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    • BECOMING UNOFFENDABLE
      “Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.”   (Colossians 3:13) A fast-speaking TV weatherman with several decades of experience was talking over a visual of a local park named after Martin Luther King, Jr. while presenting the then-current weather conditions. As h
    • EVERLASTING
      "And this is what he promised us--eternal life.” (1 John 2:25) The story is told that there was once a boy who found himself in trouble for a silly childish mistake. Ashamed, he went to the park and began to cry beneath a tree when a Good Fairy appeared asking him why he was weeping. When he explai
    • RUNNING ON EMPTY
       “And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 13:52)) One of our family members received an interesting Christmas gift recently.  Weeks before the big day, my mother and I went shopping at a major department store. While walking through the housewares department, she saw
    • NEW LIGHT
        “He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.” (John 1:7) Though Thomas Edison is usually credited with the invention of the light bulb, the famous American inventor wasn't the only one who contributed to the development of this revolutionary technology
    • A Gift for 120,000 Assyrians
      What a beautiful artwork is this Christmas wreath that I received yesterday; all sparking in gold and silver!  One thing that caught my attention is the little cross that dangling down from the top to the hollow middle of wreath. The cross, the cross ... what great love that God has shown us sinn
    • ONE SILENT NIGHT
      “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.” (Ephesians 2:17) Our family recently received an animated e-card from an old friend. It portrayed characters passing the light of a candle one to the other with a hymn playing in the background, just as many wil
    • LEANING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
      “By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” (1 Timothy 6:19) A must-see for tourists visiting Italy is the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Tuscany. The eight-story cathedral bell tower was completed in the 12th century.
    • FREEDOM FROM ALL YOUR FEARS
      “The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”             (Psalm 118:6) As America’s Pacific fleet lay in ruins at Pearl Harbor - President Franklin Roosevelt delivered perhaps the most memorable speech of his career on December 8, 1941. The day before, Japanese pilot
    • A NEW HEART FOR CHRISTMAS
      “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you…” (Ezekiel 36:26) On December 3, 1967, a 53-year-old South African grocer dying with chronic heart disease, received the first human heart transplant. The new heart had functioned normally, until 18 days later the recipient died from double p
    • THANKSGIVING CONTROVERSIES
      “And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name." (1 Chronicles 29:13) The tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving became an annual custom throughout New England in the 17th century, but it was not until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared the holiday to fall on the last Thursd
    • IMITATING HIS SACRIFICIAL LOVE
      “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) As a child of the 1930’s-40’s, he was an avid reader who studied Stalin, Marx, Gandhi, and Hitler, car
    • IN THE MIDST OF ANY SUFFERING
      “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance." (Romans 5:3) The words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” were spoken by Henry Morgan Stanley on November 10, 1871 when he located missionary and physician David Livingstone following several years without anyone
    • Where You Lead
      "Where You Lead"  by Leslea Wahl This book was like "National Treasure," only with teen leading characters.  I couldn't put it down! When Eve has a vision of a young man named Nick, she's determined to find him.  The problem is, she has no idea where he is.  Once she discovers his
    • FINDING TRUTH IN A DECEPTIVE WORLD
      “I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.” (1 John 2:21) It was not the truth. Some said it was mistake. Others claimed it was a false prediction. On November 3, 1948, the Chicago Tribune mistakenly declared New York Governo
    • YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE
      “For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing." (Jeremiah 31:25) Towering above New York Harbor is the Statue of Liberty. That stately lady, with freedom’s torch held high, has beckoned millions of people who were suffering from oppression and seeking a better way of life. Drawn to w
    • MAYBE EVEN TODAY
      "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come” (Mark 13:32-33) The catchphrase “I’ll Be Back” is associated with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He used it in his first role as
    • A SPIRITUAL CORNERSTONE
      “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” (Psalm 118:22) The establishment of the United States capital on the banks of the Potomac River was the result of political compromise between the Federalist and the Republican factions of the early republic. The states of Maryland and V
    • SAFE SPACE
       “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1) Recently our family decided to take shelter in our basement after we became aware of a tornado watch for our area. The warning from the National Weather Service forecasted potential strong,
    • WHERE IS GOD?
      “O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things!  You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them” (Isaiah 25:1). Alexander Fleming was a young bacteriologist when an accidental discovery led to one of the great developments of modern medic
    • Reconnected
      She must hate me, thinking that I am just another hypocrite who talks, but without action. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word –Psalm 119:28 We lost connection for nearly two and two-third years; she refused answering my calls, voice mails and even my messages to