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Before we get to today's story I wanted to let everyone know
that I will be a guest on the show: Morning Blend on NBC channel 4
(TMJ Milwaukee) this coming Tuesday morning. The show airs live
from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. We will be talking about the new Chicken Soup
for the Father and Son Soul book, which I have three stories in, and in
general about being a father.
You can visit the show's web site at: http://www.themorningblend.com
Be praying that I will be able to share exactly what God wants me to
share and that it will be an encouragement to fathers out there.
From my family to yours,
Author, Michael T. Powers
P.S. If you live in the Milwaukee area and happen to see the show
this Tuesday, send me an e-mail and let me know what you thought!
P.S.S. If you live in the Milwaukee area and would be willing to tape
the show for us on your VCR, please email me at: HeartTouchers@aol.com
Our Son Came Home
By: Virginia M. Baty
The phone rang. It was Father's Day, and our youngest son, Dale, was
calling long distance to wish his dad a happy Father's Day! This would
be an unforgettable Father's Day. After chatting a while, he told us
that he had accepted Christ as his personal Savior only five days before.
Needless to say, we were thrilled beyond words, for we had prayed for
his salvation for 10 long years. There was little sleep that night as we
continued to praise God for His goodness to us in bringing Dale "home!"
Dale is our third son, the middle child of five, all born in the span of
five and one-half years. He was always a loving child and possibly
needed more attention than we were able to give him. However, we have
committed that to God, knowing that we did our best with His help. At a
very early age, we dedicated all of our children to God, realizing how
much we needed His guidance and strength to raise them for Him. They
were each taught Christian principles and we went to church as a family
from the beginning. They were involved in the activities of the church
from early childhood through most of their teen years. One of the
scriptures we have stood upon during these years is Isaiah 49:25, "I will
contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy
Our son began making wrong choices at an early age. There were, of
course, the usual childhood conflicts, but in his teen years he began to
drink alcoholic beverages and smoke marijuana. It was never done in
front of us, but he never lied about these things when confronted with
the evidence. We are grateful for this and felt that there was hope. By
the time Dale was in high school, things were nearly unbearable at times.
And I never went to sleep at night until he was home. We prayed
continually that God would keep him safe. He tells us stories of not
knowing how he got home many times and testifies that he was sure he
arrived home safely because we were praying for him.
There were times during those years that we were at the end of our
strength and understanding, but faith in God gave us courage to keep
going. We did impress upon Dale that he was only hurting himself, and
though we were crushed and disappointed in his actions, we would always
love him, and that God loved him too! He was admonished that if he got
into trouble that involved the police or jail, we could not or would not
bail him out. He would pay the consequences!
Dale drove a motorcycle and did spend one night in the city jail. He
was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, plus fleeing to
avoid arrest, and speeding. We did appear with him in court to show our
love and support, but the hardest thing we ever had to do was to leave
him in jail that day. He tells us now, it was good for him. Only God
knows why he didn't get into more trouble. We never gave up, knowing God
would answer prayer in His own time and for everyone's good.
Dale finished high school only because we insisted. I threatened to
walk him to every class, and I think he thought I would.
After graduation, he moved to an apartment with friends so that he would be
able to enjoy the life-style he had chosen without our rules. Shortly
after that, we felt God leading us to another town 200 miles away, and a
new job. We had to leave our son in God's hands! We knew we had done
all we could with our influence. We continued to pray and tried our best
to keep communication lines open. We began to pray that God would send
someone across his path that would have a real impact on his life and be
able to win him to Christ. John 6:44 became a refuge for us: "No man
can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him." That was
our only hope!
