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Cliché Busters!

You know one of my pet peeves is the use of cliché. Remember that a cliché is a saying that is often trite, overused, and thoughtless. I especially get tired of those phrases used in Christianity and love to debunk them. Phrases such as, “Can’t we just love Jesus?” This one usually comes up when differences of belief arise and the person who wants nothing to do with thoughtful discourse will utter this as a way to end the conversation. The answer to the question is: “No! We can’t.” There is more to loving Jesus than just saying you love Jesus. He said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. That takes thought and study. There is no room for Rodney King theology here!Another one is “Well, we all believe in the same God.” No we don’t. Muslims worship another god all together, and I would argue that so do liberal Christians. See the post on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright below.

But the cliché that has dogged me for the longest is: “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” Especially when that is applied to God. In other words, He loves the sinner, but hates the sin. This is not true in the least. Psalm 5:5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; you hate all workers of iniquity.

Notice that word “hate” when it comes to workers of iniquity? This is how God feels about those who are sinners. Mark Driscoll makes this point in a sermon he made at his church Mars Hill in Seattle recently. The below clip is part of that sermon. I found the clip at Heath site, Three Crosses.

The point is that Driscoll blows a hole in that cliché. I know, this will be disappointing to our liberal Christian friends, because they always get twitter pated over such phrases. What Driscoll shows is that the cliché was coined by Mahatna Ghandi. The man wasn’t a Christian. In fact, his pride kept him from becoming a Christian. He was one of those skeptics who said something along the lines of, “I would become a Christian except for all the Christians.” In other words, he was saying that he was too prideful to join the rest of the fallen community of believer and trust in Christ for salvation.

Again, I digress. The point is that we have had another bad cliché busted, and it’s about time. Let’s stay away from that which is trite, redundant and thoughtless. Let the Bible inform our thinking, thoughts, words and action. It’s HIS word. There is no better place to turn. When we do so, that will keep us from becoming trite, redundant and thoughtless.

Here is part of Driscoll’s sermon.

Wiggly Turtle Toobies!

Gayle got me thinking more about the Veggie Tales, and upon further reflection, I don’t believe that Veggie Tales is actually for children. It’s billed that way, but I’m sure that most children don’t get half the jokes. There is just too much double meaning in many of their lines and jokes for my 3 year old to get it. This is what makes Veggie Tales so great.

The one video I wanted to post was of the hair-band Shux singing their tribute to Larry Boy, Veggie Tales super hero, who is part Batman, part Spiderman, part plumber. But alas, I couldn’t find this excellent rendition of 1980s hair music. Remember the hair bands? Well the guys and Veggie Tales did and capture the genre perfectly… using ears of corn as the band members. They even had one singing falsetto as was popular in the hair bands from time to time.

The Veggie Tales team captured the essences of the boy bands in my post below, entitle the Belly Button Song. In that video, there is one part where the doctor is singing about having a prosthetic belly button for our lead singer, the gourd. Since gourds do not have belly buttons, he is confessing this truth to his twoo love! The doctor says he can have a false one put on, that his insurance might cover it, but not his HMO. That cannot be written for a 3 year old. It’s written for adults.

Remember what made Bugs Bunny so great. It was that the cartoon was written for both adults and children. Of course, we didn’t realize this until we got older and some of the jokes that we had heard for years started making sense. The same is true for Veggie Tales. There are jokes and lines that only an adult will get, and this is what makes it so good.

The one complaint I have about most children’s stories is that they written from an adult mindset that is trying to think of what a child would like. In the end, most of the shows just become irritating. Take Barney for example. Remember the big purple guy? They have taken irritation and turned it into an art form. Most children will grow out of that program rather quickly. It will not endure… thankfully. But not Veggie Tales. It’s here to stay for a while.

Here, watch the video. This one is Lance the Turtle. Very well done and the Hawaii theme is excellent.

Hope you enjoyed that! If THAT video didn’t convince you that Veggie Tales is great, then you need to watch this one too!

Belly Button Song!

I’m just not in the mood for anything serious. In view of that, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite songs. In fact, even Andy has gotten into the act. Last night, when I was giving him a bath, he started singing the chorus to the rap portion of the song. As soon as he did, he looked up at me and we both busted out laughing.

