Category: Viewpoints

It Seems to Me: Ultimate Grief

Some would argue against the idea that I, a finite, impotent, created being could do anything that would have an impact on God, an infinite, omnipotent, eternal being.  I understand and respect the reasoning behind that position.  However, it seems to me that the Bible teaches that God does feel emotions.  God created me and desires to have a relationship with me.  I do not understand that but it is true nonetheless.  “The fear of the Lord” is a theme in both testaments.  Surely I ought to live in awe of God, fearing and revering Him.  Another theme in the Scripture involves my responsibility to behave in such a way that I do not bring grief to God. Just as surely as I should be afraid of what God has the power and right to do to me, I should be afraid of what I might do to bring pain to God. Ephesians 4:30-32 commands us not to grieve the Holy Spirit, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (NASU)  Clearly, I bring grief to God when I act with...

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Personal Finance Article: Six Ways to Save On Your Next Car

Looking for an eco-friendly subcompact or the thrills that come with a sports car? Perhaps the practicality of a sedan or a spacious SUV better fits your needs? No matter what type of vehicle is calling your name, planning your purchase can help you save as much money as possible. Consider these six savings tips while shopping for your next car. Whether you’re concerned about upfront, monthly or long-term costs, there’s something here that can help you. 1. Look for a fuel-efficient car. Buying a hybrid or all-electric vehicle rather than a gas guzzler could help you save money on long-run fuel costs. Plus, state and federal tax credits might give you some additional upfront savings. If you’re sticking to a fully gas-powered car, you can still save money by choosing a fuel-efficient model. Once you pick a class of car and determine your budget, use the Environmental Protection Agency’s miles-per-gallon rating for each vehicle to estimate and compare the monthly fuel costs. 2. Compare the long-term costs of different cars. In addition to fuel, consider the long-term costs of maintenance, repairs, insurance, taxes, depreciation, fees and financing. To help you with the calculations, Kelly Blue Book has a 5-Year Cost to Own tool that lets you compare long-term costs for 2015 and 2016 models. Edmunds’s True Cost to Own® tool does a similar thing for 2010 and newer...

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Reflections from Red Oak Ranch

If you remember the movie, “The Birds,” an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, you will understand this week’s column!  The swarm came in on at least two different evenings, The Colonel saw them both times.  I only saw them once but he told me about it the first time he saw it…I thought he was making it up or was exaggerating the whole thing.  Well, neither of those thoughts was correct. It was almost dusk, still bright enough outside to see everything clearly, but heading towards nighttime.  He told me there was a big swarm of birds that were just flying all around the front yard, over the house, through the trees, everywhere!  He thought they were swallows, the kind we don’t like that make mud nests on the porches.  He said there must have been at least 50.  I thought to myself, the only kind of bird that comes around here in that number is crows and I knew he knew what a crow looked like.  When I looked out I didn’t see anything but he said they had all just left.  So, Friday night, The Colonel came running in saying come look at these birds.  I opened the Sun Porch door that he had just gone out of and when I saw the birds that movie is the first thing that came to my mind.  There was not just...

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Dear Editor: Dog Safety in the Heat

Dear Editor,  Dog Safety in the Heat For those who leave their dogs in the bed of your pick-up, when the temps reach 90 to over 100 degrees, I want you to take off your shoes and stand bare-footed in the bed of the truck. Just because your dog has pads on their feet does not mean they protect the dog from burning their feet. Not to mention the extreme heat from the sun causing a heat stroke. And for the lady sitting in the white pick-up on Wednesday 8/10 with the AC running in Brookshire’s parking lot while your dog suffered in the hot bed of the pick-up; shame on you! Nanette Piotrowski Fairfield,...

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It Seems to Me: Death Before Sin

The first great principle of Bible study is a reliance on the Holy Spirit to guide you. There are other important principles.  One is to let Scripture interpret Scripture rather than letting tradition interpret.  Another important principle is to accept the plain reading of Scripture.  Sometimes that is literal; sometimes it is not.   Genesis 1 and 2 is a case where the plain reading is literal.  Some (perhaps well-meaning) Christians have attempted to find millions or even billions of years between the first and second verses of Genesis.  It is my contention that there is no Biblical evidence for that nor is there any other kind of evidence either. The problem arises when Christians try to help God out by trying to contrive a way to make the Bible match current “scientific” understanding.  I placed quotes around science because it appears to me that this so-called science is not very scientific.  It seems apparent to me that this science has been tainted by the need to retain tenure in teaching positions and also in keeping government grant money flowing.  As Christians, we are always on solid footing when we hold fast to the idea that it is science which must conform to Scripture not vice versa. The plain reading of Genesis 1 gives absolutely no indication that there was a long period of time between the first two verses. ...

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