, and some great description of what I saw on the way out of D.C.

this is an audio post - click to play

Wow! Agents, Iraqi voters, the President, and monuments…Whew! It was really great!
Tim Challies has some blogging tips from Solomon (if he were a blogger. Fantastic stuff.
And I’m going to be doing a post on this tomorrow. So stay tuned…
(HT: David Mobley…A physicists perspective)

This post was inspired by a chat with some other bloggers and my pastor’s sermon yesterday on the last days.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” –Matt. 5:11

As Christians, we are supposed to be persecuted because of our faith, not because we provoke people and try to get them to call us names and try to hurt us, but because we preach the gospel of Christ. A gospel that says that we cannot do anything to save ourselves. And people don’t like that.
Since I’ve begun blogging, and then writing for an online magazine, Virtue, I’ve gotten a lot of great comments. And that worried me for a awhile, because I wasn’t getting that feedback that showed me I was truly preaching the gospel to my readers. So when I wrote this article and got mentioned on Evangelical Outpost in reference to my article on the DOM, I got the feedback I wanted–or rather didn’t want. As I said before, I didn’t try to get any of these names…I just put forth the truth, and got called some wonderful names (that was sarcasm):

1. Logically faulted (but a “wonderful writer”)
2. Blatantly bigoted
3. Intolerant
4. Prideful
5. Arrogant
6. Socially handicapped (all homeschoolers are called that….can my non-homeschooled friends help me out on that one and drop me a comment in my defense here ;)?)
7. Li’l Tim S. (standing a 5’10 1/2″, 15 years old…um…well, I guess I might be “Li’l”)
8. Would “break like a little girl,” (Bob Dylan) if he debated on the DOM.
9. Hopelessly indoctrinated
10. Sheltered
(and a few I’d care not to mention due to this being a Christian blog)

Yeah, I know what your saying, “I would love to get called these names.” Ha! Are you kidding!
But I do praise God that I am doing the right thing by putting forth the truth. And I pray that you are doing the same. And sooner or later you’ll get called a few more names than me. Keep at it, and put forth the Truth of the Gospel!

“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage?with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” –2 Timothy 4:2-4

Agent Tim

Her Last Hours…

March 25, 2005 — 1 Comment

Spunky Jr. is writing some thoughts on whether or not Christ would want us to storm in and “kidnap” Terri. Good stuff.
A friend of mine started a blog, called “Voice in the Wilderness. He’s going be good, looking at this quote from his intro…

I am a homeschooled Bible believing Christian who could care less what anyone thinks about me.

Jeb Bush seems to be running out of options…
Jay Sekulow via World Net Daily:

“Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, said that by requesting permission from Judge Greer, Bush appears to have limited his options.
“By going to the court you set yourself up for a difficult problem, because if Jeb Bush were to send in the police now, he would set up the risk for contempt of court,” Sekulow said in an interview on the Sean Hannity radio show today.
Sekulow said that while sympathetic, as an officer of the court, he could not advise Bush to defy the judge.

But Dr. D. James Kennedy urged Bush to take action:

“He must disregard the order of Judge Greer…He has both the authority and the duty to do so under the state constitution.”

I couldn’t believe it! Barbara Mculski, our liberal Maryland Senator, supports Terri:

“This is a terrible tragedy. There was no living will and the family was divided…I felt that it was appropriate under these unique circumstances that the court take one last look at this.”

(Washington Post)

I’ve asked one of my latest commenters, Karen of Scottsdale, to do an interview with me. Her story, to me, allows her to have a great perspective on Terri Schiavo and her case. Thank you so much Karen for allowing me to do this interview. Enjoy…
Agent Tim: What is your story? Could you briefly share with me? (Testimony, why you are disabled, etc?)
Karen: I was born with a genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 which is a motor neuron disorder. Most of my voluntary muscles are affected and I have never been able to walk thus I have used a wheelchair for mobility all of my life. I use a power wheelchair because I have no strength in my arms. I can use my hands a little bit to write or use a computer but I’m not able to lift things and cannot lift my arms above my head. I have become progressively weaker over the years and since the last two years I have not been able to feed myself without assistance. I totally rely on others for all of my personal care needs. I’m now 40 years old. In my 20s and early 30s I drove a specially modified van. I attended public school and went to college where I earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in business management. Unfortunately I have not been gainfully employed. However, I lead as active a life as I’m able. And try to find work that I can do at home.
I accepted Christ when I was a young child. God has blessed me in many ways and especially with a loving family who have cared for me. I have been married for six years. My husband and I are active members of our church body. Surely God is my strength.

