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  from the desk of JW Aust February 27, 2003  

Thanks for visiting Personal Notes. I invite you to come back often and share some positive thoughts on a wide range of current topics that affect our everyday lives.

Nothing new under the sun

8/21/16

Your Bible says that there's nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9). How true this is today, as always. For example, politics remain the same no matter who is running for office. The demeaning remarks each candidate makes of the other one begs for wisdom and humility. Would you want your children to slander one another in order to curry your favor as a parent? That would be unthinkable. Yet we see candidates for the highest office in the land doing this to each other, expecting to gain our confidence in their leadership.

Human nature is both predictable and unpredictable. It is predictable in that if something can go wrong, it will. It is unpredictable in that there always seems to be a new twist on an old theme. God says that human nature can't be trusted, and shouldn't (Psalm 146:3). He also shows that the human heart is desperately wicked (Check the Hebrew on this word: it includes sick, feeble, and incurable; Jeremiah 17:9).

For me, I'll be glad when this whole ordeal is over. There certainly is a lot at stake in terms of the U.S.A.'s future. But God places into office whomever He will (Daniel 4:32).

God is in charge of all the affairs of mankind, though most people don't regard Him nor His Almighty power. As it has been over the past few thousand years, so it will be until God sends Christ Jesus, the Messiah, to save humanity from itself. This He will do, whether we like it or not, ignore it or resist it...makes no difference.

Still it seems strange to see media hash and rehash man's meager efforts to rule himself. The definition of insanity is to continue doing things over and over the same way but expecting different results.

Have a great week.~jwa

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Bad News versus Good News; it's gonna' get better!

5/25/16

Some years back, a major Los Angeles station added a section to their evening news that referred to "good news" in the community. I was surprised that they would try this since most "news" is bad news and bad news pays; bad news is where it's at...it triggers the basest desires of human nature, and human beings naturally gravitate to such persiflage. Good news, things that actually help humanity rise up out of the downward pull of human nature, doesn't sell. And the media is a business...to make money folks. Which brings me to Donald Trump's recent visit to Alburquerque, New Mexico.

Outside the convention building there were people gathered to cause disruption by dissing Donald Trump, and to get more attention, actually throwing rocks and bottles (if they're paid for this, they gotta' come cheap). This is childish and silly. Yet it sells in/with the media. Politics does violence! We're stuck with it for now but that will all change someday, when good news will prevail.

God, through Christ Jesus, proclaimed the good news (aka, gospel) of Christ's return to this earth at Jerusalem, this time as an honorable conqueror on a white horse, not riding the back of a donkey (this fulfills Proverbs 15:33b..."before honor is humility").

The good news that "trumps" all news for all time is...that humanity is going to experience unprecedented peace and unparalleled prosperity, all over the world, once Christ begins His rule on earth, for 1,000 years (Check this out in Ezekial 36:35: "So they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.'").

Where do you hear good news like this?...and yet it's been around for many centuries. The first Garden of Eden, where Adam and Even walked with God, was a type of the ultimate fulfillment of a future global Garden of Eden that will cover the entire earth! When did you hear this on any of the alphabet channels (CBS, NBC, ABC)? Good news simply doesn't sell in today's hazy/crazy mileau; you'd never see this shown on everyday media.

So for now, we're slugging our way through the everyday mishaps and miscues of weak human leaders, including our own mishaps/miscues...but the good news is...God has guaranteed that we will experience peace (godly "peace" includes the meaning of true prosperity) that has never before "happened" on earth. Then, good news will "sell." Then people will thoroughly bask in the good life that only God and Christ can provide (check Isaiah 11:1-10 for a good preview of what God promises to humankind, yet in the future).

Have a great week. Check out ucg.org/booklets for some good news!~jwa

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Bad News versus Good News; it's gonna' get better!

5/25/16

Some years back, a major Los Angeles station added a section to their evening news that referred to "good news" in the community. I was surprised that they would try this since most "news" is bad news and bad news pays; bad news is where it's at...it triggers the basest desires of human nature, and human beings naturally gravitate to such persiflage. Good news, things that actually help humanity rise up out of the downward pull of human nature, doesn't sell. And the media is a business...to make money folks. Which brings me to Donald Trump's recent visit to Alburquerque, New Mexico.

Outside the convention building there were people gathered to cause disruption by dissing Donald Trump, and to get more attention, actually throwing rocks and bottles (if they're paid for this, they gotta' come cheap). This is childish and silly. Yet it sells in/with the media. Politics does violence! We're stuck with it for now but that will all change someday, when good news will prevail.

God, through Christ Jesus, proclaimed the good news (aka, gospel) of Christ's return to this earth at Jerusalem, this time as an honorable conqueror on a white horse, not riding the back of a donkey (this fulfills Proverbs 15:33b..."before honor is humility").

The good news that "trumps" all news for all time is...that humanity is going to experience unprecedented peace and unparalleled prosperity, all over the world, once Christ begins His rule on earth, for 1,000 years (Check this out in Ezekial 36:35: "So they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.'" Where do you hear good news like this and yet it's been around for centuries. The first Garden of Eden was only a type of a future global Garden of Eden that will cover the entire earth! Good news doesn't sell today; you'd never see this advertised on everyday media.

So for now, we're slugging our way through the everyday mishaps and miscues of weak human leaders, including our own mishaps/miscues but the good news is...God has guaranteed that we will experience peace (godly "peace" in the Greek includes prosperity) that has never before "happened" on earth. Then, good news will "sell." Then people will thoroughly bask in the good life that only God and Christ can provide (check Isaiah 11:1-10 for a good preview of what God promises to humankind, yet in the future).

Have a great week. Check out ucg.org/booklets for some good news!~jwa

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Back online again

3/17/16

Hi to all. For those of you who checked my web site, sorry...I've had so many things going that I had to let this slide. I'm back and hope to keep this reasonably current.

Right now, it looks like it will be Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the runoff in November. The process might go down in the history books as the toughest race ever.

Personally, I get tired hearing the same old stuff repeated over and over. Once is quite enough. Politics does violence!

Looks like we'll have a short spring; love it when it's cooler. Humidity and heat are a lethal combination.

Like basketball? I enjoy the Jayhawks and the Shockers and really enjoy watching the Warriors and their incredible guard, Stephan Curry. He's remarkable!

Have a great week and weekend~jwa

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Why do you draw the breath of life?

4/11/16

My title might seem a little freaky in a world that operates on the 5 senses. "Any person should know why I draw the breath of life. I'm here on earth because of mom and dad. End of story." Is this the vision you have about why you're a living, breathing human being?

If you believe in God, then you might know God's take on this: that you are here to become a son of God (Hebrews 2:10; literally says God is bringing many sons to glory), ultimately divine and immortal: "And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man" (1 Corinthians 15:49).

If you can step outside your mental configuration and environment for a moment, consider that God has something really great for you that far surpasses your wildest and craziest dreams. He has created human beings on this earth to eventually become sons of God, very God, made of divine immortality! This beats Starbucks! This beats your favorite football, basketball, or baseball team! This beats the daily humdrum of life that is occasionally punctuated by stark fear!

Let me recommend that you click on the following link. There you can find the booklet, "What is your ultimate destiny?" This free booklet will reveal your incredible human potential! Read it online if you'd like. "http://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/what-is-your-destiny?"/

Have a great week and please avoid texting while driving and those who don't :)~jwa

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