Saturday, March 29, 2008

Is There not a Cause?

2005-12-03 Ron Paul spoke at JBS Anniv. Dinner in Sacramento

2008-01-19 Heading for Sacramento
2007-12-01 Lance, Robert Stennes, Victor
Birch 49th Anniv. Dinner in Sacramento

2007-12-21 Sign Making

Glen Rider, veteran Bircher, Editorialist,
Republican Central Committee King's County

2008-01-19 Dinah, Melody with flag

2008-01-19 Joe & Yolanda Silva

2008-01-19 Luke & Papa

2008-01-19 Brandon & Crystal Dilly
2008-01-12 Melody, Joanna, Erika, Christine, Dinah

2008-02-23 Jodavid, Dad, Lance

Chuck Baldwin

Here is a link to a great article:

We Desperately Need The "Confessing Church"

by Chuck Baldwin, an absolute must read.

Also a political satire:

Let's Hear It For The GOP!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Easter Sunday

Let nothing be done out of selfish ambition, or vain conceit.

But in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others as better than himself.

Rom. 12

Create in me a clean heart, Oh God,

And renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence, Oh Lord,

And take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation

And renew a right spirit within me

Melody, Regina, Esther, Dinah & April

Oh Lord, our Lord, How majestic is your name in all the earth!

Blessed is the man, who fears the Lord,

Who delights greatly in his commandments…

His descendants will be mighty on the earth.
The generation of the upright will be blessed.

Papa and Jodavid

Pastor Campbell preached on Luke 24: Rome could not hold back the Resurrection.

The Jews came to Pilate saying, "Now that deceiver said that he would die and rise again on the third day. His disciples will steal away the body and say He has risen from the dead. Now the last deception will be worse than the first."

Pilate told them, "You have a guard, go and make it as secure as you know how." The Jews set a guard of 16 men, setting a Roman seal on the mouth of the tomb.

The third day an Angel came, rolled back the stone breaking the seal. Jesus the Christ rose from the dead. The guards “shook and became like dead men.” The penalty for breaking a Roman seal is death, and only a person designated by Rome could legally break the seal.

Who appointed the angel? God did. He commands kings to “Kiss the Son.” Psalm 2 And he laughs at their plots to break His law.

Render to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and to God the things which are God’s. God “broke” man’s law. Man proposes God disposes.

Two little sweethearts:



~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Forty-one gathered at Uncle Stephen & Aunt Lenora’s:

Carter with his wonderful (step) Great-Grandma Lenora

Uncle Stephen, Carter’s Great-Grandpa

Rowdy, a calm dog

Auntie Fama

Cousins: Destiny, Heather & Rebecca

Uncle David...

and Aunt Sharron, “These are for Alec.”

Men’s Forum:

Lance, Hank, Uncle Sam, Scott, Victor

My sapient bro, Lance
Grandma Stoops, Auntie Ruth, Carter and his Great Aunt Tara

Cousin Hank, snapping surprise photos

Alic & Tina remarried

Great is our God, and greatly to be praised!


of Carter

Alicia Jean, mother of Carter, wife of Scott

You can’t keep Dinah away from babies!

She has her third cousin Carter, Scott & AJ’s baby.

Papa, using his minutes

Dinahmite getting us home.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,

He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life

to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Rom. 8:11

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

On the Eve of Easter…

Regina took pictures of everyone’s activities.

We forgot to snap one of her lacquering dormers.

Helping Mom with taxes

Dad and Lance

looking for the queen…

There she is!

Taking a little break from beekeeping,

Dinah took notes from James Nickel at the

2002 West Coast Worldview Conference.

James Nichols said, “I’m going to give you a ride through history that will beat any ride in Six Flags.” And he did! Here’s a sample of Dinah’s notes:

The puritans believed that vocational callings outside the ecclesiastical concerns were equally high of a calling. The monks believed that what they were doing was the highest calling, what another not in the monastery was not as high of a calling.

Hospitals are a Christian invention. Hospital comes from hospitality. The scripture commands us to be hospitable to strangers. That formed the foundation for Christians, throughout the ages to take care of their needs both physically and spiritually.

Scientist, Johannes Keppler wrote psalms of praise to God between doing mathematical equations. He saw that his mathematics was describing the harmony of the universe and that harmony reflected the glory of God, the creator of all things.

Chemist, Robert Boyle, famous for the gas laws, in his last will and testament said,” We wish the Royal society a happy success in their laudable attempts to discover the nature of the works of God in prayer that they and all other searchers in the physical truths may cordially refer their attainments to the glory of The Great Author of nature and to the comfort of mankind.”

Decadence preceded the fall of Rome: Near the fall of Rome, infanticide was common. Unwanted infants were exposed on the mountaintops for the wolves to ravage. There were no medical facilities for the poor, no orphanages. Human slavery was the foundation of that culture. Inventions were spurned because they relieved the labor of the slaves. After the fall of the Roman Empire, mass slavery disappeared in Christian Europe that rebuilt civilization. Rome had public human sacrifices, for religious and political purposes. A woman was required to strip off her clothes before the court would judge her case. Rome was also a welfare state. Taxes were high. Apathy reigned; the will to survive was gone; and there was no hope for the future.

