LOL, nope. Some surely misrepresent Christ and bring a bad name to others. No doubt about that whatsoever.
Christianity is pretty much the polar opposite from the prevailing philosophies of this world and from the point of view of said philosophies has to be labelled by some as a mental disorder. Mostly this is to justify themselves and avoid actually dealing with their lack of what Christianity offers.
The ‘trick’ is taking the time to understand what Christianity actually teaches. There are a LOT of groups out there selling snake oil for sure. The ONE final arbiter of real or fake is the presence of God’s love. Not mushy emotionalism.
The young lady this article was written about is a pretty good example I’d wager.
 February 20, 2015 at 9:38am
Gayle Erwin, in his book, “The Jesus Style” asserts that when we truly forgive others we remove from them the power to truly hurt us.
This assertion is not only true, and so completely out of the norm for the modern “Ramboesque – get revenge at all costs” mentality that this world holds to, that it totally baffles those who have not yet realized their own depravity and God’s total grace and forgiveness. (And I do believe in self defense, armies, police forces and a healthy justice system for those whose reasoning is an exercise in extremism at best)
The concept “You cannot give what you do not have” that I was taught perfectly summarizes this situation. This young lady not only has taken responsibility for herself but has extended mercy to those, who in the name of what they assert is a merciful god, show none whatsoever.
We SHOULD pray for the terrorists. God wants NO ONE to go to hell. Many will, and all of their own free will. May God be merciful to us in order that we may be merciful to others.
 February 20, 2015 at 9:27am
live58.org is a pretty good outfit. They are a sort of aggregator in the sense that they provide links to organizations already doing what you or I may conclude the Lord would have us do.
For example; Sould you desire to drill wells for folks somewhere where they are needed and your local congregation sends a team over, these folks can connect you with a group already drilling wells. Saves and extends precious resources.
One of their core goals is to eliminate severe poverty so they are a little more focused on that angle but they do still help folks connect.
One thing to always look at is the percentage of funds donated used for overhead. Sadly there are a lot of thieves out there ripping God’s people off.
Anyone the believes in prayer… Please pray for Mr. Obama with everything you have. This is downright Twilight Zone material.
 January 31, 2015 at 1:26pm
NNIHTICEL CINAGRO I believe is what is called for.
blkshk – having a bit of fun. My typing can be atrocious at times. *g*
 January 29, 2015 at 3:07pm
I was taught that, “You cannot give what you do not have.” and it is the truth for ALL areas of life, including the spiritual life.
Churches, starting from the pastor on down, are often failing in this most-important area. Implied in this statement are several notions: personal responsibility, discipline, work, study, commitment, giving rather than taking, others rather than self and so forth. People don’t come to churches either because they have nothing to give in terms of spiritual substance OR what they give is emotional “foo foo” which does NOTHING for the soul.
Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” and in our self-indulgent society where, for example, when Twitter has an outage kids proclaim their lives are over, we are in trouble.
Having something to give implicitly implies taking responsibility to GET that something to give. (As an aside there are many who give but only after taking from someone else – think politics) And, real giving is always sacrificial.
So, what do we do? I decided to take responsibility and I read, study, pray, exhort and encourage – as many and as often as the Lord gives me the opportunity.
Adam said, when confronted, “T was the woman Lord.”. Eve said, “It was the snake.” No Adam, it was you. Eve, you were deceived but you did choose.
You are responsible for your decisions. I am responsible for mine. Let’s decide to make good ones. Surrender to, believe and follow Jesus. All other roads fail.
You are awesome! You would make a great Poster Child for the kind of attitude we hope to showcase in our documentary. This is exactly what is needed at the individual level. If everyone took personal responsibility for their spiritual growth and led an "other" centered life we would have enough resources at our disposal to end hunger and homelessness!
