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SERMON: Learning How To Pray

One day, one of Jesus' disciples said to Him: 'Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples' (Luke 11: 1).

This passage of the Scriptures is interesting in that it reveals a strange but important truth: that Jesus' most faithful and intimate disciples never knew how to pray until that disciple made this request.

We can ask here a daring but fair question: How could that be? The Pharisees themselves, along with the Scribes and the Sadducees, acknowledged the fact that Jesus was a 'good' teacher. But, why did the 'good' teacher take so long to teach His disciples something as important as how to pray? More...

EDITORIAL: Intoxicated Astronauts In Space

On February 5, 2007, Captain Lisa M. Nowak, a NASA naval officer, shocked the whole world when the news of her arrest at Orlando International Airport broke out.

According to Orlando Police Department, Capt. Nowak drove alone and non-stop from her home in Houston, Texas to Orlando, Florida (a 900-mile trip) in order to confront Colleen Shipman, a U.S. Air Force captain.

She used diapers, according to police reports, so she wouldn't have to stop during the trip in order to use the bathroom. The two female captains allegedly competed for the love of Capt. William Oefelein, a naval officer. Nowak was released on $15,500 bail.

But five months after this bizarre incident, the New York Times published an astonishing article about NASA. More...

OPINION: Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Procedures are on the rise in the United States -- the price people will pay for "beauty".

We all can relate to the feeling of wanting to be more physically attractive: to have less wrinkles, less fat, a smaller nose, fuller lips, brighter hair.

Whatever it is that would make a less critical person appear in the mirror when we stand there searching for our confidant and proud counterpart.

We are ultimately searching for an accepting, appreciative voice, one that says simply, "I am beautiful, regardless of what the world sees and what the media says." More...

GOOD NEWS: Charity

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.
Abraham Lincoln

Charity and justice are worth at the very least a thousand ounces of gold.
Chinese proverb

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
Charles Dickens

Charity, like poetry, should be cultivated, if only for its being graceful.
Herman Melville

Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does.
Simone Weil... More...

FICTION: Me The Heel, Part Two Of Three

Anyway, that same night he introduced me when he did his act the next time and I got up and sang.

Nobody paid much attention, and only two or three people clapped. I felt lousy about it, but Billy (that was this comic's name: Billy Brown - yes, THE Billy Brown) said he liked it fine, because it helped balance up his act a little. Billy had terrific timing and he thought I gave the audience a rest from his freneticism.

The next Saturday night, I got a phone call from Billy. He wanted to know if I could duck out of singing at the little club near home and come over and toss a couple of numbers into his act. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I have read other advice columns with letters from women talking about numbers of sexual partners. I am astounded by the casualness of this premarital wild oat sowing.

It used to be that there was tch-tching about men sowing theirs, while women had to be virgins. One never knew about men, since men tend to lie whichever way they think works to their advantage, they don't get pregnant and they don't have hymens.

But now, women don't need to get pregnant, we can lie as well as men and a hymen can be ruptured riding horses.

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"To be happy, accept what you can get, not what you can dream."

Kingsley-Miller

"And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?"

Henry Miller

"Even though a number of people have tried, no one has ever found a way to drink for a living"

Jean Kerr

"The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action."

Confucious

"At last God caught his eye.
Epitaph"

Harry Secombe

"Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain."

Lily Tomlin

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

Mother Teresa

"Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together."

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"He who has lost honor can lose nothing more."

Publilius Cyrus

"The glue that holds all relationships together -- including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity."

BrianTracy



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