“Who is Christ to you?”
Those words fell out of my mouth unexpected, surprising both me and my friend, whose usual greeting was a simple, “How are you?”
Christmas for many of us is the remembrance of Jesus born in a manger. Because we’ve so sentimentalized (related to feelings rather than reason) the holiday, we’ve mostly ignored the very reason Jesus came, not only to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21) but also to save us from the wrath of God (John 3:36). “Wrath” meaning the holiness of God stirred into activity against sin.
Jesus came the first time as Savior but will come again as judge.
“And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.” (Hebrews 9:27)
The last book of the Bible has some sobering words we need to think about.
“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to his works.” Revelations 20.
But you are left with a gift to keep you from the dread and fear of that day.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9.
Great cartoon in the Saturday edition. The Trumpsets of Curry County have now arrested Santa Claus for being an illegal alien.
Kindness wins the day
Facing a rather glum Christmas after putting down our 10-year-old Lab due to bladder cancer, an act of kindness and an enthusiastic smile from two true angels in our community really lifted my spirits.
After running into Mary Jo Delaney the other day, and telling her how much my daughter missed buying her Christmas cookies, I was surprised to get a call from the office telling me there was a plate of cookies waiting there for me and my daughter. Not knowing where I lived, Mary Jo had left them at my place of work. All I could think of was what a thoughtful thing for her to do. I can tell you, her kindness and the fact that she went out of her way to do it, really made my day — and my daughter’s too.
Later that day I drove down U.S. 101 to be greeted with a huge smile and a thumbs-up from our town greeter, Ira. There he was, full of joy and excitement and caring enough about the rest of us to share the enthusiasm. His waves and greetings always bring a smile to my face, but today it was just a little bit bigger and brighter.
Thank you to these angels in our community who bring much-needed holiday cheer to the rest of us – and don’t expect a thing in return. This is the true spirit of the holiday season, and we are blessed to live among them.
It’s about Medicaid
Was it an incredibly serious typographical error? Or is it just incompetence? Inquiring minds want to know.
In a bold banner headline in the Saturday Pilot, the Pilot proclaimed, “Voters to Decide Medicare fate.” Thus, the paper has joined the ranks of the fake news and Democrats in attempting to scare senior citizens into voting a certain way.
Be advised voters: The measure to be voted on has nothing to do with the fate of Medicare. It has to do with Medicaid. You know the program that Oregonians recently found out has misspent more than $100 million on. Get your facts from a reliable source.
They want to close the gap in Oregon’s Medicaid shortfall by placing additional taxes on hospitals. They want you to believe that somehow this will result in you paying less for your premiums. Yeah, just like Obamacare reduced your premiums. They say the hospitals are all on board with their paying more taxes. Sure, just like the insurance companies were OK with Obamacare: they just pass the cost to you.
The Legislature passed the increase and a citizen-initiated Measure 101 will determine whether the legislation (more taxes) will stand. I would advise all to vote no. The money we’ve already given them has been grossly mismanaged and misspent/overspent.
When they have to play the “vote yes or you’ll lose your Medicare card,” you know it’s a bad thing.
In Faith Forum, Pastor Jim Schultz wrote, “research shows a growing number of today’s millennials are socialists.” A progressive answered, stating it was because today’s kids are smarter.
Many millennials know little about civics and history. Literacy rates were as high or higher in the colonial period than they are today. Education included homeschooling, church, private tutoring and private study.
Education in early America began in the home at the mother’s knee. Children learned the alphabet and then how to sound out words. Then a book was placed in the child’s hands, usually the Bible.
The normal child’s brain has an innate ability to learn an amazing amount of vocabulary words. The alphabet was an amazing invention, which allowed man to write words based upon sounds rather than pictures like hieroglyphics. Through phonics a child can learn to sound out words, and quickly learn to read.
However, the Progressive John Dewey and today’s progressive educators teach children to use words as pictures and memorize by sight. This causes learning disabilities, dyslexia and dysfunctional illiteracy. Teaching children they came from monkeys without moral absolutes causes them to be hedonists.
American education is in decline because we do not teach phonetic reading, discipline in math and fear of God. Johnny is a godless socialist who can’t read because of progressive education.