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Monday, May 22nd 2017

1:33 PM

Challenges today - inequality/impatience... Let's Change the rhetoric


 

Let's Change the Rhetoric!!

The rhetoric is too high ... too nasty. Christians, whatever your political persuasion, Christians need prayer at this time.

How can we, as Christians, assist to fix this increasing hostility? Or do you think the expressed differences will pressure our leaders to act in some way?

From a different perspective. Conflicts in Caperston mimic some challenges found throughout the world today. The stratification of haves and have-nots is increasing, particularly in America. The rich get richer and the poor ... ???

The movement in Caperston, led by Zester, to label the mountain people as less than equals, led to the violence in their society? What do you think we

can learn from Caperston's trials and tribulations?

Did not inequality lead to the massacre on the highway?(http://christianteensactivities.org/newstoryApril2014.php)

Did not impatience lead to the martyrdom of Dustin? (http://christianteensactivities.org/NewstoryMay2014.php)

A recent comment from Alex: "Wouldn't it be nice to just forget the past and move on with a future of hope. However, we live in a world too separated by people with big differences of opinions. We can agree to differ but there is too much anger from extreme people on the 'left' and the 'right'.

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Tuesday, April 25th 2017

4:51 PM

Stories of Faith Hope and Love: God's Amazing Call

        In 1973 it became apparent that it was time for me to move on. It  was difficult. Though I had a job at a local insurance company, my youth ministry at the Stony Brook coffeehouse was my real mission in life. It took a good friend's  heart to heart conversation with me to solidify my conviction that there truly was a new life ahead. I prayed about it and decided to leave it in God's hands - I would take the first affordable apartment anywhere within an hours drive of my place of business.

nbsp;       In May 1973 that "anywhere" became an unknown town in central Long Island, N.Y. by the name of North Babylon. Bordering to its north was the village of Deer Park. To my amazement the very first Sunday I attended the Deer Park Presbyterian Church a church elder announced that he wanted the church to support a new local coffeehouse. God had called me to leave one coffeehouse ministry behind and immediately gave me a new one in my new home. To this day I still marvel at how God calls us to our missions.

For those of you visiting this blog from the Facebook page: Friends of Mattpaul, you have seen the attached video. You will recognize that this call to youth ministry in Deer Park comes after the discussion of the beginning of the Stony Brook Coffeehouse and the thoughts beginning with "Fast forward 32 years".

See the replies of Alex and Linda under "user comments" found below on right. Your comment and/or your story of faith/hope/love which is most welcome, can also be recorded under "leave a comment". 

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Monday, March 24th 2014

5:29 PM

Better than Average

An acquaintance announced to a friend, in response to a question, "How's it going?" ... it's going "better than average" with a smile. When his friend left I told him, "If we could live our lifes "better than average, we would be happy men". I made a new friend as he walked over, introduced himself and shook my hand. 

 
So I am thinking, what makes life "better than average"? 

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Saturday, October 27th 2012

6:15 AM

The Computer Takes Over

The Singularity ... 2045 .. emerges

 

An article in recent issue of Time Magazine, which reported that the human race is facing a singularity. Now what is a singularity? In astronomical terms it is what existed at the moment of the Big Bang, the moment of creation*. But the author in Time is talking about a much different singularity. This singularity will occur when computer power becomes greater than human brain power.

The author uses a mathematical model that predicts this will occur in the lifetime of many of us, some 30 to 40 years in the future. In some ways it will be glorious - at least in theory. The author predicts that computer programs will know how to overcome aging, disease and death. But all this comes at a price ... we humans will become a piece of software to the all-consuming computer brain.

The author uses a mathematical model that predicts this will occur in the lifetime of many of us, some 30 to 40 years in the future. In some ways it will be glorious - at least in theory. The author predicts that computer programs will know how to overcome aging, disease and death. But all this comes at a price ... we humans will become a piece of software to the all-consuming computer brain.

What the theory completely misses is the spiritual component of the human soul. The emergence of this future singularity has the human race walking down an endless boardwalk to the ocean and a setting sun. It predicts that we will never get to the end of that boardwalk as the sun is setting. But do we? Do we get there before the brilliance of the sun disappears and the darkness of the singularity emerges? Is there something spiritual that is existent that keeps the human spirit in the light, overcoming the power of the emerging singularity. Let's assume that the author is correct about the expansive knowledge and power of the computer. What do you think the future holds for the human race? Share your thoughts 

* See chapter 21 (pages 157 -169) of "Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings" for a lesson on Genesis 1 and 2 and the Astronomical Singularity.

Click:Cosmology and Genesis 1 and 2 and more Bible lessons for youth"

What do you think? Are we doomed to be human software for computers? Where does the influence of the Spirit of God fit into these models?

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to help us answer this question about the Computer Singularity.

 

 

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