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What’s in Your Heart?

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching in a few days, which is one day I wished that capitalism would have left alone. But it pursues the matters of the hearts all the way to the bank, with my obligatory proceeds.

My wife benefits and so do I, indirectly, from such an outpouring of displayed adoration, even if it is just a card and a rose. Whatever I choose, Hallmark always gets my buck to accompany whatever else I can conjure up to offer to the one I love.

Love. Now there is a misused word. It took a spiritual resurrection on my part to truly understand what it really is. Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is what I refer to as the LOVE CHAPTER. It tells you all about real love and what your expectancy should be. It isn’t a thief, a liar, a user, impatient, self-serving, angry or malicious. Love is all about the other person, “YOU”. So, I do pretty good being that I’m all those things that Love isn’t.

Thanks to the Grace of God I get love and have love to give. Then He did something for me 14 years ago that was so amazing. He gave me the most wonderful woman in the world as my best friend, my lover, my confidante, my spiritual prayer partner and life-long companion, Wendy. She is the gift of God’s love to me. Because that is true, I must honor her as the same gift of myself to her was God’s doing. I’m very humbled by her mere adoration for me. Albeit, I really think she got the short end of the deal.

So, this Valentine’s Day, with a card for $6, chocolates for $5, and a love that is priceless I can tell you that I know LOVE is in my heart. And, thank God, I get it.

Do you know what’s in your heart? Gotta have it to give it so that you can get it.

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A Moral Choice Was Made Today

Apostasy is a fundamental renunciation of a religious or political belief or allegiance. However, today this act is primarily performed by intolerant Islamic sects bent toward jihad maniacal sentiments against Christians. I find that ironically interesting in a time and country where a Christian society has been extremely tolerant of other religious believes. That happened because of previous persecutions of the Christians in England and Europe by the governing aristocracies that motivated our Constitution. America was built upon these principles of tolerance and Christian love and forgiveness.

 

Today, those with anti-Christian sentiment are blaming the existing political-economic problems on Christians, exclaiming non-tolerance of Judaea-Christian beliefs toward homosexual lifestyles, atheism and Islamic religion. That’s really not a truth. They are simply being intolerant of Christianity and the people who represent Christ. If the Christian principles were replaced by anything else, then this country would have been like any other country dealing with despots, tyrants and dictators who only call themselves presidents. Because of the tolerance of our Christian society and Constitution, gays, Muslim and aetheist are equally considered to have a right to protest AND VOTE! It’s kind of like the spoiled brat who has been given everything they want, but they always want more including everything from the hand that feeds them.

 

I stood up and voted with a moral choice today. If the Moral Majority, and I believe there is still one, doesn’t stand up with moral fortitude today, the lies will blanket and completely cover what many of our men have died for this past century…THE RED, WHITE AND TRUE.

Who is really being Bailed Out by the Feds

Our country is in dire straits for new leadership. Do you understand about the Stock Market catastrophe? Well, the federal government is telling us that they’re working on solutions to prevent a Depression. A bit of healthy skepticism should always be applied to whenever the government gets in a rescue mode. There is usually an underlying reason for doing what they do. Nobody does anything in Washington for the total “good of the people”.

I’ve read recently how the government (our fine tax investment) is bailing out the botched mortgage industry, by buying several of the desperate mortgage investment corporations. This amounts to almost a trillion dollars that Washington does not have. We are essentially borrowing from other foreign powers that our tax dollars will need to pay back. The Bible has a truth that should be applied here: “A slave to the lender a borrower will be.” What is that going to eventually do to our Amercian Liberty when we owe our enemies? My daddy didn’t fight WWII or the Korean War for this. My classmates have not fought Viet Nam for this. My peers have not fought in Irag, Kuwait, or Afghanistan for this.

The Bush Administration’s concept may be a solution to our nation’s economy and the world economy for that matter, but I find this proposal extremely appalling for one ethical reason. While these corporations are being “saved”, the billionaire CEOs that led the greed in these organizations are living fat and large in their multiple mansions in their magnificent Mercedes Benz debauchery.

What is wrong with this picture? Millions are being forced out of their homes and losing their jobs with nowhere to go while these fat cats continue stoking on their Cubans with disconnected indifference. They got their’s. Where’s ours? Why aren’t the Feds bailing out the homeowners who were victimized by greedy market manipulation? Why isn’t the government protecting the hundreds of thousands of jobs being lost by highly-skilled workers? Read the excerpt below and you decide for yourself who is actually benefitting. But, you can bet, it isn’t you or me.

“The government could make a profit, a substantial profit,” said Jaret Seiberg, a financial services analyst at the Stanford Group, a policy research firm. “The pricing mechanism is going to be central.”

The plan will help banks shore up their balance sheets by removing hard-to-value assets. This would address the seemingly endless rounds of writedowns and capital raising that have been rocking the financial sector.”

