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Lessons From the Tragedy of September 11, 2001

  • I wrote this article just weeks after the terrorist attacks occurred on September 11, 2001. I have reprinted it here for our consideration on the tenth anniversary of this event.

As President Bush has said, none of us will ever forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard about the terrorist attacks on September 11th. I saw a little bit of footage on the morning news as we were getting ready for the day. I was too busy to stop and listen and left the house thinking that there was just a fire on one of the floors of the World Trade Center. After I dropped Paige off at school, I turned on the radio to find that all the programming had been preempted. It was then that I realized that something serious was taking place. After a few moments of reporting the radio went silent. Then I heard Peter Jennings say in disbelief, “The north tower has just collapsed.” Continue reading » Lessons From the Tragedy of September 11, 2001

Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

The word goodness (agathosune, in Galatians 5:22) implies any or all actions done for the good of another. The world’s definition and that of Jehovah’s for goodness, however, lie in stark contrast. To the world, goodness might be witnessed in a doctor helping a young woman rid herself of an unwanted pregnancy, a business providing marital benefits to same sex couples, or a legislator vying for the legalization of illicit drugs or physician-assisted suicides.

As those who love Christ, we understand that any act of goodness must be carefully confined to that which our Lord describes as such within the pages of His word. “Trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10). “That in us you might learn not to exceed what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). Seeing how the world is horribly misguided and mistaken, might our definition of what is good be skewed sometimes as well? Continue reading » Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness