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You've been Chosen
Luke Skywalker. Frodo Baggins. These are names and characters I’m sure you’ve heard of. They’re the heroes of very popular movies. What makes these characters so interesting is that they had no idea what they were going to become. They had no idea that they were chosen for something huge, something very important.
Jul 30, 2010, 10:00
Sunday School Fashion
A few weeks ago one of my Sunday School students posed a very typical question. As she was dressing for church she happened to put on an anklet, and proceed downstairs to eat breakfast. Her mother, seeing the anklet, told her it was against our beliefs as Orthodox Christians and that she had to immediately remove it. My Sunday School student removed it, but also cleverly tucked it into her pursue in order to ask me later on in our lesson whether she, or her mother, was right.
Jun 2, 2009, 10:00
Talking to Children When Bad Things Happen
Because of all the bad things now seen on TV, reported in the news, and talked about at your schools (such as wars, school shootings, ethnic cleansing, killer tornadoes and earthquakes, etc.), you have written to ask me, “Why do bad things happen?” “Does God cause bad things to happen?” “If God is as good as you say, why does He allow bad things to happen to people and animals, even innocent ones?”
Feb 11, 2009, 10:00
Gossip nowadays has taken on a life of its own. It’s spread on the internet, in newspapers and magazines, and even on television. Shows like Gossip Girl, aimed at today’s youth, show the malevolence of gossip while merely brushing it off as an “everybody does it” sort of thing.
Feb 4, 2009, 10:00
Finding God's Will for Your Life: Principles for Young Adults
It has been said that at the end of your life the only things that really matter are the people you loved, the people who loved you, and what you did for God. The importance of our other accomplishments, however great, do not have the same significance. They even tend to fade into oblivion and be forgotten. How then do we discern what is truly important in our lives? How do we make our major decisions (what career to pursue, whom to marry, etc.)?
Sep 4, 2008, 10:13
Pollyanna Chapters 18-20
"Besides, anybody with such a lot of money as you have doesn't need me to make you glad about things. You're making other folks so glad giving them things that you just can't help being glad yourself! Why, look at those prisms you gave Mrs. Snow and me, and the gold piece you gave Nancy on her birthday."
May 22, 2006, 23:29
Pollyanna Chapters 15-17
"Oh, yes," nodded the doctor, imperturbably. "But I'm giving orders now. I'll take the risk." Then he added whimsically: "You don't know, of course; but that little girl is better than a six-quart bottle of tonic any day. If anything or anybody can take the grouch out of Pendleton this afternoon, she can. That's why I sent her in."
Apr 28, 2006, 01:56
“No; do not do that,” replied the nightingale; “the bird did very well as long as it could. Keep it here still. I cannot live in the palace, and build my nest; but let me come when I like. I will sit on a bough outside your window, in the evening, and sing to you, so that you may be happy, and have thoughts full of joy. I will sing to you of those who are happy, and those who suffer; of the good and the evil, who are hidden around you. The little singing bird flies far from you and your court to the home of the fisherman and the peasant’s cot. I love your heart better than your crown; and yet something holy lingers round that also. I will come, I will sing to you; but you must promise me one thing.”
Apr 28, 2006, 00:29
Pollyanna (Chapters 6-14)
It was nearly seven o'clock when Pollyanna awoke that first day after her arrival. Her windows faced the south and the west, so she could not see the sun yet; but she could see the hazy blue of the morning sky, and she knew that the day promised to be a fair one.
Jan 4, 2006, 12:14
Pollyanna (Chapters 1-5)
"Oh, I'm so glad, GLAD, GLAD to see you," cried an eager voice in her ear. "Of course I'm Pollyanna, and I'm so glad you came to meet me! I hoped you would. And I've been wondering all the way here what you looked like," cried the little girl, dancing on her toes. And now I know, and I'm glad you look just like you do look."
Jan 1, 2006, 14:04
The Happy Prince
`Bring Me the two most precious things in the city,' said God to one of His Angels; and the Angel brought Him the leaden heart and the dead bird. `You have rightly chosen,' said God, `for in my garden of Paradise this little bird shall sing for evermore, and in my city of gold the Happy Prince shall praise me.'
Mar 3, 2005, 03:30
But they put their trust in the good Saint Martin, who watches over all travellers, and retraced their steps, and went warily, and at last they reached the outskirts of the forest, and saw, far down in the valley beneath them, the lights of the village in which they dwelt.
Feb 12, 2005, 21:50