“If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.” —Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Are there certain people who just drive you crazy, who you’d rather do life without?
Are there certain people who just drive you crazy, who you’d rather do life without? Imagine we’re in your backyard barbecuing and that neighbor who throws parties until morning light pokes his head over your fence to say something obnoxious, again. The truth of the matter is, the world is full of people who are well able to drain the life right out of you.
Resurrection in ancient Jewish thought involved the re-creation of a dead human being, body and soul. The new body is immortal and cannot suffer or die again, but lives in God’s new world free of strife and disease. The Jews who believed this thought it would only happen at the end of time.
It was little more than a month ago on Feb. 23. I was seated in the sanctuary at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Ga., with about 3,000 other worshippers as we reminded one another of the resurrection of Lord Jesus and gave thanks to God for the wonderful life of Steve Hayner, who had passed from life to life eternal on Jan. 31.
There is a thread through the major religions called the Perennial Philosophy that has found the ego or separate self to be illusory, and life in all its diverse forms to be One Being, without a second.
We live in troubled times. In the Middle East, innocent people are being put to death by Islamic terrorists, and among the dead are Christians who are remaining faithful to Jesus.
Loving the people I don’t like. That was my Lenten discipline last year, and it is again this year. I’ve not made much progress in the last 12 months.
It began with a casual conversation in which I’d said, “Finland is number one in the world in education.”
I love the local church. It is God’s desire that it reflect His love and outreach to people He loves so much, He sent His only Son to lay down His life for them. Keeping that in mind, you have the chance to make 2015 all that you and God have hoped it would be. Here are 5 great reasons to come back to church:
The Bible speaks of miracles and divine signs associated with the life of Jesus. His resurrection to new life after death was an extraordinary event that has the highest existential import. That means that if it really happened then it makes a huge difference for you and me. Because it matters to the highest degree whether this man really was God’s decisive revelation and made possible our ultimate restoration to God’s presence, people are either interested in investigating the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection or avoiding it altogether.
As I walked out to my car early in the month of December, I noticed that there was a piece of paper tucked underneath one of the wiper blades. Upon further investigation, I found a candy cane taped to the paper and the message “You have been “RACK”ed. I had received a Random Act of Christmas Kindness.
I went into Wal-Mart the other day, and was struck by something so obvious and so simple most would never give it second thought. It is a natural extension of simple human consideration — being helpful. A shopping cart — yes a shopping cart. Sam Walton knew how to grow a business, and it began with a little hospitality.
A new year dawns, and with it a flurry of emotions, decisions, pressures, hopes and dreams. Many are glad to be rid of 2014, while others have fond memories. Only God knows what 2015 will bring, and maybe drawing near to Him is the best resolution you can make.
Christmas is behind us and New Year’s Day is next. The old year, with its record of the past, is coming to an end. The new year, with all its possibilities, will soon be ushered in.
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