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So which news stories / topics / issues have captured your attention this weekend?


Wilmington City Council members approved Mayor Dennis Williams $150 million budget plus five-percent increases to the property tax and utility rates, while admonishing the mayor to shave spending. City Council President Theo Gregory: "He's gonna' have to cut the budget. You mark my word on that..."



Were you in one of the places hit by high winds and sizable hailstones Thursday afternoon? A now-confirmed tornado twisted around Marydel and Camden in Kent County. Golfball-sized hailstones dented vehicles around the Ardens.



A state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation which would allow public school districts to hike the property tax rate up to 3 percent a year without the need to put that increase before voters in a referendum. House Education Committee Chair Darryl Scott (D-DE), a former member of the Capital school board, says small incremental increases would be preferable to the current system, where districts seek much bigger increases to make up for the the time between referenda. Plus, it takes a lot of time and energy to prepare for a referendum.

I've argued in this blog before that the United States has a cockamamied system where voters can cast judgment on school referenda -- but virtually nothing else. That said, I'd be surprised if Scott's proposed overhaul gets very far. It says volumes that Scott proposes this reform now; he's not seeking re-election.



The Brandywine Zoo has announced plans for a major renovation with a pricetag of $9 to $10 Million. You'll recall a tree tumbled onto the Monkey House and another fell into the commissary last summer. Now, the zoo has ambitious plans to build a new rain forest center. One just hopes the zoo's expansion plans are more realistic than what happened with the Delaware Art Museum.



Crews planned to finish the clean-up following the great bee truck accident at Route 896 and I-95. That Delaware story made national news and underscored the little-known transport of honeybees to pollination sites. This particular shipment was heading to blueberry and cranberry fields/marshes in Maine. It was a little surreal to see flashing road signs along I-95 at mid-week warning motorists to keep their windows shut because of a possible bee swarm.



While Wilmington copes with its street violence, Delaware's largest city is certainly not alone. Baltimore and Chicago are among the U.S. cities which had a rough week. Baltimore recorded two triple-shootings in as many days.



As death-penalty states confront a shortage of the traditional lethal injection drugs, Tennessee's Govenor Bill Haslam (R) signs legislation to revive electrocutions if & when the prison system can't procure those drugs. Wyoming and Utah could bring back firing squads. Dare I repeat how these stories make the U.S. look utterly barbaric in other Western countries? The irony: One of the last electrocutions, in Florida, ended with a gruesome sight: Flames rose from the head of the condemned. Look for lots of court challenges.



Speaking of barbaric, an Iranian student group - the Hizbullah Students, connected to Iran's Revolutionary Guard - is demanding Iranian actress Leila Hatami be publicly flogged. Her offense? Giving the president of the Cannes Film Festival, 83-year-old Giles Jacob, a quick kiss - or peck - on the cheek at a ceremonial event. Jacob tweeted that such a kiss is "a usual custom in the West."



Some pundits / editorialists believe the V.A. hospital scandal will hurt President Obama in a way that the Benghazi and I.R.S. scandals have not, deepening the frustration with President Obama's leadership. Support for veterans crosses the political spectrum, including most anti-war folks. The very notion of hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for medical care - with at least 40 dead - is numbing.



Still on the subject of veterans, personal-finance network WALLET HUB ranked the states plus D.C. as places for military retirement. Wyoming is ranked the best state for military folks to retire; Delaware is ranked 7th best. Among the various categories, Delaware topped the list for "best quality of life" for military retirees. New York and California come in at the bottom of the list.




Facing pressure from the United States and Europe over Ukraine, Russia's Vladimir Putin looked east this week. The Russian president signed a colossal gas deal with mainland China, but it'll take several years for the Russians to realize profits. Meanwhile, Russia is at the cusp of recession.



With the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial summer season begins. Something to ponder as you or your family consider diving into a swimming pool...

