Kid and teens. Refugees from the worst parts of the world, crammed together in a small town in Georgia. Not many parents on the sideline (they have to work or are dead). Coach is a volunteer who cares as much about her players' families as soccer
Some have endured unimaginable hardship to get here: squalor in refugee camps, separation from siblings and parents. One saw his father killed in their home.
It's a radish sprout. It has no leaves or developed root system, but if nothing happens to stop it, it will always become a full grown radish plant. It will never become a rock or a pancake or a snail. "What is it?" might be a very important question --
"You can't be for or against the killing of something if you are in the dark as to what the thing in question is,..If the unborn is not a human being, then no justification for abortion is even necessary. If it's just a blob of tissue, you don't have to come up with privacy arguments and economic arguments and rape and incest arguments. Those are moot. But if it is a human being, those arguments aren't adequate, because we don't kill human beings for the reasons people have abortions."
Worship services are being broken up by baton-wielding police officers, participants arrested, Bibles confiscated and Christian church buildings demolished. But still, an estimated 3,000 people every day come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ...
If you knew that there was one thing that was more important than anything else, you might pay close attention to that one thing, eh? THIS says the most important thing is that Jesus died, was buried and came back to life...
How could that be so important? How is that relevant to today and living? Well, if...
you're going down the dark lonely road, a blind prisoner of sin, or
you're living in malice and envy, being hated and hating others, or
you need a cure to the habit of gratifying the cravings of your sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts, or
you need a remedy to sexual immorality, lust and greed, or
you need to be rescued from being an object of God's wrath
...then a cure might be really relevant.
"Calvary is the secret of it all. It is what the Lord Jesus did there that counts, and what He did becomes a growing force in the life of the believer when it is seen, and rested in by faith. This is the starting point from which all godly living must take rise. We shall never know the fact of the Lord Jesus' victory in our lives until we are prepared to count upon His work on the Cross as the source of our personal freedom from the dominion of sin and the old man within. There is no liberty for us that was not first His. The beginning of spiritual growth is faith in that fact." -- Hungry Heart #9 - 11
Patty Hickman lives in Huntersville and writes books -- she's not sure what to do about her boomerang boy who grew up, left home and
came back a couple of years ago for a visit and he’s still sleeping under my roof. It throws life’s rulebook out the window regarding all things mommy. I mean, do I ask him where he’s been all night or how things are going at school? When I ask him about his grades, all I get is this tepid, “Ahem,” meaning, I suppose that it’s out of my hands now and I should return to my cave. But what do you do with a boomerang child? Do you tuck them in, give them gas money, change the locks? Is there a rulebook or a pass code or a get out of boomerang jail for free card?...
One of the provisions of S. 1 now being considered by the Senate would require churches and other nonprofits, classified as “grassroots lobbying firms,” to report to the House and Senate any time they spend money to communicate to their constituents on public-policy issues that are before Congress. Failure to comply could result in thousands of dollars in fines and even criminal penalties.
Downstairs on a table in the living room is a small wooden box with a glass top; inside are a bunch of letters Brenda and I wrote to each other before we were married. I also have a card of appreciation from someone that I keep as a big encouragement. And I'm glad the Bible writers -- wrote. Write For Your Life says this is good --
Think of all those people inside the World Trade Center saying goodbye by phone. If only, in the blizzard of paper that followed the collapse of the buildings, a letter had fallen from the sky for every family member and friend, something to hold on to, something to read and reread. Something real. Words on paper confer a kind of immortality. Wouldn't all of us love to have a journal, a memoir, a letter, from those we have loved and lost? Shouldn't all of us leave a bit of that behind?
A review of the Freedom Writers movie she mentions is HERE.