Yes… from the great Veggie Tales genre!

Hope you enjoyed that!

Please Pray

I received news tonight that my (92 years) grandmother fell down the stairs this afternoon and broke her neck. They are putting a halo onto her head as we speak to try to stablize  her neck. She broke the c2 vertibra. If she survives this, they will do surgery tonight or tomorrow. As of now, she has no paralysis. Whether that remains so, time will tell. 

Please pray for my grandmother. We call her Oo-ma. 
Please also pray for my mother.

Playing in the Rain!

I took this picture before the big storm hit last Saturday night. The big storm brought a tornado north of us about 15 miles, and knocked our power out for 12 hours. It was an adventure. We had to eat something Saturday night, so we loaded up left overs and headed for the church, which still had power. We ate at the church, then went home to our dark, dark house. The power came on at 5:56 a.m. Sunday morning.

He’s Walking!

Joey is walking. He has been taking steps for several weeks now, but in the last week, he has learned to go from a crawling position, to a standing position and start walking without having to hold onto anything. I was hoping to get some video uploaded so you could watch, but haven’t had the time. Here are some pictures of him standing in the door last night.

Good News: Bacteria Produces Hydrocarbons

I love stories like this one from WorldNetDaily. A researcher in Tipton, GA, has come up with a bacteria that will break down any plant we can grow into hydrocarbons. Once the process is perfected, the researched claims we will be able to produce about 5 billion barrels of oil per year. That is about 2/3 of what we use per year. This will significantly reduce our dependence upon foreign oil. Here is part of the story:

After three years of clandestine development, a Georgia company is now going public with a simple, natural way to convert anything that grows out of the Earth into oil.

J.C. Bell, an agricultural researcher and CEO of Bell Bio-Energy, Inc., says he’s isolated and modified specific bacteria that will, on a very large scale, naturally change plant material – including the leftovers from food – into hydrocarbons to fuel cars and trucks.

“What we’re doing is taking the trash like corn stalks, corn husks, corn cobs – even grass from the yard that goes to the dump – that’s what we can turn into oil,” Bell told WND. “I’m not going to make asphalt, we’re only going to make the things we need. We’re going to make gasoline for driving, diesel for our big trucks.”

The agricultural researcher made the discovery after standing downwind from his cows at his food-production company, Bell Plantation, in Tifton, Ga.

“Cows are like people that eat lots of beans. They’re really, really good at making natural gas,” he said. “It dawned on me that that natural gas was methane.”

Bell says he wondered what digestive process inside a cow enabled it to change food into the hydrocarbon molecules of methane, so he began looking into replicating and speeding up the process.

“Through genetic manipulation, we’ve changed the naturally occurring bacteria, so they eat and consume biomass a little more efficiently,” he said. “It works. There’s not even any debate that it works. It really is an all-natural, simple process that cows use on a daily basis.”

But does he think it will make environmentalists happy?

“They love this. We had one totally recognizable environmentalist from Hollywood say this is everything they ever had hoped for,” Bell said. “This could be considered the ultimate recycling of carbon. We are using the energy of the sun through the plant. We’re not introducing any new carbon [to the environment].”

The research has received strong support from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture and committees in both chambers of Congress, and Bell plans further discussions in Washington, D.C., next week.

Read the rest of the story at WND here.

Wainbow!

Andrew and his first “wainbow” as he calls them. We were blessed last Friday with this rainbow. Andrew has learned about them, painted them on his face, searched for them in the sky, asked about them, and drawn them. But until Friday, he had yet to see one. What was special about his is that it is actually a double rainbow, although it’s hard to see in the photo. As soon as we saw it, we grabbed the camera and headed to the back yard to watch it. Andrew was excited to finally see it, as you can tell.

I Got Tagged!

