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By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | December 1, 2007
Remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar? Perhaps some of you recall hearing this story for the first time in a Sunday school class as a child and marveling at how God saved these three men. In the Old Testament, Daniel chapter 3 lists this account that even today as an adult astonishes me. The power of God saved these men. In case you have never heard the story, or do not...
December 25, 1999
Prayers are never offensive Mr. Irv Rubin, for 63 years I've been Jewish. I do not wish to have the words spoken by someone of another faith silenced. I wish to digest those words that will strengthen me spiritually. To pray is to reach out with warmth and caring. It is not some evil means to cause us to abandon our faith. There are many roads paved with wonderful words, leading to God. We are the captains of our ships and no one has a right to obstruct our travel.
September 19, 2001
Johann Christoph Arnold In the days following the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, even very young children are asking questions like, "Why does God allow so much suffering in the world? Why does he allow poverty, war, and evil? Is God powerless? Is the devil stronger than God?" Although such thoughts may never even occur to some children, they will cause considerable worry to others. Make time to talk with your child whenever you sense the slightest insecurity.
July 11, 2013
Religion may be good for the soul, but there's now evidence it's good for a healthy mind, too. A study by researchers in Canada has discovered that regular attendance at religious services can provide "significant protection against depression" - with the incidence of clinical depression dropping by 22% among those who regularly attend church. Marilyn Baetz, head of the department of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan and a co-author of the study, which tracked 12,000 Canadians over 14 years, said she's a little puzzled as to why regular religious attendance helps so much.
By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | September 15, 2007
God is good, but life is hard. This phrase keeps coming to my mind today as I prepare to write this column. People question God from time to time in life, due to difficult life circumstances. I have always believed that God is present and working when life is tough, but that is almost impossible to explain to some who are suffering. Why would God allow pain? Again: God is good, but life is hard. Many feelings have permeated my heart this week — thoughts of people doing evil against others, thoughts of Christians turning away from God and thoughts of people destroying their families with bad choices.
By: | September 24, 2005
o7What are your thoughts on a federal court judge's ruling last week that the "under God" reference in the Pledge of Allegiance" is unconstitutional? f7 "In God We Trust" is our national motto. It is on our currency, in our National Anthem, and is expressed in our Declaration Of Independence as the rationale for our existence as a nation of equality. "In God We Trust" is part of our DNA as Americans. It demands no particular denominational allegiance, nor does it command particular individuals to rightly bow before its divine referent.
By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | August 5, 2006
I have been pondering the concept of redemption. Certainly we are all sinners. If not for the salvation that God offers us through Christ's sacrifice on the cross, none of us would experience salvation. How can we begin to understand God's design for the redemption that man is so desperately in need of? For us to be redeemed means that we are released from our sin. But for this to take place, there must be a payoff. Redemption is God's way of reuniting sinful man to Himself. It is the means by which we are forgiven and able to fellowship with God and receive salvation.
November 30, 2002
Give thanks for friends Even during the appearance of great danger in the world, it is still a very wonderful time to take inventory of the gifts that have been given us throughout our lives. The more Thanksgivings and Christmases I experience, the more I realize that for me the greatest gift of all is my friendships. The precious hours we spend together, whether in school, church, home or at work, are so often overlooked as we search for "something" outside of our relationships that we think will bring us happiness.
Have you ever experienced the divine protection of God? Most of us as Christians would acknowledge that we have, at one time or another. Can you look back on a specific moment where you were in physical danger and you prayed and God intervened? Maybe it wasn't a miracle, but you knew God had answered prayer and protected you. I recall one such event. It was before I was married. I was driving home from the beach with a girlfriend from church. We had spent the evening at Manhattan Beach having dinner.
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