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Anger. Heart broken. Despair. Empathy for all impacted. More Anger. In fact, of all the emotions I've been dealing with today as we learn about the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, anger has been my strongest and most frequently recurring feeling.
Probably like you, I am still sorting through a lot of emotions and questions. Including the one some Christians may be afraid to ask: WHY, GOD???????????
Short of having that answer, I did find a couple thoughts from some of my Facebook friends comforting:
Stephen Curtis Chapman talks about joy vs. happiness.
His family lived through some tough Christmas seasons after the loss of his daughter Maria.
This chat is so encouraging!
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A professor of Science at Westmont College named Peter Stoner went through the old testament in the Bible to calculate the probability that one man could fulfill just 8 of the major prophecies about the coming messiah that the Israelites were expecting.
He had 12 different classes working on the project. Over 600 students carefully weighed all the factors as well. They even submitted their figures for review to a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation. After ripping through all Professor Stoner’s research, they verified that his calculations were dependable and accurate and scientific.
ABC Family Channel is doing the 25 days of Christmas movies again. Every night there are Christmas classics like Christmas Vacation, Charlie Brown, The Christmas Story & Elf.
Here's the complete schedule you can print out, so you can share some of these festive memories with your kids!
I have a plan on eradicating the planet of EVERY HEATHEN SOUL. It's not terribly hard at first glance, but it might require changing how you view they way THEY view "the holiday season."
Around this time last year, I used "X-mas" in a status update on Facebook and lost four friends. Am I wrong in thinking that's a pretty trivial thing to end a friendship over??
Here are my reasons for not getting worked up when people don't use the preferred "Christian" words for the season:
However election day went for you, that shouldn't be the end of the story. Whether your picks won or lost, there is still a lot of work to be done.
I've seen and heard a lot of fellow Christians lamenting the results, or gloating. Both sides have acted like the outcome was the final say on all they care about. Like, now that the votes are in, God's all done with His work here.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
My friend Donnie had some awesome ideas on putting your faith into action between elections:
It's quite painful for social media junkies like me to be on Facebook and Twitter today. (By the way, are you and I connected at those places yet? Head to Facebook.com/SOSRadioMike and Twitter.com/MikeCouchman if not. : - )
It's painful mostly because of the political chatter. Everyone's cheering on their side and dissing the other side, not realizing it's all just lawn signs. (When's the last time somebody's lawn sign changed your vote?)
I decided to take this approach once we learn who wins:
This was a very close election. We agree with some of the candidates, and others just scare us. Regardless of who won, the candidates are not savior of our world. Jesus is. Our elected officials are facing a lot of big problems in our country, and it's going to take all the parties working together to tackle the solutions. God is bigger than politicians, economic issues and our country's moral code. Let's set our eyes on God before they wander over to our problems.
Here's a few thoughts to help us heal from the political dissension.
Of all the Hurricane Sandy images I saw this week, this one will stick with me the most:
That's somebody in New Jersey meeting a simple need. Most folks didn't have power. This person did. And they offered it freely.
To me, that's the essence of being a Jesus follower! He called us to meet needs. To meet people where they were. Over and over in the Bible, Jesus proved how important this was with His own actions.