AT: What do you foresee for the future of those who are disabled? Do you see those who are “unwanted” and “not contributing to society” being killed like Terri?
KS: People who are unable to speak for themselves are at the greatest risk because they are often the ones who are “unwanted.” I’m thinking of unwanted children and people who cause inconvenience to those around them like the disabled and elderly. I’m not sure that those who are considered as “not contributing to society” are at risk of being killed because quite frankly most of our culture creates people who contribute little if nothing to our society. Mediocrity is praised and exceptionalism or excellence is put down. In that kind of society who really contributes?
AT: Why do you believe that Terri should live?
KS: Terri has the same rights as anyone. She should live because she is. Her life is no less important than anyone else. From what I understand of the court case the judge ruled that she would not want to live this way according to her “husband.” Since she made no clear directive such as a living will, I cannot understand how the judge can accept the testimony of her “husband” who has done nothing to help her. I agree with President Bush when he said that we need to err on the side of life. Without a clear directive I think is wrong for someone else to have the right to choose death for her.
AT: From a disabled persons point of view, do you understand Terri?s situation better? Could you share why and how you would be if you were in her situation or in her parents situation? What would you want to happen to you if you were Terri?
KS: I don’t know if I understand her situation any better because I am disabled. I do know that life should be protected and I want my life protected.
Terri’s condition is not a terminal condition. The only reason why she is dying now is because she is being starved and dehydrated. I can understand if someone has a terminal condition and they do not want to undergo treatment that will have no effect except to make their life more miserable but not prolong it in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, Terri’s situation is being portrayed as a terminal one. This is wrong.
AT: What do you believe the Bible says about Terri?s situation?
KS: I think the Bible is very clear on this situation. Over and over again God told the Israelites to protect those who were most vulnerable in their society. Jesus said to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Also, God told the Israelites to choose life.
From Tim:
Terri, Schindler family, attorneys, and Gov. Bush, we’re praying for you and working for you too. God Bless.

The Battle Continues

March 24, 2005 — 4 Comments

UPDATE 9:10 PM EST March 24 Schindlers are running out of options but are working hard to save Terri. Some info here. Stay tuned to FOX News.com for the latest updates.
UPDATE 12:25 PM EST March 24 The high court unanimously denied hearing Schindlers appeal. Gov. Bush had filed for custody, going the legal route, but that has been denied by Judge Greer. Jeb Bush needs to get to work.
World Net Daily said that “The possible “rescue” scenario emerged today with Schiavo now in her sixth day without food or water. Florida’s DCF indicated it might remove the brain-injured woman, by force if necessary, from the hospice where she has lived the past five years.”
Force. Wow, that sounds extreme…but take a look at this photo via Smarthomeschool. Now that’s pretty cool. Great job, kid. We’re with you.
11:00 PM EST (last night)…Shindlers take their battle to the supreme court…Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the first to consider the appeal. He will choose to act himself or refer the case to the entire court. (Kennedy was appointed by Reagan.)
As I said yesterday, the group of protesters did attempt to bring water to Terri and were arrested.
Fox News…

“When I close my eyes at night, all I can see is Terri’s face in front of me, dying, starving to death,” Mary Schindler (search) said outside her daughter’s Pinellas Park hospice. “Please, someone out there, stop this cruelty. Stop the insanity. Please let my daughter live.”

What happened on Wednesday…a wrap up…
A three-judge panel from the Atlanta 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Shindlers early Wednesday, then hours later the full court refused to reconsider.
Gov. Bush and Florida’s social services agency filed a petition to take custody of Terri Schiavo.

“It cites new allegations of neglect and challenges Schiavo’s diagnosis as being in a persistent vegetative state. The request is based on the opinion of a neurologist working for the state who observed Schiavo at her bedside but did not conduct an examination of her.”

