Wednesday, January 30, 2008
http://www.eyeoutforyou.com:80/news/local/14788206.html (after clicking on this link, click on "video high" next to the picture of the ambulance)
A woman flips her vehicle Tuesday morning forcing county fire to use the jaws of life to save her life.According to Bakersfield Police the crash happened just after 8 am on Brimhall Road before Jewetta Ave in West Bakersfield.The driver was heading west when for an unknown reason she veered off the road, hit an embankment and flipped.She was taken to an area hospital with moderate injuries.
As Paul Harvey would say, here's the rest of the story. When she arrived at the truama center, she had a full body X-Ray and CT scan. All results are negative. No broken bones. She has swelling on the top of her head and jokes she looks like Eyore. Although very stiff and sore, I believe you will agree she is a miracle. Especially if you are able to view the video and see her damaged vehicle. "Jaws of Life" saved her? I greatly appreciate the firemen who used their equipment to extract her from the crashed vehicle, but I believe it was the "Hands of Life" that saved her. Thank you, Jesus.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Let's deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing." Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
- PK's and their families become strongly connected to the people in their congregation. They consider everyone as family even to the point of calling each other "brother" and "sister." They worship, laugh, cry, eat, and play together. On the occasion a member decides to leave or cause division in the congregation, it is sad because the PK has made an emotional and spiritual connection with this person.
- PK's lives are often lonely even though their lives are busy. This is due to a several reasons. Some young people do not live their lives according to the instruction of the pastor and so they exclude the PK in any of their activities because they are afraid the PK will tell his/her dad what they did. (Most PK's would never tell because they are starved for the friendship and fellowship.) Loneliness can also be caused from not getting to "bear your heart" with your friends. All conversations are approached with caution.
- PK's schedules are often interrupted. A planned trip to the beach may get cancelled because someone had a serious accident and dad now has to go to the hospital. The phone sometimes rings in the middle of the night and dad leaves to help someone. Just when you think you are smooth sailing, one phone call can change the entire day or week.
- PK's are considered examples for the other kids of the church and, spoken sarcastically, "God forbid the PK does something wrong." I have never expected my kids to be examples and will not tell them they need to be one. Rather, I tell them they need to behave in a certain manner because that is what God would have them do. We do right because it is the right thing to do. In so doing, the PK will be a good example.
- PK's sometimes struggle because others misjudge them or are jealous of them. Sometimes the struggle is knowing "Bro. Holy" is a hypocrite. This is a big reason why many PK's lose out with God because they become disillusioned. It is also another reason why I have taught my kids there ARE hypocrites and there ARE Christians. Don't worry about the hypocrites. God will take care of them.
- PK's just "know" what is going on. Their parents can shelter them, never tell them what is happening in the church, but they will "know." They are keenly aware to what is happening. More than mom or dad will ever know.
Now don't shoot me because I have been real. There are many blessings to being a PK but sometimes one big problem can rock their boat to the point of giving up. I had a PK respond to the previous post stating, "... just knowing that you were a PK and survived with words to help others helps me. Thanks for your blogs and esp. this one." Because of that response, I want to make a statement to PK's.PK, being a survivor depends upon how much fight you have deep inside and how real God is to you. You must know you believe what you believe not because of your parents. Read the Bible and understand it for yourself. If there are things you don't understand, ask your parents or your presbyter, or your district superintendent or a minister you respect. Don't seek counsel from other young people. On the roughest day, remind yourself that God is on your side and you can fight your way through the bad day. When you face a hypocrite, remind yourself there ARE some Christians. When youth exclude you, pray that God will change them or remove them. That sounds rough, but it works. Sometimes God changed them and they apologized to me. Other times, God moved the "thorn in my side." God said He wouldn't put more on you than you can bear. When you have an unbearable day, remind God of His promise to you. I have told God, "You said You wouldn't put more on me than I can bear and I can't take this junk." He heard me and He helped me. If all else fails, remember that Sis. Jana Allard said, "You can do it!" I believe in you.
