Diary Of A Christian

Everyday comings and goings of a person who has been touched by the Grace of God.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Pope John Paul II and Mehmet Ali Agca Posted by Hello

The Pope Made Me Forget I Was A Christian

When my husband was diagnosis with Cancer in 1996, he met a born again Christian. This born again Christian and his family spent countless hours with our family. They did everything from running errands to praying every day.

During that time I was still in the Catholic church and one of those Catholics that would defend my faith to the death.

Every now and then they would ask me a question that I really did not have answers for.

They would ask me why would I confess my sins to a man when I could confess my sins directly to Jesus..

Why would I place such emphasis on Mary the mother of Jesus when in the Bible, Mary was a women unlike myself and never in the Bible was Mary..

Questions I could not really answer.....

Well when my husband died in late 1996, I decided to repay this couple who was so kind with me by going to church with them.

Talk about a fish out of water.

I told myself that as soon as I got a chance, I was headed back to the Catholic Church.

Well little did I know that God had other plans for me.

I continued to go to Christian Churches but I always held a respect for Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II made me forget that I was a Christian and even one of those Christians that left the Catholic Church.

Pope John Paul II did not care who you were..Christian, Jew, Muslim, Budist , or whatever. His message was the same as Jesus..love one another.

I think the most profound thing that the Pope did (and he did many), was to forgive Mehmet Ali Agca for shooting him.

Can you imagine forgiving the person who shot you...the person who tried to kill you...
The Pope could have made this an issue but he knew that he was mandated to forgive him.
I loved the Pope so much for this action.

I have never felt the need to hold the Pope up for anything more than who he really was.
A man who sought every day the Will of God...
A man who did not care if he was politically correct when it came to God's law..
A man who loved you no matter what you called yourself...
A man who was one of God's children...
May he rest in peace.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo Posted by Hello

Why Michael Schiavo????

No I do not know the facts because I was not there.
But why Michael Schiavo would you not allow the parents to be in the room while their daughter took her last breath.
Not for one moment you could not think of someone else except of yourself.
These people gave birth to your wife.
Do you not realize that this was not for Terri but for the parents. To tell Terri in her last seconds that they did all that they could have done.
To speak to Terri and let her know that they were there.
To let Terri hear her mother and fathers voice one more time.
You took the stand that this was Terri's wanted.
But don't you also think that Terri would not have wanted of ALL of her family to be her at the end.
I know that some may think that this is not the behavior of a Christian but it is.
Because despite the fact that I am angry over this whole situation, I am angry over you not allowing her parents and siblings to be in the room when she died, I will repent my anger and pray for you.
I pray for your children and I will pray for the mother of your children.
God has the answer to the end.

Free Living Wills

I found this link on the internet. Simply fill out some questions and you are able to print your living will.
All states are listed because laws vary from state to state.
You can also go to this link
to store your living will.

Rest in Peace Terri Schiavo

When Jesus comes back, I hope to meet you when He does.

