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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The simplicity of it all...

In the New Testament book of Luke, and chapter 11 we find this parable...

  1. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
  2. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
  3. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
  4. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
The editor function will not allow me to change those numbers, they actually start at verse #33.

If we apply this to our lives today, we see that the simple actions we take will show the world our true beliefs. We know that the actual light from the candle is the wick burning with a flame, that shows it's self as a light.
What a tremendous analogy this is for use to use in every aspect of our lives. You see, the wick is the "core" of the candle. Much like we use the word "core" as the center, or foundation of our existence. If our "core" is then matched with a burning desire to be one with Jesus, we will be a light unto the world around us.
Jesus said that "no man who lighteth a candle, hides it under a bushel". In other words, don't keep your faith in God a secret. Let it shine!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Troubling Times in College Football

 It's not a secret. Most of you know that I am a college football fan. More than any other, college sports are the embodiment of ideals like team, passion, and all for one. Which breaks my heart to little bitty pieces when stories like the alleged sexual abuse at Penn State, by one of it's coaches, surfaces.

Let us not forget that the accused is innocent, until proven guilty, in our court systems. The media frenzy surrounding this news, is enormous, and there will be many story lines that simply are not true. Do not fall for false headlines, and trap titles by the news media.

If these accusations are true, we can turn to the Bible for answers. Jesus Christ, while talking with his disciples told them of these things. He tells us all not to dwell on the actual acts of these sick individuals, and that it would have been better for a millstone to have been hung around the neck of the perpetrator, and he be tossed into the ocean. In other words, there will be hell to pay for these kinds of acts.

Making matters worse are the reports that the Athletic Director, and University Senior Vice President lied to a Federal Grand Jury in an attempt to cover up the accusations. These are adults with a higher education level than many others in the public, and still they didn't comprehend the troubles they were bringing down on themselves, and their employer, Penn State University.

Today, there are many thousands of PSU alumni that are angered, hurt, and confused as to how this sort of thing can happen. They are not alone.

God Bless all of you.