My Wife Has Tattoos: Marriage, New Birth, and the Gospel

Such wisdom.

Unspoken

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by Spencer Harmon

Today is the day of my wedding.  And I am not marrying the girl of my dreams.

If you would have told me when I was a teenager that my wife would have seven tattoos, a history in drugs, alcohol, and attending heavy metal concerts, I would have laughed at you, given you one of my courtship books, and told you to take a hike.  My plans were much different, much more nuanced with careful planning, much more clean-cut, and much more, well, about me.

You see, it wasn’t my dream to marry a girl that was complicated.  I never dreamed that I would sit on a couch with my future wife in pre-marital counseling listening to her cry and tell stories of drunken nights, listing the drugs she used, confessing mistakes made in past relationships.

This isn’t my dream – it’s better.

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Is it a sin for a Christian to smoke pot? Episode 1345

Although my blog is not a “Christian blog,” I am a Christian, a follower of the Jewish Messiah who lived, died for us all to take the punishment for our sins, rose again and still lives.

That being said, here is an interesting panel discussion with Todd Friel (who is an entertaining, but provocative character) posing questions of a few of the best thinkers. This is one of the questions.

My contribution to this is I agree with their thinking and conclusion and would like to point out that “legalizing pot for medical reasons” is a smoke screen (I was young and foolish, so I know the score, here) because there is a simple solution that the pro-pot people are deliberately keeping mum about: Cannabidiol.

“Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in cannabis that has medical effects but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counter the psychoactive effects of THC. After decades in which only high-THC Cannabis was available, CBD-rich strains are now being grown by and for medical users.”

Wretched with Todd Friel

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Knives, Violence and Mayhem in China!

Well, I’ll tell you something, knives are a danger to us all! Never mind their usefulness in kitchens and hunting, and their recreational whittling, did you know how many people are injured and killed by them?

Why, just recently China has had two serious knife assaults, but the lost Malaysian airline story overshadowed it or I am sure the media would have covered it!

Fri March 14, 2014Market quarrel leads to stabbing frenzy in China, six deadhttp://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/world/asia/china-knife-attack/index.html

Sun March 2, 2014 Knife-wielding attackers kills 29, injures 130 at China train station – http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/01/world/asia/china-railway-attack/

In the article it states thatMass knife attacks are not unprecedented in China. Some occurred in 2010 and 2012, but the attacks happened at schools and didn’t appear to have political connections.” Has video.

But wait. There’s more.

December 14th, 2012 Knife attack at Chinese school wounds 22 children These were primary school children; several were critically injured.

May 3, 2010 – Execution does not stop Chinese knife attacks – http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/05/02/china.attacks/index.html Discusses knife attacks in general, security plans, and has a video about it. 2010 attacks mentioned:

March 23Knifing at elementary school – Killed 8 students, wounded more; man executed April 28.

April 28: Knifing at elementary school – stabs 16 students and a teacher (none died).

April 29: Knifing at kindergarten – Stabbed 31 (28 students, 2 teachers, 1 security guard).

April 30: Attack on village pre-school – attacked students with hammer, set himself on fire with gasoline.

Beginning August 17, 2009 – A series of syringe stabbings; hundreds stabbed and many had to be hospitalized. http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/09/12/china.needle.stabbings/index.html?eref=edition

Am I kidding about the knives? Yes…sort of, but what’s my point? Well, to begin with,

PeacefulWorld

Guns are not available in China, but people determined to carry out horrible crimes will find a way. They will use knives, cleavers, syringes, hammers, and more, and if those became unavailable, they will find other weapons – rocks, 2×4’s, cars, branches, agricultural implements, poison, airplanes, IEDs, gasoline, fire, fists, whatever.

Consider just how much violence there was before guns – a lot! Just read history.

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