Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thought For The Day 11/23/12

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Changing “Black Friday” To “Act Friday”?

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Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing.

Quincy Jones

http://www.dailycelebrations.com/service.htm

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Now that you’ve eaten your fill of your Thanksgiving Dinner and those neatly wrapped leftovers are at the ready for the requisite hot turkey open-faced sandwich planned for tonight’s dinner, what will you be doing with the rest of today? Will you have been like the nearly 160 million other people throughout the country, hovering around the entrance of your local retail establishment in the wee hours of the morning like a plague of locusts hovers over crops just before annihilating the plants? Did you even wait that long given the new retail lure of Thanksgiving Day shopping? Are you guilty of trampling over the guy next to you to grab the last of the $1000.00 computers which they are offering for $250.00? Mark my words and listen to the wisdom of Mamma Mandy who learned some very valuable advice from my own mother more years ago than I care to remember….”If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”. The hook has been baited by retail establishments. You are already in the door the moment you discover that the quantity of $250.00 computers that are available is 2 not 200! So before you become a Black Friday “Humbug”, why not consider avoiding the mall entirely, and instead, think about establishing a new family tradition to kick off the Christmas season? Why not embrace the true reason for the season and change “Black Friday” into “Act Friday”?

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I actually was patting myself on the back thinking I had come up with perfect thing to light that inner fire of inspiration within your hearts, only to discover that churches actually encouraged something similar in 2010 called “Bless Friday”. And identical to the intent begun by those churches, I want to encourage you to take a moment and give some thought as to what God expects of us as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World! How about beginning the holiday season by thinking about service to others? And what better way can there be than to do something to banish hunger or want or despair that has become an epidemic, albeit an invisible one, in our communities here in the United States and throughout the world.

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Now I am not going to make any specific suggestions this morning. I would much rather you search your own heart to discover just where it is leading you. However, I do want to remind you that you are all intimately familiar with that miracle of miracles…..the internet. You are, after all, reading my post here thanks to the information highway that has become a part of your everyday existence in this, the 21st century! So why don’t you let your fingers do the walking across the keyboard or even across your very own yellow pages for some ideas of places that might need your help? The possibilities are endless!

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1 Peter 4:10-11 ESVAs each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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Thought For The Day 11/22/12

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Thank You God

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For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet… Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?

Rebecca Harding Davis

http://quotations.about.com/od/specialdays/a/thanksgiving9.htm

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Thanksgiving Day. The unofficial start of the Christmas holiday season. The day we fill our bellies near to bursting with turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Yes, here in the United States and increasingly throughout the rest of the world, we have adopted the custom of celebrating the fourth Thursday of every November with football games and visits to family and friends. We share with those we love the special moments that warms the spirit even as apple cider laced with cinnamon sticks warms the body. Yes indeed it is a custom that has become much-loved. However, if a much-loved custom is all you see in the significance of the day, then you are missing out on the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Indeed, there is no other holiday I can think of which celebrates the blessings God has bestowed on man than the one that unites us today. So as you enjoy that turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie and apple cider and football games and the love of family and friends, don’t forget to say Thank You to the one who has given this day to you!

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TEN THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR

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God

God is the reason that we draw breath and are able to enjoy the fruits of the day.

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Family

They are the tie that unites our hearts and ensures that we have a legacy to pass on to mankind’s tomorrows

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Friends

Friends who love us and stand beside us, not because they have to but because they choose to.

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Home

A sanctuary where we can retreat and be safe from the elements that are a part of our world.

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Love

It is the one gift that we have been given that offers proof of our humanity and our character….all of the best things that mark the heart of man!

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Things

Whether we want to admit it or not, we need some of life’s tangibles, such as clothes and food and while we may not have all we want, most of us have the things we must!

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Peace

While we are not yet able to bear witness to this blessing worldwide, being able to find it within our own hearts is indeed a great blessing.

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Health

The ongoing battle against the woes of illness affect many, but as long as we can feel, see, smell, taste, walk and talk, we are blessed, indeed!

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Country

Few people in the world can celebrate the many things that we who live in more industrialized nations are able to enjoy, and for that we must say thank you!

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Freedom

This last blessing is the foundation upon which the country I live in was built but whether you live within our borders or not, it is most likely the freedom you celebrate that is allowing you to share in today’s post. And when you think about it, freedom is the heart and soul of Thanksgiving.

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Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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Text REDCROSS to 90999
or click
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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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or
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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Thought For The Day 11/21/12

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I Cried Because……..

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http://www.thequotefactory.com/quote-by/wally-lamb/i-cried-because-i-had-no-shoes/33880

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I never lamented about the vicissitudes of time or complained of the turns of  fortune except on the occasion when I was barefooted and unable to procure  slippers. But when I entered the great mosque of Kufah with a sore heart and  beheld a man without feet I offered thanks to the bounty of God, consoled myself  for my want of shoes and recited:  ‘A roast fowl is to the sight of a satiated  man Less valuable than a blade of fresh grass on the table And to him who has no  means nor power A burnt turnip is a roasted fowl.’

Sheikh Muslih-uddin Sa’di Shirazi

The Gulistan (or Rose Garden) of Sa’di

 (circa 1259 AD)

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I cried because I had no hat till I saw a man who had no coat.
I cried because I had no coat till I saw a man who had no shirt.
I cried because I had no shirt till I saw a man who had no socks,
I cried because I had no socks till I saw a man who had no shoes.
I cried because I had no shoes till I saw a man who had no feet.
I cried because I had no feet till I saw a man who had no legs.
I cried because I had no legs till I saw a man who had no life.

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Unless you live in a cave somewhere, you are well aware of the trying economic times that face many throughout the world. However, unless you are a member of the growing circle of people who are struggling because of a  tangible such as a job loss, most of us are merely tightening our belts a tad and eliminating some of those little luxuries we take for granted. But despite the fact that most of us are not really suffering…..not really…..we are bemoaning our fate loudly and often to whomever will listen. Yes, we think we are owed the best we can get and the devil with the means by which we get it. We will often step over someone to grab those tangibles we think we are due, completely forgetting about the things we already have! Yes, we all too often miss seeing the blessings that are a part of the life we already live!

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There is a saying that “faith lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have” and then being smart enough to realize the significance of the lesson. In other words, be content with the gift of today’s blessings because we never know what tomorrow will bring. And to actually see and understand the message is not really all that difficult. All it takes is a bit of travel and the journey need not be a long one. In fact, you might not even need to leave your home. Just pick up a book and explore the side of God’s world where “plenty” is a virtual unknown. Or how about entering the word poverty on your web browser. Once you find a site, take a moment and read about true want and see pictures of those who truly have nothing. You may be surprised to discover pictures of want in not just third world countries, but in your own backyard, as well. Yes, read and look and then let the experience fill your heart. You may just find it to be life altering.

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Still not a reality to you? Still not something you can touch or feel or smell or taste? Well I’ll make it easy for you if you live here in the USA. Just click this link: http://www.foodpantries.org/, find and click your state and then your local county. You will find at least one listing for a local food pantry. Then go to your pantry and gather a few non-perishables in a bag and deliver them to the pantry. You will find the warmth of the spirit of good will just filling your heart and soul and I promise you that once you experience that feeling just once, you will never forget it. Doing for others and thinking about others, instead of bemoaning your own circumstances, becomes positively infectious! Yes, just like the catch-phrase and philosophy of the late 60s and early 70s;  TRY IT, YOULL LIKE IT!

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photo shared from Young Turks Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/#!/TYTnation

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 He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well.
“Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 22:16 NIV

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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Text REDCROSS to 90999
or click
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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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or
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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Thought For The Day 11/20/12

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The Power Of Love vs The Love Of Power

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http://themetapicture.com/power-of-love/

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“There’s enough on this planet for everybody to share, but the more some people have, the more they want and wars start. Race n religion often get the blame unfairly, sometimes not, but what the planet needs is the power of love, not the love of power. Till then, it will never be mended.”

Skiddy Kellydurham O’Donnel-Power

This thought was related to her by her uncle and shared by her with me on 11/18/12

http://www.facebook.com/#!/skiddy.power?fref=ts

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William Gladstone (December 29, 1809 – May 19, 1898), a British Liberal statesman and Prime Minister once said “We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

Chinmoy Kumar Ghose (August 27, 1931 – October 11, 2007), an Indian ‘spiritual teacher’ and philosopher said, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then there will be true peace.”

 Jimi Hendrix  (November 27th, 1942 – September 18th, 1970),  an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, is credited with saying,  “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

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The Love of Power versus the Power of Love! Probably since the beginning of recorded time, mankind has grappled with these divergent philosophies. Just look at the quotes above. You could not find a more diverse quartet of individuals as a British Prime Minister, an Indian philosopher, and American rock star and a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the UK. And all saying exactly the same thing over the course of the last 200 years. So why is it that we haven’t learned the lesson yet?

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Power was an essential to man’s very existence. It was always the strongest and biggest kid on the block, or the kid with the biggest crew of side-kicks, that “lived” to see another day. However love was just as necessary to guarantee the continuation of the species that was man. Without the family dynamic and the procreation of young who were nurtured and cared for as they grew, there would be neither family nor community to defend and preserve. So how is it that we have somehow relegated the love component to the back seat as we battle today to remain the biggest and strongest? Instead of using the wisdom that is to be gained from defending our honor successfully and using those rewards for the betterment of all, our communities and nations have instead, become seen as the biggest bullies on the block who have somehow allowed the thrill of power to prevent seeing any positives that the other guy might just have to offer! After all, there are none so blind as those who will not see (adapted from the brilliant satirist, Jonathan Swift’s quote)!

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We know there is hope for mankind. Just consider Saul of Tarsus. There was none who was more of a bully that he was. He was angry and violent and absolutely convinced of his own righteousness. We read in Acts 8:3 NIV, But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. But as he was journeying near Damascus, God appeared to him as a bright light…brighter even that the sun…and asked him why he was persecuting Him. Astonished to find himself talking to God, Saul asked what God wanted from him. God tells him to go to the city where all will be revealed. Rising he finds himself blinded and needing to be led, is taken to Damascus. Praying for several days, the scales on his eyes continuing to render him sightless, Saul is finally greeted and touched by an ordinary man, Ananias, whom God had sent. In Acts 22:13, we are told, He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him. And from that moment, Saul arose, and was baptised. And he became, Paul the Apostle!

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If the scales of blindness could fall from the eyes of one such as Paul, just try to imagine what might be possible if we all look to our Heavenly Father to give us discernment and understanding in all of our actions with those we perceive as our enemies! Yes miracles happen every day. We witness them in the blooming of a flower long after its usual time for such a thing has passed. We feel them as our hearts once hardened by anger, soften at the mere touch of someone we love. And it is my fervent hope that we bear witness to it as cooler heads prevail in regions of our world that seem to be on the brink of war. Only time will tell. But there is one thing that I do know. Whatever the outcome is, it all serves His purpose for our lives and our world, even though we may not understand the “how’s” or the “why’s”!

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24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Acts 17: 24-28 NIV

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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Text REDCROSS to 90999
or click
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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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or
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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Thought For The Day 11/19/12

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Getting Older or Getting Better?

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Birthdays are good for your health. Research shows that the more birthdays you have, the longer you live.

Skiddy Kellydurham O’Donnel-Power

11/17/12

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/skiddy.power

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As Dan is growing closer to the day when he will be eligible for Medicare (yes, one of those so-called entitlements that we who have worked for years have actually funded by our contributions withheld from pay checks that always seemed just a tad too little to give those of us who are among America’s working class population the ability to raise a family, pay bills and tuck a little away for our future post working years), I am wondering whether our aging citizens are really getting better as the old adage implies or ar we simply getting older? And I guess the answer to that question must be, it’s simply a matter of whether you are a “glass half empty” or a “glass half full” kind of person!

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We all can sit and bemoan our lot in life if that is where our head directs our heart to aim for. Sounds a bit like Job 17:15 ESV, “Where then is my hope? Who will see my hope?”, don’t you think? The problem is that wallowing in self-pity never solved any dilemma, as far as I know. In fact, I find just the opposite to be true. The more we lament, the more things seem to grow and multiply, coming to the forefront of our list of regrets or circumstances which make us unhappy.  For example, when Dan and I argue, the ideal would be to keep the argument centered around the one particular thing that made one of us angry but instead, we begin to harp about things that have no bearing on the thing at hand and which really matter little, like always finding the gas tank empty when we’re going out and it’s raining, or having to go to the dryer to get that clean pair of socks instead of the underwear drawer where clean socks belong. And suddenly, the argument morphs into some insidious beast where the sins from the past 37 years seem to become fodder for the feed trough!

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Focusing on life’s negatives is a sure-fire road to unhappiness. It will cause you to miss opportunities and good times, neglect the problems that can be fixed and place mountains between you and those who are closest to you! In a nut shell, it puts our entire quality of life right in the toilet! The thing is that the glass is most likely never half empty. What you think is gone is really just sitting on the bottom just waiting for you to drink your fill of the chocolate milk only to find the sweet residue of chocolate that missed being mixed up sitting on the bottom as a final treat! And the same thing exists when we think in terms of approaching our faith with a “glass half full” attitude, as well. James 1:12 ESV, describes our reward perfectly. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

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Yes, as we age, the realization that life is really getting shorter each year actually serves to enhance our appreciation for each second that we live! Because like chocolate milk, the sweetest things in life are the experiences we savor and enjoy during the days when we have not just the time to enjoy them, but the wisdom of age to fully appreciate them, as well!

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17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3: 17-19

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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Text REDCROSS to 90999
or click
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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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or
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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Thought For The Day 11/18/12

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David and Goliath

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Michael Coxie

http://www.art.com/gallery/id–a52445/michiel-coxie-posters.htm?ui=C1031FD57011410D8AFC3A0A6271B0FE

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When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?

