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Sitting In The Wrong Seat

It seems to always happen when I fly. Four people vying for three seats. The dreaded feeling of coming upon your row of seats, finding every seat taken, and knowing one of the seats is yours. As I came upon row 17, seats 17D, 17E, and 17F were all taken. "Excuse me, but this is my seat," I say as politely as I can after wresting two children on to the airplane. The look of bewilderment greets my statement as…

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Grazing with the Cows

Perhaps you heard about the civil proceedings to assess whether Michael Ovitz was given too big a bonus (about 120 million dollars) when he had only served as the Disney Company's President for less than 14 months. The suit was brought to court by some stockholders who believe the money was too much for too little. In this last year some 250,000 corporate positions were lost to restructurings and re-engineering and whatever other names such things come by today. Lives…

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Using God To Our Own Devices

It is becoming rather common to use the name of God in an effort to promote one's own agenda. The theory goes that if God is backing our particular moral, political, or social program, then we know what direction we ought to go. However, it seems that both sides of any debate make a claim to God being on their side. For example, in an Associated Press article written on November 8, 2004 entitled "Liberals Dismayed By 'Moral' Values Claim,"…

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Finding Contentment

Contentment, or all-sufficiency, toward possessions is repeatedly instructed to us in the scriptures. From the very beginning, God's law demanded contentment. Along with not committing murder, not committing adultery, and not stealing, God also commanded in the ten commandments to not be covetous (Exodus 20:13-17). Jesus said, "No one can serve of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and of money"…

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