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Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. – Ronald Reagan

It was recently announced that President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next justice on the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is set for a confirmation hearing on Sept. 4. (ABC News)

In July, NPR did a story about the religion of the members of the U.S. Supreme Court reporting, “… for most of U.S. history, the court, like the country, was dominated by Protestant Christians. But today, it is predominantly Catholic and Jewish.”

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I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

I think it’s important that we pray for our leaders. I may not have voted for some of the leaders or even agree with them on many things, but I want them to be safe and for our city, county, state, and country to do well.

The Hill and other media reported that at President Trump’s rally in Ohio, Gary Click, a pastor, and member of the Ohio GOP’s State Central Committee, delivered the prayer ahead of Trump’s remarks, asking for God to “protect our President and his family with a shield of faith, Lord.”

That’s cool. I can agree with those words.

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Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

From CBS News in Denver

Haylie Wenke, her little brother Reagen, and friend Ashley Dayton were doing what some kids do on a hot summer day in Aurora on July 18, visiting their local park to cool off at the splash pad.

On the way home, they found a wallet under a car, so they picked it up and took it to the front door of the house. In a video posted to Facebook by Jamie Carlton from his doorbell camera, Haylie can be heard saying, “We found your wallet outside your car and we just thought we would give it back to you so I’m going to put it over here so nobody takes any money.”

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Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma. – Robin Williams

I happened to catch a documentary about Robin Williams on HBO titled, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.

Here is information from the website about the documentary:

A funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind is told largely through Williams’ own words, and celebrates what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014.

I enjoyed Williams on Mork & Mindy and I saw Good Morning Vietnam when I was stationed in Guam at Andersen AFB. He had quite a range for an actor.

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I’m against abortion. On the other hand, I believe in a woman’s choice. – Nancy Reagan

Many people felt that Nancy Reagan was trying to be on both sides of the abortion issue by what she said in that quote.

That seems to be the answer some people have these days – it’s kind of like “walk a mile in her shoes” before you judge.

One of the quotes that I like most that deals with abortion came from former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming:

I consider abortion to be a deeply personal and intimate issue for women and I don’t believe male legislators should even vote on the issue.

With the process of appointing a new member to the U.S. Supreme Court beginning this week, Gallup Polling released the results of a poll about Roe v. Wade:

As the U.S. Senate prepares to hold confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the public is strongly opposed to any attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide. Currently, 64% of Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, while 28% would like to see it overturned.

It’s not like the Justices of the Supreme Court check the polls before deciding a case.

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A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. – John 13:34-35 (NIV)

These two verses came to me this week as I was reading comments on social media about the President’s visit to Great Falls.

It seems we are forgetting how to debate the issues and to disagree with each other without hating each other.

A quote came to mind that fits pretty well with what I’m trying to say:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have a great week – and love more.

 

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Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. – Abraham Lincoln

This coming Wednesday is the Fourth of July also called “Independence Day.” There will be parades, picnics, and fireworks.

I hope you have a safe and happy fourth!

Since it’s an election year, there will be candidates or their volunteers in the parades letting us know they are patriotic and that they love the USA. They will shake hands, kiss babies, and maybe hand out some candy.

The Fourth of July is also the number one beer-drinking holiday, which means the saying, “Hold my beer and watch this” is probably something we’ll hear a lot.

This week I posted a poll result from Rasmussen that said 31% of likely voters said it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years.

I hope not. Our country is really divided these days and it worries me. We may not like some of our elected officials, but we need to love our country.

Please join me in praying for our country over the Fourth of July holiday.

Have a great week!

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Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. – Russell Baker

Some random observations about summer…

I think I like the summer season best of all. We just started summer on June 21 and it ends in September.

I enjoy hot days and I like a fan better than I do an air conditioner. Of course, living in Montana we don’t have too many miserably hot days, so it’s not too bad. I like climbing into bed at night with a fan blowing the warm air around the room.

I love the warm nights when I can sit outside and admire the stars. There’s no place better than Montana (Big Sky Country) to do that. When my children were younger we would head out into the country and find a spot where there were no streetlights and watch the stars. I am always in awe of God’s work as I lie on the ground and look up at the stars. Wow!

I think life is a lot like the four seasons. Our childhood is spring up until about age 25. Summer is ages 25-50, fall is ages 50-70 and winter is ages 70 and above.

Here’s a piece of wisdom from someone in the fall of his life – enjoy the seasons. Especially summer.

Have a great week!

 

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My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. – Jim Valvano

Here is one of my previous columns about “Father’s Day” that I would like to share once again (with some edits).

Here’s a salute to all the “Dads” in the world. Thank you!

