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Story Challenge Update (3)

Here is the second installment of my story for the Story Challenge... still haven't come up with a name for it yet. To see the full context of the story, click here. For those of you who think that this has nothing to do with apologetics, it will -- I promise... But you'll have to wait and see how that all comes about! ;) Please let me know what you all think about the story so far.... Enjoy! --------- The soft ring of the phone jarred Mrs. Buckham from her work. Rising from her desk chair, she headed for the phone. The answering system was about to pick up... "Hi, Mom. It's me... Are you there? I really need to talk..." Click. "Hi, how are you, Natalie?" her mother said in her gentle voice. "I'm, uh, okay, I guess. It's just that, well, I've got a new job," Natalie said, letting the statement linger in the air. Her mother didn't answer, but waited for Natalie to continue; she could tell that Natalie wasn't too happy abou…

WFW: Thankfulness

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Lately, things have been very busy at my place... it is during these times that the stress is hectic. I have discovered that when I feel this way, listening to the Bible has a calming effect on me. No, the problems don't disappear, but the Bible helps to change my perspective on things and focus on God and His Word. It reminds me of the Scripture which states, "His Word is life to those who find it, and health to all their flesh." The other day, as I was listening to the Scriptures, I heard a Scripture that I wanted to share for this week's Word For Wednesday... Romans 1:21 "...because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened." This Scripture is specifically talking about those who reject God, but I found a few things interesting about this verse. First, when we are all "strung out," it can be easy to forget about God. We don't …

Heaven or Hell? Part 2

A few days ago, I received a comment in connection with my post "Two Future Destinations." I have refrained from accepting the comment only because the commentor was promoting some material which I believe to be anti-Biblical (and for future reference, this is going to be a new rule of mine: no posting links which promote such material; all such posts will be promptly deleted). I have nothing against the commentor and I encourage discussion, but I do not appreciate the promotion of material which does not agree with the Scriptures. However, I felt it was important to clarify my stance on this subject, since I am aware that there are some people who do not believe in hell. (A note to the commentor: I have addressed a small portion at the end of this post specifically for you. However, I want to make it perfectly clear that whenever I do this, I am in no way attacking the person, but rather the belief. I want to stress that what one believes does not bother me; people have the…

Word For Wednesday: All

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Today, I'm going to let these simple Scriptures speak for themselves, so short and sweet it be! :D Enjoy! Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. Ephesians 1:22-23 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. James 1:17 All good and perfect gifts come down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. For more Word For Wednesdays visit Yeah Right...

Two Future Destinations

Last week, I was flipping through the book America's God and Country by William J. Federer (love that guy!) when I came across this amusing story:

"Peter Cartwright, the famous Methodist circuit-riding preacher was invited by Andrew Jackson to be a guest in his home for Sunday lunch. Another guest, a young lawyer from Nashville, began attempting to draw Cartwright into an argument.
He asked: 'Mr. Cartwright, do you believe there is any such place as hell, a place of torment?'
Cartwright replied, 'Yes I do.'
Laughing, the young lawyer responded, 'Well, I thank God I have too much sense to believe in such a thing!' Andrew Jackson was unable to hold his composure longer, and sternly addressed the lawyer, 'Well, sir, I thank God that there is such a place of torment as hell!'
The astonished young lawyer responded, 'Why, General Jackson, what do you want with such a place as hell?'
Jackson confronted him saying, 'To put such damned ras…

WFW: Lessons From My Curtains...

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Hi, everybody! I'm FINALLY back... I hope these long spirts of no blogging will become less and less frequent. Right now, though, it's gonna be a little slow... I will try my best to update you all as often as possible, but life is busy. (And I apologize to Jean for missing last weeks Word For Wednesday.) Thank you for your patience and understanding. Have you ever noticed how just a small change can make a world of difference? The other day, I replaced my bedroom curtains; I've had them ever since I can remember. There was nothing wrong with them; they were just old. Time for a replacement. My mother had been wanting to put up some new curtains for a while. We talked about a few options, and my mother found something that would work; but we never got around to implementing the plan. I had merely tucked away the curtains to be put up at some other time. (What a procrastinator I am!) Over the weekend, we finally put the curtains up... Aren't they lovely? I couldn't …