When I was young and naive, I read the newspaper believing all that was written in its pages. Today, I know Better. I know that what I read is filled with political bias, undocumented facts (alternative Facts) and outright Lies.
Today it can be very difficult to find what the truth is. When everyone with twitter, Instagram, Facebook and more can spew out there lies, hate, opinions and call it the news. I do believe that there are still respectable people reporting about worthy causes and events, but one must be able to discern between fiction, opinions, and the truth.
Bender Bylines, as well as all the pages on this website, Our from my life experiences, my own research, and I have made some of my own conclusions along the way. There is only one truth. I find freedom knowing the truth.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from the truth. We need to research this truth and when found apply it to our minds, our hearts, and our lives.Do you really want to know the truth?
Bender Bylines was created in 1992 when I was a missionary in East Africa. During that time, I wrote to my supporters about life in Tanzania East Africa. I guess being a printer and focusing on revitalizing the printing and publishing operation of Musoma Press, I felt I needed to come up with something that would catch the minds of our readers, and supporters. The first publications were about life as a missionary, current events, and the truth about hard issues that we faced from day to day. I sent those newsletters home to my church. The title caught on and soon people looked forward to Bender Bylines
Difficult times can give us new perspective on things. I have learned over the years that embracing the truth is the best way to live a life of peace, joy, and Love. Sadly many of us do not know the truth or understand the truth. We are like a ship tossed at sea not realizing the rocks that are all around us. We need a light to shine in the darkness or our ship will surely be destroyed. We need to understand the truth to make wise choices.
Coming back to America and stepping into a grocery store was mind boggling. I remember our family just starring at all the boxes on the shelf. There were just too many things to choose from. We were overwhelmed with all the different types of brands and colors to attract our attention. Sort of like the idea of truth, with all sorts of information and opinions it can boggle your mind.
Shortly after coming back I did not even think about such things. I throw all kinds of items in the cart. Sale- Sale-Sale it is just so easy. I just must have it. I still stand there sometimes looking at all the choices, when it says it is good for me, may not be good for me. Some is just all sugar and no nourishment.
I do know that it is better to go into the grocery store with a list. The store is laid out in a way to get you to buy more and more. They have milk and eggs on one side of the store and bread on the other. This makes you go through the whole store to retrieve the basics. Did you know that there is a science behind store layout? There are people hired to design the store so that you see what they want you to see. Which makes you buy more than what you came for. When I realized this I paid close attention to my list.
Then there is the reason for your purchase. With just one choice it has been made for you. But now, you have price, brands, nutrient value, and so on and so forth. For example, my wife is a vegan, So she has no desire to linger in the meat section. Her focus is than on a particular kind of food. She has already made her mind up as to what she even looks at. She looks at calories, serving size, and many other things that most people do not even think about.
With this little experience called “grocery shopping” I have learned that we do the same thing with truth. We walk out into the world unsuspecting that the world is laid out in a way to catch our eye, trigger our senses, and appeal to our ongoing appetite. If we do not have a list, or a focus we will be putting everything into our shopping cart of a brain and believing most of it.
I remember how simple it once was to only have one choice. Yes, there is something about choices that give us a sense of control in our lives. But really the choices control us. Bender Bylines is a collection of experiences, facts, and research that has helped me on my passage through the rough seas, dangerous rocks, and the dark night. There have been times where I ignored the light and tried to sail on my own understanding. I tried to make choices without understanding. I must confess that I got banged up, tossed at sea and was shipped wrecked for quite a while. If there was not someone who was faithful to shine a light for me to see, I would still be lost.
Today, through these pages I wish to shine a light, help make a list, or just laugh about our everyday experiences. My hope is show you the truth that I have learned through my mistakes, my pain, my brokenness and the freedom I have found knowing the truth. If somehow I can lead you away from the rocks, the lies, the storms, that are all around us, then let me know by droping me a word of encourgement. Jesus said, “know the truth and the truth will set you free!”
I hope you enjoy reading these articles as I
once again pick up my
pen,/keyboard and write about everyday experiences, current events, and sometimes just my perspective on things. Whatever you receive from reading Bender Bylines or any of the pages here, I truly pray that it helps you make good choices in the future. So once again I bring to you: