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Recently while driving on a limited access road, another motorist entered the highway to my right. The entrance lane was short and the other vehicle needed to merge into my lane. I immediately flashed my lights to let the driver know that I would slow to allow access.

The other driver was unknown to me. I did not know their race, gender, age, or lifestyle. I had no idea about their religious or political leanings. I was faced with the simple matter of courtesy to allow this motorist to merge so traffic could flow smoothly.

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Later that day I was at Home Depot purchasing some paint when another customer approached the salesclerk with a question. The store employee responded multiple times but the customer obviously did not understand what was being said. I realized that English was not this person’s first language and they were having difficulty understanding what was being asked. I intervened and assisted with the verbal exchange.

I did not know the country of origin of the customer making the inquiry. Didn’t know his educational level or vocation. It made no difference if he was an immigrant, legal or illegal, of if he was a U.S. citizen, naturalized or by birth. It was just clear to me that he was having trouble with the English language and needed help.

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Before returning home that day I stopped by the grocery store. As I approached the entrance, there were a couple of customers exiting the store and I stepped aside to allow them passage. When I went to get a shopping cart I waited while a woman secured her small child in a cart. The other shoppers were strangers who asked nothing of me and I had nothing to gain from them.

Anthony Ray Hinton

A couple of days later I watched a video where Anthony Ray Hinton* told how he spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. After a long time in incarceration a new prisoner, Henry Francis Hays, was placed in the cell next to him. Hays, a member of the KKK, and James Knowles were convicted of killing 19 year-old Michael Donald in Mobile, Alabama on March 21, 1981.

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Michael Donald

Hays and Knowles were unhappy about a verdict in a court case of an African American charged with the murder of a white policeman in Birmingham, Alabama. While cruising through one of Mobile’s mostly black neighborhoods, they spotted Michael Donald walking home. Donald  had no link to the court case or even a past criminal record. He was chosen at random for being black and was brutally murdered.

Mr. Hinton, a Black man, befriended this new prisoner. Their friendship grew to be so strong that Hays asked for Hinton to be present for his execution in the electric chair. Hays’ execution was the first in Alabama since 1913 for a white-on-black crime. It was the only execution of a KKK member during the 20th century for the murder of an African American .

When asked about his relationship with the KKK, Hinton remembered what his mother had taught him and said, “It didn’t matter who he was. He deserved compassion.”

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Compassion. What Jesus was talking about when He said, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” Compassion: a word that begins with simple courtesy and has no “qualifiers.” Do unto (all) others. Treat everyone like you want to be treated. Speak and act like you want everyone else to conduct themselves.

That doesn’t seem too complicated, does it?

Jamie Jenkins

*Anthony Ray Hinton was exonerated with the help of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, author of “Just Mercy” which was recently adapted into a feature film. Anthony Ray Hinton’s own book The Sun Does Shine is a New York Times bestseller and commended by human rights leaders such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as countless publications. 


A new convenience store/gas station opened recently in my community. You see the finished product in the picture above. What the picture does not show is the monumental task of site preparation that was required. It was interesting to watch the transformation of the 8 acre parcel of land between Peachtree Parkway and Technology Parkway.

In the picture above you see a street in front of a 5,000 square foot building and a nicely sloped and landscaped hill in the background. What you don’t see is that prior to the beginning of construction that hill was about 40 feet high straight up and extended to what is now the edge of the new street. On the other side of the new street was a gulch about 20 feet deep which has now been filled in and another building has been erected on it..

The six-month period between groundbreaking and opening was interesting to watch as the hill was gradually reduced, the gulch was filled in and a new street was created. Then the building was constructed and the landscaping was installed.

If you had not seen the site prior to construction, you would have no idea of the scope of the project. It didn’t just happen. Much vision, planning, labor, and money was invested in creating this business location.

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I am sure there are many things that I take for granted every day for which I have no idea what was required for them to exist. How much time, energy, and money was invested for my convenience and pleasure. The vision and planning were required to accomplish the goal of providing meaning and purpose for my life. What risks were taken and sacrifices made for my benefit.

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I know the new convenience store/gas station is a commercial venture and some folks plan to profit from it but it is an example of the many elements of our lives that don’t just happen. We are indebted to others for the provisions and events of daily lives. People we will never know and the cost to them we cannot

Places to shop. Venues for recreation and entertainment. Homes and churches. Streets and highways. Vehicles that enable our mobility. Technology that facilitates communication and provides entertainment and information. Hospitals and clinics that help maintain our health. Institutions of learning. Agencies that govern and protect us. And the list goes on.

They don’t just happen!

Lord, make us mindful of the many gifts that we take for granted.

Jamie Jenkins




Dating made easy. That’S what the sign said and offered a web address.

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It has been a long time since I was single and dating. And I am certainly no expert on the subject (just ask my wife). However, I do not remember it being “easy” and I imagine that it has probably become more complicated and nuanced since then.

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One online dating service recognizes that “you’re more substance than just a selfie” and it promises “to make meaningful connections with real people.” Another boasts that it has facilitated “more dates, more relationships, & more marriages than any other dating or personals site.” I have no first-hand experience with an online dating site so I do not argue with their claims and they may provide a much needed service. But I cannot believe that they can make dating easy.

In a recent Psychology Today article Dr. Robert J. Maurer does not suggest that dating can be made easy but he says it can be made simple. He says he has found that there is “only one essential predictor of future relationship health. (And) It is not the criteria people usually look for: shared interests, the same religion, similar incomes.” No, he suggests that you ask one “cliché question:” So, how come someone as wonderful as you is still single?”

The idea, according to Dr. Maurer, is “your date will hopefully hear this question as a compliment” but you can learn a lot about them from their answer.

Dating is not the only complicated life experience to which we often seek short cuts and easy answers. Take shopping for instance. You are in the market for an automobile and there are so many choices. Body style, color, optional equipment, gasoline engine or hybrid or electric- and a multitude of other things about which you have to decide. Wouldn’t it be easy if the auto makers offered only one make and model, one color, and no optional equipment?

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When you eat out do you have difficulty with the menu? So many choices. Wouldn’t dining out be easy if there was only one entre on the menu? No daily specials. No choice of how you want your steak or burger prepared.

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Entertainment would be easy if there was only one theater in town playing only one movie. One home town sport/team to cheer. One television channel to watch.

Life in general can be very complicated. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everything was clearly right or wrong. No alternatives. Every decision had only one option. There were no forks in the road.

Obviously easy is not always better. While it might not matter what car we drive or how we entertain ourselves, there are choices that really make a difference.

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I wish life to be more manageable- and it can be but there is no silver bullet or magical answer. I believe there are some absolutes in life. Everything is not up for grabs. On the other hand many, maybe most of the vital choices, are not always clear.

So how do we make good choices in the things that really matter? I believe that we are not alone in our efforts to choose and live wisely. God is with us to guide and guard us in life. “Anyone who needs wisdom should ask God. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.” (James 1:5, Common English Bible). When we are not sure, “God will show how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision every time.” (Proverbs 2:9, Living Bible)

Life cannot be made easy but if we “trust God from the bottom of our heart (and) don’t try to figure out everything on our own” life can be better. If we “listen for God’s voice in everything we do, everywhere we go- God will keep us on (the right) track.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Jamie Jenkins

advent 10

The season of Advent began last Sunday. It is a season that the Church has dedicated to preparing for the celebration of Christmas. The difference between Advent and Christmas is a small but important one. It’s no surprise that right after Thanksgiving we want to ask, “When can we sing Christmas songs?” But the question we must ask is: Are you ready to receive the one and only that God is sending our way?


Advent is a time to reflect and prepare for Christmas similarly to how Lent is in preparation for Easter. It is uncertain as to when exactly the celebration of Advent was introduced in the Christian church. It is believed that at some time in the fifth century it began as a six-week fast leading to Christmas. In the sixth century it was reduced to its current length of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas Day and the fasting was no longer observed.

Rev. Mark S. Roberts, a Presbyterian minister, reflected on Advent in the following manner: “In our secular American celebration of Christmas, the Christmas season (or holiday season, ugh) begins in the weeks prior to Christmas Day. Generally, this season starts in early December, though retailers have a bad habit of beginning Christmas in November (or even October)… So Advent overlaps with what is usually thought of in American culture as the Christmas season. But its beginning and ending are well defined, and its themes are quite a bit different from what is commonly associated with secular Christmas celebrations.”

Rev. Roberts goes on to say there are two primary reasons why Advent is important to him. He found “that observing Advent enriched my celebration of Christmas. Taking four weeks to focus on the hope of Christ’s coming made me much more joyful when I finally got to celebrate it. The more I got in touch with my need for a Savior, the more I rejoiced at the Savior’s birth.”


In addition he found “in Advent a solution to the age-old problem of secular Christmas vs. spiritual Christmas… We (Christians) recognize that Christmas is, most of all, a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It’s a holiday that focuses on the meaning of the Incarnation. Yet, given the secular traditions of Christmas, we spend most of our time preparing, not for a celebration of the birth of Jesus, but for fulfilling the demands of the season.” Buying and wrapping presents, attending and hosting parties, traveling to visit relatives, sending out Christmas cards, and if you have younger children “spending hours trying to assemble gifts that come with sketchy instructions written by someone for whom English is, at best, a third language.”

The website,, asks, “Can Christmas still change the world? The Christmas story is a story of love, hope, redemption and  relationship. So what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress, and debt?” Then it suggests four ways to change the way we celebrate Christmas.


Worship Fully

It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. This is the holistic approach God had in mind for Christmas. It’s a season where we are called to put down our burdens and lift a song up to our God. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated with each breath. It’s the party of the year. Entering the story of advent means entering this season with an overwhelming passion to worship Jesus to the fullest.

ADVENT 2Spend Less

Quick question for you: What was the one gift you remember getting for Christmas last year? Next question: What about the fourth gift? Do you remember that one? Truth is many of us don’t because it wasn’t something we necessarily wanted or needed. Spending Less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts; it’s a call to stop spending money on gifts we won’t remember in less than a year. America spends around $600 billion dollars during the Christmas season, and much of that it joyless and goes right onto a credit card. By spending wisely on gifts we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.ADVENT 3

Give More

I know what you’re thinking. “Wait, didn’t you just say I should spend less, and yet here you are telling me to give more? What gives?” The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. And nobody modeled this more than Jesus. So what does this look like for you? Tickets to a ball game or the theater? A movie night? The main point is simple: When it comes to spending time with those you love, it’s all about quality, not quantity.


Love All

It all boils down to love. Love from a savior. Love to a neighbor in need. By spending just a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help. … It’s not that there’s something wrong with the shopping mall—it’s that the better story is about loving all.

It is not enough to say no to the way Christmas is celebrated by many. We need to say yes to a different way of celebrating.

Jamie Jenkins