Schools don’t often make the headlines with good news today.
Mass shootings (murder), children severely assaulting classmates or their teacher, inappropriate clothing being condoned, illegal relationships between students and teachers, rampant drug abuse, and…students calling their teacher ma’am.
You didn’t read that list wrong. A young man was recently punished by his teacher for calling her ma’am.
I understand most teachers are satisfied with Ms., Mrs. or Mr., but what is wrong with a child who shows respect to an authority figure by using ma’am?
I don’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill but I will make a big tree out of a small root because I believe this situation is a small snippet of the root of the problem in our culture today; a culture that does not have much respect for life, personal responsibility or authority figures!
A large part of the reason these conditions exist is because these things are not truly expected anymore, not even from children in schools. And it has gotten to the point to when they are shown, the people showing these characteristics are the ones punished as if they are wrong.
“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 NKJV)
I cannot speak for the southern hemisphere but if you live in the northern hemisphere you still have a chance to catch a peak view of the Perseids meter shower tonight.
Check out this story for more details.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1 NKJV)
Good news is something missing from most news stories, but one story circulating some headlines falls into a category that makes it worth talking about … without it being gossip!
It took a personal initiative and the help of 7,000 views from others to make one doctor’s concern about something he saw while watching a TV show worth the effort of going the second mile.
The concern revolved around a lump on the throat of a woman (who was a perfect stranger to the afore-mentioned doctor) buying a house. And while the lump obviously wasn’t bothering the woman, at that time, it bothered the doctor. That’s why he decided to take action. His effort to reach the woman ended up being to her benefit because the lump ending up being cancerous!
Looking out for the interest of others isn’t always the easiest the thing to do. At times it takes some effort driven by concern. And while the effort will not always be appreciated by everyone, it can and will eventually make a big difference in someone’s life.
“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:1-5 NKJV)
Richard Dawkins actually gets it.
Talk to “evangelical” atheists and it does not take very long before the “Christianity is a dying religion” card is happily played.
My answer to that “card” is Christianity is only “dying” in Western cultures, not worldwide. And I’ll add, from time-to-time, that atheism will miss Christianity when it is gone, because the alternative will not be as accepting of their intolerance. Something else will fill the spiritual vacuum!
The cultures of mankind (and womankind, contrary to the thoughts of this Massachusetts “college” for women) have an unbroken habit of looking to a “higher-power” to worship: religion, politics, or self. It’s unavoidable! When something spiritual is gone, something spiritual will take its place. The “soul” of humanity craves it. Even atheism must admit this, because, according to atheism itself, God is not “real” and all people are born atheists – so where did religion come from?
So go to the “funeral” of Christianity and laugh. But it won’t be long before you go to a “wedding” and mourn.
“The prophet visited the king of Israel and said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Because the Syrians said, “The LORD is a god of the mountains and not a god of the valleys,” I will hand over to you this entire huge army. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'”” (1 Kings 20:28 NET)
“I replied to the king, ‘O king, live forever! Why would I not appear dejected when the city with the graves of my ancestors lies desolate and its gates destroyed by fire?'”
The Jewish cupbearer heard of Jerusalem’s condition and wept. He could not keep his sadness concealed from the pagan king, even at the risk of royal displeasure.
How does news about departures from the faith and congregational troubles affect us? Do we feel the connectedness of our being a part of God’s family?
#sadness #news #VOTD
Apparently the Pope is going to introduce the idea that Roman Catholic priests in Brazil should be given the “right” to get married.
Before this announcement one could often talk with a “Catholic Apologist” about the unscriptural nature of refusing to allow a priest to be married and he or she would be accused of being a Catholic basher and sola scripture fanatic. But now, to many Catholics, although undoubtedly to all, this will probably sound like a good idea simply because the Pope will say there is nothing unscriptural about it.
Truth is, people in the Catholic Church have been listening to the wrong Head of the church for well over a millennium (Colossians 1:18).
