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Important: Please pray for our dog Sally. She is sick with end-stage kidney disease. Except for not eating or drinking much, she is acting normal right now. We are giving her subcutaneous fluids and oral medications to keep her comfortable. We had Lucy, Amy and Sally when we moved here 10 years ago. All three have had cancer, and Sally is the only one left. Sally is actually on her third cancer. All different types. It is her kidneys that are the real problem now. Thank you for praying. UPDATE 2/11/15 – Sally has been eating normally and drinking a lot more water the last couple of days! Praise God for allowing more time with her.

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If You Are a Worrier, Read This!

I have no idea if anyone else has noticed or used this in teaching biblical principles before, but my wife pointed out something to me that was quite interesting. It was some time ago she did this, but I wrote it down on a piece of paper to not forget it. I discovered it again today when going through a stack of papers on my desk. It is really simple yet quite profound. Continue reading

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Sally is Still With Us

Our dog Sally has kidney disease. It progressed from being mild to end-stage in about a month. She is still with us, but she is not eating like she used to. We give her subcutaneous fluids since she no longer drinks enough water. She is still acting normal except for the reduced food and water intake. Her weight is slowly going down. Right now we are spending extra time with her, and it is difficult to work as much as we need to when our minds are on her. That is part of the reason the regular posts to our website have slowed.

We are asking all those who believe in Jesus as their Savior to pray for us and Sally.

Thank you.

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Sally’s Battle With Three Cancers and Kidney Disease

One of Sally's SubQ IV solution bags. We gave her fluids under her skin at home when her kidney disease worsened.

One of Sally’s SubQ IV solution bags. We gave her fluids under her skin at home when her kidney disease worsened.

Toward the end of October 2014 our dog Sally was diagnosed with mild kidney disease. Sally has battled three cancers too. In fact, it was at the time of diagnosis of her third cancer that the kidney disease was discovered.

Sally’s first cancer led to an amputated toe. She recovered from that like a trooper. She never really missed a beat being her silly self while her foot healed up. We have always referred to her as our endless source of entertainment. Continue reading

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Albert Barnes’ Definition of Faith

Though each theologian has their own issues with doctrinal differences, this quote from Albert Barnes’ “Notes on the Bible” seemed quite pertinent for people today who make a claim of having faith in God.

“In one word, faith is feeling and acting as if there were a God, a Saviour, a heaven, a hell; as if we were sinners and must die; as if we deserved eternal death and were in danger of it; and, in view of all, casting our eternal interests on the mercy of God in Christ Jesus. To do this is to be a Christian: not to do it is to be an infidel.” —Albert Barnes “Notes on the Bible” for Mark 16:16.

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Church Super Bowl Parties and Other Copyright Infringements

The Guide One Insurance article titled “Touchdown! How to Enjoy the Super Bowl Without Copyright Infringement” contains valuable information for churches that invite people out to watch the big game through a live broadcast. Having a group of friends come over to your house to watch the Super Bowl on TV is different from inviting people out to the church to see it. The article explains the rules that were “clarified” in 2009. The commercial nature of having a Super Bowl party at church has specific rules that need to be followed to avoid copyright infringements. Surprisingly, they seem to be very easy to follow.

The serious nature of violating copyrights should be considered by churches on at least two fronts. Firstly, it would be a sin to knowingly and willingly violate the law. Secondly, churches that are prosecuted for copyright infringement issues may end up paying hefty fines or worse. Those FBI warnings on DVDs are not just there for show. Though the NFL now has some seemingly simple rules to follow for churches wanting to throw parties and have people watch the game live, those same churches should also consider other potential copyright violations.

Just because a person owns a DVD of a movie does not mean it comes with a right to show it to an audience at church. It also does not matter if it is an audience of two or 2000. The same goes for using any other creative work. Photocopies of pages from a book, using images downloaded from the Internet, or even playing music from CDs are all subject to licensing rules that can vary greatly from one thing to the next. Continue reading

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Take Better Care of Yourself Starting Right Now

You can learn this quickly:

“In a randomized controlled trial of primary prevention, no cardiologist would want to be compared against a good physical trainer or nutritionist. We would get trounced.” —Dr. John Mandrola (quote from Medscape.com Heartwire news article titled PARADIGM-HF: Some Say, ‘A New Day in Heart Failure’ Published January 12, 2015)

Primary prevention refers to steps you take to PREVENT diseases. In this case, heart disease. What I learn from Dr. Mandrola’s quote is that if cardiologists went up against those who teach people how to exercise and eat right, the cardiologists would lose as far as preventing heart disease is concerned.

That is because people who go to trainers and nutritionists learn and follow through with diet and exercise choices that end up drastically preventing occurrences of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, even if they have risk factors. People going to cardiologists—and most other physicians—are looking for them to FIX their problems as they occur rather than PREVENTING them from happening in the first place.

It is true that EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. Try a little bit every day to make single or multiple choices toward better food options, less quantity and moving more. I try according to my own personal abilities each and every day I am given now. I can’t do anything about the days and years that have passed or exactly what I may do tomorrow. I can do something about today. So far that has helped me lose over 110 pounds.

Before the weight loss my blood pressure was climbing and my cholesterol was at the point my doctor was discussing with me the possible need to take a statin to lower it. I went back to lacto-ovo vegetarianism before the weight loss and my cholesterol dropped. I credit the weight loss with helping me with so many other problems. It appears that exercise is improving my HDL and LDL cholesterol numbers, and it is helping with further weight loss. It is working for me.

As always, talk to your doctor before making any medical choices of any kind. Medical Disclaimer.

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