by Jeri Darby It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint Exupéry Walking in the mall I passed a woman with such a polished look! Stylish hair, tailored clothing, tasteful make-up and carefully manicured hands and toenails- she was impeccable! It was evident that her appearance was not at the bottom of her priorities and she invested quality time. I admired her! It provoked me—for a season to get on the ball. I get by with my outward preparation. It’s acceptable. I get a fair share … Continue reading The Impeccable Woman
by Jeri Darby Walking to my car while leaving the library I turned my head abruptly and gave the young woman I had just passed a double take. Her frame jiggled in laughter. It was glorious. She looked fully present and fully alive and in the moment. This image lingered in my head. How I craved the healing properties of laughter to manifest in me once again. Life kept volleying in and out of despair the past few weeks. Genuine laughter seemed as unlikely as looking down and discovering a million dollars. It seemed foreign like an activity practiced … Continue reading The Gift of Laughter
by S.E. Miller Due to today’s political environment many are saying we are living in the last days. A fellow told me he realized we are living in the last days, when Donald Trump was elected and named his motorcade limo “The Beast.” I haven’t told him yet, but it looks like the beast was made and named in 2015 when Obama was president. So because the president rides in a limo called the beast may not be a sign we are living in the last days. But I am sure about one thing occurring in society that proves we are living … Continue reading Why You Should Stop Being So Easily Offended
The “Just” shall live by faith (Hebrews 10:38). But what is faith? Harper’s Bible Dictionary says faith is: “An act or state of acknowledging the existence and power of a supreme being and the reality of a divine order. “The acceptance as real or true, that which is not supported by evidence of the senses or by rational proofs.” “An affirmative response to the will of God as revealed, especially by Jesus Christ. It is thus a compound of belief, trust, and an attitude of mind, will, or spirit.” What Jesus said about faith: “When Jesus departed from there (the ruler’s house), … Continue reading Got Faith?
Scripture says, all sins are forgivable but one. Do you know which one? Just in case you don’t know it is the sin of Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, even if you blaspheme His name it will be forgiven but if you blaspheme the Holy Spirit it will not be forgiven. So, what is “blasphemy?” In general, blasphemy is evil speaking. Fausset’s Bible Dictionary says, Blasphemy is a “railing accusation against someone. Railing is basically verbal abuse. In modern terms railing means to scold, lambaste, rant, censure or berate. So, one can blaspheme the president, husband, wife, friend … Continue reading Blasphemy and the Atheist
To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut. Gentlemen The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing. Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between … Continue reading Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists The Final Letter, as Sent
More babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion in recent years, reflecting Christianity’s continued status as the world’s largest religious group. But this is unlikely to be the case for much longer: Less than 20 years from now, the number of babies born to Muslims is expected to modestly exceed births to Christians, according to new Pew Research Center demographic estimates.Muslims are projected to be the world’s fastest-growing major religious group in the decades ahead, as Pew Research Center has explained, and signs of this rapid growth already are visible. In the period between … Continue reading The Changing Global Religious Landscape | Pew Research Center