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SERMON: The Truth About Good

So what is the truth about good? This is what James has to say. JAS 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. JAS 1:18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

What we see here is that a Christian concept of God is exactly the opposite of the malicious god that some people think would try to tempt, trick and destroy us. God doesn't instigate our destruction. He doesn't want us to be ruined. He's the great Giver of everything good. "Every good gift comes down from the Father." More...

EDITORIAL: Immigration Debate In America

There is an ongoing debate going on in the United States over how to best "fix" the immigration system.

The congress is seeking to pass legislation that would "deal with" the estimated eleven million illegal immigrants who currently live and work in the United States.

Preventing additional illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. in the future.

Illegal immigrants have come to the U.S. in recent years primarily from poor countries to the south, like Mexico, Haiti, and most of those in greater Central America.


"Helen" is a poem written by Hilda Doolittle. In fact, there are a number of poems bearing this title from the ancient Greek mythology and literature.

And one of the most famous of those poems is the one by Edgar Allan Poe, in which he compares Helen's beauty to "The beauty that was Greece / And the grandeur that was Rome." In Greek mythology, Helen is the daughter of the god Zeus and mortal Leda.

Helen came into existence through a rape: Zeus raped Leda, and she became pregnant as a result of it. More...

GOOD NEWS: Dementia Test

It's that time of year to take your annual Dementia Test.

Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles.

In psychiatry dementia is the progressive deterioration of the cognitive and intellectual functions such as memory that can occur while other brain functions such as those controlling movement and the senses are retained.

As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert.

If you don't use it, you lose it!

Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.

Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not.

The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 3

Back on number three hatch, I stared at the Mount Everest of provisions, wondering how to move the stuff.

How the hell was I going to get any men to stow the supplies?

Two weeks with the ship had taught me that we had some of the world's most talented goof-offs.

This dilemma was interrupted by a heavy hand on my shoulder. It belonged to my friend, G.H. Carlyle, the very same friend who had talked me into signing on for this expedition.

"Paul, I hear the skipper wants those supplies stowed. You're in charge of the mess hall crew. Get them to do it."

ADVICE: Dear Angel

They speak of women as being from Venus and men being from Mars. I think I know what this means but I'm too unsure of myself when anyone mentions it and I don't know if men really came from Mars and where is Mars and are Venus and Mars near Eden?

As you can see I don't know much and I'm not sure what the whole thing means. Don't use my name but please give me a simple explanation of all of my questions above.


"Praying is to ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy."

Ambrose Bierce

"One who stops being better stops being good."

Oliver Cromwell

"It is well to be happy and wise and well to be honest and true; it is well to be off with the old love, before you are on with the new."


"The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious."

Martin Luther

"We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction. "


"Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings."

Robert Collier

"Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought."

Albert Szent-Szent-Gyorgyi

"If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride."

Gilbert K. Chesterton

"How do you make God laugh? - Tell him your plans."

Russian Adage

"The simplest school boy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life."

Ernest Renan

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