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Stax Records is synonymous with Southern soul music. The company was founded in 1959 in Memphis, Tennessee by Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton. The record label took its name from the first two letters of their last names. Among the many artists who scored hits on Stax during the 60s and 70s were Rufus and Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the MGs , Sam and Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, and Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, and the Staple Singers

Stax Records is one of the most popular soul music record labels of all time – second only to Motown in sales and influence, but first in gritty, raw, stripped-down soul music. In 15 years, Stax placed more than 167 hit songs in the Top 100 on the pop charts, and a staggering 243 hits in the Top 100 R&B charts.

You Need A Friend Like Mine - Annette Thomas

On a recent flight while listening to a collection of Stax recordings on the airlines in-flight entertainment system, I discovered one of the lesser known artists, Annette Thomas, the daughter of the famous Gospel singer, Brother Joe May. She began performing with her father at the age of five and regularly shared the stage with the Rev. C.L. Franklin and his daughter Aretha.

Annette continued as a Gospel singer until the 1970s when she decided to give secular music a try. She did background work for comedian Jerry Lewis and singer Robert Goulet.  Jerry Lewis’ musical director became Annette’s manager and arranged a contract for her with Stax Records.

The song that I heard while in flight was written by Frederick Knight who was a “one-hit wonder” with his single, “I’ve Been Lonely For So Long.” in 1972. The song was on the chart for 10 weeks and reached number 22.

You Need A Friend Like Mine/ What Good Is A Song

Knight wrote the song “You Need a Friend Like Mine” and thought it would be ideal for the Staples Singers. Instead it was given to Annette Thomas in 1975. After her song didn’t sell Annette decided to change her career. She became the manager for the Rev. James Cleveland, the King of Gospel Music.

Annette’s rendition of You Need a Friend like Mine begins with a jazzy snippet of the Hallelujah Chorus in the background. You can read the lyrics below but to get the full impact, you can hear her sing it at http://www.jango.com/music/Annette+Thomas or https://youtu.be/LS3niwkGKk0.

When your soul gets hungry and you need somebody to feed you now,

And when your burdens get heavy you need someone to ease them now,

When that old road you’re on comes to a dead end and stormy weather don’t seem to end

You need a friend like mine.

If you’re searching for a silver lining, I know a Man who will help you find it

You need a friend like mine. Why don’t you call Him?

If you’re out of tune with the song you’re singing, don’t change the song just let Him rearrange it

You need a friend like mine.

When you get up every day and you feel a wreck, just put your feet on the floor and He’ll do the rest.

And when your heart begins to bleed I know a Man who supplies your every need.

You need a friend like mine. Why don’t you call Him?

The friend that Annette sings about is Jesus who told his disciples they were his friends and He was willing to lay down his life for them. (John 15:12-15). Jesus is my friend and that friend relationship is available to everyone. You need a friend like mine. Why don’t you call on Him?

Jamie Jenkins

*Special credit is given to the following websites for information I gleaned from them. https://soundcloud.com/sisterssingsoul/episode-49-thelma-jones-annette-thomas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stax_Records

 

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Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States and I have much for which to be thankful. I am thankful for (not necessarily in this order):

– comfortable shoes that fit

– one shoulder that does not hurt

– the Atlanta Braves baseball team (but I am not happy with the front office for recent rules violations).

-my wife of 49 years (in 35 Days)

– my three children and their spouses

– my church where my faith is nurtured by excellent preaching, exceptional music, and friends that are invaluable

– good health (for a man my age)

– the rhythmic sound of ocean waves crashing onto the shore

– civil discourse where mutual respect is practiced

– the privilege of living in the United States

– the Bible and the guidance it gives

– opportunities to travel and experience the wonderful world and it’s diverse peoples and cultures

– my bed and pillow when I return from traveling

– opportunities to serve others

-blues singers like Etta James, B.B. King, Diana Krall, Muddy Waters

– my extraordinary grandchildren (a biased opinion but true nonetheless)

– ice cream

– the laughter of children

– people who are smarter than me who don’t make me feel like an idiot

– Skype webcam

– air conditioning (I live in the Deep South)

– people who love me in spite of myself

– the Comics- especially Peanuts, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, Baby Blues, Zits, and Garfield

– preachers, politicians, and other public servants who know it is not about them

– the Church (with all it faults)

– teachers

– the diverse community in which I live

– good food and good friends

– quiet time

– coffee in the morning

– Alex Trebeck and Jeopardy

– hats that protect my bald head from the cold and sun

– neighbors who look out for each other

– soul (southern) food and cornbread

– growing older without getting “old”

– folks who are not like me who like me

– God who loves and forgives me

Jamie Jenkins

 

 

 

 

 

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Kenny Rogers is best known as a singer-songwriter who had more than 120 hit singles and was top of the country and pop charts for more than 200 weeks in the United States alone. Two of the 79 year-old retiree’s albums have been voted as one of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever”. He was voted the “Favorite Singer of All-Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.

In 1983 Rogers purchased the Smithsonia Farm near Athens, Georgia and developed the 1,000 acres into a lavish estate he named Beaver Dam Farms. The property includes a 12,000-square-foot mansion, five guesthouses, two clubhouses, an equestrian arena with 44 stalls, two swimming pools, and an 18-hole golf course where Rogers and pals used to play charity tournaments.

The singer sold it in 2003 to a Las Vegas real estate investor who died in 2011. The property was for sale by the investor’s for five years. It listed in 2011 for $20 million and decreased in price several times over the years. It was purchased in July 2016 for $3.5 million just prior to public auction and six months later was put up for auction with a starting bid of $3.9 million.

The Gambler

In 1979 Roger’s best-selling album was released including the title song, The Gambler (You gotta know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold ‘em).” The second single from that album “She Believes in Me” was a song written and first recorded by someone else.

“She Believes in Me” is the tale of a songwriter who has a beloved who supports him, although he sometimes wonders why. In one line of the song he expresses his belief that “I could change the world with my little songs.” Then he acknowledges “I was wrong.” Nevertheless, “… she has faith in me, and so I go on trying faithfully. And who knows maybe on some special night, if my song is right I will find a way.”

The singer-songwriter expresses clearly the naivete of an individual thinking that he/she could change the world and then the self-doubt that shows up. However, it is not left there. The realization that someone believes in you can provide the spark needed to continue trying to make a difference. Knowing that someone has confidence in you can be the inspiration to counter any thought of giving up.

Three days after Jesus was crucified and buried his followers were scared for their lives and had gathered behind locked doors. Later that day the resurrected Jesus came to them and assured them that he still had confidence in them. They had deserted Him at His most critical hour and one of them had even denied knowing Him. Nevertheless, Jesus had so much faith in them that He said, “In the same way my Father sent me, I am sending you to be my representatives in the world” (John 20:21).

At their point of greatest failure, Jesus left the future of His cause of world redemption in the hands of those who had let him down. He believed in them. And He empowered them by the Holy Spirit for the task (John 20:22).

There is much said about the need to believe in God but I think it is also important to know that God believes in us. The task to live as God intended is not easy. When we face the cruel realities and temptations of the world it is easy to think that it is impossible. That we are so flawed as evidenced by our many mistakes and failures to be of value to the Cause of Christ.

But He believes in you (and me) and so we go on faithfully doing what we can with what we have in the Name of Jesus.

Jamie Jenkins

If you have ever visited the Alps in Europe, I do not have to tell you that they are spectacularly beautiful. You have been overwhelmed by the majestic heights of the mountains and the lush valleys. A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in the Austrian Alps and was awed by the splendor of God’s creation.tyrolean: Beautiful alpine landscape with green meadows, alpine cottages and mountain peaks, Zillertal Alps, Austria Stock Photo

Innsbruck, with a population of 130,000, is the capital city of Tyrol in western Austria. This internationally renowned winter sports center hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.

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The Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium in Innsbruck has been used in the two Olympic Winter Games and is the venue of countless international competitions attracting spectators from all over the world. The main tower of the ski jump accommodates a restaurant, viewing terrace and the ski jump starting ramp and offers a breathtaking view of Innsbruck.

Innsbruck Bergisel Ski Jump, © TVB Innsbruck

I stood at the foot of the ski jump and watched a skier speeding down the slope and then soaring through the air. It was a thing of beauty but I thought to myself, “that could be dangerous.”

Later I traveled to the Stubia Valley about 15 miles from Innsbruck. The peaks that surround the valley rise to a height of about 10,000 feet. Five glaciers covering 5.8 square miles form a large glacier ski area, the Stubai Glacier. I ascended by cable car to the top of the mountain where hundreds of persons began their downhill trek on skis. It was an amazing sight but I thought to myself “that could be dangerous.”

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At the bottom of the Stubai Glacier is the beautiful Tyrolean village of Neustift with 4500 inhabitants nestled in this broad valley that is one of the most scenic in Tyrol. There is a large flat green space in the village that serves as the landing spot for people who paraglide from the surrounding mountains. I stood nearby and watched a steady stream of people drifting down from the mountains. They would land on their feet, take two or three steps, and then walk away to fold their chute. It looked like it would be exhilarating but I thought to myself “that could be dangerous.”

A couple of days after watching the skiers and the paragliders, I visited Salzburg, the fourth largest city in Austria. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has one of the best preserved city centers in the region and is renowned for the baroque architecture of the “Old Town.” Overlooking the city is a magnificent Hohensalzburg Castle. Construction of the fortress began in 1077 and it has been expanded several times over the centuries.24 Salzburg castle - Festung Hohensalzburg

Mozart's House, Geburtshaus, Salzburg.

Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I stood in front of his home, visited several of the 35 churches, and strolled along the banks of the Salzach River. In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for the musical play and film The Sound of Music and these sites attract many tourists.

There are a dozen bridges across the Salzach River in Salzburg but perhaps the most interesting one is a pedestrian bridge that was re-built in 2001. Hundreds  of lovers have announced their romance to the world by securing a “Love Lock” with their names engraved on it to the Makartsteg Bridge.

Locking for Love on the Makartsteg Bridge

After watching skiers and paragliders engaged in “dangerous” activities, it was in the beautiful and tranquil (safe) setting of Salzburg that I had a fall and injured my shoulder. I stepped over a two-foot wall to get one more picture of the Makartsteg Bridge. My feet slipped on wet grassy slope and down I went.

Lessons learned: Lesson #1- Almost anything is “safe” if you exercise common sense and have the proper training and equipment (i.e. skiing, paragliding). Lesson #2- Anything can be “dangerous” if you ignore the rules and fail to use common sense (Could it be that walls/barriers are there for a reason?).

In the same manner, in the Bible God has given instructions of how to live. When we ignore or violate Divine guidance, the result will be injury to the soul.

Jamie Jenkins

If you have ever had an earworm, you know how irritating it can be. If you have not had that experience, you should be grateful.

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No, an earworm is not a creepy crawly creature that enters your body. The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “a song or melody that keeps repeating in one’s mind.” Another source says it “works (itself or its way) into a person’s mind.”

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Let me give you an example. The other day as I was driving a commercial aired with the following jingle: “1-877-KARS-4-KIDS. K-A-R-S Kars 4 Kids. 1-877-KARS-4-KIDS. Donate your car today.” It has been called the most hated (and best) jingle of all times. By the time it replayed in my head dozens of time I was ready to pull off the highway and find a way to give my car to this charity right then.

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Another radio commercial that has become ingrained in my head is for the Pink Plumber. This company has chosen the name to identify with the fight against breast cancer. All you have to do according to the radio jingle “Call the Pink plumber. He’ll fix your sink. Call 404-222-PINK.” My sink does not need fixing but if it takes a call to erase this earworm, I am ready to do it.

Remember the Chili’s Restaurant, “I want my baby back, baby back, baby back ribs” jingle of a few years ago? How can you resist?

In an interview with John Donovan of NPR, psychologist Vicky Williamson says, “(Earworms are) an interesting everyday phenomenon. It happens to at least 90 percent of people once a week, [they] get a tune stuck in their head.” She and others are studying the reasons some songs get stuck in our heads and the implications for understanding human memory.

Williamson has been collecting earworms for about three years and she is also accumulating cures that people have found. “Magic songs” are among the methods she has discovered that people use to erase the earworm. According to her research, “the songs used to combat earworms tend to be slow… Some people think that the British national anthem sung quite slow is good for getting rid of earworms.”

I don’t know the British national anthem but I am thinking about learning it.

Although I have just trashed earworms, like many things, there is also value to some. One of the blessings of my life is the songs of the Church. It is not uncommon for a hymn we sing or a choral anthem sung in worship will linger in my head. Over and over it rolls around in my brain and I am strengthened and encouraged.

Almost every Sunday at the church I attend, after the Children’s Moment the congregation sings: “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all. Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, God made their glowing colors and made their tiny wings.”

That little song sticks in my head and I am reminded that “For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted.” (Matthew 10:29-30, Good News Translation).

Jamie Jenkins

Happy Birthday

I celebrated another birthday last week. No big deal. But it is a big deal. Every year is a gift from God and I am grateful.

There was no party (didn’t want one) but there were a lot of birthday greetings from friends and family. A good morning hug and kiss from my wife of almost 49 years. Phone call from my daughter in California. A webcam with my oldest son and his family (especially the grandchildren). A trip to Mercedes Benz Stadium for an Atlanta United soccer match with my younger son. Dinner, compliments of a very dear friend. Nothing is better than to know that you are loved and appreciated by the folks who are closest to you.

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I remember years ago when one of my nephews asked me how old I was. “I replied that I was thirty. By the look on his teenaged face I must have appeared to be ancient. 30! His expression indicated that he thought I was surely on my last leg. He probably could not imagine that I would still be alive 44 years later.

I can remember when I thought persons my age were “old.” I still catch myself referring to people just a few years my senior as “old” or “elderly” although I don’t feel that way about myself. You are probably thinking, “He is out of touch with reality,” and you may be right.

There are many benefits to aging especially if one enjoys good health, and I do. I am alright with getting older. I just don’t ever want to get “old.” In thinking about the aging process I came across the following “Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess” by Margot Benary-Isbert.

Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains — they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint — it is so hard to live with some of them — but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so. Amen.” (Margot Benary-Isbert)

Life is good but another birthday brings with it the realization that life on earth is not forever and I am reminded of the psalmist words: “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a wise heart.” (Psalm 90:12)

Jamie Jenkins

 

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Really, how do you know?

Why do children believe anything their friends tell them but question everything their parents tell them?

How can a parent love all their children (no matter how many) and never run out of love?

Why do we put round pizzas in square boxes and then cut them into triangles?

How we can sit for hours in uncomfortable seating and environment for a sporting event but have a hard time sitting for one hour for worship service?

How can items advertised in TV infomercials be so outstanding and cheap- and if you “call now” you get a second item free?

Why do some people dislike other people simply because of the color of their skin or their ethnicity?

After paying a small fortune to attend a ball game or enter an amusement park, why does it cost another fortune to eat?

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Why do we believe it when we are told there are billions of stars in the sky but when we are told “Wet Paint” we have to test it?

When things I really don’t like are prohibited, why do I crave them?

Why is it chicken fingers when chickens don’t have fingers?

Why do we call it “free time” when all time is a gift?

Why do we say it is a dog eat dog world when we have never seen a dog eat another dog?

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Why do we say things are selling like hot cakes?

Why do we say when it rains it pours when sometimes it is just a drizzle?

Does every cloud really have a silver lining?

Do we really believe that when you smile the whole world smiles with you?

Are you sure that flattery gets you nowhere?

Is cleanliness really next to godliness?

If the good die young, then is everyone my age bad?

Why are you assigned a seat for a professional soccer game because you stand for the entire time?

Why do some people find it hard/impossible to believe that God loves them?

Jamie Jenkins

ADVENTURE 1

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Life is full of starts and stops. Ups and downs. Cycles. But I believe that people of faith ought to always see life as an adventure.

Long ago God called Abram to pick up and leave everything that was familiar and journey to a place that he did not know (Genesis 12). Although Abram did not know the destination, God assured him of guidance to the “land that I will show you.”

It was not necessary for Abram to know the end from the beginning. God knew the way.

Along the way Abram and his entourage encountered some difficult circumstances but the promise of God was that blessings would be the reward for faithful obedience. As they traveled on their divinely directed journey we are told that “the Canaanites were in the land” (Gen. 12:6) and they lived in “great cities walled up to the sky.” The Canaan Convention and Visitors Bureau was not very hospitable. But Abram continued to follow God’s direction.

It is irrational to believe that all of life will be smooth sailing- even for people who follow God’s leading. We mistakenly think that the absence of struggle and challenge is a good thing. In fact the opposite is true. Adversity is not our enemy; it is often our good friend strengthening us for the journey.

 

In 1962, Victor and Mildred Goertzel published a revealing study of 413 “famous and exceptionally gifted people” called Cradles of Eminence. They spent years attempting to understand what produced such greatness, what common thread might run through all of these outstanding people’s lives. Surprisingly, the most outstanding fact was that virtually all of them, 392, had to overcome very difficult obstacles in order to become who they were.

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Malcolm Muggeridge said, “Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my 75 years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my experience, has been through affliction and not through happiness.”

It seems to me that the key is to be on the path that God has planned for us. If we are, we will be equal to every test and able to overcome any obstacle. As we journey with God we will learn, as Abram did, that God will bless us and make us a blessing to others.

