Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

Happy New Years Eve.

Are you happy that 2010 is coming to an end? I'm sure most of us are looking forward to the 2011. So I'll be among the first to say, Happy New Year. Now, having said that, what does that mean to you? Does that mean that you wish a year of nothing but happiness? That would be nice, wouldn't it. No more war, no more poverty, no more arguments with your spouse, no more teenage wars, no more illegal immigration disputes, no more prejudice, no more pain, sickness or death. But that isn't realistic is it?

So what do I mean when I say Happy New Year. I wish for you to discover peace in the midst of the turmoil, love in the face of hate all around you, joy in the midst of tears. But most of all may Christ, who is joy, who is peace, who is comfort, love and harmony, be the source of your strength to persevere through the unpleasant realities of the day. So...Happy New Year. May Christ lead you through the valley of death, the jungle of uncertainty until he walks you through the gateway to eternity.

So now, here's some fun places to visit on this last day of the year.

December Sites to Visit

The Orthodox Christian Network has a marvelous program today discussing Depression. Depression is a major problem that occurs during this time of the year. Mike Trout, introduces two speakers, the second of which discusses the problem of depression. You may find it interesting. Check it out at this link. OCN.

I've been encouraging folks to start a Bible reading plan for the year. Justin Taylor offers some great ideas on his blog. Follow the link highlighted here.

If you enjoy Southern Gospel Music, then you must make The Gospel Greats website and radio program a place to visit. They have a weekly newsletter that keeps you up on the latest in Southern Gospel. Check them out.

An interesting looking new book is coming out from Ignatius Press. Abortion has always been condemned by the Church from the beginning of the early church until around the middle of the 20th century when Protestant churches began to move away from the ancient belief. The value of the baby in the womb is clear in Scripture. The new book is called Unplanned, The Dramatic True Story of the Planned Parenthood leader who Crossed the Life Line to Fight for Women in Crisis. I've read of Abby Johnson and her testimony is riveting. Plan to pick up the story of her dramatic conversion.

Well, that's all for today...except for this pic from the quirky Daily Mail in London. My caption would be, Daddy, Where is this stinkin' outhouse? article-0-0C9C918A000005DC-381_634x799.jpg

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I'm Back

Greetings Everyone. Happy New Year. Well, I'm back. I've decided to start blogging again. However this time, I'll try and refrain from long diatribes, rants and ramblings. I want to relieve my Facebook friends from the multiple postings I enter that fills up space. Instead, I'll use this blog to refer you to sites and people that I find interesting. I'll give opinion here and there, but my main purpose is to simply show that Christ is active in places and events that may be out of your immediate line of vision.
Plus, I'll point to sports stories and other news stories that are interesting or quirky. After all, that's what I am...quirky. I'll not post on a daily basis as time is not a commodity I have to spare.

Today, I want to introduce you to two wonderful Catholic radio programs. They are a part of Renewal Ministries, a Catholic Charismatic organization headed up by Ralph Martin. The first program is Food For the Journey hosted by Sister Ann Shields. Sister Ann is a marvelous communicator and wonderful Christian. I think Protestants can feel very at home listening to her programs. They are available on Itunes as well as her site. Just click link above and listen. Today's program was very good. She highlights the importance of the scriptures.

The second program I enjoy is Fire On The Earth hosted by Peter Herbeck. Peter applies practical theology to the scriptures and often has interesting guests. Today's program covering the scripture readings for the day is particularly good. Click the link to listen. Both Food For the Journey and Fire On The Earth are fifteen minute shows that most often run back to back on the giant Catholic network, EWTN.

Weather goes South.

Out of Los Angeles...Baby it's cold and windy outside. Check out the LA Times.

It's a slow news day so far, so leaving the news for a moment, here's an interesting article about Children Who Refuse to Grow Up. I think it's right on. In harmony with this article, I'd be interested in seeing how many of you have read, The Death of the Grown-Up by Diana West. It looks particularly interesting. Let me know what you think of it.

Well, for the time being, that's all I have for today. My migraine is getting the best of me so I'm going to sign off. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. Let's pray it's better than this last year for our country.