Carbon tax on children

Have we gone totally over the edge, a carbon tax on kids, HERE is the story, I do not make this stuff up.  My friends in  Perth must be getting to much sun, The Australian Medical Association is advocating a tax of $800.00 and a $5,000. levy to help reduce the carbon footprint of a child. Give me a break, if I list out everything I can come up with to help the environment, this would not make the cut. If they are so concerned about the physical ecology of the world, how about looking at the moral ecology of our world.

This reminds me of something a science teacher told us way back in 8th grade, 1969-70 ish, he said there is no such thing as right and wrong, it was all just a personal call, this stuff has been brewing for a long time, the new found enlightenment of the 60’s catching up to us.

This is what happens when life is cheapened to the point of placing a dollar value on a child, humanism and anti human values start to become normal.

I am all for a clean environment but this is nothing more than socialist propaganda trying to infiltrate the mainstream. It just seems to play into assigning a value on life, lets see, a child is disposable, call it choice, an older person well past their prime is just a drain on our economy, a mentally retarded person is of no value, lets just put them out of their misery. Wow,

Deliver a (Sermon)like Steve Jobs

Interesting read, and some thoughtful points. I used most of these in my business presentations and many of the things I learned in the business world have transfered to the way I present my sermons. HERE is the story and here are the bullet points if you do not want to read the full article. I know some of the points below are contrary to the presentation of our message, please do not slam me for listing them, I just think there are some good points in the story and we should do all we can to present the Gospel in a pleasing format.

Tone

1. Set the theme.

2. Demonstrate enthusiasm.

3. Provide an outline.

4. Make numbers meaningful.

5. Try for an unforgettable moment.

6. Create visual slides.

7. Give ’em a show.

8. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Despite your best preparation, something might go wrong as it did during the keynote. Jobs was about to show some photographs from a live Web site, and the screen went black while Jobs waited for the image to appear. It never did. Jobs smiled and said, “Well, I guess Flickr isn’t serving up the photos today

9. Sell the benefit.

10. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.

Christian Lingo

Hi all, we decided to do a short study on the use of and meaning of some of the lingo we use withing the Christian community, many of the terms we use make no sense to people not familiar with “church speak”

We will be starting the study next Wednesday February 6th in the sanctuary, I hope you can make it. If you have any words you want to add to the list , email me

Here is a clip from a church making light of this subject

See yo next week

Clean Water or Coupons to Help TV Transition

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What in the world have we come to, HERE is an unbelievable story about waste of time,money and resources in our government. I am happy for the digital signal on my TV and glad to have one but for the government to tinkle away 40 million on this is sad.

We have people all over the globe in need of clean drinking water and we are giving out coupons for an upgraded TV so we can watch CSPAN and our illustrious leaders tell us how good they are and how thankful we should be that they are blessing us with a digital receiver, thanks but no thanks, this is just another reason to toss the bums out.

No mater your political leaning, I must say at least the folks at One.org are doing something , as is Rick Warrens church

  • Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a disease associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
  • Of the 1 billion people lacking access to clean water, approximately 314 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Every $1 invested in water yields an economic return worth $8 in saved time, increased productivity and reduced health care costs.

Unsafe water and poor sanitation play a major role in the transmission of diseases including Diarrhea, Cholera, Malaria, and Typhoid. More than 1.8 million children die each year – roughly one child every 15 seconds – from water and sanitation-related Diarrheal diseases.

HERE is the full story

I think for 08 I am going to do all I can to support clean drinking water for those in need. If you know any churches that are doing something, email me a link

Tone

 

“But solar falls everywhere,”

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The Dutch are on top of the energy crisis and have found a really neat way to capture the power of the sun, as I read this story this morning it got me thinking about the power of the Son, my hope for 08 is that we in Southern California find a way to tap into the power grid of the Son and find a way to generate more light than heat, and we find a way to share the power that we find from the Son.

If you’ve ever blistered your bare feet on a hot road you know that asphalt absorbs the sun’s energy. A Dutch company is now siphoning heat from roads and parking lots to heat homes and offices.

Psalm 113:3

3 From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised! (ESV)

“The prospect of relying on the sun for all our power demands is finally becoming realistic,” says report in New Scientist.
Lets try developing a reliance on the Son for our power needs

Blessings to everyone of you for 2008

Tone