Simply put, God sent His son, Christ to die on the cross for our sins. We all know that part. But, if that were it, the only purpose of Christ's existence, than why not let him be located and executed with all the two-year old male babies in the edict passed down by the King who feared his own loss of power when he heard of the birth of a New King. What was the point of allowing Christ 33 years to live before his execution. Surely, since the only requirement in order for God's plan to work be that Christ die blameless, there were several opportunities during his life where he could have made the sacrifice. The reason God sent his Son to live 33 years as a lowly, insignificant human being, was so that Christ could experience our life. The bible says that not God the Father, but God the Son will judge us come judgment day. Why do you think that might be? Why would the Father, the Creator, the Ruler of Everything, relinquish the right of judgmrny to His Son? Could it be because it was the Son, the Word of God, who actually lived our life, faced our temptations, our circumstances, our illegitame, impossible lived? Only the Word sits in a position to equitably judge our actions. So if God Himself, is stepping down from the position of judge, what gives us the sanctimoneous right to pass judgment upon the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgener community? You and I have every right to decide what we feel is appropriate in our own lives. I will be celebrating my marraige to my husband for five years this summer, we share three beautiful children, and I believe the choice I made to marry someone from the opposite sex, for myself was the right one. But we do not have the right, not even with religous authority, to dictate other people's choices. It is only our job to love them. To engage with them. To embrace each and every human being we encounter with the same warmth as Christ did. Christ repeately told us during his 33 years that we do not stand in a position to judge others unless our own house is in order. No human being, not even the priest, the pastors, or the church goers, is in a position to pick up that stone. So, if God calls you to reach as many people as possible, and tell them the good news about His Word, than how do you justify pitting yourself on the opposite end of a political war, that you are collecting money to support, with a very large group of humanity? This is clearly not a tactic of evangelism. Do you really believe that anyone from the LGBT community is ever going to step foot inside your church? You should all be ashamed of yourself. These actions are not authorized by God. You are pharacies! If Christ were hear today, he would overthrow your petition booths, and dump out your collection plates, with infuriating anger just as he did in the temple that day. You pervert His message with your own close-minded and selfish agendas!
When I was 18 years old, I gave birth to my son. I lived in Portland, and attended college full time and worked full time. It wasn't easy, but I did it with the help of Portland Public Housing. What killed me though was that their rule is that you pay 1/3 of your income, so since I earned 8 dollars an hour, 40 hours a week, I had to pay $500 for rent. The people who were on the welfare program only had to account for their welfare check (not the amount of their food stamps, fuel assistance, clothing vouchers, daycare subsities, and other assistance amounts, so they only had to pay $100 a month. Since I had to pay for all of those "amenities" out of my hard earned cash, I was always broke. Since they did not, they had money to blow on alcohol, drugs, and other activities that did not produce any sort of motivation for them to return to the work force. This is where the problem lies. If you are handed everything and you do not need to work for it, you are not going to be inclined to look for work. If you feel the sting of just barely being able to make it, paycheck to paycheck, than not only are you motivated to work harder, but even more motivated to STAY working.
Kristina Lowe, from the accident you are referring to, is in fact facing charges. She was not immediately arrested because she broke her back in the accident. You can't withhold medical treatment from someone who has serious injuries simply because they are guilty of a crime, that would violate their Constitutional rights. If you do violate their rights during the course of the investigation, you could jeopardize a conviction at trial. No worries, this defendant will see her day in Court. I'm guessing the DA has more evidence than the media has released, and given the information released by the media, it seems as though that one will be held accountable as well.
I could not agree with you more Genia. Look at Cananda for example. Healthcare is not a priviledge, it is not a for profit business, it is a right made available to all its citizens. If Gov. LePage wants to reduce spending in the area of welfare, than he needs to consider ways to reduce the abuse of the system rather than created cuts to programs vital to our survival as a State. We need to reduce the number of people who come into this state simply to take advantage of our welfare programs. We need to reconfigure the system so that people are not discouraged from working at all, simply because it will result in a complete loss of their benefits. We need a system that will encourage people to become self-sufficient, rather than one that makes it impossible to get a job or obtain an education. Instead of focusing on ripping healthcare away from those who need it most (those we should automatically take care of FIRST), he should focus on the issues which landed us as the worst in 50 states in Forbes Managazine for businesses and econimic growth!
Good for this couple. It is too bad we do not have more people in this world like them. May God continue to bless their lives richly!
It is really so sad that we live in a world where this sort of criminal behavior is becoming the norm and that the people committing such atrocious crimes are viewed as victims due to their mental incapacities. There is no excuse that makes this alright. We all live our lives by the choices that we make. This woman chose to take the life of her own son. She might have told people she intended to take her own life as well, but the sheet fact of it is that she did not do that. She killed a little boy, her little boy. I hope they throw the book at her. Only God can forgive her now.
This is such a beautiful historic building and it is always such a shame to walk by and see the grafiti and broken windows. I'm so glad to hear that they are going to restore it.
My husband and I live in Leeds, Maine and have succesfully farmed both laying hens and poultry chicken for the last four years and we have never once had a rodent problem. We've not even seen one rodent (not even a small mouse) in their coops. Our layers are in an insulated and heated coup, which you would think would be even more inviting, but no, no problems. As far as the smell is concerned, so long as you clean up after your birds, the smell can be managed. The change to the City's ordinance is a positive one. With the rising cost of food these days, people need to have the right to raise their own food, even if they don't live in the country.