Sunday, July 04, 2010

4th of July in Okinawa






It was great to be here with family shooting off fireworks on Okinawa...start of a great vacation...church, family, 4th...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ain't it good to know we have hope in Jesus Christ

Boy, isn't this a wonderful way to receive your bachelor's degree. Praise the Lord for Bible teaching giving us hope in Christ.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Awesome Professor


As the late Adrian Rogers said, "you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A... After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on) Remember, there is a test coming up. The mid-term election in 2010!

Friday, April 23, 2010

My new commercial


I produced this commercial from a poster. It was a lot of fun to produce. They are now using it globally through AFRTS. Praise the Lord!

Monday, April 19, 2010

ACM Female vocalist of 2009 - Carrie Underwood

"All the praise, honor and glory goes to God." Carrie Underwood continues to praise the Lord for her amazing gift. Thank you Lord that there are still some who actually stand for Christ at a time when people only use your name as a curse word.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ergun...preachin it....

Saved from Islam...Ergun Caner..pres of Liberty Univ.



He was born in about 1960. He grew up a devout Muslim in a devout Muslim family in Ohio, USA. He wore his Muslim attire to school and kept a prayer rug in his locker. He was proud of his religion. Caner notes, "Every Muslim child learns about the scales. The scales are terrifying. The Koran says if your scales are heavy, you will live in paradise; but if your scales are light, you will find perdition. You have to be 51% righteous to get to paradise." The balance scales compare the good deeds to the bad deeds. So, Caner lived by the 5 pillars of Islam... There is only one way...in view of the above balance scales...of eternal assurance of paradise according to Islam: to die a martyr! "The 19 men who executed the 9/11 attacks on the USA weren't great Muslims...they were desperate Muslims." It had come to Caner clearly: "I realized Jesus strapped Himself to the cross so I didn't have to strap myself to a bomb."

Friday, March 26, 2010

Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner' - Times Online

Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner' - Times Online

Anyone ever wondered when America would turn against Israel...well, let's see, the county voted for a person who hates Amercia, makes fun of Americans who don't support him, grew up in a marxist "building with a cross" (not a real church), believes in communism, surrounds himself with the 60's dudes who tried to blow America up...oh, now they wear ties and are helping him blow it up from the inside... um, yeah, perfect guy to go against Israel...the votes put him in, he hates Israel...and now we will pay the price... it is getting real close to the end of days...if you haven't received Christ as your Lord and Savior..take heed. The bible says that in the end EVERY NATION will turn against Israel.

"Behold, the Day of the LORD is coming, (the coming "Apocalypse")

And your spoil will be divided in your midst.

For I (God) will gather ALL the nations to battle

against Jerusalem"

(Zechariah 14:1-2)

"For behold, in those days and at that time,

When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, (sometime after 1948)

I will also gather ALL nations,

And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; (outside Jerusalem)

And I will enter into judgment with them there

On account of My people, My heritage Israel,

Whom they have scattered among the nations;

They have also DIVIDED up My Land." (Israel)

(Joel 3:1-2)



"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs

coming out of the mouth of the Dragon, (Satan)

out of the mouth of the Beast, (the Antichrist)

and out of the mouth of the False Prophet. (the religious "beast"... Revelation 13:11-12)

For they are spirits of demons,

performing signs,

which go out to the kings of the Earth

and of THE WHOLE WORLD,

to gather them to the battle of that great Day of God Almighty.

"Behold, I am coming as a thief.

Blessed is he who watches,

and keeps his garments,

lest he walk naked and they see his shame."

And they (the spirits of demons)

gathered them together (the armies of all the nations)

to the place called in Hebrew, ARMAGEDDON."

(Revelation 16:13-16)



In the last days, Jerusalem would be a burden to the entire world.
Zech 12:2-3 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about... And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Glenn Beck...thank you God for his wisdom



Glenn Beck hit this on the nail... he shows how Obi Wan is trying to take us to Marxism through "moral" using Social Justice. We are closer to the U.S. falling, Europe growing, Jesus coming...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

10-DAY trial from He.....

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James 2:2
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Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Trials from Heaven.
The past 10 days have been probably some of the toughest we have been through in many years. Many have been asking what is going on and I have yet to be able to get to a computer to put this all down. But will try to put down in words what happened to our family.

