Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Banana Cake

This recipe is a remake of a Better Homes and Gardens recipe, which I changed over from white flour, sugar, and shortening to using whole wheat flour, honey, and butter. Caution must be exercised in the baking of this cake as the baker may be mobbed by ravenous friends, family, or church members.


Banana Cake
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 c. whole wheat flour (I used fresh ground Prairie Gold and I added another handful, about 1/8-1/4 cup to get the right consistency.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. honey
  • 3/4 c. buttermilk or sour milk (To make sour milk, for each cup needed, add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar in glass measuring cup and add milk to make 1 c. liquid)
  • 1 c. mashed bananas (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

1) Allow eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease one 13x9x2 inch pan and set aside.

2) In a large mixing bowl stir together dry ingredients. Add honey, bananas, butter, and vanilla. Beat with an an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Add eggs; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter in to the prepared pan. (Confession...I just mixed the dry ingredients together, threw the wet ingredients in all at once and mixed by hand. But if you want to be fancy....)

3) Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool thoroughly and frost just before serving.




Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Blend ingredients together until smooth. Frost cake and serve immediately or store frosting in refrigerator until just before serving (it won't get hard in the refrigerator like regular frosting).

*For some interesting tips on cooking with honey, click here and scroll down.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Strategic Thought From Wade Myers


I am doing the monthly graphic design work this afternoon for FPCR's SOS program. Having already created custom templates the monthly switching of colors, dates, and titles is more or less just busy work. So, times like these call for multitasking. Since I am at the computer already I find it the perfect time to put in some of what we, he...hem...used to call "tape time." Technically it's now MP3 time...via Itunes.

I am about 30 minutes in to Wade Myer's, "Building A Business From Start To Finish." One of the lectures from Vision Forum's 2006 Entrepreneurial Bootcamp The CD set is one of their current sale items.

Mr. Myer's is talking about different types of leverage one should take into consideration when examining possible business models and opportunities, defining forms, and offering advice about them.

"Continuing on with the business evaluating metrics, this is something that Arnold in his introduction last night talked about residual income. I refer to this as leverage...what I like to say is create some intellectual property...do something once, create something so you can sell it over and over again and get leverage. That's what I always think about in terms of leverage."

"In terms of leverage there is customer relationship leverage. If you sell one product to a customer how easy is it to sell another product, another product etc.?"

"Think about people leverage. Can you hire people and train them to do what you know how to do, at a lower cost and create leverage. Now again that is sorta my build a big business notion. (He is speaking to homeschooling families on how to start a home-based business) If you are in a family business, think about your sons and daughters, can you start a business where they can do what you do? And if you are a medical doctor you can't exactly have your sons and daughters come into the operating room and help you operate."

Technology leverage. Can you automate away a lot of tasks but still charge the same price. I love that. Most of the businesses that I have built and invested in have been business services businesses where I've harnessed technology to automate away repetitive manual tasks."

Financial leverage. Asset leverage, can you take an asset, can you take capital you have and use that as leverage? So in other words, what I hate to see is under utilized equipment. If you invest in a piece of capital equipment and you are only utilizing it two hours a day, how can you utilize it the other 22 hours a day to get more leverage out of that asset. So any time I think about investing in the company or investing in the asset I always think about the asset leverage."

"Customer leverage: Think about the nature of the sale. I love recurring business models. In fact I almost will not invest in anything personally unless it has a recurring nature in the business model. And what I love about that is every month when you wake up, you start off with all the revenue you had in the previous month, plus any new customers you sold in the previous month. So I always look for, and desire in my business plans, recurring customer relationships. It also allows you to invest in that customer over and over again. And in the nature of the relationship, I love it when it is contractual. I want them to be contracted with me. I want them to have to pay me...whatever that amount is every single month. And so I would say that it's a better business plan, it's a better business idea if you have recurring contractual relationships, as opposed to you have to work hard for every single dollar that comes in. This in it's self is leverage. It's customer relationship leverage and the ability to expand the relationship."

Interestingly enough we utilized all these forms of leverage, as he calls it, in our Internet-based and managed distribution company that my father established in 1994. We've been able to develop monthly reoccurring income that we no longer have to work for. I highly recommend the set to the entrepreneurial minded. This is only a small part of one lecture and this singular lecture continues to get juicier as it continues on... I was able to attend the Bootcamp 2 years ago and it was well worth it and then some.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Charl van Wyk Shoots Back Again

Charl van Wyk missionary, public speaker and author of "Shooting Back: The Right And Duty Of Self-Defense" has done it again, defending himself and two others against armed attackers.

Read about it at my father's blog, Fire and Lead.

Richard Baxter On Marriage: God's Calling

Richard Baxter On Marriage

"Direct. I. Take heed that neither lust not rashness do thrust you into a married condition, before you see such reasons to invite you to it, as may assure you of the call and approbation of God. For, 1. It is God that you must serve in your married state, and therefore it is meet that you take his counsel before you rush upon it; for he knoweth best himself what belongeth to his service. 2. And it is God that you must still depend upon, for the blessing and comforts of your relation: and therefore there is sent, as the chief thing requisite to the match: if the consent of parents be necessary, much more is the consent of God."

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Coming Tomorrow To A Church Near You!


Chocolate Zucchini Sheet Cake
1cup Honey
1cup Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs (room temp.)
1/2 cup WW Flour
2cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup Cocoa
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 cup Milk
2 cups Shredded Zucchini
1Tbsp Vanilla
Frosting:
1/4 c butter
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp Powdered Milk (heaping)
1 Tbsp Splenda (heaping)
1Tbsp Cocoa
1 egg white - beat till stiff - fold in

In large bowl combine honey and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and add milk. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. Pour into large cookie sheet. Bake at 350" for 25 minutes or till tests done. While cake is baking mix frosting. Spread frosting over cake while still hot. Cool cake before cutting.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Get Behind Your Man...

Here are some excellent directions to wives that apply equally to daughters on how to get behind your husband or father in order to build him up and encourage him in all that he does. Whether it's in business or anything else, these are guidelines that Andrea and I have been taught, have espoused and found to be completely true. We have found that when we encourage our father in these ways he far more motivated to slay dragons for us than if we resort to nagging, manipulating and other sorts of negative influence.

We hope you'll benefit from them.

"Throughout our years of marriage and asking God to make me a better wife to Elijah, God has taught me so many things. Today I was reflecting on the importance of writing them down in the form of resolutions. I thought of 12 resolutions for wives. They address things that I have learned or behaviors that I have observed that are just not becoming to women in relationship with their husbands:"

Please click the link to read the rest of Camelia's post about how to "Get Behind Your Man"

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"What If He Dies?" A Follow Up To Bringing Home Rebecca


A serious and sobering question came in recently on one of our comment forms. It is a question that our family has addressed many times over the past decade. We felt it necessary to address it in the form of a post. The question is as follows:


"So what happens when your husband dies or loses his job?

You then have no job skills, no recent work history, and a mortgage to pay and kids to feed. Life insurance and unemployment are never enough to last more than a year. So how, exactly, do you plan to get by when your source of financial support goes away?

Husbands don't live forever. Jobs don't last forever. Unless you have a backup plan, you're stuck trying to make ends meet on welfare or church assistance--neither of which goes very far.

ALL women should keep up their education and job skills in order to serve their families in times of crisis. Taking off a little time here and there to be with infants is understandable. But don't fall into the trap of letting job skills go to seed."

It is true that the thought of being left alone with few resources to draw on is a scary one. In fact, today families in which both husband and wife work a job have great difficulty paying their bills and meeting the needs of their family. Our family sees this daily in our consulting business. So what happens when the income is cut in two? Is there such a thing as a good back-up plan? Will the church help? Is conventional education the best plan?

My father is currently working with a young man in his twenties that had a horrible motorcycle accident, which left him in ICU for a month at the rate of $20,000 a day. 2 years later he has returned to the workforce in a wheel chair and he and his girlfriend, who has stuck with him through it all, are currently looking for what options they have now. What can they do to enable themselves to pursue what all American's dream of, a nice home, marriage, family, and financial stability or the ability to make the best choices for themselves and their families?

Our perspective is this, that it is not merely the absence of a "man" that takes a toll on a family, church and society. It is the absence of understanding and living according to God’s wisdom regarding finances.

Being financially mature and responsible has been bred out of us Americans by the influence of the public school system whether we attended it or not. We have been brainwashed to believe that if we go to school and get a good education and a good job we can achieve the American dream. We have been told to leverage ourselves all the way there. Most people are forced into trading their time for more money because they no longer have money due to their indebtedness. Working 9-5 and living paycheck to paycheck, the two resources we rely on, time and money are, well, all used up. The future looks down right scary at times and now that we are on this course we are learning the truth, it is not like they said. We’ve been mislead, we’ve been lied to. With mounting debts from credit cards that were only supposed to tide-us-over temporarily along with inflation and gas prices rising as they are, hope for things to get better seem more like an illusion.
Questions that begin with, "What happens if..." haunt us. We are spread thin as it is. If hubby dies or gets hurt, contributing to that indebtedness, as well as increasing the emotional burden and workload will take a toll on us.

It is time to face reality. It is true, our commenter is right, “jobs do not last.” It is also true that families in which both husband and wife have jobs or they are self-employed in a way in which their income is dependent upon their ability to perform and put in their time, are not saving money in the event that a catastrophe happens. They can't and if they did what use would it be? It wouldn’t be enough. Families need to face the reality that if it is not working now with two wage incomes, it will not work with one wage income in the event that Daddy dies. And since jobs don’t last, why would banking on one being there that is good enough to meet the needs of a two income household in the future be a good back-up plan? It is a delusion. Putting a wife to work is not a "good back-up plan." It is rather setting ourselves up to become a societal burden and is not wise or a responsible use of our talents and abilities as women.

Through the course of our education and from our job choice counselors we are told to focus on what we are good at & what we enjoy doing. We are tested in order to determine our talents. Prescribed “suitable” choices and encouraged to seek scholarships to colleges that can best enhance our talents and equip us to shine in our professions. And don’t forget that the particular college recommended is the top recruiting pool for particular big name corporations. Where you to go there your chances of being selected and working in the field you are best suited for are better.

But another thing to consider is that we are not taught today that our ability to produce an income at a job is capped by market value. If we choose to earn money at a job, we are not paid based on our talents, our capabilities and our full potential, but rather we are paid according to what the market will allow. We are a resource, a commodity rather. That scholarship money that you worked so hard to get was given to the college you attended by the corporation that recruited you. It’s a business. Colleges teach the curriculum that will create for the corporations the employees they need.

We do enjoy pay increases for a short time while working a job, but this is not the same as “getting ahead.” The day comes in every wage-earning profession that the income plateaus because said profession is only worth so much on the market and around 10 years into our professions we find it harder than ever to make ends meet as inflation eats away at our budget and the pay increases cease.

We are then persuaded with benefits and titles and if we buy into it we end up carrying more workload and managerial responsibilities for the same or less pay.

That's the way it is and that is the way it will always be if we choose to earn our income with a job.

It is here where most families find that something has to change.

We suggest that families consider…

What does biblically responsible manhood/womanhood look like?
What would their current situation look like if they had been taught biblically sound financial stewardship skills?
What would their future look like if they had been taught biblical entrepreneurialism and the pursuit of creating residual income?

…and then ask themselves, “What options would we have now and in the event hard circumstances arise in our lives?”

Biblical Manhood / Womanhood:
God teaches men to become established financially before they wed and have children. What if sons and daughters alike went to their parents and pastors first and asked them “What do I need to know and be capable of before I marry?” Paul Washer has excellent advice in his 2 part courtship series.

What if strong biblical manhood was the norm in our nation today? What would our situation look like if men planned ahead in order to meet the needs of the families they created rather than delegating the responsibility to their wives, children, church and society now and in the event of their death? Vision Forum has some excellent advice here. What if men pursued entrepreneurialism following the biblical admonition to lay up an inheritance for their children's children? Proverbs 13:22

What if strong biblical womanhood was the norm today and faithful women had the courage and fortitude to support their husband’s ideals and plans for entrepreneurialism. What if instead of going to college a wife invested in helping her husband develop and organize the cumulative family talents and ambitions in a way that produced a product, service or business that in turn produced residual income for them, income that repeatedly came into the family business and was not dependent on their ability to perform? Would she play the “What if” game? Would she worry while lying on the sofa suffering morning sickness, or when the family went on an extended vacation, or when the husband broke his leg on vacation? We suggest listening to, “The wise Woman’s Guide to Blessing Her Husband’s Vision.”

