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Monday, October 31, 2005

The Spark




Romans :16-18


For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."


On this Reformation Day, I want to remember a fire brand for God. On this day in history, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg. He started the fire that brought about our freedom from a corrupt church.


Martin Luther dealt the symbolic blow that began the Reformation when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. That document contained an attack on papal abuses and the sale of indulgences by church officials.

But Luther himself saw the Reformation as something far more important than a revolt against ecclesiastical abuses. He believed it was a fight for the gospel. Luther even stated that he would have happily yielded every point of dispute to the Pope, if only the Pope had affirmed the gospel.


And at the heart of the gospel, in Luther's estimation, was the doctrine of justification by faith--the teaching that Christ's own righteousness is imputed to those who believe, and on that ground alone, they are accepted by God. (Source.)


There is an amazing wealth of information out there for those of you interested in Martin Luther. Here is a site that has many of his selected works as well as many of his beautiful hymns.


I just finished watching the amazing Luther for the second time. There are men and women of history that move me in a way that is hard to describe. The courage and amazing faith God gave Luther - to stand up to the indescribable power of the church at that time. Well, there really are no adequate words for me. I am grateful that God chose him and used him in such a mighty way.

His hand was upon him so many different times. He even married a former nun, Katharina von Bora and they had a happy marriage and six children.

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;

Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:

For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;

His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not his equal.


Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;

Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:

Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;

Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,

And He must win the battle.


And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:

The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,

One little word shall fell him.


That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;

The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:

Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;

The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,

His kingdom is forever.

Martin Luther


God still uses Luther!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Spark


Romans :16-18


 


For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


 


For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." 


 








On this Reformation Day, I want to remember a fire brand for God. On this day in history, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg. He started the fire that brought about our freedom from a corrupt church.


 


 


Martin Luther dealt the symbolic blow that began the Reformation when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. That document contained an attack on papal abuses and the sale of indulgences by church officials.


 


But Luther himself saw the Reformation as something far more important than a revolt against ecclesiastical abuses. He believed it was a fight for the gospel. Luther even stated that he would have happily yielded every point of dispute to the Pope, if only the Pope had affirmed the gospel.


 


And at the heart of the gospel, in Luther's estimation, was the doctrine of justification by faith--the teaching that Christ's own righteousness is imputed to those who believe, and on that ground alone, they are accepted by God. (Source.)



There is an amazing wealth of information out there for those of you interested in Martin Luther. Here is a site that has many of his selected works as well as many of his beautiful hymns.


 


I just finished watching the amazing Luther for the second time. There are men and women of history that move me in a way that is hard to describe. The courage and amazing faith God gave Luther - to stand up to the indescribable power of the church at that time. Well, there really are no adequate words for me. I am grateful that God chose him and used him in such a mighty way.


 








 


His hand was upon him so many different times. He even married a former nun, Katharina von Bora and they had a happy marriage and six children.



 


A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.


 


Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.


 


And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.


 


That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.


Martin Luther


 


God still uses Luther!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Time Marches On

It is hard to believe that three years ago today I was celebrating the birth of our baby, Emma. Here she is in all her sweet little girlness:


 



 


It is her third birthday today and I don't know where the time went! Life is so fast and some days I forget that they are only little for so long. My oldest, Hannah, just turned 11 in September. Where did that time go?! I remember being pregnant with her and the wonder of this tiny precious thing that is now almost my height!


 



 


I find myself amazed that I am no longer in my early twenties, that I have five children, and that the oldest is on the brink of young womanhood!! I think someone else has been living my life some days.


 


I truly am blessed by my family; my children are my greatest gift and treasure. I know I am not worthy to be the parent to these children, but may God help me to be the kind of mother He wishes me to be. I need a lot of prayers on this one!


 


Warmly,


Kate


 

Friday, October 28, 2005

For His Service

Michelle Malkin honors a serviceman that the New York Times had the audacity to only partially quote. I suppose it suits their purposes, but cannot a man's final statements be quoted completely even in death? I highly recommend you read the rest of the story.


 


I want to honor Corporal Jeffrey B. Starr and thank him, and his grieving family, for his amazing selfless  service - he re-enlisted three times. He was more than a dedicated soldier, he believed in the beauty of freedom. He believed in his role there. May God keep his family and comfort them. He was 22.


