Beat the holiday rush with this list

Do yourself a favor and start getting ready today to beat the coming holiday rush with this list!

But slow down with the mad-dash for the pen and paper because I’m not talking about beating the rush for the holiday you may think I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the holiday that is supposed cause us to list the things that we are grateful for already having instead of the holiday that causes us to make a list of things that we or others want more than need. I’m talking about Thanksgiving.

Here’s a list of examples of some things that could help you beat this year’s rush by creating a grateful mindset today: Continue reading

#mindset, #thanksgiving

Don’t go to church

You read the title right. I’m telling you not to go to church. Do this instead: Continue reading

#church-life, #language, #mindset, #worship-services

Hugh’s News & Views (Default Mindset)

WHAT IS YOUR DEFAULT MINDSET?

According to computer technology and terminology, a “default” is “a pre-selected option or a pre-designed value or setting.” For example, when I started typing this article the page appeared in the format that I had previously designated for the settings I would like for all the pages to have when I type these essays. I do not have to re-set the borders of the pages, the type style, the font size, etc. each time I compose an article. All of these things have already been determined and “saved” to the default setting for all “News and Views” essays. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #mind, #mindset, #spirituality

A sad situation that reveals an even sadder mindset

I don’t know if you’ve heard the news (as of right now, the video on YouTube already has over 5 1/2 million views), but a very sad, bad and unfortunate situation played out over the weekend when a very young child fell into a lowland gorilla exhibit at a Cincinnati zoo. The boy’s encounter with the gorilla ultimately resulted in the gorilla being shot and killed, and the boy having to go to the hospital for, what some media outlets were calling, “non-life-threatening” injuries. And as of this morning, according to the stories of outrage now being directed toward the zoo and the parents, it seems as if another result of the situation will be that the family of this young child will have to go into protective custody!

The following are “some” of the “profanity-free” comments that can be read on YouTube. Now I want to say that I have no doubt that some of these “comments” are only being made because of the brashness, “boldness”, “bravery” and desire for attention that oft describes many comments made on websites. But that fact withstanding, I believe that some of the comments come from their maker’s heart and that they reflect a growing warped mindset concerning the western culture’s view of human life versus animal life. Look at what I mean:

  • The employee who killed the gorilla should be fired and sent to prison.
  • They should have let the gorilla kill the kid. There are around 200 left of them on the entire planet and nearly 7 billion people. We’re a disgusting species that ruined our natural ecosystem. Now we keep animals in cages for our entertainment. Shame on all of us.
  • They should’ve shot the child instead of the gorilla
  • Hmm there’s only a handful of gorillas in the world left. There’s millions of little boys, this should speak for itself.
  • Gorillas are endangered kids are not I think we know who should’ve been shot.
  • I still can’t believe the gorilla had to die over protection of a 3yr old
  • They shot an innocent, beautiful Silverback because of a BAD mother, how disgusting
  • If someone forced me out of my natural habitat to entertain people and these entertained people managed to fall… i would have done worse than this gorilla.

On and on the comments go. Now we see the mindset that leads to millions of government tax dollars going to child-aborting-production-line companies such as “Planned Parenthood” while “adults” elsewhere chain themselves to trees and freely give millions of dollars to companies that fight for animal lives. Now we see the mindset that leads to more tears being shed over the thought of an animal losing its life than the rivers of human blood that flows down America’s sewers because of “liberty”. Now we see the mindset that leads to legal action being taken against people who reveal the flippant attitude that Murder Inc. bosses have toward the dead body of a human fetus while the people who release footage of animals being killed on food-farms are lauded as heroes. Now we see the mindset that causes a sad situation to become something that reveals an even sadder mindset.

Is there room for discussion about vigilant parenting when it comes to this situation? No doubt. But I believe that there is now more room for discussion about the mindset that calls for “vigilante” justice because the life of a child was protected by taking the life of an animal.

Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?” (Matthew 6:26 – NET)

#abortion, #animal-rights, #animals, #human-life, #mindset, #news, #values, #western-culture

Bootstraps don’t belong at the Thanksgiving table

We may have pulled ourselves up by the bootstraps in many ways in our life, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, not only do the boots have no place on the table, neither do the bootstraps!

Thanksgiving is about what God has given to us – not what we have earned our self. Else it would be Thanks-taking, and not Thanks-giving.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

#mindset, #thanksgiving, #thanksliving

A mindset that will cost many their souls

With a title given for an article like the one above there are sure to be some who would immediately write me off as being too judgmental, a legalist, or even a heretic. But what if I were to say that the title above is based on a plainly written piece of the scriptures? Would it cause you to stop and think and read and think some more? Let’s find out.

There are many people in Christendom (I’ve heard it myself) who believe that the love of God is all that matters when it comes to one’s doctrine, practice, profession and salvation. And while saying that the love of God does not play the largest role in these items is furthest thing from my point, my major point is that there’s more to sound doctrine, an active practice, a holy profession and eternal salvation than the love of God for us. What I’m saying is that a mindset that says, “The love of God is all that matters” can and will cost many people their soul.

So where do I get the audacity to say such a thing? Well, to be perfectly honest it’s not my audacity that’s saying it. It’s not Matthew’s, Mark’s, Luke’s, Paul’s, James’, Jude’s, Peter’s or John’s audacity either. Neither is it an audacious “Old Testament” commandment! The warning comes straight from the mouth of Jesus:

Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will go into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the pleasure of my Father in heaven. A great number will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, were we not prophets in your name, and did we not by your name send out evil spirits, and by your name do works of power? And then will I say to them, I never had knowledge of you: go from me, you workers of evil.” (Matthew 7:21-23 – BBE)

Is the love of God all that matters according to Jesus’ admonition? Or does our love for God and doing His will actually play a much more serious role than what some present? Am I still being too judgmental, or a legalist, or am I still a heretic now? If you believe so then I would earnestly encourage you lay aside the costly lessons of men and women and take a seat with the rest of Jesus’ disciples at the foot of the mountain (Matthew 5-7) because it’s there that you’ll find that our mindset towards God can cost us as much as God is willing to pay for us.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23-24)

#christianity, #error, #god, #love, #mindset, #salvation

A Question About The Sunday Evening Assembly

There have been several churches of Christ here in the El Paso area who have discontinued their Sunday evening assembly. I’m wondering if this is a trend among churches of Christ nation-wide, or is this mindset confined to just our area? Will appreciate your input.

#area, #assembly, #church, #discontinue, #input, #mindset, #trend, #wonder