The Destructive Nature of Selfishness

[428 words] “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4). Two locations are widely recognized as the most likely spots for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. One, the most likely to be historically accurate, is overrun with people and trinkets and decorations. The other, the one scholars deem less likely to be the actual place, is much less adorned and is painstakingly preserved to look much like it may have looked centuries ago....

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Negativity

[125 words] Why is it that some people project a positive attitude, while others are so negative? Some people are so unhappy that they no longer have that beautiful Christian spirit. They walk under a cloud of despair, and fail to see the good in others. I tend to believe that even though we are all sinners, there is a radiance of kindness in every person. I would hope that most individuals want to go to heaven. They are just blinded on how to get there. That is where we come in! Yet, in order to save these individuals we...

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Leftovers

[396 words] I once knew a family that got a lot of free pies. The reason was that there was an elderly gentleman who had an unusual “tradition.” This man wanted his wife to fix a fresh pie for their noon meal. As I remember it, if this was not a daily occurrence, it was an almost daily occurrence. The man and his wife each enjoyed a piece of freshly baked pie at lunch and then gave the rest of the pie to the people I knew. They weren’t merely trying to be nice, however. Instead, if you can believe...

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Vending Machine Religion

[339 words] Sitting in an automobile repair shop, I was recently confronted with one of the biggest opponents to health—the vending machine. As a young boy, like a magnet I was drawn to the bright lights and the colorful display of pure sweetness found within every wrapper. The thrill of putting money in and selecting what I wanted was, at times, a fun and joyous occasion. Looking at this enemy of the waistline today, I can’t help but see an illustration relating to the American concept of religion. In a culture of moral relativism and unbiblical tolerance telling us that...

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Selfishness

[113 words] Selfishness is the root sin for so many other wrongs. If our goal is to please self instead of blessing others, we will be miserable and we will make others miserable too. “He’s so full of himself,” or “He’s so self-righteous,” are descriptions people use for the selfish. God says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3) Selfish ambitions lead to disorder and every evil practice. Love is the opposite. It is not self-seeking. We should not seek our own good, but...

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Being ‘Other’-Oriented is Not Just for Christmas!

  [207 words] A common reference people use when referring to our society today is “the ME generation.” The accusation refers to the perceived attitude of selfishness portrayed by many in modern-day America. Is this harsh judgement fair? I certainly think so! All one must do is to engage in some minor investigation into the reasons for the countless broken relationships all around us to see the deep levels of selfishness so many have fallen into. Many people truly are willing to sacrifice absolutely NOTHING to save their marriages or families. They want everything the way THEY want it, and if...

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It Is a Lot of Garbage

[280 words] What the biggest man-made structure? You might be thinking the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, or One World Trade Center. However, those are all wrong….maybe. What do we mean by biggest? Tallest? Widest? Takes up the most area? Even the term ‘man-made structure’ is problematic. What if we really weren’t planning on making something, does that count? If that’s the case, then the answer might just be Fresh Kills, a garbage dump on Staten Island. The site is 4.6 square miles in area and, when operational, had twenty barges carrying 650 tons of rubbish shipped into it...

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