My life was turned upside down by God when He used my then future wife to witness to me. At the time I was living as an atheist, minding my own business and working hard. I was physically active with tennis and ping pong, and I played chess. I was not actively dating anyone, but at my work place, the wife of a match-making couple “pestered” me about meeting a nice girl her husband knew at his work place. She said the girl was hearing-impaired like myself, loved cats, not a “religious fanatic”, and lived in a mobile home. Meanwhile, her husband told my future date that I was hearing impaired like herself, played tennis and chess. The reminders finally got to the point where I gave up all resistance and took the nice girl’s phone number. I was to call and make a date. Continue reading
I was born Deaf, but became deaf through a marvel of technology: the hearing-aid. What’s the difference between Deaf and deaf? Heart language and culture. There is a range in the severity of deafness. Mine was severe enough so I could not hear well enough to use a spoken language. Fortunately, hearing aids became available to me when I was in second grade. They were very large and expensive. With the hearing aid I could learn to speak English with the help of a Speach Therapist. My therapist also taught me how to read lips. English became my heart language, not ASL. So I was able to make my way through public schools. I barely made it to college, but then almost flunked out in my first term. By changing to a different major and minor, I had more teachers who spoke English without an accent. That made all the difference for me. I struggled all the way to graduation. Continue reading
John 14:27 “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.“ (ESV)
I recently attended a class at church. We were asked to share our greatest fear. Mine is the fear of not understanding what people say or sign. Why? Since I am hearing-impaired, almost deaf, I struggle to understand people. I am challenged with understanding the signs of my Deaf friends. I am also challenged with understanding my hearing friends or family. I am not native Deaf and my primary language is English. Somehow, being bilingually fluent escapes me. I am not like people who can be fluent in many languages. I am often afraid and without peace. Continue reading
Becoming a believer. Knowing Jesus as Lord. Living life for God. These are all parts of my new life as a deaf Christian. The desire to serve God continues to this day in my life. Becoming active in a local church is one part of my new life. When we moved to Florida, my wife and I looked for a Deaf Church. My wife is now deafened like some others in her family. A hereditary condition. Being late Deaf means she needed to learn Sign Language. So did I also learn Sign Language to communicate with my wife. Continue reading
It was after attending my future wife’s church a few times that I came to a decision, or a fork in the road, of my life. I understood what believing in Jesus was all about. I knew that God loved me just as I am. Indeed, God created me just as I am, deaf and hearing impaired. There are few decisions which are life altering, but believing in Jesus is one of them. Continue reading
After my future wife witnessed to me, God opened my heart. I saw His Creation for the first time as He saw it. A short time later I became a new believer. Jesus became the Lord of my life. Continue reading
The planet Mars is in the news fairly often. NASA, if not some private enterprise such as SpaceX, or a host of other countries, apparently will someday get back to the Moon and/or go to Mars. It seems strange that my generation, in its youth, reached the moon and planted the American flag. That was almost 50 years ago. Since then, no one has gone beyond orbiting the Earth. You can blame it on politics or lack of vision, but it’s awfully slow going. We have the technology, but not the will. At the rate it’s going, I won’t be around to see people from Earth getting to Mars! I’ll have to watch it from Heaven.
Yes, I’m curious about Mars. Most likely it has been a dead planet, void of life ever since it was created by God. But, it’s part of His creation and that makes it a wonderful piece of real estate for whatever reasons. Permanent bases, resorts, hotels anyone? The science fiction triology about Mars by author Kim Stanley Robinson covers the possibilities. For the most part, Mars becomes a second Earth, copying all the issues and problems of Earth. The triology is a visionary piece of fiction about a future Mars we colonize and terraform. So much for science fiction and one man’s viewpoint.
A popular acronym made from the letters in the word BIBLE is “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth”. Of course, that acronym only works in English. It has some meaning for English speaking Bible believers, but the acronym is, in of itself, only a happy happenstance of the English language.
However, what if we take that in another way of “leaving”? Bible believers would tell you they’re going to Heaven. But, if you’re talking science fiction, or in our case, actual possible future science, what about leaving Earth for Mars (let alone the Moon and a whole bunch of other places in our Solar System)? What does God have to say about that? Nothing. But then, God says nothing about all of our technology. Technology is a two-edged sword. It is what we do with it that matters. It can be used for good or bad. As long as it’s used for good, technology can be fruitful, Kingdom work.
God says believers go to Heaven after they die. But I ask, before they die, they can move to Mars, right? I’m assuming that Rapture, which is when Jesus returns to gather up His believers, will work the same from Mars as from Earth. Also, if Deafness is not cured by then, there will also be a Deaf Church of Mars and Deaf people worshipping God among all the other churches. So, how wide, how long, how high and how deep is God’s love? (Ephesians 3:18) As big as His entire Creation, the Universe!