5 year old calls 911 to report that her parents have been shot

I thank God for sending His charge of angels to protect this child.
This story is so overwhelming.
I am convicted that God dispatched a charge of angels to surround this child and give her the wisdom to make the the 911 call.
Take a look at the 911 transcript at the end of this post.
Look at the details this precious little girl was able to give.
She has'nt even entered kindergarden yet.
May God continue to bless and protect this little girl.
5 year old calls 911, reports parents' shootings By MARK I. JOHNSON Staff Writer Last update: March 29, 2005
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- "I think they're dead."
With those words, 5-year-old Tia Hernlen described finding the bleeding bodies of her mother and father to a Sheriff's Office dispatcher early Monday morning.
Thirty-one year old Julie Hernlen was dead in the bedroom of the family's Ellison Avenue home. Her 29-year-old husband, Aeneas, was critically wounded. Both had been shot multiple times.
Volusia County sheriff's investigators believe the couple were the victims of David Edward Johnson, 33, whom they had accused of stalking them because he believed they had turned him in for drug activity.
Deputies believe he broke into the Hernlen home, which is just outside city limits, shortly before 3 a.m. and shot the couple as their daughter slept in the next room. Johnson then returned to his Swan Avenue residence and killed himself, deputies said.
The couple had filed complaints against Johnson, accusing him of stalking them because he believed they had turned him in to law enforcement for drug activity, public records show. Investigators said Monday the Hernlens had given them no information on Johnson.
But it was a little girl's taped 911 call at 2:58 a.m., after being awakened by the gunshots, that told the personal story of the tragedy. While her name is omitted from the recordings of the 911 tape released Monday afternoon, deputies at the scene confirmed her name.
"I think there is a bullet on the floor," the youngster told sheriff's 911 dispatcher Donna Choufani. "There is blood coming out of my dad's mouth and he fell off the bed."
"Where is your mommy?" Choufani asked in a soothing voice.
"I don't know. I think they're dead," Tia replied. "I said 'mommy and daddy' and they didn't even answer. I didn't see a gun, but I am scared."
The youngster told Choufani she never saw her parents' assailant.
Choufani used her voice to keep the youngster calm and on the line until a deputy arrived about four minutes later.
Sheriff Ben Johnson described the recorded conversation as "chilling" during a news conference at the scene Monday afternoon.
"The little girl did a magnificent job," he said. "And the dispatcher did a wonderful job."
Investigators believe Johnson forced his way into the back of the Hernlens' small, single-story yellow house in the 100 block of Ellison Avenue and walked into the couple's bedroom. There, he shot them with an undisclosed type of gun then fled back to his home.
Several hours after finding the couple, deputies went to Johnson's Swan Avenue home. Investigators have not disclosed what linked the double shooting to Johnson. When they entered his home, they found him dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.
Aeneas Hernlen was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he remained in critical condition Monday night.
David Johnson was no stranger to the Hernlen family, deputies said.
The unemployed New Smyrna Beach resident was accused in court documents of stalking the couple and threatening their family in December and January. Julie Hernlen told deputies Johnson had driven by the house several times and harassed them because he thought she and her husband had informed on him to law enforcement about drug activity at the Swan Avenue residence, Davidson said.
Johnson had been arrested in November on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of steroids and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was scheduled for trial May 9, according to court records. The trial on the stalking charge was set for May 2.
Neighbors along both quiet streets, which lie only a few miles apart, were taken aback by the triple shooting.
Agnus McKellar, who was staying with his daughter in the house across from Johnson's, said he didn't know what to think when officers with guns drawn descended on Swan Avenue shortly after 10 a.m.
"I wondered what in the world was going on," he said. "I had no idea until a cop came out and told my daughter that he (Johnson) had died."
Coni McKellar said David Johnson was neighborly, and she never noticed any problems at the house.
"He seemed like a nice guy," she said.
Most of the Hernlens' neighbors, many of whom did not wish to be identified, were also shocked. "This is a very quiet neighborhood," Lake Drive resident Pete Hornby said. "Nothing happens here."
Sheriff Johnson said Tia Hernlen is with family members.
This is the transcript of the Monday morning 911 call 5-year-old Tia Hernlen made after she found her mother dead or dying and father badly hurt in the bedroom of their New Smyrna Beach home:
OPERATOR: 911, what is your emergency?
CHILD:Um, hello.
OPERATOR: Hello. Is everything OK?
CHILD: My mommy and daddy
CHILD: I think there is a bullet on the floor.
OPERATOR: And the what?
CHILD: And there is blood, coming out of my dad's mouth and he fell off the bed.
OPERATOR: He did? Where's mommy at?
CHILD: She is, I don't know, I think they're dead.
OPERATOR: What do you mean sweetheart?
CHILD: I don't know.
OPERATOR: OK, your daddy's on the floor. How old are you?
CHILD: I'm 5 years old and I have a dog in a house.
OPERATOR: OK baby, OK. Let me get someone right over to you. Did you, did you go in your mommy and daddy's room?
CHILD: Uh-huh, and there is blood.
OPERATOR: All over the place?
CHILD: Not all over. There's blood on the plant and blood on the floor.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness and you have your little doggie with you?
CHILD: And three cats.
OPERATOR: And three cats too?
CHILD: Three cats and one dog.
OPERATOR: OK, are you the the only one there besides mommy and daddy?
CHILD: Well I said "Mommy" and "Daddy" and they didn't even answer.
OPERATOR: OK, OK, what I want you to do honey. I want you to stay on the phone with me. What is your name?
CHILD: (tells operator her name)
OPERATOR: Oh that is a very pretty name.
CHILD: (blocked out)
OPERATOR: Oh, I'm so sorry, that is a beautiful name. What is your doggie's name?
CHILD: Lizzah
OPERATOR: OK, and what made you wake up tonight?
CHILD: There was, I think I heard a gunshot.
OPERATOR: You heard a gun?
CHILD: Yes, and I see a bullet lying on the floor. I think it's a bullet.
CHILD: Mmm-hmm
OPERATOR: Who has a gun in the house?
CHILD: I don't see a gun but I'm scared.
OPERATOR: Oh sweetheart! . . . I will not let anything happen to you.
CHILD: Can you send a deputy down here?
OPERATOR: I promise I will . . . and you're only 5 years old?
CHILD: Mmm-hmm
OPERATOR: You are so smart for 5 years old. Wow! . . . are you off from school this week?
CHILD: Um, no, I go to school next year.
OPERATOR: You do? Oh my gosh, you're not even in kindergarten yet?
CHILD: Nope.
OPERATOR: Oh, what's your doggie's name?
CHILD: Lizzah
OPERATOR: Lizzah, what kind of doggie is she? CHILD: She's a lab.
OPERATOR: Oh my God, I love those. Those are so beautiful. Is she a black lab or is she a yellow lab?
CHILD: A black lab.
OPERATOR: Oh, you are so smart.
CHILD: With, um, brown eyes.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness, how old is she?
CHILD: She is like 3 years old, or, 2 years old, I don't really know.
OPERATOR: Wow! . . . You can remember for a really long time.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness. Was there anybody else in the house tonight besides you and mommy and daddy tonight? Like an uncle or anything?
CHILD: No, there's no robber in the house.
OPERATOR: OK, well I didn't think there would be a robber sweetheart. Did you have anybody staying over the night with you guys tonight?
CHILD: Nnn- nnn
OPERATOR: OK. So and the doors are all locked? And everything like that . . . Where are you in the house?
CHILD: Well, I was in my room sleeping till I heard a noise shot and it woke me up.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness. Uh, what part of the house are you in at now?
CHILD: I'm in the one, it's yellow, all yellow house, of green, green with it, a little bit of green, and a pink door.
OPERATOR: Oh my goodness, that sounds really cool. Did you pick out the pink door?
CHILD: Um, no, my mom picked out the door.
OPERATOR: Look, I bet you that is beautiful. Does mommy and daddy have a car in the driveway?
CHILD: Mmm-hmm, two cars.
OPERATOR: Two cars? What kind of cars do they have?
CHILD: Umm, my mom has a Toyota
OPERATOR: What color is that Toyota?
OPERATOR: Is it dark, or grey, or silver?
CHILD: It's um red.
OPERATOR: Red? OK, what kind of car does daddy have?
CHILD: He has a Jeep. It's black and . . .
OPERATOR: OK, listen to me (name). Is your phone the type that you can take with you and walk around?
CHILD: Um, this . . .
OPERATOR: There should be an officer at your front door. I need for you to take your phone with you and walk over to the door and open it for me, OK? And I will stay on the phone with you, OK?
CHILD: But um . . .
OPERATOR: I will not hang up.
CHILD: I'm naked.
OPERATOR: Oh, well do you want to grab a towel or something? I don't think the officer's going to care baby. We just want to make sure that mommy and daddy are OK, all right?
CHILD: Mmm-hmm.
OPERATOR: Grab a blanket or something. Stay on the phone with me, stay on the phone, alright?
OPERATOR: My name is Donna, by the way. You are doing a wonderful job (blocked), wonderful job.
CHILD: And I know what to do for (incoherent)
OPERATOR: You did great!
CHILD: I knew
OPERATOR: You were wonderful, absolutely wonderful. You should be very proud of yourself.
CHILD: I'm to the door, I'm unlocking it.
OPERATOR: OK, you let me know when the officer talks to you. OK you go ahead (blocked), talk to the officer.
OFFICER: (background) You talking to the dispatcher? OK, tell her I'm here now and you can hang up.
OPERATOR: Bye sweetheart.
CHILD: Um, he's here.
OPERATOR: OK sweetheart, you be good, OK? Bye-bye.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

