Last week while many of us were snowed in, Gov. Nikki Haley was signing a document to allow concealed firearms to legally be carried in restaurants and bars without the once required eight hour training and while abstaining from alcohol.
Columns & Letters
Read Matthew 17:14-21
Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. -Matthew 17:20-21 (NIV)
My brother, Matthew, and I are four years apart and we lived together for a brief six years of our lives, and as a result, we’ve always had a strained relationship. Most siblings don’t have to try to be siblings, but we do.
Read Psalm 121:1-8
Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. -Romans 5:3-5 (NRSV)
Read Isaiah 43:15-21
God] who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
Along with the masses, I too gathered with friends around a TV to watch, what I’m led to believe to be, the worst Super Bowl game since 1967. While friends yelled and cheered at the TV during the game, I hushed everyone during the commercials — that’s right, I was in it for the ads and nothing more.
Read Psalm 31:19-24
Be still and know that I am God. -Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
I don’t believe celebrities are exemplary examples to aspire to, but the presses’ handling of them is unfortunate. It’s never more blatant what a superficial society we are than after the Grammys (or similar awards shows) when we are bogged down by the picking and pulling apart of celebrities.
Gov. Nikki Haley gave an uplifting, wonderful State of the State address, stating how South Carolina is attracting business, how we are recovering from the recession and her plans to improve our educational system. Then came the voice of the opposition, tearing at everything positive. This is not unusual today.
Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs to the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? -James 2:5 (NRSV)