From The LosANGELES TIMES:

WE PEE in the POOL -- AND IT's HURTING OUR HEALTH, STUDY SAYS

Los Angeles -- "One in five Americans has admitted to peeing in a public swimming pool, according to a recent survey.

That's 20 percent of Americans urinating where others swim. Besides being disgusting, peeing in the pool may be seriously harmful to your health.

In a new study, researchers from China Agricultural University and Purdue University looked at what happened when uric acid, a byproduct of urine, and chlorine combined. The group found dangerous chemical reactions were a result of this unholy union.

The combo kicks up cyanogen chloride, a gas that can harm the central nervous system, heart, and lungs, if inhaled. Uric acid is linked to 24 percent to 68 percent of this byproduct in pool water, scientists said..."

The article goes on to note that uric acid contributes - although in a minor way - to the build-up of nitrogen trichloramine (NC13), a toxic gas that can build up quickly in swimming pools, leading to acute lung injury.














Posted at 8:20am on May 23, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

EarlGrey
Fri, May 23, 2014 11:40am
Memorial Day is this weekend... so please take at least a moment to "remember" the sacrifices many have made for freedom in our country.

Also, please (for those of you who believe in the power of prayer) say a prayer for the young Marine (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi) stuck in a Mexican prison for the past month...because he made a wrong turn while visiting friends in San Diego, California.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/08/justice/us-marine-mexico-prison/index.html

It would be awesome if this guy could be released on Memorial Day weekend.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, May 23, 2014 1:38pm
EarlGrey: Well said.

Definitely shows the difference between the U.S. and Mexico. The Mexican government takes a rather dim view of Americans crossing into THEIR country illegally, whereas we seem to almost welcome them with open arms.

Allan Loudell
Fri, May 23, 2014 2:13pm
The two situations are apples and oranges, Mike.

The Mexicans heading north are searching for better lives for themselves and their families.

Yes, it's unfortunate that Sgt. Tahmooressi wandered into Mexico (although I really wonder how you do that... I've driven along both the U.S./Canadian and U.S./Mexican frontiers, and walls and fences along our southern border; you wouldn't notice those before it was too late? Perhaps a little inebriation?).

A similiar story when an ex-military guy mistankenly wandered into Canada with all his firearms.

But U.S. citizens have to remember most countries have much more stringent gun laws than we do. Americans wandering near an international border with which they're unfamiliar would be advised to leave all weaponry at home!

And no, we don't put out a welcome may for folks trying to migrate north. I remember having to stop our vehicle at several internal checkpoints in southern Arizona, for example, as U.S. immigration was trying to net illegal immigrants further north of the international frontier.

By the way, as NATIONAL JOURNAL reported recently, fracking and energy production near the frontier is making immigration controls more difficult, as new roads are constructed. But I seriously doubt conservatives will ever complain about that!

Allan Loudell

EarlGrey
Fri, May 23, 2014 3:11pm
"Yes, it's unfortunate that Sgt. Tahmooressi wandered into Mexico (although I really wonder how you do that... I've driven along both the U.S./Canadian and U.S./Mexican frontiers, and walls and fences along our southern border; you wouldn't notice those before it was too late? Perhaps a little inebriation?)".

Mr. Loudell: I'm disappointed that you immediately doubt the Sergeant, and then imply the only way he could have gotten into this situation is if he were intoxicated.

IF you were to look into the story a bit more you might find out that the "incident" occurred around 10 p.m. at night (in other words, it was dark); the guy was almost to his destination to visit friends (who lived very near the border); and that once the Sergeant realized he missed the last turn-around he called 911 for assistance (the recording was released quite a few days ago...at least that's when I heard it). He sure doesn't sound intoxicated in the recording...he sounded concerned/worried, but not drunk. He missed his exit and now he's in a dangerous prison... is this how Mexicans (and other nationalities) are treated at our Northern/Southern borders, or are they simply refused access and turned away?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/23/fate-jailed-marine-lies-with-unpredictable-mexican-legal-system/

"The Mexicans heading north are searching for better lives for themselves and their families.

Not all Mexican citizens headed north are looking for jobs and better lives for their families...I'm sure a majority are, but there are quite a few Mexicans who are violent criminals mixed in with the other illegal migrants coming across the border.

kavips
Fri, May 23, 2014 3:21pm
Changing the subject.... I'm predicting this to be the week of ultimate bee puns....

So far, Todd Chappelle has a parody out...

And so far ..I've heard... Delaware: Open for Beesness..... is the new state motto.

Some kids came up with....

"Welcome To Delaware
Roll Up Your Windows
Mind Your Own Beesness.... "

I know our regular contributors have much better ones they are sitting on.... I figure with no work, this will be a real punny weekend...



EarlGrey
Fri, May 23, 2014 3:34pm
The best bee-related "joke" I've heard so far was from Rick Jensen's show earlier today...
What's the latest Delaware immigration buzz? 9 million illegal immigrants have taken over Delaware! Bzzzz! ;)

Allan Loudell
Fri, May 23, 2014 3:40pm
Mr. Grey...

I'm sorry you're disappointed. And I certainly hope we can bring back that young man ASAP.

I did read that news account, so I understand he could've been completely sober. But I brought up the possible inebriation - almost as a throw-away - just to make the point that people shouldn't treat international borders lightly.

If any good comes out of this, it is that Americans recognize you don't cavalierly drive in unfamiliar territory near an international frontier loaded to the teeth!

Americans with guns have been a problem at international borders for generations.

One of the supposed reasons Queen Victoria authorized the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was that too many Americans out West - using their firearms - were chasing native Americans across the U.S. / Canadian border! (At least I remember reading that account in a book about The Royal Canadian Mounted Police!)

Of course, you're absolutely correct about the Mexican criminals crossing the border.... sometimes shepherding the "illegals" across the international frontier.

Allan Loudell

EarlGrey
Fri, May 23, 2014 3:41pm
Newark High School and their mascot Buzz should cash in on this story...

Pulpit rock

mrpizza
Fri, May 23, 2014 8:33pm
Trivia question: What is it said that people do when they enter and subsequently depart West Chester, PA?

Mike from Delaware
Fri, May 23, 2014 9:28pm
Allan: I agree, but still those folks are breaking our laws & act like they have a right to do so. One would think that the Mexican government would be a bit more gracious when the occasional American accidentally crosses into Mexico given how many millions of their citizens do that here on purpose.

mrpizza
Sat, May 24, 2014 3:20am
MFD: Bingo!

mrpizza
Sat, May 24, 2014 11:10am
Allan: Thanks for the swimming pool info. I'll remember that the next time I'm invited to a "pool party". I think I'll stick to the tabletop kind of pool.

EarlGrey
Sat, May 24, 2014 11:02pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637789/Threatening-cartel-billboards-warning-police-choose-silver-lead-come-complete-hanging-mannequins-appearing-Texas.html

The Mexican Cartels are also moving North...

kavips
Mon, May 26, 2014 4:10am
Allan.... saw my first large butterfly on Sat. Tiger Swallowtail.

Allan Loudell
Mon, May 26, 2014 5:58am
Yes, kavips, depending on habitat, all the major Swallowtails in our area are flying: Eastern Tiger; Black; Spicebush; and Zebra.

Plus the big showy, silk-moths, such as Luna and Polyphemus.


mrpizza
Mon, May 26, 2014 7:28am
I find it interesting how "Mike from Delaware" thinks it's okay for the left to force on us their immoral policies like gay marriage, gun control, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline, kicking Jesus out of school, legalized abortion (murder), legalized marijuana, and I could go on with probably a full page laundry list, but oh, how terrible it is for the G.O.P./TEA to force the government to practice a little fiscal sanity.

And he call this "Christian values"?

Mike from Delaware
Mon, May 26, 2014 9:45am
Mrpizza: Continuing our discussion from the other page.

Realize that Bush Jr. didn't cause the crash, that started back in the 1980's under Reagan, as he and his folks started dismantling the New Deal safeguards; that in the 1990's continued under Clinton as President and Gingrich as Speaker of the House. The handwriting was on the walls for folks who study such things, and given Bush Jr. probably doesn't understand economics, but some of his advisers did, and he didn't care, he just plowed on with his agenda ignoring the warning signs until the house of cards collapsed.

My point is, as it took time for the economy to crash, it will also take time for the economy to heal and fully recover. Things are far better now than they were in 2007. Sadly the unemployment rate is still higher than we'd like, but far better than the 10% of 2007.

I'm not an economist, so am not qualified to judge whether the basic actions taken, by both Bush Jr. and Obama, were the right thing to do [what was wrong was for there to be no strings attached so the banks could take our tax payer money and give themselves bonuses]. But given the fact that had Bush Jr. or Obama done nothing, we all might now be singing that old song from the 1930's, Brother Can You Spare a Dime. So even though I don't personally agree with the decision to keep GM/Chrysler alive, we are not in a depression and the economy has improved and employers are hiring again, granted not at the rate we'd like, but hiring is better than laying off.

Some interesting stats:

"The Bailout Scorecard
Last update: May 19, 2014

Altogether, accounting for both the TARP and the Fannie and Freddie bailout, $611B has gone out the door—invested, loaned, or paid out—while $387B has been returned.

The Treasury has been earning a return on most of the money invested or loaned. So far, it has earned $255B. When those revenues are taken into account, the government has realized a $30.6B profit as of May 19, 2014."

https://projects.propublica.org/bailout/

More info, this time the auto industry:

"The U.S. Treasury today announced that it has sold all of the remaining shares of General Motors GM +0.63% common stock, ending four-and-a-half years of government ownership.

Taxpayers recouped about $39 billion of the $50.1 billion pumped into GM in late 2008 and 2009 as the Bush and Obama administrations tried to save the car maker from collapse...

...A study released Monday by the Center for Automotive Research concluded that the government bailout of GM spared 1.2 million jobs in 2009 and preserved $39.4 billion in personal and social insurance tax collections in 2009 and 2010."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/12/09/taxpayers-dont-have-government-motors-to-kick-around-any-more/

So as messy as this whole thing was, history may show that both Bush and Obama did the right thing, for the most part, as they managed to keep the planet's economy from sinking into a deep depression. In spite of not getting all the money back from GM, the government still made a profit on the total of all the money given out, who'd have thought that back in 2007. Maybe the way to look at this is both Bush Jr. and Obama took a lemon and made lemonade.

mrpizza
Mon, May 26, 2014 10:09am
MFD: The article about GM is encouraging, and considering it's from Forbes it has credibility that it wouldn't have from Huffington-Puffington or the Warshington Compost.

One fact that's visibly absent is the ignition switch recall issue, which I think could play into how fast the government wants to get "outta there".

I think it also shows that investment in the conventional automobile industry run on conventional oil gives the taxpayers a greater return than these failed electric vehicle companies. Delaware lost how much on Fiskar?

Mike from Delaware
Mon, May 26, 2014 10:18am
Mrpizza said: "I find it interesting how "Mike from Delaware" thinks it's okay for the left to force on us their immoral policies like gay marriage, gun control, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline, kicking Jesus out of school, legalized abortion (murder), legalized marijuana, and I could go on with probably a full page laundry list, but oh, how terrible it is for the G.O.P./TEA to force the government to practice a little fiscal sanity.

And he call this "Christian values"?

Mrpizza: you and I view this differently. You believe that you and your brand of Christianity should be able to jam their faith, beliefs, and practices down other's throats, but would squeal like a stuck pig if a Muslim groups tried to do that here.

