Sunday, June 28, 2015

Understanding the Difference between 'Good vs. Evil'


Check the news stories across the U.S. and around the world every day and you can plainly see the daily battle between 'Good versus Evil' taking place. Think terrorists, drug cartels, greedy corporations, corrupt politicians... You can see that the difference between Good and Evil have apparently never been explained to hundreds of millions of people. It's amazing to observe.

I tend to come at these concepts from a Christian point of view, but the definition of what is Good and Evil tend to be very consistent across all religions and societies in the world. Think about this and you'll probably agree with that observation.

As you read the rest of this article, think about the people and events in the news and judge for yourself who are performing 'Good versus Evil' acts. As you might expect, many of the Evil acts are performed by people and organizations that are very self-centered, closed minded, and in hot pursuit of power and money.

Contrast this in your mind with the acts of those pursuing Good - trying to help, serve, and care for other people and God's creation.

[Selected Excerpts From the Bible]

Romans 12:9-21. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving God. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.



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Evil

Matthew 15:19. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Mark 7:21-22. For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

Romans 1:29-31. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

1 Timothy 1: 9-10. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine

2 Timothy 3:1-5. There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

Galatians 5:19-21. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.

Revelation 21:8. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

Revelation 22:15. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Examples of Words Describing Evil Traits or Behavior

murder
adultery
sexual immorality
theft
false testimony
slander
greed
malice
deceit
lewdness
envy
arrogance
wickedness
depravity
strife
malice
gossips
vile
rebellious
lawbreakers
sinful
unholy
perverts
slave traders
liars
perjurers
lovers of themselves
lovers of money
proud
abusive
ungrateful
unholy
without love
unforgiving
lacking self-control
brutal
treacherous
God-haters
insolent
boastful
rash
conceited
debauchery
idolatry
witchcraft
hatred
discord
jealousy
fits of rage
selfish ambition
dissensions
envious
drunkenness
cowardly
unbelieving
disobedient
senseless
faithless
heartless
ruthless



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Good

1 Timothy 6:11. You, man of God, flee from all this [love of money], and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Colossians 3:12. Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Thessalonians 5:13-18. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.

Titus 3:1-2. Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

2 Peter 1:5-7. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

Examples of Words Describing Good Traits or Behavior

righteous
godliness
self-control
love
gentleness
kind
endurance
joyful
peaceable
patience
kindness
goodness
faithfulness
considerate
self-control
compassion
goodness
humility
humble
patient
trusting
hopeful
persevering
peace-maker
encouraging
helpful
joyful
prayerful
thankful
obedient


Why do so many people not understand the difference between Good and Evil? Apparently, there is a need to teach people the difference because somewhere along the line they have never learned the difference.

Think of Islamic terrorists, drug cartels, greedy corporations, corrupt politicians, ... Think about those that are reflecting 'Good versus Evil' behavior. It should be obvious.

Share this brief lesson explaining the difference between Good and Evil with others. Apparently, many people need it. If you don't like the heavy emphasis on Christian scripture, strip it out and share the lesson in your own words.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Brief History of Clemson Football Team and Bowl Games


Clemson University was founded in 1889. It is a public, co-ed institution of higher education located in Clemson, South Carolina. As of 2014, Clemson University enrollment consisted of 17,260 undergraduate students and 4,597 graduate students. It is named after Thomas Green Clemson.

The Clemson University football team is known as the "Clemson University Fighting Tigers". The Tigers compete in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Tigers play their home games in Memorial Stadium on the main campus in Clemson, S.C. The stadium is also known as "Death Valley" and is the 19th largest stadium in college football.

With 20 total conference titles, Clemson is one of the founding members of the ACC. Among its five undefeated seasons, Clemson won their first and only poll-era national football championship in 1981 with a 22-15 win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers have 37 total bowl appearances with a win-loss record of 19-18. The Tigers have finished in the Final Top 25 rankings 25 times in the program's history.

