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Thoughts on the Meaning of Life…..by Todd Helmkamp

Archive for November, 2007

It Amazes Me….

Posted by Vogeler on November 28, 2007

It amazes me that good, solid Christian men, who would never think of looking at pornography will go see a movie, on the big-screen, that has female nudity in it.  Huh?  How does this work?

Did God suddenly say it was ok?

I’ve heard some men say that it doesn’t affect them.

Seeing a nude, attractive female doesn’t affect you?  Are you human?  Are you a man?  Or are you just that much better than I am?

Seriously, men, please let me know what you think.  I am actually amazed by this.

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If You Never Read Anything Else I’ve Ever Posted, Read THIS!!

Posted by Vogeler on November 26, 2007

Another great item from Cerulean Sanctum, this one about the role of the church in times of economic crisis.  Read about it here.

After you’ve read it, let me know what you think.  Do you agree or disagree?  What do you think the church’s role is in times of crisis?

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Anti-Bacterial Better? I Think Not

Posted by Vogeler on November 23, 2007

Here is an interesting article by Dr. Andrew Weil that covers a new University of Michigan study about anti-bacterial soap versus regular soap.  The researchers found that anti-bacterial soap is no more effective at removing bacteria from hands than regular soap, and may make some bacteria antibiotic resistant.  You can read his article here.

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For Those of You with Small Children, or Who Might be Considering Parenthood….

Posted by Vogeler on November 21, 2007

Caution!  Be careful what you say to your children!

Every since he was just learning to talk, when Luke would ask me for something, I’d teasingly ask him if he had a dollar.  When he answered yes (whether he did or not), I’d ask if I could have it, and he’d say I could.  Then I’d give him whatever he had asked for.  Please understand, I would never ever truly take money from my son.  This is all in jest, so please, no nasty comments or emails, ok?

Anyway, on to the warning….

This morning in the car, my wife asked Luke if she could have his Shrek toy.  His response?  “For a dollar…”

I laughed my head off.  My wife was not so amused, however.

Let this be a lesson.

I’m still laughing.  🙂

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Thanksgiving, Part Deux

Posted by Vogeler on November 21, 2007

Ok, well its not really Part Deux (Part Two, for all you non-French speakers out there).  But I posted about Thanksgiving last year, so I will again this year.  I can do whatever I want, because it’s my blog.  So there.

Anyway (that word shows up a lot in my posts.  Did you notice that? I thought I noticed you noticing)…..

In the spirit of Thanksgiving,  what are some things for which you are thankful, Dear Readers?  Here is my list:

My Lord and God, Jesus Christ my Savior

My beautiful Beloved, Bethany

My “Tiger”, Luke

My soon-arriving son, Brennan (coming in February!  Batteries not included!)

My family (hi Mom!)

The fact that we have a house of our own.

I have my health.

I have a job and can pay my bills.

What are you thankful for?

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It’s A Birthday!

Posted by Vogeler on November 21, 2007

Well.

My blog turned 1 year old this past Saturday (the 17th of November).  We’ve had some good times, haven’t we?  Shared some laughs, shed a few tears (ok, well, maybe not, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?).

Anyway, there’s no real point to this post, except to say “Yay me, for staying with it for a whole year!”  And, “Yay readers, for staying with me for a whole year!”

Yay us.  🙂

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Which Bible Do You Use?

Posted by Vogeler on November 12, 2007

The choice of which translation of the Bible to use was, for me at least, a lengthy and personal process.  I ended up choosing the Holman Christian Standard Translation, from Holman Bible Publishers for a variety of reasons.  First, it’s a fairly new translation, and it’s an original translation, which means that the translators used the original texts in their translation, not other translations.  Second, it draws upon the most recent Biblical scholarship available.  Third, I really enjoy the way it is written in plain English but doesn’t insult my intelligence.

What translation/version of the Bible do you use in your personal study, Dear Readers, and why?

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Mac Users Beware!!

Posted by Vogeler on November 5, 2007

It finally happened.

Macs have finally been targeted by malware producers.  You can read all about it here, courtesy of Wired.com

If you use a Mac, GET PROTECTION FOR IT NOW.  This isn’t quite a huge threat yet, but it will be.  Cybercrooks have finally decided that there are enough Mac users out there to make malware targeted at Macs profitable.

I don’t know enough about Macs (yet) to really make a recommendation for security software, but I do know that Intego.com markets a good product, even if it is expensive.

Symantec also makes Mac security software, but as I personally hate Symantec security products, I won’t recommend them.

You can also check out Securemac.com for lots of info.

Good Luck and Safe Surfing!

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Dear God, Forgive us our Lapses!

Posted by Vogeler on November 5, 2007

A Pentecostal church embracing ideas from the Church of Scientology?  Nah.  Can’t be true, right?

Wrong.  A recent CNN article reports that pastors of at least two churches, Glorious Church of God in Christ of Tampa, Florida and Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Houston, Texas, have incorporated ideas from Scientology into their ministry.

Why on earth would a man of God do this?  According to the Rev. Charles Kennedy, of the Tampa church, the Scientologist beliefs (which he states are backed up in Scripture) are “easier to understand and clearer to follow than ancient Scriptures taken from the Bible.” (CNN.com)

So, because the Scriptures require an education and a brain to understand, then why doesn’t he teach his congregation to understand it?  That’s nothing more than a cop-out, and a dangerous one at that.

This reinforces the need for Christian pastors and ministers to have a solid grounding in TRUE Biblical theology, so they can teach the same to their flock.

1But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”  2 Peter 2:1-3

WAKE UP CHURCH!  THIS IS NOT A GAME.  THIS IS NOT ABOUT FEELING GOOD, OR BEING COMFORTABLE!  THIS IS ABOUT THE ETERNAL DESTINY OF YOUR FELLOW HUMANS!

God forgive me all the times I have failed to stand for the truth.

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Sad but True

Posted by Vogeler on November 5, 2007

I find it sad that Christian men will discuss last night’s football game with true passion in their voices, yet rarely (if ever!!) devote that same level of passion to the Gospel and our Lord.

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