Jodavid mowing with his latest pet, "Power Props,"
who's trying to take the opportunity to escapeJ.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Gun School with Mr. Szczerbiak

We thoroughly enjoyed a 3-day Defensive Hand Gun class on March 6th-8th by an excellent Instructor from Frontsite, a gun school located in Nevada.
Regina went though our attic and found a few pairs of jeans and also loaned me her .45 for the class. Upon arrival, we put on our belts, magazines & pieces (.45’s/sidearms) and then put strips of duck tape with our names on back of our hats. We all sat down under the shade of the tent and listened to the first lecture, which included the four gun rules:

1. All Guns are (treated as) always loaded.

    2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.

    3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sites are on target and you are ready to shoot.

    4. Be sure of your target and beyond.

    "Line set, ready, (whistle)” --Magic

    Our top notch Polish born instructor, Maciej Szczerbiak, was about 6’ 4” tall. He was nicknamed Magic and had served in law enforcement in Europe and trained SWAT teams in Nevada. Once, Magic did a 1-second prone position with his Glock, a friend asked him to and the next instant he was on the ground in a prone position and ready to shoot.

On the firing line

Our assistant instructor, Luke, helped me get my Weaver stance perfect and clear the type 3 malfunctions.

Magic taught us the kneeling position so if we see a threat behind us we can immediately reverse and face him. Another thing was the wounded hand drill; if my shooting hand was wounded I would turn 90 degrees to the left and then tuck the right hand in and shoot with the left. Surprisingly, I shot better with my left (support hand) than I did with both. J

After the class was over for the day, Magic showed us some maneuvers with our tactical lights.

The second day we practiced clearing malfunctions. That night Magic gave a lecture about the color code of mental awareness:

Dinah Joyce & I

1. White (unaware, oblivious)

2. Yellow (on the alert)

3. Red (the making of a plan)

4. Orange (determining on a plan)

5. Black (the plan being put into effect)

Jodavid & I

On the third day of the class we again practiced setting up & clearing malfunctions, hostage taker scenarios, and going faster presenting and shooting. One of the neat scenarios was if you are at arms length of your opponent and it is a dedicated opponent (as at Virginia Tech) instead of going all the way out, you would stop the sidearm at your waist, aim and shoot, if necessary.

Daddy & Mommy

Early in the evening there was the shoot-off. We were paired up. The first (and last) person I went against was Dinah! My heart sank because she is the best shot in our family. It took me two shots to bring down my target, and Dinah only one shot. She went on to compete against Victor, later on Daddy, and beat each one!

Dinah at the target

We then enjoyed a delicious dinner, after which Magic gave two lectures, one on “slicing the pie” which means safely turning a corner or coming through a doorway, the other on good tactical flashlights and how to use them. We then went back to the range for the night shoot. After about half an hour of shooting Magic and Luke went up to the Fun House and set up a scenario.

When my turn came, Magic took my .45 and handed me a simunition gun. On the right, there was a jeep and on the other side of the jeep there is about 5 ft. plus a door way ahead and then one perpendicular to it. So how on earth are you to clear all three? Magic took the role of a nervous wreck talking very fast and excitedly about how BIG this guy is and how certain that he went through that doorway. I went inside “slicing the pie” just right to go through the door and Ow! the “bad guy” was hiding behind the front-right tire. While I cleared the door just right he shot! (eeegg!!) J

I went back to the front of the barn while Luke snuck inside the doorway. Magic said “never go past someplace you haven’t cleared,” then, “Lets go get ’em!” I came back to the right place and sliced the pie. Luke came out on his knees crying pitifully that he had not had food for weeks. This was training us to only shoot when someone is armed and needs to be stopped.

My piano teacher, Miss Joyce. Shooting was not her piece of cake, but she persevered.

I can still hear Magic saying: “Any Questions? OK, First relay: eyes, ears, ammunition 5 meters.” Or “Head!” and “Take to your Nikes!” J

One important thing is that the gun is to be used defensively. We shoot to stop, not kill. If they won’t stop, it may become a necessity to use deadly force to prevent the death of innocent people. Some people think that killing is murder, period. But each of the Ten Commandment negatives have positives and vise-versa. For instance the positive of “Thou shalt not murder” is, “Thou shall preserve life.” If at Virginia Tech, a student had been armed and shot the murderer, most of those innocent lives that died could have been saved.

Victor & I patching ’em up

Here is the first stanza of King Alfred’s War song based on Psalm 18,
also known as the Warriors Psalm:

“When the enemy comes in a’roaring like a flood

Coveting the kingdom and hungering for blood

The Lord will raise a standard up and lead his people on

The Lord of Hosts will go before defeating every foe,

defeating every foe, for the Lord is our defense,

Jesus defend us, for the Lord is our defense

Jesu defend…”