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    Combatting Mass Violence

    Ninety-one percent of men and 84 percent of women “have had at least one vivid and often detailed fantasy about committiing murder”, says psychologist David M. Buss, and most murders are committed by seemingly normal persons (“The Murder Next Door”, Penguin Press, 2005, P.8). Fortunately, most people don’t act on their fantasy. Buss wrote that we must recognize, appreciate, and be alert to our “deeply ingrained capacity for murder that lurks inside us all, even those we love and who love us” (p.3). This capacity leads to our facination with murder in the media, spawning TV programs like Perry Mason, Matlock, Diagnosis Murder, Murder She Wrote and Columbo. Authors like…

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    Living in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

    David, in Psalm 23:4, describes not only the human condition as being death, as the separation from God, but also as the secular world we live in, which is also separated from God. Psalm 23 is probably the most well known and popular psalm in the Bible, and with good reason. In just six verses it sets forth both mankind’s and society’s human condition, and shows the hope we have in God’s promises to us. A study of Job would be appropriate to help clarify this psalm, as it shows in detail what David explains in brief. Psalm 23 is also the foundation of next week’s blog. It is therefore…

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    Becoming Christian, Part Three: More on Relationship

    The common misconception about God, and Christ Jesus, is that He is somewhere out there in heaven. We pray to Him something like spiritual long distance hoping He hears us and will answer our prayers. Nothing could be farther from the truth for true Christians. I’ve written a lot about what constitutes a true Christian, but for the sake of those readers who are reading this blog for the first time, a Christian is someone who is totally committed to Christ as his or her personal Savior, who loves God with all his heart, mind, soul and strength, and does the will of the Father in heaven (Matthew 12:49,50; Mark…

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    Becoming Christian Part two: the Relationship

    Relationships are important. Almost everything we do in this world is based on relationships. There are relationships between friends, relatives, neighbors, people we come in contact with every day, boss – employee relationships, and between employees. Fleeting relationships exist for only moments with those we don’t know but come in contact with, perhaps for only for seconds. Those are not that important. Some married couples are fortunate in having relationships based on mutual understanding and trust, and that last for 50 or 60 years or longer. But that isn’t true in most cases. The divorce rate is going up every year. Accounts of broken relationships fill the news every day.…