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New Debate/discussion for everone

Recently a friend forwarded an article from the LA Times.  It is an op-ed piece titled, “How secular family values stack up.”  intrigued, I decided to have a look, and what I found is probably what I expected.  What I expected, was someone outlining (in my opinion) that religion really isn’t needed in a child’s life.  Wow… look how far our country has fallen if this has started to be the main stream thoughts.

From here, I open up the discussion to all of you, and I will kick it off with my own thoughts on a few points to ponder from the article. The article indicated:

Secular teenagers are far less likely to care what the “cool kids” think – Really??? I think it’s rare that a child doesn’t care – religious or not.

Secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more tolerant, on average, than religious adults… – Again really??? Some of the most vengeful, authoritarian people I know are those who have no moral compass, and no concerns what-so-ever regarding religion or not.  In fact, most people who fall into this category I just mentioned make fun of those who follow their faith.

Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those behind bars – Wow what a surprise!!! Especially after you look at the fact that according to a 2012 Pew Report, there are only approximately 2.4% of the US population who indicated that they were atheist to begin with! That is for the entire US. That would mean that 20% of all atheist are in jail. Umm, does anyone else believe that is a little high to you?

Democratic countries with the lowest levels of religious faith and participation today — such as Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Belgium and New Zealand — have among the lowest violent crime rates in the world and enjoy remarkably high levels of societal well-being. Interesting, but from what I have read, this has more to do with how the country handles the crime, and it perception in the community, than whether the country is religious or not. In Japan for example, crime is dealt with quickly and severely, plus is has the added stigma of failure leading some to commit suicide. Is that religion or culture?

Others points to ponder. Since the 1950s, look what has happened:
Substance abuse has increased significantly
Drug Overdoses has almost double in the past 20 years
Alcohol abuse has increased
Abortions have increased – 1950 had about 680, and in 2013 there were 169,368
More children are being born into a single parent homes than ever before
ACT scores have been slowly declining since the late 50s
Number of people going to jail has increased rapidly since 1975
Rape has increased significantly since the 60s
Depressed is at a near all-time high
Teen suicide has more than doubled since 1950 (15-19 year olds – 2.7/100,000 to 7.5/100,000)

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interesting comment I heard today

Your prayer life basically has three choices:  prayer11

Option 1 – You can ask for something that God won’t give you, or

Option 2 – You could lose heart and faith and stop believing, or

Option 3 – You can continue to pray and not lose hope that God will answer your prayers on His time and when you are ready for Him to answer them.

When we go into prayer, we must do it knowing that God may or may not answer our very specific prayers.  Rather He will do what is best for us. His timing is more important than ours.  His timing may mean that He will answer the prayer from today sometime today or maybe 10 years from now.  But, it is His time that is important, not ours.

There are times when I find it hard to know if what I am praying for is something He will not answer, or something that may have to wait.  There are times when I wonder if He answered my prayer and I missed the subtle answer that was personalized for me.

New Year’s is another time for me to be attentive to His voice.  I don’t want to be rushing through life and missing His sweet response.


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getting ready for the new year

Just like all “traditions” we feel we need to prepare for the new year.  Plan out our resolution(s).  Decide on what we want to do, or not do.  Lose weight.  Get a new job.  Find a new boyfriend/girlfriend.  Get married.  Move on.  You get the point.

Rarely do we sit back and say, “How can I serve God better?”

Well, that is what I am doing right now.  I am trying to decide how best to serve God.  How best to be a better follower.  As I have said in the past, I have failed a lot.  I continue to fail.  I don’t always show the love I should.  I continue to beat myself up over this because I know where my trust should be.  I know how best to do this, but I am allowing past issues to hamper my progress.

Is a new years resolution the answer?  Most likely not.  We all know we fail at those.  Heck, I don’t think I have kept a new years resolution more than a few months.  No the answer is prayer, leaning in toward Him instead of away.

I will work on this now and into the future.  Why… well because my life depends on it.

What about you?


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The day after – choosing to live like Christ

Looking back over Christmas, the one thing that stood out is I never really took a moment (except during church) to really say thank you.  I know… I know… thanksgiving right…well, if you are Christian, you know that Christmas is the first thank you followed by easter.  But I will leave that for another post.

What I am doing… with this blog and my life… is I am going to try and live it in a way that God will say well done good and faithful servant.  Right now, I’m not sure He would say that.  I am not sure He would embrace me.

Yes, He loves me.

Yes, He forgives me.

But embrace me?

Things need to change, and so I choose to change to live more Christ like.  I choose to do it now, rather than some artificial day like new years.  I choose to start now, and with God’s help I will become a better man.  I will become a better servant.  In the past I use to say, I would do my best.  Now I choose to say with God’s help I will be my best.

Join me on this journey.  Let me know if you want me to pray for you and I will – faithfully.

take care,

M


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Still working on this… just another song

Okay, so here is the one that I had been working on for a little while and it has been setting on the sideline to long … there is still alot of work to be done (yes I know that – but I wanted to get input anyway).  Personally I think that it is starting to take shape. 

With that in mind do you have any Thoughts?  Suggestions?  Criticism? 

Remember… be nice… 😀

It is Your mercy

V1

feeling lonely and depressed

realizing life just isn’t right

She walked into the church

in a last attempt to get it right

A husband who left her

two kids who got lost

a voice that was screaming

and a heart that felt tossed

life had been crashing

and all around her was pain

when she gathered up the strength

to cry out His name

Chorus

Lord, I know that I’m not worthy, but

I am crying out for some help

My compass seems to be broken

and I’m stumbling

and feeling so lost

V2

feeling lonely and depressed

realizing life just isn’t right

He walked into the church

in a last attempt to get it right

There was a bottle in one hand

and a world was full of strife

Running was his life

Just praying not to get caught

life has been chasing him

with the storms all around

when he gathered up the strength

to cry out His name

Chorus

Lord, I know that I’m not worthy, but

I am crying out for some help

My compass seems to be broken

and I’m stumbling

and feeling so lost

V3

When they finally stopped to look around

Standing side-by-side that day

All they felt was His loving embrace

Caring and Loving

and so full of grace

Holding them tight

Surrounded by all His might

He truly understood

what life had been like

stumbling along with no end in sight

The pain that they had carried

A life with no light

Bridge (somewhere in here – near the end)

I know it was Your mercy

that will grab me from my depths

I know it is Your presence

that will carry me up these steep steps

Final Chorus

Lord, I know that I’m not worthy, but

I am crying out for some help

My compass seems to be broken

and I’m stumbling

and feeling so lost

It is time for me to lift my eyes

to see Your piercing light

It is time for me to lift my hands

to feel Your loving grace

It is time for me to lift my heart

to embrace You with all my might

It is time for me to drop down on my knees

and surrender to You this night