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In Sickness and Health…Or When We Are Tired Of One Another

It seems no one understands what vows in marriage are in our current society. Clearly we are unable to keep any of the vows made to God toward our spouse. I know most people never really contemplate the words that they are repeating as the minister presides over the wedding service. We are just parroting the words back, not meaning for one moment that we are going to stay with the person, whom we have given a ring as a…

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The Child’s Perspective of Divorce 2

As mentioned in the first post, this is to address the lies and excuses parents often give to make themselves feel better about seeking a divorce when children are involved. I, who had parents divorce when I was in elementary school, want to use the Jon and Kate Plus 8 season to reveal some of these lies. The eight year old twins are really stepping up and helping out with the sextuplets and with the household chores. This is not…

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The Child’s Perspective Of Divorce

Many are fans of the popular television show Jon and Kate Plus 8. It has been a show about how two parents survive having twins and sextuplets. After watching four terrific seasons of a family unit, the fifth season began last night with the separation of Jon and Kate. While not yet divorce, they are currently separated and the episode centered upon their difficulties and failings in the marriage. The reason I am bothering to write about this is because…

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Weimar Republic part II

  Democratic co-chairs of the judiciary committee, Representative Michael Lawlor and Senator Andrew McDonald proposed a bill CT (1098) that if made into law would put the organization of the Catholic church under the control of the Connecticut state legislature.  Proponents of the bill claim that this would only affect the Catholics and no other "Christian" denomination would be impacted.   After all, just because they would do such a thing to the Catholic church doesn't mean they would do such a…

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Push Poll

Recently, I answered the phone one evening (right around dinnertime when most normal families sit down to eat.) The caller was a political pollster who kindly asked if I'd give about 10 minutes of my time to answer a few questions about "politics." Since I follow such things more closely than most folks, I couldn't resist taking the poll. During the poll, I was asked about every politician from local to national, along with various Judges from state level to…

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I figured it out the hard way.

This was originally going to be a reply to Richard's post on reading but it took on a life of it's own. I share the belief that people don't read enough. I used to not read at all nor was I living a Godly life. My experience in a major Hurricane brought back memories of my Christian upbringing as well as a harsh realization of how powerful an "act of God" can be.  (I said "act of God" knowing without…

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I have buried my talent for far too long.

The Bible is full of stories about people given wonderful gifts. I don't mean colorfully wrapped boxes to be opened on the morning of December 25th. I mean talents or abilities. When God gives someone an gift, whether it be spiritual or physical, he expects us to use it. There are countless occasions where someone with a talent was given a mission by God. What stands out to me far more than those with gifts is what happens when those…

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Do Words Mean Anything?

I was driving the other day and saw an advertisement for a local Italian restaurant. The sign on the van was marketing the restaurant's salads, which were advertised as "homemade." I simply chuckled to myself in amazement. A restaurant cannot have anything that is "homemade" unless the workers make the food at home and then bring it to the restaurant (which is a violation of health codes). The restaurant meant that the salads were made fresh, but unfortunately chose to…

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Placebo Religion

I had been down with influenza the previous week; and remembered an article I had read recently in the WSJ which stated that all surveyed doctors nationwide dispense placebos instead of actual medicines about 50% of the time. The writer’s premise was that, knowing this, how could we ever be certain of our true condition? Or why should we pay any attention to the doctor’s diagnosis or to their recommendations, when they may be dispensing nothing but sugar? (The patient’s…

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