Following a series of circumstances, including my healing from cancer,
Dale indicated that he was "thinking" of becoming a Christian. We
answered his many questions and kept praying. That year, he was laid off
from work and having too much time on his hands, he decided to take
guitar lessons. As a boy he had sung in the City Boys' Choir and had a
beautiful voice. Of course, the devil taunted us with the idea that Dale
would get involved in a rock group, but we held on to God's promise and
During the next few months, his guitar teacher, who was also on drugs,
became a Christian and began to witness to Dale. Our son saw his
teacher's life changed and watched as God worked miracles to save his
marriage. Dale began to think of how rotten his own life was. He had a
lovely wife, a nice home, tow cars, money in the bank, but he was
At the same time, our second son, who lived in the same town and had
been praying and fasting for Dale, along with trying to spend extra time
with him. He was a big influence in the change that ultimately took
place in Dale's life. One night, on the way home from his brother's
home, Dale began to reflect on his past life and present condition. He
thought of his oldest brother, who had just taken his first pastoral
assignment, who never had much of this world'' goods throughout the years
of his college training, and yet, was always happy. By the time Dale
reached home, he went directly to his bedroom, knelt by his bed, and
asked God for forgiveness and was wonderfully saved! God delivered him
from all his bad habits. Dale is living proof that God does hear and
By Virginia M. Baty
A little bit about Virginia:
I am a free lance writer and live in Olathe, Kansas with my husband of 47
years, David. We have five grown children and 13 grandchildren. I have
been writing personal interest stories and poetry since 1983. My hobbies
are reading, walking, piano playing, and chrocheting.
Creation Q & A
Q: Are there vestigial organs?
A: Vestigial organs are often used as evidence to argue in favor of
Darwinian evolution. These organs are allegedly left over from our
ancestors but are no longer useful or needed. Evolution proponents
typically contend that such structures are best explained as remnants
of evolutionary history. Supposedly, the best explanation for these
non-functional traits is that they once served a purpose in our
ancestor but now no longer do.
In a recent article for New Scientist, Laura Spinney discusses five
vestigial organs in the human body and refers to them as "useless
relics of our evolutionary past." Five organs that humans no longer
need are provided to counter the claims of creationists who supposedly
deny that vestigial organs exist at all.
Before addressing the specific organs that are covered in her article, it
is necessary to clarify how creationists should view vestigial organs.
The classic definition of a vestigial organ is an organ or structure in an
organism that is not functional, but is derived from an ancestor that had
a use for that organ or structure. Creationists understand that there has
been degeneration and mutation since the Fall. We also expect that
there would be a significant loss of information for many genes. The
loss of genes for organs that do not significantly impact survival in a
negative way could be quite prevalent. Thus, for the creationist, there
should be no problem with an organ or structure in man that has lost
some functionality. However, another possibility is that we have just
not determined or understood the function properly yet.
Creationists do not deny that there are organs in man that have lost
some of their functionality. However, they do reject the notion that those
organs were inherited from a common ancestor with apes or other
animals. Evolutionists typically point to these presumed non-functioning
organs and insist that they are evidence that we evolved from a common
ancestor with more primitive organisms. Just because humans have
organs with reduced functionality does not really count as evidence
of common ancestry. This is perhaps because God created Adam and
Eve with those organs, but they have lost some functionality in their descendants.
To read a response to all five supposedly vestigial organs, including
goosebumps and the tailbone, see Setting the Record Straight on Vestigial Organs at:
Click on the Bible above or visit the web site listed below!
This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day.
This section also includes a rotating Question and Answer feature and a weekly
Creation Comic strip from the people at AnswersInGenesis.org.
Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will
help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"The strongest evidence of love is sacrifice."
Verse for the Day
"For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." --John 3:16
Kid's Thought For The Day
"Don't run away from home in the middle of a storm."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"A child is fed with milk and praise."
Coach's Thought For The Day
"If an unusual necessity forces us onward, a surprising thing occurs. The fatigue
gets worse up to a certain point, then, gradually or suddenly, it passes away
and we are fresher than before! We have evidently tapped a new level of
energy. There may be layer after layer of this experience, a third and a fourth wind.
We find amounts of ease and power that we never dreamed ourselves to own,
sources of strength habitually not taxed, because habitually we never push
through the obstruction of fatigue."--William James (1842 - 1910)
Psychologist and philosopher
Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day
"Modern Apes, for instance, seem to have sprung out of nowhere.
They have no yesterday, no fossil record. And the true origin of modern
humans - of upright, naked, tool-making big-brained humans - is, if we
are to be honest with ourselves, an equally mysterious matter."
-Dr. Lyall Watson, "The Water People," Science Digest, Vol. 90, May 1982, p. 44.
Writer's Thought For The Day
"Books are never finished they are merely abandoned." --Oscar Wilde
Deep Thought For The Day
"I got a job as a historian, but I realized there was no future in it."
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