Head in the sand

Ostriches have the undeserved reputation for practicing it, but the western culture is the one that has actually mastered the skill of sticking its head in the sand.

Another terrorist attack and a large part of the focus in some popular media outlets (I’m not talking about TMZ) is revolving around the way “stars” are reacting to the news. Because there aren’t more important ways to talk about this situation I guess?!

Never-mind looking into the mindset that led to the attack – that would be too obvious! Nope, let’s stick our head in the sand and pretend like the problem is the recently elected American president, the stigma of using the word Islamic terrorist or even the explosives used to kill and maim so many people. The problem is the mindset that the media sweeps under the rug … a rug with no sand under it mind you.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:4-5)

Some people treat God like … Santa Claus

Forget Christmas in December or even July, and forget including a baby Jesus in the picture – some people treat God like a year-round Santa Claus … and nothing more. Sure, they’ve heard about the whole naughty or nice list and the coal in the stocking, but they focus solely on the gift-giving aspect in relation to their own wants.

With this treatment comes: Continue reading

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Some people treat God like … windshield wipers

It would be nice to say all people looked to God as the comforter who wipes away all tears before the tears even begin to flow, but the reality of the matter is a lot people treat God like bad windshield wipers on a rainy day … you don’t think about them until you need them! And by the time you think of them – it may be too late! Continue reading

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1.6 million

1.6 million.

Stretch it out and the number looks like this: 1,600,000.

Spell it out and the number looks like this: one-million, six-hundred-thousand.

Switch it to a monetary value and you could spend over $1,500 a day for approximately three years before you exhaust the money.

But this particular 1.6 million doesn’t reflect money. Continue reading

Morality without a base-line?

If we come from nowhere we are going nowhere. If we came from nothing we are here for nothing. If such is true then no matter how much we learn about life, that is the ultimate truth about life.

What is a good and moral lion? What is a good and moral dog? What is a good and moral ant? What is a good and moral homosapien?

If nature is our creator then nature is our guide, and nature is our judge and basis for morality. A good and moral person can’t be defined any more than a “good and moral” lion, dog or ant! We may idealize behavior, but without a standard that exists beyond us, there is no standard that must be bound upon us when it comes to moral judgments.

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 1:22-25 NKJV)

It could be worse

Here’s a little Proverbs 17:22 for you:

A woman opened her business at a new location and her best friend sent her some flowers to celebrate. The friend dropped by a few days later to visit and was bothered to see that the flowers had a sign that read, “Rest in Peace.” The friend decided to call the florist to complain. The florist said, ‘It could be worse. Somewhere in this city is an arrangement in a cemetery that reads, “Congratulations on your new location!’

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

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What does this map represent?

What major 2016 statistic does this map represent? Continue reading

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