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INNOCENCE IS PRICELESS

INNOCENCE IS PRICELESS

One Sunday morning, the priest noticed little Alex standing in the foyer
of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names
with small American flags mounted on either side of it. The seven year
old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so The priest walked
up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, "Good morning Alex."
"Good morning Father," he replied, still focused on the plaque. "Father,
what is this?" he asked the priest. The priest said, "Well, son, it’s a
memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service."
Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally,
little Alex’s voice, barely audible and trembling with fear, asked,
"Which service, the 9:45 or the 11:15?"

Media BiASS: Daily Dose of Leftist Crap….

Networks Praise Obama’s ‘Scolding’ of Huckabee, GOP Field; Bashed Bush for Hitting Obama in ‘08

The “big three” networks of ABC, CBS and NBC gleefully promoted on Monday evening President Obama’s “scolding” of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee over his criticism of the Iran deal and his “scathing words” for the GOP field as candidates “are trying to out-trump [Donald] Trump.” Not surprisingly, the networks also sided with then-candidate Obama on May 15, 2008 when the same three networks chided then-President George W. Bush and fellow Republicans for a “two-pronged Republican attack” on Obama.

CBS Reporter: Clinton E-Mails Issue of ‘Trust’ Is With NY Times, Not Hillary

During an appearance on CBS This Morning: Saturday, reporter Paula Reid desperately urged viewers to not blame Hillary Clinton if a possible Department of Justice investigation reveals she sent classified State Department documents from her private e-mail server: "This particular issue really shouldn’t have any impact on Clinton. The issue of the e-mails has been out there for a long time. This is not a criminal matter. In fact, it’s far from it. If there are any questions about trust — trustworthiness it comes from the New York Times or the Department of Justice."

ABC’s Dowd: Republicans Shouldn’t ‘Go Overboard’ on Latest Hillary Clinton Scandal

According to ABC analyst Matthew Dowd, Republicans shouldn’t "go overboard" on news that Hillary Clinton sent classified information via e-mails from her private server. Dowd appeared on Good Morning America, Monday, to lecture: "If I were the Republicans, I would let that go. Part of the problem they have is if they go over board on it."

NYT’s Egan Finds Trump Inevitable ‘Monster’ of Racist, Vet-Smearing, Birther GOP

Timothy Egan, who wrote liberal screeds for the New York Times as a reporter before finding a more fitting habitat as one of the paper’s stable of left-wing anti-Republican columnists, piled on the GOP’s current presidential front-runner in "Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted," in the paper’s Sunday Review. Egan suggested Trump is only the inevitable end result of toxic GOP racism and attacks on war heroes like….John Kerry?

David Brooks: ‘I’m for Doing All the Gun Control You Can Think of’

Appearing on Friday’s PBS NewsHour, New York Times columnist David Brooks reacted to the tragic shooting at a Louisiana movie theater last week by immediately calling for “doing all the gun control you can think of.”

NBC Cheers Longshot Transgender Candidate as ‘Campaign Trailblazer’

In the midst of a 2016 presidential race overflowing with candidates, Monday’s NBC Today instead decided to devote three minutes of air time to a Maryland congressional contender with little chance of even securing the Democratic Party’s nomination for the seat. Co-host Matt Lauer introduced the fawning segment: “Caitlyn Jenner getting a lot of attention right now, but she’s not the only transgender American breaking new ground.”

How Sharp Is Your Ax?

How Sharp Is Your Ax?

July 28

"If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success" (Eccl 10:10).

Manufacturing companies live and die by the ability of its designers, engineers, and staff to bring new products to market quickly. Yet for many organizations, a team’s capacity to turn promising ideas into new revenue is diminished because of fragmented business processes, a geographically dispersed workforce, and a lack of standards across the supply chain according to an industry expert on innovation in technology.

We live in an information age where the level of knowledge is increasing at warp speed. The way you did things two years ago may not be the same way you do it today. The knowledge you have two years ago may not be adequate to compete in the global marketplace today. Businesses have gone bankrupt because they were not willing to change with the times. Have you seen a Polaroid camera lately? Do you know someone over sixty years old who chose not to learn about computers? The world passes by such people because they are unwilling to "sharpen their ax."

God calls every workplace believer to model four key attributes: 1) Excellence, 2) Ethics and Integrity, 3) Extravagant Love and Service, and 4) Signs and Wonders.

The first quality of a Christian worker should be excellence. Excellence does not just mean the way we do our jobs, but it also means staying abreast of how we do our jobs. God desires to reveal His innovations in His creation. You will not compete in the marketplace today unless you make a commitment to stay abreast of innovation. This too is good stewardship.

How is your "workplace ax"? Does it need sharpening? What are the areas in your working life that need to be sharpened? What innovation is needed to insure that you will be the "head, not the tail" in your workplace calling? Begin today to evaluate action steps you may need to take to have a very sharp "ax".

How Do You Respond?

How Do You Respond?
For reading & meditation – Hebrews 12:4-15
"Be careful that none of you fails to respond to the grace which God gives, for if he does there can … spring up in him a bitter spirit …" (v. 15, J. B. Phillips) Today we must examine an issue that may be extremely challenging to us Christians, but we must face it nevertheless. Why is it that many non-Christians, though broken by life, succeed in becoming "strong at the broken places," while many Christians go through similar experiences and come out crippled and bitter? A few years ago I watched a television program in the United States in which a famous Jew, Victor Frankl, talked about his experiences in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. When he was brought before the Gestapo, they stripped him naked and then, noticing that he was still wearing his gold wedding ring, one of the soldiers said, "Give it to me." As he removed his ring, this thought went through his mind: "They can take my ring, but there is one thing nobody can take from me – my freedom to choose how I will respond to what happens to me." On the strength of that, he not only survived the Holocaust, but also developed his whole psychiatric system called Logotherapy, which states that "when you find meaning in everything, then you can face anything." Frankl, a non-Christian, survived the horrors of the Holocaust because he was sustained by an inner conviction that he would come through it, and be able to use the suffering to good effect. His system of Logotherapy is now being used to help thousands who have mental and emotional problems. If a non-Christian, bereft of redemptive grace, can respond to life in this way, then how much more those of us who claim to be His children?

Prayer: O Father, whenever You corner me like this, You know my tendency to wriggle and try to get off the hook. Help me to face this issue and take my medicine, however bitter it tastes. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

For Further Study
Hebrews 4; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Lamentations 3:22-23
1. Why can we come boldly to God?

2. What was Paul’s inner attitude to his problem?