Sunday, June 29, 2008

Gas Prices in Germany

My sister, who is living in Germany, sent an e-mail that sheds light on this. My Uncle's girlfriend Sharon Ann had written to her asking about this.

From my sister Janet:

Just to comfort those of you who think gasoline has gotten too expensive in the States! Sharon Ann asked me if the calculations were right.....(you figure for yourself if my math was correct on this one---if not, I stand corrected ;-) but at any rate, it's terribly expensive---I am riding my bike where possible to do small errands, even it I have to ride several kilometers and come back up the steep hill to our house----lots of people bike to work now, men in suits and ties....but the traffic jams are the same as ever ;-( ....

Hi Janet,

How much are you paying for petrol? We heard you're paying $9.50 per
gallon. We wondered if the reporter did the exchange rate and
gallons and liters math correctly.

Sharon Ann


Hi Sharon Ann,
well, we are paying almost € 1.60 for a liter now, so I guess that is € 6.40 for a gallon, which would translate at a rate of 1.55 to.......? I get $9.90 a gallon (I guess four liters is not exactly a gallon, however, it's a fews drops more, (or "a "liter" bit more", as I remember the ad once....) ....so maybe that puts it down to $9.40 ;-) The prices do vary slightly, of course, from parts of the country to others, but I'd say this estimate hits it pretty much on the head (i.e.in the wallet!!! ;-(

love, Janet

Jesus In China

PBS did a Frontline special that you can watch here on the burgeoning of Christianity in China. It's good because Frontline seems to be in the right vein, as they were in the special on Joel osteen, being concerned with true, evangelical Christianity. They seem to have a grasp of the truth, that is, the truth of Christianity.

They don't show the whole truth about the situation in China. Voice of the Martyrs will tell you that there's still imprisonment, torture and even death in China for Christians who don't go along with the state church.

Friday, June 27, 2008

If my people...

2 Chronicles 7:14
New International Version (NIV)


14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I Think I'm gonna Be Sick


An 87 year old lady and an 84 year old lady marrying each other? Barf me out, gag me with a spoon!

For an example of a deep disease that has crept into the American psyche, listen to this quote: "This is an extraordinary moment in history," Newsom told a cheering, standing-room-only crowd at City Hall. "I think today, marriage as an institution has been strengthened." That's Mayor Gavin Newsom, of San Francisco.

I imagine these gay activists thinking "I wanted to make my contribution to society before I go, and now I have!"

Insanity!

Heath Ledger Receiving His Oscar

Penny From The Bronx


I stayed in the dorms at Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, partly because I didn't want to be all cushy for the conference in a hotel, while thinking about persecuted and very uncomfortable Christians in various places in the world. But I was also alone and I thought it'd be a good way to meet people, and it would be convenient too. I got put in a suite where the bathroom was shared with the next dorm. Penny was my suite mate.

Penny lives in the Bronx.

Penny is so cool, and is a testimony for Barack Obama. She is an urban black woman in all respects, but she has none of the negative attitude, because she has Jesus blazing in her heart. She is also very bright and intelligent. She has a Southern accent, as she is from Georgia originally.

She was such a delight! She is like fresh water in the desert. She is a hard working woman, about to retire after thirty years of service in her job.

She talked about some of the things she has learned working for Voice of The Martyrs, and we discussed some of what we had heard at the conference. We talked about rape. Women are raped because they are Christians! That's something I never wanted to hear. The Iranian man who was hiding his face talked about it in Iran, and they discussed it in the Columbia session. Penny said that there is something worse than rape, so they say, but they don't want to tell what it is.

The Voice of the Martyrs people don't splash all the ugly gore in their magazines or at their conferences. You have to read between the lines. The things people do to people - well, it's far worse than animals. I do understand why people end up loving animals more than people.

Just as an example, in the Columbia session, they told us that in the prisons, they are using human heads to play soccer.

Penny "turned me on" to a bunch of stuff that will shed further light on what is going on in the world. She directed me to some films.

On North Korea:

The Crossing - a story that shows life in North Korea.

Seoul Train - a documentary

On Israel:

Farewell Israel

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Morgan Freeman on Black History Month


Morgan Freeman makes more sense than the apparent Democratic candidate!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Oklahoma 2008 Weekend




I have finally finished this, though it has been interfered with greatly. The conference was interfered with as well - many technical sound difficulties. I don't know why my little blog project would be of interest to Satan, but...here goes...

