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CLARITY – 3-8-18 Remarkable AND “Fortuitous”

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-8-18

 

Remarkable AND “Fortuitous”

 

What’s Happening:  “It has been reported in yesterday’s Huffington Post that a woman has discovered the oldest ‘message in a bottle’ ever  found…from 1886! It was actually discovered on the coast of Australia by a woman who was going to display it on her mantle as a novelty and it has been confirmed it was part of an experiment by a German scientific company researching sea currents; it was listed in the log of a steamer as dropped in the Indian Ocean in 1886 (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oldest-message-in-bottle_us_5aa036d9e4b0e9381c14d579). Leading off the article was the comment, ‘I hope they weren’t expecting a quick reply.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That’s miraculous!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…as the article states. Kym Illman, the discoverer’s husband also owns a company named ‘Messages on Hold’…and this might just be his publicity stunt. You never know…”

 

“Christians?  The real oldest ‘message in a bottle’ ever discovered occurred in 1946-9 at the site of the ancient Caves of Qumran. As the story goes, a shepherd was trying to chase a wayward sheep out of the caves by throwing a rock in after it. The sound of a breaking ’bottle’ (actually a clay jar) invited further inspection and the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Left by an Essenic community in the First Century, it would actually be the oldest ‘message’ ever left. Parts of every book in the Old Testament have been found and translated..”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we respect the antiquity and accuracy of the Word of God; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-14-18 The Message

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-14-18

 

The Message

What’s Happening:  “With the article from the Post and the testimony of the FBI, White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation over the women abuse (allegations and photos his two former wives submitted) has now run into some conflicts of timing: who knew what, when? White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly may not have heeded the warning signs and Rob  Porter has proclaimed the allegations untrue (https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/what-did-john-kelly-see-in-rob-porter). ‘Rob Porter is a man of true integrity. I can’t say enough good things about him,..’ Kelly was reported to say, among other things. He may wish he could take those words back.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought it was ‘innocent until proven guilty.’”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe, for some low-level lackey’s job, but we’re talking about someone who gives to the leader of the free world everything he sees. That man needs to be above reproach. Whether or not he really did those things against his wives is irrelevant, it’s not beyond the possibility…and it needs to be. Well, you might ask, who is so squeaky-clean? Not many, but that’s why they gets paid so much. More is said by your actions than your pedigree (Porter is a Rhodes Scholar, Harvard graduate, and former Mormon missionary). Should he have resigned? Perhaps he should never have been hired.”

 

“Christians? This concept, ‘above reproach’ is not foreign to us (Phil.2:15; 1 Tim. 3:2: Col. 1:22). At least it shouldn’t be. That’s how we are supposed to pick leaders. And can I just say that men are charged to protect women and children, not give them bruises! We’re all for ‘due process,’ but we’re also for sending an unmixed message.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give our leaders the discernment necessary to select the men and women who set an example for us all; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent