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Look Who’s Coming to Town …

Hurricane Issac.

Issac

Course, by the time it reaches us, it’ll be a tropical storm … but WOOHOO – RAIN!! We need it. We’ve had drought conditions these past months and though I’m not exactly looking forward to the “storm” part of that tropical storm, I am looking forward to rain.

Cross your fingers that Issac stays on course!

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Audio Teaching: No “Ordinary” Child

by Dan Gallagher
The Word of God tells us that when Moses was born “he was no ordinary child.” While this is certainly true of Moses, from God’s perspective it is also true that no one ever born is considered ordinary. Sadly, despite such potential for being “extraordinary,” far too many people die as “ordinary.” What happens to cause people to be turned from the “extraordinary” into the plain, the mundane, and the ordinary? In this teaching Dan Gallagher exposes the diabolical methods Satan uses to attack men and women through the seven basic desires of the heart. This teaching has the potential to provide you with personal insights and encouragement in your walk with Christ.

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Band

Band Parent Preview – Practicing Hard

So, as is tradition with the boys’ high school, we went to the Ice Cream Social the other night to listen to the music the kids practiced during band camp week.

And as usual, I got goosebumps because the songs? Are a little Christmas-y, and uplifting, and happy and … I just really love our band program. The band director consistently picks music that leaves a smile on your face. I can NOT wait to see what sort of marching tricks he has up his sleeve for this year.

Band 2012 - Parent Preview

Seriously, I don’t know why I get so worked up when the kids play. I don’t know if it’s because I’m secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) envious of their high school experiences, or if I’m overwhelmed by their talent and ability to absorb new things like a sponge, or their youth … or all of the above …

Band 2012 - Parent Preview

… or if I simply enjoy watching these mini shows, listening to the music or marveling over the different interpretations these bands come up with.

Band 2012 - Parent Preview

All I know, is that I’m scary into these marching band months. I asked Jazz the other day if my, erhm, enthusiasm (that sounds so much better than “obsession” doesn’t it?) embarrassed him. He just shrugged, gave me a little smile and said, “no.” That made me feel good, but I never want to embarrass my kid in front of his peers.

It’s just not cool.

Band 2012 - Parent Preview

And I like to pretend I’m cool, at least.

The whole time we sat and watched these talented kids strut their stuff, I couldn’t help thinking, “THIS IS HIS LAST YEAR!” WAAAH! I’m honestly going to miss these competitions. And I’m already gearing my family up for next year. “You’ll go to the band competitions with me in St. Louis next year, right? RIGHT??”

Because I mentioned I’m sort of obsessed with these things, right?

Band 2012 - Parent Preview

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that before.

At any rate, the kids are practicing their young tushes off. The theme for this year’s show (this LAST YEAR’S SHOW, for my kid at least), is “Out of the Box.” I won’t give it away, but there will be boxes and surprises involved. Actually, that’s all I know at this point as the only thing we were privy to at the parent preview was a little bit of marching and the music. The show evolves each time we watch it and I think that might be the biggest reason I love these marching band shows so much. You can watch the same show over and over again and you always see something different. Not only is the show evolving, but there’s so much going on at one time that it’s nearly impossible to take it all in after the first six times of watching it.

The kids are playing at the first home football game this coming Friday. I plan on recording it, even though I’m really not supposed to. But I think all bets should be off for senior parents because IT’S THE LAST YEAR OF MARCHING BAND!!

And I think it’ll be fun to compare their first show to their polished show when they reach the Bands of America in St. Louis in October. Which I’m really looking forward to, if you can’t hear the excited squeal in my voice as I type this. I even reserved our room at the Drury Inn next door to the Edward Dome back in January.

Because I’m a careful planner.

Okay fine, I’m obsessed.

For now. I’m not-so-patiently patiently waiting for the show to begin.

Like these guys.

Band 2012 - Parent Preview

Let the fun begin!!

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Teaching: Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…

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The Republican Establishment Are a Bunch of Wimps

I don’t even know if I can call myself a Republican after this latest fiasco with Congressman Akin … I think I’ll jump over that fence and become a Libertarian.

(Seriously – if you thought, for even one split second I was going to say jump over the fence and become a Democrat, you don’t know me AT ALL).

I am so disgusted with this whole disaster I don’t even know where to start.

I guess, first of all, HELLO!! I’m from Missouri, ya’ll. You know, the state with the guy who said that women’s bodies are capable of somehow preventing a pregnancy whenever a legitimate rape occurs?

Yeah. That guy.

*sigh* Though there is NO disputing this dude said a really stupid, ignorant thing, the fact of the matter is – EVERY ONE SAYS STUPID THINGS FROM TIME-TO-TIME. Hell. Look at our current vice president:

“Folks, I can tell you I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately.” –Joe Biden, Aug. 22, 2012

“I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. … When one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway.” –Joe Biden, providing handy tips to protect against the swine flu and freaking us out, “Today Show” interview, April 30, 2009

“Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.” –Joe Biden

And here are a few more gems to watch and giggle at:

The point is, people say stupid things. A lot of times, we KNOW what they’re trying to say, we just CHOOSE to pick it apart, hold it up for all to see and slap a stupid label on the person who said it. (Though, arguably, Pelosi IS pretty stupid – seriously).

Look. I’m not defending Akin. His comment was stupid, thoughtless and incredibly ignorant. But honestly folks, did it really warrant THAT big of a reaction? WHY are people SO obsessed with rape, abortion, and birth control? I mean, sure, these are important issues, but they’re not the ONLY issues. In fact, I would argue we have more pressing issues to be worried about right now – like our MASSIVE DEBT, (seriously, have you stopped to THINK about how much money we owe?? And to whom we owe it??). What about our crappy unemployment rate? What about all of these programs the government is trying to cram down our throats in an effort to control more of our lives?

