Cure for the Christmas blues

What happens when joy seems to have gone missing?

I took a departure from my usual fare at the LA Church & State Examiner and wrote instead about finding the answer to the question, “Where’s the joy?” Read my story, which may be in part your story this Christmas, by clicking here! You just may find a friend you never knew you had!

Rick Warren: ‘I am not an anti-gay marriage activist’

“Not a single criticism came from any gay leader who knows me.” – Rick Warren, pastor of Saddelback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.

Today’s agenda for Warren includes help in rebuilding Rwanda and concern over what the recession is doing to the spiritual climate of the U.S…. and celebrating Easter week, the same week Saddleback Church started 30 years ago. Congratulations Rick and church…may all the glory go to God!
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Obama Behind the 8 Ball?

“I’ve stated my opposition to this,” the Senator said in response to a question from a viewer in San Leandro, California. “I think it’s unnecessary. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and I’m not in favor of gay marriage, but when you start playing around with constitutions just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person…it just seems to me that that’s not what America is about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them.” – Barack Obama

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Breeze: Friday Top Five

Second week of Shooting the Breeze’s Friday Top Five includes some great posts. We read, we post, we link!

Here’s my pick for the week of February 1-6:

1. Persecution Blog co-author Hal has North Korea on his heart. The country is one of the greatest offenders of human rights in the world today. Many rank this country as the number one persecutor of Christians. Pray today for North Korea

2. It ain’t breaking news unless it’s on Twitter? I have not joined the bunch that messages on Twitter. But, Sarah Pulliam at the ChristianityToday Politics Blog managed to break news with her Twittering the National Prayer Breakfast post.

3. Baptist Press posted a good article, Out of devastation, God has worked good, by David S. Dockery on the one-year anniversary of a tornado outbreak in the South. He writes… a year ago today — people across Tennessee and the entire Southeast were going about their normal, everyday business — until 87 tornadoes broke out in the region…Devastation was all around, but there was no despair. The words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4 became our own.

4. It’s always good to keep up to date on what Living Water’s Ray Comfort is doing! I caught up with him at Pull the Plug on Atheism and loved his a challenge to an atheist professor post.

5. Another blog to check in with often is Pyromaniacs. This week’s Requires of Him will challenge you!
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Alexander Writes: What are your priorities?

Breeze: Friday Top Five

In my defense, I may be a day late, but I’m not a dollar short on this Friday feature…well, maybe sort of…in today’s bail-me-out psyche.
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Through Peter P’s “Rediscovering the Church” blog I found Kevin Martineau’s “Friday Top Five – What where your favorite posts from last week?” This “Shooting the Breeze” feature is a must read…and if so inclined, a very fruitful promising participation.

Here’s my quick recount of last week, in no particular order:

1. No better time than now to know where that Light can be found. Thanks, Yvette, for Light that Candle in a Dark Place found in your Fresh Wind Ministries blog.

2. A greater and deeper look at baptism. Should we always look at it from a “water” perspective? Two thumbs up for Brother Mark’s Baptised Into The Body of Christ!

3. Uplifting and thought provoking poetry can always be found at Versical’s Blog. Mike’s post Happiness is one I chose for this week…how true, how true!

4. There aren’t fitting words to describe my reaction to this video of an abortion survivor’s talk and message. “Wow!” is one of the responses I had and from many others who sent me a response back from my forward. The Life of Thomas is truly an excellent blog…and this particular post, Inspirational Video has already touched many hearts.

5. Oh, what the heck…here’s one of mine…after all, it IS Super Bowl weekend! Super Bowl Faithful Unashamed.

Have a blessed day…and please consider joining us on this Friday Top Five journey!