1. Maria has seizure
At about 3 in the morning, our baby girl woke up with uncontrollable breathing, a frightening sound from the lungs that cannot be put in words. An hour later she was having a seizure and we went into a frenzy.... It has not slowed down until this moment. Maria was taken by ambulance to a German hospital who simply put her in a bed next to 2 other very sick children who were in bed with their mothers. After a complete night and day into another night, the doctor finally decided that she might have Pneumonia...no tests...no medicine. We were introduced to socialized medicine. I now have a clear picture of what it is like. We got her out of there and drove 90 minutes to Landstuhl American hospital. They not only took our daughter in, did x-rays, took blood gave her an IV, but they gave the parents TLC with water and simply listening to our issues. Dr. Acevedo took great care to ensure she had all the medicine needed.

2. Larry and Mona collapse
2 days later, Mona and I were feeling very sick and trying to entertain the three little ones as the teens were gone for awhile. We were having a hard time standing up and moving around. Finally, I started the car and started getting the kids ready for another 90 minute drive, but collapsed and felt very week. Mona did at the same time. I happened to have a phone on me and was able to dial the church and neighbors, Jon and Irina for help. They came over and called the ambulance. The doctor arrived with the ambulance, gave us IVs, told us our lungs sounded like Pneumonia and she sent us to the hospital. The kids were curious but taken care of.
The Socialized medicine hit again. We were told that we had slight infections and to "go home and drink some soup and tea."
So Michelle and Ron came over to help. We had to take a taxi home and walk up our mountain with Pneumonia because of the snow....

3. Brandon has severe pain
The next day, we receive a call from the youth center. Brandon is vomiting and is in extreme pain. A nurse happened to be there. We rushed him, still weak and sick, to the hospital...German. The doctor did all the tests and was very concerned. He was sent to his room overnight. The next day they wanted to do some severe testing. Again, we left the hospital and took the 90 minute drive. 3 hours later, the doctors freak out over the CAT scan and tell us some horrific news...cannot share. Brandon is still in the hospital and will be fine. His condition was nearly 10 years old in the making and could have been deadly. Brandon's nurses were phenomenal...especially Krisitin Ponton from Virginia...she became a big sister to Brandon...pictured here. Brandon loves her.

4. Larry and Mona get checked
Finally, the following day we visit the ER at 4 a.m. since our son was there. The doctor freaked out and said, "Your lungs sound terrible." We had Pneumonia. Remember, drink tea. We were put on severe antibiotics. The church families, Niel and PJ and Tammy and RJ took care of the children and we simply stayed there for 2 days.

5. Car accident
Brandon was doing better so we decided to go home. 10 minutes on the Autobahn, we saw sparks and then a tire fly in the air. I tried to get out of the way, but the tire flew up and smashed Mona's side sending her into shock. She was taken back to the American hospital by ambulance as we tried to figure out what to do with the car and the police and everything. Every German we met went overboard to help us. It was perfect. People were praying. The car was towed by ADAC, a gate guard at the base found a taxi with a late night rental place. The truck company that lost the tire...well, the owner was gracious and told us whatever we needed they would take care of it. Finally, we were able to drive home at 3 a.m., discover that our son had the key to the house...an hour later, we got back, opened the door and collapsed in our bed.

6. Church
Today, the church...Calvary Chapel Wiesbaden...brought us up and prayed... There were prayers with tears...everyone suffered with us and for us. It was a true picture of the bride of Christ. We became a close family through all of this. God did a great work in it all. The youth group created a board of love for Brandon. On that board are sticks of gum to represent the greatest thing Brandon had in the hospital...GUM.. See he could not eat or drink anything but medicine for four days.

7. Divine appointments
In the middle of all the chaos....all of the heartache, God sent OKINAWA. As many know, if we could go back to Okinawa today, we probably would. Our hearts are there. Well, a lady walked into Brandon's hospital room with a dog...Red Cross dog. His name was Ken Chan... who was registered in Okinawa... The lady lived in Okinawa for 5 years... we loved it. Brandon was smiling as he pet the dog...who was so kind. It was a moment we will never forget. She said she had not visited the hospital for 2 months...but today she came. WOW!! Praise the Lord!!!

So, the trials were many, but God still gets the glory. I had some thoughts coming through this. When visiting the book store here, they have a religion section. There are only real Christian books there. The rest are from New Age people or from false prophets like Joel Olsteen. Their books sell because they have titles like "Your best life now" or How to have a happy life. Satan sold these same bill of tricks to Jesus. He told Jesus that He could have the whole world if he would bow down and worship him. Well, Jesus is God and bows to no one. Jesus, simple said "IT IS WRITTEN..." That means the Bible has power...it is God's word. Our bible tells us that true Christians will face trials and tribulations...but through them all REJOICE and be FULL OF JOY. Why? Because, that shows that we belong to Christ and He is with us and wants what is best for us...through trials. If I gave my boys everything they wanted without having to go through hard times for it...what would it be worth? It also shows them that I am their dad. They belong to me.

