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Battling Hate

7/28/2015Posted by Helene


Hate.  It's like the rash from the black plague.  Contagious, obvious to everyone who passes by, hard to treat, and sign of a fatal illness. 
And our country is brimming with it. 
I can't make it half a scroll down my Facebook feed and I see another angry post.  I wish I could say that it was just the lost hating each other.  That at least would be normal.  But instead what I see is the Christians I know becoming angrier and angrier at the world around them. 
And it's not even election year. 
On this Make a Difference Monday I would like to suggest some practical things that Christians should remember about hate. 
1.  Not all battles are important.  Under no circumstances should a Christian be lured into an angry and hateful exchange over issues that are in no way spiritual.

The Magic Teenager Pill

7/20/2015Posted by Helene


As the mom of a teenager I've earned some unexpected privileges.  Starting with the privilege of changing the radio station.  A lot.
See at our house we have something called, "The Moral Objection".  When the radio is on in the car, any family member who objects to the song on the radio due to its moral content (not its tune, style, etc) is allowed to call moral objection and the station will be immediately changed. 
My teenager is the reason for this family policy.  When we got back to the States and her listening repertoire grew larger than the music that her family members or adult Christians friends listened to (IE old rock, Sinatra, old country, classical), she quickly became uncomfortable.  One day in the car she quietly said, "Mom can I change the station?

Reaching Down

7/17/2015Posted by Helene


Let's say that I wanted to see the president.  No, I NEED to see him.  Not just from a distance, I need to sit down and have a private conversation. What can I do? Dial up the White House and say, "Sir?  Could I come over to the Oval Office next week and have a heart to heart with you?"
No.  If I tried for a month, I probably couldn't get past the phone operator at the White House.
Let's reverse things.  Let's suppose the President is passing through Wyoming and decides to do some slumming.  So he delegates a handler to call an ordinary citizen, me, to see if they can wrangle room and board for a day or two. 
I get to decide whether or not to break bread with him.
Now before we devolve into all the reasons you might or might not like to sit down and chat with the president, let me get straight to the point.

Great Gain

7/15/2015Posted by Helene


On the way to and from Houston to see my in-laws (2 adults, 1 child, 1 teen, 1 dog-4 total days in the car) my husband and I found a new favorite song. "Homegrown" by the Zac Brown Band appealed to us immediately, but as we kept listening the words spoke to us. The chorus goes like this.
I got some good friends that live down the street
Got a good looking woman with her arms 'round me
Here in a small town where it feels like home
I got everything I need and nothing that I don't
Homegrown, Homegrown
We are recent transplants to small town life.  Hailing from Houston and Knoxville, we moved to an Asian city of 8 million plus. The little town where we live now has a smaller population than the student body of last university that we worked for.  I love having friends down the street and feeling like I'm home.