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The purpose of this blog is to discuss current events covering a myriad of topics. I have always been a person who is interested in other people’s perspectives. In Numbers 22 of the Bible and referenced in 2 Peter, God caused a donkey to speak to a stubborn prophet. The King James version of the bible actually reads…”the dumb a– speaking in a man’s voice”… Because of that, I’ve come to the conclusion that God can use anyone or anything to speak a word to us. Therefore, I'm open to listen to anyone, although I may not believe all that is said.

Sep
27
"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Jesus made this statement in His discourse to his diciples while teaching about economics. He recognized that the human condition was such that we focus on the things we can see and not on the things we can't see. Just as the framing structure of a building is not seen with the natural eye, so the world around us has framework that can only be seen with the spiritual eye. I have read many articles which indicate that healthcare, taxes, terrorism, jobs, education, immigration, environment, gay marriage, foreign oil and abortion are the issues that appear on most people's list of concerns. It is interesting that abortion and gay marriage are less important issues to the larger electorate than say healthcare or jobs. Because of that most people who enter the voting booths on November 6th, will choose the candidate whose party platform best represents their economic interest without considering that moral issues have an economic impact that's greater than can be seen with the natural eye. I can understand a person who is not a Christ-follower making decisions about which party to support that are solely based on economics. I'm not sure if I understand why a person who professes to be a Christ-follower would allow economic concerns to trump the moral concerns in determining which party they would choose to vote for in this election. Here's why: Jesus went on to encourage those listening to His discussion to not worry about what they would eat or drink or where they would live. These are all necessities of life and are economic in nature. He further instructed them to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and the economic concerns would take care of themselves. Knowing that fact causes me to conclude that the challenges facing our nation can't be solved by either of our political parties. If we heed Jesus' wisdom and seek God first, we will have the insight and resolve to do what is necessary to solve the challenges before us as a nation.
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Sep
18
'You, won't live past 25 years old." Those were the thoughts that ran through my head as a little boy. This was precipitated by a song titled, "Only the Good Die Young". I now know the song was about a boy trying to get a Catholic girl to lose her virginity to him; I didn't understand at that age what all that meant. I did hear over and over "only the good die young." It is interesting that I perceived myself to be "good". I was told that I was a good person and I tried my best to make good choices by treating others the way I wanted to be treated. I helped my aged Great Uncle and Aunt (Pop and Aunt Too Sweet) everyday with household chores and yard work without asking for anything in return. I loved going to church and was careful to tell the truth most of the time. Because of those things, I perceived myself as good and because of that perception, those words from Billy Joel's song haunted me. It wasn't until I began my relationship with Christ at 18 years old that I gained understanding that words from a song could not define my life expectancy or future. The times and seasons of my life are in the hands of the One who made me. Jeremiah 29:11 states, that the Lord has plans for my life - plans to prosper me, not to harm me, plans to give me a hope for my future. On my 25th birthday, I celebrated life with confidence knowing that I didn't need to walk in fear about my future. There is one benefit from that song: I learned to appreciate every day. So, today, on my 49th birthday, I give God honor, praise and glory for allowing me to see another year. I'm celebrating life today! The Lord would have you to know that there is no need to fear, for He is with you. He is with you in the good times and the bad times; He is with you on the mountain top or in the valley. He promises that He will never leave you nor turn His back on you. Celebrate Life today because our Heavenly Father celebrates you!
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Sep
13
According to a Financial Times article written by James Politi, the median income for US households is at its lowest levels since 1995. I'm sure the Romney campaign will used this to point to the fact that President Obama's policies have failed the middle class. The Obama administration continues to blame the Bush Administration. Things were bad when Obama took office and anyone who is interested in telling the truth will agree with that statement. We must also agree that the policies implemented by this administration has not made the financial condition of the middle class any better since the President took office. The scripture teaches that every person will be rewarded according to their own effort. Opportunity to create a better station in life is available for the majority of Americans. The question becomes will individuals develop the value systems that allow them to capitalize on the opportunities presented. At some point in time in our lives each of us has appreciated a hand up more than a hand out. Do you think we have created a culture in this nation that lends itself to creating a hand out more than a hand up? What do you see as the difference between the two?
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Sep
12
When I was growing up I heard these statements a thousand times..."If you make up your bed hard, when you lay down in it, it will still be hard"..."If you are out in "the streets" acting a fool(not acting like a fool) acting a fool; if you get thrown in jail, don't call me." These words came from my dad and it was his way of saying you must take personal responsibility for your actions. If I didn't learn anything else from Dad, that was enough to shape my perspective about success in life. It has been said that we are the sum total of all our choices. Sure there will always be obstacles, both internal and external, seen and unseen, however, success or failure is really determined by our choices.

I'm panged to see how a large part of our culture has embraced the notion that their lack of success is connected to someone else's action. As a kid growing up in Louisiana, there were plenty of instances to blame someone because of limited opportunity based upon the color of my skin. My parents did not allow that to become an obstacle. They told us if we kept God first in our lives and did our very best at all we pursued, no one could keep us from accomplishing what we set out to achieve.  Our success or failure rested on our own shoulders based upon the choices we made and the personal responsibility we took for our actions.

I believe that what primarily ails our country is the lack of acceptance of personal responsibility for our actions. When bad choices are made and negative results ensue, many will cry out, "It's not my fault that I am where I am, someone else should be blamed for my trouble." If we could revert back to that simple concept of accept personal responsibility, any of the problems in our homes, families, cities and nation would be resolved. What examples can you provide that prove this statement?
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