Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Blood For Oil?

Education

3300 Iraqi schools renovated, or soon to be completed, since the overthrow of Saddam

9 Million New math and science textbooks printed and distributed with pro-Saddam propaganda extracted

85% Primary and secondary schools that have re-opened since the overthrow of Saddam

159,000 Student desks distributed to Iraqi schools

81,735 Teaching kits distributed to Iraqi primary school teachers

Human Rights

71% Proportion of Iraqis in a February 2004 survey that said they expected their lives to be even better in a year

76,000 New jobs created by the Iraqi National Employment Program

600 New judges presently working in Iraqi Courts of Law

170 Newspapers currently published in Iraq

33% Percentage of Iraqis that receive worldwide information via satellite

70 Mosques refurbished by coalition forces

Healthcare

$1 Billion Current budget for the Iraqi Ministry of Health; 25 times greater than the $16 million annual budget under Saddam's reign

25% Increase in immunization rates among Iraqi children

75 Iraqi medical facilities refurbished by the Coalition Provisional Authority

700,000 Pregnant Iraqi women received a tetanus toxoid vaccination to improve their pre-natal healthcare

Infrastructure

500,000 Average increase in the daily number of oil barrels produced

16 Average number of hours of electricity for Iraqi citizens; a 40 percent increase from levels under Saddam

20 Million Iraqis of the country's 27 million citizens receive clean water due to new water and sanitation projects

1,005,580 Iraqi telephone subscribers; a 20 percent increase from under Saddam

Government and Politics

67 Iraqi cities with fully functioning municipalities only four months after the beginning of the war

85% Percentage of small Iraqi towns that had fully functioning municipalities only four months after the beginning of the war

81 Iraqi women serve on neighborhood and district councils around Baghdad

6 Iraqi women appointed as Cabinet-level ministers in the newly-formed Iraqi Interim Government

Yup... We're really in it for the oil...

Thursday, June 24, 2004

6 Day Forecast For The Lutheran Geek

My posts have become pretty sparse, and I felt I owe all of (one, two) my readers an explanation, in a witty format of course.

We sold our home and we're moving on Tuesday, closing on Wednesday, here is the week ahead for my husband, daughter, and I.

Today - Light Packing with a 70% chance of running out of boxes and tape (again)

Tonight - White Sox game on TV with some light packing. Slight chance of RPing on LJ.

Tomorrow - Moderate Packing in the morning continuing through the afternoon. Packing will end around 3 and change to White Sox vs. Cubs until evening.

Tomorrow night - Isolated packing ending around 11 turning to RPing.

Saturday - A slight chance of light packing in the morning, ending around noon. Metra ride is expected from Matteson to south side of Chicago, changing to EL from south side to Comiskey Park followed by White Sox vs. Cubs at 3:05. 100% chance of heavy beer and chili dog consumption along with damaging hail storms of homeruns by the White Sox.

Saturday night - Celebration throughout Chicago and the south suburbs is expected after the White Sox vs. Cubs ends, followed by light packing ending around 11.

Sunday - Church service will be moving into the area around 9 am followed by a 50% chance of a line of driving from Steger, Illinois to Gurnee, Illinois, ending at Six Flags Great America. Expected to remain until late in the evening.

Sunday night - No packing in the forecast. Calm night.

Monday - Severe Packing Warning! These packing storms can produce an overload of boxes and newspapers, with a plethora of things no longer needed to be sold at a yard sale. Skies should remain clear allowing a painting front to move in around noon. More packing storms are expected after 3 staying until the evening. Possible moving into storage may occur.

Monday night - Sever packing warning will expire followed by isolated packing and throwing away throughout the night.

Tuesday - Painting possible as the packing should be out of the area. Moving into storage expected to be heavy. Cleaning expected throughout the day.

Tuesday night - A nervous front will move in around 7 pm which can produce unstable conditions. Be on alert as these conditions may cause severe storms.

Wednesday - Cleaning and moving into storage during the morning, followed by a tearful parting and paper signing in the afternoon. Excitement and nervousness expected to occur throughout the day with moving of necessary items a definate.

Wednesday night - Heavy winds of change expected to bring about a sigh of relief and a whole new list of things to do.

I hope that sheds some light onto my highly stressful situation as of late.

Peace!
Joy!
Love!

In Christ!

-The Lutheran Geek

-We are saved through FAITH alone!

Saturday, June 19, 2004

I found my new coffeeshop!

This is wonderful news as I have been coffeshopless for quite some time, and that is a situation that must be rectified post haste.

It is called Pop Culture. It is located in Crown Point, Indiana and I adore it!

Went there today with the hubby, the daughter, and Charlie. Good times were had by all. I took pictures, and I will post them later on, I promise.

I came up with a great idea for a Church fundraiser, I will be bringing it up at our next Voters' Assembly meeting, which, I know I mentioned, we are members of! Yay us!!

Sunday, June 13, 2004

For My Fellow Lutherans

This website is fantastic, I highly recommend it, and this is the t-shirt I want.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Thank you to Marla for linking to my blog! I have said time and time again that the support of total strangers is extremely comforting and encouraging.

**Sigh** I was going to post something very poignant, but alas, it slipped my mind.

I am hooked on CARMChristian Apologetics and Research Ministry!!

Definately check this page entitled "What Kind of Christian Are You?" Granted, we are illequipped to be perfect beings, however, when faced with someone who feels that because they believe in God and are nice to people, that makes them Christian, this page, and also the entire site can offer you much ammunition to defend your faith.

