The Weekly Babble

Pain - part 2

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:28

     The continued topic from last week is pain; physical pain, pain to the body that is easy to define and understand, verses that inside pain to our psyche that can get complicated.  We could begin an endless list covering the differences of these two pains.  I’m sure some are forming in your head right now, but let’s keep things simple.  Let us look at the similarity.  We call them both pain, so there has got to be some common ground.  There is, and we said it last week.  Pain is a tool.  Whether physical, emotional, mental, whatever, God uses pain to try and teach us something.  Pain is

Pain, Cute When It's a Baby.

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:27

Pain is a very odd thing isn’t it?  You might disagree at first, but think about it.  Yes, it is a simple word and all of us would readily say we know what it means.  We become familiar with pain the day we are born (really before that, but we won’t get into that discussion).  We all know of the proverbial swat to the bottom of a new born baby to induce a cry.  Crying is needed as a jumpstart to breathing, so inflict a little pain and “voila” we have crying!  As the baby grows, pain is used to teach discipline.  Nothing like a little pain to gain understanding to that word a baby h

Starting Out Perfect

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 03/19/2018 - 03:44

     You have just bought your dream car.  It is the perfect color and has all the features you have always wanted, plus a few more you didn’t know existed.  This baby has everything!  It is comfortable and gets great gas mileage, while being fast and sporty.   Should we even mention how good you look in it?  On top of all that, you got it at a price well below what you expected.  Ahhhh!  The sun is shining, birds are singing and everything is going your way, when all of a sudden, Clug! Clug! Shutter!

Prophecy of Blessings

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 03/11/2018 - 14:35

     People are fascinated with prophecy, and we will take it any way we can get it.  Anything from crystal balls to Tarot cards, palm readings, horoscopes, fortune cookies, and of course, psychic hotlines.  This is not just a modern day attraction.  We have searched for help into the unknown ever since there has been an unknown.  The Bible tells about Simon the Sorcerer, Balaam - the prophet for hire, and even king Saul sought the aid of a medium to bring back Samuel.

God for a Day

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:47

     I really enjoy those books and movies where someone is placed in a different reality.  Somehow the character travels forward or back in time, or maybe a wish comes true, or sometimes he just wakes up to a brand new life not knowing what the heck is going on.  Regardless of the avenue used to transport the character into his new world, the purpose is always the same; for the reader or viewer to contemplate, “What would I do?”  In the movie, Bruce Almighty, after Bruce makes some emotionally led comments about God’s performance as the All Powerful, God hands over His power to hi

Karma? No Thanks!

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:16

         Recently I had a coworker tell me he believed in karma.  (from here forward I will refer to my coworker as Cowo and alternate the he/she pronouns)  Cowo told me this as she was describing her moral stance on a common occurrence associated with her job.  He also let me know very quickly that not everyone followed his ethical choice.  Karma would pay these people back and she wanted no part of that because, “I believe in Karma”.  I am telling you about Cowo’s belief, and fear, of karma because he has also told me he is a Christian.  You might be saying, “What’s the big deal?”.

The Alien We've Been Looking For

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sun, 02/18/2018 - 15:42

        We humans have a fascination with aliens.  I’m not talking about the immigration concerns that have been in the headlines for the past year or so.  I am talking about Martians, little green men from outer space, extraterrestrials, UFOs and intelligent life from other planets.  In 2015, congress committed $18.5 billion to fund NASA’s search for alien life and a mission to Jupiter’s moon.  I wonder what kind of return they expected on that investment.  That is why we spend money isn’t it?  We expect something in return.  Is an $18.5 billion bill going to be satisfied with a few pictur

An Uphill Life

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:13

As a runner, I’m not too fond of hills.  They are hard.  They take more effort.  They make my heart beat much faster and cause my breathing to expand.  They make my calves burn and slow my pace.  They are a nuisance!  I know some of you might be thinking, “What about going downhill?” and you’re right.  Going downhill is easier, but if the grade is too steep it is rough on the knees, and if you start and finish at the same place, which I do, there are no downhills without uphills.

Attention Valued Customers

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 02/07/2018 - 19:08

I don’t know about you, but I am not too fond of having to be a card holder of every retail store in America in order to receive their advertised sale price. Really!!?? I have to carry 400 cards on my keychain or in my wallet just to make me special, to separate me from the non-valued customers? I think everyone that is willing to enter a store and purchase the items they offer should be eligible for the same low price. I am not saying I don’t like a bargain, but why the hassle?

Building a Spiritual Home

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:18

You have probably heard many spiritual analogies containing foundation comparisons. "You must build your house on the solid rock if you want it to stand during the storm." "Jesus is our firm foundation." Not only have I heard a few, I have made several myself. Describing Jesus as the foundation of our lives is such a powerful comparison because we all understand the importance of a foundation. Even if we don't know the first thing about building a house or any other large structure, we all know a building starts at the bottom and grows up from there.