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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Decadence – 28 May 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

After writing yesterday’s Blog about foie gras, I began to think how, in this fallen world, depravity often becomes fashionably desirable. Notice how the word “decadent,” which means “marked by decay or decline,” is used in advertising certain products. Unfortunately, there is a sizable, worldwide market for the products of cruelty – and no country is immune. Glorifying evil appears to be good business!

Until someone proves to me otherwise, I believe that just as there is God, there is also Satan (the devil), who is called a liar, an accuser, and a destroyer in the Bible.

In John 8:42-47 Jesus speaks to His accusers who are seeking to kill Him:

42 "If God were your Father, you would love Me; for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.

43 "Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

44 "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.

45 "But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.

46 "Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?

47 "He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

~ New American Standard Bible

If a person honestly seeks the Truth, I believe that God will reveal it to him or her. Then it is up to that individual to take responsibility for that knowledge, and to use his or her God-given abilities to promote whatever is kind and compassionate.

As we are told in Galatians 5:22-24:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

~ New American Standard Bible

Until the Lord’s return, there is a lot to be done; and we must never, ever give up!

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