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A Balancing Act

Relevance: 91%      Posted on: October 2, 2012

They put the fun in funambulism. Tightrope walking is from the Latin words funis (rope) and ambulare (walk). The art was practiced in ancient Egypt and first century China where “rope dancing” was performed over knives stuck in the ground, pointing upward. In North America, funambulism was taken to new…

Act Your Age

Relevance: 83%      Posted on: September 16, 2012

In one area I am delighted our practice has not caught up with what we preach. It has to do with how we treat others in light of some of the things we have said the Bible teaches. I am eager to search for truth in the Bible, but I…

Arizona Governor Considers Religious Protection Act

Relevance: 79%      Posted on: February 22, 2014

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says she will review a bill that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs as legal justification for refusing service to perspective customers.

IRS: $20,000 Per Year Per Family for Cheapest Obamacare Plan

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: February 2, 2013

What is hypocritically named, the "Affordable Care Act," is quickly being realized and even promoted as anything but affordable. Now, according to a final regulation put in place on Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says that the cheapest health insurance plan under Obamacare for a family will cost $20,000…

A Texas Minister Set Himself On Fire And Died To ‘Inspire’ Justice

Relevance: 12%      Posted on: July 2, 2015

One Monday in June, 79-year-old Charles Moore, a retired United Methodist minister, drove to Grand Saline, Tex., his childhood home town some 70 miles east of Dallas. He pulled into a strip mall parking lot, knelt down on a small piece of foam and doused himself with gasoline. Then, witnesses…

Suicide Is Not The Answer

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: November 21, 2012

Pain, sorrow and depression is often used, I believe, by the enemy to lead people in addictive behaviors to a point where they seriously consider taking their own lives. While steeped in my addiction to Internet Porn there were times that I became very depressed. I felt hopeless. I also…

Trust God or Be Your Own God

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: November 1, 2013

Abram (later renamed Abraham) is a very important man in the Biblical scheme of things because God’s promises to him recorded in Genesis 12:1-3 (and repeated multiple times afterward) set the course for human history.

Affirmative Action vs. Race Preferences

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: September 16, 2012

Monday, June 23, 2003, was an unusually sad day for me. On that day the Supreme Court disregarded the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and upheld the University of Michigan Law School’s skin color preference admissions policy.  By a vote of 5-4, the Court ruled that black applicants may…

Dobson Wins Temporary ObamaCare Exemption For His Ministry

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: April 18, 2014

Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill in its health insurance.

Consumer Beware!

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: April 1, 2013

Christian consumers beware! We are warned to stay away from them by debt relief experts on radio, television and the internet! They have an “F” rating at the Better Business Bureau! Laws have recently been passed to prevent them from scamming us! Hundreds of them have been shut down by…

The Fruit of the Spirit

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: October 15, 2012

Jesus is our Life (Colossians 3:4). The Fruit of the Spirit is the foundation of our life in Christ Jesus on which all things rest. The Fruit of the Spirit in our lives affects everything we do and say and the way we rationalize things; without it, everything is affected…

You Don’t Understand God? Me Either!

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

It is hard for me to write Christian non-fiction these days, because it demands confidence in what I believe. It’s also difficult for me to engage in religious conversations with people, because they so often act as though they understand each facet of God and His will for their lives.…

Should My Offering Only Go To My Church?

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: November 22, 2014

One of today’s popular teachings is that one’s offerings should be given only at his home church. I suppose some of this is a reaction to all of the televangelists of the 70’s and 80’s who urged people to send them their tithes.

God Provides a Greater Grace

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: October 16, 2012

I searched the websites of the major George's (Gallup, Barna, and Curious) this morning hoping to find data regarding an important matter. I'm curious to know if balky American sinners have ever been polled to reveal their least favorite Book of the Bible. There are plenty of candidates. Leviticus is…

A Forgotten Tune

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: July 8, 2004

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is like a long-forgotten song. Some of the words occasionally come to mind, and you might remember a few bars of the melody. But it fades away again, retreating to the recesses of your memory. For all it’s worth in 2004, the Civil Rights…

Looking For Reasons to Laugh

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 19, 2012

Some days it's hard to get out of bed -- much less laugh. But haven't you noticed how much better a day goes when laughter is scattered through it? You know it's going to be a bad day when... --Your knees buckle but your belt won't. --You sink your teeth…

The Shallow Villains of Western Film

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: December 10, 2014

Because of the nature of forgiveness, any disdainful attitude on the part of the forgiver cannot exist. Resolution always implies a positive, face-to-face interaction ending in an improved relationship between two parties.

US Tourist Jeffrey Fowle Was Arrested in North Korea for Leaving Bible Behind

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: September 25, 2014

North Korean authorities arrested U.S. tourist Jeffrey Fowle three months ago, accusing him of Christian proselytizing, which is considered a crime in North Korea. The arrest was made with the charge that he left a copy of the Bible with his contact information and pictures under a bin in the…

Aronofsky And Apostasy: Expect Noah To Be An Anti-Biblical Biblical Epic

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: March 27, 2014

Darren Arnofsky’s first successful film was Pi, a brilliant and disturbing indie production which centers on the lives of obsessed mathematicians. The protagonist discovers a number, buried within the non-repeating, non-terminating number known as Pi. The discovered number is actually the name of God.

