Archive for July, 2008

lights

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2008 by xybatt

     It was glimpse of heaven last week in Orlando. We saw church family from all over the country, some that we had not seen in ten years. People from all backgrounds and situations, all coming together to praise, pray and fellowship. It strikes me how often the person who is attracted to the GOSPEL is not just like me! Sometimes the person that you expect to see doesn’t come and the one who attends surprises you. Reminds me of an observation I made as a kid. My grandfather used yellow lights on the front porch. Why? “Doesn’t attract bugs” he said. I asked, “what about a bright, white light”? He replied, “No. You don’t want to use a bright light. You’ll have all kinds of bugs”. What light are we using in our life? Maybe a nice, cautious, yellow light….Or are we more like a light house, guiding the lost to safety?

     Have you completed and signed a living will?

     Tell me your singles BLOG topics. I might do Christian dating for a few weeks unless you give me a better topic.

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Back to Spiritual Center

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2008 by xybatt

     We sat through three hours of cultural diversity today. The panel consisted of one African-American female Methodist, one Male Methodist, one Presbyterian (Evangelical), a Mormon Elder, one Catholic priest, one Jewish Rabbi and a Muslim Iman. It discussed various topics related to end of life care. Good knowledge to have as a hospice nurse and educator.

     The sad fact became evident when the Iman stated that for the purpose of modesty, he felt it appropriate that men care for men and women for women. The Rabbi agreed that this would be ideal. After all, both agreed that the only (appropriate) situation for a male and female to interact intimitely is in marriage and outsiders viewing private areas would cause discomfort. None of the (christian) panel agreed. In fact, one expressed that in western culture, intimacy had been “redefined”. I asked “doesn’t Christianity teach the same basic priciples of intimacy and marriage?”.  Well, doesn’t it???? Shouldn’t I, a Christian male, be just as respectful as these other religions??

     I know we don’t live in a perfect world but….we can strive to improve. As a single man, I tried to not look upon a woman in an improper manner. Thoughts……………..

     SPIRITUAL GROWTH WORKSHOP IS COMING NEXT WEEK!!!!

Independence Day (the day love walked out)

Posted in Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 by xybatt

I am a product of the seventies. “Broadway”Joe Namath, the bachelor quarterback, thanked the gi     I rls of NY for never being alone. We watched Charlie’s Angels (Farrah), Rockford (for the action) . Mini skirts, spin the bottle, Love Boat, Betty and Veronica, Ginger and Mary Ann (the girls had Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy) and James Bond. Later, disco and dirty dancing. It was the sexual revolution. Women’s lib said, “men are only good for sex, women can work and pay their own bills”. Men cheered!!!

Then I started going to church. Yes, in the 70’s, “I found It” I graduated high school in ’78. I learned that a Christian had a list to keep. Don’t drink, Don’t smoke (the worst sin because you were destroying the temple) and don’t have sex. “So, how far could you go before you are sinning?” I liked church and had good friends, read my bible, told others they were going to hell because they didn’t believe what I did…..

My Dad threw me out of the house at 16. Didn’t need me to tell him where he was going, I guess….I finished school, joined the Army, and straddled the fence. See, I had failed to keep a perfect list. Quit church and got involved…over and over and over….then at 32: divorced and hurting (with a hurricane to rebound from also) I went back to church and discovered repentance and forgiveness. Not a list!

I was alone (emphasis on alone) for 5 years. It was the best years of my life. I traveled. Went back to school. Came and went as I pleased. But, I did miss the intimacy of sex…..And yes, I was a bit angry about the urges and temptations that I was having to learn to live with. What about you??? Yes, many of you are more independent (my brother just went to Finland with friends-couldn’t have done that married). But what about celibacy?

I am a product of the seventies. “Broadway”Joe Namath, the bachelor quarterback, thanked the gi     I rls of NY for never being alone. We watched Charlie’s Angels (Farrah), Rockford (for the action) . Mini skirts, spin the bottle, Love Boat, Betty and Veronica, Ginger and Mary Ann (the girls had Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy) and James Bond. Later, disco and dirty dancing. It was the sexual revolution. Women’s lib said, “men are only good for sex, women can work and pay their own bills”. Men cheered!!!

Then I started going to church. Yes, in the 70’s, “I found It” I graduated high school in ’78. I learned that a Christian had a list to keep. Don’t drink, Don’t smoke (the worst sin because you were destroying the temple) and don’t have sex. “So, how far could you go before you are sinning?” I liked church and had good friends, read my bible, told others they were going to hell because they didn’t believe what I did…..

My Dad threw me out of the house at 16. Didn’t need me to tell him where he was going, I guess….I finished school, joined the Army, and straddled the fence. See, I had failed to keep a perfect list. Quit church and got involved…over and over and over….then at 32: divorced and hurting (with a hurricane to rebound from also) I went back to church and discovered repentance and forgiveness. Not a list!

I was alone (emphasis on alone) for 5 years. It was the best years of my life. I traveled. Went back to school. Came and went as I pleased. But, I did miss the intimacy of sex…..And yes, I was a bit angry about the urges and temptations that I was having to learn to live with. What about you??? Yes, many of you are more independent (my brother just went to Finland with friends-couldn’t have done that married). But what about celibacy?