Category: Religion And Spirituality

More articles in category: Religion And Spirituality

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God is the Master Artist

Thoughts on Psalm 139:15-16:

I’ve always kind of thought as life being art. Ever since I was a little child, I felt that my life was some sort of play that someone was watching. And I think someone was watching – IS watching. God Himself, who ordained and wrote every day of my life in His book. 

Life is art. Art is life. And God is the Master Artist.

H…

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How to Fix Your Flaws

How to Fix Your Flaws

 

As humans, we are all flawed but not beyond hope. We try to fix our weak areas, attend various self-help seminars, and do whatever it takes to repair or fix our flaws. But how many of us turn to God first, not last, to fix these flaws?

In Romans 5:20, it states “but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” In other ...

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Wrestling With Assurance

Kevin J. Hughes 4/22/2018

Do you ever feel distant from God? Do you ever feel like you do not know if He is there? Do you ever wonder if God has truly saved you, or if you are self-deceived? Do you feel like you just don’t know? These are things that we can all have to wrestle with from time to time, and in fact, this is the precise reason that St. John the Beloved…

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History – Power and Miracles of Prayers

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

Have you sometimes question prayers and if they really make a difference. The following examples of past stories should answer your concerns,

January 1991 God’s answer to Wo…

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How Far?

When you think about the universe, it is amazing how large it is. By any given standard it is larger than even many of the smartest intellects can imagine. My last article dealt with the speed of light and how far some of the objects in space are from the earth. The furthest object in that article was the closest galaxy to us on the far side of our galaxy at approximatel…

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“Break Our Hearts for What Breaks Yours, God!”

Opak Ruoth! (“Praise the Lord!” in the Luo Language)

In the previous article I wrote about the joys of going on short-term mission trips, so I wanted to share about my recent trip to Kenya where I have been ministering for the past six years. It is in Siaya County, Kenya where our ministry, EmPowered Living International Ministries serves the poor through humanitari…

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Little Magic, Big Message!

 Should Christians be allowed to watch shows involving magic? I grew up in a Christian household. While my parents were not terribly strict, they did refrain from allowing us to watch certain movies- mainly those containing witchcraft. The big one that they were against was (you probably guessed it) Harry Potter. Contrary to what typically occurs when a tight r…

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DOES YOUR STUFF COMPETE WITH GOD?

Does Your Stuff Compete with God?

 

Do your time and finances compete with all that God expects from you? Does God expect a portion of your money and time? I think the answer is that God expects our devotion. How much time and money, devotion, we give should be improved upon every year.

Do you save your money for a vacation, a car, a boat, or whatever?…

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You Can Make It: How To Obtain &Maintain Freedom..

Do you believe in a higher power? well even if you don’t, but still suffer from different addictions. You Can Make It: How To Obtain And Maintain Freedom From Addictions is the best go to book to help with healing your soul. The author Jacqueline Kennedy-Harris; who is also a God mother/Mentor in my life, also takes on the role of an Ordained Minister. She b…

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Nature Has Beautiful Messages For You

Happiness is made up of the little moments that fill our cups and make us smile when no one is watching. They are those quiet, cozy moments of reflection, thinking of ourselves and our world in a new way.

I have had these beautiful medicine animal cards for years. They have t…

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Bible Prophecy and Current Events

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

I have met many people from all over the world, including Governors, Dukes, Head of States, Ambassadors (American and other countries), Members of Parliament, Religious Leaders and others. I recently had ...

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Speed of Light!

Outside of the realm of travel in science fiction, when we think about the speed of light, it seems so very fast. Everything that is at any real distance or has real speed is measured in light seconds, light minutes, light hours, light years, etc., all referencing how long it takes a photon of light to travel a specific distance.

Light travels at 186,287 miles…

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A Quote To Live By

I’m not really what one would call a very religious person, but perhaps my favorite quote from the Bible is Psalms 1:1.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

It’s quite a quote to pick as a favorite. Even though it’s a quote about what the b…

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Seven Ways To Pray More Effectively

Kevin J. Hughes 4/8/2018

Do you ever feel like your prayers are not going very far, like they aren’t reaching any higher than the ceiling? Do you have a hard time getting started when you pray? Do you ever feel like you don’t know what to pray for, or how to pray? I think most, or all Christians go through times when they struggle to pray, when they don’t feel cl…

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Put on Your Armor

When you are on the journey to becoming who God called you to be, don’t think it’s going to be easy. You have something to contribute to making the world a better place and everybody isn’t going to be happy about it. There are some miserable people in society and there is nothing you can do about that. Everyone is not going to be on your cheerleader squad no matter ho…

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God’s many gifts in America

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

Settlers coming to America in the seventeen hundreds were mostly Christians of different denominations.  Many of these settlers would tell you that getting away from government ruled countries and arriving …

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Are We Alone?

On August 15 1977, astronomers using the Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope detected an unusual signal that lasted for 72 seconds, it was dubbed the WOW signal. Since that day scientists and amateur astronomers have been searching for other signals, trying to identify whether the signal was from an extraterrestrial life source or a more natural event.

In…

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Watch Over Me
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. ~ Satan (speaking to Yah. Job:1:10)

It is comforting to know that we have one who is looking out for us. Children have parents. Adults ha...

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The JESUS Network

The JESUS Network

 

From where do you obtain your news today: ABC, NBS, CBS, CNN, FOX? From whatever political side you claim, the news is almost always slanted to the side you prefer. You tend to watch that station that most closely matches your ideology. Have you noticed that the news today is mostly neg…

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The Bitter and Sweet in Life: Celebrating Passover

It’s Easter Sunday, and as such my mind naturally turns to thoughts of Jesus dying on the cross and rising again on the third day. But I experienced something last night that has me seeing that in a whole new way. Last night, I went to my first Passover Seder. 

It was a beautiful experience, and even more so because I believe that the Messiah has already come throu…

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Hail the Humble!

Too often, we hear a buzz word and immediately equate it with the first definition that flows through our head. These definitions often transpire from living in a world that desperately seeks knowledge, yet rarely seeks to understand. What definition invades your mind when you hear the word, “humble”? 

Most people equate the word humility to “weakness.” In fact, I’ve…

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Is the Hierarchy Capable of Atonement?

My recently published book Roman Collar Crime chronicles the worst protracted case of abuse by a priest most have ever encountered. There were multiple victims along with significant other criminal acts engaged in over a twenty year period. All were kept hidden by his Bishop. 

In report…

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Happy Easter : The Cross

 I usually have a Easter Dinner on the Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ in the form of a feast.  I usually spend Good Friday in reflection mode respecting the story of the crucifixion of Jesus. I’ve spent so many Easter Long weekends in church for as long as I can remember. It’s the story of Jesus and what he did on the cross that is recognized in Christ…

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Easter Worldly History in America

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

The World’s only true History book is the Bible, which contains many miracles.  The most important miracle is life itself. God created Lucifer (Satan) without sin and he assumed responsibility for his own cho…

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Word Study

How familiar are you with the Hebrew or Aramaic words for praise? In some Bible verses, those words are spelled out fairly clearly for us. Take for example Psalms 100:4: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” This verse probably has more words of praise than any other verse in the Bible. The …

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Some Call It Love

“Father, why have you forsaken me?” These are the words that flow through my head as I hang here. I’m starting to get light headed, vision is becoming blurry as the circulation is being stolen from my wrists. “Father, are you still there?” 

I hear a crowd of voices circling around me as they shout out in abuse and laughter, “Look at you now! You call yourself the …

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Do You Know Your Enemy?

Sun Tzu says, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will ...

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The eyes of a minister

When one is starting up a ministry, there are often pit falls, learning curves and structuring to be done. But that is not quite the most important thing one can do to help a ministry that is just starting up. One can give of time, money and resources to that ministry that is just starting. More often than not the reason why many ministries never get off the ground is becau...

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What is Project Atonement

While much has changed in the way the Catholic Church handles priest abuse cases it continues to misunderstand the demand of its people for zero tolerance. The resulting lawsuits are bankrupting entire diocese and the publicity is further alienating the faithful. They continue to leave the Church in large numbers.

Recently USA TODAY reported that more than 30 bis…

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Is seeing, believing? By Krystal Quarles

 As a parent, we try to encourage our children to do whatever it is that they want to do in life and also to do that thing to the best of thier abilities. I am no different. I have 5 Beautifull kids. 4 daughters and 1 son. I am very proud of them all. But today I want to show love and support to 1 of my girls. Krystal Marie Quarles. Krystal is so smart and I think she migh…

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The Stars Sing?

Often, when we read the Bible, we tend to gloss over some of those interesting or fascinating details that are recorded therein. I can only assume we do this as some of the things are so far beyond us, we either ignore it or think in passing that the verse just read was interesting.

