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Let It Burn

Let It Burn

If you ever lifted weights to gain muscle mass, you know that you need to fight past the burn. When your muscles begin to burn that is an indicator that you are pushing through your threshold where growth can take root. In contrast, if we stop lifting the weight when we feel […] READ MORE.

via — Coach Adrian Griffin

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12 Things I See Happy People Do (that unhappy people do not)

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

I have been thinking a lot about happiness of late, partially because so many people seem unhappy.  I think that was my first epiphany upon entering the world of Social Media; people are unhappy and there are a lot of them.  Now don’t get me wrong, we all know some people who wouldn’t be happy, were they not unhappy but I am not talking about them.  We will just let them be.  I am also not thinking theologically here (i.e. juxtaposing happiness and joy), today I am going to err on the practical and pragmatic side of things.  With that being said, let’s get going.

I think most people want to be happy; they are just not quite sure how to get there from their present location.  Many people honestly believe that happiness is a lucky bounce; a sunny disposition or favorable circumstances but I disagree.  Happiness is a choice…

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Philippians 4:11 – Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Take courage. Have faith. Embrace the wait. #HisWill #HisPurpose #HisGlory

Here is an inspirational message on waiting that I came across on Facebook this morning from a Ladies Ministry out of Lake Charles, LA. Be blessed!

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Embrace the Wait

Health Care – It’s Bigger than Politics

June 22, 2017
a Facebook statement by President Barack Obama

19366050_10154996555246749_7115851506205968566_nOur politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did. Continue reading “Health Care – It’s Bigger than Politics”

Trying to Survive

robertsDr. Terrance Roberts was part of the group of students known as the Little Rock Nine who, guided by the NAACP, enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957 to force the integration of Arkansas’ public schools as per Brown v. BOE (1954). In this video clip, Dr. Roberts is engaged in a discussion about lessons learned from the crisis at Little Rock and continued racial issues in 21st Century America.  Continue reading “Trying to Survive”

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Looking for Hope

“Don’t just cling to hope. Be it.”

Be the hands and feet of Christ! Show HIS love to others because HE first loved us. #bethechange

Looking for God in Messy Places

The apostle Paul tells us that hope does not disappoint. Some will find this naive.

After all, he was beaten and stoned. Slandered, shipwrecked, snake-bit, and imprisoned. Eventually, the Romans beheaded him.

a_southern_chain_gang_c1903-header-copy-1050x590But once you know more of the story, it actually gets harder to swallow Paul’s apparently sunny attitude.

Paul wasn’t just banking on a happy ending for his own personal story. The substance of Paul’s hope was the reconciliation of all people. All People. Everywhere.

We humans would no longer divide ourselves into competing tribes. Us and them. Jew and Greek. Slave and free.

Every step Paul took was animated by his commitment to a world where difference didn’t divide. Where diversity brought strength. Where cooperation displaced competition. Where compassion and justice gave birth to perpetual peace. You know, the Kingdom of God.

In God’s Kingdom, the dignity of each would be respected by all. The well-being of all…

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