 


Saturday, October 22, 2005

In response to...


Willena from Rambling Rose! I upped it five since I did this long ago on another blog. 


1. While on a TWO day trip to Paris I overslept and missed the Louvre.


2. On our first date, my husband and I hiked in the Redwood trees and picked up trash.


3. My first car was a tan colored Plymouth Champ, and I drove it over rocks and anywhere I could. It was amazing.


4. When in Ireland I hung upside down and kissed the Blarney Stone.


5. I had an underwater birth for my fourth baby. (The baby was underwater, not me.)


6. I was proposed to on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Half Moon Bay on a clear and gorgeous January day.


7. I went through the Hampton Court Maze in England, successfully!


8. I climbed to the top of a crumbling 1200's Anglo-Norman castle wall that is across from the ruins of Clonmacnois monastic community. (Castle up close.)


9. I was locked in a pitch black prison cell on Alcatraz Island.


10. I stood exactly at Longitude Zero, otherwise known as the Prime Meridian where the world's time starts.


And there you have it, Willena!





Don't forget to see my entry just below this - I would really like your feedback.


Warmly,


Kate

American Girl Controversy - What's your take?

Groups Threaten to Boycott American Girl



By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer
Fri Oct 14, 7:39 PM ET
 
NEW YORK - American Girl, manufacturer of a highly popular line of dolls and children's books, has become the target of conservative activists threatening a boycott unless the toy maker cuts off contributions to a youth organization that supports abortion rights and acceptance of lesbians.
 
The protest is directed at an ongoing American Girl campaign in which proceeds from sales of a special "I Can" wristband help support educational and empowerment programs of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit organization which describes its mission as "inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold."


 


The rest of the article here.


 


So what is your take on this? I would really like to know.


 


Warmly,


Kate


 


 


 


 

Voice of the Martyrs

I don't know if you have ever heard of this ministry, but they do powerful things for God's persecuted people in over 40 countries all over the world. There are times I have read their free newsletter and cried for the suffering of our brothers and sisters that goes on in almost every continent across our earth. We think we have come so far in today's society - that we have eliminated slavery and torture for one's faith. Far from it. Voice of the Martyrs is one of the few voices speaking up and providing help and comfort to the suffering. I encourage you to go there and sign up for their newsletter, and to pray with your children for those less fortunate.

Here is a sampling of some of their stories:

God's Most Beautiful People

Damare Garang - Sudan


Damare was captured by Islamic soldiers when his Sudanese village was attacked. Only 7 at the time, he was sold as a slave to a Muslim family. He became a camel boy even though he knew nothing about caring for them. His master enforced his learning with beatings. One day a camel got away. The master threatened to kill Damare for this mistake, but something restrained him. The next day when he found out that Damare had sneaked away to attend a Christian church in the village he became determined to punish this boy.


The master found a large board, several rusty spikes and a hammer and dragged Damare out to the edge of his compound. He forced Damare’s legs over the board and drove the long nails through his knees and feet. Then he turned and walked away, leaving the boy laying in the field screaming from pain.


A man passing that way heard Damare’s screams and sneaked into the compound and carried this boy to the local hospital where the nails and board were removed. A year-and-a-half later, Damare and the man who saved him were in a village that came under attack, and they were separated. After the defense forces managed to drive away the Islamic soldiers, Damare was left standing along. When the commander heard him speak, he realized that he was from the Dinka Tribe and took him back to their camp. After hearing his tragic story he tried to locate some of Damare’s relatives. When none could be found, the commander adopted the former camel boy and took him to his home.

Today Damare is 15 and lives in Mario Kong. He cannot run fast like the other boys, but he says he has forgiven the man who nailed his legs to the board. He knows that Jesus was nailed to a cross so all our sins could be forgiven. He asked the Christian children in America to remember to pray for the children of Sudan.


(VOM Newsletter, January 2004)


* Pray for Damare. He has forgiven the man who nailed him to the board but still bears the scars and handicaps resulting from the punishment.
* Pray for the leaders in this violent country that they may reach a just peace and end the civil war.
* Pray VOM’s projects into Sudan will be directed where God is leading.

