Facebook Reunites Mother and Son after 27 Years!

Here is a happy story. A mother, who lost her son back in the early 1980s, has been reunited with him after 27 years. Read the full article here.

A woman whose three-year-old son was abducted and taken to live in Hungary has been reunited with him 27 years later after finding his name on Facebook.

Avril Grube last saw Gavin when his father took him on a pre-arranged trip to Blackpool Zoo. That was in 1982.

Instead of going to the zoo, Joseph Paros took the boy to Budapest in defiance of a court order.

She would not see him again until last Thursday, after Avril’s sister found the, now grown man and father of 3, on Facebook.

Last October Mrs Grube’s sister, Beryl Wilson, typed the name Gavin Paros into Google and found a link someone of that name on the social networking site.

A frustrating wait followed. With more than 200 million users there was a possibility that the Facebook member merely shared the name with Mrs Grube’s son. It was several weeks before Gavin Paros, by now a 30-year-old father of three, checked his Facebook page and found the message from his aunt.

Mother and son were reunited at 4am on Thursday after her husband picked him up from Gatwick Airport and drove him to their home in Poole, Dorset. Mrs Grube, 61, who is partially disabled after a stroke, could not wait to see Gavin.

She said: “I couldn’t sleep, I just sat waiting for him to arrive. Even though it has been nearly 30 years, when I first saw him I recognised him, he has my eyes.

What a wonderful story. Facebook, the social web site, is a great place to find old friends, and keep in touch with family. Much simpler than a blog, you can keep up with people by reading their daily doings… for instance, today, my lovely bride wrote on her page:

After taking 5 minutes to start the PC up at work, my husband has realized that he is, for sure, a Mac snob now.

It’s true. I’ve become a Mac snob. I hate pc’s. They are slow, cumbersome pieces of garbage, prone to shutdowns and viruses. I got an email from my father yesterday, and the day before, and the day before, multiple times about the scamming jury. The email was not sent by my father, but by a virus that invaded his pc. Mac’s don’t have those problems. Not enough of them for virus writers to spend there time with. So yes, I’m a Mac snob.

But as for Facebook, join it now, and get a page. Especially Julie and BB and… and whoever else needs one. Who knows, you might be reunited with your long, lost rich uncle! If so, be sure to remember to tithe, sending a check to 49 Varden Drive, Aiken, SC 29803.

My, how my thoughts are rambling this morning!


Agree With the Lord

We are reading and praying through C.H. Spurgeon’s Sermons on Prayer, and one of his points in the sermon entitled, Pleading, Not Contradiction, he writes the following about agreeing with the Lord.

“Now, dear friend, if you are dealing with the Lord for life and death, never contradict his word. You will never come unto perfect peace if yo are in a contradicting humor; for that is a proud and unacceptable condition of mind. He that reads his Bible to find fault with it will soon discover that the Bible finds fault with him.”

In other words, those who come to the word of God with an axe to grind get to be ground up by the word of God. This should really cause us to pity the heretic, the liberal, or the one who is filled with Dalmatian Theology as Neil says, because the very book that they seek to criticize and work to their own purposes ends up condemning and damning them in the process. When we come to Scripture, we should first seek to humble ourselves as we are told in His book.

5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“ God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”a]”>[a]

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

The one coming to Scripture to condemn it, exalts himself over the word itself and God. Or so he or she thinks. One thing we can certainly infer about the proud, is that God certainly gets up in their faces. He is opposed to them, and will bring them down. This is why we need to humble ourselves when we come to God’s word, and agree with the Lord when coming to His word. What it says is true. What it says about us, is true. What is says about Him is true. Once we have this mindset, we see there is no need to exalt ourselves over anything or anyone.

God gives grace to the humble. Rest in His grace, and agree with the Lord.

What Men Want — In Worship

It seems that, among church attending men, they don’t really want touchy-feely songs, dancing, or circles of people sharing their feelings. This is in stark contrast to many of the movements afoot today in American evangelicalism. But according to this study in Britain, men want macho!

You mean, they don’t want love songs about Jesus? They don’t want puppy dog stories, or stupid sayings about turning life’s lemons, into lemonade? What is going on here?

Yup! According to this study, they want robust singing about God, and stories of the faith. This should not surprise us in the least, unless you really believe that Jesus was a six-foot tall, effeminate looking Jew, who was soft and sweet, i.e, every modern depiction of Christ found on the walls of our Sunday school classes.

Remember that Jesus was a carpenter. A man’s man. He took a bunch of rough and tumble men, and started a movement. Most of those men were fishermen. One was a tax collector, no pansy there. A couple of them were revolutionaries, looking to overthrow Rome at any moment. This carpenter took these men, exposed them to the true Kingdom, and then set them loose spreading the message of a death that could save. They had to be tough. How many of them faced hostile crowds during their ministries? They had to be courageous in the Lord, otherwise, they would have wilted into the woodwork like the pantie-wearing liberal theologians of our day who insult all believers by saying that God is a universalist.

You could say that I’m glad to see this survey. I can’t stand the love songs for Jesus. I will sing them. But I don’t have to like them. Listen to the top songs this survey discovered that men like.

On the football terraces we are very passionate, chanting and cheering, and we want more songs like that. We want fewer girly songs.’

Here is a suggested top 10 of male-friendly hymns drawn up by Sorted:

  • Onward Christian Soldiers
  • And Can It Be
  • Guide Me O Thy Great Redeemer
  • All People That On Earth Do Dwell
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Amazing Grace
  • Eternal Father, Strong To Save (For Those On Peril On The Sea)
  • Our God Reigns
  • Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind Forgive Our Foolish Ways
I don’t know all of those songs. But I’m inclined to check them all out. I have to admit that some of those are my favorite hymns. Be Thou My Vision was written in the 8th Century as an Irish poem and put to music in 1912. It’s an excellent hymn. Listen to these words: “Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight: be thou my dignity, though my delight, thou my soul’s shelter thou my high tow’r: raise thou me hean’n-ward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.”

