That’s life…

Having a family is all sorts of fun. There are unique challenges to be faced, as well as numerous questions to be fielded from young ones (like, “Where’s Mama?” asked seventeen times in a row by the almost-two-year-old). I couldn’t do all I do without my wife by my side. There are times of peaceful quiet. One of the more cherished events for me is being able to hold my sleeping young ones. It does not happen often, even when they are little, so it is special in a way that I can’t fully describe. Occasionally my older ones will wake up in the middle of the night and sitting up with them is what helps them go back to sleep, but usually it comes down to refilling a water cup and/or tucking them back into their blankets. Not that I don’t enjoy being able to give them even that small … Keep reading!

Did you know…? Blood, Part 8 – Transfusion Reactions Signs and Symptoms

A transfusion reaction could simply be described as a negative event resulting from a blood or blood component transfusion. It can be a minor annoyance or a life-threatening incident and may occur immediately after the transfusion is started or hours to days later. During a transfusion, the patient is to be monitored for adverse effects. At bare minimum, the patient’s vital signs (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and rate of respiration) must be recorded at the start of the transfusion, 15 minutes into the transfusion, and at the end of the transfusion. Additionally, a nurse or other medical professional should be near the patient during at least the first 15 minutes; staffing levels may not allow for someone to be physically at the patient’s side the entire time, but the monitoring individual should be close enough to detect anything unusual in short order. If you ever need to receive a transfusion, … Keep reading!

Episode 24 – A Theology of Work

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00024-ATheologyofWork.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWork is hard, work sometimes sucks, but work is also good and commanded by God. Listen along as Joe briefly explores Genesis 2:15, Genesis 3:17-19, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Acts 18:2-4, and 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15. We promise it won’t be work to listen to this! Get in touch! Website: www.jwexperience.com Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo E-mail:joe@jwexperience.com Intro: “Alarming News (60 seconds)” https://www.shockwave-sound.com/royalty-free-music-track/8584/alarming-news Sweet Brown – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That http://www.mp3ye.eu/sweet-brown-ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-that-mp3-download_255151.html its-not-that-easy.wav and wait-a-minute.wav http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/voices-4.html Joel Osteen “Ease is Coming” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBZI2-cUw6g Accessed 3/11/17 allwings.mp3 and almostthere.mp3 http://www.gotwavs.com/Movies/Star_Wars_Episode_IV_A_New_Hope_p5.html honored.wav, destiny.wav, and bad_feeling.wav http://www.wavsource.com/movies/star_wars.htm Star Wars is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm. Outro: “Anachronist” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ … Keep reading!

Book Review: Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted

Title: Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted Author: Ron Citlau Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 14, 2017) Language: English Formats: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 176 This is going to be a controversial book because of the subject matter. Homosexuality has been enshrined in such emotional terms that a rational discussion is often difficult to achieve. I have read some reviews of this book that make me wonder if the reviewers looked past the title, calling out Ron Citlau as some hate-spewing monster. Pastor Citlau, who has dealt with same-sex attraction in his own life, approaches this topic both from experience and with grace. Like Christians of old, he has not shied away from calling homosexuality what it is: sin. But he doesn’t just make this declaration and drop the mic; he provides insight on two major fronts. First, he addresses three obstacles to the same-sex attracted (SSA) individual finding fulfillment in Christ. Then … Keep reading!

Happy Friday!

It’s Friday. Eight hours of work and then the weekend, the sweet taste of pending freedom! I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long week for me. I had a cold or something when I got up Monday and was pretty miserable all day, enough that I stayed home Tuesday to completely recover. I’ve felt fine since, so I think it was worth the trade off. Work has been steady this week, with several patients to tend to in my department. I’ve been struggling most of the week with whether or not this job is worth continuing. I think part of my frustration stems from a feeling of being trapped: we had to borrow from my retirement account to pay for a new furnace and A/C this spring, and we’re on a 5-year repayment plan to cover it; and our finances otherwise are such that I can’t afford … Keep reading!

The Christian Author – Excellence in Writing: What to do With Your Ideas

Every story starts with an idea. Sometimes it takes effort to put an idea together. Other ideas seem to pop into place more or less fully formed. My ideas often come to me at inconvenient times (i.e., middle of the night, in the shower, when I’m busy at work), and it can be a struggle to get the minimum necessary information written down somewhere so I can go back to the idea later. But this post isn’t so much about how to foster ideas or jumpstart your creativity if you’re going through a dry spell. What I’m after is the “should”. “Should I pursue this idea?” While my own personal standards will undoubtedly be reflected in this post, I don’t want to approach this topic in a legalistic fashion. If I can’t conclusively prove from Scripture that my standard is the biblical requirement, it’s okay for you to have a … Keep reading!

Did you know…? Blood, Part 7 – Transfusions are often overutilized

Transfusions are common in the medical world. In fact, blood transfusion has been cited as one of the five most overutilized therapeutic procedures in the United States.[1] There are times when it seems that a transfusion is ordered without a complete assessment of the clinical picture. For example, communications with various Blood Bank techs reveal that a physician will frequently transfuse a patient when the hemoglobin has dropped below 8.0 g/dL. (A low hemoglobin count is generally defined as less than 13.5 g/dL for men, 12.0 g/dL for women, but this threshold may differ slightly depending on the hospital.[2]) However, a low hemoglobin in the absence of active bleeding may not be sufficient cause for transfusion. In any case, millions of patients are transfused annually, sometimes with multiple units over extended periods of time. A cancer patient, depending on the type of cancer, may end up being transfused 1-2 units … Keep reading!

Episode 23 – Happy Father’s Day!

http://media.blubrry.com/bite_sized_theology/p/jwexperience.com/podcast/Episode00023-HappyFathersDay.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSTo all the dads out there, this one’s for you! Being a dad is an awesome job that has its share of difficulties and trials, but it is ultimately one of the most rewarding aspects of life there is. We look a bit at the rich heritage of Israel and the faith handed down through their fathers, discuss the importance of faith spanning generations, and call men to be the best husbands and fathers possible. Get in touch! Website: www.jwexperience.com Facebook: Bite-Sized Theology Twitter: @bite_sizedtheo E-mail:joe@jwexperience.com Be sure to leave a rating AND review in iTunes for a chance to win the coffee mug or T-shirt of your choice from the stores my wife and I have put together. Intro: “Alarming News (60 seconds)” https://www.shockwave-sound.com/royalty-free-music-track/8584/alarming-news Sweet Brown – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That http://www.mp3ye.eu/sweet-brown-ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-that-mp3-download_255151.html its-not-that-easy.wav and wait-a-minute.wav http://www.pacdv.com/sounds/voices-4.html Joel Osteen … Keep reading!