Many recognize that the commercial media is a means of manipulation and base appeal, in order to persuade the consumer to think, act, and buy according to the subtlety (or not) of suggestion. (It’s ironic to see people talk so much about being independent using brand-name clothing, mass technology, and popular products.) Friends are another strong influence of opinion and conduct. In one way or another, something or someone will direct and control our thoughts. Continue reading
Just as the apostle Paul speaks, in 2Co 7, about the sadness that produces repentance and the sadness that brings about death, two kinds of despair exist: one that leads to passivity and another that leads a person to seek help desperately. Continue reading
Through pain, we deal with the great questions of life. Suffering causes us to ask about the meaning of existence. Continue reading
Some people dislike living by rules. Laws cause them to chafe. They prefer to act by impulse.
Others like rules, but of their own making. Still others latch on to the first authority who will tell them what to believe and what rules to follow. Continue reading
In any area of endeavor, basic principles apply. For example, a successful basketball player has to learn to bounce the ball, make a pass, make a basket, defend an opponent. A carpenter has to learn to drive a nail. Continue reading
When we call upon God in our affliction, preparation must first be made. Note in this version the “Then.” Something must happen first. We have to make a change before God will rescue us, but the promise still stands: Continue reading
The mother’s lap can’t receive all her children at once, if there are many. The father’s attention is divided among his children when he arrives home, unable to listen to them all at once. But God’s goodness and love have a place for everyone, equally. Continue reading