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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.


Easter Ham? – 9 April 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

Shopping at the supermarket this week, I couldn’t help but wonder how so many people could be buying hams for Easter – Resurrection Day – when those who claim to be Christians celebrate Christ’s rising from the dead.

How can these people ask for God’s blessings – while doing the devil’s work? How can a “Christian” gorge on products of unspeakable cruelty while celebrating the Prince of Peace? Some who call themselves “Christian” find fault with the word “Easter” as a name for this Holiday. They point out that “Easter” has pagan roots. Well, as long as they are serving ham from pigs, who are routinely abused, and “Easter eggs,” a product of cruelty to hens, how can they consider themselves to be superior to “pagans”? As it says in Ecclesiastes 9:3 – “…the hearts of the sons [and daughters] of men [and women] are full of evil, and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives.” So true!

Here are more scriptures to think about:

Isaiah 5:20

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Matthew 7:20-23

20 "So then, you will know them by their fruits.

21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.

22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'

23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'
~ New American Standard Bible

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