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Posted by Pete Tschantz on October 13, 2009

I was just reading this article on FoxNews.com, which I generally like or can at least tolerate. The piece is an interview with Richard Dawkins, an atheist author. While reading it, I came across this little nugget (emphasis mine):

“O’REILLY: Well, here’s the problem that I have with throwing in my lot with science. Science doesn’t advance the human condition in any moralistic way, and Jesus did. See, my thesis is that if everybody followed the teachings of Jesus Christ, that we’d have peace on earth, love your brother, everybody would love one another, and we’d almost be an idyllic civilization. Now, am I 100 percent sure that Jesus is God? No. But I choose to believe that, because the man was so extraordinary in what he did in his 33 years on earth, still resonates to this day. That, I think, is more powerful than your belief that, “Hey, some day we might figure it all out but, in the meantime, we’re not going to believe in any deity.”

I included the entire comment so that this wouldn’t be taken out of context in any way, and I included the link so you can read it yourself.

 

Now, I don’t usually have any use for Bill O’Reilly’s show. I tend to think of him as simply enjoying the spotlight, not having anything particularly insightful to say. However, his comment simply blew me away. He goes on to talk about his ‘belief system’. His comment doesn’t seem to indicate any belief to me. I’m really unsure why this little snippet of an interview was published, but all it really did was show that the atheist has a much stronger ‘belief system’ than Mr. O’Reilly does.

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trying to hear God

Posted by Pete Tschantz on October 8, 2009

‘I am not skilled to understand, What God has willed, what God has planned’

It’s always interesting when lyrics sum up what you are feeling. Not always great, but interesting. As a relatively new Christian, I’m trying very hard to pray regularly and I feel like I’m making a good start. The problem I have is knowing when God is speaking back to me. I’ll continue to read the scripture, that I might learn more. And I’ll continue to pray, because another line rings true as well.

‘I only know at His right hand, Stands one who is my Savior’

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Beginning – again

Posted by Pete Tschantz on September 23, 2009

First, a little bit about how I got here. I grew up going to church with my parents, was fairly active, and enjoyed it. I have been involved in churches on and off (mostly off) during my adult life, and was saved and baptized as a young adult. But for some reason, I had drifted away from God and the church.

This summer, my wife lost her oldest son at 26. This tragedy really made me think about my life, and how I was living it. I was not really happy with what that examination revealed to me about me. I knew something needed to change. Also, over the last few months, the Holy Spirit has really been calling me, but I was simply having trouble answering for some reason.

Last week, I was listening to a podcast by Greg Laurie, from Harvest.org and it really spoke to me. I’m not sure if I just needed to find that man speaking those words, or if my stubbornness was just finally overcome, but I was moved to pray for Christ to enter my life again, forgive my sins, and help me be the man I am supposed to be.

The feelings of peace and joy I have felt since are impossible to describe to someone who has not felt them.

I’m currently searching for a church home, having visited one with my friend (who has been a tremendous example to me) this past Sunday. My grandson, who is 3, came with me and also had a wonderful time. I was taking him home Sunday afternoon, and out of the blue he told me ‘Papa, I had fun going to church with you’. That has me thinking that perhaps this will be a short search, but I’ll visit again Sunday and continue to pray for guidance in this.

So, anyway that is where I am in this new beginning. I have no doubt it will be a wonderful ride.

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