Early History: 1896–1930


Walter Merritt Riggs is known as the "Father of Clemson Football". He brought the game with him from Agricultural & Mechanical College of Alabama, now known as Auburn University. The fact that Auburn and Clemson share the same mascot is no accident. Riggs helped organize and coach the infant Tiger team in 1896 and took the team to a 2–1 record in the inaugural year. He then stepped aside and William M. Williams coached the Tigers in 1897, guiding them to a 2–2 record. In 1898, John Penton led the Tigers to a 3–1 record. In 1899, Riggs again took over the reins and the team went 4–2.

After a decade as a professor, Riggs was named acting president of Clemson Agricultural College in 1910, being confirmed by the Board of Trustees as permanent president on March 7, 1911. He served until his untimely death on January 22, 1924 while on a trip to Washington, D.C.

John Heisman coached the Tigers to their first undefeated season (6–0) in 1900. Heisman stayed only four years at Clemson, where he compiled a record of 19–3–2, an .833 percentage, the best in Clemson football history. After Heisman left Clemson to become the head coach at Georgia Tech.

The following coaches led the Tigers football team from 1904 through 1930:

  • Shack Shealy (1904): 3–3–1 record; the only Clemson graduate (1899) to serve as head coach of his alma mater
  • Edward B. Cochems (1905): 3–2–1 record
  • Bob Williams (1906, 1909, 1913–1915): 21–14–6 record; the only coach to serve as Clemson's head coach three times; he also coached at the University of South Carolina
  • Frank Shaughnessy (1907): 4–4 record
  • John Stone (1908): 1–6 record
  • Frank Dobson (1910–1912): 11–12–1 record; he also coached at South Carolina
  • Wayne Hart (1916): 3–6 record
  • Edward Donahue (1917–1920): 21–12–3 record
  • E.J. Stewart (1921–1922): 6–10–2 record
  • Bud Saunders (1923–1926): 10–22–1 record
  • Josh Cody (1927–1930): 29–11–1 record; Tigers were undefeated at home (13-0-1) and against South Carolina (3–0) during Cody's tenure

Clemson Football: 1930 - Present


Jess Neely era (1931–1939)


In 1931, Jess Neely became Clemson's head football coach. During his tenure, Neely led the Tigers to a 43-35-7 record. His final season at Clemson was the turning point in the Tigers' program. His team went 9-1 during that season. The Tigers also received their first bowl invitation and bowl victory that year, defeating nationally ranked Boston College 6-3 in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic. The 1939 Tigers finished with a #12 ranking in the final AP poll. Jess Neely, along with then athletic director Rupert Fike founded the IPTAY Scholarship Fund that supports the Clemson Athletic Department.

Frank Howard era (1940–1969)


Frank Howard, an assistant coach under Neely, was named head coach in 1940. In his 30 years at Clemson, Howard compiled a 165–118–12 record, a 3–3 bowl record, won two Southern Conference championships, and six ACC championships. Clemson had two undefeated season under Howard, one in 1948 (11-0), and one in 1950 (9-0-1).

The tradition of rubbing "Howard's Rock" prior to running down the hill before home games began during Coach Howard's tenure. The playing field at Memorial Stadium was named "Frank Howard Field" in 1974 following his retirement to honor his many years of service for the university. He was subsequently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Hootie Ingram era (1970–1972)


Hootie Ingram was Frank Howard's successor. Unfortunately, he only compiled a 12–21 record. The traditional "tiger paw" logo designed by John Antonio of Henderson Advertising was introduced in 1970 by Ingram and Clemson President R.C. Edwards.

Red Parker era (1973–1976)


Jimmy "Red" Parker coached the Tigers from 1973–1976, compiling a 17-25-2 record. The Tigers went 2-9 in 1975, and 3-6-2 in 1976. He was cut loose by the Board of Trustees at the end of the Bicentennial season.

Charlie Pell era (1977–1978)


Charlie Pell coached the Tigers for two seasons, winning the ACC Coach of the Year award twice and leading the Tigers to the 1978 ACC Championship en route to an 18-4-1 record. In both seasons, Clemson earned berths to the Gator Bowl.

