Good Quote 4-17-19

“The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe.  He is the ‘first fruits,’ the pioneer of life; He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man.  He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death.  Everything is different because He has done so.”

C.S. Lewis

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Good Quote 3-1-19

“Overindulgence in anything eventually enslaves.”

Susan Hunt, Spiritual Mothering

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Good Quote 2-23-19

“It was his theory, the theory of most immortalists, that the soul becomes intolerably burdened with lies that have to be told to the world in order to be permitted to live in the world, and that unless this burden is relieved by entire honesty with some one person, who is trusted and adored, the soul will finally collapse beneath its weight of falsity.”

Tennessee Williams

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Good Quote 1-24-19

“…that is what real faith is: resting in assurance of a promise of God that is yet to be materialized.”

Rosaria Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key

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Good Quote 1-16-19

“He viewed the world with an almost childlike tenderness…and his mild, yet perfectly fearless eyes seemed always to be watching the goodness that exists in humanity, and rejoicing at what they saw.”

Robert S. Hitchens, How Love Came to Professor Guildea

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Good Quote 12-26-18 “A Revolutionary Christmas”

The following article, written by Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., was published in 1990.  This was a time when the 50 year Cold war between the Soviet Union and the United States had thawed. The 1989 rise of democracy in Poland and the fall of the Berlin Wall was the first sign of what was to come-the eventual unraveling of the Soviet Union.  As millions across Eastern Europe and western Asia were about to experience freedom from an oppressive government,  Americans breathed a sigh of relieve and basked in the possibly of world peace.

In this climate of hope for the future, Coretta Scott King spoke of the need for nonviolence and forgiveness.  A woman who lost her husband by assassination was continuing her husband’s call to change through civil and nonviolent means- a message desperately needed now, in the 21st century.

A Revolutionary Christmas

Nearly two millennia after the birth of Christ, the earth’s two billion Christians continue to struggle with his message of unconditional love and forgiveness.

It is a rare day when I don’t find myself wrestling with it.  Although I was raised in a church-going family, by the time I got to college I shared with many of my fellow students a fashionable alienation from organized religion and a certain skepticism about the ability of the church to challenge injustice.

I started dating a young ministerial student, Martin Luther King, Jr., who surprised me by saying that he, too, had doubts about the relevance of the church in addressing social problems.  But, he added, “to really carry out the precepts of Jesus would be the most revolutionary and dangerous thing in the world.”

I remember these words at Christmas as if they were spoken yesterday, for they remind us of the revolutionary nature of Jesus’ example and his message.  What could be more truly revolutionary than to embrace his militant commitment to love our enemies, to forgive them, to share our wealth with the poor, and to refuse to practice violence?

It is difficult to find this true spirit of Christmas amid the yuletide commercialism and epidemic violence that permeates our communities.  Yet, Christmas always brings us an elevated spirit of concern for the less fortunate.  An added blessing is the decline of the Cold War, which offers new hope for world peace and the possibility of reconciliation and brotherhood.

But the continuing threat of terrorism and the accompanying cycle of retaliation seem to plague the people of all religions.  Indeed,  history shows that much blood has been shed by self-proclaimed Christians in the narrow pursuit of revenge.  Yet forgiveness remains a central tenet of the Christian faith.

Forgiving, whether  on the personal, social or on political level, is difficult.  But the only alternative to forgiving is unending bitterness, hatred, and a consuming cycle of revenge and retaliation that injures the soul.  Forgiveness breaks the chain of retribution and provides spiritual redress for injury.

Despite the war, violence, greed, exploitation, and the unearned suffering of impoverished millions, the love of enemies and the spirit of forgiveness are now more relevant to our survival than ever before.

After nearly twenty centuries, the light of Bethlehem burns as a beacon of hope in the hearts of peace-loving people across the earth.  On this Christmas, may we, the people of every race, religion, nation, and religion, learn to love one another, to forgive and be forgiven.  When we have mastered this calling , then the peace of Christ will truly prevail.

 

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Good Christmas Quote 12-25-18

“…can you gift wrap faith, hope, and the fulfillment of a family dream?  The answer is yes, if you have the Christmas virtues, faith and hope, and if you never stop believing in dreams that can’t be seen.”

John H. Johnson

 

 

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Good Christmas Quotes 12-21-18

Together at Christmas

by

Jeff Moss

 

Old friends, new friends

Home with the family

We’ll be together at Christmas

 

Snowflakes, sleigh bells

Bringing back memories

We’ll be together at Christmas

Some things change with passing years

Let this feeling stay

 

Old friends, new friends

Hoping we’ll always be

Here with each other

Together on Christmas Day

 

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Good Christmas Quote 12-17-18

“I love every Christmas season because everyone speaks to everyone else in a cheery way.  People become so open; I wish they’d keep that outgoing attitude the year round.  My “Christmas Is” jingle that I wrote continually chimes in my head throughout the season.

Christmas Is

Christmas is cookie time,

Christmas is carol time

Candy and mistletoe,

Kisses and lights that glow,

Christmas is happy time,

Christmas is giving time,

Friends saying “Peace on earth,

Goodwill toward men.”

Phyllis Diller

 

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Broken Relationships at Christmas

Are you facing broken relationships this holiday season?

Hear the Word of God:

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:18

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgives you.”  Colossians 3;13

It seems impossible to let go of hurt, bitterness, and anger.  How can we ever forgive those who have hurt us?  Only through the grace of Christ working through us.

“For sin will no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

“But He gives us more grace.  ” James 4:6a

 

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