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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Memorial Day (observed) – 28 May 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

In my last three Blogs titled “Emotional Attachment,” I tried to show how people become accustomed (or emotionally attached) to behaviors that can be either beneficial or detrimental; and, since they have been given, by God, freedom to choose, they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

God sent prophets to try to wake up the human race to face the truth of the damage they were doing to themselves; but they chose to believe lies rather than the truth that would save them. Ezekiel was one or those prophets. Here is what he said (Ezekiel 18:30-32):

30 "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct," declares the Lord GOD. "Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you.

31 "Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel?

32 "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," declares the Lord GOD. "Therefore, repent and live." ~New American Standard Bible

Finally, two thousand years ago, God sent the Messiah Jesus so that people would finally choose to “climb the ladder” out of the evil in which they were wallowing and once and for all leave behind their emotional attachment (loyalty) to empty rituals and harmful traditions in order to fulfill His original intent.

In your opinion, how many people have taken heed and changed the direction in which they were traveling in order to more closely conform to God’s original (Genesis) and also final (Revelation) intent, where there was/is no inflicted death?

From where I’m sitting, with the air filled with the stench of other animal body parts being grilled outdoors in celebration of “Memorial Day,” I’d have to say that not very many people have chosen to “enter by the narrow gate.” (Matthew 7:13-14, Luke 13:24)

If you haven’t read Frank’s Memorial Day sermon, see: 

For my 2006 Memorial Day (observed) Blog, see:

Go on to: THRENODY FOR A POET – 29 May 2007
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