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Wednesday, 29 December 2004
Radio Waves Goodbye -- For Now
The Internet/satellite radio show I had is off the air. There were some disagreements between the sponsors who brought me on and the broadcaster that resulted in a split. None of it had to do with the show hosts, just business. The broadcaster offered to continue the shows for a small price (small, indeed), but I looked at my shrinking budget and could not justify adding this to it so I declined.

Truth to tell, I was beginning to think I wasn't really cut out for hosting a regular broadcast anyway and was praying about it. It takes a certain kind of mind to be able to talk interestingly for an hour about varied subjects. I tend to be a one-trick-pony. The focal messages God has given me for my street ministry seem to be the things I talk about on the radio and it can be redundant. I do well as a guest, but as a host, I had to wonder.

However, I know God does nothing without purpose. Perhaps He is setting me up for something else.

In other news, Joshua returned from a preaching trip to Mindanau -- an area of the Phillipines that the US State Department says is too dangerous for US citizens. He spoke at a pastors' conference, then at many of their churches, about the dangers of following the US model of Christianity. Things went very well.

God spared our friends in Rameshwaram (an island off the coast of India which houses the second holiest Hindu temple). About a week before the recent tsunami, the government shut down the building work on a training center for Christian, native missionaries there. One of the local Christian prophets said the Lord was sending the angel of death to the island, so the brethren entered fervent prayer for God's mercy. The island was one of the only places NOT hit. After the tsunami, the government reopened the building work and asked those there if they would take refugees from the flooding. Now thousands who come will get assistance AND the gospel/

Posted by spinehog at 6:14 AM PST
Tuesday, 14 December 2004
Holidays and holy days
The holidays are in full swing with people running to and fro buying in a mad frenzy for what reason they know not. I thought I would provide a small reminder of some of the Christmas story downtown at Pioneer Place, an upscale shopping mall created inside a refurbished old, five-story department store in Portland.

I altered one of my dead baby pictures to read, "Happy Herod's Day: No Room in the Womb," stood with that outside the main entrance, and rang a bell. Occasionally I would wish people, "Merry Christmas -- and happy Herod's Day! Back then there was no room at the inn; today there is no room in the womb!" I reminded people that baby-killing was an integral part of the Christmas story with King Herod killing all the babes in Bethlehem.

Others who were playing music to raise money or preforming for the crowds made way once they saw the sign. Most people just hurried by.

I did have two, young, Black girls say, "Ew-w-w-w-w!" and begin asking questions. I showed them an actual-sized, 10-week abortion photo. One, looking at the picture, said, "I shouldn't have done that!" The other said, "NOW I can't do that," as she looked down and rubbed her belly. I told her, "No. Now you know better and whould have to stand before God if you did." My interpretation of those words is that it is possible that a baby's life may have been saved. They hung on to the small dead baby pictures and hurried off.

Posted by spinehog at 7:16 AM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 14 December 2004 7:24 AM PST
Thursday, 2 December 2004
Waiting Period
Since Jacob's funeral it seems that the Lord has suspended much of my activity. I have been kind of waiting for new orders. I have sensed this time coming on for several months, but now I am certain of it.

I tend to be a man of action, so waiting is hard for me. However, I don't want to start kindling my own fire.

I ask you for your parayers at this time. I don't know what God has in mind for future work, but these waiting periods often precede a change in direction or new ideas about how to work on the same issues. It is important that I get this right.

Posted by spinehog at 10:30 AM PST
Wednesday, 24 November 2004
Jacob's Final Rest
Monday we buried Jacob. He was laid to rest in a tiny casket on the same plot as his mother. I didn't think it would be hard on me, but it was. His death hit me more than most things. I don't usually get all outwardly emotional, but I really shed some tears over this one. Damn death!

Thank you all for your prayers.

Posted by spinehog at 5:40 AM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 24 November 2004 5:41 AM PST
Saturday, 13 November 2004
Jacob is Home
It is sad to say that Jacob died last night. He is Home with our Lord now, but I am grieved at how he was treated in his short time here. I am also heartend by how he was treated. There were people who loved him and showed it. They touched him and fed him and fought for him.