Jamie Jenkins

As I write this I have been without television, internet, and phone service for 7 days. No Braves baseball, no webcam with the grandkids, no email, and no phone calls. Communication with the outside world has been cut off- unless I leave the house and go somewhere that has wifi.

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It is a long story but the simple explanation is that a week ago we experienced a power surge at our home that disrupted normal life. The culprit was an underground device that regulates the voltage coming into the house. Light bulbs broke, one light fixture exploded, the oven quit working, two air condition units ceased cooling, my computer crashed, the internet router died, the coffee maker is dead, and a few other minor problems occurred.

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The internet service provider is supposed to be here tomorrow- the fourth one that has paid us a visit. I am hopeful that everything will be back to normal by the time you read this. But who knows.

This has been a frustrating week. Yeah! It has been a stark reminder of how much we/I depend on technology to be able to stay in touch and how helpless I feel when the devices fail.

Pen and paper

I don’t use pen and paper as often as I did in the “olden days.” So simple things like preparing a Sunday School lesson, a funeral eulogy, and writing a letter seemed almost impossible. My research for a series of upcoming classes was locked away in the metal box that houses the hard drive of my computer. It was complicated to make an appointment for service personnel to assess the damage and make repairs.

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Under the best of circumstances communication is complicated. Words have different meanings to different people and at different times. Tone of voice, facial expressions, body language, environment, and a myriad of other factors make it difficult for accurate information and feelings to be shared. Effective communication is extremely important and incredibly complex.

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I am glad that communication with God is not that hard. You don’t need any devices. Sometimes not even words (Romans 8:26). Our thoughts and intentions are known by God (Acts 15:8) so we don’t have to learn any technique or a new language. We can have confidence that our prayers are heard and, when offered with faith, are answered (Matthew 21:22).

 

The lyrics of an old gospel song has a simple message about how to communicate with God. “Jesus on the mainline, tell him what you want” suggests that the Lord is “on call” and you could just relay your needs to Him. Simple, huh?

Black Rotary Telephone at Top of Gray Surface

Although all our conversations with God should not be about “what we want,” talking to God is that easy. We can use our everyday vocabulary because God understands our language.

However we do it, we need to stay in touch with each other and with God.

Jamie Jenkins

 

My grandchildren speak three languages. Don’t leave me now. I promise I won’t bore you with an exhaustive description of how wonderful they are. This is more than a story about my grandchildren. It is an attempt to offer a parable for living.

Jamie and Felicia were born in Tokyo and lived there until 4 years ago. They are now ages 14 and 11.Thus Japanese is their first language but they are fluent in English as well. They have just moved from Spain where they have lived for the past two years. Although they spoke no Spanish when they arrived, they were immediately enrolled in Spanish schools. As result, after two years of immersion in Spanish culture they have added a third language. At the end of this month they are moving to Mexico and will have to adjust to the Mexican version of the Spanish language.

The main train station.

I promised that this was not about my grandchildren and it is not. Rather I offer their experiences as an example of the importance and the difficulty of being multi-lingual. For the first years of their life they lived in a “Japanese world” in Tokyo. Except for spoken English at home and with a small group of other English speakers, everything was in the native language of their mother. Their parents intentionally spoke only English at home so the children became comfortable in the languages of both my son and daughter-in-law.

Two weeks after moving to Valencia, Spain in 2015 both children (ages 9 and 12) began school where all classes and assignments were in an unfamiliar language. Their lessons presented in the classroom and their conversations with classmates were in Spanish. Homework assignments had to be translated from Spanish to English and then back from English to Spanish. This was hard but as a result they now can communicate comfortably in the new language they learned.

Now what does that have to do with anything?

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We live in a world that is increasingly diverse and all of us could benefit from learning a second (or third language). The purpose of this writing is not to suggest that in a literal sense. However, I am proposing that there is another “language” that we need to learn for the well-being of ourselves and our world. It is the language of love.

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One does not have to look far or know much to realize that our civilized society shows many signs of becoming/being very un-civil. We are seeing all too frequent expressions of anger and hostility instead of understanding and mutual respect. There is the increasing need to learn or re-learn the language of love.

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The language of love is not easy but I believe it is necessary for our survival. Let me suggest an exercise that might help in this effort. Every day for the next week read Matthew 5:21-48 and Luke 6:27-42 in the Bible. Try to understand and to practice the principles of that “new language.” I believe it will make a difference in your life and in our world.

 

Jamie Jenkins