Winter Festival games for the collidge student in your family!
The bad thing about games is that somebody wins. That’s so racist. Imagine snowflakes trying to play Monopoly. No, it just won’t do. Give gifts commensurate with a modern collidge eddication! Games that pump up their self-esteem. Like these.
Everybody Wins! In this board game, there’s only one square and players sit on it forever with nowhere else to go. With every turn, each player gets a $500 bill and a “You’re Fantastic!” card. Each card comes with an uplifting message–“You’re a winner,” “You’re so smart,” “Good job,” “You’ve aced your Graphic Novels 101 exam,” etc.
Take a Knee is a simulated football game in which players kneel and make rude noises whenever the National Anthem is played. You don’t have to know anything about football, because the football game in Take a Knee never actually starts. Any show of disdain for America earns all players, all at once, 50 Social Justice Points. That way, everyone finishes with exactly the same score.
You’re always a winner when you play Self-Identify, the game of defining reality to suit yourself. Just throw the dice and declare “I am now a woman,” “I am the president of my college,” “I am the Sultan of Swat,” or whatever else pops into your head, and the other players joyfully affirm your declaration.
In his talk, “Higher Education: The Impossibility Of Reform,” Devlin began by noting that by now there must be “a sizeable class of academically trained non-leftists for whom there is essentially no place in the contemporary academy.” This sense of not being welcome has now trickled down from potential teachers to White male students as well. “Young men,” Devlin observes, “are staying away to avoid what their enemies would describe as a ‘hostile learning environment.’”
Not surprisingly, the knowledge that all levels of American education show hatred toward White males — either implicitly or explicitly — is the reason that the younger cohort of what constitutes today’s Alt-Right addresses the topic so often. I can think of no better example than Mike Enoch, main host of the “Daily Shoah” on The Right Stuff alternative media platform. He and his fellow hosts speak from personal experience when discussing the hostile environment they encountered in school as White non-Jewish males. Typically, this is from kindergarten on up.
The fake news game being played against the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is designed to take away all of the political advantages Republicans ought to be gaining.
Consider the Tax Cut facts:
The Republican tax cut takes a big step toward the Trump campaign goal of implementing a 15 percent corporate tax rate. The corporate rate’s reduction from 35 percent to 21 percent would have been unthinkable two years ago.
The pass-through provision to enable small businesses to also get a strong tax cut has won enthusiastic support from the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Job Creators Network (two of the leading small business associations). Note also that the media completely distorted NFIB’s questions about early versions of the bill and presented the group’s honest concerns as total opposition.
The Republican tax cut bill will boost job creation and includes strong middle class and pro-family provisions. Increasing the Child Tax Credit to up to $2,000 and doubling the standard deduction will have an incredibly positive impact on middle class families.
The simplification and increased deduction will allow nine out of 10 Americans to file their taxes on a form the size of a postcard. The savings in time and money that used to be spent on tax preparers will be a further advantage for most Americans.
Considering Your Investments
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4).
It’s rewarding to get a good return on an investment. In business we invest money, time, and people resources into promoting a product and service in hopes of a return. We make financial investments in hopes we can gain a return on our money invested. The apostle Paul understood another kind of investment. It was an investment in the spiritual lives of people.
He invested his life in a man named Epaphras, who was a man deeply impacted by Paul’s investment in him. Paul makes reference to Epaphras when writing to the Colossians: “You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit” (Col 1:7-8). It can be rewarding to invest in other people’s lives.
One day I received this note from a friend into whom I had made an investment: “You have had a tremendous influence on my life. For that, I will be forever grateful and love you as well.” Sometimes we don’t realize the difference we can make in another life. For us, it can seem a natural way of operating. We may not even think we are doing anything unusual. Until one day, you receive a note like this one.
In the marketplace we can often get very focused on the projects we are called to promote and gain a return on. However, we each need to be making an investment in other people as well.
Are you investing in lives that may be in your sphere of influence through your workplace call? The returns on this investment are considerable.
Our Lord’s Two “Customs”
“… on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.” (v. 16)
One reason there is a casual approach to personal devotions in the Christian church today is a reaction to the legalism of past days. Another reason is the rise of the charismatic movement. In the early days of the charismatic renewal, many of its leaders from the historic denominations who had been fed on a diet of legalism began to emphasize (quite rightly) the joy of knowing Christ’s presence through the indwelling Spirit every hour of the day. People in charismatic services often said: “Now I don’t have to have a daily quiet time in order to feel God’s presence. Every waking minute is a quiet time.” Dangerous stuff. The danger lies not in emphasizing that we are in Christ’s presence every hour of the day but the de-emphasis on closeting oneself alone with Him in personal prayer and study of His Word.
Although most leaders of the charismatic renewal did not teach or encourage people to dispense with their personal times of devotion with the Lord, many came to believe they could get through the day simply by speaking in tongues. Nothing must become a substitute for those private and personal moments we spend in prayer and communion with Christ. Our Lord knew and sensed the presence of God with Him and in Him to a degree we will never fully experience here on this earth, but it is said of Him in Scripture that He had two “customs.” One custom was to go regularly to the house of God; the other was to pray regularly. And these must be our customs too.
Lord Jesus, if You needed to spend time closeted with Your Father in personal prayer, then how much more do I need to also. Help me steer a middle course between legalism and casualness. For Your own dear Name’s sake. Amen.
For Further Study
Matthew 6:5-15; Matthew 14:23; Luke 5:16
1. What did Jesus teach about prayer?
2. How did He demonstrate it?