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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Little Miss MoneyPenny

Miss MoneyPenny is yelling at the others. "SHUT UP! I'm having my glamour photos made!"

"Do I look good this way?"

"Or do you prefer my profile?" (pronounced "pro-feel" like John Barrymore)

Chilled Vegetable Salad

Chilled Vegetable Salad

1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 medium-size green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 celery ribs, sliced
1 (7-ounce) jar diced pimiento, undrained
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can small sweet green peas, drained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can French-cut green beans, drained
1 (11-ounce) can white shoepeg corn, drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in small saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove dressing from heat, and cool 30 minutes.
Stir together chopped bell pepper and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl; gently stir in dressing. Cover and chill salad for 8 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Makes 8 cups.

Source: CooksRecipes.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What's Wrong With People?

What's wrong with people? What's happening to this world? What's with all the evil that is out there? What is this world coming to?

When we hear of evil and catastrophes we ask ourselves questions like this. Sometimes it seems as though the world is falling apart.

As a Christian, I am horrified by it, shocked by it, but not surprised by it. God tells us all about it in the Bible and I've read it cover to cover. I've sat in church and Bible study for years so it would be singular if I didn't know it was all coming to this.

I. Sin

God made sure we had His Word on how sin came into this world. It was NOT God's desire that we live and die with sin. Adam and Eve were made to live sinless, in God's abundance, forever. It was their choice to disobey God and try to be like God by eating the forbidden fruit. As it is, God still did everything to help us out of our sinful condition and back to His original design! First he exited Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eve in order to protect them from eating of the Tree of Life so that they would not live eternally in sin. Then He prepared them and their offspring for the coming of His Son who willingly became a sacrifice for their (our) sins. Jesus came to bring the good news, the gospel, that He would pay for our sins and He would lead us in the way of righteousness and He would bring us safely to eternal life with God in Heaven!

But, many people refuse to believe in Jesus. They refuse to take His free gift of salvation. They refuse to allow Him to stand in their place and recieve the punishment for their sins. They refuse to believe that He took it all so that they wouldn't have to. In fact, they refuse to believe that there was a need for Christ's sacrifice. They think there is no such thing as God, sin, Heaven or Hell. They don't believe they need a Savior. For some it is because of ignorance. They've never been taught the Bible, the gospel, the fact of original sin. Their parents didn't take them to church or teach them. They refused to go to church as adults. They refuse to read the Bible. They laugh, scoff, make fun of and ridicule Christianity and, yet, they don't know a single thing about it because they refuse to go to church or read God's Word. Out of ignorance they have pushed God away and laughed Him off as a fairytale. With churches on every corner; Bibles in every large store at reasonable prices; Bible studies every day of the week somewhere near you; with Christian radio and TV; with Christian books, magazines and apologetics; with easy to read Bible translations...here, in America, WE HAVE NO EXCUSE! It's lazy ignorance! We have everything we need within easy reach to learn and then make an informed decision as to whether or not we believe in God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, the gospel of salvation. And yet, we would rather live in our sins and ridicule God and Christianity. I can't stand to hear someone bring up the same old tired "If there was a real God, why doesn't He stop pain? Why doesn't He save everyone? Why do good people die?" As if those were new thoughts! As if we all haven't asked these questions! As if they are somehow more enlightened and think deeper than mindless, stupid Christians! I can speak for myself...I actually pulled that big, thick book called the Bible, off the shelf and read it to get my answers. Then I followed up with going to church and Bible studies to learn how to study the Bible. I actually "wasted" my time listening to Biblical teaching so that I could understand all that I was reading in the Bible. I learned the background, the history, the themes, the languages and phraseology so that I could better understand. I studied the Bible and God and salvation with an open mind and I found it was true. I found answers. I found out that I wasn't alone in questions and, yet, God gave us some answers for these questions. I asked those same questions just like every ignorant person does but I didn't stop there. I'm deeper than that. I made it a project to find out and learn. If I found out it was all bunk, then at least I had tried. It certainly couldn't hurt me. As it turned out, I found my salvation through Jesus Christ.

