Gambling: A Plague We Can Do Without

The relief that gambling promises can quickly morph into something much worse—unshakable addiction.

Stan Guthrie

To one degree or another, the COVID-19 plague has shut down businesses, family holiday celebrations, sports, and schools. Yet there is one area of American life that’s wide open—our addiction to gambling.

Go to: https://www.breakpoint.org/gambling-a-plague-we-can-do-without/

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What Has Changed (and What Hasn’t) for Christians in 2020

We are no longer in the majority, if we ever were. 

By Stan Guthrie

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asks Mike, an oft-drunk Scottish war veteran in Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises. “Two ways,” Mike replies. “Gradually and then suddenly.” The same could be said about how sinkholes form, how people go to hell, and how cultures descend like Sodom into spiritual darkness—gradually and then all at once. The election just past is a case in point.

Go to: https://www.breakpoint.org/what-has-changed-and-what-hasnt-for-christians-in-2020/

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Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the most underrated (and most needed) virtues.

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Illinois

Illinois knows how to take away your business but not your taxes.

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Nothing

If someone offers you something for nothing, don’t take it. You’ll be paying for a very long time.

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The Trump Presidency

Pending unexpected legal developments, I believe Donald Trump has lost a very close election, doing far better than the pundits ever imagined (again) and leaving the Republican Party in better shape than expected. Though only one term, Trump’s presidency has been more consequential than those of many of his predecessors, in both foreign and domestic affairs, for good and bad.

I will leave it to others to list both the president’s accomplishments and mistakes, but I believe history will judge him far more favorably than many of his contemporaries do. Trump’s personality and deep character flaws rightly have caused alarm, but he has managed to keep his campaign promises better than most politicians, and the dire predictions of his worst critics have largely failed to come to pass (perhaps by the grace of God).

As someone who started off mocking and fearing him before learning to respect him for what he is, I hope and pray that the president concedes in statesmanlike fashion at the proper time, with his head held high. And may God bless him, and the United States of America.

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After the Election, What Can Bring Us Together?

Satan loves every drop of vitriol spilled between believers.

By Stan Guthrie

The first thing we must do, whether we “won” or “lost” on Tuesday, is to acknowledge that politics is not ultimate. Christians of the Left and the Right have spent too much time in recent years acting as if it is.

No, we must not minimize the real stakes involved in the election just past, in everything from human life to religious freedom to human sexuality. But let’s remember that only one kingdom is forever

Go to: https://www.breakpoint.org/after-the-election-what-can-bring-us-together/

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Flames

So glad the fraudulent “fair tax” went down in flames. Is it possible Illinois voters still have a pulse?

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Characters

This is not an election about character, but about where the two characters on offer would lead us.

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Scary

I won’t be watching any truly scary movies this weekend. There’s enough frightening stuff going on to last me a lifetime.

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