When tragedy strikes Americans from diverse backgrounds, opposing political views and various religious beliefs seem to come together. Even if it’s for a short period of time.
Yet on Sunday morning when a deranged gunman opened fire in a place of worship in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others, there has been an attitude of indignation directed toward people of faith.
While well-intentioned people expressed their “thoughts and prayers” for the community and the victims of Sutherland Springs, Twitter and other social media exploded with derisive comments. A few examples. Continue reading
How do you deal with worry?
J. Arthur Rank, an English executive, devised an interesting approach. He decided to do all his worrying on one day each week. He chose Wednesdays. When anything happened that gave him anxiety and annoyed his ulcer, he would write it down and put it in his worry box and forget about it until next Wednesday. Continue reading
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In two days Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States. Unless you’re on a total news blackout, you know that this inauguration is being met with protests, demonstrations, and out right defiance in many quarters.
Mr. Trump is entering the Presidency with the lowest approval rating of any President in modern history. At least, that’s what the polls state . To say that his election has been unprecedented and controversial is an understatement. Continue reading
Several years ago I read a neat book entitled The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul. The entire premise revolves around this little word ask.
They assert, “anything is possible…if you dare to ask!” The book promises “personal happiness. Creative fulfillment. Professional success. Freedom from fear–and a new promise of joy that’s your for the asking.”
The book details the barriers that prevent us asking. Knowing what to ask. Understanding how to ask. And then makes application to your family, work and other relationships. One chapter is entitled, “Ask a Higher Power.” Continue reading
Today is the 64th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.
According to NDP web site a joint resolution by Congress which was signed by President Harry Truman in 1952 declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed an amended law that set aside the first Thursday of every May. Since then every President has signed a proclamation, encouraging Americans to pray on this day. Continue reading
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Last night at the Hickman Mills church where I preach we focused on prayer for the entire service.
We sang about prayer. Sang prayer songs. Read scripture about prayer. Shared some thoughts about prayer. And, we prayed!
Yesterday we received a call from our daughter in Florida, Rachél Thompson, regarding her husband, Jared. He was just diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.
Jared recently had a tonsillectomy. They both, as well as the doctor, had a feeling there was more to this than a normal surgery. A biopsy was performed from the tonsils and they received the results yesterday. Continue reading