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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | To know you are blessed is a blessing

To know you are blessed is a blessing

We are in the Passover/Easter time of year. And there’s a lot of talk about God, and a lot of spiritual gratitude in the air. Some of it hot air, some of it self-inflationary, and even then, some of it, yes, uplifting. Maybe there’s not as much sincere prayer tweeting as there should be but measuring usually doesn’t have much to do with the quality of a transforming experience. And…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Self-Pity Sails to Self-Excuse on the SS Addiction

Self-Pity Sails to Self-Excuse on the SS Addiction

Nature is not just or unjust; it is indifferent. It is a fact of nature that rivers will often flow together and in their shared nature be the shared source of a larger river which may water our fields but may flood our world. This is also a metaphoric vulnerability in the field of addiction – a metaphor with no less truth too often flowing to a very sad sea.…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | So Help Me God!

So Help Me God!

America is one of the planet’s most noble experiments, and it was a compelling sight witnessing the 2nd Inauguration of President Obama. Certainly, to be a citizen is to be part of the adventure. And listening to the President and Vice President taking the oath of office brought the challenge of this experiment into real time focus. Both the President and Vice President ended their oaths by repeating, “So help…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | The Morning News is a Contradiction in Terms

The Morning News is a Contradiction in Terms

I used to get up and watch a network morning news show every morning. A slug of coffee, and a slug of hard information I figured was the perfect cocktail for the responsible citizen. But a few years back, these high profile shows went from news to fan dancer. Now the programming is a burlesque with little behind the programming but another fan revealing nothing even as the anchors are…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | When You Are In A Hurry Go Slowly

When You Are In A Hurry Go Slowly

In the history of the world, this has got to be breaking news. Scientists now report that obesity is more of a global health issue than hunger. Unfortunately, those who are going to bed hungry night after night on this planet won’t find anything in this announcement to calm their hunger…or the hunger of their children. However, for the rest of us in the land of bulging belts, this does…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | When We Change The World Changes

When We Change The World Changes

Shortly after Obama’s first election victory, I saw a homeless guy with a tin cup and a sign that read: “I’m also looking for change.” Whether we’re looking for change or not, change is the only constant, and while all of us are subject to our own mortality this is a headline on a newspaper we are often inclined not to read. Many of us feel that our ability to…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Not in Having but in Giving

Not in Having but in Giving

Even as the best in us remembers how much we have to be thankful for, Thanksgiving is a reminder ethical elevation is not in having but in giving. Having thanks for our life can make a difference in our life. Giving thanks can make more than just a difference; it can make a just difference. And a just difference can make all the difference. Knowing we have a great life…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | First World vs Third World Concerns

First World vs Third World Concerns

A wealthy Englishman once remarked: “I find it easier to be a member of a club than of the human race because the bylaws are shorter, and I know all the members personally.” Groucho Marx once quipped, “I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor, and rich is better.” The problem is that all of us have problems. But we all have different problems. And many of us like to think…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Circumstance and Vision

Circumstance and Vision

Chuck Pagano is the coach of the Indianapolis Colts football team, and he is battling leukemia. When his team came back from losing to win its game last Sunday, the coach returned to the locker room to give a talk to his players. The gist of the talk went like this: “The challenge in life is whether you are living in circumstance or vision.” And it got me thinking. Whether…

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