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Terrible Swede the "Earthy" Lutheran Blog vs The Largest Filipino on Earth vs "The Fluffy"
Doctrinal differences are important to the Lutherans because at the root of every false doctrine is the devil, seeking to destroy the Gospel.

Thursday, March 24, 2005 AD

Hope deferred...

...makes the heart sick.

My wife and I have had our hopes on a certain set of apartments during this trial of two years of no full-time work. It was beautiful. Two bedroom. Full kitchen. Dishwasher. Smelled and looked nice. Deck. Possible garage. 900 square feet! More than twice our current apartment square footage of 400.

When we were declined because we made too much on our PART-TIME jobs, we were first confused, angry, and deeply saddened.

How much do I love...

...my wife?

Enough to do what no man should ever do: deliver Mary Kay items.

Ahh...true love.

Please pray for my wife...

... she's sick. Thank you.

Sunday, March 20, 2005 AD

Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, Nick

Happy 23rd! May our God grant you many more! When we're at Old Chicago, I'll buy you some beer. Until then, get some!

Palm Sunday

Hosanna!, Hosanna!, Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

Into Your hands I commit my spirit;
Redeem me, O Lord, the God of Truth
(Introit Antiphon)

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Verse)

The royal banners forward go;
The cross shows forth redemption's flow
Where He, by Whom our flesh was made,
Our ransom in His flesh has paid.
(Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, Lutheran Worship, 103)

Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our saviour Jesus Christ,
to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the
cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great
humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through
the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy
Spirit, now and forever.

Saturday, March 19, 2005 AD

SATURDAY IN THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT

“Be not Thou far from me, O Lord; O my Strength, hasten Thee to help me.Save me from the lion’s mouth: and deliver me from the horns of theunicorns. My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me? Why art Thou so farfrom helping Me?” (Psalm 21:19-22, 1 – the Introit for Palm Sunday)In the name of Jesus. Amen. The Introit for Palm Sunday reminds us thatthe One who rides into Jerusalem as King on Palm Sunday will be abandoned byeveryone on Good Friday. On Palm Sunday, He is their King. On GoodFriday, they say that they have no king but Caesar. The same crowd thatcalls out to Jesus, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” tomorrow, will in just afew more days yell, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”And what about His disciples? One of them betrays Him, one denies Him, andthe rest scatter when the Shepherd is struck. All of them abandon Jesus.On he Cross, Jesus will cry out this Psalm as God Himself abandons Him, “MyGod, my God, why have you forsaken me?”But you know why God forsook Him, don’t you? God forsook Jesus to save you.All your sins, all the reasons that God has to abandon you, were put uponHim. Jesus had no sins, but He took your sins upon Himself on the Cross,and He died for them. By His suffering and death, you are delivered fromdeath and suffering in hell.Sometimes, things may seem as though God has abandoned you. You may feelalone. You may feel that all your friends have abandoned you and betrayedyou.God cannot abandon you. He didn’t find something inside you that makes youun-abandon-able. Everything rests on the Cross of Christ! The Fatherforsook Jesus so that He would never ever forsake you. Jesus was abandonedso that God will never ever abandon you.Remember your Baptism. In Holy Baptism, God put His Name on you. Godcannot abandon you after He has abandoned His Son on the Cross. God cannotabandon you, you are Baptized! You bear the name of Christ, the Oneabandoned by God so that you would never be abandoned by Him. In the Nameof Jesus. Amen.“Almighty and everlasting God, who hast sent Thy Son, our Savior JesusChrist, to take upon Him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross thatall mankind should follow the example of His great humility, mercifullygrant that we may both follow the example of his patience and also be madepartakers of His resurrection; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, wholiveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, worldwithout end. Amen.” (the Collect for Palm Sunday)

from Higher Things "Reflections" written by Rev. George F. Borghardt III, Assistant Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Conroe, TX.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 AD

St. Patrick, bishop and missionary of Ireland

I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three

I bind this day to me forever,
By pow'r of faith,
Christ's incarnation,
His baptism in the Jordan River,
His cross of death for my salvation,
His bursting from the spiced tomb,
His riding up the heav'nly way,
His coming at the day of doom,
I bind unto myself today.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 AD

So what do Swedes do...

