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Month: October 2017

Two Minutes Hate

Winston Smith may have suffered through what millions of us are suffering through today. I wonder what he would think if he were to return from “1984” and enter our ‘real-life’ world of 2017? Today, in our cosmopolitan world, we’re surrounded by hate, greed and insolence. Our contempt for each other holds no bounds. Conservatives hate liberals. Liberals hate conservatives. Sadly, most Americans who characterize themselves by those two terms would be hard-pressed to even provide you with a legitimate definition of the terms. From the time we’re big enough to use a remote control, we’re witness to thousands...

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PEER PRESSURE

How do I deal with peer pressure? Peer pressure is not respective to gender, child, adolescent, or adults. Peer pressure is the direct influence on people by peers who are intimidated and encouraged to follow their peers by changing their attitude, values, and behaviors to those of the influencing group. Much of peer pressure relates to self esteem.  People with high self esteem seem to ward off some of these attacks.  While others with low self esteem may experience a greater degree of pressure.  Look for parents, friends, Christian mentors, who will encourage you to do good and make...

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The Evil Among Us

This morning, I received two e-mails from two Facebook ‘friends’. Both e-mails contained the identical image: a photo of Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” asking the scarecrow this question: “But how do you talk without a brain?” The scarecrow’s reply over the first image was, “I’m a Democrat!” The scarecrow’s reply over the second image was: “I’m a Republican!” Like most of you, I get dozens (sometimes hundreds!) of these kinds of images every day. Many are characterized as “humorous political truths”. Virtually all of them are disparaging ‘commentaries’ on the sender’s distorted political views, or personal insights...

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The Cure Is Not Here

What’s the cure for evil? What’s the cure for death? These are the questions many unbelievers ask. Maybe not those exact words, but that ultimately is what they want to know. Another mass murder shooting in the United States, this time in Vegas has brought people together and also caused division.   Many are looking for answers for evil and death. Some are looking for solutions to stop these things such as gun control laws. The answers are not going to be found because we cannot protect human life from death or evil. And we are not supposed to either....

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