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Still Sick (*sigh*)

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All right, here’s the plan: one more blog post after this one, and I’m going back to bed. I got a little sleep last night, which is better than none. My head still hurts.

I probably won’t bring my toy dinosaurs into bed with me, but I’ve got the next best thing: Michael Crichton’s The Lost World (his sequel to Jurassic Park)–in which the author seems to have discovered that Settled Science isn’t really all that settled. I love it when the bad guys try to avoid getting eaten by the Tyrannosaurus by standing as still as statues. “They’re just standing there! Are they crazy?” And Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum in the movies) answers, “No, not crazy. They are misinformed.” Turned out what they “knew” about dinosaurs wasn’t true, after all. But no going back to the drawing board for them.

Hopefully I will read myself to sleep with this and move another two or three hours closer to normalcy. That’s what I’m praying for, at any rate: and thank all of you for your prayers for me.


Nocturne with Newts (I’m Sick)

Two nights with no sleep at all, plus steady sinus toothache (that’s when all the teeth–yeah, I said all of ’em–on one side of your head hurt all at once), and I’m feeling a bit frayed around the edges. I’m thinking seriously of just going back to bed and hoping sheer fatigue will overcome me.

But first allow me to indulge myself with this nice video of newts swimming around at night in someone’s backyard pond in England. Graceful, aren’t they? There’s something about them that I find very soothing.

Meanwhile, everybody, please pray for me, ask the Lord to lift this affliction from me: in Jesus’ name, Amen.


Prayer Request: ‘The White Rabbit’

Please join me in prayer for our friend and highly esteemed colleague, Dave, aka “the White Rabbit,” who has just been diagnosed with a fairly serious disease.

O Lord our God, in Jesus’ name, please uphold and heal our brother, David: for we believe these blessings are in your hands to give. Please, Father in heaven, preserve our fellowship; it means a lot to us. We are your servants, and the sheep of your pasture: and we need our Shepherd. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


A Christmas Prayer

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I pray this every Christmas. Please join in!

O Lord Our God–bless this Christmas season of 2018, and give it extraordinary power to turn our hearts to Jesus Christ, our Savior and our rightful, natural Lord. Make it mighty to convert unbelief to faith: turn loose your Holy Spirit to speak directly to the heart and gather souls into The Good Shepherd’s sheepfold. Make this stronger than past Christmases, and Christmases to come, make mightier yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Prayer Request: Erlene

Please, everybody, join in prayer for our friend and sister Erlene’s son, Eric, who has an injured shoulder that doesn’t seem to want to get better. (Been there, done that, know the feeling).

O Father in Heaven, please shed your grace on Erlene’s son, Eric, and heal his injured shoulder: please hear our prayers for him, and be swift to help him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


We’re Open Tomorrow (plus Prayer Request)

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Usually we’re not home on Thanksgiving; but this year we will be, and I hope some of you will visit us via this blog. I’ll try to provide fun stuff for you to read–but no nooze reports. Just Patty and me and our two cats.

I pray that no one else I know will so far succumb to anxiety about the future, that the needs of the present go unaddressed. If this sounds a little cryptic, I’m afraid I can’t help it: I have not been asked to make this prayer request. I must make it privately and ask for your “Amen,” trusting in the Lord to understand: in Jesus’ name, Amen.


More Doctoring, More Confusion

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Well, we spent the whole morning at the doctor’s office, and don’t know much more now than we knew yesterday. At least I don’t.

Patty has some kind of problem with her circulation. That’s bad. Other aspects of her health are pretty much okay. Don’t expect a detailed medical report from me. I don’t understand enough to give you one.

The immediate business at hand seems to be dietary modification. My wife is averse to taking a bunch of medicines she never heard of, so that’s off the table, at least for now.

All I really know is to ask for your continued prayers. God’s healing comes without dangerous side effects. I ask for it, many times a day, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


So We Went to the Doctor… and Nothing Happened

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Two and a half hours up the spout: the doctor’s other office failed to send him the results of Patty’s tests, so the whole thing today was a waste of everybody’s time. So we have to do it all over again on Monday morning. Meanwhile, it’s limbo. Not the dance: that place that’s neither Heaven nor Hell, where nothing happens.

Couldn’t jump the hurdle ’cause they never set it up.

Please continue to pray for us. We need it.


Ministering to My Doctor

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I had my regular checkup today, everything’s cool; and as no one else was waiting to see him, Dr. Swan took the opportunity to pump me for more information about the Bible and Christianity. He took notes on my answers, so I had to pray I told him nothing but what was true, and acceptable to Our Lord.

It humbles me, whenever I’m called upon to minister to someone. After all, I’m not an official and bona fide Bible scholar, not ordained. To perform this service makes me acutely aware of my limitations. It makes me careful to stick to what I read in the Bible itself, and to what I’ve learned of history. Dr. Swan grew up in a village in Burma, and the Bible is unfamiliar territory for him. So I have to get it right.

Not your typical visit to the doctor’s office.

On Friday Patty will see him to discuss the results of her recent tests. He hasn’t read them yet but he told me not to worry, “Everything looks pretty good so far.” Please pray he’s right.


Switzerland Outlaws ‘Homophobia’

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Here comes the avalanche…

Why do I keep thinking of St. Gildas’ phrase, “running on all fours into Hell”?

So Switzerland’s Parliament has outlawed “homophobia” and “transphobia”–without clearly defining what those things are–and you can get three years in prison (!) for committing these… crimes (http://www.papermag.com/switzerland-transphobia-hate-speech-laws-2609791592.html).

The upper house still has to vote on it, but it seems a foregone conclusion that they’ll all hop aboard the bandwagon.

The new, ahem, “law” is aimed at “verbal and physical homophobic violence.” “Verbal”? As in anything that any homosexual objects to? In Canada and elsewhere in the defenseless Western world, that’s been the experience–just about anything you say can land you in the soup. Like, perhaps, quoting the Bible, “Male and female created He them” (Genesis 1:27)–wouldn’t that be some kind of “transphobic verbal violence”? Have they just struck down religious freedom in Switzerland?

The next project, we are told, is to hurry up and impose “gay marriage” on the country.

O Lord our God, I don’t know why these things are being done–and done so energetically, at that. What is the great boon that these people think they are bestowing on the human race?

Father, remember that these things are done without our consent, against our will, and over our objections. We are trying to oppose them, but we can do nothing without you. Equip us to do thy will, O Lord: to know it, and to do it: that the evils of this evil age might pass away. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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