House Church Pastor and Evangelist Arrested in Henan
October 4, 2005


China Aid Association

Midland, Texas (CAA, 10-4-2005)—Mr. Ma Shulei, a full time house church evangelist, was arrested in Mianchi County, Sanmenxia City, Henan Province, along with his 58-year-old father, Mr. Ma Yinzhou, who is a house church pastor.


September 26, 2005, Mr. Ma Shulei returned home from Yunnan Province to visit his father. Someone immediately reported this information to the police. When the police arrived, Mr. Ma Shulei was not at home. Therefore, the police arrested his father Pastor Ma Yinzhou, and forced him to reveal his son’s whereabouts. To save his father, Mr. Ma Shulei turned himself in October 2. However, his father was not released and both are now in police custody.


In 2002, Mr. Ma Shulei and his father were detained in Beijing for more than 40 days after a church leader’s meeting was raided by the police. Later they were put on probation and ordered to report to the police every five days. Instead of following the probation order, Mr. Ma Shulei went into Yunnan Province as a house church missionary. Mr. Ma Shulei graduated from a Chinese seminary in Myanmar in 2002.

“To hold the father in order to arrest the son is certainly a very harsh tactic to use against two innocent individuals.” said Bob Fu, “We urge the Chinese government to immediately release Pastor Ma and his son.”

VOM would like to encourage our readers to write a polite letter of protest on the behalf of Mr. Ma Shulei and Mr. Ma Yinzhou.


Embassy of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador
2300 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 328-2500
Fax: (202) 588-0032



I frequently feel helpless when it comes to our suffering brothers and sisters. At least there is something I can do - and God hears us when we pray for them. May He bless Voice of the Martyrs and keep His persecuted people in His perfect peace.


Warmly,

Kate


Thursday, October 20, 2005

Voice of the Martyrs

I don't know if you have ever heard of this ministry, but they do powerful things for God's persecuted people in over 40 countries all over the world. There are times I have read their free newsletter and cried for the suffering of our brothers and sisters that goes on in almost every continent across our earth. We think we have come so far in today's society - that we have eliminated slavery and torture for one's faith. Far from it. Voice of the Martyrs is one of the few voices speaking up and providing help and comfort to the suffering. I encourage you to go there and sign up for their newsletter, and to pray with your children for those less fortunate.


 


Here is a sampling of some of their stories:


 


God's Most Beautiful People


Damare Garang - Sudan



 


Damare was captured by Islamic soldiers when his Sudanese village was attacked. Only 7 at the time, he was sold as a slave to a Muslim family. He became a camel boy even though he knew nothing about caring for them. His master enforced his learning with beatings. One day a camel got away. The master threatened to kill Damare for this mistake, but something restrained him. The next day when he found out that Damare had sneaked away to attend a Christian church in the village he became determined to punish this boy.


 


The master found a large board, several rusty spikes and a hammer and dragged Damare out to the edge of his compound. He forced Damare’s legs over the board and drove the long nails through his knees and feet. Then he turned and walked away, leaving the boy laying in the field screaming from pain.


 


A man passing that way heard Damare’s screams and sneaked into the compound and carried this boy to the local hospital where the nails and board were removed. A year-and-a-half later, Damare and the man who saved him were in a village that came under attack, and they were separated. After the defense forces managed to drive away the Islamic soldiers, Damare was left standing along. When the commander heard him speak, he realized that he was from the Dinka Tribe and took him back to their camp. After hearing his tragic story he tried to locate some of Damare’s relatives. When none could be found, the commander adopted the former camel boy and took him to his home.


 


Today Damare is 15 and lives in Mario Kong. He cannot run fast like the other boys, but he says he has forgiven the man who nailed his legs to the board. He knows that Jesus was nailed to a cross so all our sins could be forgiven. He asked the Christian children in America to remember to pray for the children of Sudan.


 


(VOM Newsletter, January 2004)


 


* Pray for Damare. He has forgiven the man who nailed him to the board but still bears the scars and handicaps resulting from the punishment.
* Pray for the leaders in this violent country that they may reach a just peace and end the civil war.
* Pray VOM’s projects into Sudan will be directed where God is leading.



