Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Life is good!

Hey everyone,
I know it seems like forever since my last blog, but life has been busy... but good too.

School update:
I passed Hebrew! Praise the Lord! And I decided to not immediately jump into Greek. So, I'll take it next fall. Hard to believe that I only have 2 years of school left. Where has the time gone?
This semester is a little easier, but challenging as well. Two of my favorite classes this fall are Encountering Cults and Current Issues in Evangelism: The New Age Movement. Very interesting stuff.

The professor of my Cults class, James Walker, is the president of Watchman Fellowship. It's a nondenominational organization that keeps track of practically every cult in existence. They have a lot of articles, videos and resources available if you want to know more about a specific cult or alternative religion. As in most classes, we have to do a major project, and I chose to do a weekly blog on an article or video that I've read/seen on the website, so feel free to check it out, if you'd like: Watchman Review.

Two weeks ago, during my Cults class, Prof. Walker had us watch this video (see below) about Jehovah's Witnesses (JW). Some of you may or may not know that one of the JW's beliefs is that they refuse blood transfusions. Paul Blizard and his wife are good friends of Prof. Walker, and this is a situation that happened when their baby girl got sick and would die without a blood transfusion.

Fortunately, the rest of the story is bittersweet.
Prof. Walker told us that the blood transfusion did save baby Jenny's life. While she was still recovering in the hospital, her parents were disfellowshiped (ie. considered dead) by the JW church, and were abandoned by all of their friends and family, who were also JWs.
While at the hospital with Jenny, some Christians from a local Baptist church had heard about the situation and came to visit the Blizards. They did not proselytize them or anything; they brought them meals and offered their service and friendship. The Blizards were dumbfounded. The JWs believe that any religion other than theirs is of the Devil. So, they were amazed that non-JWs were being so kind and loving while their own people were being so horrible. Through the friendship and love of the people at the church, both Mr. & Mrs. Blizard became born-again followers of Jesus. Ever since Jenny's birth, she had been struggling with a terrible illness, and she only lived to see her 3rd or 4th birthday. To this day, the Blizards are so grateful to God for saving Jenny and for sending the church to minister to them and lead them to the truth.