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Mizzle and Music

Even on this dreary Groundhog Day, with multiple bad news headlines, hope hears the melody of the future and faith dances for joy. Read “Mizzle and Music” on my blog at http://GentleWhispersFromEternity-ScripturePersonalized.com/

 

Added by Johnny Russell Almond on February 2, 2015 at 12:41pm — No Comments

A Cold, Cruel World

“Every mile is two in winter.” (George Herbert, 1651)

 

“Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.” (Victor Hugo, 1862)

 

“Winter Storm Juno” (aka “Blizzard ‘15”) with its hurricane-force winds is dumping heavy snow, creating whiteout conditions, and causing coastal flooding across much of New England. More than 50 million people are hunkered down seeking warmth and shelter. Power outages are widespread.…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The World's Nervous Breakdown?

“As delegates get ready to assemble high up in the Swiss Alps, the world appears on the verge of a nervous breakdown.” (USA TODAY, January 19, 2015)

 

This week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is drawing captains of industry and government from around the globe, to the alpine ski town of Davos, Switzerland—Europe’s highest town. Over 40 heads of state, 2,500 business leaders, cultural emissaries, and experts in many areas of human endeavor will…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 19, 2015 at 11:09am — No Comments

Medal of Honor

 

“He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.” (Walter Lippmann, A Preface to Morals, 1929)

 

Character originates in our mind. Thoughts translate into words, words into actions, actions into habits, habits into character.

 

Garbage pollutes; truth ennobles. What we think, we become. Television, movies, magazines, and websites full of violence…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 16, 2015 at 9:51am — No Comments

The Dream of Peace

 

"It is by making myself Catholic that I brought peace to Brittany and Vendée.

It is by making myself Italian that I won minds in Italy.

It is by making myself a Moslem that I established myself in Egypt.

If I governed a nation of Jews, I should reestablish the Temple of Solomon."  (Napoleon)

 

The Arc of Triomphe in Paris, the most monumental of all triumphal…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 12, 2015 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Epiphany -- Past, Present and Future

 

“Jesus, a man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” (Mohandas K. Gandhi)

 

Tomorrow, January 6th, is designated Epiphany (literally “shining upon”), a Christian festival commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles in the persons of the Magi. The word epiphany also refers to perception or insight…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on January 5, 2015 at 12:40pm — No Comments

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

Freedom Flight

“I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.” (Charles Dickens)

 

When we’re exhausted, we can seek God’s strength and glide gracefully on eagle’s wings. That is not to say it will be easy—we may have trouble envisioning such beauty, and it may be all we can do just to get to our feet. But if we take God’s hand, He promises to help us fly high above the mediocre world below. On His wings of proven love and absolute truth, our Lord pilots us above gloomy clouds of…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on November 22, 2014 at 7:28am — No Comments

Celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall

 

“The collapse of the Wall is proof that dreams come true, and continues to offer hope wherever freedom and human rights are threatened or trampled on.” (German Chancellor Angel Merkel)

Sunday, March 9th, marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event that heralded the collapse of the communist system. More than 300,000 participated in the celebration. Eight thousand helium balloons stretching across nine miles…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on November 17, 2014 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Thanks-living

 

“Gratitude is from the same root word as grace, signifying the free and boundless mercy of God. Thanksgiving is from the same root word as think, so to think is to thank.” (Willis P. King)

 

Thanksgiving is more than a holiday on the calendar; it is an attitude of heart that praises our Creator and Savior every day we live.

 

Surely our greatest blessing is the mercy of God—preserving our lives, forgiving our sins, restoring…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on November 12, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

The Danger of Violent Religion

“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” (Robert F. Kennedy, The Pursuit of Justice, 1964)

 

The evil of violent religion was graphically illustrated again this morning when 47 people were killed and 79 wounded in a bombing outside a school in northern Nigeria. An attacker disguised as a…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on November 10, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

A Third Option

“You’re not free until you’ve been made captive by supreme belief.” (Marianne Moore, “Spenser’s Ireland,” 1951)

 

Between the Devil and the deep blue sea, we may feel we have no other choice than to run or engage in mortal combat. If we audaciously take on an evil army as a solo warrior, we set our self up for flat-on-our face defeat. If we deny the gravity of our situation, we do not alter reality. Feeling trapped with no way out, we may panic. There are…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on October 29, 2014 at 6:52pm — No Comments

The World Series and Beyond

“Play so that you may be serious.” (Anacharsis, c 600 B.C., quoted in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, 4th century B.C.)

 

On this day in 2004, after an 86 year wait, the Boston Red Sox finally captured a World Series trophy. Celebration was intense when success finally happened. Victory was sweet because it was a long time coming.

After last night’s game, with Madison Bumgarner pitching a shutout, the Royals’ hope of winning the World Series…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on October 27, 2014 at 10:32am — No Comments

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