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    Overcoming Fear

    Everyone experiences fear to some degree or another. It’s only human. Fear is the alarm or apprehension we experience when confronted with something we think is beyond our ability to handle, that will cause us to be damaged in some way. Charlie Brown in Peanuts was afraid of approaching the little red-haired girl. A friend of mine in grade school was afraid of dogs because he was bitten by one when he was an infant. He didn’t remember the incident, but the fear remained. I’ve said before that I have a fear of extension ladders and suspended foot bridges. The underlying fear is that I will fall off of them,…

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    The Christian Position to the Pandemic

    My birthday is this month, an in over seven decades I’ve not seen a crisis like the COVID pandemic. And what’s worse, the people of the US and some other countries are actively spreading the virus. We have a President who is actively promoting a position on the virus that is going to kill a lot of people. His political rally and White House lawn party where most attendees did not wear masks or practice social distancing were irresponsible. The people of this country are reacting in kind by crowding beaches, restaurants and night clubs without wearing masks. Florida and California are now epicenters for the virus due mostly to…

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    Overcoming Prejudice

    The murder of George Floyd by a police officer, in front of dozens of witnesses, motivated the world against prejudice. This is especially true of prejudice of whites against blacks. I believe the words “I can’t breathe”, at a time when the world is battling a virus that attacks the lungs, was a catalyst that helped motivate people. It made the murder of Floyd personal in a way that hadn’t been done before. Everyone is afraid of dying from a virus that prevents them from being able to breathe. It’s more than Mr. Floyd’s words, though. His blatant murder was the straw that broke the camel’s back, if you’ll excuse…

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    Celebrating the Father

    Today is Father’s Day when we celebrate fatherhood, and our fathers. Fathers are important people. They’re figureheads, traditionally the head of the household though not so much anymore, and role models for their children and other children as well. And, while the mothers do 95% of the work in bringing children into the world, it does take a father in the creation of children. So, why is it on Father’s Day that almost all of us forget the ultimate Father that’s responsible for all of us being here? First and foremost we need to be grateful today for God the Father creating and maintaining us. God, in the form of…

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    Covid-19 and prejudice: The Very Real Link

    The Covid 19 virus has caused a world-wide pandemic among all peoples except perhaps the most remote cultures that have little or no contact with the outside world. It’s caused the lock down of all societies, some more than others. People are social beings. We need to interact with one another, and the virus is greatly restricting our interaction with each other. People are getting “cabin fever”, a term describing a condition that applies to persons who are restricted to their homes for months at a time due to extremes of weather, like being snowed in over the Winter months. Our cabin fever isn’t caused by weather. It’s caused by…

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    The meaning of Pentecost

    First, I want to apologize for missing the last two weeks. Two weeks ago the Comcast modem in my apt. complex quit. Last week I typed one paragraph and the keyboard on my laptop quit, so I couldn’t type. I now have an external keyboard to use until I can afford to have the laptop’s keyboard replaced. Hopefully we’ll have no more interruptions. Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit came to mankind, is rooted in the Old Testament. This isn’t surprising because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever . All of the New Testament is founded in the Old. God never changes. And His will and purpose for…

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    The Meaning of Pentecost

    The name Pentecost comes from the Greek pentkoste, meaning the fiftieth day after the resurrection. The historical significance is derived from the law being given to Moses on the fiftieth day after the exodus from Egypt (Exodus 19). The harvest is concluded at that time also. Pentecost was celebrated over a period of seven complete weeks after the Passover (Leviticus 23:15-16). Christ was crucified over the Passover weekend, Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks after Easte_. ( The last lette w_n’t w_te). In m_dern times, much false doctrine has been created about Pentecost, including speakng in tongues and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (sometimes lette_s wk ths m_ _n_ng, m_stly…

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    Opening Up the Economy

    This week’s blog is short, because even though the Internet is back on in my apartment complex, the router is unstable and suffers from frequent disruptions of service. This happened last week and the last two paragraphs of the blog didn’t post. Then service went out altogether. Much of the US and Europe is opening up from the lock down. Too soon for safety, I think. However, there are economic factors to consider. The economy cannot remain shut down for much longer. Already some large department stores that were suffering financially before the pandemic have now filed for bankruptcy. And, many small local businesses have new signs in the windows…

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    A Tribute to Mothers

    Today is Mother’s Day. It’s celebrated on the second Sunday of May each year. Anna Jarvis started Mother’s Day in 1905, and it was first celebrated at the St. Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 which is the year Anna Jarvis died. The U.S. Congress denied making the holiday official in 1911, but within several years all states held celebrations and a few made Mother’s Day an official state holiday. Mothers are often mentioned in the Bible. Eve was the first mother of course, though Genesis talks around the issue of Eve’s motherhood. The most prominent mother in the Bible is Mary the mother of Jesus. It’s…