This isn't about pitting one denomination against another. This isn't about choosing who is right and who is wrong. This is about Spiritual growth and personal commitment to what we say we believe to be true. Whether what you believe to be true is different from what I believe to be true is immaterial to the topic. What we believe should show up in the way that we live. And for far too many Christians, it just doesn't. The longer we let it go without addressing it the worse off we'll be.
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 January 28, 2015 at 1:41pm
 January 28, 2015 at 11:40am
Oh, the other things is how in the world, man, who according to some is the result of the world can now kill its creator (the Earth)?
Isn’t the whole still a sum of the parts? And isn’t man, according to those who look at the material universe as “greater” than man – because it was here first, the greater?
If you take the comparison to the Christian message then there’s really nothing to worry about whatsoever as the Earth would resurrect itself, right?
This still seems to boil down to the alarmists using something to control and shake others down for money and/or power.
These folks sure do seem to run on fear. I mean, if their ‘god’ (the material universe or ?) is big enough to create man then who cares? It can happen all over again at some point.
Or, these folks actually believe they are that powerful. None of us are actually, regardless of one’s worldview.
I say it’s willful at its core. Pity.
 January 28, 2015 at 11:30am
Here’s what I haven’t seen addressed much.
So, let’s say humans emit CO2, which, in fact, is actually true. And, more people means more CO2. Simple reason there.
We also know that plants intake CO2 and emit oxygen. Pretty slick.
So, in terms of quantities, > humans = > CO2 = > plant food = > Oxygen = > safer environment for humans.
IOW, more CO2 would provide more “food” for plants, which in turn would provide more oxygen for people.
Seems to me that the best thing humans can do is to increase their CO2-emitting efforts, not reduce them. I mean, why continue to kill vegetation by reducing human CO2 emissions?
So, environmentalists are advocating what essentially ends up being a position s self-assisted suicide.
Well, a least they are consistent.
January 23, 2015 at 2:15pm
Whoops *chuckle* ‘gear’ = ‘hear’
See? I was overcome!
 January 23, 2015 at 2:14pm
I am SURE they are just beside themselves in Coal Run to gear YOU won’t be going there. As a matter of fact I am not sure I can make it through the rest of the day knowing YOU won’t be going to Coal Run. And, I suppose there are others here, just now, reaching for their therapist’s number to set an appointment knowing YOU won’t be going to Coal Run.
Oh, what a calamity! What a terrible tragedy! Horrible!
Whoops *chuckle* 'gear' = 'hear'
See? I was overcome!
 January 23, 2015 at 10:20am
Reminds me of what my late uncle would occasionally say to someone who was whining…
“Poor Pretty Baby”
January 22, 2015 at 1:46pm
No kidding. I had a fellow stiff me some $$ a number of years back. Mentioned this to a friend and he said, “Hey, let me know and I’ll get some fellows I know who live in your area and for a case of beer they’ll break his leg. As a matter of fact they’d probably do it for free.”
“Uh, thanks for the offer but I’m good.” was my reply.
 January 21, 2015 at 9:41pm
dealer@678, actually, I don’t think that Abedini is as naive as it might appear. I listened to her speak about a year or so ago live over the Internet. She has a remarkable story – along the general lines that the Lord told here He was going to use this imprisonment to speak to nations, heads of nations and so forth. She mentioned she thought it would be Saeed doing this and was shocked to discover it was her. She has spoken before the UN for example. Pretty amaizing.
 January 21, 2015 at 9:37pm
I was thinking he was thinking, “Yes I did.”
January 21, 2015 at 6:38pm
That was uncalled for.
 January 21, 2015 at 6:36pm
The phrase I read right before his first election from a psychologist (making an observation not from direct conversations but via the media-based info available) was malignant narcissist.
I tend to agree. Very sad for Mr. Obama indeed – particularly when you get a sense of his horrible childhood. Still, he has reached the age of accountability, though I seriously doubt he’s capable of taking responsibility for his own bad breath. I’m sure that’s G. Bush’s fault.