Help, by the Book.

      Most of us are going to universities and collages next year and will be facing all kinds of expenses. According to a 2005 study by the Government Accountability Office, they have found that book costs have nearly tripled over some two decades. The state of Washington has just passed a law “requiring textbook companies to disclose prices and other relevant information when they market books to college professors in the state.” Lawmakers  hope that professors will pick more reasonably priced textbooks, so students can afford them. This law is a good step toward lowering textbook prices. Well for now we just have to deal with the pakage of getting a good education, which includes high textbook prices.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/01/opinion/01tue3.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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Ecclesiastes!

      The Book of Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon. Solomon was known to be one of the wisest man on earth. This book depicts Solomon’s search for the meaning of life. Solomon tries to find fulfillment in education, pleasure, wealth, materialism (etc.), but what he soon realizes is that life is meaningless and futile. A question to ponder is: if the wisest and richest man could not find fulfillment in these things, what chance do we have?

      I recently read a blog titled “The Complete Book of Ecclesiastes.” In this blog they compare Ecclesiates to other religions such as Buddism, Hinduism, and Greek philosophy.They say it has that feel of “Eastern-sounding spititual advice.” This is very interesting but Ecclesiastes is found in the Bible. The Bible is God’s word, therefore it cannot be compared to other false religions and writings. David Ploz said, “It’s Godless, Weird, and Beautiful.” This is also interesting because Solomon mentions God in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

       The main point to be grasped from Ecclesiastes is that true fulfillment is only found in God. If we try to find the meaning of life with our human knowledge; we will left with the same pessimistic truth that Solomon found that life is futile. Life is futile outside from God. We should follow Solomon’s advice when he says, “Remember you Creator in the days of you youth, before the day of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, I find no pleasure in them.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1) We must enjoy God in our youth and not wait till it is to late.

http://www.slate.com/id/2164909/

What matters..

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world– the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17     

      As a Christian, sometimes I find my..self being preoccupied and interested in the things of the world. I get caught up with my dialy life and forget what is most important, doing God’s will. Media today seems to bombard us in every direction with many appealing offers. The key thing is to remain focused on what is important. 

       Yes, we are part of this world but do not belong to this world. Many times it is easy to forget that because we are so comfortable. We are comfortable with our houses, with our cars, with our lives here on earth. We are so comfortable that we fail to look past that comfort. The thing, we have to realize is that what God offers is better than anything that the world can offer. We are so easily satisfied. We look to things of the world to satisfy us foolishly knowing that they only bring temporay satisfaction. In verse 17, it says that those who do the will of God abide forever. Life here on earth is short, so we must not waste our time seeking things of this world. We must invest or time in energy into doing the will of God because that is what matters in the end.

Still Fighting.

Abortion is a much debated issue among our society today. Abortion is bascially any premature expulsion of a human fetus. Just last week on Wednesday, April 18 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, a 5 to 4 vote. This law was signed by President Bush in 2003 and was finally passed. This law makes “any abortion in which the baby is delivered feet-first past the [baby’s] navel outside the body of the mother, or in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, before being killed.” Although, this is a step towards eliminating the mass masicure of babies; it does not stop the killing. As Christians we have the responsibility to voice our opinons. The unborn child is does not have voice, so we need to be that voice. Yes, this was a victory, but the abortion battle still needs to be fought.

http://www.nrlc.org/press_releases_new/Release041807.html

Good bye Religion, hello Spirituality..

  It seems like everywhere you go you hear someone say, I’m spiritual but not religious. Today, many classify themselves under this term “spiritual but not religious.” What exactly does it mean? It can describe a person who claims to have faith, but they have nothing more than a watered down version of it. It is far from real, genuine faith. Others take it to heart and live this spiritual life. Speaking, teaching spiritually but they only fool themselves. They have a twisted doctrine only believing and following what they want. “Spirituality is an umbrella word, a catchall concept used to characterize a commitment to the sacred elements of life. It defies a singular definition, hence the fluidity of the usage of the word; it is also an evolving term rather than one of fixed determination.”  It is just a way to claim something but have no commitment to it. There is no real definition because it doesn’t really mean anything. What can be known is that this generation is rejecting traditional faith. More and more people are saying bye to religion and following spirituality. As a result,Christianity is slowly losing it’s people to spirituality. People claim, but it is not authentic or sincere. So, next time you hear someone say, “I’m spiritual but not religious” you can ask what do you mean?

source:

http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2007/03/goodbye_religio_1.html

Not WHatEver!

This generation, our generation is labeled the “Whatever Generation.” But we as members of this generation do not want to be lumped into this apathetic, non-passionate category. Instead, we want to refute that by expressing our views and stating our opinions. We want to show the world that we are passionate people who are ready to regenerate the culture around us. For these reasons we will not remain silent no more!