The good definitely out-weighs the bad, but the bad days are soooo heavy because we are soooo emotionally and spiritually connected. I think all of us would readily admit we wouldn't change our lives of ministry, but we should be honest enough to admit there are days, even if they are few, we feel whipped, lonely, and beat up. BUT.........I can do all things through Christ.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
By TOM HAYS and CLARE TRAPASSO
(AP) A police detective leads David Dalaia, 65, from the Midtown North police precinct, Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - Detective Travis Rapp has seen his share of corpses, but this was new: two men wheeling a rigid, pale body down a Manhattan street in a red office chair, drawing a crowd of suspicious onlookers. Looking out the window of the restaurant where he was having lunch, Rapp initially assumed "it was a mannequin or a dummy," he said. "I thought it was a joke, honestly." A closer inspection showed that it wasn't. The man was dead, and two of his friends had hauled his corpse to a store to cash his $355 Social Security check, police said. They were arrested before they could get the money. The bedraggled suspects, David J. Dalaia and James O'Hare, were scheduled to appear in court Wednesday night. Police said the men, both 65, were petty criminals with long histories of heroin addiction and arrests dating to the 1960s.
The trouble began Tuesday when Dalaia and O'Hare tried to cash Virgilio Cintron's check at a store in Hell's Kitchen on their own, police said. The man at the counter told them that Cintron had to be present to cash the check, so they went back to his apartment, which one of the suspects shared with the dead man. Cintron was apparently undressed when he died, sometime within the previous 24 hours. Police said Dalaia and O'Hare proceeded to dress him in a faded T-shirt, pants they could only get up part way, and a pair of Velcro sneakers. They threw a coat over his waist to conceal what the pants couldn't cover, police said. They then put him on the office chair and wheeled the corpse over to the check-cashing store. The men left Cintron's body outside, went inside and tried to cash his check, authorities said. The store's clerk, who knew Cintron, asked the men where he was, and O'Hare told the clerk they would go and get him. At about the same time, Rapp spotted the men and confronted them as they were trying to haul the body into the store. He said that even after he identified himself as a police officer, O'Hare told him, "I have to get my friend in here. I have to cash his check."
He ordered the men to back away from the victim. They feigned surprise when paramedics declared him dead, Rapp said. "When they said, 'Your friend is dead,' they said, 'Oh my God, he's gone?'" The scene played out on a busy Manhattan street as several people watched.
"I saw this guy sitting in this chair with his head back. He looked very dead," said Victor Rodriguez, 38, who was working at a nearby restaurant when he saw the commotion outside. "He looked very sick. His eyes were closed. He wasn't moving."
Little is known about Cintron, 66, who apparently died of natural causes. An autopsy proved inconclusive, the medical examiner's office said, and his body hadn't been positively identified as of Wednesday afternoon. Relatives told police that he had recently been hospitalized for Parkinson's disease. Police said his rap sheet was long, with arrests for burglary, assault and drugs. Locals said that Cintron and O'Hare often frequented a food pantry down the street.
A telephone number listed for Cintron at the apartment he shared with O'Hare went unanswered. Police said they didn't have an address for Dalaia or attorney information for him or O'Hare. Regardless of what happens to the defendants, they can take solace in the fact that they fooled one onlooker with the dead man disguise. "He went in regular clothes. I didn't even know he was dead. I thought he was alive," said Gerit Ahemed, a clerk at a nearby deli.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
I just typed the title for this post, and now my brain is whirling. We all need breaks but what about commercials? Combining these two words is nearly an oxymoron! There is, however, an importance in commercial breaks. This year, our congregation is striving for growth. We need to take a break, engage in commerce (witnessing) to yield or make a profit (winning a soul). Maybe typing that title was a nudge from God telling me to take a commercial break.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
EDIT: 11:30 PM I have added a link on the right to Janiver Brown's blog. www.janiverbrown.blogspot.com She is in need of healing. If you would, please leave of word of encouragement for her.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Don't be late in 2008
Don't segregate in 2008
Have no hate in 2008
To the lost give God bait, in 2008
Make God your date in 2008
For the singles - get a date in 2008 LOL
Is heaven your fate in 2008?
Stay inside the gate in 2008
Encourage/love/win your mate in 2008
Will you rate in 2008
For His return I wait in 2008