Thank you all for your prayers and kindness and support. We are truly blessed to be here among a great Christian family who supported us all the way through this... forgive me if you were not mentioned above, but supported.
And as always, if you have not prayed to receive Christ and you know that He is speaking to you...do it now before it is too late. He loves you.


ALL4Good

Friday, February 12, 2010

Oprah Winfrey Jesus Did Not Come To Die On The Cross - VidoEmo - Emotional Video Unity

I know many people who do everything that Oprah tells them to do and have also met many who are following this thought that there are MANY ways to God. That is a lie from hell, Oprah is not a Christian...she wants to identify herself with her own god that she created in her mind and she calls it Christian. Watch out...
Oprah Winfrey Jesus Did Not Come To Die On The Cross - VidoEmo - Emotional Video Unity

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The End is near: Jesus is coming soon


This man in the picture is Joel Rosenberg. He is well known for writing fiction books based on prophecies from the Bible...which, for some reason, the fiction becomes true within the year of publishing. His big one was pitching an idea he had for a book about terrorists hijacking airplanes and using them as weapons, which he did January 2001, 9 months before 9/11. To read more about his books and how they come true click here.

On his recent e-mail, Rosenberg said...


Ahmadinejad is threatening to unleash a "harsh blow" to the Judeo-Christian world on February 11th. No one's sure what he means exactly, but the U.S. is moving new naval forces and Patriot missile batteries into the Gulf region, just in case.

A few highlights from the past few days:

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week traveled to to Poland to commemorate the 65th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz. Speaking on the actual site of the Nazi death camp, the Prime Minister warned the world of new genocidal threats against the Jewish people and the importance of acting early enough to prevent such threats from coming to pass. In a stunning and remarkable moment, Netanyahu also declared to the people of Europe and the world that the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 have been fulfilled. The Holocaust, he said, represented the "dry bones" and "graves" of the Jewish people, and out of that horror the State of Israel was resurrected, just as the Lord said would happen through the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel. Rarely has any world leader given a major address on an international stage declaring End Times prophecies from the Bible have come true. But that is exactly what Netanyahu did. [Details and the full speech on the weblog.]


LARRY's TAKE:


Folks, I was watching an Atheist, famous guy, say that if we really believe that Christ is Lord and Hell is for those who don't accept them, then Christians should be "tackling guys as if they are about to get run over by a truck."


There are many who are on my friend's list on Facebook and who read my blog, by God's grace, who know that something is going on in the world... and are scared.
We know many in our own family who continue to pray to dead people instead of admitting they are all messed up and need a Savior...simply accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord of their life. We know many who continue to live for the world, instead of sharing Christ with others. We know many who said they will accept Christ later. I am begging you to see what is going on and realize you are one heartbeat away from meeting God. Will He tell you, "Go away, I never knew you." I certainly hope not. I feel like it is time to start tackling those we love so much. Why continue to live without Christ?


Here are some things to be aware of: Jesus is coming back to take His people home soon.


1. Earthquakes, Fires, Floods --- Since the year 2000, Earthquakes have gone from 5 major ones to 30 major ones in 2009, each bringing hundreds of thousands of deaths.

And in the Gospel of Luke Jesus says, "There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Luke 21:25-26


2. WARS and RUMORS OF WARS - Just watch the news

Matthew 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes."


3. Porn, Killing, Hatred rules our world today -- Again, watch MTV...

II Timothy 3:1-5,7 "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."


4. NEW AGE PHILOSOPHY - It is amazing how many people are claiming the book, The Shack, has finally explained who God really is, yet The Shack is from satan.

I Timothy 4:1-3 "But the spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.


5. 200,000,000 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM THE EAST -- China reached this in 1960 and they are friends with IRAN...

Revelation 9:16 "And the number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them."


6. PEOPLE WILL BE TRAVELING AROUND THE EARTH -- Billy Graham was quoted as saying, "ninety percent of all the engineers and scientists who have ever lived are alive today." Air travel, space travel, DNA research and human cloning are all examples of the rapid increase in knowledge in our generation.

Daniel 12:4 "But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."


7. TECHNOLOGY FOR THE MARK OF THE BEAST - On May 10, three members of a family in Florida became the first people to receive the biochip implant. Each device, made of silicon and called a VeriChip, is a small radio transmitter about the size of a piece of rice that is injected under a person's skin. It transmits a unique personal ID number whenever it is within a few feet of a special receiver unit. VeriChip's maker describes it as "a miniaturized, implantable, radio frequency identification device (RFID) that can be used in a variety of security, emergency and healthcare applications."
Revelation 13:16-17 "And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name."




