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Snowfall Reflections

 

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth.

They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.

It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 23, 2016 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Driving Out Hate

If we sincerely desire to know the Lord, pressing on to know him (Hosea 6:3), we will learn that God is love (1 John 4:16). When the Holy Spirit controls our heart, love will be is evident in our attitudes and actions.

 

Galatians 5:19-21 lists demons Jesus orders to flee—including hostility, quarreling, outbursts of anger, dissension, and division—all manifestations of hatred. Verses 22 and 23 lists the heavenly habits of the heart—the first one being sacrificial love; and…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 18, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Driving Out Hate

If we sincerely desire to know the Lord, pressing on to know him (Hosea 6:3), we will learn that God is love (1 John 4:16). When the Holy Spirit controls our heart, love will be is evident in our attitudes and actions.

 

Galatians 5:19-21 lists demons Jesus orders to flee—including hostility, quarreling, outbursts of anger, dissension, and division—all manifestations of hatred. Verses 22 and 23 lists the heavenly habits of the heart—the first one being sacrificial love; and…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 18, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Taking Inventory

“Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one.” (Numbers 1:2 NIV)

 

Before making a move, it is wise to inventory our resources—taking stock of contacts, health, possessions, time, and goals. A census makes sense. 

 

The number of people around us is vitally important. Community counts. It would not be good for us to be alone, so God gives us a complementary companion and…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 15, 2016 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Spiritual Resolution

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year, and out the other.” (Anonymous)

 

Now that ten days of 2016 have come and gone, how’re you doing with your resolutions?

 

We all have good intentions. However, we learn by experience the futility of human resolve. Resolutions are promises we make to…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 11, 2016 at 1:22pm — No Comments

  “The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.” - Luke Skywalker     Friday, in theaters everywhere, “The Force Awakens”, Episode VII of …

 

“The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.”

- Luke Skywalker

 

 

Friday, in theaters everywhere, “The Force Awakens”, Episode VII of Star Wars, will begin with familiar words written in blue against the…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 15, 2015 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Preparing our Heart for Christmas

There is a story about a group of tourists visiting the Vatican. Their tour guide had told them about the famed Sistine Chapel—the place where the College of Cardinals meets to choose a new pope, the room whose ornate painted ceiling is Michelangelo's masterpiece.





One aspect of the Sistine Chapel surprises most first-time…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 11, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

What's Wrong with Our World?

What’s Wrong with Our World?

 

"Refuse to be discouraged by the many signs that planet earth is the insane asylum of the solar system." (Anonymous)

 

It was calm just before the storm. Shortly after sunrise, December 7, 1941, the peaceful security of a sleepy Sunday morning was shattered as the unwelcome monster of war intruded into tranquil Pearl Harbor. While negotiations were going on…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 8, 2015 at 9:12am — No Comments

Thanksgiving Spoiled, Christmas Salvaged?

“Thanksgiving as founded be th’ Puritans to give thanks f’r bein’ preserved fr’m th’ Indyans, an’ we keep it to give thanks we are presarved fr’m th’ Puritans.” (Finley Peter Dunne, Mr. Dooley’s Opinions, 1901)

 

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ‘tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.” (Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack.)

 

Preachers who decry the evils of society—particularly…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 30, 2015 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Why Worry When We Can Worship?

“Nothing in the affairs of men is worth worrying about.” [Plato, Republic

 

“All worry is atheism, because it is a want of trust in God.” [Bishop Fulton Sheen]

 

“Take plenty of time to count your blessings, but never spend a minute in worry.” [Anonymous]…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 23, 2015 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Trusting God in a Dangerous World

“The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.” [Emerson, Journals, 1833]

 

Can there be any doubt we are living in a dangerous world?

 

Terrorists have apparently posted videos stating their intention to attack Washington, D.C. Many Americans are beginning to feel uneasy boarding an aircraft, attending a major sporting event, or even gathering with any large group…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 17, 2015 at 11:57am — No Comments

Worlds Apart

“The world is nothing but a reversed Decalogue of the Ten Commandments backwards, a mask and picture of the Devil.” (Martin Luther, Table Talk)

Bringing our will into line with our Father’s enables us to celebrate freedom worlds apart from self-serving society. The Lord promises to reward us if we actually serve Him and not just contemplate it. He gives us his word that He will honor us if we actually follow him and not merely ponder the idea. Jesus went around…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 26, 2015 at 9:27am — No Comments

Where in the world is peace?

“Peace is the temporary beautiful ignorance that war somewhere progresses.” (Edna St. Vincent Millay, untitled poem, 1940).

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The USA Today headline today should be shocking, but nothing seems to shock us much anymore. The United States will overhaul its troubled plan for…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 9, 2015 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Keep Your Chin Up!

“I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt so you would no longer be slaves. I have lifted the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk free with your heads held high.” (Leviticus 26:13 NLT)

 

“You’re not free until you’ve been made captive by supreme belief.” (Marianne Moore, Collected Poems,…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 6, 2015 at 9:01am — No Comments

The Cry for Freedom

“The most powerful force in the world today is neither Communism nor capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile—it is man’s eternal desire to be free.” (John F. Kennedy, address, Washington, D.C., July 2, 1957]

 

“Oh, Lord, I want to be free, want to be free; Rainbow round my shoulder, wings on my feet.” [American Negro Song]

 

The Holy Spirit Dove rests on the believer’s shoulder, overshadowing angst with confidence.Leaning…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 3, 2015 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Rejoicing Every Day of the Week



“Where others see but the dawn coming over the hill, I see the soul of God shouting for joy.” (William Blake)…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 23, 2015 at 8:48am — No Comments

Responding to the Syria Crisis

“Refuse to be discouraged by the many signs that planet earth is the insane asylum of the solar system.” (Anonymous)

 

We are living in a time of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Syria is in ruins and its people are on the run from a seemingly endless nightmare. Millions are trapped inside Syria in dire condition. Millions of others have overwhelmed neighboring countries—and their numbers and needs grow daily. More than 320,000 people have been killed…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 22, 2015 at 7:29am — No Comments

The Worthlessness of Mediocrity

“There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.” (Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1903)

 

“Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.” (Seneca, Roman philosopher and writer of tragedies, 4 B.C. – A.D. 65)

 

If we wish to please God, we must give Him only the very best we have to offer. Work done in His Name should be done…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 10, 2015 at 7:26am — No Comments

Museum of the Bible Coming to Washington

“I read my Bible to know what people ought to do, and my newspaper to know what they are doing.” (Cardinal John Henry Newman)

 

The Washington Post yesterday included an article entitled “A New Testament”, subtitled “Coming to the Mall in 2017: God”—reporting that “the Good Book is coming to town in a big way” in the form of the Museum of the Bible. The proximity of the museum to the Smithsonian and the Capitol has some people wondering how it will…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 8, 2015 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Living Responsibly

“Responsibility, n. A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one’s neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.” (Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary)

 

If we want to see the face of God, we are responsible to live a disciplined life. Citizenship in the kingdom of heaven is a privilege with an accompanying duty to sanctify ourselves. Holiness in attitude, vocabulary and…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 2, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

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