170716 Christians
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These are not exact numbers, but rather an observation. Twenty years ago, the percentage of Americans claiming to be Christian was about 80%. Today that number is about 60%. OK, there has been an influx of non-Christians into the country, and a die-off of aged Christians, but do we really have fewer Christians? God talks about saving a "remnant" of believers. Is 80% a remnant? People who sew know that a remnant describes the small left-over pieces of cloth after a garment is made, or the last quarter of a yard on a bolt of cloth.   
 

I propose that we have no fewer Christians than before, simply because there will always be those who go along with what is popular. Christianity has lost popularity in many social circles. This is fine by me. Those who want to believe what the Word says are losing dead weight. This tracks well with choice. One always has a choice. Restrictions may limit choices, but even a person in solitary confinement and/or no rights has choices. We may not like the choices we have, but until one is brain dead, choices exist. I choose to believe what God says in His Word. 


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I'm not sure I like this new editor. To make it simpler, some of the tools I like went missing.


170715 Wisdom
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The surest cure for depression is to turn off the television and to stay away from newsprint. I did this long enough to remember to read the Word again. Some Atheists like to rail against God by pointing out supposed contradictions*, but long ago, I quit engaging them. I was raised by an Atheist, so I know that these arguments usually go nowhere. Anyone who wants to know something shuts up and listens.
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One has to listen to the right source to get the truth. That's why I turn to God. That's why things go better when I turn to God. If anything in the world becomes overly distressing, I have to compare what people say to what God says. Long ago, I discovered that absolutely no news source had my best interests at heart. They are in it for the ratings. They slant everything towards their own ideology and fail to report anything that benefits the other side.
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We don't need them. We can think for ourselves. It took my father twenty years to do what I did, but this year he quit watching news programs. He decided to read Agatha Christi, H.G. Wells, and other, pre-computer age writers instead. He suspended the big city papers, canceled all cable/satellite, and turned off the radio. He started using his old turntable for his old vinyl records.
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His blood pressure went down and his stomach quit churning. When he meets with his friends, he changes the subject away from politics. Me too. The Word is far more edifying.
 

1 Corinthians 1:21,27 

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170708 Fast
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I'm going to attempt a News fast, which may mean an Internet fast. Let's see how long I can do it! (It may be as short as six hours...)

One problem concerns what comes to my mailbox. The National Review, Rebel Media, and The Blaze all send me e-mail, as do the governor's office, one of my senators, and Survivopedia. I'll have to delete without reading. I'm sure the world will go one without me.

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170628 Slanted News
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Slanted News

170622 Cindy
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The Sabine River is flooding again. Glad I'm not traveling.
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170501 Video
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170117 Peace
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Individually, we decided to pray for peace. Then, we discovered that others had also decided to pray until it became a NATIONAL movement. Unlike the disruptions, there is no central organization to our movement. We just wanted peacefulness. Most of us will start on Thursday by making intercession to God, and as out time permits, we plan to continue praying through to Saturday. Some may be actively in Church, but those *I* know will be at home.

...and we're called the violent ones.

We aren't getting paid for this, but these people are getting paid to disrupt:
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161129 It Took All Month!
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One hundred thousand, two hundred and twelve words!
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I'll be taking an extended break, too.


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