Judge Greer will decide by Noon today.
The Florida Legislature also attempted once again to save Terri by trying to pass a bill, that was rejected by the Senators.
I believe Congress is doing great by filing papers to the Supreme Court arguing that the 11th circuit court had “failed to adhere to the plain meaning” of their emergency legislation. The legislation required courts to “ensure that desperately needed nutritional support” for Terri. And they haven’t done it. Impeach them.
People, time is running short. We can’t wait a moment. In this scramble, we must pray, and blog. Believe me, it’s making a difference. Congratulations to the tail for starting a blog wave. Let’s finish this thing understanding that God has a plan, he is sovereign. His will is perfect, and he will use whatever happens in the end of this story that we are taking part of.
As I read in my devotions today, we spend so much time praying for revival and never doing anything about it. I praise God that I can use words on a page to make a difference will thousands of others around the globe. We need to go farther than prayer. We need to start a revival. It’s totally and completely up to us whether we have one or not.
Praying for you Terri, your parents, family, friends, and those trying to save your life. God Bless.

Terri, God Has A Plan

March 22, 2005 — 2 Comments

UPDATE: 2:55 EST March 22 The new injuction was denied and now the Schindlers are not going to the Supreme Court, but are rather have asked a full federal appeals court in Atlanta to review the previous decision to not reinstate Terri Schiavo’s tube. More info here and here. Keep praying on this situation. Also, protesters are threatening to risk arrest by and attempt to give Terri a cup of water. A protester has already been arrested. It may happen later this afternoon. This is just symbolic, not an attempt that will work.
Time is running short as the Schindlers have said that Terri is “fading fast.” Please keep her in continued prayer, as well as her family. Even Michael. Pray for your enemies.

Well, the battle goes on. You?ve heard the story of the Schindlers attorney filing a request for an emergency injunction with a federal district court in Tampa, Florida. The war goes on as the judge has said that he will not make an immediate ruling on the case. Not good news as I?ve heard news that Terri may have an infection, and may pass away sooner than expected (Reported on Pro-Life Blogs). Time is running short in this case of life and death. Especially now that that injuction has been denied and a new one has been filed. They will be working into the night on this one. It?s amazing.

?Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me??

God has a will for Terri. He?s in control of the situation. His hand is on all that goes on. He can use this situation to teach us. I believe God is sovereign over all things and that he has a plan for you, me, and for those in situations like Terri?s. He is an amazing God.

?/ Indescribable, Uncontainable,/
/You placed the stars in the sky/
/And You know them by name/
/You are amazing God/
/All powerful, untamable/
/You see the depths of my heart /
/And you love me the same/
/You are amazing God/ ?
(Chris Tomlin, ?Indescribable?)

Also, it seems that Micheal has invited the President and Gov. Bush to meet Terri. It would be awesome if they did do that and Terri responded to them. But Michael may have her sedated or she may be too far-gone when they meet her. But nonetheless, it would be an awesome thing. And as you can see, Michael is changing his strict rule of no visitors. What?s up with that? It seems very, very odd to me.
I also found that the Larry King transcript included Terri?s sister Suzanne Vitadamo?s commentary on the situation and I?ve reprinted it below. It also included David Gibbs. I found some of her comments VERY interesting. (AIlmost as much as Michael Schiavo?s comments in my last post.)

