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Letter to my Sons

By idaflo | January 4th, 2011 | No Comments » 

Roadway through the forest, Northern California


Hello Dear Sons,

So glad you were home for Christmas, we are always glad to see you.

I had the privilege of staying home to raise you (much to the chagrin of my educated peers who wondered at my making such a domestic choice) so you will recall a cliche’ thought up and often used on you while you were growing up – “I’d rather have a bad day with you than a good day with someone else”.  May God grant that you have children someday so that you will REALLY know how that originated from my heart and soul about our time together. So many precious hours of growing… yet now that stage is past.

Wanted to talk with you about why I decided to give you books for Christmas.  I know we could have gone with something more fun (though the cash we gave you counts for something there) but I want you to have a book to hold in your hands because we spent so many hours engaged in reading when you were smaller.  Those are some of the best moments of your childhood for me – as we explored the wonders of the mind.  We focused, we imagined, we discussed, we had to really THINK; that was the tremendous gift that literature gave you.

But now, there is the internet.  Instant messaging, flashing images, stimulation, always the immediate sensory stimulation…I understand the attraction, but I am repelled by the media and its message at the same time.  What is this doing to our brains?  What is happening to our souls?  I know more about the internet than I wish I did.  I wonder if I’m a better person for it.

Am impressed by the people who write, the sites I check for news, the videos, both artistic and informative that I am able to download… and yet it is fearsome, the amount of time that can be wasted on the computer.  And it’s against such, that I wish to warn you.

You have all chosen fields of study and ultimately places of employment, that implement electronic media.  Please, I plead with you, PLEASE take the time to shut it off and just read and think each day.

Read the Bible, look at GOOD books, force your mind to include the writings of great thinkers and the compositions of great musicians.  Not just pleasant, but GREAT.  It’s all available on the net? But it’s not the same. As Lutherans you know the power of a solid medium, like liturgy in worship for example, to deliver a quieter, deeper, stronger, even eternal  message.  That’s what I am concerned about.  That you still continue to pour over messages with a deeper meaning.

Please do that.  It is my hope and prayer that as you do, you will remind others to do it too.  And someday, if and when you have children, they will also share that ability and opportunity.  Good learning is always just one generation away from being lost.  I remind you, you must not lose it; we  teach our children, but as we work with them, we are teaching our grandchildren.  That matters.  That is how we pass the best we have and are, on.

Blessings, peace, power and joy through Christ be with you.

Take care, I love you,


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“When Feminism Kills — Abortion As ‘The Lesser Evil'” by Albert Mohler

By idaflo | July 5th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Antonia Senior – the evolved feminist = fascist dictator, bereft of humanity.

baby in uteroBy R. Albert Mohler, Jr.|Christian Post Guest Columnist

“If you are willing to die for a cause, you must be prepared to kill for it, too.” That statement, published for all the world to see, perfectly distills the inescapable logic of the abortion rights argument. It is based on a willingness to kill – and on the horrifying audacity to call this killing “the lesser evil.”….(continue reading here)

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Higher Things: A New Model of Youth Ministry/An Interview with Pr. Bill Cwirla

By idaflo | June 26th, 2010 | No Comments » 

A look into the past, toward the future… an interview from Michael Spencer at INTERNETMonk.com

Higher Things logoUPDATE: Pr. Cwirla has a follow-up post on worship at Higher Things.

I recently became aware of a youth ministry movement in the Lutheran Church: Missouri Synod called “Higher Things.” I was intrigued on several counts….
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The word of God – in every language on Earth (technology)

By idaflo | May 27th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Bible Society’s hi-tech mission brings Gospel to remote tribes

By Jerome Taylor, Religious Affairs Correspondent

What we do here is build starships,” says Jon Riding, enthusiasm lighting up his face as he tinkers with an errant laptop. “Building a steamboat, anyone can do that. Here we create things that have never been built before.”

You would be forgiven for thinking that Mr Riding is a Nasa technician, determined to travel to a galaxy far, far away. His mission – and it is literally a mission – is very different. But it does involve breaking down technological boundaries to help people reach the heavens… (article from THE INDEPENDENT continues here)

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Concerning Suffering: “YOU KNOW HOW IT FEELS”

By idaflo | May 20th, 2010 | 2 Comments » 

When confronted with suffering, I am often stunned into silence; either because I feel overwhelmed, or perhaps because people in pain are so vulnerable, I fear saying the wrong thing.  Have discovered over the years, most folks aren’t waiting for me to spout wisdom, rather, they just need someone to be present.  Eventually the the words come, but only after really listening to the sufferer.

As the  Bible tells us,  “Laugh with those who laugh, and weep with those who weep”.

And sometimes a story helps.  Here is one I received several years ago.

From: “Just a Minute

By long-timer subscriber Ed Ellington

During Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, his troops were battling in the middle of yet another small town in that endless wintry land, when he was accidentally separated from his men. A group of Russian Cossacks spotted him and began chasing him through the twisting streets. Napoleon ran for his life and ducked into a little furrier’s shop on a side alley. As Napoleon entered the shop, gasping for breath, he saw the furrier and cried piteously, “Save me, save me! Where can I hide?” The furrier said, “Quick, under this big pile of furs in the corner,” and he covered Napoleon up with many furs. Read More »

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