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By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | February 28, 2009
What is holiness? An easy answer is that it means to be set apart unto God. Those who profess faith are to be set apart from sin, and set aside for God’s intended will and use of our lives. We understand as Christians that we can strive to be holy, but only God fully attains that position. Setting ourselves aside for God’s intended use may sound a bit daunting or even scary as we perhaps think of letting go of things we enjoy doing. But as one who has lived a life in the entertainment business and then turned to fully serve God, I know that there is a peace that can only be found in intimate relationship with God — walking toward holiness and living in deep faith.
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June 12, 2010
The "I'm spiritual but not religious" community is growing, according to a blog post by CNN writer John Blake. It is growing so much, the blogger writes, one pastor has compared it to a "movement." In a 2009 survey by the research firm LifeWay Christian Resources, 72% of people 18 to 29 consider themselves "more spiritual than religious." Some say the phrase hints at egotism: "If it's just you and God in your room, and a religious community makes no demands on you, why help the poor?"
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | May 26, 2007
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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January 23, 2002
The Rev. Stan Howse writes how powerfully he was moved by the "A Beautiful Mind" movie sentiment that "something extraordinary can happen in this world!" I would like to point out that something extraordinary has already happened in the world, some 2,000 years ago. God stepped out of eternity and came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. And while anyone can claim he is something great, even God Himself, this Jesus of Nazareth, authenticated His claim by no less than rising from the dead!
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November 7, 2009
Daniel Henderson, a Christian pastor in Atlanta, believes many faithful people still ?don?t know how to pray effectively,? according to a recent article on CNN.com. He says most Christians pray during a crisis or pray a grocery list, ?making God a lifeline of last resort.? What do you believe is the proper way to pray without making it seem as if you?re using God as a ?lifeline of last resort?? How do you teach your faithful on effective ways of prayer? ? Henderson is right.
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