Archive for March, 2005

RSS Feeds

This morning I got an email from a reader that likes that I do My Utmost posts every day, and asked that I make entire posts available via RSS feeds, rather than just summaries. Entire posts are now available, thanks to a small radio button in WordPress that makes switching from summaries to full text a one-click endeavor.

Since then, Ogre did a post about RSS feeds, and got me convinced to use Thunderbird to read them. Check out his post for more info if you are unfamiliar with RSS.

Can We Bring Back Hanging?

Now that Terri Schiavo has died, I think it is time to start a few murder trials. We can start with her husband, move on to his lawyer, followed by Judge Greer, and on from there.

It can be debated from now until the Second Coming whether removing the feeding tube could be considered murder. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that refusing her water and nutrients orally is murder though, and that’s what the judge ordered. Maybe she couldn’t eat, but it had been reported that she could swallow, and just about anything can be liquified enough to swallow.

I certainly hope that Terri accepted the pardon that was bought and paid for by her Savior on her behalf while she had the opportunity. I also pray that somehow God is glorified through her death.

Notable Quotable

  • O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart.

    Thomas Paine

Heedfulness v. Hypocrisy in Ourselves

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. – 1 John 5:16

If we are not heedful of the way the Spirit of God works in us, we shall become spiritual hypocrites. We see where other folks are failing, and we turn our discernment into the gibe of criticism instead of into intercession on their behalf. The revelation is made to us not through the acuteness of our minds, but by the direct penetration of the Spirit of God, and if we are not heedful of the source of the revelation, we shall become criticizing centres and forget that God says-“. . . he shall ask, and hie shall give him life for them that sin not unto death.? Take care lest you play the hypocrite by spending all your time trying to get others right before you worship God yourself.

One of the subtlest burdens God ever puts on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning other souls. He reveals things in order that we may take the burden of these souls before Him and form the mind of Christ about them, and as we intercede on His line, God says He will give us “life for them that sin not unto death.? It is not that we bring God into touch with our minds, but that we rouse ourselves until God is able to convey His mind to us about the one for whom we intercede.

Is Jesus Christ seeing of the travail of His soul in us? He cannot unless we are so identified with Himself that we are roused up to get His view about the people for whom we pray. May we learn to intercede so whole-heartedly that Jesus Christ will be abundantly satisfied with us as intercessors.

Notable Quotable

  • “Every generation needs regeneration.”

    Charles H. Spurgeon

Holiness v. Hardness Towards God

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

And He . . . wondered that there was no intercessor. – Isaiah 59:16

The reason many of us leave off praying and become hard towards God is because we have only a sentimental interest in prayer. It sounds right to say that we pray; we read books on prayer which tell us that prayer is beneficial, that our minds are quieted and our souls uplifted when we pray; but Isaiah implies that God is amazed at such thoughts of prayer.

Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray. Too often instead of worshipping God, we construct statements as to how prayer works. Are we worshipping or are we in dispute with God- ‘I don’t see how You are going to do it.’ This is a sure sign that we are not worshipping. When we lose sight of God we become hard and dogmatic. We hurl our own petitions at God’s throne and dictate to Him as to what we wish Him to do. We do not worship God, nor do we seek to form the mind of Christ. If we are hard towards God, we will become hard towards other people.

Are we so worshipping God that we rouse ourselves up to lay hold on Him, that we may be brought into contact with His mind about the ones for whom we pray? Are we living in a holy relationship to God, or are we hard and dogmatic?

‘But there is no one interceding properly’-then be that one yourself, be the one who worships God and who lives in holy relationship to him. Get into the real work of intercession, and remember it is a work, a work that taxes every power; but a work which has no snare. Preaching the gospel has a snare; intercessory prayer has none.

First They Came

From Cross Blogging:

First they came for the unborn babies and I said nothing.
Then they came for the disabled and I said nothing.
Then they came for the Fundamentalist Christians who speak out and I said nothing.
Then they came for the Jews who speak out and I said nothing.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to say anything.

  1. Is what is happening to Terri and abortion comparable to the road paved by the Nazi’s?
  2. Do you believe Congress had the authority to pass legislation as they did in this case?
  3. Do you believe Congress or the President has authority to overrule judges like they are saying they do not have in this case?
  1. Yes, I believe so. The Nazi’s thrived on incrementalism, secularism, and the perception of compassion. The started with the weakest members of society and worked their way up to those they deemed most undesirable. Much the same way in America today, we’ve started with the weakest members of society. If we continue the path we are on, soon senior citizens, the mentally handicapped, and unwanted children (post-birth) will be next. Those who wish to reduce the population will convince many that it is for the best for the people being “euthenized? (of course they will never call it what it is – murder). They will also convince many that it will be much better for society. Rising health care and welfare costs would be assisted by the elimination of those who are the “greatest drain? to the system.
  2. In this particular case, I do not believe the U.S. Congress had the authority to intervene. They could make their opinions known, but little more. I believe the Florida Congress had/has the full authority and responsibility to intervene. The Constitutions of both the U.S. and Florida governments explicitly leave the power in this case to the state of Florida. I also believe the state of Florida, like every other state in the Union, has a responsibility to keep its judicial branch in check. Judges should not be given the power to change the law at will.

    I believe in this particular case, considering Mr. Schiavo’s adulterous relationship, the husband should have been legally declared “estranged?, Terri should have been given a divorce by proxy (with her parents acting as power of attorney), and her parents should have been given full custody of her and all rights to make medical decisions on her behalf. Absent the mistress (with which he has children), there is little that could have been done to take custody away from Mr. Schiavo as I see it.

  3. In this case, for reasons I discussed in the previous question, I do not believe they did. I do believe that the Florida Congress and Governor Bush do have that authority, and have a Constitutional responsibility to overrule the judges involved. The judges overreached their Constitutional authority, and should be impeached and removed from office.

What is happening to Terri worries me greatly. I consider this case one piece of evidence that the government does not have the best interests of the people at heart. They are continuing to use all possible opportunities to grab more and more power from the people for their own selfish ends, regardless of political party. Governor Jeb Bush has the power and responsibility to save this woman’s life, but like Pontious Pilate before him, has washed his hands of the matter and attempted to shift the blame away from himself when he has had the power to stop her killing by starvation all along.

As long as she is breathing, I pray for her. As long as she is breathing, Governor Bush has the power to step in to preserve her life.

Hat Tip: Ogre

Tons of Typos

Forgive my typos for a while. I’ve been pretty good about catching them, but I have a feeling some will slip through.

On Sunday morning, before going to my cousin’s for “Easter” (Resurrection Sunday), I was doing a little work around the house. I was working on a couple data ports in the basement and, while clipping off extra wire with a utility knife, I slipped and sliced my left middle finger pretty deep. I rushed to the emergency room and got four stitches. It’s still a little sore, and quite difficult to type. Fortunately, even though it was deep, there was no major damage. My tendons are still in tact.

I just took the bandage off and applied some Neosporin and a Band Aid, so it is now a little easier for me to type, but I’m still having some problems.

He Needs to Act

Despite his failed bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate in Illinois, Alan Keyes remains one of my favorite statesmen. He has a column up now making a strong case for why Jeb Bush not only has the power to save Terri Schiavo’s life, he has a Constitutional duty to do so.

I just wish Jeb would read it and do the right thing.

Notable Quotable

  • “Depend upon it, there is no pain in dying. The pain is in living.”

    Charles H. Spurgeon