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The reason that we celebrate Christmas December 23, 2009

Filed under: music,Uncategorized — Christina Lynn Hildebrand @ 3:27 PM
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The Birth of Jesus

1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord.12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Love Has Come by Amy Grant

Since the words are a bit inaudible, I am posting the lyrics for you.
Hurry now wake up your eyes,
Time for little ones to see.
Daddy’s got a big surprise
Hiding there beneath the Christmas tree.
How they are like the child in me!
See the wonder in their eyes,
Like a fairytale come true.
One more time I realize
All the love our lives found in You.

Love has come
For the world to know,
As the wisemen knew
Such a long time ago.
And I believe that angels sang
That hope had begun,
When the God of Glory,
Who is full of mercy,
Sent His Son.

If I could have a special dream
Coming true on Christmas morn’,
I would want the world to see
How His Father smiled when Christ was born.
The greatest gift the world has known!
So come on kids, look high and low
For all the toys you’ve dreamed to find,
But I believe you’ll never know
A greater joy than Jesus’ love inside.

(You gotta know!)
(Know!)
Love has come
For the world to know,
As the wisemen knew
Such a long time ago.
And I believe that angels sang
That hope had begun,
When the God of Glory,
Who is full of mercy,
Yes, the God of Glory,
Sent His Son.

(Don’t you know that)
Love has come
For the world to know, (know)
As the wisemen knew
Such a long time ago.
And I believe that angels sang
That hope had begun,
When the God of Glory,
Who is full of mercy,
Yes, the God of Glory,
Sent His Son.

Love has come
For the world to know,
As the wisemen knew
Such a long time ago.
And I believe that angels sang
That hope had begun,
When the God of Glory,
Who is full of mercy,
Yes, the God of Glory,
Sent His Son.

(Don’t you know)
Love has come
For the world to know,
As the wisemen knew
Such a long time ago.
And I believe that angels sang
That hope had begun,
When the God of Glory,
Who is full of mercy,
Yes, the God of Glory,
Sent His Son.

(I can see that)
Love has come
For the world to know,
As the wisemen knew
Such a long time ago.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
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Happy Festivus!

Alas, another year has come to pass and once again we as a nation are brought to this day, 23 of December, better known to all Seinfeld fans (like myself) as “Festivus.”

If you are not familiar with the holiday of Festivus, the holiday has a rich history that starts with a man, Frank Costanza, who explains here in this video how festivus came to pass:

Instead of using a Christmas tree, it is required that you use an aluminum pole so that participants won’t be distracted by the tinsel.

“The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances.”

With that said, it is now time for 2009’s Airing of Grievances!

  • Ex boyfriend: Things were going just fine between us and then you had to break it off just days before one night in heaven event, my birthday, and valentines day. You suck!
  • Facebook and whoever posted U2 concert photos on that site: You became an addiction for me. I had to rid myself of you because frankly I do not care about who posted U2 concert photos. Furthermore, I do not care that the rich church-fakery-playboy named Matt Ferstler went to the U2 concert and was in that little circle. He probably paid off the band or his rich daddy did! Thanks for rubbing it in of what I don’t have and what some don’t deserve!
  • People who leave me out of things such as invites, parties, etc: I may understand if we are not close, but I frankly don’t need to know about your dumb party all over facebook. Thank you for not inviting me, you suck!
  • The band “Heart” a.k.a “Ann and Nancy Wilson:” In 2008, you put on a rockin’ show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion with Journey and Cheap Trick. The air was hot (as it is in Houston when it is summertime) but the concert was cheap for lawn seats – $29.oo for me and my friend Caitlyn to go. In 2009 you come back to Houston, TX to the Htown Arena Theater with just the band and no other acts like Journey or Cheap Trick and you jack up the ticket prices to a whopping $65!  So guess who could not go to your concert? Two great fans of yours named Christina (me) and Caitlyn! Thanks! Other than that your music still rocks!
  • Jon and Kate Gosselin (of the tv show “Jon and Kate Plus 8): Kate you must change your attitude! You are mean on that show and mega-harsh!
  • The “De-friend” option on facebook: Oh how I love to know that people I thought were my friend were, well, not!
  • Healthcare public option: There is a reason that people come from all over the world for healthcare. Yes, systems have flaws and our private healthcare is no different; but getting the government involved will not solve any issues, but will make things worse. Just look at how other countries are having troubles with public healthcare, therefore their citizens are coming to the USA.

Now all of you must try to wrestle. Don’t knock yourselves over.

 

Captain EO returns, but does that mean that other classic rides will follow soon?

Disney announced that, after 23 years of being absent, Captain Eo, starring the late Michael Jackson, will be returning to Disneyland for a limited engagement in February 2010.

However, does this mean that other classic rides will follow suit and re-emerge? Will we see a reboot of such classics as Cranium CommandMission To MarsThe Timekeeper, or ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter?

cranium command

Cranium Command was an attraction at Epcot that ran from October 19, 1989 through January 4, 2004. The ride starred Jon Lovitz, George Wendt, Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey as various parts of the body.

Alien Encounter opened in June 1995 and closed in 2003. It was a much darker-toned Disney attraction due to the ride's intensity and carried a warning to parents of potential riders.

It would be nice to see these great rides and experiences return

Mission to Mars, an attraction sponsored by Mcdonnell Douglas, opened in 1975 at both Disneyland and Disneyworld. Since the inception of Disneyworld, the attractions that have been housed at the pavillion that housed "Mission To Mars" have been entirely devoted to space exploration.

because it would bring them to a new generation of children and adults alike. However, it must be done right because some of the technology is rather dated.

The Timekeeper opened in France in 1992 but finally came to the US in November 1994. It was one of the few attractions that had to be altered after the events of September 11, 2001 due to images of the World Trade Center in the film. The ride closed in April 2006.

However, some of these rides would be a welcome return, but they must not replace some of the more newer, sophisticated rides such as Mission: Space.

 

Captain EO to launch once again at Disneyland December 22, 2009

Captain EO

Captain EO, starring the late Michael Jackson, originally ran for over 10 years at Disneyland. All incarnations of the ride closed in 1998

LOS ANGELES – “Captain EO” will once again return to Disneyland in February 2010. The theme park said last week that plans have been enacted to bring back the 3-D film starring the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The 17-minute film starred the late King of Pop as a song-and-dance intergalactic space captain. The film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola with George Lucas serving as executive producer.

In the film, Jackson leads a rag-tag team consisting of an alien and a robot as they battle the evil queen played by a nearly-unrecognizable Anjelica Huston. “Captain EO” originally debuted in 1986 at Disneyland’s Tommorrowland in  and ran for more than a decade. Identical versions later opened at other Disney theme parks. They were all closed by 1998.

Jackson died June 25 at age 50.

Associated Press

 

“If we do not study history, we are doomed to repeat it” December 19, 2009

Imagine a world where……..

  • all of New York is crawling in fear.

    Here, the New York skyline shows off its marvel of architecture, the World Trade Center

  • you are notified via a PA system at a place called “The Happiest Place On Earth” that ” due to circumstances beyond our control, the Magic Kingdom is now closed. Please follow the direction of the nearest Cast Member.” However, there is not an impending hurricane.
  • the FAA grounds all outgoing and incoming airplanes.
  • thousands of people lose their lives by just going to work or leaving on a jet plane in Manhattan, Shanksville, PA, and Washington DC.

Unfortunately, this day did occur 8 years and 3 months ago, September 11, 2001; in New York City,The Pentagon in Washington D.C., and a field in Shanksville, PA when the World Trade Center

September 11, 2001

However, the twin towers ceased to exist as of September 11, 2001, which launced the United States into what has become known as the War on Terror.

and the Pentagon were hit by commercial airliners in an attempt by the Taliban and Osama Bin Ladin to bring America to her knees and cry. This birthed the post 9-11 world, the world that we currently reside in. The plane that crashed in Shanksville, PA was headed for the White House.

Once again, we have entered a pre-9/11 mindset. President Barack Obama has decided to shut down Gitmo and house the prisoners in Thomson, Ill. Also, a decision has been made by the Obama administration to try those accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks in New York City which, in essence, gives them rights equivalent to a criminal in the US. To top it all off, the attacks at Ft. Hood have gone unavenged.

If the Obama administration keeps this up, they will put us on the fast-track to another terrrorist attack. Former President Bill Clinton did nothing to retaliate against those who lost their lives on October 12, 2000 when the USS Cole was attacked by Taliban suicide bombers. Clinton also did nothing about the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya.

