Bad weather

It is apparent to millions of people that approaching bad weather can’t be stopped. The only good thing associated with it is probably the timely warnings that enable cities and individuals in its path to be ready for its arrival and to take appropriate actions to avoid its dangerous effects. Weather is too big an event to be controlled. There is another big event that has been predicted for years. It is the return of Jesus in physical form back to this earth. This prediction was made by Jesus himself and it is well documented in the scriptures of the New Testament.

Bad Weather: the prophecies

Christian teachers and preachers have been describing some of its particular details for centuries. Although there is not any specific agreement among these prophets in regard to exactly when this event is going to occur or the sequence of described events that will accompany it, they do basically agree that Jesus is going to return to earth in physical form. (For a good statement regarding this biblical prophecy see this article by Richard Innes “Will Jesus Christ Return to Earth?”) For those who are ready, it will be an event of great blessing.

Are you ready for the bad weather?

For those who are not ready, it will be an event of severe personal judgment. What do you anticipate as the good benefits of these big events? How did you prepare for the approaching storms? Are you ready for the return of Jesus? If not, you might examine this statement regarding the plan of salvation. What’s your take on the impending bad weather? It would be good to talk about this matter. Let’s talk.

Good credit

One’s credit rating is an indication of the level of faith that a lender has in his or her ability and willingness to repay any funds that the lender might advance to him or her. It is apparently based on the person’s current financial assets and his or her financial history. A good credit rating is a valuable resource to have. It can be very useful in any time of emergency when a major expense is necessary to handle some unforeseen circumstance. But it may be lost or jeopardized or changed if a person uses his or credit to make purchases that he or she knows are unnecessary and beyond his or her anticipated timely income.

Good Credit?

This matter of one’s credit rating has some things in common with one’s faith in God. What is God’s credit rating with you? How much faith do you have in him to pay for your sins with the bloody sacrifice of his Son, Jesus? God has said that he would do this if you would repent of your sins, acknowledge Jesus as the Lord of your life, and trust them. For some insight into this matter see this statement on my website: “Faith”.

This matter of faith and trust is a very basic part of living in a world that is filled with all kinds of risks and unloving enemies. Whether you are concerned with some economic or spiritual matters in your life, let’s talk about a good credit rating for you and God.

Beauty

I think that it is a good experience to view something that has beauty. If you are fortunate, it may be the view out of your window. Maybe you have to travel some miles to see a landscape that is noted for its picturesque beauty. Maybe you have been impressed by the beauty that has been projected by an artist in a particular piece of art that he or she has created. Maybe you have been especially touched by the beauty of a child’s smiling upturned face or the glint in the eyes of your spouse’s wrinkled face. In any case, I’m sure that in such experiences the beauty that you have recognized is a quality of the visual image that is more than the various details of the visual components of colors, lighting, shapes, textures, and placement of the various elements that make up the view. In a time when our eyes are bombarded with thousands of visual images everyday from our tv screens, billboards, publications, entertaining events and programs, ipods, classrooms, offices, homes, and commutes back and forth, it may be increasingly difficult to see much beauty in our fields of vision today. When was the last time that you saw something that had beauty? What was it? How did you feel as you gazed upon it? What was it that made it beautiful? Let’s talk about this.

Good jobs

Where did the good jobs go? There is a lot of talk these days from our political representatives, including the President, about creating more jobs and preserving jobs for Americans. They seem to understand that getting Americans back to work will stimulate the American economy. They seem to feel that it will help to give the owners of small businesses some tax credits and other financial benefits so that they will be able to hire more workers and getting more American workers engaged in the businesses of keeping America “green”. But I don’t think that it is the owners of small businesses who have laid off the vast numbers of workers who are unemployed, and I think that the workers that might be used in keeping America “green” will not be enough to put millions of Americans back to work.

I think that the big layoffs have been in the manufacturing and construction segments of American business. Americans are not making as much as they use to make, and many of the making aspects of what American companies produce and market have been outsourced to foreign companies or foreign divisions of American manufacturers.

I don’t think that the big problem of unemployed Americans will be solved until we bring these jobs back to American factories. It is time for Americans to return to making clothes, shoes, toys, appliances, and other commodities and working in the vegetable fields and fruit orchards of our country. It doesn’t make much sense to me for some major business executives to expect Americans to be able to buy their products when they are unwilling to pay them American wages to make them.

“Cheap” clothing and other commodities and tax incentives and credit and bailouts cannot be a good foundation for American businesses and good jobs for Americans.

Americans used to have a lot of pride in the label that said “Made in America”. I think that this should be the basis for good jobs for Americans. What Americans make is what Americans can sell, and what Americans sell is what gives Americans enough profits to engage in the world’s markets, but a good day’s work in a good dependable job is the personal foundation for participation in this process. What do you think? Let’s talk about what is a good job for Americans and where are they going to find one.

Common good?

Since when has the common good stopped to be a priority for our elected representatives?

Apparently a large number of independent voters in Massachusetts decided to vote for Scott Brown, a Republican, on January 19th because in his campaign for Ted Kennedy’s Democratic seat in the US Senate he offered a political agenda that was more in line with what they recognized as being for the good of more Americans than the agenda and legislative programs that were being pushed and proposed by the major political parties. Many commentators have noted that the citizens of MA as well as a majority of people throughout the country are “angry” with Washington and the direction that President Obama and their representatives seem to be taking us.

It seems to be assumed that legislation, even including that for health care reform, will have to be more in keeping with what is the center of concerns for Americans rather than what is seen to be in keeping with the agendas of either the left or right political positions in our political operations.

I think that this is a sensible strategy for our representatives in the Senate as well as in the House of Representatives to take, but I’m concerned that they may not have a very clear perspective on what is really good for all Americans, what is the common good for all of the citizens that they represent. It has been noted by some commentators that Washington may not really understand “main street” America. What do you think is the common good that our president and our representatives in Congress should be seeking to implement in our daily lives? Let’s talk about this.

Twitter

The widespread and growing popularity of twitter reminds me of a noisy flock of birds in my neighbor’s tree on a warm summer evening. There is a lot of noise, but I’m not sure it has any benefits, either to them or to me.

I don’t participate in twitter exchanges

I don’t believe that anyone can share in a meaningful discussion where one’s remarks are limited to 140 characters. I’ve used a lot more than that number just to state my concern regarding this matter. There is a lot of tweeting going on regarding a whole lot of political legislation and various statements and actions of our politicians, but I don’t see much beneficial change taking place from all of this “noisy” talk. Let us talk about what is good in your life. I won’t limit you to 140 characters. Why do you think twitter is flawed as a means of communicating meaningful things with one another? I would like to know what you find that is really good in your life and what makes it good. Let’s talk.

Happy New Year

According to this common greeting, happy new year, a lot of people are wishing that others will experience some happiness this year, and they are probably also wishing it for themselves as well. But with their greeting they may not understand that happiness will not be experienced or received unless it comes from the right source. Jesus had some very specific things to say about being “blessed” with happiness to a crowd of people who were following him. He said that those who “are the poor in spirit”, “mourn”, “are meek”, “hunger and thirst for righteousness”, “are merciful”, “are pure in heart”, “are peacemakers”, and who are “persecuted because of righteousness” are the individuals who will be “blessed” or made happy by God. This teaching is found in chapter 5 verses 3-11 of the book of Matthew in the New Testament.

Happy New Year – what will it take?

No one should expect to be happy if he or she is planting and cultivating the wrong “seed”, living in the pursuit of things that are really not good. What is it that will make you “happy” this year? What makes for a Happy New Year? Let’s talk about this.