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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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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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Introduction Letter from David Jones – September 2012 Newsletter

As the new Director for Restoration Path, I wanted to take a few moments of your time to introduce myself. I would love to have an opportunity to talk with each and every one of you and would be glad to answer any questions you have about me.

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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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Tim Tebow Values Accountability, We Do Too

Tim Tebow is one of the most talked about sports figures on our planet today. You cannot watch an episode of Sports Center without his name being mentioned. Sometimes there is debate about his performance as an NFL quarter back. There is one thing that has never been questioned nor debated and that is his faith and integrity. He is always described as a man of strong faith and character. You would think that someone of his strength and stature could take on all the trials and temptations that life can throw at him without relying upon another human.

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You Are Not Alone

Andy and Tammy Reid faced the greatest terror that a parent could ever experience. All parents, from the moment the child is conceived, want to protect their children from all harm, injury, and most importantly death. We want to protect them from external and internal forces that could harm them. The Reid family battled with both of these forces regarding their son’s drug addiction. The external temptation of drug usage as a means of coping with and escaping the difficulties of life can be tremendous. The internal lies we tell ourselves keep us walled off from the people close to us and lead us into isolation, despair and self destruction. When the external temptations line up with our internal lies then the ending result can be deadly. Andy and Tammy Reid loved their son and battled with all their strength to save him.

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