Once again marriage is in the headlines; or at least what some would like us to believe is marriage.  Government has no business in marriages.  The only reason that government ever got involved in the first place was to issue ‘licenses’ as a manner of creating revenue for that government.

Marriage was founded as a religious ceremony to bond one man and one woman.  The Bible teaches that God gave Adam woman made from his bone as a helper.  The New Testament goes on to say that “he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Matt 19:4-5). It is evident that not only the Old Testament and New Testament both identify marriage to be between one man and one woman.

No where in the scripture nor in the Constitution does it say “Let man abridge the law of God to his liking.”  The scripture says that same sex relationships are wrong as demonstrated by Romans 1:26-27 which says “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”  In the Bill of Rights, Amendment I clearly states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”  Therefore, Christianity teaches that marriage is a religious bond between a man and woman; and that same sex relations are wrong; and the First Amendment states that the government cannot interfere with religion.

Now, we have a President who wants the federal government to regulate the definition of marriage.  We have cities that have passed ordinances stating that churches cannot deny same sex couples from having a wedding ceremony in their temples. In other cities, if a minister preaches the immorality of same sex relations or gender bending, the city attorney at the bequest of the mayor starts harassing the church.

I personally hope that one or more pastors violates these mandates and when persecuted sues the governments (city, state, federal, it does not matter) for violation of the Church’s Constitutional protection.

That being said, if a same sex couple wants to have a civil union that is protected by the government, more power to them.  If you are not harming another, go for it; but don’t demand that religious entities turn their backs on their beliefs in order for you to feel good about yourselves.

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Thought For Today

“Measure not your accomplishments by the abilities of others but by your own.” – Me

Too many people measure their accomplishments and deeds by how they stand up to other peoples accomplishments.  But I ask you, who is the better person, the one who accomplishes a goal without effort, or the one who struggles to reach the end.

The person who accomplished it effortlessly has nothing invested in the deed, yet the person who perseveres through trials and tribulations has been willing to give it all to finish.

God gave each one of us talents and we can ask no more of ourselves than to give it our best try.

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Stop the Bus, I Want Off!

This novel, The Cerebral Man, is becoming too much!  It started as a clear and concise story but is growing out of control.  It started out as a one track line from start to finish, but now has two side tracks that branch out before bringing it back together.  As I work on one track, ideas keep coming for the other tracks so I hope over to that line and add on and then jump back.  I have had to put up a poster board in my work area to keep the key proponents straight and the characters progressing like they should.

I am feeling addicted to this right now as I spent most of the day yesterday pounding out fifty more pages while the weather was perfect to be outside engaging in reality.  I so want to take a break and concentrate on school and my family life, but I am afraid that if I set it aside, the story will lose some of the details.

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Sorry for the absence for those of you who read my ramblings.  I have been juggling my efforts between schoolwork, the novel, and surgery on my foot.  I have a lot of things I want to say, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything.

Please be patient and don’t forget about the old and decrepit Rural Iowegian.

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Mental Exercise

Find the next two numbers in this series:

87  40  158  111  229  182  300  ___  ___

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Mental Exercise

Fill in the missing number:

1  2  3  3  4  6  5  6  9  7  8  12  11  10  15  __  12  18  17  14  21  19  16  24  23  18

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Morning Mental Exercise

You are driving down the highway at the speed limit of 70 mph when another car passes you.  You know that the mile markers alongside the highway are each 1/20th of a mile apart and it takes the other car 6 seconds to get a mile marker ahead of you.  How fast is the other car travelling?


I do this one in my head on longer drives to keep my brain active.

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