Danny Ford era (1978–1989)


Danny Ford was promoted from offensive line coach to head coach in 1978, after Charlie Pell left for the University of Florida. He won his first game, the 1978 Gator Bowl, with a 17–15 victory over Ohio State.

In his fourth season, Ford guided Clemson to the summit of college football by winning the National Football Championship, recording the program's fifth undefeated season with a record of 12-0. They concluded the season with a 22-15 victory over Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl. Ford was named National Coach-of-the-Year in 1981 and holds the record as the youngest coach (33 years old) to win a national championship.

On November 21, 1982, the football program was placed on probation for a 2-year period related to numerous recruiting violations. Clemson was also barred from participating in bowl games following the 1982 and 1983 seasons.

After the probation period, Clemson won three straight ACC titles between 1986 and 1988, including a 35-10 victory over Penn State and a 13-6 defeat of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Florida Citrus Bowl. In 1989, Clemson registered a 10-2 season. Danny Ford ended his career at Clemson with a 27–7 win over West Virginia in the 1989 Gator Bowl.

Ford compiled a 96-29-4 (.760) record at Clemson and remains the second most winningest coach in Clemson history. He coached the Tigers to five ACC championships.

Ken Hatfield era (1990–1993)


Ken Hatfield took over as head coach at Clemson in late 1989. He had a 32–13–1 record with the Tigers and led them to three bowl games. Hatfield worked to clean up the program's image in the wake of the Ford-era sanctions. However, he was never very popular with the fans. Hatfield resigned at the end of the regular 1993 season.

Tommy West era (1993–1998)


Tommy West replaced Ken Hatfield at the end of the 1993 season, coaching the Tigers to a 14-13 victory in the 1993 Peach Bowl against Kentucky. West had a 31–28 record during his five seasons at Clemson and led the Tigers to three bowl games but never won an ACC championships. West left after a dismal 1998 campaign which saw Clemson go 3-8 and finish last in the ACC.

Tommy Bowden era (1999–2008)


Following the 1998 season, Clemson hired Tommy Bowden. Bowden led the Tigers to a 6–6 record and a Peach Bowl bid in 1999. During Bowden's tenure, the Tigers were bowl eligible every season but didn't win any ACC championships. After numerous winning seasons, Tommy Bowden agreed to resign in 2008 during mid-season, after leading the team to a disappointing 3–3 record. Assistant coach Dabo Swinney was named interim head coach and completed the rest of the season.

Dabo Swinney era (2008–Present)


Following the departure of Tommy Bowden, coach Dabo Swinney was dubbed interim head coach and led the Tigers to 7-6 record in 2008. The following are other highlights of the Dabo Swinney era to date:

  • On November 21, 2009, Swinney and the Tigers qualified for their first ACC title game berth, only to lose to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 39–34. They were awarded a trip to the 2009 Music City Bowl, and defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 21–13.
  • On December 31, 2010 Clemson was defeated by the South Florida Bulls, 31–26, in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.
  • On November 12, 2011, Clemson defeated Wake Forest, winning the ACC Atlantic Division title. On December 3, the Tigers won their first ACC Championship since 1991, defeating Virginia Tech 38-10 in the Championship Game. However, Clemson would go on to suffer a massive loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers in the 2012 Orange Bowl 70-33.
  • On Dec. 31, 2012, Clemson achieved its first 11-win season since the national championship year with a last-second upset win over the #8 LSU Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
  • The 2013 season was historic for the Clemson football program. The Tigers began the season with a 38-35 home victory over rival and fifth-ranked Georgia and finished 11-2 in 2013 and secured the school's first ever BCS bowl win with a 40-35 victory over #7 Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.
  • Clemson finished 10-3 in 2014, highlighted by a 35-17 win over arch-rival University of South Carolina and a 40-6 win over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
  • ended with 14–1 overall record. \
  • In 2015, behind the leadership of QB Deshaun Watson, the Tigers won the 2015 ACC Championship against North Carolina by a score of 45–37. The Tigers were selected to participate in the 2016 College Football Playoff as the top-seeded team in the tournament. Clemson defeated the #4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the 2015 Orange Bowl by a score of 37–17 to advance to the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game against the #2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on January 11, 2016. Clemson lost the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game to Alabama, 45–40 ending the school's 17-game winning streak.
  • In 2016, Clemson once again set the standard for the rest of the ACC and finished the regular season at 12–1, culminated by a 56–7 win at home over their arch-rival South Carolina Gamecocks. Clemson won the ACC championship and secured its second trip to the CFP National Championship with a 31–0 shutout of semi-finalist #3 Ohio State in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. The Tigers competed in the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship game in Tampa, Florida on January 9, 2017, where they beat the previously undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide 35–31 on a game-winning touchdown with one second remaining, to win the 2016 College Football National Championship.
* For more detail on Clemson University and its football program, see Wikipedia



