Monthly Archives: December 2009

Christmas Miracle

A Colorado woman says a Christmas miracle brought her and her newborn son back from the brink of death after her heart stopped beating during childbirth and the baby was delivered showing no signs of life.

“I got a second chance in life,” Tracy Hermanstorfer said.

Hermanstorfer, 33, was being prepped for childbirth at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs Thursday morning. Her 37-year-old husband was by her side when she began to feel sleepy and lay back in her bed.

“She literally stopped breathing and her heart stopped,” her husband, Mike, told The Associated Press. Pandemonium erupted as doctors and nurses tried to revive her with chest compressions and a breathing tube, but nothing worked.

Stephanie Martin, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at the hospital, said Tracy Hermanstorfer’s pulse returned even before she was wheeled out of the room and into surgery. She estimates Hermanstorfer had no heartbeat for about four minutes.

“She had no signs of life. No heartbeat, no blood pressure, she wasn’t breathing,” said Martin, who had rushed to Hermanstorfer’s room to help. “The baby was, it was basically limp, with a very slow heart rate.”

Mike Hermanstorfer credits “the hand of God.”

“We are both believers … but this right here, even a nonbeliever – you explain to me how this happened. There is no other explanation,” he said.

(Read all of the above Christmas Miracle story Colo. mom, baby revived after Christmas Eve birth.)

Christmas Worship

If you like Christmas worship music or just Christmas music  I think you will be blessed by the video I posted on You Tube channel  last night.

Coach Gill Walked by Faith

His chance had come, and passed, and come again, and then passed again. Now Turner Gill was 42 years old, a once-great athlete, a demoted coach, a comfortable legend in Nebraska who suddenly wanted to be more. In the way men of faith often will, he looked to heaven for help. Where was his future? Where, God, did a man who had invested 17 years of his life turn when it was time to trek out alone? And if God was listening, and things such as the future of a football coach weigh on His mind, who could have known that the answer would be here, in wind-swept Buffalo, wedged between Niagara Falls and the scruffy downtown still hoping to catch up to the urban boom?

The worst football program in America, hands down. That’s what they called the Buffalo job because that’s what it was. Only 3,000 fans battling the brutal cold to watch brutal teams finish with records that read like the career obituaries of obscure coaches: 1-11, 2-9, 0-11.

When he left Nebraska, what was really interesting was he left without a job,” said Ron Brown, an assistant coach at Nebraska and one of Gill’s close friends. “He left out of a faith stance. It was a step of faith in God because Turner, as a Christian, believed God was calling him to leave Nebraska. A lot of people were like, ‘You’ve got to have a place to go, to have security.’ He felt God would provide that.”

(Coach Gill had to trust God  to allow him to be a head football coach. Read more of the above story on how Gill trusted God along  what the outcome was, Football: Walking by faith, to Buffalo and Lawrence.)

Oral Roberts Memorial Service Attended By Thousands


Pat Robertson began the memorial service for evangelist Oral Roberts with a prayer that connected thousands of people in attendance and honoring decades of evangelical work by Roberts.

The service was held at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Monday morning. Roberts died at his house in Newport Beach, California on Tuesday Dec. 15th after giving into his ongoing struggle with severe pneumonia. He was 91 years old and survived by his son Richard and daughter Roberta Potts.

(Read more of the above stoty Oral Roberts Memorial Service Attended By Thousands.)

Letters to Santa Might Break Your Heart

A microscope. A new puppy. A mother. And absolutely, positively NO CLOTHES.

From the humorous to the heart-wrenching, children’s wish lists to Santa reveal that children aren’t as toy-centric as parents think — and that they’re not as polite as perhaps they should be.

Carole Slotterback, a psychology professor at the University of Scranton, analyzed nearly 1,200 letters sent between 1998 and 2003 to the central post office in Scranton, a struggling former coal city in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The missives were scrawled or painstakingly handwritten on every type of paper and in every shade of ink. Many were decorated with drawings, stickers or glitter; some children gave Santa not only their addresses but their phone numbers, parents’ cell phone numbers and their school pictures — just to make sure the Big Guy knew how to find them on Christmas.

Slotterback, who describes her findings in the book “The Psychology of Santa,” said the letters “touched me in so many different ways.”

“Some are just absolutely a stitch, and others are some of the saddest things I’ve ever read,” she said.
And then there was the one written in careful cursive on bright pink paper, in which Santa was asked for perhaps the greatest gift of all: a mom.

(Perhaps the above story will remind all of us not to focus on the toys we give our kids but love and faith. Read all of the above story Expert: Santa letters not all about toys.)


Happy Hanukkah and Information

Here is a video teaching I did yesterday. Below the video is part of the written copy.

Paul said in Colossians 2:16-17 that the Jewish feasts and celebrations were actually a shadow of the things to come through Jesus Christ. And though as Christians we may not commemorate these holidays in the traditional biblical sense, as we discover the significance of each, we will certainly gain a greater knowledge of God’s Word, an improved understanding of the Bible, and a deeper relationship with the Lord.

The Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah, is a Jewish holiday. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.

The story of Hanukkah is recorded in the First Book of Maccabees,. It is not talked about in the new Testament right? Nope it is talked about lets look at Book of John, chapter 10, verse 22.

Prior to the year 165 BC, the Jewish people who dwelled in Judea where living under the rule of the Greek kings of Damascus. During this time the king in power   took control of the Temple in Jerusalem and forced the Jewish people to abandon their worship of God, their holy customs and reading of the Torah, and he made them bow down to the Greek gods. According to the records, this King  defiled the temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar and spilling its blood on the holy scrolls of Scripture.

As a result of the severe persecution and pagan oppression, a group of four Jewish brothers, led by Judah Maccabee, decided to raise up an army of religious freedom fighters. These men of fierce faith and loyalty to God became known as the Maccabees. The small band of warriors fought for three years with “strength from heaven” until achieving a miraculous victory and deliverance from  this evil king.

After regaining the Temple, it was cleansed by the Maccabees, cleared of all Greek idolatry, and  rededicated. The rededication of the Temple to the Lord took place in the year 165 BC, on the 25th day of the Hebrew month.

Christmas from Yesterday

Two growing boys, posed by a glittering Christmas tree, showing off their bounty from Santa Claus.

For nearly 20 years in the late 1890s and early 1900s, professional photographer Julius Leschinsky of Grand Island took his cameras home to capture yuletide images of his sons and their Christmas tree.

The photos, among 28,000 glass- plate negatives in a collection owned by the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, provide a fascinating glimpse of the Christmases of yesteryear, from the intricate ornaments that decorate the tree to the toys beneath it.

Leschinsky emigrated to Nebraska from Germany in 1880, when he was 20 years old.

(It is nice to read about how things use to be including the holidays. Read more of the above story One family’s photo tradition.)

Can Atheists Have Christmas

Here is a sermon I did a few days ago.