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The Ricochet

"I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak."  - Matthew 12:36 (ESV)

A few years ago a man in an American Atlantic Coast State was walking down the road of his rural neighborhood over the Independence Day holiday when he was struck suddenly by a bullet.  The bullet made contact with deadly accuracy and the man lost his life.  The fatal shot had been fired from several hundred yards away by a target shooter who had failed to secure an adequate backstop.  The bullet went through the paper target, ricocheted off the top of the embankment and, maintaining a modified trajectory, entered the body of an innocent man.  

The incident resulted in a child losing her father, a wife losing her husband and a careless shooter losing his freedom.  The shooter was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in accordance with the statue of his state.  Involuntary manslaughter was not considered an accurate charge because the shooter failed…

If The Christian Graves Could Speak

Dear 21st Century Christian Brethren,

Much time has passed since we walked the earth and enjoyed, in life, those riches in Christ which we now enjoy to a fuller measure in death awaiting the time of our resurrection to eternal life.  Yet, our hearts are sorrowful because of that which has been found in too many of you which we cannot readily understand.  We do not presume to have the answers.  Our sincerest hope is that our words might give you reason to pause, introspect and find the answers for yourself.

In our time there were divisions.  Our Apostle Paul wrote to your Brethren in Corinth because of their divisive behavior.  But we were all encouraged to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There were differences among us.  Some of us ate meat while others were repulsed at the thought of it.  But we were warned by the Holy Spirit not to judge one another and divide based on those things.  If we were to divide it would be over issues of heresy and the perversion …