WAX MUSEUM AT ACS - Our 5th grade classes presented their annual History Wax Museum at ACS this week.
All kinds of famous people from the past - including inventors, Presidents, artists, sports figures, authors, and world leaders - will make an appearance. And, each historic figure gave a short speech that informed us of his or her significant contributions to society.
The History Wax Museum is a great academic tool because it gives students a hands-on way to learn history, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn how to speak in public. Thanks to our wonderful 5th grade teachers for putting together this special event.
FOCUS ON THE GOOD - Are you depressed after reading the news each day? Why is it that much of the focus in the media is negative? Why do we place so much attention on what's wrong instead of on what's right?
I guess it's true - Bad News Sells.
Instead of putting all of our focus on the negative, Scripture calls us to take a different approach. In Philippians, we are told to meditate on those things that are pure, noble, lovely and good. While there is a lot of "bad" in the world, there is also a lot of "good." When we choose to focus on the "good" things, we come away with a new outlook on life.
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA - If you haven't seen this documentary-drama hybrid on Netflix, you should. It is an eye-opening series of interviews with Silicon Valley engineers who designed the technologies they now fear.
Why are these engineers sounding the alarm? Because social media companies are attempting to rewire the human brain by collecting mounds of data on us, and then pushing ads, videos, and other information to us through our phones.
The scariest part raised the question of whether humans will be able to discern actual truth if we are addicted to social media. With so much false information on the internet, it's easy to go down the "rabbit hole" of buying into your own "truth," even if it is a lie.
RBG - Although much has been written about RBG, I will highlight one of her opinions that could negatively impact religious liberty for decades.
In 2004, a law school in San Francisco refused to recognize the Christian Legal Society as a student organization claiming the group's Statement of Faith violated the school's nondiscrimination policy. In her opinion, Justice Ginsburg rejected CLS's free exercise claims and sided with the law school.
In 2011, the 9th Circuit relied on the CLS case to suggest that a university could deny recognition to Christian student groups because "their members and officers possess a specific religious belief, namely, Christianity." WOW! That is a logical extension of the CLS case, and a direct effort to CANCEL Christianity. Very frightening.
TIME TO WAKE UP! - I'm so thankful I don't live in Portland or LA. Over 100 nights of protests causing millions of dollars in damages in Portland, and efforts to silence churches in LA.
As Believers, how should we respond to the absolute craziness? First, we need to be heard. If we really are the silent majority, it's time to be silent no more.
More importantly, we need to pray passionately for our Country. Scripture says, "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Time to wake up and PRAY!
The amazing stories from the aftermath of 9/11 impact us all, but one in particular caught my attention. Two days after the attack, a construction worker found a 17-foot high steel column and beam fused in the form of a cross among the rubble. In October, "the cross" was moved to the edge of the recovery site, where it stood as a symbol of faith and resilience for many.
As we remember this tragic day, let's thank God that we still have the freedom to worship. And may we never forget that, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."