List of Bowl Games

#
Season
Bowl
Score
Date
Opponent
1
1939 W 6–3 January 1, 1940 Boston College Eagles
2
1948 W 24–23 January 1, 1949 Missouri Tigers
3
1950 W 15–14 January 1, 1951 Miami Hurricanes
4
1951 L 14–0 January 1, 1952 Miami Hurricanes
5
1956 L 27–21 January 1, 1957 Colorado Buffaloes
6
1958 L 7–0 January 1, 1959 LSU Tigers
7
1959 W 7–0 December 19, 1959 TCU Horned Frogs
8
1977 L 34–3 December 30, 1977 Pittsburgh Panthers
9
1978 W 17–15 December 29, 1978 Ohio State Buckeyes
10
1979 L 24–18 December 31, 1979 Baylor Bears
11
1981 W 22–15 January 1, 1982 Nebraska Cornhuskers
12
1985 L 20–13 December 21, 1985 Minnesota Golden Gophers
13
1986 W 27–21 December 27, 1986 Stanford Cardinal
14
1987 W 35–10 January 1, 1988 Penn State Nittany Lions
15
1988 W 13–6 January 1, 1989 Oklahoma Sooners
16
1989 W 27–7 December 30, 1989 West Virginia Mountaineers
17
1990 W 30–0 January 1, 1991 Illinois Fighting Illini
18
1991 L 37–14 January 1, 1992 California Golden Bears
19
1993 W 14–13 December 31, 1993 Kentucky Wildcats
20
1995 L 41–0 January 1, 1996 Syracuse Orangemen
21
1996 L 10–7 December 28, 1996 LSU Tigers
22
1997 L 21–17 January 2, 1998 Auburn Tigers
23
1999 L 17–7 December 30, 1999 Mississippi State Bulldogs
24
2000 L 41–20 January 1, 2001 Virginia Tech Hokies
25
2001 W 49–24 December 31, 2001 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
26
2002 L 55–15 December 23, 2002 Texas Tech Red Raiders
27
2003 W 27–14 January 2, 2004 Tennessee Volunteers
28
2005 W 19–10 December 27, 2005 Colorado Buffaloes
29
2006 L 28–20 December 29, 2006 Kentucky Wildcats
30
2007 L 23–20 (OT) December 31, 2007 Auburn Tigers
31
2008 L 26–21 January 1, 2009 Nebraska Cornhuskers
32
2009 W 21–13 December 27, 2009 Kentucky Wildcats
33
2010 L 31–26 December 31, 2010 South Florida Bulls
34
2011 L 70–33 January 4, 2012 West Virginia Mountaineers
35
2012 W 25–24 December 31, 2012 LSU Tigers
36
2013 W 40–35 January 3, 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes
37
2014 W 40–6 December 29, 2014 Oklahoma Sooners
38 2015     2015 Orange Bowl                W 37-17         Beat the Oklahoma Sooners
39 2015     2015 National Championship    L 45-40    Lost to Alabama Crimson Tide
40 2016     2016 Fiesta Bowl                  W 31-0            Beat Ohio State Buckeyes      
41 2016     2016 National Championship    W 35-31   Beat Alabama Crimson Tide

What will the Clemson University 2017 season look like for the 'Fighting Tigers'What do you think?