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September, 2011


No Re-Elections Ever!

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 | Category: Common Sense, Political | Comments (2)

Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.” (Proverbs 25:19 ESV).  There certainly weren’t any flies on Solomon with that one.  Treachery, is the willful betrayal of welfare, confidence or trust. In 2011 it’s hard to finger just one individual worthy of that label, but in these United States of America, it’s easy to spot two deserving parties.  I’m speculating that similar problems exist all over the “free” world. For us it’s treacherous men and women, who’ve somehow come to share a common belief that their way is the only right way.  To prove themselves correct, our two primary parties have intentionally chosen to “tear the proverbial baby in two”.  The baby is of course the U.S.A.  The problem is of course is that’s it’s not their baby, it’s our baby.  They have separated themselves from the welfare of the family unit, so that they needn’t share the pains of their shameful behavior.  I’m only moderately concerned with being labeled as radical here, because this time of trouble is greater than we can imagine. Our republic’s system of democracy has been hijacked by these two mightiest of collective ego’s.  We’ve been abandoned to their headlines, sound-bites and YouTube clips.  They treasure an audience more than their constituents. They relish the power they wield more than any wisdom they may have been blessed with.

The British historian and moralist, Lord Acton, expressed this in a letter to one Bishop Creighton in 1887: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” The absolute, unchecked powers that we have allowed to develop and willingly supported have brought this nation to it’s theoretical knees and threatens to knock us down for the count. The labels adorned by our Republican and Democratic parties once represented two differing approaches to this nations welfare.  These approaches have grown from a soft line in the sand to a deep crack in the foundation of our common sense.  If we continue to sign on with their insanity, we are as guilty as they, in this travesty of self interests.  As in the biblical land of Palestine, where the parties and neighbors of interest are standing on “honor” alone, unwilling to compromise, we also will be publicly “faced” with ugly mask of stupidity. This Christian founded nation, was, no is better than that.  We led the world to new levels of welfare through innovation, compromise and leadership. The only way to effectuate the amount of change now necessary is to hit the universal eject button on our elected managers and enlist new leadership, but for limited terms of representation only.  Do what we must do and go home.  No re-elections, ever!




The Good & The Bad ~ JC Calkins

Posted: September 21st, 2011 | Category: belief, Christ Follower, Common Sense, Faith | Comments (1)

Along with a few degrees awarded by accredited institutions of higher learning I have earned one other far less distinguished lifetime achievement award, which I’ve used more than any of the rest.  Some of you may also be eligible for this award, which is an MSE degree. No, no it has nothing to do with science or engineering, it’s a “Master of Spiritual Excuses” designation.  Those of us who have or had earned this lifetime achievement award, have coined many… read more

Where’s My Parachute?

Posted: September 20th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

Wedding invitations are usually formal, descriptive, elegant and brief.   Being invited is, in and of itself, a compliment from the hosts, while not responding to the invitation is taken as a declination.  If we successfully foster the correct relationship with our Lord, we will one day experience another event which symbolizes a blessed union with God’s family, the commitment for a permanent relocation and eternal life together.  We’ve already received the invitation, but we don’t know the place, date… read more

A Brighter Day

Posted: September 19th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Do you find that your best intentions wear down as the day progresses?  If so, you aren’t alone. We spend so much of our lives trying to be something other than what God created us to be, that wearing ourselves down should be expected.  Any way we metaphorically look at it, swimming against the tide, running uphill etc., it’s exhausting.  Here’s a little gimmick that might be helpful in staying on track. When someone poses that simple query, “How are… read more

Tough Temptations?

Posted: September 17th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Note To Myself:  Yeah, just go for it, wait … no, no, no, consider the impact that choice would have on somebody! Whatever … I want it … but that would hurt my friend’s feelings!  We usually have three doors to choose from regarding how we think and approach our decisions in life.  Long before we realize that these doors even exist we are crawling or walking through them.  Most of us will ultimately choose to blend emotional decision making… read more

A Change We Initiated

Posted: September 16th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

Nostalgic? How well can you remember your childhood?  I recall my Gramma, regularly asking us if we wanted a pie after supper? Yeah!  Her pies and breads were legendary, tradable for other goods all over town. “Good” she’d say “go out in the garden or orchard and pick us some nice “apples, cherries or strawberries and rhubarb.  Maybe even some elderberries.”  Or if shortcake was on her mind it might be off to the blackberry or raspberry bushes for us. … read more

Erase Envy, Embrace Life

Posted: September 15th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

One of the more difficult reactions which we’ll ever need to conquer, is our own envy as we “watch” life around us.  We never see the full picture, but there are very few, if any, who are not victimized by our own envy.  Those who have every-thing that they’d ever hoped or worked for are often envious of the carefree, peace of mind, privacy or solitude of others.  Those with the bright lights of fame shining upon them often must… read more

No Friend As Loyal

Posted: September 14th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Mark Twain once said: “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them”, which is used here as a perfect segue to a subsequent statement by Ernest Hemingway; “There is no friend as loyal as a book”. Two great writers, neither of whom were known to be overtly spiritual, are famously quoted on the potential value of books, not just any books or even their own books, but “good books”. Twain,… read more

Loose Lips

Posted: September 13th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

You may not be familiar with the old saying, “loose lips, sink ships,” the English equivalent of which is to “keep mum”.  These phrases originated during WWII and were published during that period by governments to warn soldiers and civilians to beware of loose talk and idle gossip that our enemies might use against us. Still, in ordinary life, there are always people who will both seek and/or invent information, which they can use to further their own personal agendas… read more

Moving Mountains

Posted: September 12th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Have you been asking but not getting?  “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. … If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:10, 13 ESV) There is often confusion and disappointment when we turn to the Lord in times of trouble,… read more