...when they get bored? Here's one activity. The next activity would be something bad with Dala horses. Bad.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005 AD

Pretty good on this quiz...

Barium
You scored 69 Mass, 27 Electronegativity, 34 Metal, and 20 Radioactivity!

Ahh, the isolationist. You might be in prison, or you might be living
alone out in the desert with only your guns to keep you company, but
you're certainly not mingling with society at large. You have little
desire for what society has to offer, but if someone comes for what you
have then there's going to be a rumble. Your best chance for happiness
will come after the dust settles and you and your opponent reawaken in
a field of devastation that has scoured all other life from the Earth
for miles around... if the opponent fought well, you can find happiness
in that mutual admiration.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 99% on Mass
You scored higher than 99% on Electroneg
You scored higher than 99% on Metal
You scored higher than 99% on Radioactivity
Link: The Which Chemical Element Am I Test written by effataigus on Ok Cupid

Monday, March 14, 2005 AD

Wild Boar...

...at Sceleratissimus Lutheranus (meaning “the most villainous Lutheran”) has a good series of posts on the Purpose Driven drivel. Part I. Part II. Part III. Part IV. And Part V.

Thanks to Dan the Geologist for the tip.

Sunday, March 13, 2005 AD

So the Master of Lutefisk...

...brings you more ways to invade the blogsphere. Feel free to peruse and leave comments on what you think. I give you these in order of creation:

Terrible Swede - the "Earthy" Lutheran Blog: my master piece blog.
Swedish Coffee - What the Terrible Swede drinks. It's actually where I would post longer maybe stronger things. Proceed with caution.
The Flying Dala Horse - The Terrible Swede takes a ride. Can't remember if the site still makes jet noises but my original intent was for this to be my aviaion-love site. Recently, I met one of the test pilots, Mr. Doug Shane, of Spaceship One. I'll post his picture and autograph there someday.
Purpose Driven Drinking - this a team blog of Lutherans with a common interest: beer. I still cannot believe I got that URL!
Ufda - is to Swedish as "Doh!" is to American. I want to capture some Swedish humor from my grandparents and parents.
The Swede Smell of Lutefisk - Where I hope to share some recipes of the swedish sort.
The Swedish Sled - A place I'd share my love for Toyota products, especially my Celica and Tacoma - I'm waiting for them to "officially" join the aviation world!
Darth Swede - Where I'd share my appreciation of the villians of Star Wars and I'd tell of my Star Wars collection that's in storage and in dire need of update.
Ronald R. Olson - my online resume. Check it out!
Finally, Here We Stand - I'm only a contributor (not the creator) and a bad one at it. But this place is deep on theology (Lutheran). A great place to learn!

Did you know that Higher Things...

...now has as a web forum? I encourage you to check it out. Pax!

Blogger's commenting system...

...has improved. You really ought to think about switching. They have gotten a lot better. Now they allow non-members to post. They will send you an email of the comments as well. There's pictures of the member Bloggers as well. You can have Blogger with a pop-up window. I may have to say good-bye to Haloscan - there's no limit to numbers of characters that I know of. And the blogger can delete the nasty comments too. The best part is it's free.

Saturday, March 12, 2005 AD

There, it's done...

...I've updated the blogroll. If I missed you, it was inadvertant. Just tell me in the comments. BTW, Blogger has allowed the option for anyone to post comments.

I've lost 15 pounds...

...just from increasing my activity: walking. I'm currently 260 lbs. Still the Largest Filipino on Earth though. Dan, I'm telling you, you've awaken The Beast within. Your kung fu may be strong now but wait, my friend. Watch & see.

Sometimes the best Lutherans are those non-craddle Lutherans...

...this is one of those times. Thanks to Josh, the Fearsome Pirate from Here We Stand summarizes it nicely:

Guess what it came down to? Believing what Scripture teaches instead of trying to rationalize away all the tensions.


Pax.

Thursday, March 10, 2005 AD

Dear Family & Friends,

Thank you for your prayers. I got the full-time job as a non-destructive aircraft technician with the wage I am happy with - they respected my education and experience (better than I started at Cessna by $5 as certified aircraft mechanic years ago.)

