Posted in Reflection

What the (*&%^@?!?

Ok, I’m just plain ticked. Tonight at 9:15 PM some town (we have yet to determine which one) decided to have a HUGE fireworks show. It’s a SUNDAY night. It’s not the friggin 4th of July!! I have a 9 month old baby asleep for goodness sakes!! It sounded like it was 90% made up of the flash-bangs. ARGH!!

If I’d had my blood pressure taken, I guarantee it would have been through the ROOF!! But what can you do?

It was a MIRACLE that Jack did not wake up. And that’s exactly what it had to have been. The monitor spiked with every single boom.

It’s starting to thunderstorm right now. Maybe this was a way to prepare Jack for a night of fireworks… (Trying to see the silver lining.)

Ok, I’m done venting for the night…

Posted in Book Reviews, Reflection

Sola Scriptura! (or The Sabbath – Part 2)

I just finished reading this book. Ten Commandments Twice Removed, by Danny Shelton and Shelley Quinn.

Regarding writing style, not the easiest or smoothest read. However, this isn’t a novel. It’s got some heavy research and referencing so by nature it interrupts itself a lot with Biblical references and text, which makes for more difficult skimming. You really have to focus when reading some of the chapters in this book. I got stuck in Chapter 7, “Made for Man” and it took me about three weeks of occasional re-starting to get through to the end. Once I got past that chapter, however, it was a breeze. Chapter 8, “It’s no Secret – Catholic Church Claims the Change” was by far the most eye opening and the book held me to the end.

Content. Well, this book is all about content. The basic assertion of this book is that the Seventh-Day (Saturday) is the Sabbath and is still one of the 10 Commandments. It is still to be kept as the holy day of worship.

I have to say, after reading this book, and as a Protestant, I agree.

From what I read, the main gist is this: God set up the Seventh Day Sabbath at creation. Man sinned. They still kept the Sabbath. Moses got the Ten Commandments (which reenforced the Sabbath…”Remember”) on stone in God’s own handwriting. Later Moses wrote out, with God’s guidance, a bunch of ceremonial laws and such to keep order ’cause they couldn’t seem to live right with only the 10 commandments to guide them. Christ came as prophesied. Did away with the ceremonial laws that Moses had written, not the 10 Commandments. Disciples continued to keep the Sabbath.

AD 364, the Catholic church, which claims to be the bride of the Holy Spirit, decided to change the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.

Martin Luther challenged the Catholic church’s authority to change things in the Bible and started the Protestant movement. He led the claim “sola scriptura” (The Bible Only)!

If you choose to live “by the Bible only” (Protestantism), you must then believe that the Sabbath is still the holy day of rest and worship. If you believe the Catholic Church is the bride of the Holy Spirit and has the right to change God’s laws, then you must believe that now Sunday has been declared the holy day of worship.

It’s that simple.

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On my one-to-five scale, I give this book a three and a half.

  • For doctrinal value, I give it a five.
  • On my “will I read it again and a gain” scale, a three (I’ll probably refer to it often though).
  • For writing style, a two – it was hard to get through and follow in some places. That may well be because I am a new mom and my attention span and ability to sit and read deep and thought-provoking material has been greatly diminished.

It has changed my mind about Sabbath-keeping. It never settled too well with me that God would do away with one of the “Big 10”. I had tucked it away as one of those little “differences” that arise between Protestant faiths, but when it’s boiled down to whether or not I believe the Catholic Church has the God-given right to alter His laws, well, I guess I don’t. So, what follows is that what is in the Bible still stands as truth.

Bottom Line: I highly recommend reading it!

Posted in Reflection

I want to be like Mister Rogers

J4 and I have been talking a lot lately about Mister Rogers. The man was by all counts a saint. He is what Christians should be. He lived his life in such a way that no one has anything wrong to say against him.

There are sites that dedicate themselves to digging up dirt and uncloseting skeletons of famous people. One of those sites (I won’t even post the site name ’cause it’s really gross and I wouldn’t want anyone to go there.) has a full page dedicated to Mister Rogers and they were entirely unable to find a single thing bad to say.

Wouldn’t that be an awesome thing? To live such a life that there was nothing bad to be said about you? This is the kind of Christian I want to be. I don’t want to be a “talker”. I want to just be so much like Christ, so much like Mister Rogers, that people just feel better having been around me. I can’t imagine having that much love inside that it just pours out from everything that I do.

This is so different from the way I was taught. Not by my parents, who were much more of the “live it” types, but by the SDA academy I attended. My religion classes were chock full of instructions on how to be the right kind of “witness”. We were trained, drilled and tested on how to have the right answers at the right time when you are in situations where you are “witnessing”. It’s as if you turn on the “witness” part when you are interacting with “non-believers”. I absolutely despise this delineation of types of people. “Believers” and “non-believers”. I understand that this separation does exist, but believers in what? A particular religion? A particular doctrine? A certain commandment?

I think what made Fred Rogers so wonderful was he just loved. Everyone. He seemed to see inside each person and immediately made contact with their little kid inside. No matter how old, no matter what they were on the outside now, he saw the inside. I was reading a thread about Mister Rogers on a forum and one of the people said something like “What if Jesus decided to come back and live a full human life and just didn’t make any mention of it to anyone else?”. Is that not the most wonderful thing to be said about a life lived?

To read more about this man who lived life the way God intended, go here:
Esquire Article

I’ve already started TiVo-ing Mister Rogers Neighborhood so Jack can also grow up with this wonderful example of a human being. I just pray I can be the kind of Mom that sees my son as the wonderful special boy he is! As someone on that forum said, WWMRD?

Posted in Reflection

The Seventh-Day Sabbath – Part 1

I was born and raised SDA. I began attending a non-denom church, CCC several years ago with a friend. It was difficult to shake the “but you’re attending on SUNDAY” looming over my head.

I got used to it.

Haven’t been to church for many months (pretty much since I got pregnant). I went once when Jack was dedicated, and once a few months later with J4, J5 and another couple with their little girl.

Now it’s just work to think about timing it right with Jack’s naps and feedings.

But a few weeks ago I got a book (Ten Commandments Twice Removed) on our front porch from the local SDA church that’s just starting a branch in our town. I decided it was time for me to confront the one thing that itched in the back of my brain but I had just pushed away for a later date.

I’ve been reading this book. It’s on my 2006 Book List. So far, it’s pretty convincing. I think we’re supposed to be keeping the Sabbath still…