Able, Willing and Available to Help

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Whether we think so or not, we need people to help us. For our society to work, we need people in specific places at specific times. Take a doctor, for example. We don’t want just anyone to make important decisions about our health! We need people who have studied medicine and know how our bodies work. But they can only …

The Way that seemed Right

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As Portugal sweltered under 40Ëš Celsius temperatures during the summer of 2017, a danger lay silently waiting to wreak havoc on the country. On June 17th, fire broke out in central Portugal in the municipality of Pedrògão Grande. The wildfire spread rapidly due to atmospheric instability which resulted in downbursts – strong winds blowing straight down at the ground and …

The Most Expensive Tree

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It was recognized in 2010 by the Guinness Book as the world’s most expensive tree. It cost over 11 million in US dollars. There was nothing cheap about the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The bare-bones tree cost at least $10,000, but it’s what hung on the tree that gave it such …

Above the Line

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A blue line is painted on the road that leads to my house on the hill. It is unlike any other road markings. As you will see from the picture, there’s a blue strip across the road, a wave symbol, and the words tsunami safe zone. The idea is, if you get above the line you will be safe from …

Choose Life!

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All of us have been deeply shocked and disturbed by the terrible incidents of violent crime and terrorism. Why, we ask, would people terrorize and murder their fellow citizens? I will not try to go into the psychological and sociological explanations that some would offer, but the Bible does give some warnings and guidelines pertaining to our thought life, which …

Zoo Baby!

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There is a super cute new baby with big eyes and round cheeks at the zoo. People are lining up to see her. Her picture is in the news. Who is this black and white ball of fur? She’s a baby panda! Giant Pandas are an endangered animal. There are only about 1500 of them living in the wild. About …

Can we know?

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Seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling – everyday, we use our senses and our minds to learn more about ourselves and the world around us. By using our senses, we can know about the physical world that surrounds us. But what about spiritual matters? Can we know these things also? We can KNOW God. “Be still, and know that I am …

The Deliverer

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The pyramid tombs in Egypt stand as a monument to human ingenuity. Built of huge blocks of stone, these tombs continue to be a marvel of ancient construction. According to an Egyptian tourist guide, these tombs were possible because Egypt had a vast army of slaves who made bricks for ramps that allowed these immense stones to be placed one …

Storm Warnings

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Who has not experienced the power and terror of a storm? Homes and businesses are destroyed by tornadoes and floods. Hurricane winds ruin coastal communities. We have no control over when storms will start, where they will move, and how they will affect people. The damage caused by these upheavals of nature is much greater when warnings are either ignored, …

What are Christians?

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What are Christians? Is a Christian someone who is not Jewish or Muslim? Often we hear of “Christian Countries,” but is this a misnomer? Christian is the title given to the followers of Jesus Christ in the early days, and has been proudly owned by thousands for almost 2000 years. A very brief definition of the word Christian is “a …