Friday, January 29, 2010

146: Who Needs God, Without Stress

Nehemiah 7
Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt. So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. - Nehemiah 7:4-5

Ok, what the hell bible dividing website? I have to read a one page section today. Some days in Chronicles I had to read like seven pages. I'm probably going to be reading the entire New Testament on day 365. Maybe I shouldn't have just randomly picked the first Google result.

To add insult to injury, over half of this page (aka section) is listing the Israelites that returned to Jerusalem (this sounds suspiciously like the same story from Ezra). And the other half of the page just leads up to them going back to Jerusalem. Bible fail.

My Bible on: Stress
If you don't know what this is go here or here.

Stress (stres) n.
a mentally or emotionally disruptive or disquieting influence.

Alternate Definition
that tightness in your stomach when it's test time-and you didn't study!

Mom and Dad fighting. Trying to squeeze in both school and a job. Having to stay home with your little brother when you want to be out with your friends. Getting up on time for school. Make a list of what stresses you out [Making lists stresses me out].

Check each source of stress. How can you avoid it? By planning ahead? By making a change in your priorities? Your lifestyle? Your relationship with a family member?

Or is the stress in your life caused by something out of control? [Sounds stressful]

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty... I can do everything through him who gives me strength." - Philippians 4:11-13

What would life be like if you had no stress? [great] Sounds pretty good sometimes, doesn't it? [Yes!] No challenges to meet. [Even better!] No tough choices. [Awesome!] No hassles. [Tell me how!] No need for God? [Wait. What? Moral: If you don't have stress you don't need God?]

Scott Roeder was found guilty yesterday, for the murder of Dr. George Tiller. Dr. Tiller was one of the only doctors in the country that provided late term abortions.

On the morning of May 31, 2009 Tiller was attending a church service. Even at the church, Tiller was wearing body armor, after being advised by the FBI that he was under threat from radical anti-abortionists. Roeder came to the church and shot Tiller at point blank range in the head.

His defense tried to get the charges taken down to voluntary manslaughter:
Mr. Roeder's lawyers had argued that their client's actions might better be described as "voluntary manslaughter," which Kansas law defines as using deadly force in the honest, even if unreasonable, belief that doing so is necessary to protect others from an imminent threat of unlawful violence.
Right, except for Tiller wasn't doing anything illegal, and "others" aren't defined as unborn babies in Kansas. The defense layer apparently went on to compare Roeder to Martin Luther King Jr. and call him a "hero". Is it heroic to kill people now?

The jury only took 40 minutes to make the right decision. Guilty.

(via The Wall Street Journal)
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