You speak of wanting a "Market Driven Culture", but when it comes to faith, you want a "State Mandated Faith Culture". Sorry my friend you can't have it both ways.

The Founding Fathers gave us a "Market Driven Faith Culture", thanks to the Baptists who had been facing much persecution from the Anglican Church, the state sponsored church in Virginia. Our system allows any and all faith groups to practice in our nation. The system allows the people to decide which faith they believe and financially support. No tax money now pays preachers' salaries as was the case prior to the Constitution. As a TEA person, I'm surprised you didn't know all this. So our people decide which faith, beliefs, etc, they want our "secular" government to make law.

So while I don't believe a church should marry gay/lesbians, I have no problem with the state doing it, they don't pretend to honor God, nor follow his commands as they are a secular body.

We live in a nation where all people are welcomed. Sure I'd love to hear the kids say the Lord's Prayer, have a Bible Reading, and the Pledge to the Flag as I did back in elementary school, but I'd not want my kids having to sit through a reading from the Koran, or pray to Allah, Buddha, or Mother Earth, so it's not reasonable to expect those parents to want their kids to sit through a Bible reading, a prayer Jesus wrote either. So I advocate the moment of silence so the kid can pray to whomever or not pray, their choice.

Gun Control, I only want the background check to include the mental health stuff of folks so we aren't allowing insane mental cases to buy guns, so you misrepresent my view on that one.

I'm not against the Keystone Pipeline, but I believe that we must have regulations in place to insure it is built and maintained properly, other than that, no problem.

You and your TEA party pals want to balance the government debt on the backs of the little guy while the richest 2% continue to reap in all the benefits. You're correct, I'm totally against that, its THEIR turn to pay, we've been paying our entire lives while they have been raking it in.

I've noticed each time we have THIS discussion, I'll say to you why don't you give back the pension your government union got you that we tax payers will be paying for as we buy stamps and use the USPS service? You're OK with everyone else getting it put to them, but very silent each time I've asked you about you getting it put to you. So in other words, you've got yours too bad so sad for everyone else, and you call THAT a Christian Value???? You really are reading a different Bible than the 9 various translations I have on my book shelf: [New American Bible, New American Standard, Amplified Bible, New International Version, New Living Translation, New Revised Standard Version, English Standard Version, The Good News for Modern Man, and the New King James Version].

So insult all you want, I don't agree with you on these issues, it is what it is. Be at Peace.

Again, don't forget to take a moment today to remember what the brave men and women who gave their lives so you and I can have this discussion, practice our faith in Jesus in however we understand that faith to be[no state version], and also have a BBQ as we live the good life in the United States listening to the music of our choice in our own backyards.

kavips
Mon, May 26, 2014 11:46am
Mr. Pizza. Mike's values reflect those of Jesus. Your's, those of the Pharisees. The conflict you are stirring up has been going on 2000 years now.

kavips
Mon, May 26, 2014 11:50am
Furthermore, there are only two historical defining entities who have willingly given up their lives for others. One was Jesus, who died to save our souls. The other, is the American G.I., who died so all continents could be free.....

Our daily lives distract us to forget these, but occasionally it is good to ponder the gigantic significance of our legacy.... And our responsibility towards both those great sacrifices.

mrpizza
Mon, May 26, 2014 10:11pm
MFD: I think you've at least partially misread the point I'm trying to make, and I think the best way to make it is to ask one question:

If people who agree with me get elected to office, don't those people have the same right to pass their agenda into law as the Democrats do when they're in power, even if you disagree with it?

What I see is that the left thinks they can force anything they want to on us but when anybody such as I proposes doing the same thing to them, they scream bloody murder. So if they don't want the TEA party to impose draconian laws on them when they get elected this November, then they should think about how they've been treating us all this time. "Whatsoever a man (or nation) soweth, that shall he also reap.

As far as my government pension, it was God who provided me that job and I have that job and that pension as a result of God's favor because I'm his child, not because I was "lucky" or that I was randomly selected by happenstance.
To quote an old gospel song from the 70's, "The world didn't give it to me, and the world can't take it away".

mrpizza
Mon, May 26, 2014 10:14pm
Maybe I should be more specific and say "The union didn't give it to me, and the union can't take it away".

mrpizza
Mon, May 26, 2014 10:50pm
Yeah, there goes that crazy ole pizza man preachin' that "prosperity gospel" again!

Mike from Delaware
Mon, May 26, 2014 11:04pm
Mrpizza: I'm keeping my word, you got the last word on this topic.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, May 27, 2014 8:17am
Mrpizza I'll address your other point where you said: "If people who agree with me get elected to office, don't those people have the same right to pass their agenda into law as the Democrats do when they're in power, even if you disagree with it?"

In this case their/your party [the Republicans] are the minority party in spite of the last election results. They only control the House, the DEMS control the Senate and the White House. So even though your guys/gals control the House, the odds of them getting what they want done given the fact it is 180 degrees out from what most of the government [DEM controlled] and what it appears most of the nation want is slim to none. So Texas Cruz was wrong to essentially say, I don't give a rip what you folks want, I'm shutting down this government to force OUR agends on YOU evil Democrat Liberals. You will do what we demand [Seig Heil]. That is NOT how a democracy works. The arrogance, etc, make people angry. It's not illegal for him to do what he did, but I believe that action and the 2 Billion dollars he wasted by doing it, has turned many people against the TEA party, thus their big drop in poll numbers and probably why the "Mainstream" Republicans are winning these TEA party primary challenges.

So to complete the thought, if the GOP wins the Senate in November then yes they'll have a better chance, especially if they have a veto proof majority to do what they want and the DEMS will be the party with little to no power.

God may have provided you your job, as he did me with mine. However, the difference between us is you're saying I got mine, praise God, but too bad so sad for the rest of you who didn't have God's favor as I did, so starve, be homeless, my barns are full and I'm going to build bigger barns, etc. Talk about sounded puffed up, arrogant, and self righteous. Like that Pharasee who bragged that he wasn't like that lowly sinner. That's what your posts sound like to my ears. No humility, no graciousness in the fact that God blessed you because of HIS righteousnees. If you pat yourself any harder on the back you might injure yourself. You remind me of that ole Frank Sinatra song, Come Blow Your Horn. Go find it on YouTube and give it a listen, great big band music, but listen to the lyrics. Very opposite of the Gospel message of Jesus.

I'm always blown away by what blessings God has given me, in spite of me. I also believe that we're to pass on the blessings to others, so it seems very wrong and unChrist like to say I got mine, too bad so sad for you.

We just don't agree on this, so you practice your faith in Christ your way and I'll practice my faith in Christ my way. I'm so glad we don't have a state religion, and even more so if it would have been the Prosperity Gospel. I'd be in the town square in stocks with people throwing fruit at me, if I had to believe as you, yet I support YOUR right to believe as you do, just wish you'd grant me the same right. Be at Peace.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, May 27, 2014 11:46am
Mrpizza: You realize God can use non-believers and believers. So maybe indeed God used your union's bosses who may believe believers and/or nonbelievers, and put it on their hearts to work towards getting those benefits. God is in charge of the entire universe, not just the Christian part.

EarlGrey
Tue, May 27, 2014 12:37pm
Mike: I'm currently reading the book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy... I highly recommend the book for a fresh perspective (through history) on how the Church should be involved in politics and in religion. It's a very interesting read and a fresh look into the very early rise of the National Socialists in Germany. Everyone wants a STRONG leader, but if the leader is not led by God (or worse, considers himself god)...then you end up with a Fuhrer (leader) who does untold evil upon millions of people.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, May 27, 2014 1:35pm
EarlGrey: Sounds like a great book, I'll have to get it.

