If you don’t sa…

If you don’t say what you mean, you cannot expect others to know what you mean when you say it. – ME

People are getting so worried about offending someone they will go out of their way to minimize their own speech thereby censoring themselves and leaving their message nothing more than inert verbage.

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If you are alwa…

If you are always looking for fault in others, you will likely not understand what is being said. – ME

I see more and more people that can read the word or hear the word who cannot fathom the meaning of the message.  Is this another consequence of living in an world of instant gratification?

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The City of God or The City of Man, Which do you Choose?

Augustine De Hippo, a 5th century bishop and writer wrote a book The City of God. He talks about how some people dwell in the City of God, while others in the same community live in the city of man. The difference between the two is unnoticable to some, while glaringly different to others.

John lives in the City of Man. Someone living in the City of Man lives for only today and whatever pleases him. He denies God as it is inconvenient to have to sinful ways that one might enjoy. The man who lives here does not want to live the righteous life as it might be boring as far as he is concerned, so he lives for today, for himself, without consideration to others.

Another person named Jack is living next door. Jack does not live in the same city though, he lives in the City of God. Jack does not have the glamour and luxury of his neighbor, but he works hard while caring for his family and lives a virtuous life, helping others. Even though Jack does not want in this life, he is sometimes tempted by the luxury of John’s life.

Now John looks at Jack and shakes his head because he thinks Jack could benefit from learning to think of himself more and others less; leaving income left over to have more luxuries. He can often be heard telling Jack “You only go around once and you need to learn to enjoy it!” He cannot understand when Jack replies “Yes, I do only go around once and I do enjoy it” for Jack knows the fulfillment of helping another in need.

What John does not and probably will never realize is that he lives in the City of Man and when the day comes he dies in the City of Man. After death, he is soon forgotten by others also in the City of Man. Where Jack, after death in this life, goes on to continue living in the City of God, where he has always been spiritually. Those he has helped while in this realm will all remember him and some will follow in his footsteps into the City of God.

So, which do you choose? Do you want to live for today here in the City of Man for the short time you are on this earth; or would you prefer to live in the City of God, preparing for an eternity of even more happiness? The choice is yours as God will not force someone to come to him.

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Heaven; Who Needs A Movie?

Have you ever thought about a loved one who has gone on without you and found comfort in their memory; you have known heaven.

Have you ever been in anguish, cried out to God for help and in that found an inner peace; you have felt heaven.

Have you ever looked at a sunset, flower or landscape and found that you were totally entranced in its beauty; you have experienced heaven.

Have you ever held a newborn baby in your arms and been completely enveloped in joy; you have held heaven.

Have you accepted Jesus as your personal savior; you have a space reserved in heaven.

Now, really open your eyes to what you have already lived of heaven without knowing it and you can see the truth of heaven.

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Waiting

Sitting at home patiently (yeah right) waiting to hear from my son and daughter in law.  They called last night to let us know that the doctor was going to induce labor and this told me I will have to patiently (yeah right) wait.  Every minute seems like hours and there is nothing I can do until we hear from them.  Fortunately, our granddaughter is here to entertain me while I wait and she is oblivious of the situation.

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Whatever Happened to……

Whatever happened to appliances that could be repaired?  Some may be too young to remember the days when if something broke down, you didn’t throw it away, you got it fixed.  Radios, TV’s, lawn mowers, coffee percolators, etc. were all repaired, not thrown away to go out and buy new.  Is this where “disposable income” came from?

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Ignorance in Iowa

Today, at the Christian University I attend, there was a car with a bumper sticker that said “When fascism arrives in America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” That one little bumper sticker had more hate in it than most members of the Ku Klux Klan. I wanted to wait for the owner to show up and give them a little education, but decided this person has already demonstrated their inability to face reality and I’d be wasting my time. It is amazing how many people fail to realize that the flag and that cross gave them the rights they now have.

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