February 2005


27 Feb 2005 05:45 pm

Q.21. Who is the redeemer of God’s chosen ones?

A. The only redeemer of God’s chosen is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, Who became man, He was and continues to be God and man in two distinct natures and one person forever.


Salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ. He is God’s provision for the salvation of His people, and their is no other way that we can be saved.


Acts 4:5-12

5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead–by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

27 Feb 2005 04:37 am

This evening I went to hop into the 17 year old emergency backup car, and someone had pulled out some tissues and papers out of the garbage bag and shredded them on the seat. I remembered that last time I hopped in, someone had done the same thing. "Who’s made this mess? I clean it up, and they make it again. It makes no sense," I grumbled.

As I cleaned it up again this time, I noticed that there were the remains of an apple core shredded all over the seat also, and all of the sudden I realized what was happening. As I looked closely, sure enough there were mouse droppings on the seat as well.

Somehow, mice are climbing up through the body and into the car and are getting into the garbage inside the car. I’ve known we have mice getting into the garage, but it is an external, stand alone garage. I know not to keep anything in there that will be a problem if mice get into it. But I never thought they would be getting inside the car.

We have Rodents Of Usual Size in our car!

26 Feb 2005 03:52 pm

I good detective never misses the small clues, no matter how insignificant they might seem to those of us who are not detectives.

“The affair seems absurdly trifling, and yet I dare call nothing trivial when I reflect that some of my most classic cases have had the least promising commencement. You will remember, Watson, how the dreadful business of the Abernetty family was first brought to my notice by the depth which the parsley had sunk into the butter upon a hot day.”

Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Six Napoleons From The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Now, I wonder how the depth the parsley had sunk into the butter could have been useful in the Abernetty family case? Not being a detective myself, I almost think Sir Arthur just make this up.

25 Feb 2005 03:58 am

Headline AP: Burning Manure Pile in Nebraska Goes Out

25 Feb 2005 03:40 am

“My master, Sauron the Great, bids thee welcome.”

With a helmet:

The mouth of Sauron

Without a helmet:

AFP Photo:

Caption: “Bolshevik demo : A member of the ultra left National Bolshevik party shouts anti-Putin slogans during a demonstration in central Moscow. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)”

23 Feb 2005 03:46 am

I got home from work tonight to find my oldest daughter baking cookies. And not just any cookies: Oatmeal, raisin, chocolate chip cookies. This girl can cook! If it is true that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, this girl will have to be fighting the men off in a few years.

Later in the evening, I just happened to be innocently walking by the cookie jar. There, posted above the jar, is a sign that says, “Beware of man eating cookies.” What’s that about, I wonder? Is it some kind of code? I guess I’ll have to keep an eye out for some man who’s trying to eat my cookies.

21 Feb 2005 03:22 pm

I remember when I was in high school, I had to write a paper for an English class. The teacher complimented me on how well I had written it. He was quite an encourager, and I’m sure he told the same thing to everyone to inspire them to do their best. (He might be surprised at how I’ve wasted any of this supposed writing talent if he were to read the rubbish I blog.) I still recall how he said that my writing had potential. Well now I know what he meant.

Headline Telegraph: The Chinese go crazy for the Guinness Book of Records with some feats you’d never dream of

China is a country of excess. It has the world’s largest population (1.3 billion), the biggest army reserve (206 million), the longest wall (2,150 miles) and carries out more executions than anywhere else on earth (1,750 a year).

Now its people – driven by their innate competitiveness, and the appointment of the first Guinness World Records liaison officer in China – are laying claim to a host of new titles: the world’s oldest opera singer (93 years old), for example, and the longest karaoke session (100 hours).

For five decades of strict Communism, the pursuit of individual glory was frowned upon. Now, a craze for record-breaking is sweeping the nation. Annual sales of the Guinness book have risen to 30,000 copies since it was first published in Mandarin in the late 1990s.

Hmmm. Only 30,000 copies of the Guinness book of records have been sold in China to 1.3 billion people? Put that in proportion. That would be like selling 7,000 copies in the United States (with a population of roughly 300 million). Those kind of sales will not quite put you on the list of best sellers, so I’m not sure why the article presents the annual sales of 30,000 copies as if it were a large number.

But to return to the point. Some people say that China has the potential to return mankind to the moon. Some say that it will be a military power to rival the United States. Guinness World Records Chinese liaison officer, Wu Xiaohong, has bigger dreams.

Miss Wu said: “We have so many people, and we can organise many people to break records – like the 10,000 children who recently brushed their teeth simultaneously in Shenzhen. This country has so much potential.”

Someday, I hope that I can attain my full potential and write to the level of 10,000 children brushing their teeth simultaneously.

20 Feb 2005 05:47 pm

Q.20. Did God leave all mankind to die in sin and misery?

A. From all eternity and merely because it pleased Him God chose some to have everlasting life. These He freed from sin and misery by a covenant of grace and brought them to salvation by a redeemer.


It is only after having established the hopeless condition that we are in that the catechism then turns to explain what God has done to save a people for Himself. It is only after we have learned that we are lost that we can appreciate what God has done in making a way of salvation for those whom He has chosen.


Ephesians 1:3-14

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

19 Feb 2005 06:44 pm

Grover Norquist, chairman of Americans for Tax Reform, says in criticism of the Law of the Sea Treaty:

“Some might say, well, this just starts in the water,” Mr. Norquist said. “But so do amphibians and reptiles. At some point the United Nations would start getting those little gill things and start getting out on the land. We should kill this now while it’s still an invertebrate.”

So, do you need gills or a backbone to get out of the water?

19 Feb 2005 03:41 am

Headline AP: Wrong Chemical Makes Shoes ‘Flatulent’

SANFORD, Fla. – There’s no tiptoeing around the problem. Call it flatulent footwear. Customers complained that with every step, their shoes made the sound of someone passing gas.

"They were whoopie cushions for the feet," said Bryan Thomas, an officer with shoe maker Goosebumps Products Inc.

The Orlando-area company on Wednesday sued a supplier, accusing it of delivering the wrong chemical for an insole gel, giving the shoes an unwanted sound effect.

No, really, it’s the shoes!


UPDATE:

I just realized. I own a pair of those shoes. I always seem to wear them after we have baked beans for dinner.

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