And they agreed to let me finish out the semester so I don't have to take my math classes over again.

Praise God! Thank you, again, for your prayer and thoughts!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005 AD

A prayer request...

...most of you know that I have been unemployed for two years this month. With that in mind, I share this:

Dear Family & Friends,

Once again, I ask for your prayer for another job interview.

I have an interview with the director of where I work part-time - this Thursday (10MAR2005) at 1000.

The lab will hold off hiring me full-time until mid-May. This was my request - I did not want to do my math classes over again or cut into the middle of my school semester.

I have approached Dr. XXXXX three times (over almost two years) and asked for full-time employment. Now he's asking me.

Here's the kicker: last week, FIVE (5 or V or the prime between 3 and 7), people quit in the lab. Why? It pretty boils down to management and pay. Dr. XXXXX didn't want to pay to keep them and XXXXXXX the Manager (the 23 yr old doctoral candidate is too inexperienced with aviation and people). Cessna and Boeing pay a lot better and have better management skills as well.

I also now have the advantage: I actually fulfill the position requirements for the technicians they seek (when I get my two Associate degrees this May), I have plenty of aircraft experience (this August will be 13 years!), and I have licenses from the FAA and FCC. None of the technicians they have (or had) fulfilled these requirements. Completing my bachelors (Christmas 2005?) - not a requirement for technicians - is just icing on the cake now.

Thank you.

Monday, March 07, 2005 AD

NPR will host RZA...

...tonight! This is the man that brought you the music of the best movie ever: Kill Bill!

Hell yeah!

Sunday, March 06, 2005 AD

So I got my annual culture...

...event early. I'm good for another year. I liked Rossini and Tchaichovski - you can't go wrong with pieces from them. I just didn't care that much for the Cello Concerto. It was gay. (Whatever happened to when there was a male performer, you'd see a female giving the flowers. Or vice versa, a female performer, recieves flowers from a male.) Any way, I just thought there was too much ad lib. And reminded me of my non-denominational charismatic days of "free music and worship."

Thanks to this man for the tickets.

My beer friend and best friend...

...Dan Sellers is doing his duty for our church. He's not much for bragging about himself, so I will brag for him. He will be one of four ushers for our church this month. He does a great job. He is the first person you'll encounter on your way to the communion rail. He will make sure that it doesn't get too crowded at the rail, so he may ask you to wait a moment until there's more space. He assists/collects with passing the offering plates.

He works for a geo-petroluem company in town (Wichita, KS). He works hard. He loves rocks. He will actually lick a rock in order to classify it. He has a degree in Geology. You might even call it a fetish! (I'm kidding Dan!) That's why we affectionately call him, Dan the Geologist.

He has introduced me to more beers than you could shake a stick at. He knows his beers. We go to beer fests together. He is also a co-author and co-administrator for The Purpose Driven Drinking Beer Blog started a few weeks ago. (I still can't believe I was able to get that blog address!)

He has a great sense of humor. He has the special gift to make you laugh. He is a jolly guy. He introduced me to Monty Python and his quirky movies many years ago when we met at the ULC. Matter of fact, he was the first student (and friend) I had met when I arrived at the ULC and Wichita even before I met Erica. He was one of the groomsmen in our wedding. He also loves bad kung fu movies. We like to watch them together with a good beer.

Basically, he's the type of friend you'd want in the trenches with you.

Dan, thank you for being my best friend and Lutheran brother. You've taught me a lot and just want to show my appreciation.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005 AD

My applications...

...to graduate from this place were approved yesterday. I'm so happy. I'll get an Associate of Science in Mathematics AND I'll get an Associate of Applied Science in Non-Destructive Testing. It's been a long two years.

Speaking of two years, this March two years ago, was when I received my final notice of being laid-off from Cessna Aircraft Co. I would never wish this for anyone, not even my enemies. Losing your job involuntarily sucks - big time. It "consummates" with your head to no end. My wife, family, good friends, our church and beer have helped me through this event.

Now, maybe things will improve, and if I'm able to I may be able to get my Bachelors of Science in Mathematics this Christmas from this place or this place. We'll see.

BTW, just to show you how nerdy I am, I may get something from the Community College of the Air Force in Avionics. :)