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SERMON: Principles for Strengthening the Family

A strong basis for family relationships comes from commitment in good times and most importantly, during difficult times. Commitment is not based on feelings, emotions, circumstances, or situations. The number one thing you can do to strengthen your family is not: reading a self help book, going to a family councilor, going to a seminar, etc.... (Although these things may be helpful, they are not the answer).

The number one thing you can do is to build a love relationship with the Lord. Some may ask "How do I do that ?" The same way that you build any relationship: by spending time together. More...

EDITORIAL: Things My Mother Taught Me

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION. "You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC. "Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me." More...

OPINION: Reducing Demand by Holding Users Accountable

Imagine, you are a fourteen year old girl looking at a fashion magazine, hoping to attain some idea of what it means to be "beautiful" in our beauty-obsessive society.

Look at that beautiful, skinny, skeletal model! She looks like she has starved herself for weeks, her figure more like the lanky pre-pubescent boy that the fashion designers promote as the perfect walking hanger for the latest vogues.

Skeletal thinness is definitely in.
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GOOD NEWS: Kids On Marriage

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.

--Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they Grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.

--Kirsten, age 10


WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

I'd say that around about Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.

--Camille, age 10
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FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Chapter 1, Part 6

"Copper Boy sure is cute," Rue Shadow said with pride. "Why?" Pink Buddha skewered Rue Shadow with a sharp glance. "Just because he looks like you?"

"That thought had crossed my mind," Rue Shadow answered with a chuckle. "In a way, it's like having an almost as cute twin."

"Only he's younger and more impressionable," Pink Buddha reminded him. "Father has told you repeatedly..."

"I know," Rue Shadow interrupted. "Father has gone on and on, one lecture after another. Its all a snoring bore." More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am a confident, happy person almost all of the time, everyday. But, at night I wake up about 4 A.M. and I have severe "night terrors." I start thinking about all the things that can go wrong and I start to twitch and have rapid heart beats with palpitations and dire fears of doom and failure. My doctor says my heart is solid and healthy and just wants to give me drugs.


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"Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, protects you from age."

Anais Nin

"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."

Abraham Lincoln

"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience"

George Washington

"One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed."

Oscar Wilde

"He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others."

Robert Green Ingersoll

"Wisdom consists of ten parts: nine parts silence, and one part a few words."

Arabian proverb

"There has never been another you. With no effort on your part, you were born to be something very special and set apart. What you are going to do in appreciation of that gift is a decision only you can make."

Dan Zadra

"As the whirlwind in its fury teareth up trees, and deformeth the face of nature, or as an earthquake in its convulsions overturneth whole cities; so the rage of an angry person throweth detriment around that person."

Akhenaton

"Religion may well be the opiate of the masses but thanks be for this palliative."

Kingsley-Miller

" I should say that a progressive is one who insists upon recognizing new facts as they present themselves -- one who adjusts legislation to these new facts."

Woodrow T. Wilson



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