Year: 2014

God’s Gift: A Full Pardon

A lot of people won’t darken the door of a church—even around the holidays—because they consider religious organizations “too condemning.” While it is true that some legalistic preachers can beat their congregations down with an impossible list of do’s and don’ts, that’s not what genuine Christianity is all about. When an important leader of Jesus’ …

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Born in Zion!

Where were you born? Have you ever thought about the significance of that question? Where you were born determines a lot of things. In the United States, it fixes the first three digits of a child’s Social Security Number [See the Social Security Administration website, http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssn/geocard.html, for an explanation.]. It may hint at your ethnic …

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Raising the Bar

Have you ever watched a small child try to manage something way beyond his reach? The poor fellow strains and strives, trying to put a basketball in an incredibly high hoop or jump a bar suspended way overhead. Eventually he gives up in defeat and feels terrible about himself. It’s a sad thing to observe. …

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Why We Stayed

Right now one of the popular topics trending on Twitter is the hashtag, #WhyIStayed. Although it started out being about why people stayed after Hurricane Sandy, it has developed into more of a discussion about domestic violence. You can read hundreds of comments, mostly from women, who explain why they stuck with their spouses and …

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No More Death

In the past few weeks, our family has laid to rest several loved ones. I am ready for a break from death for a while! However, it seems like the older we get, the more good-byes we have to say. When we were kids, there was the occasional death. We might have to bid farewell …

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