Here it is! The First Audio Post!

September 30, 2005 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Random | Leave a comment

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This is the first, but hopefully not the last!

New Chief Justice

September 29, 2005 at 8:32 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

Senate Confirms Roberts As Chief Justice AP – 29 minutes ago WASHINGTON – John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. Read the rest of the article here

Praise God. While he says his personal opinions will have no weight in his decisions, he’s still Christian, nonetheless. He gives hope to both sides of the abortion issue, leaving us to wonder which way he will go…but God knows… Plus, the guy is brilliant. Insanely intelligent. He’ll be good for our nation’s high court.

Soli Deo Gloria…

Downgraded…

September 23, 2005 at 8:28 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

Hurricane Rita was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane about 5 minutes ago…but is still packing 125 mph winds… *EDIT* The above picture refreshes to show where the hurricane is now…*/EDIT* Keeping praying. It’s working.

Marshall

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September 23, 2005 at 8:24 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

MICHELLE ROBERTS and BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press Writers 2 minutes ago NEW ORLEANS – Hurricane Rita’s steady rains sent water pouring through breaches in a patched levee Friday, cascading into one of the city’s lowest-lying neighborhoods in a devastating repeat of New Orleans’ flooding nightmare. “Our worst fears came true,” said Maj. Barry Guidry of the Georgia National Guard.

Read the rest of the article here. It’s ain’t over till it’s over, and it’s not over yet… Pray for the coast…New Orleans isn’t going to have a good time of it… Marshall >

What is it with hurricanes this year?

September 21, 2005 at 8:19 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

Why do they all have to be so big? God help us! Hurricane, after hurricane is hitting us. And it wouldn’t be so bad…but the storms are huge and causing a lot of damage. Below is an associated press article…with information about the storm.

Residents of this island city packed up mementoes and pets and started evacuating Wednesday as Hurricane Rita intensified into a Category 4 storm with 135 mph winds and threatened to devastate the Texas coast or already-battered Louisiana by week’s end. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Galveston and New Orleans, one day after Rita sideswiped the Florida Keys as a Category 2 storm, causing relatively minor damage. Having seen what Katrina did, many residents decided not to take any chances. “After this killer in New Orleans, Katrina, I just cannot fathom staying,” 59-year-old Ldyyan Jean Jocque said before sunrise Wednesday as she waited for an evacuation bus outside the Galveston Community Center. She had packed her Bible, some music and clothes into plastic bags and loaded her dog into a pet carrier. The federal government was eager to show it, too, had learned its lesson, after getting pounded for its sluggish reponse to Katrina. It rushed hundreds of truckloads of water, ice and ready-made meals to the Gulf Coast and put rescue and medical teams on standby. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff urged residents to heed calls to evacuate. “The lesson is that when the storm hits, the best place to be is to be out of the path of the storm,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” At 8 a.m. EDT, Rita was centered about 195 miles west of Key West and 700 miles southeast of Galveston, moving west at 14 mph. Forecasters predicted it would come ashore Saturday somewhere between northern Mexico and western Louisiana, most likely in Texas. Meteorologist Chris Landsea of the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Rita could strengthen to a Category 5 with wind over 155 mph as it moves over the warm waters of the gulf, or it could ease to a Category 3, with wind of less than 130 mph. In New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers raced to patch the city’s fractured levee system for fear the additional rain could swamp the walls and flood the city all over again. The Corps said New Orleans’ levees can only handle up to 6 inches of rain and a storm surge of 10 to 12 feet. “The protection is very tenuous at best,” said Dave Wurtzel, a Corps official handling some of the repairs. Engineers and contractors drove a massive metal barrier across the 17th Street Canal bed to prevent a storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain from swamping New Orleans again, and worked around the clock to repair the damaged pumps, concrete floodwalls, earthen berms and waterways that protect the below-sea-level city. In addition, the corps had 800 giant sandbags weighing 6,000 to 15,000 pounds on hand, and ordered 2,500 more to shore up low spots and plug any new breaches. The federal government’s top official in the city, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen, said the preparations in and around New Orleans included 500 buses for evacuation, and enough water and military meals for 500,000 people. Some 400 to 500 residents were left in the city, Mayor Ray Nagin said Tuesday. Many New Orleans residents were forced one again to decide whether to stay or go. The mayor and the governor strongly people in the storm’s path to get out. “We are praying that the hurricane dissipates or that it weakens,” said Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who declared a state of emergency. “This state can barely stand what happened to it.” In Galveston, about 80 buses were set to leave town beginning at midmorning Wednesday, bound for shelters 100 miles north in Huntsville. The buses were part of a mandatory evacuation ordered by officials of Galveston County, which has a population of 267,000. “The real lesson (from Katrina) that I think the citizens learned is that the people in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi did not leave in time,” said Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas. “We’ve always asked people to leave earlier, but because of Katrina, they are now listening to us and they’re leaving as we say.” No evacuation had been ordered north of Galveston in Harris County, which includes Houston, the state’s largest city, but officials urged residents to prepare for flooding. Houston is about 50 miles northwest of Galveston, but the area includes low-lying bayous that flow into Galveston Bay. Crude oil prices rose again on concern that Rita would smash into key oil facilities in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. Hundreds of workers were evacuated from offshore oil rigs, less than a month after Katrina damaged some installations. Texas, the heart of U.S. crude production, accounts for 25 percent of the nation’s total oil output. As Rita stormed away from Florida, thousands of residents who evacuated the Keys were expected to begin returning on Wednesday. There were reports of flooding and power outages, but U.S. 1, the highway that connects the islands, was passable, the Florida Highway Patrol said. “It was fairly nothing,” said Gary Wood, who owns a bar in Marathon, about 45 miles northeast of Key West. “It came through and had a good stiff wind, but that was about it.” Rita is the 17th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, making this the fourth-busiest season since record-keeping started in 1851. The record is 21 tropical storms in 1933. And with Rita, seven hurricanes have hit or passed near Florida in the last 13 1/2 months. The hurricane season is not over until Nov. 30.

