Saturday, April 25, 2015

I Win!

There was an on air contest, and I won (listen here)!
Earlier on the show, there had been a discussion of how to pronounce Ohio governor John Kasich's name.
Mike, a Croation from Ann Arbor insisted it was pronounced KasITCH, where later in the interview the governor said it was pronounced KasICK.
Thus my little joke with Bill.

In other news today, Scherie is doing much better.
I have finally seemed to get over the three week sore throat/cough that has plagued so many people hereabouts without giving it to Scherie!

And.
I have been struggling with an automotive problem for a couple months now.
When it was freezing cold my Taurus' battery would die after a few days of inactivity (Scherie not driving it).
Then as the weather warmed up, it continued to do so.
I took the car to an auto parts store where they "tested" the battery.
It tested good.
I then took it back to the shop I bought it at.
It's a 65 month battery and I only have 36 months on it, so I wanted some warranty relief.
They took me in to the shop and showed me that the battery was testing good.

You can skip this paragraph if you want.
I repaired the amp meter function on my voltmeter.
It had blown a fuse the last time I tried to diagnose something similar on my friend's car and he opened the door under test. The dome light came on and the meter couldn't handle that much current.
The meter showed more than normal parasitic drain (.75 amps), but not enough to kill a good battery in so short a time.

Wednesday I took the car to work as I was fixing the brakes on my truck.
Nine hours later I needed a jump. That night was church so I didn't get to the truck.
Next day I need to jump it to get to work and jump it to leave.
Thursday night I installed a new battery over the protest of my friend at the auto parts store.

Here it is two days later, and the car is behaving itself just fine.

On a side note, two purchases I do not regret, and only regret not being able to repeat them, are my 1999 Taurus 3.0 (not SHO) that is still a rocket ship and my 2001 Ranger (3.0) which is not.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Message

When you move a USS Carrier group on short notice, you send a message.
When the USS Roosevelt Carrier Group was moved off of Yemen,
the message from Obama seemed to be:
"What we've said to them is if there are weapons delivered to factions within Yemen that could threaten navigation, that's a problem," Obama said in the interview, a clip of which aired on NBC Nightly News.


When asked about this Marie Harf said (from Fox News):
Marie Harf insisted Tuesday that the U.S. ships were "only" there to "ensure the shipping lanes remain open and safe" -- and "not to do anything in terms of those Iranian ships." She blasted "misreporting" that asserted U.S. ships were prepared to intercept Iranian vessels. "That is blatantly untrue -- so this discreet movement of U.S. assets is for a discreet purpose," Harf said.   
The purpose is perplexing to her.

What's really clear is that the Roosevelt is no longer supporting efforts against ISIS while the government figures out why it's there, and let's the rest of the world know.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Resurrection Day!

The tomb is empty.
My heart is full.

Luke 24
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen.

Believe it.

Friday, April 3, 2015

What's so Good about Good Friday?

When they take the Man Who Came to Earth to Set Us Free from Death and put Him to death, why is that considered good?
Because when He died that horrific tortured death on Calvary, He took the punishment due us for our rebellion against God.

When He arose from the dead on Easter, He proved that what He said was true. He had been predicting these moments to His followers for a couple years and they did not believe Him.
Until He did it.

The Bible says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 2:2).
So if Jesus came down from Glory, endured the cross, and went back to Glory, what was His net gain?
Us.
We were the joy set before Him.
We are the bride He travelled to a far land to obtain (like Jacob did, among other examples).
Granted we're not the finished product, yet, but if we cooperate with His plan, He sees something in us He wants to spend eternity with.
I'm good with that. That's good.

I want to share a cool thing with you.
If you're not a Christian, please read anyway, because it never hurts to have a little information about what those whackos around you believe.

A few people know that Psalm 22 is a description of the crucifixion of Jesus that was written hundreds of years before the event.
David saw it in a vision and it shakes him up so much that he starts out with:
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Many Christians have been taught that, as He was crucified, Jesus was crying this out out to His Father in heaven, because the Father could not bear to look on Jesus, our scapegoat.
That He was separated from the Father.
That Jesus was a curse (and the Father could not be in fellowship with Jesus because it would violate His holiness) because Jesus was carrying the penalty of the sins of the world.

Give me a break.

<< 1 Corinthians 12:3 >> Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed.
Jesus and the Father had this worked out since before the universe was created, and at the last minute The All-Powerful Ruler of More than the Universe flinches?
No.
If the Father and the Son (who with the Spirit are referred to as the "Godhead" in perfect unity) ever separated, I believe the universe would crumble.

