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Friday, March 27, 2009

Updates & a Nation in Decline

An update to the previous post:
You will find Peter's letter about why he is not continuing as lead singer on the Newsboys website.
I have been suffering with my fibromyalgia pain a lot lately and also spending time doing other things even while online, so that is why I have not even bothered to put new photos on until now.
A friend of mine is going on a trip soon and could use prayer.
I also would like to ask prayer for Karis who had organ transplants in the past that have now it seems been finally rejected by her body after many battles it seems. She will have a long wait for possible new organs, but there may not be a lot of hope on this earth for her. Still, God has worked it out for her to make it for a lot longer than people could have thought!
America seems to be going downhill fast with the current president helping to speed it up. He is allowing funding of all kinds of abortions, planning a way to limit free speech in a behind the scenes manner from what I read, trying to socialize medicine which would give more limits to more people to some treatments (people who don't have insurance now already are treated when they go in anyway), spending like mad when the country is in debt, and planning to raise taxes in various ways.
As that member of European Parliament Daniel Hannan so aptly put it, "You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt,..."
That is exactly the strategy that is going on now in the U.S.A. as well! Crazy! Our country is up over our heads in debt it seems, and instead of calling on God and making wise decisions our leadership is spending like drunken sailors (not to insult McCain would say) and begging for China to buy our debt.
I was very upset to learn the new tower to replace the world trade center is going to be called "One World Trade Center" (as apparently it was being called already) instead of "Freedom Tower." Well, the Chinese may be some of the first tenants which is really an insult in my opinion. I'm certainly not for a "One world" anything. The more countries do away with individuality the less freedom they have.
Well, those are my thoughts for the night, and it is quite late!
Please pray for the U.S. and Christians if you know the Lord. He is our hope, even if the country never turns back around.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Peter Furler of the Newsboys Quitting As Lead Singer

I was confused by something I heard on the radio the other day. They were talking about Peter Furler not being the lead singer with the Newboys anymore or something like that, but that he was going to come back and be in Johnson City at the concert singing as well as Michael Tait.
I thought that the DJ was confused on station, but I have looked it up today and have seen others telling about the announcement of Michael Tait taking over as lead singer.
Peter Furler will just write and direct behind the scenes. He is not quitting the band entirely, and he may turn up now and then on the road.
That is very sad to me, because Peter Furler is pretty much the Newsboys in my opinion. I was thinking of maybe communicating on their site, but now I don't think I will.
It isn't that I dont like Michael Tait. It will just be a different group than before. Perhaps I will like the sound of the new group, but even with the name Newsboys it won't have the same sound or be the same. I'm confused at to whether Peter will keep being the lead or a backup singer on the albums. A further announcement will come on their website soon.
I can understand it that he doesn't want to keep traveling about in some ways, but it is still sad for fans. It won't be like Cliff Richard's long career, but then Peter is a married man and the road can be tiring for singers I've read or heard. If they switch during the concert tour that will be a disappointment to many people. Some might think that he is wanting the group to continue with someone younger. Michael Tait is not that young at all. He used to sing with DC Talk and then on his own, and he has got to also be in his 40's. That's not old, but for a singer it is unfortunately considered old to some. Peter is 42 until September 8th.
It is nice that he will continue to write, but he won't be lead singer ... at least at the concerts?
Anyway, I even more so want to get the In the Hands of God album where Peter is still the lead singer, in case we don't get to hear that either ever or much again!
It's disappointing to lose that unique sound that I enjoyed off and on over the years.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Another Sad Day For America

Today is the day our current President undoes another good thing that our former President Bush did in office. President Bush limited funding for embryonic stem cell research to lines existing previously from before a certain date. That was because those babies were already dead, and they cannot be brought back to life. President Bush stopped federal funding from going to the destruction of human embryos which is human life.
Now, President Obama is rescinding that order, and now the taxpayers money will go to killing human life against the will of any well-educated Christian with a conscience.
Embryonic stem cell research is not necessary, and other means have been found that are actually moral and work better than killing a person when they are most helpless.
I realize that others were still killing these helpless people to do research apart from U.S. funding. It should have been made illegal.
As I have become more educated about such things, I question people having human life put together outside the womb at all. I know people are desperate to have babies, but I feel that God knows better than we do about how that should come about or if it should. Still, if a person chooses that route, if they are a Christian they can try to have every single baby that they have had put together outside the womb. They are still human and should not be discarded or treated like scientific guinea pigs.
I have heard on the radio an adoption group that takes some of these babies and puts them up for adoption for other women to have.
God is the Creator of human life after all, even when people put their finger in the pie and think they are creating life themselves. God created the egg and the sperm. He creates the DNA. He is the true Author of life no matter how we humans try to take control.
Is life so cheap? Just because these children haven't been allowed the luxury of a natural start inside the protection of a womb do we discard or do scientific research on them?
Some people wouldn't even allow an animal to be treated this way, but animals do not have a soul like a human. Animals and other creation were made for mankind, but man has a higher value even than these. We are made in God's image. Today, a president is planning to force people to pay for something against their conscience and against their God.
This is indeed a sad day for America.