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Mr. E is a Christian, Husband, Father of 2, former Army Officer and Texas Rangers Baseball fan.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Sometimes I Hate the History Channel

One of the few channels I watch on television anymore is The History Channel. I love watching the shows about past wars and current conflicts around the world. I love watching shows like Digging for the Truth, Cities of the Underworld, and Engineering an Empire. I even watch some of their "not so historical shows" like Monster Quest and the upcoming UFO Hunters. The History Channel is a great source of information about our past, however; when it comes to portraying Biblical History, they often make me angry.

Yesterday I was watching Ancient Mysteries, or maybe it was Decoding the Past, and they were discussing the Garden of Eden. One of the "experts" they used was talking about how the Bible is full of contradictions about the nature of God, making it hard to truly understand His nature. Another expert says all Christians blame Eve as the sole "sinner" who then tempted Adam to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. When in actuality, both Eve and Adam were there when the serpent tempted them.

The History Channel loves to attempt to destroy the Bible as the the True Word of God. They do it at every opportunity. They teach that Adam has a wife before Eve. That the miracles of God are all explainable, and that the Bible is full of myths and legends, such as the Garden of Eden, that were stolen from other cultures and adapted to fit their religion. Ohhh, that makes me mad.

As a Christian I am offended by this blatant attack on God's Word. So I tend to pick and choose what shows I watch on this channel.

9 Little Indians Left

Dennis Kucinich, Democratic candidate for President, is dropping his Presidential bid today (Friday). This leaves 9 Little Indians left.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

13 Books I Have Recently Read # 3

Welcome Thursday Thirteen

These are the latest thirteen books I have read, with # 1 being the first and # 13 being the most recent. (Everything below the dotted line, I haven't read yet, but they are on my reading list. I will probably have them read by the end of Feb. I plan to stop listing my books for a while, it is stressing me out to try and remember which books I read.)

# 1. Ghost Hunting by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson (these are the Ghost Hunters from the T.V. show on Sci-Fi Channel)

# 2. Buddy (a book from The Puppy Place series) by Ellen Miles

# 3. When Heaven Weeps by Ted Dekker

# 4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

# 5. An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood by Jimmy Carter

# 6. Dominion by Randy Alcorn

# 7. The books of Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggi, Zechariah and Malachi (from The Bible) by God

# 8. The Ragged Rebel: A Common Soldier in W.H. Parson's Texas Cavalry, 1861-1865 by B.P. "Benny" Gallaway (He was one of my college professors, he autographed the book.)

# 9. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#10. Skin by Ted Dekker

#11. Saint by Ted Dekker

# 12. Every Man, God's Man by Stephen Arterbun

# 13. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

As you can tell I still read with my kids from time to time and I count those books just like I do my other reading. Let me know of any good books you think I should read!

As a special treat for movie fans, here are my two posts of movie quotes trivia: Name That Movie and Name That Movie 2. Have fun!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

10 Little Indians (Who Still Want to be President)

It seems another Republican bites the dust in the ongoing battle to become President. Former actor and Senator, Fred Thompson, has withdrawn from the Presidential Race.

So who does leave in the race for the White House? Here are the 10 Little Indians who are left...

Democrats -- Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel.

Republicans -- Mitt Romney, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Name That Movie 2

This is a new and improved version of my name that movie quiz. Just click on the quote and it will link you to the movie, to check your answers. Enjoy. (Click here if you want to take the first Name That Movie Quiz)

1. "Well, think me up a cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut with some of those little sprinkles on top, just as long as you're thinking."

2. "You need to find yourself a girl mate. Or perhaps the reason you practice three hours a day is that you already found one, and are otherwise incapable of wooing said strumpet. You're not a eunuch are you?"

3. "I'm not a Roman mum, I'm a kike, a yid, a heebie, a hook-nose, I'm kosher mum, I'm a Red Sea pedestrian, and proud of it"

4. "What are you supposed to be, some kind of cosmonaut?"
"No, we're exterminators. Somebody saw a cockroach up on 12."
"That's got to be some cockroach."
"Bite your head off."

5. "Ya know, I was getting along with everything fine. I accepted it, and then you happened! I do not need a reason to be angry with God."

6. "Oh, right. That makes perfect sense. Turn right to go left. Yes, thank you! Or should I say No, thank you, because in Opposite World, maybe that really means thank you."

