Absolute Faith vs Blind Belief

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A guest post written by Donna Clifton from Whittier, California. I vividly remember the first time someone made a disparaging remark to me about the power of prayer to heal. Having been raised as a Christian Scientist, I was used to turning to God in prayer whenever a healing was needed. I took it for granted that my prayers—and those of my parents—would always be effective. As a child, long before I understood much about God’s law that Continue Reading

What if We Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas?

What if We Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas?

A guest post written by Donna Clifton from Whittier, California. “Christmas is all about getting exactly what you want!” Believe it or not, those were the actual words in a radio advertisement I heard, and they dismayed me. Although the normal mantra is that Christmas is about giving, not getting, this sentiment is belied by the questions we often hear right after Christmas: “What did you get?” “Was Santa good to you this year?” The Continue Reading

Absolute Faith vs Blind Belief

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A guest post written by Donna Clifton I vividly remember the first time someone made a disparaging remark to me about the power of prayer to heal. Having been raised as a Christian Scientist, I was used to turning to God in prayer whenever a healing was needed. I took it for granted that my prayers—and those of my parents—would always be effective. As a child, long before I understood much about God’s law that governs us all, I simply trusted Continue Reading

Celebrating Life

photo illustrated by Kevin Davenport

A guest post written by Donna Clifton When a long-time member passed on recently, our church decided to have a “Celebration of Life” service to honor her. It was a joyous occasion attended by friends, family, and acquaintances, with the church auditorium filled nearly to capacity. She was remembered as a cheerful, giving, loving person involved in numerous community activities. Many of her friends who attended the celebration had never been Continue Reading

All God’s Children

Photo illustrated by Eric 1874

A guest post written by Donna Clifton My neighbors in our small planned-unit development of about 40 homes are of diverse ethnic heritages. A family on one side of my home is Hispanic-American, while on the other side they are African-American. Across the street is an Asian-American family. My own family is European-American. However, I wasn't even conscious of how diverse my immediate neighbors were until a visitor pointed it out to me. When Continue Reading