I remember the times I had with my dad very much. He’s been gone now for over 20 years. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t wish that I could talk to him, ask him for advice, or just discuss football, or something – just to hear his voice. I guess part of growing older is losing your parents. Also, part of growing older is learning that your parents were pretty wise. I was very lucky as my Dad and Mom were married for over 50 years.

My dad was a Union man. He lived for his Union (Operating Engineers) and he built roads and bridges across the Midwest. If you cross the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities in Illinois, then you’ve crossed a bridge my dad built. If you’ve traveled on almost any interstate in the Midwest, then you’ve traveled on a road my dad worked on. I remember as a young child getting to sit on one of the massive machines that my dad worked on sometimes 14-16 hours a day, six days a week. Needless to say, I lived all over the Midwest during my younger years and attended seven schools in eight years.

I remember the Union strikes he participated in. I attended some of the Union meetings when they decided to go out on strike. It gave me an idea that sometimes a person must fight for what they believe in. My Dad was a fighter. He fought for what he believed in.

I asked him one time when I was a teenager why his Union Magazines always supported the Democrats in the elections. He said, “The Democrats support the working man.” My Dad was a working man.

I so much enjoyed the stories from his childhood. His family did not have too much when he was growing up. He hunted and fished and did odd jobs. He wore hand-me-down clothes.

One of his first jobs, before he joined the Union, was to run his own digging service. He owned a backhoe, a couple of dump trucks, and a trailer. He hauled gravel for people and for small cities and towns. After a few months in business, he started digging graves. He said it was a good job because someone dies every day. I was a little scared when I went with him to dig graves. But, nothing weird ever happened (unless I’ve blocked it out).

But, one story he told me was about a new road that was being built, so they had to move a small cemetery to another location to make way for the new road. I was not there the day they removed a casket from the ground and it came open. I guess it pretty much freaked out the man who was working with my Dad that day.

My Dad was one of the first to own a Citizens Band (CB) radio. They became very big in the 1960s. He purchased a power amp so he could talk for hundreds of miles. There were CB postcards that you sent to people who you talked over the radio to and they sent you theirs. My Dad’s handle (the name he went by on the CB radio) was Groundhog. He picked this name because he was in the digging service. He had CB cards from almost every state. We lived in a small town and there were three stations on the black and white TV. When Dad turned the power amp on to give his CB more range, he would disrupt the TV signals in town. An older couple started telling people that my Dad was on Hee Haw or the Lawrence Welk show because they heard his voice on their TV. He was a celebrity!

When I joined the military, my Dad was not at all pleased. He called the recruiter and said if he screwed me over, then he would pay a “visit” to him. When I returned from boot camp, my Dad was proud and he continued to be proud of my commitment to my country until his death. My Dad taught me to support my kids and their dreams because if we stop dreaming, we might as well die.

Later in life, I watched my Dad suffer health problems and he could not operate heavy equipment like he did when he was healthy. I saw the glow go out of his eyes as he accepted the fact that his health prevented him from doing something he loved.

So take a minute today to say thanks to your Dad. Call him, send him an e-mail, or go visit him if he lives close. If he’s passed on like mine, take a minute to tell your wife and/or your kids some stories about your Dad and get out the photo album.

In the end, all we have is the memories.

 

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Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. – 1 Timothy 2:11-15 (NKJV)

There are a few news articles about the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas this week (June 12-13).

NBC News reported this:

The Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest evangelical denomination, is headed for a showdown over its treatment of women that could not only have far-reaching ramifications for the church but also influence the broader secular #MeToo movement.

At its annual meeting next week in Dallas, delegates called “messengers” will decide whether to approve a resolution acknowledging that, throughout the church’s history, male leaders and members of the church “wronged women, abused women, silenced women, objectified women.”

The Associated Press reported it this way:

A series of sexual misconduct cases has prompted the Southern Baptist Convention’s socially conservative, all-male leadership to seek forgiveness for the ill treatment of women and vow to combat it. Hoping for more than rhetoric, women and some male allies plan a protest rally in Dallas when the two-day meeting opens on Tuesday.

I attended a Southern Baptist church for several years. It’s where I received my foundation in religion. I was never taught to think of a woman as second class or that women did not have as much to offer to the church as a man.

On the other hand, I’ve known people who believe that their wives are supposed to surrender authority to the man in the relationships. I have always thought that was hogwash.

The verse above is one of the confusing parts of the Bible for some. There are many confusing parts in the Bible that we must pray about to understand.

This is 2018, not the 1950s.

I hope that next week the members of the SBC get down on their knees and asked forgiveness for the way they have treated women over the years in their convention. It’s time that women took positions of leadership in the SBC.

 

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