House Church Pastor and Evangelist Arrested in Henan
October 4, 2005 



China Aid Association


Midland, Texas (CAA, 10-4-2005)—Mr. Ma Shulei, a full time house church evangelist, was arrested in Mianchi County, Sanmenxia City, Henan Province, along with his 58-year-old father, Mr. Ma Yinzhou, who is a house church pastor.


 


September 26, 2005, Mr. Ma Shulei returned home from Yunnan Province to visit his father. Someone immediately reported this information to the police. When the police arrived, Mr. Ma Shulei was not at home. Therefore, the police arrested his father Pastor Ma Yinzhou, and forced him to reveal his son’s whereabouts. To save his father, Mr. Ma Shulei turned himself in October 2. However, his father was not released and both are now in police custody.


 


In 2002, Mr. Ma Shulei and his father were detained in Beijing for more than 40 days after a church leader’s meeting was raided by the police. Later they were put on probation and ordered to report to the police every five days. Instead of following the probation order, Mr. Ma Shulei went into Yunnan Province as a house church missionary. Mr. Ma Shulei graduated from a Chinese seminary in Myanmar in 2002.


 


“To hold the father in order to arrest the son is certainly a very harsh tactic to use against two innocent individuals.” said Bob Fu, “We urge the Chinese government to immediately release Pastor Ma and his son.”


 


VOM would like to encourage our readers to write a polite letter of protest on the behalf of Mr. Ma Shulei and Mr. Ma Yinzhou.


 


Embassy of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador
2300 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 328-2500
Fax: (202) 588-0032






I frequently feel helpless when it comes to our suffering brothers and sisters. At least there is something I can do - and God hears us when we pray for them. May He bless Voice of the Martyrs and keep His persecuted people in His perfect peace.


 


Warmly,


Kate


 

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Celebratory Literary Genius

So much has happened in just the week since I visited here last, but I will have to save it for another time. I had a lovely day full of birthday poems from my fellow TOS folks, and wanted to share them with you. It makes a person glad of heart for such friends. Some of these are sweet and special and some of these are real doozies - like Gena's below! I hope you enjoy the levity as I did - it sets the heart to rightness I think.


 


By Julie
 
I'm almost afraid
to get in on this
but kate, i hear
is full of bliss
 
friend to many
lover to Mark
none can compare
to this Kate's spark
 
one day i'll meet
this Kate they say
is nice and cheery
and likes poetray
 
until then i'll leave
this birthday delight
and hope you had
a good day and night!


 


**


 


By Deborah


 


Our Darling Kate
Champion of the Lab


Your contests are great
And your hard work is fab


Our Product Review Queen
Is due her crown


Her schoolroom is clean
and her knowledge astounds


Her children rise up
and say she is blessed


We all raise our cup
And toast with the rest ….


Happy Birthday dear Kate
May your day be unstressed


**


 


By Dena


 


There once was a woman named Kate,
Who had quite a lot on her plate
 
Watching over her crews
Keeping up with reviews
 
On this day she deserves to sleep late!


**


 


By Mel


 


Before I read any further
I’ll just say my piece
Happy birthday, fair Kate,
Here’s a birthday squeeze. 
(A hug, really…
But that didn’t rhyme
And I know I am lousy today
But I’m running out of time
I’m late,
I’m late,
For a very important date.
Well, flight. 
Well, trip to Gramma’s so I can
Catch my flight tomorrow
And I’ll be in CA by you,
Well, hours away,
So I can’t come play
 
Now what was I saying?
OH YEAH, happy birthday Kate.
Dear fair lovely Kate
Who stands up for single moms heehee.
Love ya!


**


 


By Eleanor


 


Hey, Happy Birthday Kate
So glad I’m not too late
To join the merry fray
Of really bad poetray
From all your friends at TOS
Who truly wish you all the best
Today and all the time
Now I’ve run our of rhyme
So I’ll end
And send
This note
I wrote
To Kate
The Great
(Who caused such a spate
of mail in my box.....)
HOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY ROCKS!


