Where Is The America I Knew as a Child? 1/28/17

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Where Is The America I Knew as a Child?

 

Where Is The America I Knew as a Child? I grew up learning about America’s inclusiveness. It was taught in every class and attitude of the teachers (which to me as a child in America was the “world” view of America). We were founded on immigrants that came to America to seek freedom and their dreams of fortune and education. Where Is The Inclusionism That Founded America? It is even engraved on the tablet beside the Statue of Liberty. The engraving was from a poem by Emma Lazarus.

    The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” 

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1000 Gifts: Trusting Grace 12/13/16

1000 Gifts: Trusting Grace  12/13/16

I’ll talk about 1000 Gifts: Trusting Grace in our Devotional study tonight. Trust is really an issue of mine since I was a child sexual abuse survivor. If you can’t trust your own parents, ho do you learn to trust. On 12/9/16, we learned from Ann that the answer to anxiety is the adoration of Christ. Such a profound but simple statement that is so incredibly true. Can it really be that simple…just adoration and exaltation will stop the anxiety we feel? That is what God’s word says many times over. Each time I am anxious, I will try exalting God beginning today. Continue during Christmas season to keep your list of One Thousand Gifts or graces and reap joy in your new discoveries for your list.  Let’s see what Ann has to say about Trusting Grace tonight.  

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1000 Gifts: here-now Grace 12/6/16

1000 Gifts: here-now Grace  12/6/16

Tonight, we’ll talk about 1000 Gifts: here-now Grace in our Devotional study by Ann VoskampOn 12/2/16, we learned about our God who wants us “Thinking of joy and happiness and laughter.” And that can only be done with thankfulness and by staying in the moment. U hope that you continue to keep your list of One Thousand Gifts or graces and are learning new things from your list.  Let’s talk about what Ann means  when she says “here-now Grace.” 

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