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Lance Armstrong has vehemently denied, lied, pledged, sworn and promised for years that he had never used PID’s. He “threw under the bus” his closest friends and teammates when they confronted him with allegations of his doping. We now hear of tearful confessions before his supporters and Oprah Winfrey. What does all this mean? Does this represent a man who is in true repentance from his sins? Is this all so-and-tell theatrics in order to gain approval or reputation? Has his guilt and shame caused his “bones to waste away” because he kept silent for so many years? There may be only one person who can answer the questions regarding Armstrong’s confession. But even Lance may not know what is in his own heart.

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There are very few people on this planet that can relate to what the police officers and first responders had to experience when they entered the Sandy Hook school on December 14th. These professionals are trained to deal with traumatic events with professionalism and an emotional disconnect. It is different when that trauma includes the loss of children’s lives.

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Prince William and Kate Expecting First Child

Year after year the Israelites waited for this grand pregnancy and birth of this mighty King. They had dreams and aspirations for this Mighty God ruler. They envisioned a glorious announcement and birth that included much fanfare and would create envy and respect in the eyes of all other rulers and nations. They knew this child would want for nothing and all the nations would bow before Him. They waited and times got tough. There were 300 years of no word from God through His prophets. Had God forgotten his people?

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Morality-Who Needs It?

My first thought upon reading this CNN article is “When did Larry Flynt become an expert on morality, fidelity and honor.” Based upon the products his company produces, I would see him more as an expert in immorality, infidelity, and dishonor. Biblically based morality draws a line and says that crossing over this line is now a sin. Fidelity means that one is committed, dedicated and devoted to one person or cause. Honor finds it core and roots wrapped around the word honesty. The concept of integrity is interwoven throughout all of these.

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Election Time

Romans 5:8 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Election time has finally come and gone after many months of non-stop TV, radio, and printed advertisements. We now know the outcome of local, state, and national elections. We live in a great country where the people truly get to elect their chosen leaders and officials. I wonder what our election results would have been in years past if they had the media coverage we have today. Let’s face it, many of our past presidents were not that attractive, could have lost a few pounds and probably lacked great oration skills. Would we have elected George Washington if we knew all the details of his past? What if TMZ cameras had followed Abraham Lincoln around and critiqued his scraggly beard and ruddy complexion? Would we have deemed him not attractive enough to be our president? When the Israelites chose their first king, they chose Saul because he looked like one. He was muscular, tall, dark and handsome. Saul may have looked like a king but he did not have the heart of a king. When God chose His king, he selected a boy who had a heart that pursued Him and not self interest. Let’s face it, when it comes to choosing anybody, we usually just look at the external appearance.

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Wedding Feast Gone Bad

A paradox is a statement, proposition, or situation that seems to be absurd or contradictory, but in fact is or may be true. The heading of the article above contains some paradoxical phrases. “Wedding brawl in the city of brotherly love” appears a tad bit absurd or contradictory. The wedding feast is one where love, commitment and dedication are the primary themes and not tasers, batons, chaos and violence. It was not clear what started this brawl but it was apparent that the over usage of alcohol was a primary and contributing factor.

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Bad Call

Jesus had recently raised Lazarus from the dead and the word of this miracle had preceded his entry into Jerusalem. In today’s terminology we might say that his approval ratings were off the chart. Thousands of on lookers gave him a standing ovation and sang his praises. Their expectation was for Jesus to be the one to deliver them from the cruel oppression of the Roman government. At last God had heard their cries and would soon provide justice and fairness for His chosen people. This applause and praise lasted about as long as the approval of the referees.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour

Faith or Fantasy

The word endeavor in part means to “to try to reach or achieve something, to exert”. That would make the name Endeavour a fitting title for a space craft. This retired spacecraft no longer has to strive to reach or achieve something. As mentioned in the article, this is the last flight for the space shuttle. This retired spacecraft, however, is not flying; it is riding or being carried to its new home in California. It is leaving its old and familiar home in Florida to go to a place that it has never visited. Surely as it goes down the city streets there will be many on lookers that greet this new arrival with cheers and applause for a job well done. One day we will all leave this home called earth and go to a new home that we have never visited before. Where will your new home be?

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Would Jesus Bear Hug Obama or Romney?

Recently, pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer made international news when he gave President Barack Obama a bear hug. What made this interesting is that Scott is a self reporting Republican. The controversy regarding his over the top type hug did not present itself until the days following his interaction with the commander and chief. His Republican friends and customers did not appreciate his emotional embrace. They believed he had betrayed them and was now supporting their “enemy”. His business has declined since his infamous hug shook the world of politics. …

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Real People of Influence

It would be fair to say that none of us will ever make Forbes list for most powerful woman or man. As Christians, our power and influence can be even greater and farther reaching than any of the women listed in the article. Let’s take a look at the points listed in our definition and how they apply to our Christian influence.

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