 


**


 


By Lisa


 


Happy Birthday Kate,
to rhyme, I hate.....
for you I shall,
as you are a dear pal......
 
-- that's as good as it gets.......
 
*banging my ale on table, cheers to you!*
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY.........!


 


**


 


By Nancy


 


Kate is gracious,
Kate is kind,
Even though I'm
Three reviews behind.
 
She's never nasty,
Or even mean,
even when deadlines,
remain to be seen.
 
She likes sweet things,
like scones and cream,
but doesn't sound English,
on the phone, I mean,
 
But she's thoughtful and caring,
and pleasant, not sparing,
her prayers for her friends,
they flow without ends.
 
I hope she will feel blessed,
and never a bit stressed,
by life as it is,
in the thick of this biz.
 
God Bless you on your special day, Kate!!!!


 


**


 


By Gena


 


During Byzantine rule,
There was a fool,
Who roamed the land,
Looking, oh yes, seeking, for a lady’s hand.


A woman of beauty,
With power of persuasion,
A woman who could beat a drum,
Who could invoke an invasion.


A man on the moon,
Looked out across his crater,
There was no water, no, none at all,
So he sought out a wife, one that was tall.
 
For a tall wife could dig wells,
Deep ones…and stuff.
She could find water to quench his thirsty ground.
Where can a woman such as this be found?!


A king like no other,
In the land of the Amazon,
Looked for a kind lady,
And was lucky to find a large one.
She was big, and husky and took him into her lair,
What a woman this was! Are these still around? Where???


So you see, it is hard,
To find a true wife,
One that is sweet and lovely
And who won’t stab with her knife.
 
Where, oh harken where, could you find,
A woman that won’t use her knife?
Who won’t stoop to strife?
Who would lay down her life?
And does not look like Barney Fife.


That would be KATE
The fairest of them all….KATE.
OH how does she rate? Tell me true, how does she rate?
I’ll tell you, since I know how she rates.
I’ve visited her gates.
I’ve seen her on dates.
I’ve heard what she states.
I’ve watched her on skates.
I’ve eaten off her plates.
I’ve helped her lug crates.
Together we’ve met freights.
Me, with Nancy Baetz.
Oh, I know Kate’s traits!
Her nerves, I do grates.


 


She loves her good man,
His name is not Stan,
The marriage is not bland,
I must make them flan. Oh, harken, I must make them flan.


She uses her pan,
To do good in the land,
To fix food for the man that is not Stan,
Or the man that is not Dan.


There is never a ban,
On necessities like a crayon.
She reaches out her hand,
To all global children, and the poor…and stuff.


 


And she is smart and wise and steady,
Always standing ready,
To help people and that sort of good thing, yes. Indeed she helps.


And assists. And lends a hand.


And I really like this poem, because, it’s um.
I like birthdays because I get to use my talent
For the good in the world. And the cultural diversity that makes us ALL special,
We all share in this good land. Kate’s good land.


 


With, MARK, her good man.
And…


Happy birthday to KATE KESSLER,


one of the best friends I am lucky enough to have.
We will not break out the golden calve.
That would be wrong. Improper and incorrect. Idol worship is NOT RIGHT.
But we will CELEBRATE with you this day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!


Editor Note: I TOLD YOU THIS ONE WAS A DOOZY!


 


**


 


By Jen


Kate the Great
Where do I start
My Dear Dear Friend
The Friend of My Heart
 
You make me laugh
You make me think
I have sandy soap
So I shan't Stink
 
I wish for your birthday
I'd have something to rummage
If I had some money
I'd buy you new luggage
 
If I was in Cali
We would really celebrate
But alas I'm in TN
So like why don't you move over here why don't cha?
 
I love you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much and I am SOOOOOOOOO glad that God made you.  I truly cherish your friendship immensly. love you!
jen
PS i blogged about you in your honor
(And so she did...)


 


**


 


By Spunky


We come to celebrate
The birthday of a Kate
 
You are special to us
 
We celebrate this day
With poems that try and say
 
You are special to us
 
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
YOU ARE SPECIAL TO US


 


**


 


By Susan


Happy Birthday to Kate:


 


I know a lass whose joy and cheer


 


keeps people smiling through the year,


 


Her business skills and writing soar -


 


we cannot help but cry for more -


 


and yet, to us, she's more than this,


 


than articles or business,


 


She's friend and mother (also wife)


 


to soothe the wounds and calm the strife.


