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SERMON: How Do We Overcome Bitterness From Suffering? Part 3

Listen to what the Lord says he will do in Ezekiel: "I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Part 3: Appeal to God for help

Eliphaz encouraged Job to seek God's help: "If I were in your shoes, I'd go straight to God, I'd throw myself on the mercy of God. After all, he's famous for great and unexpected acts; there's no end to his surprises.

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EDITORIAL: Double Edged Sword

The so-called madonna-harlot complex has existed since the beginning of time. It sheds light upon the dual nature of the human mind; the internal battle of that which is sacred and that which is profane. Arts acceptance of the unconscious desires burning within, has promoted the dynamic relationship of opposites and the necessity for both in life. Meanwhile, women are often labeled as the virginal and pure wife or, alternately, as the free-spirited, vixen-like goddess.

While both are seductive in their own right, the ultimate appeal is for a woman to carry both of these labels with pride. In our society women are plagued by the aura of sexuality that accompanies their every move. 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.
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GOOD NEWS: You, Too, Can Be Happy

Jonathan Haidt, of the University of Virginia says that "The heart really is an organ of emotion. It's not just a metaphor!"

Haidt reported on his work with the phenomenon he terms, Elevation.

When presented with a moving act of charity, the body experiences a warm feeling in the chest or throat, a response that is generated by the vagus nerve (aka CNX).

Most importantly, a strong desire is felt in ourselves to do similar charitable acts also.

The yearning to do good is surprisingly strong in normal people and, if it is missing in you, you are not normal and you are absent something important.

Thus, "efforts to promote and publicize altruism may therefore have widespread beneficial and cost-effective results." More...

FICTION: Chad, Part Seven

Two things Chad knew about his amazing power was that he could bring bad people crashing down and he really enjoyed doing this.

He did like his school but there were a couple of bad apple teachers who he felt should retire.

Now, we must be aware that these teachers were protected by their union and had a great situation, pontificating for forty minutes about every crazy thought that entered their heads to a captive audience.

And then test the poor youngsters to make sure they had paid attention.

Plus they made pretty good money for the hours worked, had excellent benefits and lots of time off.
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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.


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"Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money."

Arthur Miller

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks."

Phillips Brooks

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."

Horace Mann

"Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become."

Jim Rohn

"Whenever you hold a fellow creature in distress, remember that he is a man."

Aristotle

"Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weakness."

Marie de Vichy-Chamrond

"Disorder in the society is the result of disorder in the family."

Elizabeth Ann Seton

"Tact is to lie about others as you would have them lie about you."

Oliver Herford

"Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities."

Anonymous

"A man grows most tired while standing still."

Chinese proverb



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