9. No. surprises, God won BIG.
is a God of surprises. HE loves to communicate with me, affirming that
what I am doing is good. Should I be surprised, if the surprise HE
chooses to use are numbers?
birthday I did not forget. It was that of my girl friend Hildegard. We
see each other regularly at the German Club. Please, nobody worry; my
wife knows of the relationship. Hildegard celebrated her 101st
birthday at the end of January, the day after mine. How could I not
visit her in her nursing home and personally wish her a happy birthday?
asked my wife, if she had a card in her store, which I could use for the
occasion. She pointed to a drawer and ask me to look for
myself. I found a set of Dayspring cards, four designs, each with a
different motive and scripture. As I opened the box to search for a
suitable card for Hildegard, a thought sprung to mind for a nano
second: Would there be a card that matches the day?
issue, the card matching Hildegard's birthday, was rather
trivial. What difference would it make, which of the four scriptures was on the card?
Yet, as I look back, God wants to let us know that HE is watching all
our paths. He loves walking with us in the journey of life. HE knows all we do, good
or bad, and is very interested even in minor matters.
take a look which card HE had chosen, a perfect match for Hildegard's birthday
on Jan. 31:
If not perfect, it's all good.
saw all that He had made, and it was very good."
on her 101st birthday 31.1. She's an inspiration to all who know her.
Never one to complain, always cheerful, with a sharp mind and a
wicked sense of humour.
On scanning I
noticed two things: One, her crown has nine points. Two, the
poster on the wall behind her reads: The love of LONDON. It shows
uniformed guards, wearing red and black uniforms and a golden
carriage; inside, most likely, a lady wearing a real crown, Her
Majesty THE QUEEN.
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day after publishing the previous chapter I experienced a similar
surprise. Again the text of a scripture matched the numbers thereof.
It started on Saturday 18.1.14. My friend Richard and I had worked for about ten hours,
distributing Yellow Pages phone books. At the end, back home after
showering and eating dinner, I was
glad to be sitting down and watching television with my wife. The
The word relaxing, I find, is
often misused. Here's why: It's Sunday. You have a long sleep-in,
after which you go to church (or a cafe.) There
you sit for one to two hours and sing and listen to a sermon (or sip
a coffee on the sidewalk). Next,
you go out to an eating place, maybe with friends and enjoy a casual
(I almost said relaxing) lunch,
followed by a walk on the beachfront. In summer you'd be licking an
ice cream and stay and watch the sun go down over the ocean. How
beautiful. When you finally arrive home, it time to ...relax.
I'm still trying to figure out, what
there is to relax from?
Saturday, Jan 18th, 14 I had a reason to be home and relax, when there
was a knock at the door. Friends had called in unexpectedly. It was a
pleasure to see them. Years ago it was much more common. You just
dropped in on friends, unannounced. Friends like that were cherished.
Today, why is it we feel a need to phone first? Our culture has become rather
private. Surely, close friends or family don't need to make an appointment?
unexpected visitors were not family, but friends. They were no bother,
but needed help. My wife and I did not hesitate. We gave them what we
could, which they appreciated. As we sat talking, at the table in our
dining room, my
eyes fell onto a brochure I had picked up in church the week
before It was still there. (Why be tidy all the
time?) I did not even touch the brochure, but could clearly read this on
the front cover:
Everything you give to missions will come back to you!" These
were the startling words God spoke to me in December 2008. A few
days later I read Proverbs 19,17, "He who is kind to the poor
lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has
I showed it to my wife later,
expressing the thought that God knows all we do. How timely was this
encouragement, right at a time when we were helping some people poorer than
us, my eyes fell onto this brochure! God knows all and will reward.
It only hit me the next
morning, during my prayers, how the digits of the scripture (1917) were that
day's date: 19.1; only God's number (7) left over.
The writer of above words,
Chris, has since established a thriving education program in Bolivia. God is
rewarding him for making missions his passion.
- - - - - -
Did I not
write at the beginning of the previous chapter that I had found two
five-cent coins during a casual evening walk? Did I not add that one coin-incidence
often leads to another? Well, it
happened again right here - a coin incident, just as I started this
chapter. It came during my
regular evening bike ride. Had I not gone a particular route, via Mawson
Lakes, I may never have found these coins.
