Jacksonville, Florida

Hiding the Truth

This past week I read a news article where only positive tests for the Corona virus are being reported near Tampa, Florida. That means 100% results for the virus. When a journalist (apparently a true journalist because he wanted to know the truth) got suspicious, he discovered what was going on. Turns out if you add in the negative results, that 100% is closer to 9%. It’s hard enough to know what’s going on with …

Jacksonville, Florida

Moving On Up

My daughter moved out this past weekend. I never imagined how much stuff she had until we started packing boxes. While I hated to see her go, I think it was time, both for her to be on her own and for me to have my house back. Too often people hold on, not wanting change, but change is inevitable. And the more we stay in one spot, the more stagnate we become. We need …

Jacksonville, Florida

Where’s the Music?

I grew up in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. First, let me apologize for disco. It was my generation’s fault. But overall, those two decades were music about peace, love, and understanding. While some protested against the US being in the Vietnam War, I can’t recall a song saying to go after soldiers (though some people did) or tear apart monuments and loot buildings. Instead, our songs had words like “War, what is it good for? …

Jacksonville, Florida

Juneteenth isn’t just for African-Americans

This past Friday, Juneteenth was celebrated in this country. A few states consider it a holiday, most do not. June 19, 1865 is the day when the Civil War ended, and slaves were freed. This isn’t a day that should be celebrated just by African-Americans, all Americans should celebrate. This is the date that ended an ugly part of America’s history and declared that all people were truly free and equal. I believe this should …

Jacksonville, Florida

A Perfect Storm

First there was the pandemic, now the protests. It seems like everything worked perfectly for a bunch of homegrown-terrorists to take over a city in America. And takeover Seattle they did, complete with automatic weapons. Business owners are being extorted for protection, lives are being threatened, and the leaders of the city could care less. When did this become patriotic or even sane? I have no problem with protests. In fact, Jacksonville showed the country …

Jacksonville, Florida

Yes and No

YES, what happened to George Floyd was murder. The officer should be punished; YES, the Chief of Police in Minneapolis should be removed for allowing an officer with eighteen complaints to continue to work in the field instead of sitting on a desk job; YES, there is nothing wrong with protesting. It is a good way to get your point across; YES, marching is protesting; speech is protesting; even blocking traffic can be considered protesting; …

Jacksonville, Florida

In Flanders Fields

Memorial Day is a day of remembering those who died in the line of duty, protecting this country. The poem In Flanders Fields, written by John McCrae, was published on May 3, 1915. I hope it helps you to remember those we have lost.  In Flanders Fields By John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, …

Jacksonville, Florida

Biblical Women Who had God’s Hand

There are few books in the Bible that are named for a woman. However, that doesn’t mean God doesn’t love his daughters. In fact, He loves us very much. And while there may not be a lot of books of the Bible named for women, there were women in the Bible who definitely had God guiding them. This week let’s look at three women who knew God’s love and strength. MARY MAGDELINE: After He rose …