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Time for a Great Cartoon: Caring for Others?

When we really get honest with ourselves, do we ever do anything out of pure motives?  Isn’t there always some self-interest that motivates us?  It may be as overt (as Calvin and Hobbes here) or covert.  But we should still do kind things for others, recognizing that only God does things from pure motives.

I’m thankful for His mercy and grace today.  How about you?

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Posted by on April 29, 2018 in motives


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Some of My Favorite Quotes: George Bernard Shaw on Life!

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. (Wikipedia).

He once wrote, “This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself to be a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

Having in his youth proclaimed himself an atheist, in middle age he explained this as a reaction against the Old Testament image of a vengeful Jehovah. By the early twentieth century, he termed himself a “mystic” . . .  In 1913 Shaw declared that he was not religious “in the sectarian sense”, aligning himself with Jesus as “a person of no religion”. In the preface (1915) to Androcles and the Lion, Shaw asks “Why not give Christianity a chance?” contending that Britain’s social order resulted from the continuing choice of Barabbas over Christ. In a broadcast just before the Second World War, Shaw invoked the Sermon on the Mount, “a very moving exhortation, and it gives you one first-rate tip, which is to do good to those who despitefully use you and persecute you”. In his will, Shaw stated that his “religious convictions and scientific views cannot at present be more specifically defined than as those of a believer in creative revolution”. He requested that no one should imply that he accepted the beliefs of any specific religious organisation, and that no memorial to him should “take the form of a cross or any other instrument of torture or symbol of blood sacrifice”. (Wikipedia).

That’s a great quote!  I would make one change to it, however.  I would change the word world to the word church.  Here’s my version:  “This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself to be a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the CHURCH will not devote itself to making you happy.” (your comments?)

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Posted by on January 11, 2018 in life


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Time for a Great Cartoon: Get Well Card for Mom!


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Posted by on May 14, 2017 in mother's day


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An Honest Family Photo!

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This picture really doesn’t need a caption, does it? Two of our six grandchildren — Jeremiah and Mary — in a, uh, disagreement about a lollipop.


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Posted by on August 7, 2016 in grandchildren


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (entitlement)

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How does our culture engender a sense of ENTITLEMENT? This attitude is expressed in various ways: “The world owes me a living!” “I deserve to be happy!” “I have a right to live my life for myself!”

Our western culture fulfills all of our desires IF we have the time or money to indulge them.  Our constitution, some would say, guarantees the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness!  It is positively unAmerican to deny me these inalienable rights!

Christianity teaches that we earn respect as we earn our living.  Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 7.16.05 AMThe world owes us nothing.  God owes us nothing.  Life is a gift of God’s grace.  Unthankfulness is a primary sin of a culture which has not only turned away from God, but worships the creation rather than the Creator (see Romans 1)!

God created us in His image, but He also created the possibility of idolatry when He created Adam — Adam could choose to simply worship himself.  Entitlement flows out of a self-worship that wants others to join the congregation,  The spirit or attitude of entitlement is the polar opposite of the Christian virtue of thankfulness and appreciation for grace.  Entitlement greedily demands; thankfulness gratefully receives.  Entitlement focuses on self; thankfulness focuses on God and His mercies.

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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in entitlement


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