My friend Ivy tagged me. I don’t think I’ve ever been tagged before. It was hard coming up with weird, funny things to say for some reason today, so you’ll have to bear with me.
Here’s the rules: I have to write a blog of ten weird, random things, facts, or habits about myself and then choose five people to be tagged, listing their names and why I chose to have them tagged. Then, I have to leave them a comment on their blog saying “you’re it” and to read my blog. I can’t tag Ivy back. I will let her know when I post my answers. I might have to ask Timothy for some of these. I figure that he’d know this the best. 🙂
1. The number one weird thing I can do is cluck “Jingle Bells.” It’s weirdness is self-explanatory, I think. Then, as one student once told me, it’s even more weird that I practice clucking “Jingle Bells!” 
2. I am so excited that Timothy’s taking me to a huge mansion for our 5th anniversary and out to dinner to a fancy French restaurant. I thank God for friends like Raye who have adopted my little boys so we can do things like this. www.lookawayrosmaryhalls.com
3. I eat around the eyes, skin, and brown spots left on potato chips and throw the bits away. I kinda grosses me out the way those squirty veins in chicken, and gnawing from the bones do. Why it’s in that caliber of grossness, idunno.
4. I keep my hands and finger nails immaculately clean, but the sink I wash them in…
(Ok, Timothy had me write this one.)
5. That’s not whiskers growing on my chin: they are “rogue eyelashes.”
6. I know most of the words to the songs from Phantom of the Opera, but haven’t tried to cluck them yet! 
7. I read way to fast and have been known to read books over and over and over and over and over.
8. I want to learn to read Greek and Hebrew and relearn Old English.
9. Instead of mopping the kitchen floor (who has time for that?) , I will wipe the crumbs off my bare feet on the living room carpet. 
10. I’d rather be barefoot and risk crunching a toe, rather than wear shoes and have my feet ache all the time. Yet, I can’t stand to have dirty feet. (Although that puppy is making me rethink this policy.) My children have inherited this barefoot trait, much to Timothy’s chagrin. 
The five people I’m tagging are Corry , Neil , Heath, Fred, and my friend Michelle, if I can get her to make a blog. I chose Corry because I’d like to get to know her a lot better. She a fantastic artist and did a beautiful sketch of Andrew and me. I chose Neil because he’d have some really interesting answers. I like how he uses apologetics and contends for the faith. I chose Heath because he’s an excellent writer and  he has wisdom and insight far beyond his years. Fred’s answers will crack me up, as long as he doesn’t bash female basketball players! However, I can’t seem to find his blog.  I want Michelle to make a blog. I think that she’d love it and it would be a great way to share pictures and dialogue with her friends and family. 

Plastic Egg Hunt!


We held our annual plastic-egg hunt here at the church today. You may know of this ritual. It’s held at churches all across the land just about this time of year. Of course, theologically, we don’t believe in the plastic-egg hunt, since it comes about from pagan traditions. In fact, we find it kind of blasphemous to combine it with Resurrection Sunday. But seeing that we are often times inconsistent with our beliefs and actions… we let Andy participate once again.

This year he got it! The last two years he has had to be coaxed into picking up the plastic eggs, but not this year. He went after it and won in his age division because the other 3 year old saw the slides first, thus allowing Andy to pick up a few more eggs and win. Of course, once Andy saw the slides as well, he decided that he would leave the rest of the eggs to the adults to pick up. Both he and Carver had better things to do than pick up plastic eggs. Namely, play on the slide.

Last year, he didn’t pick up a single egg because the Plastic Egg Hiding Committee put all the 3-and-under eggs around the slide. That didn’t work at all. This year the PEHC put them out on the parking-lot island. This worked better than last year. All the eggs picked up this year were done while they faced away from the slide. Once they turned around, the hunt was over. I’m glad my boy is getting the idea. Now, if there is some way I can partake in the winnings, i.e., eating some of that chocolate bunny, another part of the tradition we disagree with… fundamentally.

The Car Wreck

I found this at Gayle’s site and had to share it with you… Try not to hurt yourself laughing…

I rear-ended a car this morning.

So there we are alongside the road and slowly
the driver gets out of the car
. . . and you know how you just-get-sooo-stressed
and life-stuff seems to get funny?

Yeah, well, I could NOT believe it . . . he was
a DWARF!

He storms over to my car, looks up at me and

says, “I AM NOT HAPPY!”
So, I look down at him and say, “Well, which one
are you then?”

. . . and that’s when the fight started . . .

You Don’t Say?!?


