Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Year's Resolution

The New Year is closing in fast. Everyone is making New Year's resolutions, promises, and plans.

As Christians, our resolution ought to be that we will grow
more and more in the faith and knowledge of God. We should strive to do exactly what God commands us to do with our lives. We must live for Christ in everything we do!

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. - Romans 12:18

For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord... - Romans 14:8

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; -Titus 2:12

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;-Romans 12:10

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. -Ephesians 5:2

During 2006, we should all strive harder then ever to: live for God, follow His commandments, and honour Him in all that we do.

Have a happy and blessed New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Homeschool Blog Award Winners!

Spunky Homeschool has announced the winners of the Home School Blog Awards!!!! Here's is the list of winners:

Best Homeschooling Mom Blog:Mother-Lode, Here at the Bonny Glen , and True Blue Semi-Crunchy Mama

Best Homeschooling Dad Blog:Doug Phillips

Best Homeschooling Family Blog:Large Family Logistics

Best Homeschooling Teen Blog:The Rebelution

Best Informational Homeschooling Blog:Mental Multivitamin

Best Inspirational Homeschooling Blog:Holy Experience and Fearlessly Feminine

Best Homeschooling Humor Blog:Danielle Bean

Best Team/Group Homeschooling Blog:Choosing Home and Beauty from the Heart

Best Homeschool Curriculum/Business:Cindy Rushton and Still Thinking

Best Homeschool Blog Template Design:Classical Education 4 Me and Agent Tim

Best Canadian Homeschooling Blog:Poppins Classical Academy and Oneway Purpose

Best International Homeschool Blog:Wired Wisdom

Best Current Events Homeschool Blog:The Common Room and Legal Redux

Best Homeschooling Arts Blog:A Circle of Quiet and Rhetorical Response

Best Homeschooling Photo Blog:My Smoky Mtn. Homeschool and A Picture is Worth a 1000 words

Congratulations to all the winners!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Best Movies of 2005

My personal favorite movies of 2005:

1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia was clearly the best movie of the year. The storyline is based on the C.S. Lewis classic. Four children ( Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy) enter a closet and find themselves in the world of Narnia. There they must battle the White Witch and end Narnia's hundred year winter. Chronicles isn't just a children's film; yes, it has children characters, but this movie will be loved by adults as well as children. The acting was excellent, all the children played their parts perfectly, and Tilda Swinton deserves an award for her magnificent performance as the White Witch. The visual effects were great ( over 150 different creatures were created to be in this film), the music was magical, and Aslan himself was royal and powerful ( Liam Neeson did a fine job voicing him). The film did carry a subtle Christian message (Aslan death on behalf of Edmond and Aslan's resurrection). Both the death and resurrection of Aslan were emotional and moving scenes. The movie strayed from the book only a couple times, but these were barely noticeable. All together, The Chronicles of Narnia was one of my favorite movies, and I encourage all of you to go out and see it.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe now in theatres, rated PG for mild action sequences and some scary images.

2. War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds is a remake of the 1953 version. War of the Worlds is directed by the incredibly talented Steven Spielberg. ( As a side note, some of the film was shot right around where I live) Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, and Dakota Fanning make up part of the superb cast. ( Dakota Fanning was especially brilliant) The visual effects were absolutely stunning, from the alien tripods breaking out of the ground to the incredible battle explosions. War of the Worlds was very scary and creepy; most of the movie was filmed at night and the fact that Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) had to protect his young daughter made the movie even more frightening. One of the most poignant scenes was when a crowd, traveling by foot towards Canada, approaches a railroad track and pauses in front of it as a train passes. Every single car on the train is on fire, and the expressions of horror made by the crowd are absolutely real and terrifying.

War of the Worlds now on DVD, rated PG-13 for frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images. As a personal warning, this film was very violent and a lot of foul language was used.

3. Star Wars Episode III:Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith, the final installment of the most successful franchise in the history of movies, opened on May 19. This Star Wars film was the first one rated PG-13. It was intense, violent, moving, tragic, and awesome all at the same time. Revenge of the Sith is the sequel to 2002's Phantom Menace and the prequel to the original Star Wars. Revenge of the Sith neatly tied together all the loose ends and revealed several key secrets. The movie showed Annakin's transformation from moody Jedi to an evil Sith lord. The movie was very sad ( it had two of my sisters in tears) and at parts light and comical. Following the trail of all Star Wars movies, the acting was pretty bad; Ewan McGregor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi was the only bright spot. The soundtrack and visual effects of this film were absolutely stunning. Revenge of the Sith also did well in the box office, grossing over $900 million dollars world-wide, and was the biggest money-making film in America this year.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith now on DVD, rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and some intense images.

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the remake of the classic, Willy Wonka. But this newer version sticks according to the novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Thus the "remake" is much, much better. Johnny Depp plays a very odd but very funny Willy Wonka. The difference betweens Depp's Wonka and the 1971 Gene Wilder's Wonka is that Johnny Depp plays a more child-like character. Willy Wonka is a creative genius, but is also very playful and insulting ( in a funny way). Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka acted superior and obnoxious. This aspect of the 2005 version made the film very family-friendly. Freddie Highmore did a superb job playing Charlie Bucket, a poor, young boy who wins the chance of a lifetime to see the mysterious Chocolate Factory. Charlie and his Grandpa Joe ( David Kelly) explore this amazing factory and undergo many adventures within ( you know the story). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a very warm, family-oriented movie which was quite different (and better) than the original Willy Wonka.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory now on DVD and Video, rated PG quirky situations, action and mild language.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

My Other Blog

I re-designed my baseball blog, and fixed it up a bit. So for all those baseball fans, you are welcome to visit it! I will also be updating it more regularly. My blog- Baseball Mania.

Christmas Quiz

How well do you know the true story of Christmas?

Take this Christmas Quiz.

And post your results!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas!!!!

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazereth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
- Luke 2: 1-14

Merry Christmas to everyone! Have a wonderful and blessed day!!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Year in Review

Watch the highlight reel

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Truth of Creation, banned from schools

"Intelligent design" cannot be mentioned in biology classes in a Pennsylvania public school district, a federal judge said Tuesday, ruling in one of the biggest courtroom clashes on evolution since the 1925 Scopes trial.

Dover Area School Board members violated the Constitution when they ordered that its biology curriculum include the notion that life on Earth was produced by an unidentified intelligent cause...

The ruling will not likely be appealed by the slate of new board members, who in the November election ousted the group that installed intelligent design, the new board president said Tuesday.

The school board policy, adopted in October 2004, was believed to have been the first of its kind in the nation.

"The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the ID Policy," Jones wrote, calling the board's decision "breathtaking inanity."
"The students, parents, and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources," he wrote.

The board's attorneys had said members were seeking to improve science education by exposing students to alternatives to Charles Darwin's theory that evolution develops through natural selection. Intelligent-design proponents argue that the theory cannot fully explain the existence of complex life forms.

Read more about the case here.


How sad it is that the truth has been outlawed from these schools. Children will now be forced to blindly accept evolution as truth. It is outrageous that Creationism can't even be taught as an alternative to evolution!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The "Right" To Die

By 2006, over eighty countries (including Mexico and France) will have outlawed the death penalty. Why? Because, to quote Kajikistani President Emomali Rahmonov: "the right to life is natural, and nobody has the right to deprive any other person of this right." Supposedly, the world is becoming more "civilized."

But in reality, the world is re-accepting a dark, murderous act called euthanasia. Euthanasia was first practiced by the ancient Romans and Greeks. It was carried out through the medieval ages, and used extensively by Nazi leader, Adolph Hitler.

What is Euthanasia?

Euthanasia, the practice of mercifully ending a person’s life in order to release the person from an incurable disease, intolerable suffering, or undignified death. The word euthanasia derives from the Greek for “good death” and originally referred to intentional mercy killing. When medical advances made prolonging the lives of dying or comatose patients possible, the term euthanasia was also applied to a lack of action to prevent death.Active euthanasia involves painlessly putting individuals to death for merciful reasons, as when a doctor administers a lethal dose of medication to a patient. Passive euthanasia involves not doing something to prevent death, as when doctors refrain from using an artificial respirator to keep alive a terminally ill patient. -MSN Encarta

In other words, men ( the doctors performing euthanasia) decide whether a person is "fit to live" or not. Medical doctors decide whether hospital patients live or die. If patients aren't fit, then the doctors (from some countries) will perform a "mercy killing."

What does the Bible Say about Euthanasia?

Here is a case of "mercy killing" from 2 Samuel 1:

Verses 6-10: ...As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul, leaned upon hi spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

So the young Amalekite, saw Saul, almost dead, beyond any medical help, and in terrible pain. Saul asked the young Amalekite to kill him. ( These are the very excuses doctors are now using for their acts of euthanasia) The young Amalekite performed a "mercy killing" on Saul.

Was this the right thing to do? No!

Verses 11-16: Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them: and likewise all the men that were with him: And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's annointed? And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee saying, I have slain the Lord's annointed.

David saw that this young Amalekite was a murderer. He saw that the young man had murdered Saul. And because of his crime, the young Amalekite was put to death.

Earlier Saul had asked his armourbearer to kill him and put him out of his pain.

1 Samuel 31:4- Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid...

In this instance, Saul was afraid of dying an undignified death ( another "reason" for euthanasia today). But Saul's armourbearer was afraid of taking the life of Saul. He knew it was God's job only to take the life of a man, which is why he refused.

