>Iraq or American Campus?

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Quick…how many school shootings have there been this week?
I won’t type the answer, because it may not be accurate by the dawns early light.
“In the last days, difficult times will come…”

Why the surge in campus shootings? In some cases it’s almost “suicide by cop,” except the perpetrators blow themselves away after attempting…and all too often succeeding…in taking others with them.

Though I don’t have too many initials after my name, and thus am assured that no one is going to call me to ask my opinion…I’ll type it here anyway…

I think a major contributing factor to such things as campus shootings is Roe v Wade. If my government (and my peers, the actors/musicians I idolize, in too many cases the “reverends” I listen to at church, and, sadly, my parents) says it is okay to terminate a babies life; then it is not a leap to say it is certainly okay for me to end my life…and, if I feel like it, if it’s convenient, if you are causing me a problem, it’s got to be okay for me to take your life.

No, I don’t think too many people consciously use the above “reasoning,” but the ingrained “it’s my body” argument of the prochoice folks translates to “it’s my right” and becomes “I’m right, you’re wrong” and can morph into, “I’m right, you’re dead.”

Think I’m crazy? Spend some time researching things like murder, suicide, random shootings etc. Try to find out how many such events happened in, say, 1972…and then chart the numbers from the horrific Supreme Court decision of 1973.

Oh, yes, abortion directly has slaughtered millions. But the indirect consequences add horrific numbers…

>All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

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http://youtube.com/v/rLxTpsIVzzo

On this Valentines day I enjoy those great theologians John, Paul, George, and Ringo. In a sense, once you come (or, more scriptural, brought) to Christ, “love is all you need.” As A. W. Tozer stated, “Our Lord told His disciples that love and obedience are organically united – the final test of love is obedience.” As Jesus declared in John 14.21 “Whoever has My commandments, and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, adn I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

By the way, regarding human love, the best description I’ve heard is simple yet profound: “I want for you, what is best for you, for the longest period of time.”

>Prayer Request and Blessing out of Trial

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“Selah” is an incredible trio of vocalists! Like all of us, they are not immune to trials and tribulations.

Todd and his wife Angie (who is not part of the trio) are in the midst of a trial to which most of us can not relate. Angie is carrying their fourth daughter, who has many issues that make it apparent the baby will not survive. Against some medical advice, they have determined not to end the pregnancy.

Angie is writing a blog that is simply incredible. Her ability at putting her deepest pains and joy in writing is astounding, and I recommend when you have some time you go to the blog, scroll down to the beginning, and read it consecutively.

And, obviously, join me in praying for a miracle! Here’s the website: http://audreycaroline.blogspot.com/

>CHRISTless Christianity; RELIGIONless Religion

>The February 11 issue of “Newsweek” has a “Modern Family” column on page 60 titled “Talking to Kids About God.” The author, Kathleen Deveny, is a self-described “cafeteria Catholic” (I admire her honesty…come down the serving line of the Catholic faith and take want you want; pass on what you don’t like…and, alas, it is not just Catholics who do so).

She thinks “it is easier to talk to (her) daughter about sex than about God. Perhaps that’s because I have a pretty good idea where babies come from, but I’m still a little fuzzy on the details about God.”

Well, since she is (again, by her own admission) picking-and-choosing tidbits here and there about her faith, it is no wonder she is “fuzzy on the details.”

But the saddest part in her column occurs as she quotes a friend who has a nine-year-old daughter, “I kind of play down the religious aspect of church…At a recent meeting to discuss what we would like the Sunday school to teach, I got quite a few funny looks when I said I didn’t want a lot of emphasis on the spiritual side of things.”

Man, I sure am glad she got some “funny looks” instead of applause!

I was raised in a non-church-going family. Christ grabbed me when I was 26. These many years later I still can’t understand why people (regardless of denomination) go to church if they don’t believe. Obviously for some it is a cultural thing; some, I suppose, go for the “sake of the children.”

But to verbalize one’s belief that Sunday school should not teach spiritual things amazes me. That’s not even “holding to a form of godliness…”

>The Beatles Quote God?

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http://youtube.com/v/lfsvE4j4ExA

I recall one of my drill sergeants screaming at a recruit who couldn’t accomplish a task, “What do you want me to do, hold your hand?” Obviously this was not voiced in a pleasant or helpful way.
But look at Psalm 37.23,24: “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.”
What a promise of a “very present help.” What a promise of security. Abba, Daddy, holds the hand of those who try to walk in His way…