7. "Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...and an athlete...and a basket case...a princess...and a criminal...Does that answer your question?...Sincerely yours______"

8. "Tower, this is Ghost rider requesting a flyby." "That's a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full."

9. "No, no, Johnny. You cannot count him. You got twelve, they got twelve. The old ladies is just as good as you are."

10. "Rumor has it you killed a man, Billy. You don't seem like the killing sort." "Yeah Billy, What'd you kill him for?" " He was hacking on me."

11. "I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You're not a bad person. You're a very good person, who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are."

12. "And what are you? So full of hate you want to go out and fight everybody! Because you've been whipped and chased by hounds. Well that might not be living, but it sure as h***ain't dying. And dying's been what these white boys have been doing for going on three years now! Dying by the thousands! Dying for *you*, fool! I know, 'cause I dug the graves. And all this time I keep askin' myself, when, O Lord, when it's gonna be our time? Gonna come a time when we all gonna hafta ante up. Ante up and kick in like men. LIKE MEN! You watch who you callin' nigger! If there's any niggers around here, it's YOU. Just a stupid-a**, smart-mouthed, swamp-runnin' nigger! And if you not careful, that's all you ever gonna be!"

13. "Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn't take Lorraine out that he'd melt my brain."

14. "That's what you do in a herd: you look out for each other."

15. "Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a d*** what you think you are entitled to."

16. "Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The End."

17. "That'll do, pig. That'll do."

18. "Oh! Well don't you expect me to come to one of your churches or one of those tent-revivals with all those Bible-beaters doin' God-only-knows-what! They'd probably make me eat a live chicken!"

19. "Are we to believe that boiling water soaks into a grit faster in your kitchen than anywhere else on the face of the earth?"

20. "If the Witch understood the true meaning of sacrifice, she would have interpreted the deep magic differently. That when a willing victim who has committed no treachery, is killed in a traitor's stead, the stone table will crack, and even death itself will go backwards."

21. Mincayani: "Do it! I killed your father! Do it!" Steve Saint: "No one took my father's life. He gave it."

22. "Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it."

23. "How would you like to spend the next several nights wondering if your crazy, out-of-work, bum uncle will shave your head while you sleep?"

24. "You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car - h***, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they'll let any b***-reaming a**h*** be a father."

25. "And cause I was a gazillionaire, and I liked doin it so much, I cut that grass for free."

So? How did you do?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Yesterday is Gone So Say Goodbye

As mentioned in a previous blog...one of my favorite Christian music albums right now is Portable Sounds by Tobymac. One of the songs that I have been listening to a lot recently is called Suddenly. The song is about how when a person finally realizes that whatever has happened in the past no longer makes a difference once they truly accept the love, grace and forgiveness of our Savior, Jesus. Here are the lyrics I'm talking about...

"Sometimes in an instant, Sometimes we wait for years, But it comes down to the moment when faith eclipses fear, Your wondering is over the other side is real, You've broken through your mountain moved, And mercy is revealed....And suddenly all of its behind you, And I 'm here to remind you, That yesterday is gone so say goodbye, And finally the skies open above you, And love has truly found you, Now every thing's alive. Sometimes there's nothing left but to believe."

Cool Words huh? The fact is that once a person accepts Jesus as their Savior, all sins from you past are forgiven. Satan cannot use those sins against you to make you feel inferior or unworthy of God's ever present love for you.

In our battle with the Evil One (Satan), we should not focus on the past. We cannot change it. Only Christ can change the past...Hebrews 13:8 tells us that, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever." We cannot fight battles in the past, but our God can. So let go of your past sins, God can and will forgive the sins of His children who come to Him. Sometimes we are so afraid that our past will come back to haunt us and that our sins will not be forgotten by God. It's a lie we are all prone to believe, but we must let our faith in God overcome that fear. We must act on our faith...not our fears. It is in that moment, that we truly become stronger warriors for God. We are no longer burdened by a load that no longer exists.

Keep your focus on the present. The Here and Now. Don't let Satan and his demons take your focus off what you have to do, "RIGHT NOW". If we take our eyes off our enemy to look back at our past, we are open to attacks from what is right in front of us.

So wave goodbye to yesterday, because it is gone...and stay focused on the present, knowing that we have a future in Heaven, as children of the KING!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Just in Case You Care, Another One Bites the Dust

Just in case you are even keeping up with the Presidential Race...

Republican Candidate: Duncan Hunter officially dropped out of the race on Jan. 18, 2008.