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God Loves You Too
Throughout the ages religion has been corrupted by man. Extremists in every faith have used religion as an excuse for behaviors God most certainly would not endorse. And now, some individuals have gone to another step: Because religions throughout the world can’t agree on a common God, because within each faith humans have created ambiguity by adding ceremony to scripture, and because science supposedly does not correlate and corroborate religion, atheists have emerged who advocate an odd negative – that God does not exist. I submit that God does exist and that faulty thinking is the real root of the problem with evil elements in conflict with the goodness of God certainly having incentives to further atheistic ideas.
I submit that the very fact different religions can’t agree on a Common God substantiates God’s compassionate and loving nature in reaching different cultures in different ways. I grew up a Lutheran and became confirmed as a Catholic in 2000. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior and I don’t think of myself as a Catholic convert. I think of myself as having adding Catholic understanding to my spiritual repertoire. And I believe that God reaches all people throughout the world in the ways He chooses and that to discount and disparage any religion which teaches good things is fundamentally arrogant and contrary to Jesus’ teaching to Love each other. If God requires that a person accept Jesus prior to entrance into Heaven I believe he will provide that opportunity regardless of the faith practiced by that person throughout life. As the uncorrupted versions of all Good God based religions essentially advocate the same tenets, the spiritual heart of a good person is ready to accept Jesus should God require it.
Humans have added ambiguity by adding ceremony to religious practice. Sometimes preachers have acted like salesmen by choosing to take certain Bible passages out of context to support a particular position or to support a particular church’s choice to emphasize certain Bible teachings by making them appear more important than others. By doing so, over time it would appear to almost anyone that hypocrisy and inconsistencies exist and THEY WOULD BE RIGHT. However, God’s teachings have remained the same over time. The inconsistency is in the various interpretations which have become more obvious due to the unlimited data available to us in this information age. I believe that these gross inconsistencies can be minimized if organized religions would review ceremony and ritual that is not explicitly taught in the Bible and change whatever has become corrupted over time. Similarly, by choosing to elevate in importance passages which were included in the Bible as additional explanations and clarifications some denominations have changed God’s message with perhaps the unintended consequences of creating doubt where there should be none.
The supposed conflict between science and religion has been heavily promoted in the media. I submit that true science supports and corroborates religion. For example, scientific evidence shows that almost instantaneous changes occurred in evolution at a point in history. Unless an outside force was responsible for this, an instant change would have been impossible. Much has been made about the supposed difference between science and religion on the age of the world. I submit there is no difference at all. If God created all that is around us as I believe He did, he would have had to make 1 year old trees and fifty year old trees, 1 day old lava and billion year old rock, adult Adam and adult Eve, and grown elephants with baby elephants. In other worlds, at the moment of creation, God could have (and I believe He did) give whatever age he chose to the products of His creation. Years later, any scientific testing would show the object with an age corresponding to its initial age given by God plus any years which have passed since that time. So for sake of argument, if God created everything 5000 years ago, the 60 million year old dinosaur bones we find could very well be 60 million, 5000 years old because they started off with 60 million years on the clock at time of God’s creation.
All around us, the complexity and beauty of what God has given us in and of itself is testament to His existence. If stuff just happened without God, the simplest snowflake would not have defaulted to the complex, beautiful architecture it actually has. And humans of faith would not have all the anecdotal evidence of God’s very real spiritual involvement in everyday lives. To those without faith, know that God loves you too. All you need to have faith is to be honest and ask for God’s help in restoring your faith and you will open up your heart and soul to the most beautiful gift of the universe – everlasting life through the intercession of Jesus Christ in obtaining for us God’s forgiveness for our sins. Each and every one of us who is completely honest will acknowledge that we are all sinners by varying degree and will readily accept this Everlasting Gift of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Those who are without belief or who have been manipulated by evil in thinking so are in for a wonderful and loving transformation by simply asking: “God, please come in to my life and give me faith.”
