Friday, September 30, 2005
For no one of us lives to himself and no one dies to himself. For both if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Then both if we live, and if we die, we are the Lord’s. For this Christ both died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord over both the dead and the living. But why do you judge your brother? Or why also do you despise your brother? For all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it has been written, “I have sworn by Myself, the Word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” Isa. 45:23 So then each one of us will give account concerning himself to God. Then let us no longer judge one another, but rather judge this, not to put a stumbling-block or an offense toward a brother.
I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing by itself is common; except to the one deeming anything to be common, it is common. But if your brother is grieved because of your food, you no longer walk according to love. Do not by your food destroy that one for whom Christ died. Then do not let your good be spoken evil of. For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For the one serving Christ in these things is pleasing to God, and approved by men. So then let us pursue the things of peace, and the things for building up one another.
Do not by your food undo the work of God. Truly, all things are clean, but it is bad to the man who eats through a stumbling-block. It is good not to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything by which your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is weak. Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Blessed is the one not condemning himself in what he approves. But the one doubting, if he eats, he has been condemned, because it is not of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
“Ducks, geese, gulls and terns are a natural host for these viruses,” said Dr. Walter Boyce, executive director of the Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis.
He stressed that research so far has shown no evidence of any wild bird carrying the H5N1 virus in North America. But with the seasonal migrations of millions of birds now kicking into gear, Boyce said there is a concern that wild birds “will spread H5N1 around the world.”
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
note what pulls the song within you
Leave behind the listless words
distracting you from the melody.
Be distinct in plucking the strings
each one has its’ own moment
coiled around the next it wings
away in the flight of the dream.
Save your star dust for night skies
light each instant with a spark
of understanding that never tries
too hard to be heard and understood.
A perfect tune is always misplayed,
a complete one is perfect enough
for any moment even delayed
the song within itself is contained.
Let it go in harmony with now
its’ time may have already passed
away slowly slowinging slower, slow
as inertia waiting for a kick.
Quake in northern Peru kills four – Sep 26, 2005
The magnitude 7.5 quake struck late yesterday 85.4 kilometers (53.1 miles) underground, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. The epicenter was located 715 kilometers (445 miles) northwest of the capital, Lima.
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 rocked northern Peru Sunday night, killing at least four people, authorities said.
LIMA, Peru – A major 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Peru’s northern jungle on Sunday and police said at least one person had died.
The US Geological Survey’s website said the quake hit at 8:55pm (1.55pm NZT Monday) and the epicentre was 75km northeast of the town of Moyobamba.
Monday, September 26, 2005
It Isn’t Over By a Long Shot
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Two million people in Massachusetts alone could become ill in six to eight weeks if a flu pandemic hit, according to the state DPH. One million Bay Staters could need outpatient care; 16,800 could be hospitalized and nearly 5,000 could die.
Last century saw three flu pandemics – in 1918, 1957 and 1968. The flu killed half-a-million Americans in 1918.
In an extraordinary revelation after a meeting between Thierry Breton and Mr Greenspan, M. Breton told reporters: “‘We have lost control,’ that was his [Mr Greenspan’s] expression.
“The US has lost control of their budget at a time when racking up deficits has been authorised without any control [from Congress],” M. Breton said.
The virus has mutated from a strain of influenza that cripples horses and has killed racing greyhounds in seven states. The illness starts by mimicking the common kennel cough. Many animals develop pneumonia, with sometimes deadly complications.
One Last Time For the “Educated” Class, America is Sodom
EZE 16:46 “‘And your older sister is Sa·mar´i·a herself with her dependent towns, who is dwelling on your left, and your sister younger than you, who is dwelling on your right, is Sod´om with her dependent towns. 47 And it was not in their ways that you walked, nor according to their detestable things that you did. In a very little while you even began to act more ruinously than they did in all your ways. 48 As I am alive,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, ‘Sod´om your sister, she with her dependent towns, has not done according to what you did, you and your dependent towns. 49 Look! This is what proved to be the error of Sod´om your sister: Pride, sufficiency of bread and the carefreeness of keeping undisturbed were what happened to belong to her and her dependent towns, and the hand of the afflicted one and the poor one she did not strengthen. 50 And they continued to be haughty and to carry on a detestable thing before me, and I finally removed them, just as I saw [fit].
There is absolutely no mention of homosexuality in this passage above! Get a clue!
Gen 6:1 And it came about that men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them. Gen 6:2 The sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were good, and they took wives for themselves from all those whom they chose. Gen 6:3 And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man; in their erring he is flesh. And his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. Gen 6:4 The Neph´i·lim (giants) were in the earth in those days, and even afterwards when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore to them; they were heroes which existed from ancient time, the men of name. Gen 6:5 And Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the day long.
OK now we have Sexual relations between Angels and mankind.
