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Two Books Celebrate 150th Anniversary December 31, 2009

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Dickens vs. Darwin

Chuck Colson, BreakPoint, December 28, 2009
Two of the most famous books in the Western canon turned 150 years old in 2009–On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
But these anniversaries were celebrated in vastly different ways. While Darwin’s book was honored around the globe with films and websites and much more, relatively few people took notice that Dickens’s book had reached the same milestone. (more…)
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Amazing Wild Elephant Behavior! December 24, 2009

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This is quite amazing:

Elephants attack in Orissa after exactly one year of persecutions
Fr. Sunil De Silva, Archdiocese of Colombo, 09.12.2009
In July 2008 a severe persecution of Christians broke out in the Indian state of Orissa. A 22 year old nun was burnt to death when angry mobs burnt down an orphanage in Khuntpali village in Barhgarh district, another nun was gang raped in Kandhamal, mobs attacked churches, torched vehicles, houses of Christians were destroyed, and Fr. Thomas Chellen, director of the pastoral center that was destroyed with a bomb, had a narrow escape after a Hindu mob nearly set him on fire. The end result saw more than 500 Christians murdered, and thousands of others injured and homeless after their houses were reduced to ashes. (more…)

Is Sugar a Poison? December 6, 2009

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I just can’t resist this topic! Sugar used to be my happiness, but now I know it was destroying me. Here’s another blog post on the subject:

As many folks around the world fight the battle of the “bulge” and obesity along with the plethora of diseases that go with it, it’s good to know that there are solutions. If one is truly concerned about their health, here’s one item that, if avoided, would likely radically improve their health and reduce their weight at the same time: refined sugar. Most of us already know this. From childhood we were told to limit our sugar intake. Even though we know we shouldn’t eat as much sugar as we do (“did” in my case, as I cut it out over a year ago) the hardest part (even if we  really want to limit our sugar intake) is exercising the will power. If you know it is negatively affecting your health and you got a really good scare or two (breast cancer, in my case), these two factors combined can give you quite a bit of strength to resist the temptations to eat things sweeten with refined sugar. (more…)

To Improve Creativity, Do This! August 21, 2009

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Here is a very interesting concept regarding our use of time, written by John Ortberg. It comes along at a most opportune time, as I’ve been really feeling the need to get away from everything and just didn’t know where to go, can’t really travel at the moment and have plenty to do right here anyway. But still, I feel like I need a vacation–a full retreat into a cool, lushly wooded fragrant forest with ferns all around and the feel of soft natural mulch underfoot. Oh it sounds so inviting!

When I’m afraid I’m spinning my wheels, going through the motions, doing what I need to do, but lacking the spiritual power that makes it all worthwhile, I know a change is needed. That’s how I’m feeling now. I’m missing that peace that comes when you know that every task was given the right balance of time, prayer and focus. Ever feel like that? (more…)

Traditional Herbal Medicine–Pro’s and Con’s August 16, 2009

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Interesting development–the swelling in the corner of my eye turned out to also be a boil. Very strange for me, as I’ve never had this type of skin affliction, at least not as far as I can remember. But it was the 4th problem that had developed in a short time. The two weeks prior had seen mostly nights of broken sleep and some nearly sleepless nights. That seemed to result in a sore throat and runny nose–a 3-4 day cold. Just when my nose was drying up and the skin still tender, the boil started developing on the end of my nose. Then, as that was shrinking and my embarrassment over the bright red bulb was also in decline, lo and behold, the sensitive spot in the corner of my eye was growing more painful and swelling noticeably. (I was afraid people would think I’d been given a black-eye in a fight!)

What was going on???

There was a connection between these 4 events, but I just didn’t see it. (more…)

Oh no! A Boil! August 9, 2009

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What’s the most prominent and humbling place you can think of, where you really wouldn’t want to get a big, red, ugly painful boil? In my opinion, that would be the end of my nose. And yes, that’s where it sits, as I write.

I’ve never been particularly fond of my nose, though there’s really nothing about it to make me complain. In fact, I guess I’ve gotten used to it and haven’t complained about it and its plainness since my youth, but suddenly it’s hard to keep my attention off it. These last few days, I’ve been frequently pulling out my mirror and checking its size, shape and hue, and watching the development of the nasty boil on the end of it. (more…)

Why Don’t I Trust Pharmaceutical Companies? August 7, 2009

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Of course I’ve read, heard, and experienced plenty to make me doubt that pharmaceutical companies have our best interests in mind when they develop new medicines, but this little revelation (below) certainly confirms that all they care about, their bottom line, is profit. And, sadly, they will go to any lengths to deceive the public (as well as the medical profession!) into using their products. (And yes, I’m still angry with the big chemical producers–Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and others–the big pharma’s parent companies (more…)

Prayer Heals July 27, 2009

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This is a wonderful article from Reader’s Digest that encourages faith in the power of prayer for healing. It works, so why don’t we do more of it? Read this and try more of it yourself. It just takes a bit of faith (as little as “a grain of mustard seed”) to do miracles. With the world in the mess it’s in, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more testimonies of miraculous healings. Let’s help get that ball rolling! There are absolutely NO negative side-effects!
Healing Prayer
By James R. Yates, Reader’s Digest, March 1996.
Does prayer heal? Scientists are discovering what believers have always known. It was during residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, when I had my first patient with terminal cancer in both lungs. (more…)

Think About It July 26, 2009

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Thought of the Day
“If you are not happy with your life, you can change it in two ways: either improve the conditions in which you live, or improve your inner spiritual state. The first is not always possible, but the second is.”–Leo Tolsto
“If you are not happy with your life, you can change it in two ways: either improve the conditions in which you live, or improve your inner spiritual state. The first is not always possible, but the second is.”–Leo Tolstoy

Are You Spiritually Healthy? July 25, 2009

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I’ve added a new category “Are You Spiritually Healthy?” and posted several articles and stories there already. There are many more to come on a variety of subjects. Check them out. The first three are: Bamboo, The Magic Mask and The Touch of the Master’s Hand. Click on the titles, read the stories and be uplifted. Don’t forget to come back for more!