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Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy in Charleston
President Obama delivered the eulogy at the funeral of South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor who was fatally shot in his Emanuel AME Church along with eight others. The President’s remarks both memorialized the victims and touched upon the current controversy surrounding the Confederate flag and the need for more gun control in the wake of the tragedy. The President ended his -at times solemn, at times rousing- eulogy by leading the congregation in “Amazing Grace.” After repeating those words, “Amazing Grace,” several times, the president paused before launching into the song as the mourners joined him. Watch Full Video
Learning How to Trust in God
The Bible is filled with wonderful promises from God. And I believe everybody in his right mind wants to see God’s promises fulfilled in his or her life. But let’s be honest-- learning to trust God is not the easiest thing in the world to do.
First, we must invite Christ into our lives to be our personal Savior. When we accept Him as our Savior, He helps us to successfully live the Christian life. Without Him, success in this area is not possible. We must spend time with the Lord daily. The more time we spend with a person, the better we get to know him or her, and the stronger the bond of trust becomes. Our relationship with the Lord works the same way. Full Story
What does the Bible say about euthanasia/assisted suicide? - Euthanasia, sometimes called “mercy killing,” can be a difficult issue. On one hand, we do not want to take a person's life into our own hands and end it prematurely. On the other hand, we do not want to prolong the process of dying more than necessary-that is, we want to preserve life, but not prolong death. At what point do we simply allow a person to die and take no further action to extend his or her life?.
A related issue is that of assisted suicide. Essentially, a person seeking assisted suicide is seeking to euthanize himself, with the aid of another person to ensure that death is quick and painless. The person assisting the suicide facilitates death by making preparations and furnishing the needed equipment; but the person seeking death is the one who actually initiates the process. By taking a “hands-off” approach to the death itself, the facilitator seeks to avoid charges of murder. Proponents of assisted suicide try for a positive spin by using terms like “death with dignity.” But “death with dignity” is still death, “assisted suicide” is still suicide, and suicide is wrong. Full Story
Among the duties or roles within the church listed in Ephesians 4:11-12 is the work of the evangelist. The word is translated from a Greek word which referred to a person who brought joyous news of victory from the battlefront. When the same word is used in reference to what that person does, it is often translated “preaching the gospel” as in Romans 1:15. An evangelist, then, is a person who brings good news to the world.
The same work is also called preaching. Paul said he was eager to preach the gospel (evangelize) in Rome in Romans 1:15. In II Corinthians 1:19, Paul said that he, Silvanus, and Timothy had preached in Corinth. In I Timothy 2:7, Paul said he was appointed to be both an apostle and a preacher. The word translated “preacher” comes from the Greek word for a herald or a town-crier. Such a person delivered the messages and commands of the king. He was not the originator of the message, but merely its deliverer. Full Story
Health & Wellness
For the most of us, we stay on top of hair appointments, hair cuts, and fashion attire, however, when it comes to our skin condition it’s not at the top of most of our to-do list. We need to take good care of our faces as well as the entire body and pay close attention to our skin year round.
Eczema is a common skin disease thought to be mostly autoimmune in origin. It is an important issue because chronic inflammation in the skin of any kind can cause temporary-and sometimes permanent changes in the color of the skin, either darkening or lightening. Full Story