Gen 18:31 And he said, Behold, I pray, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord; perhaps twenty will be found there. And He said, I will not destroy because of the twenty. Gen 18:32 And he said, I pray, let not my Lord be angry that I may speak only this time; perhaps ten will be found there. And He said, I will not destroy because of the ten. Gen 18:33 And when Jehovah had left off speaking to Abraham, He was finished. And Abraham returned to his place. Gen 19:1 And the two angels came into Sodom at evening. And Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom. And Lot saw, and he rose up to meet them and bowed his face to the earth. Gen 19:2 And he said, Behold, now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and lodge, and wash your feet; and rise early and go to your way. And they said, No, for we will lodge in the street. Gen 19:3 And he much urged them, and they turned in to him and came into his house. And he made a feast for them. And he baked unleavened cakes, and they ate. Gen 19:4 Before they had laid down, even the men of the city, the men of Sodom, circled the house; from the young to the aged, all the people from its limits. Gen 19:5 And they called to Lot and said to him, Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.
And here we have mankind trying to have sexual relations with Angels. Do you see the relationship, between Sodom’s situation and Noahs?
This isn’t rocket science. Quit reading what you wish to see into the Scriptures. Adultery is as bad gay sex, fornication is fornication. Which sin does not cause death?
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because they behave exactly as Americans do today. Maybe you should quit worrying about other peoples behavior and look into your own.
Mat 7:1 Do not judge, that you may not be judged;
Luk 6:37 Judge not, and in no way be judged. Do not condemn, and in no way you will be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luk 12:56 Hypocrites! You know to discern the face of the earth and of the heaven, but how is it you do not discern this time? Luk 12:57 And why do you not judge what is right even of yourselves?
The demonstration drew grandmothers in wheelchairs and babies in strollers, military veterans in fatigues and protest veterans in tie-dye. It was the first time in a decade that protest groups had a permit to march in front of the executive mansion, and, even though President Bush was not there, the setting seemed to electrify the crowd.
Protest organizers estimated that 300,000 people participated, triple their original target. D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, who walked the march route, said the protesters achieved the goal of 100,000 and probably exceeded it. Asked whether at least 150,000 showed up, the chief said, “That’s as good a guess as any.
British troops will start a major withdrawal from Iraq next May under detailed plans on military disengagement to be published next month, The Observer can reveal.
The document being drawn up by the British government and the US will be presented to the Iraqi parliament in October and will spark fresh controversy over how long British troops will stay in the country. Tony Blair hopes that, despite continuing and widespread violence in Iraq, the move will show that there is progress following the conflict of 2003.
Must be time for America’s mid term elections.
Prime Minister Tony Blair insists he will not set any “arbitrary date” for pulling British troops out of Iraq.
Any exit strategy “depends on the job being done”, he told BBC’s Sunday AM.
Mr Blair was responding to an Observer story claiming ministers had told Japan – which has troops in Iraq – of plans to start bringing troops home in May.
I’ll make a deal. If politicians will follow two simple rules, I’ll put the blame game under a two-week moratorium.
• Rule #1: If you’re not one of the elected officials who has operational responsibilities, do NOT elbow your way into a news conference simply for the pleasure of getting face time with a television camera. We need to hear details from the governor, the county judges, the mayors.
We don’t need to hear every member of Congress or City Council congratulate each other for the wonderful work they’re doing. We don’t even need to hear from the majority leader, thank you Mr. DeLay, or a ranking Democrat, thank you Ms. Jackson Lee.
Hold some hearings instead.
• Rule #2: Even if you are the governor, county judge or mayor, waste no time talking about how well everything went. It will only make us even angrier. The most important thing that went well, for us if not for Port Arthur and Beaumont, is that Rita turned right. And you had nothing to do with that.
What you did have something to do with was the largest automotive traffic jam in world history. That’s not to blame any single official. I said I’d declare a moratorium and I meant it. I’m here to celebrate that traffic jam, not to blame someone for it.
Then you shall again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked
Behold, I am sending My messenger, and He will clear the way before Me. And the Lord whom you are seeking shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Angel of the Covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He comes, says Jehovah of Hosts. But who can endure the day of His coming? And who will stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap. And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and He shall purify the sons of Levi and purge them like gold and like silver, that they may be presenters of a grain offering in righteousness to Jehovah. Then the grain offering of Judah and Jerusalem shall be pleasing to Jehovah, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
And I will come near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against those swearing to a lie; and against those who extort from the hired laborer’s pay; and turning away the widow, and the fatherless, and the alien, and not fearing Me, says Jehovah of Hosts.
For I, Jehovah, change not. Because of this, you sons of Jacob are not destroyed. From the days of your fathers, you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you, says Jehovah of Hosts. But you say, In what shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me. But you say, In what have we robbed You? In the tithe and the offering! You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the nation, all of it.
Bring all the tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. And test Me now with this, says Jehovah of Hosts, whether I will not open the windows of the heavens for you and pour out a blessing until there is no sufficiency of room to store it. And I will rebuke the devourer for you, and he shall not destroy the fruit of your ground against you; nor shall your vine miscarry against you in the field, says Jehovah of Hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land, says Jehovah of Hosts.
