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SERMON: Taming The Tongue

Our words have the ability to cause joyful delight or destructive despair, all depending on how they are used. Likewise, our words have the same power -- they can bring joy or cause despair. Proverbs 18:21 puts it this way: "The tongue has the power of life and death..."

We all must help ourselves tame our tongue. The stakes are high. Your words can either bring life, or they can bring death to your spouse, your kids, your parents, your siblings, your relatives, your friends, your co-workers, and your neighbors. Our tongues can build others up, or they can tear them down. More...

EDITORIAL: Women Against War

Aristophanes was a satirist who wrote the story Lysistrata around 411 BC, when the news came of Athens's warships having been destroyed near Sicily. Lysistrata was the third of three plays in which Aristophanes attacked the war; the entire ideology that war can be productive in any way.

The play, in its spirit of nonviolence and female empowerment, promotes peaceful relations through ironic protest; the women of Athens take charge as only women can.

In the play the women of Athens, led by Lysistrata and supported by women from neighboring cities, are determined to make a difference by taking matters into their own hands and forcing the men to stop the War.
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OPINION: I'm Moving To Watts

I recently migrated to the great metropolis of Los Angeles, California. What a place. Angelinos (as I have learned people call themselves here) are simply stacked on top of each other, 10 million strong.

There is so much going on within L.A. County's limits that it often appears to me that the whole world is here (and it is, in one form or another).

Since moving here I have lived in two places: Hollywood and Venice. Both are very comfortable communities with lots of amenities. Venice has the additional good qualities of being 'creative' and interesting and on the beach. More...

GOOD NEWS: Have A Little More Faith!

Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument. George Sand

Faith: You can do very little with it, but you can do nothing without it. Samuel Butler

Have faith, and a score of hearts will show Their faith in your word and deed. Madeline Bridges

Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. George Seaton

Faith is: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. Ambrose Bierce

"Faith" is a fine invention When Gentleman can see---
But Microscopes are prudent In an Emergency. Emily Dickinson More...

FICTION: Chad, Part Eleven

Chad was quite satisfied with his punishment of Jeremy but he had to admit he underestimated the reactions inside of reactions inside of more reactions.

He definitely didn't foresee Jeremy getting hit twice - very hard - on his head and suffering a concussion.

If Jeremy hadn't been young and strong, it might have been much more serious - even fatal.

Chad determined that, in the future, he would think these things through much more carefully and promised himself he would err on the side of safety.

He decided he would try a slow campaign of objects there and then gone, lost and then found...
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ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am eighteen and I went out with a nineteen year old boy from my youth group on a first date and we had a pretty good time. He was very sweet and polite and we were both quite nervous. There were periods of no talking as neither of us could think of anything to say. I have been out with boys who never lack for talk and others, worse at small talk than this one.


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"Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child."

Buddha

"It's very hard to take yourself seriously when you look at the world from outer space."

Thomas K. Mattingly II

"What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise."

Kitty O'neill Collins

"When I ordered a pizza, the waitress asked into how many pieces I wanted it cut. I said four because I didn't think I could eat eight. "

Yogi Berra

"Your children need your presence more than your presents."

Jesse Jackson

"The search for someone to blame is always successful."

Robert Half

"If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion."

George Bernard Shaw

"I just take one day. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today to love Jesus."

Mother Teresa

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. "

Theodore M. Hesburgh

"The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness."

Milan Kundera



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