 


Which ain't to say that she can't hang


 


with all the fruity-loopy gang


 


for when we're at our fruitiest


 


our Kate is right there, in our midst


 


with barbs and arrows so well aimed


 


they'd make an archer feel ashamed.


 


And extra credit goes, you know,


 


to spouses of I.T - and so


 


with joy and love we celebrate


 


the birthday of our blessed Kate.


 


**


 


Ode to Kate
by Amelia Harper


There was a girl named Susan Spann
who ran and ran and ate some flan.


Now that I evoked some Suess
like Gena's poem, there's no excuse.


 


So I can now, at last, discuss
my darling Kate, who's one of us.


 


For though she is not Byzantine,
at least she's very, very clean.


 


She hardly ever causes strife
or ever acts like Barney Fife.


 


To Mark, she's "sweetie"; to me, she's Kate.
She does not scream when reviews are late.


 


And though she rarely is alone,
she really can concoct a scone.


 


She understands my Elvish ways,
and when I'm down, with me she prays.


 


Her taste in music is absurd.
(But then, she thinks I am a nerd.)


 


Shall I compare her to a summer's day
and evoke some Shakespeare on the way?


 


Her children rise and call her blessed.
(A Bible allusion--I've passed the test.)


 


But now that I have reached the end,
Happy Birthday, my lovely friend.


 


**


 


All that really nice stuff, well they had to put that in there because it was my birthday. Take it all with a grain of salt.  Birthdays are for fibbing, right?


 


There are blessings in life, and then there are blessings. I have been given a rare gift in my friends. I am not unaware of it and thank God for them all. Most of these funny ladies I have never even met in person, but all I consider honored to know. Thank you for making my birthday week a special one.


 


Warmly,


Kate




 

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Birthday thanks to Special People...

Thank you to my precious children for starting my day out on the right foot by decorating the house with streamers and balloons. Thank you for loving me and celebrating my life. I love you!


 


Thank you to my dear and special friend, Kolbi, in far-away Florida, who sent me a delightful card full of very funny greetings and silly sentences that brought me happy laughter. Thank you so very much for the card and for the "tendered token of Birthday joy." It is much appreciated and will be promptly used. I only wish I could use it in company with you.


 


Thank you to my dear girlfriends, Heather and Di, for sharing a lovely evening out to eat and then onto a bookstore for mochas and new book smell. It was a grand and special way to end my 35th. Thank you so much!


 


To my dearest husband, thank you so very much for your kindness to me today! I love love love my new gift of romantic music. He purchased for me the Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility soundtracks. I think this is the most thoughtful and precious birthday gift ever. I love you!


 


Thank you all for being here. For reading what I have to say; for caring about me.  It means a great deal.


 


Warmly,


Kate

Monday, October 10, 2005

Legally Blog

Well I found a real doozy today courtesy of Hugh Hewitt. You can find the article he links to here. I suppose we must all be careful what we allow and what we say in our blogs, but this is pretty distressing as far as First Ammendment rights go. It is hard to imagine and something to watch unfold because it can affect all of us.


 


Here is a little bit of the article. The rest can be found linked again at the bottom.


 


Reality for Blogsville?
By CORILYN SHROPSHIRE
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Oct 10, 2005, 05:22


 


The Wild West days of the Internet's digital frontier could be tamed, as bloggers await the outcome of a lawsuit in which one of their own was sued for comments posted on his Web log or "blog."


 


State College, Pa.-based blogger Aaron Wall was sued in August for defamation and revealing the trade secrets of Traffic-Power.com, a company that helps Web sites boost their rankings on search engines.


 


But the firm isn't taking Wall, 24, to court for what he said about them _ but rather, for what readers of his blog posted as comments. 



To continue...

Friday, October 07, 2005

Sparrow's Wings

I was just blessed immensely by a post that Sparrow wrote about her parenting struggles. This was a powerful wisdom-filled post for those who will see it. I highly encourage you to read it - especially if you are in the midst of a parenting stuggle.