The reason I went via
Mawson Lakes was the problem we have with our second-hand shop. Well
meaning givers of goods (most of them) leave donations right outside
the shop on the footpath. This is despite signs asking them to only
donate during opening hours. The problem is not only that real
valuable goods get taken, but often in the process of finding them,
they rip open bags and leave clothes etc all over the footpath.
(The practice is
so common, I recently thought, maybe we ought to provide change
rooms outside our shop, so those taking clothing can try
them on first? Ha, ha!)
After I had spent twenty
minutes gathering the mountain of donated items inside our shop, I
continued my evening bike ride, across the railway line and north on the Salisbury Highway.
At the corner with Kings Road, at the same traffic lights shown in
Chapter 6, I saw these two coins on the ground.
looks like the unrecognisable coins had been there for many days,
run over by hundreds of vehicles.. Would my bank accept
them, if I were to presented them for deposit?
Probably not! Their
risk would be too great. Profit margins may be affected? My bank
on Feb. 12th announced a 4.27 Billion Dollars profit for the
previous 6 months. That's at least 100 million
too much. Why? Adelaide's max. temp on Feb 12th was only 41.7 deg C.
How ironic that at around this same time our
Government announced a huge reduction in Australia's Foreign Aid
budget. The United Nations suggests for the developed nations to be
spending 0.7 percent of Gross National Income on aid to poor
2020. At the present Australia is giving 0.33%. (Source: Micah Challenge)
Friends, the things powerful
feeding their big egos, they will find money for. Little old Adelaide just spent 700 million Dollars on
rebuilding (not building, just upgrading) a sports oval. It now is
of the standard of those in Melbourne
and Sydney. That kind of cash would go a long way towards
eliminating poverty. If only our leaders had the same level of
eliminating world poverty, as they do for football, rugby or
- - - - - - -
working in the second-hand shop recently something amusing happened. I
item of donated clothing. It fitted real well. No, not as a garment,
rather it fitted into my day, because of what had happened earlier in the day.
It started with an email I had sent to
a group of politicians. (What it was about I will come back to later). In
the list of email addresses (below), which I had copied/pasted from another
source, was a slight error, one letter was missing. Which letter did they miss? (*Clue >>> go...)
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Another clue (V - Tech) a toy of our
grandson, now one year old and thriving. Thanks be to God.
Note number 12 - later in the chapter we shall play
a game, on 1.2.
*(The letter v - second line above, middle
was only hours after the incorrectly
addressed email came back, on 11/2/14, that I was sorting donated
clothing at our shop. The label on one garment, a lady's top,
grabbed my attention - Miss V. I found this amusing, so soon after
the missing V incident earlier that same morning.
that's where the V went?
ABC TV, Mon 17.2.14: Premier Jay Weatherill looks rather
serious during a pre-election debate on the television screen.
To be honest, I
was more fascinated by the way the letters VL appeared on the TV
screen than the political arguments thrown between opponents. (SA Votes,
perfect political speech in my books would be brief and simple:
"Ladies and gentlemen! I C U, LV
IT. I C L V 2 and please V T 4 me. Thank
Just here in my
writing I watched Channel Nine's evening News (19.2.14). Mr.
Weatherill (above) commented that he knew nothing about a
deceptive practice by his Labor candidate for the seat of Reynell.
As part of her election campaign, it was reported, volunteers
leave notices at the door of voters, which read: "Sorry, I've
missed you", allegedly signed by the candidate, when in fact
volunteer door-knockers scribble and sign the
Sorry-I've-missed-you notes. This practice, veteran MP Rob Lucas
claimed, is deceptive campaigning.
(My first thought: Isn't signing another person's name a criminal offence,
at least in an official document?)
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A little later that same evening, still 17.2.14 on ABC TV,
a name started another trivial thinking process. Trivial, maybe, but because of an
experience earlier that day and its prefect timing, I found it amusing.
about 10.07 PM I was writing my diary. In the background I was
watching the popular live-show QandA. As the name says, a panel of
prominent people at
the front is ready to receive and discuss questions from the audience.
as I was writing into my diary about my morning, the host Tony Jones
said: "Our next question comes from the audience, it's from E****
Holmes." (ABC TV iview http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/81657600
at the 30:53 mark). "E**** Holmes? How interesting! I thought.
The very moment Tony Jones spoke that name
I was recording into my diary my visit to Adelaide Airport late that
morning. My son and his fiancÚ had arrived from New Zealand. Her name
is E****. I met them at the airport.
