Sunday, October 30, 2005

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Sermon Notes

I was cleaning some of the old bulletins out of my Bible this afternoon and found a bulletin that I had written some notes in about death from a sermon on John 11:11-16. That is the passage about the death of Lazarus. Here is what I have written:

Biblical Death
is separation
1. Physical - soul from body
2. Spiritual - soul from God, no intimacy with God
3. Eternal - permanent, separation of soul from God - Hell

Death is a doorway not a passage.
"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8

This was from July 3, 2005. Little did we know Dad only had about 6 weeks left at this point. July 3rd to August 26th is not that long after all.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Two Month Mark

Yesterday was the two month anniversary of Dad's passing. I'm doing better, at least I'm not crying every day anymore. Just about anything can set me off but I don't cry at everything now. I assume things will keep getting better. Monday the 24th would have been Dad's 81st birthday.

Saturday, October 08, 2005


"An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, 'They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead.'"

This is my feeling exactly!!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Fall Is Here

The weather today went from summer to fall in about 3 hours. 9 o'clock this morning is was 73 degrees and cloudy with occasional showers. By 11 am it was raining and 57 degrees. It rained off and on all afternoon and the temperature stayed in the 50s. Right now the temperature is 47 degrees and the rain has stopped. Tomorrow is going to have a high in the high 40s or low 50s.

I still can't believe Dad is gone. There is a lot of stuff he did every year to get ready for winter. He did stuff to the garden and yard that I have no clue what to do. I miss him so much!!

The Washington Nationals Suspend A Chaplain For Not Thinking 'Religiously Correct'

This is from an e-mail I received from the American Family Association:

"The Washington Nationals professional baseball club has suspended a volunteer chaplain and rebuked a baseball player because they hold religious beliefs that are "Religiously Incorrect."

Volunteer chaplain Joe Moeller and outfielder Ryan Church were having a conversation concerning Christianity. Church asked Moeller a question about Jesus and salvation. "I said, like, Jewish people, they don't believe in Jesus. Does that mean they're doomed?" Church asked.

Volunteer chaplain Moeller simply nodded his head in agreement. For his "religiously incorrect" thinking—even if it was simply a nod of the head—Moeller was suspended.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, leader of an Orthodox Jewish congregation in Washington, said, "The Nationals did a good job about bringing hate into the locker room." A chaplain and a baseball player are accused of hate speech because they were discussing a basic tenet of their faith!

Wow! Now it is not "religiously correct" for Christians to just "think" that salvation comes through Christ alone. The Nationals immediately suspended Chaplain Moeller and Church issued an apology for asking the question."

That's one way of being tolerant of other people's beliefs. Oh, that's right, I forgot. They are tolerant, of everyone but Christians. If we aren't careful we won't be allowed to even mention Christ in public.

Here is the link to the Washington Post article.