Take Job 38:4 and 7 for example; God is responding to Job and is teaching him through…

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Seven Ways to Be Kind to Others

Kevin J. Hughes 3/18/2018

Everyone has been given a different station in life, all of which are appointed by God. Since the same God who has appointed to all their station has also commanded that we love our neighbor, show kindness to strangers, defend and support the orphaned, weak, homeless, and immigrants; it therefore stands to reason that there are ways to d…

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WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO?

WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO?

 

Have you ever noticed something wrong but did nothing?

      Are you prepared to do something about it?

Is our immigration policy wrong?

      Are you prepared to do something about it?

Is our financial policy wrong?

      Are you prepared to do something about it?

Is our gun policy wron…

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Struggling with Faith

 I go into my solitude sometimes. I get down on my knees and I fold my hands together. I close my eyes. I meditate and I start saying my prayers.

“Dear Lord,

I’ve strayed far from you. I know you are a God of Grace. I know you are a God of Mercy. I know you are a God of forgiveness. I know you are a God of love. Please forgive me for the mistakes I mad...

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The Joy of Short Term Mission Trips

The Joy of Short-Term Mission Trips

Daniel B. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Over the past six years, I have had the privilege and honor to go on nine (9) Short-Term Mission trips. What are Short-Term Mission trips? I’m glad you asked, because learning about them and then going on one can change your life.

A Short-Term Mission tri...

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Timmy’s Tilapia vs. Heavenly Bread

In my last article I wrote about how Jesus fed the 5,000. The people that had been fed had just witnessed an amazing miracle and yet John 6:26 reveals that their hearts were elsewhere when Jesus was displaying His love. Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” These peopl…

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7 Suggestions to Be More Disciplined

Kevin J. Hughes 3/11/2018

One of the very earliest, if not the earliest written work by Christians is from the first century, titled The Didache. Which basically means The Teaching. This is a very important treatise for Christianity for a lot of reasons, as you can probably imagine. Interestingly, this treatise begins by setting before readers ...

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Your Creative Inspiration May Not Be Meant for You

When most of us think of creative inspiration, we generally imagine sitting around waiting for the muse to visit. For those of us who believe in God, the Creator of the universe, that muse is most often a word (or maybe more than one) from the Big Man Himself.

I usually pray before I write anything, asking God to give me the words He wants me to use, or at leas…

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THE TWO WITNESSES

THE TWO WITNESSES

 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must di…

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About Shamans and Shamanism by Itzhak Beery

Shamans and Shamanism has always caught my interest from childhood seeing many of the rituals, speaking in tongues, different musical instruments for different rituals, offerings in Manipur (India). It’s interesting to see more and more people in the western world learning…

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Wake Up

I don’t know why I wrote this article in particular or what caused it, but I felt a strong conviction to share…

You can go ahead and call me a Jesus freak or label me a religious nut; but the titles I’m given in an effort of belittlement are meaningless while I get to spread love. My success is reached in that precious moment when that gang member realizes he belongs…

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Grass Roots Action To Save The Faith

Last week I wrote that I would provide evidence that the Catholic Churches attempts to address sexual abuse problems have encountered overwhelming opposition in the only place where real solutions can be implemented; in the Vatican itself. On February 6, 2018, the following story appeared in the New York Times.

“A high-…

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Great Grace

Heart Reflections – Examples of Grace

By Margaret-Maggie Honnold

As I age I reflect on those people who have had a great influence on my life. At the time it was happening, I might not have appreciated or understood the grace with which they were living. But I am maturing too and in my “older” years I strive (not always) to walk with grace.

This h...

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Déjà vu: Is Your Mind Playing Tricks on You?

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve been somewhere before (even though you know you haven’t), or that you’ve had a certain conversation before (again, knowing that you haven’t)? That’s what we usually call the experience of déjà vu.

Some people explain the experience as being proof of reincarnation. You THINK you’ve been there, done that because you HAVE … …

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What is Faith?

Some friends of mine have had some tough days over the past week. I’ll go out on a limb and say that you probably could say that about someone you know almost every week of the year. I won’t give specifics about the individuals, but they are suffering in ways that are simultaneously unique to their situations and common to us all. One of my friends lost a parent. Losing …

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Whom Will You Serve? Part 2 of 2

In part one we introduced Joshua 24 and the background of our title Whom Will You Serve?. If you haven’t read part one you may want to read it just to get acquainted with where we are headed.

I am going to pick up with God absolutely wants us to choose to serve Him, but remember and let’s be clear, you do have a choice in this, and your will must line up with His i...

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Whom Will You Serve? Part 1 of 2

“Joshua 2414 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served tha…

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Vision and Legacy

Two amazing, God-fearing role models… and to think that the incredible impact that both these men had/have on the world all began with a single invite to come to church… a single invite sparked a calling on Billy Graham’s life to preach to over 250 million people. In the Spring of 1934, Billy’s father held a day of prayer at his dairy farm in which the people prayed…

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Faith

Faith is an absolute belief or trust that something will take place for the highest and best good for all people concerned. This is most often viewed in a religious context leading people at times to think of it more as wishful thinking. Something that only those with no grip on reality or those who are weak-willed would take time to consider.

Why would someone ta...

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The Formation of Consciousness under Self-Centered

Consciousness, choice and initiative have been discussed in previous chapters. Let’s look at another side of consciousness. Was your consciousness formed haphazardly, or selectively? When you woke up this morning, did you enjoy a healthy, delicious breakfast? Nutritionists tell us that a good breakfast is the best start to a fruitful day. To have a good breakfast requ…

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Traveling the Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel represents our indigenous way of life. For the people of the Lakota Oyate and many Native Nations, the circle is the basis for every part of human and animal life, the earth and sky around us, and even the universe and stars. The Medicine Wheel is our symbol the universe, and at the center, where the four sacred directions intersect, is the Sacred My…

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Traveling the Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel represents our indigenous way of life. For the people of the Lakota Oyate and many Native Nations, the circle is the basis for every part of human and animal life, the earth and sky around us, and even the universe and stars. The Medicine Wheel is our symbol of the universe, and at the center, where the four sacred directions intersect, is the Sacred M…

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5 Tips for Remaining Strong While Fasting

Kevin J. Hughes 2/25/2018

Hello brothers and sisters. First off, I would like to apologize for failing to get a post out to you last week. I was so busy with school, and work, that when Sunday rolled around I really just needed a break, and my head was pounding so badly that I couldn’t even think. However, if you can’t get enough, I did write a short article for t...

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A NEW BEGINNING

THE BOOK “Roman Collar Crime” is finished and available on Amazon. I am wondering what I should do with my blog of the same name. I have been posting quotes from the Sunday bulletins written by the subject of the book and comment…

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The Dream Gift and The Art of Continuing Anyway

The Dream Gift

By Maggie Honnold

The first time he saw it, he knew. Here was the perfect gift. Something she had wanted all of her life and never had, but now he would be the one to provide her heart’s desire. Oh, she would be so surprised. First, that he could still gift her even now, and second, because the coloring and character was none of which she ha...

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That Time Timothy Gave Up His Tilapia

Have you ever wanted to give God more than what you had in your hand? Or have you ever wondered if what you have given to God is enough? These thought-provoking questions often harbor the hearts of many well-meaning Christians.

First of all, the good news is that God wants your heart and your time more than he wants your stuff. Second of all, it appeared that Jesus p…

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$elf-Worth

What do you speak over your life? Are you a harsh critic of yourself or do you have confidence in yourself? Maybe you find yourself somewhere in the middle. Are you positive or is your glass half empty? Regardless of our outlook, if we’re honest, we all have some sort of insecurity. It isn’t a once-in-a-while occurrence, rather we wield our flaws with excellence; allowing …

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$elf-value

What do you speak over your life? Are you a harsh critic of yourself or do you have confidence in yourself? Maybe you find yourself somewhere in the middle. Are you positive or is your glass half empty? Regardless of our outlook, if we’re honest, we all have some sort of insecurity. It isn’t a once-in-a-while occurrence, rather we wield our flaws with excellenc…

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PAZA Series II: The Sacred Pipe (Chanupa)

“The sacred pipe is a religious altar, always to be treated with respect and care, and used only in a sacred manner. When it is put together with the stem it is a direct connection to the Creator.”

–Barefoot Windwalker

I am sure you have all heard the term “Peace Pipe” referring to an item in Native American culture. In the time of my ancestors, this was a …

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Madrigal & Dad 4 George Noory’s Question Madrigal

Madrigal & Dad 4

George Noory’s Question

Madrigal   We were always here, but humans evolved to what they are. Right?

Dad      Actually, it was not the humans that did that. The platform of their bodies evolved, so their souls, which are something like us, could eventually  land inside their dimensions of t…

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The Sixth Trumpet

THE SIXTH TRUMPET

 A THIRD OF MANKIND KILLED

  

               The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden alter that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Eup…

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“Driving Lessons” by Margaret-Maggie Honnold

Last night was another “bad dog night.” Read that with which ever inflection you choose – the dogs were bad, or the dogs were having a bad night. The result was the same, third night in a row of sleeplessness for their Momperson. As I lay unable to sleep at 3 this morning I was thinking about the anniversary of Carl’s death, how things have changed, and how…

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“Driving Lessons”

 “Driving Lessons” by Margaret-Maggie Honnold

Last night was another “bad dog night.” Read that with which ever inflection you choose – the dogs were bad, or the dogs were having a bad night. The result was the same, third night in a row of sleeplessness for their Momperson. As I lay unable to sleep at 3 this morning I was thinking about the anniversary of Carl’s ...

