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SERMON: The Importance Of Living Favor-Minded

Whether or not we know it, God wants us to assume and hope for His favor and His blessings. No problem is too big or too small in the eyes of God and it is when we begin to thank Him for the small blessings that we begin to experience bigger miracles.

There are days when we are in a hurry and an extra lane opens at a grocery store or someone happens to be pulling out of their parking spot at the very moment we pull up. It is these little things that we need to be thankful for. God is always working behind the scenes; His power is supernatural and although it cannot be seen directly, we feel it all the time. More...

EDITORIAL: Revisiting Self Respect

"Respect yourself and others will respect you," so said Confucius. An interesting thing about society today is the great importance we place on image and self-esteem. We have all heard the old stories that begin with, "back in my day," or "when I was your age," followed by a story of something that was tougher, more straight forward, and a lot less "feel good" than what we have today.

Many of these tales have roots in a simple idea, that so often we are handed something on a silver platter, yet still it is not good enough.

There was a time when a person would have been utterly thrilled to have it at all. In the world of giving and caring and easy living, it's no wonder we give focus to self-esteem. More...

OPINION: The Price Of Freedom

In the early 1600's, one of America's most pioneering Christian leaders paved the way for free thinkers and future religious freedoms like no one ever had before in the New World. A brave woman by the name of Anne Hutchinson defied the odds and let the public know how she felt about God and His love despite being looked down upon (and feared!) by a puritanical, patriarchal society. She strongly believed, having direct revelation from God (and to the ministers of the Colony's dismay), that everyone could know God's will directly. More...

GOOD NEWS: Do You Remember...

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?

A foot of snow was a dream come true?

Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

It took five minutes for the TV to warm up?

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny? More...

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 11

Carlyle grabbed one of the remaining cartons out of the clutches of a deck hand.

As the last of the sawdust and wrappings went over the side, our ship's doctor, Lieutenant M.E. Chasen, U.S.Army, came angrily out of the sick bay.

"You, there" he drawled. "What the devil are you doing with my packing boxes?"

The doctor, a reserved, six-foot, 190 pound southerner, his cheeks pink and puffed, had a love of authority - his own.

He had been selected to accompany us because of his experience in treating tropical diseases.
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ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am a compulsive thief. I have been stealing money for the past thirty years from three different employers and I have never been caught. One of them has since gone out of business. My fault? The total of my takings is over three hundred thousand dollars. I have recently brought Jesus into my life and I would like to atone for my sins but, frankly, I cannot confess and go to jail. I am only fifty-five and would have multiple convictions if each larceny were counted. I might spend the rest of my life in jail.


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"An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper."

Hannah More

"Life is the childhood of our immortality."

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising."

Athur Bloch

"In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular."

Kathleen Norris

"Freedom gives us our chance to be better."

Kingsley-Miller

"Anything in life that we don't accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it."

Shakti Gawain

"Language is the magic that makes us humans."

Kingsley-Miller

"Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example."

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself."

Francis Crawford



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