They arrived holme, sorry home, after a holiday.
there was more. I had arrived at the
airport in plenty of time to watch their plane land. The scheduled
arrival time, posted online and in the terminal, was 11.55.
other flights, arriving at 11.55 from Darwin and Perth, had
already landed. The Auckland flight still showed a blank. (I
just noticed as I write - Gates* 25 and 22 = 4 7).
ironic, the only city listed, which included the word land, is
not listed as having landed. (It had.)
morning after writing this, during my prayer, the missing gate
number, which I had seen online, suddenly made sense: 20, Two
10s ... The date: 20th (Feb.)
column, the word Landed, had my mind occupied: Land De or
De L DNA?
Also: 3 times 1155 - very Da Ninci.
De is a country.
The German word for country: Land.
- - - - - - -
The date I wrote the above bracket was Feb. 19th
2014. That day I
made a discovery, which took some hours to fully grasp. But I think, I
did it. It came via the little Signspotting Calendar (remember
f.art?) I received as a present for Christmas.
Again, as funny as
my mind can see things, the picture for Feb 19th did not make sense at
first. Take a look:
Washington D.C Credit: Jay Hedeman
<<< New Big Wong
Restaurant - Now 50 percent bigger!
Sorry Jay, I don't get the
What a surprise: two J's, unrelated, in
the same chapter!
Hey, I just notice, how amazing, the
surname of Jay - He.de.man -
One thought came after some
time, which made some sense of the above picture. Now I see a
link to De, but this only came later. On the far left I see
number 610, the address, above a door. Now, deduct 50
from 610 = 560.
Next, after more looking and
thinking, my mind went back 12 years. In Nov. 2002, when I
already was mesmerized by number 153, which is still alive today
(Bk 1, Ch 28) I travelled in a motor car in Germany as a passenger. A vehicle in the lane beside us took me by completely
surprise. It's registration plate ... 560 - the letters ES included.
Now take another look (*SEE) at
the picture above - ese just above 610 !
More numbers magic: The
picture for 19.2 revealed right here, in Book 12, Chapter 9.
With God ALL things work together for good.
One more magic I C in the
signspotting picture: Start at the bottom right corner - C G Won
*On the morning before editing
this came: 50 = L + ese = Lese, translated into Chinese, (sorrry,
that's wong) into German - read !
Did I not moments ago - two
paragraphs above this picture - write: please note the letters
- - - - - - -
At this point in
this chapter I decided to title it: No. surprises - God won BIG. The
full stop after No is not a mistake. My life is full of surprises,
number surprises, as regular readers know by now. Another - 1550 - came recently,
totally out of the blue, but from an unexpected quarter.
I was surfing the website of
a well-known, international radio
and television evangelistic organisation. In their broadcasting
schedule for Australian places, one location stood out - by five
minutes, to be exact. I'm not sure, if my mind first pondered on the town's name,
Kinglake in Victoria, or the broadcast hours. (It was only this month,
February 2014, that Kinglake was looking back at the big catastrophe
Thank God, the fires burning in Australia in 2014 have not
resulted in a heavy loss of life. The fire in South Australia's Flinders
Ranges, however, burned a vast area of land. It burned almost
continuously for one month.
These two listings of the radio broadcast schedule grabbed my
attention in surprise:
000 - I550
*On editing a thought came - 505 - SOS !
That's what Jesus does best - with the help of evangelists!
- - - - - - -
Earlier in the chapter I had mentioned that I was busy
distributing Yellow Pages phone books. The maker of this business
directory, SENSIS (nice name), was on the news during the writing of
this chapter. It was all about restructuring, which almost always goes
together with job losses. The spokesman for the company had the interesting name:
Press: On editing I discovered a strange, very strange link:
Change the letter *T into M. Then take a look at Book 9,
Chapter 2. A picture shows of Psalm 129 (yes, here in Book
12, 9). The name Michael and M O L L feature. To top it off,
(Friends, I don't plan this, I simply see and write) it's on
page 610 in my bible.
In German the word toll means good,
great, fabulous. Nothing good about job losses. I'm reporting this
because I came across the name Michael Toll only the day before. I had
met the wife of one of my former driving students. I had taught him about 25 years
earlier. I had forgotten his name. When she gave it to me, I first
said to her: "I can't recall the name Michael Toll".
kept talking I realized the surname only sounded like Toll, and we
established his real name, which I then remembered. (The SENSIS Michael,
however, was the correct name Toll).
My former driving student, Michael T. now
drives a truck for KINGS Transport. As soon as his wife told me,
I recalled the 2 x 5 cent coins, found at the corner Kings Road.
That evening, for a few minutes, a big had truck parked right across our street.
In huge letters I read: KINGS.
On my birthday, Jan 30, I was delivering phone books, on
my own, for most of the day. Twice I was surprised by the digits 130 that day. I had loaded a certain quantity of
into my little van, allowing for extras to cover the whole district.
After distributing the entire area for that day, I returned to the depot
with the number of books left over. There were plenty - 130 exactly.
Next, driving home on Main
North Road, I was just pondering: How strange! Am I totally out of my
mind, even seeing and linking these numbers? Within seconds of
this thought, I spotted a small, white sedan overtake me in the lane
to my left:
<<< Rego No. V..F 130
(Seems, we can't get away from
the 130, nor the V?)
very next day my SONY performed even better !
It was no longer my birthday. (Actually
in certain parts of the world it still was 30 Jan).
Stopping at the traffic lights at the
corner Kings and McIntyre Roads - not only my birth date 301,
but 247, the date of our wedding last century, in 1871.
- - - - - - -
Now that we finished
the 1 3 magic, let's move to the promised 1:2 game! We have to travel
back across the Tasman Sea to Auckland, New Zealand. On Feb.1st, now
you know why 1 2, Adelaide United played against the only New Zealand
team, Wellington Phoenix. I love their nick-name, NIX, especially
here in Chapter IX).
The match was played not in New
Zealand's capital Wellington, but at Auckland's Eden
Park. Watching the game on a big screen at our local hotel, our
Adelaide team, called the Reds, were already 2:0 down.
All through the
second half we were hoping for, what else, goals. Toward the
final whistle, still hoping for a miracle, my numbers brain kicked in,
if you pardon the pun. I thought, if we only scored one goal, at
least the result would match that day's date?
so it was. There were three minutes of extra time. In the last few seconds
93rd minute, young striker and ball artist, Mabil put away a cross from Jeronimo
Neumann (good German surname) to save my day. Only one thing would
have been better - winning 2:1 on Feb. 1 and adding 3 points to our
tally. Still, Adelaide has crawled from 8th spot only a few weeks
ago to 3rd on the ladder. One must applaud this extra-ordinary come
Did the media finally catch onto our game? The very next day,
after the Adelaide Reds lost 1:2 on 1.2, the Sunday Mail
showed this photo: Adelaide's 21 (Elrich) and Wellington's 12
(Boyd) fighting it out. (Read on who won).
But there was more:
That same day another
team called United and featuring the colour red, also lost. Manchester
United - their nickname Red Devils - were beaten by
Stoke City 2:1 on 2.1
I wonder, if Tarek (above) knows the team
sponsor VEOLIA includes number 1550 or that their headquarter in
Adelaide is not far from the Sensis Warehouse at No. 500?
- - - - - - - -
Whilst in a stadium a football player may stir your
emotions, at a neighbourhood watch meeting, it's often a police
officer. In our Area 504 Neighbourhood Watch meeting, a few days
before this writing, a comment by the main
speaker, a very experienced police woman, made me think. She said, as I
never going to win this, and let's not call it a war." She was
talking about what has been described as the war on drugs.
One of the more controversial, illegal drugs in Australia
marijuana. On TV Channel Nine News on 19.2.14 I noticed the word
maruuana appear on the TV screen.
The misspelling amused me almost
as much as the $ 190 million (money owed), while at the same time the
newsreader read $ 190 000.
Maru uana amused me, because around the corner from where we live is a little
named Maru Ct. It has been rumoured for years that at one house in
this little street you can purchase marijuana, diagonally opposite
to where a policeman lives!
Over coffee, following the neighbourhood watch
meeting, which was held right near Maru Ct. I had a brief chat with our police
liaison officer. I mentioned my surprise and asked: "Had the police
really given up on fighting illegal drugs?" As I understood, she meant to
say that police is fighting drugs, but not to call it a war.
During our brief exchange I could not help, but
offer my answer to the drug problem, and all other bad things our young
people get into. "We should sent our children again to Sunday
School, to learn right from wrong, instead of spending Sunday mornings
playing football and other sports. No time for God" (or words
to that effect.)
Thinking this over I saw a parallel - Drugs and
God. When problems come in life, and most people will experience pain
of many kinds, this generation has not been taught the purpose of
suffering and where to turn to to cope with it. God wants to help, if
we let them. Drugs at best alleviate pain for a few moments, God wants
to tackle mankind's real problem - sin!
To be saying there is no war against sin, or
just calling it by a different name, is not solving anything. For
example, calling abortion 'a women's choice to terminate a pregnancy' is
still leaving us with a dead baby!.
Friends, there is good news and bad news. The
bad news, there is a war going on, if we can see it or not. There is a
battle raging for the minds and hearts of every person on earth. Are
you prepared to fight against sin and evil? The good news is, this
war, which we can't win on our own, has already been won for us! God
won BIG on that cross on that lonely hill 2000 years ago.
the difference between any war and the battle against evil. That's why
Jesus had to die. The symbol of this is the cross. That's why the
Christian cross and the message behind it is so unpopular. The
biggest loser, the devil and his evil forces, don't like to be
reminded every time they see a cross.
As I write, on 20.2.14, the front page of our
newspaper features John Short. This 75-year old South Australian, it is
reported, has been detained in North Korea. He has been accused of
spreading Christian literature, and is expected to receive up to 15 years
imprisonment. His wife sounded rather calm in an interview on Radio Five
AA, which aired minutes before this writing.
Many ask the question, why would this devoted
man have risked such harsh penalty, knowing full well he may not see his
wife again for a long time? I ask the question:
"If Christianity is all a
fairytale, no substance, just all an imagination of one's mind, why is
there such strong opposition to the message represented by the Christian
FURNIURE store USA - What happened
to the T?
<<< Steele, MO USA
Retracing my cross bike ride
through the USA recently, I found this interesting photo on Google
Until now I had only seen the
missing letter T. Now I see much more:
The & sign means and. Using a small t
I see - tDNA.
And how about F UR IN - UR
HE OK? (It better be good
carpenter, who makes this furniture!)
In the same newspaper, where John Short is
the real hero (Saint John), Adelaide
readers find a story about a proposed new building for Adelaide -
an 18m high Buddha and a 35 m high pagoda to be erected on a
hillside, near a southern suburbs beach.
Visitors to Adelaide, arriving on cruise
ships, would be greeted by this huge structure. The debate on the
airwaves a few hours ago, was mostly one-side - in favour. The
catch cry is peace and tolerance*. I
expressed a thought in a brief email. (Normally, I don't listen to
the radio talkback, while writing. What prompted me to do
The radio host
about 1/2 hour later read my message on air, as well as others:
"Maybe, if the USA
had had the same, new-age mindset as those
favouring that statue, maybe visitor arriving by boat in New
York Harbour would be greeted by a giant pagoda?"
I almost included this thought
in my email: I'd like to see a huge Christian cross erected on our
coastline, instead of a statue of Buddha and a pagoda! But, we
don't need another war, another inter-religious conflict. The
world is bleeding with them!
*A verse in the scriptures comes
to mind: "For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then
sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant
woman. And they shall not escape. (1. Thessalonians 5, 3).
- - - - - - -
Friends, would it not be good, if nobody would have to die
to find out what comes after death? We would then not get this big
surprise, but could decide right here and now, if we'd want to follow
the path to heaven, the steep and narrow path, following Jesus?
Please hear me: You can know, if the bible is true or
not, right now, while time is with you. But do you really want to fight
that fight, the good fight? Who would not join an army, which already
has won the war? At Christmas our choir sang these interesting lyrics: "It
started with a baby boy (Le boy). The war was won by a baby boy." (D.Boy
The very next verse, after the negative scenario above,
sounds much more positive: "But
you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you
as a thief". (1.Thess. 5, 4). God does not have an off-side
- - - - - - -
The email to the group of politicians (earlier in this
chapter) dealt with a very divisive issue. The new, conservative Liberal
Government, as I touched on in the previous chapter, is deeply divided
on the issue.
Before ending this no surprises chapter, let me convey some
more in-depth thoughts on this controversial,
polarizing subject. A friend in Germany had asked me to read and
comment on a petition, which speaks against a new law being debated in
Germany. As I understood the matter, it is regarding gender education in
schools. Some sections of the community want to change what German
school children learn about male/female matters.
The following came, after having thought (and
written) about this difficult subject for years:
(Please note, I am using a male as example. The subject
matter is equally applicable to females. I
slightly changed the original German text, translated below, to maintain
Wir leben wirklich in schlimmen Zeiten. Die
Menschen entfernen sich mehr und mehr von Gott. Die heutige Generation,
im grossen und ganzen, weiss ueberhaupt nichts von Gott und von der
Bibel. Aber ist das nicht in der Bibel verhergesagt - wir leben wirklich
in den letzen Tagen, der Zeit wie
Die Leute sprechen immer von Toleranz und Akzeptanz.
Natuerlich respektiert man seinen Mitmenschen, aber kann man ein
weltliches Gesetz machen, das sagt: Liebe Deinen naechsten? Genau dieses
Gesetz, laut Jesus, ist was wir Menschen brauchen und einhalten sollten.
Gott und seinen Mitmenschen lieben, nicht tolerieren, ist Gottes Antwort.
Die Petition des 2015 Bildungsplanes habe ich
durchgelesen und stimme damit ein. Genau dies:
"...sńmtliche LSBTTIQ-Lebensstile seien ohne
ethische Beurteilung gleich erstrebenswert und der Ehe zwischen Mann und
ist es, was gegen Gottes Schoepfung sich auflehnt.
Gott schuf Mann und Frau. Wer sagt, dass auch andere sexuale Lebenstile
als normal angesehen werden, und in den Schulen als normale Alternative
gelehrt werden sollte, lehnt sich gegen Gott auf. Kindern sollte man das
lehren, was sie spaeter auch tun sollten und tun werden.
Darin sehe ich das Dilemma eines Jungen, der mit
zehn oder zwoelf merkt, dass er sexuell nicht nach Maedchen schaut. (12
ist ja viel zu jung, sowieso). Wenn unsere tolerantes Bildungssystem
diesem Jungen einreden will, dass er ganz normal ist, der Junge doch
genau sieht dass er nicht normal ist, schafft es in diesem Jungen ein
enormes moralisches Dilemma.
Auf der einen Seite sagt man ihm er ist normal, auf
der anderen weiss er genau, es stimmt etwas nicht mit mir. Fuer Jahre
hin sucht er Akzetanz. Was er wirklich sucht ist Liebe, tiefe
Liebe, die er nur in Gott findet. Traurig ist, dass viele dieser
jungen Leute keinen Ausweg sehen und sich das Leben nehmen.
Waere es nicht besser, man faende einen
Weg, um festzustellen wenn ein 12 jahriger Junge (oder Maedchen) nicht
wie andere sind? Und mit all unserer modernen medizinischen und psychologischen
Mitteln, zu versuchen diesen Menschen zu helfen, und sie auf den
richtigen Weg zu leiten? Tut man denn das nicht in Ausschweifungen,
wie Authismus, Lernschwierigkeiten, Sprachfehlern usw?
In unserem Bekanntenkreis gibt es auch Menschen von
denen ich nicht weiss wo sie sexuell stehen. Ich will es auch gar nicht
wissen. Menschen sich Menschen, ich akzeptiere sie wie sie sind. Was hat
Sexualitaet im Sport zu tun? Ein
Fussballer hat einmal gesagt, es waere nicht angebracht, wenn alle
Bundesliga Spieler die schwul sind, dies oeffentlich bekannt machen
wuerden. Unsere Media was ganz aufgebracht, wie er so etwas sagen konnte!
Aber er hatte ganz recht.
Welcher Fussball fan ist schon daran interessiert welche sexuelle
Richtung Spieler haben? Dass sie Tore schiessen, darum geht es den
Schlachtenbummlern, nicht was fuer ein sexuelles Leben sie fuehren.
Das heiraten von Lesben und Schwulen hat zwei
Seiten. Zum einen ist es natuerlich gut, wenn zwei gleichgeschlechtliche
Menschen nicht mit hunderten von Partnern herummachen (was oft der Fall
ist). In dem Sinne ist eine Partnerschaft - ein Mann und ein exclusiver
anderer - zu befuerworten. Diese jedoch einer Ehe von Mann und
Frau gleichzustellen geht zu weit.
waere es, wenn jene, die durch die Strassen marschieren und mit
grossen Plakaten vor dem Parlament fuer homosexuelle Ehe propagieren,
ihre Hingabe fuer die Eheschliessung andern, heterosexuellen jungen
Leuten einreden wuerden?! "Warum
sagen diese sich?
