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Jonah - God's Grace is for Everyone

Jonah was told to go to Nineveh and call out against the evil in the capital city of Assyria. Assyria was the powerful nation that would eventually exile the northern kingdom of Israel. Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh and instead went in the opposite direction.
Jonah's disobedience towards God landed him in the belly of a fish. With his life ebbing away, Jonah remembered the steadfast love of the LORD and called out for help.  The LORD graciously saved him by having the fish vomit him out on dry ground. This gets Jonah's attention and he dutifully goes to Nineveh to proclaim the message that God had told him.
Now, Nineveh's wickedness was so great that judgement was imminent. When they heard the message of Jonah they believed it and changed their ways in the hope that God would be gracious to them. God saw what they did and graciously relented from the disaster that He had said would come upon them, which made Jonah angry. Jonah was angry that God was too gracious: O …

I am Rich, but am I Murderer

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasures in the last days. Behold, the wages of the labourers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the ear in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you (James 5:1-6). These six verses convict me more than any other verses in the Bible. I may not be rich relative to my peers, but I am rich compared to 99% of the other people who live in the world. If you make greater than $34, 000 USD, you are in the richest 1% of the entire world. I don't have treasures …

Conrad Black

"Conrad Black went to jail for fraud and was a good writer," that summarized all that I knew about Lord Black before I read his book "A Matter of principle." I became interested in Conrad by reading his articles in the National Post. He was insightful, fair minded, and courageous. Unlike most journalist he did not seem go along with the status quo (i.e. Climate Change), but actually researched things for himself. This made me want to learn more about him and find out why he went to jail.

After reading his book, I am convinced that he is innocent and that both the Canadian and American legal systems are unreliable. He gives a good summary of his case in this article. His story has reminded me that we should always look at all the evidence before condemning someone and that justice is a rare commodity. The statistics he shares about the American justice system are quite alarming and makes you wonder if anybody can get justice especially if they do not have money:
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