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Sally Has Passed Away

Sally at Keystone State Park in Pennsylvania September 26, 2015.

Sally at Keystone State Park in Pennsylvania September 26, 2015.

Sally succumbed to end-stage kidney disease on November 11, 2015. We were not certain of her actual date of birth, but we made a guess based on her apparent age when we got her as a puppy in February of 2003. Our guess was that she was born sometime that prior December. We picked her birthday as December 7th. The same date that FDR said would live in infamy. Sally was our endless source of entertainment, so it is fitting that she passed away on Veteran’s Day since her birthday was on Pearl Harbor Day. Continue reading

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How We Treat Sally’s Fungated (Erupted) Cancer Wound on Her Foot

Sally’s tumor on her foot broke the skin when it grew too large. She was not a candidate for surgery to remove it because of its location and the need to remove all of the tumor and even more tissue to have clear margins. Amputation was what was recommended, but that would not work for Sally. We believe she would have never walked again if we chose that route for her treatment.

Instead, we chose to let it grow and then just keep it bandaged. She was already 12 when it began growing, and she also has end-stage kidney disease. The tumor has not diminished her mobility even when it erupted. However, her kidney disease is wearing her down. Lucy made it 13 months with a huge fungated wound on her left shoulder.

We just want others with pets to see how that with a few minutes and some simple  supplies almost anyone can help keep a fungated cancer wound on a dog from becoming infected. Follow your own veterinarians advice for treating your animals. This is just what worked for us in this unique situation. Be advised we do not represent ourselves to be anything other than pet parents who love our animals and do the best that we can to care for them. This should not be construed as medical advice. It is just to show that there are options to euthanasia.

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Sally Still Being Sally

Sally in better health back in June of 2010.

Sally in better health back in June of 2010.

Sally is older and skinnier.  She is still our little girl even though she is an old lady according to her doggy years. She will be 13 this December! I remember when we brought her home.  Her bigger sisters (Lucy and Amy) were not pleased. We thought we would have to take her back for her own safety. Even though we were not walking in God’s will for our lives at the time, we prayed that they would accept her. The very next day the big girls were okay with little floppity-eared Sally taking up space in their house and eating their food.

Soon, they began to protect her. When we moved to a place where we fenced in the yard, the girls all had a great time outdoors. If a stranger was walking by, the big girls would keep Sally behind them as they faced the potential threat. Lucy has give Sally a shove back a time or two, letting her know her place. The fenced-in area seemed small for our big dogs. Now, it seems big with skinny old Sally just going out to do her business and maybe walk the perimeter of the fence line, sampling a blade of grass or two.

We do not know how much time she has left. None of us know that about anyone, not even ourselves. I know God made us in his image. The bible is clear on that. However, keep in mind that animals were made first. God tells us that we are more valuable than many sparrows too. However, the word also points out in Ecclesiates 3:19 that my human flesh is going to die the same as animals. Job 12:10 lets me know that all life is in God’s hands.

I am not arrogant to say that pets who pass absolutely are or are not in heaven. The bible does not say one way or the other. That is because the bible is for us, not them. Sally is not in need of Salvation. It is us who have sin. It is us who are in need of Grace provided by Jesus (John 14:6). Would it not be an incredible sadness if pets are waiting in heaven to be reunited with their human family who never arrive?

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Churches With Federal Tax-Exempt Status

There are no new winds of change. The rushing mighty wind of Acts 2 has already arrived and is the power of the church—the body of Christ. Rest assured that the Holy Spirit is orchestrating everything according to the will of God. The Word speaks of all these things that are happening. Nothing is taking God by surprise. We are commanded to be wise as serpents yet harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). It might be good to review Matthew 10 in its entirety. Add in at least Matthew 9:37-38 too.

Rightly divide the instructions. Jesus was never militant in opposing the will of man to preach the kingdom of God. We are fully instructed that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand still stands today as it did when they were the first words of preaching out of the mouth of John the Baptist and Jesus when he began to preach too. When Jesus speaks of not bringing peace to the earth but a sword, it is not militancy. It is speaking to the line drawn in the sand that the Gospel message brings. Saved by the blood of Jesus bearing fruit, or not. Faith in God and in his Word, or not. Walking in the spirit, or walking in the flesh. Doing what the Lord says, or not (Luke 6:46). There is absolutely no militancy as followers of Christ.

The world opposes the things of God. To be a friend with the world is to be at enmity with God—friend of the world, enemy of God (James 4:4, Romans 8:5-10). The world will do as it has done since the Fall. We will do as we have done since the quickening of the Spirit of God that dwells within us arrived when we put our faith in Jesus for our salvation. Those who have been whelmed in the Holy Spirit know and remain willing to do God’s will, and his will is to simply continue to “preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

As history has borne out, it is not always an easy task to keep declaring to repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. There will be much opposition to the message, and it comes even in the form of legislation. Churches, be prepared to give up tax-exempt status. Be wise. The law already declares that to have a United States of America Internal Revenue Service designation as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) that the organizations “are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” Not only the supporting of any particular candidate but also any “group of candidates” is prohibited. This is the law, and churches will abide by it if there is a desire to maintain tax-exempt status.

Now, consider a new law that may make it illegal for any tax exempt organization that performs marriage ceremonies to discriminate against same-sex couples desiring to be married. It is not at all beyond the realm of possibility for that, and more, to become law. Churches that refuse to abide by the law are under threat of losing their tax-exempt status. If things such as that become law, then it is law, it is law, it is law.  The church will either perform what the law instructs or will refuse and no longer enjoy tax-exempt privileges. No big deal. Render unto God the things that are God’s, and he will provide as he always does. Whether a coin in the mouth of a fish or dropping out of the sky (as it was given to me in a word), God will provide. Stay the course. Be wise and remain harmless.

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Summer Fades Fast

aarts_copyright_2015_tiger_lillies_01Okay, so the summer solstice has officially arrived, but we Pennsylvanians know that the season is technically half over for us. Summer kicks off June 21st with Fall not officially beginning until September 23rd. However, by September, the vacations are wrapping up, kids are getting ready to start a new school year, lawn furniture gets put away and leaf rakes are readied to assist in the grand harvest of brilliant deciduous tree foliage. Continue reading

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Life and Death

copyright_aarts_2015_king_of_the_rockSpring is such a joyous time for me. The sunshine, the warmth, the freedom to be outdoors without bulky winter gear . . . Oh, and did I say sunshine? I crave the long hours of daylight that spring and summer bring.

Activity at the bird feeder changes from an occasional visit by an overwintering feathered friend to a busy local diner visited by sparrows, brown-headed cowbirds, European starlings, cardinals, rock doves (pigeons), a pileated and red-bellied woodpecker (maybe there is more than one of each), ducks and even rabbits. I have only seen one squirrel in our decade of living here, and he was not able to get up to the prize that awaited him at the bird feeder. Although when I did see him the first time, he was standing upright with his right fore paw having a firm grip on the feeder pole like he was an explorer who staked a claim to the mother lode. Continue reading

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