3/31/2005

Terri Has Died

Terri Schiavo has died just a little while ago. I knew it would be soon, but it's still amazing that this is somewhat over. But perhaps a movement for euthanasia has begun?

I also find it sad to hear that the Schindlers were denied access to the room as she died. Come on! That really is going to far. That's one of the worst things Micheal Schiavo could have done and he did it. Hey, what did he have to lose?

We,as bloggers, really can't explain what's going on in our minds and hearts, but we can tell you that we've tried. And though it seems that we have all lost, that is truly not the case. This situation, I'm sure, has opened the eyes of many to the fact that America is heading down a path that may lead to legal suicide and murder. These people will now take action. It's brought hope to others like Terri, who need our help to save their life.

God has a purpose and plan for everything, though we may not see it right away, or we may not see it at all. He will use Terri's situation for good. I don't know the spiritual condition of Terri, but I know God can use anyone to work out his plan. Our prayer is that Terri knew the Lord, but we just don't know. It would be so awesome to get to heaven and meet someone that you had worked to try to save their life. But we just don't know.

As we move on this week, we must let ourselves pray for life. For our country we must pray we'll get back on the right track. We must pray that our judges will make the right decisions.

I had planned to write about the Church today, but that will be tomorrow. If you want to find out more about Terri, and perhaps read her story, look at some of these links below:

Wittenburg Gate has the full story from beginning to end (bloggers story).

World Net Daily has the history.

All things 2 All has many posts on Terri and links to other posts.

3/30/2005

White House Visit!

White HouseListen here to my story, and some great description of what I saw on the way out of D.C.
this is an audio post - click to play

Wow! Agents, Iraqi voters, the President, and monuments...Whew! It was really great!
Tim Challies has some blogging tips from Solomon (if he were a blogger. Fantastic stuff.

And I'm going to be doing a post on this tomorrow. So stay tuned...

(HT: David Mobley...A physicists perspective)

3/28/2005

Name Calling and Mud Slinging

This post was inspired by a chat with some other bloggers and my pastor's sermon yesterday on the last days.

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." --Matt. 5:11

As Christians, we are supposed to be persecuted because of our faith, not because we provoke people and try to get them to call us names and try to hurt us, but because we preach the gospel of Christ. A gospel that says that we cannot do anything to save ourselves. And people don't like that.

Since I've begun blogging, and then writing for an online magazine, Virtue, I've gotten a lot of great comments. And that worried me for a awhile, because I wasn't getting that feedback that showed me I was truly preaching the gospel to my readers. So when I wrote this article and got mentioned on Evangelical Outpost in reference to my article on the DOM, I got the feedback I wanted--or rather didn't want. As I said before, I didn't try to get any of these names...I just put forth the truth, and got called some wonderful names (that was sarcasm):

1. Logically faulted (but a "wonderful writer")
2. Blatantly bigoted
3. Intolerant
4. Prideful
5. Arrogant
6. Socially handicapped (all homeschoolers are called that....can my non-homeschooled friends help me out on that one and drop me a comment in my defense here ;)?)
7. Li'l Tim S. (standing a 5'10 1/2", 15 years old...um...well, I guess I might be "Li'l")
8. Would "break like a little girl," (Bob Dylan) if he debated on the DOM.
9. Hopelessly indoctrinated
10. Sheltered
(and a few I'd care not to mention due to this being a Christian blog)


Yeah, I know what your saying, "I would love to get called these names." Ha! Are you kidding!

But I do praise God that I am doing the right thing by putting forth the truth. And I pray that you are doing the same. And sooner or later you'll get called a few more names than me. Keep at it, and put forth the Truth of the Gospel!


"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." --2 Timothy 4:2-4


Agent Tim

3/25/2005

Her Last Hours...

Spunky Jr. is writing some thoughts on whether or not Christ would want us to storm in and "kidnap" Terri. Good stuff.

A friend of mine started a blog, called "Voice in the Wilderness. He's going be good, looking at this quote from his intro...

I am a homeschooled Bible believing Christian who could care less what anyone thinks about me.

Jeb Bush seems to be running out of options...
Jay Sekulow via World Net Daily:

"Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, said that by requesting permission from Judge Greer, Bush appears to have limited his options.

"By going to the court you set yourself up for a difficult problem, because if Jeb Bush were to send in the police now, he would set up the risk for contempt of court," Sekulow said in an interview on the Sean Hannity radio show today.

Sekulow said that while sympathetic, as an officer of the court, he could not advise Bush to defy the judge.

But Dr. D. James Kennedy urged Bush to take action:

"He must disregard the order of Judge Greer...He has both the authority and the duty to do so under the state constitution."

I couldn't believe it! Barbara Mculski, our liberal Maryland Senator, supports Terri:

"This is a terrible tragedy. There was no living will and the family was divided...I felt that it was appropriate under these unique circumstances that the court take one last look at this."
(Washington Post)

3/24/2005

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I've asked one of my latest commenters, Karen of Scottsdale, to do an interview with me. Her story, to me, allows her to have a great perspective on Terri Schiavo and her case. Thank you so much Karen for allowing me to do this interview. Enjoy...

Agent Tim: What is your story? Could you briefly share with me? (Testimony, why you are disabled, etc…)

Karen: I was born with a genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 which is a motor neuron disorder. Most of my voluntary muscles are affected and I have never been able to walk thus I have used a wheelchair for mobility all of my life. I use a power wheelchair because I have no strength in my arms. I can use my hands a little bit to write or use a computer but I'm not able to lift things and cannot lift my arms above my head. I have become progressively weaker over the years and since the last two years I have not been able to feed myself without assistance. I totally rely on others for all of my personal care needs. I'm now 40 years old. In my 20s and early 30s I drove a specially modified van. I attended public school and went to college where I earned a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's degree in business management. Unfortunately I have not been gainfully employed. However, I lead as active a life as I'm able. And try to find work that I can do at home.

I accepted Christ when I was a young child. God has blessed me in many ways and especially with a loving family who have cared for me. I have been married for six years. My husband and I are active members of our church body. Surely God is my strength.

AT: What do you foresee for the future of those who are disabled? Do you see those who are "unwanted" and "not contributing to society" being killed like Terri?

KS: People who are unable to speak for themselves are at the greatest risk because they are often the ones who are "unwanted." I'm thinking of unwanted children and people who cause inconvenience to those around them like the disabled and elderly. I'm not sure that those who are considered as "not contributing to society" are at risk of being killed because quite frankly most of our culture creates people who contribute little if nothing to our society. Mediocrity is praised and exceptionalism or excellence is put down. In that kind of society who really contributes?

AT: Why do you believe that Terri should live?

KS: Terri has the same rights as anyone. She should live because she is. Her life is no less important than anyone else. From what I understand of the court case the judge ruled that she would not want to live this way according to her "husband." Since she made no clear directive such as a living will, I cannot understand how the judge can accept the testimony of her "husband" who has done nothing to help her. I agree with President Bush when he said that we need to err on the side of life. Without a clear directive I think is wrong for someone else to have the right to choose death for her.

AT: From a disabled persons point of view, do you understand Terri’s situation better? Could you share why and how you would be if you were in her situation or in her parents situation? What would you want to happen to you if you were Terri?

KS: I don't know if I understand her situation any better because I am disabled. I do know that life should be protected and I want my life protected.

Terri's condition is not a terminal condition. The only reason why she is dying now is because she is being starved and dehydrated. I can understand if someone has a terminal condition and they do not want to undergo treatment that will have no effect except to make their life more miserable but not prolong it in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, Terri's situation is being portrayed as a terminal one. This is wrong.

AT: What do you believe the Bible says about Terri’s situation?

KS: I think the Bible is very clear on this situation. Over and over again God told the Israelites to protect those who were most vulnerable in their society. Jesus said to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Also, God told the Israelites to choose life.

From Tim:
Terri, Schindler family, attorneys, and Gov. Bush, we're praying for you and working for you too. God Bless.

The Battle Continues

UPDATE 9:10 PM EST March 24 Schindlers are running out of options but are working hard to save Terri. Some info here. Stay tuned to FOX News.com for the latest updates.

UPDATE 12:25 PM EST March 24 The high court unanimously denied hearing Schindlers appeal. Gov. Bush had filed for custody, going the legal route, but that has been denied by Judge Greer. Jeb Bush needs to get to work.
World Net Daily said that "The possible "rescue" scenario emerged today with Schiavo now in her sixth day without food or water. Florida's DCF indicated it might remove the brain-injured woman, by force if necessary, from the hospice where she has lived the past five years."
Force. Wow, that sounds extreme...but take a look at this photo via Smarthomeschool. Now that's pretty cool. Great job, kid. We're with you.

11:00 PM EST (last night)...Shindlers take their battle to the supreme court...Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the first to consider the appeal. He will choose to act himself or refer the case to the entire court. (Kennedy was appointed by Reagan.)
As I said yesterday, the group of protesters did attempt to bring water to Terri and were arrested.

Fox News...

"When I close my eyes at night, all I can see is Terri's face in front of me, dying, starving to death," Mary Schindler (search) said outside her daughter's Pinellas Park hospice. "Please, someone out there, stop this cruelty. Stop the insanity. Please let my daughter live."

What happened on Wednesday...a wrap up...

A three-judge panel from the Atlanta 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Shindlers early Wednesday, then hours later the full court refused to reconsider.

Gov. Bush and Florida's social services agency filed a petition to take custody of Terri Schiavo.

"It cites new allegations of neglect and challenges Schiavo's diagnosis as being in a persistent vegetative state. The request is based on the opinion of a neurologist working for the state who observed Schiavo at her bedside but did not conduct an examination of her."

Judge Greer will decide by Noon today.

The Florida Legislature also attempted once again to save Terri by trying to pass a bill, that was rejected by the Senators.

I believe Congress is doing great by filing papers to the Supreme Court arguing that the 11th circuit court had "failed to adhere to the plain meaning" of their emergency legislation. The legislation required courts to "ensure that desperately needed nutritional support" for Terri. And they haven't done it. Impeach them.

People, time is running short. We can't wait a moment. In this scramble, we must pray, and blog. Believe me, it's making a difference. Congratulations to the tail for starting a blog wave. Let's finish this thing understanding that God has a plan, he is sovereign. His will is perfect, and he will use whatever happens in the end of this story that we are taking part of.
As I read in my devotions today, we spend so much time praying for revival and never doing anything about it. I praise God that I can use words on a page to make a difference will thousands of others around the globe. We need to go farther than prayer. We need to start a revival. It's totally and completely up to us whether we have one or not.
Praying for you Terri, your parents, family, friends, and those trying to save your life. God Bless.

3/22/2005

Terri, God Has A Plan

UPDATE: 2:55 EST March 22 The new injuction was denied and now the Schindlers are not going to the Supreme Court, but are rather have asked a full federal appeals court in Atlanta to review the previous decision to not reinstate Terri Schiavo's tube. More info here and here. Keep praying on this situation. Also, protesters are threatening to risk arrest by and attempt to give Terri a cup of water. A protester has already been arrested. It may happen later this afternoon. This is just symbolic, not an attempt that will work.
Time is running short as the Schindlers have said that Terri is "fading fast." Please keep her in continued prayer, as well as her family. Even Michael. Pray for your enemies.


