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Johnny Russell Almond's Blog – December 2014 Archive (8)

Audience with the King

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

 

There’s plenty about life that can disturb us—dreary overcast Mondays, post-holiday depression, anxiety about what the new year may bring, health concerns, family squabbles, moral dilemmas. But we will not disintegrate emotionally if we habitually share with our Father what bothers us. Scripture reassures us we can give all our worries and cares to God, since He…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 29, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Christmas Truce

One hundred years ago today, on Christmas Eve, the World War I Christmas truce occurred. The respite in fighting happened in the unlikely setting of mud, cold rain, and senseless killing. It took place despite orders by superiors. It took place despite language barriers. If only for a few hours, sworn enemies became temporary friends.

 

World War I had been raging for only four months, but it was turning out to be one of the bloodiest wars in history. Soldiers on both sides…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 24, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Envisioning the Invisible God

“Instead of complaining that God had hidden Himself, you will give Him thanks for having revealed so much of Himself.” (Pascal, Pensees, 1670)

 

Reverencing Christ, we begin to comprehend God’s gracious personality. Jesus perfectly represents His Father, personifying love in His life. Observing Christ, we see God’s likeness.

 

Submitting to our Sovereign, we experience God’s infinite goodness. Believing God engineers our lives…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 17, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Will Next Year Be Any Better?

 

“Our notion of an optimist is a man who, knowing that each year was worse than the preceding, thinks next year will be better. And a pessimist is a man who knows the next year can’t be any worse than the last one.”  (Franklin Adams, 1944)

 

An end-of-the-year USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll reveals that 70% of people surveyed are dissatisfied with how things are going in America today. Only 49% predict 2015 will be better—the first time in a…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 15, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Be Careful!

“No one tests the depths of a river with both feet.” (Ashanti Proverb)

 

Knowing life could be dangerous and being concerned for our welfare, our parents advised us to be careful. From God’s omniscient perspective, aware that invisible forces are ready to attack when our guard is down, our Heavenly Father warns us to be careful.

 

Drifting on life’s sea can lead to moral shipwreck. A tumbleweed in circumstantial winds entangles in embarrassing…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 10, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Searching for Good News

“Nowadays truth is the greatest news.” (Thomas Fuller, 1732)

 

Scanning today’s headlines, it’s difficult to discover any good news. In the Philippines, at least 21 are dead and 1,000 homes have been destroyed by Typhoon Hagupit. In Iraq, Kurds are in a stalemate battling the Islamic State militants. In Abu Dhabi, a monstrous killer stabbed to death a kindergarten teacher. In Afghanistan, a thousand additional U.S. troops will remain in response to increased Taliban…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 8, 2014 at 11:10am — No Comments

When You Can't Get Life Together

“You say before you die, you intend to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land,

climb to the very top of Mount Sinai, and read the Ten Commandments out loud.

I’ve got a better idea. Why don’t you just stay right where you are and keep them!”

- Mark Twain

 

We can live joyfully by trusting God. Bowing to false gods of the heart disappoints. God is the only absolutely reliable spot in the universe.

 

We can…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 3, 2014 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Christmas at What Price?

Let Christmas not become a thing merely of merchant’s trafficking,

Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath and surface pleasure.

Beneath the childish glamour, let us find nourishment for soul and mind.

Let us follow kinder ways through our teeming human maze,

And help the age of peace to come from a Dreamer’s martyrdom.

- Madeline Morse

 

The sacred holy day of…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 1, 2014 at 12:34pm — No Comments

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