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An attitude changed at Walmart

Here is something I found on Facebook.

 

I took the twins to WalMart today for our weekly grocery shopping. An older woman approached me in the cereal aisle, and I instantly sighed in annoyance because I knew the “typical twin questions” were about to start pouring out of her mouth.  When I go out in public, I always plan for an additional 20 minutes just for answering questions about twins, and frankly it’s become tedious. She neared my cart and stopped. “Here we go again” I thought.  She asked all the typical things, told me how sweet they were, and continued to babble on with the boys. I was antsy, and just ready to go. I turned to look down the aisle hoping she would take the hint that I was ready to leave, and as I did she put her hand on top of mine that was resting on the cart. “I know you probably hate this and I’m sorry to take up so much of your time. You see, I lost my only grandchild last year, and about the only time I see kids his age is when I do my grocery shopping” she said. Suddenly, time didn’t matter. “Well we are about to go look at the fish, you wanna follow us over there and watch them play for a bit?” Her eyes lit up; “I would love that.” We went over and I got the boys out. She spent about 15 minutes watching them bounce around and scream out “FISHY FISHY FISHY” when finally she looked over to me and said “you dont know what I would give to be able to hear my grandson laugh one last time.” I couldn’t find any words, so I stood in silence grieving for her. “May I hug your boys?” I nodded. “Thank you so much for giving me your time, I know your hands are full” she said. “No really, it was my pleasure.” She bent down to hug Darrio, my not as friendly twin, and he reached his arms out and said “LUH YOU!!” She hugged Dheigo and then hugged me, and said “I love all 3 of you too” and headed toward the check out. 

 

Do you know what my point is? My point is how quickly my attitude changed once I connected with her as another human being with feelings.

 

That woman taking too long in the drop off line in the morning? What if her child has to go to his dads for the weekend and she wont get another hug for 3 long days.

The man driving slow when your in a rush to work? What if hes going slow because he knows he is going to be laid off and is worried about his future.

That annoying little kid down the road who always bangs on your door? What if he doesnt get attention at home and just wants a friend.

 

It made me wonder; how much nicer would we all be if we knew one anothers struggles? 

 

Raise damn good humans.

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Is it right for the Church of Jesus Christ to celebrate Christmas

https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/ask-hank/listen/blasphemy-of-the-holy-spirit-778973.html

When you click on the above link it will say Holy Spirit not Christmas. The website gave it rhe wrong title. It is about Christmas. 

The Point : Duke’s Nickname “Blue Devils is fitting the school.

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The student government at Duke University has denied Young Life recognition as a campus group. You might guess why: Young Life does not allow those who engage in “sexual misconduct or practice a homosexual lifestyle” to serve as volunteers or ministry leaders.

In other words, to be a leader in Young Life, you have to adhere to Christianity.

This is the latest incident of universities discriminating against Christian groups in the name of non-discrimination. But Eric Baxter of the Becket Fund told Religion News Service, that most universities will back down when challenged for violating “students’ First Amendment rights.”

That may or may not apply to Duke which, as a private institution, doesn’t “have the same obligations under the First Amendment’s free exercise clause that a government entity does.”

On the other hand, Duke still receives a lot of government money. Almost a quarter of their revenues come from government grants and contracts, according to Duke Today. Maybe the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights should take a look.

 

Resources

What to do when you face a crisis or are weak

http://media.harvest.org/anb/knowing-god/2019/HARV_KNG5_09-17-19_01-01.mp3

Who is your King

 

 

 

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The battles were horrendous. The casualties were many. But the outcome changed everything. That’s a very quick summary of the final episode of J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy, Lord of the Rings. That trilogy actually jumped off of dusty bookshelves and into the popular culture with their portrayal in three very successful movies. In the story, Tolkien weaves a tale of a world called Middle Earth where these soulless, subhuman beings are attempting to stamp out what they call the “Age of Humans.” Finally, in the concluding “Return of the King,” Middle Earth’s rightful king, Aragorn, leads the humans in one last, all-out attempt to turn back the forces of evil. After many costly battles, there’s this glorious coronation day for the triumphant king. As the crown is placed on the head of the rightful ruler before this jubilant crowd of his subjects, they know the dark days are over. And the one who crowned him makes this hopeful announcement, “Now begin the days of the King!”