 


God is indeed faithful to a thousand generations!


 


Warmly,


Kate


 

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Walking the Walk in Dark Times

My favorite fire-starter has posted a beautiful example of a life of true faith on his blog. It is a lengthy article, but a moving story and well worth your time. Here is a little to wet your appetite.

Herb and Ruth Clingen were career missionaries who retired in Southern California and spent the final years of their lives ministering alongside John MacArthur to the people of Grace Community Church.

During World War II, the Clingens were held prisoner in a civilian internment camp in Los Banõs, not far from Manila in the Philippines. It was a long and grueling ordeal.

Near the end of the war, as part of General MacArthur's successful campaign to liberate the Philippines from Japanese domination, the internees at Los Banõs were dramatically rescued in a dawn raid by American paratroopers. It was one of the most remarkable and heroic chapters of World War II history, but the raid on Los Banõs was neither well publicized nor widely noticed, even at the time, because it happened on the same day as the battle of Iwo Jima, and that event got all the headlines.


The rest of the story...




Poetic License...

When there is a birthday here at TOS/HSB, we send email greetings and often poems are created on the spot for that person. They are frequently silly and fun, but always appreciated. For my husband's birthday yesterday, these were sent to him. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.


 


From Amelia Harper:


 


You may not be like Aragorn,
A king in fine array;
(except king of your castle home--
or so I heard Kate say.)


 


You may not be like Faramir,
Who was so wise and bold,
(although you may still wiser grow,
as you are getting old. )


 


But you're a hero to us all
In your own cyber way,
And so the Writers of the Mark
Wish you a joyous day.


 


From Nancy:


 


From Vacations in the Ocean,
To parties upon the land,
He's always doing cyber stuff,
It's written on his hand.


 


His wife's a lovely poet,
her tribute surely due,
This clever guy called Markiam
a web-ster oh so true.


 


So here we all are gathered,
from east to west and inbetween,
to tell him that he's special,
and stuff we really mean.


 


We're blest that he is with us,
and also when he's not,
His presence surely noticed,
My, he does a lot!


 


Thanks from this here blogger,
who learned some things from you,
enjoy your youngish birthday,
soon you will be old too!!!



From Susan:


 


He is not a tame lion and not a tame bear.


If you get in his face the fur flies everywhere.


From the headache of servers that will not behave


to the headache of froot loops that giggle and wave,


he's been dealing with bloggers who don't understand


why they cannot use everything found in the land -


as well as with counsel (not easy to do)


whose consistent demands would make anyone blue.


Let us never forget, when a-blogging we go


Mark is there, chasing bugs in the rain and the snow


so the site remains helpful, online and on top -


and we'd all be in trouble if his efforts stop.


Celebrate, with God's blessings, best wishes and cheer-


Happy Birthday, dear Mark - have a wonderful year.



From Deb:


 


I am so lame at blogging,
I need a good flogging.


 


But Mark has saved me from this fate
By being HSB’s Aslan the Great!


 


Thank you from the bottom of our posts
We appreciate you the most


 


For all the work you do for TOS
May you be rich text blessed.



From Jen:


 


Mr Mark
may it be told
your merry heart
grew never old.
Your precious wife and lovely kids
attests to the smart things you dids.


 


I have to agree with my husband when he said that by far the Silliest Poem Award went to our own dear publisher, Gena Suarez, when she penned this beauty:
 


Mark...Oh hark(en), Verily, Mark.
I am glad you represent the light and not the Dark.
I am glad you are not the Anti-Christ, he's Dark.
And your last name is Kessler, not Clark.
Our family has hung out many times with yours - in the park.


OH, hark(en), Mark. One who is not Dark.
Where contrasts go, you are "Stark".
Your wife says you are a Snark.
Your bite is worse than your bark.
I think in high school you would NOT have been a nark.
so all of that to say "happy birthday" Mark.


And you are so lucky to be married to Kate.
She is wise and pretty and likes to Wait,
For things...and stuff.
She does not Hate, verily no, she does not Hate.
She is your good mate. Rarely Late. Always Great.
You should be blessed to have Kate.


