Practicing Gratitude

by Leah Kostamo The hallmark of a truly “simple” life is gratitude. “Gratitude is the heart of faith,” writes Mary Jo Leddy, author of Radical Gratitude. In this vein, she relates a lovely prayer of gratitude the Jewish people pray every Passover as they celebrate the deliverance of the Hebrew people from Egypt. The prayer centres around the Hebrew word Dayenu, which in English means, It would have been enough. If you had only led us to the edge of… Read more

No One Else

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Leaning Into the One Who Loves You

by Pattrick Watters For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before… Read more

The Vision of Narnia

by Dean Ohlman It was in preparation for this post that I first saw the amazing parallel between Psalm 148:1-6, 11-13 and Revelation 5:5:11-13. Each passage offers hymns of praise to the Creator–the Psalm written almost a thousand years before the first coming of Messiah and the Revelation envisioning a celebration in heaven as Messiah (“the Lamb who was slain”) is honored before His coming back to earth to reign forever as Lord of the universe. KEY SCRIPTURE: Praise the… Read more

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“So fearfully and wonderfully made, how could they say there is no God. Reminded every breath that I take, it’s by your hand that I have been formed.” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ1SgS3ExgM[/youtube] Read more

What Does Pro-Life Mean?

by Mitch Hescox As Focus on the Family so beautifully depicts in the video below on the Dignity of Life “When we talk about being “pro-life,” it’s not just about a political issue. It’s a worldview . . . it’s a life-view.” Pro-life is so much more than being against abortion, it’s also about protecting humanity from poverty, human trafficking, and for us the threats from pollution. Abortion is a nationally tragedy, but so is 1:6 children born with mercury… Read more

Remembering Russel Train, Environmental Statesman, Republican

by Jim Ball Recently the heads of 12 environmental organizations were asked to rank the greenest Presidents in US history. Now, think to yourself, what’s the most liberal, the most radical of the major environmental organizations? Many of you will have chosen Greenpeace for that distinction. Now, which President would you think the head of Greenpeace, Phil Radford, would choose as the greenest President? Barack Obama? Nope. Nyet. Nada. Maybe Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton or LBJ or FDR? Gotta be a… Read more

Presidential Candidates Weigh In on Care for the Poor

Last year Christian leaders came together to create a “Circle of Protection” around programs in the federal budget designed to help the poor both here and abroad: In the face of historic deficits, the nation faces unavoidable choices about how to balance needs and resources and allocate burdens and sacrifices. These choices are economic, political”and moral. As Christians, we believe the moral measure of the debate is how the most poor and vulnerable people fare. We look at every budget… Read more

The Late 20th Century Spike in Asthma

by Alexei Laushkin Asthma is a late 20th century phenomenon that might have strong environmental factors. Although humans have always had some Asthma sufferers the late 20th century saw something rather an unusual. From 1980 to 1996 asthma prevalence increased roughly 74 percent in the United States. A new study published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine says that environmental factors may have played a significant role and ought to be more fully explored. Read more

Moving Beyond Politics & Ideology in the Energy Debate

by Randy Brinson All too often, the discussion of the environment and renewable energy falls along deeply divided ideological and party lines. Republicans, wary of climate change, frequently close their hearts and minds to discussion of the need to expand alternative energy solutions, while Democrats frequently overreach on the issue of energy, trading barbs with the Republicans without finding meaningful discussion on real energy solutions and integration of all renewable energy resources. While political parties continue to fight over energy… Read more

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