Don’t Let Them Divide Us!

I remember watching action-hero cartoons as a child and the general theme would be a bad guy wanting control over the world and a super-hero good guy would save the day. The same plot repeated itself in every show; the bad guy almost prevailed but in the end the good guy saves the world. What works in the fantasy world does not always play out in the real world. Most of us are apprehensive about the future.

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Is Equality a Myth?

A friend once asked me why as a Christian, I was against gambling. I told him that the Bible did not directly address gambling as, “Thou shalt not gamble.” My answer was one he did not expect. I referred to the words of Jesus as found in Matthew 22:39 (NKJV), “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In gambling, my neighbor must lose for me to gain; am I being Christlike if I want my neighbor to lose money for me to gain money?

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Making Sense of Rain (and Life)

This morning, I was holding my little one-year old granddaughter on the front porch while it was raining. She was looking so inquisitively at the rain. She was watching the rain, I was watching her, and just thinking, “What is she thinking?” She was trying to figure out all the sights and sounds in her little world and I was her observer.

I still have memories of being a small boy and trying to make sense of the world. A child’s brain runs on overload to keep track and process all the new stimuli it receives. Have you ever wondered why a small child asks so many “Why?” questions?
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Be Comfortable, Being Uncomfortable

I remember climbing into my mosquito-net-covered-bed while in Haiti and lying down to sleep just sweltering in the 85 degree heat even at 10:00 pm.  It was June, we had no electricity, and my only relief from the heat was a little battery operated six inch fan positioned to blow a little relief over my torso and face.  In that moment, I remembered a phrase I had heard or read but no longer remembered the source; it was something like, “Be comfortable, being uncomfortable”.   So in my mind, I surrendered to the state of contentment; being comfortable with my uncomfortable situation and went to sleep in my sweat.

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Spiritual Identity

There is an identity problem in our world that has led to great confusion.  People are confused, not knowing who they are.  They are searching for an identity, for a rock to stand on in a flooded stream.  Some have went on journeys for the sole reason of “finding themselves” as if they were somewhere else.  There are way too many poor, lost, wandering souls who are alienated from God’s original design and created identity.

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Today is Columbus Day

Today is Columbus Day.  Christopher Columbus, certainly, was not a perfect man but he was a tough ole bugger.  He endured a lot of hardships as an explorer and died at the age of 54.  Today he has a lot of critics and his faults are easily found in history.  Whatever opinion you hold good or bad, he was one of many who changed the world.  I admire his courage, his feats of exploration, his seamanship, and his grit.

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