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Breaking Connection

The following is a cut and past of a mass email I sent and also posted in my Facebook.

gods-love2Dear Friends and Family,

This is to let you know that I will be soon breaking all connection to the Internet,  It has already been quite a while since I have checked my email, gone on Facebook, or posted on my blog.  At first it was because I was under financial constraints for gasoline purchase, then the loss of my eldest daughter, now it is something of a permanent nature.

I woke up about two weeks ago to discover that I had lost half my vision.  From the center of my right eye all the way through to the outer limits of my periperheral vision I was blind.  Just one big blind spot.  It is the same with my left eye.  From the center to the inner limit of my vision is similarity gone.  The left side of both eyes seem to be okay except insomuch as my vision has always had to be corrected by glasses.

This makes reading and writing tortuousness.  It takes five times as long to write and read and even more so to proofread.  In many cases it is impossible.  It is a good thing I am a touch typed or this letter would be an impossible dream.  Please forgive any typos.  It is also dangerous for me to drive with a 50% blind spot.  I will be losinig my vehicle in a very short while for this reason and for financial reasons as well.  It doesn’t matter if I can afford it or not now as I am a semi meance on the road and could no way pass a DMV vision test.

At first I thought it was my diabetes.  I put off doing anything for a week.  I kept waiting for my vision to miraculously return.  it didn’t happen.  If anything it got worse.  So I went to an Ophthalmologist.  He said it wasn’t the Diabetes.  In fact there was not a thing wrong with my eyes even though two hours of tests and exams did in fact show that my vision was gone.  He referred me to a neurologist.  He said that he could not tell me what the exact matter is as it is not his speciality.  But he suggested stoke(s) or possible a tumor.  we will see what the Brain doc has to say.  whatever the cause, the vision is gone.  Permanent or not, O do not know.  But I suspect if the problem is in my brain that it is permanent.

I think we ALL suspected I had something gone wrong up there!  HA!

So I am leaving the Internet.  Many of you still have my telephone number and can contact me there.

I am going to cut and pste this letter in face book and in my blog.

God Bless you and keep you all.

In Christ’s Love
Michael

More Excuses

Friends and Family,

say_hello_2_heavenThis seems to be getting to be an old theme, but I must make another excuse for being absent from these pages for so long.  I don’t think you will find this one lame by any stretch.  I found out this past weekend that my oldest daughter died.  She lived some 150 miles from me and disowned me many many years ago.  My youngest daughter (her sister) gave me the news.

I have been devastated these past few days.

I am not quite sure when I will be in again, but I hope it will be soon.

I hope that you will all join me in prayer for the swift passage of her soul into the bosom of Christ.

God bless you and may you stay safe in the redemption of the Love of Jesus, the Christ.

In Christ’s Love, Michael.

Absent With Leave

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAI have been forgivably and excusably absent from these pages for over a week and it looks to be still another week or so before I make a reappearance.

I have come down with an incapacitating ailment; two in fact.  I have been sick and poor.  Sick to the extent that I have been barely able to drag myself out of my makeshift bed in the back of my van and poor to the extent that I am not eating well enough to feed a cat or buy gasoline for the van before the end of the month and it is getting dangerously low right now.

I doubt very seriously that I will be able to afford to make another trip like this before March 1 even if I am constitutionally able to do so.  It will take a miracle of financial and biological proportions to allow me to do so.

I made the trip downtown to the library so that I can check my email and let my Facebook friends and WordPress followers know what was up.  I am longing to get back in here and finish my Elijah series and to post other essays on Christianity.james-tissot-elijah-fed-by-the-ravens

I appreciate the patience of my followers during this trying period.  Now over to facebook to speak to my friends and family there.

Thank you and God bless you all.

In Christ’s Love, Michael

Loving Creator

  • You were created by a loving God.
  • You have great value.
  • God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship.

Adam and GodIt must be understood that everything that was, is, and ever will be was created by God.  Whether you believe that humanity descended directly from Adam who was formed literally from the dust and that Eve was formed from Adam’s rib, or you believe the generally held scientific view of evolution, it does not matter.  The theory of evolution does NOT contradict the bible!

Both the theory of evolution and a literal reading of the first chapter of Genesis do the same thing.  They describe the process by which present existence came to be; from nothing to something.  Evolutionary theory does not deny that there was a Creator.  It merely gives a different building plan.

There is a Creator.  That one is God.  The process by which we came to be is unimportant.  What is important is to acknowledge that we are not an accident of impersonal physical forces.  We are the product, the creation, of a sentient Creator who is more than the creator of the universe.  He IS the Universe; without beginning and without end.

