The Sunday Message

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.Romans 10:17 (NLT)

I admire former President Jimmy Carter. He was a one-term President, but his work after he left the White House has been remarkable.

Showing the world his faith in God after being diagnosed with brain cancer may be his greatest accomplishment – it’s inspiring.

Three days after being receiving radiation treatment for cancer, former President Jimmy Carter taught a lesson about faith in his church during in Sunday school. (Source) More than 700 people attended. (Source)

He’s been teaching Sunday school since he was a teenager. Now he’s 90 years old. I imagine he will continue teaching Sunday school as long as he physically can. His church has already cut back on the number of people who can attend Carter’s lessons.

Jimmy Carter is still touching lives by showing his faith in God. That’s something that all of us should strive to do.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.James 1:12 (NIV)

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Caught My Eye…

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. – W. Clement Stone

Welcome to Friday and the big show I call “Caught My Eye” (CME). If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular CME has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Ashley Madison & Montana, helicopters & fires, Zinke, Gianforte, & Boehner, a new campaign complaint, MTN’s new political reporter, The Western Word lives on, and Donald, Roger, & Megyn make the big show!

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Thursday Numbers

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. – Henry Rollins

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm and sometimes I am actually serious.

This week’s topics include the debt limit, unemployment, James Holmes, Statements of Candidacy for 2016 presidential candidates, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Guinness World Records book, best burritos in America, myths about wine, WDBJ-TV, and much more.

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50 Shades of…Blue

I think the folks who work at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls do a pretty good job. A year or so ago I got to see up close how they work, and I think they did a fine job.

Yesterday the Great Falls Tribune published a story about Benefis Hospital requiring employees to wear “colors” specific to their department. Benefis hopes this will help prevent confusion from patients.

I guess some patients wondered if an employee was coming into their room to take their blood or clean their toilet. By the way, I am pretty sure the new colors don’t have anything to do with gangs.

When I first saw the illustration in the E-Newspaper version of the Tribune showing the different colored scrubs that are required to be worn, I thought they were showing the silks that jockeys would be wearing for a horse race. Giddy-up…

What was amusing to me and others who read the story is how many shades of blue scrubs the employees will be wearing at Benefis.

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The Sunday Message

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… – Romans 3:23 (NIV)

For many people seeing or hearing about someone who is a leader of a church or a group that promotes a Christian cause getting caught doing the opposite of what they are promoting is just pretty darn satisfying.

Face it, we kind of like to see those who we feel act holier-than-thou or promote being good fall flat on their face once in awhile.

Recently, a perfect example of that is Josh Duggar. Duggar was part of the “19 Kids and Counting” television show. First it was discovered that when he was a teenager he molested girls some who were his sisters. When the information became public, Duggar was executive with the Family Research Council (FRC). According to their website, the mission of the FRC is to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview. He quickly resigned from the position at FRC.

The publicity kind of died until some hackers got into a website called Ashley Madison which is a place for people to go who are seeking to have extramarital affairs. The hackers found Josh Duggar’s credit card information and subscriptions.

Duggar quickly admitted to it and the family issued a statement, followed by one from Josh who in part said this:

I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife. 

Yes Josh, you have been a hypocrite. Probably not the biggest one ever, though. It’s really hard to care for people like Josh Duggar. While promoting family values and other Christian causes, they should have been walking the walk. They hurt the cause. They are an embarrassment to Christians.

Many Christians believe that they are not perfect and that they commit sins every day. They also believe that once they prayed and asked Jesus to come into their lives and forgive them of their sins, they are forgiven for past sins and future sins. If you want to learn how to have a relationship with God click HERE.

Being forgiven by Jesus for your sins does not mean that you don’t have to face the consequences for these sins from your loved ones, your bosses, or even from law enforcement.

Some of those sins are publicized and sometimes living a public life means you get to see your name and those of the people you love plastered on the internet, on television, and in the news.

Non-Christians have a hard time understanding the Christian life. I am a Christian and I admit that I have hard time understanding it, too. So I read the “rule book” a lot (also called the Bible).

I don’t know what the future holds for Duggar. Hopefully this is rock bottom and he can start rebuilding the trust he has lost with his family. I pray for those he has harmed – like his wife and children. I also pray that he comes to find the real meaning of being a Christian, a husband, and a father.

When they kept on questioning him, he (Jesus) straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”John 8:7 (NIV)

 

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