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GOODMORNING- A CHALLENGE FOR FATHERS

The role of mom is pretty well recognized by everyone (including the secular world) as vital to the family, but for some reason fathers have been relegated to the position of second class citizen, especially in our day with the active feminist movement. A well known feminist leader has gone so far as to say, “fathers are a biological necessity, but a psychological absurdity.”

From the standpoint of God’s word and the evidence of a great deal of research that has been done recently, such a statement is an absurdity. Dads have a vital role in bringing strength and stability to the home. Actually, both mom and dad bring ingredients into the home that are crucial to the spiritual and emotional stability of the home. Together they bring a blend of femininity and masculinity which in many ways reveal the image of God. These two influences together, especially when they are the product of godly parentage, are vital forces in shaping spiritually and psychologically healthy children.

Today, children who live in single-parent homes have increased 300 percent. But even when both parents are physically present, the father, and sometimes the mother as well are often spiritually and psychologically absent. This coupled with other factors have had devastating results on the family.

  • Since 1963, violent crime has increased over 500 percent.
  • Illegitimate births have increased 400 percent.
  • Divorces have increased 400 percent.
  • Children living in single-parent homes have increased 300 percent.
  • Teenage suicide has increased 200 percent.
  • S.A.T. scores have dropped almost 80 points, despite huge increases in support for education.

Another alarming statistic is that crime among the very young (7-12 year olds) has increased a whopping 60% in just the last few years. Why has this happened? There are many reasons, but one of the major causes is the breakdown in the home, and this includes the failure of fathers to take the responsibility for the spiritual leadership of the family according to the guidelines of the Word–giving, loving, serving, caring and strong leadership.

Scripture and history show us that as goes the home, so goes the society. And generally speaking–as go the fathers, so goes the home. The moral and spiritual condition of the society is always the offspring of the family.

William Wordsworth wrote, “The child is father of the man,” meaning the experiences which occur in the early and formative years of a child’s life, the experiences of home, shape the character and behavior of tomorrow’s adult. And as that is true of the individual, so it becomes true of an entire society including, of course, its leadership. Note the emphasis of this Psalm:

Psalm 127:1-2 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

You’ve probably heard people say: “My wife and I have agreed that we don’t want to force our religion on the children. We want them to be free to make up their own minds about matters as important as that.” This may sound wise or sophisticated, but it is sheer nonsense! There can be no religious neutrality in a home because neutrality about God is itself a form of religion–an anti-God religion. If neutrality is the attitude of parents it will become the religion of their children. Most thoughtful people see the stupidity of bringing up children with an “open mind” about things like school, but fail to apply the same saneness of thought to knowing God.

Most thoughtful parents, by contrast, want their children to know about God and moral living. But somehow in the hustle and bustle of life, they never get a chance to take stock of where such training will come from. They think if they send them to Sunday School that will do it, but that involves only one hour out of 168 hours in a week. But there is a place that has a great deal more impact than any other in society due to the dynamics involve–if those dynamics are utilized. Where is that place? It’s the home–the place where life makes up its mind.

Psalm 78 addresses the importance of the home and the vital role of parents, especially fathers. This is a psalm of instruction covering Israel’s history from Egypt and the Exodus to the time of David. It records the failure of the people of Israel, but it also records the steadfast faithfulness of the Lord and His wonderful works and mercy. Ironically, one of their greatest failures was their failure as parents.

In Psalm 78, we have the words of Asaph, a contemporary of David, who longs to be heard because he is speaking an important word from God to God’s people, one that is absolutely essential to the preservation of society and the purpose of God’s people in society.

Exposition
(Psalm 78:1-8)

Psalm 78:1-8 Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. 4 We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. 5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should teach them to their children, 6 That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, 7 That they should put their confidence in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments, 8 And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart, And whose spirit was not faithful to God.

 

JMG’S Night Discussion- The mysterious death of Mikey Pelpa


The news reported
DWAYNE McLEOD / RASBERT TURNER, Staff Reporters
THE STAR has received reports that alleged community leader and dancehall artiste ‘Mikey Pelpa’ is dead.

Information reaching THE STAR is that Pelpa, born Michael Augustus Lynch, was among a group of men who took a boat from The Bahamas and tried to enter the United States.

The men are said to have jumped from the boat in a bid to escape the US Coast Guard. Lynch is said to have got into difficulties and drowned.

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds who is in charge of Operations, told THE STAR that he too has heard of the incident but could not confirm.

As THE STAR tried to get confirmation from local law enforcement authorities, a report seen on MiamiHerald.com said, “A Bahamian man was charged with human smuggling after a failed trip Tuesday that left one person dead … .”

The report continued, “A police helicopter spotted the 28-foot Intrepid boat in the water off Black Point Marina on Tuesday night and followed it. As authorities tried to stop the boat, those onboard jumped into the water and tried to swim. The body of a 28-year-old Jamaican man was found in the water about 30 feet from shore.”

Reports said 60 pounds of marijuana were found on the boat. Two other Jamaicans, David Coore, 27 and Delroy Coombs, 45, were charged with illegal re-entry by authorities in Miami.

A senior investigator from the St Catherine south division said although Lynch was not wanted by the police, he was the alleged leader of the ‘Lynch Mob’ gang which operates out of Waterford in Portmore, St Catherine.

In July 2007, Lynch and popular deejay Vybz Kartel participated in a peace march in Waterford.

This was to signify that Kartel’s Gaza family and his own ‘Lynch Mob’ were no longer at odds following reports that the two were locked in a deadly feud said to be sparked over turf.d that

*Now mi ears pick up seh a science Kartel science him and it mek a bit of sense…the boat neva did ina difficulty so why would he jump off the boat??…what mi waa know from di portmore people dem is if a science fi real or a set up cause Pelpa did have Kartel weak ticket locked*

QUICK FLIX

WHAT A MIGHTY DREAD!

Nagra Plunkett, Assignment Coordinator

WESTERN BUREAU:

It was passion, but not love in Negril Square, Westmoreland, last weekend, when a Rastafarian man took out his anger on a taxi operator and bit off a piece of his tongue.

THE WEEKEND STAR understands that the bizarre act on Saturday evening resulted from a quarrel that escalated into a physical confrontation between the Rasta and the cabbie.

The incident has been confirmed by several persons in the Negril area, some of whom find the act very humorous.

“(The) taxi driver was doing his regular routine of asking passengers if they were heading his direction towards the West End,” a witness told this newspaper.

It is said that the Rasta approached the taxi stand and was asked by the driver if he would be travelling along the West End, Negril route. “Me nah drive wid yuh cause yuh drive too fast and yuh soon dead,” the Rasta is said to have replied curtly.

His response, however, is said to have triggered a verbal attack from the taximan who proceeded to unleash a number of disrespectful remarks towards the Rasta and his mother.

 

taxi operators

The witness added; “It then turned out that the driver and the Rasta got into a fight and attempts made by the other taxi operators to part the two, proved futile.”

It is understood that the incensed Rasta subsequently grabbed the driver’s throat, which caused his tongue to protrude from his mouth as he was denied oxygen.

It was then that it is said that the rastaman attacked. The small crowd that had gathered are said to have witnessed as the Rasta bit the man’s tongue and spat out a piece on the ground.

Up to press time, the taxi man was hospitalised at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital.

Checks with Corporal Peter Salkey, Constabulary Communication Network officer for Westmoreland, revealed that he was unaware of the incident.

Efforts to contact the Negril Police Station, which is a mere stone’s throw away from the scene of the fight, proved futile as the three listed telephone numbers for the station went unanswered.

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DATE THE MALES~

A NEW AND IMPROVED RUFF?

BY FIRE

By Fire
I am dead !
Straight bullet to the head
No one told me survival was illegal
My life was frugal
Crime was the order of the day
With my children I have no time
The fact is I was called a bad man
Due to the laws of a mad man
I will never see the  light of day
My baptism was by fire
I only had a minute to pray
Yet I had so much say
I cannot rest in peace
Until you live in peace
Think twice before you go astray!
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