Well, the battle goes on. You’ve heard the story of the Schindlers attorney filing a request for an emergency injunction with a federal district court in Tampa, Florida. The war goes on as the judge has said that he will not make an immediate ruling on the case. Not good news as I’ve heard news that Terri may have an infection, and may pass away sooner than expected (Reported on Pro-Life Blogs). Time is running short in this case of life and death. Especially now that that injuction has been denied and a new one has been filed. They will be working into the night on this one. It’s amazing.

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me…”

God has a will for Terri. He’s in control of the situation. His hand is on all that goes on. He can use this situation to teach us. I believe God is sovereign over all things and that he has a plan for you, me, and for those in situations like Terri’s. He is an amazing God.

“/ Indescribable, Uncontainable,/
/You placed the stars in the sky/
/And You know them by name/
/You are amazing God/
/All powerful, untamable/
/You see the depths of my heart /
/And you love me the same/
/You are amazing God/ “
(Chris Tomlin, “Indescribable”)

Also, it seems that Micheal has invited the President and Gov. Bush to meet Terri. It would be awesome if they did do that and Terri responded to them. But Michael may have her sedated or she may be too far-gone when they meet her. But nonetheless, it would be an awesome thing. And as you can see, Michael is changing his strict rule of no visitors. What’s up with that? It seems very, very odd to me.

I also found that the Larry King transcript included Terri’s sister Suzanne Vitadamo’s commentary on the situation and I’ve reprinted it below. It also included David Gibbs. I found some of her comments VERY interesting. (AIlmost as much as Michael Schiavo’s comments in my last post.)



KING: Joining us now in Tampa, Florida, Susanne Vitadamo. She is Terri Schiavo's sister. And David Gibbs, the Schindler family attorney.

Suzanne, where were you when they pulled the feeding plug?

SUZANNE VITADAMO, TERRI SCHIAVO'S SISTER: Larry, I was in the room prior to that. And I was asked to leave the room while they pulled Terri's feeding tube. And I waited a couple hours and went back in. I was with her from 8:30 in the morning until I left at 5:00.

KING: Why do you want your sister's wishes not listened to?

VITADAMO: Well first, we don't believe Terri had those wishes. We knew Terri, obviously, better than Michael did. Those wishes surfaced several years after a medical malpractice suit. I mean, we're talking many years later. They're hearsay with Michael and two of his family members. And they surfaced late. And we don't believe Terri ever wanted to die.

And secondly, we don't believe Terri is in the condition some doctors are saying she's in. We see Terri as a vibrant, fairly healthy, except she's severely brain damaged.

But she needs help, Larry. She hasn't had therapy since 1993. She's disabled. She needs help. She's trying to talk. And we want to get her the help she needs as a disabled woman.

KING: David, Michael's point and his attorney's point, you've lost in the Florida courts, you've lost in the United States Supreme Court. So as I ask Michael why he continues, why do you continue?

DAVID GIBBS, SCHINDLER FAMILY ATTORNEY: Because it's the right thing to do, Larry. When you look at a mother and a father, when you look at Bob and Mary Schindler and they say, David, is there anything we can do to keep our daughter, a daughter of 41 years that we love dearly. A Bob and Mary Schindler would trade places with Terri in a second if they could. They would give up their health, they would give up their energy to allow Terri to be well. They say, can you help us save our daughter.

And in a life and death case like this, Larry, everything reasonable that can be done. I mean, the Congress has recognized it, the president has recognized it, the Vatican has recognized it, religious and leaders across the nation have recognized it, Governor Bush has recognized it. This is just flat wrong. We are starving to death an innocent, disabled woman. It's unAmerican

KING: We are a nation of law.

GIBBS: Law needs to be moral. It needs to be guided by what's right.

KING: Your morality may not be my morality.

GIBBS: But I think killing a disabled woman is something that's always been against the law. I mean, going back to the ten commandments, thou shalt not kill. And we're in a situation where an innocent disabled woman is facing a barbaric death. And it's something that needs to be stopped.

KING: Suzanne, what is Michael's point if she didn't tell him that? What is his point in wanting this done? How does he gain by it, Suzanne?

VITADAMO: You know, Larry, I don't know. There's quite a bit of speculation out as to why he is so bent on killing Terri. You know, Michael has his family now. We agree that this is a family decision. But we are Terri's family. He has a fiancee and children, we're asking him to take care of his family and let us take care of ours.

KING: So, you don't -- you can't figure out a motive?

VITADAMO: As I said, there's speculation out there that I've heard running around. There might be maybe -- we have evidence that something may have happened pretty ugly the night that she collapsed.

And, you know, again, he received quite a bit of money back in '93. And it was shortly after that he remembered these so-called wishes that we honestly don't believe. So, let everybody else maybe put something together and figure out why he's doing this because we certainly, you know, -- it really doesn't make any sense.

KING: When the incident occurred, it was fully investigated, wasn't it?

VITADAMO: No.

KING: It was not?

VITADAMO: Terri -- we do not at this point know why Terri collapsed. Her heart did stop, but she did not have a heart attack. And she did not. It has not been proven that she's had an eating disorder which I've heard. So, we asked for an investigation. And to this day have not gotten one. But again, we don't know why she collapsed that night.

GIBBS: (Talks about Congress’ power)

No investigation. In other words, we really do not know why Terri collapsed 15 years ago. This situation gets more and more mysterious as I further investigate. What really happened on that night? Was it really an eating disorder? Who claimed it was an eating disorder? And even now, Michael does not want an investigation to see if his wife truly is in a vegetative state (which from many facts we can see that she is not, and that her condition can be corrected, or at least made better.) The point of letting someone go is when there is no hope. Nothing at all can help them. They are passing away, and we see that God is calling them home. But Terri and many others like her are not dying. She is living. She can live. She was not dying. And now she is.

We praying for you Terri.

3/21/2005

"We didn't know what Terri wanted, but this is what we want..."

