Religion

When Life starts to Knock you Down

When Life starts to Knock you Down

on June 15, 2016, 6:29 AM / in Opinion, Religion

In the Depression era in the 1930s, Little Orphan Annie was a popular comic strip and radio program. Years later, it was the basis for the musical comedy Annie. The opening scene shows Annie in an orphanage where the girls are forced to clean and scrub in the middle of the night. Expressing their feelings of helplessness, they sing: “It’s the […]

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True Communication

True Communication

on June 15, 2016, 5:59 AM / in Religion

A crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.Acts 2:6 Walking in my North London neighborhood, I can hear snatches of conversation in many languages—Polish, Japanese, Hindi, Croatian, and Italian, to name a few. This diversity feels like a taste of heaven, yet I can’t understand what they’re saying. As I step into the […]

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God of the Ordinary

God of the Ordinary

on June 14, 2016, 6:15 AM / in Religion

He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.1 Corinthians 10:13 Hearing testimonies about how God did something spectacular in someone else’s life can challenge us. While we may rejoice to hear about answers to prayer, we may also wonder why God hasn’t done anything amazing for us lately. It’s easy to think that if God showed […]

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Repeat After Me

Repeat After Me

on June 13, 2016, 6:33 AM / in Religion

Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.Psalm 141:3 (nlt) When Rebecca stood on stage to speak at a conference, her first sentence into the microphone echoed around the room. It was a bit unsettling for her to hear her own words come back at her, and she had to adjust to the faulty sound system […]

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Have A Heart

Have A Heart

on June 12, 2016, 6:19 AM / in Religion

You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. —Exodus 22:21 People who lack feeling for others are like cold fronts on the weather map in winter—you’d rather see them going than coming. An example is the homeowner who treats the paperboy like the neighborhood pest. He acts as if the […]

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THE GREAT COMMISSION?

on June 11, 2016, 7:14 AM / in Opinion, Religion

Note: As Christians, we find this point of view difficult to believe especially since the apostles themselves, those closest to Christ, stepped beyond the word of Christ.  By Thomas A. Ventimiglia ICONOCLAST “Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” Galatians 4:16. There is not a single thing you or I can contribute toward our own […]

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Safety Net

Safety Net

on June 11, 2016, 5:36 AM / in Religion

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.Matthew 5:48 For years I thought of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7) as a blueprint for human behavior, a standard no one could possibly meet. How could I have missed the true meaning? Jesus spoke these words not to frustrate us, but to tell us what God is like. Why should […]

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Our New Name

Our New Name

on June 10, 2016, 5:58 AM / in Religion

I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it.Revelation 2:17 She called herself a worrier, but when her child was hurt in an accident, she learned how to escape that restricting label. As her child was recovering, she met each week with friends to talk and pray, asking God for help and healing. […]

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“Dumb Ox”

“Dumb Ox”

on June 9, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7 When Thomas Aquinas began to attend classes at the University of Paris in the 13th century, he seldom spoke up in class. His fellow students thought that his silence meant he wasn’t very smart, so they nicknamed him “the dumb ox.” His peers […]

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HEAL: Rory –  leave it there

HEAL: Rory – leave it there

on June 8, 2016, 8:33 AM / in People, Religion

What a different world this would be if all those *protesters* would emulate Joey & Rory’s example of how to live life.  Imagine if all those protesters were to use all that energy they use in destructive acts to do things that would BENEFIT and ENRICH the lives of themselves and all around them.  But they are Deaf, Dumb, and […]

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Above All

Above All

on June 7, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

He who comes from heaven is above all. – John 3:31 In the mid-1800s, Ralph Waldo Emerson became a leader in a philosophical movement known as “transcendentalism,” which says that truth comes from personal insight. Emerson wrote, “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men—that is […]

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A Vision That Transforms

A Vision That Transforms

on June 6, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

We all . . . are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 In one version of the mythical tale of King Arthur, the young king is hiding in a tree, nervously awaiting his betrothed. After falling, he felt he had to explain himself to […]

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A Friend To The End

A Friend To The End

on June 5, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24 Traditionally, medical schools have trained their students to help patients live, while offering little instruction in helping them face death. But that is changing with the addition of courses in end-of-life care. Physicians are now taught that when they have used all their medical expertise without achieving […]

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Have A Great Day!

Have A Great Day!

on June 4, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. —Psalm 118:24  I was in a convenience store one day, standing in line behind a man paying for his groceries. When he was finished, the clerk sent him off with a cheery “Have a great day!” To the clerk’s surprise (and mine) the man […]

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I’ll Pay You Later

I’ll Pay You Later

on June 3, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

You shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just. – Luke 14:14  Suppose a boss were to say to an employee, “We really appreciate what you’re doing around here, but we’ve decided to change the way we pay you. Starting today, we’re going to pay you later—after you retire.” Would the employee jump for joy? Of course not. That’s […]

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Five-Finger Prayers

Five-Finger Prayers

on June 2, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

Pray for one another.  – James 5:16 Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger […]

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God Said That

God Said That

on June 1, 2016, 5:30 AM / in Religion

You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4 When 8-year-old Jacob visited his Grampa in the hospital, he came with his own custom-made “Get Well” card. It was an 81/2″ x 11″ piece of stiff white paper folded in half. On the front he had written, “Hope you feel better soon.” On the […]

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Lifeblood

Lifeblood

on February 29, 2016, 6:25 AM / in Religion

Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.   Hebrews 9:22 Mary Ann believed in God and His Son Jesus, but she struggled with why Jesus had to shed His blood to bring salvation. Who would think of cleansing something with blood? Yet the Bible says, “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood” (Heb. 9:22). That, in […]

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Hold On!

Hold On!

on January 12, 2016, 5:58 AM / in Religion

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have.  Revelation 3:11 A cowboy friend of mine who grew up on a ranch in Texas has a number of colorful sayings. One of my favorites is “It don’t take much water to make good coffee.” And when someone ropes a steer too big to handle or is in some kind […]

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You Have Value

You Have Value

on January 11, 2016, 9:22 AM / in Religion

You were bought at a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20 After my mother-in-law died, my wife and I discovered a cache of US Indian Head pennies in a dresser drawer in her apartment. She wasn’t a coin collector, as such, but she lived in the era when these pennies were in circulation and she had accumulated a few. Some of these […]

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