“I’m Coming Out!”

Jul 02

“I’m Coming Out!”

“Nobody can control or define our identities unless we let them, and so I chose to come out and to define myself – nothing more.” These words are by Bradley Manning, who now identifies himself as female named Chelsea.  Manning is serving 35 years in prison for espionage and has demanded “gender confirming healthcare” from the federal prison system. Manning’s words...

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“Are we In Danger of Losing Our Religious Freedom?”

Jun 30

“Are we In Danger of Losing Our Religious Freedom?”

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to legalize same-sex marriage, there have been a rash of predictions and dire warnings about the impact this will have on religious freedom. The majority opinion seeks to appease such fears. “Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with...

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“Thoughts on Memorial Day”

May 25

“Thoughts on Memorial Day”

“Memory is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose” ~ Kevin Arnold. As I sit here in the early morning , sipping a cup of  coffee, I am alone with my memories on this Memorial Day. Memory can be a wonderful blessing. It can bring smiles, laughter or even tears of joy as we look at pictures, share stories,...

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“Stewardship, The Greater Responsibility”

May 23

“Stewardship, The  Greater  Responsibility”

It is commonly taught in churches that Christians should tithe (a word meaning the giving of “a tenth” of their income) to their local church. Christians are sometimes told that they owe the first ten percent of their income to the church where they attend, and that any giving to other needy persons or ministries falls into a separate category called “offerings” and...

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“More Than Conquerors”

May 22

“More Than Conquerors”

Octavain, the nephew of Julius Caesar, was one of the greatest conquerors of all time. He was granted the title Augustus, meaning exalted, by the Roman senate During his rule, the Roman empire expanded into Hungary, Croatia and Egypt as well as securing Spain and Gaul. He added more land than Julius Caesar and was worshiped as a god in Rome. Into this conquering...

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“Vapors of Blessing”

May 15

“Vapors of Blessing”

  JOURNAL Thoughts:  Friday 8:45a.m. 02/15/2015 Vanity. In the book of Ecclesiastes   the Preacher or ‘Searcher’ ; Solomon uses this simple word over 25 times in this short introspective book.  He opens his writings with this phrase. “Vanity of Vanities” Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; ALL is vanity. And even in the...

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“More on Friends”

May 14

“More on Friends”

A friend listens. A friend is curious. A friend doesn’t judge. A friend can complete my sentences. A friend offers suggestions but doesn’t force their solutions. A friend can(& WILL!) recite all your dreams & aspirations back to you when you are so crushed you have lost your way & desire to go on. I’m not ashamed to ask for help from a...

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