January 26, 2009

Getting Involved Sometimes Works!

Over a year ago, Highmark and Independent Blue Cross proposed a merger of their medical insurance companies. The state government held hearings and asked for input from PA state residents.

You can read the letter I sent them last October here. I also received a formal response from them. (Actually, it kind of scared me when I got it, I thought it was going to be some kind of cease and desist order or something, but it was just a response from their lawyers to my criticisms of the proposed merger)

Anyway, last week, Highmark and Independent Blue Cross called off the proposed merger. Chalk one up for the little guys!


January 22, 2009

Book Reading

As I mentioned in a previous post, I plan to read at least one book a month this year.

Last night I picked out my next book to read, "In Step with God" by Dr. Robert A. Cook.

As I started thumbing through it, I realized it sounded very familiar. So I compared it with another of Dr. Cook's books titled "Walk with the King Today" and found out that "In Step with God" is simply a reprint of "Walk with the King Today."

Even though it was a good book, (you can read the review here) I decided not to reread it. I picked out a book on the Ten Commandments to read instead.

Still thinking and reading at Doe Valley!


January 21, 2009

Book Review

I finished reading Charismatic Chaos by John MacArthur last night.

This book is a thorough evaluation and examination of the Charismatic movement. As usual MacArthur backs up what he says with Scripture.

This book could easily be used as a textbook for a class, but it is also very readable for the person interested in learning more about the Charismatic movement on their own.

Each chapter is segmented into questions that MacArthur answers. For example, the question for chapter 1 is “Is experience a valid test?” While answering that question, MacArthur introduces other questions related to that main question of each chapter. A sub-question for chapter 1 is “Was Peter a Charismatic?”.

I found the presentation and layout of the material excellent and thoroughly examined.

Overall, I would recommend this book if you are interested in a Biblical evaluation of the Charismatic movement.


January 20, 2009


As many of my long time readers know, I haven't been watching the news much anymore. I found that I was getting too irritated and agitated at things the liberal media overlooks for its Democratic buddies.

For example, a few years ago the media pretty much demanded Bush to release his college transcripts, which he did. What about Obama? No demand from the media to release his college transcripts. Which isn't a big deal to me, but it is the point of the matter of the liberal bias in the media.

It's not that I don't have ideas for blogs, I have tons of them. In fact, since the media compares Obama to Lincoln and other people, I was working on my own comparison of Barack Obama. Of course mine was going to compare Obama with the anti-Christ and Satan......but why get myself worked up over something I can't change. Here is an interesting post on the comparison of Obama and Lincoln.

I am tired of it and cannot continue to be frustrated by it for the next four years or longer. So my blog postings will be minimal. I will probably only write about the few things that happen more on a local or state scale rather than the federal level.

Besides, when the digital TV conversion takes effect, I will no longer be able to watch TV!

I also set a goal to read one book a month this year, so I will continue to post my reviews of them here as well starting tomorrow.

Just one more thought provoking question before I go:

Have we ever found out for sure if Obama is actually an American by birth, which of course is required to be President of the United States?


January 05, 2009

Book Review

Strength for Today by John MacArthur

This is the second of MacArthur’s daily devotionals. It follows the same format as “Drawing Near."

This book examines scripture more in depth than most simple devotional books. The same scripture might be discussed for several days in a row. Each day there is also a prayer suggestion and also a "for further study" section.

The book provides practical daily devotions to provide you with spiritual growth and strength for the day. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a daily devotional.