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A Lonely Boy, A Man’s Disguise

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Everyone seems to be feeling outrage about the fact that a disturbed young man was able to walk onto a high school campus in the middle of the afternoon and use an assault weapon to kill at least seventeen people. Calls for stronger gun control are becoming louder and more insistent, but the political posturing […]

Olympism

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The modern summer Olympic Games began in 1896 and have been held every four years since then, except during war time. The winter games were added in 1924. The mission and goals are lofty and inspiring: “Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and […]

Our Town

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In 1920, a new land track was opened in Our Town, called “Altadena Woodlands.” The area was bounded by Allen Avenue on the west, New York Drive on the south, and Altadena Drive on the north and east. Here’s the realtor’s classy brochure: And here’s what it says on the inside: Over the years, Our Town continued […]

Prayer: The Door to the Fourth Dimension

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Most of the time, we are aware of living in only a three-dimensional world. But the fact that we are aware is an indication that there is more to reality than just length, width and depth.* Our aware minds exist in a Fourth Dimension, one that can’t be measured with a ruler. It’s the dimension […]

EternalLifeAlert

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In 1989, TV watchers were introduced to Mrs. Fletcher. She was the elderly lady who fell in her bathroom, pushed the button on her LifeCall medical alert device and said pathetically, “Help, I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.” (Watch it on YouTube here.) Her acting was so overdramatic that the key line of the […]

Memes Are Nothing New

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My social media friends keep posting memes, and it finally dawned on me that I wasn’t sure what a meme is. So, I did some research. I found that the term was coined in 1976 by Richard Dawkins, the famous evolutionary biologist, to describe “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person […]

The Gospel Is Still The Best News

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As a boy, church was a big part of my life. Not just any church, but HAWTHORNE GOSPEL CHURCH. It had been started in 1925 through a series of evangelistic tent meetings, which followed up on evangelist Billy Sunday’s Paterson, NJ, campaign a few years earlier. The congregation was led for its first fifty years […]

What Do You Know For Sure?

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People vary a great deal in their ability to feel, think and act in situations where they’re not completely sure of what’s happening. Psychologists have labeled this factor as tolerance of ambiguity. Some people want to know exactly what’s going on, who is doing what and for what reason, before they are comfortable responding or […]

ABC Supports the Bad Weather Shelter for Homeless People, But…

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Pastor Connie is making a good recovery from surgery, and she’ll be back in the office on January 2. Just to let you know she’s still thinking creatively about ABC’s ministry, here’s an article she wrote for this week’s Messenger. You step out of the warm house and a shock of unexpected cold hits you. […]

The Diamond Rule

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People who know nothing else about Jesus are aware of his Golden Rule, which is usually stated simply in the words from Luke: Do unto others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31)  Matthew’s version is a little fuller In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; […]