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When You Wanna Get Away

When the National Football League was in it’s prime, Southwest Airlines was one of it’s corporate sponsors. The initial commercial began with an official making a bad call during a game; then made it worse by leaving his microphone on while discussing the play with other referees. Thus, the phrase “you wanna get away” was born.

And in the morning, long before daylight, He got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayed, Mark 1:35.

Embarrassing moments don’t just disappear with time. Depending upon your age, how much you talk and the risks you take in life, these awkward and epic failures tend to increase. While on a field trip to the Smithsonian as a freshmen in high school, I wasn’t paying attention. Subsequently, I tried to walk up a down escalator. When I took I violent crash face first, I definitely wanted to get away.

And Simon [Peter] and those who were with him followed Him [pursuing Him eagerly and hunting Him out], 37 And they found Him and said to Him, Everybody is looking for You. 38 And He said to them, Let us be going on into the neighboring country towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out, Mark 1:36-38.

The Bible refers to a different kind of a get away. According to one of Paul’s missionary servants, Jesus started each new day by retreating to a quiet place. Once settled, Jesus began to communicate with his heavenly father. This time of prayer cleared Jesus’ head, enabling Him to start focusing on today. While modern people often wake up in a daze, Jesus was refreshed, able to narrow in on where to go, what to do and who to reach. The next time you wanna get away, follow in the footsteps of Jesus by praying.

by Jay Mankus

Two Candidates: One Choice

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at the David Mack Center at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Oct. 16, 2012.

Four years ago, a campaign slogan of Hope and Change propelled Barrack Obama into the White House.  At his disposal for 2 years, the president had control of the other 2 branches of government, with democrats having a majority in the House and Senate.  Beside passing Universal Healthcare into law, there aren’t many blue chip accomplishments Barrack Obama can cling to as the race for the 2012 Presidential Election heads down the home stretch.

While there will be more than 2 candidates on this year’s presidential ballot, there are only 2 main contenders, Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney.  Thus, before you fill out your absentee ballot or make your decision in a voting booth, there are a few things to think about before you decide.  First and foremost, each candidate is a sinner, separated from God, Romans 6:23.  Therefore, each candidate is imperfect with some flaws to consider.

During the 2008 Presidential Forum at Saddleback Church, moderated by Rick Warren, Barrack Obama tried to convince an audience of Christians that he indeed was a follower of Christ.  With his past 4 years of actions and words serving as a jury, Obama hid his Moslem middle name, went on a worldwide apology tour trying to appease Middle Eastern leaders and is forcing Catholic hospitals to provide, pay for woman’s contraceptives and potentially abortions as well.  Based upon the facts, Mr. Obama appears to resemble a Moslem more than a Christian, John 15:8.

On the other hand, Mitt Romney is not ashamed of his Mormon faith, serving as a missionary to France for 30 months and acts as the Bishop, the minister of his local congregation in Boston, Massachusetts.  However, Mormon theology deviates from the word of God, Deuteronomy 4:2 and Revelation 22:18.  Back in the 1980’s, the Smithsonian did an archeological search to find remains of cities, coins or landmarks mentioned in the book of Mormon, nothing was found.  If character is the measuring stick you will use to cast your vote, check out Titus 1:6-9 to determine for yourself who is the best candidate.

The second question you have to ask yourself, what type of person do you want in the White House, a career politician or a businessman?  Barrack Obama has a degree in Political Science from Columbia, became the president of the Harvard Law Review in law school and went on to teach constitutional law for 12 years at the University of Chicago Law School.  As a community organizer in Chicago, a successful campaign fundraiser and director of voter registration, Barrack Obama is a career politician who was a senator in Illinois before winning the 2008 presidency.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has a bachelor of Arts from BYU and a masters in Business Administration from Harvard.  In 1977, Romney went into management consulting working at Bain & Company before co-founding the spin off company, Bain Capital, a private equity firm.  As the CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, this recognition vaulted Romney to become the governor of Massachusetts.  Although Romney passed a healthcare reform bill in Massachusetts, he has garnished more popularity for his business background.

When election day 2012 finally arrives, you have an opportunity to as an American citizen to vote.  While family members, neighbors or unions may pressure you to lean toward one candidate, the choice is yours.  Do you want a politician or a businessman?  Don’t forget to cast your vote, just once though, to make it fair!

by Jay Mankus

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