Euthanasia is murder. Plain and simple. When a doctor finds a baby he deems "unfit to live" he then administers a poison to kill the child! Euthanasia is the taking of a human life, it is murder.

With the exceptions of self-defense ( Exodus 22:2), war ( Numbers 10 :9), and capital punishment by authorities (Genesis 9:6) the killing of another human being is wrong.

"Thou shalt not kill." -Exodus 20:13

It is not man's job to take away the lives of people who aren't "fit to live"! Only God has the right to take away a life.

God is the giver of life ( Genesis 2:7), the perserver of life (Acts 17:28), and the taker away of life.

The Lord says: " .......I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand." -Deuteronomy 32:39

Our lives belong to God, not to any man.

Euthanasia Today

March 31, 2005: Florida- Terri Schiavo, a 41-year old woman, died after her feeding tube had been removed for over two weeks. Mrs. Schiavo had extensive brain damage, but was still able to move her head and eyes and smile at her family. Her husband, Michael Schiavo had ordered the feeding tube because his wife would not want to live under these conditions.

The feeding tube is very small and inexpensive, and Terri Schiavo did not take up much room in that hospital. There was no reason for the feeding tube to be removed. Her husband is a evil person who wanted her dead. Michael Schiavo committed murder and got away with it. This happened in our own country.
Read more about the Schiavo case here.

ACLU applauds Judge Greer on his decision to let doctors remove Terri's feeding tube.

December 4, 2005: Amsterdam, Holland- Baby Chanou at Groningen University Hospital was given a lethal dose of morphine and died. She (Chanou) had a terminal digestive disorder. Her parents gave the ok for her death after they deemed the infant unfit to live. "I'm convinced that if we meet again somewhere in heaven," her father said, "she'll tell us we reached the most perfect solution." Read more here.

Baby Chanou

Unfortunately, there are many more cases, but I won't cover them all here.

What countries have legalized euthanasia?

Netherlands: In 2002, the government legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia (the doctor administers a fatal injection of drugs). The law is not limited to adults, nor does an applicant for euthanasia have to be terminally ill. The main basis for a request is unbearable suffering, regardless of life expectancy.

Switzerland: Article 115 of the Swiss Penal Code exempts people who assist in a suicide for honorable motives, such as to help bring an end to suffering. Switzerland also allows voluntary organizations to help people, including foreigners, end their lives.

Belgium: The Belgian Act on Euthanasia, passed in 2002, defines euthanasia as "intentionally terminating life by someone other than the person concerned at the latter's request." Requirements include that the patient should have attained the age of majority, that the request be "voluntary, well-considered and repeated" and the patient be "in a futile medical condition.

Britain: A bill was introduced last month in the House of Lords that would allow a competent and terminally ill person who has reached the age of majority and is suffering unbearably to request either assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia.

India: The Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine has now proposed guidelines for limitation of life-support treatment to dying patients. The guidelines specify conditions under which treatment for terminal patients may be withheld or withdrawn through a transparent and documented process.

Israel: A government bill - six years in the making - that will allow the terminally ill to die in dignity without being forced to be kept alive by artificial means was passed on its third and final reading by the Knesset plenum on Tuesday in a 22 to three vote, with one abstention.

France: According to the AP, the French may be the worst offenders, with a whopping 73% of all physicians surveyed have euthanized at least one infant with drug overdoses, the preferred method.

Countries trying to pass bills to legalize euthanasia:

Canada: The Criminal Code of Canada outlaws suicide assistance, with penalties of up to 14 years in prison – but opponents have recently challenged the law's constitutionality in court.

Luxembourg: Legislation that would have permitted euthanasia was lost by a single vote in March 2003.

England: England, where legislation that would legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill was introduced into parliament in September 2004. Fortunately, that bill was voted down, but is sure to be introduced again later.

And these laws are put into effect, in the Netherlands, 15 to 20 infants are deemed "unfit to live" and are killed each year! Doctors are also euthanizing infants with spina bifida, a birth defect, that CAN be repaired! There are also reported cases throughout Europe of doctors euthanizing infants without the parents' consent! And France with 73% of their doctors euthanizing infants!

Euthanasia Laws in America

In 1994, California Bar approved physician assisted suicide stating that a doctor has the right to give a patient a lethal medication with which the patient commits suicide.

In 1998, sixteen people die through Oregon's Death With Dignity Act, physician-assisted suicide. Twenty-six people die the next year.

In California, Oregon, and parts of Michigan and New York, euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is practiced.

As a side note, last year's Academy Award's Best Picture of the Year was Million Dollar Baby, a movie promoting and glorifying the idea of euthanasia. Read about the film here.