Those were the words of Micheal Schiavo on the Larry King Show, (March 18, 2005.) (HT; Nick Queen via Blogotional. I do not believe this quote was taken out of context. Here is some clips that are of some interest and I will reprint in their entirety for your convenience:

KING: And Everyone keeps saying, Michael, I'll ask George in a minute, even if she said to you, I don't want to live like this, which is the reason you've been doing this, so what? If she's not in pain and the parents want her to be alive and you're no longer involved, so what? Why not keep her alive?

M. SCHIAVO: Because this is what Terri wanted. This is her wish.

You know something, Larry, I feel like the government. What I'm here for tonight is I'm going to tell you -- I feel like the government has just trampled all over my personal life. It is uncomprehensible that a government can walk all over somebody's private judicial matter, because of their own personal feelings.

...(some quotes removed...)

KING: Now they have asked, Michael, the United States Supreme Court, to sort of put a stay on this, Justice Anthony Kennedy has jurisdiction over emergency appeals. Tom DeLay said they're going to do all they can in Congress. Why is that wrong if that is their heartfelt feelings, if they're just trying to, in their opinion, preserve a life?

GEORGE FELOS, ATTORNEY FOR MICHAEL SCHIAVO: Well, Larry, let me answer that.

...

FELOS: Each and every one of us in this country has a constitutional right to refuse medical treatment they don't want. Terri exercised that right. She made her statements clear. A court has found evidence to be convincing.

And just because Tom DeLay and cohorts in Washington don't like Terri's choice, doesn't mean the federal government can make medical treatments decisions for you.

We received a subpoena today from the House of Representatives saying Terri is a witness in an investigation, force-feed her against her will. That is just an outrageous abuse of government power. And everyone in this country should be alarmed about that. They ought to be writing their Congressmen and senators, and say -- telling them, please let Terri die in peace. This is a private matter, it's been reviewed for years, the Congress just has no place in this.

KING: Hold it Michael -- on hearsay, George, thought, the only word that she said that is Michael's, right, George?

FELOS: No. That's not correct. Because she made those statements to her best friend, Joan and also to her brother-in-law. There were three witnesses and numerous statements to those witnesses over different periods of time. I don't want to be kept alive artificially. No tubes for me. I want to go when my time comes. If I ever had to be dependent upon anyone, I wouldn't want to live that way.

I mean, Terri made her wishes clear. And that's what the court found.

M. SCHIAVO: And this is the problem...

KING: Why do you undergo, Michael, all that pressure. I'm back to that again. OK. It was a wish. If she's not in pain -- and by the way, she's not artificially being kept alive in that sense, she's not in a comma. She's being fed. Again, I come back to, all right. Give it up.

M. SCHIAVO: I won't give it up. Terri is my life. I'm going to carry out her wishes to the very end. This is what she wanted. It's not about the Schindlers, it's not about me, not about Congress, it's about Terri.

...

Governor Bush, he's only doing this for votes. And I urge everybody out there, call your Congress, call your House legislators, call your House representatives in Washington and tell them to stay out of our personal business. They're going to be running everybody's life.

KING: Michael, what do you expect to happen? Congress is in recess now, they have to come back into special session. The Supreme Court could put a stay on it. What do you think is going to happen?

M. SCHIAVO: I don't think the Supreme Court is going to put a stay on it. And I hope and implore that everybody call their legislators. They have to stay out of people's personal lives. There's no place for government. Call them and tell them.

KING: Have you had any contact with the family today? This is a sad day all the way around, Michael. We know of your dispute.

M. SCHIAVO: I've had no contact with them.

KING: No contact at all?

M. SCHIAVO: No.

KING: Do you understand how they feel?

M. SCHIAVO: Yes, I do. But this is not about them, it's about Terri. And I've also said that in court. We didn't know what Terri wanted, but this is what we want...

KING: You're not -- it didn't cost you anything. This is not something where you're looking to save money?

M. SCHIAVO: No. There's no money involved. We need to move on from that question. That question has been asked me 50 million times. There is no money!

...read more here


I'd really love to hear what Mr. Schiavo meant by that comment. It seems that he messed up and his lawyer is now having to cover for him. Bad news all the way.

UPDATES can be found HERE

3/20/2005

Homeschool Reproof

After reading David Mobely's post on how he became a Christian, I was struck by these three paragraphs: (emphasis mine)

I grew up in a very moral family, always trying to be a good person, and, indeed, trying to be better than most of the people around me. My parents home-schooled me, and many people home-school for religions reasons, so my circle of friends and fellow home-schoolers included many people who were at least nominally Christian. However, I grew up thinking, as many people do, that the Bible was simply a book written by men, full of a lot of errors, and that Jesus was just a good moral teacher like many other religious leaders. Perhaps he was a good example, too, but certainly he wasn't God.

Now, one might think that it would have some impact on me spending a lot of time around Christians -- the other home-school students I knew. But for many years, it didn't. I thought they mostly were a bunch of hypocrites -- I knew Christianity had something to do with living a moral life, and I thought I was more moral than most of the "Christians" I was spending time with. And perhaps I was -- some of them didn't seem particularly moral. So I really had no interest at all in Christianity. I figured that the Bible was false, so I had no need to study it, and even if it were true, I was already living a better life than the Christians I knew -- so surely I would go to heaven, if there were such a place. And, to make matters even worse, many of my friends who were nominally Christians didn't seem to have thought carefully about why they believed Christianity -- it seemed to be just something they believed because their parents believed it. I liked to think of myself as someone who thought carefully about things, so I thought I was better and smarter than them because I didn't believe Christianity.

Furthermore, I grew up thinking that people are basically good: If only we could find the best way to do things, as a society, then everyone would be so much better off.

