Sunday, February 25, 2007

Blogs

We have added some links to some new blogs.

The first one is called On Faith. It is through Newsweek. It is a great way to see what others are thinking, feeling, believe on religion and society. Great way to stay in touch with what is going on in the world faith-wise so that we can stand firm in our faith and defend it against attacks from others.

The second is Pushing Daisys. It is a gardening blog with links to some great websites with lots of advice. Wonderful site.

The last two are The Sacred Everyday and Little Old House. They are written by two women who are choosing to share their lives and their faith with everyone. The Sacred Everyday has areas where you can meet in a chat room type place and talk about your faith and the recent posts. Both women post on The Sacred Everyday and the Little Old House is the personal blog of one of the authors.

I hope you get a chance to visit these.....

Dark Chocolate

For those who love dark chocolate (I am one of those) it is difficult to find really good chocolate that is fairly reasonable in price. But I have finally found affordable dark chocolate that tastes great. Hershey's has come out with a new product called Cacao Reserve.

The Cacao Reserve products include a chocolate bars, drinking cocoa and truffles with different concentrations of cacao. The chocolate bars are available in milk chocolate and milk chocolate with hazelnuts (35 percent cacao), extra dark chocolate (65 percent cacao) and extra dark with nibs -- the "heart" of the cacao bean -- with 65 percent cacao concentration.

They actually debuted this line in October, but I just saw them last week. They vary in price....the bar I bought was $2 for 3.53oz. (Extra dark with 65%) Mmmmmm........



The Book of Daniel



I have been doing a Bible study by Beth Moore on the book of Daniel. (I am halfway through the study) It is a fantastic study. The first half deals with living a life of integrity in our own "Babylon" and standing firm in your beliefs. The second half deals with prophecy and eschatology of end time events. Even in the first half prophecy is touched on and it is amazing to see how much of it has already come true. It is a great study that really gets into Daniel and challenges you no matter where you are in your walk. If you get the chance, do this Bible study. It will change you......

Thursday, February 22, 2007

9/11 WE WILL NEVER FORGET! wait, what happend again?!?!

So there I was (Robert) reading newsweek. Well I got the this liberal writer on the last page who in her arguement declared we needed to pull out of Iraq tommorow. The casualities are to high she says. We can't win the war she says. Britain is pulling out so that shows we need to get out she goes on to say more. Arggg so frustrating for me. Im just apologizing in advance if this runs long in length but this definitly struck my nerve in the wrong way.

First of all, 3151 American troops have died in this Iraq war. It seems like a lot. But let's consider somethings shall we? In one month of fighting on Iwo Jima, 6800 marines/navy personell were killed. About 12000 people died on Okinawa. Or for some people out there who think this is vietnam all over again, 1.1 northern vietnamese died in the war. And they won. The US lost 58,000. Most veterans would be very upset if you compared this war to Vietnam. Now if some liberal authors out there would go out and read some world history, they might learn something. Just one example here, in the battle of Verdun in World War 1 over 300,000 French and German troops died. Wow, if these vets were still alive they would be ashamed of the claims that these people make about how the casualties have gone too far. Let's put this Iraq war in perspective.

Ok, to clear myself up one little bit, I dont think we need to die more or something to call this a serious war. This is a serious war we have going on right now. Not only in a military sense but in a civilian sense. Another 9/11 would happen in a matter of weeks if we pulled out of Iraq anytime soon. So we can either have military dying serving there country doing what they CHOSE to do. Or we can bring the fight to our homeland and watch non combatants (civilians) suffer at the hand of terrorists. You make the choice.

As a member of the military, I think about my brother/sisters in arms all the time who are fighting over there. I pray for them just as much. And I think about how this is a safer nation now. My base commander always says ," We can either fight the battle there on our terms, or fight the battle here on there terms." I choose to go to there house and win. thats just me though.

On the other hand (once again a perspective thing) just today 126000 babies were killed worldwide. By the way, 3700 of those are happening in the US. So for every minute you read this 2.5 babies are murdered here in America land of the free. By the way, do you think those babies would enjoy those freedoms? If your pro choice why dont you give your baby a choice? Whats even scarier is that 37.4% of all abortions are done by Protestant women. I want you to think about the first time you held a newborn baby. Now imagine killing that new baby. It breaks my heart. It almost hurts me to type it because the thought disturbs me that much. We as brothers and sisters in Christ need to stand up for this.

If anyone would like to discuss the above issues i am open any time and anywhere. If you have had an abortion, realize that you can be forgiven for your sin. There is a Creator who loves you more then anything this world can. He wants to have a relationship with you. Surrender to Jesus Christ and confess your sins. I pray that our Creator, the Lord of all Creation will bless you all. Remember, the time for salvation is today.

PRAYER REQUESTS!!
A guy at my work has a baseball sized tumor on his back right inside of his rib cage. It is almost attached to his spinal cord. He is really shook up. Surgery would be really risky being its so close to hise spinal cord. He believes in God and Jesus Christ but believes its all just a good story for us to lives our lives by. His lifestyle in no means reflects a Christian one being he worked as a bartender for a while and i think has 4-5 girlsfriends right now. Pray that God would bless him and that he would see the love that God has to offer him. His first name is Jason.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Hey all!

Hey all! How's yall doin? thas grrreat man i tell ya wut! Ok anyways enough southern talk. I (robert) just thought i would update the blog tonight. Erin is finishing reading Jane Eyre (borrrring, if it doesn't have to do with famous battles from history, or things relating to God then it is hard for me to get through it). So anyways I just thought I would update you all on some family happinings.