Voters' Assembly

Wow, last night was a lot more fun than I expected it to be. We went to the Voters' Assembly, and were clearly the youngest attending by about 20 years. We were voted in and at the next meeting, we will be officially able to vote on any and all matters concerning the church! Yay!

Dave and I have a lot of ideas of things we would like to see happen. Our church is so isolated right now, we aren't doing enough for the community. There are plans being worked on right now for a preschool, that's *perfect*! Everyone keeps saying they want younger families to come to our Church, well, you have to offer younger families something they can use!

There is a Roman Catholic Church a few blocks away and it has a preschool, and elementary school, and they have a carnival every year. I know people personally who aren't Roman Catholic but they send their children there anyways because there's no other option close by. This is an opportunity that we cannot be blind to.

I am going to do some research on creative and successful fundraisers, if anyone has any suggestions, please comment. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The May 24th LiveJournal Post

I have been getting an anonymous poster (one, maybe more) on my LJ constantly berating the fact that I am a Christian. I have been silent, “turned the other cheek” so to say, and now, I’m done.

Right off the bat I want to tell everyone that this will NEVER become a friends only LJ. I am not going to run away from someone who thinks he knows what he’s talking about. So, that being said. Let the fun begin.

Always, always, “what do you believe, if you’re not a hypocrite then, because all Christianity is hypocrisy.”

This is what I believe as a Christian and a Lutheran -
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

And, since you asked what I feel about homosexuality, here is your answer to that.

I believe that homosexuality is a sin, no worse and no better than any sin committed by mankind every single day. You are wrong in the fact that homosexuals are not allowed in Christianity, however. What you are thinking of is Roman Catholicism, which I am not a part of. I am a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. We welcome ALL PEOPLE to our Church to hear the word, and seek forgiveness for their sins, we do not disallow anyone based on ANYTHING! We as people do not seek out Christ, Christ seeks out us. Therefore we have no say in who attends a Church and who doesn’t. I wouldn’t want that responsibility anyways.

You also asked what I feel about Jews and Muslims, now, listen (read carefully because this may shock you.)

St. Paul tells us “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4) That being said, no, I do not believe that Jews, Muslims, Pagans, ALL who are NOT Christian, shall be in heaven when they die. Heaven is a place that Christians go after living a Christian life, therefore why would non-Christians be included in that? It makes no sense, kind of like wiping your butt before you poop. Now, I am NOT saying that Jews, Muslims, Pagans, and other non-Christians, are condemning themselves because they are horrible people, or they have hardened hearts. I am saying they are worshipping false Gods, which is expressly forbidden in the Ten Commandments. Thou shall have no other gods.

I am saddened by those who oppose Christianity, especially those who admonish it for the sake of admonishing it (mostly young adults wanting to sound smarter than they actually are), if only they would listen, instead of assume, have faith, instead of trying to out reason, and stop trying to use logic alongside the Bible. I wonder if they know that they are making themselves sound like nothing more than lost souls begging for help.

I know how these people feel because I used to be one. I hated Christians and Christianity, they were all hypocrites, they were mindless drones, all the common stuff you hear people like that say. What I really wanted was for someone to sit down and explain things to me, I was confused, and I didn’t understand. I wasn’t raised in a Church, so I didn’t know what was going on.

But here’s the kicker people, NO ONE IS GOING TO HELP YOU!!! Would you like to know why? Because, humans don’t convert, Christ converts. If you want change, if you want understanding, go to a Church, or call one, ask to talk with the Pastor/Priest, and be honest about all that you feel. But for the love of all that’s decent stop posting on MY ACCOUNT trying to shake my faith with logic. Christianity is not logic, it’s faith, and until you understand the difference you will remain miserable, and alone. Just like I used to be. I’m not saying “Oh my life sucked, then I found Christ while puking in a bathroom stall and now my life rocks.” No. I was alone, and now I’m not. Good luck to you, and God Bless You. I sympathize with you, however, I can offer you no more than God's Blessing with nothing but an anonymous post from an angry teen to go by.

Also Posted at LiveJournal

I've been noticing a lot lately (particularly in a room I frequent called Are Mormons Christians [the answer is no]) that there are many Christians who are fakes. It pains me to say that, but it's true. I mean, these people quote the Bible and know about other religions so they think that makes them a Christian! That's so far from the truth it isn't even funny.

If you don't attend Church, if you do not take part in the gifts that God gave for *you* then you are only speaking like a Christian, you are not living as one. You can quote the Bible all you want, you still aren't Christian, period.

I've been getting really frustrated with people telling me that I'm not saved because I don't have a story about it...i.e. I was having sex with a prostitute and I saw the light...that's bull anyways!! I *do* have an awesome story of how I was saved, and every human being knows it. It involves a begotten son who was crucified for *my* sins! I was saved in 33AD people, and so were *you*.

It's this simple people, if you are a Christian, attend a Church, take part in the gifts that were prepared for you! Quoting the Bible is all fine and good, but without a Church, without hearing the word, you are empty, nothing but a book quoter, and book quoters have no foundation at all. You will stumble someday, and you will have no solid rock to stand back up on.

Oh No, Not Another Blog!

Yes that's right, *another* blog. I like LJ and all, but I wanted to start up a blog on another host, and GJ is LJ without an L but a G instead. Mainly I am going to be crossposting some really good posts from my LJ to here, but feel free to check them both out.

I promise, I will do *no* RPing on blogspot. Heh heh, yet.

Check out my *other* blog on LJ.