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RESOLUTIONS! A New Take On Making Them

Resolutions! Most make them on New Years Eve. Some deep thinkers write them down as they discover the need for resolutions in the year while the old year is still in play. Others decide why make resolutions...I'm just gonna break them. Then the worst of the resolution makers actually enjoy breaking them. I remember an old friend who used smoke like a factory chimney. He wreaked of smoke, his breath, his body odor, his clothing...and to be honest, it was over-powering. I was his roomie for a while after a rough divorce. I tried to get him to quit, and he would resolve each year at Christmas that change was going to occur. Nope, didn't happen. The first time he smelled someone smoking he always had a reserve pack under his car seat in case he just couldn't take any more. I used to tell him how self-defeating it was to have a reserve pack. He would smile.

Alcoholics, gamblers, sex addicts, etc., etc., do the same thing. They swear to themselves and everybody still left to list…

It's Christmas...And The World Is Not At Peace

I remember some saying that "if Obama were to be elected President of the United States the world could be at peace. Men of all races and color would join hand in hand toward a more noble future." Just to prove the point that this man of letters could bring peace, he was given the Nobel Peace Prize based not on what he actually accomplished but what the world expected him to accomplish-HE DIDN'T! But this is not a blog to slam the many failures of our current President. He has done so many things wrong that even the so-called LEFT can scarcely defend him. Remember though, that he is a man, only a man with limited ability to change the world around us. Men with a skewed vision can shape some of the nation's circumstances but everything is really in flux anyway. According to the List Of Ongoing Conflicts, 66 countries are presently at war and a 669 factions are warring with each other ( http://www.warsintheworld.com/?page=static1258254223 )!!! The world scans the polit…

A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in your Church:

I make no apologies for addressing this blog mainly to Christians but there are many truths in here that apply to persons of other faiths or no particular faith. Domestic Abuse is more prevalent now than at any other time. Even though there is education for abused women, many refuse to believe they are in abusive relationships or if they do believe it their fear of dealing with it is greater than their understanding of the seriousness of it. There are many forms of abuse and they are listed here: Rachel Miller is not just someone who writes about it but has experienced domestic abuse. There are MONSTERS in your congregations who prey on their wives and children. They are not always the gruff and obvious. Many are professionals. They hide their true personalities until they get within the confines of their domain. How does one recognize them? How do they perform their abuse? How do you define abuse and abusers?

Abuse then, is a mentality of entitlement and superiority in which an abuser…

The Christmas Nightmare For Some

It's almost Christmas! Good cheer and love for mankind is at hand...but not in every home! According to one agency, Domestic Abuse Program there were 17,667 calls of domestic abuse. That is only one fifth of the abuses that occur. In fact, 4000 women in the U.S. die each year from domestic abuse. Here is a reminder of what domestic abuse is and the stats: Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partner.  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS:  A pattern of behaviors including a variety of tactics - some physically injurious and some not, some criminal and some not - carried out in multiple, sometimes daily episodes.  A pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion. (NOTE) Yes, there is such a thing as marital rape. It is forced or demand sex when there…

Thanksgiving By Lessons In The Furnace Of Life

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I Googled this question this morning and thought about it as I drove around today:
How many times is the word “thanksgiving” mentioned in the Bible?

That all depends on the Bible translation being used. Here are some answers
Version                                 Number of times
King James Version               30
New International Version   32
New English Translation       29
English Standard Version     38
New Living Translation        31

Yes, I took the lazy man's way of getting to the answer. Thank you Rob J Hyndman for your answer. Why did I ask this question? This will be my third Thanksgiving alone. Through my own fault in many ways but still you ask yourself. "what do I do with me during this time? Why does it hurt so much? The answer to the pain of lonesomeness is simple, but not simple to arrive at. Give thanks to God for all things and in all things!

As I drove(I put on 160 miles total just driving today) I thought of all the events of my life that I could give thanks for. …

The Orthodoxy of Hell James 2:19

This isn't laziness, but instead a pastor/friend of mine posted an article that I think is relevant. I have met many "Christians" who think they can live like the world and still call themselves Christians...maybe some are and in the end the Holy Spirit will convict them to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. One thing I think that is really worth talking about is this: there will be many armchair and seminary theologians in hell! You see you can have all the scripture knowledge in the world, but without a real personal relationship with the Author of that theology...it is in vain! If you are the genuine article and think you can take a vacation from the agenda the Lord has for you I've got news for you...I've been there and God will not let you rest until you confess and repent of your idiocy and come back on the path He has laid out for you. "Hey Ted, what happened to eternally secure in Jesus...you are!" This doesn't change that! All I am s…