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IT IS FINISHED (Jesus Christ)

No leader who ever walked this earth, with the exception of Jesus Christ, can ever say of his or her work, "It is finished!" The legacy of a leader is always incomplete.

Jesus Christ made this declaration with His dying breath as He hung on a Roman cross outside of Jerusalem. It signified the accomplishment of His mission. What was this mission? In spite of His humble beginnings and brevity of life, no other man has had a greater influence in the history of mankind than Jesus Christ. Not only is He followed by billions throughout the world as the Savior of mankind and the Son of God, but His influence in the fields of philosophy, religion, medicine, education and jurisprudence is undeniable.…

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Have Civilizations Ever Really Changed?

Have civilizations ever really changed? No... They all keep drifting back to one idea...the tower. The whole world seems fixated on towers now. Spanning from Dubai to New York. Mumbai to Japan. Each one taller than the last and each one reflecting one word in my mind...Babel.

How much have we really changed from that ancient story? We're certainly not forced to build monuments by some legendary warrior king shaking his fist at us and God.

No...we've taken that mantle upon ourselves.

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Mothers, The Mightiest of Warriors—The Pilgrims’ Story

William Bradford, one of the pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower and who served as the governor of Plymouth Colony for over 30 years, stated, “Inasmuch as the great Father…granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.”

Dear Pilgrims,

There is so much we can learn from your sacrifice and perseverance. You were willing to give up everything we so value—your jobs, your homes, your possessions and your position—for the freedom to live out your faith as your conscience directed. You undertook that treacherous voyage to freedom, a voyage that many of you did not survive. Hoping for a brighter future in a land of freedom, you brought your children with you, but even the warm embrace of loving mothers was not sufficient to protect all of the helpless infants against the bitter cold. Many of you paid a bitter price for your freedom. Almost half of you died during the first bitter winter in America.

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Our Seniors

The desert represents low interest rates, the result of quantitative easing or printing of money. A secure savings in a two-year U.S. Treasury bond for seniors provides them with a return of less than one-half of one percent. So they work hard, save all their lives and have a million dollars in the safest investment. The U.S. government will provide them with less than $3,000 a year on their savings.

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Sobering Night

This week was a sobering one. I was sharing with a friend all about the film Lily’s Choice and I talked about Lilias Trotter’s words about “an appointed time.” On my way home I had a call from a friend telling me that at the very time we were discussing the film, a French tourist was decapitated by ISIS in Algeria. The Middle East is on the cusp of major war. The drumbeats of war are everywhere. There is hatred for everything western. As terror expands, many people are beginning to feel a real hatred unfairly towards Arabs and Islam. In the midst of all of this, in a miraculous way, at God’s appointed time, important Ruskin letters to Lilias Trotter were found.

In God’s appointed time in the midst of hatred, misunderstanding, war, and terror, at this very moment we have the message of Jesus Christ through Lilias’ life. This is a message of love—the message of a woman who gave up fame, fortune and comfort to commit her life to the people of Algeria. As the film will show, the Algerians marveled at how much she loved and respected them.

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