The Case for Christ — one Man’s Journey to Find the Truth

The movie is compelling on so many levels. It was refreshing to see a journalist actually dig for a story and admit when he makes a mistake! The story is about Lee Strobel and his efforts to research and debunk the ‘myth’ of Christianity and faith. He is a writer and a seeker of truth from beginning to end.

 

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13

If you are paying attention you can almost see the hound of heaven pounding on the door of his heart.  You can see the prayers of his wife materialize on the screen.  You can feel the agony of a man’s journey to find the truth even when it defies all he has built his life around.

Don’t miss this movie when it is in your area.  You and your entire family will enjoy and probably learn something too.  Did I mention there is a subplot that is as compelling as the main story.  It revolves around a court case and a media story that causes his conviction wrongfully.  I wonder how many of us would have had the courage to admit we were wrong and correct the matter?

Here is the website about the movie.

If you stay for the credits you will find out what happened to each of the main characters and even the children.  If you want to read the book, it is available on Amazon.  Click here for more info or to order online.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them: The Case for Christ — one Man’s Journey to Find the Truth

It’s Official! Senator Nathan Dahm is running for US Congress – District 1 in Oklahoma

 
Nathan Dahm Announces Run for Congress
May 5, 2017
Broken Arrow— Senator Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) today announced his candidacy for Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. Surrounded by over 100 supporters, Dahm said he has a passion to serve God by serving other people, and believes running for Congress is his next step in that service.
“Over the past few years, we’ve gone on many journeys together, and today, I’m asking you to join me on a new journey,” said Dahm. “I have fought tirelessly to defend our Constitutional rights and worked to implement long term vision to make our state better for the upcoming generations.”
Oklahoma’s First Congressional District will be vacated by current Congressman Jim Bridenstine in 2018. If elected to Congress, Dahm said he wants to focus on free market principles as well as openness, transparency, and accountability in government, which allow the opportunity for success.
“When government is limited, we thrive,” added Dahm. “I will do all I can to limit government, and require it to be more efficient, less wasteful, and less intrusive in people’s lives and in their wallets. I will continually fight to uphold the oath I have sworn to defend the Constitution, to protect our God-given rights, and to restore the balance of powers between the states and the federal government for limited government operating under the principles of our Republic. I look forward to serving the people of this district as a guardian to protect their rights from all those who would infringe on our rights.”
Dahm was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2012 and makes his home in Broken Arrow.
Learn more about Nathan Dahm by visiting www.NathanDahm.com.
Press Release here: 050517__Nathan Dahm Announces Run for Congress (pdf downloadable)
[Editor’s Note:  It is a thrill to know that Nathan Dahm will run for this open Congressional seat in 2018!  The first time he ran for the seat in 2010, he was not very well known in the district.  That will not be the case this time, being known as the guy who beat Piers Morgan on his own show!  He is the only announced candidate to my knowledge with an in office voting record and Nathan Dahm’s voting record is sterling.  He is one of the top ranked conservatives by multiple sources for multiple years.  More than that he is loved by the people he represents because he works to protect and defend their rights.  We need to keep this congressional district in good hands.  Go Nathan!  Our prayers are with you Nathan – may His blessings continue to be upon you!/sc]

R3publican: Oklahoma Republican State Convention Highlight – Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Resolution

Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Resolution 

 

WHEREAS, We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness;

WHEREAS, The Oklahoma Republican Party Platform states: “God is the Author and Creator of life and that all human life, both born and unborn, should be protected.” (Republican Principles) ; and it later states: “We believe that at the point of conception, a person is granted the rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.”    -(B. Right-to-Life and Medical Ethics);

WHEREAS, Abortion is considered a crime under Oklahoma Statutes 21-861 and 21-862; and

WHEREAS, The 10th Amendment states that “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.-”

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The Oklahoma Republican Party calls upon the Oklahoma Legislature, Governor, and Attorney General to only support and enforce any and all federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court rulings which give an unborn child the right to life:.

RESOLVED, The Oklahoma Republican Party calls upon the Oklahoma Legislature to pass legislation and calls upon the Governor and Attorney General to enforce said legislation to completely abolish abortion in Oklahoma:.

RESOLVED, The State Party Chair and State Republican Executive Committee is directed to support the passage of legislation that protects ALL life of unborn children and to utilize reasonable Party resources necessary to promote such abolition legislation in the 2018 Oklahoma Legislative Session; and.

RESOLVED, A copy of this resolution shall be sent to the Governor, Attorney General, Oklahoma Senate Pro Tempore, Senate Floor Leader, Oklahoma House Speaker and House Floor Leader.

 

“Presented by: Andrew Lopez, Dee Dobson, Joe Palmer, Dave Spaulding, Amanda Teegarden, Gary Lanham, Wayne Hill and Kenny Bob Tapp”

Passed by the body of the Oklahoma Republican Party state convention May 6, 2017

R3publican: Oklahoma Republican State Convention Highlight – Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Resolution

Press Conference for Nathan Dahm – Announcement May 5th

 

Press conference: Nathan Dahm will be announcing his candidacy for Congress CD01 at the Main Street Pavilion at 8 am in Broken Arrow (Tulsa area) on May 5th. Be there early!

