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'They Manipulated Her Many Years Ago and Are Doing It After Her Death': FX Doc on Jane Roe Deemed 'Patently False'

'They Manipulated Her Many Years Ago and Are Doing It After Her Death': FX Doc on Jane Roe Deemed 'Patently False'
Source: 'They Manipulated Her Many Years Ago and Are Doing It After Her Death': FX Doc on Jane Roe Deemed 'Patently False'

Prayer Link - Pastor's Healing Testimony from COVID-19 -  April 28, 2020

Pastor Robert Burt of Danielsville Baptist Church in Georgia shares how doctors gave him a one-percent chance of surviving the Coronavirus. It was so bad he didn't know who or where he was. But today's he's making a speedy recovery and ... ...
Source: Prayer Link - Pastor's Healing Testimony from COVID-19 -  April 28, 2020

Man Crushed By SUV Wins the Fight for Survival

Routine car maintenance turned into a fight for survival after Sam's SUV fell on him. But amid great pain, prayer proved greater.
Source: Man Crushed By SUV Wins the Fight for Survival

Bible Questions / Study / Investigation Incomplete
« on: March 18, 2020, 05:17:23 AM »
Investigation Incomplete

Any evaluation of a person without regard for that person’s core values is incomplete. Incomplete assessments of who people are, beyond what they possess, leads us into battles.

Source: Investigation Incomplete

Bible Questions / Study / Holy Venting
« on: March 17, 2020, 05:11:11 AM »
Holy Venting

Honestly? Sometimes I wonder if the whole Lenten self-examination thing doesn’t spur us (read: me) toward endless naval gazing and even greater self-centeredness.

Source: Holy Venting

Bible Questions / Study / Cursing and Coaxing
« on: March 16, 2020, 05:08:29 AM »
Cursing and Coaxing

Whatever it takes to wake me, Holy One, I will give you thanks. By coax or by curse, lead me once more to the trouble and beauty of being fully alive in your justice and joy.

Source: Cursing and Coaxing

Bible Questions / Study / The Burden of Hatred
« on: March 15, 2020, 05:31:21 AM »
The Burden of Hatred

Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. - Ephesians 4:26-27

Anger at injustice is not the same as hatred, and many of us are justifiably angry as we watch our own and others’ rights, dignity, and even lives continually robbed by the powers that be.

Still, anger can calcify into hatred. How do we tell which is which?

Hatred seeks to dehumanize. It might lead one person to think of another not as fellow child of God, but as an animal, an insect, an alien, a thing—making it easier to malign, mistreat or even kill them.

But a healthy and holy anger fully sees the other’s humanity and divinity, and seeks to call them to account for it. We get angry when we see others falling short of what God has made all of us to be.

Paul seems to be saying that anger is inevitable—and even generative, in the right ways. Anger at injustice can spark movements, free captives, fuel courage for heroic acts in desperate moments. But even a healthy and holy anger can become embittered into hatred if left unchallenged by a renewing of one's mind.

When we go to sleep, short-term memory converts into long-term memory. I wonder if Paul knew this thousands of years before the neuroscientists did, when he wrote that we shouldn’t go to sleep angry? Perhaps the same sleep function encodes short-term anger into long-term hatred, and we owe it to ourselves, and our opponents, to shed our anger every night before bed.

God, help me to lay down the burden of all of my angers, righteous and unrighteous, when my head hits the pillow each night, so that I might wake unburdened, refreshed and ready to hope for the best in every human I meet. Amen.

About the Author
Molly Baskette is Senior Minister of First Congregational Church UCC in Berkeley, California, and the author of the best-selling Real Good Church, Standing Naked Before God, and her newest baby, Bless This Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and Parenting in a Chaotic World.

Source: The Burden of Hatred

Bible Questions / Study / Fearful Empathy
« on: March 14, 2020, 05:31:08 AM »
Fearful Empathy

No matter how much you know, or how often you wash, don’t you feel foreboding? So summon empathy from that quavering place where we all feel afraid and just be kind.

Source: Fearful Empathy

Bible Questions / Study / My Soul Desire
« on: March 13, 2020, 05:05:35 AM »
My Soul Desire

Lent is about both emptying ourselves and offering ourselves as empty vessels. Lent is an opportunity to God to fill up our longing for love, justice, and shalom.

Source: My Soul Desire

Bible Questions / Study / My Biggest Bucket
« on: March 12, 2020, 05:10:59 AM »
My Biggest Bucket

The divine presence with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, could have easily put the fire out, but instead, they walked in the fire with them. And that was enough to save them.

Source: My Biggest Bucket

Bible Questions / Study / Chocolate and Other Habits
« on: March 11, 2020, 05:25:33 AM »
Chocolate and Other Habits

Two weeks into Lent, how are those Lenten practices you planned to observe faithfully? Still going strong? No shame if they’re not. But also, no kudos if they are.

Source: Chocolate and Other Habits

Bible Questions / Study / Unfinished
« on: March 10, 2020, 05:30:41 AM »

Your belief that you’re supposed to accomplish it all—end racism, fix the environment, overcome all your issues, whatever—before you die? It’s not going to work out.

Source: Unfinished

Bible Questions / Study / Intercessory Prayer and Boundaries
« on: March 09, 2020, 05:06:59 AM »
Intercessory Prayer and Boundaries

In intercessory prayer, we are placing those we care about in God’s hands—and relaxing our own grip.

Source: Intercessory Prayer and Boundaries

Bible Questions / Study / ‘Tis of Thee
« on: March 08, 2020, 11:27:06 AM »
‘Tis of Thee

Where is our citizenship? To whom do we pledge our first allegiance? What is the color, the face of liberty? Who gets to taste the sweetness of country?

Source: ‘Tis of Thee

Bible Questions / Study / Arrogance v. Confidence
« on: March 07, 2020, 11:09:49 AM »
Arrogance v. Confidence

Arrogance converts our fears to venomous hate. Confidence transforms our fears into audacious courage.

Source: Arrogance v. Confidence

Bible Questions / Study / God’s Ostrich
« on: March 06, 2020, 05:24:45 AM »
God’s Ostrich

How funny of God to create an ostrich with the ability to run like hell and the tendency to bury its head in the sand. Probably we have all tried these two solutions to problems.

Source: God’s Ostrich

Bible Questions / Study / For God So Loved the Cosmos
« on: March 05, 2020, 05:06:58 AM »
For God So Loved the Cosmos

The cosmos is not separate from you or outside of you. You are it. You are God’s love. That’s what Jesus came to reveal, then and now.

Source: For God So Loved the Cosmos

Bible Questions / Study / Always Contrite
« on: March 04, 2020, 11:01:56 AM »
Always Contrite

It’d be a good thing to adopt contrition as a way of life, not just an occasional response to a particular sin. The best heart to have would be an always contrite heart.

Source: Always Contrite

Bible Questions / Study / Burning Like a Fire
« on: March 03, 2020, 11:07:48 AM »
Burning Like a Fire

Not all anger is poison. Anger can be holy fuel to right the world’s wrongs. But I can’t fool myself: not all my anger is holy. A lot of my anger is poison.

Source: Burning Like a Fire

Bible Questions / Study / Perfected Distraction
« on: March 02, 2020, 05:21:27 AM »
Perfected Distraction

Perfectionism may leave us paralyzed, afraid to do anything for fear of getting it wrong. My tangle with this word, perfected, distracts me from the truth: God is love.

Source: Perfected Distraction

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