KING: Joining us now in Tampa, Florida, Susanne Vitadamo. She is Terri Schiavo’s sister. And David Gibbs, the Schindler family attorney.
Suzanne, where were you when they pulled the feeding plug?
SUZANNE VITADAMO, TERRI SCHIAVO’S SISTER: Larry, I was in the room prior to that. And I was asked to leave the room while they pulled Terri’s feeding tube. And I waited a couple hours and went back in. I was with her from 8:30 in the morning until I left at 5:00.
KING: Why do you want your sister’s wishes not listened to?
VITADAMO: Well first, we don’t believe Terri had those wishes. We knew Terri, obviously, better than Michael did. Those wishes surfaced several years after a medical malpractice suit. I mean, we’re talking many years later. They’re hearsay with Michael and two of his family members. And they surfaced late. And we don’t believe Terri ever wanted to die.
And secondly, we don’t believe Terri is in the condition some doctors are saying she’s in. We see Terri as a vibrant, fairly healthy, except she’s severely brain damaged.
But she needs help, Larry. She hasn’t had therapy since 1993. She’s disabled. She needs help. She’s trying to talk. And we want to get her the help she needs as a disabled woman.
KING: David, Michael’s point and his attorney’s point, you’ve lost in the Florida courts, you’ve lost in the United States Supreme Court. So as I ask Michael why he continues, why do you continue?
DAVID GIBBS, SCHINDLER FAMILY ATTORNEY: Because it’s the right thing to do, Larry. When you look at a mother and a father, when you look at Bob and Mary Schindler and they say, David, is there anything we can do to keep our daughter, a daughter of 41 years that we love dearly. A Bob and Mary Schindler would trade places with Terri in a second if they could. They would give up their health, they would give up their energy to allow Terri to be well. They say, can you help us save our daughter.
And in a life and death case like this, Larry, everything reasonable that can be done. I mean, the Congress has recognized it, the president has recognized it, the Vatican has recognized it, religious and leaders across the nation have recognized it, Governor Bush has recognized it. This is just flat wrong. We are starving to death an innocent, disabled woman. It’s unAmerican
KING: We are a nation of law.
GIBBS: Law needs to be moral. It needs to be guided by what’s right.
KING: Your morality may not be my morality.
GIBBS: But I think killing a disabled woman is something that’s always been against the law. I mean, going back to the ten commandments, thou shalt not kill. And we’re in a situation where an innocent disabled woman is facing a barbaric death. And it’s something that needs to be stopped.
KING: Suzanne, what is Michael’s point if she didn’t tell him that? What is his point in wanting this done? How does he gain by it, Suzanne?
VITADAMO: You know, Larry, I don’t know. There’s quite a bit of speculation out as to why he is so bent on killing Terri. You know, Michael has his family now. We agree that this is a family decision. But we are Terri’s family. He has a fiancee and children, we’re asking him to take care of his family and let us take care of ours.
KING: So, you don’t — you can’t figure out a motive?
VITADAMO: As I said, there’s speculation out there that I’ve heard running around. There might be maybe — we have evidence that something may have happened pretty ugly the night that she collapsed.
And, you know, again, he received quite a bit of money back in ’93. And it was shortly after that he remembered these so-called wishes that we honestly don’t believe. So, let everybody else maybe put something together and figure out why he’s doing this because we certainly, you know, — it really doesn’t make any sense.
KING: When the incident occurred, it was fully investigated, wasn’t it?
VITADAMO: No.
KING: It was not?
VITADAMO: Terri — we do not at this point know why Terri collapsed. Her heart did stop, but she did not have a heart attack. And she did not. It has not been proven that she’s had an eating disorder which I’ve heard. So, we asked for an investigation. And to this day have not gotten one. But again, we don’t know why she collapsed that night.
GIBBS: (Talks about Congress? power)

No investigation. In other words, we really do not know why Terri collapsed 15 years ago. This situation gets more and more mysterious as I further investigate. What really happened on that night? Was it really an eating disorder? Who claimed it was an eating disorder? And even now, Michael does not want an investigation to see if his wife truly is in a vegetative state (which from many facts we can see that she is not, and that her condition can be corrected, or at least made better.) The point of letting someone go is when there is no hope. Nothing at all can help them. They are passing away, and we see that God is calling them home. But Terri and many others like her are not dying. She is living. She can live. She was not dying. And now she is.
We praying for you Terri.

Those were the words of Micheal Schiavo on the Larry King Show, (March 18, 2005.) (HT; Nick Queen via Blogotional. I do not believe this quote was taken out of context. Here is some clips that are of some interest and I will reprint in their entirety for your convenience:

KING: And Everyone keeps saying, Michael, I’ll ask George in a minute, even if she said to you, I don’t want to live like this, which is the reason you’ve been doing this, so what? If she’s not in pain and the parents want her to be alive and you’re no longer involved, so what? Why not keep her alive?
M. SCHIAVO: Because this is what Terri wanted. This is her wish.
You know something, Larry, I feel like the government. What I’m here for tonight is I’m going to tell you — I feel like the government has just trampled all over my personal life. It is uncomprehensible that a government can walk all over somebody’s private judicial matter, because of their own personal feelings.
…(some quotes removed…)
KING: Now they have asked, Michael, the United States Supreme Court, to sort of put a stay on this, Justice Anthony Kennedy has jurisdiction over emergency appeals. Tom DeLay said they’re going to do all they can in Congress. Why is that wrong if that is their heartfelt feelings, if they’re just trying to, in their opinion, preserve a life?
GEORGE FELOS, ATTORNEY FOR MICHAEL SCHIAVO: Well, Larry, let me answer that.