Your words have been strong against Me, says Jehovah. Yet you say, What have we spoken against you? You have said, It is vanity to serve God. And, What profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked as mourners before Jehovah of Hosts? And now we are calling the arrogant blessed. Not only are the doers of wickedness built up, they also test God, and escape.
Then those fearing Jehovah spoke together, each man to his neighbor. And Jehovah gave attention and heard. And a Book of Remembrance was written before Him for those who feared Jehovah, and for those esteeming His name. And they shall be Mine, says Jehovah of Hosts, for the day that I will make up My treasure. And I will pity them as a man has pity on his son who serves him. Then you shall again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him.
Rom 9:6 Not, however, that God’s Word has failed. For not all those of Israel are Israel, nor because they are Abraham’s seed are all children, but “In Isaac a Seed shall be called to you.” Gen. 21:12 That is: Not the children of flesh are children of God, but the children of the promise are counted for a seed.
Rom 10:1 Brothers, truly my heart’s pleasure and supplication to God on behalf of Israel is for it to be saved. For I testify to them that they have zeal to God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of Law for righteousness to everyone that believes.
Gal 6:1 Brothers, if a man is overtaken in some deviation, you, the spiritual ones, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, that you not also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks to be something, he deceives himself, being nothing. But let each one prove his work, and then he alone will have a boast in himself and not as to another. For each one will bear his own load. But let the one being taught in the Word share with the one teaching, in all good things. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man may sow, that he also will reap. For the one sowing to his flesh will reap corruption of the flesh. But the one sowing to the Spirit will reap everlasting life from the Spirit.
Eph 2 For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, that not anyone should boast; for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God before prepared that we should walk in them. Because of this, remember that you, the nations, were then in the flesh (those having been called Uncircumcision by those having been called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands) that at that time you were without Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers of the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now, in Christ Jesus you who then were afar off, came to be near by the blood of Christ.
Heb 8 For if that first was faultless, place would not have been sought for a second. For finding fault, He said to them, “Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will make an end on the house of Israel and on the house of Judah; a new covenant shall be, not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day of My taking hold of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not regard them, says Jehovah.
Because this is the covenant which I will covenant with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord, giving My Laws into their mind, and I will write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” “And they shall no more teach each one their neighbor, and each one his brother, saying, Know the Lord; because all shall know Me, from the least of them to their great ones. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousnesses, and I will not at all remember their sins and their lawless deeds.” LXX-Jer. 38:31-34; MT-Jer. 31:31-34 In the saying, New, He has made the first old. And the thing being made old and growing aged is near disappearing.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Rita in the rear view
I really resent the CYA that the press is colluding in with the authorities of Texas. They really did get a little too excited too early, which only proves the old saw that adrenaline is a dangerous thing to thinking. I really am not angry with the local authorities, maybe a little miffed, but they are after all human beings and human beans make mistakes. The new mandatory evacuation authority I think gave the mayors emergency management folks another level of presumed danger that they could take it too, and like all authority it was exercised without wisdom by many people. Ultimately it should wise them up to the problems that they faced in Louisiana, and New Orleans. The Governor and Mayor did the best they could do too, and so we find that experience in dealing with these situations is as important, if not more so, then education. If there is a critical necessity missing from the current responses it is experience, which is no longer the case, but one of the drawbacks of democracy is that it will be again so in the next crisis, so maybe a mechanism could be implemented whereby this experience is used in the future by emergency response functions of the various governments.
The common folk need to use their heads a little better too. There was no reason for runs on the stores for critical supplies, when two years ago the area went through another hurricane, so one would presume that the things that necessary to stock pile then were the same things necessary to stock pile this time too. Maybe when they get back and things get back to normal they will start buying these things and keeping them on hand. Food, plywood, water jugs, a full gas tank and evacuation plan that can be implemented in the last twenty four hours of the storm’s approach are kinda critical necessities if you want to live on the coast of Texas. This isn’t the first nor the last storm we will see here.
On the other hand they did get the indigent off the coast, and the people along the Interstates did an excellent job of taking care of the desperate, from Humble to Dallas, Columbus and points West. Thanks. Local law enforcement in the towns I was in was extremely helpful, as was the Sheriffs Departments. Along these lines we are IMHO, as a nation, in pretty good shape in this regard.
The local TV and radio media did an excellent job covering the storm in all its’ aspects. From time to time they were all doing the best job, so there isn’t one station that I will single out for Kudos, kudos to all. The post storm coverage, if it is half as good as the storm coverage, will enlighten the authorities and the people in general what they did wrong and what they did right, and it will be a learning experience.
Last night was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in Texas, with the outer bands of the storm fading from orange and peach into lavenders and reds, with some of the bluest blue sky underneath the cloud line, and metallic greens and yellows in the mid level clouds.
My heart and prayers are with those still stuck in there place of refuge, and I thank God that the storm was as weak as it was when it made shore. As a Christian that is about all you can pray for, that the storm peter out before landfall, and so I thank Jehovah, through Jesus Christ, for answering my prayers on this matter.