Help Fight HIV/AIDS: $1 = ONE YEAR OF WATER FOR AN AFRICAN

Posted: February 25th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I usually post my thoughts, but decided that today my blog is dedicated to those in Africa that need clean drinking water. I present to you Blood:Water Mission (following is an excerpt from their site). Please consider a donation, and remember the next time you are at the cash register buying a soda, that could be clean water fior one person for a year.

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$1 = ONE YEAR OF WATER FOR AN AFRICAN

YOUR ONE DOLLAR WILL SAVE A LIFE

1000 Wells Project

  • Did you know that millions of Africans lack access to clean water?
  • Did you know that people living with HIV/AIDS are dependent on clean water to survive?
  • Did you know that $1 provides one year of clean water for an African?

Did you know that YOU can help save lives?
The 1000 Wells Project is building 1000 wells and clean water projects in 1000 African communities. Businesses, churches, schools, artists and individuals are collecting funds so they can sponsor the construction of wells in Africa. In the process, they are learning about how HIV/AIDS affects African communities, and what it means to partner humbly with communities to pursue transformation.

And we’re doing it by asking for $1 from each person. It’s that simple.

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Are you a lying, thieving, alduterous blashpemer?

Posted: February 22nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

I’ve bee thinking quite a bit about “personal evangelism” lately.  I think mostly because I saw Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron on TBN the other night showing how they evangelize (Christianity) on the street.  They showed a few examples of people who were receptive to the method they were using, and a few more that weren’t interested.

It really got me thinking about the different takes people have on the subject.

I have personally been of the conviction that the most effective approach would be to have a relationship with a person before trying to proselytize them.  You would think so right?  I would be more apt to buy a product on a friend’s recommendation than I would from the guy knocking on my door.  And I know it annoys most people when the Jehovah’s Witness guys come to the house with their agenda of conversion.  That kind of stuff just turns me off.

That being said, I am truly intrigued at the approach of Ray and Kirk.  I feel their approach a tad legalistic and brash, but their is video proof that converts have come by taking this route.   Thus the dilemma:  a personal preference versus what might be truth.  So I take it to the Bible, because truth is more important than what I think.

I’m blown away now.   The entire New Testament is full of conversion stories and only a handful come from someone telling a friend.  The Apostles went to many different places, often converting thousands, and almost none came from a friendship.

And what about Jesus?  Many of His converts, including the disciples, were strangers that He approached seemingly on a “whim”.

So where does that leave me?  Time for me to get out of what is comfortable and follow the example of the One I say I want to be like.   Time to start spreading the Word.  I hold something deep inside that needs to get out.  It’s a simple as a child’s song, “Put it under a bushel, NO! I’m going to let it shine.”

Peace,

- chris mooney


Maine Middle School Offering Birth Control to 11 Year Olds!

Posted: February 15th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Political | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Birth Control for Kids?, a story that Time.com ran in October is starting to make headlines again, and it blows my mind. It appears that middle schools in Portland Maine will be allowing the nurses office to prescribe birth control to students as young as 11; without parental consent.

Maine Middle School to offer 11 year olds birth controlWhere do I start?

How is it that states continue to remove the right of parents to know what is going on in their children’s lives? Especially when it comes to their heath and putting medication in their bodies? As a father of four (and number five due in September), I find this ludicrous. By doing this the school is telling the kids, “Hey, we know most of your parents wouldn’t approve of this behavior, and since you little rug rats can’t control yourselves, we can give you the pill without mom and dad knowing it. Oh, and your doctor doesn’t have to know either.” Nothing like creating a separation of parent and child.

Parents, what happened to talking with your kids about the choices that will be coming up in their lives? Kids, what happened to the days of talking to your parents about tough decisions? The blame here is on the moms and dads. By allowing decisions like this to be made, where the school and state have more say over what happens in you kid’s life and when you are allowed to know about it, we are giving up our role as a parent. We are telling the government they know better than we do how to raise our children. We are teaching our kids that if they have a problem, mom and dad are the last people that they can talk to, and the school can be trusted more than us.

And since when does anyone but a doctor have the power to write a prescription? How does the nurse know the medical history of each student? Do they always know what other prescriptions the student might be taking? Even dietary pills that you can buy over the counter recommend that consult a physician before taking them, yet this school will allow a student to get a prescription drug with the consent or knowledge of the parent or doctor. C-R-A-Z-Y!

11 years old. Wait, 11 years young. They can give the pill to girls as young as 11. Isn’t this encouraging sex? I did a quick Google search, and it didn’t take long to find that the legal age of consent in Maine is 16. In simpler terms, it is against the law for individuals under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity. Still the school system is allowed to prescribe birth control pills (only one reason to take those without telling mom and dad) to girls ages 11-15, in effect encouraging them to break the law. Not only are they telling kids they can disregard their parents opinions of morality, they can disregard the law as well. As long as little Johnny and Suzy are happy right?

How do we change this? It starts at home with mom and dad. Pray for your kids. Make time to spend with them. Whether talking, playing, teaching, or just watching TV together, do your part to let them know that you are there for them no matter what. But there will be boundaries; there will be rules they have to live by. And make sure you know what is going on at school regarding your rights as a parent. And if there’s something you don’t like, stand up to it.

Voice your opinion. Get involved.

- chris mooney


39,000 Denomintaions continued plus a retraction. . .

Posted: February 1st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Well, I have done some thinking the last few days about my remark that most Christians are idiots, and I have to retract it. I will revise my position to this: Most Christians don’t know half of what their particular denomination actually believes, so when they find they disagree with some point of doctrine, they leave. If they are strong enough in defending their position, they create their own “denomination” or new strain of the same one.

When I first posted, I thought that this trend was primarily from the past 1000 years, but soon realized that it was already happening when the New Testament was being written, and I think Paul had the answer in his first letter to the Corinthian church. Some were saying “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” (v12) Paul goes on to call them foolish and say he was glad he did not baptize them so they could not say, “I was baptized by Paul.”

BullseyeHis answer to these small divisions (denominations) was this, “but we preach Christ crucified:(v23),” “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’”

My heart in this is that people, especially hardcore denominationalists (new word!), would step back and say, “What the heck are we doing? We can’t all be right.” We as Christians need to get back to the reason we go by that name, and follow Christ’s examples and teachings. Preach Jesus!

Let’s get over our arrogance and always telling everyone how wrong they are and love them. When I read the Bible, the people Jesus condemned the most were the hypocritical religious leaders. “You study the Scriptures, because you think that in them you will find eternal life. And these very Scriptures speak about me! Yet you are not willing to come to me in order to have life. (John 5:39-40)”

He showed compassion, love, and sacrifice for those around Him, and we show a book of rules.

Let’s get back to the center of the mark: Jesus.

- chris mooney