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History – God’s many gifts in America

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

Settlers coming to America in the seventeen hundreds were mostly Christians of different denominations.  Many of these settlers would tell you that getting aw…

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Forging Ahead Anyway – Pursuing a Vibrant Old Age

When I first became a widow, I hunted for someone to make me feel whole again. I pursued activities that would introduce me to new people and keep me from dwelling too regularly on my empty heart. Keep in mind, I had just moved back to my home town after 43 years away and needed to reintegrate into the community. I was able to fool myself into thinking that was …

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Three Ways to Maximize Your Study Time

Kevin J. Hughes 2/4/2018

First, I want to apologize for not getting an article out last week. Between work, school, and heading a household, I am very busy. I try not to let the ministry suffer, but sometimes I can’t get content out as much as I would like. With that said, one of the things that a busy person like me needs, is to maximize their reading time. So, ho…

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Walking with the Creator: Respecting Sacred Sites

There are many Sacred Sites on Mother Earth that in our modern world have become tourist attractions such as the Grand Canyon or the Red Rock Mountains of Sedona. We go to these places to experience their beauty, wonder and majesty but rarely understand the history or the spiritually of the holy ground we walk on.

In and around the Black Hills of South Dakota the…

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Authenticity

Today I feel like shit. I actually feel, look and probably smell like shit because I haven’t bothered to even get up and shower yet. It’s been one of those days for me. Actually, this week I’ve been an emotional wreck. Up one minute and down the next. Happy, sad, sad, happy. At times I’ve wanted to do nothing more than run to my room and stay there for the duration of th…

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WHY IS THERE SO MUCH HATE?

Why is There So Much Hate?

 

I read a letter to the editor last weekend written by a gentleman from Idaho Falls, Idaho. In this letter, the person detailed why President Trump was not and could never be his president. He provided example after example to support his position. The only problem was that his “examples” were based on his beliefs and those of the li…

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The…REAL. Episode 1: “Welcome to The REAL World.”

My name is Kenneth D. Steadman and I welcome you to the inaugural episode of The… REAL, EPISODE 1: “Welcome to the REAL World.” In this and the next episode, I’ll tell you what The… REAL is all about. So, let’s get this party started!

How many of you are familiar with The Matrix Trilogy? I’m sure the religious connotations of those thre…

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Love and Hate in America

 Published in the Rockwall County News  March 12, 2015 

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

We need to first define the true meaning of LOVE

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Listening To The Right Voice

” God hasn’t told them what He’s told you about your future” – http://terri.com

For too many years I allowed the wrong people to be “a voice” in my life who weren’t speaking out of a place of love, much less the heart of God. In fact, they would speak from a haughty, critical spirit directly contrary …

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When God Answers…

Stop ascribing the things of God to other things/entities. What do I mean? Stop saying something said when it is God that is giving you counsel. We ask Him for keeping us from dangers seen and unseen, yet we won’t acknowledge Him when He is keeping us for fear of what someone may say or think when we make such a declaration of and about God. We need to understand that this …

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Empaths: Are You a Thermometer or a Thermostat?

Attention Empaths. Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?

Even if you aren’t one, you’ve heard of empaths and know at least a few, and you’re probably wondering what they have in common with thermometers. Thermometers can tell you the temperature of a room, but thermostats can adjust t…

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God’s Will Versus Our Way

God can make a way, and He does, dependent on His will. But we don’t talk about what that actually means; the times when we don’t get our way because it’s not God’s will.

We have a conflict in prayer when we pray for God’s will to be done and then ask for things that are contrary to His will for us or the situation. When this happens, we want to get mad at God, f...

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Religion Under God-Centrism

First, allow me to offer a brief review of the concepts in “Religion Under Self-Centeredness”. Religion is one of the most lucrative pursuits for those who use it for personal gain. In primitive tribes, any good tribal leader exploited people’s need for a god to worship by employing an individual of great influence, the witch doctor. The witch doctor’s role has always been …

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Something New for You!

There is still a sense of newness as we enter the third week of January in this New Year. Some of us may be feeling frustrated already, expecting to see major changes and others are still excited about what is going to happen in the New Year.

Well, I want to encourage you today with a word from the Lord. The LORD spoke through the Prophet Isaiah…

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Has Spirituality Gotten Stupid?

I have to get this off my chest before I explode. I feel like some, not all, people suddenly start to learn about “Spirituality” and then some of their brain cells start to fall out. Honestly, what is going on with our growing community? Let me expand.

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine and we spoke of an online Spiritual teacher who came to li…

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Five Ways to Glorify God in Sickness

1/21/2017 Kevin J. Hughes

I spent most of yesterday asleep and have been so happy just to be walking around with more ease today, why? Because of a nasty flu bug that has been running through this house. Fortunately, my illness is not chronic, and within the next couple days I should be back to one-hundred percent. Nevertheless, it got me thinking, whether chronic or…

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“Worshiping with the Angels”

From my upcoming book: The Song of the LAMB: Contemplation’s for the Recovering Heart

Maggie’s Heart Reflections: Come, relax in the arms of the Lord your God, allow His Spirit to minister and comfort you.

 “Worshiping with the Angels”

The Contemplation: She was finally able to attend worship again. There was a long period of time where the grief over-w…

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BOOK SUMMARY – THE FIFTH TRUMPET

THE FIFTH TRUMPET

MEN SMITTEN

 

As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blast about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star t…

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Are your beliefs really yours?

What is our marker, what influences our decision. What cause us to believe the things we believe. What is generating this belief? What’s fuelling this belief?

When we were born; we have no belief system. We were empty and void of any form of belief or influence or markers and then we begin.

Hopefully our parents would have been our first set of influences…

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Seek His Kingdom First

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

This particular scripture has been on my heart this first part of the New Year.

Why?

Well, long story short, in April of 2017, my husband and I made the (prayerful) decision to move to Austin, TX and took the leap of faith in August. This move was a BIG decisio…

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Being Religious vs. Being Godly

The use of the term ‘religious’ in our societies shows just how confused some people are. A religious person once meant someone who had dedicated his life to studying religion, what we would now call a theologian today. The current use, though, muddles our relationship with God, causing our compass to point to religion and not God. It makes religion into an end, rather than …

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The Perfect Time To Start

As I write this, we are now one week into a new year! There’s always something exciting and refreshing when a new year begins. We’ve all, hopefully, gotten plenty of rest and have spent quality time with our family and friends throughout the holidays. During this time, we often reflect on the previous year, and all that we’ve accomplished. It’s nice to look back and see the...

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What is Law of Attraction?

What is The Law of Attraction?

Video Here: https://youtu.be/Lcj_zPxVLaw

You may have heard about The Law of Attraction, or have heard me mention it in a few posts here and there. There are many celebrities who actively use The Law of Attraction and speak about their passion and belief about it. So what …

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What is Law of Attraction?

What is The Law of Attraction?

Video Here: https://youtu.be/Lcj_zPxVLaw

You may have heard about The Law of Attraction, or have heard me mention it in a few posts here and there. There are many celebrities who actively use The Law of Attraction and speak about their passion and belief about it. So what …

89.
The Eagle and the Sparrow

When I am not writing I am feeding my passion for hobby photography. During winter the eagles come to feed just a few miles from my house and I spend many winter days both watching and photographing them.“The Eagle and the Sparrow – Unfocused Thoughts to Match Unfocused Pictures”

An Essay: I feel like a Sparrow intimidated by the Eagles.

I bought myself a n…

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Who Am I?

 

Who am I? Who the hell am I? I’m not sure there is a single person on the face of this planet that hasn’t asked themselves that question at least once in their lifetime. My issue is I ask myself it at least twenty to thirty times every single day. I wake up every day and look in the mirror wondering if today is finally the day that I’ll have the answer to …

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What Can I say about Immersion

What Can I say about Immersion.

It is four months since I returned from my six month Africa Immersion. I am reminded of my first day.

I flew from Colorado to Chicago. It was the middle of winter and all I had was two backpacks and excitement. I had been anticipating and waiting on my journey for months. I had Facebook messaged my whole team, read all th...

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2018 – Armageddon?

2018 – Armageddon?

 

Are you a prepper? Do you feel it’s necessary to stock up on food, water, ammo, guns, gold, silver, alcohol, or whatever, to prepare for the end times? If you feel that way and are doing just that, then I need to inform you that, regarding Armageddon, you might be to…

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Three Ways to Make the Most of the New Year

So many people make new year’s resolutions only to realize half-way through the year that they did not accomplish their goal. Some people may actually achieve some of their resolutions, but often even then they find that what they thought they wanted was not as special or important as it had seemed. These are some of the problems with such resolutions. Therefore, as Chris…

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Being Happy and Having purpose are the same.