As you read the gospels, particularly John's, you see that the Pharisees (some of them, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, were good guys, by the way) were asking Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah. He continually answered them that when they saw Him lifted up, that would be their sign.
Here He is, lifted up in front of them. He's surrounded by "strong bulls" (prison slang for guards), and the crowd is taunting Him. It's the scene predicted in Psalm 22 .
Then He quotes the first verse.
And they know the rest.
Can you imagine the look on their face when they get it?
This death on this cross by this man was predicted hundreds of years ago.
The ramifications are huge.
Do you get it?


Monday, March 30, 2015

What's up Doc?

So. A couple Sundays ago, Scherie had a seizure at 3am Monday.
Then again, when I was coming back to the bedroom from starting the coffee at 6:15, she was seizing again.
So I stuck around, she said she felt okay, and I went to work late.
I came home that night and she greeted me with a badly abraded arm and a general soreness.
She had been reading her Bible at the kitchen table, nodding off occasionally, and then woke up on the floor.
Although at the time she insisted it was not another seizure, her neurologist later told her it was.
She didn't feel like seeing a doctor and I didn't see a need to.
Wednesday night we went to church and I taught. She seemed good.
Thursday we woke up and I decided to call the doctor to get an appointment.
He said to go to the ER immediately. We did.
Sat there all day. Finally got a CAT-Scan about 3pm and were told she had two fractured vertibrae and was given a neck brace collar. Probably had a couple broken ribs too.
They don't tape ribs anymore for fear of restricting lung activity leading to an infection.
They give you Hydrocodone.
I took her to lunch Saturday and it dragged in to dinner. A nice time.

Sunday, she was in so much pain, we skipped church.
Monday, I stayed home with her.
I called Visiting Angels to get a quote.
I talked to a sister from church and she suggested we call a lady who used to attend our church, but had left for some reason I am still not privy to.
She has her own health issues and no car.
I called her and she offered to sit with Scherie. I drove to get her the next day and thank God I was able to go back to work. While I started to feel as if I might be coming down with something.
Broke a sweat in my sleep that night.
Mary kept the car and came back the next day.
Wednesday I felt like crap. Skipped church, Thursday I felt better, til nighttime.
Fever overnight again and took Friday off, leaving Mary at her house.
Saturday feeling better again and Sunday we both went to church!
Every day though, helping Scherie change and shower, cooking, (except when folks brought meals!) changing her bandages, laundry, cleaning the kitchen and napping on the couch inadvertently.
Today She is much better, able to walk without assistance (the narc made her dizzy) and a young lady from church stayed with her while I went to work.
I thank God that my employers are as understanding as they are, that my church friends are as helpful as they are, that my Scherie didn't get hurt more than she did.

Well, the upshot is. We have decided to go ahead with her next brain surgery.
This had been a hard decision to make until now because of the risks involved.
They will open her back up, Pull back some of the Dura Matter on the posterior of her brain.
Place a sensor grid on her brain where they think the problem is and wait for a seizure. Or two.
They will then map the troublespots and within a day, try to cut them out.
Without affecting her ability to see, or talk.

So. There you have it. Thanks for listening. Praying would be good.
We've got a couple months.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Liar, Liar! Pantsuit on Fire!

Hillary Clinton said
“I remember landing under sniper fire, there was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicle to get to our base,”

AND YET VIDEO PROVES IT NEVER HAPPENED!

That's the top democratic candidate.
Are you kidding me?

Then a friend showed me this:
I guess I was wrong.



Oh, yeah. I guess that means the server didn't have any government email on it either. :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Forgiveness

I was on the radio with Bill Bennett yesterday in response to something he had said about forgiveness.
Someone on CNN had once asked him if Bill Graham was right to say that we had to forgive Bill Clinton.
Bill had replied that Clinton would have to repent first.
This was used to make it seem that Bennett was critiquing Billy Graham.
Of course, that wasn't the case.
You can disagree without being considered "critical" (judgmental) of someone.

So on air, I gave Bill my understanding of Christian Forgiveness.

My point was that when we are supposed to forgive, it means that we offer forgiveness.
When the offer is accepted with admission of guilt and repentance, we are obligated to then enforce our offer of forgiveness.

Edit: My wife Scherie disagrees. She says we should forgive immediately. Kind of like the Billy Graham sentiment.
Do you have an opinion?

If God, Who has offered and provided forgiveness to the world, offered it unconditionally, what would be the point of a final judgment?
No, He offers it conditionally. Repent and be justified by your faith in His offer of forgiveness based on the price of the Blood shed for our sins.

Now. as Bill mentioned:
Is their any crime too heinous for God to forgive?
What would the threshold be?