Three Real-Life Stories from the Homes of Strangers to Brighten Your Day

The true accounts parents share about happenings at home can provide grist for our own life lessons, as well as a few chuckles.

Ever noticed those spring flowers only come after some pretty dreary rainy days? To add a bit of sunshine, I decided to share these three real-life stories from the homes of strangers to brighten your day.

I’ve changed all names, so if you know these folks but not by these names, don’t worry. Likely your memory’s still intact. Just sit back and enjoy!

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Will There Ever Be a Palestinian State in the Middle East?

A brief review of the historical struggle including a Biblical counterpoint

Peace in the Middle East—an unachievable goal? According to journalists and news broadcasters, Israel just needs to give the Palestinians their own country. So, what’s the hang-up? Will there ever be a Palestinian State in the Middle East?

Let’s take a quick look at the negotiations of the past decades to see what’s already been tried and failed. Perhaps, the answer resides in tweaking the offer?

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One Amazing Account Showing Almighty God Cares About Ordinary People

The true story of how Jonathan David Helser arrived on earth’s shores and the challenge God entrusted into his young hands.

Ever heard a story you’ve just got to share? Wondered about the details of a favorite Christian singer/songwriter’s life? Me, too! That’s why I’ve got to share Jonathan’s story! It’s one amazing account showing Almighty God cares about ordinary people.

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What’s the Scoop on the Fourth Commandment for Modern-Day New Testament Christians?

A brief review of the Old Testament admonition to observe the Sabbath by keeping it holy and its relevance today.

Nothing’s written in stone. This disclaimer frequently used during planning committee meetings overlooks historical Jewish and Christian records to the contrary. In both the Torah and Old Testament, the finger of God engraved ten commandments in stone tablets—not once, but twice. No questions regarding rules against adultery, lying, and stealing, but what’s the scoop on the Fourth Commandment for modern-day New Testament Christians? Isn’t keeping the Sabbath holy an outdated concept?

Many of us still remember the childhood Sunday afternoon drives around a rural American town. No sports games on Sundays. No construction work on homes or streets anywhere. “Let’s go for a ride, girls,” drew cheers as we scurried to get our shoes.  We knew only one business opened on Sunday afternoon. Following Dad’s slow-moving review of construction progress on new buildings in town or the state of various gardens, we always enjoyed a soft-serve ice cream cone. Practically the whole town rested on Sundays.

Exodus 20:8, “Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy,” provides grist for discussions even within the Church. What does it mean to keep a day holy, and does it matter which day, since every day’s pretty much the same?

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Why Does Sharia Law Burden Us for All Girls and Women, Not Only Muslims?

This brief review of several Islamic laws reveal how it’s not only Muslim women and girls who are being affected due to migration.

Christians are Islamophobic! Ever noticed how quickly an opposing view gets tagged –phobic? I have no fear of Islam, but my heart breaks for every girl and woman subjected to the laws of Sharia. Throughout the hundreds of European and at least thirty-five Muslim enclaves in America, the rights women have struggled to achieve are being smashed under the banner of religion. Why does Sharia Law burden us for all girls and women, not only Muslims? Can’t something be done?

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Sharia in the West

As countries receive tens of thousands of Muslim refugees, some of the Islamic laws (Sharia) collide with the local, State, and federal statutes. After significant pressure from the Muslim leaders in each community, a growing number of secular courts in Europe and America have accepted a dual legal system.