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  • TFRStaff 5:41 am on 2016-12-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Obituary . . .) 

    OBITUARY OF AN OLD FRIEND

    Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.

    No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

    He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t always fair, and maybe it was my fault. (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:04 am on 2016-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Out of the mouth of babes 

    By American standards, I live in a very modest home: About 1,200 square feet; vinyl siding; metal roof; nothing too terribly fancy on the inside; but I am fortunate enough to have two bathrooms. Bathroom number one is off the “master” bedroom while bathroom number two is on the other side of the house. This layout has basically determined that one bathroom “belongs” to my wife, leaving the other bathroom for myself.

    “What does my floor plan have to do with wisdom?” you may be wondering as you consider the title of this post. I can easily explain.

    My daughter was only two-years-old at the time when she shared this bit of wisdom that I’m about to share with you…a bit of wisdom that seems to be quickly disappearing from the American culture today.

    One morning I walked into the bathroom (the one off the bedroom) while my wife and daughter were in there only to be greeted with, “You’re in the girl’s bathroom, daddy. You’re supposed to use the boy’s bathroom.”

    It’s amazing to me how a two-year-old girl was able to show more wisdom and common sense than a two-hundred-year-old nation!

    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:01 am on 2016-01-15 Permalink | Reply
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    One of these things is not like the others 

    • Single Dads with daughters
    • Single Moms with sons
    • Parents with disabled children
    • Those in the LGBTQ community
    • Adults with aging parents who may be mentally/physically disabled

    Might I sing that one of these things is not like the others? Should I really have to sing it? In today’s culture I guess I do.

    Single dads needing to help their young daughters use the bathroom…normal. Single moms needing to help their young sons use the bathroom…normal. Parents needing to help their disabled children use the bathroom…normal. Those in the LGBTQ community (when did the extra letter come in there?) who’s only physical handicap is not being able to use a normal bathroom because of their abnormal sexual identity…not normal. Adults with aging parents who may be mentally/physically disabled that need help using the bathroom…normal.

    Placing an abnormal behavior in the middle of situations that are normal makes the abnormal situation no more normal than an individual standing in a garage makes them a car.

    But what in the world does going to the bathroom have to do with the original list? Everything according to one pizza restaurant in North Carolina when it comes to the use of uni-sex bathrooms at their business. It’s their list after all.

    And, according to the last paragraph of the story, it seems as if the whole city of Charlotte, North Carolina may be forced clothe and shroud abnormality in the middle of normal activities if a proposed city council ordinance is passed.

    Who knew what wisdom a 20th century children’s TV show offered by teaching kid’s to identify things that don’t belong in a lineup…I wouldn’t be surprised if the 21st century version has chucked the song by the wayside (too much common sense I would suppose). Either way, I know the song has stuck with me. Perhaps the Charlotte City Council should check it out; it might help them make their decision.

    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-07 Permalink | Reply
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    (#150) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:27-Why God Makes Common Sense 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 20:27: “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”

    The mythological Doctrine of Evolution, which is disseminated by the Government, cannot account for “the spirit of a man,” since it is God Who “forms the spirit of man within him” (Zechariah 12:1), but “Evolution” is an atheistic belief. No “scientist” can ever disprove the existence of “the spirit of a man,” for true science can only deal with what is physically observable, and, as the bodily resurrected Jesus Christ said: “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Luke 24:39).

    Because God has given each human a spirit, what God has provided makes sense! God has:

    1) Created “the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and all scientific knowledge is centered upon learning facts about what it is, how it works, believing the evidence that points to God as Creator (Hebrews 11:3; Romans 1:20-23). God as Creator is what makes sense;

    2) Made heterosexual, monogamous marriage the basis of all civilized societies (Genesis 2:18-25), and the plan for conception, birth, and proper instruction of each individual in the world (Colossians 3:18-21). God’s Design of Marriage, always makes moral sense, and always works when followed;

    3) Readily inspired and controlled the writing of the Bible through men! It is because of this, we know “that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21). This is how we have the New Testament “which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5). This is why Bible study makes sense;

    4) Given moral guidelines that are obvious, and fit with our “common sense!” “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21);

    5) Given the Gospel of our salvation that makes sense! “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:24-29).

    With the Gospel of Christ, look into your heart, for “As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man” (Proverbs 27:19).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:44 am on 2013-12-05 Permalink | Reply
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    The Difference Between Feel Good Politics And Medicine 

    As our nation continues to abandon the spiritual roots that are too evident to ignore we will increasingly, as a whole, look to the government not only as our sole provider but even our soul provider thus ignoring the true source of a nation’s vitality (think Acts 12:20-22 for a moment).

    Many politicians love to take advantage of the dependency mindset. They present feel good politics as the answer. An answer that serves the few in hopes of the few becoming the majority that is dependent upon the answer provided. In other words, to give a real world comparison, many politicians (and I’m speaking worldwide here) actually encourage people to become a lifetime child. By that I mean they wish for some people to become completely dependent upon his or her parent whose role is played by the government for the rest of his or her life, thus resulting in a people who have secured the politician’s seat of power.

    For example, the latest government dependency program to hit every coast of America, plus some, that goes by the name of A.C.A. (also affectionately known as Obama-care). This government program is based upon feel good politics and not real solutions. It’s a government answer to a problem that has created as many problems that it solved! It took a problem, a real problem, that approximately 15% of this nation was dealing with and made it a problem that 100% of the people have to worry with whether people realize it or not.

    Don’t think that I’m just a “big government hater” who doesn’t believe in taking care of the poor. If you’re going to think something based off of these words then think of me as someone who likes to think with common sense instead of thinking with votes in mind since I’m not a politician.

    The problem with insurance was that it cost too much in many situations. I myself pay more than ten percent out of my gross yearly wages (not net wages) for my health insurance at my secular job. That’s a lot; and that’s only paying for the service to be there, not what I would have to pay if something were to happen to me or my family. The cost was and is the problem for many middle-class and poor working Americans. And the A.C.A. didn’t fix the cost!!! It took the cost and supplemented it with tax-dollars!!! That’s not a solution. That’s duct-tape on a gunshot wound. On top of that the A.C.A has already inflicted itself with a gunshot wound to the foot by allowing the very people it needs (the healthy 18 to 28 year olds who don’t use insurance very much at all) to keep its book’s balanced with the older generations who use the insurance quite often for obvious reasons. How did it do that? Because it almost allows that entire group of “young people” to stay on their parent’s insurance to begin with! A group that’s not leaving home, not getting married, not starting families and, unfortunately, not working in any meaningful job. (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 3:00 am on 2011-03-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: Most sensible thing heard lately 

    What’s the most sensible thing you’ve heard someone say lately? In any area of life? Maybe they weren’t even talking to you, but you overheard them. Or maybe they were giving you advice.

    Of course, we may need a bit of context to appreciate why you think it was the most sensible thing you’ve heard lately.

    Remember that old saying that common sense isn’t so common? (That’s just doesn’t translate into Portuguese, since “common sense” is  called “good sense.”) So when we hear them, sensible sentiments stand out.

     
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