Do you wonder if you are in your purpose? What does that really mean? “Just do you”. How do we get to the part where we really know who we are? What we want, how much money do we want to make, where and how do we get there. Who told us that we needed it, or that we were incomplete without it and why? I repeatedly ask this myself this question. Again, what does purpose me…

95.
My Word/Picture Reveal for 2018

When all else fails, write something new. 2017 found me floundering and faltering with my works in progress, as well as my blog posting. I was not consistent. I battled fear, self doubt and deciding who is my audience. Fatigue with adjusting to being a case managing after five years pushed me into the couch at night.

No excuses, I am finding my new way. God pro…

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What To Do When You Hurt Someone

Oh, how I wish I had less experience to draw on around this…

I’ve hurt the people in my life when I was hurting.

It took me years to have the self-awareness to see this about myself.

I aspire to shorten the learning curve for anyone who is open to listening to what FINALLY shifted within me to vow to myself that I’ll make better choices going forward, as...

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A Fresh Start

As the New Year approaches, thousands of resolutions are being made, “ to do lists” are being written, and gym memberships are at an all-time high. Now that the trees and the stockings are being packed away, people are refocusing with their short-term and long-term goals set before them.

So, what is it about a new year that gets everyone fired up and ready to tackl…

98.
When I See The Blood

God is good.

I experienced a lovely revelation today listening to “The Potter’s House” T.D. Jakes out of Texas.

He was giving Holy Communion, in celebrating the Last Sunday of this year, and the Birth of Christ our Savior. He mentioned that in the Bible it says, “When I see the Blood, I will Passover you.”

Exodus 12:13 KJV and the blood shall be to you f...

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Christmas is about Lovinging One Another

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

On December 25, 2017 we again celebrate Christmas. With gift giving, families, friends, listening to stories and music reflecting the Christmas Season. Last minute shopping all in preparation for Christmas Day. Churches and various organiza…

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An Intuitive Hunch

Can you imagine, someone with NO managerial, not even coaching experience, the manager of the New York Yankees? It is true. It is so. And I wanted it. I felt it. I liked Girardi. I did not necessarily want him gone. I was sad to see him go, in fact. I could not picture someone I could vibe with more than him. That’s one thing about the Yankees and why I am such a big …

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BOOK SUMMARY 14

Book Summary 14

 

THE FOURTH TRUMPET

 

THE HEAVENS SMITTEN

 

The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the n…

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Importance of the Christ Child’s Birth

Published in the Rockwall County News  December 24, 2015 

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

Definition:

Agape: is se…

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Six Ways To Get The Most Out of Your Marriage

Kevin J. Hughes 12/10/2017

In the Freed Indeed Blog I wrote an article a while back about how theology impacts marriage. That article can be seen here: https://freedindeedblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/how-theology-impacts-marriage/. However, …

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Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

As I write this article and share this thought with you, I hope that it simply provides encouragement and inspiration for you in the areas that you are working toward success. If you are like me, then you want to be a successful person. If people only have one thought about me, I want it to be that they consider me successful at what I am doing. I never want to stop …

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What is Christmas

What is Christmas?

 Isn’t Christmas a time for happiness, joy, decorations, parties, tree cutting, wine, strong drink, food, get togethers, and good-will? How about the time it takes to go shopping, the selection of the exact gift, the effort spent in wrapping presents! Not to mention the time-off from work, a vacation of sorts. But, …

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7 Ways To Broaden Your Reading

Kevin J. Hughes 12/3/2017

Some of the best advice ever given was about four years ago. A young man, fresh in ministry said, “If I had one piece of advice for you, it’s this, read broadly my friend.” That advice saved me from a life of closed-mindedness and ignorance of the world around me.

That’s a piece of advice frequently given. Especially in this modern a…

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History – Reality of Miracles

 

Published in the Rockwall County News  December 18, 2014 – By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas – This article is my opinion as provided by my research

This miracle I personally experienced through God’s plan. I call it the MIRACLE OF FAITH.

After Thanksgiving 2007 my wife an…

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An Over Sexualized Culture

An over sexualize culture

There is a new climate that is rising with the recent scandals and allegations of sexual assault. When you make another person uncomfortable with sexual remarks, innuendos, touching, it is wrong and disgusting. Putting someone in a position to fulfill your deviant sexual desires is horrible to subject that on someone else. To ex…

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BOOK SUMMARY 13

The Third Trumpet

With more folks becoming more and more paranoid, the events of New Year’s day sure didn’t help. The world’s astronomers detected a band of meteors heading for earth. After the public announcement was made that several unavoidable hits had been confirmed, people just lost it. Control was non-existent. It was ju…

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Three Ways To Be More Thankful

Kevin J. Hughes 11/26/2017

 

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Many people can tend to be cynical about the fact that we have one day a year dedicated to being thankful, and then, as I heard one news anchor when I was little say it, “The rest of the year we think about what we want, not what we have.” I understand that, however it is actually a…

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Relationship

RELATIONSHIP

 

Do you want relationships in your life? Is it important to you to have friends upon whom you can rely? You probably already have relationships with your spouse, children, friends, co-workers, etc. But what about being friends with those deemed “above you”? Has the mayor of your city ever ask...

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Love Unconditional, A Praise for Thanksgiving

Part 2

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.

  This hospital was a nightmare! I had overheard someone say, “If there’s an accident and one person goes to the trauma center and one comes here, the one that goes to the trauma center will live while the one that comes here wi…

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Seven Tips To Develop Practical Godliness

Kevin J. Hughes 11/19/2017

A month ago, my wife, our girls, and I were on a trip to Washington D.C. It was a wonderful trip, made even better by the fact that my parents, who are in love with D.C., were also with us. Their love of D.C couldn’t help but infect us, have you ever been around someone whose love of a certain place or hobby seemed to spill over?...

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God’s Basis for Manhood Part III

In the earlier two Manhood articles my focus was on the foundation of God’s Basis for Manhood – Genesis 1:26 and on Man’s purpose from God’s perspective (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

This article provides additional depth and breadth (Psalm 128) for men to follow God’s direction for Manhood.

 1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in…

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Intentionally Setting a Positive Atmosphere

Have you ever walked into a location and the tone in the air feels negative or off-centered? Perhaps you are not sure why the atmosphere feels heavy and you may not know how the mood in the room became dim, but you are certain that the vibration is not positive. No doubt, the negative atmosphere affects you and others making it difficult to maintain positive space with …

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Love Unconditional, A praise for Thanksgiving

Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, Saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: Therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Part 1

 The day had taken a turn for the worst. Arriving home after a long cold day, my knuckles white with fear from driving an hour and a half on the icy road, I started k…

117.
Time To Be Grateful

November is the month we all celebrate being thankful. Being thankful should be an everyday occurrence. My Dad once said “Maybe we should have a gripe day so everyone could be thankful the rest of the year. Let us reflect on all our blessings in life.

There will be once again two poems in this article. All the poems in our articles unless otherwise noted can be …

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God’s Basis for Manhood Part II

In the last Manhood article my focus was on the foundation of God’s Basis for Manhood – Genesis 1:26. Specifically, a man cannot evolve from being a male into Manhood on his own power. He needs God. I recommend you read that article before continuing with this article that focuses on Man’s purpose from God’s perspective (Ecclesiastes 12:1…

119.
The Ugly Trophy

Who owns an ugly trophy?

If you’re not raising your hand then you are either perfect or not human. Perhaps, I should clarify. Who has made a mistake at least one day in their life? Ah, now the hands should be going up, some more timidly than others I’m sure, which prompts me to ask my next question. 

Who is polishing an ugly trophy—holding on to a mistake t…

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God’s Basis for Manhood

God’s Basis for Manhood

If you are a troubled man, you are going to contribute to a troubled family. If you are a troubled family, you are going to contribute to a troubled church. If you are a troubled church, you are going to contribute to a troubled community. If you are a troubled community, you are going to contribute to a troubled state. If…

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Book Summary 12

THE THIRD TRUMPET

 

THE WATERS SMITTEN

 

               The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water — the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people die...

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Fear: Face it or Faith it?

