NOT FOR SUNDAY ONLY, Weekly Issues – 2000
NOT FOR SUNDAY ONLY
Commentary by David Sisler
Columns from 2000
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- GOODBYE, FAREWELL, AND
- Personal thoughts as a ten and one-half year run in print ends.
(December 30, 2000)
- CHRISTMAS AS IT WAS
- "Get a free printer, scanner or webcam," the Dell computer ad shouts.
"Hurry, before the spirit of giving leaves us." You buy our product
before the spirit of giving leaves us! Christmas used to mean
(December 23, 2000)
- THE DEATH OF THE INNOCENT:
WHEN LIFE IS NO LONGER PRECIOUS
- Abortion. Female Infanticide. Euthanasia. Life has always been cheap.
Life has always been precious.
(December 16, 2000)
- HONORABLE MEN DO HONORABLE
- Presidential elections stymied in America and Moldova. No controlling
legal authority. Where there is no divine revelation, no vision of God, the
nation casts off all restraint.
(December 9, 2000)
- WHEN DID CHRISTMAS STOP
BEING A HOLY DAY AND BECOME A HOLIDAY?
- Once there was no room for him in the Inn, now there is no room for him
in Christmas advertising. Once Christians appropriated December 25th for their
own holy day, now it seems to be reverting to its previous owners.
(December 2, 2000)
- THY KINGDOM COME – DOES
THAT INCLUDE RECOUNTS?
- Thy will be done! Even if Father's will means that my business fails,
even if it means that my sickness is not healed, even if it means that my
candidate for president loses!
(November 25, 2000)
- THANKSGIVING: EVERY DAY,
NOT JUST ONE DAY
- I earn neither $4.71 per month, nor $25 million a year, but there is
still plenty for which to give thanks.
(November 18, 2000)
- GOSSIP: A CALCULATING,
- It is as deadly as a bomb, rifle bullet, or knife, but its destructive
power continues almost without limit. And some of its practitioners call
(November 11, 2000)
- SINGLE ISSUE POLITICS:
WHEN ONE ISSUE IS PARAMOUNT
- How can we trust a candidate to courageously serve all of his
constituents if he supports and promotes the deliberate murder of the weakest
(November 4, 2000)
- RU-486 AND CHINA: THE
CLINTON LEGACY OF SHAME CONTINUES
- One of the enduring legacies of the Clinton Presidency is his continual
degradation of women: the willing and the unwilling. Now comes the president's
ultimate degradation of women – William Jefferson Clinton and RU-486.
(October 28, 2000)
- HE MEANT WHAT HE SAID AND
HE SAID WHAT HE MEANT, OR DID HE?
- "I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant is faithful
100 percent!" Horton, the Elephant, could be trusted that his statement was
true. What about the rest of us?
(October 21, 2000)
- IF THE FOUNDATIONS ARE
ABANDONED, CAN WE RELY ON "IT DEPENDS"?
- Truth has no expiration date. Moral principles have not changed, only
our adherence to them.
(October 14, 2000)
- MARRIAGE: WHEN THE WRONG
AUDIENCE IS LISTENING
- The most exacting set of instructions on living a successful marriage
was written by a bachelor who advised celibacy. But when actually lived by a
man and a woman, Paul's instructions to the church at Ephesus produce
marriage-changing results. The trouble is, when we hear it, most of us listen
to the wrong parts.
(October 7, 2000)
- THE BOY SCOUTS: WHEN THERE
WAS NO ONE LEFT
- Forgotten in the rush to strip the Boy Scouts of their historic
position is one simple fact: respect does not automatically mean approval, and
defense does not automatically mean ratification.
(September 30, 2000)
- OTHER THAN IN HORSESHOES,
DOES ALMOST EVER COUNT?
- Almost only counts in horse shoes, quoits, hand grenades, and atomic
bombs. Are there any other times?
(September 23, 2000)
- WORSHIPING A GOD NO ONE
- When world religions meet.