Today's Signs in the News

US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles
Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf from attack by Tehran.

Israel allows Palestinians to grab foothold in capital
JERUSALEM – Under intense American pressure, Israel has silently agreed to allow the Palestinian Authority to open official institutions in eastern sections of Jerusalem, a senior official in PA Pre

China, Iran Prompt U.S. Air-Sea Battle Plan in Strategy Review
The US military is drawing up a new air-sea battle plan in response to threats such as China’s persistent military build-up and Iran’s possession of advanced weapons, according to the Pentagon’s latest strategy review.

Hundreds of Quakes Are Rattling Yellowstone
In the last two weeks, more than 100 mostly tiny earthquakes a day, on average, have rattled a remote area of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, putting scientists who monitor the park’s strange

Jordanian PM: Peace between J'lem and Amman getting cooler
Peace between Jerusalem and Amman is getting cooler and cooler due to the impasse in efforts to renew talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Al-Rifai told Israel Rad

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our Family Superbowl commercial



Well, finally got around to gettin all the kids together to shoot the dream superbowl commercial...then came the tears, the frustration, the "come on you can do it", the "Dad we don't want our friends to see us on TV."... to "I give up..." Well, looked at the footage thinking it was a bust and wala...here is our commercial for the Superbowl. This will be played throughout the American Forces Network in Europe for a YOUDOIT competition. YOu see, we can't see American commercials here by law...so they said they were tired of the complaining and told the people to send in anything...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Magazine and promotion

Hello all... I have finished the latest edition of the ECHO magazine. I have been the editor of this magazine for almost a year now... This one was developed from scratch with one thought...make it simple.
Also, for those who might not know, I interviewed for the Public Affairs Officer position here, which is a GS-12 slot...similar to a Major in the military. It was a strange and difficult process, but did receive the promotion. This is a significant increase in responsibility and pay.
I give all of the credit to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Only He could have orchestrated this past year. He moved me out of the Marine Corps where He promoted me to Master Sergeant, God gave me a job in Germany at the most beautiful spot in the world, then, in record time, promoted me from GS-9 to GS-12. This is ALL GOD's GRACE.

All4Good

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Two of my favorite words in the Bible

TWO KEY WORDS TO GLORY

After struggling with what to preach a few weeks ago...I kept hearing in my mind to talk about two words which made a tremendous impact in my life...words which hit me at a moment where I was constantly in fear of making mistakes.

Before I tell you the words...let me tell you why the "two words" were important. There were times when it would seem like I disgraced my family, times where I let people in the church down, times where my mouth got in the way, the preaching was too "showy" vice "Holy Spirit" led, I was doing 7 things in the church and leaving the family alone, times where I did not tell someone about Jesus who passed away... just felt like a big failure.

Peter did this all the time. He told Jesus to stop talking about His coming death, blurted out that a church should be built based on experience, walked on water but took his eyes off of Jesus and fell in the water, but his biggest failure was cursing and telling people he didn't know Jesus...what made it worse was that JESUS looked at Peter right when Peter cursed. Peter ran and "wept bitterly."

I have had people come seconds away from praying to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and you know what they said, "I can't pray because God would never accept me after all the things that I have done." Well, let's dispel that MYTH and LIE right now.

TWO WORDS THAT CHANGED A LIFE

So, here is Peter, crying and feeling as a complete failure. Three days later Jesus' tomb was empty. He had risen from the dead. The angel told the women to go get the Disciples AND PETER.

Did you read that... Here is the verse "But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.'" Mark 16:7

AND PETER
God made sure to tell the angel to mention Peter when talking of the risen Lord. How about that. The guy who cursed Jesus was loved by God. He was specifically pointed out by the angel. Can you imagine Peter in the corner of the room with all the disciples. He was probably thinking "How could God ever forgive me for what I have done." The other disciples were probably thinking "Oh man, stay away from Peter" He messed up bad.

Then Mary runs in and says, Jesus is risen...I was sent to tell the disciples and specifically PETER. WOW!!! Oh how God loves you and me. No matter how bad you are or think you are, there is room at the cross for THEE.

All4good

Pastor Johnny Hunt's personal testimony

A story worth reading....

There are many out there who read this blog who have never been "saved." You have never placed your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, never believed in your heart that He died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead and confessed with your mouth that you are a sinner in need of Him. I have had the opportunity to talk to many of you through tears, through tough times and through great times.

