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Love Always

“Cast all your cares on God; that anchor holds.” (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)


The God who is the one and only God does not wish to remain anonymous.


The God who cared for His people in the Old Testament gives His saints today peace in pandemonium, calm in chaos, and courage in valleys.


The God who liberated His people from slavery sent Jesus to unshackle us from sin’s cruel bondage. 


The God who observed the misery of…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 27, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

What Color is God's Skin?

                “There is power in the name of Jesus. He will break every chain.” (Gospel music played in the background at the viewing of the body of Michael Brown)


                At noon yesterday, family members and friends gathered for a private viewing of Brown’s body in St. Louis. His mother said “they say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was.”


                The black 18-year-old was shot by a white…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 25, 2014 at 9:46am — No Comments

The God with a Heart

             “He who, from zone to zone, Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight, 

            In the long way that I must tread alone, Will lead my steps aright.”

               (William Cullen Bryant, “To a Waterfowl”, 1818)


             Miserable in your circumstances? Feeling nobody understands your heartache or even gives you a passing…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 21, 2014 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Robin Williams' Battle with Depression

               “If clearness about things produces a fundamental despair, a fundamental despair in turn produces a remarkable clearness or even playfulness about ordinary matters.” (George Santayana, The Background of My Life, 1944)


                People across America were saddened last week to learn that comedian and actor Robin Williams had died, apparently by suicide. It was also reported that he had suffered from severe depression. He was well known…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 18, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

A Higher Law

“It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.”

- Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849)


Since God is the Absolute Sovereign of the universe, He alone deserves reverential fear.

We should submit to no lesser governor who dares countermand His rules for living.

No matter what society says is…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 13, 2014 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Good news, anyone?

“I can’t decide whether to watch the evening news, and be unable to eat;

or to watch the nightly news, and be unable to sleep.”

- Anonymous


The person who said this would have an even bigger problem these days.

Up-to-the-minute 24/7 news keeps us informed of the global turn of events—

events often so discouraging, we…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 11, 2014 at 12:21pm — No Comments


“Those who hope for no other life are dead even in this.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


People frequently make sad mistakes at funerals—

eulogizing a loved one only in the past tense, as if life were all history;

mourners speaking of the need for closure, laying to rest previous relationships;

through ritual and ceremony,…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 7, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Peace at Last?

              “You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can be in the end no peace.” (Max Lerner, “The Gifts of the Magi,” 1949)

                Images from the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict are disconcerting—Palestinians searching through debris for survivors; corpses amid the rubble of more than 10,000 destroyed houses; boys carrying pages of copies of the Quran from a mosque hit in an airstrike; distraught mourners at funerals of…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 5, 2014 at 11:41am — No Comments


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