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Diamonds and Coal and the Pressures of Life

June 8, 2018


Diamonds and coal are made from the same substance, carbon.[1] They are both formed by heat and pressure, but the results are very, very different. Coal is for burning as a source of energy, though it is not a very clean source of energy fuel. Coal is full of impurities.

Diamonds are among the hardest substances. They can be used in industrial applications for cutting metal and similar uses because they are so hard and immutable. Coal is soft and combustible. It is dirty rubs off everywhere.

Diamonds are clean, pristine and have very few, if any, impurities. They are translucent, rare and beautiful. Diamonds are highly valued, while coal is something we would rather not use if we had other choices, even for burning up in a fire.

Would you rather be a diamond or a lump of coal?

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Christmas, Taxes and a Heart for God

December 16, 2017

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Archaeological site, City of David in Jerusalem, Israel on May 9, 2017

This blog article is prompted by a Christmas tax article. Yes, Christmas and income taxes go together. Who would’ve thunk it?!

In Luke 2:1, we read that Caesar Augustus sent out a decree for a census. It turns out the census was declared so that the Caesar could tax people. I didn’t know that before.

But that previously unknown fact (unknown to me at least) isn’t what caught my eye or what prompts this article. The article is also not about unjust taxes that burden the poor and line the pockets of the wealthy. Recollecting the census/tax at the time of Christ is certainly relevant and timely, not just because we are approaching Christmas, but for GOP tax bill that seems to be making its way to ultimate approval.

But that isn’t what really caught my eye either. That isn’t what prompts me to write. What prompts me to write this piece is the reference to a previous census and previous tax and the surprising and shocking instigator of that tax and the man of God who allowed it to happen – David.

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Dare to Move and Live Your Song

February 10, 2016


I can not say it any better than Jon Foreman. This is an unusual TED “Talk” because it is not all talk. Jon Foreman provides some inspiring insight into life and the unique creation that each of us is in the sight of God, made to reflect God in our own unique ways, to appreciate and express some aspect of God’s nature in the unique way that only we, individually, can do.

 

 


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