If we cannot accept this initial premise, then further discussion is impossible.  It is the foundational premise from which all else follows.  Once it has been accepted, we must then come to realize that God’s creation of humanity was purposeful.  We are created in His “image.”

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We are created to be like God in a deeply personal way.  Unlike the rest of creation we have the capacity to receive and to give love.  You might disagree with me and give the argument of beloved pets.  They, you say, have the capacity to give and receive love.  Granting this it needs to be inserted that we are not talking of the same type of love.  In this case we are talking about the love that involves affections not nearly approaching the depth of the love which we receive from God and once accepted may be returned in kind not only to God but also to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

We also have the capacity to choose the objects of our desires.  God is a loving God, who desires a personal and freely accepted relationship with Him.  God seeks after humanity.  God seeks to be with His creation and they with Him.  Similarly, humanity seeks God to rise above the pain of physical existence and spiritual emptiness.  There is a tragic divide which block as reunion.  That divide is human disobedience to the will of God.  The proof of God’s love is that He provides a bridge to span the gulf between us and Him.

That bridge is God’s sacrifice of his Son, Christ Jesus.  May you find him now.

Selah

mcd

Unintentional Time Off

blogging-out-loudIt has been a few days since my last post and that is a couple of days more than I would optimally like to take off.  As it stands right now it will be a few more days before I have anything of substance to offer for my followers and for the general who might happen to stumble in through a search engine or another related link.

Excuses?

I’ve been under the weather.  I am on a new medication that just knocks the energy right out of me and makes me sleepy as I can be.  Hopefully this is a temporary side-effect (that’s what I’m TOLD, anyway).  We shall see.  If the side-effects continue much longer then I am going to have a serious heart-to-heart with the quack who prescribed the poison.  Just kidding; I’m not nearly that cynical — at least not to their faces.  😀

So . . . .

Look for me back next week.  I seriously need to get back to the Prophet series and finish up on Elijah.

I also am itching to do some more single article essays.  I will scratch as I am able and the Spirit moves me.  Be patient.  God is working on me.

In Christ’s Love, Michael

Great Stuff!

Morning Story and Dilbert

  • Don’t let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.
  • Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews.
  • Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.
  • It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
  • The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.
  • When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.
  • People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.
  • Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.
  • Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong..
  • If the church wants a better preacher, it only needs to pray for the one it has.
  • God Himself does not propose to judge a man…

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This is the fourth in the series Churches of Charlotttesville.  For the previous articles in the series please follow the link to the page given before.  This article will cover the photos for the churches The Salvation Army, Charlottesville Church of Christ, and First Baptist.  Each church will have a link provided in its individual entry that will take you to the church website.

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The first in this article is the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army on Ridge Street at the corner of Ridge and Monticello provides weekly worship services.  This part is not well known.  What is more well known is that the S.A. provides outreach help to people in need,  This Charlottesville branch is no different.

They provide three meals a day and a limited amount of housing to those in the area in need of either.

In 2006, the Salvation Army in Virginia Beach, Virginia was there to provide me a place to resurrect my physical life with food, shelter, and a job.  It also provided me a safe sanctuary in a worshipful environment through which I was delivered by a gracious God from life threatening demons.  I owe an eternal debt of gratitude to the S.A. for all they provided for me in a most dire moment of need.

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Next we have Charlottesville Church of Christ.  The Charlottesville Church of Christ is located on top the hill across the highway from where I park my shelter every night.  Besides the inside of my van, it is the first thing I see in the morning through the trees fifty feet up the hill and the last thing I see before I settle down in the evening when the sun retires beneath the horizon.  If I look out to the east (as I often do) at night, it is there visible by its nighttime lights.  It is a landmark to me, though not to many as it is secluded and situated far above a fast-moving highway.

I couldn’t find a website for the C.C.C.  Sorry about that.

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Last is First Baptist Church on Park Street.  The picture here does not do the building justice by a long shot.  It is at least 100 yards from the road and shielded by so many trees that a long view is not easily obtained.  The steeple (pictured here) is free standing and monumental in size.  The church square footage is tremendous with a large preschool, Gymnasium (complete with showers and locker rooms), and enormous Fellowship Hall all in addition to the sanctuary, class rooms and church offices.

First Baptist also does excellent social outreach.  Once a week it provides a soup kitchen to the area needy with a short evangelical message preceding the meal.  The fact that the message comes before the meal I feel is vital and proves that their priorities are correctly placed.

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As before if you wish to see the posts in the series before this point you should follow the link at the top “Churches of Charlottesville.”

If you wish to see the rest of the future series, I heartily invite you to subscribe to the blog by clicking the link in the top right sidebar “Follow Blog Via Email.”  If you are already a WordPress subscriber you may simply click “follow” in the black page header.

In Christ’s Love,

Michael