Witch Doctors

Jackline Mukisa’s eight-year-old son’s body was found in a swamp missing his teeth, lips, ears and genitals. More than 21 women have been killed in ritual sacrifices between May 3rd and Sept. 4th, 2017. The body of Francis Bahati’s wife was found missing her fingers and feet. “Sacrifices often involve removing body parts, blood or tissue while the child is still alive.” Draining blood, cutting off/out genitals and beheading is not uncommon among victims sacrificed in ritual killings. The Religious News Service, Sept. 26, 2017, issued this report coming out of Uganda.

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It’s a Doggy-Dog World

In a conversation years ago with a friend, I mentioned that one of the few things that I ever heard my father philosophize on was a common saying, for some, that life was a “Dog-eat-dog world.” Life for poor folks was often a hard one. My friend relayed a similar story from someone in the past who stated it as, “It’s a Doggy-dog world.” I’m not sure how he would have explained that meaning. I am sympathetic, though, since I spent many years of my life thinking it was, “Maresy dotes.”

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President Trump Teaches Christians a Valuable Lesson

President Trump’s recent address to the joint Congress was an important lesson to all Christians and especially pastors.

It was refreshing to listen to a “politician” who, while all the world was watching, did not give an inch on his promises to the American people. The faceless masses viewing screens were not as real as the presence of Democrats in Congress who loathe, hate and plot the destruction of President Trump. Most politicians will “play to the crowd” for fear of backlash or loss of support if their message is not nuanced or somehow couched in more palatable language when addressing a hostile crowd.

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do!

Joan Lunden, as well as others, wrote, “Our Children may not always listen to us, but they never fail to imitate us.” This truth has come back to haunt almost every parent who has reared children. While some may actually state the title to their children in some form or other, most don’t realize what they really teach the child happens over a lifetime of modeling behavior. I have been impressed by the stories of several people who have been great examples of this truth (mine isn’t one of them).

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Potemkin on the Potomac

It is said, “appearances are everything.” Keeping up appearances is common for a variety of legitimate reasons. Many sloppy things done in private may not look so good in public from eating, dress, housekeeping and other life-living endeavors. Not looking like the bandied about “Wal-Mart” dresser is simply not wanting to look like a slob in public, but perfectly all right at home. Public appearance is not a form of deception, but simply a practice of personal presentation. Surely you want to run the vacuum before guests arrive.

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The Heart Of The Matter

I’ve recounted before about the music gene that runs in our family, coupled with an “Arkansas” background of kinfolk who would get together after supper for a great family time of playing instruments and singing. And when I start to think that this common practice in the south is a thing of the past, I see a family on T.V. that looks like a throwback to my childhood. Mommy and Daddy with all the kids performing like pros. And while all of our kids (adults now) inherited the music gene, we didn’t raise them with that being a regular part of family life. That I regret.

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It Is No Secret

Well, we met this morning. Our irregular World Changers group showed up, which as of late has been a rarity. In all this time we have only lost one of the original members to relocation, and while other “members” come and go nothing is quite as special as our founding hombres. For some reason the last year has been unsettled in the sense of schedules, activities and health that affect attendance. However, I don’t think any one of us, being available and able, decides simply not to come, at least not I.

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Obama’s Character Profile: Mind, Courage, Heart

The portrayal of Dorothy’s friends in “The Wizard of Oz” is a fairly accurate picture of basic human nature. Most people with a normal dose of self-awareness recognize their strengths and weaknesses summed up in the needs of Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Even though these characters represent only three general headings, each one is critical, with a breakdown representing many if not all personality traits covering our behavior including perhaps unconscious motivations as well. Not many people are lacking in every category.

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Unconditional Love

The definition of “unconditional” is generally that which is without conditions or limitations and is used commonly as “unconditional surrender” (in war), and “unconditional support” (as in foreign policy). I can’t recall a time when the term “unconditional love” came into usage; seems like it’s always been around.

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Don’t Grow Weary

Sometimes I think everyone is allotted a certain amount of intangible stuff per day, and if they run out before the day is over no telling what will happen. Being an early riser and having stated at times that I might have gotten five or six hours of sleep, I’ve been asked on occasion, “Why don’t you sleep longer”? My answer has always been that when I run out of sleep I might as well get up. I used up my allotment for the day.

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