Quick update…Rita is now a category 5 hurricane, with winds in excess of 155 mph… Pray for the coast…
Marshall

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“Unquenchable Appetite”

September 13, 2005 at 8:13 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

This is not the afore promised post, but while reading my most recent copy of WORLD magazine (September 17th), I ran across this article written by Joel Belz, Founder and Chairman of WORLD magazine. It really struck me as true…

Why did we ever think it would work? Whatever possessed us to look for the ultimate in disaster relief from a governmental system that had dreamed up public education, the agricultural subsidy system, Medicare, and Social Security? Why did we think they would get this one right? Truth be told, all the whining about the supposedly insensitive and slow response to Hurricane Katrina is off the mark. When anything along that is bigger and badder than anything that has come before—and maybe bigger and badder by a factor of two or three—it’s pretty hard to look around and say that somebody should have been ready for this. Sometimes,

even in the midst of tragedy and horror, we have to suck it in and collectively plead for mercy. There might be time for prudent second-guessing down the road, but not quite yet. Finger pointing while corpses are still bobbing in the murky waters is unseemly there will almost always be enough guilt to go around when the time comes. But let’s grant, for the moment, that President George Bush, FEMA, Homeland Security, and all the rest of the federal apparatus should have taken a few hours off three weeks ago to rehearse several times over just what they might do in the specific event that any one of the dozens of possible permutations began to unfold as Katrina approached from the Gulf of Mexico. Then let’s assume as well that all these plans had been carried out perfectly. What on earth prompts us to suppose Americans would have been happier with the results? Happiness with the results of any big government effort, of course, is almost an oxymoron. The reason is simply that when people start putting their trust in big government, they’ve attached themselves to a false god. And false gods can’t produce the goods. What we saw in New Orleans last week was the pathetic picture of people whose false expectations in a false god had been so enhanced that when the false god stumbled for a day or two, some of his worshippers flew into a rage. They’d been betrayed, the said. Not only had their god fail to tend to their obvious physical needs in a prompt style; he had made them look weak and foolish in the process. Note this well: A people who cannot, even while in dire distress, minister to the weakest and the dying among them; a people who do not, even while waiting hungrily for the help they desperately need, respectfully and reverently take care of the bodies of those who do die; such a people will be known to history as frighteningly farther down the road to decadence than most of us want to admit. And then remember this: That such a people will in the days to come develop a bigger appetite for gods who promise them everything. And then they wills show a lower and lower tolerance for gods who do not perform. The smug pretense—exhibited over the last few days by politicians, by media writers and broadcasters, by religious leaders, and by entertainers—claimed repeatedly that if the government had just been prepared, much of the horror left by Hurricane Katrina might have been precluded. But the suggestion is false on it’s face, for it is difficult to conceive of any organization of human capacities that might have responded to the needs of half a million people much better than what you’ve watched since Aug. 30. News reports have suggested repeatedly that even in a Third World, things would have gone faster than they did in the Gulf states. Don’t believe it. In the Third World, hunger is perpetual. What you saw for a week or two was painful, but exceptional. What you see so many other places is chronic. According to the Bible, deliberately shortchanging the poor, or even carelessly ignoring their needs is wicked behavior. But raising false expectations is also a cruel game. And that includes constantly dividing the people and feeding the illusion that we’d just had some other president, or some other governor, or some other mayor, we could all be content. If government can’t make us all happy even when there isn’t an emergency, why should we make it our god when the next Katrina comes blowing through?