(September 16, 2000)
- RU-486: DEATH AND PROFIT
- Question: What does the drug RU-486 and Susan Smith have in common?
Answer: Both are proven baby killers.
(September 9, 2000)
- THE LORD'S PRAYER MAY BE
"OUT OF BOUNDS" AT FOOTBALL GAMES
- Is a prayer, prayed as a political protest, still a prayer? God is
listening, but will he answer?
(September 2, 2000)
- LESSONS IN LIFE TAUGHT IN
- In the news this week were three stories about life and death which are
all too familiar commentaries about, well, life and death.
- THE CERTAINTY OF THE WORDS
- "Look out how you use proud words. When you let proud words go, it is
not easy to call them back. They wear long boots, hard boots" (Carl Sandburg,
(August 19, 2000)
- YOU CAN PRAY ANYWHERE,
EXCEPT IN CHURCH
- "Let's remember Brother Joe in prayer today." On second thought, better
not. Brother Joe might sue.
(August 12, 2000)
- THE BIBLE IS OFFENSIVE!
- Evangelical Christians unite! Buy cereal! Be offensive!
- IT'S EVERYONE'S FAULT
EXCEPT MY OWN!
- How refreshing it would be to hear someone, a baseball player, a
politician, a sales clerk, anyone, say, "I did it. I was wrong. Please forgive
(July 29, 2000)
- IF EVIDENCE IS GATHERED,
WOULD THERE BE A CONVICTION?
- If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough
evidence to convict you? If so charged, would you have the courage to plead
"Guilty," knowing a death sentence awaited?
(July 22, 2000)
- THINGS OFTEN ARE NOT AS
- When is pilot error not pilot error? How can the New Testament be
guilty of "establishment of relgion" and the Old Testament not be guilty?
(July 15, 2000)
- NEBRASKA TRIES TO PROTECT
HELPLESS, SUPREME COURT OVERRULES
- A baby is just inches away from birth, but the Supreme Court says it is
constitutionally okay to murder her.
(July 8, 2000)
- "THE SEARCH FOR JESUS" IS
A MATTER OF FAITH
- I did not expect Peter Jennings to find Jesus on Monday night,
certainly not the Jesus of the Bible, not with members of the Jesus Seminar as
his primary guides.
(July 1, 2000)
- IF TIGER WOODS PRACTICES,
WHY DON'T CHRISTIANS?
- Practice makes perfect "they" say. In golf, perhaps. In life, perhaps
not. But it will at least let observers will know where we stand.
- ARE SOME RIGHTS MORE RIGHT
THAN OTHER RIGHTS?
- I am tired of my rights being trampled, of my membership in a faith
group being totally discounted. I am tired of someone as powerful as Procter
and Gamble saying, through their corporate decisions, that my adherence to the
Jesus of the Bible is insignificant.
(June 17, 2000)
- PROCTER & GAMBLE: WHY
EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS CAN BE DISCOUNTED
- The saga of "Procter & Gamble and the Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Television Show" is easily outlined. Understanding P&G's unfolding
corporate strategy is puzzling. Maybe evangelical Christians are to blame.
(June 10, 2000)
- THE WAKE-UP CALL OR THE
- When Anna and Charles Stanely divorced, Paige Patterson called it a
"wake-up call for America." The wake-up call has been ringing "off the hook"
for decades. We have just pulled the pillows up over our heads and gone back
(June 3, 2000)
- MEMORIAL DAY
- Question: what does a furniture sale have to do with Memorial Day?
Answer: abso-blooming-lutely nothing!
(May 27, 2000)
- WHO DOES HOLLYWOOD SAY
THAT I AM?
- The reel Jesus and the real Jesus.
(May 20, 2000)
- THE LAST VISIT TO HOME –
- Homes – temporary and permanent.
(May 13, 2000)
- THE TONE OF THE
- When we've been warned.
(May 6, 2000)
- FINALLY IS ALWAYS RIGHT ON
- Delays? Changes of plans?
