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October 22nd, 2009

COMPREHENSIBLE

This turned up this morning in my Google reader.   It was such a welcome change from the attitude that an inconvenient baby should be summarily dispatched at the abortuary that I was “suckered in.”  Mr. Roesler writes that people ask if he is looking for a hand-out, and is this a scam?  No, he is just an expectant father who loves his wife and is trying to make things work out.  And if you want to help, well, thanks.

I figured there were many less important things I could do with my ten bucks.  I did hesitate about sending my credit card number and opted to pay with PayPal.   Welcome, baby.

HELP US HAVE OUR BABY

My name is Peter Roesler and I am married with a 18 month old child. We are a single income family. My wife goes to school fulltime. My wife is 5 months pregnant and we do not have insurance for the pregnancy. We tried to get her coverage, but we were rejected because she had a baby shortly before. I really love my wife and my 18 month son Khi, but times are tough and I am not getting new work like I used to. I currently am working 70 hours a week trying to make money to pay for the new baby delivery $10,000 and a cheap $3,000 minivan. Our goal is to get $13,000 by Feb when the new baby is due. The reason for the minivan is because we currently share one truck, and it doesn’t have a cab. So we don’t have room for the new baby.



If you are inclined to help welcome a new baby into this world, here is the website.

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And when you welcome one of these children because of me, you welcome me. — Matthew 18:5

October 22nd, 2009

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN?

Yesterday I came across a letter to the editor that I wrote during President Carter’s administration.  It was never published as they said it was not in response to something in the newspaper, but, rather, evangelization.

So be it.  Today it is being published.

TO THE EDITOR:

I seem to be a confirmed writer of letters to the editor.  When issues are important to me, I want to make my views known, to stand up and be counted, and since I write better than I talk, I resort to letters.

It recently occurred to me that I have been silent on the most important issue of all.

We all know that President Carter and others claim to have been “born again,” but many people have only the vaguest idea of what that means.  Some folks think they are Christians because they have been born into a Christian family, or attend a Christian church, or believe that Christ was the son of God, crucified for the sins of mankind.  But a person is not really a Christian until he has personally, and I mean personally, committed his life to following Christ’s teachings, until he makes the decision that he is going to try to do God’s will.  Then he becomes “another Christ,” is “born again” (John 3:5) as a child of God, and can call God “Father.”

Time is measured forwards and backwards, A.D. and B.C., from the time of Christ.  An extraordinary star shone at his birth, the earth quaked at his death.  His Word is the all-time best-seller.  The shroud of Turin seems to be a modern-day testament to his resurrection.  To this day people are living and dying for what he taught.  Miracles continue to be worked in his name.  His message of love touches all hearts, especially at Christmas-time.

What manner of man was this?  He claimed to be God.  He said, “The Father and I are one.”  Was he a liar, lunatic, or truly what he said?

If Jesus Christ is truly God, I think the single most important decision a human being can make is to listen and to follow, to be born again.  Christ’s life and death require some kind of response on our part.  Who do you say that he is?

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Nicodemus said said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the  Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  – John 3:4-5

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