I will have to look up the few that I don’t know and see if we can include them in worship in the coming weeks. The men of my congregation may already know them. I hope so. I don’t get the feeling that any of them are the holding-hand types. I’m glad too!

Seems to me that what men really want, is what the Bible calls for. Good solid singing, preaching and prayer. Sounds like we are on the right track here.

Read the rest of the story here.

"We Believe in Life!" — Updated

As you may know, Notre Dame University has invited Obama to speak at a graduation commencement later this month. This has outraged a lot of Roman Catholics because of his opposition to the pro-life movement. The students are now planning a protest during his speech. My hope would be that those who are to graduate, vacate the ceremony and protest instead. That would be a far more worthy action on their part. Hattip Dee.

Now, even the Vatican is weighing in according to Foxnews.com.

One of the Vatican’s highest ranked clerics and a frequent critic of President Obama said Friday that Notre Dame is causing a “scandal” by giving the president an honorary degree and a platform to address graduates at its commencement next weekend.

‘The proposed granting of an honorary doctorate at Notre Dame University to our president, who is so aggressively advancing an anti-life and anti-family agenda, is rightly the source of the greatest scandal,” said Archbishop Raymond Burke, who is the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court.

Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis and vocal opponent of giving communion to politicians who support abortion rights, told Catholics at a national prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C., that “with unparalleled arrogance, our nation is choosing to renounce its foundation on the faithful.”

"I don’t want Jesus."

Those were the words Andy said to me last night as I was trying to get him to go to sleep. It was a typical night in which I did not feel like fighting with him, threatening him, and eventually disciplining him to stay in bed and go to sleep. So when he gave me the typical request, “can you lay down for four minutes,” I acquiesced. (Why it’s four minutes, I don’t think we know. He never wants me to lay down for 10 minutes or two minutes, but four minutes).

As we were laying there, he said, “Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?” Not sure where this came from, but I’m glad he was asking the question. I explained to him that Jesus died on the cross for God’s glory and our salvation. Jesus took on the wrath, or God’s anger at our sin, for us. Only, I was not the detailed. I just wanted to give him the reason in a nutshell in a manner that I hoped a 4 year old could understand. Andy understands sin, even at his young age. What he may not understand is his need for Christ. That will take more than I can do. It will take the Holy Spirit moving in his heart and mind.

I also told Andy that Jesus died there for us to trust in Him for salvation, and that both Mommy and me were going to heaven because of that trust. I followed it up by, “do you want to trust in Jesus for salvation?” That is when I got his answer: “I don’t want Jesus.

I know that many parents would immediately panic, hearing one of their children rejecting the gospel so outright. But I don’t panic. If anything, it is moments like these that are calls for me to trust the Father all the more in His doctrines of election, regeneration and salvation all together. I know that it is reality that the Father may not have chosen my precious son to be among the elect. I hope and pray that this is not the case. I hope and pray that the reason Andy was placed in my family was so that he could be raised as a covenant child, and eventually come to know Christ as his Savior. But I have to accept the fact that he may not become a believer.

When it comes to those we love, we must trust in God’s doctrine of election, knowing that He shows mercy to whom He shows mercy. Remember, that was spoken of patriarch Isaac’s two sons, Jacob and Esau. One was chosen, the other was not. It is His decision, not our decision.

Remember what it says in John 1 about those who will become children of God.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

It is not my will, or even the will of Andy that will bring him to faith. It is the will of God. Therefore, when it comes to our children, we must trust in the Father’s decision. This does not mean that we don’t have the responsibility to raise our children in the faith. We do. We have been praying for Andy since before he was born and continue to do so.

We also teach him about the things of God, taking him to church, holding family worship times and using the daily events as teaching opportunities about sin and the need for forgiveness. But ultimately, we must trust in the Father’s election, the Son’s accomplishment of his salvation, and the Holy Spirit’s application of that salvation to Andy in His time. Not ours.

Let me encourage those of you who have children, do not give up in these endeavors. No, your child may not be of the elect. But they may be. The truth is, we don’t know until we see the Holy Spirit moving in them. Until that time, we pursue the means that God has given to us to bring our children to Him, prayer and preaching of God’s word. That is why family worship, both privately and publicly is so important. Trust in Him and use His means.

Photos by Stew T.

Here are more photos by Stew. He is the man in my church that is traveling out west on vacation. He has sent far more than I can publish, but I still wanted to share some with you.

I really like them, because they remind me that God is in control of all things. If you think our world is falling apart quickly, and I do, remember He is in control of all things. To Him, the nations are nothing but a drop of water in a bucket. God is far more concerned about our obedience to Him and our sanctification than our government. That is, along as we are believers. If we are non-believers, He is concerned about the glory He will receive pouring out His wrath upon you. My suggestion to you if you are non believer: trust in Christ for salvation, cry out in mercy for His grace. Become one of His people and let Him take the wrath for you.

Ucky Bug!

I think we forget how simple life can be, and how enjoyable it is to find new discoveries. For Joey, finding dead bugs on the back porch is his past time. Today’s example: a dead fly. Dead flies make up most of his collection, which we quickly deposit in the garbage. He has also brought us a few dead bumble bees, and a few live, but near death bumble bees. So far, no stings yet.

I hope he never discover snakes, because if he does, I will quickly teach him how to take a shovel, and dispatch those snakes.