Thursday Numbers

I accidentally wore a red shirt to Target today and, long story short, I’m covering for Debbie this weekend. –Unknown

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 NorthWestern Energy, unauthorized immigrants, General Motors, unemployment, Nancy Pelosi, most charitable states, Montana highway deaths, College Football Playoff Rankings, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

All religions must be tolerated… for every man must get to heaven in his own way. – Epictetus

That quote probably bothers a lot of people. I’ve heard people talk for hours about why their religion is the only true one, and to get to heaven, we must follow the one that they follow or face going to hell when we die.

I’m not one of those people who think that my religion is the correct one and that another person’s religion is wrong. Although there are some beliefs in different religions that I find hard to believe, you won’t hear me putting them down. I am curious about what people believe and what goes on in different churches. I like to ask questions.

Recently a Pew Research Center survey found:

On the heels of a contentious election year in which partisan politics increasingly divided Americans, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to religion, Americans generally express more positive feelings toward various religious groups today than they did just a few years ago. Asked to rate a variety of groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100, U.S. adults give nearly all groups warmer ratings than they did in a June 2014 Pew Research Center survey.

Some of the results included Jews coming in at 67, Catholics at 66, Mainline Protestants 65, Evangelicals 61, Mormons 54, and Muslims at 48.

There’s a lot more information in the survey that you can read HERE.

Since the scale they were rated on was 0-100, it looks like all religions have some work to do.

One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s. – Mahatma Gandhi

 

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The Sunday Message

Do not let anyone treat you as if you are unimportant because you are young. Instead, be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life.1 Timothy 4:12 (NCV)

Pew Research released a new study in which they found that the United States is becoming less religious. Here’s the key point:

Is the American public becoming less religious? Yes, at least by some key measures of what it means to be a religious person. An extensive new survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults finds that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services all have declined modestly in recent years.

One thing in the study that stood out to me is that a significant group of people are staying away from organized faith.

A lot of people in the millennial generation don’t belong to an organized faith according to Pew. That group includes those people born in the early 1980s to the early 2000s so if my math is correct those are people around the ages of 15-35 years of age.

When I was a teenager I was invited to a youth group. I attended it for a year or so and it helped me significantly learn to cope with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager.

I believe that programs for youth and young adults (especially teens) in churches are very important. The teenage years are tough and it’s important that these young people have somewhere to go where there’s a friendly face. These people will become our leaders of tomorrow.

Have a great week!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word – are you ready for your free dose of knowledge?

“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about Fox News & Bin Laden, Taylor Swift, CNN, Keystone XL pipeline, unemployment, Democratic Party, sinkholes, statements from Montana politicians, GOP 2015 Calendar, U.S. Senate, YouTube, President Barack Obama, earthquake, first female president of the Montana Senate, the circus is coming, and a whole lot more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of April and, overall, the 140th “Caught My Eye” column from The Western Word.  Epic!

We’re here every Friday – even through the rain, the snow, the sunshine, or the Montana Legislature…

Since it’s Friday, that means it is time to let your hair down, loosen that tie, and unbutton that top button.

So what is “Caught My Eye?”  It’s the column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.  Often I throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile.

Today I write about the Baucus reelection tour, Down goes Williams, Referendums, Cadets, SB 107, North Korea, Unemployment, Tricare, Rutgers, Manatee Gray, Marijuana, birthdays, and much more!

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