For “Scripture Sunday”:
The Tale of Two Wolves
“An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy & truth.
The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”” Author Unknown
The Danger of Overdrinking
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
“In the Bible, the words “wine” and “strong drink” (or “intoxicating drink”) are used to describe alcoholic beverages. This proverb reminds us of the inherent danger of the abuse of alcohol—overindulgence causes human beings to lose their inhibitions and behave in ways that can be dangerous and negatively affect their lives.
In Proverb 20:1 we are given the example of brawling or violent behavior as a result of drinking too much. This can include violent physical actions (such as physical abuse or a tendency toward picking a fight) or verbal abuse (hateful words spoken to hurt and demean another person). This often happens toward a spouse or family member, causing serious damage to relationships.
The point of the verse: If you drink, drink responsibly. Drunkenness is a sin that can cause destructive results in a person’s life (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:10). Even just blurred judgment can lead to devastating consequences in today’s society. Many people’s lives have been damaged or destroyed by a drunken driver’s impaired ability. Many marriages and families have been broken due to harsh, uncaring and abusive words.
If drinking too much is a problem you struggle with, study the Bible on the topic, pray, fast and seek professional help.
For more guidance on how to defeat an addiction to alcohol, read our article on Alcoholism.” From: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/blog/the-danger-of-overdrinking/
This morning’s program on WGN TV: Change and Live
“What hinders you from living joyfully? Is a habit or a worry crippling you emotionally? God stands ready to help. Discover how.”
On This Day:
Anne Frank and her family arrested by Gestapo, Aug 4, 1944:
“On this day in 1944, a German-born Jewish girl and her family, who had been hiding in German-occupied Holland, are found by the Gestapo and transported to various concentration camps. The young girl's diary of her time in hiding was found after her death and published. The Diary of Anne Frank remains one of the most moving testimonies to the invincibility of the human spirit in the face of inhuman cruelty.
The most memorable line remains: "In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart."
The Franks' hiding place, on the Prinsengracht Canal in Amsterdam, has been turned into a museum.”
Slain civil rights workers found, Aug 4, 1964:
“The remains of three civil rights workers whose disappearance on June 21 garnered national attention are found buried in an earthen dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, both white New Yorkers, had traveled to heavily segregated Mississippi in 1964 to help organize civil rights efforts on behalf of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The third man, James Chaney, was a local African American man who had joined CORE in 1963. The disappearance of the three young men led to a massive FBI investigation that was code-named MIBURN, for "Mississippi Burning."
On June 21, 2005, the forty-first anniversary of the three murders, Edgar Ray Killen, was found guilty of three counts of manslaughter. At eighty years of age and best known as an outspoken white supremacist and part-time Baptist minister, he was sentenced to 60 years in prison.”
After my usual Saturday phone call with my daughter, and tending to my cat and dog, I got ready for church. I sat on the screen porch for a while looking at what had to be removed before the contractors could install the framework for the new roof. It is shady there in the mornings, and the breeze was welcome. But later in the day it is really sunny in there, so I might have to move my red maple this fall, as it was planted to give shade.
The sermon was given by our pastor Anthony, about Subjective Thinking and Objective Thinking. Subjective thinkers go by their emotions, feelings and opinions, which is a disadvantage. Objective thinkers use facts and truths to determine which path they will take in life. An example was Jonathon, son of Saul, and brother of David. Jonathon knew that the throne should go to David, not himself, and helped David to that end. Told in 1 Samuel.
Nala didn’t go to Adoption Day, as they were doing the monthly switch out in the Cat Habitat at Petco, so there wouldn’t be room for her in the Adoption Room. The Adoption Room is used twice a month and the cats and dogs just stay there on display for the First and Third Saturday afternoons. Each time a cat is adopted out of the Habitat, a new one is brought in to stay until the end of the month. During the change out the cages in the Adoption Room are used for the exiting cats, then they go back home with their original foster parents, who usually have other pets there for Adoption Day.