What about these crazy shootings in Chicago right now?

What about the fact that we have a government “panel” deciding on how many times Medicare patients can be admitted to a hospital in one month’s time? (What do you think is going to happen now? 1. Hospitals will be reluctant to admit a patient if they have exceeded the three times in a 30 day period thereby postponing care to those who need it, or 2. they will simply keep patients longer in order to avoid having to re-admit them thereby costing the taxpayers WAY more money than is necessary … STUPIDITY! This is what happens when you give the government control over your life – they have the power to give it to you and to take it away. You’re at the mercy of the government. Are you telling me you’re OK with that?? Because I’m sure as hell am not okay with that.).

In the whole scheme of things, does it really matter what one lone, seemingly obscure congressman from Missouri said?

And the way the Republican establishment completely went berserk over this was REALLY disappointing. I’ve been pretty disgusted with the Republican establishment for quite some time, but this latest “outrage” is just too much.

“Oh my gosh, we’ve gone and made the Democrats angry … we mustn’t have that! QUICK! Apologize before we have to grow a f*cking backbone and stand up for what is right.”

PANSY ASSES!!!!!!! What a bunch of spineless jellyfish. I can’t believe the number of republican heavy weights who have been calling for Akin to step down so they can put someone THEY choose, NOT THE PEOPLE, BUT THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT CHOOSES, in his seat instead.

The man said something stupid. There are many, many, MANY stupid politicians out there that say stupid things … it doesn’t mean he/she is a not right for the job, it just means they put their foot in their mouth – we’ve all done that. It’s when they consistently say stupid things that you have to wonder if they’re right for the job (*ahem* Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi).

If anything, Akin has been consistent in his belief. It’s no secret Congressman Akin is Pro-Life. The thing that baffles people is, he’s Pro-Life under ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. He’s not only Pro-Life when life is rosy and good, he’s Pro-Life when life is ugly and horrific, too. Like when a woman is raped and incest occurs. Congressman Akin’s stance is this: Just because a woman is raped or incest occurs does not make it right for the fetus to be aborted. Just because the conditions of the conception was horrific and terrible to talk about, does not make the baby any less human – it’s still a baby and still deserves to live – the baby is an innocent victim from a horrible conception. I understand where Akin is coming from. I can even respect the fact that he’s consistent in his beliefs, as opposed to what other Republicans believe, “abortion is wrong, unless a woman is raped or a victim of incest.”

Either abortion is wrong, or it’s not wrong, you can’t have it both ways. There are no conditions – a fetus is a fetus no matter what circumstances it happens under.

At any rate, I can see where Akin is coming from. And though his statement about a woman’s body being able to ascertain whether or not a conception was violent or not desired and then to take appropriate actions is insane, at least he’s not putting conditions on his beliefs, like a lot of Republicans do, “abortion is wrong, unless the woman has been raped or in an incestuous relationship.”

If anything, Akin needs to get out more and listen to people outside his comfort zone … because whoever he’s talking to doesn’t know squat, apparently.

And another thing that set me off – I was watching Greta Van Susteren the other night and she had on Sarah Palin. I haven’t listened to Sarah Palin in quite some time so I was quite shocked at how stupid she sounded. I mean, I’ve never thought she was a rocket scientist, but I’ve always admired her courage to stand up and say it like it is and to try and bring this country back to it’s founding principles. So imagine my surprise when she started spouting off about how we need to get rid of Akin and if he doesn’t step down, then bring a third party in the mix.

Is she high?!?! Bringing in a third party will almost certainly secure a win for the Obama-Nation that’s in the office right now. I can’t even believe she suggested that. What a loon! And just listening to her … she stammered and faltered and sounded like she had drunk too many Monster drinks. I was honestly surprised.

All of this to say – I’m disappointed in the Republican reaction to Akin’s stupid comment. I don’t understand why they didn’t just say, “Well, that was a stupid thing to say,” and then turn their focus back onto the issues at hand. This is why the Republicans do not win as much as they should – because they lack any sort of backbone when it comes to standing firm on issues. The minute it gets difficult or uncomfortable, they start flailing their arms and acting like loons in order to try and please everyone and they just come off looking weak, incompetent and like complete idiots.

Republicans, for the love of God, grow a pair, won’t you?

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Audio Teaching: The History & Practice of Water Baptism

by John Schoenheit
Water baptism has been a subject of debate ever since the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) when Jesus first poured out the gift of holy spirit upon those people who had faith in him. For the Jews, washing and baptism ceremonies started when the Law was given to Moses, and in many cases, such as in the cleansing of a leper, the full cleansing ceremony involved animal sacrifice.

When Nebuchadnezzar burned the Temple down in 586 BC and carried the Jews away from Israel, baptismal ceremonies took on a new importance, and continued to grow in importance even after the Temple was rebuilt. John and Jesus both baptized people in water (although Jesus’ disciples did the actual baptism). However, like animal sacrifice, water baptism was symbolic, and pointed to a greater reality. Animal sacrifice pointed to the greater reality of Jesus’ sacrifice of himself, and water baptism pointed to the greater reality of the baptism in holy spirit, which the Old Testament prophets as well as John and Jesus foretold.

When the reality of the baptism of the holy spirit came on Pentecost, water baptism was no longer needed as a symbol, and could have stopped. This is why Ephesians 4:5 says there is only “one baptism” for the Church. However, it was such a well established tradition that it has continued to this day. In this teaching, John Schoenheit covers the history and tradition of water baptism, and shows why the “one baptism” for the Christian Church is in holy spirit, not water.

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