Justice means different things to different people. The US court system will issue sentences based on a great number of factors. Offenders receive a different length of sentence based on the crime committed, the person, and their history, and often the defense that is presented.
You know that phrase, don’t you? Although today it would be more like a dollar instead of a nickel. Granted a nickel doesn’t buy much these days, so I can understand the increase in money. In my day a nickel could buy several things. I remember when a returned coke bottle would be worth a nickel. We would scour the neighborhood and fields to find the bottles that people would throw out, a few of those and we had some money. I also remember when I was so young that my older sisters convinced me that I should trade them my dimes for their nickels because the nickel was bigger – and I did!!
What brings you the most pleasure? Is it spending time with family? A really good meal? Seeing the beauty of nature? Watching a movie in your favorite genre? This writer would suppose that each reader of this article would give a different and unique answer. Like a lot of things what brings pleasure is subjective.
ummer has a special place in many people’s hearts. It is the time for long family trips, church camp, a break from school, hot days, a trip to a pool, and so much more. Many children go from this activity, to that activity, to this activity. We definitely like to be busy people. James 4:13-15 says, “13Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ 14Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.’”
Our world is a beautiful, complex, and amazing place through which God speaks to us. The Psalmist recognized this when he wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” Psalms 19:1. This message is repeated and amplified in other Biblical texts. We also express this idea whenever we sing in part some of the thoughts of Psalm 148. Even entertainers like Louis Armstrong recognize this truth at some level when he sings “I see skies of blue…and I say to myself, what a wonderful world.”
Each June for the last 20 years Bootheel Youth Camp has been a part of my family’s summer. Jill and I began as counselors and our children as campers. It is a big part of our lives each year. Both of our children were baptized into Christ there in the swimming pool. They now serve as workers every summer. To say that BYC means a lot to us as a family is a major understatement.
A famous politician once told his two sons, “Boys, always be as good (morally) as people think you are.” Upon a quick examination of this quote you may think it is good advice, but what if society accepts certain things God does not? Is it possible to look good in the eyes of people while looking poor in the eyes of God? Absolutely, in the same vein, it is possible to look good in the eyes of God though people may view you as odd or even crazy at times. We must recognize the old cliche “keeping up with the Joneses” could not be further from the truth. How the world views us does not set our standards nor does it determine our spiritual destination. Our moral standards stem from a higher and divine being, God. We have examples all throughout the Scriptures of both people who looked good in the eyes of the world but poorly in the eyes of God, as well as people who looked good in the eyes of God even though they looked strange in the eyes of the world.
Some people are fascinated by seemingly unknown things or unexplained things and so they search for answers.
The 26th chapter of Matthew records one of the saddest moments in the life of Christ. Jesus sat in the midst of the people who knew Him best, people who had traveled countless miles and shared many meals with Him. Most of the men who dined with Christ that night were unaware that it would be their last meal with Him, however, one man knew. Judas knew these would be Christ’s final hours for he had already made a deal to betray our Lord. Even in the wake to betray the Lord, Judas still chose to dine with Christ that evening. During the course of the meal Christ made a statement of fact that concerned many of those around Him. “And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” (Matt. 26:21) After hearing this news they all began to ask Christ “Is It I?” (Vs.22) “And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?” Each man, guilty or innocent, had to do some self examination, whether he was the one Christ was speaking of or not.
When something is viewed there are simple things that can be seen and described. When you look at the glass in the photo, what do you see? If you are presenting the facts you will only describe the picture. A clear glass with some water in it.