As the story goes, there was a member of a certain church who had been attending services regularly, but unexpectedly stopped.
One of life’s lessons we learn quickly is the importance of the blood that passes through our veins.
One of life’s lessons we learn quickly is the importance of the blood that passes through our veins. As a child, a simple bump or bruise quickly escalates to a major problem at the sight of blood. In a medical trauma, one of the first concerns for preserving life is to stop major bleeding. Our physical lives are dependent upon a normal flow of blood throughout our system. Without it, we simply cannot survive.
I have an internal struggle when I think about giving unconditional grace to the people around me.
A line in a popular song of 1965 said, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love." A look at the headlines from around the world in the past couple of weeks serves as a reminder to this somewhat simplistic approach to world problems. Simplistic, perhaps. But at its heart, there is a message for each one of us. Our world, global and local, needs love.
Some people get disgusted with political mud-slinging and shrill voices getting on their nerves during an election season, and decide to punish politicians by not voting. Christians sometimes ask, “If the Bible doesn’t instruct us on how to participate in our political process, why should we vote?”
Children have absolutely no problem being creative in everything, whether it is eating, putting on clothes or coming up with a fantastical world in which to play, invent and conquer.
Q: I have a son with autism. Many people with autism are concrete thinkers, who can’t understand abstract concepts (things they can’t feel, see, touch or experience directly). How do I explain God and heaven to my son? What happens to people with disabilities who don’t believe in God simply because they’re unable to understand? — S., via firstname.lastname@example.org
What peace is there in the world today? What peace is there in your life? Know this: The peace that God gives is not the absence of conflict in the world. It is the soul’s rest upon absolute confidence in God, even amidst troubles.
Who is and who is not a Christian? That seems to be a question of some interest these days, and it generates many, sometimes conflicting, answers.
Q: The entire realm of human morality was not brought to mankind by biblical religion. What was brought by biblical religion was the first religious intolerance and religious wars — the whole one God grandiosity.
‘Christianity is an ascetic religion.” When I first heard this statement I was shocked, and a bit upset. I certainly disagreed with it and hoped it was not true.
Did Easter awaken anything spiritual in you? Were you moved to any new epiphany? Upon rereading how the crowd clamored, "crucify him, crucify him!" were you unnerved, shaken?
The sun crawled through a crease in the clouds to peek at a somber planet. Agony was painted all over the dashed hopes of the people who lived there. Hadn't it been just a week before when children shouted his praises and people paved the route for his celebrated his arrival in Jerusalem with palm branches and even their own garments? How could it all go wrong so quickly? Now that their leader had been executed, their dreams for a better world lay in ashes. Where would they turn? Who would understand their feelings?
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