In conclusion, I apologize for this tremendous post. I wanted to show all my readers the evils of euthanasia and it's growth throughout the world. Euthanasia is murder, and many countries of the world are trying to make this type of murder, legal. Even some liberals in our country are trying to make forms of euthanasia legal. Hopefully, these liberals will be defeated, and euthanasia will remain mostly illegal in America.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Homeschool Blog of the Year Awards

Why is everyone stealing my idea???? :)

Anyway, to all my readers, go out to SpunkyHome School and vote in the Homeschool blog of the year awards! The awards are broken up into several categories: Best Homeschool Family Blog, Best Team/ Group Homeschool Blog, Canadian Homeschool Blog, Current Events Homeschool Blog, Homeschool Arts Blog, Homeschool Blog Template Design, Homeschool Curriculem/ Business blog, Homeschool Photo Blog, Homeschooling Dad Blog, Homeschooling Humor Blog, Homeschooling Mom Blog, Homeschooling Teen Blog, Informational Homeschool Blog, Inspirational Homeschool Blog, and International Homeschool Blog.

The ladies and gentlemen from Still Thinking, SpunkyHomeschool, The Old Schoolhouse, Homeschool Buzz, Jay from Cleveland, A Typical Life/ Homeschool, and Beauty From the Heart did an outstanding job putting this all together. Well done! *applause*


This is how I voted:

Best Homeschool Family Blog: School at Home
Best Team/ Group Homeschool Blog: The Rebulation
Canadian Homeschool Blog: A Typical Life
Current Events Homeschool Blog: Strangely Normal
Homeschool Arts Blog: Rhetorical Response
Homeschool Blog Template Design: Agent Tim Online
Homeschool Curriculem/ Business blog: Still Thinking
Homeschool Photo Blog: A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words
Homeschooling Dad Blog: Daddy Pundit
Homeschooling Humor Blog: Strangely Normal
Homeschooling Mom Blog: A Typical Life
Homeschooling Teen Blog: Jennifer's Musings
Informational Homeschool Blog: Strangely Normal
Inspirational Homeschool Blog: Spunky Jr.
International Homeschool Blog: Scotland Diaries

Vote for whoever you want, whenever you want! But make sure you vote before December 26th.

Voting Rules: You may cast ONE vote in each category. You may only VOTE one time. Extra votes will not be counted. All votes are final and cannot be modified once you submit your ballot. The purpose of the email is only to ensure that people only vote one time. Emails will not be saved after the contest is over.

So everyone, vote here!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Origin of Christmas

Christmas, the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, is sadly a point of argument among many Christians. When I was younger, I thought that all Christians celebrated Christmas. Then the truth was revealed to me. A large portion of Christians believe that the act of celebrating Christmas is a sin! My church's leadership was sure that Christmas was evil, and that my family and I were sinning because we were celebrating it. ( Our church eventually split over this issue) So what is the argument of the "anti-Christmas crowd"?

The anti-Christmas crowd believe that Christmas originated in old pagan December festivals and that the church incorporated this holiday into Christianity. Supposedly, the church did this for a self-promotion. The idea was formed in the 1700s by Paul Ernst Jablonski, a German Protestant, and Dom Jean Hardouin, a Benedictine monk. These scholars based their theory on the "Birth of the Unconquered Sun" festival created by Roman emperor Aurelian. This festival, celebrated on december 25th, was an anti-Christian gathering of European cults who worshipped the sun.

But the above theory is a myth.

Christian scholars, from Rome and Greece, began the attempt to figure out the date of Christ's birth in the second and third centuries, hundreds of years before Emperor Aurelian's festival. These Christians, evidence proves, had a great desire to celebrate Christ's birth. December 25th was settled upon as the date of Christ's birth and throughout the centuries has been celebrated a such. The "Birth of the Unconquered Sun" was actually a festival formed as an alternate celebration to the Christians' celebration of Christmas.

But how was the date, December 25th chosen?

First scholars had to figure out the day of Christ's death. After studying the Gospel of John, Christian scholars concluded that Christ died on 14 Nissan ( around the Passover), according to the Jewish calendar, and March 25th according to Gregorian calendar ( the one used today). Now that the date of Christ death was fixed upon, a Jewish belief was used to determine Jesus' birth. The Jewish belief is that all prophets die on the day they were conceived. Jesus, of course, is the greatest prophet ever, so the conclusion was made that He was conceived by Mary on March 25th. Now we add the nine months of pregnancy and we get December 25th! So it was through this way that December 25th was chosen as the date of Christ's birth.

My conclusion:

Is December 25th really the date of Jesus' birth? Maybe, maybe not. But the point of my article is that Christmas and the celebration of it, is not a sin! I along with most Christians have the want and desire to celebrate the birth of our Lord. How could the celebration of God's works and wonders be a sin? It isn't. Christmas is a time to reflect on an awesome and merciful gift, God's sending of His only Son to die for us.