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Posted 3/8/14 at 6:41 PM | Barry Bowen
The next time change is Sunday, March 9th so don't forget to set your clocks.
People often view the spring time change as the loss of an hour. With that in mind, let's consider the famous quote by Benjamin Franklin, "Lost time is never found again."
The Bible reminds us to make the most of the time we have today.
Ephesians 5:15-16 KJV says, "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."
The New Living Translation says, "So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days."
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Posted 3/7/14 at 5:03 PM | Barry Bowen
Have you ever wondered why so many people are resistant to what the Bible teaches?
After spending years sharing my faith, I realized that most of my witnessing efforts were not fruitful. Most listeners had little interest in hearing why I believed the Bible or how sin harms our relationship with God.
Then one day I read 2 Corinthians 4:4 and it was like a lightbulb was turned on in my mind. This verse says, "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
Who is "the god of this age"?
The New Living Translation states this verse as, "Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe ..."
Posted 3/5/14 at 11:57 PM | Barry Bowen |
Recently my dad died at 79 years of age. I've thought about the 44 years we shared on earth and how I could have made better use of this time.
The Bible reminds us to be good stewards of time. In Psalm 90:12 we read, "So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom."
Video blogger Ze Frank uses jellybeans to visualize the passing of time. Each jellybean symolizes one day of life.
After watching this video, consider how much time you may have left. How will you spend it?
Posted 3/4/14 at 2:19 PM | Barry Bowen
As I write this article, Mardi Gras celebrations are winding down across south Louisiana. Many of my friends decided to stay home this year rather than stand in cold rain to catch beads. The temperature in New Orleans is 36 degrees. If you want to attend a Mardi Gras parade, skip New Orleans and visit a smaller city or town instead. Less traffic, fewer pickpocketers and more fun.
Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" in French and it is truly a huge free party for the visitors. Mardi Gras is famous for its parades, food and music.
Each Mardi Gras parade is organized by a krewe. These organizations determine the theme of the parade and select a court, queen and king for their parade.The members of the krewes pay thousands of dollars to join these groups. They also pay for the beads, doubloons, and other items they throw from the colorful floats. Most of the parades are named after Greek gods. The krewes named after goddesses are organized by women. The Krewe of Zulu is one of the largest New Orleans krewes. It is named after an African tribe and it membership is compose of black Americans.
Many parade goers dress up in costumes for the parades.You will also see a lot of clothing and floats that are green, purple and gold. FULL POST
Posted 2/26/14 at 11:58 PM | Barry Bowen |
The 1995 hit comedy film Clueless features actress Alicia Silverstone as a teenager named Cher that is very picky when it comes to dating. Tai, a new girl at school, asks the question, "Cher, you're a virgin?" Cher responds, "You say that like it's a bad thing." For laughs, another character in the movie says, "Besides, the PC term is 'Hymenally challenged.'"
Later in the movie Cher and Tai have a disagreement, Tai responds, "Why should I listen to you, anyway? You're a virgin who can't drive."
Virginity has long been a subject of jokes in movies and TV shows. This crude humor has been described as "virgin shaming."
On The Student Room website a commenter named dosvidaniya posts:
Then, why do we still ridicule men so much for being sexually inexperienced? We all know that the ageing male virgin is an object of cultural ridicule. I mean, how many times have you heard a guy insulted (particularly on the internet) for being a 'pathetic virgin'? Probably several thousand times.
Hollywood mocked the aging male virgin in the 2005 movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin. FULL POST
Posted 2/26/14 at 12:27 PM | Barry Bowen
Photo: Flickr/Peter Zillmann - Creative Commons
(Note: This post has been updated to include the latest version of S.B. 1062.)
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 41-1493, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:
(b) Does not include:
(i) Synergy with uses that a government holds as more desirable.
(ii) The ability to raise tax revenues.
Posted 2/24/14 at 2:47 PM | Barry Bowen
Who finds it amusing to suggest stabbing "climate-change deniers" with icicles? Cartoonists David Rees and Michael Kupperman, that's who.
Yesterday The New York Times published their cartoon "U.S. Department of Commerce Strategies for Dealing With the 2014 Icicle Surplus."
Below the description "self-destructing sabers for dispatching climate-change deniers" the cartoon shows a woman stabbing a man with an icicle as he says, ""If global warming isn't a hoax, how do you explain all these icicl--OUCH!"
So who are these cartoonists?
Kupperman makes fun of Christmas and Easter traditions in his cartoon Holiday Frolicks which features the character Pagus the half-brother of Jesus. Wikipedia describes Rees as "a cartoonist and humorist whose best-known work combines bland clip art with outrageous "trash talk" to incongruous effect."
I wonder what is the motive of Kupperman and Rees in drawing this cartoon. Could it be that "dark humor" is often produced by people with dark hearts and dark minds?
Posted 2/19/14 at 11:24 PM | Barry Bowen
Several years ago I developed an interest in combining missions and food. I was asked to be the "missions person" for my church singles group but didn't have time to organize a missions project. Then an idea emerged.
Our singles group ate out once a month. Why not turn this into a missions outreach? So we started going to restaurants of different cultures and praying for those cultures. One Sunday we ate Thai food and prayed for Thailand. Another week we dined at a Mexican restaurant and interceded for Mexico. Soon we visited German, Japanese, Chinese and Irish food restaurants and prayed for our cooks and servers.
Equipped with Operation World, a book about world missions that includes a prayer guide for each nation, I would tell my group about the need for church planters and Christian unity in the various nations and we would pray for the missionaries and pastors attempting to reach these nations with the Gospel. FULL POST
Posted 2/19/14 at 2:27 PM | Barry Bowen |
The Mystery of Death
The Bible sometimes describes death with optimism. Shortly before his arrest, Jesus said, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds."
Was the "kernal of wheat" a reference to Jesus? Perhaps ... but this "kernal of wheat" could also refer to the followers of Jesus.
My Dad Dies
Two and a half weeks ago my dad was found unresponsive at a nursing home and was rushed to the hospital. The doctor told my sister that my dad had a 1% chance of recovering from the illness. My dad's vital organs were shutting down due to inability to breath caused by a lung infection and pneumonia.
Several days later Dad was moved to hospice. During my visits to hospice, I would think about my dad's legacy, the times we shared and the meaning of death.
Thursday, the day before Valentine's Day, my dad died. On Monday we honored his memory with a memorial service in a church in southern Oklahoma. FULL POST
Posted 2/6/14 at 3:50 PM | Barry Bowen
The United States Postal Service has revealed on the Federal Business Opportunities website its plans to purchase bullets.
For a couple of years media has reported large government purchases of bullets raising the suspicions of government critics.
In 2012 the Christian Post reported, "The Internet has been buzzing with conspiracy theories and rumors as to why the U.S. Social Security Administration made a bid last month for 174,000 hollow-tipped bullets." FULL POST