That's a pretty bad testimony for homeschoolers. I was especially struck by the fact that he thought they were all a bunch of hypocrites. Why? Because he thought Christianity is about being moral. He hadn't seen the whole story. And it seems that those "Christians" around him either had the same view or failed to share with David what Christianity truly was about. I don't want to condemn homeschoolers, but this story, I'm sure, has happened elsewhere. Things are assumed. And that person many be in a homeschool group. Then when he's older, he'll go off thinking Christians and homeschoolers are hypocrites.

Homeschoolers and Christians must display Christ in their lives (if he truly is in their lives...if he's not they really are hypocrites). We are to be like Christ, displaying His glory in our lives. When we are perceived as all-out hypocrites because we never act as we should, we've really got some issues to deal with. I find it very sad to hear such a story--a story that really throws a bad image of homeschoolers (Dr. Mobely, I'm sure, did not intend anything of the sort, but I just want to say that his story and others like it can show what can happen in a group of Christians). Think about your homeschool group that you may be a part of. Are there children their that aren't saved? We just cannot assume anything. We need to bring up Christ and salvation to everyone we meet. And that can be done.

David Mobely also saw Christian homeschoolers as hypocrites because he didn't understand what Christianity was. He believed it was about being a morally good person. But Christianity isn't about that It's about sin and redemption. It's about imperfect human beings regaining fellowship with a perfect God. See, God has set a standard for us to keep, the Law. And I can tell you right now that you haven't kept these commands of god perfectly. And God will someday judge you by those commands. And what will you say? You can't say anything. But God has sent Christ to pay for your punishment--sin.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

"For God so loved the world that he gave he only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life."

Even as Christians, we stumble, and we're never going to be perfect. But when someone sees nothing in our lives that display Christ, we have serious problems. My head hangs down to think of all the times I've missed an opportunity to affirm someone's salvation. We take so much for granted, and many times we don't even take our faith seriously. We need to live a life that someone like David Mobely (as a kid) would look at and say, "Wow, those people must really be Christians. Their faith is real." Make sure your faith is real, and live like your faith is real. Step up to the plate and live for Christ. Make much of Jesus.

3/19/2005

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More on Terri

Radio Blogger has some clips from the Hugh Hewitt show which featured James Dobson. Great clips.

Dr. Dobson said of Judge Greer "This man is just wicked." Exactly.

Also...

"she's not in a coma, and she's not on a respirator, she breathes on her own. And yet, Judge George Greer is just determined to kill her in a way, Hugh, that you wouldn't do to a dog. "


Fox News:

'Gov. Jeb Bush said the judge's decision "breaks my heart" and noted that it often takes two decades for a death row inmate's appeals to go through the system.

"There's this rush to starve her to death," Bush said.'

This whole situation is terrible. Republican congressmen have dedicated their weekends to saving Terri's life. This post gives some hope though. Stay tuned for more info on the situation.

3/18/2005

Still hope for Terri?

Blogotional claims there is hope for Terri, and I believe there is too. He's got some great updates on his website.
Allthings2All has (as she has had for awhile) great posts on Terri and the latest on her plight.
Hyscience has the touching story of Terri crying when told about the situation. See the post below for the updates.

The End...or is it?

This post has been updated on 3/20/05 at 3:15 PM. Latest info at the top of the post

Allthings2all has more good news for Terri here

Also...Blogotional has some thoughts for us from Scripture.
UPDATE Pro-Life Blogs said :
"THERE WAS NO REASON TO PULL HER TUBE AND PUT HER THROUGH PAIN AND DISCOMFORT. THEY COULD HAVE CAPPED HER FEEDING TUBE OFF AND PREVENTED THE PAIN SHE EXPERIENCED FROM HAVING A FEEDING TUNE PULLED FROM HER ABDOMEN.
Also...
Attorney Barbara Weller was with Terri earlier today. She told the media that, during her visit with Terri, she explained to her what was happening. According to Weller, Terri began to cry and could not be quieted. She tried to coach Terri to say "Let me live" but she simply was having too much difficulty."

Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was removed this afternoon, probably not too long ago (around 4:00 EST). Earlier this afternoon, it looked as if Terri would be allowed to live for some time longer.[Note: the above linked article has been updated, also a link to the joint statement of congress can be found here] The story is now a sad one...Terri will begin starvation today, and will die of dehydration. Tom Delay put the situation in words correctly, calling it "an act of barbarism." Terri's parent's website said,
"Terri's nutrition and hydration have now been withheld from her. It is unclear if the port that accommodates her feeding tube has been surgically removed as her family was ordered to leave her room."

Her husband's lawyer called the acts of Congress "shameful." Sir, I would call your acts "shameful...and downright barbaric." The case will go on, as time runs short. Terri has started the torture of death. She will live but for only about two weeks more.
Dr. Morrisey or Mount Sinai Hospital said that
"They [those is a vegetative state] don't experience hunger or discomfort, so she doesn't suffer. What happens is, she loses fluids from her body, she enters into a peaceful coma and she passes away very gently."
I fear that what we have said, and through what I have heard, this woman is not in a vegetative state. And she can feel, she can breathe, swallow, and respond. They are making a very serious mistake. In prayer...

Still Fighting

Terri Shiavo's feeding tube was not removed this afternoon, thanks to acts from congress to issue subpoenas in her behalf. Read more on Fox News.com for all the info.
Another post will follow this one later today.

3/17/2005

Blogs, Terri, And more on blogs

I found this really great blog here. It's called "To Give an Answer" and is by a BJU guy. Pretty neat blog. And hey...he has a link to Virtue Magazine. Can't beat that!

Also, I wanted to comment on Terri Shiavo...
Tomorrow is the day. The day when it all comes down to the line. Will she live or be murdered? What's going to happen? I pray (and that's one thing we need to do) that she will be allowed to live. If you want to help, head on over here for more information. We really need to do our best to save this woman's life and those like her. I've got to tell you it is a sad case...one that will shape the future of euthanasia in the US.