FELOS: Each and every one of us in this country has a constitutional right to refuse medical treatment they don’t want. Terri exercised that right. She made her statements clear. A court has found evidence to be convincing.
And just because Tom DeLay and cohorts in Washington don’t like Terri’s choice, doesn’t mean the federal government can make medical treatments decisions for you.
We received a subpoena today from the House of Representatives saying Terri is a witness in an investigation, force-feed her against her will. That is just an outrageous abuse of government power. And everyone in this country should be alarmed about that. They ought to be writing their Congressmen and senators, and say — telling them, please let Terri die in peace. This is a private matter, it’s been reviewed for years, the Congress just has no place in this.
KING: Hold it Michael — on hearsay, George, thought, the only word that she said that is Michael’s, right, George?
FELOS: No. That’s not correct. Because she made those statements to her best friend, Joan and also to her brother-in-law. There were three witnesses and numerous statements to those witnesses over different periods of time. I don’t want to be kept alive artificially. No tubes for me. I want to go when my time comes. If I ever had to be dependent upon anyone, I wouldn’t want to live that way.
I mean, Terri made her wishes clear. And that’s what the court found.
M. SCHIAVO: And this is the problem…
KING: Why do you undergo, Michael, all that pressure. I’m back to that again. OK. It was a wish. If she’s not in pain — and by the way, she’s not artificially being kept alive in that sense, she’s not in a comma. She’s being fed. Again, I come back to, all right. Give it up.
M. SCHIAVO: I won’t give it up. Terri is my life. I’m going to carry out her wishes to the very end. This is what she wanted. It’s not about the Schindlers, it’s not about me, not about Congress, it’s about Terri.

Governor Bush, he’s only doing this for votes. And I urge everybody out there, call your Congress, call your House legislators, call your House representatives in Washington and tell them to stay out of our personal business. They’re going to be running everybody’s life.
KING: Michael, what do you expect to happen? Congress is in recess now, they have to come back into special session. The Supreme Court could put a stay on it. What do you think is going to happen?
M. SCHIAVO: I don’t think the Supreme Court is going to put a stay on it. And I hope and implore that everybody call their legislators. They have to stay out of people’s personal lives. There’s no place for government. Call them and tell them.
KING: Have you had any contact with the family today? This is a sad day all the way around, Michael. We know of your dispute.
M. SCHIAVO: I’ve had no contact with them.
KING: No contact at all?
M. SCHIAVO: No.
KING: Do you understand how they feel?
M. SCHIAVO: Yes, I do. But this is not about them, it’s about Terri. And I’ve also said that in court. We didn’t know what Terri wanted, but this is what we want…
KING: You’re not — it didn’t cost you anything. This is not something where you’re looking to save money?
M. SCHIAVO: No. There’s no money involved. We need to move on from that question. That question has been asked me 50 million times. There is no money!
…read more here

I’d really love to hear what Mr. Schiavo meant by that comment. It seems that he messed up and his lawyer is now having to cover for him. Bad news all the way.
UPDATES can be found HERE

Homeschool Reproof

March 20, 2005 — 2 Comments

After reading David Mobely’s post on how he became a Christian, I was struck by these three paragraphs: (emphasis mine)

I grew up in a very moral family, always trying to be a good person, and, indeed, trying to be better than most of the people around me. My parents home-schooled me, and many people home-school for religions reasons, so my circle of friends and fellow home-schoolers included many people who were at least nominally Christian. However, I grew up thinking, as many people do, that the Bible was simply a book written by men, full of a lot of errors, and that Jesus was just a good moral teacher like many other religious leaders. Perhaps he was a good example, too, but certainly he wasn’t God.

