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Wednesday, September 17 2014
A Sign Of The Times
Wednesday, September 17, 2014     
       I don’t always have a chance to read the newspaper and catch up on the daily news, but I did yesterday. What I saw in the headlines reminded me of some hilarious headlines of the past. In particular, I remember the goofy headlines Monday night segment on the Tonight show with Jay Leno of a few years back. I would tune in mostly just on Monday nights to check them out. They featured funny headlines, story lines, or classified section items. They are still around on You Tube if you want to have a few laughs. Here are just a few: (1) How To Prepare Pets For Thanksgiving (2) Pets: “For adoption, 1 male Old English dog w/2 glass eyes. Good guard dog.” (3) Church section ad: “Welcome to Westside Church of Christ / Morning service10:30 AM sermon: Preparing For Marriage / Evening service 6 PM sermon: A Look At Hell. (4) Health section: Body Odor Can Be Controlled By Bathing (5) Chinese Restaurant ad: General Tso’s Double Delight 13.95: Chunks of chicken and jumbo shrimp urinated and fried until crispy.
       Actually the headlines yesterday in the paper, though they were not necessarily funny, were strange and basically a sign of the times. In case you didn’t see them, here are a few: (1) Texas Worker Charged For Rubbing His Genitals On A Pizza  (2) Man Ate Ex-girlfriend’s Organs. (3) Decades Later, Vietnam Soldiers Get Medal Of Honor. (4) Woman finds body in the trunk of her car after shopping at Walmart (5) Chihuahua, used as weapon, dies in fight. It is no wonder that Jesus describing the last days, said: “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12) The Apostle Paul later added in 2 Timothy, Chapter 3 that many would have no natural affection. And did you see the very informative story by researchers from the University of Virginia showing San Antonio’s racial divide on the map. The study found that San Antonio is 63% Hispanic, Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, and Olmos Park have a large majority of white residents, the East Side has the largest concentration of black residents, and that the areas west of U.S. 281 and inside Loop 410, where I live, are heavily populated with Hispanics. Pardon the sarcasm, but who knew, right?
       Here’s the point I’m trying to make: It seems like there are few meaningful stories to report and that the bad news easily outweighs the good. Actually, I’m pretty sure there are many good things to report. It just seems to me that the newspapers and all the media outlets know that propagating sensational and controversial news items are the big money makers. Here’s some great news to consider though: Jesus is coming back, perhaps real soon, to take us to a land where no evil things will ever happen again. I don’t believe that the world can go on like this too much longer.
Memory verse for the week: (Philippians 3:8 NLT) “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ.”     
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