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Something a Passport agent should say thanks for

( Here is something my friend Denny posted on his Facebook page. I thought it was so good that I copied it.)

 

An American gentleman of 83 years arrived in Paris by plane and slowly headed through customs. It took him a few minutes to find his passport in his carry-on bag. The customs officer, a bit impatient and haughty, asked him, “You have been to France before, monsieur?” The American nodded and said, “Yes, I have.” The customs clerk then said, “In that case, you should know better and should have had your passport ready to show.” The elderly American courteously replied, “Yes, I suppose. Forgive me. But the last time I came here, I didn’t have to show a passport.” “That’s impossible. You are quite wrong, sir. Americans always have to show their passports upon arrival in France!” The American sighed and then gave the customs clerk a slight smile. “Well, it’s like this, my young friend. When I last came to France it was in 1944. I was dodging bullets and artillery shells when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day to help liberate this country. And wouldn’t you know it, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.”

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Three Reasons You Should Go Trick or Treating Halloween can be a time to be on mission and build relationships that will deepen throughout the year.

This holiday has sparked quite a bit of controversy in Christian circles over the years. Halloween, as most know, has a mix of origin stories, some of them Christian, some pagan, and some occult. Its dark history certainly should concern us as believers and factor into our decision regarding how we and our families plan to engage in the festivities on the night of October 31st.

And it’s just that—your family’s decision. My family does not promote holiday myths (as in, our kids did not believe in Santa Claus), but we do participate in trick or treating.

Let me explain why.

To Trick or Not

Many believers feel that they can faithfully don their creative costumes and pumpkin-shaped candy buckets without violating the tenants of their Christian beliefs. Others feel that this holiday’s emphasis on all things spooky and scary, coupled with its complex past, should motivate us to steer clear of any Halloween related events.

For me, the question we really have to answer here is this: As Christians, what does it look like to engage culture in a Christ-like manner?

Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 to never conform to the pattern of this world, because we serve a God who frees us from all its burdens and baggage. But, interestingly enough, Jesus—during a prayer to his Heavenly Father in John 17—acknowledges that “they” (the disciples) are “not of the world” but also adds that he isn’t asking the Father to “take them out of the world.”

So, it looks like even amidst this earth’s real dangers and difficulties, Jesus still wants us here. Furthermore, he doesn’t just ask us to sit around lazily waiting in anticipation for his second coming, but instead gives us a Great Commission: to make disciples of every tongue, tribe, and nation.

When it comes to Halloween, trying to live in the tension between our earthly bodies and heavenly homes can be difficult. Some believers will feel compelled to bring their faith to bear amidst all the Reese’s and Gummy Bears, while others might decide to abstain from the festivities altogether.

Right now, I want to make the case for the latter decision. I am going to argue that Christians not only can but should put on their costumes, pass out candy, and greet guests at the door each time Halloween rolls around.

Here are three reasons you should plan on trick-or-treating tomorrow.

First, this is likely the only time all year when neighbors will flock from near and far, ring your doorbell, and want to have face-to-face interaction with you.

When guests arrive at your porch, take time to let the conversation go past celebratory exclamations of ‘trick or treat.’ Remember their names, take down their numbers, and convey your interest in being a part of their lives. This night is a once-a-year opportunity to do something so simple, yet so critical: get to know your neighbors.

We are planning a bonfire for our kids’ friends even while we pass out candy to the neighbors.

 

Of course, you can meet your neighbors any time—but on this day, they are coming to your door.

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State Senator not happy with birthday card

Here in Nebraska a State Senator is not happy with birthday card he got from the governor. The state senator, Ernie Chambers who turned 80 in June says the birthday card from Governor Pete Ricketts was “sour sarcasm.”
The governor sends birthday cards to state senators, and their spouses according to spokesman Taylor Gage.
Chambers, and Ricketts have often clashed. Isn’t a birthday a time to put politics away. It looks like one Nebraska leader was willing to do that. Too bad another state leader wasn’t willing to do that.
Pray for Senator Chambers who is very much anti God, and faith. Pray as he grows older he would see his need for a Savior. His brother is a born again believer.

Same sex couple was mean

Awhile back a column writer for my local paper wrote a story on a same sex couple who have two children. The couple is married. So were the children from bad homes who the couple took in ? Nope they hatched with the help of an anonymous sperm donor.
Now I don’t believe same sex couples should be foster parents, or be able to adopt kids. However even if you do, don’t you agree it is cruel to create a child who in this case will just have two mothers. It is hard enough growing up today with so many parents getting a divorce. The truth is children do better in a home where there is a mother, and father. Can children make it when the odds don’t favor them. Yes, they can at times because of hard work along with the grace of God. Other times it is just the grace of God which keeps young people going the right way.
I find it to be child abuse to produce a child who will be born to a same sex couple.
The couple the column writer  wrote about,this year took their children to the Chicago Pride Parade. Those poor kids. They should let them be kids. No way should they had been produced to make this couple happy. We should think of what is best for the children. What this couple along with those who helped them did was cruel, and yes child abuse. However in our PC culture I am sure souls like me will get the label as mean. Still truth doesn’t change just because everyone doesn’t embrace it.