Read the whole story on CNN:

http://money.cnn.com/2008/09/19/news/economy/what_we_know/index.htm

Positive Solution Overcomes the Falls

Spectacular to sereneI was very  privileged to be a part of wonderful group of people in an organization called  Enid Beautiful Inc back in 2003. Then, a very assertive and positive group of people who loved Enid and Government Springs Park were strategizing about the demise of the spring’s old water fall. Erosion, 40 years of neglect, poor engineering and maintenance had rendered the waterfall useless, ugly and a great liability. Several concepts were drawn up with plans to include the whole south ridge or just replace the immediate site with a more suitable waterfall. The project would cost from $125,000 to $75,000. With the passion of evangelists, several folks rallied the fervor from a few other organizations and key individual supporters in Enid.

Musical sounds of the waterfall sooths visitors to the park.With the support of a Enid Symphony concert and a big financial contribution from the Rotary Club, the $75,000 waterfall was put into place by August of 2004. With the enthusiasm of kids with  new toys, many gardeners and landscapers clambered upon the newly place boulders along the ridge to plant new growth and mold the final touches to the beautiful waterfalls of today. Thank you, Enid for proving the positive side of our community’s efforts can overcome obstacles and make this the best place to live in NW Oklahoma!

 

Targeting Eastside is Becoming a Culture

The City of Enid and its Zoning Czars have taken most all of the service and retail businesses from the eastside’s neighborhoods. Over 90% of new businesses are pushed to the far west, as well as the new developing infrastructure. Now, instead of offering to improve relations with the constituency, city leaders would rather use oppressive political tactics such as specific ordinances that generally define eastside property owners. There many families that work in shifts at several of the 24-hour industries around town. These families own more than 2-3 cars, but are still only able to make it from pay day to pay day.

Now, the city is adding to their challenge of living in Enid. It’s bad enough that the eastside neighborhoods have barely enough affordable housing. Enid manufacturer employers are desperately needing more housing for their workforce. Hospitals are also desperately trying to attract more medical workforce, too. Now, instead of coming up with a better housing solution, Enid officials can only operate in an attack mode. I wished that Mayor Criner and his cronies could find the positive side of their responsibility and promote positive solutions. I’ve personally talked with the Mayor, and I knew of his dreams for Enid. Somebody must have something on him, because he sure has done a flip-flop from when he was platforming for his candidacy. Enid needs to know who is holding the whip! If the Mayor would arise to the challenge, the city leaders could collaborate with town leadership from Garber to Meno and from Hennessey to Pond Creek and develop economic corridors for industry and advertise area tourism along 412 from I-35. Work on that angle and maybe we could all get a pay increase and stay happy

Will Work for Welfare

The price of gas has passed over the price of soda and milk! Who ever dreamed this would be a reality? What kind of land of naivety have we been living in? I know that we have trees in my neighborhood only because people have historically been able to afford electricity and natural gas. In many countries there are no trees because they’ve had to burn them for fuel. People are beginning to call in to Hope Outreach for personal things like soap, shampoo and toothpaste because they’ve had to put gas in their cars. Makes me think about what Obama is wanting to do for Welfare fathers and pay them for doing what they’re supposed to do in the first place…TAKE CARE OF THEIR CHILDREN & FAMILY. Well, I’m always opposed to “hand-out” welfare, because of how human nature responds to such gestures. It rewards them for being poor and destitute. A welfare mother that keeps having children has learned to work the system. The sad thing is that the system responds as expected and keeps rewarding them. Not all welfare mothers are comfortable with the bondage of being on welfare. Regulated to a fixed income, jumping through hoops for food stamp purchases, and living in government subsidized housing, will pretty much humble the independent human spirit after a while. However, those who never intended to work and are always out to get what they can get from anybody, this is the “gravy train”.

At Hope Outreach, we provide items and services for those who are willing to work for it. Everybody can work. Whether they’re sitting down sorting, or packaging or helping with the product loads from donations. Our Senators need to adopt this same principle and integrate it into the Welfare system. You don’t work, you don’t get paid or food. There are too many nonprofit services that are helping other people throughout every community that could use some additional help. These are great places where welfare “volunteers” could be serving the community. In some instances, their kids could participate. There’s nothing wrong about trading out for childcare services, either. It could be worked out so that the millions of welfare recipients are contributing to the very society that’s supporting them. Multiply that effort by millions and it will effect our economy. There has to be and very, very soon. I can see the welfare offices in the near future distributing “fuel cards” or “transportation cards”.

Oklahoma is working on their own welfare reform and is trying to encourage recipients to go back to work. In order to do that our communities must have programs developed to provide that process of empowerment. There also must be employment that can match the support the government is providing. Otherwise, people will be forced to settle receiving their monthly checks without hope of a way out. Giving them something for nothing will only perpetuate the cycle of welfare. Since either is so, we must provide training to help people overcome their situations. That means academically, special instruction and on-the-job training programs need to be in place for those working through transition.

No successful employer puts their workers to work with providing the appropriate tools and training. Our social welfare programs should be gearing up their clients likewise. Write your Senators about welfare form which you and I will be paying more for because of the recent trends in economy. Empower these people to buy their own gas.


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