In the comment section…

Following the successful example of Alex and Brett,

1.) Do you think that the government responded to the Hurricane the best they could? If not, what could they have done better?

2.) Do you think that things would have gone faster in a Third World country?

3.) Do you agree with Mr. Belz’s theory that people make a big government another god? Why or why not?

Soli deo Gloria!

Now and forever more…

Marshall

Apology

September 13, 2005 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Random | Leave a comment

Hey readers! Sorry about the delay in posting…things have been really busy around here. I’m working on another post now, and it will definately be interesting. I can’t tell you what it is…but I hope it’ll be worth reading.

Until then soli Deo gloria!

Patience is a virtue, so is diligence

September 1, 2005 at 12:00 am | Posted in Character in Today's World | Leave a comment

Unfortunately, a lot of Christians, especially teens, don’t seem to remember that until it comes to someone else. I heard an interesting example the other day. Bible copying.

Imagine for a moment, a room full of scribes, spending hours copying scripture. The methods that were used were so meticulous, and so precise, that as an example let’s look at the book of Isaiah.

In comparison between two ancient manuscripts from different time periods, “…Isaiah 53

shows that only 17 letters differ from the Massoretic text [when compared to the Qumranian text]. Ten of these are mere differences in spelling (like our “honor” and the English “honour”) and produce no change in the meaning at all. Four more are very minor differences, such as the presence of a conjunction (and) which are stylistic rather than substantive. The other three letters are the Hebrew word for “light.” This word was added to the text by someone after “they shall see” in verse 11. Out of 166 words in this chapter, only this one word is really in question, and it does not at all change the meaning of the passage. We are told by biblical scholars that this is typical of the whole manuscript of Isaiah.” 1

1R. Laird Harris, Can I Trust My Bible? (Chicago: Moody Press, 1963)

What an example of meticulousness these scribes set! They wiped their pen every time they came to the Lord’s name, they copied one letter at a time, and when they were finished with a chapter, they would count the total number of words and make sure they were all the same. It took so much time. And if they made a mistake, they started ALL OVER.

Now, I ask you to imagine a room full of modern teenagers, told to copy scripture. Would they take the same meticulous care?

First, let’s look at what they’re taught. Are they taught to take meticulous care in anything but their hair, nails, clothing or make-up? What does the world teach? Does it teach you to be diligent? Or to get the job done? What kind of example is set for kids? One of hard working, diligent, honest work? Or an Enron type of job? Kids are not taught, by the world around them to be diligent. They’re taught as long as you finish, you’re good. What do all the get-rich-quick schemes teach kids, teens, even adults? Now, what do you think?

This is not meant to be a condemnation of teens today, indeed, “there is no condemnation in Christ.” But it’s meant to be a wake up call. Wake up! Work with diligence! 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Perseverance, and diligence are dying traits here in America. “We’ll just hire the Chinese to do it, or the Mexicans to do it.” No! Don’t be adverse to hard work. Because if you are, that is the very thing that God will give you! I would highly recommend you reference my good friend Alex’s series, “The Myth Of Adolescence Part 1” and “The Myth Of Adolescence Part 2” . It delves a little bit deeper into the topic. “We face a crisis and an opportunity. A crisis, in the sense that we can no longer afford to slowly drift towards adulthood, viewing the teen years as a vacation from responsibility…” And Brett’s post, or series, “The World is Flat”, looks at the results of this way of thinking. This is sort of a branch off. They are absolutely 100% correct. But I’m going a little deeper into why that’s the way Americans are. We go for the trivial jobs, because others require too much work.

So I leave my readers, and the youth of America this challenge: don’t settle for just getting the job done. Get it done right, work hard, and with diligence. When trials come, work harder, and then you watch what God will do with that. If we had a generation of people, that did everything as if doing unto the Lord…we just might change the world…

Marshall

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