A new study out shows that PG movies with less profanity in them, do better than PG movies with more profanity in them because parents tend to allow their children to watch the less profane movies more. Really? Imagine that. Economics have proven that Hollywood makes more money when they make family friendly movies since the beginning of time, yet they still have to do studies to show this to be true. What a bunch of dunderheads! (For the record, I used the term “boobs” earlier. But my intern pointed out the disparity of this concerning a blog on using good language in movies. Hence, I’ve replaced the word “boobs” with “dunderhead.“)

Let’s just face it, what are the most popular movies over the past several years. Movies that both parents and children can watch and want to watch. Think about the movies, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Cars, the Toy Story movies, and Ratatouliieee… (Sp???). I loved those movies. So does Andy, although we haven’t let him watch the Incredibles yet… Just a tad bit too much violence. The point is that when Hollywood makes family friendly movies that are not made just to pull at our heart strings, but are made to entertain and even instill some decent values, those movies do well.

Hollywood is so warped they think the goal is to gross us out, or go way beyond the limits of what is good taste. I would give you examples of this from this year’s Oscar nominated movies, and those that actually won. But I must confess, I can’t name a single movie that was nominated or won anything. After the last couple of years of Hollywood proclaiming their most lurid pictures as something to be awarded, I quit paying attention.

Here is part of the story:

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A new study by The Nielsen Co. found that the PG-rated movies with the least profanity made the most money at the U.S. box office.

Sexuality or violence in those films had less to do with success than the language, the Nielsen PreView group said in a study being released Thursday.

“The reality is that profanity, within PG, is the big demarcation between box office winner and box office loser,” research and marketing director Dan O’Toole said at ShoWest, a conference where studios unveil upcoming movie lineups.

“Parents are choosing PG films for their kids that have very, very low levels of profanity. We’re talking one-third the level of the average PG film,” he said.

The research firm cross-referenced box office data on 400 films in wide-release from the fall of 2005 to the fall of 2007 with their ratings for sex, violence and profanity given by Critics Inc.’s Kids-In-Mind.com Web site.

Controlling for marketing and production budgets of films, as well as depictions of violence and sex, movies that scored an average 0.8 on a 10-point profanity scale collected an average of $69 million. Those that averaged 2.8 for profanity averaged $38 million.

See full article here.

Hopefully Hollywood will actually look at these factors when they decide which movies to make, and which ones they will pass by. We don’t need any more Brokeback Mountains, or such PC drivel like that. Give us great entertainment… and leave out the cuss words. Since when do the cuss words actually add to the plot of the movie at all? I can only think of one movie where it added anything to the movie. A Christmas Story had a good scene in there about Ralphie using the mother of all cuss words, and the havoc that soon followed. Then there was that wretched Scarface movie with Al Pacino, where if you removed the mother of all cuss words, then there would be no dialog whatsoever, which isn’t a bad idea given the fact that the movie really was nothing but blood, guts, and cocaine.

The point here is that most cuss words in movies are unnecessary. In fact, why do they use God’s name so much? Why do they have to take the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in vain so much. Most Hollywood types don’t believe in Christ anyway. So why use his name? See my next post on that one.

It IS Our Right!

This is another one of those court cases that just angers me to no end. A Christian is having to appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in order to have the right to pray “in Jesus name,” at city council meetings. This is ridiculous. He should not have to sue in court at all. This right is guaranteed to him in the Constitution.

Here is part of the story:

A court hearing is coming in which the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be asked to restore to Christians the rights that political correctness in the United States today grants other religions, including the right to pray to their God.

The case involves Rev. Hashmel Turner and the city of Fredericksburg, Va., and is being handled by the constitutional experts at The Rutherford Institute.

Turner, a member of the city council in Fredericksburg, was part of a rotation of council members who would take turns bringing a prayer at the council meetings, and he ended his prayers “in Jesus name.”

That offended a listener, who promptly brought several heavyweight activist groups into the picture with their threat of a lawsuit if the elected Christian council member wasn’t censored, so the city adopted a policy requiring “nondenominational” prayers, effectively eliminating any reference to “Jesus.”

John Whitehead, the founder and chief of The Rutherford Institute, told WND it’s an issue of freedom of speech and freedom of religion, burdened with the politically correct atmosphere in the United States that appears to endorse or at least allow any sort of religious acknowledgement, such as the University of Michigan building footbaths for Muslims, but allows no similar acknowledgement of Christianity.

Read the rest of the story here.

