Alfred was in a nursing home when the pastor first met him. At first Alfred didn't say
much, but after a few visits he opened up and began to tell tales of his youth which sent
shivers down the pastor's spine.
As a young boy, Alfred was "sold off," as he put it -- let out for hire by his poor parents.
He worked hard for local farmers and villagers, who in turn paid his parents a small fee.
When Alfred was old enough, he ran away from home and made his way to London
where he worked on the docks. When he accumulated enough money, he bought passage
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.