The Sunday Message

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)

If you use social media very much then you probably saw that this past week the trending topic has been the Duggar family, especially the oldest son Josh Duggar.

In case you don’t know the Duggar family, they are on the television station TLC and the reality show “19 Kids and Counting” is about their lives. USA Today reported the following:

The family has now been thrust into further public spotlight with news that the oldest Duggar son, Josh, 27, admitted to having molested five girls when he was a teenager.

On the Duggar Family Official Facebook page Josh Duggar had this to say:

Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.

In my life I have seen many people who proclaim to be Christians fail. I have failed in my walk with God on several occasions. Some of these Christians were in the public spotlight when they made a bad mistake or sinned. For these people, it’s no longer a little family secret, it’s all over the news and with today’s social media it will always be there for people to see. Some people I respected and admired made terrible mistakes, and it hurt me personally to see them go down the wrong path.

When that happens, many Christians will pray for this person, like many have for Josh Duggar and his family.

It’s very important to pray for the victims who were molested, too. The victims should be front and center of our thoughts and prayers.

Non-Christians will attack Christians when they fail. To be honest, some Christians do act as though they are sitting on a lofty perch looking down on the world. These “holier than thou” Christians act as though they are more pure than most people.

When they fall, there’s just a bigger thud.

It’s very hard for non-Christians to understand the relationship Christians have with God. We disappoint God often, but he still loves us. Many Christians believe in the saying, “I am not perfect, just forgiven.” That does not mean that a person who commits a crime will not have to suffer the consequences from the authorities here on earth.

The events surrounding Josh Duggar’s actions and what happened when the authorities were contacted are kind of cloudy. I’m not sure they handled it well. I was happy to hear that those affected by his actions received counseling.

So today let’s pray for the victims and all those affected by his actions.

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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Caught My Eye…

WARNING: Buckle up!

Welcome to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. 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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the difference between Memorial Day & Veterans Day, Lee Newspapers State Bureau, Veterans Affairs Appropriations, Patriot Act – The Big Picture, Top 10 Candidates, Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” show. There’s a lot more so read on!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday Numbers and to your weekly dose of knowledge!

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.

This week’s topics include the University of Montana, Butte America, unemployment, Letterman, Osama bin Laden, Hillary Clinton, municipal elections, President Barack Obama, Jeopardy!, most powerful women staffers, extra points, Sen. Rand Paul, national landmarks in Washington, D.C, the gyrocopter guy, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

Don’t matter how much money you got, there’s only two kinds of people: there’s saved people and there’s lost people. – Bob Dylan

Yes – that quote is from singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. Like many of the lyrics in his songs Dylan is spot-on. I don’t pretend to know Dylan’s relationship with God or even your relationship with God (or judge you for it), but I do know that life is better if you have that relationship.

Just as there are different people, different languages, different countries, people have different views (or none at all) about a relationship with God. Do a Google search for “religions” in your town and see what you find. Then do a Google search for “churches” in your town and prepare to be amazed at how many different churches you find which, for the most part, will follow one of those religions.

Then your job (if you decide to take it), is to visit one of these churches.

I can’t tell you which one will be right for you. Often religious preferences are based on what your family did in the past. Maybe you would like a quickie service (in at 11 and out by 12) kind of like a drive-thru service! Maybe you don’t want to dress up, or maybe you like contemporary music instead of hymns. Maybe your schedule prevents you from attending a Sunday service, so you need to find a church that has Saturday services.

Why even attend church and have to meet people and act nice? In Matthew 18:20 (NIV) it says, For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

If you need to know more about being what people mean when they say they are “saved,” you can read about it and how easy it is HERE

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

Have a great week!

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