If we do nothing to evoke a harsher stance towards terrorism and keep the course in Afghanistan, we will indeed face another tragic day like September 11, 2001.

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September 11, 2001 – the defining moment of the decade December 18, 2009

As the decade comes to a close in a few days, there will be only one thing that truly defines the decade: the fatefule events of September 11, 2001.

Her is my recount of where I was and what I was doing on that fateful day in September.

But first, let me give you a history of that whole year so that you can understand the change of the mindset of everyone, including myself.

The summer of 2001 was a rather interesting one due to the fact that I went on a mission trip for the first time as a Christian entitled “Houston 2001.” (Now known as “The Houston Project.”) I did it with the youth group that I was in at the time.

I was also about to enter highschool. I was slated to attend a local private highschool in my hometown: Houston, TX. The week that school started was a rather innocuous one – very innoccent. The entire class went on a retreat and we played a game called “Romans and Christians” – a Christian version of the classic game of chase.

A few weeks before, I remember my father and I were looking for camera equipment and we stopped by the local AudioVideo Plus store on Richmond ave (now an adult megaplexx place, ick!) and we just looked around the video store and the old videos. It was a rainy, but sunny day in Houston.

Then 9/11 happened a few days later. I went to class as usual and, according to the timeline of events (Houston is on central time), I was in World History Class because classes started at 7:45 am. But nobody told us about the event at first. The next class I had was a typing class and another fellow classmate, a boy, came into the class and exclaimed to the teacher that 3 planes had crashed. Knowing this boy to be obnoxious, I ignored him and thought that this sorta thing, plane crashes, happen everyday.

But little did I know that what I was about to hear in the announcements period on that Tuesday was a very life-altering event for everyone. The next period I went to announcements and sat down next to my friend, Brittan Braddock, and the principle, a native new yorker himself, made the shocking announcement that the world trade center had been hit as well as the pentagon by muslim extremists.

The whole room went into a state of disbelief and questioning. The next class period, women’s chorus, was no exception either because the teacher stayed silent in regards to helping us understand what happened in New York.

The rest of the day was filled with lots of talk about what happened, along with the two types of Islam. They even had televisions out broadcasting the news. Everything that day was cancelled. I remember that I was a little glad that handbell practice was cancelled because I was starting to not like handbells. So I was picked up by my father and left the school.

When my father picked me up, he told me that there was a call from the church that we attended saying that the wednesday youth group meeting was going to be cancelled and that there was going to be a church (or citywide since this particular church is a megachurch – not like Joel Osteen’s Lakewood.) prayer meeting. It was pretty crowded.

Friday, I went to my first highschool football game. It was a time of fun, yet still remembering what happened.

Sunday was a rather busy day. I had to go to two separate churches, a local lutheran church to sing and then Houston’s First Baptist because I wanted to go to my home church. At the lutheran church, we sang Great is the Lord by Michael W. Smith and Lord of All by First Call. It was such short notice that we didn’t change our performance and, like the rest of the congregation, we were in equal shock and disbelief. By the time I got to First, it was a pretty packed congregation. The day was a rather big blur but I do remember confiding in my friend Shannon and telling her that I did want to cry. She told me it was okay to do so.

The following week I went to see the Avalon “Oxygen tour” at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion. I and my friend were late to the concert, but we made it just in the nick of time for Avalon to take the stage with their then-upcoming single Wonder Why. Many things suprised me that night. For starters, neither I, my father (who was also in attendance), nor my friend were searched in any way. I was also suprised that Avalon did not show any footage or even mention the terrible events that had happened in the US during the song Picture Perfect World. Instead, during that song, they showed a video montage of the band doing work with Compassion International. I personally thought that this gesture was a little conceited and selfish – like they were giving glory to themselves and not Jesus.

However, looking back, they were playing to an audience filled with families and maybe those families were looking to escape, but at least maybe one of the members, such as Janna Long or now-former member Cheri (who is from Rhode Island – nearby), could have said something like “Tonight as we sing this song [Picture Perfect World] our hearts, minds and prayers are with those that are suffering tonight in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, PA.” Other than that, it was a good concert. I still have (and wear) my Oxygen Tour tshirt.

