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    Toxic society, Part Two

    Last week’s blog explained why our society is toxic. Toxic is defined as “Relating to or being caused by a poison”, or “being infected by a poison”. A toxin is a substance that is a product of metabolic activities of an organism and is usually very unstable (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary ). A cultural toxin then is an activity or action, or a group of activities or actions, that negatively affects the well being of a society. A societal toxin is anything that disrupts the administration of a society and negatively affects the well being of a society’s members. The grand central question, then, is how best to manage society…

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    Toxic Society, Part two

    Last week’s blog was a general overview of the reasons for cultural toxicity. This week we’ll get into more specifics. Ultimately, Society is made up of individuals, so the change in society begins with you. Two general factors contribute to societal toxicity, but the underlying reasons are almost the same. And, there is only one basic reason for the ills in society regardless of which group is addressed. The first group is people that have a decent income or more, and the second is the people living in poverty, or close to it, or who are homeless. The underlying reason for both groups contributing to the ills of society is…

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    Detoxifying society: Part 1

    In the past year an increase in serious crime has come to the attention of city administrators and the news media. And the increase in felonies, particularly violent felonies like aggravated assault and homicide, by teenagers and even younger children is increasing. The news in Albuquerque, New Mexico has pointed to the increase in gun violence, causing some legislators to propose banning some types of weapons and making it more difficult for honest citizens to obtain guns. They attack serious crime by increasing police patrols. An increase in police presence is needed, but that isn’t going to cure the violence. And, blaming guns for violence using them is misplaced. Criminals…

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    The Place and Importance of Faith

    Last week’s blog mentioned salvation being the gift of God, that it’s not earned. And, a gift isn’t yours until it’s accepted by you. If someone offers you a birthday gift and you don’t take it, it isn’t yours. The difference between gifts in this world and God’s gift of salvation is faith. You can see and feel a physical gift. You can hold it, use it and enjoy it whatever it is. Not so with salvation. It’s an intangible that cannot be seen,felt, heard or smelled until after it’s used by you. Therefore, the gift of salvation must be accepted by faith. And, without your faith that salvation is…

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    The Significance of Easter

    Easter is the most important holiday that we celebrate as Christians. All of Christianity revolves around the resurrection of Christ from the grave. It’s where the symbolism of baptism comes from. Most people think Christmas is the most important, and the birth of God into the world in the human form of Christ is certainly important, but not nearly as important as His leaving His human form in this world. All the hoopla and attention paid to Christmas boils down to commercialism. The wise men bearing gifts gave rise to our exchanging gifts as a symbol of the reverence of the wise men paying tribute to Christ, and merchants were-and…

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    The Essence of Easter

    Last week’s blog explained why it is that Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is necessary. This week’s blog explains the essence of the resurrection as it applies to you. Last week explained how sin came into the world, this week explains the remedy for sin. Your sinful nature and mine is inherited from Adan and Eve. It’s in our spiritual DNA, so to speak. And, we’re not perfect beings. Only God Himself, in three Persons, is good. So, you, I and everyone else make mistakes and deliberately do things we know are against God’s will. There is no one who has ever lived or will live who has not sinned except Jesus…

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    Easter Part 1: A brief History

    This week begins a three-part series on Easter and its meaning for us. First, as I said last year, the name Easter comes from a pagan holiday, and has nothing to do with Christ or our redemption through Christ. A more complete explanation is in last year’s blog. I use the term Resurrection Sonday in place of Easter, as it is a more accurate term. God’s plan for our salvation has been set in place since eternity past, but for our purposes here, for a brief history, we begin in Genesis, Chapter three. It is here that Adam and Eve first become aware of sin. This is significant because without…

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    The Appearance of Evil

    1 Thessalonians 5:22 tells us as Christians to abstain from even the appearance of evil. That is good advice for several reasons. The first is that it keeps us out of trouble. I heard an account back in the late 1960s of a pastor who went into an adult club to retrieve a member of his congregation. The man had backslid and was frequenting such clubs. As luck would have it, when the two men exited the club another member of the congregation was driving by and spotted them. The word quickly spread through the church members, and it wasn’t long before the pastor’s wife heard the story. She was…

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    Staying Connected

    A friend of mine’s great grandson threw a tantrum because he couldn’t log on to the fireplace. At least that’s what it looked like, because he was standing in front of it screaming, and he often has a smart phone in hand. He doesn’t talk much yet, but he can navigate a phone better than I can. This brings up the subject of this week’s blog, is staying connected a good or bad thing? Kids are learning how to use smart phones and the Internet to play games sometimes before they can talk. And, studies have shown that excessive Internet and social media leads to loss of sleep, anxiety, depression…