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Freedom of Hope

THE BLESSING OF HOPE

There once were two boys who were identical twins with only one difference—one was a hope-filled optimist and the other a hopeless pessimist. Their parents were worried about the extremes of optimism and pessimism in the boys so they took them to see a psychologist. The psychologist suggested a plan that he thought might help. The plan was to acquire two large rooms then fill one room with all the toys a boy could want and the other room with a…
freedom

THE BLESSING OF FREEDOM

Harry Houdiniis arguably the greatest magician to ever live. One reason for his great success was the fact that he was a phenomenal escape artist. According to legend, he once bragged that there wasn’t a jail cell in the world from which he couldn’t escape, provided that he could go into the cell dressed in his street clothes and work in complete privacy. A small town in England had built a new jail that they believed to be escape-proof, so they…
SEAL

THE BLESSING OF SEALING

Four successful and wealthy brothers met for dinner one evening and began discussing the extravagant gifts they had given their elderly mother for Christmas. The first said, “I built her a big house.” The second said, “I installed a movie theater in her house.” The third said, “I bought her a new Mercedes.” And the fourth said, “Since mom loved reading the Bible and she can’t read anymore due to her poor eyesight, I reached out to this preacher who…
prayer_bcoc

THE BLESSING OF PRAYER

I once heard a story about a young boy’s family who went to his grandmother’s house for dinner. Once the food was placed on the table, the boy quickly fixed his plate and began to eat. His mother said, “We haven’t asked God to bless the food yet. You know that at home we always say a prayer before we eat.” The boy replied, “But we don’t have to say a prayer here. This is grandma’s house. She knows how…
Free Will

THE BLESSING OF PREDESTINATION

A man arrived at the gates of heaven and noticed that there were two lines. One had a sign labeled “Predestined,” and the other, “free will.” He headed over to the predestined line first, and while waiting, an angel came up to him and asked, ”Why are you in this line?” The man said, “Because I chose it. ”The angel replied, “Well, if you ‘chose’ it, then you should be in the free will line.” So the man obediently wandered…
#blessed

THE BLESSING OF CHOSENNESS

The month of November is associated with many things—Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Black Friday, and not shaving—but November will always be primarily associated with Thanksgiving. Our modern version of Thanksgiving is often associated with a three day harvest feast which took place at the Plymouth Colony in 1621. This feast was attended by approximately fifty Pilgrims and ninety Native Americans, and it celebrated the Pilgrim’s first successful growing season. The objective of this feast, as well as other similar thanksgiving…
Bible and Polotics

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT POLITICS? (PART 3)

With politics taking center stage in our society due to a divisive Supreme Court confirmation and pending midterm elections, maybe it is time we consider what the Bible has to say about political matters. For the record, this will not be an investigation or critique of political ideologies, platforms, or parties; instead, it will be a three week study of some key biblical principles affecting the Christian’s relationship with the government. Two weeks ago, we observed the relationship between God…
Bible and Polotics

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT POLITICS? (PART 2)

With politics taking center stage in our society due to a divisive Supreme Court confirmation and pending midterm elections, maybe it is time we consider what the Bible has to say about political matters. For the record, this will not be an investigation or critique of political ideologies, platforms, or parties; instead, it will be a three week study of some key biblical principles affecting the Christian’s relationship with the government. In last week’s article we observed the relationship between…
Bible and Polotics

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT POLITICS? (PART 1)

With politics taking center stage in our society due to a divisive Supreme Court confirmation and pending midterm elections, maybe it is time we consider what the Bible has to say about political matters. For the record, this will not be an investigation or critique of political ideologies, platforms, or parties; instead, it will be a three week study of some key biblical principles affecting the Christian’s relationship with the government. What is the relationship between God and government? In…
conflict_resolution

HOW TO MAKE PEACE

In Romans 12:18, Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” In issuing this statement, Paul established an expectation that as Christians we would be peacemakers. While peacemaking is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:9), it is not a quality valued in the kingdoms of men, and, as a result, knowing how to make peace is a skill many people lack. Thankfully, God did not establish an expectation of…
Pluto

JUST LIKE PLUTO

Recently, the debate about Pluto was reignited with several astronomers contending for its planetary status to be reinstated.[1] You may remember that the International Astronomical Union (IAU), an “association of professional astronomers” that operates “as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations and names to celestial bodies” downgraded Pluto from the status of a planet to a dwarf planet back in 2006 based on their newly refined definition of a planet.[2] The demotion of Pluto to the status of a dwarf planet…
storm

WHEN STORMS ARISE

Off the Atlantic coast there is a storm which is producing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and recorded waves on the open ocean up to 83 feet in height, as of reports released on Thursday, September 13. Her name is Hurricane Florence, and she is forecasted to make landfall as a strong category 2 Hurricane this weekend. Don’t let the lowering category number fool you. Hurricane Florence is still big. Her hurricane force wind field is nearly…