The blog was inacessible for a couple of days, so I’m just now registering that on the 28th our family celebrated 23 years in Brazil. An important date to my heart.

Micah was a year and a half when we arrived. Joel and Leila were born later, as Brazilians. 🙂

In a few years, I will have lived half my life in Brazil, if the Lord gives me life and keep us here that long.

On the 28th, I was by myself. …

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Food and rest make a big difference in my swimming. Last week I topped the 2000 meter barrier in my 50-minute class period. Close to 2100, don’t remember the exact figure. Today I eeked out under 1500, worse than that Monday. This after going to bed several nights at 1 a.m. with guests here from out of town and eating poorly.

Of course, Vicki being gone since last Thursday doesn’t help my sleeping and eating habits.

Bible Study Forum • Should We Pull Out of Public Schools?

“Regarding the teaching of our children, I would like to emphasize something that is sometimes lost in the shuffle, and that is to teach our kids to teach themselves. As you well know, learning is a life-long process. You won’t grow old mentally, if you’re willing to learn something new. My grandmother believed that, and she was right (she lived to be 93 years young and still retained her mental faculties).”

Mike Riley has one of the best reads in a long time with four things to teach our kids. Go there now. Read it over. Ponder it long. Put it in practice. News::News Article

“‘Is it possible the Holy Spirit is speaking through the faithful?’ she asked. ‘I raise the question.'”

Would be convenient for her if he did, since she wants a Roman Catholic ordination as a priest. She refers to polls that show a majority of American Catholics in favor of women’s ordination.

Her ingenuous language is not merely raising the question, but affirming her desire.

But in her context who can blame her, considering the Catholic propensity to invent and change doctrine at will.

This time, however, she’s on the wrong side of the fence, since the Holy Spirit has spoken in no uncertain terms in the New Testament.


Good Things Come in Threes — Just Ask Peter
by J. Randal Matheny


A. “Good things come in threes,” so they say. Peter had three opportunities to test this saying. While in the midst of these moments, he might have disagreed, but later would probably say amen to it.

B. Peter had three moments of threes: three denials of the Lord, three affirmations of his love for the Lord, and three refusals of the Lord’s vision.

C. These three moments were learning opportunities for Peter, in spite of the personal pain and confusion he experienced during them.

D. We can learn with Peter great lessons that the Lord wants to teach us as well.


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Weather Channel Founder: Global Warming ‘Greatest Scam in History’ – Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views)

“Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create in allusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the ‘research’ to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims.”

Content is right on, but is the founder of the Weather Channel that bad a speller and grammatician, or did you retype his text in a rush?

Bad English doesn’t help the conservative cause, and I see bad spelling (typos, likely) all the time on such sites as

Come on, people!

Folha Online РCotidiano РCarga de chocolate bloqueia R̩gis Bittencourt Р07/11/2007

“Um caminhão carregado de chocolate tombou por volta das 21h de ontem, na altura do quilômetro 288 da rodovia Régis Bittencourt, sentido Paraná-São Paulo, em Itapecerica da Serra (Grande São Paulo).

“A carga se espalhou por toda a pista …

A truck carrying chocolate(s) turned over on a Brazilian highway and the cargo was scattered all over the lanes closing traffic.

And we missed the opportunity of a lifetime. 🙂

From Neal Pollard’s Daily Bread–Wednesday–11-7-07–SIMPLICITY:

I am impressed with how God has made New Testament Christianity so simple. Salvation is not dependent upon complicated jargon, complex literary formula, or vague or esoteric commands. No biblical teaching is simpler than the essential role of baptism in our salvation (cf. Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:1ff; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; etc.). It has taken mankind much rationalizing and obfuscating to complicate this simple Bible truth. God has arranged it so that all that is essential is attainable (cf. 2 Peter 1:3). This is yet another proof of God’s infinite wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:18-21). It could not be simpler! What we need is, as the song suggests, “simple, trusting faith.”

Some want to make it complicated, so they can be controllers. Others want to make faith seem obscure, to justify their departures from Scripture. But it just ain’t that hard to figure out.