I found my peeps

I was so happy yesterday when I found quite a bit of Christian blogs.
Keep blogging fellow brothers and sisters of Christ.

Jurors Punished/Murderer Rewarded

The end can't be to far off.
A murder has had his death sentence changed because the jury consulted the bible.
The last time I checked, I think that the Bible was a foundation that our forefathers used in creating the constitution.
We live in a world today where every effort is made to punish those who believe in the Bible.
The Bible is the human instruction book that we are all given.
The answers to ANY questions that we may have can be found in the Bible.
The problem is that many don't like the answer that they find.
Then the seperation of religion and state begans.
The end can't be to far off.
Death sentence by jury that discussed Bible thrown out
Robert Harlan after his 1995 death sentence for kidnapping, rape and murder in Adams County, Colorado.

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Ruling that juries cannot turn to the Bible for advice during deliberations, a divided Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death penalty for a convicted murderer because jurors discussed Bible verses.
In a 3-2 vote on Monday, justices ordered Robert Harlan to serve life without parole for kidnapping Rhonda Maloney and raping her at gunpoint for two hours before fatally shooting her.
Authorities said Maloney, a 25-year-old cocktail waitress, was on her way home from work at a casino. Harlan later admitted killing her, but said he was addled by cocaine, alcohol and rage.
Harlan was sentenced to death in 1995, but defense lawyers learned that five jurors had looked up such Bible verses as "eye for eye, tooth for tooth," copied them and discussed them while deliberating behind closed doors.
Defense attorney Kathleen Lord, arguing before the state Supreme Court last month, said the jurors had gone outside the law. "They went to the Bible to find out God's position on capital punishment," she said.
Prosecutors countered, saying jurors should be allowed to refer to the Bible or other religious texts during deliberations.
Monday's ruling said the Bible and other religious writings are considered "codes of law by many" in Colorado. But noting that it takes a unanimous jury to impose a death sentence here, the court said "at least one juror in this case could have been influenced by these authoritative passages ... when he or she may otherwise have voted for a life sentence."
In their dissent, Justices Nancy Rice and Rebecca Love Kourlis said the evidence did not show biblical passages influenced jurors. "It is important to note that the concept of extraneous information does not include the general knowledge a juror brings to court," Rice wrote.
Gov. Bill Owens said Monday's ruling was "demeaning to people of faith and prevents justice from being served."
Prosecutors were reviewing the decision and could ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider or could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jay Horowitz, a former assistant U.S. attorney and former University of Denver law professor, said the law bars jurors from considering evidence not presented at trial.
But he noted it was unreasonable to expect them to set aside moral standards when they step into a jury room, though there must be limits. "In fact, people do bring their background and thoughts and impressions, and you can't separate from that, and shouldn't try to," he said.
The conservative Christian group, Focus on the Family, had sharp criticism for the court.
"Today's ruling further confirms that the judicial branch of our government is nearly bereft of any moral foundation," said Tom Minnery, the group's vice president for government and public policy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Help our troops

anysoldier Posted by Hello

Help our troops

I found this website some time ago and was very impressed with the heart of the people who support this cause.
Any Soldier.com is a site where you can help send some love and joy to our troops.
Our troops send request of items that they would like to have but most of all I think they enjoy the letters from back home.
I was just overwhelmed at the basis needs of some of our troops.
If you can please send a package and a couple of letters.
You can visit the site here

Information Regarding Petting Zoos

pettingzoo Posted by Hello

Some important information regarding petting zoos

Kids and Petting Zoos
Simple Steps Can Prevent Infections at Petting Zoos
By Michele BloomquistWebMD Feature
Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD

Five cases of life-threatening kidney failure highlight the needs for parents to take special precautions when their child visits a petting zoo.
According to published repots, five children in Florida have developed a condition that likely stems from contact with animals infected with a strain of E. coli bacteria called 0157:H7. Usually this infection comes from eating undercooked beef or contaminated food. These children may have been exposed to E. coli through animal feces, according to health officials.
The five children have developed a complication of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS. Four of the children had visited a local fair in Orlando, Fla. The fifth child developed the infection after visiting a petting zoo in Plant City, Fla. E. Coli Symptoms
Infection with this strain of E. coli can cause severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may become bloody by the second or third day, according to the medical experts at MedicineNet.com, a WebMD company. Nausea and vomiting are present in approximately half of the patients. Most patients recover in seven to 10 days, but some (6%) go on to have HUS. This is most likely to happen in children and the elderly. Some patients develop brain problems, such as seizures. Many patients require dialysis and blood transfusions. About 3% to 5% of people with HUS die.
This is not the first time that an outbreak of E. coli has occurred from visiting a petting zoo. In 2001, 16 children who had visited a petting zoo at Merrymead Farm in Worcester, Pa., developed E. coli and another 45 people were suspected to have become ill from the bacteria.
Such outbreaks are rare, says Elichia A. Venso, PhD, director and associate professor of environmental health science at Salisbury State University in Maryland. But incidents like these put the spotlight on petting zoo safety.
But parents don't need to avoid such zoos altogether, says Venso. They just need to know how to keep E. coli and other animal-borne organisms from infecting their kids

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Where are my peeps??

