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  • Jon Kennedy
    Jan 8, 2014

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      Today's Scripture: . . . they came to John [the baptist], and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here he is, baptizing, and all are going to him." John answered, "No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full. He must increase, but I must decrease.
      "He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what He has seen and heard, yet no one receives His testimony; he who receives His testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true."

      From St. John's Gospel, chapter 3,
      from today's Orthodox lectionary readings.
      See the homiletical thought below.

      Today's diary

      Another typical January day in Belfast, as seen in early afternoon today. Despite the appearance, it's much colder than California. (But much, much warmer than Western Pennsylvania.)

      Actually, this is the first day this month in which this look has been typical, but typical is where you find it. This was taken on Cathedral Square, St. Anne's in the center, part of the University of Ulster behind. The crane is on a site for a new major building for the UU.

      I got a comment on my quote by Richard Land about the gay agenda, discussed here yesterday. The comment:

      if you dont like it - than dont be part of the problem.

      My reply: Like what? I have no opinion on homosexuals as people in general, other than that like all people, they bear the image of God and are to be respected and loved for that. But if the gay movement has an agenda to redefine marriage and ostracise anyone who prefers the definition Jesus made for it, that becomes a problem for society in general. When I see problems, it's my bounden duty to work for solutions. What do you have to offer?

      Today's Inspiration

      Today's inspirational video opens by asking what love is. The accompanying CNS article, Love Pedals On, is available here.

      If you can't play the video here, please click here to see it online.

      Today's quotes

      There's something very wrong with America when the federal government selects light bulbs for its citizens. The fight over illumination is about so much more than just light bulbs for its citizens; it's about governmental overreach. The light bulb ban provides a useful window into the mindset of liberals. Here's how they see the issue: energy-saving bulbs are better, therefore, the others should be illegal. The pattern repeats itself in nearly every other realm: they determine the best policy, then impose it in a top-down manner with no regard for states, localities, or individuals.
      — Steve Straub, in The Federalist Papers

      Of course if the so-called "progressive" liberal ruling class cared one whit about consumers, public health, and the economy, the first law they would pass would be a requirement that all perishable packaged foods—like cheese, sliced sandwich meats, and baked goods—must be sold in resealable packaging. Have they ever considered such a measure? Of couse not; that, unlike their harebrained ideas for how to make life "better," would make some sense, and they don't "do" sense.
      — JK (maybe I need more fiber?)

      The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
      — George Eliot

      The Christian, trying to treat every one kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on.
      — CS Lewis

      Homiletical thought: Would that all believers in Jesus were as bold in their stand for Him as John. God is true.
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