Imaginary? Illusions?

"I read a story recently about a man who when caught claimed that the devil made him do it. Instead of admitting that he was guilty and taking responsibility for his crime, he blames it on an imaginary, fictional character." "The devil isn't an imaginary, fictional character. He's real." "Says who?" "Says the Bible." "Men …

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Moving On

She was relaxing on the sofa, watching Diamond Girl, a Harlequin Romance movie on YouTube when the phone rang. After pausing the movie, she got up and answered the phone. It was Deborah. "Hi, Deb." "What are you doing?" "Nothing, really. Just relaxing." "I thought I would ring you up and tell you that the …

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So Final

"How can you be so calm?" she asked as she watched him get dressed. He sat down on the edge of the bed and pulled on his socks. Then, he looked up at her, resting his arms on his legs. "How would you like me to be?" "Upset, sad, anything but this." "I'm sorry, Juliette …

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Zala’s Story

I'm a Ethiopian Jewish woman living in Israel but life here is terrible for people like me.  We are not welcomed in the Jewish community because of our skin color and we are accused of being "fake Jews".  My husband is a white Israeli Jew.  We met when he came to Gondar, a northern town …

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Abiyomi Meets Marcus

I'm trying really hard to concentrate on my job but it's tough.  I couldn't stop thinking about Marcus Kincaid, my friend, Bobby's very handsome and charming uncle.  He was at the family's barbecue. I was thrilled to see him.  From the moment we met which was about a year ago, I was smitten with him.  …

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The Birth of Jesus Christ

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” - Luke 2:14 The most wonderful event in history occurred one night in the city of David.  Mary gave birth to her first Child, a Son.  She wrapped Him snugly in strips of cloth and laid Him in the manger because there …

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Called

Ah, Lord GOD!  Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth - Jeremiah 1:6 When God called me to be a pastor, I was scared.  I felt that at 26, I was too young to be lead the congregation of a megachurch here in Birmingham, Alabama but while I was praying about it, the …

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It’s How You Respond

Transitions themselves are not the issue, but how well you respond to their challenges - Jim George What transition are you going through today?  Getting old is a big one.  You’re not as agile and flexible as before.  You ache in parts of your body you didn’t even know existed.  It's important to be active.  …

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Companionship

And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him" - Genesis 2:18 I was studying a lesson on the first two chapters of Genesis and one of the questions asked was, "What parts of the created world talk to you in …

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Jennie Kidd Trout

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make - Jane Goodall Today would have been Jennie Trout's 117th birthday.  I never heard of her until a few minutes ago when I saw an image of her on Google's logo.  Of course, I had to …

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