My teenagers use the word peeps to mean people.
I am looking for my fellow Christians in the blogging community.
I know that blogging is a new concept for some. I don't know what I am really doing yet, but I
think there needs to be a lot more Christian blogs on the net than they are now.
Give it a try.
Ministers can post their messages through blogs.
Christians can post their daily lives through blogs.
There is so much of the negative stuff in blogs that there needs to be a representation of the positive.

photo by Jeanne Kortekamp Posted by Hello

Can't we all just get along???

Today I was telling one of my "Christian" buddies that I was in email contact with an individual who converted from Islam to Christianity.
There really was no point to the conversation except to sway the conversation from her complaining about something in her life to something else.
Well the conversation change alright.
She had to point out that she does not understand why I even talk to those people.
The those people who she is talking about are Muslims.
A few minutes after her statement, we ran into one of my Muslim friends. He greeted me with a Happy Easter Cassandra.
I have quite a few friends who are Muslims and that has always been the problem between she and I.
She could not understand why he would dare "Wish me a happy Easter".
Things really heated up after September 11th. She told me that I had to give up all of my Muslim friends because they hate Christians or we could not be friends. I think we did not speak for about 3 months after that statement.
I thought we had gotten over this because I explained to her that I did not think the lesson that Jesus had given us to love one another had any exceptions to it.
For just a moment I thought to try to sway the conversation back to what she was complaining about ...but this conversation train had already left the station.
I was reminded of the Christians that are under attack in the middle east. I was reminded of Christian organizations being asked to leave the Tsunami disaster areas, I was reminded of it all.
This from someone who just left Easter services in church. And who also made the statement--I can not believe the Jews killed Jesus.

Well I could have just left the conversation alone but I couldn't.
First of all, there is a level of respect between my Muslim friends and I. Do we get into argument about faith--YES. All of the time. And for as much as they are convicted about their faith, I am convicted about my faith. But we remain friends. We remain kind to each other. I was actually honored that he remembered that today was Easter for the Christian faith. It was a kind gesture for a Muslim to wish me a Happy Easter.
I had to explain to her that my Muslim friends are watching me. They watched me after September 11th. They watch me every time there is a death of one of our military troops. They watch me everytime something bad happens between Christians and Muslims. They watch me to see if I REALLY believe in the message our Savior gave us--To love one another.
I had to also remind her that for as many things that separate us by faith, we have a common ground.


Here is an article that I read from the St. Anthony Messenger (by Msgr. Joseph Chaplan) that I asked her to consider.

Holy Places
Once in a lifetime, if financially and physically able, every Muslim is expected to make a pilgrimage to Mecca and participate in the five-day celebration surrounding that event. Among other things, Muslims recall their belief that the Angel Gabriel in 610 A.D. spoke here to Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.
But they revere other sacred places, especially Jerusalem. They believe that the Prophet himself ascended into heaven from the rock over which the Dome of the Rock, the earliest Islamic monument, now stands.
The site is also sacred to Jews, who recall its connection with the Temple. Jewish persons, of course, consider themselves the Chosen People and that God has designated today's Palestine as their home. Jerusalem is also sacred to them, as are many other locations in the Holy Land. Their liturgy suggests three pilgrimage festivals: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.
Christians believe that Jesus came and dwelt on this earth, for the most part in that area termed the Holy Land. Over the years, millions of Christians have come to this sacred place and are eager to visit locations where Jesus was conceived, born, grew up, taught, ate his Last Supper, sweated blood in Gethsemane, died, was buried, rose and ascended into heaven.
Disputes over these places, especially in the Holy Land, have probably caused the sharpest divisions and hateful feelings—as well as the most violent actions—among Christians, Jews and Muslims. Perhaps an appreciation of each group's reverence for the same or neighboring sacred spots could eventually dissolve the hatred and lead to peace.

So my point is that there is a common denominator between all of us... and even if there isn't I still can not forget what my Savior has asked of me ..To love one another

It is finished Posted by Hello

He's not dead!!!