Spontaneous Disclosure

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 21, 2012

It's sometimes a tough call -- when to keep a thing to yourself or when to disclose it. The issue isn't revealing it to God, of course, for everything is open to him. It's the matter of sharing with a human being who might not keep the matter in confidence…

Oxymorons

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 14, 2012

Words fascinate me. I enjoy playing with words. I love to collect axioms, slogans, sentence sermons, proverbs, Yogi Berra-isms and such. I even have a collection of oxymorons, those quaint and absurd combinations of self-contradictory words. Expressions like week day. Right. I have over 900 of them so far. Stay…

A Gift From God

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: March 18, 2013

The wind harshly blew through a cloudy gray Kansas City sky. Snow was on its way, as a cab passed, an occasional horn honked and the beat of footsteps pounded against a brick sidewalk. The footsteps almost sounded like music if you listened to them long enough, some soft, some…

Facing the Fact: I Have An Addiction to Internet Porn

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

It was more than 30 years ago, but I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was a Saturday. My parents were going out for the evening, with my Aunt and Uncle. I was going to stay over at my cousin’s house for the duration. My cousin and I…

Maybe It’s Like Baseball

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: November 1, 2012

Okay. We’re at the halfway point of the baseball season. And the Yankees are playing more respectably. So maybe that’s why it occurred to me that a lot of our experience of religion is like baseball. In baseball, fans and fanatics have a lot in common. A real baseball fan…

Forgive and Forget?

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: August 20, 2014

Perhaps the most common idea about forgiveness is the tendency to link it with forgetting. To grant that “forgive and forget” go together as an alliteration is not to admit they go together in the moral act of forgiving someone.

It’s Not Easy Being A Mom

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: May 7, 2014

Judith Viorst once wrote an essay based on interviews she had with children. The subject was "What's a good mother like?" Viorst reports that the children expected their mother to get angry from time to time. "She has to," said Ted, "or she'll faint from holding it in."

Review of “Reckless Faith” by Beth Guckenberger

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: September 27, 2013

Reckless Abandon. To act without any regard for consequences. I heard this term for the first time when my husband defined this as an investment firm’s unscrupulous practice of telling the potential customer what he or she wanted to hear in an effort to collect as much money as possible…

Judas’ Psychological Profile

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: April 3, 2015

No, there is no “Breaking News” here. Wolf Blitzer hasn’t reported a new archaeological find just outside Jerusalem. No brain scan was just discovered. And there is no long-hidden-in-the-Vatican-archives suicide note from Judas Iscariot. It’s just that the events of last week got me to thinking about some of the…

Never Easier Than Right Now

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: November 7, 2012

Over the years and across the broad plains of conflict and disappointment, I've noted a giant disconnect among folks struggling to understand the direct relationship between investment and return. It's apparently a very complex concept, antagonistic to our natural impulses. Over the years and across the broad plains of conflict…

‘I Don’t Judge People’

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: July 2, 2015

Of all places, there is an insightful line about the necessity of passing personal judgment that comes from a new one-act play. As reported in a review carried in the New York Times, here is the way a debate goes between the play's two central characters:

What is Adultery In The Bible?

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: October 6, 2012

A biblical view of adultery and remarriage and an answer to the question, on what adultery is.

What Am I?

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: November 23, 2012

Quite often in sharing my personal testimony with people about my addiction to porn I am asked, “So what do you consider yourself to be?” They ask questions like, “Do you still consider yourself to be an addict?” “Will you always be an addict?” “How do you describe yourself?” Rather…

Action Without Evidence: Building Arks on Sunny Days

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: October 26, 2015

Noah obeyed God’s command of building the ark; toiled through intense labor; and sustained through the relentless doubt and ridicule of friends and family, for over 100 years of perfectly sunny weather! Not a drop of rain in sight.

A Convenient Murder

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: March 25, 2014

Watching movies and television dramas over the years has made us all witness to the vicious act of ending another person’s life simply to create convenience.

Ten Ways For Husbands to Nurture Romance

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: March 13, 2013

Keeping romance alive is important in a marriage. Have you ever wondered why romance novels account for 48.6 percent of the mass market (paperback) book sales in the United States? Or why soap operas are so popular?

Two Simple Questions…

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: April 9, 2015

Chances are if you're reading this you've already asked the first and recognized the truth of Jesus Christ. But the second question is harder to ask, and harder still to act on. It requires us to look beyond ourselves and out into the world. It may involve discomfort. It may…

Batman Begins (PG-13)

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: October 6, 2012

"Batman Begins" right where he should have all along-in the hands of a director who truly understands the nuance and noir quintessential to the Dark Knight's tale. Unlike the narcissistic forays of weirdness brought courtesy of Tim Burton, or the campy digressions of Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan chooses to explore…

Stand!

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: September 21, 2015

This article was written to support the right – no, the obligation – of all Christians to STAND! for what we believe in, without regard to the consequences associated with doing so.

How Love Behaves

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: October 28, 2012

"God is love" (1 John 4:8,16). "Love is from God" (1 John 4:7). "His love is perfected in us" (1 John 4:12). "Perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18). "The one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. He has given us of His…

Why Did You Doubt?

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: February 17, 2016

Matthew 14:22-33 is a lesson on faith from Jesus. He teaches Peter about real faith in the face of danger.

Today’s Parenting Sermon Was Not From The Preacher

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: April 15, 2013

This morning while in worship service at church I saw a young mother in front of me. I have watched this young lady grow from a child herself into a loving mother. She and her husband sat there with two small boys. I watched her as the youngest climbed around…

Terrorism: Does Prayer Help?

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: February 22, 2016

When these terrible things happen, it is not unusual to hear a government official, news reporter, or spokesman for some group say, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.”

A Review of “The Village” (PG-13)

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: November 23, 2012

Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice and it's shame on you. Or is it the other way around? Okay. Take what I wrote, reverse it, and somewhere in between you will find M. Night Shyamalan's plight.  He fooled us out of the starting gate, but the King…