Now, one might think that it would have some impact on me spending a lot of time around Christians — the other home-school students I knew. But for many years, it didn’t. I thought they mostly were a bunch of hypocrites – I knew Christianity had something to do with living a moral life, and I thought I was more moral than most of the “Christians” I was spending time with. And perhaps I was — some of them didn’t seem particularly moral. So I really had no interest at all in Christianity. I figured that the Bible was false, so I had no need to study it, and even if it were true, I was already living a better life than the Christians I knew — so surely I would go to heaven, if there were such a place. And, to make matters even worse, many of my friends who were nominally Christians didn’t seem to have thought carefully about why they believed Christianity — it seemed to be just something they believed because their parents believed it. I liked to think of myself as someone who thought carefully about things, so I thought I was better and smarter than them because I didn’t believe Christianity.
Furthermore, I grew up thinking that people are basically good: If only we could find the best way to do things, as a society, then everyone would be so much better off.

That’s a pretty bad testimony for homeschoolers. I was especially struck by the fact that he thought they were all a bunch of hypocrites. Why? Because he thought Christianity is about being moral. He hadn’t seen the whole story. And it seems that those “Christians” around him either had the same view or failed to share with David what Christianity truly was about. I don’t want to condemn homeschoolers, but this story, I’m sure, has happened elsewhere. Things are assumed. And that person many be in a homeschool group. Then when he’s older, he’ll go off thinking Christians and homeschoolers are hypocrites.
Homeschoolers and Christians must display Christ in their lives (if he truly is in their lives…if he’s not they really are hypocrites). We are to be like Christ, displaying His glory in our lives. When we are perceived as all-out hypocrites because we never act as we should, we’ve really got some issues to deal with. I find it very sad to hear such a story–a story that really throws a bad image of homeschoolers (Dr. Mobely, I’m sure, did not intend anything of the sort, but I just want to say that his story and others like it can show what can happen in a group of Christians). Think about your homeschool group that you may be a part of. Are there children their that aren’t saved? We just cannot assume anything. We need to bring up Christ and salvation to everyone we meet. And that can be done.
David Mobely also saw Christian homeschoolers as hypocrites because he didn’t understand what Christianity was. He believed it was about being a morally good person. But Christianity isn’t about that It’s about sin and redemption. It’s about imperfect human beings regaining fellowship with a perfect God. See, God has set a standard for us to keep, the Law. And I can tell you right now that you haven’t kept these commands of god perfectly. And God will someday judge you by those commands. And what will you say? You can’t say anything. But God has sent Christ to pay for your punishment–sin.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave he only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Even as Christians, we stumble, and we’re never going to be perfect. But when someone sees nothing in our lives that display Christ, we have serious problems. My head hangs down to think of all the times I’ve missed an opportunity to affirm someone’s salvation. We take so much for granted, and many times we don’t even take our faith seriously. We need to live a life that someone like David Mobely (as a kid) would look at and say, “Wow, those people must really be Christians. Their faith is real.” Make sure your faith is real, and live like your faith is real. Step up to the plate and live for Christ. Make much of Jesus.

Comment/Trackback Policy

March 19, 2005 — 1 Comment

I’ve received some questionable comments in the past, and recently, and realized I did not have any policy for my comments or trackbacks. Mostly everyone has kept within these rules already, and I appreciate that. I welcome all new commenters too! Glad you’ve come and visited and please enjoy you visit!
The following rules were copied from Allthings2all with the exception of rule #5
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This hasn’t really been an issue so far and I’d like to keep it that way. When people come here they are welcome. I don’t want them being unwelcome because of how somehow has commented to them.
4. Stay on the topic
Please stay on the topic in the post. If you want to write a very lengthy reply because you disagree – please use your own blog. I’m not into arguing – again, if you completely disagree, then saying something on your own blog is probably best. I put time and effort into my posts and prefer not to have to then engage in arguments or debates with those who hold a totally opposite view. Genuine questions and comments continuing the discussion are fine.
5.Language
Please keep all posts free of profanity. Any posts involving that will first be edited then if another post contains profanity, I will have to delete it. Further profanity, and I will have to ban you from the site. I do not wish to do that!
Trackback
If you trackback here please ensure that your link is functional. Trackbacks are a way of continuing the discussion. If you are completely critical or oppositional to the post then I reserve the right to delete your trackback.
I do expect that you will have a link to the post you have tracked back to.
I reserve the right to edit or delete comments or trackbacks which are inappropriate. Generally this will be because the policy hasn’t been followed.
Thanks to all the commenters that have already figured this stuff out. I love hearing from you. If you are new you are welcome too.