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SERMON: God is at Your Door

Ding-dong! "Is anybody home?"

What do you do when someone is at your door? It depends on who it is doesn't it? If it's a friend you will make your way quickly to the door to let him/her in. If it's a stranger you probably won't be so accommodating, at least not until you find out what that stranger wants.

What would you do if God were at your door? How would you receive him? Would you invite him in, or slam the door shut and run out the back? The fact is God is at your door. Jesus said in the book of Revelation, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock" (Revelation 3:20). More...

EDITORIAL: When Everything Feels Out of Control

Imagine being caught in a storm while out at sea. Imagine being on a ship or a boat with waves crashing overhead as you helplessly watch your life source fill with water and begin to descend into the black raging abyss of an angry ocean of water.

You know you are about to lose everything you have -- your few belongings on board - gone. Your dog (or cat or parrot..) - gone. Your friend (or wife or brother...) - helpless, just like you.

There is nothing to do but to fight for every last breath in hopes that a power greater than yourself will bow down and offer intervention.

This is when there is nothing else to accept but this fact: Life is out of your control. It is. It just is. (For the most part, at least.)

So, bow down and take a break. Let go. Offer it up.

OPINION: Travels With Poetry

I was only fourteen years old when I started to write poetry. At that stage of my life, I didn't take it too seriously, although many people used to compliment me for my young poetic talent and my efforts.

I wrote poetry to give myself personal joy and satisfaction, participate in poetry contests and, sometimes, conquer girls' hearts.

I never thought about publication or any kind of celebrity.

I was frivolous about writing poetry until I took my second trip to Argentina on March 8, 2002, which changed my philosophy of life and my whole concept of poetry. More...

GOOD NEWS: Hope Springs External!

Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul.
And sings the tunes without the words

And never stops-at all
Emily Dickinson

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Hebrew, Proverbs

Hope, the patent medicine for disease, foul luck, cruel fate, disaster, sin.
Wallace Rice

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it ultimately turns out.
Veclav Havel

I hope all your teeth have cavities, and don't forget abscess makes the heart grow fonder.
Morrie Ryskind . . .

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 123

"If we hadn't been in this net we could have run," Ralpy groused but his tone was halfhearted.

"You were in the net because you're criminals," Viker responded evenly.

"Now get his body out of here."

"And do what with it, exactly?" Tom spat. "Leave it here for the rats."

"There aren't any rats down here," Rue Shadow said.

"Well, there's something down here," Tom retorted. "All of us have heard it."

"Shut up," Viker snapped.

"We'll make a litter out of the ropes and you can carry him." More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

When I was a boy, I seem to remember people referring to Jesus the Christ. Now He is referred to as Jesus Christ. I was under the impression that Christ means Messiah or savior so Jesus the Savior would seem to make more sense. Also, I am told Jesus is not a Hebrew name. Lots of Spaniards named Jesus but no Jews. And how accurate are dates of Jesus' birth and death?


"One does not become a guru by accident."

James Fenton

"How few are our real wants, and how easy is it to satisfy them! Our imaginary ones are boundless and insatiable."

Julius Charles Hare

"The strength of the drive determines the force required to suppress it."

Mary Jane Sherfey

"Risk! Risk anything!... Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."

Katherine Mansfield

"It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste."

Henry Ford

"Life is just a dirty four-letter word: W-O-R-K. Life is just a dirty four-letter word: W-O-R-K."

J. P. McAvoy

"Truth, however bitter, can be accepted, and woven into a design for living."

Agatha Christie

"Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff. "

Frank Zappa

"Dishonesty will outstare honesty every moment of every day if dishonesty will get a profit from the lie. "


"We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love."

Walter Savage Landor

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