What is fear? The dictionary describes it as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil or pain whether the threat is real or imagined. Fear has a way of stunting you and keeping you from taking the next step. Why? Because you are stuck on the other side of the gaping hole that it creates and you are too afraid to take that leap to the other side. It is in th…

123.
The power of Choice and Prayer

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

According to the explanation of the Bible (original oldest history book), CHOICE began when God created Angels. Lucifer the head angel, decided he was equal to …

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How to do business with Laban
And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall your wages be? (Genesis 29:15)…   And you know that with all my power I have served your father [Laban].  And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. …
125.
If I Were the Devil

On September 4th 1918 Paul Harvey Aurandt was born. He went on to become a Radio Broadcast pioneer. He has numerous accolades that I could speak of but I’d like to focus on a speech he gave in 1965.  Paul Harvey gave a soliloquy on the condition of America as he saw it and in light of the current events unfolding across the world his words continue to rang true long a…

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The Bit and Bridle: Obedience vs Surrendered Will

“God has provided that the head and the body should share one life and one nature. It is therefore most natural for the body to obey the head. Indeed, in such a relationship disobedience would be strange. For example, it is normal for the hand to be raised at the instruction of the head; should the hand fail to respond, something would be wrong! In like manner…

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Do You Have A Process For Handling Issues

Do you have a process for handling issues or are issues handling you? In the fiction novel, Choosing The Dance; Recognizing Your Purpose In The Pain the life of a young professional is examined; specifically her behavior of coping with life by mentally and emotionally going to her happy place to e…

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Book Summary 11

THE SECOND TRUMPET

 

THE SEA SMITTEN

                                                                                            

               The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turn…

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Manhood — God’s Definition

Men today are in a battle. It’s a battle without bullets or bombs, but a battle all the same. It’s a fight for our families and our future. Facing the battles of life demands courage, and courage is the ability to do the hard thing in every circumstance, despite the cost.

Winston Churchill said, “There comes into the life of every man a task for which he and he alone …

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The Love Language of Heaven: Love Embodied

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This is what I seem to believe is demanded of me.

Olympic class, grade A ++, prime time, high performance runner. I train. I work it out…

131.
The Law of Confession

What if I told you that you can have or physically possess the things that you speak out of your mouth, would you believe me? Perhaps some people would believe and perhaps some others would not, but regardless on which side of belief you decide to choose- there are things that are irrefutable regarding the world we live in.

 All of us are familiar with the law of ...

132.
Why Natural Disasters Happen

We are facing major Disasters such as hurricanes like Harvey, Irma and others that continues to destroy lives and property. The age old question is asked, “How can a loving God allow this to happen. I believe the answer is in the Bible and the following is my opinion for answering the question. Choices are at the heart of the answer. God gave angels, animals, and…

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BOOK SUMMARY 10

THE SEVENTH SEAL

 

When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for almost half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

Revelation 8:1-2

  

THE FIRST TRUMPET

 THE EARTH SMITTEN...

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active waiting

Excerpts from When Doing Isn’t Enough:

Waiting is not popular in our modern society. Immediate gratification is popular. We want what we want now, and we do everything possible to get whatever it is we want now and avoid waiting. Sometimes waiting is unavoidable though and we have no choice but to wait… God appears to like waiting and seems to require it of…

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You are NOT losing your MIND!

If you are like me you’ve begun to notice that time is slipping away quickly and so is your memory. I can still remember monumental life events but ask me what I had for dinner yesterday or did last week and I draw a complete blank! I have often wondered if it’s age related, diet related, or sleep related and I am sure you have too.

The real reason we are feeling ...

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BOOK SUMMARY 9

144,000 Jews, Part Two

 

It’s three in the morning. Just returned from mountains north of Jerusalem. Have led my two friends and approximately 250 or so of the Jewish converts to secure caves deep within the mountains.   Sensors can’t penetrate that deep. This move has definitely taken me off the fence. I am…

137.
Connecting to the Truth of Who You Are

So many people look for answers from “the experts” not understanding that everything they need is inside of them. There is a voice talking to each of us all day long – the problem is most people don’t listen to it. You can call this voice Source, God, your truth, your being, your soul or the Universe. I’m going to refer to it as your Essence.

Wh…

139.
The River

A simple poem about letting go…and knowing the mighty peace of God. 

By a river once, I stood,

So long and reaching wide.

Beneath the churning, rushing foam

All hopelessness had died.

Deceit was gone, anger extinct,

Hate did fully fade,

Yet still I stood upon the bank,

My mind and heart afr…

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Kings?

KING???

 

We have had a great deal of civil discord lately. And it has been unprecedented. In almost every major city, there have been marches and protests against most authority. If people have a differing point of view, they are shouted down and prevented from speaking. The approach is to not discuss anything. It seems that the only object is to create lou…

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THE STORY SLOWLY UNFOLDS

During our trip to Africa, one of our delegate’s chose to sit up front with the driver while the group was traveling. She was engaged in conversation with the driver, and within a few minutes, she asked the driver, ”Are you a Christian?” The driver told her yes, and then told her about his family. He said that he and his family were disliked because they were not Mus…

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The Power of an Open-Hearted Life

This is where I got it wrong for years.

I protected my heart by numbing.

By shutting down from intense experiences and harsh words.

I kept my feelings stuffed deep inside where they were almost lost.

I thought they were too much for the outside world.

Too much.

I was always too much.

But now that I have found my way back to m…

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Book Summary 8

THE 144,000 JEWS

 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

Revelation 7:3…

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

This is from my research and opinion of how the Separation of Church has been misused.

Explanation of Separation of Church and State (Amendment 1). Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of th…

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The Interior Life

“We are dreaming a symbolic world, only briefly waking to what is real.” ~Arthur Deikman, M.D.

“He who is not busy being born is busy dying.” ~Bob Dylan

Something is not quite right…you feel it…you may have experienced this feeling, this nagging, for a long time. So you most probably just try to ignore it and hope that it goes away, but sooner or later the per…

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The Interior Life

“We are dreaming a symbolic world, only briefly waking to what is real.” ~Arthur Deikman, M.D.

“He who is not busy being born is busy dying.” ~Bob Dylan

Something is not quite right…you feel it…you may have experienced this feeling, this nagging, for a long time. So you most probably just try to ignore it and hope that it goes away, but sooner or later the pe…

147.
Good God; Healing, Hopeful Beliefs?

Good God; Healing, Hopeful Beliefs?

 Image from nelizabethluz.com

As a clinical psychologist for thirty years I had many clients who used religion like a blunt instrument to beat themselves up for what they saw as sins or moral failures. I believe that religion can be a moral compass with a healthy dose of self-love, forgiveness, repentance and redemption. C…

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Book Summary 7

A few decades back, a great revolution within the Soviet Union resulted in independence for each state. While Russia remained the largest and strongest of these, many of the smaller states still possessed nuclear weapons and intended to use them for leverage, financial bargaining or for security. There was a mutually agreed disarmament between the US and the various states …

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Why Aren’t His Arms Reaching?

Sunday morning, with all its frantic dressing, hasty home exits, family herding, and other miscellaneous attempts to arrive at the service on time and presentable can sometimes take on a hazy focus that is turned more inward than we would necessarily like to admit. The questions streaming through our minds take on a strange, myopic twist as we wonder: What will I wear? Wh…

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The Problem with Mary Magdelen

Image from franciscanmedia.org

The Problem with Mary Magdelene

I recently read Mary Detweiler’s book When the Glass Ceiling is Stained who’s the Architect. Her account of how she was treated in her church reminded me of my reading and thinking about one particular woman in scripture.

After Jesus’ death, his followers developed a …

151.
The Ship’s Deck Chair

THE SHIP’S DECK CHAIR

 

At church last Sunday, our pastor gave us a humorous example of God in our lives. The scene is Lucy sitting behind her Psychiatry stand, for 5 cents, with Charlie Brown in front. Lucy states, “if you were on a cruise ship, would you take your deck chair and sit at the rear to see whe...

152.
The Healing Synchronicity

This article is different, I decided to write about miracles that I do believe they happen everyday !

The Healing Synchronicity

Synchronicities happen to all of us in our daily lives.  Have you ever noticed that we meet some people at just the right time and at just the right place? And that they bring forth a powerful message. My Dad ...

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BOOK SUMMARY 6

BOOK SUMMARY 6

 

THE SECOND SEAL 

 OPEN WAR 

               When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword...

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Reverence

Stop and smell the roses? Well, like yeah, stop for heaven’s sake and smell the roses that cross your path. Think about the sunlight and the minerals in the soil roses need to bloom so you could enjoy it. Think about what it took for the mighty rose to be exactly where you are in all its colourful fragrant glory and bask in reverence to the God-given rose that just met you…

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Let God Fight This Battle

Ever heard that your weapons of warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds? That’s actually a Scripture found in 2 Corinthians 10:4. Meaning that as you draw closer to God and do what He has called you to do, you will experience spiritual warfare. Opposition will come. People will come against you. Tough circumstances will pop up w…

156.
Where Should We Place Our Faith?

WHERE SHOULD WE PLACE OUR FAITH?

 

Last night, my wife and I watched a movie titled “The Fault in Our Stars”. It was well written and, more importantly, well-acted. The story revolved around a young woman with stage-four cancer who had, understandably, no social life. During a meeting with like patients, she met a young man who had survived cancer but had …

157.
Becoming a Great Leader

Do you believe in your heart that God is calling you to be a leader? Whether it’s at work, in your community, or in ministry, do you feel that tug? Some of you reading this may already be in a leadership position, but I believe there’s always room for growth. So wherever you are at this point in the process, I believe that God has placed this post on my heart to share these...

