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SERMON: What Do People Want?

Some months ago, a preacher we know decided to keep track for one week of all the requests people made of him, and of all the questions that he was asked.

When people stopped by to see him, what did they want? When people called him on the phone or wrote to him, what was on their mind? What was bothering them?

What did the people really want? Now it goes without saying that almost everyone wants something. What is it that people really want?

And just how important are these things, anyway? More...

EDITORIAL: Does The U. S. Have A Corruption Problem?

Amid recent reports of corruption and illegal campaign contributions from Houston, Texas to Memphis, Tennessee, it is time the United States nation asked itself an nonpartisan question: Does the U. S. have a serious problem?

The answer is, quite simply; yes.

By looking at the two examples mentioned above we can see that illegal fund raising and corruption are problems that plague both the political parties that dominate the U. S. democracy. In a moment we will take on the Democratic Party's dirty dealings, but our first example involves corporate donations to an advocacy group in Texas called, "Texans for a Republican Majority."
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OPINION: Never A Discouraging Word

According to the old western ballad, "Home on the Range", the range was a place, "where never is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day."

Fanciful thought. Never hearing a discouraging word would be pleasant. But that really wasn't true in the old west and it's certainly not realistic in our lives either. We can't expect our lives to be totally free of discouraging news. The doctor may tell us we have a certain illness - but we need to hear about it in order to seek proper treatment. The mechanic may give us a bad report about our car. That too, is unfortunately necessary so repairs can be made. More...

GOOD NEWS: Why, Why, Why?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle it's in?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a gun at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 119

Several of them surged forward and pressed through the gap. With a mighty heave they slammed into Viker and Shadow, throwing them to the ground where they landed heavily on top of Red Pearl. She squeaked as the air went out of her and began to gasp for breath.

Viker rolled to his paws and took off after the fleeing Rogues who were rapidly vanishing into the shadows of the towering stalagmites.

Marianna raced after him. Leaving Pearl in Fawn's care, Shadow made it to the net just in time to shove a Rogue Feral back inside.

"Buddha, help," he cried.

Pink Buddha threw himself at the snare, grabbing one end of the ropes and pulling against Shadow's weight. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I'm a fifteen year old girl with two brothers and a mother and father. There are friends of my brothers plus relatives of my parents who come and go around this house. I have my own computer and recently I had reason to go back a few days into the "history" files and noticed a site which I didn't recognize.
I clicked into it and was stunned to see it was a male with male sex site. The images were too dreadful to describe.

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"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience."

Henry Miller

"Our own heart, and not other men's opinion, forms our true honor."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make."

Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Every child has a right to a good home."

Ettie Lee

"Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language or music without atmosphere."

James Martineau

"Risk! Risk anything!... Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."

Katherine Mansfield

"Playing safe is only playing."

Chuck Olson

"When you're in your nineties and looking back, it's not going to be how much money you made or how many awards you've won. It's really what did you stand for. Did you make a positive difference for people?"

Elizabeth Dole

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces."

George Santayana

"We cannot know our god if the only time we communicate is when we are asking, pleading, begging for something for us."

Kingsley-Miller



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