G.K. Chesterton
1874-1936

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century, and has been called the “prince of paradox”. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction.

http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/?from=gadget&gadget=quotes

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I have married the quote above with the title of this post, “David and Goliath” as a way to make a point about the current political unrest between Israel and Hamas. Now I included the photo and title not because I necessarily view these two groups of people as either one of the two characters depicted but more because like in GK Chesterton’s quote, I see the outcome of this conflict as being akin to one who forgets to give thanks for the legs they have that wear the stockings. You see, it can not be a matter of whose rights have been infringed or which nation is entitled to the region in which they have settled, but rather that to fail to find a resolution to the issues at hand can have no other outcome but to find one dead on the battlefield from the effects of hostilities.

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Now I am no ambassador whose role it is to broker a mutually beneficial existence between people whose lives have always been one of conflict, especially when that conflict involves the fundamentals of faith. I am, after all, a Christian and would naturally find that my faith might tend to guide my actions in one particular direction. So for today, I choose to embrace the role of observer and perhaps even act as a compass of sorts. What I can do is share my advice and opinion on the matter, especially as that opinion ties into matters of faith as I understand them to be!

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It seems to me that the time has come to stop viewing the world as a thing…a thing that provides us with what it is we need to survive like the resources that can be mined or harvested in some way. The time has come to cease imposing the will of one philosophy upon others. Instead, the time has come to embrace all of the positives that God/Yahweh/Yeshua/Allah has endowed to man such as peace, harmony, love, compassion and brotherhood! Afterall, there are more things that bind the human creature as one than there are that divide us one from the other. Are we not one family of beings that have the capacity to utilize our intellect to think and to reason and to understand morality by being able to both define and act upon a ‘code’ of what is right and wrong or good and evil? We can choose to act for good by choosing those actions which are both selfless and noble, or we can choose to act for evil which embraces only those actions which are selfish or destructive.

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Now take some time to really think about what it is we want. Do we want to find ourselves lying dead atop our stubborn refusal to embrace the things that unite humans as a collective group of selfless and noble people? The choice seems to be an easy one for me to see. After all, whether we are red or yellow or black or white and whether we are Christian, Jew, Islamic, Sikh, Hindi or Buddhist, we have all been created in our Father’s image and with a heart that can love!

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Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Genesis 1:26 NIV

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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Text REDCROSS to 90999
or click
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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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or
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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Thought For The Day 11/17/12

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The World Rests In Our Hands

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A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.

Mother Teresa

http://www.ewtn.com/motherteresa/words.htm

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 Considering the fact that the earth upon which our feet walk is really a whopping  7,926 miles in diameter at the equator, which makes it the largest of all of the terrestrial planets (the ones located closest to the sun that have physical mass), it is still a pretty small place when we consider the universe in which it rotates. Why then do we find such a diverse collection of people, cultures and beliefs? After all, considering that our farthest neighbor lives only a little less than 4,000 miles from us, wouldn’t you think there would be a few things we can find some commonality in? Ok, yes, we speak different languages and have different forms of government and yes, even differing ways to worship. But isn’t the bottom line for everyone that we live the best life it is possible for us to live, given those other differences I mentioned? Can’t we find a way to serve and love God and save our world and love our brothers and sisters, no matter where they come from, at the same time? 1 John 3:16-18 NIV: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

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We all have a similar tale of our ancestry in some way. Whether it is from Europe or Asia or Latin America, we all have arrived where we are because of a journey someone made searching for a better life. And even if your family has been a part of the USA for generations upon generations, as mine has, still, our roots are not from here. For that matter, even the earliest native population to these shores traveled here from another place, traversing over land bridges that no longer exist. Now I am not a geneticist, but I’m betting if we were to somehow manage to do a genetic test on man today, more likely that not, even despite the differences in our skin pigmentation or eye color, we would discover that we are all related in some way. We are, indeed, brothers and sisters of a shared life from the beginning of time. And that alone is reason enough to see why we all must take care of each other….stewards of human life, if you were….just as we must be stewards of the planet we all walk upon! Galatians 6:10 NIV: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

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God has entrusted each of us with the business at hand of keeping things running here on good ole’ terra firma! But never forget whose it all is in the first place! So we must each make it our personal responsibility to do something good with the faith He is showing in us all, by not just making our world a better place, but by making our relationships one with the other better, as well! And there is no waiting for the other guy to make the first move. Let our world become a better place and mankind become a better group of people, and let the creating of this begin with each of us!  It is what He expects and asks, in 1 Corinthians 4:1 NIV: This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. So, how about listening, feeling and understanding. Just three little things on the surface but what power they wield. They are three simple things that have the capacity to change the world in a HUGE way, one heart at a time!

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Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

Titus 1:7-9 NIV

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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Text REDCROSS to 90999
or click
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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or
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry