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SERMON: Christians In Iraq

From the time of Jesus there have been Christians in what is now Iraq.

The Christian community there took root after the apostle Thomas headed east from Judea in the year 35 A.C.E.

Now, however, because of the destabilization caused by the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and because of the subsequent religious strife which has erupted there, Iraqi Christians are being persecuted wholesale, and unremittingly, by Muslim extremists. More...

EDITORIAL: And A Child Shall Lead Them

At a fund raising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that will not soon be forgotten by all who attended.

After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection.

"Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

"Where is the natural order of things in my son?"

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. "I believe that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child." More...

OPINION: Mom....And....Who?

Kids struggle enough when their parents get a divorce.

The disintegration of the family unit is a traumatic event during your most formative years.

All of a sudden the people you look to for stability, guidance and support are no longer the base you so strongly need.

The pain of losing a parent is devastating - but to lose a parent to someone of the same sex may be mystifying and disorienting or, at the very least, mind boggling.

GOOD NEWS: Service Animals Help The Challenged

When Micky Niego knew she had to go out in public, the fear and stress could bring on a severe asthma attack.

"I was determined to be functional but didn't know how until somebody bought me a dog," says Niego.

For the past 11 years, Niego has had a service animal to help her cope with her fears. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1991 broadened the definition of disabled to include mental handicaps as well as physical handicaps.

According to Susan Duncan, coordinator of the Delta Society's National Service Dog Center, there have been increasing numbers of calls for service animals for people with mental illness. Anecdotal evidence supports the benefit of service animals to these mentally challenged people.

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 101

"Maybe I put it too far under the napkin," mused Shadow.

Skittish eyes flitted from face to face as they took in each other's wet, disheveled coats.

Their fur was matted at the shoulders where the harnesses had rubbed and all their pads were bleeding.

They were rung out like so much limp laundry.

Viker shook his head hard as if to clear his thoughts.

"We're very close now. You must keep your spirits up," he said in a voice full of well-rehearsed authority.

"Now we need to keep moving."

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am sixteen years old, a virgin and a male. And I am not homosexual. I am very interested in sex and girls but I have made a commitment to a church group I belong to to stay a virgin until my marriage. I may not last that long but right now my heart belongs to God and my church and I want to keep this promise to myself and to my fellow males and females who have also taken this vow. I have a girl friend in this group who has taken the pledge and we are both content with our move.


"Praying is to ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy."

Ambrose Bierce

"A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done"

Fred Allen

"Men in business are in as much danger from those at work under them as from those that work against them."

George Savile

"Learning is not compulsory but neither is survival."

W. Edwards Deming

"Pain makes people think. Thought makes people wise. Wisdom makes life endurable."

John Patrick

"God is to me that creative Force, behind and in the universe, who manifests Himself as energy, as life, as order, as beauty, as thought, as conscience, as love."

Henry Sloane Coffin

"Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble."

Benjamin Franklin

"Faith is often fallacious."


"I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them."

Isaac Asimov

"We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them."


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