Friday, December 25, 2009
Well, as some of my church friends know, I had to go back into the hospital. I was at my computer, and I had a heart attack. I called 911, and then called my wife. This was the most exquisite pain I have ever had. I had a double heart bypass at 45-years of age. They cracked my chest open. I spent around 6 days in ICU and 5 or so days in a regular room. The pain from the ribspreader is something else. Getting the chesttubes out was one of the most painful things as well as the urinary catheter. A person also gets VERY close to the Lord during this time. The pain killers that they used were powerful; and also gave a person the most elaborate hallucinations! I am getting stronger everyday, as I am trying to get out to walk as much as I can.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
As some of y'all may already know, I was in the hospital. It was no piddly little stay. On Thursday I was picking up my wife from work and I told her that I didn't feel right. She said that we would go home and that if I still didn't feel good we would go to the ER. She took a bath, and I told her that we really had to go to the ER. When we got there, we told the doctor there everything that I was feeling(chest pain, pain radiating down both arms, shortness of breath, etc.). He decided to keep me over for observation. The cardiologist saw me, and initially said that my symptoms were atypical of heart problems. He decided to run some tests just to be sure. He had me do a stress test. He did NOT like what he saw. He also did an ultrasound of my heart, and that was inconclusive. He said that he really needed to do a heart catherization. This would be definitive. The procedure would probably take 30 minutes if nothing was wrong....... well, my procedure took 2 and a half hours!!!!!! I had three blockages.... one that was almost totally blocked(which they put a stent in), and two others(which they did angioplasties on), which were 90% and 80% blocked respectively.
Now that I've told you about the nuts-and-bolts of the situation, I want to say that I felt God's presence through the procedure. God made sure that I was awake; they tried to sedate me, but it didn't work. The only pain I felt is when they put pressure on my groin(where they inserted the wires). The scripture that comes to mind about God's presence comes from the Psalms.
Psalms 91:1- "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
This psalm has become so real to me now. There is no place that I want to be than in God's presence. I would want to implore everybody to do the same.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I have been following what has been called the "Declaration of Christian Conscience." I have read it, and it is very compelling. It is a statement of faith on things such as marriage, abortion, and other hot points that Christians need to speak out on. It is something that every Christian MUST read. The website is below:
Some of the notable signatories are: Albert Mohler, Randy Alcorn, around 15 Roman Catholic Bishops and Archbishops, 4 Orthodox Patriarchs, 4 Anglican Archbishops(1 Nigerian, 3 American; no Episcopalian, no British), head of Dallas Theological Seminary, Head of Moody Bible Institute, plus many more. You can see the high profile signatories online at the website, and you can also sign the declaration. We must stand up for our conscience. God is not to be mocked!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Well, I have this semester, and next semester will be my last one! The next step in my life will be one that, with God's help, I can start my seminary education. This is going to be a long and arduous process. It will be one that will hopefully bring me closer to God, and make me a true servant. I just hope that I can be proven worthy of that. Praise be to God!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Well, the Episcopal Church is going down the drain. They've decided to stop all national funding for evangelism. This is just another step in the slippery slope. It is true that Episcopalians have trouble with the e word, but evangelism is one way that a denomination gets members! I can see there will be no appreciable increase in numbers in this denomination ever again.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The title is very clear from the true story I will now tell. A friend of mine who is still in the Episcopal Church came into the Christian Bookstore that I work in tonight. He and I had the usual small talk, and then I asked him if he was following what was going on in Anaheim. This was his response: "I don't bother myself with such things. I trust that Bishop Doyle will do the right thing." Now, let me say that this man is truly a good christian man, but in my eyes he is denying that there is a crisis going on in the Episcopal Church. And Bishop Doyle is NOT the person to trust in this instance. He has lied to people in the past, and will do so in the future. To proverbially "bury your head in the sand" will leave your flank open. If this man does not get out, this diocese is in trouble(it is already in trouble, but you get my point.). To just leave it up to your bishop, well meaning he may be, is misguided. He is human. This is a not about flesh and blood but about "principalities and powers." Anyway, it is this type of complacency that will doom the church to hell.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Well, the General Convention has decided to authorize Same Sex Blessings. To all of those people who are STILL holding out in the Episcopal Church and are waiting for them to change their minds: IT IS TIME TO GO, VAMOOSE, SKEEDADDLE!! The woman(and I use that term loosely) who is the presiding bishop called a personal relationship with Jesus a HERESY! What type of sign do you folks need??? Do you need a parting of the Atlantic Ocean??? She even dressed down Rowan Williams for trying to tell them about the Same Sex issue. At least Williams has got some sense.... Schori has got a shovel, and is digging her way to HELL. She is a 100%, Grade A, Prime HERETIC! God have mercy on anybody that stays in the Episcopal Church after this convention!!!!