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Archive for October, 2007

Disturbing New Movie

Posted by Vogeler on October 29, 2007

I received a forwarded email about this.  Lo and behold, this one is actually true!  Here’s the story:

The new movie, “The Golden Compass” which has been marketed as a kid’s movie, is due out in early December.  I was actually excited about the movie, until I learned that it is EXTREMELY anti-religion in general and anti-Christian in particular.  The movie is a watered-down version of a trilogy of books.  As an example of how insidious and dangerous this crap is, in the third book two children actually kill God.  Nice stuff.  The author has a publicly avowed mission of indoctrinating children into atheism (along with our governments and school systems).

Here is the link to an article about it:   http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp

If you see this movie, understand what you are supporting!  Hopefully word gets around and this piece of garbage flops.

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I Need Your Help!!

Posted by Vogeler on October 27, 2007

Dear Readers,

A young lady who was one of my Sunday School students for several years (she is in her first year at Taylor University, Fort Wayne now) has asked her Dear Teacher (that’s me) a question, and he  is stumped (I pause here for the cries of astonishment that someone as learn-ed as I could be stumped).

Here is her question:  “Exodus 7:14-24  –  in verse 20 it says, “[Moses] struck the nile, and *all* the water was changed into blood.” then the magicians did the same thing…so how did they change water into blood if all the water was already blood? where did they get the water so they could change it into blood?”

So, any ideas?

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Annoying

Posted by Vogeler on October 26, 2007

Why is suddenly “cool” to have loud, obnoxious songs played as a ring-tone on a person’s cell phone in public?

Quite frankly, I don’t care what songs you like, and I would rather you not pollute my environment with that noise, thank you very much.

Get some class, get a clue, and if you won’t change it to a real ring-tone, at least turn down the volume.

Please.

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American Christianity Gone Wrong (Again)

Posted by Vogeler on October 23, 2007

I recently received this email:

CHRISTMAS STAMP
How ironic is this??!! They don’t even believe in Christ and
they’re getting their own Christmas stamp, but don’t dream of posting the
ten commandments on federal property?

USPS New Stamp
This one is impossible to believe. Scroll down for the text.
If there is only one thing you forward today…..let it be this!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of Pan Am Flight 103!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the military Barracks in Saudi
Arabia!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American Embassies in Africa!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on 9/11/2001!

REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious
MUSLIM attacks!

Now the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the EID
MUSLIM holiday season with a commemorative first class Holiday postage stamp. Bull!

REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp
When purchasing your stamps at the post office. To use this stamp
would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of
those whom this stamp honors.

REMEMBER to pass this along to every patriotic AMERICAN you
know!!!

This is disturbing, and DEAD WRONG, for several reasons.

First, this stamp celebrates a Muslim holiday. Nothing to do with Christianity. Just because the holiday occurs during the same season as Christmas doesn’t mean its a “Christmas Stamp”, and it in no way takes away from Christianity.

The stamp does, in fact exist. However, it is not new. It was first issued on September 1, 2001. Bad timing, yes, but it was issued before the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. If this stamp is such a problem, why is it just now, six years later, coming to the fore? The answer is, its not a problem, just some insecure idiots who know nothing about the world or other religions trying to stir up public sentiment against those who are different.

Incidentally, I haven’t had any whiny emails about the USPS (United States Postal Service) issuing stamps for Hannukah or Kwanzaa (which they have). Hmmm.

The fact remains that, however different you wish it to be, this nation IS NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION. Did you get that? Let me say it again: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION. Were many of the founders Christians? Yes, but many were of other faiths (Thomas Jefferson, for example, was most certainly NOT a Christian). Are a majority of people of faith in this nation Christian today? Yes, but we need to remember that the freedom we have to worship as Christians is also extended to all other people to worship as they choose.

Its also important to realize that there are many thousands of Muslims that hate Christians, and hate Americans, and want to kill us all. But there are many more that are good people, who only wish to practice their faith and raise their children. Please understand, I am in no way condoning the horrendous actions of the Muslim terrorists. But it is small-minded, and ignorant, to paint all Muslims with the same brush.

I think that part of the problem is that many Christians today view America in a manner similar to how early Christians viewed the Roman Empire. I highly recommend that everyone read “City of God” by Augustine of Hippo. Click here to read a relevant part.

Therefore, I think it is entirely appropriate for the USPS to issue this stamp. Like it or not, Muslims are here and are here to stay. If we, as Christians, want to have religious stamps (or stamps commemorating a Christian religious holiday), we need to extend that same freedom to other faiths.

Muslim Stamp

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Excellent Dating Advice

Posted by Vogeler on October 19, 2007

Here are two links to some fantastic dating advice from pastor and blogger, Perry Noble.

Advice for the ladies

Advice for the fellas

Check ’em out.

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Why?

Posted by Vogeler on October 12, 2007

Why is it that a gray Autumn day on a college campus fills me with a bittersweet melancholy?

Why is it that the only time I get stuck behind a slow driver is when I’m in a hurry?

Why is it that the older I get, the less intelligent young women sound when they speak?

Why is it popular for boys to wear girl jeans?

Why is it popular to wear skulls on your clothing?

Why is it that I can sit for hours in the woods and not move but I can’t sit still in church or a classroom for thirty seconds?

Why is it that my lovely, wonderful wife fell in love with a goof like me?

Why is it that people would rather watch stupid videos on Youtube than read a good book that might actually teach them something?

Why is it that I feel more secure with a knife in my pocket?

Why is it that when I need to the most, its hardest to pray?

Why is it that the best sales happen when I don’t have any money?

Why is it that the God of the Universe would die for me?

Why?

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Top Friends on Facebook

Posted by Vogeler on October 3, 2007

I have just been notified that one of my friends on facebook.com has added me to her “Top Friends” list.  The email notification stated, “has added you as a Top Friend on Facebook. Your popularity is going up! Click here to see just how popular you are now :).”

When I got to the site, I was told that my status is “People Like Me.”  I was also told, ” To improve your popularity, invite more friends to make their own Top Friends list!”

Is it just me, or is this kind of sad?  Even friendship is a competition now?

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I Finally Hit a Dozen!!

Posted by Vogeler on October 1, 2007

I now have 12 subscribers on my blog.  Go me!!   🙂

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Pride Goeth Before a Fall, But I’m Still Pretty Cool.

Posted by Vogeler on October 1, 2007

I finally got tired of Windows Vista eating the system resources of my pc at work and made the switch back to XP Pro.  You will not BELIEVE how much of a difference it is.  Try running XP Pro with 1GB of RAM.  Nerd heaven.

The non-cool part of this is that I had to re-customize my pc.  Lots of programs to install, files to transfer, etc.  It took me about four hours total.  Sigh.

I was using Windows Live Mail (it’s replacing Outlook as mail client for Vista)  because I now have five email accounts that I check regularly, and it was annoying because I had to login to each one manually (I know, I know; life is hard).

When I reinstalled XP Pro, I initially installed Microsoft Office, but we ended up needing that copy for another workstation that had to have it.  So I used OpenOffice.org instead, which I love and highly recommend.  It’s open-source and free.  But, it doesn’t have an email client (that I know of).

Enter Mozilla Thunderbird!  Da da da da!

I downloaded it, configured all of my accounts, and am now using it without any help from my boss, friend and business partner Brett or my good friend Nathan.  I didn’t even check out the help file or the help forums!

Brett had helped me set up Windows Live Mail, and before that I hadn’t used a mail client at all.

So I’m feelin’ like a pretty cool dude.

If you think this is small and petty, I got one thing to say to you:  Get offa my cloud.

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