Posts Tagged 'attitude'

A Radiant Life!

A Radiant Life!

“Amy Wilson Carmichael was the most Christ-like character I ever met. . . her life was the most fragrant, the most joyfully sacrificial, that I ever knew.” ~ Sherwood Eddy, missionary and statesman.

Amy Wilson Carmichael (1867-1951) was raised in Northern Ireland. Her life story is illuminated by Elizabeth Elliot in her inspiring biography, A Chance to Die: The Life and Legend of Amy Carmichael.

Living for the good of others was a notion ...

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A Christian Nation? (Part III)

A Christian Nation? (Part III)

    Question: Why is the First Amendment first?

    Answer: Because our Founders believed that nothing comes ahead of religious vitality and liberty in establishing and sustaining America as a nation.

President George Washington expressed this conviction in his Farewell Address (September 17, 1796) thusly; “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

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Correcting the Record

Correcting the Record

If the celebrities and talking heads you like most taught you that religion is the source of all bigotry, you might learn to dislike religion. If TV and popular culture only pointed you toward heroic atheists and despicable Christians, you would avoid Christianity. If all you were taught of Christianity were Constantine’s rule, the crusades, the Inquisition and witch trials, you would detest it without understanding it.

The truth is, Christianity has ...

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‘The New Normal’ is Not New

‘The New Normal’ is Not New

Some people will do anything to be considered normal. Others will do at least as much to avoid that description. Sometimes the same person will do both. Is this normal?

The dictionary defines normal as “conformity to a common standard.” But in a culture wherein few standards are shared, most anything can pass as normal. Without standards, who can discern whether “normal” is an insult or a compliment? Are you confused?

In biology, normal usually means that ...

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“The Lord Took Over”

“The Lord Took Over”

(In Loving Memory of Elsie Matus, c. 1910 – 2003)

I met Elsie Matus in the late seventies at the Arcadia Church of Christ in Southern California, where I served as a minister. She had over forty years on me and had been a widow for nearly three decades. When I led a Bible class that brought teens and senior saints together to build love and understanding across a large age gap, Elsie was ...

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SEX, MARRIAGE and CHAOS

SEX, MARRIAGE and CHAOS

Fire in a fireplace is good (especially on a cool evening with someone you love). Fire in your living room is not. Fire raging through your city is a national disaster. So it is with sex.

Before I terrify you with the truth about sexual chaos in America today, let us consider what God intended for us with regard to sex.

    1. Sex is sacred.The word sacred means “set apart.” As fire is best when set apart ...
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Beauty Beyond the Beholders

Beauty Beyond the Beholders

Some say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, as if people and things are beautiful only if we think they are. I don’t think so. A fresh flower is itself beautiful. Who sees a colorful sunset or a waterfall in the woods reflecting rays of sunshine and claims that its beauty depends on beholders? My Grandmother, Margaret Icylon Solliday (1909 – 2003), was just beautiful. If you could ...

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Or Else…

Or Else…

SERIOUS QUESTIONS:

1. Should a private dating service be forced against their conscience to facilitate homosexual relationships? This happened to E-Harmony in 2008 under the prospect of huge court costs (much of which they had to pay anyhow). Homosexuals are not hindered from starting dating services and many exist. Nevertheless, homosexual activists and their lawyers forced E-Harmony to meet their demands, or else.

2. Do you think a faith-based adoption agency should be forced by law to ...

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Presidential Greats

Presidential Greats

This February, let us honor three great Americans who profoundly define the American spirit.

President Ronald Reagan’s birthday – February 6, 1911
President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday – February 12, 1809
President George Washington’s birthday – February 22, 1732


Ronald Reagan's official portrait

Ronald Reagan (1911 – ...

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Heritage Handles

Heritage Handles

What if someone filled up the holes in the bowling balls and greased up the floors at your local bowling ally? That would be a game-changer! That’s what is happening today in our culture—figuratively speaking. Our ability to handle our heritage and function effectively in American society is being undermined by a self-centered belief-system that removes all handles with which to grasp reality and wipes out all footholds as a culture. It’s called relativism.

Let’s define ...

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