Friday, June 25, 2010

Love Song -- blast from the past & step into the future

For those of you who, like me, were impacted by the Jesus Movement of the seventies (I guess everyone was impacted in some way or other), you'll be jealous of the fact I'm attending another Love Song concert. Yes, Love Song, the original band from the seventies.

For more information, and a few other snippets about what's happening around my area nowadays, read my latest article here in The Examiner: Love Song - blast from the past - live in Vista

A blast from the past and a look into the future. All happening this weekend in San Diego North County.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © June 2010

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day and the fatherless

Father's Day is not always so jolly for some dads -- and some kids.

For many children it's a painful, painful time -- a reminder that they don't have a dad who cares. And for some dads, it's a reminder that they're far away from their children -- perhaps serving overseas to protect our country, or perhaps caught in an ugly divorce situation. Whatever the reason, Father's Day can be tough.

Read my article on Father's Day in The Examiner here. And please leave a comment on my page in The Examiner.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

I feel the earth move -- in San Diego

Just posted my latest article on this weekend's earthquakes -- & a whole lot more -- on The Examiner.

Yep more earthquakes here in San Diego County -- and all around. What on earth is going on.

As Carole King and James Taylor sing so eloquently, so iconically, the earth is indeed moving under our feet.

Please check out my article on The Examiner
. And tell me what you think. Leave a comment there. (Comments in English or French only please -- or I won't understand them. Maybe poco Italiano.)

Thank you for reading it.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © June 2010

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Searching for God Knows What

I review for Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers
From Adam to Eve to potential visiting aliens, in Searching for God Knows What, Don Miller explores the human dilemma in his typical humorous, thought-probing style. Humans are both complex and simple, entangled in a web of fallen selfhood. Our biggest search – or felt-need – is for significance.

We spend our lives striving for identity and acceptance, subconsciously yielding to, as Miller puts it, a “jury of peers,” seeking their endorsement. Like people in a lifeboat, we strive for survival in a hierarchy based on humanly perceived worth. We hope to make it but we always fall short. No amount of human approval fulfills us and replaces what we lost in the Garden—our relationship with God.

Miller explains our hopelessly hollow hearts and desire for significance in his 5-point Genesis Theory. We are broken. Only Jesus can fix us. And He does this through relationship.

This book answers a lot of questions and could really help people in marriage, or any other kind of relationship. My only criticism: I had to read some sentences twice because of an absence of punctuation which, while expressing Miller’s unique voice, obscures the meaning. Still, this book’s a great read for both seekers and mature Christians alike.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © June 2010

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Voter's Guide

I just voted. And you? In case you're still wondering about voting, read my article below. Or read the original article I published in The Examiner.

“A people that value privilege above principle will soon lose both.” --Dwight Eisenhower

“Our future as a country depends on an involved and concerned citizenry.” --George Washington

“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.” –Ronald Reagan

“Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. Please vote!” --Abraham Lincoln

Ok, so now it’s June, what happens in San Diego (other than June Gloom that is)? Well, for one thing, today is the ‘big day.’ Yep, it’s time to vote.

While politics and religion don’t mix – or so they say – it is the duty of every Christian to vote. The Bible teaches that Christians are to be light and salt:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men” (Matthew 5:13).

“Trampled by men” is a harsh term. Certainly, men will trample all over us, all over society, if we don’t exercise our influence. This includes our privilege to vote.

Christians are given not just the opportunity but also the responsibility to influence society in a beneficial way by choosing to act according to our eternal purpose – to act Christ-like.

But what has acting Christ-like got to do with voting Prop “XYZ” or voting for various candidates to hold key positions to improve the quality of life in our country and also our county?

Would Jesus have voted? If He did (and we can’t know), His choices would have been based on biblical principles. The question then is: Is this Prop or this candidate aligned with the principles seen in the Bible? As Christians, we share this same responsibility: to choose in a way that pleases God.

Today’s the day . . . to make our votes count!

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
Copyright©June 2010
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