Everyone, since Adam and Eve, was born with a sinful nature. We are sinners. As soon as we are born, we are destined to die because the wages of sin is death. We all will die because of sin and our sinful nature. If we don't accept Jesus Christ as our Savior then our sin nature rules us. We are apt to follow all kinds of sin. And we have seen how very deeply evil a human being can fall. Adolf Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Charles Manson...are examples of how very evil a human being can become when they follow their sinful natures. We all have the capability of becoming that evil. Even Christian, who believe in Jesus Christ, still have their evil natures to contend with and can do evil things. Truly saved people will not become as obsessed and possessed with evil. But we can still do wrong things and hurt people and have our hidden sins. The difference is that we have the Holy Spirit within us to point out that we are sinning and to direct us in repentance. We feel bad about sinning. We are always feeling the tug of the Holy Spirit that this is wrong. If we keep a tender heart then we will repent and try to do better. God forgives and forgets. If we harden our heart we can become insensible to that sin and have to look God in the eye about it when we see Him face to face. It may affect our rewards, but we are saved.

So, it doesn't surprise Christians that there are sinners in this world and how depraved they can be. And the fact that satan has decieved humanity into believing there is no God and no Heaven or hell means more are ignorant or deliberately obtuse concerning salvation.

II. Increased Humanity

The population is probably the highest it's ever been in the history of the world. That means more people still living in their sinful natures. If 10% of 100 people are Christians that means 90% are not Christians. Ninety percent of 100 means 90 people are not saved and are living in their sinful natures. Now increase that population to 100,000 people. Ninety percent of 100,000 is 90,000 people who are not saved and are living in their sinful natures. As you can see, that is a lot more people ready and willing to do evil. Just the sheer numbers of population will see an increase of wanton evil.

III. Modern Times

Unbelievers have made a very big mistake thinking they are very right. They think they should wipe out all mention of God in the public place because it makes them feel uncomfortable. They are succeeding in America. But this has backfired! Instead of happy atheists, we see more and more people who are ignorant of even basic values such as "Thou shalt not steal" and "Thou shalt not kill". Whole generations growing up in ignorance of values, no idea of right and wrong, no concept of unselfish sacrifice, no common work ethic, etc. Our nation is so void of values and social mores that we cannot even function without being in a police state. Theft, domestic violence, killings, torturing, rape, child molestation, epidemic divorce, abandonment of the children, elderly and handicapped, etc. is rampant. Our TVs are filled with smut, our young people are unable to communicate without the filthiest language. People are addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling and pornography. It's because there is nothing in them that says, "Whoa, Nellie! That's wrong! Slow down! Danger ahead!"

The atheists aren't happy! They have to live in the world they have created! They have to lock their doors at night and turn on the alarms; put tracers on their children's cars; pay for insurance and lawyers because everyone sues everyone else for the least thing. They can't sit on their porches visiting with neighbors but have to lock their steel doors with several dead bolts and turn on their burglar alarms. They can't take a walk in the park for fear of being mugged, raped, assaulted. They can't take their family on vacation because they have to pay exorbitant taxes and insurance to pay for all the protections of the government, as well as, all the corruption of the government. I know that pride would keep many atheists from realizing the mess they've created but surely some would say that they should have left well enough alone.

IV. The End Days

God told us in His Word that this world would wind down and become more and more evil until finally there is destruction. Sin will increase. God wouldn't be a just and righteous God and fair Judge without intervening. And He promises us in the prophecies that He will judge the people and He will replace this Earth with a new Heaven and a new Earth. Read Revelation.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Puppy Mills

Puppy Mills

What is a puppy mill? Let's think about what a "mill" is. A mill is a factory for certain kinds of manufacture. A business that dispenses products or services in an impersonal or mechanical manner, as if produced in a factory. It has industrial equipment to process raw material into mass products for sale to make a profit.

Now how can this be applied to dogs? Think it through...

Mass dog production.

How do you make it profitable?

1) Increase production.
2) Be efficient.
3) Cut down expenses.
4) Make sales.

How can you increase profits? Learn how to mass produce dogs in as efficient a way as possible and as cheaply as possible.

Your goals are:
Acquire purebred dogs as cheaply as possible. Only requirement is to have paperwork. Search "Free dogs to good homes" ads in the newspapers and online. Scour flea markets and network with other like-minded people.

Build the factory as cheaply as possible. Noting that there are no inspectors to satisfy, no government regulations to comply with. Put together crates, cages. To maximize your space (in case it's limited) you make the cages small, stack cages on top of each other and crowd too many dogs into each cage.

Keep expenses low. Purchase the cheapest food possible and underfeed the dogs. Don't provide any beds or toys. Don't control their environment with heat or air conditioning because that would cost too much. Give them enough water to keep them alive but don't waste water cleaning cages. No vetting expenses so no vaccinations, worming, or medical attention. Breed females as often you can so as soon as they have weaned a litter, breed them again. There is no "preventative maintenance" on your "machines". Who cares if the dogs live in their own waste or freeze their toes in the winter? Who cares if they are in the weather, or in the hot sun? As long as they can breed and have puppies. And when they are no longer useful, get rid of them and re-stock. Set them out on the road to be killed by a car or picked up by strangers, or wring their neck and throw their body in a ditch.

Make sales. Never let prospective buyers see the parents or the "mill" so take puppies to a pet store or flea market. Impulse buyers is what you want. Never stand behind your product, er, your puppies. Take the money and run. Know your market. If you know "teacup" dogs are more popular then breed tiny dogs to get the smallest puppies you can. Who cares if it's healthy? If you know that a certain breed is popular, breed them, the more the better. Sell the puppies as soon as the eyes open so that they look smaller than they really are. Of course, puppies should be at least 6 weeks old and the smaller the breed, the more time they should spend with their mother and littermates to have healthy socialization. But you don't care. You want to sell them as early as possible because more people want "teacup" dogs and because as soon as the pups are gone the mother can be re-bred.

Now do you see what a puppy mill is? Unscrupulous people have always been willing to do anything for money.

The only way to stop Puppy Mills is to remove their source of profit. DON'T buy from puppy mills. Make sure you can see both parents and the environment the dogs are living in. Make sure you have a breeder that stands behind their puppies and will be willing to mentor you if needed. Make sure your puppy is vetted and the parents are well kept and healthy. Don't buy on impulse. Do some research into the breeds that you are interested in to make sure that it really will be a good match for you and your family. Go in aware that getting a dog is a committment and an expense. Can you make the committment? Can you afford the expenses?

A dog needs regular vetting, can have health problems as it ages, may have special needs. Can you afford it? A dog is a dog. A real, living, breathing animal that lives to love and yet is still a messy little ball of fur. You can't expect a dog not to poop or pee. You can't expect a dog to go outside and not come in with dirty paws. You can't expect a dog not to shed and never chew. You can't expect a dog stay in the dog bed in the corner and never make a sound. These are unreal expectations and you might do better with a statue of a dog. You have to be willing to feed and water daily; take to the vet as needed (at least once a year); groom (baths, clips, nails, teeth, ears, express anal glands) or pay to have groomed; exercise and play with them; clean up after them; keep them safe (fencing, shade, leashes, crates, doghouse, dog runs) and warm/cool/dry; provide identification tags and microchipping, etc. It's not just bringing a puppy home, buy it a cheap collar and relegate it to the garage. A dog is like adding another baby to your home and requires (deserves) your help, attention, protection.

Having a new puppy or dog means you have a living little bundle of fur that has feelings and has needs that only you can meet. They are messy, inconvenient, loud but I would not give anything for any of my 5 little ones. They are worth every sacrifice I've ever made...it no longer even seems like a sacrifice. I just do it because it works for my little brood. They give you so much love and acceptance. I never have to worry about bad breath, or that I've put on too much weight, or having a bad hair day...they love me and pay me all the attention I want. It doesn't matter if I've had a crappy day or it's raining outside...they love me and want me. They look forward to my coming in the door and are so excited to see me. The more I minister to them the more they love me. They never get mad at me or are mean to me. They don't talk behind my back or insult me...I could go on and on but I think you get what I mean. Buying (or adopting) a dog is a big decision that is worth looking into. Consider it carefully, research as much as you can and let go of your unreal expectations. And keep learning. Get online and join a message board for your breed and listen to their advice. They may make you mad but find another group. Do a Google search on your dog breed and read up on them. Learn about rescue groups in your area. Do some volunteering at your local humane society. Be a sponge and learn all you can about dogs and your breed. Read books, get magazines, watch dog tv shows, go to some dog shows, take your dog to training classes...it's called networking and it can help you learn how to take care of your dog and get the most from your relationship with your dog. And it's SOOOooooooo worth it!!!

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