Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Who Is Jesus Christ? He is every letter of the human language; therefore Jesus is right for whatever's wrong in your life, however you spell it:

A = Alpha and the Omega (Rev. 1:8)
Amen, the faithful and true witness (Rev. 3:14)
Ancient of Days (Dan. 7:9)

B = Beginning and the End (Rev. 21:6)
Behold, I am coming soon (Rev. 22:7)

C = Chosen before the creation of the world (1 Peter 1:20)

D = Deliverer and my stronghold (Psa. 144:2)

E = Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isa.. 9:6)

F = Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11)
First and the Last (Rev. 2:8)

G = Great and marvelous are Your ways (Rev. 15:3)
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise (Psa.145:3)
Great is Your faithfulness (Lam. 3:23)

H = Holy and true, who holds the key of David (Rev. 3:7)
Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns (Rev. 19:6)
His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance (Rev. 1:16)
Hair of his head was white like wool (Rev. 1:14)

I = I am alive for ever and ever (Rev. 1:18)
I am the root and offspring of David (Rev. 22:6)
I hold the keys of death and Hades (Rev. 1:18)

J = Just and true are Your ways (Rev. 15:3)

K = King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 19:6)
King of the ages (Rev. 15:4)

L = Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)
Lord will be your everlasting light (Isa. 60:19)

M = Majesty and splendor are before Him (1 Chron. 16:27)

N = Name is Jesus (Matt. 1:21)
Name that is above every name (Phil. 2:9)

O = One and Only (John 1:18)

P = Pearl of great price (Matt. 13:46)

Q = Quickening spirit (1 Cor. 15:45)

R = Ruler of the kings of the earth (Rev. 1:5)

S = Sovereign Lord, holy and true (Rev. 6:10)

T = The bright morning star (Rev. 22:6)

U = Unspeakable gift (2 Cor. 9:15)

V = Voice was like the sound of rushing water (Rev. 1:15)

W = Worthy is the lamb that was slain (Rev. 5:12)
Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Rev. 1:8)
Word of God (John 1:1; Rev. 19:13)

X = Exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation (2 Sam. 22:47)

Y = Yes, Lord God Almighty, just and true are Your judgments (Rev. 16:7)
Your God will be your glory (Isa. 60:19)

Z = Zion - the Deliverer will come from Zion (Rom. 11:26)

Father, be magnified in my perception of You so I can behold You in all Your beauty, Your majesty and Your glory.

- by Donna Mielke

Friday, September 22, 2006

In Honour of The 36 - And Those Who Follow ....

The average age of the Canadian military man is 18 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student,
pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howizzitor.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march. He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime. He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the Canadian Fighting Man
that has kept this country free. He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition
of going to war when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this picture ... a short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets!

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."

Monday, September 18, 2006

The following is in response to an article in a health periodical:

I found the latest RQHR HealthNews article on the rise of STDs interesting, informative, frightening, and disturbing. I do appreciate the intent of the initiatives presented but feel that the scope should be broadened to include parents and the church.

Also ……..

I believe we are ignoring/missing a vital component in the battle against STDs.

Initially the slogan was "safe sex".

We discovered that didn’t work.

Now it is "safer sex".

And we’re still fining it does not work ….. due to ‘safe-sex fatigue’.

I am not that naïve to suggest that promiscuity will suddenly disappear with my input but I do think we need to consider another option, that of abstinence and life affirming choices.

Because sefe sex/safer sex/unprotected sex/latex condoms/dental dams/limited sexual partners/testing/treatment/free condoms/or whatever other well meaning attempt is made/it is still Russian Roulette – one shot away from death.

We need to supply our youth/young adults more than the status quo now being promoted.

We need to impart values/empowerment/purpose/personal goals/and moral assets.

Morality isn’t a swear word; it is a compass for healthy living.

Our youth need more than free advice. They want a reason for their lives, a reason behind their choices.

As is, we’re saying, You’re going to do it, so here use these.

We need to be saying, There’s another way, a better way; you can wait, you can have no regrets; don’t put your life on hold, put sex on hold. We’ll equip you.

They’ll be up for the challenge.

Right now youth are down because we are not brave enough to challenge them with healthy life choices.

We give them whatever we think they want and they sink to that level.

Give them a challenge and they’ll rise to that level.

That is why I can safely promote OptionS Pregnancy Center Resources and Lifestyle Coaching Inc. They have a wide range of programs and resources, building positive self-esteem and the moral assets for improving the lives of young people.

I would hope and appreciate the inclusion of OptionS in your upcoming discussion groups.

If we are really serious about dealing with STDs we must consider the life options that OptionS Pregnancy Center presents.

If not, we’ll continue to ‘window dress’

Contact them 757-1371 – and check them out.


Albert Kienle