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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)…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Are We Smart or What?!

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” (Albert Einstein)


The topic debated all last week in Stockholm was the information paradox of black holes. Black holes are so dense, they seem to swallow anything near them, including stars they’re formed from to begin with. Then,…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 1, 2015 at 9:22am — No Comments

Riding the Stock Market Roller-Coaster


“I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries.” (Jules Renard, 1887-1910).


“Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil.” (Carl Sandburg, 1936)


“Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God; and over these ideals they…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 25, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

"What Can Wash Away My Sin?"

“The cross is central. It is struck into the middle of the world, into the middle of time, into the middle of destiny. The cross is struck into the heart of God.” (Frederick Norwood)


Centuries of rivers of blood of numberless slaughtered animals never made amends for human sin. The sinless blood of Jesus is the only effective moral…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 3, 2015 at 11:53am — No Comments

Spiritual Housecleaning

“The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of the Spirit of God.” (Blaise Pascal)


God wants to make one thing perfectly clear—you and me! Our Creator commands us to live a radically holy life, morally superior to the unbelieving majority. Our Savior commissioned us to…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 28, 2015 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Formula for Joy

“True joy is the earnest which we have of heaven, it is the treasure of the soul, and therefore should be laid in a safe place, and nothing in this world is safe to place it in.” (John Donne, Sermons, 1624)


God has given us a recipe for living joyfully. If we ignore heaven’s instructions, we pay an awful price in heartbreak coin. God frowns on haphazard living and smiles on conscientiousness. When we submit to Holy Spirit directions, joy floods our inner…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 6, 2015 at 11:39am — No Comments


“Rest and be thankful.” (Inscription on stone seat in the Scottish Highlands; title of one of Wordsworth’s poems)


“Present your peace offering as a thanksgiving offering.” (Leviticus 7:12)


Faith is the key that started the powerful grace engine in our life. God knows all about our egocentricity, judgmentalism, pessimism, and impatience—yet still loves us unconditionally. With our first toddling step of childlike faith, God made us everlastingly His. Marveling…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 30, 2015 at 6:35pm — No Comments

"That I may know him" -- The Pilgrim's Fondest Hope

“The man who finds his homeland sweet is still a tender beginner; he to whom every soil is as his native one is…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 17, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

"That I may know him" -- The Pilgrim's Fondest Hope

Heaven is more than wishful thinking; it is God's promise that ultimately all will be well. Read “The Pilgrim’s Fondest Hope” on my blog at

Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 17, 2015 at 12:09pm — No Comments


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