Rose District Pavillion 418 S Main St, Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Press Conference for Nathan Dahm – Announcement May 5th

National Day of Prayer at Voice of the Martyrs in Bartlesville May 4th

Thursday, May 4th 6:30 PM

The Voice of the Martyrs
1815 SE Bison Rd.
Bartlesville, OK 74006

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – National Day of Prayer at Voice of the Martyrs in Bartlesville May 4th

Stem Cell Therapy for My Cat Ivory

… a story about potential help for cats experiencing kidney failure
by Sandra Crosnoe

Ivory Nov 12 2016 copy.jpegFriends and family know that once upon a time there was Peaches and Ebony and Ivory. Ebony and Ivory were born in 2002 on the Hall estate in Keller Texas. Peaches was a rescue cat who came along shortly after the other two and was quickly the smallest but the feistiest of the bunch. Ebony died in 2011 (heart attack/stroke) and Peaches in 2013 (liver failure) and that leaves only Ivory to take care of me.

Ivory is 15 years old (2017) and recently she was getting pretty lethargic, loosing weight and not grooming herself properly, so I took her to Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic in Dewey on January 25th. They did a blood analysis on her and found she was in early stage renal (kidney) failure.

The recommendation was special prescription k/d cat food, fluids subcutaneously routinely, and Azodyl which is a pricey probiotic for cats. I set about to implement these lifestyle changes and research renal failure in cats at the same time. None of these things is a cure for the disease.

My good friend Donna Gustafson, who had helped me take Ivory to the vet, told me about a show she had seen on a cat with kidney failure who got stem cell therapy and did very well. The show was on the Pet Channel with an Alaska vet named Dr. Dee and a cat named Honey. It was segment 9 on Season 2 on Amazon with the following description:  

9. Operation Baby Owl Rescue

Dr. Dee and her husband Ken respond to an emergency, flying to rescue six baby owls whose parents were killed by an eagle. At Animal house, Dr. Dee’s dog becomes a blood donor for a lab with an auto-immune disease, and a cat undergoes stem cell therapy.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: September 23, 2016

I purchased the segment so I could watch it. Then I called her office to ask how to find someone in my area to talk to about help for Ivory. I called Dr. Dee to see if she had any contacts for the lower 48:

Dr Dee Thornell

Phone (907) 479-2800

Her office promptly returned my call and  referred me to Vet Stem Cell:

Karina Benish, MSEd., RVT / Vet-Stem Regenerative Veterinary Medicine

12860 Danielson Court, Suite B  Poway, CA  92064

Direct Line_ 858-218-8650

858-748-2004

Email  Karina Benish kbenish[at]vetstem[dot]com

I contacted Vet Stem Cell and they referred me to Dr. Caren Lawrence at VCA Woodlands in Tulsa

VCA Woodland South Animal Hospital
Caren Lawrence DVM
9340 S Memorial
Tulsa, OK 74133
United States
(918)524-5000

http://www.vcahospitals.com/woodland-south

I talked with her by phone about the procedure and the price and learned that she could do the surgery to extract the fat cells and send them to Vet Stem Cell to convert to stem cells. The stem cells are overnighted back and then reinjected into Ivory intraveneously. We scheduled the surgery for February 7th.  I must admit the surgery and recovery from the extraction of the fat was a little more traumatic than I anticipated.  But Ivory did just fine and the people at VCA were all wonderful.  The key thing is to not wait until your cat is really debilitated from the disease to try to get enough fat for the stem cell extraction/therapy.  If you are going to do it, do it as early as you can in the disease process.

I took her back in on February 9th for the first stem cell injection intravenously and the second on February 16th.  We had enough to ‘bank’ for a future injection if needed.  Here are some pics of her getting her stem cells.

I am continuing Azodyl only giving one pill per day instead of 2 recommended for two reasons – price and lifestyle (have you ever tried to pill a cat?).  I am also giving her fluids subcutaneously about once every two weeks, whenever I have help and think she needs them.  The recommendation is for more like once a week, but also if/when she gets lethargic.  That is not happening any more, but I don’t want it to either!

We have switched over to K/D prescription diet almost completely just supplementing with other food to try to boost appetite a bit.  I also add a little water to the food per the suggestion of Dr. Hinz to help her get a little more water.  I was giving her vitamin B complex in a little squirt bottle when I gave her her pill for a while.  But appetite seems good now and I have stopped that for now.

Vet Stem Cell folks asked for a 30, 60, and 90 day report on Ivory. We were a little early on the 30 day vet visit (back to my local vet in Dewey, Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic), but got a good report. Her Bun/Creatin numbers were both down. I am hoping we get back in the normal range next visit, but Dr. Lawrence said we might see improvement for two or three months. Here is the March 7th lab test:  Bun went from 48 down to 40 and Creatin went from 3.0 to 2.7.

Photos:  Dr. Caren Lawrence,, Ivory and David Ramage

Special thanks to Dr. Erin Haxton and Dr. Elizabeth Hinz at Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic for all their love and care for Ivory during this process as well.  I have opened the comments on this post and would love to hear your stories on topic and be glad to answer any questions too.  I hope to add updates here to this unfolding story in the future.

In addition to all the medical things I am doing related here,  I should mention that  I have been praying for Ivory’s healing and often lay hands on her and ask for the Lord to restore her kidneys and give me wisdom about what/when to do for her.  He has taught me a lot about His love and care for me through the years and I believe that I can trust Him in this matter as well.   I do believe that the prayers of others make a difference, so if you are a praying person, please keep us in your prayers!

Some additional information on costs has been added to the comments below.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Stem Cell Therapy for Ivory

Firstfruits: He is Risen!

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  I Corinthians 15:20

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