Werner Poegel (978) 632-6324
March 29, 2015
Maki Building Centers of Gardner, Lunenburg, and Sterling have a story to tell! The company was established right after World War II in 1949 and is still very much family-owned. It is known for its high quality standards on lumber and contractors throughout New England use Maki as a benchmark for the quality lumber they want on their job sites.
It’s hard to get the folks at Maki to boast about the company as they seem to have a much more humble approach. Therefore, in the opinion of this Publisher, there are some local folks who may have overlooked Maki if they haven’t been exposed to the numerous positive testimonials from family and friends.
Did you know? Maki Building Centers is a huge operation in Gardner with acres and acres of lumber. The entrance to the facility is very much understated, like the Tardis on the Doctor Who television show where the entrance is small and the area inside is enormous.
Did you know? At the Gardner location, Maki Building Centers has a Specialty Wholesale Supply division which is an actual manufacturer of windows and doors! They beat every standard around and are generally less expensive. Even Custom Windows are often 30% less pricey than the Big Box stores and are better quality. Definitely worth checking out.
And get this? While some of the big box stores have large delivery fees, I found out that Maki’s delivery fee is only $15 for orders less than $250 and only $25 for orders more than $250. As of this writing, they don’t even disclose this on their website even though it would give them a clear advantage. This is a perfect example of a company performing much better than advertised. That is why it earns our highest recommendation.
I’ll give you an example of my own experience: Several years ago, I was having some work done building the WebTech offices. I was ignorant so I was going to buy some lumber at one of the big box stores. The contractor said, “Why are you going to do that,” Maki will deliver much cheaper plus the price on the 2x4s is less. It was a no-brainer. An opportunity to support a local company which gives back to the community in the form of local jobs and more, and save money.
Try Maki. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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Check it out! It’s next to the post office in East Templeton. Well worth a drive from anywhere. Ah, so you want the phone number too. It’s (978) 632-3200.
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It’s interesting what people search for on Google when they are interested in all things “Gardner.”
- Gardner MA gets about 2000 queries every day from people in the United States
- Colonial Inn and the Colonial Hotel are the most searched for terms
- Every day, about 50 people look up information about Gardner Furniture
- Other big topics are Gardner News, Gardner weather, Gardner apartments, Gardner movies, Gardner jobs, and Gardner library.
- Types of businesses looked for very often are funeral homes, florists, and the hospital
- We plotted the top 25 business searches. 1 out of every 7 were for Heywood Hospital. 1 out of every 25 were for the popular Gardner Ale House.
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The city of Gardner Massachusetts offers various information.
City of Gardner MA Charter - downloadable pdf file
City of Gardner MA Ordinances - downloadable pdf file – large file
Gardner is called the Chair City because of a long history of furniture production dating back to the early 19th century. It’s also been called “The Furniture Capital of New England”. It took 100 years, but by 1910 there were 20 chair factories in Gardner producing an average of 200,000 chairs each per year, that’s over 500 chairs each per day per factory. To put it another way, in 1910, 1 chair was finished in Gardner MA every 8 seconds.
Some of the noted manufacturers of furniture from Gardner MA included Heywood-Wakefield which was started by five brothers in the Heywood family in 1826. An interesting factual tidbit is that Levi Heywood set up an outlet store in Boston in 1831 to sell the chairs which were being manufactured in Gardner. Today, these Boston area buyers are being reached by a group of Gardner MA Furniture retailers which are marketing themselves as furniture outlets to sell furniture from the Gardner area and from around the country. The stores include the Factory Coop, Lachance Furniture Showroom and Rome Furniture Center. Their common website is GardnerOutlets.com. Other furniture stores in surrounding communities used to market with these three and include Winchendon Furniture (open and doing a brisk business), Templeton Furniture, and R. Smith Furniture (now defunct).
Gardner was also the home of the Conant-Ball furniture factory. Nichols & Stone, a Gardner Furniture manufacturing company ceased production in 2008. Much of the site is now occupied by a retail location including a Price Chopper Supermarket which opened in Gardner in September 2012.