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Take my advice… Don’t Read Advice Columns!

It used to be Ann Landers and Dear Abby, now it’s Rhona. Do they really help?

These columns are put in the Life section of the newspaper, I suppose, for their entertainment value. I wonder if anyone ever seriously thinks they can solve their problems by the advice they get from these sources.

There are a number of problems with the advice columns. Let’s start with the most obvious: they are too short! How can someone give good solid advice about a serious problem when all you know about the problem is the briefest of paragraphs? Even if someone writes in with a detailed letter that is edited down to fit the column, how can the advisor know about the circumstances to really offer anything close to wisdom?

Let me let you in on a little secret. They can’t!

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Music as Religious Experience

A recent column appearing at MLive.com suggests that music is the religion of many. Does that describe you?

For many boomers — and their offspring — rock music is the background soundtrack to a lifelong spiritual search. Its transcendent moments open divine doorways to our shared joy in being alive, or at least make you briefly forget about that hip replacement.

The gist of the article is that people look to music to provide a ‘transcendent’ experience, one that helps men and women to forget their troubles and get out of the mundane experience of their lives. It gives a lift, it rejuvenates, gives perspective and relieves anxieties.

I suspect that this is true for some. Music speaks to us on a level beyond that of verbal communication. The printed or spoken word can have impact, but music stirs us on a much more basic or primal level.

But I would suggest that music as religion is not a good thing.

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Did He Really Say That?

What does the way you talk reveal about your soul?

Jesus said, “the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.”

Well, what does the way you talk reveal about your soul? Does it reveal uncleanness and filthy thinking? Does it reveal bitterness and angry contention and disagreeability? Does it reveal meanness of spirit?

On the other hand, does the abundance of your speech reveal an obsession with something empty or vain?

  • Some people can only talk about their sports idols or their favourite music star, or some actor or actress. Their thoughts and minds are filled with people who will no doubt fail them at some time in the future.

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Creation Science Seminar – Saturday, March 7, 10 AM & 11:30 AM

We’d like to announce a special meeting for this coming Saturday at Grace Baptist Church of Victoria. Dr. Emil Silvestru of Creation Ministries International will be with us for two sessions.

Creation vs. Evolution is a long-standing debate. Some may think the debate is settled in favour of evolution, but the truth is that many credible scientists hold that the Bible’s teaching of a six-day creation is at least compatible with scientific evidence.

Our speaker for this event is one thoroughly trained as a geologist who became a Christian and subsequently a believer in the literal creation record of the Bible following his conversion. His story is quite interesting and worth at least your giving him a hearing. Here is his ‘bio’ from the CMI website:

Dr Silvestru earned his Ph.D in geology at the ‘Babes-Bolyai’ University in Cluj, Romania (where he has worked as an associate professor), in karst sedimentology including caves. (Karst is a term which initially referred to barren regions of mostly limestone and dolomite, noted for spectacular and distinctive landforms, and with substantial underground drainage features — caves, underground rivers, etc. It has come to refer more to the entire geosystem, above and below ground.) [Read More…]

Haunted by the past?

Are you one who believes your present problems are the consequence of deep past hurts beyond your power to remove? Do you think that if you can uncover the pain of the past you can fix the present? Is this healthy thinking?

Suppose you suffered some kind of physical injury, a deep cut in some part of your body. Instead of allowing the wound to be stitched up so that it could scab over and heal, you instead keep the wound open, constantly picking away scabs and making certain the bleeding continues. Would you think that wise or healthy? (I hope NOT!)

Well, do you suppose that God designed our psyche in similar ways? You may have suffered some great hurt in the past. There are a whole host of things that could serve as examples. There is a natural psychical healing process that can insulate us from past damage. As time progresses, memories begin to blur, some of the sharp edges come off, and eventually the pain of past events is barely remembered if at all. That is the natural process, God-designed for psychic health.

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