I just got my RSV-2CE in the mail yesterday!!! Only $25 from Amazon. Not a bad deal. It's leather bound, but best of all it's the latest version of the Bible from Ignatius press!

RSV-2CE is The Revised Standard Version, 2nd Catholic Edition. The Catholic edition simply contains the 7 books omitted by most Protestant Bibles. The 2nd edition "revises archaic language of the first edition, but avoids dumbing-down the text." Surely to be a good read!

I've already moved my bookmarks! But the only problem with a new Bible is the fact that all of your markings are in the old one... so I may have to do some searching in the future.

My only problem with this version is that there is still very little margin room for notes. This is something that I hoped they would address. But with my Logos software, I may begin using that to study and keep notes. I just need them to release RSV2CE for Libronix!

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What are you doing May 19?

Why not go to the movies? From Quoth the Maven:

May 19th is the date the Da Vinci Code movie opens. A movie based on a book that wears its heresy and blasphemy as a badge of honor.

What can we as Christians do in response to the release of this movie? I'm going to offer you the usual choices -- and a new one.

Here are the usual suspects:

A) We can ignore the movie. ........The problem with this option: The box office is a ballot box. The only people whose votes are counted are those who buy tickets. If you stay home, you have lost your chance to make your vote heard. You do nothing to shape the decision-making process regarding what movies will make it to the big screen.

B) We can protest. ........The problem with this option: It doesn't work. Any publicity is good publicity, after all. Protests not only fuel the box office, they make all Christians look like idiots. And again, protests and boycotts do nothing to help shape the decisions being made right now about what movies Hollywood should make (or shape the decisions away from what we might prefer).

C) We can discuss the movie. We can be rational and be ready with study guides and workshops and point-by-point refutations of the lies promulgated by the movie. ........The problem with this option: No one's listening. They think they know what we're going to say already. And once again, nothing changes if this is the response we opt for.

But there's a fourth choice.

On May 19th, you should go to the movies.

Just go to another movie.

Save the date now. May 19th, or May 20th. No later than Sunday, May 21st -- that's the day the ballot box closes. You'll get a vote, the only vote Hollywood recognizes: The power of cold hard cash laid down on a box office window on opening weekend.

Use your vote. Don't throw it away. Vote for a movie other than DVC. If enough people do it, the powers that be will notice. They won't have a choice.

Right now there's only one other studio movie scheduled for release, the DreamWorks animated feature Over the Hedge. Based on the early trailers, my kids already want to see it. Let's all go see it. (Or another just-opened movie of your choice, pending the final release schedules.)

Let's rock the box office in a way no one expects -- without protests, without boycotts, without arguments, without rancor. Let's show up at the box office ballot box and cast our votes. And buy some popcorn, too.

May 19th. Spread the word. Post this on your own blog, send it to friends on your e-mail lists. And let's all go to the movies.

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My year on the domain name has come and gone... but no one bothered to tell me about it. I'm working on getting it restored. Please reply and let me know if you even look at the site so I know wether or not to keep it.

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Remember Terri Schiavo

An email I received today... I didn't realize it's been a year already.

Pray for things like this to end. Pray for life.

I was listening to Father Corapi on the way home tonight and he said, "Talk is Cheap. There comes a point when they don't listen. Prayer is not. God always hears."

Dear Friends,

One year ago we fought together on behalf of Terri Schiavo at BlogsforTerri as a loose coalition of independent bloggers, commenters and readers. Despite our protests, we watched with sadness and alarm as Terri's food and water were withheld and her life was ended in a cruel exercise of power.

Through it all, the Schindler family's strength and resolve helped us remember the God given intrinsic dignity of human life and the value of each individual regardless of their capabilities.

March 18, 2006, marks the one-year anniversary of the day Terri's feeding tube was removed. We hope you will participate with us at (stop by and leave a comment) and around the Blogosphere as we contemplate the value of human life, pray for the weak and helpless and speak out against their oppressors.
[Bloggers, please join with us over the next 13-days and write about Terri's life and death, honoring her memory by making the argument for why lives like hers should be protected, respected, and loved ( more here).]

We also hope that you will Take Action by supporting the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation. Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler, recently wrote to us:
We thank you and your readers for your prayers, compassion and support of our family during what was the most difficult of times. Knowing we were not alone in the battle for Terri made all the difference in the world.

As we move forward to confront the culture of death movement in this nation we hope that you will stay with us. We need you now, more than ever, in the battle to aid and defend the needy and advance a Culture of Life through loving action, education and advocacy .

The Schindler's have written a new book called "A Life that Matters", which is unlikely to receive the positive review it deserves in the mainstream media. Purchase a copy and one for a friend, spread the word and remember.

Please, visit and get involved in the Foundation's work. Participate in the Will to Live Project and donate generously to the Foundation's current fundraising efforts. It is your support and involvement that will bring about success in the fight for the disabled and the battle against care rationing, euthanasia and medical killing.
Thank you for speaking out on behalf of the weak and defenseless and changing our nation by promoting a Culture of Life.

--The BlogsforTerri Team

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Could this be AJ?

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What did you give up for lent?

Marchelino D'Ambrisio has a nice little article about Abraham willing to offer his son Isaac to God. It makes candy and video games seem like nothing.

He goes on to say that God gave up His Son for us. We should keep that in mind this lenten season.

Get the story.

On another note, I've been praying the Stations of the Cross this lent. It's sometihng I haven't done since grade school, but it's something that really moves me. To walk with Jesus along the road toward Calvary is truly amazing. He knew, just as we do, where he was going and what was happening. To contemplate and pray about His sentencing, His falls, His help along the way kind of reflects our own lives. It really gave me perspective this evening as to what 'carrying my cross' means. It means little things. All too often I wondered what crosses I should bear. But it really is little things that are the crosses God gives us day in and day out. Today for me it was the little boy 2 pews in front of me running back and forth. It was cooking dinner for my wife. It was filing my taxes. Everything we do we should offer to God as a cross we bear for Him. Especially our sufferings, which we unite with the crucified Jesus.

Pray the Stations, at least once this lent. Concentrate on each step of Jesus's path. It will open your eyes.

In Christ...

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J Mac

For those of you who haven't heard about Jason McElwain, I encourage you to view the video in THIS LINK.

Athena's run ended last night, and we probably won't hear about J Mac for a while. But his story teaches us about the value of life, and how no matter how different you may be, if you have your chance you have to take it. J Mac had one chance and made the best of it, and one could wonder why the coach didn't put him on the team.

Basically, God created us all differently. We each have our talents and have to make the best of them. We may only get one chance to do something. We need to make the most of it when that chance comes along, because it may never come along again.

Posted bypiscotikus at 10:41 PM 2 comments  

Ahh South Dakota!

Today's reading is from the Gospel of Matthew and Jesus tells us, "Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find." How often do we ask and God seems not to listen?

Consider Roe V. Wade. I can't imagine the number of people who continually pray that abortion be banned. I myself pray daily for the end of abortion. Yet it would seem that God isn't listening. I can assure you he is. Thanks to all of our prayers, South Dakota has put into law a ban on all abortions.

It's difficult for me to understand any reason for abortion save that of saving the mother's life. However, wouldn't a mother put her own life asid efor that of her child? An article from CNN (which I won't publish the link for because it's garbage) says that now that abortion is gone, the rest of women's right's will go to.

What does abortion have to do with women's rights? The mother isn't dying. She's just carrying a child for 9 months. ('just' may be an understatement I know). But this is what our society does. They twist things around so that they seem more appealing, and easier to get behind.

We need to make very clear, that it is the CHILD's rights that we are praying for and defending. The unborn child has every right that you or I do. Including a chance at life.

The woman's 'choice' was made when she had sex. Wether protected or not, only abstinence is 100% effective. Therefore every act should be done with the knowledge and inderstanding that there is a chance (though contraceptives lower that chance) of conceiving.

We live in a world of double standards. Abortion isn't legal, yet Scott Peterson gets 2 counts of murder. How does this make any kind of sense at all?

We need to keep praying, not just for an end of abortion, but for healing of those who have committed abortions. God's mercy is so infinite that he would forgive anyone no matter what they have done. We can't imagine his love and mercy. As Jesus taught us, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you."

Pray, please.

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Baby Pool

Click Here to enter my baby pool. Game name is R1stBaby (case sensitive). Good luck.

I'm trying to decide what if anything I should give to the winner...

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Obi Wan Canoli, Dark Tater

Store Wars

Learn the ways of the Farm.

A Masterpice I found. Thanks to Mark Shea for the link.

To Organic food everywhere!!!!

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Rack Shack and Benny

On February 24th, Andy had his debut concert playing lead guitar and vocal for Rack Shack and Benny. The first ever Cafe Yahweh coffee hour was definitely a hit for all who attended. The crowd of roughly 40 people were in a state of schock and laughter as 3 Elvis masked band members took the stage and played a spoof of Heartbreak Hotel to begin the night. When unmasked, drummer Mark told the audience that sometimes we all wear masks and we need not hide behind a mask, and that Jesus was our true king.

The band then played many Christian renditions of songs from the Beatles, George Harrison, Johnny Rivers and more.

All in all it was a great night of fellowship and good music by 3 bad musicians. Just kidding. Luis was awesome on the bass, Andy was great on guitar and Mark was a good drummer. We shall see who Cafe Yahweh brings in this month and if they can't find anyone, maybe Rack Shack and Benny will have to make a second appearance. Posted by Picasa

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New again?!?!?!

Haha, yes. As usual I've decided to start anew. Lent is the season for new beginnings and a deeper faith. I've decided to begin (or try again) for my blog hosting. We'll see how it pans out. Let me know what you think.

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