I got to Tulsa at noon and went shopping and to eat. Oklahoma's humble compared to Minnesota. The radio stations on the car, set already, had a Christian radio station set. I thought, "the bible belt." It's not as prosperous, which is probably a blessing. After going out to eat, I headed for the conference - Voice of the Martyrs at Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 40 miles North of Tulsa.

The first night there were two speakers who stood out - a man and his wife from Iran, who are involved in ministry in Iran. The wife couldn't speak English. She is a former Muslim and was dressed in Muslim garb only to hide her identity, in case anyone in the conference had infiltrated only for the wrong purposes. Her husband, a Westerner, was also covered up except for his eyes. The wife told her story, of her conversion to Christianity. They preach the gospel in Iran and help persecuted Christians there. The husband said it is very stressful there because of the persecution, but that God is doing great things and people are turning to Christ there.

Then there was "Maria" from Columbia. In Columbia, the women take over their husbands' ministries if they are pastors, because no one expects anything of the women, and they can carry on without being suspect. Maria was helping displaced people who had been persecuted and had 130 people staying in her home at that time. She said she always feared for her life. There are many gangs fighting for power in Cuba, and evangelical Christians are persecuted even though the national religion is Catholic.

At the end of the evening meeting we were invited to a question and answer session, for whichever country we chose. I chose Columbia, to listen to more of Maria and her stories of helping persecuted believers.



I couldn't take pictures of the conference - tight security, and I couldn't take all intensity, so I headed for downtown Bartlesville Saturday morning looking for a diner and I found it - the hub of the town - Weeze's, short for Louise, the owner. Like KD said, Seniors know good food.





I sat next to Bob (above) who is in a gun club. Bob knows the word. he says he doesn't believe in tongues, but I forgive him - ha! he says the word says they must be interpreted. Good for him! Amazing how you can walk into an American diner and find a Christian.




Louise and her husband.


Downtown Bartlesville


The worship was buttoned up, but they had a nice harp and guitar


Bonnie and Ralph were a couple I met right at the beginning. We went to the Columbia session together.


Peggy is a volunteer who helped me get my dorm room.


Kids of attendees did a performance


Go-Cart Knight in Shining Armor. They used golf carts to transport people from the parking lots to the various spots on campus.




Penny from the Bronx. My friend back home who put up the money for me to make this trip, told me I was brave for going alone. I told her, "it's not like I'm in the Bronx." I just said this and the next day I found out the lady in the dorm right next to mine, a volunteer for Voice of The Martyrs, lives in the Bronx.

Friday morning, after I went to Weeze's, I returned to the conference. There were many more exciting and interesting speakers. Mr. Kim from North Korea is most memorable. he was angry as he talked about how the government is building a monument to Kim Jong Il for $600,000,000.00 and building nuclear arms, yet the people are starving. his anger turned to tears. He was the only speaker who cried. He told of his conversion to Christ and how he realized that God was greater than Kim Jong Il. This is hard to comprehend - worshipping a guy who looks like a Chinese Elvis, but apparently very real.

Michael Wurmbrand spoke, son of Richhard Wurmbrand, the founder of Voice of the Martyrs. He is a funny man.

A man spoke who is head of a ministry in Iraq. He said that he is in favor of going into Iraq, now that he is an American (he's from Iraq originally) but he doesn't believe that there can be democracy in the Middle East because of Islam. He said in dealing with Islam, in spreading the gospel, one must first come against the spirit of Islam. His words wore: "you must fight and overcome the spirit of Islam!"

Saturday night, for the question and answer session, I chose Israel. A man from israel had spoken Saturday morning while I was at Weeze's, and I went down the list of countries, all interesting, and realized I always leave the Jews til last. They are supposed to be first but I always put them to the last.

The man representing Israel was young and attractive, and young girls had lined up the front asking him personal questions about himself. I was annoyed. I asked him, "what is the spiritual state of Jews in Israel today?"

He said that of the 7 million people in Israel, only about 4.5 million of them are Jews and most of them are atheists. He said a large number are homosexuals for some reason. He said the situation is depressing. He said he thinks Satan has a particular interest in Jerusalem because it's where Jesus left and it's where He will return, and it is the greatest symbol of Satan's victory or defeat. If he can defest the Jews in Israel, he feels victorious.

I had such a strong burden for the Jews there, as they were supposed to receive the Messiah first, and it seems they are last. What a great mission field! Only problem is, he said that you aren't allowed to be in Israel as a missionary. You have to be there as something else. Here is a video on his ministry.

On Sunday morning Gracia Burnham spoke, a missionary who went on a honeymoon with her husband in the Phillippines, and they were captured by terrorists. Her husband was killed. Her story is recounted in the book "In The Presence Of My Enemies." Her testimony was inspiring.