OK...I finally found some blogging tips. I'm still in the process of reading them myself, just to warn you.

God Bless,
Tim

3/16/2005

Agent Report: Links and such

I found this really cool blog, Faith in Fiction. It's really cool...I love reading and writing, and then I find a blog written by a Bethany House Publisher Editor! Too neat! If you have a book idea, head over there. :)

And the Boy Scout Blogger pointed me to the Christian Teen Forums. Looks to be a really neat place. I'm going to be bringing up Virtue Magazine there.

The Christian Carnival is up here. Man, I just made it in by a few hours. It was close, but I got this post in on time.

Wondering about bacteria in public schools? I've got to tell you that's why I don't go. Well...not really.

God Bless,
Tim

3/15/2005

O Death, Where is Thy Sting?

When I sat down to write today, I couldn't think of one subject to write about. This past weekend has been quite an experience. So I decided to write about something that no teen wants to think about--death. It's coming, and getting closer each day, yet it still seems so far away.


For death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart." --Eccl. 7:2


We live each day many times with not one thought that we could die at any moment. I don't want to be depressing (you'll see in a moment how to not be depressed), but we really do need to have this thought. It is foolish to live our lives not thinking about the end and beyond.


"The wages of sin is death."

When Adam first sinned, he brought sin into all the world, bringing disease and death. Man became a finite being.

He must not be allowed to...take from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."



Just as sin entered the world through one man and death throught sin, and in this way death came to all men because all sinned--for before the law was given, sin was in the world...Death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come."


But the awesome thing is God's gift to us. It was given to us by one man's death, the opposite of many men's deaths. And another awesome thing is that the judgment was on one sin, where as the gift forgave many trespasses. By one many were made sinful, and by One, many were made righteous.


"Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, O Death, is your victory?
Where, O Death, is you sting?"
--I Cor. 15:55


The sting of death is sin, and sin has been conquered by Christ. And all we have to do is let Christ come into our lives to conquer this sting.
Nothing in all of this world matters as much as our souls. They are all that will last from this finite and sinful world. What good will it do you if you live your life on frivolous pleasures and waste your life? We must have a mindset of "not being of this world" or if we don't know Christ, "I could die at any moment--I need to get things right with God."
Our lives have purpose--that is to glorify God. We glorify God by "making much of Jesus" (SCC) in everything that we do, living our lives like Christ every single day. We are to live our lives to the fullest by living like Christ. (recommended reading "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper.)
Life is more than empty pleasures, money, friends, the mall, computers, clothes, cars, and big houses. It's only going to be lived to the fullest by making much of Christ through our life. There's just no other way.
If you've been living an unfruitful life, I suggest that you get on your knees, and pray to the Lord, telling Him that you want to live your life to the fullest by living wholly for Him. If you decide to do that, tell me, and I'll do it with you.

And when those we love die, we can know that God has a purpose and plan that we don't know yet. We need to put our trust in him. It's hard, but we must do it. Jesus is with you, he is your friend, your shelter in times of trouble. Pray to him, and he will answer you. Rely on him, and he will be faithful.

3/13/2005

Agent Report: Cool Stuff

Remembering my cousin in prayer...

I found some really cool stuff today in my blogging that I'd like to quickly share with you. I would like to point you to Technorati, a great place to find out what's happening in the blogshpere. I found two blogs linking to me through them:


  • This is not for you had me linked on their sidebar. I'll have to check them out...it looks to be an interesting blog!


  • A blog called "Notes", by Mcelroycounseling.com, linked me via Southern Baptist Bloggers. Thanks!


  • If you've linked to me, and I've never mentioned you (or you've never seen yourself mentioned or linked), please tell me. I make it a point to recognize every linker. It's just good blogging manners in my opinion.

    Also, if you're a parent, I'd like you to look at this post by Spunkyhomeshool. It's a call to write on the subject of "Passing Your Faith and Values On to Your Children." If you are not a blogger, I encourage you to do one of three things.

    1. Start a blog and write about the subject (and tell Mrs. Spunky)
    2. Write about the subject and I'll post it for you! Or someone else will host you.
    3. Don't write, just read :)

    And lastly, I found that I am ranked #559 of all Christian sites on the web as of 5:30 PM EST, Sunday March 13, 2005! Go check it out here. That means I get more hits than "Wear The Message Christian T-shirts" and "Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Las Vegas NV." It's really cool. I suggest that you join. I also joined Pro-Life Blogs!

    3/12/2005

    Science and the Christian

    “Science Must Deal With Observable Physical Phenomena”

    Science—“The systematic use of observation to describe the universe”

    To open this post, I want to discuss the above definition, which I find really clearly defines science.
    First of all, notice the word “observation.” Yes, science is only useful and can only be used when you observe something. You cannot observe the creation of the universe (or better stated, the origin of the universe.) nor can you observe things such as miracles (the temporary lifting of known laws of the universe by God) and study them scientifically. We can only observe what is around us now, and from our observations, we can use the scientific method in our research.
    Note: We can also learn from past experiments (and we can test them).

    Science and the Bible

    As I said above, science can only deal with the observable and physical. So how can we use science and the Scripture? I found in my science textbook some references from God to observe, for example, John 1:2a “Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” Or the many times John the Baptist called those he preached to to observe the Savior. We are to look at him and observe and learn from what we see in the life of Christ.
    Some would say that we should not question the Bible, nor test it. I can see some truth in what they say, because we are to have faith in many things that we believe in. In fact, we must evaluate scientific discoveries with the Bible (not the other way around). Either it agrees with the Bible, disagrees, or isn’t mentioned in the Bible.
    We must scrutinize scientific discoveries and theories. And we need to watch out for people who immediately accept these things as true (and use universal statements such as “All life forms have been discovered”).
    The Bible has shown us that it is scientifically correct time and time again. If you look at the winds mentioned in Eccl. 1:6, it is talking about wind changes (currents?) (which was later “proven” by science). Over and over again, scientific discoveries reiterate what the Bible has already said, and also by archeology discoveries.

