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September Update

October 3, 2011

September has been a tough month, and October isn’t going to be easier. Here’s how the last month shaped up.

Janet and Bill (Mom & Dad) in front. My brother Mark in the black t-shirt, Jeff - a "grafted-in" member of the family is standing behind Mark. Angela, my sister, is behind Dad, and I'm in the green.

Personally

– Early this summer my mother started coughing. At first it was thought to be a virus, but after rounds of antibiotics and no improvement, an x-ray revealed a shadow in her left lung. In early September, two weeks after the initial x-ray, an MRI revealed that the shadow had morphed into a golf-ball sized mass close to the heart. The speed of this tumor and its location meant that much of September was spent with family, and trying to work through the bureaucratic maze of Manitoba Health.

NOTE: My Mom is a double cancer survivor. In the early 1970s she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent extensive surgery, radiation, and chemo treatments (and roughly a year of non-consensual chemo experimentation after the cancer had lapsed – unknown to her, she was being used as a “medical guinea pig”). Then about 8 years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery, radiation, and chemo. Now we’re waiting for a biopsy, scheduled to take place in three weeks, in order to determine what she’s up against. She turned 67 this summer.

– Had some wonderful visits with friends; here at home, in Winnipeg, and southern Manitoba.

Professionally

– I spoke at a small church once during the start of the month, and was scheduled to speak at another congregation but canceled; Family issues took priority. Due to our family situation I have now pulled out of my slot at the mid-October, Winnipeg Prophecy Conference.

– Attended two lecture events and a conference through the Second Life platform. The lectures were on the upcoming presidential election race in America, and the conference was on the future of the Transhumanist movement.

– Finalized the September issue of Forcing Change. This edition examined the “Christian conversion” code as envisaged by the Vatican, World Council of Churches, and the World Evangelical Alliance. It also contained an article by Chris Lawson outlining the different ways “Jesus” is considered in our culture.

Books Read

1) I finished reading Dark Life, by Kat Falls, to my children. This “water-world” futurist novel was a fun read, and it raised some good discussion.

2) Pandemonium’s Engine, edited by Tom Horn. Twelve writers contributed to this volume, including myself. It contains an interesting mix of factual research and speculative thought, and raises numerous points for further study and debate. One criticism is the too heavy emphasis regarding the Genesis 6 Sons of God issue. While this is an important topic, it would have been nice if only one or two chapters dealt with this in-depth, thus freeing other chapters to pursue different avenues of the transhuman question without repeating this point. I realize this is more of a logistical criticism; one suggesting stronger group collaboration for future projects.

3) From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany, by Richard Weikart. An excellent historical overview of Social Darwinism and natural positivisim within pre-Nazi Germany. Two criticisms: A) Although Weikart heavily refers to the influence of positivism, he doesn’t bridge this worldview to Comte or Saint Simon. This would have been helpful, as knowledge of early positivism seems to be taken for granted. B) His section on Adolf Hitler and the Nazi conception was far too limited. As the book wrapped up, it was obvious that a second volume was necessary, one where Hitler’s position would be fleshed out in more detail, the influence of Himmler explored (I don’t think he’s even mentioned in the book), an examination of the “doctors of death,” and the role of the Lebensborn program. Nevertheless, Weikart’s book is an important contribution; it is a volume I will continue to glean from.

4) James Rollins, The Judas Strain. While Rollins’ novels are predictable, I do find it interesting how he weaves historical mysteries within the text.

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PS: If you could keep our family in your prayers, that would be greatly appreciated.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2011 8:29 pm

    There must be nothing worse than hearing the C word aimed at a relative or yourself.

    Fortunately JESUS IS In The Full Time Occupation of Healing and Intercession.

    Likewise Salvation for those who may not Know Him yet and have NOT Given their life to Him by Baptism and Repentance.

    The Word Of God IS Infallible. In the case of your mum, this Word Must APPLY :-

    † James 5:13 – 15 †
    “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
    Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
    Is any sick among you?
    let him call for the elders of the church;
    and let them pray over him,
    anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
    And the prayer of faith shall save the sick,
    and the Lord shall raise him up;
    and if he have committed sins,
    they shall be forgiven him.”

    Also, even though The Word States Clearly there is ONLY ONE Baptism, there is nothing wrong with having a Second Baptism Service to re-dedicate and Confirm past sins Cleansed. (i personally did this some 25 years later, after the First Full Water Immersion at the age of 28). A Sign of Faith and Spiritual Security.

    The One Baptism Scripture clearly means “Only The Full Gospel New Testament Baptism” – NOT any other baptism in any other name or according to any other doctrine – ONLY In The Holy Name of The Lord JESUS Christ, Crucified, Resurrected and Ascended, Alive In Heaven RIGHT NOW – Amen – In The VERY SAME Body that Hung, Suffered, Died and Rose Again for the sins of ALL who WILL Believe and Be Obedient to The New Testament Gospel Doctrine – Alleluia.

    Hence, in difficult circumstances AND in the great times also, this Word ALSO Applies – Amen :

    † Mark 16:15 – 16 †
    And he said unto them,
    Go ye into all the world,
    and preach the gospel to every creature.
    He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;
    but he that believeth not shall be damned.

    So, in conclusion, whilst doctors mean well, they do NOT have Power over Life and Death, unless the person thinks they do and puts their trust ENTIRELY in man and medicine, rejecting Christ and His Father – GOD !!!

    Even so, in ALL Eventualities, The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost In JESUS, have Final Authority over Life and Death.

    Satan and its devils ARE the authors of sin and sickness, and The Lord is The Author of REBUKING their foul works and their unholy evil spirits.

    Let your mum read this Post and we DO Pray she makes The Right Decision, as Written in Holy Scripture Above, FIRST !!!

    Put The Lord JESUS Christ FIRST and everything else in the end time world of man-made medicines LAST.

    Above ALL Just Have Faith In The Holy Truth – Amen and Amen

    If mankind WOULD Do THIS, the ghastly litany of current news events and the awful past of recorded histories would SIMPLY not exist, and Heaven would Have Come to earth a long time ago.

    The ONLY thing keeping the devils’ works going and holding back Satan from The Bottomless Pit is mankind’s Free Will WRONGLY, and in an overt antichrist manner, willfully applied in their rejection of The Gospel.

    This is How Judgment Occurs, and, How Eternal Life is Given.

    MIRACLES HAPPEN : Watch these two videos :-

    Woman bound in a wheelchair for 23 years Released In One Service – Amen :-

    Atheist Saved and Raised From The Dead by Prayer and Grace – Amen :-

    Alleluia – Thank You JESUS…

    Will be Praying for your mum AND For The Conclusion To The Great Global Commission – Amen

    † 2 Timothy 3 : 16 †
    All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
    and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
    for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    † 2 Peter 1 : 21 †
    For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
    but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

  2. October 5, 2011 7:28 pm

    Carl, My husband & I are praying for your mother & family. I have been greatly encouraged lately by Jude 24, esp. `Now unto Him who is able to keep you… & present you faultless..`May it also encourage your hearts of His ability to `keep us,` what ever we go through. It has helped me continually to appreciate our Lord & Saviour, as I know you & your family do also. Trevor & marilyn.

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