This is why Political Correctness is such a farce. Political Correctness makes it OK to pray to every other god, and every other religion except Christianity. If the purveyors of the PC Code were truly about seeking the rights of others, they would not limit the rights of Christians in the process.

I believe the reason they do so is because they know who the true God really is, as Romans 1-2 testifies to. They know what they are doing. They are trying to rid the culture and world of the living and true God, and this is the reason that all other religions besides Christianity is acceptable to them.

I also believe this is the reason that so many use God’s name in a profane way. You never hear Allah Damn, because subconsciously, there is no power in doing so. Buddha, Allah, and the host of other gods that are worshipped have no real power to them. Only the God of the Bible, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore they blaspheme Him at every level and seek to drive Him out of our culture.

While it angers me that Rev. Turner has to take this issue to court, I’m glad he is willing to fight the good fight on this. Thank goodness he is willing to stand up in His name against this godless culture.

Peace Maker Ministries

Taken from the Peace Maker Ministries newsletter:

Six of Satan’s Favorite Conflict Phrases

“Submit yourselves, then, to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Satan promotes conflict in many ways. Among other things, he tempts us so we give in to greed and dishonesty (Acts 5:3), he deceives us and misleads us (2 Tim. 2:25-26), and he takes advantage of unresolved anger (Eph. 4:26-27). Worst of all, he uses false teachers to propagate values and philosophies that encourage selfishness and stimulate controversy (1 Tim. 4:1-3). Here are some of the expressions that often reflect the devil’s lies and influence:

“Look out for Number One.”
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“Surely God doesn’t expect me to stay in an unhappy situation.”
“I’ll forgive you, but I won’t forget.”
“Don’t get mad, get even.”
“I deserve better than this.”

Satan prefers that we do not recognize his role in our conflicts. As long as we see other people as our only adversaries and focus our attacks on them, we will give no thought to guarding against our most dangerous enemy.

Taken from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 50-51

Food for Thought

Read Jesus’ responses to Satan’s temptations in Matthew 4:1-11. Note that in contrast to Satan’s favorite expressions noted above, none of Jesus’ responses contain the word, “I”. What’s more, none of Jesus’ responses to Satan even contain the word, “you”–usually our second favorite word in conflict! How do we prevent Satan from getting a foothold in our conflicts? We keep our conflict responses (and our words) God-centered, remembering that if God is not at the center of our thoughts during a conflict, Satan will be altogether too happy to quietly take God’s place.

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Noah’s Ark

This has been around for a while, but it’s worth a read and a sad chuckle.

In the year 2008, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in Bloomington IN, and said, “Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.

Build another Ark and save two of every living thing along with a few good humans”

He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, “You have six months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard – but no Ark.

“Noah!” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?”

“Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed. I needed a building permit. I’ve been arguing with the County inspector about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the neighborhood zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Monroe Development Appeal Board for a decision.

Then the Indiana Department of Transportation demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark’s move to Lake Monnroe to wait for the flood. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.

Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban on cutting local trees in the Hoosier Forests in order to save the spotted owl. I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!

When I started gathering the animals, an animal rights group sued me.

They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.

Then the EPA ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.

I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew.

Immigration and Naturalization are checking the green-card status of most of the people who want to work.

The trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience.

To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.

So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.”

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, “You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”

“No,” said the Lord. “The government beat me to it.”

Heavenly List

This is a “what if,” list. Meaning, I don’t seriously take this to be the case. But what if when believers get to heaven, we find there are many things that that we thought for some odd reason, would not be there. Here were a couple of my thoughts. Please, add yours to the list in the comments section and I will update it later…
1. Yes, of course we have chocolate!
2. Yes, of course your dog Joey/Casey/Rylie is here.
3. Yes, you will find a 36-hole golf course on the north side of heaven that is excellent this time of year.
4. Yes, there is a yatch club on the edge of the crystal sea. There is a regatta starting in a few eons… and yes, you can build your own boat if you would like.
5. Yes, we will let you build your own mansion if you like.
6. Yes, you can review the history of the world in the archives section of the library… but why would you want to? You’re in heaven!
OK, those are just a few of them that I came up with while drinking a hot cup of coffee…. (7. Yes, we have the best coffee!) while Rylie is at my feet chewing on an old Limbaugh Letter. He’s such a fun dog.