What if we went to churches where strong biblical manhood and womanhood was the norm and the church fulfilled their role and met the needs of widows and orphans. What if men took seriously, "a man that does not provide for his own is worse than an infidel?" I Tim 5:8 See Kevin Swanson’s sermon, “Suffer the children

What if we believed in God’s Sovereignty and put our hope in the Lord and followed his plan? Would our faith show us, and would we begin to believe, that there are possibilities, options, provision and people there to help us in times of financial confusion and or crisis?

Biblical Financial Stewardship:
We recommend I.B.L.P.’s Financial Freedom Seminar and Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Seminar for advice about how to handle current financial problems and future money management.

Here you will learn the biblical principles of living debt-free and delaying gratification of our dreams until we were able to support them in a financially responsible way and much more.

Biblical Entrepreneurialism:
God teaches men and women alike to be wise stewards and pursue entrepreneurialism and not voluntary slavery. God made us creative and expects us to use our creativity to establish ourselves financially. It is only when we realize that there are better ways of making money that are not capped by market values, that we have come to a place were we will begin to see opportunities where we can really use the talents that God has given us and we will begin to see what we are truly capable of by God's grace and our dreams come to fruition. Are we not capable of more than trading our 8 hours a day doing what someone else tells us to do?

The truth of the matter is that families are so caught up on a course of trading their time for money with their noses to the grindstone milling over and over the financial stresses they face that they fail to see that there are others that are setting themselves in a place of financial stability, utilizing creative ideas that, families that are taking responsibility of the financial choices they have made in the past and are creating for themselves the freedom to have and make choices, not based on cost or the effect it will have on their bank account, but rather based on what is best for my family.

It comes down to the fact that time doesn’t buy money, but enough money, if created wisely, buys us back our time and gives us the ability to make choices based on what is best for our family.

Families that have pursued this wiser course of action have options and security.

They are able to pay their bills. They do not fear corporate lay offs and pay cuts.

They are able to raise and educate their children to higher standards outside of the indoctrinating public education system. Sparing their children the faulty education they got and a misdirected, financially unstable course.

They are capable of employing the best doctors in times of need and because they are not time for money, they are able to be there for their loved ones the whole time with love and support.

They are able to travel and see places most will not, taking their children with them all the while educating them on the histories of nations.

They are able to hire professional help to maintain their homes all the while they are gone.

They are able to do creative and culturally influential projects as a family.

They can eat what they want to eat and/or what is good for them and not just what is on sale or what is convenient

They are able to meet the needs of widows and orphans.

And it goes on and on…because they have options most families don’t.

Getting finances under control is only the first step. Learning about entrepreneurialism is the next.

As a family we see the great needs that other families have and the situations that they are in. We’ve been there and we feel your pain. There is a great need for mentorship in this area and so this is what we do. As a family we offer mentorship that will empower families, who are seeking to take control of their finances, who want to learn how to be entrepreneurial, who want to create more options for themselves and financial stability in their future.

Anyone that is interested in more information is welcome to contact us through the blog email ahthelife@gmail.com

Also, as a follow-up to the “Bringing Home Rebecca” story about our friends the Colemans, Rebecca’s husband Sam has quit his job as well. They now have 3 businesses of their own. They are also beginning to see one of their dreams become possible as they are currently making plans to adopt 2 children China.

Monday, July 14, 2008

I was hungry...and what I have to go through...

I was hungry, I really was. It was substantial, it really was, because when I opened the pantry and saw a cockroach sitting on the powdered milk box, after screaming, my mind flew into a mental debate.

"Do I make a grab for the corn chips or not? And...gross his antennas are wiggling"

"Cockroaches don't jump on people, they run away."

"What if there are others? What if there is one on the back side of the chips or in the chips? Remember what happened with Dawn and the Cheetos?"

"Okay you win. But you are still hungry. What are you going to do?"

I called for Andrea to bring our favorite weapon, while I walked backward toward the utensil drawer. I was going for the tongs but the debate began again.

"What are you going to do, reach blindly into the utensil drawer in order to keep an eye on the cockroach in the pantry? What if there is a cockroach in the utensil drawer?"

"Oh yeah, well, he's not moving so I'll have to risk it."

