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    Fri, Aug 31st - 8:48PM

    The Spotlight Effect

    I came across this article on another blog. Thought provoking!

    The Cure for Self-Consciousness WebMD Feature from Oprah.com

    By Martha Beck

    You step into the party feeling reasonably confident. True, your favorite little black dress feels somewhat tight, but it's still elegant, and the wind outside only tousled your hair a little. Then, just as you're preparing to mingle, it happens: You pass a mirror and glimpse your reflection—your horrifying, horrifying reflection. The dress isn't just tight; it fits like Luciano Pavarotti's diving suit. Your hair looks as though a crazed weasel nested, bore young, and died there. Aghast, you wobble off your high heels and sprain an ankle. All eyes are glued on you. All conversation focuses on your disgrace. Everyone begins texting hilarious descriptions of you from their cell phones.

    In your dreams, baby.

    I mean this both literally and figuratively. Most of us occasionally dream about being embarrassed in social settings. But even in waking life, many of us operate as if Simon Cowell is doing a play-by-play of our work, wardrobe and snack choices. One team of researchers has dubbed this phenomenon the "spotlight effect." In the beam of imaginary spotlights, many of us suffer untold shame and create smaller, weaker, less zestful lives than we deserve. Terrified that the neighbors might gossip, the critics might sneer, the love letter might fall into the hands of evil bloggers, we never even allow our minds to explore what our hearts may be calling us to do. These efforts to avoid embarrassment often keep us from imagining, let alone fulfilling, the measure of our destiny. To claim it, we need to develop a mental dimmer switch.

    For complete article here: http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/cure-self-consciousness

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    Tue, Aug 28th - 7:30PM

    Church devotional book

    Our church is publishing it's second devotional "book" and smokey has 2 devotional entrys included this year.

    "What I learned from my truck"

    and "What I'm learning With My Dog."

    It's not much, but at least some people will hopefully be blessed.

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    Tue, Aug 28th - 4:43AM

    Deer 8 van 0

    Tonight I have seen more deer during my patrols than I have in a long time. They seemed to be traveling in pairs too. I saw one pair where one was a doe and it's almost grown fawn. I stopped in the middle of the road with my spotlight shining on them. I could clearly see that one still had it's spots. How  cool is that?

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    Fri, Aug 17th - 9:50PM

    Does God care what he's called????

    Does God care what He's called? by Hal Lindsey

    Posted: August 17, 2007
    1:00 a.m. Eastern

    The very first news story I read yesterday morning was about a Dutch Roman Catholic bishop who is advocating that Christians rename "God" to "Allah."

    Bishop Martinus Petrus Maria Muskens, (also known as "Tiny") told Dutch TV: "Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will call God 'Allah'?"

    My mouth was still hanging open when I read the last part of his statement: "God doesn't care what we call Him."

    If one doesn't believe that God is real, then it really doesn't matter what name one chooses.

    It's like naming your 6-foot tall invisible white rabbit. You can call him "Harvey." Or you can name him "Peter Cottontail." He won't object either way – since he isn't real.

    But if you try to rename your friend Fred from down the street, he may not be so pleased about being called George. Because Fred is a real person, you wouldn't think about calling him George simply because somebody else likes that name better.

    Because God is as real as you or I, it isn't up to us to rename Him like He was a stray basset hound.

    LINK TO FULL ARTICLE: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=57201

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    Tue, Aug 14th - 12:52AM

    Top 10 Biblical Archaeology discoveries of the 20th Century

    By Keith N. Schoville
    Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Semitic Studies
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Ten major archeological discoveries of the past century that are significant for understanding the world of the Bible are identified. For each find, a narrative of its discovery and the crucial information it unlocks is relayed, plus its connection to key biblical events or references. These ten discoveries illustrate the point that new facts about the Bible, its world and personalities, come through diligence in archeological research.

    the article is much too long to post here
    please use the link to check out the full article and photos


    The list;










    10 UGARIT

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    Wed, Aug 8th - 8:52PM

    That's what Christians do

    That's What Christians Do
    Author Unknown

    What We Hear In the Church Is Not Meant To Stay In the Church.

    In 1973 the Supreme Court said it was alright to kill unborn babies. Since then, we have killed more than the entire population of Canada. And it continues.

    A woman's choice? It is called abortion.

    Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

    First it was in dingy, dirty theaters. Then, convenience stores. Then, grocery stores. Then on television. Now it’s in the homes of millions on the internet. It is called pornography.

    Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

    They called it no-fault. Why should we blame anyone when something so tragic happens? Haven't they already suffered enough? Half of the marriages of America end this way. The children suffered. The family broke down. It is called divorce.

    Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

    At one time it was a perversion. We kept it secret. We secured help and hope for those who practiced it. Now it is praised. We have parades celebrating it, and elected officials give it their blessing. Now it is endorsed with special privileges and protected by special laws. Even some Christian leaders and denominations praise it. It is called homosexuality.

    Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

    It used to be an embarrassment. A shame. Now a third of all births are to mothers who aren't married. Two thirds of all African American children are born into a home without a father. The state usually pays the tab. That is why we pay our taxes, so that government can take the place of parents. After all, government bureaucrats know much better how to raise children then parents do. It is called illegitimacy.

    Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

    At one time it was wrong. But then the state decided to legalize it, promote it and tax it. It has ripped apart families and destroyed lives. But just look at all the money the state has raised. No longer do we have to teach our children to study and work hard. Now we teach them they can get something for nothing. We spend millions encouraging people to join the fun and excitement. Just look at the big sums people are winning. They will never have to work again! It is called gambling.

    Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

    Not long ago, Christians were the good guys. But now any positive image of Christians in movies or TV is gone. We are now depicted as the bad guys--greedy, narrow-minded hypocrites. The teacher can't have a Bible on her desk, but can have Playboy. We don't have Christmas and Easter holidays--just winter and spring break. We can't pray in school, but can use foul language. It's called being tolerant.

    Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

    Yes, all these things came to pass within 30 years. Where were the Christians? Why, they were in church. All these things are for someone else to deal with. Times have changed. Involvement had been replaced with apathy.

    But don't blame me. I didn't do anything. I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

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    Name: Smokey the Dog
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    Member Since: 2005-10-19
    Location: Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
    Denomination: Canine Baptist
    About Me: I'm a 5 year old Corgi & Shelty mix. My owners adopted me from an animal shelter, and taught me everything I know.

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