Volume 11, Issue 50 Friday, December 11, 2009
Katie McWilliams, one of our FAVORITE young people, is part of a group of Oral Roberts University students who will be going to Colombia in March of 2010 for a International Community Development trip in the coastal city of Cartagena. If you would like to donate please go to missions.oru.edu. On the left side of the page, under the MISSIONS section there is a link to donate. Please specify COLOMBIA. Thank you so much for your support! Together, we go!
I tripped and fell today. My right eye doesn't hurt. Pretty much everything else hurts, especially left wrist and ribs. Annette is pouring on TLC. However, since I can’t use my left hand, this will be an abbreviated “Bleat.”
You’re missing a feast for the mind and spirit if your not reading Jimmy’s blog [http://jhmalone2.wordpress.com/]
Don't worry. I'm not turning into some crazy cat lady. The animal leg count around here remains at 7!
Meet The Newest Family Member: Daryn's 3-Legged Foster Cat
Sure had been awfully empty around here since Tripod the 3-Legged Wonder Cat passed away in July. Funny thing happened...another 3-legged cat has found her way to my home. Come meet her.
Watch Video [http://darynkagan.demo.nimbussoftware.com/animals/stories/an_091211_lilypisa.html]
America is not at war. The military is at war. - - America is at the mall, or watching the movie stars.
If you go to [www.LetsSayThanks.com] you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.
It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.
Also, Since December 2002, [http://www.give2thetroops.org/] has supported approximately ONE MILLION deployed U.S. troops with loving care packages and letters from all over the nation. This was made possible only with the help of tens of thousands of generous and patriotic friends in the U.S. and abroad. To date, they’ve sent more than 96,000 enormous boxes and more than 20 million letters and cards from caring citizens. This is the least we can do to show our troops how much we care about them. Our troops need to know that we support and appreciate the sacrifices they make for us, our families, and our future. This is about giving back to those who give all.
We can never say enough thank you's.
Thanks for taking to time to support our military!
Best Wishes, Happy Thanksgiving and
Have a Very Merry Christmas,
John E. De Armond
( Little John )
U.S. Army Veteran ( This We'll Defend )
Life Member American Legion Post 136
American Legion Rider Post 136
Life Member Disabled American Veterans
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The D. R. Congo
Dear Friends and Family
Hello from the battlefront!
In many ways, the Christian life can be compared to a battle. We know that Jesus won the war for us but many times the small battles we fight can still seem challenging. Well, that’s been our life here lately.
We’ve been battling snakes since moving in this house- 15 of them were cobras! One of them actually climbed up Brandt’s leg to his chest, went across his chest and down the other leg! He said he squealed like a girl! I said, I didn’t blame him one bit! I do thank the Lord that even in the midst of all these snakes, we have all been protected and no one has been bitten.
Another battle that we have been fighting was for our health. Since July the electricity and running water to our town has been cut off. Many people have gotten cholera and dysentery and died. Our whole family actually got food poisoning but in the midst of that battle we saw God as our Healer. He restored our health.
A big battle I have been fighting is for my joy. I tell you, life is hard without electricity and even harder without running water. I spent most of the first month just crying over our situation but I am thankful that I have overcome and gotten my joy back!
Another battle we face is of course a spiritual battle. But in that too, Christ gives us the victory! My evangelism students and I have been going door to door evangelizing every week. Many people have given their lives to Jesus! The best part is the students are starting to catch a vision for personal evangelism and will continue to win souls for life!
In some battles, we know it’s not our battle but the Lord’s. We let Him fight it for us. In other battles, we are called upon to fight. For this battle of living without electricity we originally thought it would be a short lived crisis but now we understand it is going to take a while to fix whatever is wrong. We are in the process of looking at alternative energy sources. Because our area has a lot of wind, we think a windmill would help us to acquire enough electricity to at least run a fridge and some computers for home school. We will need a windmill and several large batteries to run an inverter which would supply us with electricity. If you would like to give a special offering toward this, we would greatly appreciate it. The total cost is around $4000. Please mark your offering for Prince windmill so it will go to the right place.
Thank you so very much for all of you who give so generously to us.
For financial support:
Please make checks payable to AMA and mail to:
P.O. box 22007
Little Rock, AR 72221
Write PRINCE on the memo line.
Brandt, Pam, Austin, Ty & Ben . . . [http://masters-hands.blogspot.com/]
The latest from Michael Yon, the foremost “milnews” blogger on the web.
It's turning cold in Afghanistan. The 2009 fighting season has more or less ended, though we can expect to see reduced fighting until probably March or April. Spring Break in the United States will be Spring Offensive here. Though it's December, our commanders already are talking about Springtime and how to hurt the Taliban while speeding development. Likely the war will reach an all-time peak during 2010. This could be a very bad year for the Taliban.
President Obama's decision to send more troops is popular among the troops here. And for the first time I see a real fighting chance emerging. Though sharply increased fighting should be expected, there are cracks in the Taliban. They are not invincible and we can beat them, and finally I believe we probably actually will. (Touch wood, and pass the ammo...)
A short dispatch is up. [http://www.michaelyon-online.com/first-december-report-from-afghanistan.htm]
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taking chance [9.7] Starring Kevin bacon
We’ve recently read and recommend: books by Susan moon
Photos on the front of this weeks “Bleat” include the boys on our train trip.
We’ve now got several addresses on the web for "Da Bleat." For the latest issue, go to http://www.bugsbleat.blogspot.com. Last quarter’s issues can be seen at http://www.bugsbleat1q09.blogspot.com.
Our photos are posted at http://www.bugsbleatphotos.blogspot.com.