"Remember the last time you were home alone and all the bugs attacked you? What's the deal with that anyway? There really could be one in there."

"Oh, be quiet. I'm not listening to you any more." I grab the BBQ tongs and head back to the pantry with renewed confidence, but here we go again...

"Those are the good tongs."

"Yeah, but those are the ONLY tongs."

"What are you going to do, grab for the antennas? He'll crunch if you grab in the middle and squeeze too hard"

"His antenna will pull off and yeah you're right....that's gross. Hey, I told you to be quiet. It's no big deal. I'll grab it and feed it to the chickens. Okay here I go....oooooohhhhh"

"Aaaaaahhhhh!!!!!"

"What did you have to scream for? He ran away!"

Andrea arrived with the aerosol can of prewash laundry spot spray. It's an enzyme eater and so, wallah! One spray, they flip over, wiggle, and die in 3 seconds.


Ssssquiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrt........ It runs away laughing...

"This must be a different variety of cockroach. I have never seen that before."

5 screams x 5 squirts = one cockroach kicking around in the back of the pantry somewhere behind the syrup + one slimy box of powered milk + one slimy bag of meat tenderizer + one slimy box of gelatin and a pair of dirty tongs.

I rescued the chips and thanked God cockroaches don't hide in the refrigerator while retrieving the dip. But cockroaches in the pantry have a way of making me nauseous and so after a couple chips, I don't want to eat any more. Now, I am suffering not only from hunger and nausea, but from invisiblebugsaremakingmeitchallover. I hate that.

I guess it's time for another visit from the bug man.

Dry Cheerios?


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Researchers Uncover Secret To Growing Gigantic Fruit!

A 4.5lb Cantaloupe from the garden

"Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee."
-Deuteronomy 7:12-13

A Revival Meeting.

This weekend Andrea and I have been attending a local revival meeting. (Similar to this one) I has been wonderful and very thought provoking.

We've enjoyed non-stop preaching from General Stonewall Jackson, George Whitefield (3 times), Paul Washer, Matthew Henry (on James) Jonathan Edwards, and others.

There have been breaks for God glorifying psalm sings (learn more about psalm singing here) the breaking of bread together, and hearty discourse about theology, apologetics, and such.

We thank God for his provision of such a wonderful weekend (and even for the mites, cockroaches and geckos that found there way into our revival meeting).

We hope to have more to share with you as our weekend continues.

Friday, July 11, 2008

What Was Said Was...I Don't Believe...

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VAIN PRETENCES AND REAL RELIGION.

"When men take more pains to seem religious than really to be so, it is a sign their religion is in vain. The not bridling the tongue, readiness to speak of the faults of others, or to lessen their wisdom and piety, are signs of a vain religion. The man who has a slandering tongue, cannot have a truly humble, gracious heart. False religious may be known by their impurity and uncharitableness. True religion teaches us to do every thing as in the presence of God. An unspotted life must go with unfeigned love and charity. Our true religion is equal to the measure in which these things have place in our hearts and conduct. And let us remember, that nothing avails in Christ Jesus, but faith that worketh by love, purifies the heart, subdues carnal lusts, and obeys God's commands." —Matthew Henry Concise on James 1:26,27

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

In which we watch it again


Mom and I are just back from the grocery store. We picked up a Gettysburg/God's and Generals DVD. We have seen both already but as there isn't anything else to watch to date, we're going to watch Gettysburg again. We have a copy of God's and Generals already and I watched it the night before last with Andrea. It is one of my favorite movies. I am impressed and convicted every time I am witness of the portrayal of unique and inspiring union of General Jackson and his wife Anna.


(As an aside, I highly recommend Beloved Bride The Letters of Stonewall Jackson to His Wife. Please see the forward by Stephen Lang, the actor portraying Gen. Stonewall Jackson here.)


We were in the checkout line and a young man with a bad attitude was "putting in his time at the job" by throwing our groceries from one end of the check out to the other while barking orders at my mother for her "store card" and "push this button" and "that button" when in the midst of his flurry and rudeness he grabbed hold of the DVD we wanted to purchase and paused. He read half the title aloud, "God and Generals" and then tossed it into the pile of mangled groceries at the end of the counter.


I like to give people a chance and I was thinking of what I could say to brighten his day and maybe even spare our groceries since we were the ones paying for them.


