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Life of Pi…or Pluralism?

Certainly Resurgam

By Thailer

Have you seen the movie or read the book ‘The Life of Pi’? The movie took home 4 academy awards this year, the most for the night, and it’s being praised for its theme, message and visual effects among other things.

The movie, in a nutshell, is a parable on universalism or pluralism in religion. The story centers on a character named ‘Pi’ and one learns quickly the moral of the story due to the character’s infatuation and belief in all conflicting religions at once (Hinduism, Islam and Christianity).

At the end of the movie, the films punch line is revealed, in so many words, that all religions are parallel yet different stories about the same God – YOU just have to choose which is the better story. In other words, the film seeks to promote the popular idea that all different religious paths lead…

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God says...

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

It is always hard for us to remember the reasons to keep pressing on even though things, people, or circumstances don’t change (Phillippians 3:14). That is when it is easy to throw out the white flag and say I quit. But God reminds us that love doesn’t quit. Jesus didn’t.

Love is the power that helps us press forward even though nothing has changed and even though we can’t see where we’re going or heading to. It provides us with an alternative response, an alternative action. Sometimes that wait can take several years. But still, God calls us to love. Love never fails or quits and when we think it does it isn’t because love failed, but WE did. We quit, not love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

It is our tendency to blame others for not doing their part, but again God calls us again and reminds us that we are…

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Daily Devotional April 12, 2013

I look up to the mountains

Charlotte's Photography

My prayer is for a burdened heart today. Lord, please stretch your healing hands upon your faithful servants.

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A Syriac Gospel page as pastedown


Pages don’t always turn up where we expect them to. The image above is of a pastedown at the end of a Syriac liturigical manuscript (SMMJ 68), a Beth Gazo missing its beginning and end, dated 1580; according to a note on f. 186v, it was repaired in October, 1910 as part of Saint Mark’s collection, and it was probably at that time bound in the cover of an English Bible published much later by the British and Foreign Bible Society (see below)! (Incidentally, the original binder of the Bible was Watkins, as can be seen from the emblem at the top left of the photo above, on the inside of the original front cover; a search reveals other known copies of English Bibles bound by Watkins in the 19th century.) The page above is from an older (and prettier) manuscript, a Gospel lectionary containing Jn 5:29 and Mt 24:36-39…

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Inspirational Bible Verses

Corydon New Hope Wesleyan Church

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. Hebrews 1:3


Inspirational Bible Verses

Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for  his steadfast love endures forever.

Inspiration Through  Hope

Jeremiah 29:11For I  know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for  evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD  your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over  you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you  with loud singing.

Romans 15:13  May  the God of hope fill you with all joy…

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God MADE me!

Language Learning

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Our goal for the year was to teach the deaf that:

1) God made me.

2) God loves me.

3) God cares for me.

Each month the lesson somehow relates to one of these important truths.

We quickly found that the sign for “MADE” was not understood by the low language deaf.


To teach the sign for “MADE” we prepared individual baggies of homemade play-dough (add a few drops of essential oils for a multi-sensory experience).  You can search for various recipes on-line.


Each student was told to “make” something.  When they finished they placed the things they “made” out of the play-dough at the front.  Some made people, some foods, others animals.  Then one by one the leader picked up the play-dough figures and asked who made this (of course the students will have to have background of the word “who?”).  Everyone would then sign “Ana made that” or…

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