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SERMON: Are We To Judge?

In recent years there has been a shift in the church concerning the idea of judging between 'right' and 'wrong'.

We will frequently hear comments like 'judge not, lest you be judged'.

Nothing tells us that we are not allowed to judge between right and wrong, good and bad, truth and error.

How do we, in a world of falsities, uphold the truth and stand against wickedness while keeping judgmental attitudes in balance?

This sermon will attempt to add clarification to this issue. More...

EDITORIAL: Count Your Blessings

The winter solstice at the end of the year has just past, and this has been, since humankind first had a thought of past and future, a great time to reflect and give thanks.

There are the several Thanksgivings that bring the blessings of food and family and each is a time to be glad for what one has. Christmas is a time when we remember the sacrifice and love of God, the birth of Christ, and share good will through giving.

There are also the various New Years which usher in fresh beginnings and each is a time to look back on the past twelve months and take positive steps to achieve new goals.

It is a wonderful and festive time of year to share and celebrate the goodness of humankind.

While these holidays mark the time and bring feelings of thankfulness or gratitude and giving, these are things we should do each day.
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OPINION: Open Exposure

Remember being a high school student, going to class after class on subjects that seemed so irrelevant to your interests or goals in life?

I think most people experience this at one point or another during their educational career.

When I finished high school it seemed I had taken so many classes, with a number of them on topics in which I had little interest. Yet, at the time, I was not fully able to realize that even knowing what I was uninterested in helped me develop a path that I wanted to travel.

Of course I learned something from those classes, whether it was economics or a foreign language, but when it came time to pick subjects in college, I knew a lot more about my interests and strengths. More...

GOOD NEWS: Charity

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.
Abraham Lincoln

Charity and justice are worth at the very least a thousand ounces of gold.
Chinese proverb

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
Charles Dickens

Charity, like poetry, should be cultivated, if only for its being graceful.
Herman Melville

Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does.
Simone Weil... More...

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 8

Back at the San Diego Marine Construction Company office, I searched out Carlyle at his desk. "Say, G.H., see if you can get me on the Chamberlain."

Grabbing me by the arm, G.H. introduced me to W.E. Flanagan, a likeable Irishman, who, nevertheless, was quick-tempered, explosive, impatient, and hyperactive.

"Paul would be a big help to you here in the office, Bill. But he'll need a draft board deferment."

"Do you type?" queried Flanagan.

"Sure do."

"When can you start?"

"Well, let me see ..." More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I have a male friend, Gary, who I really like and he seems to really like me and he keeps asking me out. My problem is that he has tattoos, and a lot of them, although I don't know how many and how widespread because I have only seen him in a tee shirt and his arms are covered, I mean really covered.

And I am really turned off by tats, I mean the sight of them really kills all romantic feelings I might have for said person. So, Gary makes a great acquaintance, because he has a pleasant way about him but he's really shy and so am I, so we both can hang out together without talking too much or not.


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"A life of ease is a difficult pursuit. "

William Cowper

"Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything."

Herb Caen

"It is not how old you are, but how you are old."

Anonymous

"You cannot be your brother's keeper if you are caged by selfishness."

Anonymous

"It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'as pretty as an airport' appear."

Douglas Adams

"The strength of the drive determines the force required to suppress it."

Mary Jane Sherfey

"Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great."

Harry S. Truman

"I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them."

Herbert Henry Lehman

"Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want."

Bernard M. Baruch

"Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff. "

Frank Zappa



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