https://hutchcraft.com/a-word-with-you/your-most-important-relationship/the-days-of-the-king-8526

Focus on the Family and bring your Bible to school

 

 

BreakPoint: The Problem with Millennials… (Hint: We might not like the answer)

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The infamous “Millennials” are the generational cohort born between 1980 and 1997, and they may be most-overanalyzed demographic group in American history. Unlike previous holders of that title, the “Baby Boomers,” most of the analysis of the Millennials has been negative, and has included words like “privileged, narcissistic, entitled, [and] spoiled.” That’s quite a cynical conclusion about more than eighty million people.

Here’s my controversial claim for today: Much of what we think is “wrong” with the younger generation, including the Millennials, can be attributed to the Baby Boomer and Generation X culture they were raised in, including their parents and other primary influences.

In full disclosure, I’m a Generation Xer. Once upon a time, we were what’s wrong with the world. And honestly, well, we kind of were.

Now the blame is leveled at Millennials, including a recent article in New York Magazine headlined, “Millennials aren’t that into God, Patriotism, or Having Kids.”

The article reported on a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that compared the attitudes of Millennials with those of people 55-years-old and above. The results are somewhat stunning.

While 79 percent of those over 55 said patriotism was “very important” to them, only 42 percent of younger Americans said the same. While 67 percent of older Americans said that “belief in God” was “very important,” only 30 percent of younger Americans said so. And while 54 percent of those over 55 said “having kids” was very important, for younger Americans, the figure is only 32 percent.

Another recent article from the Huffington Post declared that “Millennials are the reason for the spike in Prenups.” According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, requests for prenups is on the rise, especially from Millennials – which is saying something because the overall marriage rate for Millennials is significantly on the decline.

While prenups are quite common today, that hasn’t always been so. Before the 1970s and the acceptance of no-fault divorce, courts generally saw prenups as undermining the permanence of marriage.

Now, according to the Huffington Post article, many younger Americans enter marriage assuming it isn’t necessarily permanent, and a prenup seems to be a smart way to plan ahead.

Writing for the New York Times magazine about breaking up with his girlfriend, David Samuels accurately described the worldview thread running through these two articles. “Our inability to imagine a future together was not ours alone,” Samuels said. “It was a symptom of a larger fracture or collapse, involving however many hundreds and thousands of people in their 20’s and early 30’s who seem to lack any sense of necessary connection to anything larger than their own narrowly personal aims and preoccupations.”

Here’s the thing: Samuels wrote this back in 1999. He was born in 1967. He is a “Gen Xer,” my generation; not a Millennial. But he accurately gets at something with which we need to reckon.

As one of our editorial team put it the other day, if there’s anything “wrong” with Millennials, it’s that their parents taught them too well. As Samuels’ quote demonstrates, the “lack [of] any sense of necessary connection to anything larger than their own narrowly personal aims and preoccupations” didn’t originate with Millennials.

The fruit we are seeing today is the inevitable results of cultural trends embraced in the 1960s and 70s that caused, in Samuels’ words, the “basic laws of social gravity [to lose] their pull.”

Why would Millennials value patriotism when they were taught not to by the culture? Maybe their parents taught them to be patriotic, but what else did?

How would they learn to value church when they were largely taught to “shop” around for the one they liked, the one that would most easily fit in to their lives without asking too much of them or being too invasive?

Why wouldn’t Millennials demand prenups if their fundamental vision of marriage never included permanence, and many never saw it by example?

When the only world they’ve ever known is one of infinite choice, why wouldn’t Millennials expect reality itself to bend to their self-determinations on everything from health benefits to gender identity?

Perhaps the principal fault of Millennials is that we taught them too well.

From the Ground Up – Demario Davis

Coming off of last year, we don’t want to let the previous season’s storyline to dictate this year’s. Naturally, we can’t ignore just how close we came to getting to the Super Bowl, but we can allow that to negatively or positively influence our future. Finding a way to get past the NFC Championship loss and focus on this year is our goal.

 

For the entirety of our preseason and training camp, we weren’t worried about it. We were focused on what we need to do in order to not go right back to where we were, but build from the ground up. Every team in the league is trying to get to the same spot, and it takes a lot of work to get there. But I think this year, as a team, we’re much further along than we were last year at this time.

(  https://theincrease.com/from-the-ground-up-demario-davis/ )

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BreakPoint: Hong Kong’s Lesson for Beijing . . . and the West

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Last week, the government of Hong Kong finally withdrew a proposed extradition law that sparked mass protests which have rocked the territory and rattled Beijing for weeks.

However, if Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam thought that withdrawing the extradition law would end the protests, she was mistaken. Over the weekend, demonstrators continued to rally, march, and wave the U.S. flag, while chanting “Resist Beijing, Liberate Hong Kong!” and—get this—“Pray for us, U.S., pray for us!”

Their chants highlight not only a Christian dimension in their protests, but the potential impact they believe Christianity can have on the Communist Party’s dictatorial rule, both in Hong Kong and throughout China.

While the protests were initially sparked by the extradition law, it’s clear that deep dissatisfaction with life under Beijing is keeping the flames burning, especially as the Communist Party attempts to strengthen its grip over Hong Kong. One protester told the Los Angeles Times, “The whole system in Hong Kong is rotten, from top to bottom. We want to tear it down and start fresh.”

In the midst of all this, Communist Party leaders know what many of the commentators and so-called experts in the West have long forgotten: That the ideas about justice and freedom that motivate many of the protesters in Hong Kong are rooted in Christianity.

How can we be sure Communist leaders know this? Because of a 2011 study by the state-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

As one Academy member put it, “…we were asked to look into what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world.”

After researchers studied everything from a “historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective,” they “realised that the heart of [the West’s] culture is [its] religion: Christianity . . . The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics.”

That’s quite a conclusion, to which an official of the Academy added, “We don’t have any doubt about this.”

Chuck Colson pointed out eight years ago that the connection between Christianity and the success of the West has created a conundrum for Beijing. As he put it back then, Communist Party officials know that “the industriousness and creativity of the West was born out of the Christian worldview, which sees every individual created in the image of God, desiring freedom, creative in nature, motivated by civic duty and love of neighbor.”

At the same time, China’s actions in Hong Kong and Mainland China reveal that the Communist Party sees all religions, and Christianity in particular, as dangerous rivals. If Jesus is Lord, then Xi Jinping is not.

As Chuck Colson also said, if Beijing “truly opened its doors to Christianity and unleashed the creative and spiritual potential of its people” the result would be even greater prosperity and “growing global and economic clout.” But that prosperity and clout would come “at great cost to the power of the Communist dictatorship.”

The crackdown across mainland China and the attempts to control Hong Kong suggests the Chinese government wants what it cannot have: To enjoy Western creativity and economic vitality while simultaneously suppressing Christianity—the historical source of this Western creativity and vitality.

And just as Beijing can’t have it both ways, here’s a note for all Western leaders: Neither can we.

As the people of Hong Kong sing their hymns and chant their slogans, they’ve made it clear they are not willing to trade their freedoms and loyalties, especially their religious freedoms and religious loyalties, for what Xi and company are offering.

Before I leave you today, I want to tell you that we have a free webinar on Wednesday September 18th with none other than Os Guinness, about his new book, “Carpe Diem Redeemed.” Register here. You won’t want to miss it.

Resources

‘The whole system is rotten. We want to tear it down’: Hong Kong protests blaze on

  • Alice Su & Ryan Ho Kilpatrick
  • Los Angeles Times
  • September 8, 2019
China’s Christianity Conundrum

  • Chuck Colson
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  • BreakPoint
  • March 23, 2011
Free Webinar with Os Guinness on September 18: Register Here

  • Chuck Colson
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  • BreakPoint
  • March 23, 2011