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SERMON: The Bible For All

While I was out and about today I overheard an interesting conversation. The two people in this case were quite loud and seemed almost to be inviting others into the controversial topic they were discussing and debating.

On one side, the man said that the Bible had no relevance in his life because he didn't believe in God or the afterlife.

He appeared to be debating this with his friend by stating that he felt it was not necessary to be educated in the teachings of the Bible because his beliefs lay elsewhere.

EDITORIAL: Fifteen Minutes Of Fame

Probably the most famous pop artist and one of the most well known art figures of the twentieth century, the late Andy Warhol once said, "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes."

Like his art, his words live on today as we hear about everyone's "fifteen minutes of fame," whether the source is the newspaper, the internet or the evening news on TV.

It represents the ultimate encapsulated fad or obsession, where an entire country can become enamored by a person, thing or event for a brief moment, and then simply forget about it almost as quickly as it appeared on the scene.

As a test, just try and remember some of those moments that captured your attention as though the world's continuence hinged on it. More...

OPINION: The World Keeps Turning

Well, it's been a rough week and I am drained, exhausted, out of gas and out of steam.

Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing goes quite your way?

Now I don't necessarily mean the kind where everything goes wrong, though it could mean that.

It just feels like everything is harder, everyone is a little unhelpful, you don't get nearly enough done, and it seems like nothing goes the way you wanted.

It feels as though you are trudging, knee deep through mud, the muddiest mud ever.


Everyone has a Storm in their life or in their community to deal with, someone who disturbs the peace, creates tension, and runs carelessly wild with little regard for others.

Last night, I lost sleep and tears were shed over a situation related to Storm.

So, how can we best deal with individuals who are so difficult to deal with?

First and foremost, we take care of the situation with love, always with love and sometimes it may be worthwhile to request help. Although it was difficult, I chose to request help from my community and I want to share my request so that it may inspire others to take on dealing with the Storms in their lives. Many times it has been nothing more than her presence alone that shifts the energy of a room into a dark place. More...

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 46

The Captain and I were reviewing some reports in his cabin when a middle-aged man entered, blind in one eye, dressed in shorts and shoes, his nude, suntanned, spindly legs, and stocky upper body still oozing with perspiration. He shivered in the sudden exposure to our air-conditioning system.

Hansen got up from his desk, beaming, his eyes wide open. "Welcome to Massawa, Tom." Bill's broad smile emphasized the wrinkles under his eyes.

He grabbed the outstretched hand of the visitor.

"Bill," he said in an animated voice. "Say, it's good to see you. Sit down. And Bill, this is my purser."
ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am a freshman student in High School and I am taking Honors Classes. But smart as I thought I was in Middle School, I am barely staying afloat in Honors High.

And I wouldn't mind this so much if it weren't for some of the dorkiest nerds ever in my class. One of them is known for playing games all night and sleeping in class. The physics teacher puts him in front of her desk and he nods off snoring. And he's getting a solid B plus!

And, he has wicked crush on me. When he wakes up to move to the next sleeping place (class) he dogs me and actually pants after me.


"Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans; all acts performed in the world begin in the imagination."

Barbara Harrison

"Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."

Mark Twain

"Broccoli should be sliced, diced, dressed with salt, pepper, vinegar and spices and then thrown out."

Samuel Johnson paraphrase

"Originality and a feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle."

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit."

Elton Trueblood

"The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory."

Paul Fix

"American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams."

Pico Iyer

"Would that there were an award for people who come to understand the concept of enough. Good enough. Successful enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. Socially responsible enough. When you have self-respect you have enough."

Gail Sheehy

"When a problem comes along, study it until you are completely knowledgeable. Then find that weak spot, break the problem apart, and the rest will be easy."

Norman Vincent Peale

"Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be."

Thomas a Kempis

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