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Re: “The Sunday night line: Hillary in 2016

It's biblical, Outlier.

And what's more, if I've been blessed enough to be able to give, I should be grateful and show that gratitude by giving because I'm able.

Incidentally, the Bible doesn't stop with the notion of tithing (10% of income--GROSS income) but goes on to counsel how we handle the other 90%!

But America's religion is materialism and its god is money--or as one of us on here emphasizes, Mo money!

IMHO

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Posted by SkyPilot on 09/22/2013 at 7:13 PM

Re: “The Sunday night line: Hillary in 2016

Accusation by innuendo and suggestion, not to mention unanswered questions.

Nothing like smearing without evidence!

Graduate of the school of propaganda and character assassination?

Just wondering.

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Posted by SkyPilot on 09/22/2013 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Beware the crime victim from Camden

Drew, very revealing, soul-searching, and insightful post. This could prompt a long exchange of many conversational pieces, so I'll try to resist the temptation. Just a couple of comments:

1. Your concluding paragraph: Beautiful philosophy summed up by my adult Sunday school teacher many years ago dealing with a lesson on this general subject: If someone asks me for help, the story of the Good Samaritan tells me to give it if it's within my power. If he misuses it, that's his responsibility. Giving the help is my responsibility. He's responsible for what he does with it; that's not my problem. I won't be judged by what he does with it; I'll be judged by what I do with it.

2. During my years as a substance abuse counselor, I dealt with many people who had hit bottom for various reasons. But I never ran across anyone who took her/his first drink with the intention of becoming an alcoholic, or tried his/her first hit with the intention of becoming an addict.

But, yes, I learned about the difference between "aiding" and "enabling." So even generosity does need to be guided by wisdom as well as compassion.

IMHO

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Posted by SkyPilot on 09/22/2013 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Beware the crime victim from Camden

Learned my "help thy neighbor" lesson fresh out of the Air Force in first semester in seminary and on my first church position in New Orleans.

Man came to church office with hard-luck story. I decided to help. Didn't have any cash. Road my motor scooter 1/4 way across town to borrow $10 from a church member. Went back to church and gave it to man. Many thanks with promise to repay. Never saw him again. Well, did catch a glimpse of him going into grocery store up street.

Decided I'd buy a meal, which I have on occasion, but never contribute cash, for anybody saying s/he was hungry.

Had one man offer to work for food. I told him I'd pay him for some yard work the next day. He said he wouldn't be in that part of town the next day. End of story.

I've been broke and ALMOST out of food, but never quite. So I"ve never experienced the need to ask for a donation or a loan, but I've been close enough to know how it feels. I'll spare you the details--but anybody who asks me for food within sight of an eatery gets fed as long as I have money or a credit card in my pocket.

But that's just me.

"Who gave me the sweet, and my brother dust to eat?"

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Posted by SkyPilot on 09/22/2013 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Arkansas attitudes improving on gay equality; state leader speaks up

How many times was China turned down for admission to the UN before it was finally admitted?

How many times does a batter strike out before he finally gets a hit?

How many "losing" plays does a football team run before it finally scores?

How many times did Edison try something that would made a light bulb work before somethng finally did?

You don't wait until you "KNOW" you will win before you play the game and go for the score! Each time you lessen/weaken the opposition is a step toward winning!

IMHO

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Posted by SkyPilot on 07/08/2013 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Coming poll with Arkansas views on gay equality

Oh, and CBB, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that the OT writer did a bit of rounding himself. I doubt that Solomon had PRECISELY 700 wives and PRECISELY 300 concubines. I doubt if the total was PRECISELY a nice, neat round 1000.

But who am I to question the scriptures?!

Posted by SkyPilot on 07/08/2013 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Coming poll with Arkansas views on gay equality

Olphart: Yeah, but my wife has mentioned on more than one occasion that it wouln't hurt for my hands to be idle SOMETIMES!

Posted by SkyPilot on 07/08/2013 at 2:57 PM

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