Friday, January 09, 2009

Mexico Mission Trip - Prayer Accepted - Be Back Tues, the 13th

Weather Report for Ensenada, Baja Updated Today (1-8-09 - see 10-day forecast)

Jan 9 Friday

High 72 Low 45 - Partly Cloudy

Jan 10 Saturday

High 73 - Low 48 - Sunny

Jan 11 Sunday

High 77 - Low 50 - Sunny

Jan 12 Monday

High 76 - Low 51 - Sunny

(a similar missions trip photo)

My wife, kids, and I are going on a short Missions trip to a ministry in Ensenada, Mexico, called YUGO. (They also have a blog at Ensenada Outreach Center YUGO.) What is accomplished during our four days down there is a family is chosen by the ministry to have a small house built for them (very small - but better than their current living conditions). In many cases they live in abandoned cars, buses, or live under garage doors put together to create a makeshift home. The family chosen by YUGO to have a house built for them is the Reyes Pascual Family. They are currently living in Lomas Bonitas and are a family that work with pastor Juan Ambrosio.

Pastor Juan Ambrosio has said of the church body-politic that he is very happy that the “churches aren't just thinking about what we can do within our walls, but we are also thinking about what we can do in our community. This is very motivating and challenging at the same time.” I agree, even in the midst of our church's building project, we are mindful enough to keep the missionaries we support as well as peripheral missions that our church supports in mind, both financially and in prayer. You see, it just is not about the inside of our walls, but about the community we live in as well as the world community with which we contact as a body of believers.

Below is the video of the Reyes Pascual family. They are an Oaxacan Indian nationality and are one of the most discriminated groups in Mexico. It is interesting that this family does not speak Spanish, they speak an Indian dialect (although their children may speak Spanish). Unfortunately, this group is also used by Marxist ideologues in Mexico as well. There is a battle of worldviews out there, and the church is in the middle of this battle.

At any rate, enjoy the video, and if you find it in your heart, feel free to donate either directly to YUGO or our church’s projects, God Bless:

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Big Gov


Thank You For All Your Nice Words

(Click me if you must see my pores, my marks from the halo when I broke my neck and fractured my back, and all the scars from a life before Christ.)

By the way, thank you for all the positive feedback as of late. I really appreciate it. If you know of any good blogs that you think should be in my “Blog Roll,” feel free to email me them and I will check them out. Much love to all my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith, and for any skeptics that happen upon this site, you are more than welcome. Hopefully I keep this site fun enough for even you guys and gals to stay on. I would recommend that the non-religious people follow the Break Time category, the Nature category, or the Humor category. Hopefully by next-year we will double the viewers.

Thanks guys and gals for a fun year.


CNN Bites the Bullet!

I posted the story on this a few blogs down, this is a larger story that I encourage people to link over and read if time allows. I missed out on all the fun in the bloggosphere the first time around with all the fauxtography stuff. If you are new to the term (fauxtography), Urban Dictionary has an in-depth definiiton, check it out.

It is fun to follow the stories of how these photos are found to be fakes. Make sure you check in with Little Green Footballs (by-the-by, I love that site - but keep in mind they are staunch evolutionists over there. I have considered setting up a site to respond to their anti-ID stories, may still do it. Dennis Prager had LGF on his show, I am sure they wouldn't even mention a peep about their virulent anti-design position as they want the audience from Prager to hop on. Dennis is a Design guy, as is much of his audience, me included.) and HotAir for stories on this. Ther are more fakes to come... guarenteed.

They Never Learn: CNN Withdraws Apparently Faked Video of CPR Attempt on 'Dead' Palestinian Child

CNNgazaFakeStoryPic010809Not that it ever really went away, but fake news is back in Gaza, and the worldwide media is being played.

Many readers will likely detect the fakery in the linked video pictured on the right on their own (HTs to Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballsof Confederate Yankee via Instapundit). [LGF] and Bob Owens

The video purports to show the death and hasty burial of a cameraman's 12 year-old younger brother, one of two children allegedly killed on the roof of their home in rocket fire from an Israeli drone.

A seemingly pretty knowledgeable LGF commenter spotted what many inexpert readers who see the video will also catch (bolds are mine):

  • I’m no military expert, but I am a doctor, and this video is bullsh-t. The chest compressions that were being performed at the beginning of this video were absolutely, positively fake. The large man in the white coat was NOT performing CPR on that child. He was just sort of tapping on the child’s sternum a little bit with his fingers. You can’t make blood flow like that. Furthermore, there’s no point in doing chest compressions if you’re not also ventilating the patient somehow....

A Friend Visited Pennslyvania...

... and found this B-Day posting at a local bar around Christmas time, funny.

Black Slavery - Arab Slave History

Hamas Kills Palestinians For Singing/Music At Wedding

No Commentary - Good Video Quality

(Commentary) Following the Wedding in this video is some more Hamas "interventions."

Nigeria and Child Brides - Christianity vs. Islam

Tequilla Sunrise... er... Suprise?

More Fauxtography (click to follow)

A Staged Scene in a Gaza Hospital? - Update: CNN Yanks Video

Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, a radical Marxist who openly supports Hamas and the 9/11 hijackers, is seen once again in this CNN video about the death of a “freelance cameraman’s” brother in Gaza — and the footage in the hospital room was very likely staged for propaganda effect....

Best Compilation of Cat Bloopers

Mexico Drug Wars

The place where we are going to build this house is closer to the border than this television station.

RIP: Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

I receive First Things (A conservative Catholic journal about society, philosophy, theology, economics, law, and the like) as one of the journal subscriptions I have. Dr. Neuhaus will be missed, even by us Evangelicals. I am sure the union in fellowship with our Lord in heaven and hearing the words “well done kind and faithful servant” are music to his ears. My sympathies to his immediate family and friends.

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus dead at age 72

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, a leading voice of Catholic conservatism in America, and one of those rare theologians and spiritual leaders whose influence vastly exceeded the boundaries of their religious community, has died at 72.

Neuhaus slipped away Jan. 8, shortly before 10 o’clock Eastern time. He never recovered from the weakness that sent him to the hospital the day after Christmas, caused by a series of side effects from the cancer he was suffering.

A priest of the New York archdiocese and a former Lutheran minister, Neuhaus was best known to society at large as an intellectual guru of what came to be known as the “religious right.”

From the early 1970s forward, Neuhaus was a key architect of two alliances with profound consequences for American politics, both of which overcame histories of mutual antagonism: one between conservative Catholics and Protestant Evangelicals, and the other between free market neo-conservatives and “faith and values” social conservatives.

In 2005, Time magazine took the unusual step of including the Catholic Neuhaus on a list of America’s 25 most influential Evangelicals, noting that in a 2004 session with journalists from religious publications, President George W. Bush cited Neuhaus more often than any other living authority.

“Father Richard,” the president said then, “helps me articulate these [religious] things.”

To Catholic insiders, however, it was Neuhaus’ writing rather than his political activism that made him a celebrity. From the pages of First Things, the unapologetically high-brow journal he founded in 1990, Neuhaus kept up a steady stream of commentary on matters both sacred and secular. ...