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  • IRS Form 1040: Giving Your Soul To Caesar

    IRS Form 1040: Giving Your Soul To Caesar

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.” Jn 1:1a When it comes to Form 1040, most of us are pretty good about “giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Caesar should be truly thankful. But what about Jesus' next sentence and Form 1040 “…but give to God what is God’s”? Form 1040 asks for much more than money, Form 1040 asks for our words. White-Out the words on Form 1040 and leave just the numbers and the form means nothing. In fact, Caesar will arrest or fine you for filing a “frivolou...
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  • THE DAY I WAS ALMOST FIRED FROM MY JOB...

    THE DAY I WAS ALMOST FIRED FROM MY JOB...

    Not long ago it was all over the news that Woolworth's Stores were all closing down here in the states. As I saw that announcement, all kinds of memories flashed in front of my eyes. My first job had been at the lunch counter at two different Woolworth's Stores. First at the downtown store in Knoxville, Tennessee, then at the brand new one that was built in a shopping center near my home. I really liked my job and was shocked when my Supervisor gave me the position of 'Night Manager' after a sho...
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  • I Long for the day when….

    I Long for the day when….

    Oh I long for the day when TV shows positioned the father as a hero and knowing what is best and not being the goat, and when dysfunctional families where like single parent Andy and his boy Opie, who offered thanks to God for the food on the table and went to church on Sundays and sang in the church choir -- and gay meant happy and cheerful countenance. Oh I long for the day when flying on a plane, I didn’t have to strip down into my skivvies and take off my shoes to walk a few hundred more feet t...
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  • My Family's Holy Humor

    My Family's Holy Humor

    God set me in a family, it seems, that has found great joy in serving the lord. It seems to us that our faith is strengthened when smiles are a vital ingredient among us. Its not that we intend to be sacrilegious or irreverent. Not a one of us in this family can picture Jesus always long-faced and somber. We genuinely believe he might have smiled a lot. We think he most likely laughed from his gut when blind eyes were opened and lame legs began walking! Our family's written accounts of humor be...
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  • Faith of Our Forefathers

    Faith of Our Forefathers

    “History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, Trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days."Winston Churchill Imagine yourself spinning back in time, if you will, it was 1776, the hard battles had been fought, the revolution had been won, and the leaders of, what would come to be known as, “The Great American Experiment,” had come together to frame a charter on which a new government would be built. I...
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  • Mr. Right, except for...

    Mr. Right, except for...

    When I answered the knock at the front door of our family home I never expected to see standing there the most handsome man I had ever seen. I mean, to me he was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous and I fell in love with him that very instant. To back track a bit, he had been calling me for a week or more, but would not tell me where he got my phone number. I liked his voice, I liked the way he laughed easily. But I did want to know WHERE he got my number before i would agree to meet him. Let me...
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  • The funny side of parenting

    The funny side of parenting

    She and her husband had been happily married (most of the time) for five years but had not been blessed with a baby and they really desired children. So she decided to do some serious praying to ask God to give them a family. Two children, preferably a boy and a girl, would be ideal, she said. But she would be happy with just one child, if that's what the good Lord wanted for them, and she promised if He would give them a child, she would be a perfect mother, love it with all her heart and raise...
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  • The Electric Nature of the Universe
    by keras
    Conventional teaching is that the sun and stars obtain their energy by nuclear reaction, that is: atoms splitting to become a less complex elements, thereby releasing energy. However there are several things about that theory that cannot be explained, such as: how can this continuing reaction be controlled, so as not to totally explode? Why isn’t the sun just a dead ball of helium by now, or at least showing signs of degeneration? Why do the stars have coronas – something not associated with nucle...
    Apr 27 2013, 09:09 AM
  • The Incredible Story of the Goldsmiths Miracle
    by Cyberseeker
    Once upon a time, before politicians and economists were born, life was somewhat simpler. The only money in existence were coins. You either had it or you didn't, and that was about the sum of the matter. But times were bad. Highwaymen and robbers helped create an environment that prompted the townspeople to leave their money with the local goldsmith. They were the logical choice - they had the best vaults, by virtue of their trade. In return, the goldsmith would issue a receipt, which was ke...
    Sep 23 2012, 01:45 PM
  • Werther and the Rise of Romantic Melancholia
    by Carl Halling

    Most students of world literature would surely agree that Goethe's famous epistolary novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, has exerted a quite incalculable influence on the evolution of the Western mind from the date of its publication in 1774. And that it did so principally through Romanticism, that great movement in the arts of which it was a prime antecedent, would be disputed by few. And while the notion that melancholy is a feature of sensitive and creative youth was not new at the
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    Sep 20 2012, 02:23 PM
  • Leitmotifs from an English Pastorale 2
    by Carl Halling
    Yet, his inner turmoil proved an asset when it came to his acting career, and he provided some extraordinary performances in the second half of the '80s. The first of these took place at the University of Cambridge, where he studied for a term in the winter of '86 as part of their teacher training unit, before typically taking off in the early part of the new year. While the second was at Notting Hill's famous Gate Theatre, where he received some fair reviews for his acting from various periodica...
    Sep 2 2012, 05:51 AM
  • Leitmotifs from an English Pastorale 1.
    by Carl Halling
    One thing is certain. Paul Runacles had not been born into a typically privileged upper middle class family, and so by the time he arrived at his college, he was bereft of a frame of reference; unlike the majority of his fellow pupils, weaned on the gilded sports of the British social elite. And he escaped from his college once, like some kind of hysterical gymslip schoolgirl...just the once it was...around 1971 or '72 to avoid being punished for something stupid he did. It was an utterly...
    Aug 26 2012, 05:21 PM
  • Occupy This
    by Sojourner
    I agree with the occupiers...to a point. I agree that it's not fair for a handful of individuals to control most of the wealth in the world, while the majority of people barely get by--and some actually do without. But such is the way of the world under the system of man's governance. That some live in luxury while others live in abject poverty is not what God intended when He created man. Adam chose to rebel against God in the garden of Eden, and to rule himself--thereby bringing a curse upon both...
    Nov 17 2011, 11:55 AM
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