Tonight at dinner Erin and I were talking to Madison about modesty. Well we felt she got the point so we started asking her who dresses modestly. "What about aunt Karen, does she dress modestly,"we asked. "Yes!" Madison replied. So the list went on, Grandma Marilee, Keila, Bethy, Grandma K and Grandma. Well Madison got them all right saying they all dressed modestly. Then out of nowhere she says ," Britney Spears doesn't dress modestly!!!" I'm not going to lie to you, caught Erin and I offguard. We said your right Madison and tried to hold back the chuckles. It definitly is a crazy world out there. I'd like to know where she's seen ms spears to know shes not modest?

Tonight was bath night. So I was washing Jaden and she was washing Madison. Then Erin, bless her heart, decided to use the cup of water on Daddy's shirt. Well most of you might know, when it comes to water fight, I hold nothing back. So I kind of pushed her in the tub half way, didn't quite work becuase she was still dry. I then decided to spash a very liberal amount of water on her shirt... Daddy won this water battle, but im sure the war is far from over...

PRAYER REQUEST TIME!!!
(from now on whenever I blog I am going to put up a prayer request. Could be anything really. I just think sometimes we as humans dont pray as much. So hopefully this might aid a little bit in our prayer lives)
If you could pray for people at my shop. out of 75 only 2 are saved. Every day is like going to war. It gets really hard sometimes.
Pray for this war in Iraq. Lord knows when it will be over. Pray for the safety of our friends and family who are serving.
Pray for our school system, that Godly teachers would stand up for the truth and willingly share the Gospel.

That is all for now! Much love to you all!! God bless! Mucho GUSTO! BON SOIR! AUR REVOIR!

its been a long weekend.....

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Madison's Terrorist Theory

Lately Madison has had a small obsession with terrorists. Not really sure why......

Anyway, here is her theory.....

1. Terrorists look like the Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (aka Turtle boys.)

2. They break your toys and kill people.

3. Daddy protects us from them by kicking them in the head and shooting them in the forehead with his paintball gun.



I love the way her mind works. :)

Friday, February 9, 2007

A few thoughts from the dad

Hello, just thought I would give you all some brain food to chew on for a bit.

Jadens surgury went well as you probably have read. That is good. Erin wanted me to go back in the Pre OP with him. Definitly one of the hardest things I've ever done. There is a country song lyric that goes like this ," Tough little boys grow up to be men, but they turn into big babies instead". I definitly kept my composure but man it's difficult entrusting a stranger with your child's life.

Read an old newsweek the other day where it was all about the different religions. Interesting stuff. There was one common theme throughout the whole thing. It was the fact that everyone is right, just have different interpertations, thus everyone can be saved by following whatever they see fit. A lot of the beliefs just talked about how man can earn his own salvation. Also talked about how "extreme" christians shouldn't "critique" these religions because it makes us narrow-minded. Even Christian religions mentioned man having a huge part in his own salvation. You see I beleive that by Christ's blood I am saved. Nothing else. If you start saying that you have a big part of your salvation aside from accepting Christ as lord and savior you really start to degrade and downsize the meaning of the Cross. And that meaning is the only by Christ's blood are we saved. By seeking Christ's forgiveness and accepting him has Lord can we be saved.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

2 peter 3:3
Know this first of all, that in the last days scoffers will come living according to their own desires

Very very deep meaningful verses. Many people will refuse the truth. We can only pray for those people. We will be persecuted. We will be outnumbered. But God is so much bigger. (reminds me of a veggie tale song "God is bigger then the Boogie man" yes i am a geek i know)

I pray for anyone who reads this blog and hasn't accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. I love you all. Hope everyone is doing well. In Christ-- Robert

P.S. For those that don't know, PAINTBALL ABSOLUTELY ROCKS!! Pretty cool stuff! Just thought I'd let you know!

Health Update for Jaden



Jaden's surgery went really well. He is recovering just fine....and the tylenol with codeine doesn't hurt. HOWEVER, while he was in the hospital the nurses became concerned about his ears. He has been getting ear infections about every month and last week his eardrum ruptured. It has still been oozing and he is still crabby. We took him to the doctor on base after his surgery (fun day for J) and they said that his ear infections are not responding to the antibiotics he has been taking. She gave us a really strong antibiotic for his ear and some drops. She is also referring us to an ENT for little man to get tubes. All of this means that he will be having another surgery within the next 2-3 months.

Please keep him in your prayers. His health has not been too great lately and we are hoping that he will be back to his happy little self (and sleeping through the night again) soon.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Pray for Jaden


Jaden is having surgery on Thursday. He is being circumcised (finally) and they have to knock him out completely for it. He will be able to go home the same day as long as everything goes as planned (you never know with anesthesia). He also had his eardrum rupture on Thursday and is in a little bit of pain. Please keep him in your thoughts (and us, we have to be at the hospital at 6am and it is a little over an hour away).


Madison's Day at Church




Madison has recently gone from being in the 2-3 yr olds room to sitting in the service with us until time for children's church. Here is one example of how her day goes.....

1. Yells hello and waves at her friend being baptized.

2. Begins crying (loudly) when it is announced there will be no children's church because the teacher is sick.

3. When it is then announced that there is children's church (sub teacher is found) she gets really excited and runs to the class. Only, she falls in the middle of the aisle running to the door and begins crying (loudly) again.

The preacher then announced to the whole church what happened and used her in one of his illustrations. How nice of him. Everyone thought she was adorable though. It's never a dull moment for us at church......