As you sit in the city with the men at the Gate.
The woman of the spoon, cup and Plate.


The one who scrubs your laundry and lives in your State.
And she will tell you Straight. Verily, everything Straight.
How did you catch such a fish as she? Was it the Bait?
Oh yes, what a Mate. It was Fate. Mark and Kate.


 


This last one made us laugh so hard - especially the part about sitting at the gate with the spoon, cup and plate. :+)


 


Isn't it wonderful to have such good friends?


 


I hope you enjoyed their literary gifts. We did!


Kate


 

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Happy Birthday, Sweet Husband!

To a wonderful husband,
To a fine daddy too;
May this birthday be happy,
We sure do love you!


 


For my five lovely children,
All playing just fine;
We are filled with the presence,
Of our Savior, Divine.


 


I am blessed beyond measure,
For the gift of my life;
For the man that’s a treasure,
For our lack of great strife.


 


You are king of our castle,
And man of my heart;
I am honored to love you,
Happy Birthday, sweet tart!


 


To the best man I know, Happy Birthday, love!


Kate


 



Monday, October 03, 2005

Prolife Response

This post is in response to a sincere question posted on the WTM Boards that has since been deleted (due to Hot Topic Overload Syndrome that plagues the boards on occasion.) The question was:


 


"Sincere question - why don't pro-life activists work to overturn death penalty laws and be less supportive of war? What's the difference between the unborn and the already living?"


 


Feel free to post any responses you like, but I would sure like it if it stayed friendly.


 


Warmly,


Kate


 






"Sincere question - why don't pro-life activists work to overturn death penalty laws and be less supportive of war?"


The first answer would be that a baby has committed no crime and has no "price" to pay. It is an innocent being that is a person in its own right.


The law of our land says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  The unborn have wrongly lost their rights and those in authority that contributed to that had no right to take that away from them. Therefore we will fight to have them returned. It is clearly murder of one's child to commit abortion.


A person on death row committed a crime that landed him/her there - that was the lawful price of his/her crime. It is well known that the price for committing certain crimes is death. They *chose* that for themselves. The unborn has no choice. I don't think they are comparable - innocent life to a person paying a clearly known price for his/her crime.


As far as war goes, I cannot think of a single person I know that supports "war" in and of itself. The killing of other persons in a war should be something that is the very last resort when all other avenues have failed and there is no option but to protect one's own land and people from enemy invaders. The last real declared war was WWII and what we have now is not a Constitutional war.


I can only answer for myself in that while I don't know if we should be where we are or not, we *are* there and we need to finish what needs to be done and get our men and women out and back to their families. War is grevious all around - to liberals and conservatives alike. It too is also a choice. We choose to go to war by those we elect, we choose to enter the service of the army, navy, air force, national guard, etc. with the knowledge that we may some day go to war. It is not the same for the unborn. I don't think you can equate war to abortion - I just do not think they are comparable.


"What's the difference between the unborn and the already living?"


In my book, there is none. That is why we strive to protect them.


Warmly,
Kate

Walking the Walk in Dark Times

My favorite fire-starter has posted a beautiful example of a life of true faith on his blog today.  It is a lengthy article, but a moving story and well worth your time. Here is a little to wet your appetite.



Herb and Ruth Clingen were career missionaries who retired in Southern California and spent the final years of their lives ministering alongside John MacArthur to the people of Grace Community Church.

During World War II, the Clingens were held prisoner in a civilian internment camp in Los Banõs, not far from Manila in the Philippines. It was a long and grueling ordeal.

Near the end of the war, as part of General MacArthur's successful campaign to liberate the Philippines from Japanese domination, the internees at Los Banõs were dramatically rescued in a dawn raid by American paratroopers. It was one of the most remarkable and heroic chapters of World War II history, but the raid on Los Banõs was neither well publicized nor widely noticed, even at the time, because it happened on the same day as the battle of Iwo Jima, and that event got all the headlines.


The rest of the story...


 






Thank you all for your responses below (and those of you who are still composing your "why" - I would love to hear them when you are done.) I loved the varied responses and the honesty in your statements. It is good to be among such wonderful people!


 


Warmly,


Kate