    Why is Science Good for Christians?

    Science is good for us because it develops what we call “critical thinking.” We need to be able to evaluate things we hear, things we read, and things we see, especially with a Biblical worldview (may I recommend WORLD Magazine).
    Science is important for Christians because it involves everything about our daily life. We talk about it all the time. It is involved in politics and health. We need to know about science to be able to be fully equipped to share the gospel in this information age. We don’t want to appear ill informed and cut off from knowledge, making ourselves look ignorant and useless to speak to someone about science and related topics. (Look at these posts to see people who have a biblical worldview and are evaluating scientific topics: )
    And who isn’t interested in the world around them (well…let’s not go into that)? How things work and how things happen? Through the study of science, God is revealed, Scripture is proven, and we are better equipped to share the gospel and defend the Bible.

    Many quotes from Physical World, BJU Press

    3/11/2005

    You're Crazy!

    Bill Maher of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, is claiming that all Christians have a mental problem. He said "religion is a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers." And he said religion. Not just Christianity? Well, according to the AFA, he was speaking of all religions. Not good.

    And speaking of crazy,Ward Churchill is really scaring me with his comments on 9/11. The guy has some really big problems...According to WORLD Magazine he "threw out undocumented charges such as the claim that in colonial days New Amsterdam children played kickball with the heads of slaughtered Indians on the site of the World Trade Center." He also claims to be of the "Keetoowah Band of Cherokees." Well, Bill Clinton happens to be one too. This guy is a hoot.

    And more on 9/11...The Judgement of God? Virtue Magazine has two very interesting articles on the topic located here and here. And a rebuttal to the rebuttal can be found here. It's the best of all three.

    And I can assure you that this is not crazy. I'll be entering in tomorrow, so don't miss my post on Science!

    3/08/2005

    Agent Report: New Links

    Well, as they say down under, "G'Day to you!" I've had quite a weekend as you can tell from the past posts. Evangelical Outpost mention, my birthday, then a Hugh Hewitt mention, and a visit to the International Spy Museum! It's been a busy week!
    New Links
    I wanted to mention two new folks I've added to my blogroll in the past weekend...
    First up is Spunky of Spunky homeschool! My quote...

    "The place to turn to for great advice, and thoughtful comments on homeschooling, and the latest news on parenting topics. Overall, fantastic, insightful, and interesting."

    And we also have a new blogger that I found through technorati, The Berean of The Berean's Blog. And his quote...

    "The place to find the answers. The Berean's Blog searches the Scripture, and displays why the Bible is true. Wonderful to read!"

    Stop by both of these blogs and tell them how you liked their blogs!

    Personal News
    Please pray for me as I have an awful cough and cold. It's really making my whole head drain, and making me lose my appetite. And I will also be doing evangelism with my church this evening around 7:00 EST. Thanks for you prayers!

    What's Up And Coming
    Well, I will continue to blog on prayer this week, and will also be writing some on the L.A. Times issue that's going on. Check out Virtue Magazine for my article on Prayer entitled "Before the Throne." And don't miss the other great articles and the new look!

    3/07/2005

    this is an audio post - click to play

    3/06/2005

    More on the Lord's Prayer

    More on the Lord's Prayer

    Before I go on to the first petition of the Lord's Prayer, I want to look briefly at the importance of this prayer, as well as it's uses.

    A Model And Form

    This prayer helps us--sinful human beings--to know how to address our Almighty Perfect God.
    We wouldn't want to use slang when addressing the President or a King or Queen. We would use our best vocabulary, and think through what we were going to say to them.
    So we are truly blessed to have a model for us to use in addressing God. Of course, I completely believe that it can be used as a model and form--but we must avoid "vain repetions."

    Clearing Up the Facts

    I look forward to seeing what you have to say about the uses of the Lord's Prayer. As I said earlier, we are blessed to have this prayer. We must use this prayer frequently and we must also use it as a model to follow.
    The order of prayer is:

    --Address
    --8 petitions
    --Doxology

    An interesting fact I found was that every statement in the prayer occurs in the Old Testament. Our prayer must be Scriptural. How can I clear that up for you? Does that mean prayer that doesn't have Scripture in it is not acceptable? I have wondered about that, and find that when I pray using Scripture, I feel that my prayer is more powerful.


    And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, He heareth us" (I John 5:14).

    We can only know God's will if we know His Scripture. (HT: A.W. Pink)

    3/05/2005

    My First Audio Post

    You can listen to me sing and comment on my birthday gifts here:
    this is an audio post - click to play

    Hugh Hewitt Mention

    Posted by Hello
    I was mentioned on Hugh Hewitt.com yesterday in reference to my book review on Blog. Here's a quote:

    "Agent Tim" reviews Blog. Thanks Tim. (Tim is 14, btw.)

    Perhaps Agent Tim could give some reporting tips to Barbara Demick, the Durantyesque Los Angeles Times reporter who penned yesterday's page one hymn to conditions in North Korea. At a minimum, he could direct her to the State Department's report on human rights in North Korea so it could be accurately summarized in her articles. Ms. Demick has e-mailed a number of correspondents in defense of her piece...



    After reading the rest of Hugh's post, I would have to say that even I could give her some writing tips. Like "post truth not propaganda" like she's posting for North Korea. Read the rest of Hugh's post to fully understand this story.