I am so thankful that after the dressing up for church and the special lunches and dinners today that Monday morning the message is the same as today. Our Lord Jesus Christ is not dead. He is alive and all-powerful. He is my protector and my savior. He did something that no one else ever did for me. He gave up His life for me. He bought and paid for me with His blood on the cross. After I have repented of my sins, He forgives and He forgets. He listens to me in the middle of the night and assures me that He is in control. He intercedes for me to our Father over and over again. He steps in and fights my battles for me so I won't get hurt. And most of all, He has not left me here to wonder what is going to happen. He is coming back for me and He is coming back with some new clothes for me. And He is coming back for you too.

Friday, March 25, 2005

The house that God built

The enemy really wants to try to get things started but I am not going there.
In August 2004 our home was one of the thousands that were damaged by the hurricane.
This was the first time that we have ever been through a hurricane.
Hurricane Charlie was the first hurricane that hit our Central Florida home. Hurricane Charlie came on Friday August 13, 2004 around 10pm or so.
It was pretty quick in the scheme of things. It seems as though just a few hours had passed and it was over.
I was so thankful to God that everyone was safe.
Everyone in the neighborhood came outside to see what damages there were.
A lot of the huge oak trees were laying down in the street and on top of houses.
The thing that I will never forget is the layers and layers of roof shingles everywhere you looked.
I still laugh because all I kept saying is "where did all of these shingles come from".
Later the next day, I knew that most of the shingles came from my home.
I contacted State Farm my insurance company and made the first claim since having the policy.
When the adjuster came out to the house he only gave me funds for a partial roof.
I could not understand why he had made this decision because the house was leaking all over.
Of course, there were no roofers doing partial roof because of all of the complete roofs that they had to do.
Well things just got worst.
Our home was hit by two other Hurricanes in less than 2 months.
At the end of hurricane season my home lost the central air conditioning, the dryer, the ceiling in my daughter's room, electrical shorts, and now mold was growing.
There were times I have to admit that I grew faint.
After battling with State Farm as long as I could, I finally had to get an attorney. The mold in the house was getting so bad that 2 of our dogs died.
Finally State Farm gave us the money to move to a rental home while the repairs are being done.
Sometimes I have to try very very hard to remember that I am a Christian when dealing with State Farm.
Everyone in the neighborhood seems to have their life back together because their homes are repaired.
My home sits waiting for the repairs.
I finally had to remember that this situation to is in Gods hands.
I can not get discourage because it seems as if my home is the only home in the neighborhood that is not repaired.
It's in God's hands
I am learning an important lesson in patience.
I am learning how to pray for my adjuster, even when she does not display Christian like behavior.
I am learning that the house that I thought belonged to me really does not belong to me.
It belongs to God and He is going to put it back together for the Glory of His name.

Parents please take a few minutes!!

Parents I am begging you to take a few minutes to check the sexual predator database in your area.
Here in Florida, we can go to a website and put in either a city or zip code to find out if there are any sexual predators in our neighborhood.
Many of us are so convinced that sexual predators live in someone else's neighborhood, but the truth is that they live in all neighborhoods.

If you do not have access to the internet you can contact your local law enforcement agency.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Give up your seat in church on Sunday

The one thing that I love about God is that he quickly gets your attention when you have done something wrong.
I recently got a telephone call from one of my friends and I had to remind her that this Sunday was Easter Sunday. The next words out of my mouth was that I needed to make sure to get to church earlier because of the anticipated crowds.
You know the people who only come to church on the Easter and Christmas.
When I got off of to the phone, God quickly let me have it.
You see, I am one of those people who has that "special" seat in church. The seat that I sit in every Sunday.
So I wanted to get to church early so that I could have my seat.
God reminded me that the last time He checked, the Church belongs to Him. I have no right to "claim a seat"
God had to remind me that perhaps I am getting a little to comfortable in my seating arrangement.
God reminded me that perhaps I need to sit some place else because when the Christian walk become comfortable, He is going to have to stretch me some more.
The most important thing that God had to remind me and that was how dare I make a comment about when someone come to church.
I have no right to judge someone who comes to church and how often they come.
I have no idea what God is doing in someone else's life.
This Sunday might be someones season to turn their life over to Jesus.
So we will be leaving for church at my usual time on Sunday, and will allow God to usher me to my seat.