Please pray for his family.

Posted by spinehog at 8:04 AM PST
Monday, 8 November 2004
Some Victory for Jacob
There was to be yet another court hearing on Monday, November 8 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific. The Thanaphiles still wanted their way.

Praise God the hearing was cancelled. Better than that, the State has decided to back Daniel as the guardian when they had, before, wanted his decision overridden.

Later today the doctors finally realized that Jacob was able to breathe and will begin weaning him off the ventilator tomorrow AND they will begin giving him real food. Daniel's wife is nursing their baby and Jacob will begin to get some of that!

Thanks for praying and keep praying!

Posted by spinehog at 5:37 PM PST
Thursday, 4 November 2004
The Simple Things
Sometimes it is the simple things that are most significant. The other day, the nurses at Emanuel Hospital went to change bedding on Jacob and found he had urinated in his diaper. This was not supposed to happen. After all, dead babies don't urinate, right? Even for most preemies of his age, this is quite unusual.

Also, some people have seen Jacob open his eye.

Daniel and Anastasia are considering taking Jacob for treatment in a hyperbaric chamber -- a treatment that has gotten great results for stroke victims and many others. It would have to come out of their pocket -- $10,000 or so -- and would require a month down in California. Please pray that a way will be made.

Posted by spinehog at 7:33 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 4 November 2004 9:04 AM PST
Monday, 1 November 2004
Jacob Still Lives

Last night, I got a call to go and anoint Jacob with oil. I went with the usual trepidation, but first I called two friends to get prayer back-up. Both told me to "Speak life and health" to Jacob. I'm not a name-it-and-claim-it guy, but I do believe that there are times God instructs us on how to do that for which He has sent us. I did it. I did see some movement of Jacob's head.

Above is a picture I took while there. I used the "night" feature on my videocamera as there was very little light. That is why there is almost no color.

Thanks to Cat, who left a comment to the last post here that says she was getting a whole bunch of people praying.

Posted by spinehog at 5:13 PM PST
Updated: Monday, 1 November 2004 5:15 PM PST
Thursday, 28 October 2004
Jacob Update and More

Here is a picture of Jacob early on. You can see how big he is and how good his color is in this photo. Please save this on to your computer and print it out to help remember to pray for him. He has a long way to go -- being born three months early, and all.

Daniel and Anastasia have only just gotten the court to put them in charge of Jacob's medical care when the doctors called David for yet another "meeting" designed to make him change his mind about killing the baby. Daniel took my son-in-law, Teodor, along for moral support and told the Thanaphiles "No" yet again.

Yesterday was Danny's trial for Disorderly Conduct in Seaside from last Spring Break. The judge said he needed to review the First Amendment cases again before he could render an verdict. I suspect he is just itching to write an opinion like all the judges from the Big City get to do. More power to him. Most municipal judges don't give a fig about the constitution.

Posted by spinehog at 7:42 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, 8 November 2004 5:40 PM PST
Sunday, 24 October 2004
Jacob and the Killers
Over this last week, a deadly drama took place in my family. One of my sons-in-law had a sister who died. She was in a mental hospital at the time and she was pregnant. The doctors did a C-section on her and pulled the baby out -- but not until the baby had been without oxygen for a few minutes. As a result, this 3+ pound premature baby boy was put on a ventilator. Some of the doctors gave a bad prognosis and suggested that the baby not be fed -- "allowed to die" in their lingo, but DELIBERATELY KILLED in reality. The family said, "No." That done, the doctors still did not feed the baby. The State evidently claimed that since the mother was in their facility and under their supervision when the baby was born, that the baby was a ward of the State. The State was then in control of the baby's medical care. The State didn't want the baby fed. My son-in-law's brother and his wife stepped up and said they would adopt the baby, now named Jacob, and pay for the child's care. The State still would not relent. Eventually, a hearing was scheduled before a judge. The couple and an attorney (backed by a number of family members) showed up and the couple was given guardianship and decision-making authority. Jacob was saved from the designs of the Thanophiles.

Please pray for Jacob's physical recovery.

Posted by spinehog at 8:04 AM PDT

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