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Peanut
Peanut ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, WHO HAS RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF THRU JESUS CHRIST....GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM. THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST HE IS A NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY; BEHOLD ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. BE RECONCILED TO CHRIST." 2 CORINTHIANS 5: 17-20
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Vincel
Vincel What If God Could Speak? Would he whisper to my ear in the middle of the night? Would it seep to my conscience and manifest as a dream? Or would he accompany my morning ritual of coffee and paper? Sometimes, I take God for granted, only to ask him something when I need divine guidance. I have days where I beg him to speak. Real words…English words even. As if I could take my blind faith no more: as if without a sign of miracle his existence would vanish; I can see him now, less divine and more like a character from a George Burns film, or Morgan Freeman even…Is that what it takes, a miracle? Let me imagine for a moment that I can remember a miracle, the miracle of birth, my own birth. The warmth of fluids in my mother’s belly; the sound of her voice, like hearing through another room, otherworldly; the pressure of Dad’s hand cupping her tummy, my baby-fisted response to poke out to say “I’m here”. The delivery: Sharps Hospital, San Diego, the spring of 63. The sounds of mother’s pain, it would not be the last, pushing…pushing… pushing me through her cannel to birth, all of that pressure on my head, someone touching my feet, it tickles, it’s cold, the pressure slowly passing my body and head as I become encapsulated by my new world and experience my first breath of air, the voices, clearer now, but distinctly Mother’s above the rest, and then my first taste of mother’s milk. All of this makes me wonder…Is something less miraculous if it happens all the time? It shouldn’t be…Right? I mean…I get it, OK? A lot of people say that the world around us is a miracle. But what would it be like to live every breathing second of my life as if it were a miracle…Is it even possible? I mean…I have a wife and kids and a dog and church and a job and bills and Boy Scouts and Brownies and Little League practice and soccer practice and HOA meetings and work travel to: WA-OR-UT-KS-NE-WY-CO-ID-ND-SD-MT and extended family and daily vitamins and driving and volunteering and golf and date night and a variety of additional things that would cover several pages…And it still begs the question: Is it even possible to live each and every second cognizant of God’s miracle? Is it possible that God is really demonstrating his miracle on me every second of my day unnoticed by my ignorance? Every molecule of air that I breath, every blade of grass, cloud, particle, pine needle, leaf, living-breathing thing is all part of God’s miracle. Are my humanly receptors so desensitized from years upon years of miracle activity that all of His miracles are mundane? I pray to you now…God…I know you are with me…Right? I know you hear me…Right? I know even your most faithful had doubts at the supper…Right? Mother Teresa had doubts…so it seems…Right? Part of your glory is allowing me to make my choice…Right? To be forgiven and forgive, to follow light, to inhale air, to make my own mistakes, to give and be giving, to serve, to be the husband, the father, the friend, the human being that I have been so miraculously designed to be and to be it in my fullest. So where does this leave me now on my Sunday morning reflection? Has it become an Ode to God? Or, is it less divine and more about me, just simply another one of my self-absorbed, confessionals? As I sit in the office of my house looking due-west, out the window I see the Olympics. And there, across the street are a few acres of undeveloped land, a buck stops, startled, to look towards my house. Too steep to build on in Washington I’m told.
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Ambs
Ambs To know Him, is to want to know Him more.
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drew
drew I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours- Stephen Roberts
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blairscott
blairscott "I contend that we are Both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours" - Stephen Roberts
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Val
Val “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~ William Blake **** “But like of each thing that in season grows.” ~ William Shakespeare **** “For him in vain the envious seasons roll, Who bears eternal summer in his soul.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Joe3Eagles
Joe3Eagles Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish. ~ Unknown
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lobo
lobo Let your light so shine before men (and others), that they (all people) may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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manuatheist
manuatheist "With or without religion, good people do good things and bad people do bad things. But for good people to do bad things, that takes religion." - Steven Weinberg (Nobel Prize winning Physicist). "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." - Seneca the Younger. "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" - Epicurus. "Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?" Euthyphro Dilemma.
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Jules
Jules "Let instruction and knowledge mean more to you than silver or the finest gold." Proverbs 8
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ChristopherTK
ChristopherTK (It looks like PBS should have titled this, " God(s) In America?" CTK.) Because if you’re not actively defending the truth, you’re allowing the lies to gain more traction. Hemant Mehta
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Babalu
Babalu We are the authors of our own lives and it’s up to us to write the story we would like to share with the world. You can write yourself as a victim or a victor, but you have the power in your own pen! The more I learn and experience, the more I grow as a person and the better my story becomes.
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SeanC
SeanC The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key. - Carl Sagan
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momoftwo
momoftwo And He will raise you up on eagle's wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
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adenacb
adenacb It is not your responsibility to finish the work, but you are not free to desist from it either -- Pirke Avot (Sayings of the Fathers)
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Published October 11, 2010

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