Fear, Confusion, or Trust

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photo credit: Getty

In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, “Marion Crane” played by Janet Leigh was stabbed to death in a motel shower. The scene took about three minutes of run time highlighted by screeching music, fast scene changes, and screams from Janet Leigh. Those three minutes made for one of the scariest moments in film for the time. It was reported that Janet Leigh said she would never take a shower again, only baths.

I sometimes think fear as shown in that movie is prevalent in our society now. By listening to the nightly news, I hear much fear, and increasing confusion, and very little trust.

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You Matter!

My brother posted these two words on his Facebook page a couple of days ago. Since then, I have been pondering them and their significance in light of our world .   

It seems to me, these two words summarize a major problem we have in our society. 

 From my perspective, we as a society, are really self-centric!  We only care for ourselves!  Every thing must orbit around us and therefore the needs of others slide down on the list of importance.

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Memes – Ugh!

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Memes are interesting to me. They can be funny. They can be satirical. They can be inspiring. They can be truthful or not. To be honest, for the most part, I don’t like memes. I prefer to read ones personal thoughts and experiences, but if they do use a meme, I would like to know why or how it relates to the individual. I like this meme because it demonstrates my point. Anyone can combine a photograph and a thought to create a meme.

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What Really Matters

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I found this meme interesting, because it seem to lack depth of reason or thought.  It seemed, as with memes I see on Facebook, to have the mathematical equivalency of 1 + 1 = 3.  They try to add things together and arrive at the wrong conclusion.

Allow me to state the obvious- people mistreat other people and it happens around the globe!  Next obvious statement – it has happened from the beginning of time (Cain killed Abel) and I suspect it will continue until the end of time.  Humans have a ‘sin nature’.  It is our nature to sin.  The first man Adam, disobeyed God’s laws, and sinned against God.  That sinful nature has been passed on to all of us.

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Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Five

CHAPTER FIVE

newgrowth_300The Lordship of Christ (Who is in Control?)

“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10 NASB

When a person comes to realize they are a sinner (they have sinned against God’s law) and they realize they are in need of a Savior to satisfy their sin debt and that Savior is Jesus Christ, the son of the true and living God, Continue reading

Prepared For A Second Love?

Nancy and Steve

I have always been a “one-woman-man”!  I have always only dated one woman at a time and I have never been interested in having multiple girlfriends at a time.    If you review my writings, you know I was completely “head over heels” in love with my wife.

I meet Terrie when I was 18 years old.  I wanted to spend all of my life together with her and I would have like to have been “Raptured” out together, being together until the very end.

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Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Four

CHAPTER FOUR

newgrowth_300Our Purpose (Dedicating Yourself To Jesus)

Every structure that is built is built with a purpose.  1 Peter 2:5 NIV states: “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  What is our purpose?  1 Peter 1:15-16 says we are to holy!  In this lesson, we will study what it means to live a sanctified life.  As a believer, it is essential to dedicate yourself to Jesus.

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Family

 

When I was just a boy watching a black & white television set, there were two programs about families that I liked to watch.  One was “Leave It To Beaver” featuring the Clever family;  Ward and June and their two sons, Wally and Theodore (Beaver).   I’m not sure  what kind of work Ward did, but he wore a suit to work everyday and they lived in a two-story house.   June wore “A” line chic dresses with a upturned collar and a nice pearl necklace.  The “boys” always seemed to have clean clothes and a nice bedroom they shared with it’s own bathroom.   Beaver would do something that led to a life lesson about knowing to do right and developing character and morals.

The second program was “Father Knows Best” featuring the Anderson family.  Jim and Margaret Anderson had three children, Continue reading

Harmony

As a teenage boy of the late 1960’s, I enjoyed listening to the harmony sung by the Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Simon & Garfunkel.  To know that two or more voices were singing together and it sounded as one voice to me, was amazing to me.  In the fifties, Doo-Wop music was popular for it’s harmonious sounds.   And I’m sure, with some study, we would find throughout history, harmony has been sung since there was a song to sing.  Now I’m not a musician or a student of music or music theory.  Continue reading