Reflections on a Friend Lost

I lost my friend the other day to heroin. He was kind of a crazy man, but I loved him anyway. From making us all dive for cover when his fireworks display went awry, to truck driving in a NYC tunnel where trucks can't go, to driving through garage doors....things were not dull where Firecracker Joe was. Yet he was kindhearted. He was the sort of person who'd help you out if you were in trouble. When we didn't have much money, he hired me to clean his house. And he sure loved dogs. He was working up to a truck driving job where he could take his beloved Golden Retriever with him.

War Hero

If during wartime, a buddy voluntarily took a bullet for you to save your life, but ending his, how would you feel? Grateful? Indebted? Helpless at being able to repay such an act?

How do feel about Jesus voluntarily enduring torture and death for you to pay the penalty for all the rotten stuff you've done in your life?

Who do you say Jesus is?

Who do you say Jesus is?

Who do you say I am?

Jesus once asked his disciples, "Who do you say I am?" It turns out to be a critical question. Who is Jesus? Is he God? Was he a just a good teacher? Was he a liar? Is he a myth? Here are some notes on the question: Is Jesus God?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The word there for God is Elohim, which is a plural noun. But the way people used it in writing the Bible, is as a singular, like saying something like "a Gods", so from the very beginning, God is shown to be both one God and more than one.

A Picture of Devotion

My mother has this cute little dog named Angel. Angel follows my Mom where ever she goes. The little dog is so close on her heels that if Mom takes a step backwards, she'll be tripping over her. Any time my Mom leaves the house, the dog's only thought is to wait on her return, keeping constant vigil in hopes Mom will soon be home. When my mother returns, the dog rejoices, jumping up and down and yipping with pleasure.

A Sad Story

There once was this young guy -- a nice fellow. He fell in love, got married. That was the good part. But then his wife dumped him. He got sad. He got mad.

Time went by and he got bitter. He walked away from God.

God told us, "Be tolerant of one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you also should forgive." He also said, "In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold."

True Compassion

Consider a being so powerful he created the earth and sun and moon and stars in the night sky. Consider a being so fathomless he created mankind, the human brain, the eye to observe the world, the ear to hear, the hand to touch. Consider a being so artistic he created the butterfly, a sunset, kittens and puppies. Now consider that this being loved mankind so much, he sent his only son to be tortured and killed by them, in order to save them from destruction.

Ayn Rand and God

You say that you're a moral person and do not need God to tell you right from wrong. That isn't really what we need God for. Each of us has a conscience, so in that sense, you are right. Our problem comes in when we do things we know are not right. Like for example, have you ever told a lie? Do you like to be lied to? So then you do know it's not a great thing to do. You keep it hidden in secret because you know it to be wrong.



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