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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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"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."

George Santayana

"Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within."

Jean de la Bruvere

"A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road."

Alexander Smith

"Teaching is the royal road to learning."

Jessamyn West

"No furniture is so charming as books."

Sydney Smith

"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears."

Glenn Clark

"People need, for their happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change."

Bertrand Russell

"Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think."

Emma Goldman

"Learn to do good, to be fair and to help the poor, the fatherless, and widows."

The Holy Bible

"Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race."

William Howard Taft



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