“Son I wish I would have killed you”

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the parents of a child born in 2010 can sue the doctors for a wrongful birth.
The court ruled that the doctors failed to inform them,if it had been revealed would have led the mother to seek an abortion.
The 6-1 ruling by the high court is the first in the history of the state that a personal injury claim for “wrongful birth” has been recognized.
The case involves a boy from southeastern Iowa born with cerebral palsy, intellectual disability and several other impairments which require frequent doctor visits. It is also likely the boy will ever walk or talk.
The parents say they were never informed of the problems, which would have led the mother to have an abortion.
I guess this mom, and dad don’t believe all children are a gift from God.
Parents of children with special needs will tell you their children are special. A lesson I hope, and pray these parents learn. If they aren’t willing to do that perhaps they should have given up at birth.
If you like you can find out more about this story here.

I just want to say thank you

I am sorry you can no longer read porn in a Nebraska prison ( good )

The leaders of the Nebraska prison system have decided starting in January that inmates in a Nebraska prison will not be able to read, or look at porn reading material.
Good for them. No one has a right to read porn while in prison. If you like you can read a story about this, right here.

Junior high Sexual offender

A junior high kid in Texas could be labeled a sex  offender. “The 14 year old is being tried for aggravated sexual assault of a child for having sex with his 12 year old girlfriend.” That is what the Houston Chronicle reported.

“He had consensual sex with his little girlfriend and he loved her. They were boyfriend-girlfriend,” the teen’s mother told the Chronicle.

Most of the time I am for bringing the hammer down on those who have sex with children. But if what I read is correct this was two kids having sex. Instead of labeling the 14 year old, or putting him on trial it might be better to teach him along with his girl friend why it is wrong for them to have a sexual relationship.
( If you like you can read more about this case by clicking here.

Goodbye, Rob Sherman – My Friendship with a Departed Athiest

( The blog post below I just found the other day, though it was written a few years ago by the Senior Pastor of the Moody church,Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer. Even though it is an older sad post, it makes some points which are still true here in 2017. )

I considered the well-known atheist Rob Sherman a friend.

On Saturday December 10, I was saddened to learn that Rob had been killed in a single-engine plane accident in Marengo, a distant Chicago suburb.
Though we found ourselves on opposite sides of these important issues, our friendship transcended our differing political views. We also talked about his background, his family, and his love of airplanes.
I gave him a copy of John’s Gospel and urged him to read a chapter a day asking the simple question, “Who, according to this book, is Jesus Christ?” I told him he could read it as a skeptic, but that he owed himself the opportunity to just read it! Sadly, when I met him a year later, he admitted that he not taken up my challenge.
Goodbye, Rob. I regret that you did not come to believe in a God who loves us enough to send His Son to die in our stead. I pray that your unexpected death will be a reminder that life is short and eternity is long, and that preparing to die should be our highest priority.
Goodbye, Rob. I regret that you did not come to believe in a God who loves us enough to send His Son to die in our stead. I pray that your unexpected death will be a reminder that life is short and eternity is long, and that preparing to die should be our highest priority.
( Read the full blog post. )

Some school rules need to be broken, or changed otherwise it can be said leaders lack compassion

For the most part I believe students should follow the rules of the school they attend. If they do not,they should be punished. From my work at a daycare I have viewed what happens when bad behavior is allow to go on with no action being taken by the folks in charge. Too often that is what is taking place, or not taking place in schools, and day cares today.
Well here is a case where I think the rule should be rejected by all involved.
Amy Dickes is getting closer to another milestone that will be painful.
Her teenage daughter, McKenna Smith, should be getting ready to graduate from high school with the senior class in Waverly, Nebraska.
Sadly McKenna died last July at the young age of 17. She had suffered with juvenile Huntington’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder.
The students at Waverly High school wanted to show her family they cared. So the senior class came up with the idea of leaving a chair open at graduation to commemorate the teen. While she was ill students had fundraisers for her and wanted to honor her during the graduation.
Great idea from some caring students you might think. Well the leaders of the Waverly school district said no. You see they have a policy which states they can not honor a dead student. ( District denies graduation memorial )
The superintendent Bill Heimann said the district is just trying to be consistent.
I would disagree.The school leaders may not have meant it this way, but they are looking heartless.
I know schools struggle how to handle deaths of students like if they take their own lives. Still in this case that is not an issue. This teenager died from an illness.
Under the policy accepted memorials include scholarships, a brick or bench purchased for the Learning Garden at Waverly High, plantings on school grounds with a commemorative marker, donations of books or other school supplies, or establishing a fund for a school or particular activity.
Memorials should not disrupt the school day, infringe upon the separation of church and state, or involve pictures of the deceased, the policy states.
I guess a class could not give a Bible in the name of the student.
This is crazy. There are times when rules that were meant for good should be broken. Here is an example say I am out walking at night. I hear a kid crying in a pool because he, or she doesn’t know how to swim. Then I see a sign which reads no swimming. Would a good person let a kid die because of the rule. No of course not.
Well this school policy could cause a lot of hurt feelings over honoring a dead student which is already sad. Come on Waverly do what is right. Help this family, along with your students heal from a sad event.

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