    Don't miss the posts below, that my mom posted for my birthday. She wants you to wish me a happy birthday--so you'd better! :)

    I've added a "Latest News" and "My Column" to the sidebar so you can keep up with the latest news and my column in Virtue Magazine.

    God Bless,
    Tim

    HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY!!

    Yes, it's true. March 5, 2005 is Tim's 15th birthday!!!

    Tim, we are so thankful for all that the Lord is doing in you and through you. We are blessed to be your parents and your siblings are blessed to have you as a big brother.

    Love,
    Dad, Mom, Nick, Nathan, Abbey & Jonathan

    Philippians 1:9-11, "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God."

    3 John verse 4, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."


    Born to be an agent(even at 1) Posted by Hello
    UPDATE: Yes, that's me :)

    3/04/2005

    Prayer: Kneeling In God's Shadow

    There you are, standing before the throne of God. Heaven's radiance glows all around you, seeming to fill everything, even your inner soul, with an unexplainable warmth and overwhelming joy. You kneel, bow your head, and close your eyes. Psalm 91:1 rings in your head...

    "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."


    And there you are, kneeling in God's shadow, before the very throne of grace and truth.

    Is this not what prayer is...coming before the throne of God and speaking to our Almighty master? And it is well that out Saviour has told us how to address the Lord, the King of Kings. Jesus has taught us "both the manner and method of how to pray and the matters for which to pray.(AW Pink)"

    This prayer is a model and form for us to use even today as Christians. A.W. Pink state the "duty of Christs' disciples in their praying both to use the Lord's Prayer continually as a pattern and sometimes as a form." Even though it may have been used and "worn out," that should not be a reason for not lifting this prayer up to God. We must guard against "merely formal and still more superstitious, observance of the Lord's Prayer." We must never throw it out completely nor use it as a vain repetition.

    3/03/2005

    Evangelical Outpost Mention

    I was mentioned here in reference to Virtue Magazine. A Great quote:

    "But what I can't comprehend is why someone like fourteen-year-old Tim Sweetman is writing a defense of marriage. Dude, slow down. One day you can write about DOMA for the Heritage Foundation. But first you have to make it through prom."


    Thanks Mr. Carter!

    Don't miss my post below either!

    Xenotransplants: Good or Bad?

    When I first read this post on xenotransplants, I thought it sounded somewhat weird, but really interesting. But before I investigate the subject, I want to get some facts straight:

    Xenotransplanting--Transplanting cells or organs from one species into another

    Cells from pigs are being transplanted into humans to heal things such as diabetes (or eliminate the need for insulin-producing cells or rather giving them the cells they need)

    The problem is that pig cells carry a marker that human immune systems target to kill

    There is danger of pig viruses passing on to humans (such as a wasting disease found in piglets)

    The Problems

    Obviously, huge problem is screening for the perfect cells to implant in humans. You don't want to get a disease from a pig that will be passed on through you family. The risk is too high for scientists and for many governments (including the US, I believe).

    Personally, I wouldn't want some part of a pig put into my body. But if it would save your life, I don't know what I would do. The fact of the matter lies in the problem of viruses.

    Biblical Thoughts

    Messing with the building block of life can lead to scary things. Cloning is one example of messing with DNA. We can find out if a baby is going to have defects before it's born--and that can lead to a society that kills "worthless" humans. These things are amazing scientific discoveries gone bad.
    but they can be used for good (knowledge of DNA) such as finding criminals or terrorists.

    When is comes down to something that involves viruses passing from one species to another, I think of this verse:

    "Do you not know you body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with you body."
    (found in 1 Corinthians...NIV)

    I would fear bad uses of this "healing" (I don't know what exactly) and would say that we shouldn't put anything into our body that would harm us, whether it is drugs or DNA or whatever. We are God's temple and we must keep his temple holy.

    We haven't yet see the long term effects of these implanted DNA, which will split and form new identical cells (I don't know the technical term). So what would happen in the long run? (Thanks to mom for bringing this point up)

    Of course, a lot of these healing cures cure people by taking innocent life. Life for life is wrong. Period. I didn't see that happening in Xenotransplanting, but I could have missed that point.

    I hope that these small thoughts might help in some way!

    3/01/2005

    Agent Report: Narnia Alert

    The up to date news on the new Chronicles of Narnia are here at Jollyblogger. A quote from a Disney veteran, Martin Kaplan, leads to concern:

    Of Lewis's work, Mr. Kaplan said: "There's enough story and traditional emotion in the 'Narnia' books that they can let the Christian mysticism in it either be a subtext or not a part of it at all. I suspect you can portray resurrection in the same way that E.T. comes back to life, and that practically every fairy tale has a hero or heroine who seems to be gone forever but nevertheless manages to come back."


    Not good.

    Also, I'm checking out a new group blog here. Make sure to check it out! I may be a writer for them (possibly).

    Well that's all folks!

    Tim

    Prayer Intro I

    In the following few days, I want to focus on "The Lord's Prayer". Why?

    As I was reading "The Beatitudes and The Lord's Prayer" by A.W. Pink, I came across this quote:


    "Well did Tertullian term the Lord's Prayer "The Gospel abbreviated." The more clearly we understand the Gospel of the grace of God, "the Gospel of the glory of Christ," the more shall we love this wonderful prayer, and glorying in the gospel which is is "the power of God and the wisdom of God" to them that believe, we shall rejoice with joy unspeakable as we offer the divinely prescribed petitions and expect gracious answers (Thomas Houston)."


    With all the talk of the "Simple Gospel", I found that quote very interesting. So I want to go step-by-step, studying this abbreviated gospel. I will be following A.W. Pink's steps, so much of his work will be mentioned and used.

    My first post on the Lord's Prayer will be an introduction (more than this one), mainly discussing the use of this prayer in our daily lives. I will also have published articles on the topic.