Other than that, the year was a normal one for me. I had a good Christmas – I got my very first bass guitar that year as a gift along with a new Out of the Grey cd. I experienced my first real crush on a boy named Owen – a senior no less!

A year and 4 months later, I got to visit Ground Zero on a choir tour of New York. It was a very moving experience being at that site, as well as a sad one. We all cried when we spontaneously sang Ein So Lord Jesus Quickly Come and another song called Sanctuary. Everybody cried while at that site.

 

transcripted interview with Christine Kasper of Houston Coalition for life December 10, 2009

Filed under: abortion,controversial stuff — Christina Lynn Hildebrand @ 12:11 AM
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Here lies the audio interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsz12B4OINE

We were able to catch up with Christine Casper of Houston Coalition for life and we asked about what exactly happens to a woman mentally when they get an abortion procedure and what does she have to gain or lose during this procedure.

CHRISTINE KASPER: “I would say that during the actual procedure, many of the women, begin to realize the reality of what they’ve done. A lot of them are thinking of the problem and are trying to find solutions to that problem. During and immediately after the procedure a lot of women experience the loss and the emptiness of their wounds and so, at that time, I think it starts to actually sink in as to what has actually occurred.”

We also talked about the views of the church – more specifically, the Catholic Church and their views on the abortion procedure. This is what she had to say.

CHRISTINE: “I know I can speak for the teachings of the Catholic church and that is that all human life is sacred from the moment it’s conceived until natural death; and so we have to do our utmost to respect each life and to protect each life. Abortion would never be allowed in any circumstance because it is the taking of an innocent unborn human being. Of course, we have to mention too that, if and when a woman does commit an abortion that there is healing and open-arms welcoming her back because Christ offers healing no matter what we have done wrong. The Catholic Church wants to welcome those women back on to be able to accept that forgiveness and be welcomed back into the church. Abortion is considered a very serious sin, and, by doing something of that nature you are actually separating yourself from God and from the church. So you have to be reconciled with him in order to come back.”

There are also many spiritual repercussions that a woman can go through if she has an abortion procedure, which is another thing that Christine and I talked about. However, there is healing for those that get that along with the healing that the woman goes through after the abortion. More specifically, the aspects of healing, both spiritual and mental.

CHRISTINE: The pamphlet entitled “Women hurt” goes through kind of the steps of the healing process and, specifically, the 3rd step that the refer to is forgiveness from God. So typically what happens is that, what a woman will go through is a lot of feelings of guilt and shame, even staying away from church and anything having to do with God and Jesus because basically they feel that shameness. They feel that they are not welcome anymore and they think “how can God forgive me when I have done something like this. One of the important steps in the healing process is asking God for forgiveness and accepting that forgiveness. That is what is said here [in the pamphlet] that came, as a surprise is that 98% of women who are counseled after their abortion were not churched. They needed to experience divine forgiveness. They didn’t realize that they needed to experience that. Along with Alcoholics Anonymous, this is a psychological problem that, in almost every case, can only be solved by divine forgiveness. In other words, a woman who goes through with an abortion procedure; the only way that she can truly heal from this procedure is to ask God for forgiveness…”

One rather silent group that suffers from abortions is men. We took a look at how men are affected by abortions both mentally and spiritually.

CHRISTINE: “well there are certainly differences between ways that men and women grieve about the loss of their child. A lot of the symptoms that they might go through are similar. Some of the typical post-abortion syndrome symptoms for men and women could be anxiety attacks, irritability, outbursts of anger, aggressive behavior, difficulty concentrating, sleeping disorders and the list goes on and on of different situations that they could go through. Drug and alcohol abuse, suicidal thoughts, self-destructive tendencies, problems maintaining relationships. There’s all these sort of consequences that men and women [who goes through with this procedure] could experience. I think that sometimes men might carry the burden that they did not protect their woman, that they are responsible for the death of their child. A lot of times, I know in certain situations that I have talked to, men who wanted to keep their child but had no choice. Basically they were in states of anger because they couldn’t stop it and they wanted it – they missed their child. They recognize that that was their baby and they don’t want to abort their baby. So there’s a wide variety of a thing that they could do or respond upon – things they think upon: “did they want this abortion? “Did they not want this abortion to happen? It’s very difficult for the fathers as well as the mothers.”

That’s all we have for today folks. Thank you for joining our show.