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SERMON: Angels

"It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God alone." - William Blake

Do you believe in angels?

When we cry out for help and need heavenly assistance, is it possible that Angels come to our rescue?

When the wind chimes ring out of nowhere and we feel chills on our backs and goose-bumps all over our bodies, perhaps it is the wings of angels comforting and soothing us in times of need?

EDITORIAL: Be A Positive Person

There is an unfortunately scarce population of people who seem to exist on a plane of positive vibes.

They are the ones who seem to be good - natured, upbeat and have an optimistic view of most things in life. They are inspiring and reassuring when the chips are down.

Rare as they may be, it only takes one positive person to encourage an entire group to pull together and do more than they thought they could.

On the flip side, there are those who are negative and seem to weigh every situation down.

Where the positive person uplifts those around them, this type of person suppresses and stagnates the air. More...

OPINION: Medicines Of The Rainforest

Our bags were packed and everyone gathered one final time on the deck of the jungle lodge that served as our home deep in the Amazonian rainforest for ten days.

As I rocked back and forth silently in a hammock, I recorded one last memory of all the sounds of the rainforest, the unrivaled symphony of birds and insects singing, the distant howling of monkeys, the scent of the musky air foretelling a hint of rain nearby, low clouds in the sky, and a slight flutter of sadness tickled my sinking bitter sweet heart. More...

GOOD NEWS: The Real Surfing

Surfing may have started in Hawaii by or before the fifth (yes, the fifth) century AD.

In the late 1770s, a British sea captain and explorer, is thought to be the first European to record witnessing surfing in Hawaii.

Early missionaries, New England Puritans, discouraged or forbade Hawaiian leisure sports like surfing as idling by the majority of the population, who should be working the plantations.

By the twentieth century surfing had all but disappeared from the surf-blessed islands.

But Hawaiians living close to Waikiki began a revival of surfing as a sport.

In 1908, the sport of surfing reached the coast of California and eventually became part of the movies and from there to the world. More...

FICTION: Micah's Miracle, Part Two Of Three

Young Micah was Mrs. Fishkins's real problem child. He was the youngest child, only five, and not old enough to go to school. Jonah was ten and in the third grade. He sold newspapers after school rather than work in the butcher shop, because he said he didn't like meat. He planned to be a vegetarian when he grew up, but I don't know whether he became one or not. Jonah was a very bright boy for his age, though. He got all A's in school.

The oldest Fishkin child was Esther, who was sixteen. She had quit school, not being very bright, and worked in a small factory, making (of all things for a Jewish girl) rosary beads.

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I try to be a good Christian wife and mother but my family doesn't make it easy. My husband (Paul) and my children (boy 7, girl 14) treat me like the servant girl in the manor.
Paul works hard and makes a halfway decent living. I say halfway because I have to work part time to have any money for myself or the children. Additionally Paul insists on saving a large percentage of his pay and mine for "our golden years."


"Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it... the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought."

Alexander Hamilton

"Men are most apt to believe what they least understand."

Pliny The Elder

"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything."

Norman Lear

"Nothing in life is as good as the marriage of true minds between man and woman. As good? It is life itself."

Pearl S. Buck

"Life is a state of mind; imagine the one that you want, and then create it."


"He who is shipwrecked the second time cannot lay the blame on Neptune."

English proverb

"The day is not far distant when the man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was free for him to administer during life, will pass away "unwept, unhonored, and unsung," no matter to what uses he leave the dross which he cannot take with him. "

Andrew Carnegie

"When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that you can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding you; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter."

Albert Camus

"Live as if everything you do will eventually be known."

Hugh Prather

"If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just."

Anita Roddick

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