The conference was so life changing. I stopped thinking about myself and my problems. i was brought into a larger sphere of the whole world and the church in the whole world and the incredible challenges out there, beyond myself. I recaptured the joy of the Lord.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Oklahoma!


Movie made in 1955 (year I was born!)

I'm headed to Oklahoma on Friday morning. Gotta get up at 4:00 AM! I'm going to hear the stories of martyrs in repressive countries, who risk everything for their faith in Christ.

This reminds me of heading for Oklahoma in 2006. I had sold my house and loaded up my car, including my two cats. I already began a manic episode and was delusional, even as I finished the details of the closing on the house. Somehow I was still able to do everything necessary to finish.

I had a new Prius, and the car was packed to the gills, including a cushy shredded foam filled futon for sleeping in the car if necessary. I simply headed South as I wanted to go to New Mexico. I got to Oklahoma and found a rest area with showers that truckers can rent. I planned to use the showers but decided to take a long rest first.

Across the highway I "squatted" in an abandoned ranch. It was completely empty except for a barn with some hay left in it. I parked behind the barn and put my army cot and bed inside the barn and put my cats in there. I went to the convenience store and got food, came back and ate in the barn. It was a good rest. Towards evening, after going and taking a shower, I packed up my things, took my cats and headed South for Oklahoma City, and got a room in a beautiful Embassy Suites hotel. Once settled in, I realized that I had left my cat Bonita back at the barn. I had to travel in the night all the way back to the barn. There she was, with her kitten meow, walking on the premises of the barn like the good kitty she was, never straying from any place we went. I got her back!

In Oklahoma City I called my mother. She knew a pastor in the area of a church connected to the denomination that my parents belong to. I called him as we were nearing Easter. It was good Friday. I planned to go visit his church on good Friday, but my manic state was getting worse and I couldn't exactly navigate to get to his church.

After a couple nights in Oklahoma City, I headed out and picked up a hitchhiker. Now you know I'm delusional. I would never do that. When I became uncomfortable with him in the car, I wanted to drop him off at the first stop I could find and he got mad and started to punch my face. I finally was able to find a stop to drop him off at, and then I came to a rest stop and asked a lady there for help. I told her I had been beaten and she was sympathetic. I told her I needed a place to stay and she directed me to the motel where I last stayed before my accident. I drove to the motel. It was near Fort Worth. My manic state worsened. I stayed the night and the next morning is when I left Bonita in the motel and went out and had the accident with my car.

That morning was Easter. On Easter, 2006, I flipped my car and landed in a Texan hospital - it was the perfect satanic attack on my hopes and dreams.

The good thing was that my uncle just happened to have one of his apartments in Fort Worth - he's a doctor, so he could drive there and help me out. He got me out of the hospital and on the plane back to Minneapolis.

So now I'm going back to Oklahoma - dry, brownish terrain. Not a desert. It's like Minnesota only not lush and green.

Burt Rosenberg - Messianic Joy Spritzer


"Excess on occasion is exhilarating.
It prevents moderation from acquiring
the deadening effect of a habit."
- W. Somerset Maugham

The following is an eletter I received from Burt, who is doing on of his joy spritzing seminars:

Dearly Beloved You-ness,

As a man of great humus and humidity , I'm often asked real deep questions.

Such as, "Why does God allow suffering?"

"Will there be cats in Heaven?"

And "Say, when are you going to be spritzing near the DC area?"

Well, at least let's go ahead and knock out that last one right now.

Yours troobly will be doing a Joy Seminar, on Saturday, July 5th, at the Messiah Conference in Grantham, Pa., held at Messiah College (near Gettysburg, not too far from DC, a pretty ride up Rt. 15 from I-270.)

This Joy Spritz-o-Rama is entitled, "How to Be Light-Hearted in a Dark World," and will be held on Saturday, July 5th at 2 pm in Poorman Auditorium on the Messiah College campus.

This Joy Seminar reveals practical insights on how to en-lighten up, and live from your true, serenely-jubilant Center, delightfully & brightfully, here & now.

Why not? What have we got better to do, for heaven's sake?

Hope to see you, soon, under one divinely-arranged pretext or another.

Yours, in the Divine Conspiracy
to Smuggle Joy into the World,
Your friend,

Burt

P.S.
{The Messiah Conference is a large gathering of Messianic Jews and gentiles, with all sorts of wonderful music, powerful messages and sancitified shmoozing. The Messiah Conference, itself, actually goes for a full week, from June 29th to July 5th, although you can attend for just one the day, if you just want to come for the July 5th Joy Seminar.
For more information on any of the possibilities, simply call 1-610-338-0451

(the art is a Rosenberg original)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Dangerous Toilet Seat?

This is a scenario I could never imagine. Life is stranger than fiction. A man got glued to a toilet seat at Home Depot and sustained injuries, so he's suing. This is a story for Kingdavid! How do you classify a dangerous toilet seat? A Plumbing Kingdom Jihad, or PKJ?

Advice: if you get glued to a toilet seat, stay seated until you are pryed loose so that you are not injured.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Shout To The Lord on American Idol


and there's David Archuleta in the group....I was surprised that they did this song but I guess a fair number of these winners in the group are Christians! Aired 4-10-2008

David Archuleta - Stand By Me


My sister and I decided to go for coffee with our computers at Caribou coffee. We both plunked down our computers and she said, "have you been watching American Idol lately? Do you know David Archuleta?" I said, "no, I'm not familiar with American Idol." She directed me to YouTube, and prefaced it with, "he's so cute, he's 17, and he's just so cute. He has this great voice. He won second place." So, we both opened our computers up, started sipping our cappucinos and went to YouTube and she started searching for songs he did - Imagine, and Shout To The Lord.

"Shout To The Lord!" I said. "You're kidding." She said, "There are Christians in American Idol, and Archuleta is a Christian."

So I listened to some of his songs and here he is. He is cute, and he does have a good voice.

Condoleezza Rice-True Believer


I'm fascinated by this woman, and have the utmost respect for her. This video shows a lot of her life and beliefs. She's single! That's so cool.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Martian Child 2007


I can hardly believe that John Cusack is now around 40, and playing a father, remembering him in The Sure Thing and loving him in that, and having time pass so quickly. He is so good in this movie, playing a loving father of a son he adopts. he is just a cool man, never losing that charm he had at around 19 years old. His sister stars in this with him, which is so cool. This movie is rated PG and is worth checking out.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I'm Finally Getting Away!

I'm going to a conference in Oklahoma for the Voice Of The Martyrs from June 20-22. It should be very inspiring hearing people from repressed countries tell their stories of being persecuted and being challenged to share our faith.

A friend offered to give me her frequent flyer miles so I could afford to go!

Then I'm heading to Montana to go camping below the mountains, in the valley next to the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Montana is beautiful in the summer and there are plenty of wide open spaces.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

American Death Toll In Iraq Reaches 4000

A co-worker mentioned this fact, and then said that he was reminded of the fact that there have been a rate of about 4000 abortions per day (!) since 2003 - a far more staggering number. He said he's a lot more worried about the war at home. I would agree with him. He's a young bible school student that the company hired - a relief having him there. Here's a good site on abortion statistics and pro-life defenses.

I don't agree with everything they say, but it's interesting reading their thoughts on different issues.

I understand that abortion exists, and I understand why, but I don't understand the rate of abortions, or how women are living with themselves after them.

Cry Me A River!


I wasn't calling her "Hitlery." If she had become President I could've lived with it, as opposed to the alternative. But now that she's gone, I'm not crying, oh no!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Now I'm gonna vote for him for sure!



A "Presidential Fist-Bump?"

I wasn't sure who I wanted as president, but when he did this, I had no doubt it was he who was best suited for the job.

Caricatures Of Obama




and an article on Obama's caricature issue.

New Wearable Feed Bags


New Wearable Feedbags Let Americans Eat More, Move Less

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

A little early, but here is a site for Father's day. It has all these:

* The History of Fathers' Day
* Quotes About Dad
* Play Fathers' Day Word Search Online
* Send a Father's Day Card
* Fathers' Day Links from Yahoo!

No One Protects You Like A Dad!


A Macaque and his child

How To Make A Caricature Of Obama



Before and after photos

Here is something I thought would be both really fun and very useful: a website on how to make a caricature of Obama. Because I thought, "what could be more important at a time like this than to be able to make a caricature of the man?"

Note: they gave him one huge Afro nose. He shouldn't be ashamed of that like Michael Jackson.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Rather She Than He

This is the craziest thing I've seen in a long time.
For those of you in the 21st century (e.g. blackberry
owners), you'll need to look at this on a pc. You also
have to get out of your seat and walk away from
your computer. People may think you're crazy.
But it's well worth it.

When you look at this picture in a
closer look you see its Albert Einstein.
But if you stand 15 feet away,
It will become Marilyn Monroe.

Give it a try.