Read the scriptures and you find that the church has always represented marriage as a good, holy and undefiled right given to all people who meet God’s requirements (Hebrews 13:4) – including church leaders!
As a matter of fact, the scriptures record that a plurality of the apostles were married (1 Corinthians 9:5) as well as using a healthy marriage as a central identifying characteristic of the lives of bishops (pastors, elders, overseers, etc.) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-2, 12; Titus 1:5-6).
Must an individual be married to acceptably serve God? Absolutely not! 1 Corinthians 7 and Matthew 19:9-12 teaches us that. But no man, or woman, or council has the right to deny the scriptural state of marriage to any member of the body of Christ (1 Timothy 4:1-3).
While it may now sound like a good idea to some, according to the Holy Spirit “marriage rights” was never a bad idea to begin with.
The Bible stories about the first man and creation are not true, according to a new investigation. Stop the presses, Mr. Gutenberg!
How many times must the same headline be printed?
Headlines will come and go and the world will continue to turn, upheld by the power of Christ’s word, and people will continue to make a decision as to whether or not they choose to accept or reject Jesus and the book written about him.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:1-3 NKJV)
No public call for prayer in school, at graduation ceremonies, or at the commencement of governmental meetings for fear of protests.
But in a violently shaking plane? No protests there!
“But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”” (Jonah 1:4-6 NKJV)
Much like the time Pilate and Herod became agreeable due to their dismissive ambiguity (and by that I mean their lack of interest in the repentance, righteousness and truth of the gospel) toward Jesus (Luke 23:4-12), right has the weird ability to make friends out of wrong.
For example, Continue reading
You may have heard about Kathy Griffin’s photo by now – you know, the one she thought would make people laugh by holding a decapitated and blood-covered head (or mask) made to look like the current President. This is the same woman who used an expletive aimed directly at Jesus after winning an award a few years back too. She’s a model of the true leftist agenda … preach tolerance but retain none for anyone you disagree with (the photographer of the image has offered no apologies).
Now, the irony of the latest situation Ms. Griffin placed her self in is that somehow she views herself as the victim!
Politics is politics for sure, but make no mistake – when politics takes aim at true morality under the guise of tolerance, the motivation is a lack tolerance for the said morality every time.
“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 NKJV)“
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)
What major 2016 statistic does this map represent? Continue reading
The irony of liberalism can be too much at times – especially when it comes to feminism.
Melbourne, Australia is putting the brakes on the western culture’s “unconscious gender bias” with its new … wait for it … Continue reading
“Fake news” is in the news, or is it “fake news” about “fake news?” If “news” is “new information about specific and timely events,” then it may, or may not be “true.” Some refuse to face facts: an election is over; there are illegitimate babies and illegal aliens; education is not, actually; profit is not evil and Christians are not hypocrites! “Truth” is “conformity to fact or reality.” Jesus said He came into the world “that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37 NKJV). Pilate replied, “What is truth?” (John 18:38 NKJV). Pilate represents people who cannot accept reality, so they question “truth” as if it were “fake news.” Since “no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21 NKJV), then there is no “fake news” about Jesus Christ in the Bible. Believe it!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11 – NKJV)
One of the things that many people forget, or just plain out never knew, about the Bible’s account of the global flood is that the scriptures recount how water not only came down from the sky – it came up from the depths of the earth.
I know, I know…a global flood survived by eight people and a whole lot of animals on a big boat. That’s ridiculous mythological kid stuff, right? After all, it’s impossible! There isn’t enough water on the Earth to flood the Earth. At least that’s how most “intellectuals” treat the story of the world’s accountability for sin and God’s ability to judge both.
And yet, the Bible never ceases to amaze me when it comes to the little details which were recorded long, long before “modern-day” science even thought of knowing such, much less observing it.
For example, remember those fountains of the great deep that were broken up? Listen to this excerpt from a newly published study entitled, Deepest water found 1000km down, a third of way to Earth’s core: Continue reading