Looking forward

Today we look forward to the promise and potential of the next 12 months — a new calendar year.  That’s nothing, though, compared to the eternal promise we have in Christ.  May the New Year be a reminder of the One who says “Behold, I am making all things new.”

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:1-4

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That about sums it up…

So, how’s that return on investment, America?  Any end to the ‘war’ in sight yet?  Ready to acknowledge collateral damage, such as aiding the destruction of the family unit? Ready to acknowledge this may be more of a civil and ‘self-help’ project than a national mobilization issue?

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State of the Union

Let’s look at some indicators:

1) Cities like Chicago are more deadly for U.S. citizens than Afghanistan is for U.S. troops.  Despite “gun control.”

2) After failing to pass a budget for FOUR STRAIGHT years, a Congresswoman complains about the possibility that sequestration might cause a Congressional pay cut, and manages to invoke “respect” and “dignity” with a straight face…

3) Fresh from his epic achievement of banning Big Gulps, Mayor Bloomberg is now after the public menace of styrofoam containers.  It’s all about the priorities…

4) Fraud is rampant in the housing market, as it’s increasingly evident the paper trail on a significant percentage of properties vaporized during the “boom years” due to aggressive sloppiness and greed.

5) Overzealous and trigger-happy law enforcement has become more hazardous to citizens than to criminals.

But perhaps most important of all: