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Heaven's Help 24/7

“The man whom heaven helps has friends enough.” (Euripides)


God directs our days—overshadowing when life overwhelms, energizing response-abilities, calming chaos, influencing decisions in puzzling crossroads.


God is our Night Light—inspiring us with nocturnal melodies, illuminating every step by His Word Lamp, protecting us from enemies of our soul lurking in sinister alleys.


God is our Morning Wake-Up Call—igniting enthusiasm for…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on October 22, 2014 at 9:59pm — No Comments

God is in Control

“God is in control. This is no time for fear—it is a time for faith and determination.

There is a bottom line drawn across the ages. Culture can make its plan, but the line never changes.

No matter how deception may fly, there is one thing that has always been true and will be true forever.

He is still the Lord of all we see, He is still the loving Father watching over everything…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on October 20, 2014 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Living with Distinction

“To be individually righteous is the first of all duties, come what may to one’s self, to one’s country, to society, and to civilization itself.” (Joseph Krutch, 1964)


“If you don’t mind my saying so” people state before voicing their opinions. But the following thoughts are not merely my opinions—they are convictions based on the Scriptures.


Believers in Jesus Christ are different from infidels. Forgiven by heaven’s flawless Lamb,…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on October 8, 2014 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Our Brain's GPS

“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.” (Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895)


The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to three neuroscientists whose work is answering the question why we know where we are and where we’re headed.


John O’Keefe (University College, London), May-Britt Moser (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), and Edward Moser (Norwegian University of Science and…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on October 7, 2014 at 10:29am — No Comments

Rating the President

“I know that when things don’t go well they like to blame the Presidents, and that is one of the things which Presidents are paid for.” (John F. Kennedy)


According to the Gallup Poll, President Barack Obama’s job approval rating reached its high point (67%) in January 2009, and its low point (38%) September 2nd 2014. His most recent weekly average (September 15-21) was 43%.


Gallup historical comparisons indicate the average for U.S.…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 29, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Living by the Book

“The Bible holds up before us ideals that are within sight of the weakest and the lowliest, and yet so high that the best and the noblest are kept with their faces turned ever upward. It carries the call of the Saviour to the remotest corners of the earth; on its pages are written the assurances of the present and our hopes for the future.” (William Jennings Bryan)


God’s manuscript convicts our conscience. With an invisible hand, God wrote the terms of His…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 24, 2014 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Terrorism, Truth, and Trust

“Though this world with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.Let goods and kindred go, This mortal life also; The body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever.” (Martin Luther)


This morning, before President Obama departed for a meeting at the United Nations, he spoke concerning the initial attacks on ISIS in Syria. A coalition of five Arab nations joined the…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 23, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Dealing with the Devil

“We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents.” (Mark Twain)


Our archenemy would love to make our life hell on earth. But when we hear the lion’s roar ringing in our ears, we can order him to get out of our face.


Struggling with sin will convince us that we need supernatural help if we’re ever going to vacate Satan’s death trap. We are a combination of opposites, a mixture of good and evil.…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 18, 2014 at 10:41am — No Comments

Present-tense God

“Every situation—nay, every moment—is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.” (Goethe)


God will always be who He has always been. God is far more than a long ago, far away historical force that used to work in human lives. He is the God of the living, not the dead. When we are troubled, He is our present help. He does not showcase miracles in dusty museums—He is our Contemporary. Every day, we celebrate His…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 10, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments

Supermoon 3

 “For rich people, the sky is just an extra, a gift of nature. The poor, on the other hand, can see it as it really is: an infinite grace.” (Albert Camus)


“The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to” (Carl Sandburg)



Tonight at 9:38 p.m. ET, the full moon will mark the third consecutive month with a Supermoon. When it is closest to Earth in its orbit, the moon will appear larger and brighter than…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 8, 2014 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Friend in the Highest Place

There is Someone who loves you more than any friend you have on Facebook.

“Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.”  (Alfred, Lord Tennyson]


Born from above, we have a Friend in eternity—Elyon, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, supreme over all.


He defeats our spiritual enemies (Genesis 14:20), teaches us timeless truth (Numbers 24:16), inspires a song in the night (Psalm 7:17), fills our heart with…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 5, 2014 at 5:33pm — No Comments

A Poem for Ukraine

“When we lived under the U.S.S.R. we felt we were being controlled. We were told what to say. We were told what to wear. Independence was like a second life, the birth of something new. My wings spread and I started to remember poems I recited to my mother as a child.Now, I have poems of terror.”  (Ludmila Elagina; Mariupol, Ukraine; quoted in The Washington Post, August 31, 2014)


Remembering what life was like before Ukraine received its…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 3, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

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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