Zeigt das nicht, dass es den Lesben und Schwulen nicht
um Recht geht, sondern um Anerkennung ihres Lebensstils - nicht ihrer
Person. Die Person kenne ich an, und akzepiere sie. Ihren
Lebensstil jedoch nicht.
Fuer heute genug zum Nachdenken. Bleib Gott nahe.
Dein Freund Dieter
We live in
terrible times. People are moving further and further away from God.
Today's generation, by and large, knows nothing at all about God and the
Bible. But is not this foretold in the Bible - we really live in the
last days, in times like Sodom and Gomorrah?
always speak of tolerance and acceptance. Of course, one does respect
one's fellow man, but can we create a secular law, which says - Love
your neighbour? Just this law, according to Jesus, is the one we
humans need and should keep. To love God and your fellow man, not
merely tolerate them, is God's answer.
regarding the 2015 Curriculum I have read and agree. Exactly this...
LSBTTIQ - lifestyles are to be regarded equally in value, without
ethical prejudice, and put on the same level as that of man and woman
is that which
is offensive towards God's creation. God created man and woman. Those
who say that other lifestyles must be viewed as normal, and must be
taught in schools as normal alternative, are rebelling against God.
Children must be taught that, which they later should do and will do.
Here is how I
see the dilemma of a boy, who at age ten or twelve, notices that his
sexuality is not directed toward girls. (12 is far too young, anyway).
Whilst our tolerant education system is trying to tell this boy that he is
totally normal, this boy, however, sees that he is not normal, it
creates inside this boy a huge moral dilemma.
On the one
hand he is told he is normal, on the other he knows very well -
something is wrong with me. For years he seeks acceptance. What he
really needs is love, deep love, which he can only find in God. The
sad part is, many of these young people don't see a way out, and take
their own lives.
not be better, one could find a way to determine, if a 12-year-old boy
(or girl) is different to others? Then, using all our modern medical
and psychological methods, trying to help these people and guide them
onto the right path? Don't they do this in cases of other
abnormalities, like autism, learning difficulties, speech defects etc?
circle of acquaintances are people of whom I do not know where they
stand sexually. I don't want to know at all. People are people. I
accept them as they are. What does sexual orientation have to do with
sport? A footballer once said that it would not be appropriate for all
AFL football players, who are gay, to announce this publicly.
Our media was in uproar; how could he say such a thing?
But he was
right. What football fan is even interested, what sexual orientation
players have? That they can score goals, is all football fans are
interested in, not what kind sex life they live?
between Lesbians and Gays has two sides. For one, it is of course good
when two same-sex people don't play around with hundreds of partners
(which often is the case). In that sense, one has to say yes to a
partnership - one man and one other exclusively. However, to regard this
as equal to a man and woman is going too far.
would it be, if those who march through the streets with large
banners, protesting for gay marriage in front of the parliament, were
to share their passion for marriage and talk other, young
heterosexual couples into it? "But
why bother getting married," they say?
Does this not show that
it's not about gay and lesbian's rights, but acceptance of their
lifestyle - not their person? The person I can acknowledge, and accept
them. Their lifestyle, however, not.
enough to think about. Stay close to God.
- - - - - - -
Friends, God knows best how to raise
children. Life was HIS idea. When it comes to educating children,
leaving them growing up their own way is not God's way. Here are two
verses from the Proverbs, which go against the modern,
anti-Christian style of educating children (there are many others):
"Train up a child in the way
he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it."
(Proverbs 22, 6)
"The rod and reproof give
wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother."
(Proverbs 29, 15).
The issue is not merely about teaching and disciplining children, or the definition of
marriage. It's about the
definition of God's original education plan for all of mankind.
did say: "Though shalt
not ...!" And they disobeyed; still do!
parent, who passionately loves his children, God showed us right from wrong for our
own good. Where do children learn it, if not at school, in the home and/or
in church on Sunday morning?
better verse to end this Chapter 9, than Verse 9 of 1.Thessalonians 5?
to translate it from the German Bible Hope for All:
God does not want us to face HIS wrath and judgement, rather
that we are saved through our Lord Jesus Christ."