The Sunday Message

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… – First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

I happened to see a poll from Gallup about which regions in the United States are most religious and least religious.

Care to make a guess?

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Published in: on April 8, 2018 at 2:00 am  Comments Off on The Sunday Message  
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Caught My Eye…

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. – James Madison

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include the Big Sky Poll, Steve Bullock, Montana Legislature, Greg Gianforte, Jon Tester, banking bill, Zinke and trophy hunters, arming teachers, Montana Grizzlies, and One More Thing.

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The Wednesday Read: PA 18, Edwards, & Gun Laws

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. – Stephen Hawking (RIP)

Today’s topics are:

  • Pennsylvania Congressional District 18
  • Sheriff Bob Edwards
  • Stricter Gun Laws

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Tuesday Commentary: SOTU, Approval Ratings, & Yellowstone GOP

I have found–as I am sure you have, in your travels–that people everywhere, in spite of occasional disappointments, look to us–not to our wealth or power, but to the splendor of our ideals. – President John F. Kennedy, Jan. 11, 1962 (SOTU)

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • State of the Union (SOTU)
  • SOTU & Twitter
  • Trump Approval by State
  • Yellowstone County GOP

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Thursday Numbers

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. – Henry David Thoreau

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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 Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Troy Downing, unemployment, Dow Jones, Polls on gun control, Trump and the media, Hotel California, Russell Fagg, NFL viewership, REAL ID, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. – Edmund Burke

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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 budget cuts, unemployment, Rocket Man, baseball, Stanislav Petrov, trust in the government, Mike Moustakas, Substance Use in Montana, NFL viewers, Missouri state trooper, U.S. Senate race, and much more!

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Published in: on September 21, 2017 at 6:45 am  Comments Off on Thursday Numbers  
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Caught My Eye…

If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one. – Cavett Robert

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include the Paris Climate Agreement & Trump, America’s Most Misspelled Words, REAL ID, the military, covfefe, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

Many people believe that the words in the Bible are inspired by God and it is without error. Others believe that it is the human interpretation of what God was telling the writers.

A recent Gallup poll found that a record few Americans believe the Bible is the literal word of God. Gallup reported:

Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is “the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,” similar to the 26% who view it as “a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.” This is the first time in Gallup’s four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism. Meanwhile, about half of Americans — a proportion largely unchanged over the years — fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally.

So where do your beliefs fall in this poll? Actual word of God? A book of fables, legends history, and moral precepts recorded by man? Or do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally?

There’s more interesting information from the Gallup poll that you can read HERE.

No matter how you view the Bible, I believe it is a wonderful guide, rulebook, and law in by which to live. The Bible has helped me.

 

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Published in: on May 21, 2017 at 1:00 am  Comments Off on The Sunday Message  
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The Sunday Message

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. – Mahatma Gandhi

Gallup polling released a report this past week that told us that President Donald Trump’s approval rating — early in his presidency — is significantly higher among highly religious Americans than among those who are not religious.

Trump had a 51% approval rating from those who considered themselves “highly religious” and 44% approval rating from those who are “moderately” religious. His approval rating from those “not religious” was 32%.

Republicans usually have a higher rating from those who consider themselves religious than those who are not religious, so this report was not that shocking.

Trump’s overall approval rating on Friday from a three-day rolling average was 41%.

You can read the whole report and see how Trump compares to other presidents HERE.

Religion does play a big part in our politics – and in my opinion, that is good and bad.

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion. – Abraham Lincoln

 

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Published in: on March 26, 2017 at 2:00 am  Comments Off on The Sunday Message  
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Caught My Eye…

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

My prayers are with the folks in Dallas today – where reports say 11 police officers have been shot and five police officers have been killed.

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include Daines goes fishing, Repay Montana Taxpayers, Bullock & Boulder, Comey testimony, Trump’s Meeting, Influence, and much more!

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