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Anything you wish! A reminder of kindness of the Christmas season

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I have a large, close family; a blessing not enjoyed by many Americans. This holiday season my family and I are short on cheer, as we are in mourning: I lost my 20-year-old nephew on August 28th and I lost my father on August 30th. We are still fumbling our way along in learning to exist in this new reality.

Last week I made an impulse buy in hopes of soothing my soul: I bought a pair of house slippers that look like the shoes worn by Santa’s elves, complete with a single jingle bell dangling at the tip of each curled toe. I did have quite the time teasing my boxer, watching him bounce and boing in delight and the sight and sound of my jingling slippers. Yet, my joy faded after a few hours of noisily walking about the house. Money can’t buy happiness.

Now, with each step, I simply sound (and feel) like that lumbering ghost in “A Christmas Carol,” dragging chains, clicking and clanking, behind me. These are the chains of sorrow.

Clink-Clank.

Clink-Clank.

Clink-Clank.

Then, yesterday, the mailman brought me a simple gift of friendship; friendship baked in little pecan pies.

At Christmas time, since my husband and I have been married, he and I have received pecan pies from a family I grew to dearly love. I was amazingly blessed, honored, to have taught all three of their beautiful, kind-hearted, bright and articulate children. Their friendship has been a blessing in my life, one words cannot satisfactorily describe.

To say that I (and my husband) am undeserving of this family’s friendship, and annual pies, is an understatement. As you have likely become familiar in your own lives, the saying life gets in the way is true to form. Still, I have, ashamedly, failed miserably as reciprocating this family’s love. I have failed to respond with a single thank you note. The last time my husband and I went to dinner with “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” they treated us. We have yet to treat them to a nice dinner in return. In fact, I would say that I have failed in maintaining this precious friendship in shameful fashion. My husband and I are completely, 100%, unequivocally undeserving.  Yet, the Christmas pies have continued.

This year, considering my failed reciprocity of friendship (or even acknowledgement thereof), I thought to myself, “This season we won’t get a pie. This year, they (the “Smiths”) will sure, logically, have given up on us.” I was wrong! The “Smith” family has demonstrated an enduring love, a genuine charity of the heart, that can only be described as “holy.”

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ, the precious baby boy laid in a manger. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” Did the world do anything to deserve God’s love? No. The world was completely undeserving of God’s generosity. Yet, it was His tremendous, unearned love for all of us that He gave us more than we could ever, ever deserve: his baby boy.

Whether the “Smith” family is aware of it or not, they have set themselves apart as living models of our Lord’s precious love; a love unearned, undeserved.

While I may continue clinking and clanking through my first Christmas season without two of the most important people in my life, I am filled with joy and deep humility by the kindness of my dear, dear friends, the “Smiths.” They have both comforted my soul, knowing that I am not forgotten nor alone; and provided me with a much-needed reminder that I, myself, must work to be more Christ-like in my own life, in my own friendships. I couldn’t not ask for a more precious gift this Christmas.

In a world with such animosity and forgetfulness, we need many more families like the “Smith” family.

To the “Smith” Family – Thank you!

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How likely is it that a single protein can form by chance?

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How likely is it that a single protein can form by chance

To really answers the question of whether life was created or came about by random chance, we need to take a mathematical look at things. It may be easier to form our opinions based on something we read in a junior high science book, but there really is more to it than the surface questions asked and answered by scientists and theologians alike.

For the faithful, it comes down to faith. For the scientific, it also comes down to faith. Whose faith is more likely to be correct?

Part of the answer can be found in this short video. Those who think there’s no faith associated with scientific theories clearly don’t understand the mathematics behind the science they claim to hold dear.

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When will people be forced to apologize for anti-Christian Tweets?

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When will people be forced to apologize for anti-Christian Tweets

There’s a trend that has been growing for some time that is reaching a tipping point now. The trend is this: when someone becomes a big story in the news, their Twitter accounts are scoured from beginning to end in order to find Tweets that offend a particular group or protected class. In many cases, this offended group has been the LGBTQ comunity, such as the recent cases of Kevin Hart and Kyler Murray.

Hart was set to host the upcoming Academy Awards when it was “discovered” the comedian used anti-LGBTQ slurs in the past. He deleted the Tweets and apologized, but still felt it necessary to pull out of the Oscars after so much backlash.

Murray, the Heisman trophy winner, was forced to apologize after reports of his Tweets used the same slurs when he was 14- and 15-years-old.

Bigotry in all its forms is contemptible. But where do we draw the line between actual bigotry and unfortunate uses of words or opinions in the past that have been deemed unacceptable today?

Should President Obama (and for that matter, Hillary Clinton) be demonized by the LGBTQ community, mainstream media, and leftists for their perspectives a decade ago? Lest we forget, both announced sharp opposition to gay marriage when they were running for president in 2008. Which is worse, a potential head of state calling for marriage to be defined as being between a man and woman or a teenager in high school referring to someone as a “fag”?

Democratic politicians are apparently allowed to evolve in their beliefs, but comedians and college football players are not.

Anti-Christian Tweets

Sadly, some of the very people who demonize others on Twitter for using unacceptable terms in the past are the same people who also demonize Christians today. I’ve been combing through Tweets of many of the most outspoken proponents of LGBTQ rights, accusers of Islamophopia, and other anti-bigotry leaders. In many cases, these people who are against bigotry demonstrate their own bigotry towards the Judeo-Christian faiths without being big news stories.

I’m not posting the Tweets here. I will not participate in whataboutism, nor do I condone using someone’s past Tweets to highlight their alleged bigotry. There’s a difference between the militant and inexcusable posts by people like Louis Farrakhan and the posts be people like Murray, Hart, or the anti-Christian posts of their detractors. They might see it as okay to demonize people like Hart and Murray for their Tweets, but I will not participate in Twitter witch hunts on the opposite end of the spectrum. Both practices are wrong.

So the question really isn’t about when we start calling out anti-Christian Tweets. It’s about why we should openly debate each other’s perspectives without being condemned for our own perspectives. If someone Tweets something against the Judeo-Christian faith, I wouldn’t expect the Oscars to ban them from being their host. I would see it as an opportunity to share my own perspectives and hopefully show some who are against my faith that there’s something worth exploring.

Today, if you Tweet something deemed unacceptable by the LGBTQ community, you’re in jeopardy of losing much. If you Tweet something against the Judeo-Christian faiths, the left sees it as acceptable. Social media is the most hypocritical medium around.

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9 discoveries that confirm the Bible

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9 discoveries that confirm the Bible

In this extremely interesting short video detailing archaeological discoveries that confirm the historical accuracy of the Bible, the folks at World Video Bible School highlight some amazing evidence. I don’t know much about WVBS, but I can endorse this video itself.

Here’s the first of the 9 discoveries:

The Pilate Inscriptions

In 1961 in an Italian sponsored dig in Caesarea, archaeologists uncovered a stone that had a Latin inscription on it that said “Pontius Pilatus… prefect of Judea.” That Pilate is mentioned in the Gospel accounts on several occasions. You read in John 18:29:

Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?

The find verifying the New Testament statement that Pilate was the prefect of Judea.

8 more

All of these discoveries are proper, indisputable archaeological finds. It’s one thing to contest the Bible’s authenticity as the Word of God, though its very presence and the takeaways we can draw from it point the faithful to the truth. However, claiming it as being historically wrong is being debunked regularly.

The authenticity of the Bible as a historical document is no longer a valid argument against it. As more archaeological evidence points to its physical truths, so too should its words and lessons be completely trustworthy to those seeking the truth.

 

 

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