Such a timely message in this authors blog, which I am reblogging, below.
Just the other night I recognized within myself that despite my hearts desire to love and be loved; to be loving and to do good, there lingers bits and pieces of human ugliness I don’t want to be there and I don’t want to own. We all suffer this; we are all fallen, yet God loves us despite it. And as we desire His love and forgiveness, we are under command to do the same to our fellow humans.
No one is without sin; and despite our penchant to grade sin on a scale, sin is sin is sin- it’s not measured in degrees. So, rather than pick at one another we need to forgive and love one another, and look to God.

The After-Oakdale Chronicles


the right day to stop looking for the worst in people.

“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbor?”  James 4:12 NIV

In this day and age, information is at our fingertips. Much of our ability to obtain information can be used to enhance our lives, educate and enlighten, and to help us grow spiritually.

Unfortunately, there is a disturbing trend to utilize our access to information as a means of “digging up dirt” about our friends, neighbors, and even those we love or are interested in getting to know better.

Arguments are presented justifying this activity out of concern for our personal safety, and that is a legitimate concern. The problem is that far too often, the black marks in a person’s past are used to formulate our…

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