W-O-W. That’s my overall impression today after beginning Beth Moore’s James Mercy Triumphs Bible Study. It has been at least six years since I participated in a formal Bible Study. Then I started homeschooling, and the clock grew wings and flew right out the window. I did my own study these past two years, reading the Bible through chronologically, and I’m not going to stop doing that because there is value in looking at the big picture. Every time I read a passage, the words on the page just come alive, and I find new insights. When I participate in … Continue reading Sibling Rivalry
With this unrelenting heat, it’s hard to think about what life would be like if we didn’t have power. Air conditioning is a balm to my soul when the thermometer in my car reads “113!” I use power 24 hours a day: electric toothbrush, hair dryer, ceiling fan, air conditioning, oven, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, toaster, computer, iPad, iPhone, telephone, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, water heater, lighting, television, heating pad, air purifier, car…did I mention air conditioning? Suffice it to say that electrical and/or gas power is an integral part of my life. As important as electricity has become to … Continue reading Ultimate Power Source
Classrooms in public schools all over the nation are hosting parties today in celebration of Christ’s birth. Uh, make that in celebration of Winter. First they changed the name of the parties from “Christmas Party” to “Holiday Party” because the school boards were afraid of getting slapped with lawsuits crying out that the (nonexistent) separation-of-church-and-state clause had been violated. Now it seems that even the word “Holiday” smacks of too much religion, and schools everywhere have once again capitulated to the lawsuit bringers and are calling it Winter Break. This is one of the main reasons my own child is … Continue reading Merry Winter, Everyone!
Senator Barak Obama, 2001: But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren court — It wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted and Warren interpreted it in the same way that generally is a charter of negative liberties..Says what the federal government can’t do to you but it … Continue reading A Collection of Quotes
Today in church we revisited the hard-hitting book of James. Our pastor called us out — in a nation where 82% of the people profess to be Christians, how much of that profession is true? True faith occurs when we start acting like we believe what we say we believe. We are God’s workmanship — we are the pottery he created — and he has a special purpose for each one of us. If we keep on living the way we were living before we were saved — if there is no discernible change in the way we behave Monday … Continue reading God of This City