Archive for December 1st, 2006

The Good Shepherd

Friday, December 1st, 2006

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

John 10:14-18 (New International Version)

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Jesus compared himself to the shepherd many times.
He wanted people to see that He was here to take care of us, to even die for us, just as a shepherd would for his sheep. He did this of His “own accord”, freely and with love for us.
As we enter this Christmas season, it might be easy to forget why Jesus came to earth. He came to die for our sins.
What a wonderful gift we have in Jesus!!

Eastern Europe on the Verge of HIV Catastrophe

Friday, December 1st, 2006

I need someone to correct me on any of my facts here, if I’m wrong. Just be sure to bring links to reputable sources, if you do.
I believe that AIDS is completely preventable, and could be eradicated if people around the world would do as the Bible says and practice sexual abstinence until marriage, and remain magnanimous throughout marriage.
I understand that the HIV is now in the blood supply, but here in the U.S. at least, the blood supply is heavily tested for it.
The heart of what I’m trying to say here is, that except in a very few cases of accidental infection, AIDS is completely preventable. The problem with this line of thought is that people, on a whole, want to have sex with anyone, anytime they want. Until people are willing to change their lifestyle choices, then we are always going to have AIDS.

With that said, I want to make one more comment about this. This is going to make some people angry. I really take umbrage with governments and organizations spending billions of dollars more on AIDS research, which, as I stated above, is preventable by merely making lifestyle changes, then they do on Cancer research, that is not preventable by lifestyle changes. Let me add that cancer kills thousands of people more than AIDS does, yet more is spent on research for the preventable AIDS than on the typically unpreventable cancer.
This doesn’t make sense to me.

With almost 40 million people infected around the world, there is little cause for hope on World AIDS Day. The epidemic is spreading rapidly in Eastern Europe and in sub-Saharan Africa it is costing over 1 million new jobs a year.

Twenty five years have passed since the first AIDS case was discovered and today there are almost 40 million people around the world infected with the virus. Friday, Dec. 1 is World Aids Day and to mark the occasion UNICEF has issued a warning that Eastern Europe is on the brink of an AIDS disaster. Meanwhile the International Labor Organization has announced that the “relentless advance” of HIV/AIDS is condemning those countries hardest hit with the epidemic to reduced economic and employment growth.

UNICEF’s director, Dietrich Garlichs said on Thursday that more than 270,000 people had been infected already this year in Central and Eastern Europe, a 70 percent increase over 2005. “The biggest increase in new infections is happening right on our doorstep,” Garlichs told AP.

Hundreds of thousands of homeless children and young people in the former Soviet Union are particularly vulnerable, with the HIV virus rampant amongst these young people due to a lack of education about the illness and how it spreads. According to UNICEF, up to two-thirds of adolescents in developing countries are simply unaware of how they can protect themselves from infection.

UNICEF also presented discouraging statistics about Western Europe. The organization reported that in Germany there is increased complacency about AIDS and that around 20 percent of German 16 to 20-year-olds don’t know that it is possible to be infected by someone who is HIV positive but does not yet have AIDS.

German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul told AP: “The human tragedy continues to grow, the pandemic is spreading.” She added that the protection of women and girls must take priority. In 1996, the 12 percent of those infected by HIV were female — since then the proportion has increased to around half. That works out to be about 18 million women, over 13 million of whom live in southern Africa.

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From the Pulpit of Many of Today’s Churches…

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Doom Looms

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The Pope Has Completely Caved and is in Islamic Appeasement Mode

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Knew it would happen. How sad that he couldn’t just stand by the truth of the statements he made about Islam being violent.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Pope Benedict wound up a fence-mending visit to Turkey on Friday amid praise from the local press for visiting Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and praying toward Mecca “like Muslims.”

The Pope, who sparked protests across the Muslim world with a speech two months ago seen as criticizing Islam, looked relaxed and pleased as he entered the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit for a mass at the end of the sensitive four-day trip.

His first visit to a mostly Muslim country, held under tight security for fear of protests by nationalists and Islamists, was highlighted by a series of conciliatory gestures culminating in a stop on Thursday afternoon in Istanbul’s famed Blue Mosque.

“The Pope’s dreaded visit was concluded with a wonderful surprise,” wrote daily Aksam on its front page.

“In Sultan Ahmet Mosque, he turned toward Mecca and prayed like Muslims,” popular daily Hurriyet said, using the building’s official name.

His gestures, including support for Ankara’s bid to join the European Union and praise for Islam as a peaceful faith, seem to have persuaded the Turks to move beyond the tension following his speech quoting a Byzantine emperor as calling Islam violent.

But in Islam’s Middle Eastern heartland, Arab commentators still call for Benedict to issue a full apology for his speech. Shocked by the protests it triggered, the Pope has said he did not agree with the controversial quote but has not apologized.

Catholic officials also presented the mosque visit, where Benedict stood in silent prayer while Istanbul Grand Mufti Mustafa Cagrici prayed aloud, as a key moment of reconciliation.

“I would compare the Pope’s visit to the mosque to Pope John Paul’s gestures at the Western Wall,” said veteran Vatican mediator Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, referring to Pope John Paul II’s prayers at Jerusalem’s Western Wall in 2000.

“Yesterday, Benedict did with the Muslims what John Paul did with the Jews.”

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Update: Fake News from Iraq, AP Responds: “We’re Satisfied with Our Reporting”

Friday, December 1st, 2006

On November 28th and 30th, I posted about Fake News from Iraq. Here is what Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs has to say about Flopping Aces response from the so-called news organizations:

“Flopping Aces has a response from AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, in the case of their nonexistent news sources filing imaginary stories. It’s really not much of a response; they’re standing by their reporting, to no one’s surprise. At no point does Carroll deal with the major issue—the only issue, really: that enemy sources are using Western news gathering networks, specifically the Associated Press and Reuters, to disseminate propaganda. They refuse to deal with this endemic rot, even though the corruption has been exposed over and over again.”

Read Flopping Aces posts here.

There are two points to be gleaned from this post:
1. We are not getting the real story from Iraq, but only the bad things that the mainstream media believes will undermine the president and Republicans.
2. The terrorist know that they can use our own press for spreading their propaganda.

Keep these things in mind when you watch the news and before you make up your mind about how things are going in Iraq.