Archive for February, 2010

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Romans 1:18-23

February 25, 2010

 18-23But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand. (Romans 1:18-23, The Message)

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The countdown to… Gastric Bypass Surgery

February 23, 2010
I have struggled with my health for quite a while now. I was officially diagnosed with diabetes about 12 years ago and have never been able to get a real handle on it. I have tried different doctors who will try this or that… believe me I have heard them say, “This will probably give you good results.” and find it does for about three months and then whatever it is stops.
I have had neuropathy, major back pain (often accentuated by the medications), and other complications attributed to diabetes. In the end, nothing seems to help and the pain in my back seems not to allow me to exercise enough to make a real difference.
The bottom line is this. As I have studied out new possibilities to aid me in my fight against my diabetes (that seems to be winning), I kept reading about how gastric bypass has help many diabetics. Part of the issue with my diabetes is I am insulin resistant. In fact, I take dosages that would even kill most diabetics and still cannot get it under control. Therefore I get in these cycles of taking high insulin to get my blood sugar down, which then triggers my hunger (insulin triggers the hunger). Therefore, I eat, and get high blood sugar and, wash, rinse and repeat. The result is I have gone from a svelte 217 pounds to 320 and miserable to boot!
The thing is, in my reading I found that what happens is that when one has gastric bypass, the body goes into shock (it should it major surgery) and then recalibrates itself and often diabetics can get off insulin. Personally, I would be happy with a major reduction in my dosage, as I do not expect to get totally off insulin. I do hope that since I am restricted in the amount I can eat, that it will aid in keep me from falling into the cycle I keep getting in and help reduce the weight I have gained.
This Friday is the day I start my liquid fast before the surgery. I am a bit scared in doing this, yet I see this as the way to regain my health and just maybe, live longer. I just ask for prayer in all this. The consultation with the surgeon is on March 3rd and the surgery is on March 8th.
Believe me I know all the horror stories… so please don’t post them here unless they are about you and your personal surgery. I do not want second hand horror stories. I also know many successes. If you had the surgery, feel free to tell your story or link to your blog.
Again, this is about my health… not about vanity. I mean, I am already damn good looking. = )
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"Stay tuned" you prisoners of polluted politics

February 20, 2010
On Friday 19th February 2010, @lissnup said:
reply #IranElection “Stay tuned” you prisoners of polluted politics as you queue for the toilet, buttocks clenched tight against your blood-flecked diarrhea, against being taken away, against the baton, not knowing which might come for you.
Help is coming. Someone will write a very long letter, very soon. If you’re really lucky they might remember to mention your plight and that of thousands of others like you.
What’s that? No one knows where you are? They told you your family, you friends are all dead and you’re next? Just stay tuned anyway. I’m sure some important people will be having tea together again soon. Very soon.
 
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Please consider helping

February 18, 2010
Please consider this opportunity this summer to help out at Afayo Uganda Foundation. If you are interested let me know and I will connect you to Ivan to work out the details. Also, there is a donation button on this site (the second one). If you donate, please send me a note so I can keep track of where the money came from.
Hello Carlos,
Praise Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God. Hope all is well with you. I know it has been sometime without hearing from us but its all because of the turbulence we have been going through as a ministry.
I am of the request, that if it would be possible, we would organize a fundraiser for the tuition of the children. We need US$ 1151 towards this alone.
Secondly, we need some volunteers or missionaries who would be willing to serve with us for sometime maybe this summer or earlier. They should be willing to serve with the administration as well as in the village. Whenever you have or can find someone who is willing or wishing to come over to Africa to serve with us; that will be awesome.
Concerning the website, it’s in its final stages of designing and we will need to raise some funds for the hosting which is about US$95.
As soon as we realize this, the website will be up in just the next 24 hours.
We still don’t have power and internet at the office. So whenever i get time to write to you, I do so.
Hope to hear from you soon.
God bless you so much.
Ivan
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What if you become what you believe?

February 16, 2010
What if your ideas and belief in God, makes you ultimately like that God? What if, you become what you believe? What if your belief is in an angry God who only is concerned with justice, instead of a God of compassion who is willing to forgive yet still will give justice to those who do not choose to live in that forgiveness and find new life?
Will their view and belief in God as angry not reflect in how they treat others? God is love. Love knows not fear. Fear has to do with punishment, yet if one believes that God will punish them, are not be perfected in love. Instead of loving their enemies, they seek vengeance. They even justify that somehow they battle against flesh and blood though the bible is clear that is not where our battle lies.
However, what if the ultimate vengeance is forgiving your enemies, and forcing them to choose to let your forgiveness become their reality, which takes humility and the other choice is to reject your forgiveness and letting their pride become their shame and end?
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I am emerging because…

February 11, 2010
Bruce Reyes Chow sent out this challenge on Twitter: “”I am emergence” post coming today. Want in? In 140 WORDS or less, blog/FB about it WITHOUT defining by what you are NOT and I’ll link back.”
I am emerging because:
I love God, through Jesus Christ.
I affirm that Jesus was birth through the Virgin Mary, lived life as a human being, died on the Cross, to take away all humankind’s sin, was buried for three days and rose again on the third.
Jesus ascended and entered the Heavenly realm.
Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God that was, and is.
Jesus is the first-fruit of the bodily resurrection and the New Creation that is, and is to come.
Jesus demolished all walls that divide humankind and there is no longer male/female, slave/free, Jew/Gentile, or us/them.
We are to love all people with the unconditional love of God.
We are to question the status quo as Jesus did and to seek justice.
emerging is the eternal conversation started with God at the beginning of creation and continues today in believers.
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Norman Geisler: Why I am not a 5 point Calvinist parts 8 – 9

February 11, 2010

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