Have you ever had someone come up to you with a message and then introduces it by saying, "I've got good news and bad news; let me give you the bad news first"? For example, the bad news is that terrorists attacked our country on September 11. The good news is that it has led to a resurgence of patriotism and a healthy sense of civil religion. The bad news is that you have cancer. The good news is that this is an early diagnosis and there is a good prospect for cure. The bad news is that you spent your last dollar on a lottery ticket. The good news is that it is a winning lottery ticket.
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.