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    Dealing with Bullies

    Bullys are a problem not only in schools, but in the workplace and almost everywhere else. Parents bully their children, husbands bully wives, and wives their husbands. Parents bully their parents and grandparents sometimes bully their children and grandchildren. Bullying can have unforeseen consequences. The two boys who did the Columbine, Colorado, school shooting had been bullied and mistreated by their peers. Just last week, a girl who had been bullied when she was attending high school planned to return and kill 400 people. Also, a large percentage of juvenile suicides are attributed to the victim being bullied either in person or online. “Going postal” is a term that refers…

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    Making the World Work

    A man who was apprehended recently before he could commit a mass shooting made the statement that the world doesn’t work. In the context that he said that he was right, society doesn’t work. Politicians act on expediency rather than on what’s best for the country. Famous people who many others look up to cheat on getting their children into preferred universities and racial hatred abounds. The shooter in Texas was targeting Mexicans and he repeated President Trump’s discriminatory rhetoric. Bullying of others on the Internet and in-person is common, and it has caused numerous suicides. Women rally for the right to kill their own children by aborting them. Some…

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    Stopping Mass Violence, Part Two: Community and individual actions

    Last week’s blog dealt with what the government can do to help stop mass violence. From a religious perspective it can do little because of the prohibition of the First Amendment in the United States Constitution. However, the governments, local, state and federal can utilize the underlying principles found in the Christian approach to managing violence. Also, steps are being taken to identify potential mass shooters and bombers before they have a chance to act on their plans. The understanding of mass violence in the form of school and mall shootings and public bombings like in Boston is hindered by the fact that most shooters die in carrying out the…

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    Stopping Mass Violence Part Two: The Government

    This week’s blog is on what the government needs to do to stop mass violence. If you haven’t read the blog on Psalm 23 from two weeks ago, I recommend going back and reading that blog first. It lays the foundation for government action, not only in regards to mass violence, but in all aspects of governing. This blog is being written the morning after another mass shooting, this one in Odessa, Texas. Clearly, these incidents have to stop. But that won’t happen over night. It will take at least one generation to make the most impact on this violence. But there is a lot that can be done right…

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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.…

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    Becoming Christian

    This past week I ran across a post on Facebook about a woman who had recently been honorably discharged from the Marines. She said that while she was in the Corps her life had structure, meaning and purpose, but when she left, her life fell apart. The problem she had was that she never really became a Marine. She did her job and followed the expected code of conduct the Marines required of her, but she didn’t make the service her own, she just did her job until she got out. Once she was free of the rules and regulations that required her to act in a certain manner she…

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    The Treasure Hunter’s Guide

    Almost everyone has a dream of finding a lost treasure, winning the lottery or otherwise striking it rich. It’s the theme of numerous adventure books and movies such as the Indiana Jones series. It is also the motivation behind the popularity about true stories of someone from a poor family working hard and building a fortune out of almost nothing. Microsoft, Google and Facebook come to mind. And, I think every child, at least in the United States, has heard the fairy tale about a pot of gold to be found at the end of a rainbow. I remember one Saturday morning when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, about…