158.
What’s Daddy Worth

WHAT’S DADDY WORTH?

 

Since this is the day after Father’s Day, I thought I’d pose the question of worth, the value of “things”.

If a child knows that their bicycle is worth $50 and wants to sell it, then they ask $50. But if two neighborhood kids each offer only $30, then the bike is obviously worth only $30, not $50. This principle applies to anythin…

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GOD OPENS DOORS NO MAN CAN SHUT

 A very interesting thing happened when I was in Washington, D.C. for the People to People International World Conference one year. My last night there, I was in the lobby of the hotel waiting to enter the ballroom for our banquet and awards ceremony. I sat down next to a gentleman in the lobby, and we began a conversation. He explained he was also waiting for a ballr…

160.
Your Faith or His

YOUR FAITH OR HIS?

 

Our conversations sometimes include the topic of faith and what it is, how strong is it, who has it, why some don’t, and on and on.

I was taught that faith was believing that God would fulfill my needs but that faith was needed first. How much I would ask and for how long? I thought my “needs” were something like a new bike or pupp…

161.
The Power of The Universe

Do you realize that:

* Your thoughts are extremely powerful?

* Every thought is like a message to The Universe?

* Whatever you mind can conceive YOU can achieve?

* You have the power to control your own thoughts?

* What you desire most in life can become a reality?

As humans we are all connected to an energy source so powerfu…

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BOOK SUMMARY 4

BOOK SUMMARY 4

 

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord fore…

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What Is Success To You?

  What Is Success To You Personally..?

  The first step toward success is deciding what you really want to achieve in your life. When you decide exactly what you want, the how to do it will emerge. When Your Heart Decides The Destination, Your Mind Will Design The Map To Reach It.

 Let’s examine the Man Jesus and His massive succes…

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BOOK SUMMARY 3

BOOK SUMMARY 3

 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name claiming, “I am the Christ” and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.  Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be …

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God Godding

Is God a Being or a State of Being? Many who have undergone Near Death Experiences (NDEs) claim it’s the latter. They say their temporary excursions into the afterlife prove that all existence is an eternal continuum, with past, present and future being artificial constructs. They say they were able to see with 360-degree peripheral vision, were suffused with…

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Reading with a Goal in Mind

Many of you might remember this set of strategies from your days in English. It’s based on the idea that readers should be actively seeking to connect the text they are reading with themselves, with other texts, and with their worlds. This is a pretty standard reading practice; here is what www.facinghistory…

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BOOK SUMMARY 2

Book Summary 2

 

My eyes itch and constantly burn. The smell of cordite in the air is strong and overpowering. So much so that, at times, it completely masks that sweet, yet sickening smell of death that is all around me.  My whole body feels tired as if all my muscles had been tensed for several hours and were just now released.  My head hurts, but rubbi…

168.
Book Summary 1

This will be the first in a series of articles that will be a summary of each chapter of my book, “One Last Moment and Then Forever”.

 

“One Last Moment and then Forever” is a story about the last seven years on Earth just prior to the Second Coming of CHRIST as seen from the eyes of a soldier in the European armed forces. The story is told to us as we r…

169.
Spiritual Guidance from an Unlikely Source

I am given a gift from an elder. It is an “infernal rose flower” ring, peach-colored flower that seems to be magically preserved on a silver band. It glows from within, it’s alive and will stay that way. I want to know more about this ring and the magic with which it is imbued… I search a cave where these flowers are know to grow before they are made into enchanted jewelry. The…

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The Gratitude Box

It is a Sunday morning and I am sitting at my desk writing this article! Candles lit and sitting in silence reflecting on my life and the last 3 years. It has been one of the most challenging three years of my life. So many changes. So many ups and so many downs. 

I look at my life now and think how grateful I am for every step of the way and so thankful for wher…

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Are you happy and you know it?

Are You Happy and you know it?

For the first time in my life I can say I am truly happy. I can say I am comfortable in my own skin. I can look in the mirror and say, “Hey that’s a good-looking guy! He might not be perfect, but he is working hard to do the right things.” Life is not about what anyone thinks of you. Life is about the small things. But really the “smal…

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Are you happy and you know it?

Are You Happy and you know it?

For the first time in my life I can say I am truly happy. I can say I am comfortable in my own skin. I can look in the mirror and say, “Hey that’s a good-looking guy! He might not be perfect, but he is working hard to do the right things.” Life is not about what anyone thinks of you. Life is about the small things. But really the “smal…

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God and a Spider

The Meme above says it all! Spiders are a little scary, but hey if they are outside, no biggy. You live outside and I’ll live inside. I won’t go in your house, Mr. Spider, so you don’t come into mine, or as sure as the sky is blue, I’ll kill you. For most people, this is how the world works, but one day….

My friend Luke and I moved into an apartment just before a…

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Is your life out of control?

Is your life out of control? Are you on a continues downward spiral? Is your spouse cheating on you, your bills piling up, have cancer, your kids out of control? Are you at the end of your rope and just can hang on? Is your life out of control???

We all been there. Where we just don’t know where to turn. The best thing to do is let go. Stop trying to control it. Beca…

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AFTER EASTER

AFTER EASTER??

 

Yesterday was Easter. It was a celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection. On Thursday, he presided over the Last Supper, On Friday He was tortured horribly and crucified, and on Sunday morning, He arose, forgiving all people their sins.

But now its Monday. What’s next? Do you think about your relationship with Christ at all? Do yo…

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perfect love

Excerpts from When Doing Isn’t Enough:

Love is not a feeling. It is an action. It is a choice. We can choose to act loving, even when we don’t feel loving.

If you want an example of pure, perfect love, think about what Jesus Christ did for us. He left the glory of heaven to take on human form an…

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God Loves us, Why Can’t We Love One Another?

God Loves us, Why Can’t We Love One Another?

 

Since this is Easter week, it seems appropriate to me to look at God’s intentions as to our sinful nature, His willingness to give us free-will, and His plan to send us His son to take upon Himself all our sins. To take these sins upon Himself so that God could abide our presence.

It is difficult at times…

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Is the Universe Speaking to You?

 Today I had a lovely reminder of how, if you’re willing to listen, the universe speaks to you just when you need it to.

 So, there I was, enjoying a beautiful, relaxing day with the newest addition to the family, my little missy. I had put her in her carrier, and we were spending the morning tidying up the house, dancing and Listening to LaBelle, the best house mu…

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TIME MANAGEMENT FOR ETERNITY

TIME MANAGEMENT FOR ETERNITY

 

During high school and then after, either our parents or first bosses told us that to become successful in life, we needed to begin managing our time. Time for work, for physical activity, personal advancement, and for rest. These were the exact same qualities we were taught if attending college except to add study...

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I Am Joel and I Am Who I Am

“I think, therefore I am.”  “I am Sam, Sam I am.  Sam-I-Am.”  Descartes, Green Eggs and Ham notwithstanding, “I Am” has consequence.  Some of us may recite “I Am” statements to the mirror when we need motivation.  We can state “I Am” as a self-assertion, or simply as fact.  (e.g. I am sipping excellent cognac as I write this.  Fact.)  Some “I Am” statements are made with …

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What Now! I’ve Hit a Brick Wall

You’ve run into a brick wall, not knowing what to do. Seems there are no options. Hopelessness & despair are your only companions.  Your circumstances hit you like a big wave at the beach, knocking you off your feet. Inside your soul is crying out from the secret places of your heart ‘what now’.

We’ve all been there when our situation seems hopeless. What do we…

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is such a wonderful time. It is that time of the year where the world starts waking up again from its winter long slumber. The weather turns warmer, and the sun shines brightly. Birds start chirping again and rebuilding their homes for the little ones to hatch. Flowers start to bloom and trees start to blossom.

Spring is beautiful and it is the perfect time ...

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The Intuitive Mind And The Rational Mind

Since learning how to tap into my intuition and hear the voice from my soul over the past year, I have often thought about how listening to our intuition is not something that the world puts much emphasis on. This quote in the image above illustrates this perfectly. We live an existence where the utmost importance is placed on seemingly rational, planful actions. As ch…

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In a Short Time, This Will be a Long time Ago

In a Short Time, This Will be a Long Time Ago

 

If you’re married with children, it may seem such a short time ago that you were feeding your child with a bottle. But, it may have been five, 10, or even 20 years back. It seems such a short time in our minds to when we were married, or graduated from high school or college, or got our first job, or any number o…

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OMG! Did I Offend God?

Is the God of the Universe personally offended when somebody texts “OMG!”?  Does the Author of All Creation cower if you mutter “Oh my god…” when you see your credit card bill?  How about “Oh gosh!”?  Golly?  Goldurnit?  We have managed to distill one of the Ten Commandments to little more than a colloquial phrase.  God is bigger than “OMG”.  What do you suppose He meant…

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Jews vs the World – What’s Wrong with Us?