I would hope that you would click here to read one of my favorite stories about God's grace on one of my favorite pastors of all time, Johnny Hunt. Someone out there has been waiting to read something like this...because it describes your life. Johnny dropped out of HS at 16 and ran a pool hall...now a pastor of one of the largest churches and president of the SBC. Their church Web site is www.fbcw.org ... and to watch him go to the http://vidego.316networks.com/player.php?p=qyy076kc

Enjoy.
Here is an excerpt:
Introduction
Occasionally, someone will stop me and ask, “Johnny, do you think a person can be saved and not be changed?” Well, I have an opinion but my opinion really doesn’t matter. But when God has an opinion on something, it really does matter. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away and, behold, all things are become new.” Jesus Christ is in the life changing business. He changed Paul of Tarsus. He changed Peter, the fisherman.
He changed Matthew, the tax collector. He even changed Legion, a man possessed of demons! I’d like to take a moment now and share with you my own personal experience and confrontation with a living God and how Jesus Christ changed my life.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hayden...my cousin...last few hours

Well, here is a picture of my cousins in AZ...Colin and Hayden(right). Hayden has been in the hospital for more than 45 days and today he is supposed is thought to be his last day on earth before going home to be with the Lord. I am still hoping for a miracle from God... we had a lot of time together as little ones... I had the privilege of seeing him again during a cross-country visit and during my grandmother's funeral a few years ago. He was glowing. We had a blast together ...almost like kids... he was smiling and still the same wonderful, fun-loving, easy to get a long with guy.
I regret not flying to see him for a hunting lesson...something I promised to do but never made the trip. Oh this is hard.. I love you Hayden...

Friday, January 15, 2010

My superbowl video...for contest




Well,
AFN Europe is hosting a Youdoit commercial contest for the superbowl. You see, overseas they can't play the cool commercials...so they asked people to send them in. Well, we created one..my actors are from work. It was fun. They call Soccer in Germany... FUTBALL... so, hope you enjoy...

Larry Torres
or go to my site for the link
http://www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=67046b5e0e582b4c647e

Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - Glenn's one on one with Sarah Palin

Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - Glenn's one on one with Sarah Palin

Friday, January 08, 2010

Sarah Palin: Wrong prescription for America? (OneNewsNow.com)

Sarah Palin: Wrong prescription for America? (OneNewsNow.com)

Brit Hume tells Tiger..you need Jesus


Journalist: Jesus Christ - 'two most explosive words in English language'
Associated Press - 1/7/2010 5:50:00 AM
www.OneNewsNow.com

WASHINGTON - Fox News analyst Brit Hume says he doesn't regret urging Tiger Woods to become a Christian so the golfer can find forgiveness for marital infidelity.

Hume told CBN News that "Christianity is a religion for sinners -- and I think that Tiger Woods has an opportunity here, and my prayer would be that he would take it." Hume has been denounced for saying that he doesn't think the famous golfer's belief in Buddhism "offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith." (See earlier article) The longtime journalist said he wasn't surprised that the remark aroused controversy. "If you're trying to find the two most explosive words in the English language, those two words are 'Jesus Christ,'" he stated. He recognizes that openly expressing faith in Jesus Christ offends a lot of people. "People rage about this," he said. "It's very offensive to those who don't share the faith, [and] it's offensive to some people who claim they do share the faith. This is to be expected, and it has been happening to people who proclaim their faith in Christ for as long as anybody can remember -- this is part of the deal."

Hume described how he became a Christian. "Eleven years ago, my son committed suicide," he shared. "And as you can imagine, it was absolutely devastating. And yet throughout that whole horrible time, I had this sense that God was there for me, that he would rescue me, that he would save me -- and he did." The news analyst said he was deeply moved by the hundreds of letters of condolence he received after that tragedy. "I felt that I was seeing in them the face of God," he recalled, "and I felt that it was time for me now to face up to the Christian faith which I purported to belong to, and try to face up to the implications of what I purported to believe -- and I've been trying ever since."

Friday, January 01, 2010

Some of our closest friends in the world had their baby New Year's day. Derek and Allison are proud parents of their girl Adelle. Praise the Lord!!! WE love you guys.

Pancakes



Our favorite Saturday and holiday morning tradition... Pancakes. We started with Brandon and Anthony... then Noah... then Rafael... well, now Maria pushes her brothers out of the way to get her chance to cook. (for all the moms...don't worry, they don't touch the hot plate)

New Year in Eppstein


We planned on going to sleep, but the bells were ringing and fireworks were going off everywhere. The church bells for both churches kept ringing and ringing...and the real cool part... we live up the mountain, so the fireworks were going off right next to our house. It was beautiful.