My Love For Cars
What Place Cars Had In My Life
I was born in 1945. During that year a bomber struck the Empire State building; the war in Europe ended after Hitler's suicide in Berlin; Franklin D. Roosevelt died and was succeeded by Truman; Rocky Graziano was named "Boxer of the Year"; the Nuremburg war-crimes began and ABombs were dropped on Japan, starting the atomic age and ending the war. It was also the year automobile production was resumed in the U.S. after having been halted during World War II .
The last cars rolled off the the assembly lines in January 1942, so that tanks, trucks and guns could be built for the war. It was not until after the war, in 1945, that cars would return to the assembly line for the 1946 models. My family's car was a blue '50 Packard, which I could kick myself for not restoring before I left home in 1967.
Christianity for Dummies
The world is full of dummies when it comes to Christianity. The need for someone to explain what it means to be a Christian is evident. We see the Catholics shamed by the actions of the priests. The Episcopalians have their genders confused. In the Protestant church alone, there are several hundred denominations who can't agree. Do we have to be a part of these organizations to be a Christian?
The church is made up of those individuals who are called out of a confused world, not an organization confused by the world. Today, many are leaving one church organization while shaking their heads in disgust, only to join another. Many are looking for someone to agree with their judgments. Others feel dependent on the church organization they belong to for their salvation. What is the truth?
Teen Violence Resources
Hack Harassment, mission is to create a more inclusive and supportive online community by reducing the frequency and severity of online harassment.
Iwitnessbullying.org, prevent bullying by encouraging bystanders to intervene and report incidents of bullying.
The Bully Project, building a national movement to end bullying.
The Protectors, freedom from bullying
Violence Policy Center, a Washington D.C.-based gun control research organization.
The Joseph Matteucci Foundation for Youth Non-Violence offers training for young people to participate and run their own violence-mediation programs in schools. (510) 889-7451.
Teens, Crime, and the Community, created by the National Crime Prevention Council, provides a learning kit and strategies for crime prevention in neighborhoods. (202) 261-4161.
The Omega Boys Club of San Francisco holds violence prevention workshops using films, video clips, books, and audio tapes. (800) 765-3437.
Asian Community Mental Health Services of Oakland, CA specializes in violent-prevention and provides mental health services in 14 Asian languages. (510) 451-6729.
Barrios Unidos does gang prevention and intervention with San Francisco area Latino youth. (650) 373-1088.
Let's Get Real
Let's face it! Many of us are living defeated lives for various reasons. Often we look outwardly to blame our defeat on people, places, things or circumstances, but instead, let's look inwardly, asking ourselves a few questions that might spark some insight.
Who Is the Enemy?
It is pretty common knowledge that we have three enemies who try to defeat us: the world, the flesh and the devil. This world system has been in our face since we came forth from our mother's womb. This evil world looms before us and tells us that God is far away, in the distance. We grab the closest treats to satisfy our persistent cravings. And we blame everyone else, instead of taking responsibility ourselves. Could it be that we are our own worst enemy?
Love IS All You Need
One of my favorite songs in the '60s was "Love Is All You Need" by the Beatles. Children were singing this song around the world. I don't know if the Beatles understood the enormous truth behind their message, since they were singing about a "feeling".
At the same time, our generation was singing with the Righteous Brothers, "You've lost that loving feeling, now she's gone, gone, gone", which reflects a sensual, romantic love between male and female from the Greek word Eros. This erotic kind of love was freely flowing among the flower children.
The Big Rip-Off
At last you can know the truth. The truth about the BIG FOUR KILLERS of this day and age. The truth concerning the way to escape the ultimate death that comes to all who don't wake up to the BIG RIP-OFF!
Are you being RIPPED-OFF? Ask yourself this most important question! Today you can know the TRUTH and be SET FREE from the BIG RIP-OFF that wants to steal, kill, and destroy your soul. Find out how to escape being rippedoff by reading on, and by taking heed.
And now I show you the most excellent way
1 Corinthians 12:31b
"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another" (Rom. 13:8). Prepare your heart for praying for your family. Let God search your heart toward them with this love check-up. Love deficit hinders effective prayer, because you are not free to have the mind of Christ who loved all people enough to die for them. Faith without love is not effectual, because faith works through love (1 Cor. 13;2; Gal. 5:6).