Thanks !

mrpizza
Tue, May 27, 2014 8:24pm
Hey Mike, guess what? God can use whoever he wants, and I take exception to your accusation that I'm selfish. I figure over the past 30 years, I've given somewhere around $220,000 to the gospel in some shape or form.

Just because you don't believe in the favor of God doesn't mean I don't. I hope you never lose your job or your social security because you won't know what to do if that happens.

But don't worry. Us "prosperity gospel" folks will be around to bail you out if need be.

mrpizza
Tue, May 27, 2014 8:26pm
By the way, if standing up for the truth makes me a pharisee, then may I be Saul of Tarsus on steroids.

EarlGrey
Tue, May 27, 2014 9:21pm
Thanks Mike...beware it's not a short read (around 600 pages), but it really does show how the Church could have had a much larger role opposing Hitler's Third Reich...it also highlights what/who desperate people crave...a POWERFUL Leader to fight for them. Problem with Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and the other dictators is that the people lose all power/liberty/rights in the process. Hitler used democracy (he was voted into power) to take over (and destroy democracy) after his earlier revolution collapsed and he was sent to prison. Beware the Cult of Personality.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 28, 2014 8:29am
EarlGrey: Thanks for the warning about the length. Sounds like it's not "lite" reading.

Mrpizza: I'd agree that you are "a Saul of Tarsus type" on steroids, BEFORE his conversion - heh heh. As far as the rest of it, my friend, I believe thou doth protest too much.

For some reason, you can't seem to accept that not all Christians see it the same exact way as you [how very "medieval-era-type-of-Roman-Catholic" of you].

Bottom line is, the Risen Christ IS the answer. He is the one we worship, adore, and follow. The details - NONE of us, that includes you, me, the Pope, Rev. Billy Graham, Martin Luther, etc., see/saw 100% clearly as we ALL see/saw through smoke-colored glass and will not see clearly until the perfect comes. So out of that list, I guess Martin Luther now sees it all clearly as he's now with Christ in paradise, Rev. Graham will be there soon, but in the meantime we study, pray, grow in our walk with Christ, as we seek after God's holy face and strive to be more like him [those pesky Red-Lettered parts of the Gospel].

You apparently are where God wants you at this point in your walk; I was there about 28 years ago [went to your church, was into Kenneth Hagens', Marilyn Hickeys' and other prosperity teachings of that time]. Today, God has me planted in the Lutheran Church where I'm totally blessed and fed by the rich teachings that Luther said were important: Scripture Alone, Christ Alone, Faith Alone. Lutheran pastors for the most part do not preach topical sermons, but preach based on the Scripture readings for that day. We read in each Lutheran Mass: an Old Testament Reading, a Psalm, an Epistle, or reading from Acts, and, of course, the Gospel, so four Scripture readings. All the prayers said in our Mass are actually bits of Scripture. Our service is totally immersed in Scripture. We celebrate the Risen Christ each Sunday with the Lutheran Mass [just like the Catholic version, minus any praying to Mary, the Saints, or the dead]. The Catholics call their Mass the Sacrifice of the Mass; we call it the Celebration of Christ. We receive both body and blood of Christ weekly in bread "Eucharist" and wine "the Cup" at Holy Communion. We sing both hymns and praise music [Lutherans sing all the verses of the hymn, none of the 1,3,5 jazz as some other churches will do, as the hymn tells a story or is a teaching within itself, so skipping verses is to cheat us out on something important]. You'd probably call the Lutheran service "high church" vs. the more casual contemporary-style your church used to offer and probably still does. Neither style of worship is wrong, just different. So our worship styles are very different, but we both worship the same Risen Christ.

So use your gifts to win the lost, don't waste time fighting battles like this with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. God gets no glory from that. So be at peace, go and follow Christ, be where HE is calling you to be.

mrpizza
Wed, May 28, 2014 7:41pm
Amen brother. I shall do so. God bless.


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