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On October 1st, 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed an amended lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit against the Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health Corporation, a Catholic health care system, operating 86 hospitals in 21 states.
It sure gets old, having an administration in the White House with such a lack of integrity and honor, doesn't it? Senator Marco Rubio delivered a scathing speech today on the floor of the Senate, detailing the total lack of support the Obama administration has for our one ally in the Middle East, while he exposed the hypocrasy of Obama, with number examples of unbridled support for Iran, Turkey, Russia, China, Egypt, etc....
Someone was thinking, when they created this powerful image on behalf of Carehaven, a program operated by the Salvation Army in Capetown, South Africa. The infamous "black and blue, or is it gold and white" dress was featured by the Salvation Army in this hard-hitting campaign....
If you're in business, a non-profit organization, membership association or any group that cares about creating an authentically welcoming culture, you're going to love this introductory video from Jan Gunnarsson, author and speaker. Thank you to friend Sarah Watz, for referring this to me to share with others.
Over the past several years, thousands of people in my local area have been touched by an incrediblly fulfilling Christian mission called Light of the World Ministry. Our small group is one of dozens in the local area, and it is growing (much like it did about 2,000 years ago) to ignite peoples' hearts and souls in nearby parishes, towns, counties and states. If you haven't heard of it yet, you have now, and you'll surely hear about it again, and again in the coming months and years. It's coming to a family room near you!
Light of the World kicks off with a weekend retreat that will move you more than any experience you've ever had. Then, after the retreat, attendees can choose to continue to meet in small groups as often as they like. There are suggested meeting formats, but each group follows thier own agenda, long after the retreat has ended. The small group I'm part of has been meeting continuously for just over seven years now, one night a week, in the welcoming comfort of a member's family room.
The Beatitudes are the heart of Jesus' preaching:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
- Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
Thinking back just about ten years ago on a life-changing moment for me, while looking out my office window one night......
Just about 2,000 years ago, Jesus laid out the "grand plan" for us all. His Holy Apostle Peter was made the "rock" upon which His Church would be built. The word of God, our Jesus Christ flowed through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, Disciples and the holy Church then, and God's word flows through our holy Church today....
I have a personal favor to ask you. I'm feeling a little blue today about the recent loss of my dad. It was last December 16th, 2013, but some days it still seems like yesterday to me. So, would you please say a prayer for the soul of my dad? His name is Garey Coonen. He really was (and is) an amazing person!
If you're up for an authentic adventure, head on over to Fraser Island, off the coast of eastern Australia. Bring your all-wheel drive vehicle and a UEV-490 Trailer too! This video segment will either take you on a mini adventure, or leave you wondering, "Why would ANYONE EVER do that?"...