Category Archives: faith

Why God

Listen to a spiritual leader talk about the death of his dad, in a short radio commentary.
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Students at Catholic school walk out on the Vice President who is pro life

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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.
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A Good Family Man

( audio ) Who says that anymore? It used to be a badge of honor—so what happened to change all that? It’s today’s commentary!

 

 

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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The question above all questions

Dead, or alive

Fox News and me

Let me start off this post by writing when the Fox News channel came to my cable system I was very excited.For years I became a faithful viewer.

Some of the shows I very much liked was Newswatch. On it a panel  talked about how the media reported on different news events.
Then there was a show called After Hours which was hosted by Cal Thomas. Cal would have somebody in the news on, and also some soul from the entertainment world on. Cal had an idea lets discuss things not put those down who disagree with us. As happens too much on TV, and in the world of politics.
I also liked the show Hannity and,Colmes.The two hosts were different like night, and day. Though you could tell they liked each other as people. My views most of the time were closer to Hannity’s,but Colmes ways a somebody on the left who those of us on the right could like.
Over the years I became a faithful viewer of Bill O’Reilly. Though Bill was not always on the right when it came to politics.I liked how he stood up for the comman man. I would eat my dinner every week night while I watched his program. I loved how Bill reached out to the family of a young girl who was killed by a man who should have been in prison, or at least not living in America.
I did not always agree with Bill. I did think his book on killing Jesus should have used the Bible more as a guide than other items. I also did not like some of the things he wrote about President Reagan in his book on killing Reagan. So I did not always agree with Bill. Still I watched him every night. In fact the night seemed different when he was away from his chair.
I believe today Fox News has changed, and not for the better.
First off Cal Thomas is not on. A choice Fox made. Thomas always was a light in a dark room,and had wisdom in the points he made. He is a guy that everyone can look up to. Even those who don’t agree with his politics, or his evangelical Christian faith. Cal goes out of his way to be friends with everyone.No matter if they are on the left, or right. At the same time he doesn’t back down from his deeply held convictions.
Fox News a few weeks ago took off Bill O’Reilly. Perhaps they had no choice. There were women who said he had mistreated them.Though those cases had not gone to court.It drives me nuts that those on the left including those who are yelling for women’s rights had no trouble, or little trouble with how Bill Clinton treated women. While he was president.Those on the right don’t get their day in court. Bill loses his job for what he may have done, or not done, but Clinton remained in the White House after it was proven what he did. I would have liked Fox to have said let’s give Bill a day in court.
Fox has also canned Greta Van Susteren. Bill, and Greta won’t even given a chance to do a final show to thank their faithful fans.If I recall right both went on vacation, and then fired before they returned.I liked how Greta on her show honored police officers who had been killed just for doing their job.
So while Fox News still has good folks on the channel I have made the choice not to watch it as often.It seems to be changing. Yes, Hannity is still on. Though his show is not on at a good time for me. And Bob Beckel is still on with the network. It has changed.
Yes Fox is better at reporting the facts than the other networks.Still it seems like Fox has forgotten her viewers.
I am hopeful another news network will come to my cable that will be like Fox News when it first started.

Teens,and young people you have a fan, ( she, or he is not on 13 Reasons why )

Listen to the commentary right here and or, read it below.

Recently there has been talk about suicide among teens thanks to a TV. show.
( Young people this commentary is for you. )
Hi I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.
Middle school student, high school student have you ever thought there was no value to your life. You should just end it. I did as a teen.
Please know there is value to your life. You may think no one cares.I have good news, make that great news, God cares. He is for you. You know God could have shown he valued your life is a lesser way than he did. He could not have shown you,he valued you in a higher way than he did.
Lets look at how much the Lord values you teenager, and young person.
Romans 8 reads starting at verse 31. 31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[b] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
You get that God is for you. Even if you do not think you have a fan, you do. God is your fan. He proved,he was your fan by laying down his life for you. He did so you, and I could have a relationship with God.No matter what you are facing,the answer is not what the kid on the TV show”13 Reasons Why”did. The answer is to trust in Jesus. Yes, you may still have problems, but God will help you through them. It tells us in the Bible Jesus is the friend who will stick closer than a brother.
So put your trust in Jesus. Then you will have everlasting peace even when you have trouble in your life.
That is a thought on the Bible for young people.
Until next time,
I’m Billy David Dickson

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The Mormon Church is right on this

Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts

Trump not welcome on Ellen DeGeneres’ show

I think it is time those in political office, and those seeking office in our nation stop going on TV shows which ask important questions like what kind of underwear do you use.

At the same time I think Ellen would love it if Clinton had won the election, and wanted to be on her show. Ellen like most TV folks are out of touch with everyday American who voted for Trump.
People who are tired of having their values like marriage should be between a man, and woman.At one time we were told by the left we just needed to allow things which goes against our values. Today we are told we must embrace things like same sex marriage,and abortion. Even worst our tax money should pay for things we don’t agree with.
I am sure President Trump has more important things to worry about than Ellen not inviting him, on her show.
It might be a good idea for everyday Americans to turn her show off, and focus on the important things.
Here is the story about Ellen not wanting to have Trump on her show.