But before I could ask him about how he was doing and if the store was busier than usual, we received a commentary on God's and Generals. "That is the longest, most boring film. You watch it to the end and nothing ever happens, all they do is talk and talk and talk." I pondered whether I should mention to him that there were war scenes, canon balls and even a bloody arm stump, (the scene where I say to myself, "It's fake, it's fake, it's fake, it's a movie, it doesn't look real....hurry on with it....okay, it's gone) since boys seem to like those but then considered he'd think I was being sarcastic. My silence seemed to convict him. He said, "Well I guess if you like history and the civil war you might like the movie."


I was thankful for his consenting to be kind to the womenfolk on the other side of his counter even if it was temporary, but I was equally sorry to see that his review was reduced to "The movie is for history nerds." But how can one say differently without a biblical worldview?


Excerpts from reviews I appreciate and whole-heartily agree with:


From Doug Phillips review, "MTV-generation Christians who cannot sit through a symphony, a forty-five-minute sermon, or read a book without pictures will struggle greatly with this four-hour film. This film is not the typical mindless escapism we have been trained to crave. This is a “change your life” film. One critic complained that the film is a non-stop sermon. I think that’s a bit overstated, but let me be plain. I want the sermon. I need the sermon."


And from Bill Potter's review:

"the feel of the 1860s permeates this film through the characters, the costumes, the settings, and the dialogue. The battle scenes are artfully done, for we could not bear the reality of the carnage of that war, nor do we wish to. If through the use of Civil War re-enactors, a sense of the honor, heroism, and sacrifice of American men and women is successfully conveyed, that alone makes the four hours spent at the theater worth the time. Americans who are notoriously oblivious of who they are and what sacrifices their ancestors endured, will come face to face with men, saints and sinners, in the most compelling and historically accurate film yet produced for the big screen. Gods and Generals should challenge the historical imagination of this generation and send people running to the library to learn more of their own past."


A Testimony of Two Young Ladies on the Gallows

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(From the VF Scotland Tour and Mr. Brown)

Friday, July 04, 2008

Christian Love

"But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,"
—Christ in Luke 6:27

Enemies: Greek Strong's Number: 2190

Greek Word: ἐχθρός
Transliteration: echthros
Phonetic Pronunciation:ekh-thros'
Root: from a primary echtho (to hate), hateful (passively, odious, or actively, hostile)
Cross Reference: TDNT - 2:811,285
Part of Speech: adj
Vine's Words: Enemy, Foe

Usage Notes:

English Words used in KJV:
enemy 30 foe 2 [Total Count: 32]

from a primary echtho (to hate); hateful (passive odious, or active hostile); usually as a noun, an adversary (especially Satan) :- enemy, foe

"These are hard lessons to flesh and blood. But if we are thoroughly grounded in the faith of Christ's love, this will make his commands easy to us. Every one that comes to him for washing in his blood, and knows the greatness of the mercy and the love there is in him, can say, in truth and sincerity, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Let us then aim to be merciful, even according to the mercy of our heavenly Father to us"
—Matthew Henry Concise on Luke 6:27

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

From Anti-life to Pro-live: The Beguilement Of A Generation Revealed

"My pro-choice views (and I imagine those of many others) were motivated by loving concern: I just did not want women to have to suffer, to have to devalue themselves by dealing with unwanted pregnancies. Since it was an inherent part of my worldview that everyone except people with “hang-ups” eventually has sex, and that sex is, under normal circumstances, only about the relationship between the two people involved, I was lured into one of the oldest, biggest, most tempting lies in human history: the enemy is not human. Babies had become the enemy because of their tendency to pop up and ruin everything; and just as societies are tempted to dehumanize their fellow human beings on the other side of the line in wartime, so had I, and we as a society, dehumanized what we saw as the enemy of sex."

"As I was reading up on the Catholic Church’s understanding of sex, marriage and contraception, everything changed. I had always assumed that Catholic teachings against birth control were outdated notions, even a thinly disguised attempt to oppress the faithful. What I found, however, was that these teachings expressed a fundamentally different understanding of sex. And once I discovered this, I never saw the world the same way again."

Read the rest of Jennifer Fulwiler's conversion from atheism to Catholicism and with it from anti-Life to Pro-Life here.