not trying to force the point. . .

(This is #9 in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7 & 8 by clicking on the numbers. It's ok - they're short.) Ok, let's close with Prayer. I know that's a common saying in church and bible studies, and sometimes in other more public, settings, but I mean it in a different way. I... Continue Reading →

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the consequence of forcing it

There are so many types of "forcing it." I have addressed several already, in the precursors to this post: 1, 2, 3, and 4. I have suggested that as a general rule, subject to some exceptions of course, we should focus our attention on ourselves when forcing things (i.e. self-discipline) and we should not impose... Continue Reading →

He didn’t force others. . .

God is the inventor of free will.  He doesn't force man to love Him, or obey Him, or respect Him. He could, but He doesn't. Because He desires sincere devotion as opposed to forced submission. He knows that Forced respect isn't respect at all; Forced love isn't love in the least; Forced allegiance is a far cry... Continue Reading →

persecution?

When I was in high school or college, I was immature enough to believe I had experienced persecution for my christian beliefs. (caligo, etc) But now, at 48, I look back and I'm convinced that I wasn't undeservingly "persecuted" for christian beliefs so much as I reaped what I sowed for some judgmental jackass-ness. I... Continue Reading →

the values of a Nation

I closed my last essay with questions: Who is the Nation? Who are the detractors? What values promote freedom? I said I would get to that in the next installment, and here we are. First of all, who's throwing gauntlets around, and what does that mean anyway? A gauntlet was, and is, a glove with... Continue Reading →

centered

Balance is challenging but essential. This is not just an abstract, new agey concept, but a very practical one. Without balance we topple, or at least we wobble. From fighters to yogis, we must find our centers. This, for me anyway, is often easier said than done.  Work vs. Family; Faith vs. Reason; Conservative vs.... Continue Reading →

some people. .

It's been brought to my attention that I've posted a lot of darkness lately.  People have expressed concern.  I'm fine. I post my thoughts and those are often dim, but vomiting it out is quite therapeutic. So, my apologies and thanks for reading. With that out of the way, here's a brighter, happier story: Years... Continue Reading →

contradiction & confusion

I'm confused about some things: People argue for the right to public prayer under the 1st Amendment even though Christ instructed us to pray humbly in our closets. Matt. 6:5-7 People argue that marriage should be redefined as between same gender, because the equal protection clause should not be hindered by 18th century definitions, but... Continue Reading →

A – he who giveth

 "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out!" Bill Cosby used to do a comedy routine in which a dad would say that to his bratty kid. It was a joke, but in many cases - maybe most cases - he who gives can also take. When the president appoints someone... Continue Reading →

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