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SERMON: Why Do They Blame Elisha For Cursing The Children?

After Prophet Elijah was taken to the heavens in a windstorm, Elisha, his servant, inherited his garments ripped into two pieces, which is symbolic of a double portion of Elijah's power.

As a result, Elisha performed fourteen miracles, and Elijah seven. (Here there is an important symbol, which I will explain later in this Sermon). Elisha's first miracle was to heal Jericho's water, for it was in very bad condition.

But unfortunately, as he left Jericho and headed for Bethel, a bunch of small boys came out from the city and started to mock him, saying to him: "Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!" More...

EDITORIAL: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

It may be that Faith alone will earn a person's way into heaven, but being kind of heart and doing good deeds must also be a part of that process. When giving or sharing with others, it grows the faith within, and brings a person closer to God.

One of our primary duties here on earth is to spread the good word through pure living and peaceful coexistence. It would seem logical then, that we would be rewarded right here on earth for such deeds.

While that is the case, it's not always easy to see the long term consequences of our actions, good or otherwise.

No matter if a person does something with the best of intentions, there are times it seems that the immediate results of those actions are actually negative. More...

OPINION: The Joy We Make

Back in high school I had a coach whose mantra was, "attitude is everything."

I applied these words to workouts, to training, to competition, and I focused on being positive and working hard.

Even then it was obvious that a tough practice was even tougher if I didn't want to be there and didn't have my head focused on the moment and find enjoyment in the drills at hand.

I survived many difficult practices by the discipline it took to adjust my perspective, let go of negativity or outside influences, and have a good attitude about what I was doing and why I was there. More...

GOOD NEWS: Stress Management 101

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter.

"It depends on how long you try to hold it.

"If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem for me.

"If I hold it for at least an hour, I'll have a terrific ache in my right arm.

"If I hold it for a day, even an eight hour day, you'll have to call for an ambulance to help me, at the very least! In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier the glass becomes." More...

FICTION: Return To The Roof, Part One Of Three

Some people go gathering nuts in May. Not me. I have better things to do. I can't recall that I have ever gathered a single nut in my life, and if I ever do, I'll make darn sure that I gather it in the winter months. Anytime but May.

Come that glorious month, I begin my yearly pilgrimages to the roof. The strangest things keep happening to me on Boston rooftops, but still I go.

Last year on my first trip up, I ran into Mrs. Stonewall Jackson, you may recall. That poor soul was last seen being carted off to a caretaking environment, however, and the rest of last year's sun sessions were reasonably uneventful. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I have met Ethan, the man of my dreams. He is everything I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. Trouble is, he a nominal Catholic and I am a nominal Protestant.

Ethan was raised Catholic in a fully Catholic family. One first cousin is a priest. Though no black sheep, after Ethan left home he has only attended Mass when he is with his family. He thinks of himself as a Catholic and lists that denomination on anything official but he isn't strongly into it.


"It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it."

George Washington

"To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness."

Benjamin Franklin

"The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action."


"I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could."

Mahatma Gandhi

"Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight."

Mark Victor Hansen

"One approaches the journey's end. But the end is a goal, not a catastrophe."

George Sand

"Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due."

William R. Inge

"Silence is the answer to many things."

Dutch proverb

"The only sure thing about luck is that it will change."

Bret Harte

"There are times when I feel it would have been easier, pleasanter and smarter to have skipped our children and had our grandchildren instead."


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