Jews vs the World – What’s Wrong with Us?

 

It seems as if America has been transported backwards, into extremely prejudiced times. We need to remember that God made all of us in His image. It is us, the created, who made a racial or religious distinction.

 

The following story is in Elmer Bendiner’s book, “The Fall of Fortresses…

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When I practiced religion

Excerpt from When Religion Isn’t Enough:

When I practiced religion I was trying, on my own power, to be good by following the rules. I was afraid of what would happen to me if I didn’t follow the rules. I was chronically scared and unsure of myself, always feeling like I could not measure up, that I hadn’t done enough. I did not understand the difference …

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GOD Loves Old People

GOD

 Loves Old People

 

This small article was forwarded to me after numerous people had read and forwarded to their friends. Therefore, the author is not known. However, kudos to whomever.

 

Most seniors never get enough exerc...

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Who am I?

For Proust it was the taste of a small cake that unleashed a torrent of memories that took seven volumes to exhaust. For me it was a simple phone call on an average day.

“Are you Burt Kempner?” she asked.

Instantaneously every decision I made, every friendship I formed, every lover I left, every dream I harbored, every lie I told, every song I ...

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How Do You Measure Your Life?

How are you measuring your life? Is it by the number of “toys” you have or the business successes you have experienced or the achievements of your family? What about you yourself? What measure do you have for true happiness? I learned long ago when I was a corporate executive that it wasn’t the cars or houses or dinner parties that brought me joy, …

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Five Things You Can Do to Change the World

G-d expects of everyone to be kind and charitable all the time not just on Purim or holidays. As such, kindness is a daily requirement. Kindness spans the entire gamut of virtues including charity, compassion, respect, and love. Integrating kindness into one’s own personality requires a more sensitive heart. So what are some ways you can emulate G-d on a day-to-day basis? …

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My So-Called Spiritual Path

“We may doubt anything, except that we are struck with amazement… Doubts may be resolved, radical amazement can never be erased.”

                                                           Abraham Joshua Heschel

 I have to smile when people tell me they’re following their spiritual path. It all sounds so neat and tidy. A quaint country lane. Perhaps some nice…

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Missing Something Big

The foolish adherence of mainstream science to the false dogma of materialism is now more than a century old. And materialism has brought us so much pain! It has forced brilliant scientists to waste their careers in pursuing baseless dead-end theories while it continues to keep humankind in unnecessary ignorance and fear.

The damage c...

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Like Gold

“One day we took the children to see a goldsmith refine gold after the ancient manner of the East. He was sitting beside his little charcoal fire. (‘He shall sit as a refiner’; the gold- or silversmith never leaves his crucible once it is on the fire.) In the red glow lay a common curved roof tile; another tile covered it like a lid. This was the crucible. In it was the…

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Self Reflection and Lasting Change

It’s finally March and we begin to see the light at the end of the long winter tunnel. January and February always feel like such bitter months. However, as a Christian, March also carries it’s own weight as I enter the 40 days of Lent. Almost everyone is familiar with the concept of Lent. It’s the time of year when friends suddenly stop drinking alcohol and churches a…

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God’s Gift – Your Plan – Free Will

         God’s Plan

               Your Gifts

                      Free Will

 

You may not know the plan God has for your life. No problem – He does! God has known since before you were born just what plan He has for you, what gifts He would give you, and h...

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Editing the Bible

Quill Cloud

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks that seem to have been inspired by

holy writ, certain helpful folks have suggested that the Koran may need editing. Well, a certain other book could use…

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Spiritual Lessons

Once you get started, you can never turn back.

I’ll never forget Milda’s words. Her warning tone sounded ominous. What might lie ahead?

Was I up for the challenge? This client was warning me about taking a spiritual journey. I wanted to know, “Why am I here?” “Where was I before this life?” “What do I need to lea...

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Which is Easier?

The heat of the day was finally beginning to fade.  Your shoulder leaned against an unoccupied market stall.  You were positioned so that the lengthening shadows would provide growing relief from the sun.  Where was everybody? The market traffic was languid.  You knew it should pick up for a final hour before sunset.  Shopkeepers sipped afternoon wine while they brushed …

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Then and Now and Love Forever

Then and Now and Love Forever

 

As a young adult, she was continually complaining to her family about the state of affairs in America. There had been, and continued to be, protests against the government. Some of these protests turned violent, becoming uncontrollable riots. In some cases, these riots resulted …

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Old Faithful

Every year thousands of people visit Yellowstone National Park and see Old Faithful. Picture a visitor walking out to the geyser and not seeing anything happening. She lingers for a while and still nothing changes. Doubt begins to form and she comes to the conclusion nothing is going to take place. She tells the park ranger, “Old Faithful is not so faithful after all.” W…

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Just One Glance

Today I woke up at 5:58.

I thought to myself, “Yes! An hour and two minutes all to myself! An hour and two minutes to sip the flavor and heat of fresh coffee. An hour and two minutes to focus—zero in on—embrace, the person of Jesus…”

And then the clock struck 6:00. And my newborn began to wail. Like clock wor…

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Just. One. Glance.

Today I woke up at 5:58. I thought to myself, “Yes! An hour and two minutes all to myself! An hour and two minutes to sip the flavor and heat of fresh coffee. An hour and two minutes to focus—zero in on—embrace, the person of Jesus…”

And then the clock struck 6:00. And my newborn began to wail. Like clock work…

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Life Is A Series Of Choices

Have you ever heard the statement “Life is a series of choices?” To some, that’s too simple, but when you think about it- this is one of the truest statements. Your decisions really do determine your destiny. You make decisions every day that move you closer to your God-designed destiny-or move you further away from it. There is no such thing as just sitting still or putt…

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The Leap of Faith

As I think back upon my journey to attain lasting happiness and success in life I am reminded of the many setbacks and failures I have endured over time. I am also reminded of a particular inspiring and motivating insight provided by Steve Harvey, who is a popular comedian, actor, speaker but maybe most remembered as the host of Family Feud and it was in a…

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YOU Have a SUPER POWER

Did you know that you have a ‘super power’? YOU DO! and not just because you are special (well, you are..) but it’s something everyone has. Their INTUITION. It’s a ‘gut’ feeling, a ‘sixth sense’ , a “knowing” without knowing how.

What keeps many people from being able to tap into their own innate ‘Super Power’ is their EGO.

The “Ego” is the image we have...

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Living from the Inside Out

What are we looking for in our lives when things aren’t going exactly the way we want? We are looking for solid answers. The doctors, your boss, your spouse, your family or your friends – do they have the answers? They may have some guidance but we have the answers – INSIDE. The “inside” is where our intuition lives – d…

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When I Dreamt You…

Sometimes it’s  difficult to see past circumstances that are the true of our reality.  

Sometimes these things speak shadows over our  identities and it becomes challenging to see the light of  the truth of who and what we are.  

Sometimes there is no sense or comprehension of the thought, love, tenderness, care and  intentio...

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What is love?

The true meaning of love, as defined in the Bible, has been corrupted in the common usage of our English language and society. Most often, love is confused with infatuation – that elated, “high” feeling we get when we “fall in love.” This kind of “love” is something that lasts typically less than a year, and unless replaced by true love, results in broken relationships…

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Spirituality – My Journey

Spirituality – My Journey

I know what you are thinking! Here we go again, another person who is going to tell me that they are spiritual. That would have been me 3 years ago. I was brought up a Catholic but honestly was not a practicing one. I would pray at night. Church was not a place I enjoyed as it was in Arabic and didn’t really understand or enjoy the service….

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The Truth Beyond Our Grief.

The loss of a child is one like no other, I only know a taste of it, we conceived our first baby, whom we named Elia Grace, which means “God has answered”, on Valentines Day- and as that day approaches bittersweet memories come with it. We conceived Elia via Intrauterine Insemination (better known as an IUI done through the process of going through infertility treatments…

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Who’s Really in Charge?

Who’s Really in Charge?

 

Ever wonder how some dictator could grab control of his or her country. How did India select their leader, or South Korea, or Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, and so on? Some countries have good leaders, some not so good. But what about the USA?

We select a leader every four years. It has been don…

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The Rock Eternal

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” –Psalm 62:5-6

A rock…a fortress. This is a term used for God again and again throughout the Bible. Consider the implications of this analogy.

In the desert, a rock is the source of shade from the heat.  ...