If you want to see photos of Last April’s train wreck in Magnolia, go to http://www.bugsbleattw.blogspot.com/
Feel free to share the "Bleat" with any and all. That's why we publish it.
Dr. Pat Antoon’s Address:
Pat Antoon 06669-010
Federal Prison Camp
P.O. Box 9300
Texarkana, TX 75505
Be sure and keep him in your prayers.
Flirting with Danger
By Chuck Colson
December 11, 2009
The Twilight series of novels—and now the movies—are wildly popular with teenage girls. And that’s a shame. I’ll tell you why.
You may remember that last year, Mark Earley on BreakPoint reviewed the film Twilight, which was all the rage. Now there’s a Twilight sequel, which is drawing millions to the box office.
I can’t tell you to just go back and read that earlier review because New Moon, the second entry in the series, has a brand-new set of disturbing and possibly even dangerous messages for young girls.
If the story in Twilight was a textbook case of an unhealthy relationship, New Moon is a study in how not to break up. At the beginning, the vampire Edward leaves town with his family, leaving behind his teenage girlfriend, Bella, for her own protection.
Bella responds by going nearly catatonic for three months, withdrawing from family, friends, and classmates. From there, she goes steadily downhill.
Bella discovers that every time she does something dangerous, she has a vision of Edward scolding her. So she proceeds to go for a motorcycle ride with a biker she meets on the street. She tries driving a motorcycle herself with no instruction, thus resulting in a bad accident. And finally, she nearly drowns herself while cliff jumping in a lonely spot.
Do I even need to point out what’s wrong with this picture?
In fact, both Bella and Edward show an appalling disregard for their own lives, not to mention for the way their actions might affect others. Edward romanticizes the idea of suicide, repeatedly stating his determination to kill himself if anything bad ever happens to Bella, and telling her, “You’re my only reason to stay alive.”
Bella herself has an abnormal fear of aging, longing to remain eternally young like Edward. She’s so afraid of growing old that she panics on her 18th birthday. And she doesn’t care that becoming a vampire might deprive her of her own soul; instead, she tells Edward, “Take it, I don’t want it.”
My colleague Molly Wyer has written an excellent study guide on Twilight, which you can find at BreakPoint.org. She writes that “even though Bella knows that Edward is...constantly tempted to drink her blood, she does not pull back from the danger. Instead, this terrifying possibility seems almost to add an edge of excitement and danger to their relationship. While Edward’s vampiric attraction to blood is clearly wrong...Bella wants to become a vampire as well. She longs for what is forbidden.”
Yet another troubling aspect of the story centers on Jacob, a rival for Bella’s affections. New Moon reveals that Jacob is a werewolf, meaning that, just like Edward, he could seriously endanger Bella if he ever lost control of himself for a moment.
Essentially, this means Bella has to spend her life walking on eggshells around both of her romantic interests, not daring to make either one of them upset.
Do we really want to be presenting what looks like a classic abuse victim as a role model for young girls?
If your kids are at even remotely interested in the Twilight craze, or if they read about it or get involved with their friends, you need to sit them down and talk to them about some of these issues. Teenagers swept off their feet by New Moon need to know that in real life, danger isn’t romantic or glamorous.
It’s just plain dangerous.
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Residents of Columbia County, Arkansas are represented in Congress by:
Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D_ AR)
Senator Mark Pryor (D_ AR)
Representative Michael A. Ross (D _ 04)
Other states congresspersons can be found at: [http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/]
Words of the Day:
nonplus: to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
bonhomie: a pleasant and easy manner.
fatuous: inanely foolish; stupid; also, illusory.
solicitous: manifesting, expressing, or full of care or concern.
ratiocination: the process of reasoning.
cogitate: to think; to ponder.
recalcitrant: stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.
"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them." - Andy Rooney
"Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. It is an uncomfortable doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say; therefore you are called upon to give much." - Albert Schweitzer
"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." - George Orwell
"A time will come when a politician who has wilfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own." - H.G. Wells
"Fortunately for serious minds, a bias recognized is a bias sterilized." - A. Eustace Haydon
"The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober." - William Butler Yeats
"Nothing great has been and nothing great can be accomplished without passion. It is only a dead, too often, indeed, a hypocritical moralizing which inveighs against the form of passion as such." - Georg Hegel
BREAKING CHRISTIAN NEWS
An Iranian Muslim Couple Comes to Christ
Aimee Herd (Dec 7, 2009 )
They came wanting to say their Islamic prayers, and ended up praying to Jesus for salvation!
...Read Full Story [http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=7380]
Steven Curtis Chapman Shares Hope for the Hurting from Out of His Own Grief
Aimee Herd (Dec 8, 2009 )
"God's purposes and plans for our lives are good. If it's not true, I better stop singing right now and shut down and never sing or say another word. That's what God's Word says. We don't get to pick and choose the parts we like. It's either all true or it's all bogus. I believe it's true." –Steven C. Chapman
...Read Full Story [http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=7385]
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GCF: New Car
A husband, the owner of a new car, was somewhat reluctant to allow his wife to drive his prize possession. even to the Supermarket which was a few blocks from the house. After she insisted, he finally relented, cautioning her as she departed, "Remember, if you have an accident, the newspaper will print your age!"
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The day after a young couple had returned from their honeymoon, the bride called her mother in a panic.
"What's the matter, dear? Was the honeymoon dreadful?"
"No, but oh, Mama! As soon as we got home, he started using the most horrible language! Horrible four-letter words!"
"Darling, shh," said her mother. "Calm down and tell me what he said that was so awful."
"Oh, Mama, it's so embarrassing," cried the still sobbing bride. "He said words like COOK, IRON, WASH, DUST!"
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