September 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

There has been major concern this summer regarding whether schools should or should not reopen for face-to-face instruction this September. There are numerous aspects to consider. Yet it seems a great many concerns are not directly related to education and subject matter. We seem to be stuck on what I would call the “extras” which we have come to expect from our schools. Things like before and after school child care, hot lunches, transportation, sports programs, and a variety of other extracurricular activities. Parents have come to depend on schools for far more than the education of their children. Practically speaking, it is as if we have forgotten that we as parents are the ones who are ultimately responsible for our ...

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September 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

With a national election just around the corner on November 3rd, I thought it might be good to contrast the platforms of each of the major parties so you can vote intelligently. Here is a brief summary of each party. Republicans in the main are politically, socially, and economically conservative. They believe in a smaller federal government with the responsibility for meeting citizen’s needs given to the states. Democrats in the main are politically, socially, and economically liberal. They believe it is the federal government’s responsibility to provide for citizens through social programs initiated by the federal government. Here are their positions:

Republican Party Positions

Economic conservatism

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September 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Last month I wrote about the terms currently in vogue in our culture, terms such as “woke” and “cancel culture.” A new term that has just come on the scene is “Karen.” What is a “Karen?” Here’s how Dictionary.com defines it:

Karen is a   pejorative   slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people's behaviors. As featured in memes, Karen is generally stereotyped as having a blonde bob haircut, asking to speak to retail and restaurant managers to voice complaints or make demands, and being an anti-vaxx , Generation X ......

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September 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

You hear it in speeches from public officials. You read it in magazines, periodicals, and newsfeeds. The media readily shares quotes from celebrities using it but so do many ordinary Americans. What am I describing? It’s the ever present use of profanity. It may be the f*** or sh** bomb or even the use of God or Jesus Christ’s name in vain. Why has profanity become so commonplace? As adults, what are we teaching our children when they hear us using it? Let’s talk about profanity this month.

Why do people use profanity? For many reasons most of them subconscious. I would submit that people use profanity for the following reasons:

  1. To shock, impact, or stun their hearers. Profanity is meant to jolt the conversation and ...
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August 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

“.... There arose another generation …. who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10

“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6

Looking at current events in America and the world, the theme of everyone doing what is right in their own eyes is apparent. Our current situation resembles the time of the judges in the Old Testament of the Bible. It was a time when there was no king in Israel. The people had turned away from God. They ignored Him and worshiped false gods. They forgot about Him and all the things he had done for them and their nation of Israel. They forgot the Ten Commandments. They completely ...

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August 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

“Science will save us” says the LA Times in an April 13, 2020 article by Diya Chacko. A recent television ad from Pfizer Drug declares, “Science will win.” This is the collective prayer of much of America and the world. My question is, “Has science taken the place of God in our collective consciousness? Do we now worship science instead of God because science has all the answers and, after all, science is visible and tangible?” I would assert that science and God are not incompatible. God created science. Science is God’s handmaid. Science serves God. He gave science to us as a gift to help us explore and know our universe.

All the elements on the periodic chart whether solid, liquid, or gas were ...

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August 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Every generation or cause coins its own words, phrases, or symbols. My generation used terms like “hip,” “jive turkey,” “tune in, turn on, drop out,” and “get down.” (My, I’m really dating myself, aren’t I?) Then there are causes like the homosexual cause which uses “LGBTQ” and has pilfered words like “gay” and given it a different definition. Even the rainbow of Noah’s day is not considered sacred. Now it’s a symbol for the homosexual cause. Today’s generation uses terms like “woke” and “cancel culture.” For ancients like me, what do these terms mean?

Here’s a rather lengthy definition from Merriam-Webster&...

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August 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

The military teaches you a number of valuable lessons. For example, you are taught to obey orders from your commanding officer, the chain-of-command, respect for authority, and rank has its privileges. The lesson I want to focus our attention on is obeying authority. We live in a day and age in which disobedience to those in authority is rampant. Much like the repeated theme of the book of Judges, “Every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25), no one is in charge. The old adage declares, “If everyone is in charge, no one is in charge.” How true!

What a contrast between our current culture’s view of authority and the view of a centurion in the Bible who came to Jesus to ask for healing for his ...

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July 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Whenever we go through difficulties and times of crisis, the mental task we must face is to make some kind of sense of what is happening to us. The human brain struggles with things that we cannot comprehend. I often refer to this mental phenomenon as “trying to make sense out of something that does not make sense.” We eagerly and often desperately seek out information from multiple people and sources. We seek out people to talk to. We read everything we can find on the subject. We turn to multiple media sources. We look to the “experts.” We look for something familiar that we have experienced or someone we know who has gone through something similar. We might even look up Bible verses. We look for a hero in all the ...

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July 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

You’ve heard it said on television news or on one of the online news feeds, the “new normal.” What is meant by new normal is that because of the COVID19 pandemic, the way life is now is the way it will be in the future and there is no going back to the way things were. What’s wrong with that thinking? A lot. For one, no one but God knows the future. We don’t know if this is the new normal. We can speculate but we just don’t know and it’s premature and irresponsible to broadcast such prognostication. So, we need to admit we don’t know the future but we do know the past. We can learn valuable lessons if we will study the past.

Studying the past led me to research the “Spanish Flu” ...

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