(April 29, 2000)
- GOOD NIGHT, IRENE
- It was one of those memories which springs to mind for no apparent
reason. Reflections on Easter.
(April 22, 2000)
- PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. LET'S SUE SOMEONE!
- You chose the course of action. You knew it would harm you. You did it
anyway. And now you want to sue?
(April 15, 2000)
- MASTERING THE SENIOR
- So you think you're getting old?
(April 8, 2000)
- DON'T BE THE FIRST ONE TO
- To whom do we address the title, "Your Royal Majesty?" And how often?
(April 1, 2000)
- THE YELLOW PAGES
- When I let my fingers do the walking through the "church" section.
(March 25, 2000)
- PRETTY PARK – A LESSON IN
- "The letter did not sound like you," the writer said. And that
discernment saved him exposure to a virus.
(March 18, 2000)
- HUMPTY DUMPTY
- Breach of trust and other things, which cannot be fixed.
- THE BIBLE: OK IN THE
- The Georgia Legislature has two bills to return the Bible to the class
room. Is this the answer?
(March 4, 2000)
- Y2K AND BEYOND
- Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water. Y2K
(February 26, 2000)
- CONDOMS AND
- This week we witnessed the most unusual convergence of "national weeks"
imaginable. Valentine's Day was the first day of the National Week of Chastity
and National Condom Week.
(February 19, 2000)
- GORILLA DIES, THOUSANDS
MOURN. BABIES MURDERED, MILLIONS APATHETIC.
- On the death of gorillas and unborn babies.
(February 12, 2000)
- THE STEELERS ARE WAITING
FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT IT WAS STILL A GREAT SUPER BOWL!
- Don't let your dreams be shelved. And give credit, where credit is due.
(February 5, 2000)
- LOOK. YAWN. IT'S
- Thoughts on things we take for granted.
(January 29, 2000)
- THIS TIME IT'S REAL AND IT
ISN'T MADALYN'S FAULT
- Preaching does not serve the general public, the FCC said recently. And
their newest "religion" ruling does?
(January 22, 2000)
- SUE GOD!
- In our litigious society, probably everyone has been sued except for
God. An old "nemesis" suggests a few avenues to pursue.
- WHAT WOULD JESUS
- If Jesus were to appear at a press conference today and a reporter were
to ask him what he thinks of the church which carries his name, what would he
(January 8, 2000)
- MEANWHILE: HAPPY NEW
- A new year dawns, full of new hopes, new dreams. Meanwhile...
(January 1, 2000)
- ANTONINA, RUSSIAN
- Meet a mother who prayed for twenty years before she received the
answer to her prayer that her son would come to know Jesus Christ as his Lord
(Special from 1993 – Reflections from my first trip to
- WHEN WILL WE EVER
- In Samara in 1991, girls up to 18 years old had a total of 500
abortions. In 1992 the number of murdered babies sky-rocketed to 5000. In
women over 18, there were so many abortions, the number could not be
tabulated. Abortion is now the "preferred" method of birth control in Samara
and throughout Russia.
(Special from 1993 – Reflections from my first
trip to Russia)
- MISSION TO VOLGAGRAD
- Going to Volgagrad (briefly named Stalingrad), I thought about a
harvest field called Russia. God has called Americans to help harvest the crop
faithful Russians have been planting for 70 years. This is not our revival, it
is theirs. And I suspect that it is not so much our prayers which has brought
on the harvest, but theirs.
(Special from 1993 – Reflections from my
first trip to Russia)
- When I wrote this column, Lena Borisenka was 19. I've never seen anyone
win my wife's heart so quickly. There was an instant attraction between Lena
and Bonnie. The young Russian Christian had long been one of my favorites. She
is a precious young lady, full of life and the love of Jesus. Today she is
married to Sergei Groodson, the mother of two precious children, Ann and
Zechariah, and an active member of her church. Meet my "Russian daughter."
(Special from 1993 – Reflections from my first trip to Russia)
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