Hate in Charlottesville

Bigots march and others show up to counter their march. Both groups express hate and then scuffle ensue. If this scenario sounds familiar, you have been paying attention. This has gone on for decades.

No good comes from expressing hate. No one benefits. Hating another American citizen does nothing to strengthen our nation.

Instead, we should celebrate individuals and we should celebrate excellence. This promotes unity and reinforces what makes America unique. We are not a homogeneous race, religion or region. We are made up of diverse people who cherish Life, Liberty, Independence and the Pursuit of happiness. We are bound together by ideals. These ideals have resonated with English Pilgrims and Indian Hindus. Descendants of slave owners and slaves live under the same flag. Descendants of warring nations live here as united citizens.

This nation is a miracle. I believe Satan hates our brave desire to be One Nation Under God, indivisible with Liberty & Justice for all.

God help us to overcome the lazy hatred of bigotry. God help us to overcome senseless violence. God help us to be one people in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Forgive me

What’s harder for you:

*Asking others for forgiveness?

*Granting forgiveness to others?

*Forgiving yourself?

Regardless, forgiveness is a necessity. Here are some pointers on how to live the Forgiveness Lifestyle

If you hurt, disrespect or upset anyone, ALWAYS ask for forgiveness.

Choose to forgive without counting offenses ie, “This is the last time!”

Remember that Christ forgave YOU before you ever apologized to Him.

To truly forgive:

1. Don’t bring it up any more!

2. Don’t relive it in your mind.

3. Don’t discuss it with others

Over time you find that even when someone reminds you of the offense, it won’t hurt/anger you so much.

Picture of a mature church

Imagine if churches all over were filled with upbeat believers fighting for the chance to outgive one another! If every church you entered was filled with generous, joyful Christ followers. Imagine a world wide church that ministered so effectively that they put Big Government out of a job! Below is a glimpse of such a church. Note the verse explicitly state that the joyful Christians were afflicted. They were NOT RICH, they did not have it easy!

Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.

II Corinthians 8:1‭-‬5 NKJV

http://bible.com/114/2co.8.1-5.NKJV

What Is Settled Science?

What is Settled Science exactly?
I love science. Astronomy, Archeology, Biology, Physics etc. When I was a kid Brontosaurus  ruled. Now he is Apatosaurus. Dinosaurs were cold-blooded scaly lizards who abandoned their young. Now they are feathered pre-birds who reared their young.

When I was young the Universe was 7.5 billion years old. It was judged to be in a cycle of contraction & expansion forever.
Now it is 13.5 billion years old. It is judged to expanding unchecked forever.

My how things have changed!

Books printed in 1978 had vastly different data from the books printed in 2017. This is not a complaint. The Scientific Method invites change as new data emerges. New interpretations, technology and observations yield new theories. Newer theories are then explored via observation or experimentation. This cycle causes science & technolgy to take us in exepcted directions.
Science is always changing, evolving if you will. Radical thinkers like Copernicus & the Wright brothers challenge the status quo. Experiments prove or disprove popular theory. 
So, when someone declares that we aren’t allowed to debate theories on Climate, ask “Why?”

Sometimes separate groups of scientists will look at the same data and interpret it differently. If someone tells you that you are only allowed one interpretation,  ask “Why?”
The term ‘Settled Science’ is misleading. No science is ever settled. There are always new theories, observations and experiments. Whenever I hear skeptics challenge the status quo, I expect those who defend the status quo to respond with ridicule.

The Wright brothers were told that human flight was impossible. Settled science.
Einstein and the other creators of the atomic bomb were told the entire Earth would be destroyed by a single atomic blast.
Astronauts were told they would sink into the Moon, never to be seen again.
We were warned the Earth was about to enter a new Ice Age in the 1970’s.
Wrong, wrong, wrong!
There is no such thing as settled science.  Only people who demand we settle for today’s knowldege. These people demand we settle because they feel threatened by change.
Sadly, Big Government has ridiculed some skeptics as Deniers. There are attempts underway to criminalize skepticism!! Just like Galileo being forced to recant on astronomy. Global warming skeptics must choose between Truth and Orthodoxy.

If the attorney general of your state demands your employer to go with the orthodoxy will anyone refuse? I’m not alking about complying with pollution requirements here. I mean not expressing skepticism about the Weather being under direct human control. Can the government compel an employee of a private company to state Man made Global Warming is a fact if they aren’t convinced?

Who will stand up for Truth? Will you?