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Lessons And How They Arrive When We Need Them

Five years ago this fall I visited a magical place called Grail Springs which is located in Bancroft, Ontario. Unbeknownst to me at the time, my visit lit a spark inside of me. One that I now suspect had been waiting to be lit for a long time. This visit was what started the first few whispers in my soul that something wasn’t right with how I was living my life. Looking …

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My Only Son

My Only Son

In January 1991, my son was in an automobile accident and had to be cut from his car and then airlifted to the hospital. With numerous injuries, he was taken into the emergency room as he had massive internal bleeding. The doctors made an incision across and down his back as the doctors feared his aorta had been severed…

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The Great Unknown

What is your name? Or a better question may be, who are you? Joel Gheen wrote an article last week on this very subject titled “What’s Your Name?”, and I recommend you rea…

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America Verses World Countries

 Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

We have celebrated America’s 240 years of Independence and freedom that no other country in the world has accomplished. During those years, what has made America different from all other countries? Why do …

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Abraham Lincoln’s Faith

Abraham Lincoln’s Faith

 

Image from 2014 National Bible Celebration Week

                                     

 

For a more detailed and in depth study of Lincoln’s faith read Gordon Leidner’s “Lincoln’s Faith in God” on the Great American History (dot) net

 

Lincoln’s faith has been the subject of debate both durin…

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What’s Your Name?

Sometimes we are confronted with something so mysterious that our conscious minds take an automatic shortcut to avoid wrestling the new idea into our existing paradigm.  For the next few minutes, let’s not take that shortcut.  Rather, let your paradigm be shaken, even shattered.  We have an opportunity to peer into truths so big that we might find ourselves reduced to tears…

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What can we learn from life’s challenges?

What is The Law of Attraction? This law is the ancient basis of all human growth. We attract what we think of. So, what are you thinking just at this moment? Is it positive or negative for you? Positivity is the concept that we can build a fantasticly exciting and healthy life if we “pour” healthy thoughts into our cell membranes. Our cells then continue to replicate that …

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Child Like Wonder

     I love kids. They inspire me every day. One day I went to pick up my friends daughter at youth group and she exclaims, “Jesus loves me!” I smile and ask her “How do you know that?” Well knowing the answer. She sang the answer, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so…” I love it. In fact I’m a bit envious of her faith. …

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The Hard Problem

As a follow up to last week’s post about the wonderful Rupert Sheldrake and his pioneering work in studying aspects of consciousness, I’m going to offer you another great TED talk that was delivered by Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers in 2014. Chalmers shares with us here some extraordinary insights about consciousness….

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MY STORY IS A GIFT

Life is a story and gift in itself. However, when your life with its challenges becomes the gift of hope you give to others, that’s a different story (no pun intended). Never could I imagine my story being a gift. It is one that is not uncommon because my experiences are not ones that I can claim alone. However, the journey it has placed me on, is unique to me and on…

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To Heal the World, We Must First Heal Ourselves

It begins with us, ferociously doing our own work. Raising our vibration, choosing from our highest selves. Forgiving ourselves when we falter. Vowing to choose better next time. Breathing deeply. 

It begins with us. Befriending all of our pieces. Inviting them toward wholeness. Uncovering the parts that have been hidden for fear of losing someone’s love.

It…

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5 Life Lessons from Vineyards

There’s an ancient metaphor in which we are compared to grapevines.  Of all the analogies in the Bible, the vine is one of the most consistent.  But why vines?  Why not olive trees or thistles or pomegranates?  Vines are unique.  The beauty of the vine metaphor is lost on those of us who have not spent much time in vineyards.  There is a deep level of comfort and encourag…

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Does God have a Sense of Humor?

Excerpts from When the Glass Ceiling is Stained, Who’s the Architect?:

I have often wondered why God would choose to give the spiritual gift of leadership to a woman who was raised in the suburbs of New York City in a liberal Irish Catholic Democratic family and then plant her in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (one of the most, if not …

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To Tithe or Not to Tithe, That is the Question

 

If you are a Christian, then the answer to this question is simple. If you are not, then tithing is the least of your problems.

 

From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, How shall we return? Will man…

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Miracle of Faith Changing People’s Lives

In the year 2007, my wife and I joined our daughter and her husband in Temple, Texas, so we could enjoy Thanksgiving together. It was not unusual for Marge and I to enjoy a cruise together, and this year we would be leaving on a five-day excursion after Thanksgiving.

Our ship, The Ecstasy, would leave from Galveston, Texas, and my wife was especially looking forw…

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2016: The End of a Cycle

Leading up to 2017, I saw a lot of posts on the Internet and social media about how people were so anxious to leave 2016 behind. Many people said that they ‘hated’ what 2016 brought. There were also more than a few posts about 2016 being a ‘cursed’ year.

While reading about people’s thoughts and reactions to 2016, I started to reflect on what the year meant for me....

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CHRISTMAS CAN LAST 365 DAYS A YEAR

It’s the 3rd of January. The Christmas season is over and it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations and pack them away till next year. Mixed emotions accompany this for me. Taking them out and putting them up at the beginning of December is fun, exciting and full of anticipation. Putting them away brings some sadness. There is, however, also some relief mixed …

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80-98-100

 

80-98-100

Years past, my pastor was starting a sermon series on Revelation and the end times. I had always avoided this subject as it was just too difficult for my understanding. So, I decided to research the subject to better understand the sermons. As I read more, I got the idea to write a book to try and make the…

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The Power of Revision

Recently, I attended an awards ceremony honoring author Michelle Stimpson for her literary work and involvement in the community. During her presentation, she joked about being a former educator, and the need instilled in her to have a “Show and Tell” moment when she had a captive audience.

She proceeded to explain that the finished product, seen by so many as the onl…

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God Is On Your Side!

“It is imperative that you understand that, as it is recorded in Isaiah 55:11, God’s Word will not come back fruitless.  When you or I agree with God concerning any issue, you have the faith needed to see your needs met.  Speaking God’s Word causes you to see what you desire from God as you trust Him.  God’s Word will not come back void. You may wonder how to start the pro…

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relationship, NOT religion

Excerpts from When Religion Isn’t Enough:

From the beginning of time, God invited the human beings he created to be in relationship with him. His intention was never to give religion to the human race. His intention was to offer human beings a relationship with himself that was personal and intimate. God wants a relationship with us. God is love, and he wants to showe…

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Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing

Joy is often connected with happiness and our circumstances but this is not the joy God gives. Joy comes from an open heart ready to receive our King. As we receive God’s love and allow it to penetrate our soul, the delight of giv…

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Perspectives On Faith

Once Jesus is received as savior, his ways must be adopted to ensure that you, as a believer, walk like Him.  In essence, before you can expect God to move on your behalf, you must abandon your own personal ways and your thoughts.  Until you are able to abandon your thoughts and ways, you will be hindered regarding your needs being supplied.  Time must be spent empty…

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Wait?! Are you kidding me?!!!!

Excerpts from When Doing Isn’t Enough:

Waiting is not popular in our modern society. Immediate gratification is popular. We want what we want now, and we do everything possible to get whatever it is we want now and avoid waiting. Sometimes waiting is unavoidable though and we have no choice but to wait.

We have all experienced times of waiting i...

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Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing

Joy is often connected with happiness and our circumstances but this is not the joy God gives. Joy comes from an open heart ready to receive our King. As we receive God’s love and allow it to penetrate our soul, the d…

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The Silence Delusion

One of the few trained scientists making a career in studying the greater reality is Rupert Sheldrake. His curiosity about all the many phenomena that 

spring from the fact that reality is based in consciousness has greatly enhanced our understanding of oddities ranging from the sense of being stared at and the fact that dogs can anticipat…

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Believe

I love Christmastime. Especially around children; it is magical, exciting, and fun. One of my family’s favorite traditions is riding the local Polar Express Train. The great theme of the night, “Believe,” is a great way to start our holiday celebrations. Our six children are still all young enough that none have yet even questioned the validity of Santa. They also love …

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WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE

I Corinthians 13:4-8 says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perse…

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Cosmic Fly on Heaven’s Wall

You were there even before the Genesis.  You saw, and most of it was too big to comprehend.  Events, beings, rising, falling.  Millennia upon millennia.  But always He was there.  He always had been, and He was always acting with intent.  Then, as if so much had been leading up to this point, there was a moment of pause.  In that moment, it was known that something import…

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How to Fast with Hunger as Your Wise Mentor

Fasting is perhaps the most elusive spiritual discipline. Suggest a weekend of fasting to your friends and you’re not likely to get an enthusiastic response. However, the diverse benefits of fasting are universally appreciated and you don’t have to miss out on them. So, if …

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The Oldest Lie in the Book

What are some of the old scams that have been so overplayed that everybody knows not to fall for them?  A few ideas come to mind.  How about the Nigerian prince who keeps emailing you?  Let’s not forget the guy on Craigslist who wants to buy your listed item, but he’s out of town and needs you to jump through PayPal hoops.  Those are recent scams.  Maybe your parents or gra…

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Suppose there is a God…

Let’s talk about the big, beautiful “what if”.  In this case, “what if there is a God?”  If you are a thoughtful person who is predisposed to life’s big questions, you may already be forming a deep-seated position, preparing your answers, your structured proofs, your life experiences… so many of your spiritual suppositions bubbling up as a result of my simply posing the …